Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Heath Blonde Brownies

I LOVE these bars.  Yum!

1 1/2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 c butter (softened)
1 c white sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 bag chopped Heath

Cream butter with sugars.  Add vanilla & eggs.  Beat until fluffy.  Add flour, baking powder & salt.  Stir in Heath.  Spread over well greased 9 X 13 baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  When cool, cut into bars.

Strawberry Banana Fruit Salad

I LOVE this fruit salad.

small instant vanilla pudding
1 cup milk
1 large can of fruit cocktail, drained
1 pint sliced strawberries
8 oz thawed cool whip
1 c mini marshmallows
2 bananas, sliced

mix together pudding and milk
add fruit cocktail & strawberries
fold in cool whip and marshmallows
add bananas just before serving

Monday, September 1, 2014

Italian Kabobs

We do different variations of this.  My girls like it in there lunch as a sandwich alternative.  Pictured here is fresh mozzarella, grape tomatoes, pepperoni & basil.  It is drizzled with a Balsamic Vinaigrette.  Other variations include cubes of Italian bread, black olives, sausage, peppers.

Minion Lunch

This is not a recipe, but it is a fun lunch for your kiddos.  Pinterest helped me with the banana & Twinkie.  I added a sandwich, minion yogurt, minion cheese crackers & minion graham crackers.  For the sandwich and Twinkie, I put them in bags and drew on the baggie.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Fresh Summer Salad

This is a FAVORITE of my extended family.  I had it at a friend's graduation party & loved it!  I couldn't wait to make it for the next family gathering.  My family was skeptical and thought the combinations sounded weird.  Now it is a frequent request & everyone has a copy of the recipe.  I know there are a lot of versions of this out there, but this is the one that I use.

2 pkg chicken flavored Ramen noodles
1/4 c green onion
4 c shredded cabbage
2 T sesame seeds
1/2 c sunflower seeds
6 T vinegar
2 T sugar
4 T oil

Soak noodles in hot water to soften.  Drain well.

Combine noodles with cabbage, onion, & seeds.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the two seasoning packets, vinegar, sugar, & oil to make a dressing.

Drizzle dressing over noodle mixture & mix well.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Five Cup Salad

I'm back!  Between not having a computer for months, getting our house ready to be put on the market, selling our house, packing the old house, moving, unpacking the new house...I've been busy!  But I am so glad to be back.  AND we still have a little bit of summer left that I can experiment on my family.  Today I had company for lunch and served my PF Chang Lettuce wraps, Five Cup Salad (this post) & Fresh Summer Salad (next post).  I found this on KRAFT's website.

1 c mini marshmallows
1 c shredded coconut (although this was a bit too much time I will to 1/4 to 1/2 cup)
1 c sour cream (I used "light")
mandarin oranges (11 oz), drained
pineapple chunks (8.25 oz), undrained (reserving 1 tbls juice)

Whisk together sour cream & reserved pineapple juice.  Gently add coconut, pineapple, & oranges.  Fold in marshmallows.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Cherry Pie Sugar Cookie Bars

This recipe is super simple.  I pinned it quite some time ago knowing that my husband would likely love these.  He did.  Ate an entire row so far, and he's only been home an hour.  They are delicious just the way they are, but I bet warm with some vanilla ice cream would be great too.  The almond extra is what puts them over the edge!  Thank you "Mostly Homemade Mom" for the great recipe.

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) sugar cookie mix
1/2 c butter, melted
1 egg
1/4 tsp almond extract
21 oz can cherry pie filling

Mix egg, butter & sugar cookie mix into thick dough.  Reserve 3/4 c and set aside.  Press remaining dough in greased 9 X 9 pan.  In separate bowl, mix almond extract & pie filling.  Spread over cookie dough.  Crumble remaining dough on top on pie filling.  Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Homemade Dog Treats: Peanut Butter & Bacon

We've been stuck inside for the last few days because of the frigid temps.  What do you do when you are stuck inside for days with the kids AND it happens to be your dogs 7th birthday?  You surf pinterest for homemade dog treat recipes, hoping you have all of the ingredients!

Here is the recipe!  They were easy, with few ingredients.

It made quite a few, so we will either have to freeze some or share with our fellow dog parents.  Now what to do with the rest of our day?  I am going Stir Crazy!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Mary Hafford Sugar Cookies

Mary Hafford was an immigrant from Ireland that settled in Wisconsin in the 1800s.  This is her sugar cookie recipe.  It was so much fun to make these with my inquisitive 7 year old.  We talked about how making these cookies would have been different in the 1800s vs. today.  I found pictures of her house online and shared them with her.  One picture was of the wood burning stove which also sparked some good questions.  Few ingredients, simple & tasty!

(This is half the original amount and still made plenty)
1/2 c butter
1 c sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda

Cream butter & sugar together.  Add the egg and vanilla.  Gradually add flour and finally baking soda.  Roll into balls, the size of walnuts.  Roll balls into sugar (we used colored).  Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes.