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8.31.2012

Weekend Potluck #33


   I've been SOOOO sick this past week!! UGH! Another sinus infection has invaded my head, along with a fever.. sore throat.. cough. You name it. I got it.  : /

  Needless to say...  I don't have anything good to say about this week.

  So make me happy and link up some yummy stuff, K?  Thanks! ;)  Now I'm going back to bed.....


Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...


The recipe with the most clicks was ~



Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes
                             Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes by The Kitchen is My Playground



Recipes that caught our attention ~




Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
                                                Vanilla Bean Cupcakes by Shugary Sweets





Southern Fried Chicken
                                           Southern Fried Chicken by Love Bakes Good Cakes


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8.29.2012

Brownie Batter Dip


   This AMAZING Brownie Batter Dip recipe comes from the lovely Ashton, over at Something Swanky. ( I love her blog! Have you checked it out??)

   I was searching for a dessert to serve at my Book Club party, and when I saw this dip, I knew it would be perfect!

Ohhhh man, was it ever!

It is chocolatey.. creamy.. silky heaven, my friends. (and of course, it's egg-free, so don't panic)

  Luckily, my friend Chandy and I had it all to ourselves! While the other gals sat in my family room discussing the book, we were in the corner of my kitchen inhaling the dip. We dipped strawberries, pretzels and marshmallows in it, and moaned after each bite!

 I'm already trying to think of an excuse to make it again....
 


Brownie Batter Dip
Recipe adapted from: Something Swanky

1 (8 ounce) block of Cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup Butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cups Powdered sugar
2-3 Tablespoons Milk
5 Tablespoons All-Purpose flour
5 Tablespoons Cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons Brown sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
Chocolate chips for garnish (optional)

Directions: In a large bowl, or stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter, until light and fluffy (about 1-2 minutes)

Slowly beat in the 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and 2 Tablespoons of milk, until creamy. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy and smooth, or until it reaches your desired consistency. (You can add 1 more Tablespoon of milk, if needed)

Serve dip with strawberries, vanilla wafers, pretzels, marshmallows, or whatever your heart desires! Enjoy!


8.24.2012

Weekend Potluck #32


   I'ts time again for Weekend Potluck! Whew, it's been a busy week for us. My younger kiddos both started school this week. Were any of you sending kids off to school, too? I know it's different in every state.

   It was really hard taking Kallen to his daycare/preschool. It's the first time he's ever been watched by someone other than a family member. Needless to say, I cried like a baby. I had to call Kale a few times through out the day so he could make me feel better about it. Sometimes, I want to just quit my job so I can be home with my baby. It's definitely something I'm thinking more seriously about. I guess we'll see...

Anywho. I'll quit blabbing about my problems. Let's get this yummy party started!


Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...


                     The recipe with the most clicks was ~



Hawaiian Crock Pot Chicken
                                      Hawaiian Crock Pot Chicken by Aunt Nubby’s Kitchen



                      Recipes that caught our attention ~



Strawberry Lemonade Cookies
                                       Strawberry Lemonade Cookies by Back for Seconds





Chili Tater Tot Casserole
                                        Chili Tater Tot Casserole by Served Up With Love


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8.22.2012

Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles



    Waffles and bacon are some of my favorite breakfast foods. The two combined, have to be the greatest idea I'd ever heard! I was beyond excited to try these when I saw them over at Joy the Baker.

  The picture had me drooling and dreaming until I had the chance to make them. I whipped up a batch last week for dinner, and savored EVERY. SINGLE. BITE. They were so good! My kids totally loved them too. (But it may have been because I let them have strawberries and whip cream with theirs) Who knows!? :)

  I had a few waffles leftover, so I decided to freeze them. We reheated them in the toaster the next morning and they were still deeeeelish! Love, love, love these waffles!



Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles
Recipe from: Joy the Baker


For the Bacon:
8 slices bacon
1/4 cup brown sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with heavy-duty tinfoil. Arrange bacon in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the bacon evenly with the brown sugar. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until bacon is crispy and sugar is caramelized. Remove from oven. Immediately remove bacon, using a pair of tongs, and place onto a cutting board. (DON'T USE PAPER TOWELS, the bacon will stick to them!!) Let bacon cool, and then chop into bite-size pieces. Set aside.

For the Waffles:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cups canola oil
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups buttermilk


Directions: Set waffle iron on a clean, flat surface and turn on to preheat.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar. Whisk together to blend. In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, vanilla and buttermilk. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold in. Once mixture is almost fully incorporated, add bacon bites. Stir. Try not to over-mix the batter, it can make the waffles tough. The batter will be lumpy!

Cook waffles according to your waffle iron instructions. Serve with maple syrup and strawberries! Enjoy!















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8.20.2012

Menu Plan Monday #20

   We have a busy week ahead. Emma starts Kindergarten tomorrow (eek!) and Kallen starts Preschool! I've been having a hard time accepting my babies are growing up. There will be a whole lot of tears and picture taking tomorrow...

   This Thursday I'll be hosting my Book Club meeting. I'm really looking forward to it, and have some yummy stuff I'll be serving the ladies! We will discuss the first book we read called, 'Cain River' by Lalita Tademy. It was a great book. It is about four generations of women slaves, and the struggles they each went through. I cried through out the entire thing.

  Last but not least, we have a couple birthday parties we'll be attending this week, so with all that's going on, here's the menu I have planned:



Monday
chips & salsa


Tuesday
fruit


Wednesday
Tomato Basil Soup*
garlic bread
green salad


Thursday
~Kitchen's Closed~
                                                                   Book Club night!


Friday
~Kitchen's Closed~
Going to a baby shower!


Saturday
green salad
baked potatoes


Sunday
~Kitchen's Closed~


8.17.2012

Weekend Potluck #31


  I'm only 3 hours late joining the party...  Sorry!  Let's bring on the grub! I'm hungry...






Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...



The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Cheesy Garlic Bubble Bread
                                              Cheesy Garlic Bubble Bread by Ginger Bakes



 Recipes that caught our attention ~

Vanilla Cream Pie
                                                   Vanilla Cream Pie by The Joy of Caking



Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts
                                            Maple Bacon Donuts by Crumbs and Chaos


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8.16.2012

Chile Colorado Burritos




   I am obsessed with mexican food. My Hubby will agree. Whenever we go out to eat, I always vote for a Mexican restaurant, and he always looks at me like I'm nuts and says, "Seriously?"   Ha!

   I can't get enough. The flavors, textures, everything about it is so good! These Chile Colorado Burritos were some of the best I've ever made (and devoured). They're a crock pot meal (HOLLA!), which makes them even more amazing. (Anything that makes my life a little easier, is amazing to me)

   This is a 'throw everything in the crock pot' meal before you head to work, and when you come home, your house will smell deeelish, and with only 5 more minutes of prep time, dinner will be ready!



Chile Colorado Burritos
Recipe slightly adapted from: Food Pusher

2 pounds stew meat or other cubed beef
1 (28 oz) can mild red enchilada sauce ( I only used 3/4 of the can)
1 (4 oz) can diced green chilis
2 beef bullion cubes
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
7 burrito-size, flour tortillas


Directions: Spray crock pot with non-stick spray. Add in the stew meat, enchilada sauce, green chiles and beef bullion cubes. Put lid on, and turn on Low heat. Cook for 8-9 hours.

After 8 or 9 hours, remove lid from crockpot and stir mixture together. The meat is ready, if it easily breaks apart. Using a slotted spoon, place 1/2 cup of meat mixture into the center of one tortilla. Roll up burrito-style and place into a 9x13 baking dish. Repeat with all tortillas.

Spoon the remaining sauce over the tops of burritos, and sprinkle with the shredded cheddar cheese. Place under broiler in the oven, for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve burritos with all your favorite toppings. (Salsa, sour cream, guacamole, etc)  Enjoy!




8.13.2012

7-Up Biscuits


   I haven't had much luck in the biscuit making department. Every attempt I've tried, they always turn out too dry and not very tasty. When I saw this 7-Up Biscuit recipe, I was a little hesitant to try it, but with how good they looked and all the rave reviews, I felt I had to.

   Results?....  They were a huge success! Fluffy, light and totally delicious! The flavor was sooo good. The kids and I ate ours with jam and butter, and I made Kale one with bacon, egg and cheese. He loved it!

With only 4 ingredients and how simple they were to make, this will be my go-to biscuit recipe from now on!








7-Up Biscuits
Recipe from: Plain Chicken

2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup 7-Up soda (room temperature)
1/4 cup melted butter


Directions: Pour the Bisquick into a large bowl. Add in sour cream. Mix together. Pour in 7-Up, and stir until combined. The dough will be very soft.

Sprinkle another 1/2 cup of Bisquick onto a clean counter-top and gently pat dough out to desired thickness (about 1 inch)

Use a circle biscuit cutter and cut out biscuits. (You should get 9 total) Pour melted butter into a 9x9 pan. Place the biscuits into the pan, on top of the butter. Bake in a 450 degree oven, for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve!















 
 
 
 
 

8.10.2012

Weekend Potluck #30

                  




  I am totally looking forward to this weekend. My sisters and I are going on a Girls Trip to Las Vegas!! Woot woot! I am SOOOO excited. I've been needing some 'ME' time, for awhile. It's not often I get to go do things alone, so I will be enjoying every second!

Sometimes I think having a little break from our kiddos and 're-charging', makes us better parents. Atleast, that's what I'm telling myself to quit feeling guilty for leaving them for 2 days...

  I will be excited to come home and get big hugs from them, and to also check out what you all brought to the Potluck party!


Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...

The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Sweet and Saltines
Sweet and Saltines by Comfy Cuisine


Recipes that caught our attention ~

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies
Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies by Inside BruCrew Life




Red Skinned Potato Salad
Red Skinned Potato Salad by Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves

 



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8.08.2012

Marshmallow Popcorn


   We have 'movie night' at our house, a few times a month. We thought it would be a fun little tradition to do for our kiddos. Each time we let one of them pick the movie, and then we'll make a quick treat and settle into the family room.

  A few weeks ago, I saw this Marshmallow Popcorn on Pinterest and knew it would be perfect for movie night! It was SO yummy, and very easy to make. Kelsey had a good idea, and said we should make it into popcorn balls and add black and orange sprinkles for Halloween. She said, "Mom, we could hand them out to our neighbors!"

I loved her idea! Looks like we'll be handing out popcorn balls this Halloween :)





Marshmallow Popcorn

1 1/2 bags plain microwave popcorn, popped
1 stick butter
1 (10 ounce) bag mini marshmallows
1/2 cup brown sugar


Directions: Spread popped popcorn onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Remove any unpopped kernals.

Place butter, marshmallows and brown sugar in a large microwavable bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir to combine, and then microwave another 30-60 seconds, until it's all melted.

Pour hot marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and mix. (It is very sticky! Try spraying a spatula with non-stick spray to use when you mix it)

Let stand about 10-20 minutes for marshmallow mixture to set slightly.
Serve and enjoy! ♥















8.06.2012

Menu Plan Monday #19

   We celebrated my Emma's birthday over the weekend, and had a blast! Her 'real' birthday is this Thursday, but we decided to celebrate it a little early. I can't believe she will be 5 years old. She starts Kindergarten in 2 weeks, and I am having a hard time accepting that. I'm trying to cherish every little moment I can, because I know she'll be 18 and heading off to college before we know it  :'(   *sigh*

   We have some more birthday fun planned for her this week. The County Fair is coming to town, so we will be going to that. We'll also have one more little family party for her Thursday night :) 
I won't be cooking a whole lot, but still have a couple things I'll be making. Here's what they are...




Monday
beans & rice



Tuesday
baked chips
carrot sticks & dip



Wednesday
~Kitchen's Closed~
Going to the Fair! :)



Thursday
Chicken & Stuffing casserole*
veggie


Friday
Leftovers!


Saturday
~Kitchen's Closed~
Momma's heading to
Las Vegas for a girls weekend!
:)


Sunday
~Kitchen's Closed~




8.03.2012

Weekend Potluck #29

   You all amaze me with the deliciousness you link up every week. Seriously, my already giant pile of recipes to try, keeps getting bigger and bigger. I love it!

   This weekend is going to be a fun and busy one for my family. We are celebrating my little Emma's 5th birthday. We rented a giant bounce house with a water slide, and invited a ton of friends and family! It should be lot's of fun  :)




Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...


                        The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Cucumber and Tomato Summer Salad
                                Cucumber and Tomato Summer Salad by Sunflower Supper Club




                         Recipes that caught our attention ~

Mexican Chicken Spaghetti
                                        Mexican Chicken Spaghetti by Julie’s Eats & Treats




Apple Pie Enchiladas
                                         Apple Pie Enchiladas by Semi-Domesticated Mama



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8.01.2012

Crock Pot Creamy Italian Chicken


  I'm guessing everyone has this recipe. If you don't, I'm happy to share it with you! This is another one of those fabulous crock pot meals that you throw all the ingredients in before work, and when you come home, dinner is waiting and ready to eat!

Wait. Scratch that.

   You'll first need to boil some egg noodles or make a batch of 5 minute rice to serve this over, and then you'll be ready to chow down. I love serving this with a green veggie or a side salad. It makes the perfect family-friendly meal!


Crock Pot Creamy Italian Chicken
Serves 6

4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 packet Good Seasons Italian dressing mix
2 (10 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
1 (8 ounce) block of cream cheese, cut into cubes
Egg Noodles or Rice, to serve with


Directions: Spray crock pot with non-stick spray. Place the chicken breasts in crock pot, and sprinkle the Italian dressing mix over the tops. Pour the cream of chicken soups over chicken, and then spread the cubes of cream cheese evenly over all.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Remove lid and stir mixture together. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. (If the sauce seems too thick, you can thin it out with a little milk)

Serve chicken and sauce over cooked egg noodles or rice. Enjoy!