Tuesday, December 16, 2008
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening (I did 1/2 cup shortening and 1/2 cup softened butter)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups M&M's
In a large bowl, mix sugar, eggs, shortening, and vanilla thoroughly. Add flour, salt, and baking soad to creamed mixture. Blend well. Add 3/4 cup of M&M candies.
Drop dough by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet. Slightly push a few candies on top of each dough ball with remaining candies (optional) or just add them all into the batter.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 9 to 11 mins, to your liking.
Monday, December 15, 2008
I hope you enjoy these! They are delightful!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Sidenote: Awhile back my Mom came down to visit me and she brought a project for us to make. After posting our project on my Everyday Life with a Smile blog, many of my friends wanted the directions to make one. So, I passed it along and people fell in love with its simplicity and class. Because of all the people Mary needed to show her appreciation for this holiday season, she decided to make lots of these with different words/phrases on them. She worked on the fabulous wrapped blocks as seen here......
And I worked on some glass containers (purchased at Michaels craft store for $3.99 a piece for the circular and $4.99 for the square). I decorated them with patterned and plain cardstock, CTMH stamp (All Decked Out), a $1.00 stamp from Michaels, Creative Memory punches, and other doo dads :) I am filling each of the glass containers with Gobs (recipe will be posted at a later date), candy buckeyes (my mom posted below this one), and/or M&M cookies for people my husband works with, Noah's bus driver, and the Postman (I heart him). I hope they love them as much as I do!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
1 - 18 oz jar of peanut butter
1 stick of butter
1 T vanilla
Blend in 1 lb of powered sugar. Mix well and form into balls the size of a buckeye.
Mix in saucepan on very low heat the following:
1 - 12 oz pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 rectangle of paroffin wax (you can buy this at the grocery store and it's perfectly fine to eat)
Dip the balls into chocolate mix to coat leaving a small space amount uncovered. I use a toothpick to dip them and cover the small hole in the top when finished.
To make dipping easier, put the balls in the freezer for 20 min. before dipping.
The Buckeye – You may have had one these chocolate-lover's treat, but have you ever wondered where it got its name? This unique snack has a history just as rich as its flavor.
Candy buckeyes are named after the shiny, dark nuts of the Buckeye Tree – the official state tree for Ohio. The state's original settlers found it to be an unfamiliar tree in the forest, and adopted it as a symbol of Ohio heritage. These pioneers carved the soft buckeye wood into troughs, platters and even cradles. Today, buckeye trees are prominent in the Ohio River Valley, and are known for being resilient and hearty.
The nuts of the tree, which are actually mildly toxic, were given their name because of their resemblance to the eyes of white-tailed deer. Folk wisdom says that carrying a buckeye nut in your pocket brings good luck (but you might not want to try that with the candy variety).
From Your Mother
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday: Honey Dijon Salmon, wild rice, and peas
Monday: BBQ Chicken on the grill (nice weather), grilled potatoes, and corn
Tuesday: Spaghetti and garlic bread
Wednesday: Grandma's fried/baked chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, and corn
Thursday: Basil Pork Chops (below), scalloped potatoes, and peas
Friday: Out (somewhere with a coupon of course)
Saturday: Football game with friends
Basil Pork Chops
You gotta try these! They are so flavorful and fast! Give them a try...SERIOUSLY!
What you need:
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
4 boneless pork loin chops (1/2 inch thick and 4 oz each)
What to do:
In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, basil, salt, and chili powder. Gradually stir in 1 tablespoon oil until crumbly. Rub over both sides of pork chops.
In a large skillet, cook pork in remaining oil over medium heat for 7-8 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep/Total time: 25 minutes
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This was a recipe given to me by my friend Julie. She swore by them so I tried them and we have been in love since. My hubby won't let me make any other recipe of meat loaves! Everyone gets their own loaf!!
3/4 cup milk
1 1/4 pound sirloin ground beef (85% lean)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup onion chopped
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup ketchup
1 1/2 teaspoon mustard
In a bowl beat the egg and milk. Stir in cheese, oats, onion, and salt. Add beef and mix well.
Shape into 7 or 8 hand-size loaves. Place loaves evenly separated in a greased 9x13 baking dish.
Glaze: Combine sugar, ketchup, and mustard in a small dish. Spoon over loaves.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and is 160 degrees on a thermometer.
Sunday: BBQ Chicken on the grill with grilled potatoes (cut up potatoes with olive oil, seasoned salt and pepper) and green beans.
Monday: Mini Cheddar Meatloaves, mashed potatoes (the real thing), and corn
Tuesday: Grilled Salmon in olive oil and basil, grilled potatoes (hubby is a potato man), & salad
Wednesday: Cheddar Chicken Rice Casserole (this recipe but I add cheddar cheese) and butter bread
Thursday: Spaghetti, garlic bread, and peaches
Friday: HALLOWEEN so we are ordering pizza
Saturday: Out for relaxation time
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I will add the pictures later.....This is a MUST try!
Hershey Bar Cake
This is a 3 layer cake (but very easy!)
1 box Devil's Food Cake mix
1 1/2 cups milk (2%)
3/4 cup oil
1 small package instant Vanilla pudding
Mix all ingredients together and pour into 3- 9 inch cake pans that are greased and floured. Parchment paper/wax paper cut to fit the bottom helps when flipping the cake out) Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 mins. I found on a similar recipe to freeze the layers of the cake in wax paper because it will moisten the cake?? Didn't do that, but might try that next time!
12 oz cool whip
8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups confectionary sugar
3 Hershey Bars (frozen and ground fine) or A giant Hershey bar: Pampered Chef chopper works GREAT!
Cream both kinds of sugar with cream cheese until smooth, add cool whip and Hershey Bars. Mix well and frost the cake.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday: Chicken Manicotti & peaches
Monday: Honey Dijion Salmon, Rice, and Peas (Hubby's birthday dinner) I also made him a Hershey Bar Cake (I will add that one later)
Tuesday: BBQ Chicken, cut-up grilled potatoes (potatoes cut up into small pieces, wrapped in foil with butter and seasonings), & corn
Wednesday: Spaghetti & Garlic Toast
Thursday: Out because Hubby has parent-teacher conferences all night!
Friday: Italian Grilled Chicken, cut-up grilled potatoes, & corn
This is the easiest recipe ever! It was quick, very little mess involved, and kids love it!Ingredients:
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 lbs chicken breast tenders (uncooked)
14 uncooked manicotti
(30 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread 1/3 cup of the spaghetti sauce in ungreased 12x9 baking dish. Sprinkle garlic powder on chicken. Insert chicken into uncooked manicotti shells. Place shells on spaghetti sauce in dish. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce evenly over shells, covering completely. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake about 1 hour, or until shells are tender.
1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
2-1/4 teaspoons melted butter
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
Dash white pepper
2 salmon fillets (4 oz each)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (I keep out)
1/2 lb fresh asparagus, trimmed (I keep out)
In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, butter, and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Stir in honey, mustard, and pepper.
Place each salmon fillet on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Drizzle with honey mixture and sprinkle with walnuts (if you use them). Place asparagus around salmon (If you use them). Fold foil around salmon and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 15-20 mins or until fish flakes easily with a fork.