Monday, August 30, 2010

Last Day of Celebration with a Gift!!

First of all a HUGE THANKS to all of you!! Your support and comments have been AMAZING!!! Thanks for making my blogiversary week such a fabulous one.  This day is dedicated to you my readers.  I asked you what your favorite One Crazy Cookie recipe was and the results are in: The Winners are....Drumroll please.......:
OOOH! I see a chocolate trend here.  YUM!!
Winners were calculated using number of comments and votes combined.
Now for the gift!! As another THANK YOU I am adding of one more giveaway.
I have a love for magazines so I want to share with you.
One person will win a year subscription to:
Better Homes and Gardens Magazine
To enter leave me a comment!! It is as easy as that!
For additional entries: leave a separate comment for each.
1. Be a follower of One Crazy Cookie
2. Tell me something you would like to see on One Crazy Cookie.
3. Post this giveaway on your blog and show me where to find it!
4. Grab my button.
Winner announced September 7!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Celebration Continues: Candice's Faves!!!

Today is my sister Candice's turn to share her favorites.  She has been such a HUGE supporter of my endeavor with this blog, even sharing a few of her great creations: (Hey Candice, Please share more!!)
 She is an amazing woman and I admire her so much! We always have such a great time together. When I asked for her favorites she said there were many! (See how sweet she is!!) She finally decided on:
Both great choices!! Makes me hungry!!
Don't forget to enter my blogiversary giveaways:
Wishing everyone a great weekend!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Day 4: Kid #4 Karlie's Favorite

Day 4 of the Celebration and Friendly Friday a awesome way to meet other bloggers.  YAY for Friday!!

Karlie is my strong willed child, but oh so sweet.  The other kids have nicknamed her the "Sour Patch Kid" and she loves it.  She will be attending first grade this year and was worried what I would do without her.  She worries I will be lonely. She loves to help me in the kitchen and is already a natural.
Her favorite blog recipe is:

 Pure comfort food!! I have to admit this is one of my guilty favorites.
Don't forget to enter my blogiversary giveaways:
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Day 3: Kelsee's Favorite & Another Giveaway!!

Kelsee just turned nine a couple of weeks ago.  She is all girl and our fashion queen.  When she attended preschool and kindergarten she would not talk to the teacher.  They kept asking if she really could talk, but at home boy could she talk and very loudly!! She finally grew out of her shyness and now is almost too social in school. Guess she is trying to make up for lost time.  She has just started having some interest in cooking.  The other day she told me, "It was probably time she learned how to cook!" 
I was surprised at Kelsee's favorite, it wasn't a dessert or treat.  She is my picky eater, but she loves:
This is a great freezer meal!  It is always a hit.
Now for the great news.......
The good people over at CSN Stores have given me a $60 gift certificate to giveaway!!
If you haven't checked them out yet you need to.  They have lots of great things and every time I have dealt with them it has been a breeze and my order arrives quickly.  My favorite item I have gotten from them is my Le Creuset Casserole dish.
It is heavy duty, easy to clean and also very beautiful!! It is my favorite dish in the kitchen!! I also love my new blender and Rachael Ray skillet that I purchased from the CSN Stores.  There is lots to choose from!!
To enter the giveaway visit CSN Stores and tell if you won what you would buy with the $60 gift certificate.
For additional entries: leave a separate comment for each.
1. Be a follower of One Crazy Cookie
2. Tell me one of your favorite One Crazy Cookie recipes.
3. Post this giveaway on your blog and show me where to find it!
4. Grab my button.
5. Enter the other giveaway for the Taste of Home Subscription.
Winner announced September 2!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 2: Kayla's Favorite!!

Kayla is my kind hearted child. She makes friends were ever so goes.  She is getting ready to enter middle school and is quite excited. (Not quite sure I am though!!) This summer she got rid of the glasses and opted for contacts. 
One day the kids and I were in the library, when Kayla was about 7. She was being quite loud and I was really mad at her.  To set the stage I was looking at the cookbooks. (Big surprise I know!!) I called her over and very sternly said, "Kayla you are old enough you should know how to "COOK"!! We both busted up laughing and had to leave because we could not stop.  I meant to say behave not cook!! I have cooking on the brain constantly.
Kayla could not choose one favorite, she chose two and they are both quite closely related.
which is so yummy!!
These cookies were my very first post on this blog!  Probably my family's favorite cookie of all time!
I love them with M&M's.
Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a year subscription to Taste of Home Magazine here!!
And be watching for more to come....

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Day 1: Kody's Favorite and a Giveaway!!

Kody: My handsome son. He is gearing up for the cross country season and running start (attending college as a Junior in high school). He is an incredible kid. We have a great relationship and I am so blessed!! Too bad I don't have just a piece of his metabolism!!

When I asked my family to give me their favorite blog recipe, Kody was the first to respond.  His vote was for:

His words were "TASTY" and will you make me some??
I guess I will have to give in and make him some. (It will be tough. HA HA!!)
This was a great choice and one of my faves also. They are even better a few days after you make them. That is if they last that long!!
Now for the first giveaway:
one person will win a 1 year subscription to:
The Taste of Home magazine
To enter leave me a comment!!
For additional entries: leave a separate comment for each. 
1. Be a follower of One Crazy Cookie
2. Tell me one of your favorite One Crazy Cookie recipes.
3. Post this giveaway on your blog and show me where to find it!
Winner announced August 31!!!
Good Luck!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

1 Year Blogiversary!!

WOW!! I can't believe it has been a year since I started this blog! What an amazing journey it has been.
My family has endured the endless recipe trying and tweeking.  Some turning out delicious and others just plain nasty!! Luckily there have been more successes than failures.
The BEST thing has been all the great support and comments from you my incredible readers!
Thanks for your kindness, friendship and for keeping me going!!
In honor of the celebration this week will feature some great giveways and my family's favorite recipe.
Voted on by each member!!
WARNING: It could prove interesting!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Baked Black Bean & Cheese Burritos

I am attempting to move the family away from meat a bit.  So I am trying to use less meat and sneaking in a few meatless meals once in awhile.  This was a great one and no one complained about no meat.  They all loved it.  It is quick and easy and has most of my favorite ingredients.
Black Bean & Cheese Burritos
adapted from Family Circle
1 1/2 cup cooked rice
1 cup salsa
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1 ripe avocado, cut in to bite sized pieces
1 Tablespoon lime juice
12 soft taco-sized flour tortillas
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 can (15.5 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 -1/2 cup diced onions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place rice in a bowl; mix in salsa and cilantro. Set aside. In a small bowl gently stir together avocado pieces and lime juice; set aside.
Place tortillas on a work surface. Place 1/4 cup of rice and desired onions in the center.
Top with diced onions, black beans(1/4 cup or desired amount). Divide the avocado pieces among the tortillas.
 Top with shredded cheese.
Fold up like and envelope.  Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes. 
 Remove from oven turn burritos over and cook an additional 3-5 minutes or until heated through. (Depends on how crispy you like them.)  If desired flip them over again and top with a bit of cheese.  Heat until melted.
 Serve with salsa and sour cream.

 *You can also heat these up in a skillet over medium high heat. Heat each side 2 minutes or until lightly browned.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Golden Potato Bake

This recipe is a bit of a guilty pleasure, but worth it. Pure comfort food. Another one to try on my father in law.  I think he would like it.  The whole family loved it.  I served it with the Apple Puff Pancake for breakfast, but could be served for dinner also.   No need to thaw the hashbrowns.

Golden Potato Bake
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup  milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 (30 oz.) bag of frozen, shredded hash browns (or 10 cups)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (8 oz.)
2 cups diced ham (Optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix the sour cream, milk, butter, onions, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the potatoes, cheese and ham and mix until well combined.  Pour the potato mixture into a  greased 9 x 13 inch casserole dish. 

Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown- .  Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
**You could add sausage, bacon or another meat to mix it up a bit.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Apple Puff Pancake

I am not a breakfast eater so I have to sometimes force myself to make the family something different for breakfast.  I saw this recipe and was intrigued. My daughter thought it sounded delicious, we had all the ingredients on hand so breakfast it was.  It was different but really good. 

Apple Puff Pancake
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
5 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
dash of salt
maple syrup of powdered sugar, for serving
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in a 9 inch pie plate.
Heat in the oven until the butter is melted and bubbly: about 5 minutes.  Remove from oven, stir well and mix in the apple slices.
Return to the oven and bake for 2 minutes. Remove from oven. Combine the eggs, milk, flour and salt in a blender. Blend until frothy: about 1 minute  Pour over the apple mixture.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the cake is puffed and center is set.
Serve warm with maple syrup or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

I had three really ripe bananas that called out for this recipe. This is kind of a combination of banana bread and cake. The topping layers added extra flavor. It was so moist and delicious!! Hubby had to take it out of the oven and take the pictures.  There was only a small piece left for me when I got home. I am thankful they saved me a piece!!
Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 bananas, mashed
1 (6 oz.) container vanilla yogart (or 4 Tablespoons)
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Grease bundt pan very well. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream sugar, butter and eggs. Mix in vanilla, bananas and yogart. Add flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Mix well. Pour half the batter into the pan.
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 cup white sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chips
Mix topping ingredients together in a small bowl. Sprinkle half the topping over the batter in the pan.
Pour remaining batter in the pan and sprinkle with remaining topping. Bake at 325 degrees for 45-60 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick comes out clean. Cool before removing from pan.
**I think that banana cream pie yogart would be really delicious in this. You can substitute sour cream for the yogart.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tried It Out Thursday: Broccoli with Carmelized Onions & Garlic

A few weeks ago I ran across this delicious recipe over at Debbi Does Dinner Healthy & Low Calorie and it looked so delicious.  She has lots of incredible, not to mention healthy recipes and she is so amazing!!!  This one did not let me down.  YUM!! I adapted it just a bit by adding zucchini.
Broccoli/Zucchini With Caramelized Onions & Garlic
1 large sweet onion, sliced
1 lb. broccoli, broken up into bite sized pieces
1 small zucchini, sliced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar (I used 2)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 Tablespoon butter
Salt and Pepper to taste
Add oil to a pan, saute onion until caramelized on medium heat, about 20 minutes.  Add vinegar, garlic, zucchini, broccoli and butter and cook for about 8-10 minutes until veggies are steamed.  Add salt and pepper to taste. 
** My Grandma always said to add just a pinch of sugar to your onions when caramelizing them.  It will help bring out the natural sugars in them. 

Thanks Debbi for an incredible dish!!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Bonus Winners!!

I have to tell you how much I LOVE Girard's Dressings!! They are so delicious!!  A HUGE thanks to Girard's for providing not only one giveaway but two and a HUGE thanks to all who participated.  Thanks again!!!! It has been alot of fun.
Now for the winners drawn by the random number generator.
Alexis AKA Mom


Friday, August 6, 2010

Beef Noodle Bowl

This recipe came from my good friend Katie!! It is really delicious!  I changed it up just a bit to use what I had on hand.  It was easy, quick and another hit with the family! 
Beef Noodle Bowl
8 oz thin spaghetti (I used a bit more.)
3 cups stir fry veggies ( I used 1 cup of fresh zucchini, carrots and celery)
1/4 cup diced onions
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3/4 - 1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup Zesty Italian Dressing
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
Brown hamburger and drain. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.  Cut up veggies. Pour the olive oil in a skillet and add the veggies and onion,
Saute over medium heat until they are done to your taste. 
Add the hamburger pasta, teriyaki sauce and italian dressing. Mix to coat everything well. 
*The original recipes calls for 1 pound steak strips (instead of hamburger).
Thanks Katie for a new family favorite!!
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Shortcut Peanut Butter Cookies

I saw this recipe and was immediately intrigued or was it my craving for peanut butter.  I really don't know.  Either way it is simple, easy and perfect for a quick treat.  Not to mention delicous.  They are a very soft cookie and I think they were even better the next day. 
Shortcut Peanut Butter Cookies
Adapted from Kids Cook!
1 package yellow cake mix
1 cup chunky peanut butter (or creamy)
2 eggs
1/3 cup water
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine half of the package of cake mix and peanut butter together.  Add the eggs and 1/3 cup water.  Mix well.  Add the other half of the cake mix and mix again.  The batter may get really stiff.
Lightly grease a cookie sheet.  Put a small amount of sugar in a bowl, Using a cookie scoop drop dough into sugar (it is sticky dough) Roll in the sugar and place on the cookie sheet.
Dip fork in the sugar and make crisscross imprints in each cookie.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Cookies will be lightly colored. 
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.


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