Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tried & True: Grandma's Rolls

This is another one of my very favorite recipes that I posted when I first started this blog.  It is an incredible recipe.  They are so light and delicious!! My family usuallly devours them right out of the oven. 
One Thanksgiving I made these the night before...needless to say I ended up making a second batch in the morning because the first batch was all gone.
For complete recipe click here: Grandma's Rolls

Monday, May 30, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

It is about time I got my act together! Another testament of menu planning. It is amazing how much time and money it saves!!

This Week's Menu
Monday: Goulosh
Tuesday: Sweet Salsa Chicken
Wednesday:Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Thursday: Malibu Chicken
Friday: Picnic Night
Saturday:Creamy Burrito Casserole
Sunday: Chicken & Potato Bake
Happy Eating!!

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Some Very Cute Cupcakes!

Last night, the doorbell rang and in steps a cute girl delivering cupcakes to my son!!
How I love the Minions from Despicable Me!! 
Aren't they are so cute!! 
Luckily, she was willing to let me share her brilliance with you all.
Twinkies, Smarties and some frosting.  Very creative!!
She also created these.
Cute turtles!!
Not only were they adorable they also tasted great!! 

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce

A few weeks ago I shared with you hubby's Sassy barbecue sauce recipe and promised to share my version.  After making two batches this past weekend (for  pulled pork and hamburgers) I realized it did not get posted yet!! Sorry. This is my favorite barbecue sauce right now.  It has a mildly sweet flavor and is so simple to make.
Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Place all ingredients in a saucepan, stir to combine.  On medium-high heat, stirring constantly, bring mixture to a boil and boil for 1 minute.  Turn heat down to low and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
 You can then use it immediately or refrigerate in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

The winner of The Magic Warble book picked by random number generator is
 Madonna @ Butterfly Acres .

Bring on BBQ season!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Kay's Ultimate Fry Sauce

French fries are one of my biggest weaknesses and what better to dip them in than fry sauce.  This signature recipe was created by my daughter.  Simple and delicious!!  It is so good that she has become the designated fry sauce maker at our house. 

Kay's Ultimate Fry Sauce
1/2 cup barbeque sauce
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/2 cup Miracle Whip or mayonaise
1/2 cup ketchup
Mix together in a small bowl and serve!! 
Great thing about this recipe is you use equal parts of each ingredient so it makes it easy to make more or less.                                      
                                                         Bring on the fries!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

I got off early from work today so I decided to surprise the kids with an after school snack!! I am trying to get them to eat a bit healthier so I chose this recipe. I like the use of the applesauce and sour cream. It has a bit of a chewy texture. It is not as sweet as a normal cake.  The kids loved it and didn't even notice the wheat flour. YAY!!!
Chocolate Chip Snack Cake
adapted from Taste of Home
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 egg whites
1 cup sour cream (I used light)
2/3 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup white flour
1 cup wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used just a few more.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan.
Cream butter and sugars together. Add egg then egg whites and beat for about 3 minutes. Beat in sour cream, applesauce and vanilla. Slowly add the flours, baking powder, salt and baking soda until it is all blended well. Pour half the batter into the pan.
In a small bowl mix the sugar and cinnamon together.
Sprinkle half of the cinnamon mixture and chocolate chips on top.
Then carefully pour the rest of the batter over top. Spread evenly.
Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and chocolate chips.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean.
I had to use the toothpick because it did not look done, but was.
It was a nice change!

15 servings: 215 calories per serving. 7 g fat, 2 g fiber.

Friday Faves #11

Last week I had this post all ready to go and then when blogger had issues it disappeared.
I must admit I was really disappointed.  I lost all the great recipes I had found and bookmarked. 
Luckily all of you had incredible recipes this week!!

Shrimp Fajitas
Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Mom's Sunday Cafe

Butter Gem Cookies
The Cutting Back Kitchen

Potato Dill Chicken
An 'A' for Effort

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Baking and Creating with Avril

Oreo Cheesecake Pretzel Bites
Making Memories..One Fun Thing After Another

Gourmet Cinnamon Roll Popcorn
Jam Hands

I have been trying to eat healthier this week...so did you notice a trend in the recipes I found??
I wonder what I am craving..HA HA!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

General Mills Cereal & Kung Fu Panda Giveaway

Kung Fu Panda is back! General Mills is teaming up with DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 2 to bring the action-packed adventures right to your breakfast table.
 Throughout the spring, spin fighter toys featuring Kung Fu Panda 2 characters including Po, Tigress, Shifu, Monkey, Lord Shen, Mantis, Crane and Viper can be found inside specially marked boxes of participating General Mills cereals: Cocoa Puffs® (11.8 oz.), Trix® (10.7 oz.), Golden Grahams® (12 oz.), Reese’s Puffs® (13 oz.), Cheerios® (14 oz.), Apple Cinnamon Cheerios® (12.9 oz.), Cookie Crisp® (11.25 oz.), Lucky Charms® (11.5 oz.), Cinnamon Toast Crunch (12.8 oz.) and Honey Nut Cheerios (12.25 oz.).

Let the games begin with one spin fighter toy in each box. Simply cut out the targets on the box and then use your spin fighter to try and knock them down. With eight character toys to collect, the Kung Fu fun can continue all summer long!

One reader will win this prize pack.....

Winner will receive a Kung Fu Panda 2 prize pack which includes one box of a participating Big G cereal, a Kung Fu Panda 2 spin fighter toy and the original Kung Fu Panda movie
My kids loved that movie and we are excited to see Kung Foo Panda 2! Our favorite character is Po!! Jack Black is great at this role.
To enter the giveaway:
Be a follower of One Crazy Cookie and tell me who is your family's favorite character in the original Kung Foo Panda.
Winner will be drawn
by random number generator on June 1. 
Good Luck!

The prize packs and information were all given to me from General Mills and DreamWorks through MyBlogSpark

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tried & True: Choco-Mellow Brownies

I realized today that it has been awhile since I posted a Tried & True Recipe!  This is a good one.  Last week I needed a quick treat for Young Women so I went for the quick and oh so delicious.  I went with a whole cookie sheet full and came home with nothing.... Better for me because then I couldn't eat them all, but hubby was disappointed.  I got multiple requests for the recipe so here it goes.
I was really hoping to update this picture.
  I guess I should of taken one before I left the house.
You can find the recipe here.
These are even better the next day!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

This week we are literally off and running, once again as my son won the two mile and took second in the mile this weekend.  Now it is off to the district track meet. This explains the carb-overload of my menu this week.  Personally I will try hard to not overload on the carbs!!
This Week's Menu
Monday: Crock Pot BBQ Chicken
Tuesday: Baked Beef Stew
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken, bakers and Bowtie Spinach Salad
Thursday: Balsamic Chicken Pasta
Friday: Spaghetti
Saturday: Pulled Pork
Sunday: Ultimate Cheeseburgers (A celebration dinner!!)

Don't forget to enter the book giveaway.  It is a great book!
Wishing everyone a great week!!
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Friday, May 13, 2011

The Magic Warble & A GREAT GIVEAWAY!!

Today's post is not the usual post you see here, but hold on it is for great reasons!! I had the opportunity to read a book by the author Victoria Simcox called:
I was in need of a great book to read and this one was that!!
Twelve- year- old Kristina Kingsley, never felt like she fit in.  She had a great family, but the kids at school would tease her any chance they got.  Her best friend was her pet rat named Raymond.  Little did Kristina know that a strange Christmas gift would change her life .   After opening the gift she finds herself magically in the land of Bernovem, which is home to dwarfs,fairies, gnomes, talking animals and the evil Queen Sentiz. 
     In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in but is honored as "the chosen one". She is the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz evil power.  In order to do this she must place the gift she was given, "The Magic Warble" in it's final resting place.  This is no easy task for there are many miles and obstacles she must make it through.  All the while she must avoid caught by the queen's zelbocks.   Luckily, Kristina is guided by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, two fairies named Clover and Looper as well as many other characters to help her on this dangerous journey.  It is during this time that Kristina finds her strength and true friendship.  She also gets the chance to take revenge against the kids who treated her so badly...but will she do it???  You'll have to read to find out.
     This book moves quickly and had many twists and turns that keep you guessing.  It is written for ages 9-13 and it is perfect for this age group, but I enjoyed it very much!!  I could not put it down, it kept me engaged the whole time.  I am excited for my daughters to read it next!!   A HUGE THANKS to Victoria for sending me the book!!
You can buy the book directly over at THE MAGIC WARBLE!!
     Now for the really exciting news.....The author Victoria Simcox had generously donated a signed copy of this book to giveaway to one of my readers with only one stipulation, you must live in the USA. 
To enter: be a follower of One Crazy Cookie and tell me what you like to read.
For extra entries: Leave me a comment for each:
2. Become a friend of  The Magic Warble on Facebook
3. Follow Victoria Simcox on Twitter
4. Blog about the giveaway
Winner will be drawn by random number generator on May 25th. 

The author graciously sent me the book. All opinions are mine.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tried it Out Thursday:PB&J Shortbread Bars

If you LOVE shortbread and PB&J like my family does this is one for you to try!! When I saw it over at Picky Palate(she had some incredibly delicious things.) I knew I had to try it out!! It was DELICIOUS and one of those that are even better the next day!!  The only issue I had was I made the sugar frosting a bit too thin, but it still tasted great!!
PB&J Shortbread Bars
adapted from Picky Palate
4 sticks softened butter
1 Cup granulated sugar
1/4 Cup packed brown sugar
3 3/4 Cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 Cup strawberry jam
1 Cup powdered sugar
2-3 Tablespoons milk
  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand or electric mixer beat butter and sugars until well combined. Slowly add in flour and salt until just combined.  Press the dough into a 9x13 pan coated with cooking spray.
 Melt peanut butter in microwave for 20-30 seconds or until smooth and pourable. Pour evenly over shortbread.
Melt the jam in microwave for 20-30 seconds as well then pour evenly over peanut butter. Take a knife and gently swirl peanut butter and jelly over top of shortbread, not really cutting into the dough itself. Just the peanut butter and jelly.
  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until edges start to brown and centers are cooked through.
  Remove and let cool completely. 
 Mix powdered sugar and milk until smooth, drizzle over bars.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fiesta Beef Bowls

I have mentioned before the struggle I have with getting my family to eat brown rice and hubby is the worst.  So I was very excited to try out Uncle Ben's Whole Grain White Rice. 
 I cooked it up and used it in the following recipe.  It has the taste and texture of white rice and the nutritional power of whole grains.  It tasted great and best of all no one noticed the difference. YAY!! 
This is a great dish.  It has great flavor and the kids loved that they could put together their own bowls with the toppings they wanted.  It was a hit!! Hubby wanted a bit more heat, so next time I will get out the hot sauce for him.  The rest of us thought it was perfect!! The only thing missing was the guacamole. 
 Fiesta Beef Bowls
adapted from Taste of Home
1 1/2 pounds boneless beef top round steak
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup salsa
2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans or black beans, rinsed and drained
3 cups uncooked rice (I used Uncle Ben's Whole Grain White Rice)
shredded cheddar cheese
sliced ripe olives
diced onions
sour cream

Place round steak in the crock pot. Pour the tomatoes, onion, garlic and seasonings over the steak.  Stir to combine a bit.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the meat is tender.  Stir occasionally.
Remove meat from the slow cooker.  Add beans and salsa to the tomato mixture.  Shred the meat and return it to the crock pot.  Stir to combine.  Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until the beans are heated through.  While the beans are heating cook the rice according to the package directions. In individual bowls, layer rice, meat and bean mixture. 
 Top with cheese, onions, olives, sour cream and guacamole.

*Next time I think I will use black beans instead of pinto.
 As a part of the Foodbuzz Tastemakers Program I received a box of Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Rice to try.   A huge thanks to Foodbuzz and Uncle Ben's.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day!!  Hubby and the kids cooked me a great dinner and I let them clean up and didn't feel one bit guilty (how bad is that!) This week's menu is a bit different than usual.  We have a lot of leftovers in the fridge that I don't want to go to waste so picnic night is moved to Monday!!  Track post season starts this week so that explains the pasta two nights in a row.  Now on to a super crazy week...but aren't they all??

This Week's Menu
Monday: Picnic Night
Tuesday:Creamy Cabbage Soup & grilled cheese
Wednesday: Taco Salad
Thursday: Pizza Pasta
Friday: Ham & Cheese Lasagna Rolls
Saturday: BBQ Balsamic Chicken
Sunday: Mexican Brown Rice Casserole

Wishing you all a delicious week!!
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Friday, May 6, 2011

Sloppy Joe Cheese Melts

I made some sloppy joe in the crock pot and then realized we didn't have any buns.  YIKES!!  So I  improvised and it turned out great.  It was a nice change from the normal sandwich.
Sloppy Joe Cheese Melts
adapted from Betty Crocker
2 cups Bisquick mix
1 cup milk
1 egg, beaten

Meat mixture or use 1 batch Crockpot Sloppy Joes
1 pound hamburger
1/4 cup chopped green peppers
1/4 cup onion
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cups ketchup

2 cups shredded cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.  In a large bowl stir Bisquick, milk and egg until well mixed.  Pour and spread into the pan.  Bake 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Top will not be brown.
If using the crockpot version, just spread it on top. Skip this step. One less thing to do.
Brown hamburger with the green peppers and onion.  Drain. Stir in ketchup and brown sugar and cook until everything is hot.
Spread hot beef mixture over baked bread base. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.
Return to the oven and bake about 5 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted. Cut into squares.
Hubby was a bit skeptical, but admitted he really liked it!!
Wishing you all a very Happy Mother's Day!!
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Friday Faves #10

I finally got my act together this week to get the faves out! There were so many great recipes out there I only scraped the surface, but these are the ones I can't wait to try out on my table!
This Chick Cooks

Chicken and Black Bean Green Enchilada Rice Bake
The Picky Palate

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Day By Day

Chicken & White Bean Soup
Tomatoes on the Vine

Ham & Cheese Lasagna Rolls
The Foodie Mommie

Cheesy Crackers
Finding Joy in My Kitchen

Mexican Pasta Salad
Delightful Country Cookin'

Spinach Potato Cakes
Meatless Meals for Meat Eaters

Toasted Coconut Shortbread with Pineapple Topping
The Cookin' Chemist

Twix Brownie Bars
Delicious Discoveries

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo Tag Menu

Last week, I was tagged by Kristen over at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker to share a meal in pictures.  You have to include recipes that you have already posted.  I decided to tweak it a bit to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and because I LOVE Mexican food.  So here it goes:
I will start with some chips and Mi Casa Salsa.
including some:
Grandma's Taco SnacksFollowed by:
or maybe?
and for dessert:


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