Monday, October 31, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Happy Halloween!
I've missed my menu planning last week and it made my life so much more CRAZY!!
So on to this week!!
This Week's Menu
Monday:Meatloaf (from the freezer)
Tuesday:Chicken Noodle Soup
Wednesday:Chicken Pot Pie
Thursday: Taco Salad
Friday: Out of town for State Cross Country Meet
Saturday:Out of town
Sunday: Steak & Baked Potatoes
Have a great week!!

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Pumpkin Squares

It is the time for Pumpkin.  This week my boss made lunch in a pumpkin, which was really fun for the kids!!  I love pumpkin so bring on the recipes!! This one is delicious and simple to make. 
Pumpkin Squares
2 cups canned pumpkin
1 cup oil (or 1/2 cup applesauce & 1/2 cup oil)
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat pumpkin, oil, sugar and eggs until well combined.  Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Mix well and pour into a greased cookie sheet (about 12 x 16 sized pan).  Bake for 20 minutes or until done.  Cool completely and frost.
Frosting
1 (8 oz.) cream cheese
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
Beat cream cheese until soft.  Add vanilla, butter and mix well.  Add powdered sugar a little at a time until all is mixed together well. 
YUM!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Karen's Ham chowder

This is true comfort food and a long time family recipe!  It is so delicious!! A HUGE thank you to my Aunt Karen for letting me pick her brain on the amounts of each ingredient.  It originated from her mother-in-law and there were no amounts listed.  With my Aunts help it turned out perfect and oh so delicious!! 
Karen's Ham Chowder
3-4 medium potatoes
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced onions
2 cups diced ham (small pieces)
3 cups milk
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Place a small amount of olive oil in a pan.  On medium heat cook the onions for a couple of minutes and then add the ham.  Cook until onion is clear and soft and ham is warmed through (just a little bit brown). Place potatoes, carrots and celery in a pot;barely cover them with water.  Cook until just tender (becareful not to over cook).  When veggies are tender add cream of mushroom soup and milk.  Stir until combined.  Add the ham, onion and cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted.  Season with salt and pepper.   Serve with crackers or french bread.

YUM!!



Friday, October 21, 2011

Want a "Nutter" Ghost...

I saw these ghosts at a recent church event and thought they were darling!  My girls saw them and have been bugging me to make some.  What I couldn't believe is how quick and easy they are to make.  What a fun treat to take someone or just surprise the family with.
Nutter Ghosts
Nutter Butter Cookies
almond bark or white chocolate meltaways
mini chocolate chips
Melt the chocolate in the microwave until smooth.
Dip each cookie in the chocolate.
Lay them on to wax paper.
Add two mini chocolate chip for eyes.
Let them dry a bit to set up.
Package to give away or store in a sealed container.
Cute and delicious!!
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Scone Tradition

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you my Grandma's White Bread recipe.  As I was making it I remembered an old family tradition of eating hot scones.  YUM!! So I made two loaves of bread and turned the rest of the dough into scones.  My children claimed they had never had scones before.  How sad was that! They LOVED them.  This is a super simple recipe, but my goal is to keep the tradition alive.

Simply Scones
oil, canola or vegetable
Divide your dough into the desired size.
Roll each piece out a bit.
Heat your oil in a pan, medium/high heat. (you may need to adjust it.)
Place dough in the oil.  Cook about a minute on each side or until golden brown.
Drain on a paper towel.
Now the topping choices are endless:
butter, honey, sugar, cinnamon or ect!!
Enjoy they are delicious!!




Monday, October 17, 2011

Menu Plan Monday


 This Week's Menu
Monday: Crescent Chicken Bundles
Tuesday: Ham Chowder
Wednesday: Spaghetti Casserole
Thursday: Picnic Night
Friday: Chicken Alfredo
Saturday: Pizza
Sunday: Ham Fried Rice/Egg Rolls
The winner of the Heart to Heart Girl Giveaway chosen by random number generator,
Congratulations to :
Erin@ Making Memories...One Fun Thing After Another 
Have a Delicious Week!!
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Love, love, love pumpkin goodies!!  This one was so delicious and a huge hit with everyone.  One of the little boys in my preschool class told me, "They weren't good, they weren't great, they were FANTASTIC!!" 
Pumpkin Spice Cake
1 16 oz. can pumpkin
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together pumpkin, eggs, oil and vanilla until smooth.  Add the rest of the ingredients and beat again. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan.  Bake 30-35 minutes. Frost when still slightly warm.

Frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
Beat cream cheese. butter, vanilla and salt together. Slowly add powdered sugar slowly until fluffy and frosting consistency.  Spread over warm cake.
Store covered in the refridgerator.
YUM!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Celebrating the Star Wars Saga with Big G Cereals Giveaway!

Calling all Star Wars™ fans! Now you can take the Star Wars adventures to new heights by bringing home STAR WARS THE COMPLETE SAGA on Blu-ray Disc now!! Relive the unforgettable moments and experience the spectacular adventure of STAR WARS The Complete Saga in a way only Blu-ray can deliver.

This incredible collection unites all six Episodes together for the first time in stunning high definition with the purest digital sound in the galaxy. With over 40 hours of thrilling special features, including all-new content created exclusively for this release, you can journey deeper into the Star Wars universe and discover more than ever before. Feel the Force of STAR WARS The Complete Saga on Blu-ray.
In honor of the release, select General Mills Big G cereals have a limited edition Star Wars good versus evil image on their packaging, which when combined creates a full panoramic poster.

Exclusively at Walmart, look for specially marked boxes of Big G cereals, including Honey Nut Cheerios®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, and Lucky Charms®. Collect all three to create a Star Wars panoramic poster showcasing your favorite characters, like Darth Vadar™, Luke Skywalker™, Han Solo™, Princess Leia™ and more.
Marking the first time ever that the full Saga is available in one complete collection, the 9-disc STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA is now available on Blu-ray, courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Now for the great news, One lucky reader will win:
One box of each of the following cereals to form their own Star Wars panoramic poster:
      Honey Nut Cheerios
      Cinnamon Toast Crunch
      Lucky Charms
$25 Walmart gift card
AWESOME!!
To enter be a follower of One Crazy Cookie and tell me which Star Wars character is your favorite!!
Winner will be drawn by random number generator on October 20. 2011.
May the force be with you!!
Disclosure: The cereal, gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark. All opnions are my own.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cheesy Enchilada Sauce

My good friend and I share a love of Mexican food.  We would find every excuse in the world to go out to lunch and have Mexican food almost all the time.  I miss her so I was excited when she sent me this recipe.  It is similar to a the one used at a local restaurant we used to go to.  It is so flavorful and oh so DELICIOUS!! It was the perfect sauce for enchildas and a huge hit with the whole family!!
Cheesy Enchilada Sauce
2 Tablespoons flour
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
3 Tablespoons chili powder
1 cup milk
1 cup beef broth
1/3 cup salsa
1/8 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
6 oz. velveeta cheese, cubed
 Cook flour and garlic in veg. oil over low heat stirring constantly, until flour is lightly browned. Stir in chili powder. Gradually add milk, broth, salsa, oregano, and cumin. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes. Add velveeta cheese and stir until melted.
Pour a small amount in the bottom of your dish and over top of your prepared enchiladas.  This time I made mine with shredded beef, onions, pinto beans, tomatoes and cheese.  They were delicious!!
Thanks Katie for such an incredible recipe!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Celebrating National Cookie Month with Tate's Bake Shop & A Bonus Giveaway!

This week I received an incredible package from Tate's Bake Shop, the award-winning bakery in Southampton, NY owned and operated by Kathleen King.  My family and I had the opportunity to try out their Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip cookies.
They sent me three packages and you will notice there are only 2 in the picture...
I opened the package and let's say they were gone before I could take the picture....
DELICIOUS!! 
I know why they recently won GOLD in the Cookie category at the 2011 sofi™ Awards, presented at the Fancy Food Show (known as the Oscars® of the specialty food industry) in Washington, DC.
I loved that they are made with all natural ingredients.  My family did not even notice they are made of whole wheat flour! YAY!! These crispy buttery cookies melt in your mouth. 
Trust me you cannot eat just one or even two...YUM!! 
I was also so excited to receive the Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook signed by the author and owner!!
According to Kathleen, each recipe is designed to “take less time to make than it would to go to a store to buy a commercially prepared baked good.” An important concept in my CRAZY life!

Kathleen has been baking since she was 11 years old, selling chocolate chip cookies at her family’s farm stand. Those chocolate chip cookies have since been voted America’s Favorite Chocolate Chip cookie by Rachel Ray, and Tate’s Bake Shop now offers many more cookie flavors, as well as a variety of Kathleen’s signature traditional American desserts such as cakes, pies, crumbles and more. The love Kathleen has put into her business over the last 40 years shows: you can taste it in every bite. 
Since October is National Cookie Month and it’s a perfect time to celebrate America’s favorite dessert Tate's Bake Shop is offering one lucky reader the same prize package I received (3 packages of cookies and a signed cookbook)!! OH IT IS A GOOD ONE!!
To enter be a follower of One Crazy Cookie and like Tate's Bake Shop on Facebook.
For additional entries:
Visit Tate's Bake Shop and tell me which kind of cookie or other goodie you'd love to try!
Please leave me a comment for each one!
Giveaway only valid for USA Residents
Winner will be drawn by random number generator on October 17, 2011.
Now for those of us that can't wait Tate's Bake Shop is offering a 15% discount for all orders through the end of October.  Just use the password COOKIE.
Now let the celebration for National Cookie Month begin.  I am off to find that last package (that I hid) of Tate's Cookies. OH YUM!
I received this gift package from Tate's Bake Shop, no other compensation was provided.  All opinons are my own.

 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Double Cheese Pasta with Bacon

We are in full swing of the cross country season, so pasta dishes are a must the night before the races.  I get tired of the same thing each time so I am experimenting.  This one turned out great!! The whole family loved it.  I used rigatoni, but any pasta would work.
Double Cheese Pasta with Bacon
adapted from Taste of Home
1 package pasta (16-18 oz.)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
2 cups half and half cream
2 cups milk
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
6 oz. provolone cheese (more or less)
1 lb bacon, cooked crisp and broken into pieces
sliced mushrooms (optional)
Cook pasta according to package directions.   
In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter, stir in the flour, salt, pepper and garlic salt until smooth.  Gradually add cream and milk.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Stir in the cheeses.  Until all is melted and smooth. 
Drain pasta, transfer to a large bowl, add the cheese mixture, bacon and mushrooms.  Toss to coat. 
Transfer to a greased 9 x13 pan.  Bake uncovered, at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. 
Delicious!
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sopapilla Cheesecake Dessert

I saw this recipe over a Making Memories..One Fun Thing After Another and knew it would be perfect for a "Tried it Out Thursday" post.  It comes from an incredible blog with lots of creative and yummy things go and check it out! This recipe did not disappoint.  It was SO DELICIOUS and easy!! Thanks Erin!
Sopapilla Cheesecake Dessert
from Making Memories..One Fun Thing After Another
2 cans of Pillsbury Crescent rolls
2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened (I used light)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup butter melted
cinnamon
sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Unroll and spread 1 of the cans of crescent rolls on the bottom of a lightly greased 9 x13 inch pan.  Combine the cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and vanilla.  Spread over top of the crescent roll layer. (This will look like a ton of cream cheese, but trust me it works!) Unroll the remaining can of crescent rolls on a sheet of wax paper and roll it out a bit with a rolling pin or by hand.  Then pick up the wax paper and place the dough on top of the cream cheese filling. Then peel off the wax paper.
 Pour the melted butter over the top and sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar (I started with 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon but added a little bit more.)
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned.  Let cool a bit, slice and eat!!
*You can half this recipe and it will fit in an 8x8 pan perfectly.
This is so Yummy!!
PS. They are also very delicious cold!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hearts For Hearts Girls Doll Line & A Great Giveaway!

Changing the World One Heart at a Time! That is the goal of the new Hearts For Hearts Girls doll line and fashion collection from Playmates Toys. The collection features six dolls from around the world, each with an inspiring story to share.

The authentically dressed and lifelike dolls each represent a girl who is working to change her community in ways that are unique to her home country. Included with each doll are a friendship bracelet and a story booklet that explains how these multicultural girls live and contribute to their families, communities, and culture. Each doll also comes with a special code that unlocks a free membership to the kid-safe Hearts for Hearts Girls Website, which features:
  • Additional information about each of the Hearts For Hearts Girls and the countries in which they live
  • Educational activities and lively games that are fun and rich in culture
  • Intriguing stories about real girls who are making a difference
  • While all girls are welcome to visit the site, the code unlocks access to additional features, including a larger array of games and a “myHeart” page
To further bring to light each Hearts For Hearts Girls’ culture, additional outfits are available for the dolls, so that your little girl can envision her doll’s story as she plays and changes the doll’s attire.
My daughter LOVES her doll!!
    Additionally, through a partnership with World Vision3, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Hearts For Hearts Girls doll is donated to programs that support girls in that doll’s country. Whether it’s malaria nets in Africa, schoolbooks in Asia, or food supplies in the United States, these programs help girls to thrive and succeed.
    Meet the six Hearts For Hearts Girls:
    Help to make a difference one doll at a time by reviewing your very own doll from the Hearts For Hearts Girls line which debuted in stores this fall! In addition, you can visit http://bit.ly/ShopH4HG to purchase a Hearts For Hearts Girl doll for a loved one today!
    Now for the great news!!
    One lucky reader will win:
  • One Hearts For Hearts Girl, accompanied by a friendship bracelet, story booklet, donation for girls in need through partner World Vision and a special product code your daughter can use to unlock a free membership to the Hearts For Hearts Girls website, which provides access to the “myHeart” page and an array of games and activities.
  • An outfit that is authentic to one of the Hearts for Hearts Girls’ culture, in which your daughter can also dress her doll.
  • This is an amazing gift package that any girl will LOVE!!
    To enter be a follower of One Crazy Cookie and tell me which Heart to Hearts Girls doll you or your  daughter most like to meet and learn more about.
    Winner will be chosen by random number generator on October 15, 2011.
    These are darling dolls!
    Have Fun!

    The Hearts For Hearts Girls doll, and information have been provided by Playmates Toys through MyBlogSpark. All opinions are my own.
     

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Beef & Potato Casserole

This is pure comfort food! A sweet neighbor brought it too my family after one of our babies was born. It may not look beautiful but it is very delicious! My children love it.  I served it with a veggie mixture.

Beef & Potato Casserole
1 pound hamburger
1/4-1/2 cup onions, diced
5-6 medium sized potatoes
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
salt & pepper to taste.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Brown and drain hamburger and onions.  Season just a bit. 
Peel and dice potatoes in to bit sized pieces.  Put in a saucepan with some water and boil a few minutes just to soften them a bit. Drain.
In a big bowl mix soups, 1 cup cheese, sour cream and salt and pepper to taste.  Add hamburger and potatoes and mix until all is coated.  Place in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.  Top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese.
 Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes or until bubbly and hot. 
Let sit for just a couple minutes before serving.
Enjoy!

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