Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Potato Bread

If my hubby does the grocery shopping he buys potato bread and of course the kids love it. I have always wanted to try baking my own.  Finally, I made the time.  It was soft and delicious!! I added some grated Parmesan and a little garlic power.  We ate it up so quick!!
Potato Bread
adapted from Food.com
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1 egg
2/3 cup mashed potatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4-5 cups flour
Put the warm water, yeast and sugar in the mixing bowl.  Stir and let sit for a few minutes until the yeast begins to bubble a bit. Then add all the rest of the ingredients, but only about half the flour.  Add enough flour to make it really soft and pliable, knead for about 6-8 minutes, and let it rise covered with plastic wrap for 1 hour. Punch it down,shaped it into two loaves and let it rise another 35 minutes till doubled.
Bake it at 375 degree for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and sounds hollow when you tap the tops of the loaves.
I like to rub the tops of the loaves with butter when they first come out of the oven.  Something my Grandmother always did.

*Optional: I added 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan to the dough mixture.  I then sprinkled the tops of the loaves with the Parmesan the last five minutes of baking.
I think it would be fun to experiment with different flavors of potatoes, garlic mashed, butter, ranch and ect.
I made this the day before the power first went out and it was heavenly to eat just plain!!




Friday, January 27, 2012

Bacondoodles

With the title of this post you must be wondering "What in the world?".  No the power outage did not fry my brain..although when it went out for the second time I thought I might go a bit crazy!! I saw this cookie and was instantly curious.  So you know me I had to try it out!  My son described it as a chewy, sugary piece of bacon.  At first taste, I wasn't quite sure, but then found myself wanting more.  They are addicting!  If you like the sugar/salt combo this is for you!!
Bacondoodles
adapted from Betterrecipes.com
1 cup bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon maple syrup
2 3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla and beat for 3 minutes. Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Mix until well blended. Now the important thing: Chill the dough for about 15-20 minutes in the fridge.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the 3 Tablespoons of sugar with the cinnamon in a small bowl. Scoop up your dough and roll it in the sugar mixture. I used a cookie scoop. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
 Bake for 10-12 minutes. You want them to still be light colored. After removing them from the oven, let them sit on the cookie sheet for one minute before removing them. 
Yum! I think I am hooked!
*UPDATE 1/29: I am glad I made this recipe out of pure curiosity and for something a bit different. They were yummy, but the question is "Will I ever make them again?" Probably Not!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Teriyaki Sauce

Wow! It feels good to be back!! Last week we experienced a rare snow storm, followed by freezing rain followed by more snow.  It was like a war zone around here, trees toppled over everywhere and we were without power for 4 days and many others are still without power.  I feel extremely blessed! Unfortunately the power outage put a damper on my cooking and I missed it, but did find a great teriyaki sauce recipe! This was delicious!! I used it on chicken but would be great with any meat.
Teriyaki Sauce
adapted from Food.com
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
5 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
2-3 Tablespoon honey
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water
Mix all but cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a sauce pan and begin heating.
Mix cornstarch and cold water in a cup and dissolve. Add to sauce in pan.
Heat until sauce thickens to desired thickness.
*I marinated my chicken in half of the sauce before cooking it.  I then thickened the rest of it.
Pour over cooked chicken or beef.
Enjoy!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Butterfinger Bites

When I saw this recipe over at Talented Terrace Girls, I was immediately intrigued.  I love Butterfinger candy bars. The list of ingredients in this recipe truly surprised me, so you all know I just had to try it out for myself.  They were so delicious!! Took a little bit of time to make, but so worth it.
Butterfinger Bites
From Talented Terrace Girls
Box of Cheezits or any other box of cheese crackers
peanut butter
chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)

Spread some peanut butter on one side of a cracker. Grab another cracker and place on top.
Dip in melted chocolate and cover completely.
 Set on waxed paper on a cookie sheet. Then put them in the freezer for
 5-10 minutes to get the chocolate to set up.
Oh YUM!!
The only issue I had with this recipe is my family ate half the box of Cheezits before I could get these made, but now they are begging for more!!
Thanks for a great recipe; Talented Terrace Girls. Make sure you chekc them out they have lotsof  great and creative things.  They are truly talented!  

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bacon Cheeseburger Bundles

With a family that could eat hamburgers every night of the week, I decided to take a new twist on the old family fave and it turned out great!  The best part is you can easily change up this recipe to meet your family's needs. It was a hit with my whole family!!

Bacon Cheeseburger Bundles
1 lb hamburger
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup French Fried Onions
2-3 pieces of bacon
3 can crescent rolls
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Season, brown and drain the hamburger.  Mix cheese, onion, and bacon into the beef mixture.
Place about 1 heaping Tablespoon of the mixture onto each crescent roll.
Fold dough over mixture. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light brown.
Enjoy!! Some of the family dipped them in ranch and others in ketchup!
I actually used turkey bacon this time and it was good!!



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mini Mexican Meatloaf

I have shared my love of Meixcan food many times with you.  When my Mom handed me this recipe I just had to try it out! YUM!!
Mini Mexican Meatloaf
1 1/4 lb. ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
1/2 cup salsa
2 eggs
1/2 of an 11.5 oz. bag nacho cheese corn chips
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup olives sliced
1 small can diced green chili peppers
1/2 onions, diced
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine beef, taco seasoning, salsa and eggs.  Crush corn chips in to 1/2 inch pieces.
Add chips, cheese, pepper, olives, chili peppers and onions to the meat mixture. Mix well.
Using 1 cup of the mixture form in to little loaves. 
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Drain off grease. At this point you can add a little more shredded cheese to the top of each loaf and return to the oven just until the cheese melts.
Remove from oben and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Enjoy Mexican goodness all rolled up in one little package!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New General Mills Frosted Toast Crunch Giveaway

Tired of the same old breakfast routine? Introducing NEW Frosted Toast Crunch, with the delicious taste of frosted vanilla*, this cereal is totally irresistible. Just one bite of the new Frosted Toast Crunch will send you into breakfast bliss, with each crunch square baked with the delightful taste of frosted vanilla and dusted with a delicious dash of cinnamon.

*The frosted vanilla coating is artificially flavored.
  • With 11 grams of whole grain, 9 grams of sugar and a good source of calcium,  Frosted Toast Crunch offers a good start to the day
  • Crave those new FROSTED crazy squares? They are available now in your local grocers!
  • Take your cereal to the next level with this wholesome breakfast. Your taste buds will be swirling with excitement! Cinnamon Toast Crunch is one of my kids' favorites and now this one can be added to the list! The kids love it!! Now one lucky reader will have the opportunity to try it out along with some other great items. The Giveaway package includes:
  • Spilt milk bowl 
  • Lickety spoon 
  •  Frosted pitcher 
  • Frosted Toast Crunch cereal
    To enter be a follower of One Crazy Cookie and tell me How will your family enjoy new Frosted Toast Crunch?
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Winner will be drawn by random number generator on January 20, 2012
Good Luck!
The Frosted Toast Crunch, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mom's Light Waffles

A few month ago my Mom made waffles for my nephew.  He stood by her and curiously watched her.  Finally when she asked him if he was ready to eat, he exclaimed, "WOW Grandma, I thought waffles only came from a box!!" So cute!!  It is kind of a tradition my mom has started to make the grandkids waffles for breakfast when they visit her house.  My girls kept on her until she made them and we were all happy she did. She said this is a recipe that my grandma always made. They were light and delicious!! We had no leftovers!!
Mom's Light Waffles
2 eggs (separate the whites and yolks)
2 cups milk
4 Tablespoons melted butter
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine 2 egg yolks and rest of the ingredients except; egg whites.
Beat 2 egg whites until they peak.  Fold into the other mixture.
Cook according to your waffle maker directions.
We served them with Buttermilk Syrup. Light and delicious!!
Thanks to my sweet Mom!!






Monday, January 9, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

This Week's Menu
Monday: Mexi-Meatloaf
Tuesday: Creamy Rice, Chicken & Spinach Dinner
Wednesday: Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Thursday: Picnic Night
Friday: BBQ Chicken Pizza
Saturday: Hoagie Sandwiches
Sunday:Balsamic Pork Loin

Happy Healthy Eating!!
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Friday, January 6, 2012

Bacon Chicken Ranch Pizza

This is definitely not one of those low calorie dinners, but well worth saving your daily calories for.  It is amazingly delicious!! A HUGE hit with the family!!
Bacon Chicken Ranch Pizza
1 recipe pizza dough
2 cups cooked chicken breast, diced
8 slices cooked bacon, broken into pieces
1/4 cup onions, diced
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Pizza Sauce
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1 Tablespoons butter
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Roll out pizza dough into a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
 Meanwhile prepare sauce:
Melt butter in a sauce pan. Add the heavy cream and bring to a boil. Cook until volume is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper. Remove from heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese.
*Optional: Add 1 tablespoon minced garlic to the butter and saute for a minute.
Spread sauce over the pizza. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese over the sauce then add chicken, bacon and onions. 
Drizzle the ranch on top.  Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese and bake for 15- 20 minutes or until crust appears done.
Enjoy!!

*Winco has a great pizza dough. It is cheap and tastes great!!

Delicious!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

OXO...Not the Old Fashioned Egg Beater Anymore Giveaway

I remember as a child playing with my Grandma's egg beater, which she used all the time, but as an adult finding them bulky and hard to clean.  With the OXO Good Grips Egg Beater this is no longer an issue.  I found it simple, easy to clean and fun to use. 
I used it to whip up eggs whites to brush on some homemade bread!
My daughter made some pudding with it and said, "It was so cool!"
Features and Benefits of the  OXO Good Grips Egg Beater:
*Has smoothly rotating gears that are enclosed for protection and easy clean up.
*Soft comfortable, non slip grips on turning knob and contoured handle.
*Sturdy stainless steel beaters can be removed with one push for easy cleaning.
*Beaters are elevated and continue to work while the device rests on the bottom of the bowl.
*Perfect for eggs, light batters, whipped cream and more.
*Base detaches from top and is dishwasher safe.


Trust me it is an awesome kitchen tool!!
Now for the great news: OXO has given me a Good Grips Egg Beater to giveaway to one of my readers!!
To Enter be a follower of One Crazy Cookie and tell me what you like best about this egg beater!
Winner will be drawn by random number generator on January 10, 2012!
Good Luck!!
I received the products free of charge from OXO. All opinions are my own.

Monday, January 2, 2012

I'm Finally Back...Menu Plan Monday

I hope everyone had an incredible holiday season!! Sorry for the lack of posts.  I had the opportunity at the last moment to go visit family in Idaho, so I jumped at it.  My kids and I drove 13 hours. but had an amazing time.  This visit I brought back a few of my favorite things that I can't get where I live:
~ Ranch and Blue Cheese dressings from the Famous Chiz's Restaurant in St. Anthony, ID. (I worked there for about 6 years).  The food is so delicious and the dressings are amazing!! I didn't get to eat there, but at least could purchase the dressings at the grocery store. 
~Harper's Homemade Bran Bread.  Low calories and high fiber. It is delicious!! Made in my old hometown of Pocatello, ID.
~Stephen's French Vanilla Hot Chocolate.  This is my guilty pleasure!!
While we were there I took my kids and nephew to the famous
Big Juds! This restaurant was featured on Man Vs. Food!!
Where we shared the Big Jud 1lb burger!
That is after we got it away from my son! Whom I'm sure could of eaten one by himself!
It was delicious!!  We had a fun time!
 A HUGE THANKS to my wonderful family and friends!!
Now back to reality:
This Week's Menu:
Tuesday: Potato Soup
Wednesday: Tacos
Thursday: Picnic Night
Friday: Tex Mex Meatloaf
Saturday: Baked Chicken
I got a few new recipes from my mom to share with you!!
I'm sad my kids go back to school tomorrow. We've had such a great time!!
Wishing everyone a great week!
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