Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Blast From the Past With Big G Cereals Giveaway!

It’s time to dust off your sweat bands, leg warmers and neon tees and head on over to your local Target® to moon walk down the cereal aisle, as Big G cereals have brought back their “Retro” themed packaging, 80’s style. Big G cereals will be channeling their Retro roots and to help celebrate, they have partnered with Atari®, bringing classic 80’s games like Asteroids, Missile Command and Centipede to your breakfast table.
Collect all 5 different packages that include totally radical Atari Activities on the back of each box; available exclusively at Target starting February through mid-March.
  • Participating Big G cereals include: Cinnamon Toast Crunch® (17 oz.), Lucky Charms® (16 oz.), Honey Nut Cheerios® (17 oz.), Cheerios® (18 oz.) and Cocoa Puffs® (16.5 oz.)
  • Did we mention it was Atari’s 40th Anniversary this year? Be sure to check out GrocerySavvy.com and test your online Atari gaming skills at Asteroids while also entering in a sweepstakes for chance to win Target gift cards and Atari merchandise.
Now to get the retro party started one lucky reader will win this great gift package!

  • 2 boxes of participating Big G cereals 
  • $10 Target gift card 
  • A free download for “Atari 80 Classic Games In 1”

  • To enter the giveaway be a follower of One Crazy Cookie and tell me something you like or remember about the 80's.
    It's as easy as creating the big bangs we used to wear in the 80's!! HA HA HA!!
    Winner will be drawn by random number generator
    on March 10, 2012.
    Have fun and good luck!!
    Disclosure: The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills, Atari and Target through MyBlogSpark.

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    Butter Dip Biscuits

    This is an old family recipe that comes from the Dough Queen my Aunt Karen.  She has the touch that makes incredible breads, rolls and other delicious goodies.  These were so delicious and a huge hit with the family!!
    Butter Dip Biscuits
    From Aunt Karen
    
    2 cups milk
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/4 cup butter
    4 1/2 teaspoons yeast
    1/4 cup warm water
    2 eggs, well beaten
    1 teaspoon salt
    5-6 cups flour
    additional melted butter
    Put the milk, sugar, salt and butter in a saucepan.  Heat on medium heat stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool.
    Pour water into the mixer, sprinkle the yeast and stir just a bit.  I added 1 teaspoon sugar to the mixture.  Let yeast sit until it foams a bit (about 5 minutes).  Stir in eggs and milk mixture. Stir in flour until you get a stiff dough.  Let dough raise until doubled.  Punch down and roll dough out to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out round rolls (I used a drinking glass to cut mine.)
    Dip each round into melted butter (I started with 2 Tablespoons butter and then melted more when I needed it) and fold in half on a lightly greased cookie sheet. 
     Let raise again (about 20-30 minutes). Bake  at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
     
    The only issue I had was keeping the rolls folded.
    These were light and delicious.

    Sunday, February 26, 2012

    Menu Plan Monday

    After a super crazy week I am finally back!! Amazing how much I missed blogging and all my blog friends!! This week I am hopefully back on track starting with a weekly meal plan.
    This Week's Menu
    Monday: Taco Salads
    Tuesday: Cheese Stuffed Meatball Subs
    Wednesday: Kelly's BBQ Chicken Pizza
    Thursday: Picnic Night
    Friday: Sloppy Joes
    Saturday: Chicken Quesadillas
    Sunday: Potato Bar
    Thanks for your patience! I've got some good things planned to add to the blog this week!!
    Happy Monday!
    


    Friday, February 17, 2012

    Lasagna Soup

    This recipe was such a HIT at my house. Even my picky eater had two servings.  It was simple to put together and VERY DELICIOUS!! I received a message from hubby who hates soup and it said; "If you change the name from soup that dish is AWESOME!" Wow that says a lot coming from the man of few words. Guess it passed the test!! 
    Lasagna Soup
    1 lb. mild Italian sausage
    1/2 cup onion diced
    1 (28 oz.) can tomato sauce
    1 cup beef broth
    1 Tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes (undrained)
    2 teaspoons dried basil
    2 cup small shell pasta (I used small penne)
    grated parmesan
    shredded mozzarella (optional)
    In a skillet, brown sausage with the onion. Drain if needed.  Place sausage in the crock pot. Add all the ingredients but the pasta. Stir and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Cook pasta according to package directions.  Add pasta to the crock pot about 10-20 minutes before serving.
    Garnish each serving with some parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella.
    Delicious!!

    Wednesday, February 15, 2012

    Tried & True: Crescent Chicken Bundles

    This is one of my family's all time favorites that I posted early in the life of this blog!! My husband and I argue about where this recipe originated from, but that really doesn't matter, because it is easy and  DELICIOUS!! It so deserves a second  post! 
    Crescent Chicken Bundles
    original post here

    2 cups cooked chicken, diced
    2-3 stalks of celery, diced in small pieces
    1/2 cup diced olives
    2 cans refrigerator crescent rolls
    1 small onion, minced
    1 (8 oz.) cream cheese
    Mix all ingredients together. Roll out crescent rolls. Place a small amount of mixture on the large end of the crescent.
    Roll up the top and sides around the filling. Continue to roll the dough up. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. 
     Bake  at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  Until  lightly browned.
    Make a gravy out of the following:

    1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Cream of Chicken Soup
    1 tsp. chicken bouillon
    1 soup can of water
    Bring to boil and simmer until gravy like consistency.
    Serve gravy over top of the rolls.

    *As you can tell I renamed this recipe because I could not figure out how to get the filling to stay in the roll if made into a crescent shape. That is why it is a bundle. I try to wrap the dough around the filling right from the start.

     There are better directions for rolling the dough in the original post!!

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    Snickers Popcorn

    If you are in need of a quick sweet for your "sweet" today, this is a good one!! So delicious and very addicting.  I found it over at Walking on Sunshine which is an amazing blog.  Lots of delicious food and inspirational posts!!

    Snickers Popcorn
    from Walking on Sunshine
    1 cups of unpopped popcorn
    1 cup butter
    2 cups light brown sugar, packed
    1 tsp. salt
    1/2 cup light corn syrup
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 tsp. baking soda
    30 "Fun Size" Snickers bars, coarsely chopped
    3 oz. milk chocolate, melted (optional)

    Pop your popcorn. Sift through and remove all the unpopped kernels.
    Over medium heat, boil butter, brown sugar, salt, vanilla  and corn syrup for 5 minutes.
    Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda.
    I used my LARGE roasting pan.
    Pour this mixture over your popcorn and stir to coat evenly.
    Bake your popcorn in a 200 degree oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes stirring every 15 minutes.
    Remove from oven and stir in your coarsely chopped Snickers. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes so the Snickers can melt into the popcorn. The candy does not have to completely melt.
    Remove from oven and drizzle with the melted chocolate
    Let cool before packaging or transferring to an air-tight container.
    She packaged hers up all cute. We ate it straight from the bowl and loved it!!


    Monday, February 13, 2012

    Menu Plan Monday

    A little more from my quick trip to San Francisco.  Me and the Golden Gate Bridge.  What you don't see is what happened just before this picture.  I saw people standing up on a ledge for a better photo opt. So I decided I would do it also.  Not a good plan...I was the one who fell!! Hubby got a good laugh out of it.  So a little excitement before we walked across the bridge and almost got ran over by bikers.  It was all good though. Loved the experience!!
    After another power outage last week, I am crossing my fingers that will be the last for the season. It puts a big damper in my cooking and blogging habit! Now on to this week..

    This Week's Menu
    Monday: Burritos
    Tuesday: Chicken Puff Pastry Pockets
    Wednesday:Lasagna Soup
    Thursday: Picnic Night
    Friday: Malibu Chicken
    Saturday: Chip Chicken
    Sunday: Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes
    Anyone got any good ideas for Valentine's Day? 
    

    
    Linked to Menu Plan Monday

    Sunday, February 12, 2012

    Food On The Table: Free For Life Easy Meal Planning


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    SPECIAL OFFER: This month there is a promotion gives NEW Food On The Table users unlimited meals each week for free (it's normally only 3 meals a week and you pay for the unlimited upgrade).  Note: Since it's a promo code, you may still get encouraged to upgrade, but you don't have to because of the promo code.
    Click here and use the promo code: FEBFREE (Good throughout the month of February!)
    When you use this promo code you will get to use the service free for life.
    Something worth checking out!


    Friday, February 10, 2012

    Quick Cinnamon Bread

    Wow! I just realized I have doing alot of bread posts lately.  Guess I have been in bread mode.  This is a quick and simple recipe.  It will impress the kids for an afternoon snack or even breakfast idea.  I wanted a picture of it outside of the pan, but the family ate it and very fast.  I wouldn't really classify it as bread per say, but more a pull a part version.  Either way it is yummy!!
    Quick Cinnamon Bread
    2 (10 count) cans refrigerated biscuits
    1/3 cup butter
    1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    Cut each uncooked biscuit dough into 4 pieces and place half in a greased loaf pan.  In a saucepan add butter, cinnamon and brown sugar.  Heat to a boil.  Remove from heat and add the vanilla.  Pour some of the mixture of the biscuit pieces and then add the rest of the remaining biscuit pieces on top and pour the remaining mixture on top. 
    Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
    Enjoy!


    Wednesday, February 8, 2012

    Getting More Whole Grains in Your Diet Giveaway!


    Ringing in the New Year often means new eating habits. We know whole grain is important to you, and the Dietary Guidelines recommend choosing products with a whole grain listed as the first ingredient. Now every cereal with the white check has more whole grain than any other single ingredient with the same great taste. You will see “whole grain” as a part of the first ingredient on the ingredient list, indicating that whole grain is the first and most prevalent ingredient.

    According to Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of “The Doctors,” identifying whole grain products can be challenging. Shoppers can look for nutritional cues on the front of the box, but they need to read the ingredient list to know if they are getting enough whole grain. Ingredient lists detail ingredients in order of prevalence, and if the words “whole grain” are followed by a grain like wheat or oats, it means the food contains more whole grain than any other single ingredient. Here’s how to determine if your cereals have whole grain as a first ingredient:

    With all the health messages facing grocery store shoppers, it can be confusing to translate what appears on food labels into nutritional needs, and hard to determine which foods have a meaningful amount of whole grain. Dr. Stork has some additional recommendations to help you include whole grain easily into your diet. They include:
    • Start Early! The Dietary Guidelines recommend people get at least 48 grams of whole grain in their daily diets. Get a jump-start on the day’s nutrition by incorporating whole grain into your morning routine. For instance, when choosing cereal make sure whole grain is listed as the first ingredient. One easy choice is cereal with the white check, which have more whole grain than any other single ingredient.
    • Make Simple Swaps. Choose whole grain versions of the foods you love. Great options include whole wheat pasta and whole wheat bread or even whole grain crackers. Also, try different types of whole grain. Use brown rice instead of white rice as a side dish at dinner or popcorn, which is a whole grain, for a snack.
    • Don’t Judge a Food by Its Cover. The front of food packages provide good nutritional cues, but don’t forget to read the ingredients and check the nutrition label and side labels for additional health information. Cereals with the white check even include the amount of whole grain per serving on packaging.
    To help with choosing products with whole grain, General Mills developed “Fast Lane for Whole Grain,” an online educational game. Consumers can navigate virtual grocery store aisles and identify products that have whole grain as the first ingredient, with the option to enter a sweepstakes to win one of each of the 50 cereals with the white check.

    Make a commitment to add more whole grain to your diet by simply pouring a bowl of cereal with the white check including Cheerios®, Lucky Charms®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, Honey Nut Cheerios® and Total®.
    To help you get started one lucky reader will win this amazing gift package:

    5 Boxes of General Mills with the white check!!
    To enter be a follower of One Crazy Cookie and tell me
    How has this information changed the way you read ingredient lists?
    For an additional entry like One Crazy Cookie on Facebook.

    Winner will be drawn by random number generator on February 15.

    For more information on the importance of whole grain and a chance to enter the “Fast Lane for Whole Grain” sweepstakes, visit Whole Grain Nation.

     The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

    Monday, February 6, 2012

    Menu Plan Monday

    Last weekend at the last moment hubby and I had the opportunity to hop a plane and go to San Francisco for the weekend!  Neither of us had been there before.  We only had one full day to take it all in and I so want to go back.  It was a foodies dream!!  Check out this cool bread sculpture.
    I will share more later, but for now it is about time I get back on the menu bandwagon.  Life has been very hectic with out it.  A lesson I never seem to learn!!

    This Week's Menu
    Monday: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
    Tuesday: Cheesy Cracker Ranch Chicken
    Wednesday: California Chowder
    Thursday: Picnic Night
    Friday:Chicken Puff Pastry Pockets
    Saturday: French Bread Pizza
    Sunday:Balsamic Pork Loin
    Wishing you all a delicious week!!







    Sunday, February 5, 2012

    Take a look at sneakpeeq and a Great Giveaway!


    Sneakpeeq is the largest and fastest growing social shopping company on Facebook. They currently have over 300,000 users to date and are rapidly growing. The company recently entered into a strategic partnership with Facebook at F8 conference a few months back (f8 is the annual Facebook developers conference). We are backed financially by the initial investors of Facebook and Twitter. To date, they have primarily partnered with brands in the fashion/home decor/gourmet food categories; we have partnered with over 600+ brands. In December 2011, Sneakpeeq was named one of the “Top 10 Best Social Aps of 2011”. In January 2012, Sneakpeeq reached a milestone when it officially became fully integrated into Facebook’s Open Graph (like Spotify).
    .
    I went over to sneakpeeq to see what it is all about. They have some great products and ways to earn different discounts.  It was a fun and interactive site!
    Now sneakpeeq has offered one lucky reader a $10 gift card to use on your favorite food, style and home products—that goes a long way in sneakpeeq’s amazingly low-priced boutiques!
      But with thisgiveaway, everybody wins!  sneakpeeq is giving
    20 % off your next purchase just for entering!!
    Come see all the things you love but haven’t discovered.  sneakpeeq only has New Products that you have never seen before!

    Enter the giveaway by clicking on this link
    and joining sneakpeeq! You will also recieve your exclusive 20% off when you click this link.  The winner will be announced here on 02/15/12! 
    *Open to US Residents only and you must be new sneakpeeq user.
    Let me know what you think!
    sneakpeeq offered this giveaway. I was given no monetary compensation or product.



    Saturday, February 4, 2012

    Superbowl Eats!!

    Are you ready for Superbowl Sunday?  It is always a big deal at our house. It is even better when one of our teams is in it, but either way it's what we do and food plays a huge part of the celebration. 
    Here's what we are doing this year.
    Pulled Pork Sandwiches with all the fixing for lunch.
    Then the snacking begins:
    Superbowl Shrimp Dip (Oh I wonder where it got it's name!)
     and new to the menu:
    Super Peanut Butter Filled Brownies

     What's on your menu for the BIG GAME?

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

    New Dulce de Leche Cheerios Giveaway!



    Now, moms everywhere can bring a beloved traditional Latin flavor to their family’s breakfast table with new Dulce de Leche Cheerios. With a hint of caramel flavor, Dulce de Leche Cheerios, provides a delicious and tasty start to your family’s day while delivering key health benefits expected from a cereal made with whole grain and 6 grams of sugar per serving.

    • Dulce de Leche is traditionally incorporated in Latin American inspired desserts, and you can now get a hint in the newest variety of Cheerios
    • With the same goodness you’ve come to know and love about Cheerios, the new Dulce de Leche flavor provides 39 percent of the recommended daily amount of whole grain* (* According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the daily recommended amount of whole grain for most people is at least 3 ounce equivalents, which is equal to 48 grams. Dulce de Leche Cheerios has 19 grams of whole grain per serving.)
    Don’t just eat Dulce de Leche Cheerios with milk at breakfast. Enjoy the sweet flavor and crunchy texture of Dulce de Leche Cheerios in one of these recipes for fun new snacking options: I'm gonna be trying these out soon. 
    Yum! What fun and delicious ideas to really take cereal to the next level!! Now the great news one lucky ready will get a chance to be among the first to taste this new twist on a familiar classic with this great giveaway!!

  • Box of Dulce de Leche Cheerios
  • Orange polka dot cereal bowl
  • Cereal spoon
  • Dulce de leche scented candle

  • *To enter be a follower of One Crazy Cookie
     and tell me What do you think you will enjoy most about new Dulce de Leche Cheerios?
    Winner will be drawn by random number generator on February 10, 2012.
    Good Luck!!
     The new Dulce de Leche Cheerios information, product, and prize pack have been provided free of charge by Cheerios and General Mills, through MyBlogSpark.

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