Friday, April 27, 2012

PB & Chocolate Blast Chex Mix

Do you enjoy a little crunchy and sweet treat?  This is a great quick and easy fix!! Very delicious!!
PB & Chocolate Blast Chex Mix
adapted from General Mills
6 cups corn or rice Chex cereal
1 cup white chocolate baking chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup plain M&M's

1. Line a cookie sheet with foil or waxed paper.  Pour 3 cups of cereal and 1/2 cup M&M's in a medium bowl. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave for abour 1 minute or until chips can be stirred smooth.  Pour melted chips over the cereal and stir to coat evenly.  Spread mixture onto the cookie sheet.
2. Repeat the above using the peanut butter chips.
Let mixture cool to set ( it may need a few minutes in the fridge.) Break apart and store in a airtight container.
Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mini Chicken Potpies

This is another one of those recipes I got from my sweet sister!! These are both cute and delicious! I was a little hesitant to make them for fear it would take too much time. Luckily, I was wrong. They were simple and went together pretty fast.  This recipe is a KEEPER!!
Mini Chicken Potpies
makes 20-24 mini pies
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1  1/2 cups water
2/3 cup milk
2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules or 2 cubes.
1 cup chicken, cooked and diced
2 cups cooked diced small vegetables (I use potatoes, carrots and peas.  You can also use frozen mixed veggies)
2-3 cans refrigerated biscuits
shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Preheat your oven to 400.
Cook vegetables until tender.  Set aside.  In a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until well blended.  Gradually stir in water, milk and bouillon.  Bring to a boil stirring constantly and boil for 2 minutes.  (It should be like gravy). Remove from heat. Stir in chicken and vegetables.
Lightly grease (2) 12-cup muffin tin and place the biscuits into each cup, pressing into the bottom and up the sides.
Evenly spoon the pot pie mixture into each biscuit cup. (about 1 Tablespoon)
I added shredded cheese to the tops of one pan.
Slide into the oven and bake for about 12-15 minutes. Check at the 10 minute mark.
Let rest for about 3 minutes.
And ENJOY!!
The ones topped with cheese were gone first!!



Monday, April 23, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

This weekend marked another milestone for me, Senior Prom.  One step closer to my oldest graduating! I really just want time to slow down!! He looked so handsome and his date was beautiful!!
Since I can't slow down time I need to make the best of it so I will start with menu planning!

This Week's Menu
Monday: Mini Chicken Potpies
Tuesday: Taco Salad
Wednesday: Chicken & Pasta
Thursday:  Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf
Friday:Balsamic BBQ Chicken and Baked Sweet Potatoes
Saturday: S&S Pork/Fried Rice
Sunday: Mystery Meat (Something I found in the freezer. I'm hoping it is steak!!)


Have a beautiful week!!


Friday, April 20, 2012

Add Some Life with Olives and Olive Oil: Southwestern Tossed Salad

Inspiring and flavorful ingredients can turn a blah salad into something so much more.  Olives and olive oil add a whole new taste dimension to your basic salad, not to mention the bonus of heart-health benefits they provide. Refreshing salads can answer cravings for fresh and more nutritious meals in the spring and summer.  I LOVE salads, olives and olive oil, so I was so excited when the International Olive Council contacted me about posting about their new Add Some Life campaign!

The Add Some Life campaign strives to inspire you about the taste, versatility, benefits and importance of making olives and olive oil staples in your daily life. Whether it’s with our families, our careers, or the food we put on the table, we all strive to find things that can add more “life” to our experiences. Olives and olive oil are the perfect way to do just that. They add flavor. They add health benefits. And they add a sense of excitement to everyday life. Over at Add Some Life it is filled with great useful information along with loads of delicious recipes using olives and olive oil!! So make sure you check it out!! (I've got a chocolate cake that I found there that's been on my brain!!)

This salad was colorful and oh so delicious!! Even my picky eater loved it. The olives add great flavor and the olive oil dressing is light and fabulous!! This will become a regular on my menu!
Southwestern Tossed Salad
adapted from Add Some Life

 1 (15 1/2 oz.) can of corn (well drained)
 1 (15 1/2-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
 1 medium tomato, chopped
 1/2 cup diced onions
 3/4 cup sliced olives.
 1/3 cup chopped cilantro (I used 1 1/2 tsp. dried cilantro)

Dressing
 1/3 cup olive oil
 4 tablespoons lime juice (or rice vinegar)
 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
 1 teaspoon brown sugar
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce with 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce, finely chopped

 5 cups torn lettuce (I used red and green leaf lettuce)
 1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted and cubed, optional
 1 cup coarsely broken tortilla chips, optional
 shredded cheese

In medium sized bowl, combine corn, black beans, tomato, onions, cilantro; toss to mix.
In measuring cup or small bowl, blend dressing ingredients.  Pour over the bean and corn mixture and stir to mix.
Before serving add the avocado and stir to combine.
Layer your lettuce, add the bean/corn mixture.
Garnish with shredded cheese and broken tortilla chips.
What a delicious and refreshing salad!! Next time I will add some grilled chicken and call it a meal!!
YUM!!

A HUGE Thanks to the International Olive Council for sending me this great package. It's gonna make salad creating even more fun!!
What's your favorite recipe using olives or olive oil? Like Add Some Life on Facebook and Follow on Twitter for up to date information and great ideas!

Disclosure: I received a premium gift package from the International Olive Council, including a Williams-Sonoma Salad Spinner, Crate and Barrel Salad Dressing Mixer and Crate and Barrel Serving Tongs for recipe development and review purposes. All opinions are my own.

The International Olive Council is the world’s only international intergovernmental organization in the field of olive oil and table olives. Formerly known as the International Olive Oil Council (IOOC) until 2006, the IOC promotes the trade, consumption and international cooperation in the field of olive oil and table olives. It translates this commitment into tangible advancement for its member countries and, most importantly, for the people who earn their livelihood from the production of the olive tree.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Big G Curvy Straws: A Fun Way to Get all the Nutrients Out of the Bowl Giveaway

Did you know that simply drinking the leftover milk from cereal bowls may help kids work towards fulfilling their body’s daily dairy, calcium, and Vitamin D needs? And what better way to slurp down to the bottom of the bowl than with the new Curvy Straws, available in-pack of specially marked boxes of Big G cereal! With these collectable, connectable Curvy Straws, children of all ages can enjoy mixing and matching to build bigger, colorful straws all while helping them work towards stronger bones and muscles through increased calcium intake! My kids are loving these straws!!
  • Be sure to collect all six different colorful straws featuring beloved Big G cereal characters Participating Big G cereals include Cinnamon Toast Crunch® (17 oz.), Lucky Charms®(16 oz.), Reese’s® Puffs (18 oz.), Honey Nut Cheerios® (17 oz.), Trix®(14.8 oz)  and Cocoa Puffs® (16.5 oz)
  • Made with more whole grain than any other ingredient, Big G cereal, combined with a ½ cup of milk, can help provide a great start to your family’s day 
Whether you use one or connect them all, the fun with Big G Curvy Straws doesn’t have to stop when you reach the end of the bowl. Simply grab another serving of ice cold milk, and slurp away! Need more cereal to go with your milk? You can visit this link to download a printable coupon for $1.25 off of the purchase of (2) boxes of participating Big G cereal today. What a great coupon!! Hurry fast before they are gone!!

To get a head start on collecting the Big G Curvy Straws one lucky reader will win this awesome prize package:
1 box of a participating Big G cereal
1 Curvy Straw
1 ‘spilt’ milk bowl
              2 glow cups (These are the coolest cups I've ever seen!!)
2 tangle toys
HOW COOL IS THAT!!
To enter be a follower of One Crazy Cookie and tell me
Which Big G cereal are you most looking forward to finding a Curvy Straw in?
For an additonal entries:
Post giveaway on a Blog, Twitter or Facebook.

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Winner will be drawn by random number generator on April 25, 2012
GOOD LUCK!!
Disclosure: The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Peanut Butter Brownies

I had a craving for something with a peanut butter and chocolate combination. This was perfect.
It tasted delicious and the whole batch was gone in a flash!! So I guess the family liked it!
Peanut Butter Brownies
adapted from Taste of Home
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups  flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, soda and salt gradually to the creamed mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spread into a greased 13 x 9 pan.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
*If you want a thinner version.  Spread in a bigger pan and don't cook so long.
They were YUMMY!!
I took my boss one and she was begging me to make her a batch the next day!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

We Interrupt This Blog for an Important Message...

OK..Now that I got your attention a bit, it is more of a "Mommy Moment" and I have felt very strongly that I need to share it with you.  As many of you know my son is a runner. It is his passion and no one puts more heart and soul into it than him.  However there came races that his body would just shut down and he said his legs felt like they weighed 500 pounds.  It was like watching him in slow motion as he would struggle to cross the finish line and then collapse.  No matter how hard it was and how much pain he was in he ALWAYS somehow managed to finish.  After trying different changes in his diet and fluid intake and everything else we could think of with no improvement we finally started seeking medical help.  After seeing two different doctors the second one finally took it seriously and started to test out everything.  We saw the heart specialist, he was tested for several different types of diseases and passed a stress test with flying colors.
Finally we were sent to a genetic specialist who determined the only way we were to get any clue was he had to have another episode and get straight to the hospital for blood work.  After watching him struggle and catching him at the finish line we ran to the ER and got the tests done.  Within a week we found out he has a Mitochondrial Disorder so when his body runs out of energy it starts to eat the muscle and this causes his muscles to fill up with lactic acid.  Unfortunately there is no cure.  This would make his passion for running very challenging.   He was told he may never be able to run competitive again. 

Now go back in time one year ago before we found all this out, we attended a huge race.  He ran the two mile and we watched in the stands noticing the signs of an episode and just praying he could hold on.  He collapsed at the finish line and my husband and I had to break through security to get to him. We spent two hours in the medical tent and then I laid awake all night checking on him to make sure he was breathing..
Now after this happening so much one would consider quiting, but not him! He's worked harder and stronger.  He takes his supplements and now listens to his body when he races.
On Saturday we attend that same HUGE invitational where he ran the same event.  I must admit I sat in the stands very nervous watching every move he made which makes 8 laps around the track seem like an eternity.  He started out near the back of the pack of 44 runners.  With each lap he was passing people.  With 2 laps to go he took off and was passing people left and right. At that point I knew he was fine.  He finished so strong and ended up taking 11th place with a new personal record by 14 seconds.  He walked off the track strong and totally in control! You can only imagine my relief and the gratitude that I felt.  
 
My whole point here is FAITH and effort.  If we exercise the faith, put in the work Heavenly Father will help us we just can't give up.  I am so proud to have a son who works hard, keeps the faith despite his challenges and puts his trust and faith in our Heavenly Father and Jesus. He is always grateful and thankful and is my hero and I am learning so much from him!!
A huge thanks to Sandie at Chatty Crone for such a inspiring post today!! Go check it out here.  It so touched my heart! She was truly inspired!!-
No matter what is going on DON'T GIVE UP!! Keep your eye on the finish and an attitude of gratitude in your heart, He will help you!!
HUGS,


Friday, April 13, 2012

Rolo Cake Mix Bars

I am a huge fan of Rolos.  They are the perfect combination of chocolate and caramel.  So when my sister showed me this recipe I knew it was a must make!! Thanks to Cookies and Cups for a delicious recipe the family devoured it!!
Rolo Cake Mix Bars
adapted from Cookies & Cups
1 box (18.25 oz) yellow, vanilla or white cake mix, dry
2/3 milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
40 Rolo Candies, unwrapped and cut in half
Preheat oven to 350°
Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. With your mixer, beat cake mix, milk and butter until combined. Mixture will be thick and sticky.  Divide batter in half and press 1 half into the bottom of the pan. Bake until just set, approximately 8-9 minutes.
Remove base from oven and place Rolo candies, caramel-side down on top.
Drop remaining batter on top of Rolos in teaspoon sized amounts.
Bake for 20-24 minutes longer until top begins to golden.
Cool completely before cutting into squares.
Oh YUM!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Color Your World with Crayola Colored Bubbles Giveaway

How would you like to have some bubble blowing fun with our next generation of colorful bubbles? Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles are a magically colorful way for kids to enjoy one of their favorite outdoor activities and they're now designed to clean up better!

Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles aren't ordinary bubbles. Because they contain color, they're messy and will leave temporary colorful marks on skin, cotton and cotton-blend clothing and intended outdoor surfaces. This took some moms by surprise when they used the product last year.  They loved the idea of bubbles in different colors, but weren't expecting them to be messy.  Crayola quickly acted on parents' feedback and created a new version that keeps all the fun for kid and makes clean up easier for parents. Color magically rubs off skin, hoses off of many outdoor surfaces and washes out of cotton and cotton blend clothing.
As you can see my kids had a ball!! They loved the colored bubbles!! Even the dog tried to get in on the action!!

Before you get blowing, there are some simple tips for you that make playing with Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles and cleaning up, even more awesome and enjoyable for both kids and moms:
*Dress for Mess. Wear washable play clothes and shoes. It's best to not wear suede, leather or any other material that can't be washed.
*Play Outside. An open grassy area is best away from new concrete, decks and porous surfaces like marble. Don't use at formal events like weddings.
*Rub skin to remove color.
*Launder clothes promptly with water and detergent. Repeat washing may be needed.
*Hose off outdoor surfaces like sidewalks and driveways to wash away color.  
 Now for the exciting news!! One lucky reader will win an awesome Crayola Prize Pack:
One Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles 3-pack: Watch in awe as the air becomes filled with bunches of brightly colored "purple pizzazz," "fuschia" and "unmellow yellow" bubbles, bringing wonder and adventure to a day of outdoor active play.

One Bubble Launcher:
For an instant bubble bash, just connect a bottle of colored bubbles, attach the crank handle to the launcher, and create tons of colorful bubbles with each turn! Turn the crank slowly to create bubbles.

To enter be a follower of One Crazy Cookie and tell me which color of  bubbles your kids would like the best!

As simple as blowing a bubble!!
Winner will be drawn by random number generator on April 20, 2012.
Good Luck!

The Crayola Outdoor Colored Bubbles product information and gift packs have been provided by Crayola through MyBlogSpark


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

24 Hour Lasagna

This is a flavorful homemade lasagna.  The key is to let the flavors blend together for 24 hours before cooking.  Double the recipe and freeze one for later. 
24 Hour Lasagna
Meat Layer
1- 1 1/2 hamburger, cooked and drained
1 clove garlic minced
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
1 Tablespoon basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 lb. canned tomatoes
2 (6 oz.) cans tomato paste

Cheese Layer
3 cups cottage cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 Tablespoon parsley
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1 (10 oz.) box lasagna noodles
2-3 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese

1. Mix together the hamburger, garlic, 2 teaspoons parsley, 1 Tablespoon basil and salt.  Add the tomatoes and tomato paste. Let simmer while you prepare the cheese mixture and cook the lasagna noodles.
2. Mix together the cottage cheese, eggs, salt, pepper, parsley and parmesan cheese.
To put the lasagna together:
Spray pan lightly with cooking spray. Place one layer of noodles across the bottom of pan. Spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture over the noodles and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
Spread 1/3 of the meat mixture over the cheese.
Top with another layer of noodles and repeat this two more times ending with the meat mixture and top with another layer of cheese.
Now the key to this recipe is to refrigerate for 24 hours. (you can also freeze at this point.) If frozen unthaw in the fridge.  Bake at 350 degree for 40-45 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Allow to sit for about 5 minutes before serving.
DELICIOUS!!



Monday, April 9, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

I love Easter and everything about it!! Therefore I am sad that it is behind us this year and that my children are going back to school tomorrow!! Needless to say it looks like we really wore the dog out this weekend!! HA HA..funny thing is I really don't know how, but isn't he cute!!
Now it's time to be off and running once again!! Literally, because this week we have not one but tow track meets.  My son qualified to run in a big invite out of town this weekend (two less dinners to cook)!
This Week's Menu
Wednesday: Ham & Beans
Friday: Out of Town for a Track Meet
Saturday: Out of town
Sunday: Calzones

Have a Fabulous Week!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

No-Fail Hard-Boiled Eggs

I am always paranoid about boiling eggs..don't kow why, but it's just one of those things I worry about.  I was so excited when my cousin sent me this recipe, it will sure take a little stress off me! Thanks to my sweet sister who was on the ball and has her Easter eggs already colored for sharing her pictures with me!!

Melissa's No-Fail Hard-Boiled Egg Recipe
from Kara
Lay the eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water by at least 1 inch. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook for 1 minute. Cover with a lid, turn off the heat and allow the eggs to sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
My adorable parents getting into the action!
Thanks Kara & Candice!
Now it is ready..set..go time at my house!!(meaning I better hit the store and get some eggs..NOW!!)
Happy Easter everyone!!

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