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Menu Plan Monday

Happy Memorial Day!! This week I am feeling a bit more FRAZZLED and more CRAZY than usual. I am in charge of meals for a Youth Conference this coming weekend and feeding 300 is not in my usual routine. I have almost finished baking the desserts and stashing them in the freezer. Whew....  I just pray that I can pull it off. Wish me luck and sanity!!  This Week's Menu Monday: Cheeseburger Twist Tuesday: Honey Chicken Wednesday: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup Thursday: Shepherd's Pie Friday: Youth Conference Saturday: Youth Conference Sunday: Steak Check out Menu Plan Monday for lots of great menu plans this week. ~Tiffanee

Pink Saturday Birthday Celebration!!

It is a great day for a Celebration.... Congratulations to Beverly of How Sweet the Sound for 2 years of hosting the highly successful and very fun PINK SATURDAY!! Where every Saturday is a PARTY! I have participated in Pink Saturday for 13 weeks. Today in honor of Beverly I am celebrating with some of my favorite  pink posts! Celebration Punch Pink Caramel Popcorn Extreme Pink Cake Pink Cupcakes Who can resist a Pink Frosted Sugar Cookie NOT ME!!! and we must add a little chocolate: Cream Cheese Brownie Bites . Enjoy the Celebration! Now go over to How Sweet the Sound  and give Beverly Pink Birthday Wishes!! While you are there check out her blog .  She has great posts, incredible pictures, fun games, and much more!! It is an AMAZING blog!! Also go and check out Suzie Button Creations . She has some incredible pictures, creations, great posts and much more. I love it!! Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Tiffanee

German Chocolate Frosting

Every year for my husband's birthday it is a tradition that I make German Chocolate Cake.  It is his favorite and since I was given this incredible recipe it is a given that I WILL make it each year.  One year I broke tradition and made it for a cake auction (I was in charge of). My kids did not see the cake because I had taken it to the church earlier.  I was working in the kitchen cleaning up when others came in and told me how sweet it was that my husband had bid on my cake and bought it for some crazy amount.  A little while later my daughter came running in to the kitchen shouting...."Mom, Dad just bought a cake that looks like someone threw up on!!" Everyone stopped cleaning and waited for my response.  The look on my daughter's face was priceless when I told her I had made that cake.  Then the laughter in the kitchen exploded!! From that point on I cannot make this cake without giggling just a bit.  It really doesn't look like someone got sick and one bite

Friendly Friday!!

Last week, I discovered lots of great blogs and found lots of wonderful new friends by joining Friendly Friday  hosted by Xenia at   Thanks, Mail Carrier , Christi at Frugal Novice  and Charla at Healthy Home Blog .  They are all incredibly talented ladies with awesome blogs. Make sure you check them all out!  A HUGE THANKS to them for hosting such a fun link party!!  This week is really fun for me because I am featured...WOW!! I feel very honored and I am blushing a bit for the great write up!! THANKS it means alot to me.  Go check it out and join the Friendly Friday party!! It is tons of fun!! Happy Friendly Friday!! ~Tiffanee

Tried It Out Thursday: Garlic Cheese Popovers

I have to admit I had never made popovers before. They reminded me a little of Yorkshire Pudding. I found this recipe in a Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook and changed it a bit to go with the soup I was serving. It was a good change from the normal bread we eat. Garlic Cheese Popovers adapted from Better Homes & Gardens Makes 12 muffin size popovers 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1 cups milk 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 1 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray cups in a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray (coat each well). In a medium bowl use a wisk to beat eggs, milk and oil until combined. Add flour and garlic salt; beat until smooth. Stir in 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Fill the cups 3/4 full. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes or until firm. (mine took 18 minutes). Immediately after removing from the oven, prick each popover to let the steam escape. Turn off the oven. For

Oven Baked Rigatoni Rosa

I receive this cute package from the Foodbuzz Tastemakers program and Bertoli. (A HUGE THANKS!!)  I had never tried Bertoli and was especially excited to try the Four Cheese Rosa Sauce.  It had great flavor! This pasta dish turned out great and is very versatile. Oven Baked Rigatoni Rosa 1 pound hamburger, browned and drained. 1 jar Bertoli Four Cheese Rosa Sauce 2 cups spaghetti sauce 2 cups mozzarella, shredded 1 can (14.5 oz) petite diced tomatoes 1/8 teaspoon pepper 3 Tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated 3 Tablespoons breadcrumbs 1 pound box rigatoni pasta (or other type pasta.), cook and drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix hamburger, sauces, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, tomatoes, pepper and 1 Tablespoon parmesan cheese together. Stir in the pasta.  Pour into a 9x13 casserole dish.  Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 2 Tablespoons parmesan, and breadcrumbs. Cover and bake for 25 minutes.  Uncover and bake 5 more minutes. You can substitute the rosa sauce: use 1 j

C&C Cookie Bars

C&C otherwise known as chocolate & coconut.  I found this recipe in an elementary school cookbook my mom bought me. (actually THE elementary school I attended).  It is so simple and oh so delicious!! Especially good when the chocolate is still a bit melted.  YUM!! I begged hubby to take the leftovers to work so I would not eat them.   C&C Cookie Bars 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup melted butter 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 2 cups milk chocolate chips (or semi-sweet) 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut 1/4 cup slivered almonds (or your choice or nuts)Optional Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a small bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs with the butter.  Mix well.  Press mixture firmly in the bottom of a  9x13 pan.  Pour sweetened condensed milk over the top.  Layer evenly the rest of the ingredients. Press down firmly with a fork. Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut in to bars. Store covered at room temperature. Enjoy! Linked to:   Tuesdays a

Menu Plan Monday

The big hit around our house last week was the most simply meal I made Corn Bread & Chili Casserole. I normally don't like to make our meals from a box and can, but once in a while the busy schedule makes it hard to do otherwise.  These types of meals make it so we don't turn to going out for fast food.  This week I have added a few new recipes and will be baking Hubby a birthday cake.  I am also adding a Quinoa sidedish in the mix.  A very daring thing considering all the grief I am still getting over the couscous.  So wish me luck!! This Week's Menu: Monday : S&S Meatballs Tuesday: Balsamic Almond Chicken/Quinoa Wednesday : Fajitas Thursday: Dinner out for Hubby's Birthday Friday:   Shredded Chicken Sandwiches Saturday: Picnic Night Sunday: Hamburgers Linked with Menu Plan Monday where there are lots of great menu plans!! ~Tiffanee

Pink Saturday & A Clothes Saving Tip

I know that this is a food blog but I just have to share the great tip with you. Yesterday, ten minutes before he had to leave, my son discovered that he had left the sticker on his jersey and I washed it without noticing. Have your kids every done that?  What a mess!! I have thown clothes away before because I could not get it to come off.  Luckily,  this time I remembered a great tip that my MOM gave me... HAND SANITIZER !!  Put a dab on the sticker residue and scrub.  In this case I used a toothbrush to scrub the mess.  It may take more than one shot of hand sanitizer, but it worked BRILLANTLY !!  Jersey just like new in under ten minutes!! He did not have to race with a HUGE sticker mess on his shoulder.  Yay!!  It also works on glue stains (I had a huge Mod Podge stain and it worked). Thanks MOM !! Now with that crisis solved I can relax at the beach... oh wait only in my mind, but wouldn't be great!! Happy Pink Saturday! Now go check out all the PINK over at Pink Saturda

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza

When I saw this recipe I just knew it had to be made.  I found it in the Taste of Home Magazine April/May issue of this year.  I changed it up using grilled chicken, homemade alfredo and pizza crust.  One word: DELICIOUS!!  It was a little work but so worth it.  My family ate the whole thing before morning.  Hubby and son had seconds later that night.  This is my new found favorite.  I can't wait to make it for my family next time they visit!! Save your calories and splurge on this is that good!!! Chicken Cordon Bleu Pizza adapted from Taste of Home 1 recipe Pizza Dough  (or use 2 refrigerated ones) Roll dough out onto a cookie sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. 1 cup alfredo sauce 1 cup shredded swiss cheese 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 2 cups cooked chicken, diced (grilled, breaded or what you prefer) 1 1/2 cups ham, cooked and cubed Spread the alfredo sauce over the cooked pizza crust. Sprinkle with the swiss cheese Top with chicken and ham. Sprinkle

Corn Bread & Chili Casserole

I want to share with you a famly favorite that I have added canned Chili to. This casserole is great for one of those busy days.  It is quick, simple and delicious. I also consider it a budget friendly meal.  You can feed the family for little. I got the chili on sale for $1.25 a can, corn bread .50 a package (I bought the little ones).  Total cost under $5. Not bad for a great meal. I got this idea  from a friend years ago. She had taken it to a casserole contest at church and won first prize. That night I was the real winner when she presented me with the leftovers to take home. She never gave me the recipe, but I liked it so much that I had to come up with my own version. Corn Bread & Chili Casserole 3 (15 oz.) cans Chili (use your favorite or homemade). 1 box of corn bread mix (or two of the small ones) 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 1/4 cup onions, diced (optional) Open cans of chili and mix in onions if desired.  Pour into a greased 9 x13 casserole dish. Sprinkle the cheese

Tried It Out Thursday: Simple Couscous

I must admit I had never tried Couscous until about a month ago.  It was a little sample and I liked it.  I was a little afraid to add it to the family meals, but finally bought some the other day.  Since we have been trying to eat healthier I figured now was a good time to try this out.  The kids were leary, all but one ate it all.  My oldest thought it was oatmeal (what???). After looking at it Hubby called it by a not so nice name.  Then ate one large helping and later added another to his plate.  He later admitted it was pretty good.  I really liked it and will make it again perhaps adding a few more veggies to the mix. Simple Couscous adapted from Rachel Ray 2 cup chicken broth 1 1/2 cup couscous 1 small zucchini, diced 1/4 cup onions, diced 1 Tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon dried parsley salt pepper  Place the chicken broth and butter in a medium  sized pot.  Cook on medium heat.  Once butter is melted add onion and zucchini, cook until veggies are tender.  Bring to a boil, add cou

Dove Ice Cream Miniatures "My Mini Moment" Contest

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Dove Ice Cream . All opinions are 100% mine. Dove Ice Cream Miniatures has launched "My Mini Moment" contest .  Dove Ice Cream is asking women to share their favorite mini moment of escape and one lucky winner could win one of 3 sensational mini-grand prizes: You could win your choice of an Ultimate Mini-Escape and since everyone has their own idea of what their favorite mini-escape would be. That’s why Dove Ice Cream Miniatures has given you three luxuriously indulgent choices. or Spa Service for a year! or A mini-home makeover They will revamp your favorite room!! These are some incredible prizes so be thinking of your favorite "Mini Moment Escape" Women need to submit a photo and short essay at by June 7, 2010 Me-time” is important to the Dove consumers,so Dove Ice Cream  Miniatures conducted a survey of over 400 mothers and an astonishing 70 percent of these ultimate mult

Toasted Italian Breadcrumbs

Remember these: I turned them into this: A great way to save a little money is to create your own breadcrumbs. One of my favorite restaurants is Johnny Carinos.  I love their bread and a friend got me hooked on adding balsamic vinegar, parmesan cheese to the garlic dipping oil.  YUM! These breadcrumbs remind me of that combination. I like the fact that they are already browned ready to top my favorite dish.  I am really wanting to use them to make chicken parmesan. Toasted Italian Breadcrumbs crusts from 1 loaf of bread 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 cup parmesan 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar Combine oil, parmesan, garlic salt, pepper and vinegar in a large bowl.  Add bread crusts and toss to coat.  Pour on to a cookie sheet and arrange in a single layer.  Bake at 300 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the bread is dry.  Stir after 10 minutes and then watch closely so they do not burn.  Remove from oven and let cool. Place in a food processor or blender

Super Quick Breadsticks

Another segment of my semi-homemade recipes.  I made a pasta meal and needed something a little extra to go with and quick, so I came up with this recipe.  It was a hit and my little girls rolled them out for me saving me a little time. If you can catch the biscuits on sale it makes for cheap breadsticks. Super Quick Breadsticks 2 cans refrigerater biscuits 1/4 cup butter 2 Tablespoons Parmesan 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt Preheat oven to Spray cookie sheet with cooking oil.  Open the cans and roll each biscuit into a rope shape. Melt butter; stir in parmesan and garlic salt.  Brush liberally on to each breadstick.  Bake 8-10 minutes. Dip in extra pasta sauce, ranch or just enjoy!! Linked to  Tuesday at the Table Tempt My Tummy Tuesday ~Tiffanee