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Mom's Creamy Vanilla Fruit Salad

This is a simple, quick and delicious salad.  It is perfect when you are in need of something quick for a potluck dinner.  My family loves it and considers it dessert!! I remember that my mom used to always decorate the top of this salad.  She would cut up the big marshmellows and make flowers and leaves.  She would save a cherry for the middle of the center flower.  It made for a great, easy presentation. Her's always looked better than mine, but I tried!! Mom's Creamy Vanilla Fruit Salad 1- (4 serving) package french vanilla instant pudding 1 - 8 oz. carton whipped topping 1  can fruit cocktail 1 can mandarin oranges 2 cups mini- marshmellows Mix pudding according to package directions.  Drain fruit, add to puddding and fold in whipped topping.  Chill.  *You can add pineapple or leave out the fruit cocktail if desired.  It works best with canned fruit. ~Tiffanee

Pillow Pizza

This is a simple and quick pizza idea.  It reminds me of deep dish pizza. I love that it is so versatile and the fact that the whole family loved it!! Pillow Pizza 2 tubes refrigerated biscuits (10 biscuits/tube) 1 pound hamburger 2 cups spaghetti sauce 3-4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese Optional ingredients: onions mushrooms pepperoni ham other pizza toppings Preheat oven to 400 degrees Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces. Place them in the bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 13 casserole dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup shredded cheese. Brown hamburger and onions (if desired). Drain and return to pan. Add spaghetti sauce and stir together. Pour over biscuit layer. Top with any other ingredients as you would a pizza.  Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. I topped it off with pepperoni. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Enjoy!! Linked to: Tempt My Tummy Tuesday Tuesday Tastes Tuesday at the Table ~Tiffanee

We are Going on a Picnic.....

Since July is Picnic Month, Louise is hosting a Online Picnic over at Months of Edible Celebrations . It looked so fun, I decided to join in! So here it goes: We are going on a picnic and we are bringing: A - Almond Joy Pie B - Baked Beans C - Chocolate Picnic Cake D - Dutch Funnel Cake E - Easy Blender Chicken Pie F - Five Bean Salad G - Granola Bars H - Herb and Cheese Pasta Salad I - Incredibly Fruity Raspberry Cakes J - Jeweled Picnic Bars K - Kaltschale (Cold Fruit Soup) L - Long Island Lemonade M - Mushroom Tart N - Nut Roast O - Olive Nut Bread P - Pomegranate Mousse Cake Q - Quiche R - Raspberry Chocolate Macarons S - Spicy Glazed Shrimp and Veggie Kabobs T - Turkey and Pear Wraps with Curried Aioli U -"Unoriginal Whole Foods Salad Bar" V - Vegetable Things of Spring Salad . . Veal Shank with Risotto . .and Viennese Chocolate-Cherry Torte. and  W : That's me!   I am bringing: White Caramel Popcorn Warning:This recipe makes a huge batch.

Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars

Creme Brulee has always been a favorite of mine.  I have tried to make it and have not yet got it right.  So now I have discovered an easy and delicious substitute for my new favorite treat!  I cannot make them very often because I could eat the who pan, but can't wait for the opportunity to take them to the next function!! They were so easy to make! I was amazed at how quick it all came together. Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars adapted from Betty Crocker 1 bag (pouch) sugar cookie mix 1 (4 serving) box French vanilla instant pudding mix 2 Tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 cup butter, melted 3 teaspoons vanilla 2 whole eggs plus 3 egg yolks 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened. 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup white sugar 1- 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate toffee bits ( or regular toffee bits), crushed fine. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray a 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray.  In a large bowl, stir cookie mix, pudding mix, brown sugar, melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 whole egg until

Italian Cream Cheese Chicken

This is one of those comfort food, simple and delicious recipes.  I have found several recipes of this type and created them into one that my family loves.  I especially love it on a busy day because you can just throw everything in the crock pot and it turns out perfectly every time.  I usually use frozen chicken. Italian Cream Cheese Chicken 4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/2 cup butter or l cube 1 package dry Italian dressing mix 2 (10 3/4 oz.) cream of chicken soup 1/2 cup water 1 -8 oz. cream cheese 1 lb. pasta (optional) Place chicken breasts in crock pot and sprinkle with the dressing mix. Pour cream of chicken soup and water over top.  Add the butter. Cook on low for for 6-8 hours.  Stir once or twice.    When chicken is done, remove it from the sauce and shred it.  Add the brick of cream cheese and return the shredded chicken to sauce.  Allow the cream cheese to melt.  Stir until combined. Now is where it is up to you.  It is great s

Bowtie Chicken Salad

This pasta salad is so good.  We have actually used it as a meal before.  You could use any pasta, but the bowtie make it so beautiful.  Grapes seem to be a bit cheaper right now so it is a great time for this salad!! It makes a really large bowl or salad. Bowtie Chicken Salad 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or cubed 1 -16 oz. box of bowtie pasta 1 large can pineapple tidbits, drain but reserve the juice. 2 cups red grapes, cut in half 1 cup diced celery 1 cup cashew pieces Place all ingredients, except cashews in a larget bowl. Dressing: 1 bottle coleslaw dressing 1 cup mayonaise reserved pinapple juice Mix dressing ingredients until smooth.  Poor over salad ingredients, mix gently until evenly covered.  Add cashews and mix. This salad is best if made a few hours before serving to allow the flavors to mix. You could also use the colored pasta for a festive look!! ~Tiffanee

Menu Plan Monday

I survived the first week of Summer.  Actually, I love having my kids home.  We tried out a few new recipes last week and found some keepers: Italian Turkey (I used chicken) from Finding Joy in My Kitchen  and Blushing Pink Bowtie Salad  from Moogie & Pap .  Both were so delicious and they are blogs with great recipes. You'll have to check them out!! I also made some Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars...DELICIOUS!!  I can't make them very often, because I could eat the whole pan.  I have added a few new recipes this week so we will see how it goes.  Hopefully, we will get a little sun here!! This Week's Menu Monday: BBQ Steak Rollups Tuesday: Crockpot Creamy Chicken Wednesday: Bacon Cheeseburger Rice Thursday: Picnic Night Friday: Pizza Pillows Saturday: Random Night Sunday: Chicken Taco Ring Linked to Menu Plan Monday. Wishing you a delicious week!!  ~Tiffanee

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

Chocolate and Peanut butter combination is my very favorite, add cheesecake and you got me hooked.  When I found this recipe I knew I just had to try it out.  It was delicious.  I thought it could use a little bit more peanut butter but hubby and everyone else thought they were perfect. Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies Adapted from Pillsbury Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 1 box brownie mix Grease 9 x 13 pan. Make brownie mix as directed on box. Spread batter in pan and set aside. Beat together until smooth: 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened ( I used the less fat version) 1 can (14 oz.)sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup peanut butter Spoon mixture over top of the brownie mixture.  Spread evenly.  Try to spoon it on in all areas so you just have to smooth it out.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until cheesecake layer is set and edges are light golden brown. Cool on rack for 30 minutes and then refrigerate for 40 minutes. In a microwavable bowl add: 1 cup chocolate chips ( I used milk c

Tried It Out Thursday Part 2: Father's Day Cakes

The title of this post should really be Check it Out Thursday. While browsing the web looking for something to get hubby for Father's Day I came across Tiepedia  and was instantly intrigued.  This is a college student who is obsessed with Neckties.  I believe he has worn a tie for over 200 days straight.  Crazy but cool! Anything you want to know about ties is on this site.  He has some very interesting things and a bit of humor added.  It is pretty amazing. He did a really fascinating  Father's Day Cake post and gave me permission to show you a few.  They are incredible!!  Original Source Here Original Source Here Original Source Here Original Source Here Original Source Here Very creative and IMPRESSIVE!! Makes me wish I wasn't missing the creativity gene. These are "Ties" my hubby would love!! You can find these and more over at Tiepedia.

Tried It Out Thursday: More Dreaming!

Lately, I have had a real itch for some new home furnishings.  It has been a really long time and the foosball table my hubby bought at a yard sale for $10(even though it looks good in the formal dining room) didn't quite do the trick.  So I am off dreaming once again.  Most of you remember my camera incident.  I began looking on  for digital cameras and found so much more. couch I think I am in love with this sectional. It would be perfect for the family! Bed Ooohlala! With a new bed a new mattress would be great! memory foam mattress We slept on one of these for a week while on vacation and loved it!! And while I am dreaming; a new  TV stands would be nice. Time to wake up from the dream, but wouldn't it be so fun!! 

Deb's Delight Breakfast Casserole

This is a simple,delicious and versatile breakfast casserole.   I made it for the in-laws on Sunday morning paired with Simply Caramel Rolls .  Everyone loved it.  My father in-law, a man of very few words, made sure they did not leave here without the recipe.  It was a great compliment. Deb's Delight Breakfast Casserole Preheat oven to 425 degrees Lightly grease 9 x 13 pan.  Mix hash browns (1- 30 oz bag) with 1/2 cup melted butter. Cook for 30 minutes. *It doesn't matter if your hash browns are frozen or thawed. Turn oven down to 350 degrees Mix together then pour over the hash browns. 3 eggs ½ cup half & half ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon seasoning salt 2 cups shredded cheese 1 cup diced ham Cook an additional 30 minutes at 350 degrees. You could replace the ham with bacon, sausage or a combination of meats. (Yum, Hubby would like the combination.) Linked to What's on the Menu Wednesday . *I hate eggs and I love this c

Friendgiftr: The Perfect Gift Giving Resource

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of FriendGiftr . All opinions are 100% mine. Most recently there have been several extended family weddings that I have not been able to attend, but would of loved to.  Getting the happy couples gifts to send has been very challenging.  Being far away, I have no idea what to get them and then the amount of postage floors me!  This is why I am so excited to find FriendGiftr . Not only will it save me time, money for postage, but the hassle of trying to pick out the perfect gift.  With FriendGiftr  you are now able to buy and send real digital and/or physical gift cards to friends, family, and associates for the holidays, birthdays, other special occasions, or anytime. You can select from over 120 of  your favorite retail and restaurant gift cards to buy $10, $20, $25, $35, $50, $75, and $100 gift cards. But what’s really special about FriendGiftr  is that end receivers are empowered to get what they really want –they can exchange the gif

Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing

This is my favorite salad dressing because it is oh so delicious! It is best made with fresh strawberries. So it makes it kind of a seasonal dressing which makes me crave it all the more.  It actually goes with a salad that I make with strawberries and grapes.  Recipe to come at a later date. My plans were foiled when all the grapes got eaten before I could get the salad made.  Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing blend in a blender 3/4 cup white sugar 1 Tablespoon mustard 1 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup cider vinegar 1/4 cup diced red or sweet onion 1 cup vegetable oil 1 Tablespoon poppy seed 1-2 fresh strawberries.(to taste) Enjoy!! Linked to: Tuesday at the Table Tempt My Tummy Tuesday ~Tiffanee

A New Bathroom Vanity! How Fun Would That Be?

I know this is a cooking blog, but allow me to dream just a bit!! One of my dear friends is gearing up for a big move.  Not only to a different house, but a brand new one, where she gets to pick everything out.  I must admit I am a little jealous.  I know she is so excited to finally have a master bath.  So after talking to her today, I decided to look at a vanity .   Here are just a few that intrigued me. Danze Orrington Freestanding Vanity with matching mirror: Antique Cherry Dreamline Euro Design Avanity Legacy And my favorite the: Virtu Cambridge Double; Antique Cherry It is so fun to dream and  Just  makes it easy. Maybe someday it will be me choosing a new vanity and other household furnishings. For now it is just really fun to look!!