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A Bit Frazzled!!!

I don't know if it is this whole working issue or if I am just losing my touch.  I have tried out several new recipes this past week and none were blog approved by the family.  I am feeling a bit disappointed and FRAZZLED!! Just like my sweet little dog!!(Imagine me with that hair-do!) We did have a little fun while bathing him!! He wasn't impressed! I want you to know I am haven't given up. Just hoping to regain the touch and find something blog worthy to post!! Best Wishes!! ~Tiffanee

Chocolatey Jam Crumb Bars

A little while ago I received this gift in my email inbox and what a great gift it is!! A good friend of mine sent it to me telling me it was one "I know you will love". Yes, she does know me well. It is a true keeper!! Her son calls it "chocolately goodness", which is a perfectly description. These bars are so delicious and a little different than I had ever had. It is a great flavor combination and the family really enjoyed them!! Chocolatey Jam Crumb Bars 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups flour 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups chocolate chips, divided 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 1/3 cup jam (raspberry or blackberry) Optional: 1/2 cup chopped nuts Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x13 pan. Beat butter until creamy. Add flour, sugar and salt and mix until crumbly. Press 2 cups of the mixture in the bottom of the baking pan. Reserve the rest. Bake for 10 -12 minutes until golden brown edges. Microwave 1 cup chocolate chips

Tried It Out Thursday: Watermelon Salsa

I LOVE Mexican food and home made salsa is the best!! When I saw a recipe for Watermelon Salsa over at That's My Story  (which is an amazing blog. She is so talented and creative.) I was very intrigued and just knew I had to try it out!!  One word YUM!! Watermelon Salsa Adapted from That's My Story 1/4 cup lime juice 4 cups chopped watermelon 1/2 cup onion 1 jalapeno, minced 1/3 cup cilantro 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt Add the ingredients together and toss gently.  Refrigerate for a little while so the flavors have time to mix!! Thanks Jo for a great new recipe and new twist on my favorite!! You need to check out her Lego Jewelry (and lots more.) It is Brilliant!! ~Tiffanee

Brazilian Chicken Cabbage Salad

This is a recipe that I received by accident and  it was a good accident.  My friend went to send it to some other ladies and accidentally added me to the list.  Which I am happy she did!!  She was all apologetic about it but I consider it a great gift!! (Thanks Amy!!)  You can use what ever amounts of veggies you like.  I discovered I need to learn how to shred cabbage better.  Other than that minor detail it was delicious!! The dressing is AMAZING!! Brazilian Chicken Cabbage Salad (serves 4 adults) 1/2 head chopped cabbage carrots, shredded 1/4-1/2  cup onions, diced 1/2 cup celery, diced (original recipe calls for 1/2 cup peas) 1 cooked and shredded chicken breast (I doubled this for my family.) Dressing: (Makes enough for 1 head of cabbage) 1/2 cup vinegar 1/4 cup Italian dressing 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 teaspoon mustard 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon ginger 1/2 cup oil Mix in blender until bubbly.  Store in f

Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella sticks are one of my family's favorite things.  I was so excited to find this recipe over at Taste of Home.  It was amazing how quick these came together for a delicious treat!!  Mozzarella Sticks adapted from Taste of Home string cheese, cut in half wonton wrappers oil for deep frying marinara or spaghetti sauce Place a piece of cheese near the middle of a wonton wrapper (keep remaining wrappers covered with a damp paper towel until ready to use.) Roll bottom corner over the cheese. Fold sides towards center over cheese. Moisten the remaining corner with water and roll up tightly to seal. Repeat with the desired amount. Heat about an inch of oil (more or less) to 375 degrees. Fry sticks a few at a time. Cooke for 30-60 seconds or until golden brown. Drain and place on a paper towel. Serve with marinara, spaghetti sauce or our favorite ranch! **If you want to use a full cheese stick substitute egg roll wrappers.  ~Tiffanee

Cookie Monster Cookies

Many years ago my mom and I made some cookies that included oatmeal, peanut butter and chocolate chips. They were so good. Lately, I had the desire to make them again, only could not find the recipe.  So I created my own (hoping they would turn out all right.). They ended up being really pretty good.  I needed a name and Kayla decided they were the perfect cookie for the Cookie Monster (her first idea was Tasty!!) Cookie Monster Cookies 3/4 cup butter, melted 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup peanut butter 1 egg 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 3/4 cup flour 1 cup oatmeal 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup chocolate chips 3/4 cup plain M&M's (optional you can use 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars together.  Add peanut butter, egg and vanilla.  Mix for 3 minutes. Add flour, oatmeal, baking soda and salt.  Mix well.  Stir in chocolate chips and M&M's.  Drop by tablespoon onto a lightly greased  cookie she

Toffee Gooey Butter Cake

I made this last weekend to serve as dessert to my brother and sister in law.  I had to go to work before we ate dessert and I came home to one little piece.  I guess you could say they all liked it  I will admit it was tasty.  It was simple, quick to make and it came from my hero "Paula Deen".   They look dry in the picture but it definitely wasn't. Toffee Gooey Butter Cake From Paula Deen Cake: 1 package yellow cake mix 1 large egg 1/2 cup butter, melted Filling: 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened 2 large eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 4 cups powdered sugar 1/2 cup butter melted 1 cup chocolate toffee bits * I thought I bought chocolate toffee bits but it turned out they were plain toffee bits.  So I added 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips to the mix. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 13 x 9 dish with cooking spray.  Mix the cake mix, egg and butter in a mixer and combine well. Pat evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan and set aside.  Make the filling: In the s

Tried It Out Thursday: Conversion Wheat Bread

I have been trying for several years to get my famiy converted to wheat bread.  I love it but the others not so much.  Now that hubby has been getting the groceries he buys white bread and the kids think they are in heaven.  I miss my wheat bread.  So I had time to finally make this wheat bread recipe I found over at Finding Joy in My Kitchen (she has lots of incredible recipes).  I was hooked when I saw her pictures and could not wait to try it out.  YUM!! It was delicious.  The only change I made was to use half white flour just to ease into the conversion .  I plan on adding more wheat as time goes on, till I have them all hooked. Converting them to wheat bread.  It is a perfect recipe!! The only issue I have is that it is so darn good I can't stop eating it!!! Conversion Wheat Bread Makes 2 large or 3 medium sized loaves. adapted from Finding Joy in My Kitchen 4 cups white flour 3-4 cups whole wheat flour 3 teaspoons salt 1/3 cup honey 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast 1/4 teaspoon sugar

BOOST: Your Cell Phone Service

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Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad

This was so delicious! We ate it as dinner served with some breadsticks and then I ate it for lunch several times.  The mixture of flavors is so good.  The only issue is it makes a giant bowl (serves 12) so if you are not feeding a crowd you may want to half it. We did eat every bit of it though.  Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad adapted from Taste of Home 1 pound rotini pasta 4 cups chicken, cooked and diced 1 can (20 oz.) pineapple tidbits, drained (We used about 2 cups fresh) 1 1/2 cups chopped celery 3/4 cup diced onion 1 cup seedless green grapes 1 cup seedless red grapes 1 cup Craisens 1 cup ranch dressing 3/4 cup mayonnaise 2 cups salted cashews or cashew pieces Cook pasta according to package directions.  In a large bowl combine, chicken, pineapple, grapes and craisens. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water; stir into chicken mixture. In a small bowl mix the ranch dressing and mayonnaise until smooth. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Just before s

Crescent Bear Claws

I have dying to make this recipe every since I saw it and finally got it done.  It was a fun way to use crescent rolls.  They also were really tasty!! There are quite a few steps but it comes together pretty easy. I doubled the recipe, because I couldn't see going to all the work for only 6 bear claws and the fact that would only be one claw per family member!! Crescent Bear Claws adapted from Phillsbury Filling: 1 egg 2 Tablespoons milk 1 cup plain breadcrumbs 2 Tablespoons white sugar 2 Tablespoons butter, melted 1/4 cup water 2 teaspoons vanilla Glaze: 1/4 cup white sugar 2 Tablespoons water 2 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup Rolls: 1 can (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or crescent seamless dough sheet Icing: 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon butter 2 teaspoons milk 1/4 teaspoon vanilla Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheet with wax paper. In a medium bowl ,beat the egg slightly with a wire wisk. Place half of the egg (about 1 1/2 Tablespoon) in a small bowl

Butterfingers Dessert

This is a great dessert!! Light tasting but so full of flavor (sorry not light on the calories though)!  It has become my youngest's favorite.  I served it to 8 people, most had seconds and we still had leftovers.  Butterfingers Dessert 2 cups milk 1 quart vanilla ice cream 1 large (5.1 oz 6 serving) box vanilla pudding 3/4 cup butter 2 1/4 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs 3/4 cup crushed saltine crackers 1  (8 oz.) container whipped topping 4 - 2 oz. Butterfinger candy bars, crushed Combine the milk, ice cream and pudding mix in a large bowl. Mix well. Place in the refrigerator. Place cracker crumbs in  a medium bowl. Melt butter and pour over cracker crumbs. Stir well to combine.  Remove 2/3 cup of the cracker mixture and set aside. Pour the remaining into a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan.  Pat it into an even layer on the bottom. Pour the ice cream mixture over the crust. Freeze for 1hour. Remove from freezer and spread the whipped topping over the filling.  Mix the cru

CSN Gift Code Winner

It is time for another winner!!  The CSN Stores  $60 gift code goes to... Jayaycee who said: Definitely the Le Creuset 3.38-Quart Deep Dish Casserole in Cobalt Blue!!! I can't wait to see the delicious things she makes in that!!! Author of Jayaycee Blog . She is so incredibly talented. I love the things she creates and you will too! CONGRATULATIONS!! There is still time to enter the Better Homes and Gardens Magazine Giveaway! ~Tiffanee

Tried It Out Thursday: BBQ Chicken Pizza

When I saw this recipe I just knew it was a keeper.  The words:  bacon, chicken, bbq sauce and pizza had me drooling.  I found this recipe over at Ma, What's for Dinner ?.  She is the PRO at making delicious foods that your kids will eat (not to mention all adults also).  She is so amazing and creative. You need to check her site out! This one did not let me down.  Everyone raved about it.  They ate every bit of it.  There was even a small fight over the last piece (no trips to the ER thank goodness.). BBQ Chicken Pizza adapted from Ma, What's for Dinner? 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced 2 1/2 teaspoons olive oil 8-10 slices bacon, cooked and broken into pieces 1 small onion chopped 2 cloves garlic 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 cup ketchup 1 8 oz can tomato sauce 1 teaspoon dried mustard 1/4 cup brown sugar. 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce  pizza dough  or one store bought dough 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced thin

WINNER!

WINNER, WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!   OK not a chicken dinner (I just really wanted to say that!!)  but a year subsciption to The Taste of Home Magazine picked by random number generator...(oh how I wish I could give everyone one!!) I appologize that this is a day late.  I had major computer issues last night and could not get anything to post.  Luckily it appears to be working fine today.  Now on to the good news. The winner is:  Erin from Making Memories....One Fun Thing After Another.   She has some really great ideas that kids would really love. Not to mention, delicious foods that I would love!! Congratulations!! The $60 CSN Stores Gift will be given away tomorrow! ~Tiffanee