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Menu Plan Monday

Last week was so CRAZY I ended up carrying over a few meals from last week.  I am feeling a bit out of sorts because I did not add any new thing to the menu (so not like me.).  So now the hunt is on to find something to add!! I sure with the Super Bowl, we will figure out something.  Hubby is a HUGE Steelers fan! I would just like it to be  good game!!  This Week's Menu Monday: Pulled Pork Tuesday:  Tacos Wednesday:  Baked Stew Thursday: Cheesy Cracker Chicken Friday: Out to eat for a Birthday dinner Saturday:Hubby's Homemade White Mac & Cheese Sunday: Super Bowl Eats!! Happy Eating! Linked to: Menu Plan Momday 

Heavenly Buttermilk Syrup

My mom has been raving about Buttermilk syrup for a little while now.  So one night when my daughter wanted to make breakfast for dinner, I decided that it was the perfect time to try it out. Oh WOW!! It is AMAZING!!  It is truly a "died and gone to heaven moment ".  The whole family LOVED it!!  I would recommend making it beforehand, but it was still heavenly!!  It would be great over pancakes, waffles or ice cream.  I am thinking it would be delicious over a warm blondie.  Heavenly Buttermilk Syrup 1 cup butter 2 cups sugar 1 tablespoon corn syrup 1 cup buttermilk* 2 teaspoon vanilla 2 teaspoons baking soda In a large saucepan mix all ingredients except for the baking soda and bring to a slow boil.  Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.  Add soda and stir.  Mixture will foam a lot, so make sure you use a large pot.  I didn't and made a HUGE mess!!  Allow to sit for about five minutes for the foaming to go down.  Serve or pour mixture in a container and ref

Tried It Out Thursday: German Chocolate Bundt Cake

This "Tried it Out Thursday" post is a little bit different than the others, it is actually a recipe I shared that someone else tried.  I received a very sweet email about my sister's German Chocolate Bundt cake that I would like to share.  Candice (my sister) does not give herself enough credit for the great cook she is so here is the proof and the proof that this is a SERIOUSLY delicious recipe!! I just had to write about the bundt cake recipe you got from a relative.  It it awesome!!!! I got a call late yesterday to go to a small get together for a teacher I used to work with who moved to Virginia. She came back to NJ for a couple of days and another teacher wanted to have the small get together today from 3 to 5. I told the teacher who called me I would bring a dessert. Got off the phone and remembered your recipe since I love German choc cake.  Had all the ingre. and made it so fast. It was so easy!!  Well, had to have a piece at the party and I was blown over!!!

Pizza Pinwheels

My Mom recently gave me a new cookbook, one that was put together by my dad's high school softball team.  It really has some good recipes in it!! I was excited to find this one and add my own twist to it! It was delicious!! Pizza Pinwheels pizza dough (1 recipe or 1 can refrigerated dough). 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1 jar spaghetti or pizza sauce 1 tablespoon butter garlic salt Your choice of toppings ( I used pepperoni, Canadian bacon, mushrooms & olives) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray cookie sheet lightly with cooking spray and roll out your dough into a rectangle.  Spread with a small amount of sauce. Add a slight layer of cheese. Then add your desired toppings. Fold up the short ends and roll into a tube (cinnamon roll style). Melt butter and add some garlic salt to taste. Brush over the top of your roll.(or rolls in my case. I doubled the recipe.) With a knife poke a few small holes in the top (about 4 or 5 about 1/4 inch long each). This will allow the steam

Menu Plan Monday

Hopefully, I am finally back on track with the menu thing!!  Why can't I learn that life is so much EASIER when I do not have to worry about what's for dinner every night.  Thanks for all the great comments on "A Good Salad".  The results are in and the name stands! I actually was craving it already so I made it for Sunday dinner, adding a few different things.  YUM!! This week is CRAZY so I am implementing the KISS theory...Keep It Simple Sister!!  I am the keynote speaker at a church event this week and I am really nervous...Please pray for me!!  Here's to a great week for all!! This Week's Menu Monday: Mongolian Stir Fry Tuesday: Chicken Primavera Wednesday: BBQ Cola Meatballs Thursday: Picnic Night Friday:  Crock Pot Pulled Pork Saturday:  Hoagies Sunday: Baked Stew Congratulations to Amy of crookscorner for winning the Crayola Pixie Pop Art giveaway!! Happy & Healthy Eating, Linked to: Menu Plan Monday  over at The Organizing Junkie.  She

Oven-Fried Parmesan Potatoes

French Fries are a huge weakness for me......What can I say I LOVE them, but the calories and fat do not love me.  Now I have found a good middle ground to curb the cravings.  It was quick and easy.  I had to fight off the kids to get my fair share (ok not really fight, but they did love them).  I will be putting these on the regular dinner menu.   We paired them with a little of Kayla's Killer Fry Sauce (recipe to come) and they were oh so delicious!! Oven-Fried Parmesan Potatoes adapted from Quick & Healthy 4-5 medium potatoes, washed but not peeled (about 5 oz. each) 1 Tablespoon canola oil 1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper salt to taste (optional) Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Scrub potatoes. Cut in strips or slices. Place potato slices in a plastic bag with the oil, and shake well to coat potatoes evenly. Arrange potatoes, in a single layer, on a baking sheet that has been sprayed

Jump-start Your Daily Calcium Giveaway!

Do you get enough calcium in your diet each and every day?  I must admit I am bad, I do not drink milk.  I don't like plain milk.  I don't know if it is the fact that I am a bit lactose intolerant or just craziness.  Since finding out that osteoporosis runs in my family, I have been trying harder to get my daily calcium in.  I have been trying to eat a yogurt each morning for breakfast.  Luckily, for me Yoplait is committed to making it easier for women to add more calcium to their diet every day with the newly reformulated Yoplait Original style yogurt. Now with two times the amount of calcium of the leading yogurt, that’s 50 percent of the Daily Value in one convenient 6-ounce cup, Yoplait Original yogurt provides women with an easy and delicious way to get the calcium they need. Yoplait Original also contains 50 percent of the Daily Value of vitamin D, which helps with the absorption of calcium. Yoplait is committed to women’s health and is proud to offer a product that ha

Crock Pot Beef & Pasta

The original recipe called this dish a soup.  We ate it from a bowl, but it was more of a pasta dish than a soup.  It was so delicious and easy!! Even the picky eater had two servings.  The leftovers were great also!! Crock Pot Beef & Pasta adapted from Betty Crocker Makes about 10 servings 2 pounds boneless beef round steak, cut into 1/2 inch cubes. 2 jars spaghetti sauce (26-28 oz.) 1 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms 1/2 cup onions, diced 1-2 small zucchini, sliced and diced 2 1/2 cups water 16 oz. of cheese filled ravioli 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese In crock pot mix beef, spaghetti sauce, onions, mushrooms, zucchini and water.  Cook on low heat setting for 6-8 hours.   Stir in ravioli, increase heat setting to high. Cover and cook 20-30 minutes until ravioli are tender.  Stir in the Parmesan cheese.  Serve.  Sprinkle individual servings with Parmesan if desired. *This would be good with chicken or hamburger.  Hubby agreed it was really good with the steak.

A Good Salad

I know the name of this recipe isn't too exciting but it has a good story behind it.  One day my mom sent my brother and son to get us fast food while we were at a ball game.  She wrote him a list and then told him she didn't know what type of salads they had so to just get her "a good salad".  He ordered and had no issues until he ordered "a good salad" just like that.  This confused both the order taker and my brother. My son was still laughing when they came back with the food.  We continue to laugh about it to this day.  So in honor of this memory and for lack of a better name this is most definitely A GOOD SALAD!! This is one of those recipes that is so simple I almost feel guilty posting it, but it was so DELICIOUS, that I could not resist!!  I also want a permanent reminder for myself to make it more often.  Yum.  I am already craving it again. I was really hoping for leftovers, but they ate every last bit!!! Next time I will try it using spinach or

Healthy Living Giveaway Winner!!

My family eats alot of cereal.  I forgot to include my family's favorite Big G cereals.  Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and the all time favorite is Reese's Puff!!  Now the winner drawn by random number generator........ Tessa author of The Cooking Chemist !! She has some amazing and delicious creations!! Congratulations!!

Triple Cheese Baked Beefaroni

My plan for this coming year is to feed my family healthier meals.  So this is the first in hopefully a series of many.  This took a little bit of time to make, but was a HUGE hit with the family. No one noticed the missing calories.  In fact there was nothing leftover!! It had great flavor. Triple Cheese Baked Beefaroni adapted from The Complete Light Cookbook 1 pound penne pasta or pasta of your choice Meat Sauce 1 cup minced onions 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 pound hamburger 2 cups spaghetti sauce 1/2 cup chicken or beef broth Cheese Sauce 1/4 cup flour 2 cups milk 1 3/4 cups beef or chicken broth 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese Topping 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cook pasta until tender but firm. Drain and set aside. Meat Sauce: Brown hamburger with the garlic and onion.  Stir in the pasta sauce and 1/2 cup broth. Simmer for 10  minutes of until thickened. Set aside. Cheese Sauce: Whisk flour, milk and  1 3/

Tried It Out Thursday: Crayola Pop Art Pixies Activity Kits & a Giveaway

Crayola’s new Pop Art Pixies activity kit line invites tween girls to enter a world of self-discovery and creativity through the lives of the Pop Art Pixies. These best buds each have their own special interest that sets them apart, giving tweens a chance to find a virtual pal in one or even all of them. Your daughters can get to know the Pop Art Pixies as they enjoy their online world at and by adding their own creative touch to one of the 14 Pop Art Pixies craft projects. Whether your daughter is eco-friendly and into saving the environment like Skye, loves to throw parties like Tatum, is into music and technology like Naomi, or can’t wait to express her free-spirit like Maya – she’ll love sharing her unique style at Pop Art Pixies Virtual Clubhouse . There, she can create a personal avatar that can “hang out” with the Pop Art Pixies and upload photos of her original masterpieces to share with friend. Coupled with the special Pop Art Pixies community are 14 activit