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German Chocolate Chip Cookies

We love German Chocolate cake!! The very best part of the cake is the frosting !! Can you imagine putting all that goodness in a cookie...well that is what is so brilliant about this recipe I found over at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker .  She has some wonderfully delicious recipes!! These cookies were AMAZING!! They were even better the next day.  They are a bit flatter than the normal cookie, but are soft and chewy.  OH YUM!! German Chocolate Chip Cookies from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker  1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (1 of those packages of crackers thrown in the food processor is usually the correct amount) 1/2 cup flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup softened butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cup flaked coconut 1 cup milk chocolate chips 1 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans (Due to allergies I used sliced almonds) Mix graham cracker crumbs, flour and baking powder. In another bowl, beat condensed milk and butter un

"Almost" Homemade Refried Beans

The other day I wanted to make my family a home made Mexican meal like you would get at a restaurant.  My plan was enchiladas, Mexican rice and homemade refried beans.  Well I forgot to soak my beans the night before (that recipe will come later), so out of desperation I came up with this recipe and it worked brilliantly!!  Simple, easy and delicious my type of recipe.  Everyone will think you slaved in the kitchen for this tasty side dish. Almost Homemade Refried Beans 2 (16 oz.) cans refried beans 1/2 cup chopped onions 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese + a little more for garnishing. 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese* Place everything in the crock pot and stir to combine.  Cook on high for 1-2 hours or when they are hot throughout.  Stir mixture a few times during the cooking.   Top each serving with a little shredded cheese.  *If desired you can use all cheddar cheese. Enjoy!

Tried and True: Simple Fudge Bars

Since I have been asked for this recipe a lot lately I decided it needed a second post and put on the tried an true list!! These bars are super simple, but an  incredibly delicious treat!! It only takes a few minutes to prepare, but others will think you spent a lot of time in the kitchen making these.  Fudge Bars 1 package yellow cake mix 2 eggs 1/3 cup oil 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 1 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup butter Combine cake mix, eggs and oil. Press 2/3 mix into a 13 x 9 greased pan.  Put the rest of the mixture aside. Place the butter, milk and chocolate chips in a bowl.   Microwave until everything is melted and smooth. Stir after each minute. (Approximately 2 1/2 minutes.) Pour over top of cake mixture. Drop the reserved cake mixture on top of the chocolate layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before cutting. Enjoy!! Beware they are addicting!! The winner of "Cook it Together" drawn

Menu Plan Monday

Well it is Spring Break for my bad we don't get a Spring Break at work!!  Oh well, I guess I can't complain.  I have a couple of seriously delicious recipes that I made last week  to share with  you this coming week.                             Don't forget to enter the cookbook giveaway .  Winner will be announced later tonight. This Week's Menu Monday: California Chowder Tuesday: Balsamic Chicken Salad Wednesday: Stuffed Meatballs Thursday: Picnic Night Friday: Homemade Pizza Saturday: Chicken Veggie Pasta Toss Sunday: Grilled Steak Have a great week!! Linked to: Menu Plan Monday

Sticky Chicken

This is a sweet buffalo sauce that turns out a bit sticky!!  I make mine a bit on the mild side, it does have a little kick though.  It is an INCREDIBLE flavor and is so simple to make.  I like to save about 1/2 cup of sauce and mix it with ranch for a great dip or salad dressing.  Sticky Chicken Cooked chicken (any type you like) 1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce ( I used a 5 oz. bottle) 1/2 cup ketchup 1 1/4 cup brown sugar Place ingredient in a saucepan. One medium high heat, stirring constantly, bring to a boil.  Take off heat and  let cool for at least 5 minutes, but can be made ahead of time. Pour over cooked chicken. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken.  It will thicken more as it cools.   If you don't want your sauce thick bake only long enough to make sure everything is heated. ~If you want a hotter sauce use more Frank's Red Hot Sauce and less ketchup.  If you like it sizzling hot: add 1 cup Frank's Red Hot and no ketchup.

Friday Favorites #7

A Happy Birthday to my sweet daughter who is turning 7 today and she is so EXCITED!! Once again some amazing recipes this week and I can't wait to try them out on my table. Frozen Fruit Cups The Cutting Back Kitchen Strawberry Soup Purple Chocolat Home Enchilada Meatballs Running Away? I'll Help You Pack German Chocolate Chip Cookies Frugal Anties of a Harried Homemaker Mozzarella Mac & Cheese Meatless Meals for Meat Eaters Chicken & White Bean Wraps Debbi Does Dinner Healthy and Low Calorie Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Caramel Glaze Singing With the Birds Happy Friday!! Linked to Friday Favorites . 

Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork

I have shared with you our latest crave of pulled pork.  We prefer it baked but sometimes simplicity is what is needed. This is a simple and delicious recipe.  I love the BBQ sauce.  Adding the root beer adds a great flavor. Crock Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork adapted from Gooseberry Patch 2 cups onions sliced and divided 2 Tablespoons minced garlic 4  pound pork roast (loin is best) 1/2  teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 teaspoons liguid smoke (optional) 3 cups  Root Beer divided 16 oz bottle BBQ sauce ( or two cups) Place 1 cup onions and the garlic it the bottom of the crock pot. Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper, place in crock pot.  Add 1 1/2 cups root beer and liquid smoke. Cover and cook on low setting for 8-10 hours or on high setting for 5 hours.  Remove roast and set aside to cool. Discard onion and liquid in crock pot.  In a saucepan, bring the BBQ sauce and 1 1/2 cups root beer to a boil and then simmer for 15-25 minutes.  When roast is cool enough to handle, s

Caramel Chocolate Crumb Bars

These bars were easy and so delicious! A good mixture of chocolate and caramel with a hint of butter crust! Oh YUM!! I took most of them to the girls in my YW class.  My son told me they were no good. I shouldn't take them and he would be happy to eat them all for me.  Ha Ha!!  I am glad I did because I would of eaten the whole pan had I got the chance.  He said he should of eaten more while he had the chance. Caramel Chocolate Crumb Bars 1 1/2 cups flour + 2 Tablespoons dived 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 cup cold butter 30 caramels 2 Tablespoons milk 3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate) In a food processor or by hand combine 1 1/2 cups flour, brown sugar, salt and soda. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Reserve 1 cup of crumbs and press the rest in a greased 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-14 minutes or until set.   In a microwave safe bowl, melt the caramels with the milk. Stir after each 30 secon

Menu Plan Monday & A Giveaway

A Happy 12th Birthday to my sweet daughter!!  It is hard to believe that little 3 pound baby, is now a beautiful young woman!! Her party went really well, but boy was I tired!!  The girls commented on how much they liked the sandwich bar with fruit and veggies.  So that was really nice.  This week is a bit easier on me because of not one but two birthdays.  We are also off and running...literally. Track has started so be prepared for more pasta meals.  My son has a routine and has to have pasta the night before every meet!  I am going to have to get creative!! This Week's Menu Monday: Birthday Dinner Tuesday: Enchiladas Creamas Verdes Wednesday: Lasagna Thursday: Sticky Chicken Friday: Birthday Dinner Saturday: Hoagie Sandwiches Sunday: Grilled Steak Now for the GREAT NEWS!! As a little "THANK YOU' I am giving away: It is a darling cookbook! Perfect for the aspiring small cooks in your life and just about anyone!! To enter be a follower and leave me a comment!! W

Good Healthy Bread: Nature's Pride

The other day I received a box on the front porch from Foodbuzz.  In the box we found...... BREAD! Nature's Pride Hearty Wheat with Flax I LOVE bread so you can imagine how excited I was to find out all the impressive nutritional facts. *100% whole wheat bread *Good source of Omega 3-ALA *22 grams of whole grains *Good source of fiber, 3 g per slice *5 g of protein per slice *A nutritious bread with onle 100 calories per slice. Now the BEST PART: It is DELICIOUS!! Other bread that boast that type of nutritional value, just don't make the cut.  This one  does and I was even caught eating it plain!  We loved it as toast and with our favorite meats as a sandwich!! I now don't have to feel guilty about eating bread!! I was very impressed. YUM!! I was sent this loaf of bread as part of Foodbuzz's Tastemakers program. Thanks to Nature's Pride and Foodbuzz.  All opinions are my own.

Friday Favorites #6

Wow!! Where did the week go?  I appologize for the lack of post this week.  I have been working more and trying to plan a preteen birthday party (a little added STRESS there!!).  The party is tonight, so wish me luck!!  There were some FABULOUS recipes this week and I didn't get them all!  Thanks for being so inspiring! Can't wait to try these out on my table!! Brown Sugar Bacon The Sporadic Cook Black Bean Soup Meatless Meals for Meat Eaters Quick Sliders An 'A' for Effort Apple & Cinnamon Swirl Bread Lamp Unto My Feet Enchilada Soup Purple Chocolat Home Irish Beef Hand Pies Megan's Cookin Olive Parmesan Bread Running Away? I 'll Help You Pack. Winter Salad Healthy Eating for Ordinary People Homemade Hamburger Buns Tightwad Mom's Frugal Forum Linked to: Friday Favorites at Finding Joy in My Kitchen 

Simply Baked Pasta

One night last week I came home from work, very tired and needed something super quick for dinner.  This dish saved me that night and the best thing is the family LOVED it.  Even my picky eater had seconds.  It is so simple I feel a bit guilty posting the recipe, but it is a good one. Simply Baked Pasta 1 lb. pasta  ( I used penne.) 1 lb. hamburger 1/2 cup onions, chopped 1 teaspoon garlic 1 cup or more sliced mushrooms 1 jar spaghetti sauce (around 26 oz.) 1 can tomato soup (10 3/4 oz.) 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella 1 can petite diced tomatoes (14.5 oz.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions. Do not overcook.  Drain and set aside.  In a skillet brown hamburger, onion and garlic.  Season just a bit to taste. Add mushrooms and cook just a few minutes until they are soft.  Drain. Mix the pasta and hamburger mixture together with the spaghetti sauce, tomato soup, parmesan cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and tomatoes if desired

Baked French Toast Sticks

This is the perfect quick and easy breakfast (or when ever), that can be made ahead and frozen.  They taste delicious!!  My kids thought they were in heaven!! I am really LUCKY that any of them made it to the freezer.  The family devoured them straight out of the oven. Baked French Toast Sticks makes 36 sticks 4 eggs 1 cup powdered sugar 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoon vanilla 12 thick (about 1 inch) sliced bread or Texas toast sliced bread 3-4 Tablespoons butter (optional) Cut each slice of bread into three pieces. In a shallow bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, milk , maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla with a fork or whisk, until well blended.  Dip each bread strip into the egg mixture, coating completely, but do not over soak.  You don't want the bread to be super soggy.   Place on a greased cookie sheet.  If you want you can brush a little melted butter underneath each strip before you place it on the cookie sheet.  I found that work

Menu Plan Monday

Last week the dishwasher died and I have come to the realization how spoiled I am...because I HATE doing dishes by hand.  It has been an awakening for the children and it has been interesting to watch them during this process.  I am hoping that they are learning something!!   Enough complaining and on to this week's menu!! This Week's Menu Monday: Crescent Chicken Bundles Tuesday: Spaghetti with Italian Spaghetti sauce Wednesday:  Taco Rice & Beans Thursday:  Picnic Night Friday: Birthday Party Pizza Saturday: Italian Chicken Pitas Sunday: BBQ Chicken Happy Eating!! Linked to: Menu Plan Monday