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Showing posts from June, 2012

Zucchini & Pineapple Bread

I appologize for the lack of posts lately! Had an unplanned move drop into my life, so needless to say life is CRAZY!! Almost got the kitchen packed up, but had to make this beauty for The Picnic Game over at  Months of Edible Celebrations .  I've participated for a few years now and it is so much fun I couldn't pass it up this year.  This quick bread is simple to put together, moist and delicious!! Even my child who hates pineapple loves it (she doesn't even know it's there.)!! It came to mind because my grandmother used to make zucchini and pineapple cookies and they were so good!! Since my cookie sheets and mixer were already packed this is my "moving" version of grandma's cookies!! Zucchini & Pineapple Bread Inspired by my Grandma McNee 3 eggs 1 cup unsweetened applesauce* 2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups shredded zucchini (squeeze some of the water out) 8 oz. crushed pineapple (drained) 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 tea

Crock Pot White Chocolate Raspberry & Cream Cake

I tried this recipe out on my family while they were here visiting.  It was a HUGE hit! My dad who does not like cake loved it.  It was moist and full of flavor and kind of fun since it was cooked in the crock pot. I will be making it again for sure. Crock Pot White Chocolate Raspberry & Cream Cake from Betty Crocker 1 box white cake mix 1 box (4-serving size) white chocolate instant pudding 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 whole eggs 1 egg, separated 1/2 cup water 1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries 1  (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup sugar whipped topping or whipped cream Spray 4 1/2-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.  In large bowl, dump cake mix, removing and setting aside 1/2 cup of the dry mix. Add pudding mix, melted butter, 2 whole eggs, 1 egg yolk and water to cake mix in large bowl. Stir until well mixed. In small bowl, sprinkle 1/4 cup of the reserved cake mix over frozen raspberries. Stir to coat. Fold raspberries into cake mix mixture. Pour batter into slow

A New Idea in Snacking: Pillsbury Baguette Chips Giveaway!

 Looking for ways to spice up your snacking routines? Pillsbury knows just how you feel and wants to awaken your taste buds with their new Pillsbury® Baguette Chips ! These hearty chips are sliced from oven baked bread and topped with savory seasonings bringing the unique and contemporary flavors of Italian Cheese & Herb and Cheddar Sun-dried Tomato to gourmet snack chips. The delicious flavors and perfect texture of these crispy chips can help you round out any recipe. These chips are AMAZING!! My family loved them!! No one could decide which flavor they liked best! Enjoy Pillsbury Baguette Chips for a wide range of occasions: eat them alone, add a bit more flavor to your favorite dip, spice up soup, or add some crunch to your salad!  With 130 calories per serving (21 baguette chips), and 50% less fat than regular potato chips*, Needless to say they were gone in a flash and with these great facts how could I not be happy my family loved them!!  Pillsbury Baguette Chi

Reese's Peanut Butter Brownies

All I can say about these is they are SO DELICIOUS and as a bonus they are easy and quick to make!! One bite and you will be hooked!! Reese's Peanut Butter Brownies adapted just a bit from Life (Made) Simple 2 cups all-purpose flour 1½ cups quick rolled oats 1 cup sugar 1 cup light brown sugar 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup  butter 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt Topping: ½ cup peanut butter 2 cup powdered sugar 5 Tablespoons milk 1½ cups chopped Reese's peanut butter cups (about 30 miniature ones)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a full size cookie sheet. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together peanut butter, butter and sugars for 30 seconds. Turn speed to low and add one egg at a time. Add vanilla and mix until combined. Fold in dry ingredients. Do not overmix. Pour into prepared pan and pat down until even. Place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the top begins to brown.  Meanwhile, prepare topping b

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cake

When my mom was here for my son's graduation, we were looking for a quick and delicious dessert to feed lots of people for the grad dinner.  She told me about this cake which is an old family recipe.  Sad thing is I don't think I had ever had it before and boy was I missing out.  It is so delicious! It didn't last long!! Strawberry Cream Cheese Cake from The McNee Family Cookbook 1 package white cake mix 1 package Danish Dessert pudding or strawberry glaze sauce 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 8 oz. whipped topping 1 pound strawberries, sliced Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet.  Mix cake mix according to the directions, pour and spread on to the cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cake springs back in the middle.  Set aside to cool.  Beat cream cheese until smooth and add the powdered sugar.  Fold in the whipped topping and spread over the cake. Make Danish dessert according to package directions and add sli

School's Out..Last Minute Teacher Appreciation Gifts

With the craziness that my life had taken on I needed some cute, but quick and easy teacher gifts. The first one it totally my own creativity, not the best but not bad for thinking on the go... We filled up these cute freezer friendly cute cups with Hersheys Hugs and Kisses. It simply says, Thanks for helping me to drink up knowledge! ~Hugs and Kisses~ Now this beauty I got from my friend Erin over at Making Memories With Your Kids . She is brilliant, so creative and I can always find something so cool when I am in desperate need of it on her blog.  Thanks Erin!! Quick, simple and Cute!! The girls said the teacher's loved it!! Now on to Summer Vacation!! *If you would like a copy of the hugs and kisses printout let me know and I will send it to you! (I took my kids names off of it.)

New Fiber One Chewy Bars Giveaway

Looking for a snack that combines the taste kids’ love with the nutrients they need? Be one of the first to try new Fiber One® Chewy bars, the perfect wholesome snack that the whole family will enjoy! Available in Chocolate and Strawberry PB&J varieties, these chewy bars are perfect for in-the-house, on-the-go, and everywhere in between. Complete with a peanut butter or chocolate bottom and yummy drizzle in every bite, kids won’t be able to resist the taste and parents won’t be able to resist the nutrition of this enjoyable snack.   My kids are hooked!! They are delicious!!   Fiber One Chewy bars contain 20% of the Daily Value of fiber and 10% of the Daily Value of calcium These 100 or 110 calorie bars contain no high fructose corn syrup, and only 7 or 8 grams of sugar According to the results of a recent taste test*, kids prefer Fiber One Chewy Chocolate bars over Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars *Based upon independent taste tests, with kids aged 8-12, of Fiber

Roasted Asparagus

It seems like asparagus is one of those veggies people either love or don't like at all.  Before moving to Washington I didn't have much exposure to it.  Now I LOVE it!! The great thing is all but one child loves it also.  This recipe is simple and oh so delicious!! Roasted Asparagus 1 bunch asparagus 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Trim ends of asparagus by snapping off the bottom of the stalks.  They will break off naturally right where the woody part starts.  Spread aparagus out in a shallow cooking dish (I ususally use a 9 x 13 pan).  Drizzle with the olive oil sprinkle with the salt and pepper.  Toss until the spears are coated with the oil.   Roast in the over until the spears are just tender about 10 minutes depending on the size of your spears. Larger will take longer thinner will take less time.  Shake or stir halfway through cooking to prevent them from sticking to the pan. YUM!!

The Crazy Cookie Invention: Chocolate Caramel Cookies

My middle daughter who pretended to not be so smart, qualified this year for the gifted program because she had perfect scores on the State Tests.  No more hiding for her!! In this program they had to team up and come up with an invention.  Kelsee and her partner did some research and finally decide they wanted to create a sugar cookie that had milk chocolate, white chocolate and caramel in it.  After trying a few different things we finally came up with this delicious delight!! It was a huge hit at the Invention Fair!! In fact people kept taking pictures of the recipe so they would have it.  Chocolate Caramel Cookies by Kelsee & Kiera 2 packages white cake mix 1/2 cup melted butter 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs   1 teaspoon vanilla 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips 3/4 cup white chocolate chips 36-40 Milk Duds. white sugar Mix ingredients together until well blended.  Roll dough into a ball . Press the Milk Dud into the center. Roll the dough around it, making sure to enclose i