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California Taco Chili Bake

This is one of those meals that is so simple and quick, but looks like it took awhile to make. This is one of those waiting for payday meals and it is delicious!! The whole family loved it! California Taco Chili Bake from Bettycrocker.com 2 (15 oz.) cans chili with beans 3 cups Bisquick mix 1 cup milk 1 cup shredded cheese shredded lettuce 2 medium tomatoes, diced (about 1 to 1 1/2 cups) additional shredded cheese Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix Bisquick mix and milk with a whisk until a soft dough forms. Spread half the dough into a lightly greased 9 x13 pan.  Top with the chili and sprinkle with the cheese.  Drop the remaining dough on the top. Bake 25-30 minutes or until the topping is light brown.  Top with lettuce, tomatoes and additional cheese. Enjoy!! *This would be a great way to use up leftover chili!!

White Chocolate Cherry Bliss Bars

I love fresh fruit seasons and cherries are no exception.  It is one of those that we get a little indulgence of for what seems like a short period of time here.  Usually we eat them so quick, but this time I actually got to them first and after eating my fair share created this beauty.  White Chocolate Cherry Bliss Bars   from First magazine 1 cup chopped almonds (I used slivered almonds and chopped them a bit.) 1 cup flour 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut 1/2 cup butter 1/4 cup powdered sugar 1 3/4 cup (about 20) fresh cherries, pitted and quartered 1 cup white chocolate chips 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mix almonds,flour,coconut, butter and sugar until crumbs form. Press 2 cups of this mixture in the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes Top with the cherries, white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Sprinkle the top with the remaining crumb mixture. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until t

Experiencing New Flavors + New Experiences With Girard's Dressings.

About a month ago I was contacted about helping to create a new dressing flavor for Girard's Dressings .  Already a big fan of their products I jumped at the chance.  I got the opportunity to be on my very first video conference call, where I got to interact with the Girard's team plus meet a couple of amazing bloggers: Catherine of Living the Gourmet and Leslie of Leslie Loves Veggies.  Together we compiled some dressing flavor ideas we thought would be good.  Then Girard's went to work.  On Friday I received this package: Eight new flavors to try out!! Mediterranean Vinaigrette with Hummus Blackberry Chipotle Red Thai Curry Sweet Mango Chili Garlic Honey Pepper Sweet Citrus Vinaigrette Artichoke Sundried Tomato Expresso Balsamic We made a HUGE bowl of salad and the family sat down and we tried them all out!! Some we liked and others we didn't care for. The one flavor the whole family loved was the Artichoke Sundried Tomato. Tomorrow I ge

Crusty Italian Bread

Do you ever picture yourself eating a slice of Italian bread you know the type with the crunchy outside and soft and delicate inside. Well this is the recipe for you and I have found the secret to getting the perfect crust!! Crusty Italian Bread makes 2 loaves 1 1/3 cups warm water 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast 1 Tablespoon brown sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil 4 cups flour Place warm water, yeast and brown sugar in mixing bowl. Stir and let stand for a few minutes until it start to bubble and foam a bit.  Add olive oil and salt.  Mix and add the flour gradually.  You want to add enough that the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl.  You want to mix it with the dough hook for a few minutes.  Cover and let the dough rise until doubled about 30 minutes. Punch down dough and divide in two and form into two loaves (I doubled the recipe this time.) Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat

Black Forest Parfaits

I love it when someone sends me a great recipe! This comes from my cousin's daughter Amy. Love the flavor combination.  She just had adorable twin boys a few months ago.  Taking care of twins and time to create this beautiful dessert..she is definitely my hero!! Black Forest Parfaits by Amy Ingredients: chocolate pudding crushed Oreos cherry pie filling whipped topping maraschino cherries Start with making some homemade chocolate pudding:  1/2 cup white sugar  3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder  1/4 cup cornstarch  1/8 teaspoon salt  2 3/4 cups milk  2 tablespoons margarine or butter  1 teaspoon vanilla extract In a saucepan, stir together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Place over medium heat, and stir in milk. Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Remove from heat, and stir in margarine and vanilla. Let cool briefly, and serve warm, or chill in refrigerator until serving. *If

Cute July 4th Flag Craft

Well I am all moved.  Boxes everywhere though, but atleast I have internet again.  I missed you all!! Since my kitchen is not quite ready for a cooking session yet I thought I would share a little easy festive craft! I made these flags with my preschool kids.  They turned out so cute!! Supplies: red, white and blue finger or tempera paint (anything washable will do) cardstock paper for the flag small stars sticks for the flag pole (I used skewers) The only tricky part is you have to work quickly before the paint dries. Paint the palm of the hand blue. Alternate the fingers white and red. Press hand down on the paper with fingers straight and thumb extended. (Thumb should look like the flag pole.) Lift hand straight up.   Let paint dry and glue on the stars and add the pole. The kids had a hard time getting that thumb straight, but they still turned out so cute. Quick, easy and so cute!! Happy 4th of July!!