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December 23rd, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Welcoming Santa

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Our family has some special traditions for preparing for Santa’s visit. First, we make a batch of “reindeer food” to leave on the ground for Santa’s reindeer. In the evening, we sprinkle it on the ground outside so the reindeer have something to eat while Santa is inside. We don’t have a fireplace, so we know that Santa parks on the front lawn. Check out the recipe for Magic Reindeer Food below.

We also prepare a plate of cookies and a glass of milk that we leave on the table. Santa usually only leaves crumbs, since he is a big fan our our cookies.

During the evening, we check out where Santa is in the world on Norad. It truly is a great learning activity so the kids can learn the parts of the world, the time changes, and the distance from place to place.

Other families hang stockings for Santa to fill, leave a magic key outside, and more. What do you do on Christmas Eve to welcome Santa?

Magic Reindeer Food Recipe

In a small zipper sandwich bag, mix:

  • 1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup red or green sugar sprinkles

 

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December 22nd, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Holiday Appetizers

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I  love the appetizers that come with holiday gatherings. To me, all those little bites make up the perfect meal! Here are some of my favorite appetizer recipes:

Cold Veggie Pizza

Ingredients:
1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
8 oz Cream Cheese
1 1/2 tsp mayonnaise
1 tsp Dill Weed
Salt and Pepper
4 Cups fresh vegetables: mushrooms, carrots, green or red peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini
1/4 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Preheat oven to 350° F. Arrange crescent dough on baking stone and pinch seams together. I like to spread it out flat on a baking sheet. You can arrange in a wreath circle pattern. Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool.

Blend softened cream cheese, mayo, dill weed, salt and pepper. Spread over cooled crescent dough. Chop vegetables and sprinkle over pizza. Top with grated cheese. Refrigerate.

 

Here are some other recipes I love:

White Pizza Dip

Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp 

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

French Onion Soup Stuffed Mushrooms

Crispy Baked Ravioli

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December 16th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Making Christmas Treats

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One of my favorite days in the month of December is the day we make our Christmas treats. The kitchen is filled with the smells of cinnamon, caramel, chocolate, and more. The tradition started with my sister-in-law’s family, and we baked cookies together as her children grew up. Her children are now all in college, so we carry on the tradition in our home.

The variety has changed over the years. Plus, sometimes we try some new things. Once we experimented with cake balls, another time was peppermint bark.  This year was white chocolate party mix. I probably gained a pound or two just taste testing, and now have to hide most of the treats from all the boys in my family, but we always make a lot of memories!

What is your favorite treat to make? Mine is Turtle Pretzels. Simple to make and yummy to eat, plus a fun activity for the kids.

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Turtle Pretzels

Ingredients:

  • Square Pretzels
  • Rolo Candies
  • Pecan Halves

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Arrange the pretzels in a single layer on a cookie tray lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Place a rolo candy in the middle of each pretzel. Bake for 4 minutes. Press a pecan half onto each candy-covered pretzel to spread. Let cool completely before packaging.

 

 

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September 26th, 2014 at 11:33 am

Pumpkin Recipes

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One of my favorite fall flavors is pumpkin. I buy canned pumpkin starting the first week of September all the way through the end of November. Below are several of my favorite recipe links, as well as my personal favorite recipe for pumpkin bars! There are so many delicious options!

Ann’s Pumpkin Nut Bread

Pecan Pumpkin Dessert

Libbys Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Pumpkin Pie French Toast

Pumpkin Pie Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Low Fat Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

Pumpkin Bars

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 (3 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup confectioners sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. 
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir dry mix into the pumpkin mixture until thoroughly combined.
  3. Spread the batter evenly into an ungreased 10 x 15 jellyroll pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool before frosting.
  4. To make the frosting: Cream together the cream cheese and butter. Stir in vanilla. Add confectioners sugar, a little at a time, beating until mixture is smooth. Spread evenly on top of the cooled bars and cut into squares.

Enjoy!

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September 9th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Apple Recipes

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Fall is in the air…and when I think of fall, the first thing that comes to mind is apples!

Here are some of our favorite apple recipes that you might want to try out this fall. You’ll also find my personal recipe for Apple Crumble Pie at the bottom! Every year we visit an apple farm for apple picking. Check and see if there are any near you!

Apple Pork Chops

Caramel Apple Salad (This is my go-to dish for pot lucks, birthday parties, and every event we host. There are never leftovers!)

Apple Pancake Ring 

Chicken Apple Wrap

Bacon, Apple Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad

 

Apple Crumble Pie

Ingredients:

● 5 cups of baking apples, cubed and peeled
● 1/2 cup sugar
● 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
● 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
● 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
● 1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)

~~ — Topping — ~~
● 1/2 cup sugar
● 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
● 1/2 cup butter or margarine

Directions:

In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients and spoon the mixture into the pie shell. For the topping, combine sugar and flour, then cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the topping on the pie filling. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375° and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the topping is browned and the apples are tender. Cover the crust edges with foil during the last 15 minutes if needed. Cool the pie completely before cutting. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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July 18th, 2014 at 9:00 am

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe

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One of our go-to desserts for celebrating special occasions is my Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. This is a great dessert that you can decorate or leave undecorated. I personally like to use store-bought frosting to decorate it. I typically use one can of white frosting and one of chocolate frosting. Use your imagination to bring this cookie to life!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Shortening or baking spray
  • Frosting

Instructions

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 14-inch round deep dish pizza pan with shortening or baking spray.

Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy in a large bowl. Add eggs, one at a time. Gradually add flour, salt, and baking soda and beat until well blended. Then add chocolate chips.

Put batter in greased pan and bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a cooling rack. Decorate with frosting.

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July 7th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Texas Caviar Recipe

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During the summer I love to use fresh ingredients to make our food. One of my family’ go-to summer favorites is Texas Caviar.  We use this with our favorite tortilla chips or eat it as a side dish. This also keeps in the fridge for several days!

Ingredients
  • 2 small jalapeños
  • 1 cup chopped peppers (any mix of colors)
  • ¼ cup red onion
  • 1 can of black beans and 1 can of another type of bean (or 2 cans of black)
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup of chopped celery
  • ¼ cup of chopped cilantro
  • ¼ jar of italian dressing (your favorite)

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Instructions
  1. Chop up everything and put in a bowl. Mix in Italian dressing and let sit a minimum of 2 hours in fridge. Add cilantro at end and mix in.
  2. Serve with tortilla chips or as a salad.
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January 2nd, 2014 at 10:07 am

Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

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For my entire life, my favorite food has been macaroni and cheese. There is just something about that creamy, delicious mix of cheeses and pasta. It NEVER gets boring because there are so many options! You can pretty much make macaroni and cheese with anything…any type of cheese, any extra ingredients. Meat, seafood, vegetables, they all taste great with a base of macaroni and cheese. The best part is that most kids love this dish too! And “hiding” nutritious foods in it is helpful when you’ve got a picky eater. You can even dress it up as a formal dish for adult dinner parties.

I’m often looking for new ways to enjoy my favorite food, so i’ve combined my TOP 10 FAVORITE mac and cheese recipes (in no particular order) for you all to enjoy. If you’ve ever created your own M&C recipe, share it with us on our Facebook wall!

  1. 5-Cheese Mac and Cheese
  2. Lobster (or Crab) Mac and Cheese
  3. Truffled Mac and Cheese
  4. Greek Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese
  5. Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese
  6. Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese
  7. Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese
  8. Chicken Fajita Mac and Cheese
  9. Mac and Cheese alla Carbonara (check it out in the picture above…YUM!!)
  10. Broccoli Mac and Cheese Bake

 Photo Credit: Marcus Samuelsson, HuffPost Taste, www.huffingtonpost.com

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October 24th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Pumpkin Recipes

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‘Tis the season to enjoy all things PUMPKIN. Pumpkin lattes and baked goods are all over right now, but this ingredient is great for many different kinds of meals. These big orange things we all love to carve at Halloween are rich in fiber and low in calories. They promote good eyesight, can boost your immune system and can even help prevent some types of cancer due to the rich amount of beta-carotene. Even dogs benefit greatly from pumpkin… it helps calm their stomachs and aids digestion. Besides all that good stuff, pumpkin is the ingredient in some really delicious recipes! Here are a few classics and a few you might not have considered but should try soon!

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September 26th, 2013 at 11:42 am

Favorite Fall Recipes

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Fall is here and to me, that means I can start making my favorite cold-weather meals again! Stews, chili, casseroles, roasts and pies are perfect, especially when you use seasonal ingredients like pumpkin and apple. There’s nothing like returning from a fun fall activity and enjoying a delicious meal to warm you up. Here are my favorite fall recipes:

Traditional Chili

Beef Stew

Pot Roast

Chicken Noodle Soup

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Chicken Pot Pie

Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cider Doughnuts  (They’re BAKED!)

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