Friday, November 13, 2009
This recipe was passed down from my Nana...it's good I tell ya!
1 pound spicy pork sausage
2 cups milk
1 T. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
2-3 slices white bread, cubed
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
Saute sausage, drain.
Beat eggs with milk, salt, and mustard.
Layer the bread cubes, sausage, and cheese in a 9" x 13" baking dish.
Pour egg mixture on top, refrigerate overnight.
Bake @ 350 for 45 minutes.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
P.S. - If you don't have a donut cutter, just use a small circle cookie cutter and make donut "holes" instead...my kiddo liked them better than the whole donuts anyway :)
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
1 (8oz) package spaghetti
1 cup minced celery
1/2 cup minced onion
1/4 cup butter
1 (8 oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained
3 cups chopped, cooked turkey (or more..up to you!)
2 cups water
2 (10 3/4 oz) cans cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
Cook spaghetti as directed; drain well.
Saute celery and onion in melted butter.
Remove from heat; drain juices, and add mushrooms and turkey.
Place half the spaghetti in a greased 4 quart casserole dish.
Spoon half the turkey vegetable mixture over spaghetti.
Spread 1 can of soup over turkey.
Repeat for a layer of spaghetti, then a layer of turkey vegetable mixture.
Sprinkle top with cheese.
Bake @ 350 for 50 minutes.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Buffalo Chicken Dip
~serves several large men watching football
3 chicken breasts, baked with olive oil, salt & pepper, then diced
18 ounces cream cheese
1 cup Franks Buffalo Sauce
1 1/4 cups blue cheese dressing
8 ounces shredded cheddar
Mix all ingredients, then bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 3/4 cups peeled, diced red potatoes (in a hurry? Use a bag of Ore-Ida Southern Style hash brown potatoes)
1/2 cup flour
2 cups milk
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Saute garlic in cooking spray coated pan.
Add broth and potatoes, bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Place flour in a bowl. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended; add to soup.
Cook over medium heat 15 minutes or until thick, stirring often.
Stir in cheese, salt and pepper.
To serve, top with some shredded cheddar and bacon bits. Enjoy!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
What better way to get excited for the holidays than sharing favorite recipes? I'll be posting a new recipe (or two) every day or so until Thanksgiving. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! This one is always a HUGE hit at gatherings...
Hot Crab Dip
~ Charleston Receipts, Repeats
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 1/2 tablespoons horseradish
2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
dash white pepper
12 ounces crabmeat
2 tablespoons white wine or sherry
Combine all ingredients except crabmeat and wine in top of double broiler.
Cook for 30 minutes.
Add crabmeat and wine/sherry and cook for 10 more minutes.
Serve with crackers or in pastry shells.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Nana's Olive Garden Dressing
16oz. Newmans Own Oil & Vinegar dressing
4 T. Wishbone Italian dressing
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
4 T. grated parmesan
4 tsp. sugar
Mix in blender at high speed for a few seconds.
Done. Easy, right?
Apple Butter Muffins
~ Better Homes and Gardens "Holiday Cooking 1996"
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup cooking oil
1/3 cup apple butter
1/3 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons sugar
Combine flour, the 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, apple pie or pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Make a well in the center.
Combine egg, milk, and oil; add all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened.
Lightly grease muffin cups or line with paper baking cups. Spoon a rounded tablespoon of batter into each muffin cup. Top each with a rounded teaspoon of apple butter; then top with some of the remaining batter.
Combine pecans and the 2 tablespoons sugar; sprinkle over the batter. Bake in oven at 400 for about 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from pans; serve warm.
Makes 12 delicious muffins!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I was visiting by BFF while in Florida and we decided to check out this adorable little town called Celebration. It's a beautiful place, almost too beautiful..sidewalks everywhere, friendly people, gorgeous architecture and gardens, cute shops and LOTS of yummy places to eat..even kids playing in the town center fountain. Unbelievable (and a bit Stepford, but in a good way).
Lucky for us, they had a little Farmers Market and some craft vendors set up today and we ran into this great lady who creates custom art made from photo's of architectural details found at Disney. BFF & I quickly decided that this was the answer to our months long question about what to get for a recently wedded friend..we spelled out her new last name with the photo's and voila..instant custom gift!
It was surely a lucky moment for us, and you can be lucky too, she has her site online! Check it out here: http://www.wdwalphabets.com/
Have fun creating your own custom art..and don't limit yourself to names - try words like LOVE, HAPPY, DREAM....you get the picture! :)
Thursday, April 2, 2009
....it's wonderful and SUPER easy!
Really, it is...you must try it :)
Macadamia Crusted Mahi-Mahi
2 nice size filet's of mahi-mahi
4 T. butter, divided
1/4 c. finely chopped macadamia nuts
1/3 c. panko (japanese breadcrumbs)
Juice 4 limes, and then marinate mahi-mahi in lime juice at room temperature for 1 hour.
Preheat over to 350. Melt butter, then add 2 T. of the melted butter to a shallow baking dish. Place mahi-mahi in dish, brushing each side with the melted butter that is in the dish. Season with salt and pepper.
In a small mixing bowl, add the remaining 2 T. of melted butter. Mix in chopped macadamia nuts and panko. Spoon the mixture on top of the fish, pressing it lightly to form a crust.
Bake until fish is opaque in center, about 10-15 minutes (depending on thickness of your filet's).
Thursday, March 5, 2009
We've finally been blessed with some snow here in VA! This is the first big snow that T. remembers...heck it's the first big snow I remember in a LONG time! Unfortunately T. was sick with a nasty fever and some sort of respiratory goop...but was finally able to get out and enjoy a little bit of winter's glory. He enjoyed it, but this warm weather loving kid of mine is looking forward to the 70 degree weather forecast for Saturday & Sunday. Got to love VA!
And finally...T. taking the last trip down the "Ice Luge Track" in the front yard.
Today most of it melted away...which is ok I guess, since it will be 75 this weekend! YAYYY!!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
It's been a long time since I posted...call it a mid-winter funk. I've been meaning to get to some tutorials, and had the perfect opportunity to do so with a baby shower gift that I whipped up this weekend. So here goes my first try at a tutorial...
Ribbon Tag Blanket Tutorial
What you will need:
15" x 15" fabric (front)
15"x 15" fabric (back)
scraps of ribbon (each piece about 5" long) - as many as you want around the perimeter of blanket
1. Cut out a 15" x 15" piece of fabric for the front (I like flannel) and a 15" x 15" piece of fabric for the back (I like plush fleece or minky).
2. Lay the two squares on top of eachother, right sides facing.
3. Take a piece of ribbon, and fold it in half.
4. Next, line the cut edges of the ribbon up with the outside of the fabric. Sandwich the ribbon between the two layers of fabric, and pin in place.
5. Continue folding ribbons, sandwiching, and pinning all the way around the perimeter of the blanket....spaced however far apart you like. For this blanket I spaced them about every inch and a half - but eyeball it..there is no need for precision here.
6. Once you have pinned the ribbons all the way around, you're ready to sew. Sew almost all of the way around, using ~ 1/4" seam allowance. ...leaving about a 2" gap, so that you can pull the blanket right-side-out.
7. Once you have pulled the blanket right-side-out through the 2" gap, close the gap and pin into place.8. Using a zig-zag stitch, close the gap..and continue with the zig-zag stitch all the way around the edge of the blanket.
9. Ta-Daa!!! You're done. Baby gift ready to go..all in about 30 minutes. :)
Hopefully this tutorial makes sense - I would certainly appreciate feedback if it's not so I can make adjustments...and improve future tutorials!! Thanks!!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Step 2: Make peanut butter filled Ritz sandwiches...you know, the kind you've made 100's of times for snacks...
Step 3: Melt your chocolate according to the directions (I used Wilton Candy melts and melted them in the microwave at 50% power).
Step 4: Dunk those sandwiches! I used a fork to flip them over and scoop them out - I also wiggled them (very scientific, I know) back in forth a few times while on the fork to get the excess chocolate off.
Step 5: Lay them on a wax paper covered cookie sheet...then chill until hardened. (~15 minutes)
Double Yum!!! Sorry Girl Scouts...I couldn't wait until Spring for the cookie orders.