Friday, November 13, 2009

Great Christmas Breakfast!

Who wants to cook on Christmas morning? Not me...though I sure do like to eat! This recipe is prepped the night before so it's ready for the oven the next morning.

This recipe was passed down from my's good I tell ya!

Breakfast Before
~serves 6-8

1 pound spicy pork sausage
6 eggs
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

Apple Cider Donuts

I made these last weekend, and they are DELICIOUS. Don't be intimidated, they really are simple to make.

P.S. - If you don't have a donut cutter, just use a small circle cookie cutter and make donut "holes" kiddo liked them better than the whole donuts anyway :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Leftover Turkey?

Probably not yet...but keep in mind that one can only eat so many turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving, right? Give this easy Tetrazzini a try with your leftovers me, you'll like it!

Turkey Tetrazzini
~serves 8-10

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.

Add water.

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

Spicy and delicious. A crowd pleaser, goes well with football!

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

Cheddar Potato Chowder

Cheddar Potato Chowder
~serves 6

cooking spray
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

Kicking off the Holiday Season! Hot Crab Dip - yum!

It's no secret that I LOVE this time of the year. I love the food, visiting with friends and family, decorating, and did I mention the food!?

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

dash salt

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 Recipe

This is by far the best salad dressing ever. With the holidays quickly approaching I figured I better get this out there for any cousins who wanted the recipe. Nana got the recipe from a newspaper years ago, so I'm not sure who to credit for this I'll just credit Nana :)

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

What to do with all of that freshly made Apple Butter? Apple Butter Muffins, that's what!

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

Lovely Fall Day

Everyone should throw leaves every once and a while. It's just fun.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Marshmallows On a Stick

These are fat-free.... or NOT!
Marshmallows on a stick...dipped in chocolate and rolled in Crushed Graham Crackers, Crushed Oreo's, or Halloween Jimmies (who named them "Jimmies?" I don't like that name).

They are pretty darn tasty, and will be for sale at T.'s Elementary School Fall Festival on Saturday (keep fingers crossed it doesn't rain).

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Jump Start & Cool Art

I was inspired today. I've been meaning to get back to my very neglected blog, but just didn't have it in me, but today, TODAY I was inspired to write about this totally awesome and creative find (yes - I said "totally awesome").

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:

Have fun creating your own custom art..and don't limit yourself to names - try words like LOVE, HAPPY, get the picture! :)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Mmmmm, macadamia's!!

Just tried this new recipe for mahi-mahi and I had to share....'s wonderful and SUPER easy!

Really, it must try it :)

Macadamia Crusted Mahi-Mahi

2 nice size filet's of mahi-mahi
4 limes
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

Snow fun!!

Well hello there!

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!

Here's the back yard...Oakley could not wait to get out there, but once I opened the door he stood there...waiting for me to go with him. Big chicken. When he finally took the plunge and stepped out the door he was hooked. Turns out he loves water of the frozen, fluffy variety just as much as good old water.

T. taking a turn on "the ramp" - built by mommy & daddy....who it turns out are bigger kids when it snows than the actual kid. T. after his plummet into the ditch..I mean "Snow Bowl" across the street.

Oakley...tunneling for heaven knows what reason. Spazz.

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

Quick and Easy Baby Gift

Well hello there!

It's been a long time since I 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

Happy New Year!!

I almost forgot!! Happy New Year everyone!! :)

Faux Girl Scout Cookies

Tagalongs anyone? My lovely neighbor Lori introduced me to these delicious treats at our pre-Christmas Cookie making marathon, hosted by our other lovely neighbor Diane. The recipe is so awesome I had to share!!! Trust me, you will like these.
Step 1: Gather up some Ritz crackers, peanut butter & chocolate candy melts.

Step 2: Make peanut butter filled Ritz know, the kind you've made 100's of times for snacks...
easy, right!

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)

Step 6: Enjoy your Faux Girl Scout Tagalongs!!!
P.S. - I had some leftover chocolate, so I added about 10 Mint Truffle Hershey Kisses to the chocolate, melted them all together..then dipped single Ritz crackers and made Thin Mints!!

Double Yum!!! Sorry Girl Scouts...I couldn't wait until Spring for the cookie orders.