Monday, September 25, 2017

Pumpkin and Sausage Stuffed Shells

1 jar Aldis Pumpkin Chipolte Pasta Sauce**
abt 15  lg pasta shells
mozzarella cheese
1lb  package ground sausage (could use hot or sage sausage)

Boil shells until al dente. Drain

Fry up sausage with bell pepper and mushrooms or any other veggie you would like - onions or zucchini might be good - would be great place to use leftover vegggies

Pour a small amt of sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Place drained empty shells on top of the sauce and spoon fill w the sausage mixture. Pour the remaining sauce on top of the shells and sprinkle w cheese Bake at 350 until hot and bubbly

** I did find a recipe for a pumpkin chipolte sauce here  if you don't have an Aldis - I have not tried it

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Galaxy Themed Card Holder

For my daughters space themed wedding
I couldn't find a card holder that 
really worked well with the theme 
so I made one!

It started with 50/50 mix
of glue and water
and Sunday's newspaper

I found if I mixed it and put
it back into the empty
bottle and used it to
spray a small amt
it worked best 
Now I will say this is VERY messy!

I started covering it with the colored pages
of the paper and alternated 
with black and white print
this kept me straight on which layer
I was on
I did 5 total layers

I left an area big enough for the slot for card 
and a hand to fit into

The last layer I used a paperbag

Once all covered I let it dry for 
4 days
I then covered it with jet black paint

I let that dry for a day 
Then drew the constellations 
on it.
I picked the astrological signs
of the bride, groom and their children
I then added when they 1st met, engaged, and married
I filled in with their favoite ones.
I used othe old school method of
pencil to transfer then used

a silver fine point paint pen

After that I put 2 layers
of Modpodge

I let that dry for a day
 then I cut the slot out of the ball
 and gently pulled the ball out 

I decided it needed some bling 
so I used one row of rhinestones

For the base i covered a stryofoam ring
from the Dollar Tree
with satin ribbon 
and add rhinesotn bling from the Dollar Tree

Monday, July 31, 2017

Pretzel Buckeye Brownies

I got the orginal recipe here
Of course I adapated it a bit

Heat oven to 350°F. 

1 box brownie mix (I like Aldis brand)
2 eggs
1/4 C water
1/2 oil

Mix according to 
the pkg instructions

Pour abt half on top 
of a parchment line pan

  • Peanut Butter Swirl
    ½ cup creamy peanut butter
    ½ cup powdered sugar
    2 tablespoons butter, melted
    ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • In small bowl, mix Peanut Butter Swirl 
    ingredients until smooth. Drop by spoonfuls  
    on top of brownie batter in pan. 
    Spoon remaining brownie batter 
    between peanut butter spoonfuls. 
    Use knife to swirl the two together. 
    Top with remaining pretzel twists.

  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes or
  •  until brownies are set
    and appear dry around edges.
    Cool 30 minutes.
Chocolate Glaze
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter

In small microwavable bowl,
 Microwave Chocolate Glaze ingredients
uncovered on Medium
(50%) in 1-minute intervals until melted
 and smooth,
about 3 minutes. Heat just until melted;
do not overheat. Drizzle over
cooled brownies.
Let stand 20 minutes before cutting.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Swordfish Tacos w pineapple salsa

Tonight, we wanted to try something different 
and had swordfish left over so I decided to make
 fish tacos with pineapple salsa. 

I was worried it 
might be too sweet but it wasn’t at all! I got the 
recipe for the salsa here (I did not use the rice 
vinegar as it was tart enough). It was nice change 
and perfect for the hot weather. 

Layer the taco's
shred cabbage
pineapple salsa
and sprinkle w cheese

Pineapple Salsa - est calories 248 per recipe

                                     2 cup chopped fresh pineapple
                                       1 Cup chopped red pepper
                                        1C chopped purple onion
                                                cilantro to taste
                                       chopped jalepeno to taste
                                               1Tbsp lime juice

Friday, June 23, 2017

Easter Meal

 Lemon Tartlets

Pretzel Chicks and Chocolate Peeps

Strawberry "Carrots"

Deviled Eggs Fruit Salad Carrot salad

Beef Sliders, Ham, Mac n Cheese

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Salted Maple Bacon Truffles

I needed to adapt this a bit as I found it to be too moist

The original recipe can be found here

Salted Maple Bacon Truffles makes abt 54

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 cups flour
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp maple extract
1/2 cup finely chopped, cooked bacon (1 used 2 pkg of prechopped bacon)
1 pkg chocolate almond bark
1/3 cup very finely diced, cooked bacon
coarse sea salt
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
Add in the flour, condensed milk, maple extract, and bacon.

Stir until well combined. 
Using a small cookie scoop (about 1 Tbsp),
scoop dough onto a cookie sheet covered with plastic wrap
or parchment paper.
Roll the dough into balls so they are round

Freeze balls for about 20 - 30 minutes to firm up.
When dough is chilled;
melt chocolate on the stove top in a pan
Be careful not to over heat the chocolate or it will seize. 
Dip a ball into the melted chocolate
and then shake off any excess.

Quickly sprinkle a pinch of the very finely diced bacon
and a smaller pinch of sea salt onto the top of the truffle
before the chocolate solidifies.
Repeat with the rest of the truffles.

Once they are all dipped they do not have to be frozen.
You only freeze them for a short time
to make them easier to dip. 
Because of the bacon they should probably
be kept in the fridge until ready to serve. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Green Tomato Cake

Wonder what to do with those extra pesky green tomatoes?
 Tired of fried green tomatoes?

Make Green Tomato Cake!

This is a very moist spice like cake that freezes well.
I made the cupcake version this time

Green Tomato Cake 
Makes 1 - 9x13 inch cake pan
can make cupcakes as well

1/2 C butter or margarine 

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1C white sugar

 1 tsp baking soda

2 eggs 

1/4 tsp salt

2 C all-purpose flour

 1/2 C chopped nuts

1/2 C raisins 

4 C chopped green tomatoes

1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 Tbsp salt

Wash, peel and dice green tomatoes. 
Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon salt.
 Let stand 10 minutes.
 Place in a colander 
and rinse with cold water and drain.

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. 

Cream butter and sugar. 
Add eggs and beat until creamy.

 Sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, soda and salt. 
Add raisins and nuts to dry mixture; add to creamed mixture. 
Dough will be very stiff. Mix well. 

Add drained tomatoes and mix well.

Pour into a prepared 9 x 13 inch pan. or muffin tins
Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes (for loaf)
abt 15-20 min for cupcake
or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.

Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar or 
frost with your favorite caramel 
or cream cheese frosting.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Breakfast Sausage Biscuits

I got the recipe from here

This is perfect for those grab and go
breakfast moments

I wish I would've made
them when my kids were teens

I used 2 rolls of sausage and rolled it to the edge
baked at 350 until brown

I used pork sausage which shrank  ALOT!

I will try turkey next time to 
see if there is less shrinkage
I cut them in to squares
and put it on the top of the English Muffins

I added salsa to the eggs
before I put them in the oven
baking at 350 until set

After cooking I sprinkled
cheese instead of using slices

Cut those into squares
and topped the sausage

Wrapped them up and froze them

Monday, June 13, 2016

Cookie Monster Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

I used a rack similar to this

Fill the cups abt 1/2 full with cake batter
make according to the package instructions

I used

because they didn't fill up
completely  I added some frosting
before decorating with a tip 223

I used

Add lg  eyes from Wilton

These were the best way
to serve because they can be held
by small hands and

they really don't get
much cake or frosting