Friday, September 30, 2016

Halloween ice cream cone....pinned it and tried it


Pinned it, tried it and LOVED it!

But then what's not to love about Nutter Butters and M & M's?


You just dip one end in some white chocolate and add the sprinkles and M & M's. 

So festive and fun!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Giant Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie


Pinned it, tried it, and LOVED it!

Such a classic combo, and so perfect in a cookie. 

I sliced the cookie in wedges like a pizza, so there was some jelly on each slice. Next time I may add just a bit more jelly in the middle....yum!





Giant Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie

2 Tbsp. butter, softened
2 Tbsp. peanut butter
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. beaten egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
6 Tbsp. flour
1/4 baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 c. chopped peanuts
1 Tbsp. jelly

Cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars. Stir in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour,baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Add the peanuts. Form into a ball and place onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Flatten slightly, and make an indent in the middle. Spoon the jelly inside the indent and bake at 350 for 15 minutes until lightly browned.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Crock pot Baby Carrots


This makes for an EZ side dish! 
Just throw everything in the crock pot and forget about it.


The carrots have a slightly sweet, rich buttery coating. 
I think these would be ideal for holiday meals. 

One less thing to have to make last minute!


Crock pot  Baby Carrots

2 lbs. baby carrots
5 Tbsp. butter, cut in slices
1/2 cup brown sugar

Place carrots in crock pot, add chunks of butter and brown sugar. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours, until tender.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Giant Oatmeal Cookie



Here I am again with another giant cookie! This time it's a oatmeal raisin.

 I used to make batches and batches of these when the kids were growing up. We don't need that many cookies on hand anymore...or we will eat them all! So one big cookie is just perfect for us.

Warm from the oven...crispy sides and chewy center...an awesome treat after our fall chores were done for the day!




Giant Oatmeal Cookie


2 Tbsp. butter, softened
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. egg
1/8 tsp. vanilla
4 Tbsp, flour
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
6 Tbsp. oats
1/4 c. raisins

Combine the butter and sugars. Stir in the vanilla and egg. Mix in the flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix well. Add the oats and raisins. Form ball and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Pat down slightly. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes until edges are browned and center is slightly soft.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Crunchy Poppyseed Coleslaw


I have really been into salads lately and one of my favorite bottled dressings is Panera's Poppyseed. I usually like to make my own dressings, but I do keep a few bottled on hand for quick meals. I tried it in one of my coleslaw recipes, and it was a winner!



Crunchy, sweet and a bit salty...it was a perfect side for some grilled pork chops.






Poppyseed Coleslaw

1 pkg. angel hair coleslaw
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. honey roasted slivered almonds or peanuts
3/4 c. poppy seed salad dressing ( I used Panera)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Mix and chill 1 hour before serving.




Thursday, September 1, 2016

Cheeseburger Pasta


SO simple and SO good!

Now that the weather is turning a bit cooler I like to dig out some comfort food recipes.
 How did this happen anyway? It's the first of September and already it's sweatshirt weather up north. I'm not sure what happened to the summer...way too fast.

I found this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine and adapted it slightly. Instead of relish I just chopped up some dill pickles. I also used some as a garnish. 

This really does taste like a cheeseburger!



Cheeseburger Pasta
T of H

1 1/2 c. uncooked penne pasta
1 lb. hamburger
2 Tbsp. onion, chopped
1 can ( 14 1/2 oz.) no salt tomatoes, diced
2 Tbsp. chopped dill pickles or dill pickle relish
2 Tbsp. Ketchup
2 Tbsp. Mustard
1 tsp. Ken Davis steak seasoning
1/4 tsp. Lawry's seasoned salt

3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese (for garnish)

Cook the pasta according to package. Meanwhile, brown the burger and onion, drain well. Drain the pasta and add to the meat. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, heat till boiling and simmer 5 minutes. Top with cheese before serving. And more chopped pickles!!


Saturday, August 20, 2016

NEW Pecan Pie M & M Cookies


I saw a bag of Pecan Pie M & M's at the store..they sounded good, so I thought I'd throw them into one of my favorite cookie dough recipes.


I chose the recipe that has LOTS of melted butter, brown sugar and pecans!



The result was amazing...soft and chewy...and tastes much like a pecan pie. I have to worn you though, this recipe is VERY sweet. 

But we love sweet at our house;)



Pecan Pie M & M Cookies

2 C. plus 2 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted and cooled
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 tsp.vanilla
1 c. Pecan Pie M & M's
3/4 c. chopped pecans

Mix the dry ingredients and set aside. Combine the melted butter with sugars. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in the M and M's and pecans. Bake on parchment lined cookie sheets at 350 for about 11 minutes, until edges are browned and middle is set. Do not over bake. Cool a bit before removing from baking sheets.