Saturday, October 22, 2016

Old Fashioned Refrigerator Cookies

Both my grandma and Brent's used to make SO many types of awesome cookies. Some of my favorites are:

I usually make those during the holidays. Which is right around the corner!

But they both used to make ordinary everyday ice box cookies too. So did my mom. I hadn't made any in quite a while, so I dug out this favorite recipe.

I like the crispy texture, and the sweet brown sugar flavor. This time I added chopped pecans. I slice them pretty thin, and they make a TON. I usually make just half a batch, and I still get quite a few.
But cookies usually don't last long around here!

Old Fashioned Refrigerator Cookies

1 c. butter
2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp.vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp.soda
3 1/2 c. flour
1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Cream the butter and sugar. Stir in the vanilla and eggs. Add the dry ingredients, mixing well, and then stir in the nuts. Form into 2 logs and wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate over night. Slice thin and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 until lightly browned. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Brownie Pie with Rich Fudge Sauce

I had some friends over the other day and made this awesome brownie pie with fudge sauce.
The whole house smelled wonderful...warm can't get a better smell than that!

The brownie tasted great just as is, rich and fudgy. And of course even better with the fudge sauce. We also tried it with some warm caramel and peanuts!

Then we tried apples dipped into the fudge sauce, the warm caramel and then rolled in peanuts.

 Oh my!

 It was a good food day!

Brownie Pie

1/2 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. water
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
2 eggs
1 tsp.vanilla
2/3 c. flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Bring water, butter and sugar to a boil. Stir in chocolate chips until melted. Remove from heat. Beat the eggs and vanilla, stir into mixture. Combine flour, soda and salt, add to mixture and stir well. (can all walnuts if desired)
Pour into a greased pie plate and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool.

Fudge Sauce:

1 c. chocolate chips
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/4 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. butter  

Melt in a double boiler, stir until smooth.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Ritz Banana Splits

Pinned it, tried it, and loved it!

I made a few Ritz banana splits for a fun snack the other day. Such a cute idea, and they tasted as good as they looked. You just spread a bit of Nutella on a Ritz, top with a slice of banana, add some whipped cream and finish off with a sliced strawberry on top.

While it wasn't like a REAL banana split, loaded with ice cream and toppings, it was delicious...... and a lot less calories!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Simple Fresh Green Beans

When I was young, I spent many a day weeding the vegetable garden and picking beans. Now I don't have a garden and have to rely on the Farmer's Market for my fresh veggies.

Beans are one of my favorites, and I love to steam them and add just two ingredients, butter and soy sauce. 
A perfect side dish!

Fresh Green Beans

1 lb. green beans, steamed until crisp tender

Toss with:

2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 Tbsp. soy sauce

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.