Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a blessed holiday!  We were so busy during this holiday season with parties, fun and family.
We were so busy that once we slowed down we took a long winter's nap.  We have enjoyed the past week of doing nothing....well, I did climb Mount took me two days, but I scaled the peak.  The problem with getting all your laundry done is that you run out of hangers.
It has been ages since I posted anything on my blog.  One of my New Year resolutions is to somehow balance life and blogging, which I have found very difficult to do.   I am trying to organize my house, job and life to leave more time for me to blog because  I have missed baking and sharing recipes. 
I love the beginning of a new always brings such promise and hope. 
May you have a blessed new year filled with happiness, love, family and lots of baking!
Bring on 2013!

Monday, August 20, 2012

{#73} Must Try Tuesday: August 21, 2012

I took a few weeks off from my blog to take some time to enjoy the last few weeks of summer with my family.  We start school next week so I thought this week I would share some breakfast recipes I found.  I hope to give my kids some better options for breakfast and these recipes look awesome.


Great Harvest Cinnaburst Copycat Bread @ Rae Gun Ramblings

Banana Bread @ 8 Weeks to a Better You

Cinnamon Sugar Scones @ The Midwestern Wife

Mini German Pancakes @ Real Mom Kitchen

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes @ Prevention RD

Banana Bread Pancakes @ Bliss

Egg and Ham Muffins @ Beyer Beware

Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes @ Feastie
Source: via Wende on Pinterest

Buffins @ A Flock in the City

Easy Crock Pot Greek Yogurt @ Over at Julie's


Recipe: Nutella Filled Sugar Cookie Cups

Earlier this summer, I was looking for a recipe to take to a bake sale and cake walk.  I wanted something different that didn't require a lot of time.  As I was looking through some of my favorite blogs, I came across this recipe on The Sweet Spot and knew instantly that this was the recipe I was looking for.   I could have easily used a tube of refrigerated sugar cookie dough to make this  really easy, but I decided to go the extra step and make Paige's sugar cookie recipe.  

Keeping my kids away from these was hard because they love anything Nutella so much that when one of them won the cake walk, out of all the wonderful goodies there, she chose these little delightful cups of goodness. 


Nutella Filled Sugar Cookie Cups

by Paige @ The Sweet Spot
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Nutella
  • toffee bits, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray a mini muffin pan generously with cooking spray.
  3. Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder; set aside.
  4. Cream together butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy.
  5. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  6. Gradually stir dry ingredients into the butter mixture.
  7. Roll dough into walnut sized balls and place them in the muffin pan.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.
  9. Let cool for one minute then take a teaspoon size measuring spoon and press down making an indention on each cookie cup.
  10. Fill with Nutella and top with toffee bits, if using.
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Monday, August 6, 2012

Back to School: Bento Boxes/Lunches

We are about three weeks away from the start of school and that has me in back to school prepping mode.  One out of three of my children is ready for school to start.  My oldest daughter LOVES school and like me, she loves to walk down the aisles filled with school supplies.  I love the smell of new pencils, paper, folders....I know....completely weird.

Last school year, I started working at my children's school the last three months.  During those months, my children ate school lunches, not my proudest mommy moment.  I have been at home with my kids for eight years so going back to work got us out of our normal routines and we were just trying to make it through the end of the school year.  I am returning to work at the school, but this year, I am planning on making their lunches.

I have been pinning, reading blogs and trying new recipes to make packing lunches easier.  I have found some super looking recipes and ideas.  I don't know about you, but I am fascinated with bento boxes.  Some look very time consuming but I have a found a few that could possible be a quick alternative. I also am sharing some of our family favorites that my kids love to have for lunch.

Family Favorites
Quick and Healthy Homemade Potato Chips

Herb Cream Cheese Stuffed Pitas

Mac and Cheese Cupcakes

Homemade Yogurt

Oh So Tasty Bean Salad


New Recipes to Try

Mini Ham & Cheese Quinoa Cups

Pizzas in a Sleeping Bag

Roast Beef and Cheddar Rollups

Cheddar and Apple Sandwich

Chicken Potpie Empandas

Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi

Chick-fil-A Bites with Honey Mustard Sauce

Cucumber Feta Rolls

Broccoli Cheese Bites

Bento Boxes
Ladybug Bento Box
Source: via Wende on Pinterest

Pizzette Bento

Monkey Lunch

Flowery Bento Box

Angry Birds Bento Box
Source: via Wende on Pinterest

Chicken Dunk Lunchables

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Recipe: Apple Dumplings

I have been wanting to make Apple Dumplings for some time now when I saw the recipe posted on The Pioneer Woman's blog several years ago.  I finally had the opportunity to do so and OMG!  Why....why....did it take so long for me to do so is beyond me.  These dumplings are so beyond good...they are warm and comforting yummy good.  The only change that I made to the original recipe was replacing the Mountain Dew with Sprite.  Come Fall, I will be making these again...and again....and again....


Apple Dumplings

by Ree Drummond/The Pioneer Woman
  • 2 whole Granny Smith apples
  • 2-8 oz cans crescent rolls
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • 1-12 oz can lemon lime soda (Sprite)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Generously butter a 9x13" pan.
  3. Peel and core apples.
  4. Cut each apple into 8 slices each.
  5. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll.
  6. Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir.
  7. Add vanilla, stir and pour entire mixture over apples.
  8. Pour lemon lime soda around the edges of the pan.
  9. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for 40 minutes.
  10. Serve with ice cream and sauce from the pan.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

{#72} Must Try Tuesday: July 24, 2012

Whew!  VBS is over!  After weeks of hard work, stress and fun, last week was the best VBS that our church hosted.  It was high energy and the kids LOVED it!  My kids are still singing and dancing and telling me all the things they learned from the bible.

Now it is time to sit back, relax and enjoy the last few weeks of summer before school starts.  This week the theme is chocolate!  Yummy, delicious, smooth, sweet chocolate....


Chocolate Malt Brownie Parfaits in a Jar @ A Spicy Perspective

Peanut Butter Balls @ Baby Gizmo

Dutch Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips @ DebbieSweets

Chocolate Bowls @ Just One Mommy Trying

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars

Crispy Nutella Cookies @ Welcome to the Good Life

Grasshopper Mint Chocolate Bark @ Brown Eyed Baker

Chocolate Chip Wontons @ Bizzy Bakes

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Monday, July 23, 2012

{Cooking with Kids} Elephant Biscuits

My sister and her three sons recently came for a visit for a month.  My girls had lots of fun playing and swimming with their cousins but as you know keeping them entertained is a constant battle.  I saw this cute idea on a recent blog I found, The Real Thing with the Coake Family, and I knew this would be a hit with my kiddos.  We had lots of fun making these adorable elephant biscuits and almost as fun eating them.  We made these a couple of times with different types of canned biscuits.  The first time we made them I only had jumbo layered biscuits.  The second time we made them with smaller biscuits (the kind you get 4 cans in a pack).  The smaller biscuits worked a bit better.  


Elephant Biscuits

by The Real Thing by the Coake Family
  • 1 can of 10 count biscuits (one elephant requires 2 biscuits)
  • cinnamon sugar
  • craisins or raisins
  1. Preheat the oven as suggested on the package instructions.
  2. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  3. Start with two biscuits.
  4. Cut one of the biscuits into thirds leaving a long strip in the center. This will be the ears and trunk.
  5. Place the first biscuit on the baking sheet.
  6. Place the two rounded cut pieces on either side of the other biscuit forming the ears of the elephant.
  7. Add the strip to the top of the biscuit to make the trunk.
  8. Repeat with the remaining biscuits.
  9. Sprinkle each head with cinnamon sugar.
  10. Place two craisins/raisins on each biscuit for eyes.
  11. Bake in the oven until golden brown.
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*My Sweet and Savory: Meatless Monday
*The Southern Institute: Creative Me
*Mrs Happy Homemaker: Makin' You Crave Monday
*Polish the Stars: Link Party
*DIY Home Sweet Home: More the Merrier
*Flour Me with Love: Mix It Up Monday
*Delightfully Dowling: Mangia Mondays
*Blessed with Grace: Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
*It's a Blog Party: Delicious Dishes
*Inside BruCrew Life: Trick or Treat Tuesday
*Miz Helen's Country Cottage: Full Plate Thursday
*A Little Nosh: Tastetastic Thursday
*Mom on Timeout: Taking A Timeout Thursday
*A Glimpse Inside: Catch a Glimpse
*Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hippo: Anything Goes
*I Heart Naptime: Sundae Scoop
*Nifty Thrifty Things: Nifty Thrifty Sunday
*Addicted to Recipes: Scrumptious Sunday
*Flamingo Toes: Think Pink Sunday
*Everyday Mom's Meals: Church Supper

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

{#71} Must Try Tuesday: July 17, 2012

It is Vacation Bible School week and things are crazy in our house this week so this I am keeping this short!  The theme this week is chicken.  My family loves chicken but how many ways can you make chicken to keep it from getting boring?  A lot as evidence by these awesome recipes I have pinned.

Have a great week!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches @ Six Sisters Stuff

The World's Best Chicken @ Rachel Schultz

Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Chicken @ French Press

Greek Gyro Chicken, Tzatziki Sauce and Flat Bread Recipe @ Chef in Training

Chicken Flautas @ Durfee Family Recipes

Baked Buffalo Ranch Chicken Taquitos with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce 
  @ Pennies on a Platter

Chicken and Cheese Roll Ups @ The Midwestern Wife

Slow Cooker Coca Cola Barbeque Chicken @ Six Sisters Stuff

Grilled Caprese Chicken @ Mel's Kitchen Cafe