Tuesday, February 28, 2012

{#58} Must Try Tuesday: February 28, 2012

Ohh....it feels like springtime is right around the corner.  We have had so much rain here in Texas that we just might get caught up on the drought we have been in for years.  I love seeing puddles all around and we have grass that is so green.  

I have been sitting around for weeks now recovering from surgery that I had earlier this month.  I love having all this time reading my favorite blogs but I am ready to get back into the kitchen and start cooking and baking again.

Here are some fabulous new recipes that I can't wait to try.  Enjoy!

Taco Won Tons


Mini Pretzel Dogs


Golden Oreo Truffles


Red Velvet White Chocolate Fudge with Pecan Sandy Crust


Mini Thin Mint Cheesecakes


Samoa Cookie Caramel Brownies


Lime Cranberry Muffins


Whopper Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Almond Buttercream

Friday, February 24, 2012

Recipe: Quick and Healthy Homemade Potato Chips

I recently had surgery and my recovery involved doing as little as possible for four weeks.  Not so easy to do with three active children in the middle of the school year.  My sweet mother volunteered to take care of all of us.  I know it has been a lot of work for her, but the selfish side of me has enjoyed all the pampering and home cooked meals. While searching for some quick and healthy snacks to make for the girls after school treat, she came across this recipe at Eating Well for Microwave Potato Chips.  Chips that are not deep fried and quick to make...yes please!  The original recipe called for Yukon gold or red potatoes, but my mother made hers with sweet potatoes, purple fingerling potatoes and Idaho potatoes.  Not only were they colorful but they were so tasty.
I am always looking for ways to make my children's lunches and snacks a bit more healthier and this is a great alternative to processed over chemicaled bagged chips.  

Thanks Mommy for finding such a great healthy recipe.  Enjoy!

Quick and Healthy Homemade Potato Chips
{adapted from the original recipe by Eating Well}
  • 1 1/3 pound potatoes, unpeeled and scrubbed
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt

  1. Slice potatoes into very thin rounds.
  2. Toss the slices in a medium bowl with olive and salt to coat evenly.
  3. Coat a large micro-wave proof plate with cooking spray. Arrange some potato slices in a single layer on the plate.
  4. Microwave, uncovered, on High until some slices start to brown, about 2 to 3 minutes (depending on the potato thickness and microwave power).
  5. Turn the slices over and continue microwaving until they start to crisp and brown around the edges, another 2 to 4 minutes. Check frequently and rearrange slices as needed to prevent scorching.
  6. Transfer the chips to another plate and allow to cool completely. The chips will crisp more as they cool.
  7. Repeat with remaining slices.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

{#57} Must Try Tuesday: February 21, 2011

I had surgery a couple of weeks ago and I am still recouperating so I have had some time to read my favorite blogs and of course pin.  Once I am back on my feet, I can't wait to give these a try.  Enjoy!

Pixie Stick Cupcakes


Cinnamon-Apple Cake
Source: myrecipes.com via Wende on Pinterest


Strawberry Nutella Muffins

Buffalo Chicken Pot Pies

Cheddar, Beer and Mustard Pull-Apart Rye Bread

Double Chocolate Toffee Bread


Pecan Crusted, Bleu Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Chicken Breasts


Banana Bread Bars

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

{#56} Must Try Tuesday: February 14, 2012

I am keeping it simple this week....lots of yummy goodness to get to!

Have a great week!  Enjoy!

Fudgy Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars


Homemade Snicker Bars


Pistachio White Chocolate Chip Cookies


Pretzel Crusted Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders


Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes


Spicy Fried Rice with Cashews


Homemade Crunchwrap Supreme

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Recipe: {Bread Maker} Pretzel Rolls

Hello.  My name is Wende and I am addicted to Pinterest.  It has been minutes since my last pin. 

I came across this pin for the most amazing looking pretzel rolls. They looked so yummy that I had to make the right away.  Now, these rolls have a few extra steps, but they are worth every extra step!  The rolls are the perfect pretzel texture on the outside and soft goodness on the inside.  I made some with salt and some without and my family preferred the salted version better.  We couldn't wait to try these, so as soon as they came out of the oven, we were ready to make them into sandwiches.  Who knew a plain ham and cheese could taste this good all because of a pretzel roll?  


Pretzel Rolls
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 pkg yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Kosher or pretzel salt

  1. Pour warm water in bread machine pan.
  2. Add yeast and sugar and allow to proof, about 15 minutes. It will be foamy when it is ready.
  3. Add melted butter, flour and salt.
  4. Set the cycle to dough.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Once the cycle is complete, pour the dough out onto a floured surface.
  7. Knead a few times then cut into 18 pieces, about 2 ounces each.
  8. Pull the sides up, bringing them to the middle and pinch together to form a ball.
  9. Flip the ball over, pinched side down. Cup your hand over the dough and roll it into a smooth ball between your hand and work surface.
  10. Place the dough onto the baking sheet, cover and allow to rise for about 30 minutes.
  11. After 15 minutes, bring two quarts of water to boil.
  12. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  13. Once the 30 minutes are complete and the water has come to a boil, add the baking soda to the water. Turn the heat down so the water is simmering.
  14. Place the dough, one or two at a time, into the water.
  15. Cook on each side for 30 seconds.
  16. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon allowing as much water to drain off of the dough ball.
  17. Once all the balls have been cooked in the water bath, brush each one with the beaten egg. Sprinkle with salt.
  18. Place in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
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Friday, February 10, 2012

Recipe: Heart Shaped Tortilla Chips

One day as I was browsing (really obsessing) on Pinterest for some cute ideas for my kid's lunch on Valentine's Day, I came across these super cute and super easy heart shaped tortilla chips.  Cute...right?!  Better yet, they are not fried and chemicled up, they are baked in the oven.  I can't wait to surprise my girls with these heart chips!

Heart Shaped Tortilla Chips

  • Corn tortillas
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lay tortillas out and use a heart shape cookie cutter to cut shapes.
  3. Place on a cookie sheet.
  4. Sprinkle tortillas with salt.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Crazy Cooking Challenge: Coca-Cola Fudge Cake

It's that time again...Crazy Cooking Challenge time!  This month the challenge is chocolate cake....yummy!  I really wanted to try something different so I searched and searched.  My search came up with all kinds of interesting chocolate cake recipes.  I almost made a Nutella chocolate cake but I ended up making this most delicious cake recipe on The Red Kitchen Project blog. It is a copycat of the cake served at Cracker Barrel.  I have not had the cake there because I am always stuffed after eating their yummy goodness but this cake will be tried the next time I eat there.

My family loved this cake!  It was rich, moist and very chocolaty.  I made the cake in a 9x13" pan.  When the cake came out of the oven and cooled a bit, I took a lollipop stick and poked lots of holes in it.  I then poured the icing over the cake and allowed it to sit overnight.  When I cut into the cake, there was a nice fudge-like bottom to the cake from the icing seeping through the holes.

I will be making this cake again because it was just that good.  Enjoy!

Coca-Cola Fudge Cake
{adapted from the original recipe by The Red Kitchen Project}
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 1 cup coca-cola
    • 2 cups AP flour
    • t tsp baking soda
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
    • 2 eggs
    • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
    • 3/4 cup mini marshmallows
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1/2 cup coca-cola
    • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
    • 3 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla


    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Spray a 9x13" pan with non-stick spray.
    3. In separate measuring cups, measure the buttermilk and soda. Once the foam from the soda has dissipated, combine the two and set aside.
    4. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda; set aside.
    5. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    6. Add the vanilla and cocoa powder and beat until combined.
    7. Add the eggs and slowly add the buttermilk and soda, beating until well mixed.
    8. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.
    9. With a spoon or spatula, fold the marshmallows and chocolate chips into the batter.
    10. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the center is no longer "jiggly."
    11. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 20 minutes before frosting.
    12. Using a skewer or lollipop stick, poke lot of holes in the cake.

    1. Combine butter, soda, cocoa powder and chocolate chips in a saucepan over low heat; stirring constantly.
    2. Once the chocolate is melted, add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, stirring well until blended.
    3. Pour the warm frosting over the cake and allow to set for 30 minutes, preferably overnight.
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