Thursday, November 20, 2014

Marshmallow Candy Pops

I've done marshmallow pops with chocolate many times before, but never with candy.  A friend was planning to use the pink Candy Melts for something else, but was busy decorating for the baby shower and didn't have the time to make what she planned. I had bought a LOT of big marshmallows for another event and had enough to use for this quick little treat for the baby shower.  I had never actually used the candy melts, so it was fun trying something new!

Melt the candy as directed on the package.  Insert a lollipop stick into a marshmallow, then dip the marshmallow into the melted candy.  Dip into sprinkles, if desired, and allow to harden on waxed or parchment paper.  I used clear crystal sugar sprinkles.  They turned out so cute!  Of course, that pink color may very well be my favorite color, so that helped :).  Baby girl pink is so sweet!  

And, by the way....I have a new great niece, so I got to see baby girl pink just a few days ago!  
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Homemade Hot Chocolate


The oldest boy made homemade hot chocolate today and all of us thought it tasted like Starbucks! I actually thought it was a little better!  He's racking up quite a few recipes now. He's even got himself a notebook keeping them all for the future.  So neat!  I'm glad he likes to cook and try new things. And we're all glad he likes to share them with us!

HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE 

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup boiling water
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
3 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup half-and-half OR evaporated milk (He used evaporated milk.)

Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to a boil, stirring continually.  Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes.  Be careful not to scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and half-and-half and condensed milk.  Pour into mugs and serve! 
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Texas French Toast Bake

My son, Zachary, subscribed to an online cookbook that's filled with breakfast recipes. He made this Texas French Toast Bake. He made it for the Science Fair at school today and those that ate it said it was delicious! It sure smelled good this morning as it baked! I look forward to having him make it - or me making it - for our family!

Instead of serving the syrup on the side, Zachary poured it on top while it was hot - and he just used Log Cabin brand, not pure maple.

Directions:





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Breakfast Quesadillas


You can make almost anything into a quesadilla, I suppose!  Yesterday I made my 16-year-old a "Breakfast Skillet" (posted recently) with eggs, real bacon bits, and cheese. I made it with four eggs, knowing he'd only eat two, so I could use the left-overs in a burrito. Instead, I turned it into a breakfast quesadilla! 
In a small skillet over medium heat, melt a pat of butter.  
Put down one medium sized flour tortilla, shredded cheddar cheese....
add the leftover mixture...
...add a little more cheese to "glue" the tortillas in place....
....then top with another flour tortilla.
Turn when browned and brown on the other side. Cute into four or more pieces.  Eat and enjoy! Pin It Now!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Using Media for Good

I thought I would share this with all of you. Hope you enjoy!

Our daughter came to Tipton Children's Home for a "Using Media for Good" project for her broadcasting class. She, along with two classmates, Kate and Mindy, brought towels, washcloths, and candy for the children of TCH.  Here is their video presentation about their project.
Thanks for your project to help TCH, girls! We appreciate it!

To learn more about TCH, visit tiptonchildrenshome.com.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mexican Trash

This recipe is a definite keeper for our family.  I saw it come across Facebook from Pinterest. I'm not sure who originally posted it, but we're thankful she did.  I was proud of myself for actually paying attention to the direction and really "following" a recipe! That doesn't happen often. I dump everything together and read later that I wasn't supposed to!  Of course, with this one, it would have been okay, anyway.  

Mexican Trash

1 large bag Nacho Doritos, crushed
4 cups shredded chicken (I bake chicken tenderloins in the oven for about an hour, covered. Allow to cool for 15 minutes or so, then they easily fall apart.)
6 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 can Rotel tomatoes (diced tomatoes and green chilies)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup milk
1 package taco seasoning (or to taste)

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with nonstick spray. 
In large mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients EXCEPT Doritos. Layer half of the Doritos on the bottom of the casserole dish.  
Spread half the chicken mixture, rest of the Doritos, and the rest of the chicken mixture. Add more cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
Recipe may be halved and put into 2 quart baking dish and baked for 35 minutes.




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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Parfaits


If you ever want to try out a new recipe, try it out on the HS football team!  They'll be quick to let you know what they like, and these little parfaits were a hit.  Parfaits are easy, but they look fancy.  They are a simple way to use up cookies, brownies, cake, candies....just lots of things.  

My son had made the chocolate chip cookies I had posted a week or so ago and we had some left. I chopped them up and made a creamy filling to be one of the layers.  Added some Cool Whip, and the parfaits were done in a snap!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Parfaits

Crumbled chocolate chip cookies
Cool Whip

Creamy filling:
2 cans condensed milk
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
2 - 8 oz packages cream cheese
1 small box vanilla pudding

In medium bowl, with electric mixer, combine condensed milk and brown sugar until sugar dissolves.  Add cream cheese and small box of vanilla pudding.

In small clear punch cups, put a layer crumbled cookies, then the cream filling, then Cool Whip. Repeat layers.  Top with a larger piece of cookie.


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