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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Monday, October 13, 2014

Taco Salad in a Bag

Saturday my daughter and a few friends were coming to town to do a service project for the children's home here. They were going to be here for lunch, and because I was gone to a wedding shower all morning and because my daughter had said she was hungry from taco salad a few weeks before, I decided to make taco salad.
On the way home from the store, I had a thought: Taco Salad in a bag where everyone did their own! It worked out perfectly and the girls thought it was fun!
Just put into various bowls:  hot ground beef, heated Ranch Style beans (undrained), chopped lettuce, cherry tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, crushed tortilla chips.  I had two choices for dressings: Classic Catalina (Kraft) and homemade garlic ranch.  I also put out Picante Sauce.  You could add onions as an ingredient and serve guacamole and/or sour cream on the side as a topper.  Put all ingredients into a Ziploc bag, seal, and shake! Dump your salad into a bowl...your OWN bowl.  Such fun!  So good!
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies by Zachary

My "chef" son, Zachary made these great chocolate chip cookies last week!  I'm thankful he likes to cook.  We're sure going to miss him around here next year when he goes to college!  He's always willing to help out or just cook for fun.  His wife will like that, too! 

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (he used milk chocolate and we will cut the amount some next time because we don't care for this many)
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter, white sugar, brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, the stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts.

Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake for about 10 minutes or until edges are nicely browned.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pumpkin Dump Cake

(Photo from savingcommoncents.com)
A friend made this dessert for their Sunday after-worship lunch.  They all liked it!  Some liked it cold served with whipped cream. Some liked it hot served with ice cream.  It's a pumpkin pie type of dessert, but perfect for fall.

The dessert came from Jessica Harlow of savingcommoncents.com.


(1) 15oz can Pumpkin
(1) 10oz can Evaporated Milk
(1) cup light brown sugar
(3) eggs (slightly beaten)
(3) tsp pumpkin pie spice
(1) box yellow cake mix
(1) cup butter, melted (2 sticks)
(1) cup crushed graham crackers or pecans (your preference)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 baking pan. In a large bowl combine;
pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir and pour into prepared baking pan.

Sprinkle entire box of cake mix on top, followed by crumbled graham crackers or pecans. Pour melted butter evenly on top.Bake for 45-50 minutes, until center is set.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fun Pancakes for Kids

There's nothing more fun for kids than eating fun food!  This Mr. Potato Head pancake looks extra-fun to eat!  
This owl pancake is cute! Kiwis and strawberries trim out the face, feathers, and feet.
I made these puppy dog pancakes several years ago. They were so much fun to make, but our kids thought they were even more fun to eat!  Find the recipe HERE.

When food looks fun, children especially enjoy eating!  It doesn't have to be fancy, but  just take a little more time in preparing or presenting. That makes all the difference!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Oklahoma State Fair - Food, Crafts, and Cute Ideas

The Oklahoma State Fair was great again this year! 
I found many ideas for future projects!  This painted Christmas tree was so airy and pretty!  
These decorated cupcakes were so cute! I've never worked with fondant (don't care for the taste), but it sure makes cute things!
These were adorable! I would have given them a 1st place blue ribbon, too!
This must have taken many hours to make all of these flowers and intricate designs.  Gorgeous!
This was really cute and could be scaled down to cupcake size easily. But, I just figured out it's a pumpkin!!  Didn't remember! How clever!
Need to decorate a pumpkin?  Here are some ideas.
I had to show this FFA emblem out of metal. That was a LOT of work!
And now for "Fair Food"! The turkey leg!

The Okarche, OK, cinnamon rolls. Not quite up to "Gramps" cinnamon rolls in our family, but will do when you want something sweet!
And the FAMOUS Indian Taco from "Dan's Famous Indian Tacos"!  We were so excited to get this traditional "meal" again!  However, we do wish that there were more than a 'few' pieces of beef in the bean mixture.
The table decorating contest is my favorite.  My daughter and I both entered this contest the very first year they had it. We both won, too!  I was excited because we both won $100!!!  That is an incentive to enter!  We had to decorate large tables, so this is much better. I won because my table setting was the only one correct!  That is because table settings are important to me! (My boys doesn't understand why I care where the knife goes or how it faces, but it matters to me! Ha ha!)

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Barbecue Beef Open-Faced Sandwiches

A few days ago I made this for my football-playing son. I think I've mentioned he eats a big lunch because sometimes it's late before he gets to eat anything again. He goes from classes to football practice, and then many times to his lawn-mowing business.  He needs protein!

Growing up, our family ate hamburger with barbecue as "Sloppy Joes".  I didn't know that they weren't sloppy Joe's until I married!  And I still prefer this type of "Joe" (besides my husband, Joe, that is!) over the "real" thing.

Barbecue Beef Open-Faced Sandwiches
Browned Hamburger Meat
Your Favorite Barbecue Sauce (our's is Oklahoma-made "Head Country)
Hamburger Bun
Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Heat browned hamburger meat (ours was frozen that I keep handy in the freezer) and BBQ sauce together.  Melt a little butter in a skillet and grill the insides of both buns.  Place the buns (grilled side up) on a plate, top with the BBQ meat, and add lots of cheddar cheese. Delicious!

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