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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ole' Favorites - Dinner Recipes from 2010

Still On Vacation


I know this is where my kids, nieces and nephews will be, atleast most of them! We are on a trip of a life-time right now. My parents are treating the entire family to this wonderful vacation and we couldn't be more blessed to have this time with one another. (and hey if we starting fighting, there are 5 pools, each family can go to their own quarters) There are 18 of us, my parents and then my brother, his wife and their 3 kids. My sister, her husband and their 3 kids and myself, with my hubby and our 4 kids! I hope and pray that this will be a vacation that we all talk about for years to come! (and of course when I return I will show you my own photos of our wonderful adventures at Turks and Caicos)
I am sharing with you my favorite Dinner Recipes from 2010. These are some of our all time fav's and I wanted to make sure that if you are a new reader and/or were just looking for some new ideas to break out of your norm, then you check out these fabulous ideas.







Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Poor Man's Garlic Bread

My kids LOVE LOVE their grandma's garlic bread which I have now named "Poor Man's Garlic Bread". And what's funny is that they actually prefer this Garlic Bread over any store bought, fresh or frozen bread. I've tried them ALL and they keep wanting the "hamburger/hot dog garlic bread". I give up. I guess this will be the only garlic bread I serve (when my kids are home). It's SO easy, it's SO cheap and they LOVE IT!


Poor Man's Garlic Bread
from my mom Sandy

hot dog buns or hamburger buns (use what you have left-over, and any french bread works too)
1/2 cup butter (or your favorite garlic bread spread)
1 tsp garlic salt or garlic powder (or both)
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
sprinkle of paprika

We like to melt the butter in the microwave, add in the seasonings and then turn the bread upside down and dip it into the butter mixture. Turn your oven on broil (low) and broil for about 2-3 minutes (or til your liking).

Hot Dog Buns work WONDERFUL too!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

TOP PICKS: 30 Minute Meals

I am on vacation.. but wanted to take a minute to pick out my favorite recipe and to feature someone for getting the MOST CLICKS on THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS last week! I hope you enjoy the winners!

Each week I will be sharing with you the TOP TWO (or three) from THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS! I will share MY top pick and YOUR top pick (voted on by the recipe that receives the most clicks).

TOP PICKS FROM THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS #34

my TOP PICK... we don't eat chicken much either, but i think my family would like this...
Crunchy Cheddar Chicken
from Sweet Flours

the most "clicked on" recipe (which is too funny, that this recipe or a variation of has
now be featured three times on my blog, so it must be good)
from nothing but country
Please take a minute to click on over to these two wonderful bloggers and let them know you found them on MOMS CRAZY COOKING from the TOP PICKS OF THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS!

And a BIG Thank you to everyone for participating and making THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS a great place to come to in blogland to get lots of THEMED recipes with just one click! We appreciate you and your recipes you share with us! THANK YOU AGAIN!

for MOMS CRAZY COOKING TOP PICKS:
Don't forget to grab the "I've been FEATURED" button below!
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Monday, June 27, 2011

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS #35 Linky Party (Picnic Recipes) and Deviled Eggs w/Cauliflower

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #35
The Theme is: Picnic Recipes

This recipe is takin' from one of my favorite cookbooks Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food. It has totally worked for my kids, especially my son, who doesn't like much of anything. I have been able to sneak pureed sweet potatoes in his Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, pureed cauliflower in his noodles & butter, cauliflower mashed potatoes and even his scrambled eggs (and he has no idea)!!! I now have many secrets from this cookbook that I use in everyday cooking, that I know will stay with me forever.

This Deviled Egg recipe is a perfect way to make this great snack for a Summer Picnic!
I know my girls LOVE it and it's a little bit healthier!

Deviled Eggs w/ Cauliflower

6 large eggs, boiled
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1/2 tsp mustard (we added)
1/4 cup cauliflower (or carrot puree)
1/8 tsp salt
dash of pepper and paprika for presentation

After eggs are boiled and cooled. Cut eggs in half lengthwise and remove the yolks. Put three of the yolks in a bowl and discard the rest (or save for another meal). Add the mayonnaise, mustard, vegetable puree (cauliflower), and salt. Mash together with a fork. Fill each egg half with the yolk mixture and sprinkle with pepper and paprika.

A LIST OF "FOOD" LINKY PARTIES: It's MONDAY already! Let's do this bloggers... it's a fresh start to a NEW week!

Now onto the LINKY PARTY! Please only link recipes with our theme!
This week's theme is: Picnic Recipes
Here is a complete list of the past weeks and a list of what's coming up on This Week's Cravings!

If you are a regular link-up we're excited to see what you made! If you are new please read & follow the simple rules, so everyone can enjoy the linky party! If you forget to follow the theme, link back or add a button IN YOUR post you will receive a gentle reminder. THANKS A MILLION!



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This Week's Cravings Past & Future Recipe Links

June 6 - What fun Summer recipes are you making?

June 13 - DAD's Favorite Meal or What are you making DAD for Father's Day

June 20 - 30 minute meal recipes

June 27 - Picnic Recipes

July 4 - Red, White & Blue

July 11 - Blueberries

July 18 - Ice Cream, Ice Cream, We all SCREAM for Ice Cream
This is a BLOG HOP Party hosted by MOMS CRAZY COOKING, From My Tiny Kitchen and Delightful Country Cookin' stop on by and say HELLO to the other hosts!
The LINKY PARTY is opened ALL Week!
(from Monday to the following Monday at Midnight)!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Ole' Favorites - Breakfast Recipes from 2010

My 2011 Family Vacation!!!
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This is where I am at....I am on vacation with my entire family, 18 of us all together! YAHOOO!! Right about now I should be lounging around the pool at the beautiful Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos. Where is Turks and Caicos, right? Me too! I had no idea! Well, here is a map for those interested! Where are you all headed this summer? I'd love to hear where you are going?

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I didn't want to leave without sharing a few recipes. We all need inspiration for those FUN summer days at home.  No, school in the early mornings is a perfect time to try some of these GREAT BREAKFAST items from last year! Ole' favorites, never get old, just click the link below to hop on over to these awesome recipes!







Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hamburger Crescent Rolls

Crescent Rolls are good anytime, anyday and you can make almost anything with them! I have shared a few GREAT recipes that my kids LOVE with crescent rolls here on my blog in the past and I would LOVE to recap them for you now, PLUS we have a new Hamburger Crescent Roll recipe for you today!!





Now onto our newest creation with Crescent Rolls
Hamburger Crescents

Hamburger Crescent Rolls

1/4 cup of mayonnaise
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp Relish
1/2 to 1 cup of graded cheese
1 to 2 lbs ground hamburger/turkey meat (already cooked)
1 to 2 pkg Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Sprinkle of Paprika and/or Grandma's Salt

Hamburger meat needs to be pre-cooked. Then mix all the ingredients together. Put a spoonful of the mixture into each roll and roll them up. Sprinkle with a little paprika (and/or a bit of Grandma's Salt), bake at 350 for approx 12-16 minutes.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

LOVE a Linky Party!!!

Just a little note to talk about my love and I am sure YOUR LOVE too.... it's called a Linky Party!

Yes, as a new blogger (still less then a year old) the first and foremost thing I got involved with is Linky Parties! And I am still loving them today!!! They have helped me meet other bloggers very quickly, helped me form all kinds of casual friendships around the globe and shown me SO many more recipes and bloggers that otherwise I may have never found.

I even created my own linky party THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS with two other bloggers. It begins every Monday and is open for an entire week, and is THEME specific. We are in our 35th week and loving every minute of it! The recipes that are linked up every week are absolutly amazing! (It just means now I get to cook more.. because I want to TRY all of recipes that get linked up) We have amazing themes and you can see past & upcoming themes here, click on the THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS TAB.

Here is a link to my linky party, we offer a SPECIFIC theme and love it because it's nice to go to the Linky Party and find a ton of recipes with the same theme, like this week it is "PICNIC Recipes", last week was "30 MINUTE MEALS" and next week is everything "RED, WHITE & BLUE".


I would also like to invite you over to my BLOG HOP FOR LINKY PARTIES (it is a TAB along the top of my blog). I began this Blog Hop a few months ago in hopes to create an easy and fun place for "FOOD LOVERS" to go to search out FOOD Linky Parties. This will let you know which parties are happening on which days and if you find a linky party out there that I don't have on the list, feel free to add it. The FUN FUN thing about a BLOG HOP is that it is open to anyone and everyone.... and YOU TOO can add the codes to your own blog, so that you and your readers will have access to all the LINKY PARTIES too! This is an awesome thing for everyone! 

This is a BLOG HOP for Linky Parties (NOT RECIPES)!
feel free to grab the codes (below each day) and add the party to your own blog

If you do not see your own "linky party", please add it!
PLEASE ADD YOUR PARTY TO THE CORRECT DAY! thanks :-)
(ONLY food, cooking, baking, and recipe Linky Parties)

Below is all of the individual days.. each day has there own BLOG HOP CODE, so if you'd like to recreate this on your own blog in a TAB... or a POST you may do so at anytime! (feel free to contact me if you have questions or problems setting it up)

MONDAY LINKY PARTIES
TUESDAY LINKY PARTIES
WEDNESDAY LINKY PARTIES
THURSDAY LINKY PARTIES
FRIDAY LINKY PARTIES
SATURDAY LINKY PARTIES
SUNDAY LINKY PARTIES
OTHER LINKY PARTIES

This is a BLOG HOP for Linky Parties!
feel free to grab the codes (below each day) and add the party to your own blog

If you do not see your own "linky party", please add it!
(ONLY food, cooking, baking, and recipe Linky Parties)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Chicken Baked Potato

What a delicious way to be on a diet. A perfectly delicious baked potato (sorry added a little too much sour cream; which is not on the diet menu); but didn't want my potato dry. (bad habits are hard to give up)

Chicken Baked Potato
from Tina Hudgens (via ideas from the Jillian Michaels Self Diet Article)

1 medium russet potato
4 oz chopped chicken breast
1 cup spinach
1 tomato, chopped
2 slices, red onion
fresh pepper
scoop of sour cream (if you wish to be bad)

Bake 1 medium russet potato at 450 until tender, 45 to 60 minutes; cut in half. Cook 4 oz chopped boneless skinless chicken breast in a pan coasted with cooking spray for 10 minutes. Add in 1 cup spinach, 1 whole tomato, chopped and a few slices of red onion. Cook until vegetables are tender. Top the potato with chicken mixture and fresh pepper.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

TOP PICKS: Dad's Favorite Meal

I am amazed at all the great recipes linked up each week, they are so fun and so inspiring. I know I am getting a ton of ideas from all you wonderful bloggers out there, I hope you too are clicking around and getting inspired. Last week's linky party was celebrating Father's Day and what was DAD'S FAVORITE MEAL.

I linked up one of my very own recipes to the linky party it is my husband's absolute favorite thing in the whole world, his mother's Camping Cake. This recipe received the most clicks, so I wanted to share it again with all of you, just in case you haven't clicked over to see it yet! It is so easy and so delicious!


But each week I want to share with you the top picks from other bloggers, I will be sharing with you the TOP TWO (or three) from THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS! I will share MY top pick and YOUR top pick (voted on by the recipe that receives the most clicks).

TOP PICKS FROM THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS #33

my TOP PICK... a recipe that I can not wait to make... I just need to find a party to make them for!
Cake Cone Sundaes
from The Seven Year Cottage

and the #1 TOP CLICKED ON recipe (I would love some of these right now)
from Chef in Training

Please take a minute to click on over to these two wonderful bloggers and let them know you found them on MOMS CRAZY COOKING from the TOP PICKS OF THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS!

And a BIG Thank you to everyone for participating and making THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS a great place to come in blogland to get lots of THEMED recipes with just one click! We appreciate you and your recipes you share with us! THANK YOU AGAIN!

for MOMS CRAZY COOKING TOP PICKS:
Don't forget to grab the "I've been FEATURED" button below!
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Monday, June 20, 2011

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #34 (30 Minute Meals) and Hot Sub Sandwiches

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #34
The Theme is: 30 minute meals
(What quick recipe can you share for an under 30 minute meal?)

We are so excited to be into Summer Time now (12 days to be exact). We've already gone to Universal Studios, attended a few graduation parties, went shopping for bathing suits and summer clothes (for our uncoming vacation), went to Disneyland and hosted a few pool parties in our back yard. The most recent was this past weekend and this is what we served. These new found delicious, so quick and so easy Hot Sub Sandwiches, which can be made in under 30 minutes.

I featured these just a few weeks ago as my favorite pick on my first THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS TOP PICKS. I found them through one of the link-ups. I am SO happy people like Modern Wivelyhood stop by and link up recipes each and every week, because it's a great chance for all of us to find new recipes. I know this recipe is a new family favorite, I am happy to confess we've made these 4 times already.


Hot Sub Sandwiches
original recipe from Modern Wivelyhood, adapted by Tina Hudgens

1 pkg French Rolls (use the half size)
1/2 cup mayonnaise (use for spreading)
1 pkg (or 1 lb each of deli meat) Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef (or all three)
1/2 lb favorite cheese (I've used cheddar, mozzarella & swiss)

Preheat oven to 350, this makes approximately 2 (9x13 pans). Cut french rolls in half and spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on each side, load it with meat and cheeses of your choice. The ingredient list is just an estimate, you can load it up as much as you'd like. We like 3 slices of meat and 2 slices of cheese.

Hot Sub SPECIAL SAUCE
1 stick salted butter melted
1-1/2 tbsp poppy seed salad dressing
1 tsp honey mustard
1 tbsp minced onion
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

Mix together and pour over sandwiches. Let sauce sit on top of sandwhiches a few minutes to set in. Cover 9x13 pan with foil and put in the oven for 15-17 minutes. They come out perfect ever single time!

A LIST OF "FOOD" LINKY PARTIES: It's MONDAY already! Let's do this bloggers... it's a fresh start to a NEW week!

Now onto the LINKY PARTY! Please only link recipes with our theme!
This week's theme is: 30 Minute Meals
Here is a complete list of the past weeks and a list of what's coming up on This Week's Cravings!

If you are a regular link-up we're excited to see what you made! If you are new please read & follow the simple rules, so everyone can enjoy the linky party! If you forget to follow the theme, link back or add a button IN YOUR post you will receive a gentle reminder. THANKS A MILLION!



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This Week's Cravings Past & Future Recipe Links

June 6 - What fun Summer recipes are you making?

June 13 - DAD's Favorite Meal or What are you making DAD for Father's Day

June 20 - 30 minute meal recipes

June 27 - Picnic Recipes

July 4 - Red, White & Blue

July 11 - Blueberries

July 18 - Ice Cream, Ice Cream, We all SCREAM for Ice Cream
This is a BLOG HOP Party hosted by MOMS CRAZY COOKING, From My Tiny Kitchen and Delightful Country Cookin' stop on by and say HELLO to the other hosts!
The LINKY PARTY is opened ALL Week!
(from Monday to the following Monday at Midnight)!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bacon-Tomato Cheese Toast

Friday on MOMS CRAZY COOKING, recipe ONLY! Enjoy & Have a Fabulous weekend!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

National Fudge Day... Grandma's Hundred Dollar Fudge

According to SOMEONE... it's National Fudge Day!

I just LOVE LOVE all the different food days... it let's you stop for a minute a think and reminisce about a special food every day of the year, the memories just coming following back! I keep the American Food & Drink Days posted at my desk and love to just glance over and read what we are celebrating today! And well, today is FUDGE!

I really don't make fudge that often and there are only two fudge recipes I ever do make. One is for White Chocolate Cheesecake Fudge (just thinking about it, I go to my happy place, plus an extra 10 lbs comes on just thinking about it), and the other fudge is my mother-in-law's famous Hundred Dollar Fudge recipe. I've already shared it here already, so just click on over, make a batch or two yourself and you'll know why all the brothers, sisters, grandkids and great-grandkids patiently wait for their box of fudge to arrive each and ever Christmas! (this is why last Christmas I learned to make it myself and the results were perfect) We hope you give it a try and love it just as much as we do. (and don't wait til Christmas to make it)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Steak and Spaghetti Squash

We are trying to continue the Jillian Michaels diet this week. It's it bathingsuit season and I am SO not ready. Our family vacation is now just 1-1/2 weeks away. We can't wait, relaxing by the pool all day long..... sounds like Heaven to me!!! (and just a little secret, when I am on vacation at the all inclusive Beaches Resort, I am gonna eat whatever I want.....yahoooooo!!!)

We do however just LOVE LOVE this Jillian Michaels cookbook and will be sharing a lot more recipes from here. And since we are going to try and eat more healthy this summer, I am sure there will be plenty of recipes to talk about.



Steak and Spaghetti Squash
from Jillian Michaels Self Magazine

1 spaghetti squash
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1 tsp olive oil
1 chopped garlic clove
2 cups tomato, chopped
2 tbsp basil, chopped
3 oz flank steak

Cut 1 spaghetti squash in half; discard the seeds and pulp. Place on a baking sheet rind side up; bake at 375 for 45 minutes. Run a fork down the squash from top to bottom to seperate strands. Saute 1/2 cup chopped red onion in 1 tsp olive oil with 1 chopped garlic clove until soft, 5 minutes. Add 2 cups chopped tomato; cook until a sauce thickens. Pour sauce over 3 cups spaghetti squash; top with 2 tbsp chopped basil. Seve with 3 oz flank steak, broiled for 7 minutes, turn once.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

TOP PICKS: Summer Fun Recipes

We are already at week number two and I am so excited to be announcing my next TOP PICKS! Last week was "SUMMER FUN Recipes" and boy they were alot of fun. I think I am gonna have a hard time picking my favorite.

Each week I will be sharing with you the TOP TWO (or three) from THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS! I will share MY top pick and YOUR top pick (voted on by the recipe that receives the most clicks).

TOP PICKS FROM THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS #32

my TOP PICK... and another recipe I will be making this week
from Ladybird Ln

the most "clicked on" recipe (which I will be making with my little guy very soon)
from Sweet Street
Please take a minute to click on over to these two wonderful bloggers and let them know you found them on MOMS CRAZY COOKING from the TOP PICKS OF THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS!

And a BIG Thank you to everyone for participating and making THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS a great place to come to in blogland to get lots of THEMED recipes with just one click! We appreciate you and your recipes you share with us! THANK YOU AGAIN!

for MOMS CRAZY COOKING TOP PICKS:
Don't forget to grab the "I've been FEATURED" button below!
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Monday, June 13, 2011

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS #33 Linky Party (DAD'S Favorite Meal) and Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #33
The Theme is: DAD'S Favorite Meal/Food/Dessert
(What are you making DAD for Father's Day?)

My husband's favorite meal? Well, I know what it is and I've tried to duplicate it with NO success at all, so I gave up trying a few years ago. His all time favorite meal is: Fried Chicken. Not any Fried Chicken, it can only be Kentucky Fried Chicken or his mama's Fried Chicken. (someday I hope to duplicate his mama's Fried Chicken, but so far no way)

So, today I decided because it was National Peanut Butter Cookie Day yesterday, that I would make a batch of Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies! And these were a HUGE success! YEAH ME!!!

Check out the EASY PEASY recipe below and then feel free to link up what YOU will be making for Father's Day this year (or any special meal for the FATHER in your life).

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten-Free)
from unknown Gluten-Free Cookbook

1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter (we used chunky)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (we used mini)

Preheat oven to 350. Beat brown sugar, peanut butter and egg in medium bowl with electric mixer until blended and smooth. (unless you are using chunky peanut butter, then just blend until blended, there will still be chunks in it) Add in mini chocolate chips and stir.

Shape dough into round balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with fork. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Transfer to wire rack; cool completely.

A LIST OF "FOOD" LINKY PARTIES: It's MONDAY already! Let's do this bloggers... it's a fresh start to a NEW week! and the recipe today will be shared with: Delectable Tuesday, Get Your Craft On, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday,Tuesdays at the Table, Take-a-Look Tuesday, It's a Blog Party Delicious Dishes, Made from Scratch Tuesday, Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits, 33 Shades of Green Tasty Tuesday, Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday Parade of Foods, Titus 2sday Linkup, Tuesday Night Supper Club, A Little Birdie Told Me, , Totally Tasty TuesdaysToo Cute TuesdayTasty Tuesday, Simply Homemaking Linkup,


Now onto the LINKY PARTY! Please only link recipes with our theme!
This week's theme is: DAD'S Favorite Meal
Here is a complete list of the past weeks and a list of what's coming up on This Week's Cravings!

If you are a regular link-up we're excited to see what you made! If you are new please read & follow the simple rules, so everyone can enjoy the linky party! If you forget to follow the theme, link back or add a button IN YOUR post you will receive a gentle reminder. THANKS A MILLION!



Please Grab Our Button!!!

This Week's Cravings Past & Future Recipe Links

June 6 - What fun Summer recipes are you making?
This is a BLOG HOP Party hosted by MOMS CRAZY COOKING, From My Tiny Kitchen and Delightful Country Cookin' stop on by and say HELLO to the other hosts!
The LINKY PARTY is opened ALL Week!
(from Monday to the following Monday at Midnight)!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Banana-Sour Cream Cake

Friday on MOMS CRAZY COOKING....Recipe Only
Sorry there is not a better picture of the cake, but it is OH SO DELICIOUS!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Steak Stir-Fry from Jillian Michales Diet

Just 3 weeks until we leave on our Ultimate Family Vacation...to a Beaches Resort! What does this have to do with food? EVERYTHING!!! Since I will be walking around 24/7 in a bathing suit it's time to drop 10-15 lbs. I sure hope I can do it in just a few short weeks! I found a great Jillian Michaels diet in Self magazine, so I thought this would be a great time to give it a try. Week 1 is done and my girls and I all lost 2 lbs each (just like they said we would). This week I am going to up my exercise level and hope for another 2 lbs.

I also purchased her cookbook The Master Your Metabolism Cookbookthis week and it's full of more menu ideas and even another weekly menu plan, like the one I originally found in Self. This was great news that we wouldn't have to be eating the same things over and over again. Here is one of the first dinners we prepared, takes a little getting use to eating all those vegetables, instead of a nice thick serving of mashed potatoes. But, it's only for 4 weeks, I think I can handle it.



Steak Stir-Fry
from Jillian Michaels Self Magazine Diet (January 2011)

4 oz flank steak
olive oil; for cooking
2 cups red cabbage, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil

Cook 4 oz flank steak strips in 1 tsp olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes; transfer to a plate. Saute 2 cups chopped red cabbage and 1/2 cup chopped carrots in 1 tsp olive oil until tender, about 10 minutes. Add vegetables to plate with steak; top with 1 tbsp sesame seeds, 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil. Serve with 1 orange. (only 400 calories; and this is considered a dinner entree)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

TOP PICKS: Memorial Day BBQ

Welcome to my first TOP PICKS for THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party! Each week I am going to share the TOP TWO (or three) from THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS! I will share MY top pick and YOUR top pick (voted on by the recipe that receives the most clicks).

TOP PICKS FROM THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS #31

my TOP PICK... a recipe I will be making tonight... I can't wait
from Modern Wivelyhood

the most "clicked on" recipe
from The Saturday Evening Pot
 

Please take a minute to click on over to these two wonderful bloggers and let them know you found them on MOMS CRAZY COOKING from the TOP PICKS OF THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS!

And a BIG Thank you to everyone for participating and making THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS a great place to come to in blogland to get lots of THEMED recipes with just one click! We appreciate you and your recipes you share with us! THANK YOU AGAIN!

for MOMS CRAZY COOKING TOP PICKS:
Don't forget to grab the "I've been FEATURED" button below!
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Chocolate Dipped Cinnamon Crispies

I received another exciting package in the mail from Food Buzz. I just LOVE being part of the Tastemaker program, Thank You Food Buzz and Azteca.

I decided to go against the normal and make a dessert instead of a traditional Taco Salad, which is what one would normally make with a Taco Salad Shell. They included a recipe book with my package and I took this recipe from it, but made a few changes of my own. Of course my little guy was right there with me to help out, sometimes willingly and sometimes not so much.

He loves Cinnamon Crisps from Taco Bell (a local fast food place) and so I thought this would be perfect if we could recreate and make this at home. The results were just as expected, wonderful. They tasted even better, were a lot fresher and the added chocolate was perfect for a little after school treat.


The recipe is so easy too. The kids came home after school and they were ready to eat in less the 15 minutes. I only used one box of the Azteca shells, so I have 3 more boxes to bring you a few more recipes and I am hoping a little sooner then later. (These actually stay fresh in the refrigerator a long time... the expiration date on the box isn't until July, which I was SO happy to read.) This gives me plenty of time to create even more new recipes for you and me.

Just wanted to share the quote from the back of the box... to give you a little more details on the Azteca Bake & Fill Crispy Salad Shells: "Unique from Azteca, Salad Shells that you bake up fresh at home. In minutes, you'll enjoy crispy Salad Shells perfect for filling with one of the recipes below or your own favorite salad recipe. Create a tasty new combination by serving hearty chili, ice cream or a vegetable dip in these attractive "bowls". You'll add flavor, fun and freshness to your meals when you serve Azteca Salad Shells!"


Chocolate Dipped Cinnamon Crispies
originally from Azteca recipe book; adapted by Tina Hudgens

1 pkg Azteca Salad Shells
1 to 2 cups of Chocolate Melts
4 tbsp of Sugar
1 to 2 tsp of Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. Cut each unbaked flat shell into 8 triangles. Place wedges on ungreased cookie sheet and Bake fro 5 to 7 minutes; until light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet.

In small glass bowl, melt chocolate melts in microwave, usually 40 to 60 seconds is plenty; carefully not to burn. In a small bowl mix sugar and cinnamon. Gently shake cinnamon sugar mixture over each side of each one of the wedges, then carefully dip the wide end of the triangle into the melted chocolate and lay on a piece of wax paper until chocolate is set.

Serve & Enjoy!

"As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received 4 boxes of Azteca Bake & Fill Salad Shells,
but the opinion in this post is entirely mine"

It's Wednesday....middle of the week, but it's almost Friday! Come on everyone... "WE CAN DO THIS"! I LOVE finding FABULOUS recipes and all these LINKY PARTIES! Today, this recipe is linked to the following: Let's Do Brunch,

Monday, June 6, 2011

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #32 (Fun Summer Recipes) and Vanilla Mousse Cheesecake

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #32
The Theme is: FUN Summer Recipes
(What fun, new & exciting things will you make for SUMMER?)



SUMMER TIME!!! SUMMER TIME!!! SUMMER TIME!!! My kids have 1-1/2 days of school left (after today!) And I am just a little TOO excited this year! I am ready for this school year to be behind us and it's time to move on. I will officially have a 2nd Year College Student (working, and attending community college in Texas); my twins will be SENIORS in the fall (OH MY!) and my little guy will be in 7th grade. This summer I feel like it's the last "REAL" summer with my girls as kids! They will also be turning 18 years old in September, and believe me the time went by way to fast!

And what better way to spend our summer then FUN-PACKED!!! In just 19 days we will be leaving on the biggest family vacation of our life! My parents are treating the entire family (18 of us, all together) to 8 days of happiness at a Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos. But that's only our first adventure this summer. Then all the boys/men in my life (yes, my husband, son, brother, father, nephew and friends) will all be going to June Lake for a week. In late July my niece with her four awesome boys will be coming down for a week, this is my son's happiest time because he loves having other kids around! A few days after that we leave for our annual 10-day river trip to the Colorado River, where we will relax on the beach the entire 10 days without a care in the world! And well, that's all the major plans for now, but we'll see what else I can squeeze in! My husband and I still need to go on our Anniversary Weekend (we are just a few months over due, our anniversary was in December), but hey that's how life goes!

But onto cooking, baking and creating new and exciting recipes for the summer! Which I will be spending lots of time in the kitchen this summer, because it's much easier to cook & create without homework nights. I am sharing today my very first cheesecake I handmade (and I LOVED it, so I hope to be making more soon)! I even got to buy myself some new pans. Those cute springform pans, I've now got a wonderful set of 3 different sizes. YEAH ME!!!


Vanilla Mousse Cheesecake
from Kraft Foods Recipes

40 Vanilla Wafers, crushed (about 1-1/2 cups)
3 tbsp butter or margarine, melted
4 pkg. (8 oz each) Cream Cheese, softened, divided
1 cup sugar, divided
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp vanilla, divided
3 eggs
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whipped Topping, thawed
Heat oven to 325. Mix vanilla wafer crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.

Beat the 3 packages of cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar and 1 tbsp vanilla with mixer until well blended.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.    

Bake for 50 to 55 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool completely in pan.

Frosting/Topping: Beat remaining cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer in large bowl until well blended. Whisk in cool whip; spread over cheesecake. Refrigerate 4 hours. Remove rim of pan before serving cheesecake, garnish with fresh berries of any kind.

A LIST OF "FOOD" LINKY PARTIES: It's MONDAY already! Let's do this bloggers... it's a fresh start to a NEW week! I can't wait to mix and mingle with all of you and see what has been cooking in your kitchens! Today I will be sharing this recipe here: Homemaker Monday, I Made It MondayJust Something I Whipped Up, Made by You MondaysMaking the World Cuter, Market Yourself Monday, Melt in Your Mouth MondayMotivate Me MondayMouthwatering Monday, Your Recipes My Kitchen, Mangia MondayJust Another Meatless Monday, Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays, My Meatless Mondays, Themed Baker's Sunday, Sweet Indulgences Sunday

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This week's theme is: FUN Summer Recipes


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