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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sharing Scrapbook Pages (July 2011)

Once a month I like to share my other passion, digital scrapbooking! I have been scrapbooking for over 12 years now and my love for scrapbooking hasn't changed, only gotten stronger. And now with digital scrapbooking I am in love all over again. This is my number one hobby (and my only hobby), besides cooking and baking. Here are a few scrapbook pages to share with you from my latest summer vacation, where my entire family (all 18 of us) went to Turks and Caicos. It was one of the best vacations ever!!!

I hope that sharing these will give you inspiration to start, finish or just thinking about beginning your own family scrapbook. I use Creative Memories Storybook Creator Plus and it's amazing!

The program I use for all my digital scrapbooking is Creative Memories Storybook Creator Plus 3.0, so if you are in the market for a great scrapbooking program, then please check it out!








Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ole' Favorites - Lunch Recipes from 2010

We are off on our second family vacation of the Summer, Moabi at the River. (My hubby and son our on their 3rd vacation, as they do a guys only fishing trip that they just returned from 13 days ago..lucky guys). This is my kids favorite vacation of all, it's 10 days of water fun, with lots of their friends (I have twins plus one and I am taking another set of twins plus one, another other friend has triplets plus one & my other friend has two, that equals a whole lot of kids). We have several families who go with us, we get our own private beach and we have a blast. From sun-up to sun-down we are in the water playing, talking, relaxing and doing any and all kinds of water-sports, plus a few years ago the kids started making up Survivor type games each day and theme nights each night. This is a newer tradition and is so much fun, we always have 100% participation.

Here are some scrapbook pages from last year, and since I am on vacation I have pre-scheduled lots of fun recipes for you all week long. So, please stop back by and see everything I've been making so far this summer.








Today, I wanted to continue sharing with you my favorites from 2010...I've already shared Breakfast Favorites and Dinner Favorites, and today is all of my personal favorite Lunch recipes.
 






Friday, July 29, 2011

Chicken and Zucchini Spaghetti

Friday on MOMS CRAZY COOKING is Recipe Only
Enjoy Your Wonderful Summer Weekend!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Share Our Strength

I was chosen as a Brand Ambassador for the Foodbuzz/Yahoo! Support Share our Strength Program! I am so excited about partnering with Foodbuzz and Yahoo! for this special event this month and I hope that all of you will join in on working to save childhood hunger. It's SUMMER TIME... SUMMER TIME... SUMMER TIME... Let's all support this cause and change our home page to YAHOO!!!

Join me in support of Yahoo!’s $20,000 commitment to Share our Strength! This is a quick (30-second) way to commend Yahoo! for its partnership with an organization working to end childhood hunger in the America.

To show its appreciation, Yahoo! has committed to donate $20,000 to Share Our Strength on behalf of US, the Foodbuzz community of publishers and readers.

In turn, you have the opportunity to show your support of this partnership by setting Yahoo! as your homepage by clicking on this link. Like what they’re doing? Let them know by changing your homepage!


Here are two things you can do raise awareness about this important cause:

1. Make Yahoo! your homepage now.
2. Share the campaign with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers.
Thanks for your support!

Monday, July 25, 2011

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS #39 Linky Party (STRAWBERRY) and Strawberry Whipped Sensation

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #39
The Theme is: Strawberry
(Please share with us your favorite recipe with strawberries!)
Strawberry Whipped Sensation
adapted from Food & Family

4 cups fresh strawberries, divided
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed, divided
Graham Crackers Crumbs, finely chopped (or store bought)
1 tbsp butter, melted

Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with foil, with ends extending over sides of pan. Mash 2 cups berries in large bowl. Add milk, juice and 2 cups cool whip; mix well. Pour into prepared pan.
    
Mix chopped cookies and butter; spoon over cool whip mixture. Cover with ends of foil; gently press cookie mixture into cool whip mixture. Freeze 6 hours or until firm.    

Invert dessert onto plate when ready to serve; remove pan and foil. Frost dessert with remaining Ccool whip. Slice remaining berries; arrange over dessert

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This Week's Cravings Upcoming Linky "THEMES"
Here is a complete list of the past and what's coming up next on THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS!

July 25 - Strawberries

August 1 - Watermelon & Other Melon Recipes


August 8 - Summer Vegetables

August 15 - Special Diets (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut Free, etc)

This is a BLOG Party hosted by From My Tiny Kitchen, Delightful Country Cookin' and MOMS CRAZY COOKING. If you are a regular link-up we're excited to see what you made this week. If you are new please read and follow the simple rules, so that everyone can enjoy the linky party! If you forget to follow the theme, your post will be deleted. Please don't feel hurt, just come back and link up a recipe that follows the theme. Thanks a million, we look forward to blogging with you!

The LINKY PARTY is opened ALL Week!
This week's theme is: STRAWBERRY
Please only link recipes with our theme!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Share Our Strength

I was chosen as a Brand Ambassador for the Foodbuzz/Yahoo! Support Share our Strength Program! I am so excited about partnering with Foodbuzz and Yahoo! for this special event this month and I hope that all of you will join in on working to save childhood hunger. It's SUMMER TIME... SUMMER TIME... SUMMER TIME... Let's all support this cause and change our home page to YAHOO!!!


Join me in support of Yahoo!’s $20,000 commitment to Share our Strength! This is a quick (30-second) way to commend Yahoo! for its partnership with an organization working to end childhood hunger in the America.

To show its appreciation, Yahoo! has committed to donate $20,000 to Share Our Strength on behalf of US, the Foodbuzz community of publishers and readers.

In turn, you have the opportunity to show your support of this partnership by setting Yahoo! as your homepage by clicking on this link. Like what they’re doing? Let them know by changing your homepage!



Here are two things you can do raise awareness about this important cause:

1. Make Yahoo! your homepage now.
2. Share the campaign with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers.
Thanks for your support!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Bacon Hamburgers

Friday on MOMS CRAZY COOKING is Recipe Only!
Enjoy Your Weekend!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Garlic Green Beans

We discovered this green bean recipe two summers ago and have been making it ever since. I never knew fresh green beans tasted so good, and were actually so easy to make. I was raised on can green beans, but fresh is definitely better. Way Better!!!


Garlic Green Beans
from the kitchen of Tina Hudgens

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp minced garlic
pinch of Cayenne Pepper
1/4 cup finely diced mushrooms
2 cups fresh green beans
pinch of sea salt
pinch of sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup chopped pecans
fresh pepper, to your liking

Melt butter in a skillet on medium heat; add in minced garlic, cayenne pepper and diced mushrooms. Cook until heated through. Add in fresh green beans, sea salt and a pinch of sugar. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes. Add in 1/4 cup water, cover and cook for additional 6 minutes; uncover and boil until water evaporates. Season with fresh pepper and toss with chopped pecans.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Brown Sugar Brie

My favorite cheese of all time: Brie. Anyway you make it, I love it!
I found this recipe over at one of my favorite blogs; Your Homebased Mom.
Last weekend we sat around the pool and ate this delicious treat!
I LOVE SUMMERTIME!!!


Brown Sugar Brie
found at Your Homebased Mom

brie cheese
brown sugar
chopped pecans

If using a round brie cut out the middle of the brie with a knife leaving about a 1/2 inch rim around the brie.  Cut down into the brie just slightly and remove the cheese. Or if using any other shape brie, just slice off the top and continue following the steps.

Fill the cavity with as much brown sugar as it will hold (about 1/4 cup) and then cover the top with chopped pecans.  Place on a piece of foil on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 until the brie melts.  About 15-20 minutes.   The cheese will ooze out of it when cut into, it's so delicious.  Serve with bread or crackers.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

TOP PICKS: Blueberries

Thank you to everyone who linked up their awesome recipes, I LOVE Blueberries and I can see that many of you do too! There were so many recipes, I want to try them ALL. I LOVE checking out everyone's blog and 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 #37

my TOP PICK...2nd week in a row is from The Farm Girl! (we must bake/think alike)
I believe I have all the ingredients and this just might be my dessert for tonight!
Banana Blueberry Cupcakes
from The Farm Girl

the most "clicked on" recipe
WOW, WOW, & WOW again.. this is a MUST check out recipe
I WILL be making this very very soon! I think it may be perfect for my upcoming camping trip!
Cinnamon Blueberry Crumble
from Lady Behind the Curtain
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!

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Frosting for a Cause: Orange-Crush Cupcakes


Frosting for the Cause

I am so happy to be posting today at Frosting for a Cause. I just love the Frosting for the Cause, it’s such an amazing group of people all doing something for someone else. I hope you jump on over and take a look. I am sharing an amazing recipe for: Orange-Crush Cupcakes.

Blueberry Muffins GLUTEN-FREE: Secret Recipe Club

Secret Recipe Club

Secret Recipe Club

I am so excited about my first post for the Secret Recipe Club. I came across this blog/challenge on many different sites, the Secret Recipe Club keep popping up. My thoughts were how wonderful to get to know another blog; a different one each and every month. I jumped at the chance to join in and I am so happy I did. 

My Secret Recipe Blog this month is: Delishhh

What a fun name, Delishhh! I read through pages and pages of her blog the very first day I got the assignment and wondered what am I going to make? I have to pick just one recipe. Oh no? So, I waited a few days and looked again. And there it was a new post with a very common recipe; Blueberry Muffins. My son had been asking and asking for me to make Homemade Blueberry Muffins, so this recipe was just calling my name.  I decided to make these GLUTEN-FREE for my daughter (as her stomach issues are still never ending... another doctor appointment this week).

The recipe was very simple and came out better then I expected (because of the gluten-free flour, I was a little worried). We enjoyed at least a half-a-dozen that morning and I froze the rest of the muffins. I love freezing homemade muffins, that way I can enjoy them on busy mornings. This recipe was no different. I actually froze an entire dozen to take with us next month camping. If you are looking for a basic, moist muffin, this one is perfect. I am sure you can substitute raspberries or other berries to make another great muffin recipe.


Blueberry Muffins - GLUTEN-FREE
found and adapted from Delishhh

2 cups all-purpose GLUTEN-FREE flour (changed to gluten-free)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
1 cup sugar
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1- 1/4 cups sour cream (used the sour cream and I love this addition to muffins)
1-1/2 cups frozen blueberries (changed from fresh to frozen)

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a standard and set aside.

Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl until combined. Whisk the egg in a separate bowl until well-combined and light-colored, about 20 seconds. Add the sugar and whisk vigorously until thick, about 30 seconds. Add the melted butter in 2 or 3 additions, whisking to combine after each addition. Add the sour cream in 2 additions, whisking just to combine, and then add the lemon zest.

Add the berries to the dry ingredients and gently toss just to combine. Add the sour cream mixture and fold with a rubber spatula until the batter comes together and the berries are evenly distributed, 25 to 30 seconds. Small spots of flour may remain and the batter will be very thick. Do not over mix. (This is this most interesting thing I learned in this recipe, my entire batter did not turn purple like it usually does... I am so excited about this method and will use this in many things)

Using a large spoon or a cookie scoop sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, divide the batter in the muffin cups. Bake until the muffins are light golden brown and a toothpick or thin knife inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes, rotating the pan from front to back halfway through the baking time. Immediately remove muffins to a wire rack and cool for at least 5 minutes. Serve immediately or at room temperature. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS #38 (ICE CREAM) and Ice Cream Sundaes in a Shell

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #38
The Theme is: Ice Cream
(Please share with us your favorite ice cream treat!)
Ice Cream Sundaes in a Shell
adapted from Azteca Bake & Fill Shells
1pkg Azteca Salad Shells (see post about this amazing product)
Your Favorite Ice Cream & Sundae Toppings

I picked Cookie Dough Ice Cream, Chocolate Chips, Melted White Chocolate and Cherries. 

It's the WEEKEND, a great time for any kind of PARTY including Linky Parties! Today, we will link this recipe to: Check Me Out Saturday, Show and Tell Saturdays, Sweets for Saturday, Spotlight Saturday, Sundae Scoop, Recipe Swap Sundays, It's Party TimePotluck Sunday, Weekend WanderSunday Showcase Party, Monday Link Party at Craft-o-ManticJoy of Desserts,  Cast Party Wednesday

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This Week's Cravings Upcoming Linky "THEMES"
Here is a complete list of the past and what's coming up next on THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS!

July 25 - Strawberries

August 1 - Watermelon & Other Melon Recipes


August 8 - Summer Vegetables

August 15 - Special Diets (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut Free, etc)

This is a BLOG Party hosted by From My Tiny Kitchen, Delightful Country Cookin' and MOMS CRAZY COOKING. If you are a regular link-up we're excited to see what you made this week. If you are new please read and follow the simple rules, so that everyone can enjoy the linky party! If you forget to follow the theme, your post will be deleted. Please don't feel hurt, just come back and link up a recipe that follows the theme. Thanks a million, we look forward to blogging with you!

The LINKY PARTY is opened ALL Week!
This week's theme is: ICE CREAM
Please only link recipes with our theme!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Share Our Strength

I was chosen as a Brand Ambassador for the Foodbuzz/Yahoo! Support Share our Strength Program! I am so excited about partnering with Foodbuzz and Yahoo! for this special event this month and I hope that all of you will join in on working to save childhood hunger. It's SUMMER TIME... SUMMER TIME... SUMMER TIME... Let's all support this cause and change our home page to YAHOO!!!
Join me in support of Yahoo!’s $20,000 commitment to Share our Strength! This is a quick (30-second) way to commend Yahoo! for its partnership with an organization working to end childhood hunger in the America.

To show its appreciation, Yahoo! has committed to donate $20,000 to Share Our Strength on behalf of US, the Foodbuzz community of publishers and readers.

In turn, you have the opportunity to show your support of this partnership by setting Yahoo! as your homepage by clicking on this link. Like what they’re doing? Let them know by changing your homepage!

Here are two things you can do raise awareness about this important cause:

1. Make Yahoo! your homepage now.
2. Share the campaign with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

Thanks for your support!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fruit Skewers

Fruits Skeweres (Just add fruit to a stick & Serve, as simple as that)
Friday on MOMS CRAZY COOKING; recipe only! ENJOY!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lemon and Broccoli Pasta

What do you do with a whole bag of lemons given to you by a friend?
Look for lemon recipes and make something!
She actually did the same thing after her son picked bags and bags of lemons.
She found this wonderful recipe (and I stole it from her)!

This was a perfect light summer pasta recipe! ENJOY!

Lemon and Broccoli Pasta Salad
original idea take from Neely's Pasta Recipe; many things changed to my liking

Salt
1 box Bowtie pasta
1 pound broccoli (or asparagus)
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp clove, minced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tbsp Garden Blend Seasoning (your favorite or Spike or Mrs. Dash, any will work)
1 container of Original Philadelphia Cooking Creme  

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and rinse. Set aside.

In another large pot of boiling salted water, add the broccoli (or asparagus) and blanch until bright green and slightly tender, about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and shock in icy cold water. Remove from the water and dry well. If using asparagus trim the ends and cut into bite-size pieces on the bias.

Whisk together the mustard, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Combine the reserved asparagus and pasta in a large serving bowl. Add the tomatoes, dill, cream cheese, and the mustard dressing. Toss with tongs to coat the salad well. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if needed.

I LOVE Linky Parties, (CLICK TO SEE ALL PARTIES). Today, we will link to these wonderful linky parties, check them out and join in!  Full Plate Thursday, Prairie Story Recipe SwapStrut Your Stuff, Thrilling Thursday, Try New Adventures Thursdays, What's Cooking Thursday, Pennywise Platter ThursdayShow Off Your StuffHookin' Up with House of Hepworths, It's a Keeper ThursdayTransformation Thursday, Chic & Crafty Thursday, Frugal Food Thursday
Ultimate Recipe Swap

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

TOP PICKS: Red, White and Blue

Thank you to everyone who linked up their awesome recipes. I LOVE checking out each and every blog. 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 #36

my TOP PICK...I am SO making these next year! I've already printed this for my 4th of July File.
4th of July Dipped Strawberries
from The Farm Girl

the most "clicked on" recipe
Italian Cookies
from Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms
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!

for MOMS CRAZY COOKING TOP PICKS:
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Monday, July 11, 2011

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS #37 (Blueberries) and Corn & Blueberry Salad

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #37
The Theme is: Blueberries
(Please share with us only recipes with BLUEBERRIES!)
We enjoyed a beautiful pool party yesterday with our Pace family. All of the girls had a wonderful time and even my little guy had a great time with a few of his friends.
Friends, Family, Summer, Sunshine and Good Food = ONE WONDERFUL SUMMER!!!

This blueberry salad was something I cut out from my magazine Better Homes and Gardens over a year ago. I knew I would find a time to make it and today with our blueberry theme, this recipe finally came in handy. And it was quite delicious.

Corn and Blueberry Salad
from Better Homes and Garden


6 ears corn, husked
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 small cucumber, sliced
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped*
2 tbsp. lime juice
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. ground cumin

In Dutch oven bring salted water to boiling. Add corn. Cook, covered, 5 minutes, or until tender. When cool enough to handle, cut corn from cobs.

In a serving bowl combine corn, blueberries, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, and jalapeño. For dressing, in screw-top jar combine lime juice, oil, honey, cumin, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cover; shake well to combine. Add to salad; toss. Cover and refrigerate overnight (up to 24 hours).


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 27 - Picinc Recipes

July 4 - Red, White & Blue Recipes

July 11 - Blueberries

July 18 - We all scream for ICE CREAM!

July 25 - Strawberries

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)!

Please only link recipes with our theme!
This week's theme is: Blueberries

Friday, July 8, 2011

Rocky Road Brownies

MOMS CRAZY COOKING on Friday's are Recipe Only Days! Read & Enjoy!
Hope you are having a fantastic Summer!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

TOP PICKS: Picnic Recipes

I am BACK.... from an absolutely wonderful family vacation. Turks and Caicos is breathtaking!
Now it's time to enjoy the rest of the summer, get some baking done (and get packing for the next couple vacations, June Lake & the Colorado River trip)!! I LOVE SUMMER TIME!!! :-)

Our Entire Family (all 18 of us), in beautiful Turks and Caicos
Thank you to everyone who linked up their awesome recipes. I LOVE checking out each and every blog. 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 #35

my TOP PICK... I can not wait to try this CUTE CUTE little things...
Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs
from Crystal & Co
the most "clicked on" recipe (LOVE SALADS.. I too make a salad just like this & it's always hit)
from The Kitchen Cookie
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!

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