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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fat & Fluffy Snickerdoodles

My son wanted to make cookies, all by himself (he is only 12 years old). He got out my little cute 500 Cookies cookbook and picked Snickerdoodles. One of his favorites. Well, to his surprised, the first batched burnt and the second batch came out flat. I would say "flat as pancakes", but pancakes were thicker then these cookies, they were more like as flat as crepes. Seriously the flattest things I have ever seen.  A few days later I came across How Sweet It Is and found her Fat Fluffy Snickerdoddles. WA-LAH Perfect, these were sure to be the right cookies for his craving. I came home that night and made them for him, he did NOT want to try again on his own.

Fat & Fluffy Snickerdoodles
found on How Sweet It Is

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp milk
1/4 cup sugar + 1 tbsp cinnamon for dipping

Preheat oven to 375. Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add egg and vanilla, mixing well until combine, about 2 minutes. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix until dough comes together. Add in milk. If dough is still crumbly, add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until it comes together. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
 
In a bowl combine remaining sugar and cinnamon. Remove dough from fridge and roll into big 1 1/2 inch balls. Dip in cinnamon sugar mixture and place on baking sheet. Lightly press down on dough to flatten it. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE: Launches September 7th

Are you up for a cooking challenge?
Then this linky party just might be for YOU!!!

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Click on over to the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE TAB and read all about it!

This NEW Linky Party is called CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE and will begin on September 7, 2011. This is a different kind of linky party, and a little more challenging then just a simple ole' link up whatever you'd like linky party. We are out to cook, blog and vote for the ULTIMATE recipes. 

September is the first month and we will be featuring MACARONI & CHEESE RECIPES found on someone's blog, in search of the ULTIMATE MACARONI & CHEESE. (sneak peak October will be Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes)

It's easy to join in, just fill out the form at CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE. Once your form is received you will be added and will receive an email. There are only a few rules to follow so that we are all working to benefit one another. That makes it fair and causes less problems, but other than that, this is going to be an EXCITING CHALLENGE!

The first challenge is in just 8 days... so if you are entergetic and wish to begin with us in September, fill out the form ASAP and write September, if not you can always join in for October. We post on the 7th of every month.

Here is a list of all the great bloggers participating for September.

Monday, August 29, 2011

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS #44 (BBQ/GRILL ITEMS) and Honey-Glazed BBQ Chicken

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #44
The Theme is: BBQ / GRILLING ITEMS
(Please share with us your favorite GRILLING Item!)

Honey-Glazed BBQ Chicken
originally from Pillsbury, adapted by me

1/4 cup Honey
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp garlic, minced or 1/4 tsp garlic powder
4 boneless chicken breast or 8 boneless chicken thighs
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp coarse ground black pepper

In small bowl combine honey, soy sauce and garlic, blend well with a wire whisk. Set aside. In a large Ziploc add chicken, oil and a sprinkle salt and pepper; coat all sides of the chicken. Then add in half of the honey mixture and let chicken soak, overnight or freeze until ready to cook. (I always prepare my marinades and freeze my meat so it's ready to go when I defrost it).

Then when it's time to cook, heat up the grill and your ready to go. Place chicken on grill on medium heat, cook covered, until done. Brunch with the remaining honey mixture during the last 2 minutes of cooking time.




Camping, Grilling and My Husband at his FINEST!!! It was "Cowboy Theme Night" at the river!
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I decided to add in the TOP PICK from the previous weeks linky party into the THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS weekly post. We'll see how this goes for a few weeks, I know we have some regulars who visit each and every week and I am sure everyone wants to know what recipe was the MOST CLICKED on from last week. Thank you to everyone who linked up their awesome recipes, I LOVE checking out everyone's blog.

The recipe below is (voted on by the recipe that receives the most clicks).

If you are interested in seeing all the PEACH recipes from last week, CLICK HERE! Please take a minute to click on over and say hello to this blogger! And another 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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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NOW LET'S GET ON WITH THIS WEEK... BBQ / GRILL RECIPES

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 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!
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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!

September 5 - After School Snacks & Munchies

September 12 - What do you make with HONEY?

September 19 - A Day to Eat with Kids

September 26 - APPLES

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

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: Just Something I Whipped Up, Market Yourself MondayMouthwatering MondayMotivate Me Monday, Homemaker Monday, I Made It Monday, Made by You Mondays, Making the World Cuter, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Your Recipes My Kitchen, Monday Link Party at Craft-o-Mantic, Mad Skills Linky Party, Mangia Monday, Made it On Monday, Make a Food "e" friend, Monday mmm Dessert, Meat Free Monday, Unwasted Homemaking Party,
Recipe Sharing Monday,

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sharing Scrapbook Pages (August 2011)

Here are a few more of my favorite Scrapbook Pages from my families wonderful vacation this summer!








Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mozzarella Pasta

Cutting out magazine clippings is an understatement around my house and well my kids just follow along. So, now when my daughter reads Seventeen Magazine and sees a recipe, she cuts it out and it magically appears on my kitchen counter. I think this means I am suppose to make it. Well, that's how this recipe appeared. A healthy kind of pasta dish for teenagers? I guess? I had all the stuff in house and this is what landed itself on our table for dinner.


Mozzarella Pasta
found in Seventeen Magazine, adapted to our taste

1-2/3 cups uncooked pasta (bowtie or penne)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup skim mozzarella, cubed
1-1/2 cups bagged baby spinach
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

Cook pasta according to package instructions. Ladel out 1/2 cup of the boiled water and set aside, then strain pasta. In a medium skillet, warm the oil. Add tomatoes and garlic, and saute over medium heat soft (about 15 minutes). Add the cheese, spinach, and pasta water. Remove from heat. Toss with the pasta, then cover with a lid until the cheese melts.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Raspberry & Nutella Pizza: Secret Recipe Club

Secret Recipe Club: Extra Post
Raspberry & Nutella Pizza

This month is my second month in the Secret Recipe Club and my second post for today! As stated in my first post today Cucumber Salad, I am now a Co-Host for SRC Group B and this morning someone was left-out, abandon and forgotten by the original blogger who was given her blog. And well, we don't want anyone left-out. I needed to eat some lunch and decided that I could make a quick lunch from a breakfast recipe on her blog, it turned out to be more like a dessert, but it was delicious either way! And well, today this WAS my lunch! (cleaning out my son's room for the end of summer cleaning... busy, busy!) The blogger that was left-out was My Emu is Emo.

Secret Recipe Club

If you've never heard of Secret Recipe Club then you are in for a treat. It works like this, all of us below that you see linked up were assigned a blog at the beginning of the month, we read, get to know and then bake/cook from that blog (but, it's a SECRET), we know someone is looking at our blog, but we don't know who until reveal day, TODAY! If you'd like more information on joining the SRC, then hop on over to our Secret Recipe Club Blog and check it out! And this recipe is from a blog I adopted TODAY, made the recipe TODAY and blogged about it TODAY. So, I didn't get to know this blogger as well as some of the others, but I can't wait to look over her blog in the next few days.

I am making her Nutella Pizza, but I also want to try her Cheddar Raspberry Biscuit Loaf, and since I went Raspberry picking this past weekend I will be trying that recipe very soon. I did not have time to make the fresh pizza dough for the Nutella Pizza, so I used a store bought pizza dough.


Raspberry & Nutella Pizza
adapted from My Emu is Emo

Pizza Dough, homemade or store bought
Nutella
Cinnamon & Sugar
Sprinkle of your Favorite Nuts (I used pecans)
Coconut (on original recipe, but I left out, cuz I don't like coconut)

Bake pizza dough as directed. Sprinkle on a mixture of cinnamon and sugar before adding a thin layer of Nutella. Sprinkle with nuts, coconut (if you wish) and then top it off with fresh raspberries! (and well since mine turned into a dessert instead of lunch I added some white chocolate to finish it off) It's Beautiful and It was Delicious!!!

Thank You My Emu is Emo for letting me hop around your blog today, and I looking forward to checking it out some more! The Secret Recipe Club is so sorry your post was not up this morning as it should have been!

Cucumber Salad: Secret Recipe Club

Secret Recipe Club
Cucumber Salad
This month is my second month in the Secret Recipe Club and I am now a Co-Host for SRC Group B. Today, is reveal day for Group B and I am so excited to be partnering with all of you to bring this great post today that is sharing over 60 recipes from all different kinds of bloggers.

Secret Recipe Club

If you've never heard of Secret Recipe Club then you are in for a treat. It works like this, all of us below that you see linked up were assigned a blog at the beginning of the month, we read, get to know and then bake/cook from that blog (but, it's a SECRET), we know someone is looking at our blog, but we don't know who until reveal day, TODAY! If you'd like more information on joining the SRC, then hop on over to our Secret Recipe Club Blog and check it out!

My Secret Recipe Blog this month is: Lady Behind The Curtain
This blog is just not about cooking/baking, it's also about parties! And I LOVE hosting a party! I found a few recipes I'd love to make, but since my house is "dieting" this week, I decided to pick a light recipe and her Cucumber Salad was just perfect. I didn't want to eat the cucumbers alone, so I made a nice Garden Salad, that was just right! I think I will be enjoying another one of these today for lunch. (I love left-overs!)


Cucumber Garden Salad
found and adapted from Lady Behind the Curtain

4 cucumbers
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup Splenda (I used real sugar)
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill (I used 1/2 tbsp dried dill)
1/4 tsp pepper

Cut cucumbers into thin slices. Toss with 2 teaspoons of salt. Marinate at room temperature for 1 hour. Drain liquid from cucumbers and add remaining ingredients. Stir, cover and refrigerate 3 hours before serving.

To make a Garden Salad: I added lettuce, tomato, avocado and my favorite dressing: Poppyseed.

Thank You Lady in the Curtain for letting me poke around your blog!
A few other recipes I would love to try or at least they were too cute not to mention:
And if only it was 4th of July still... I would have totally made these. I think they are so darn CUTE!
Mini Firecracker Cupcakes (I will have to remember these for next year)


Sunday, August 21, 2011

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS #43 (EAT A PEACH DAY) and Peaches on the Grill w/Margarita Dip

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #43
The Theme is: PEACHES
(Please share with us your favorite recipe that includes PEACHES!)

August 22nd is National "Eat A Peach Day"

Peaches on the Grill
from Kraft Foods Magazine

Peaches, Sliced in Wedges
Cinnamon or Nutmeg
Skewers

Peaches get a deep, caramel-like flavor when cooked on the grill. Just ripe-fruit works best, sprinkle with a little cinnamon or nutmeg. Place fruit on a skewer, then place on the BBQ for a minute to sear, turn over and finish cooking on the back side.

Margarita Dip
from Kraft Foods Magazine

1 pkg (8oz) Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
2 tbsp orange juice
1/2 cup Cool Whip, thawed

Beat cream cheese, limeade and orange juice in medium bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Gently stir whipped topping, cover. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with Grilled Fruit, other fruits or Nilla Wafers.


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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!

August 29 - Labor Day BBQ Recipes

September 5 - After School Snacks & Munchies

September 12 - What do you make with HONEY?

September 19 - A Day to Eat with Kids

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: PEACH Recipes ONLY
Please only link recipes with our theme!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

White Chocolate Mousse & Strawberry Shortcake Skewers

I am going berry picking today and I am so excited. My last year's raspberries and blackberries lasted me almost a year (in the freezer, of course). But fresh frozen berries are still so much better then store-bought frozen berries. Check out my post from last year, including many photos of berry and apple picking! This year I am going twice. Once today with a great friend because we want some berries, and then I will be going camping in October and doing lots of apple picking with family and friends, but by then the berries will be all gone. Does anyone know can you freeze apples? I've never tried it and I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Here are TWO great recipes.... the Strawberry Shortcake Skewers are so simple and so fabulous. Great to have at any party or get together. And this White Chocolate Mousse from Your Homebased Mom is unbelievable. Yes, my girls and I sat down and ate the whole bowl (at least we paired it with some healthy fruit and we didn't eat it all in one sitting, but we probably could have). I can't wait to try this mousse with crepes.


Strawberry Shortcake Skewers
Frozen Pound cake, cut into squares
Favorite Fruit, Strawberries and Blueberries work great

Cut pound cake into squares and slide onto a skewer with your favorite fruit. It's simple, it's easy and everyone loves it.

White Chocolate Mousse
from Your Homebased Mom, found originally on Evil Shenanigans

1 cup milk (whole milk would be the best)
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp butter
3 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 tsp gelatin
1 tbsp cold water
1 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine milk, cornstarch, sugar and egg yolk into a medium sauce pan.  Whisk together well.  Over medium heat, cook until it thickens and comes to a simmer.  Whisk constantly.  It will take about 10 minutes.

Then remove from heat and add in vanilla, butter and white chocolate.  Mix until everything is melted (make sure white chocolate melts completely.  Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap and chill for four hours or overnight.

In a small cup or bowl combine the gelatin with the water.  Let it stand for about 10 minutes.  Then pop into the microwave for about 10 seconds to melt the gelatin.  Cool to room temperature.

Then combine cream, powdered sugar and vanilla.  Whip until thick.  Add in gelatin and mix until medium peaks are formed.  Fold the whipped cream into the white chocolate mixture in 3 parts.  Cover and chill for at least an hour or overnight.


Friday, August 19, 2011

CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE: Launches September 7th

PhotobucketAre you up for a new cooking challenge, then this linky party just might be for YOU!!! This NEW Linky Party is called CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE and will begin on September 7, 2011. This is a different kind of linky party, not just anyone can link-up. You must be a participant. It is a once a month challenge, and you can request to participate (the form is up and running now: click over here and join us).

We are a group of bloggers that are getting together in “Blog Land” to bring you ONE FEATURED FOOD ITEM each month of the year! This ONE ITEM will be made by different bloggers all in their own special way, but we will ALL be making the SAME ITEM!!!

This CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE is a chance for all of us to search out a SPECIFIC FOOD ITEM EACH MONTH in Blog Land, then come together and make it, blog about it and feature it on all of our blogs with a Blog Hop Linky Party. The assignment each month will allow all of us to get to know another random blogger, that we get to choose on our own. This is a fun challenge, an easy challenge as most of us are searching the recipe blogs anyways looking for something new to make and it's a win-win situation for everyone.

We will all post together on the same day, at the same time and the linky party will have ALL OF THE BLOGGERS posts linked up.
September is the first month and we will be featuring MACARONI & CHEESE RECIPES in search of the ULTIMATE MACARONI & CHEESE.
For more information & to sign up go to CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE TAB.

Below are the wonderful bloggers who will be participating in the September Macaroni & Cheese Challenge, make sure to stop by and say HELLO!!!


 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cream Cheese-Spinach Salad

A quick, easy and very refreshing salad for those hot summer days! I had forgotten about this salad until last week when I was reading my Volume 2 cookbook trying to figure out what recipes I had NOT posted here on my blog yet. And this was one of them, I went straight home for lunch whipped up this salad in a few minutes, and at the first bite I remembered how scrumptious it was.


Cream Cheese-Spinach Salad
from Tina Hudgens

Spinach Lettuce
Pecan Pieces, crushed
cut up chunks of Cream Cheese
Fresh Turkey Bacon Pieces (or whatever kind of meat, used shredded chicken this time)
Tomato

Mix together with your favorite dressing. I use Ranch and Vinaigrette mixed, I LOVE IT! But today I used Raspberry Vinaigrette and Poppyseed. (I never use just one dressing, I don't know why)!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bean Roll Up: Secret Recipe Club

Secret Recipe Club: Extra Post


Yesterday, I was asked to adopted this blogger: Conner's Cooking who was left out on Monday from the Secret Recipe Club: Group A. I really didn't have any big dinner plans, so I clicked on to her blog to see what I could find. I actually found three recipes right away that I really wanted to try. I knew I had some leftover beans in the refrigerator (I usually save and then end up throwing away because nobody eats them left-over), so I decided that the Bean Roll Up recipe was just perfect.

Secret Recipe Club

The Secret Recipe Club is an awesome group of bloggers and I was happy to help out so that no blogger is left-out. And I understand from Amanda at Secret Recipe Club, there were a few other volunteers that wanted to help out, so below is the linky from all of us who decided to hop on over to Conner's Cooking and make a few things tonight! I LOVE THIS BLOG-WORLD!

And of course, if you are interested in checking out the Secret Recipe Club. Just hop on over there and read all about it! I am a co-host and I am in charge of GROUP B... we will be posting on Monday, August 22. So, you'll have to come back and check out that post too!



Refried Bean Roll Ups
Found over at Conner's Cooking, which she found originally at Betty Crocker 

1 can (16 ounces) refried beans (when used a bean & cheese dip that was left-over)
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 package flour tortillas for burritos
1 cup shredded lettuce
1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese (we eliminated the cheese, because there was already melted cheese in our left-over beans)
avocado & tomato (diced for those who wanted to add them in)

Mix beans, salsa and chili powder in 1 quart saucepan. Heat over medium heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until warm. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the bean mixture onto center of each tortilla; spread slightly. Top with lettuce and cheese. Fold over sides and ends of tortillas. Serve with additional salsa if desired.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

TOP PICKS: Summer Vegetables

Thank you to everyone who linked up their awesome recipes, what a fun week it was to see all the Summer Vegetables. 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 #41

my TOP PICK, I just love how the zucchini is cut differently
Fresh Zucchini Salad
from Carolynn's Recipe Box

the most "clicked on" recipe
the recipe is so simple & I can only imagine it's delicious too
Best Ever Corn
from Simply Sweet Home
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, August 15, 2011

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #42 (SPECIAL DIETS) and Pineapple Sweet Potato Bake (GLUTEN-FREE & DAIRY-FREE)

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #42
The Theme is: Special Diets (GLUTEN-FREE & DAIRY-FREE)
(Please share with us your favorite recipe for Special Diets!)

One of my 17-year old twins is still having a ton of problems with her stomach! We have another series of doctor appointments coming up, as they ruled out Celiac but they still do not know what's wrong with her. All we do know is that when she eats Gluten-Free and mostly Dairy-Free, it almost fixes itself, weird, I know. I have been sharing recipes on here every so often that are Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free, check them out if you are in need of things like this.

I came across this amazing cookbook, that I just LOVE LOVE; Cooking for Isaiah by Silvana Nardone. It is fun delicious ideas with all Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free meals. The author is Editor in Chief of Everyday with Rachel Ray and Isaiah is her son. She also has a great blog; Silvanas Kitchen. If you are looking for GLUTEN-FREE and/or DAIRY-FREE, I encourage you to check her out. All of her stuff looks amazing!

Sweet Potatoes are a new food for my family, as I never ever liked them growing up (sorry mom, but out of the can just doesn't cut it), they are so gross. Then I discovered fresh sweet potatoes, absolutely scrumptious. And my girls love them too! Now, we just look for different ways to prepare them. We already know we do NOT like them mashed, I don't know why, we just don't. Here are a few of our favorite Sweet Potato recipes.... Magic Sweet Potato Muffins, Sweet Potatoes & Apples, and now we have a new favorite Pineapple Sweet Potatoes.


Pineapple Sweet Potato Bake
(Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free)
adapted from Cooking for Isaiah Cookbook (many changes were made)

4 to 6 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 (20 oz can) crushed pineapple, drained
1 bag marshmallows

Preheat the oven to 350, Grease a 9x13 baking pan. Cut sweet potatoes in 1" slices and lay on the bottom of the pan. Mix together brown sugar, olive oil and salt. Spread the pineapples over top the sweet potatoes. Bake stirring once, until sweet potatoes are fully cooked, about 45 minutes. Top the sweet potatoes with as many or as few marshmallows as you wish, press lightly and then bake until toasted, about 5 minutes.

(Any left over sweet potatoes are great to blend up and use to make our delicious Magic Sweet Potato Muffins or the Banana Sweet Potato Muffins)

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!


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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!

August 22 - Peach Recipes "Eat a Peach Day"

August 29 - Labor Day BBQ Recipes


September 5 - After School Snacks & Munchies

September 12 - What recipes do you make with HONEY?

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: SPECIAL DIETS (GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, NUT FREE & MORE)
Please only link recipes with our theme!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

I always have left-over bananas, and no one in my family likes Banana Bread. My son, maybe sometimes, but he only likes it hot out of the oven. So, this is a new recipe I found and something perfect to make with those left-over really ripe bananas, and everyone LOVED these cookies!


Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
a Martha Stewart Recipe found on Recipe Girl

1 cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup ripe banana, mashed
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted & coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 375. Spray pan with nonstick spray. Whisk together flours, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. In a separate large bowl, mix butter and sugars until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add egg & vanilla; mix until combined. Mix in banana. Add flour mixture; mix just until combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and walnuts.

Drop dough into small round tbsps onto prepared baking sheets (or use a cookie scoop), spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake cookies until golden brown and just set, 12 to 13 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool completely.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Grilled Cheese with Bacon & Thousand Island Dressing


I cook a lot while on vacation in my motorhome. I think I just view this as my time to cook, relax and enjoy my family even more then I do at home. There is less stress and very little to do, so cooking is more enjoyable.

I call myself the "Lunch Lady", I disappear into my tiny little motorhome kitchen and about an hour later I emerge with a new and trilling lunch item each and every day. We had brought a few extra friends this time, so I had a total of 8 or 9 people to make lunches for each day. (But, I wouldn't have it any other way)

This new sandwich was OUT OF THIS WORLD, I can not even begin to describe to you how wonderful it was. I know this will be a NEW all time favorite at my house. The melted cheese, the crisp bacon and the tang of the Thousand Island, oh my! If you love all of those things and have never thought in a million years to put them all together, then I encourage you to try it TODAY! You probably have most of this stuff in the house, right now!


Grilled Cheese with Bacon & Thousand Island Dressing
adapted to our taste from Food Network Magazine, April 2011
Greg Morris, owner of Oaks Gourmet in Los Angeles

8 strips thick cut maple-glazed bacon
2 tbsp butter8 slices sourdough bread
8 slices of your favorite cheese (original recipe cotswold cheese or cheddar)
4 tbsp Thousand Island Dressing

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, remove and drain. Wipe out skillet.
Heat the butter in the skillet over medium heat, spread butter on the outside of all 8 slices, lay 4 slices butter side down in skillet. Layer with cheese and bacon. Spread thousand island on inside of the additional 4 slices of bread, then lay thousand island side down on top of the bacon & cheese (butter side should be facing up).

Cook until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown on both sides; 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Repeat until all 4 sandwiches are made, unless you have a huge skillet like I do and can make all 4 sandwiches at once.






Here are the moms on the camping trip, this is what we do ALL DAY long,
so stopping and cooking for my family is a no problem at all, I LOVE MAKING new things!!!

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