Friday, November 23, 2012

Turkey Cranberry Muffin Cups

This was a genius idea with using only what I had in the refrigerator at the time and it's comes at a perfect time to use up your turkey and Thanksgiving left-overs.

Turkey Cranberry Cups
adapted by me: Tina Hudgens
recipe found at Fantastic Family Favorites; originally from a Pampered Chef recipe

2 pkg refrigerated biscuits
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp Honey Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper
2 cups cooked fresh turkey, chopped
1/2 cup celery, sliced
3 tbsp fresh parsley, snipped
1 green onion, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries (we used fresh and it turned everything pink, dried would be better)
4 oz Swiss cheese, shredded (1 cup)
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°F. Unroll biscuits, and roll out with a small rolling pin, then press each one into a muffin pan.

Combine mayo, mustard, pepper, turkey, celery, parsley, onion, cranberries, cheese, and nuts if desired. Mix well until combined. Spoon turkey mixture into each muffin cup.

Bake 25 - 30 minutes, until mixture is hot and biscuits are done.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Buddy Bars {SECRET RECIPE CLUB}

My life is BEYOND busy! I don't know why? I have two less kids at home, but it seems like I am so busy all the time, even my blogging has slowed way down, not due to lack of recipes, I have plenty of those. It's the season to BE BUSY, I guess! Although my busy is decorating for Christmas and watching Christmas movies, YEP! I started early this year, earlier then ever. I am just skipping Thanksgiving all together and going straight into Christmas. All 3, YEP 3 Christmas Trees are all up in my house already. And then today was Secret Recipe Club, I can't believe I almost missed it.... ah! Here is is at last!

Here is my SECRET RECIPE CLUB post for the month of November. The blog I had was called A Spoonful of Thyme and I pinned a whole bunch of fun recipes to try, but this one was made for my adopted son Garrett for his birthday.

Here we go with my 20th post for the Secret Recipe Club; Group C .

Secret Recipe Club

Chocolate Peanut Buddy Bars
original recipe found at A Spoonful of Thyme

1 cup chunky peanut butter
6 tbsp butter, softened
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

1-3/4 cups
chocolate chips, divided

Preheat oven to 350. Beat peanut butter and butter in large mixer bowl until smooth. Beat in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat in flour and salt. Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Spread into ungreased 9x13 inch baking pan.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Let stand for 5 minutes or until morsels are shiny and melted; spread evenly. Cool completely in pan . Cut into bars.

Here is a list of my past Secret Recipe Club recipes:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Cranberry & Sausage Stuffing {CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE}


Welcome to the all NEW and IMPROVED
November Challenge - STUFFING

This is my one, my only, my favorite stuffing of all time (I can't wait for my after Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Dinner to make another batch of this). I am only bummed that Stove Top removed their Cranberry Stuffing from the shelves, but it's still just as good otherwise.
This will be the last month of the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE, we hope you have enjoyed it and can join in (it may be too late to make stuffing for today, but you never know, some people are crazy cooks like me and can whip a recipe up in no time at all.) But, for those of you who read about the challenge last month and are prepared to share your STUFFING with us today, we are SO excited to see what you made.
I am also super excited for my Thanksgiving dinner this year, I will be making a Thanksgiving Dinner on the Sunday after, at my house (YUM!). On Thanksgiving day, I will be the wanderer going around from house to house to visit family and friends, while my husband and step-son visit his mom in Oregon and my little guy is on a cruise with his Papa and G'ma. Thanksgiving in our house is always interesting, remember last year my son and I went to Oregon without my husband (and we made these CUTE Thanksgiving suckers), so this year he is going there with out me. Our schedules NEVER match up, I guess it's just the way it goes.

Have you started making your Thanksgiving Menu? I know I have. I have all my recipes picked out and I am beginning the shopping to make sure I get all the necessary things for this delicious meal.
Thanksgiving Dinner (for the Sunday after)
Sausage Stuffing
Mexican Corn on the Cob (new recipe)

Pumpkin Marshmallow, White Chocolate Chip Cookies (new recipe)


For those of you who have already participated, you know how this is done, check out the NEW & IMPROVED information here. You can read all the details and get all the codes for you to link up, join in and get this great linky party added to your CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE post.

Last month we made Apple Pies , but today it's all about Thanksgiving Stuffing.

Cranberry & Sausage Stuffing
from Food Network Magazine (a long time ago)

1 lb sausage roll (we like Jimmy Dean)
1/2 cup butter
6 celery stalks, finely diced
1 medium onions, finely diced
1 (12 oz) package stuffing (any Stove Top)
1 cup dried cranberries
1 tsp salt
1 to 1-1/2 cans chicken broth (original recipe calls for 2 cans, but I think it's too wet)

Preheat oven to 325. In a large skillet,, crumble and cook sausage until browned. Remove from pan, and in the same skillet melt butter. Saute' celery and onions until softened, about 5 minutes. In large bowl, combine celery, onions, sausage, stuffing, cranberries and salt. Add the broth and stir until well combined. Place into a casserole dish and cover. Bake at 325 for about 1 hour.

Everyone who wishes to join in on this challenge, all you need to do is add the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE BUTTON (grab the code above) and make sure your STUFFING includes the BLOG HOP Linky Party (code is below the linky party, click on BLOG HOP CODE) or you wont be able to link up. We hope you join us in this CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE....

Just an FYI - CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE is always on the 7th of every month and will post at MIDNIGHT, Linky Party opens at 7am.

the Crazy Cooking Challenge will be ending with this post here (November 2012)


If you want to participate please see instructions on the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE tab and then to add the Linky Party to your post and join in this Blog Hop please grab the code by clicking on GET THE CODE HERE (below). If you are on word press that code will not work and you will need this code.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pepitas Trail Mix from Pioneer Woman {THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS LINKY PARTY}

It's our very last LINKY PARTY {THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS}, I started this oh so long ago when I first started my blog and I think it has ran it's course. I still LOVE LOVE blogging, but I HATE HATE having a schedule and having to post on a certain day at a certain time. I am still growing my blog and looking for new avenues all the time, I just think linky parties are not it right now. Blogging is my outlet, my free time thing and I do it for my love of cooking. I am not making a million dollars  and I am not stopping anytime soon, but I just want it to be FUN FUN FUN and no presure, so I am sorry to say this will be my last THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS linky party (at least for now, never say never).
Today I am bringing you a recipe I made about 2 years ago (and never posted, yeah I have alot of those). This trail mix was the BOMB! It was so delicious and so yummy, I kinda wish I had some right now. It's a good healthy trial mix too, which would be perfect for my diet. Ya, who starts a diet in November (ME, that's who!). I have a small goal, a next goal and a BIG goal. My first goal before Thanksgiving is 5 lbs. I CAN DO THIS! 

First step is to clean out the punkpin seeds. I do this and then I take the pumkins and make homemade puree'. Yep, I love love having homemade puree in my freezer all year long.

Pepitas Trail Mix
adapted and made by me, taken from Pioneer Woman

1 whole pumpkin, seeds
Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
Pumpkin Spice Seasoning

Mini Chocolate Chips
Almonds, no salt
Vanilla Granola Clusters (any kind of granola will work)

Keep all the seeds from one or more pumkins in a bowl. Throw them into a colander and rinse them under cold water, pulling away the chunks of pulp as you go.

Spread the rinsed seeds out on a baking sheet. Allow the seeds to dry several hours or overnight. And beware: they’re quite sticky/slimy, so don’t place them on paper towels! Just leave ‘em on the baking sheet and they’ll be fine.

When they’re nice and dry, go ahead and preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Begin by drizzling the seeds with a couple teaspoons of olive oil. Use your fingers to toss the seeds around to coat.
Then salt and season the seeds to taste.

Pop ‘em in the oven for an hour or so, until the seeds are light golden brown. Let them cool for a few minutes…then let the snacking begin!

But if you wish to make the trail mix make sure the seeds are completely cooled and add chocolate chips, almonds and granola and toss.

Pepitas Trail Mix can be stored in an airtight container for a few days.

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS  you can now link up ANY recipe you'd like. Come one, Come all. NO rules, NO requirements, just link up any recipes (or food related craft items) and hop around to visit all the great recipes.

If you are a regular to THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky party, then link-up we're excited to see what you made this week. We are no longer sticking with ONE theme, so just link up any of your favorite recipes.
Your hostess for this linky arty are: Tina from MOMS CRAZY COOKING, Nicole from The Daily Dish and Kristi from Veggie Converter.
THE LINKY PARTY is opened ALL Week, come back and link up as many times as you wish, we can't wait to see all your fun and new recipes you made this week!
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