Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cut-out Cookies!

Cookie Cutter Cookies
1 cup salted butter (2 sticks)
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour
3 Tablespoons milk
Heat oven to 400 degrees. 
Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
 Mix baking powder and flour in bowl.
 On low speed, gradually beat flour mixture into butter mixture until combined.
 Add milk; beat until dough masses around beaters.
Divide dough in half or thirds (whatever you prefer).
 Lightly flour work surface and roll out dough to 1/3 inch thickness. Cut shapes.
Bake for 10 minutes.
 ( I usually bake them for 14, so I suppose it depends on your oven)
Cool and frost.
(I usually double this recipe)
Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbs milk (or more depending on how thin you want your frosting)
 food coloring--divide the frosting and color whatever you want
Cream butter and shortening. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. When all sugar has been mixed, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat on high speed until light and fluffy.
Makes 3 cups.
Makes enough for cookie recipe to be doubled.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Special Sugar Cookies

 Thankful for my Special Sugar Cookie recipe I've been making since I was a young teen
Special Sugar Cookies
Cream together:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond flavoring (I think this is the secret ingredient)
Sift together:
4 cups flour plus 1 heaping Tbsp
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cream of tarter
Add to first mixture and mix well.  Place by teaspoons full onto ungreased
cookie sheet.  Press down with glass dipped in sugar, sprinkle with sprinkles, 
or my favorite, cinnamon and sugar mix!
Bake 350 for 12-15 minutes
(these are crispy cookies)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Vegetable Soup

 Thankful for vegetable soup! 
chicken broth or vegetable broth
Basil, pepper,
minced garlic,
 all the low cal veggies you have on hand
Carrots, onions, green peppers, celery, green beans, zucchini, tomatoes
(those are the ones I always use!)
Just put in the crockpot until all veggies are tender!


Monday, October 21, 2013

Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble
Bag of apples (we used Mclintosh)
peeled and sliced
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla
mix and put in bottom of 9x13 pan
add crumble mixture:
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups oatmeal
2/3 cup melted butter
mix crumble mixture together and put on top of apples.
Bake 350 degrees 45 minutes

Italian Muffuletta

 Italian Muffuletta
Italian bread
Swiss cheese
provolone cheese
chopped green olives
chopped black olives
6 Tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Italian dressing
2 tsp fresh minced garlic
Mix the last 5 ingredients together
spread onto bread and layer the rest!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Homemade Dressing

 My  mom used to make this homemade dressing when I was a kid:
Mayo mixed with kechup
That's it, that is the recipe!
I made it this past week and it brought me back to childhood!
(you know how much I love salads, right?)

Black Bean Veggie Salad

Black Bean Veggie Salad
2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of green beans
cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (a bunch)
a cucumber diced
1 can corn (I used white corn here), drained
Avocado, sliced, chopped into bite size pieces
Sliced Black Olives, leftover from Taco night...
Salt and pepper to taste
Dressing of your choice,
I used a tomato vinaigrette

Monday, March 11, 2013

Pigeon Poop!

This is one of our "bird theme" snacks, Pigeon Poop!
4 cups peanut butter crunch cereal
3 cups rice krispies
2 cups pretzel sticks broken in 1/2
2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 bags white chocolate chips
Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl and melt white chocolate chips in microwave and cover and mix, then lay on wax paper until cooled. Break into pieces.

The kids loved making this! It's so fun to say too!!

Peanut Butter Pie!

Did you know that "Happy Birthday" has 13 letters in it?
It does.
(which is perfect for your newly donned teen)

Just like his father, Jedi loves pie instead of cake.
Peanut Butter Pie to be exact.

Peanut Butter Pie

25 Oreo cookies, crushed to a fine crumb
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter

1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter (I use Jif  and eyeball it)
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla 
Small container of Cool Whip
(because it's easier)

Press crust ingredients into a 9 inch pie plate. Bake 375 degrees for 10 minutes
Let cool.
In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, butter and vanilla until smooth.
Fold in Cool Whip.  Spoon into crust, garnish with cookie crumbs if you want to.
Refrigerate or freeze
(we freeze it and take it out for like 15 minutes before cutting)

If you have a big family like we do, you will make 2 of these pies
and if you do that, well,  you might not measure those cookies!