Recipes and Good Eats

Cheaper Valentine Treats

I wanted to do something different for Bill and the kids for Valentine’s Day, so I went to the Edible Arrangement store.  I went on Thursday afternoon.  The first thing I found out was that they think their fruit is very special.  Alot more special than I was willing to pay.  The second thing I found out was, I was a day late in ordering, to get it in time for Valentine’s Day.  I took one of their brochures and it showed what their fruit looked like after it was dipped in chocolate.  I decided I could do that myself.  I went to the grocery store and bought strawberries, green apples, and chocolate.  Then I went to Hobby Lobby and bought sticks.  Here is what I came up with.

 

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When Bill got home from work  Jemma says, look Dad an edible arrangement!  Bill says, who sent that to us. 

 

I’ve never dipped anything in chocolate, but it’s kind of fun and goes pretty fast.  I think I saved myself at least $50.  You can find my motivation at EdibleArrangements.com if you want to .

Chocolate chip cookie dough brownies

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I realize that everyone is on a diet this time of year and you will all be mad at me for sharing this recipe, but I am going to anyway.  Make it and share it with lots of other people, like a potluck, bunko, bible study, take them to work and share with others (Lindsy) or to a family that just had a new baby.  I will be making these Thursday night for a luncheon at school on Friday.

 

This recipe has become my kids favorite.  I found it on Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen.  If you need a recipe search on her sight and you will probably find it.  I modified the recipe just a little from the original.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

For Brownies:

1 cup butter

3/4 cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder

2 cups sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

 

Prepare a 13×9″ baking pan by laying a piece of foil in the bottom an up the sides.  Spray with cooking spray or butter the foil.  I just spray the pan and skip the foil.

 

Melt 1 cup of butter in a medium saucepan; add cocoa, stirring until smooth.  Remove from heat and cool slightly.  Add sugar, salt, eggs, and vanilla; beat with a spoon until combined.  Add flour and baking powder; mix well.  Spread batter into a pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 min.  Allow to cool completely before adding the next step.

 

For Cookie Dough Filling:

1 cup butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

4 Tbsp. milk

2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups flour

1 cup mini chocolate chips

 

Combine first 5 ingredients in a mixing bowl and cream together.  Add flour and stir until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Spread an even layer on top of cooled brownies.  Chill before adding chocolate glaze.

 

For Chocolate Glaze:

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 Tbsp Crisco shortening

 

Melt chocolate with shortening and stir until smooth.  Spread over chilled cookie dough layer.

 

I cut these brownies in very small pieces because they are so rich.  Enjoy!

Look what I got

My husband wanted to commemorate our first date (which I had forgotten about).  So this is what he got me.

 

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Yes, I was the recipient of one of Katie’s Cakes.  I have her book marked on the right.  I admire her work alot.  Last spring she came and did a hands on demonstration for my girls scout troop.  Ever since then Jemma is a big fan of Katie’s Cakes.  Jemma checks her blog frequently.  Check out her blog where she posted her thoughts about making my cake.

 

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The details are fantastic.  She put 2 pigs, 3 horses and 7 ducks.  The space needle is the thing sticking up and tracks for a ride.  There is several food boths and on says fried cheese.  It was really hard to decide where to cut the cake, but it tastes great.

 We have known each other for 20 years.  Our 18 anniversary was in Aug.   Our first date we went to eat at Harry Bears where we ate fried cheese and fried peaches.  If anyone wants to know, there is a Harry Bears in Moore that still serves the fried cheese and fried peaches.  After that we went to the state fair.  We went through all the animal exhibits, but I don’t think we rode any rides.  Bill does really thoughtful stuff like this everyonce in a while.  Some of his guy friends say that he makes the rest of them look bad.  Especially when he gave me a cruise for Christmas last year.

We had the Haskew’s (our missionaries in Vienna, Austria) over last night for supper.  Amanda was excited that she got to enjoy a piece of Katie’s Cakes, since she has only been able to look at them on the web.

Mexican Chicken “Stir Fry”

1 medium onion, diced

3 chicken breasts, diced

2 tablespoons evoo (for those you who don’t watch Food Network that is extra virgin olive oil)

6 tablespoons graham flour (this is whole wheat flour finely ground, found at Wal-Mart or Homeland)

2 cups of milk

1 to 1 1/2 cups of salsa

1 1/2 cups chopped carrots

1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli

1 1/2 cups chopped cauliflower

 

Saute onion in evoo, then add chicken, and cook thoroughly.  Add flour, milk, and salsa to make the sauce.  Stirring constantly, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and continue stirring until thick.  Then add veggies.  Cook until veggies are slightly tender.  Serve over rice.

 

Bill made this recipe up and the kids loved it.  It’s a keeper.  Copyright is pending.

 

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Bread Crisis

We are out of bread at our house, but I have lots of girl scout cookies.  We are also out of waffles.  Maybe we are just having breakfast food crisis, since my kids eat either toast or waffles.   So I decided that I would make blueberry muffins since I still had enough milk on hand to make a batch. 

 

It always seems like one of my kids doesn’t like something I fix.  Sure enough Justin doesn’t like bluebery muffins, so he ate very unnutritious cereal straws.  I did discover to my chagrin that my whole family likes Girl Scout Thin Mints.  Now I have to start sharing them.

 

Here’s my recipe and pictures of my favorite blueberry muffin recipe.

 

Frozen Blueberry Muffins

4 cups flour

4 teas. baking powder

1 cup butter

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 cup milk

2 teas. vanilla

2 cups frozen blueberries, unthawed

 

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  In mixing bowl cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs, milk and vanilla; mix well.  Stir in dry ingredints just until moistened.  Fold in frozen blueberries.  Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 min.  Cool in pan for 10 min.  before removing to wire rack.  Can use fresh blueberries.

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This recipe makes about 2 dozen muffins and they freeze very well.

 

I have also made this recipe diabetic friendly by replacing the

sugar and flour with Splenda and graham flour (graham flour is

whole wheat flour ground more fine).  They turned out pretty

good.  I did this because my husband Bill found out at

Christmas that his blood sugar was a little out of whack. 

I think HE is a little out of whack.

Oreo Cookie Balls, Valentine Treats

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These were a few of the 2 batches of Oreo cookie balls I made for teacher treats and co-workers for Valentines Day.  The PTA at school had a Sweet Shoppe for the teachers to come and choose from all kinds of homemade treats.

 

Oreo Cookie Balls

 

1 pkg. Oreo Cookies

1 8 oz. package of cream cheese

1 package of almond bark

 

Crush the oreo cookies.  I used the magic bullet to grind them up, but you could use a blender.  Mix cream cheese into crushed oreos, I used my mixer for this.  Use a cookie scoop and make balls.  Put on a cookie sheet and freeze for 30 min.  When they are done in the freezer, melt almond bark and dip cookies in the melted bark.  I didn’t like my technique for dipping the cookies, so I am hopeing to improve on that step.

 

I got this recipe from my friend Stephanie.