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Monday, September 30, 2013

Grandma Kathy's Marshmallow Krispies

Reunions are just as much about the food on the table,  as they are the people that bring the
"potluck" treats and dishes for everyone to sample and chow down on.
My stepmom is a fantastic cook, a wonderful lady and a great mom...
she brought these tasty, lip smackin, crunchy,caramel bites of yumminess to our reunion....I had 
NO intention on eating any because I am not a huge fan of marshmallows. After 
watching everyone else devoir them, fight over them and beg for more, I figured
I must be missing out, so I gave in and took a bite...well one bite and I was hooked, 5 marshmallows later, I decided I had better stop............NEEDLESS to say, they were AMAZING!
They are gooey, sticky and sweet...just like a good caramel marshmallow should be. 
Give them a try..........even if you DON'T like marshmallows, you might like these!

Grandma Kathy's Marshmallow Krispies

1 bag regular sized marshmallows
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 pkg caramels, with wrappers removed
1 cube butter (real butter)
1 box of rice crispies (you may or may not use the entire box)

Place butter, caramels and milk in a medium saucepan. Melt ingredient, stirring continuously. Cool slightly. Pour some rice krispies into a mixing bowl. Set aside. Using a skewer or fork, dip each marshmallow into caramel and then roll in rice krispies until marshmallows are completely covered. Place finished marshmallows onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with pan coating. Continue process until all marshmallows are dipped or until caramel is gone...whichever comes first. Cool and EAT! Great for those holiday parties that are coming up...just around the corner, OR make them just for fun!

Julie~

Friday, September 27, 2013

Apple Pie French Toast

Mmmmmm....Its APPLE season...time to utilize all those apples you have. This 
recipe calls for CANNED apple pie filling, I like to purchase my apple pie filling but I realize some of you out there are talented enough to can your own apple pie filling...
so this will be the perfect recipe for those busy "canning people" as well as those of us 
who may not be making our own, either way its a tasty breakfast treat!

Apple Pie French Toast
8-10 slices heavy bread
5 eggs
1 1/2 c. heavy cream
1 t. vanilla
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
1-2 cans apple pie filling (amount depends on how much you like to put on your french toast)
1 8oz. whipped topping

IN a mixing bowl, whisk eggs and cream together. Add spices and vanilla. Stir until blended. Dip bread into mixture and cook on a hot griddle, turning bread after about 2-3 minutes to cook both sides. Continue until all pieces of bread are cooked. Top french toast with apple pie filling and a dollop of whipped topping. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. 

Julie~

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

HOT Spam Sandwich

Spam....you either LOVE it or HATE it...I grew up with this fabulous stuff
and I actually like it! This HOT Spam Sandwich is one of my favorite ways to 
eat Spam! Its got a way of just melting in your mouth! 

HOT Spam Sandwich
1 can Spam sandwich meat
1 c. grated cheddar cheese
Mayonnaise (THE REAL stuff)
Bread
Butter

Grate Spam on a cheese grater. Place in a mixing bowl. Add grated cheese and enough mayonnaise to give it a creamy texture (like you would mix up tunafish). Stir until combined. Slice bread (if you are using homemade bread). Spread butter on OUTSIDE of bread slices. Spread Spam mixture on the inside of bread (you get it...you're making a sandwich). Place butter side of bread into a hot frying pan, cook until each side of bread is browned and cheese is semi-melted. Eat while HOT. 

Julie~ 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Chicken Taco Pita Pocket

Who doesn't love an easy, tasty sandwich. I love pita sandwiches, but where I live, 
 I can rarely find the "Pita Pocket" bread....so when I do, I buy them in PILES and freeze them.
This pita sandwich is one of my favorites! Hope it becomes one of yours too. 

Chicken Taco Pita Pocket
Rotissari Chicken, shredded OR your favorite cooked chicken
shredded cheese
diced avocado
diced tomato
ranch dressing
Pita Pocket Bread

*I didn't give you measurements because its just one of those things you put together to your liking. 

Place chicken pieces into pocket bread, top with cheese, avocado, tomato and ranch dressing. Serve with your favorite side dish. Mmmmmmm!

Julie~

Friday, September 20, 2013

Coconut Cream Cheese Balls

These little "dream balls" are so DELISH...but they are rich and addictive as well (just giving you a heads up). 
They would be great for those upcoming holiday parties with friends and family, as well as a treat to 
serve the kidlets when they get home from school...OR better yet, to 
eat while they are gone! THEY are one of my favorite little treats!

Coconut Cream Cheese Balls
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1 8oz can crushed pineapple, DRAINED WELL!!!
1 c. chopped pecans
3 c. sweetened flaked coconut

In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and DRAINED pineapple until well combined. Add pecans and mix just until incorporated. Place in a small dish, refrigerate for approximately 1 hour. After the 1 hour, roll cream cheese mixture into small balls and then roll the balls into the shredded coconut. Refrigerate overnight. ENJOY!

Julie~

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Caramel Apple Breakfast Parfait

I love making new, different and fun things for breakfast...it shakes up the 
"breakfast boredom" as I send my family off on their day...This Caramel Apple Parfait is scrumptious. It was easy and tasted like HEAVEN! You can easily make this parfait for 5 people or make it for 1....
YOU can't go wrong with this!!

Caramel Apple Breakfast Parfait
1 lg carton Vanilla Yogurt
2 c. granola
3 peeled, diced apples
6 T. brown sugar
2 T melted butter
craison's 

Place diced apples in a frying pan. Add melted butter and brown sugar. Cook on low, saute apples until caramelized. Don't let sugar harden onto apples. Cook until they are tender. 

Make parfait by layering yogurt, apples, granola...top with a few craison's if desired. 

Julie~

Monday, September 16, 2013

April's Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers are in season. I am sure if you planted them, they are probably coming out your ears. 
They are one vegetable that I'm always wondering what to do with them (besides make pickles)
when there are hoards of them hanging around...WELL, here is a fabulous recipe to ease your load of those "long green things" I love this cucumber salad, it makes my mouth water just looking at the picture. 
Its light and full of that summer feel that we are all trying to hang on to. 

April's Cucumber Salad
5 peeled cucumbers, diced
1 1/2 c. PLAIN yogurt
1/2 t. (or more) pepper
1 t. (or more) dill seed
1 t. (or more) lemon pepper

Dice cucumbers, place in a mixing bowl. Add yogurt, stir until combined. Add seasonings TO TASTE. You may want more or less than what the recipe calls for. I just added the allotted amount and then added more until it tasted the way I liked it. 

Serve with your favorite grilled chicken dinner. I think you're really going to enjoy this light, creamy salad. 

Julie~

Monday, September 9, 2013

Mexican Supreme

Fall makes me think of soup and casseroles. This Mexican Supreme is a little 
reminder that casseroles DON'T have to be made from rice or pasta....it has 
a fun mexican flare and taste delish!

Mexican Supreme
1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 can cream chicken soup
2 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
2 tomatoes, diced
1 large green pepper, diced + 2 T. butter/margarine
2 c. bisquick (you will also need 1/2 c. milk, 1 egg and 2 T. margarine for mixing this up too)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cook ground beef. Set aside. In a separate bowl combine soup and  1 1/2 c. cheese. Stir until combined. Set aside.

Mix bisquick with 1/2 c. milk, 1 egg and 2 T. softened margarine. Stir until dough is soft and combined. Pat dough onto bottom of an 8x8 greased baking dish. 

Saute green peppers in butter, when done at the cooked meat and taco seasoning, stir until mixed and green peppers are covered. On top of biscuit crust, layer meat (mixed with green peppers), tomatoes, soup mixture, top with remaining cheese. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until done. (mine took exactly 30 minutes).

Julie~

Friday, September 6, 2013

Breakfast Sliders

Who doesn't like a new twist to an old favorite? Pancakes are so versatile, easy to make
and everyone seems to like them...SO, one morning I decided to "play" around with them
 a bit...spice up the ol' hum drum breakfast...and this is what I came up with. IT WAS DIVINE!!
We've eaten them several times and they are no doubt, a favorite in this house!!

Breakfast Sliders
20 small pancakes made with your favorite pancake recipe (mine pancakes were approximately 2 1/2 inches across) This will make 10 sliders, if more or less sliders are desired, adjust your recipe accordingly.

Cheesecake Filling:
1/3 c. powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese (softened in the microwave for 30 seconds)
8 oz whipped topping
*THIS makes quite a bit of filling, more than enough to fill 10 sliders...we also dipped our's in the filling, but you don't have to...we just like the cheesecake filling.

Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add whipped topping, mix until completely combined. Set aside.

1 lb strawberries, halved

Spread desired amount of cheesecake filling on one small pancake, add strawberry. Top with another pancake. Continue until all pancakes are made into sliders. (I used a toothpick to hold them together...but you don't have to.) Serve!

Julie~

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dayna's Bacon Ranch Chicken

I love cooking with chicken, and after many years of TRYING to like bacon, I
 think I can finally say that I honestly ENJOY this smoky, yummy, goodness of a meat!!
SOOOOO...having said that, you know this combination would be a hit with me. Its packed full
of yummy, gooey cheese and all the flavors that just make your mouth sing! Its quick and easy 
and a huge hit at the dinner table. 

Dayna's Bacon Ranch Chicken
6-8 boneless, skinless chicken breast

BROWN in a frying pan, until the tops of both sides have started to cook. DON'T cook through...remember you are just "browning". 

Place BROWNED chicken in a greased 9x13 baking pan. 

2 c. ranch dressing
1 1/2 lbs cooked bacon, crumbled
3 c. grated cheddar cheese

Pour approximately 1/4 c. ranch on each piece of chicken. Top with grated cheddar cheese and bacon crumbles. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is done. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Watermelon Slush

Some of you might be celebrating the "last" of summer today...IF you
are, you might want to make this yummy Watermelon Slush to help you
REALLY CELEBRATE...its pretty darn good, if I do say so myself!!

Watermelon Slush
3 c. cubed seedless watermelon
1 1/2 lbs fresh strawberries, halved, with tops cut off
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
1 c. sugar
20 fl. oz sprite
1 banana

Combine all ingredient in a blender until smooth, depending on the size of your blender, you may have to divide it. Chill if desired, but we liked to drink it right after making. Enjoy!!