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Friday, November 28, 2014

Halle's Snickerdoodles

The Christmas holiday has officially began....families are out gathering their
Christmas trees from the snow covered mountains or from the tree venders around town...OR if you are like me, you are pulling it from a box...but however you gather your tree, WHAT 
better way to enjoy the decorating process and time spent with your family, than with some delicious warm snickerdoodles right out of the oven?!?!....right?!
MMmmmmmmmmm....

Halle's Snickerdoodles
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. cream tartar

For rolling:
4 T sugar
2 t. cinnamon

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix until smooth. In another bowl, add all dry ingredient. Whisk until combined. Pour dry ingredient into the wet ingredient. Mix until combined. Place cookie dough in refrigerator for 30-60 minutes. In a small bowl combined cinnamon and sugar...stir. Take a "walnut sized" piece of dough, roll it into a ball. Roll dough into cinnamon and sugar mixture. Place ball onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Press each ball down slightly so it resembles a cookie, more than a ball. Repeat until all cookies are made. Bake cookies at 300 degrees for 10-12 minutes. The cookies might seem undercooked, BUT they continue to firm up a bit after being removed from oven. THESE snickerdoodles are soft, and chewy, and absolutely perfect!!!

Julie~

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Grateful Hearts



We here at BetterThanBurgers.net wants to wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. 
We hope your day is full of delicious food, but most of all we hope you are surrounded by those you love.
On this celebratory day we are truly grateful for each of you, our followers, and friends. 
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Daynalee Ady and Julie Wilkerson

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Snicker Salad

Thanksgiving is TOMORROW!!! WOO HOO!!
Its one of my VERY favorite holidays...maybe its because
of ALL the AMAZING FOOD that is spread across the TABLE. In my family, we have
appetizers, salads, dips and chips and desserts galore BESIDES all the regular
Thanksgiving fixings....its the BEST...needless to say, its a feast! This delicious Snicker Salad
has made it on our holiday tables almost yearly. Its a huge favorite of everyone and 
there never seems to be enough of it to go around. Its like a dessert, but we serve it as a 
salad, because its all mixed up in a bowl and you eat it with a fork...therefore, it becomes a salad!!
Add it to your holiday table tomorrow, you won't be disappointed! 

Snicker Salad
3-4 large apples
3 king sized snicker bars
1 package vanilla instant pudding (large box) DO NOT prepare, use it dry!
1/2 c. milk
1-16oz whipped topping, thawed
1/2 c. caramel ice cream topping

Whip 1/2 cup  milk and pudding together, until well combined. When pudding is mixed, fold in whipped topping. Chop apples into bite sized pieces (diced). Chop snicker bars into bite sized pieces. Add apples and snickers to pudding mixture. Stir until combined. Place salad in a "beautiful" serving bowl. Chill until ready to serve. Drizzle with caramel sauce RIGHT BEFORE serving.  

Julie~

Monday, November 24, 2014

Apple Pie Pancakes

We bought a case of apples...using them up hasn't been a problem. I've made
all kinds of scrumptious dishes and utilized the yummy fruit picked fresh from the trees. 
These Apple Pie Pancakes scream FALL. The delicious zest of cinnamon, and shreds of apple remind me of an apple muffin...and better yet, an apple pie! 

Apple Pie Pancakes
1/4 c. melted butter
1/4 c. applesauce
2 eggs
2 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
2 c. shredded apples
2 1/2 c. flour
2 1/2 t. baking powder
2 t. cinnamon
3 t. sugar
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. ground cloves

In a mixing bowl combine all dry ingredient. Stir with a whisk to combine. In a sseparatemixing bowl add all remaining ingredient. Stir wet ingredient until combined. Add in dry ingredient...a little at a time, stirring in between each addition. Heat griddle or frying pan. Spray with cooking spray. Scoop 1/2 c. batter and pour onto hot griddle. Let cook until bubbles form, flip and cook other side. Serve with butter and maple syrup. Top with a dollop of whipped topping. (I didn't have any....so I couldn't add the final touches!) EAT UP!

Julie~

He's HERE!!!

Excuse me as I jump for joy and embrace this bragging moment as 
we
 Congratulate our very own Daynalee on the birth of her 
precious baby boy!
Sweet little 
"Jack Maximus Ady" aka "MAX"
was born on November 17, 2014 
He weighed in at 8 lbs. 21 oz. - and measured 21" long

He is an absolute doll and a bundle of JOY beyond words!!
Mom and Dad are both completely over the moon about him....
as is everyone else!! (ME, especially!!)

THIS little MIRACLE BABY has won the hearts 
of us all! We are thrilled to pieces that he is here,..healthy, happy and STRONG!! 
Welcome to our sweet, adorable, and 
HANDSOME angel Max!!
We LOVE YOU!

Okay.....now that you have tolerated my bragging, go check out our newest recipe :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Apple Nacho's

REALLY???? YES....REALLY!!! THIS nacho dish will make EVERYONE smile!
My family adored this yummy dessert, and I didn't feel too bad about 
serving it because for the most part, it was pretty healthy, considering that I served it FOR DESSERT instead of a rich, thick chocolate cake that I REALLY WANTED TO SERVE! I think
these Apple Nacho's appeal to both the young ones as well as the adults...everyone loves 
caramel apples!!

Apple Nacho's
2-3 large apples (your favorite kind)
caramel ice cream topping
sliced almonds
Heath milk chocolate toffee bites

Slice apples into thin pieces, removing core. Arrange on plate. Drizzle with caramel topping. top with toffee bites and almonds. Serve immediately.  

Julie~

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Baked Pork Chops

Pork... its the "other white meat"...right?!. This is a great marinaded pork chop
that will add variety to the hum drum pork chop you usually make. Its got a bit of 
an asian flare, but not too overpowering. These Baked Pork Chops are packed full of flavor and are moist and tender. Serve them with your favorite veggies and you have dinner!

Baked Pork Chops
1 T. soy sauce
2 T. oil
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 t. lemon juice
2 T. brown sugar
1 t. garlic powder
6 lean pork chops

In a small bowl, combine all ingredient except pork chops. Stir until combined. Place pork chops in a zip lock bag. Pour marinade over pork chops in bag. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Place pork chops in a 9x13 baking pan. Pour marinade from bag, over pork chops. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes -1 hour, or until done. Serve with favorite side dish. 

Julie~

Monday, November 17, 2014

Julie's Breakfast Egg Pizza

You know my breakfast boredom story....I need a change, OFTEN. Therefore
I'm always trying to come up with something different and fabulous to 
make for the family, something that start their day of GREAT and that they will ask for again. 
This fun Breakfast Egg Pizza is versatile and can be topped with WHATEVER you like...
which means EVERYONE will love it....my family did!

Julie's Breakfast Egg Pizza

**This recipe makes 1 Breakfast Egg Pizza

2 eggs
1 flour tortilla
salt pepper
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
diced tomatoes
avocado slices
cooked bacon pieces (real bacon broke into pieces)


Spray a small frying pan with cooking spray. Crack eggs in a dish, stir with a fork until blended well. Add salt and pepper (whatever amount you like). Pour eggs into HOT, greased pan. Cook until egg is almost cooked, flip and cook the other side. Top with cheese and bacon. Cover pan so the cheese will melt. Remove from pan. Set aside. Fry tortilla shell in a small amount of oil in the same pan. Cook until both sides are browned. Remove from pan. Top with eggs, diced tomatoes, avocados and whatever else you like. Breakfast is served. 

Julie~

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Maple Bacon Pancakes

I saw this cool recipe on the internet and thought I would give it a try!
When serving bacon with pancakes, I always pour syrup over it....it just seems like the 
thing to do, so when I saw this fabulous idea...I KNEW I had to try it! Needless to 
say the family LOVED breakfast and thought the idea was pretty ingenious I love it
when the family raves about their meals....this will get raves at your house too!

Maple Bacon Pancakes
1 lb. bacon cooked in strips
your favorite pancake batter (I just used the infamous Krustez Pancake Mix this time...)

Mix up your pancake batter according to instructions or recipe. Heat griddle or pan, spray with cooking spray. Pour desired amount of batter (I usually us 1/2 c. batter per pancake) onto hot griddle. Let pancake cook until bubbles form. Top with 1-2 slices of cooked bacon. Flip pancake and continue to cook. Continue until all pancakes are cooked. Serve with butter and maple syrup! Its the BEST!!

Julie~

Friday, November 14, 2014

TO DIE FOR CHOCOLATE Waffles

I'm all about these chocolate waffles...okay, its a little much for breakfast BUT hey, 
so is a bowl of Cocoa Puffs....therefore, we ate these for breakfast 
and were ALL OVER THEM! THEY were SOOOOOOOOOO good...chocolate makes 
the world perfect!!

TO DIE FOR CHOCOLATE Waffles
1 c. melted butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
4 eggs
3 t. vanilla
1/2 c. cocoa powder
2 c. flour

Combine sugar, vanilla and butter. Stir until combined. add eggs, one at a time. Blend until all ingredient is mixed. Stir in cocoa and flour, mix just until combined. Spray waffle iron with cooking spray. Follow directions for your waffle iron as to how much batter to put in...(my waffle iron calls for 1/2 c. of batter). Let waffles cool slightly. Top with vanilla ice cream, caramel topping and sliced strawberries....OR you could used chocolate syrup if you desire. ENJOY!!

Julie~

Monday, November 10, 2014

Little Man ADY is Coming Soon.....


I am thrilled to announce that after MANY years of waiting, Dayna, my partner in crime here at betterthanburgers.net, is expecting. We are ELATED to say the least!! We have watched this little peanut grow for 9 months and now HE is going to be here ANY DAY!!....I CAN'T WAIT!!  I am going to take a "short" break from my recipe blogging to spend some much needed time with my family as we welcome this special little man into our lives. PLEASE don't forget about us and come back frequently to check out our recipes as well as pin them to your pinterest boards, share them on facebook and cook them up in your kitchens. DON'T forget that the holidays are just around the corner and there are some FABULOUS recipes on our blog to make your holiday meals absolutely AMAZING, and maybe even a little less stressful too! Enjoy browsing our blog....I'll be back soon!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Easy Strawberry French Toast

Oh the marvelous morning breakfast of Strawberry French Toast..how I wished it could be served to ME in bed...
BUT 
since I'm not that lucky, I get to make this yummy stuff myself!....which is fine too! French Toast is a favorite of mine
so we eat it frequently at our house...I love the taste, the smell, the texture and all the delicious variations that can be created with this fabulous breakfast dish....THIS particular treat, is prepared the night before so you can just pop it in the oven in the morning. Its easy, its delicious and it makes you wish you would have made an extra pan for tomorrow's breakfast too.............!

EASY Strawberry French Toast

1/2 c butter
1 c. brown sugar
2 T corn syrup
1 loaf of dense bread, sliced (Texas Toast Bread...I used a loaf of homemade bread)
5 eggs
1 1/2 c. heavy cream
1/4 t. salt
1 t vanilla
1/2 t. cinnamon
1-2 can strawberry pie filling

In a small saucepan melt butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup over medium heat until smooth, stir constantly so it won't stick. Pour mixture into a greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Spread until bottom of pan is covered. Place 6 slices of bread in a single layer to cover bottom of pan. Mix together eggs, cream, salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour 1/2 the mixture into pan, covering each bread slice. Place 6 MORE slices of bread into pan (if you are NOT using Texas Toast Bread...since its already thick...if your using this bread, pour ALL of the mixture over bread as you won't need to layer another piece of bread) over the top of other bread slices, pour remaining mixture over bread, making sure to cover each piece. Cover and refrigerate over night. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Serve warm, topped with strawberry  pie filling and whipped topping...its OH SOOOOOO GOOD!!

Julie~

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Julie's Almond Rice Pilaf

Whenever I make a pot of steamed rice, I always seem to have tons leftover. For some odd reason I can't cook for just 3 people....WEIRD I know (I've been cooking for 8 for the last 30+ years). After throwing out rice, because I didn't really know what to do with it, I thought I would come up with some clever pilaf recipe of my own. It was a delightful change from the stand by "fried rice" that I usually throw together....and this Almond Rice Pilaf was a HUGE HIT, the family loved it!!

Julie's Almond Rice Pilaf
2 c. COOKED steamed rice (white or brown...doesn't matter)
2 T. butter
3/4 c. slivered almonds
2 c. chicken broth, divided (1c....and 1c....)
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. pepper

Melt butter in a frying pan. Add slivered almonds to the melted butter and saute' until toasted and golden brown. Add rice, seasonings and 1c. of chicken broth.  Cook on medium high for 5-7 minutes until liquid cooks off. Add remaining 1c. chicken broth and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until liquid cooked off. Serve with your favorite meat dish. 

Julie~