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Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy (belated) St Patrick's Day

Yesterday we celebrated St Patrick's Day (even though we are not Irish).  Just something fun to do. I made Corn Beef and Cabbage.  It was great. We did still celebrate some on St Patrick's Feast Day. We had friends over for dinner....the boys enjoyed green macaroni and cheese (as well as their own version of Leprechaun Hunt (as Lego Ninja Warriors).  It was so cute.   They had all the neighbor kids joining in the fun and excitement. (I wish I had a picture of the whole posse,)



Corned Beef & Cabbage

2.25lbs seasoned corned beef
1 1/4 cups apple juice
7 red potatoes, washed and quartered
1 karge onion, (cut into 1/8ths)
3 large carrots, peeled and chunked
1 large head cabbage, chunked

Place potatoes in the bottom of greased crockpot.  Top with carrots. Place corned beef on top of that (fat side up).Onions on top of that. Pour apple juice into the pot. Cook on LOW for 8hours. Then put cut up cabbage top and cook for another 4hours on LOW.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Life Update

Fun Date Night at the school auction

Opening presents in the morning
(Daddy's birthday)

Celebrating birthdays at a Brew Fest

Doing puzzles while staying home from school 
(ear infection and cough)

Keeping up on homework while staying home
(croup and cough)


Monday, January 9, 2017

When You Have Snow Outside...Must Make Some For Inside

Winter is definitely here.  We have SO MUCH snow. I am actually getting sick of it. Today I thought I would try and make some yummy snowball treats for the boys after school snack....Popcorn balls.



Popcorn "SnowBalls"
adapted from: http://lifemadesimplebakes.com/2014/04/popcorn-snowballs/

1/4 margarine
1 (10oz) bag mini marshmallows

1/2 cup (unpopped popcorn - pop in an air popper (place in a large bowl)
1 cup M-Ms

In a large non-stick pan melt margarine. When it is almost fully melted stir in the marshmallows. Coat them with the melted margarine.  Continue stirring until just melted and smooth.  Pour over popcorn; stir to coat. Toss in the M-Ms. Stir. With buttered/greased hands, form popcorn mixture into 15 balls. Place on parchment paper to completely cool. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry and Blessed Christmas

Merry and Blessed Christmas from our family to yours. May God richly bless you today on the day of His blessed birthday.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Turkey Day (to many turkeys)!



Happy Thanksgiving to ALL our family and friends.  We are thankful for each and every one of you. BAP and SSP had a Thanksgiving party on Tuesday.  I came up with a quick and easy dessert for their classes (26 turkeys each). These treats are very cute and tasty too.

Turkey Turkey
adapted from: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/tom-turkeys

1 (12oz) pkg chocolate chips, melted
1 (11oz) pkg traditional candy corn
52 fudge stripped cookies
6T butter
1 (small) bag mini marshmallows
6 cups rice krispies

In a non-stick pan melt butter.  Add marshmallows, stirring while on medium-low until mostly melted and gooey.  In a large bowl fold together the rice krispies and marshmallow mixtures until all combined.  Form into small balls (about 26). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place 26 cookies (stripes side down) on there. place a drop (avout 1/2t worth of melted chocolate on top). Press in 2 candy corn pieces so the skinny end is in the midde. Top with rice krispie ball. Press in a beak. On the other cookies place more melted chocolate on half cookie. Press in 5 more candy corn to create a half circle. Let harden.  Add a little more chocolate to bottom of that circle; press into the turkey back.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Wowzers...Delicious

I apologize for the long hiatus.  Life has been just busy, between school and travel and more school and just being plain busy. Time has escaped.  These meatballs are DA BOMB. They are so delicious; I cannot wait to make them again soon.

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Meatballs
adapted from: http://mypinterventures.com/bacon-wrapped-bbq-meatballs/

1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1/2 lb thick peppered bacon (about 25slices)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup oats
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T onion powder
25 cubes sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 - 1  cup BBQ sauce

In a stand mixer or in a large bowl, mix together ground beef, ground pork, eggs, oats, onion and garlic.  Form into  25 balls. Put a dent in each one and place in cheese cube. Seal up. Wrap with bacon slice.  Place in a well greased 9x13pan.  Brush with BBQ sauce. Bake  at 350 for 20 minutes. Brush with more BBQ sauce and return to oven and bake for another 5minutes. Brush again before serving.  Serve with scalloped au-gratin potatoes and a green salad.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Calling All Soup-er Heroes Take 2

It has been rainy and miserable the last couple weeks.  I finally was fed up with it and decided to make soup.  I was holding out as long as possible since I don't want to think about Fall being here already.  This soup is a remake of this one....this time it was even better.  My boys loved it. If they could bring HOT soup in their lunches, they would have definitely brought this warming soup.  BTW these two superheroes loved this soup.

Njnja Dragon (BAP) & Cap'n America (SSP)

Soup-er Hero Soup
adapted from: http://www.apinchofjoy.com/2012/01/superhero-cheeseburger-soup/

3/4 cup chopped onion
2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
1/4lb bacon, chopped
1/2 lb ground beef
1 t pepper
4 cups beef broth
1 1/2 cups half and half
2 T unsalted butter
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

In a 2quart pot cook bacon.  Remove bacon and grease. Stir in ground beef, onion and carrots with pepper. Cook until thoroughly cooked, crumbled and onions are translucent.  Pour in broth with butter and potatoes from the mix. Cover and boil about 25 minutes (until potatoes are softened and cooked). Slowly sprinkle in powder from the potato mix. Stir well to combine then incorporate half and half about 1/2 cup at a time.  This powdered mix with thicken your soup.  Serve with cheese and bacon bits sprinkled on top.