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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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mmm....Meatball Madness

When my husband is out for the evening, I think my go-to recipe ideas always involve meatballs of some sort. I have made this recipe numerous times and every time it is a huge hit (I am not sure why I always forget to share it.) I put my own spin on the rice too. Perfect!


Teriyaki Meatballs
adapted from: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/teriyaki-meatballs

meat
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup oats
1 t ground ginger
1/2 t garlic powder
sprinkle of salt
1 lb ground beef

sauce
2 T toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
drop of red chili oil (optional)
1/2 cup soy sauce (I use GF tamari)
1/4 cup honey
3 T wine vinegar
1 t garlic powder
1 t ground ginger

1 (20oz) can pineapple tidbits, drained (but save juice)
1/2 green bell peppers, roughly chopped
3T pineapple juice
3 cups cooked rice
1 T butter

Preheat your oven to 400. Grease a 9x13pan. In a large bowl kneed together all the meatball ingredients. Let it rest. Place all sauce ingredients in the blender and whiz it together until emulsified.  Pour some of the sauce in the bottom of the pan. Shape the meat into 20 meatballs and place in the pan. Pour rest of the sauce over all (turning to coat). Bake for 25minutes. Before serving turn the meatballs.  While meatballs are baking melt the butter in a large skillet, add rice. Toss to coat with bell peppers and pineapple with juice. Continue to stirring until slightly browned.  Serve meatballs on top.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hip Hip Hooray...Another Birthday

Today SSP turns 6!  He has been counting down for ages (or so it seems). Last Thursday he asked me howmany days....I told him 7. He shut his eyes and very slowly counted to 7 (in about 25seconds), opened them and asked again if time was up. Sorry Buddy you had to wait a week. We celebrated last weekend with my in-laws, as one of many favorite uncles was in town. Today we celebrate with my sideof the family. Gotta love partying! Happy Birthday! We love you....can't believe you are already 6!!

Grandpa T and Grandma K

One of many favorite uncles 

Excited to celebrate at school

Stormtrooper with light sabers 
(I was later informed they don't carry light sabers...
shrug on my part as I don't watch those movies)

Cap'n America with Papa and Oma