Monday, February 8, 2016

Cheezit Chicken



Superbowl Sunday has been a big THING for everyone...for 50 years!
I read some stat somewhere that said Superbowl is the 2nd biggest day of the year where people eat way too much, second only to Thanksgiving.

I can see this!

People converge in small or large groups, and communal plates of food are in extreme abundance.
The party I attend every year is no exception.
We have about 30 people, with an average of 2-3 dishes per person.
It sounds like over-kill, but variety is the spice of life!

This year I have been asked to bring:
Deviled Eggs
Garlic Knots
Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert

It should be a relaxing year as our Patriots did not make it. It's a relief for the women folk as we do not have to worry about the hubby's blood pressure during the game!



Adapted from: Do They Have Salsa in China?

Ingredients:
2 Cups Cheezits (crushed)
3-4 Chicken breasts (cut into nuggets)
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp Ranch dressing


Directions:
1. Mix chicken with ranch dressing
2. Toss covered chicken with crushed cheezits
3. Drizzle with butter
4. Cook at 375 for 20-30 minutes or until cooked through

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Week in Review: Week 5: Jan 31 16-Feb 06 16

Sunday Jan 31, 2016
Meatloaf and Roasted Potato with a Cucumber Salad

Monday Feb 1, 2016
Fish Sticks with Macaroni and Cheese.
(another hubby cooked nights)

Tuesday Feb 2, 2016
Tomato Soup
In the interest of full disclosure, I was out with a friend...hubby made himself a can of tomato soup. I just happened to "steal" his leftovers.

Wednesday Feb 3, 2016
Nana's Egg A Muffins
Hashbrowns

Thursday Feb 4, 2016
Sausage Subs

Friday Feb 5, 2016
Chicken Fajitas
Refried Beans

Saturday Feb 6, 2016
We went out to dinner at a local Mexican restaurant with Auntie A and Uncle L to celebrate the girl child's birthday. Her day, her choice!


Monday, February 1, 2016

Chocolate Cheerio Marshmallow Bites

Hubby and I differ when it comes to breakfast cereal and the girl child.

He was raised in a household where no sugary cereals were allowed.
Me, on the other hand, was raised in a house where we could get any cereal we wanted.
I was the CHAMP of picking out that week's box of cereal based on what toy was inside. Do they even offer toys in cereal anymore?

He actually considers regular Cheerios to be "sweet". Go figure.

I argue that sugary cereals didn't ruin my life. My favorite cereal is a big bowl of granola. YUM! Couldn't have been so bad for me to turn out that way....right?

Our compromise is that every other box has to be "healthy". Whatever. She's fine with it.

He was not pleased to see me picking up a box of chocolate Cheerios to make this dish. I just looked at him, cut him "the look" and told him it was for a recipe, and to deal.

Used what  I needed, and the girl now owns the box. He has declared them to be simply not for him.
That in mind...he loved this dessert.
See...sometimes the sugary cereal is not that bad.

How do you handle the breakfast sugar cereal in your house?

Ingredients:
Crust
½ Cup all purpose flour
½ Cup chocolate Cheerios (crushed)
⅓ Cup packed brown sugar
¼ Tsp baking powder
¼ Cup butter (softened)
½ Tsp vanilla
120 Miniature marshmallows


Topping
⅓ Cup light corn syrup
2 Tbsp butter
½ Tsp vanilla
1 Cup milk chocolate chips
2 Cups Chocolate Cheerios


Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350
2. In medium bowl, mix all crust ingredients (except marshmallows)
3. Divide evenly among 24 nonstick mini muffin cups
4. Press firmly into bottom of each cup
5. Bake 6-7 minutes until golden brown
6. Place 5 marshmallows in each cup
7. Bake 1-2 minutes longer until marshmallows just begin to puff. Cool.
8. In 2-quart saucepan mix all topping ingredients (except cereal)
9. Heat over medium low just until chips are melted and mixture is smooth
10. Remove from heat and stir in cereal
11. Immediately spoon cereal mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls over marshmallows, pressing down slightly
12. Cool and remove from tin.

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Base ingredients

Topping ingredients

Adapted from Pillsbury

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Week in Review: Week 4: Jan 24 16-Jan 30 16

Sunday Jan 24, 2016
Hawaiian Kielbasa
Mexican Sour Cream Rice Bake

Monday Jan 25, 2016
Homemade Mozzarella Sticks
Salad

Tuesday Jan 26, 2016
Pot Roast and Mashed Potato

Wednesday Jan 27, 2016
Frozen Pizza
(Feeling justified. Been cooking a lot this week. Actually, had a rough day at work and so I wasn't going to cook...but hubby stepped in and did this for us)

Thursday Jan 28, 2016
Country Vegetable Chowder

Friday Jan 29, 2016
Steak Tips and Onion Rings from a local restaurant

Saturday Jan 30, 2016
Leftover Country Vegetable Chowder


Monday, January 25, 2016

Strawberry and Cream Cheese Wheels




Well, hubby and I went to my aunt and uncle's to watch the game with some friends.
Us women folk are torn....sad because our team lost...but happy that we can do the Super Bowl thing a little more stress free.
Now that our beloved Patriots are out of the game (sigh) we can watch the BIG game without worrying about our husbands having a coronary, or crying.

Seriously though, the Patriots just DID NOT bring it today.
But,in all seriousness, I know if it was a Patriots/Panthers SuperBowl rematch...we would not be on the winning end.
Better to have it die off now.

After all the "deflate-gate" BS...it would have been nice to take home another win,
Alas, it was not meant to be!



Adapted from: Souder Studios

Ingredients:
8 oz Cream cheese (softened)
1 Cup fresh strawberries (diced)
1 Tsp cinnamon
4-5 Medium flour tortillas


Directions:
1. In a medium bowl, combine cheese, strawberries, and cinnamon
2. Stir until blended
3. Spread cream cheese mixture onto each tortilla
4. Roll tightly
5. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for several hours
6. Using sharp knife, cut slices

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Week in Review: Week 3: Jan 17 16-Jan 23 16

Sunday Jan 17, 2016
Baked Chicken and Peppers
Green Beans
Carrots
Scalloped Potatoes
Cole Slaw
Cinnamon Sugar Squares
(In the interest of full disclosure, we had dinner at my aunt's, she made the first 4 items)

Monday Jan 18, 2016
Boiled Potatoes
(hubby was sick, and the girl child and I decided this sounded yummy...and it was!)

Tuesday Jan 19, 2016
English Muffin Pizza
Salad

Wednesday Jan 20, 2016
Stuffed Chicken Breasts (frozen, store bought)
Rice-a-Roni
Creamy Dill Carrots

Thursday Jan 21, 2016
Pasta Pie

Friday Jan 22, 2016
Ramen noodles...because, well, sometimes they are just YUMMY
Sugar Cookie Bars with Buttercream Frosting

Saturday Jan 23, 2016
Omelette and Sausage



Monday, January 18, 2016

Poppin Fresh Barbecups

Hi ho hi ho, it's off to the mall I go!

It's my yearly in-between birthdays mall trip with my friend and her daughter! Our lives are so crazy busy, we set a realistic goal of getting together 2 times a year. Any more is awesome, but 2 is obtainable.
Our birthdays are just a couple of months apart, so we pick a date just in between and meet for lunch and a mall crawl.

It's so much fun just wandering around and getting caught up.

Her daughter has been joining us since she was born...my girl, well, this is the first year she has bagged out on me.
A better offer came along.
She's a teen, I get it.
Seriously, very OK with it...like this OK

Just kidding. I really am all about her spreading her wings and being who she really is
(did I convince anyone?)

:::sigh:::

Ingredients:
1 lb lean ground beef
½ Cup barbeque sauce
¼ Cup chopped onion
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Can junior flaky layered biscuits
½ Cup shredded cheddar cheese


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Spray 10 regular sized muffin cups with cooking spray
3. Cook beef and onions in skillet over medium heat, breaking up, until cooked through
4. Drain meat/onion mixture, return to pan
5. Add barbeque sauce and brown sugar.
6. Cook to blend flavors, stirring well
7. Separate dough into 10 biscuits. Place 1 biscuit in each muffin cup.
8. Firmly press into bottom and up sides
9. Spoon about ¼ cup beef mixture into each cup
10. Sprinkle with cheese
11. Bake 10-12 minutes or until biscuit edges are golden brown

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Recipe adapted from Pillsbury

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