Archive | January 2013

St. Patrick’s Day Decor – 2 Projects

I know there are several weeks until St. Patrick’s Day, but if you start gathering supplies today, you’ll have your decor ready right after Valentine’s Day.

The first project is a wreath I made for my daughter. I gathered supplies from the Dollar Tree and from various inexpensive party supply stores. I think I have under $12 total in this wreath.

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The colors didn’t “pop” well in this photo, and unfortunately, the wreath is stored in my daughter’s garage. There is a small black plastic pot located at about 2:00 on the wreath. It is surrounded by gold “coins” that came in a package from Dollar Tree.   The green & white bow on the bottom also came from there. The “Luck of the Irish” sign was $2.00 at Dollar General. The leprechaun hat came from a party supply store for just a dollar.  It is all on a grapevine wreath base that came from a garage sale for only 50 cents!

The next project is an adorable centerpiece from 21 Rosemary Lane

“Luck of the Leprechaun” Hat Centerpiece

Click on the link above for the instructions for this adorable project.

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S’Mores Crack Dip *ADDICTIVE*

We all remember sitting around campfires in Girl Scouts, and our first taste of that delectable little confection that forever changed our palettes. Today we buy Pop-Tarts, breakfast cereals and cookies from the store to relive that first dose of gooey addiction we experienced at tweens, or maybe even earlier.   This recipe so very easily brings back that first experience of our very first bite of chocolate and marshmallow heaven.

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I found this recipe on Bakeaholic Mama’s Blog, and I simply can NOT make it again unless I’m taking it to an event OUTSIDE of my home. Hubz and I just can’t leave it alone. The name “Crack” dip is altogether true. You can’t leave the stuff alone, and have to fight further temptation to NOT lick the bowl.  Just a hint: If you are taking this to a pot-luck, party, or other event, double the recipe. You will bring home an empty container, and lots of requests for the recipe.

S’more Crack Dip

Ingredients:

1 cup of milk chocolate chips
2 tbsp of milk
1 1/4 cups mini marshmallows
Graham crackers for dipping

Directions:

In a medium sauce pan add chocolate chips, milk and 1 cup of your mallows. Mix continuously over medium heat until melted and smooth. Using a rubber spatula, scrape chocolate mixture into a small casserole dish. Top with remaining mallows.

Place dish under you oven broiler for approximately 60 seconds or until the top has started to brown.

Dip your graham crackers and enjoy!!

Taco Ring & Gooey Butter Cake

I’ve been studying most of the day (ooooooooo my brain hurts!) and I need something quick for dinner.  I saw this on Pinterest and knew I had to try it.

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Baked Taco Ring

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
1 package (1.25 oz) taco seasoning mix
1 c. (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbsp water
2 8-oz packages refrigerated crescent rolls
1 medium green bell pepper
1 c. salsa (optional)
3 c. lettuce, shredded (we used more — ¾ a head)
1 medium tomato, diced
¼ c. onion, chopped
½ c. pitted ripe olives
sour cream

Directions:
–Preheat oven to 375°. Brown the ground beef, then drain. Add taco season and simmer

–Unroll the crescent dough; separate into triangles. Arrange triangles in a circle on a pizza pan with the wide ends toward the center of the pan, overlapping each other. It will look like a large sun with the points hanging half off the pan. There should be a 5 or 6 inch opening in the center.

–Spoon the meat mixture evenly onto widest end of each triangle. Bring points of triangles up over filling and tuck under wide ends of dough. (Filling will not be completely covered).

–Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.

–Shred lettuce, dice tomato, onions, olives, green pepper, and whatever other items you want to put inside. Place them in center of the taco ring and use that as your toppings!

Recipe from http://www.extremesavingswithdivadesirae.com

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Gooey Butter Cake

For the crust:

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs

Mix well, and spread into a 9×13 cake pan.  It will be very stiff. Don’t expect it to be like normal cake batter

For the topping/filling:

  • 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese (room temp)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar

Mix well and pour onto the crust you prepared above.

Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.

My brother-in-law, Chuck LOVES this cake! I have made so many through the years that I memorized the entire recipe.  Love ya, Chuckie!

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Meet Chuck

National Pie Day – SUPER Easy Buttermilk Pie

Celebrate National Pie Day with this easy, self-crusting pie!

Now, I’m not a fan of buttermilk. I use it to coat chicken before frying, in biscuits, and pancakes. When I first heard of Buttermilk Pie, I was a little leary. Then I found out I could make in in about 3 minutes, I was less apprehensive. When I tried that first bite, I was a firm believer in this delicious pie!  The recipe came from Paula Deen and we have been enjoying it for about four years now.

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Paula Deen’s Buttermilk Pie with Bisquick

Mix all together with a hand mixer:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar       –    NOTE: for caramel flavored pie, use brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Bisquick or similar baking mix

Turn in to a cooking spray sprayed 8″ pie plate and bake for approx 45 minutes at 350 degrees, or until pie is browned and center is soft but set.

Super Bowl Party – MORE RECIPES

Are you planning your menu for Super Bowl XLVII yet? Here are some dip recipes that are just scrumptious!

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Beer Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Pretzels

Directions

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, beer and dressing mix until
smooth. Stir in cheddar cheese. Serve with pretzels. Yield: 3-1/2
cups.

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Bacon Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip

Recipe from Southern Living Magazine, December 2012

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-size red potatoes, cut into 8 wedges each
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 16 center-cut bacon slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 12 ounces queso blanco pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed
  • 1 (8-oz.) block pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 (4-oz.) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 plum tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation

  1. 1. Place a lightly greased wire rack in an aluminum foil-lined 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.
  2. 2. Preheat oven to 425°. Sprinkle potato wedges with salt. Wrap each with 1 bacon slice. Arrange potato wedges in a single layer in prepared pan. Sprinkle with pepper.
  3. 3. Bake at 425° for 40 to 45 minutes or until bacon is crisp and browned.
  4. 4. Meanwhile, sauté onion in hot oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  5. 5. Combine queso blanco, next 3 ingredients, and onion mixture in a large microwave-safe glass bowl. Microwave at HIGH 2 1/2 minutes; stir and microwave 2 1/2 more minutes or until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth, stirring at 1-minute intervals.
  6. 6. Stir diced tomato and cilantro into queso blanco mixture. Serve dip with potato wedges.
  7. Note: We tested with Velveeta Queso Blanco for prepared cheese product.

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Reuben Dip

Recipe from Mr. Food  (I miss hearing, “OOOOO it’s so good!” on my noon news broadcast!)

What You’ll Need:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (8-ounce) can sauerkraut, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 pound deli sliced corned beef, finely chopped
  • 1 cup (4-ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
What To Do:
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • In large bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well, and spoon into baking dish.
  • Cover and bake 20 minutes, or until bubbly. Uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes, or until it begins to turn golden. Serve warm.
Notes

Serve with crackers or party rye bread slices.

“I Have A Dream” 50 Years Later……

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Almost fifty years ago this speech called for unity among nationalities, religious orders, schools of thoughts and creeds. It called for the end of oppression and the dawn of a day when every man, woman and child would be free.  Fifty years later, we are finding ourselves faced with a new and a different oppression. Just as Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream was deeply rooted in the American Dream, let’s work together, as Americans to go back to our Constitutional roots, let’s protect our liberties, and truly mean the words of the song that Dr. King referenced, “Free at last, free at last.”  Protect not only our Second Amendment rights, but all of the rights granted us by our founding fathers.

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I say to you today, my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; thal all men are created equal”.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and little white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plains, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all the flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.
With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.
With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning, “My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my father died, land of pilgrims’ pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring”.

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvacious slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from the Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and mole hill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring, and when this happens,

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we are free at last”!