Monday, August 21, 2017

Cookies and Cream Brownies

Some of the friends I have made over the years are due to my child's choice in friends.
Isn't that nice when it works out that way? The kids hang out, the moms (and sometimes dads) hang out too.

This one in particular, the girls were friends almost from birth to age 6. We moved away from them, but the girls (and moms) kept in touch via letters, presents, and Christmas cards.
Later on, the girls got back in touch via Facebook.

Mom and I though, we just stopped talking one day. Nothing happened, that I could think of at least, we just lost touch.

Last night I had a bad dream about her. It woke me up in a sweat. As I fell back asleep, I ended up slipping into another bad dream about her. This happened about 5 times total. It left me with an uncomfortable feeling.

I looked through my email and found a work email for her. I didn't even know if it still was the right one, but I had to give it a try.

To my relief, she answered it! We talked for a bit, and then promised we will have a phone marathon very soon.

I decided to celebrate by making some brownies!
I had seen a recipe on Inspired by Charm and just had to try it.

Oh. My. Word.

Now I am not sure what is more exciting, yummy brownies, or reconnecting with an old friend!

Ingredients:
2 Boxes brownie mix
(plus ingredients specified on box)
4 Cookies and Cream candy bars


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Prepare brownie mix according to the directions on the package
3. Spray 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray
4. Spread half of the brownie mixture into the cake pan
5. Place candy bars on the brownie layer
6. Cover with remaining brownie batter
7. Cook for 35-45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #28

"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

Share with us everything you have been up to this week!

A few rules though:
1. Link directly to your post and not the main page of your blog
2. No etsy shops or products for sale
3. Click around and visit other people, that's what makes this a party!






Featured Recipe from Last Week:


New England Style Broccoli Salad from Our Unschooling Journey







Monday, August 14, 2017

Candied Yams

This past Thanksgiving as I was assigning everyone their dishes, we realized nobody had sweet potato.

Now, I have never eaten a bite of sweet potato, much less ever made them.
I figured everyone would want the "traditional" dish with the mini marshmallows...so I googled it and came up with this recipe.

I ended up doubling it as there are many, many of us.
Um, in the interest of full disclosure, I didn't know until I opened the can and placed them in the dish. I looked at them, thought about it, looked again....and decided to brave the store the day before Thanksgiving.

Imagine my surprise to find next to nobody in the store! Psyched!

I made them, they got eaten by most all...but it still wasn't eaten by me.

Maybe one year I will brave it.

Ingredients:
1 (29 oz) can sweet potato
¼ Cup butter, cut into pieces
½ Cup brown sugar
1 ½ Cups miniature marshmallows


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Place sweet potato in medium baking dish
3. Place butter cubes all over the potato
4. Sprinkle with brown sugar
5. Top with miniature marshmallows
6. Bake 25 minutes

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #27

"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

Share with us everything you have been up to this week!

A few rules though:
1. Link directly to your post and not the main page of your blog
2. No etsy shops or products for sale
3. Click around and visit other people, that's what makes this a party!






Featured Recipe from Last Week:


Black Bean and Mushroom "Meatballs" from: Best of Long Island and Central Florida











Monday, August 7, 2017

Chocolate Filled Crescents

I forget what I needed multiple packs of crescent rolls for, probably some party type food, but I stocked up at BJ's.

As is the general refrigerator rule, eventually the remaining tubes of rolls found there way to the very back, deepest depths of the fridge.

Washing the shelves, I found them. Hm. What now?
A quick Google search brought me to this Pillsbury recipe.

Everything on hand? Check!

Score!

 Ingredients:

1 Can crescent dinner rolls
½ Cup mini chocolate chips
Powdered Sugar

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350
2. Separate dough into 8 triangles
3. Place tablespoon of chocolate chips on wide end of each triangle
4. Roll up, starting at widest end to smallest point
5. Place on ungreased cookie sheet
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown
7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar


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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #26

"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

Share with us everything you have been up to this week!

A few rules though:
1. Link directly to your post and not the main page of your blog
2. No etsy shops or products for sale
3. Click around and visit other people, that's what makes this a party!






Monday, July 31, 2017

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Today is the 10th anniversary of my father in law's passing.

My mother in law decided to celebrate his life this past weekend with a big reunion.

Friends and family near and far gathered in her backyard for food, friends, and memories. She was so very happy having everyone so near.

Laughter was had, reminiscing was done, toasts were made, and everyone just, well, celebrated life!

It's a nice reminder to everyone that life is just entirely too short and we should always tell those around us how much they mean to us.










Ingredients:
4 Tbsp Hot water
2 Tbsp Instant espresso coffee powder
1 Box Dark chocolate brownie mix
1 Egg
3 Tbsp Vegetable oil
¼ Tsp Cinnamon
1 ⅓ Cups dark chocolate pieces
Optional: chocolate kisses or caramel candy kisses for topping


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Prepare a baking sheet
3. In small bowl, combine water and espresso powder
4. In large bowl, combine brownie mix, egg, oil, cinnamon, and espresso mixture
5. Stir in chocolate pieces
6. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto prepared cookie sheet
7. Bake 10-12 minutes
8. Add optional topping as cookies come out of the oven

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Adapted from: Duncan Hines

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Coke Pork Chops

Mr Lennon the cat ran out of water while we were sleeping.
I feel horrible!

He woke up with me this AM, came into my room, climbed on the bed, and it was normal kitty routine. Scritch me here, scratch me there...oh, black pants, let me lie down on them for awhile.
BUT when I started heading for the kitchen, all bets were off.

My normally quiet kitty was meowling all pitiful like. Then the unthinkable happened...he climbed up on the counter and headed for the sink.
He knows he is not allowed up there!

Message received sir! Checked out his bowl, and there is some water left, but it's grody, He put food and hair in it.
Once he got his fresh water, he drank so fast he started gagging.
Poor man.
I feel like the worst kitty mama ever!

The problem has been fixed, and he is now purring away.

Ingredients:
8 Medium sized pork chops
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Cup ketchup
1 Cup Coke
Brown sugar for topping


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Place pork in a baking pan, salt and pepper to taste
3. In medium bowl, mix ketchup and Coke.
4. Pour ketchup mixture over pork chops
5. Sprinkle tops with brown sugar
6. Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until chops are tender

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Adapted from Moms who Think

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Pineapple Cookies


The best laid plans.

Remember I took a break because things were nuts?
Silly, silly me for putting a timeline on "normal".

Sigh.

So, I will get back to regular blogging, as well as bringing back Smell Good Sunday
BUT

In the meantime, my work staff was reduced by half...it just worked out that way. We are scrambling to find new people while trying to train newer staff. My position is on hold in order to help where needed..and it's just a lot at once.

While we were on vacation over the 4th, my parents received a phone call stating a pipe broke in their house and water was pouring from the front, back, and garage doors.
At the time, they were 9 states away!
Not much to be done but to shut off the water, call the insurance, and wait until they can get home.
Reader's Digest:
LOSS:
Pretty much whole downstairs
Master bedroom
All Carpeting
3 bathrooms

GAIN:
All the irreplaceable stuff was out of water's reach!

They have a long road ahead, but the insurance company is really doing well walking them through it.

I will get back on track, please be patient with me!

I am thinking I should bake up some of these yummies and send them to my parents!








Ingredients:
¾ Cup Shortening
1 Cup Sugar
2 Large Eggs
1 ½ Cup Crushed pineapple
3 Cups Flour
1 Tsp Salt
½ Tsp Baking soda
Cinnamon and Sugar for sprinkling


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Prepare baking sheet
3. Cream shortening and sugar until smooth
4. Add one egg at a time until well combined
5. Add pineapple
6. In separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, and baking soda
7. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet
8. Scoop rounded tablespoons onto prepared sheet
9. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar
10. Bake 10-15 minutes

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

National Ice Cream Day 2017






Did you know that the third Sunday in July is "National Ice Cream Day"?!
I feel so...in-touch right now!

I can't keep up with days for everything, but it's fun every now and again to play along with one that feeds your need for a sweet treat


Now, my big question for the day is...


It seems to be a New England, PA sort of "thing" to call them jimmies. To me, sprinkles are the candy sugar I use to decorate cookies!

When we moved down south (oh so many years ago) my 3 year old sister ordered ice cream with jimmies. Everyone in the store looked at her like she was nuts. Not sure where my 11 year old brain came up with it, but I said "oh! she means sprinkles".
Problem averted.
It wasn't until a couple of years later that I learned that particular group of southerners used the term jimmies for condoms! (gasp!) I can only imagine what they were thinking when this peanut kid asked for them!

So...
What do YOU call them?

My vote will always be for:


Monday, July 10, 2017

Slutty Brownies

I'm BAAAACK!

Had such a great trip!

I somehow managed to go to the beach for a week...and only made it on the sand ONCE. Never did I step foot in water...
um, it was odd!

We did a lot though, and a lot of nothing as well.
My parents enjoyed the down time with family, and that's important.

Board games were played, drinks were had, and more seafood than I care to admit to.
Oh, and of course, fireworks...french fries...fried dough...pizza...all that yummy beach food!

I did very little cooking, hubby dearest handled most on the grill.
We did have one melted butter incident where my dad ended up burned, but after some quality ice pack time, he was right as rain.

Highlights for me included reading 8 books!
Ahhhhh it was such a guilty pleasure! I never have that much down time to just indulge my "need to read".

Back to work today...but, I am sure I will be so far behind, the day will fly.

I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July and celebrated as you enjoy!







Ingredients:
Brownie Layer
10 Tbsp butter
1 ¼ Cups sugar
¾ Cup cocoa powder
½ Tsp Salt
2 Tsp Vanilla extract
2 Large eggs
½ Cup flour
Oreo Layer:
1 Package of chocolate sandwich cookies
Cookie Dough Layer:
½ Cup butter (softened)
¼ Cup Brown sugar
¾ Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 ¼ Tsp vanilla extract
1 ¼ Cup Flour
½ Tsp salt
½ Tsp Baking soda
⅓ Tsp Baking powder
1 Cup semisweet chocolate chips


Directions:
1. (Brownie layer) In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium high heat.
2. Add sugar and cocoa powder, combine, remove from heat
3. Add salt, vanilla, and eggs.
4. Whisk until the eggs are combined
5. Add flour and continue to mix. Set batter aside.
6. (Cookie dough layer) Cream together butter and sugars
7. Add eggs and vanilla
8. Add flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
9. Fold in chocolate chips. Set dough aside.
10. Prepare a 8x11 pan: Layer with tin foil and spray with cooking spray
11. Preheat oven to 350
12. Layer the cookie dough on the bottom of pan, pressing into place
13. Layer chocolate creme cookies (as many as will fit, do not overlap)
14. Pour brownie batter on top and spread evenly
15. Bake for 50 minutes. Check for doneness.

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Cookie Dough Layer

Oreo Layer

Brownie Layer

Cookie Dough Layer

Add the Oreos

Top with the brownie mixture

Finished
Decadent!



Adapted from: What's Gaby Cooking

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