Monday, May 26, 2014

Coffee Cookies

These cookies are my favorite so far this year!
We omitted the raisins and nuts for various reasons, but loved what was left.

I made the batch, sent some to a friend of mine in NC (did you love them too?) and then we made short work of what was left over.
They are fluffy, soft, and just slightly coffee flavored.

We are not pot-o-coffee folk, and I wasn't going to waste a K-cup on a recipe. I happened to have some instant on hand from a previous recipe, so I whipped up a cup and went from there.

Make these cookies, that is an order!!

1 Cup sugar
½ Cup butter, softened
1 Egg, well beaten
2 Cups flour
½ Tsp baking soda
¼ Tsp salt
1 Tsp baking powder
½ Tsp cinnamon
¾ Cup cold coffee
½ Cup raisins, chopped
½ Cup walnuts, chopped
1 Tsp vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Mix the sugar and butter together until creamy, then add the beaten egg. Mix well.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder and cinnamon
4. Stir together, then add to the creamed mixture
5. Mix well, adding in coffee a little at a time
6. Combine raisins, nuts, and vanilla. Fold into batter.
7. Drop cookies onto a greased baking sheet
8. Bake 12-15 minutes


And baking powder, don't forget the baking powder!

Recipe adapted from here

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Shrimp Dip

Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon...

I have the most indulgent hubby.
He knows the 80's are the way to my heart.

We were unpacking some long-stored bins today and needed some background music. He threw on one of those Music Choice channels...80's of course!

Had so much fun cleaning (yes, I really did say that) be-bopping around to awesome throwbacks!

1 Cup tomato soup
1 ½ Tbsp unflavored gelatin
8 oz cream cheese
1 Lb shrimp
1 Cup diced celery
¼ Cup diced onion
½ Cup diced pepper
1 Cup mayonnaise

1. Heat soup, cheese, and gelatin in top of a double boiler, stirring until smooth. Cool.
2. Add remaining ingredients
3. Pour into a well oiled mold
4. Chill for several hours


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Monday, May 12, 2014

California Chicken Wrap

This recipe came from an issue of Woman's World magazine.

I make out my grocery list for about a week and 1/2 at a time. This wrap was in the plans, so I knew I was shopping for the ingredients.

My grocery store has a great produce section. I have found some really strange items there, awesome variety. Everything is always super fresh too (bonus!).

I have bought alfalfa sprouts there before. Imagine my surprise to walk in and find NONE.

Circumstances forced another trip to that store and two other stores with produce during that week. Nobody had them!
It's the great alfalfa shortage of 2014.

A moment of silence please.

The wrap is yum without it, but my daughter and I missed them.

I only ate half of my wrap, and brought the other half to work the next day. The flavors were delicious the next day, and the hearty wrap kept it from being soggy.

1 Lb boneless, skinless, chicken breast
8 Slices bacon
4 (10 inch) flour tortilla (spinach)
½ Cup chunky blue cheese dressing
2 Cups alfalfa sprouts
1 Cup drained roasted red peppers
¼ Tsp salt
¼ Tsp pepper

1. Coat large non stick pan with cooking spray. Heat over medium high heat.
2. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper
3. Add to skillet, cook until browned (about 5 minutes)
4. Turn, cover, and cook for 5-7 minutes more (until no longer pink inside)
5. Remove chicken, set aside to cool
6. Cook bacon until crisp. Set aside to drain.
7. Spread tortillas with dressing (leave ½ inch border)
8. Slice chicken on the diagonal
9. Top tortilla with chicken, bacon, sprouts, and red peppers
10. Fold in tortilla sides. Roll up from bottom.


It looks so lonely without the alfalfa!

This recipe was shared with:
Monday: Pioneer Momma, New Mama Diaries, This Gal Cooks, Kitchen Table Art, Modest Mom, The Chicken Chick, A Mama's Story, Flour me with Love, Jam Hands, Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, Feeding Big, A Southern Fairytale, A Pinch of Joy, Jambellish, Boogieboard Cottage, Mom's the Word, I Should be Mopping the Floor
Tuesday: Hot Momma's Kitchen Chaos, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Cornerstone Confessions, The Time Warp Wife, My Joy Filled Life, The New Mrs Adventures, Our Table for Seven, Inside Bru Crew Life, Yesterfood, Pint Sized Baker, Chef in Training, Mandy's Recipe Box, Kathe with an E, Sweet Silly Sara
Wednesday: Lady Behind the Curtain, Crafty Allie, A Peek into my Paradise, Dizzy Busy and Hungry, Recipes for our Daily Bread, The Newlywed Pilgrimage, Milk and Cuddles, Raising Homemakers, Lemoine Family Kitchen, Wine and Glue, White Lights on Wednesday, Buns in my Oven, Gingersnap Crafts, Mom's Test Kitchen, Gooseberry Patch
Thursday: Lambert's Lately, Sweet Bella Roos, Sweet Haute, What's Cooking Love, Saving 4 Six, Miz Helen's Country Cottage, Embracing Change, The Nourishing Gourmet
Friday: The Grits Blog, A Conquered Mess, Mommy on Demand, Craft Dictator, O Taste and See, Endlessly Inspired, Coffee with us 3, Daily Dish, Hungry Harps, Love Bakes Good Cakes, The Country Cook, The Grant Life, 30 Handmade Days, Angel's Homestead, Craft O Maniac, The Girl Creative, Morsels of Life, Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom, Cooking with Curls
Saturday: Beauty Through Imperfection, Six Sister's Stuff, Simply Gloria, Sewlicious Home Decor, What's Cooking with Ruthie, The Weary Chef, Raising Memories
Sunday:  A Peek Into my Paradise, Three Mango Seeds, Denise Designed

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day 2014

Happy Mother's Day to you all...moms, step moms, grandmothers, aunts, fur baby moms, and dads who have to do it all.

I had a great, long weekend to enjoy!
Saw an old friend on Friday and did some shopping.
(yes, I bought myself something, but the real reason was boring. Hubby needed socks.)

Saturday we lounged around in the AM an then ran errands (um, yayness)
Came home to find out that the girl child had taken it upon herself to help me out some. Sweeeet!

We did a late lunch, early dinner at a fave restaurant.

Came home, watched a movie*, and then enjoyed a thunderstorm.

We watched Jack and Jill with Adam Sandler.
WAY funnier than I expected!

On Sunday, we called my mother and then visited my mother in law.
Hubby was a good son and knocked some items off her "honey do" list.

Hubby heated up some leftovers for dinner, and the girl did the dishes
(hey, leftovers or not, I didn't have to cook or clean!)

Just relaxing at this point.
Really love my little family, and can't imagine any other life.

I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I have.

Betty Crocker Utensil Giveaway!!! (CLOSED)

Congrats Angel A, keep an eye out for an email....

Yay for free stuff!

I love, love, love getting new cooking utensils to use.
I am rough on mine, they break, melt, or get lost at someone else's house
(or, in hubby's case...he brings them to "old man" volleyball and they never make it home)

I stumbled across these spiffy red Betty Crocker utensils and decided YOU needed to own them!

Enclosed in this neat-o gift set is

  • Measuring cups
  • Small box grater
  • Double spatula
  • Spatula
  • Basting brush
  • Kitchen shears
  • Measuring spoons
They are all eye catching red and easy to clean silicone!

Good luck to all!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Cheesy Mac (Salad)

When I was growing up, my father worked for Digital Equipment Corporation

In the dinosaur age of 1986 they came out with a cookbook. A nice combination of employee loved recipes.
Many a meal at my house came from that book.

It entered my mind the other day, for some reason, and I asked my mother if I could borrow her copy. She wasn't sure where hers was (in a box somewhere) but my aunt had hers handy.

I borrowed it and copied all the ones I thought we might enjoy.
This is one of those recipes.

1 Lb elbow macaroni
8 oz sour cream
1 Cup parmesan cheese
1 Tsp salt
1 Tbsp pepper
1 Tsp garlic powder
1 Tsp celery powder

1. In a large pan, boil macaroni based on package directions
2. Drain pasta and run under cold water
3. Mix sour cream, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and celery powder in a large bowl
4. Add cooled pasta and mix well
5. When pasta is coated with sour cream mixture, add parmesan and mix well
6. Refrigerate or 2 hours before serving.

For some reason I actually was OUT of elbows! Shells came to the rescue though.

This recipe was shared with:
Monday: Pioneer Momma, New Mama Diaries, Kitchen Table Art, The Chicken Chick, Jam Hands, Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, Inside Bru Crew Life, Feeding Big, A Southern Fairytale, A Pinch of Joy, Uncommon Designs, Jambellish, All Things Fee, Boogieboard Cottage, Mom's the Word
Tuesday: Diamonds in the Rough, Cornerstone Confessions, Pint Sized Baker, Memories by the Mile, A Peek into my Paradise, Hot Momma's Kitchen Chaos, My Joy Filled Life, Mandy's Recipe Box, Kathe with an E, Sweet Silly Sara, The New Mrs Adventures
Wednesday: Dizzy Busy and Hungry, Recipes for our Daily Bread, Wine and Glue, White Lights on Wednesday, Buns in my Oven, Gingersnap Crafts, Crafty Allie, Sew Crafty Angel, Lady Behind the Curtain, Mom's Test KitchenThe Newlywed Pilgrimage, Lemoine Family Kitchen, Gooseberry Patch
Thursday: Sweet Haute, Lambert's Lately, Sweet Bella Roos, What's Cooking Love, Saving 4 Six, The Nourishing Gourmet, Miz Helen's Country Cottage, Embracing Change
Friday: The Grits Blog, Craft Dictator, Play Party Pin, Hungry Harps, Coffee with us 3, O Taste and See Blog, Daily Dish, The Better Baker, Endlessly Inspired, Love Bakes Good Cakes, Thirty Handmade Days, Angel's Homestead, Craft O Maniac, Morsels of Life, Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom, Cooking with Curls
Saturday: What's Cooking with Ruthie, Six Sisters Stuff, Simply Gloria, Sewlicious Home Decor, Raising Memories, Northeast Bloggers, Weary Chef
Sunday: Denise Designed, The Girl Creative, Three Mango Seeds