Monday, December 31, 2007

Easy Peasy

Two easy recipes for you!

This first, a cookie recipe, is one I remember making when I was growing up. I had since forgotten about it until I was reading one of my Christmas gifts and found it there. So quick and easy and good--you won't believe the ingredients!


1 box cake mix (any flavor but chocolate or lemon is especially good)
1 egg
2 cups cool whip (measure. A tub usually has a little over)
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Mix the cake mix, egg, and cool whip until well mixed. Drop by teaspoons into powdered sugar. Roll to coat. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, 12 to a standard size cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

This dip recipe was given to me at a recent party I attended. The giver calls it "Heart Attack in a Bowl", but it's delicious!

Cheesy Goo

1 wedge of brie
1 stick unsalted butter
12 ounces cream cheese

Cut everything up and put in a bowl. Microwave until melty and soft. Stir together. Serve with dippers (vegetables or crackers or bagel chips)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Busy, Busy

I've been super busy lately...baking, crafting, and just getting ready for all the upcoming events. I hope to post more tomorrow!

Monday, December 10, 2007

I'm Back!

The wedding was lovely, though I thought it a bit chilly. Especially since today at home it was 70 degrees out!

I thought it high time that I start some Christmas goodies. I tend not to do cookies too much, mostly because they just sit around and no one eats them, no matter how good they are. I generally go for quick and easy candies with a few other non-cookie goody thrown in. Today I made a batch of poor man turtles. If you've never made them, please do. They are quick, easy, and oh so yummy!

Poor Man Turtles

1 bag Rollo candies
60 mini pretzels (approximately)
60 pecan halves (approximately)

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Meanwhile, cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Place the pretzels on the cookie sheet in a single layer. Unwrap the Rollo candy and place one on each pretzel. Place in the oven for 2-3 minutes. The candy keeps its shape! Immediately press a pecan half on top of each candy. Place in the refrigerator to firm up. Store at room temperature in a covered container. They don't last long so I have no idea how long they keep!

Friday, December 7, 2007

I'll Be Back!

Going away for a few days to a wedding...I'll be back soon!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Shhh....It's a Secret!

My recipe for Chicken and Dumplings, that is :D I don't give this recipe out to just anyone, but someone mentioned not being able to make a decent one, so I thought I'd share :) Not too many people read my blog anyway! lol! I combined three different recipes to get this.

boneless-skinless chicken breasts *or* chicken tenders (any amount...depends on how much chicken you want)

4 cups chicken broth

1 tbsp butter

1 can cream of celery soup *or* cream of chicken

3 tbsp cornstarch mixed into 1 cup of milk

1 box of Jiffy biscuit mix

1/2 cup warm water

Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. Put the chicken broth in a pot and bring to a boil. Add the chicken and poach (about 5 minutes). Add the soup, butter, and milk mixture. Mix the biscuit mix and water. Drop by spoonfuls onto the boiling liquid. Cover and let steam 10-15 minutes.

*you may need to stir it occasionally to keep the dumplings from sticking and to keep the broth from boiling over.

**you can make your own dumplings if you prefer (Cracker Barrel style), but these are so much easier!

P.S. Darla-you can find the recipe for Butter Beef here. It was alright. Don't know that I'll make it again.

Tin Man

Is anyone else out there in blog land watching this? I am a huge Wizard of Oz fan and a pretty big Sci-Fi fan as well, so I was really excited when I found out about this miniseries. I have yet to be disappointed! I think it's a very interesting, well done retelling of the Wizard of Oz and I'm very sad that tonight is the last installment. I wish it were a regular series!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Menu Plan Monday!

Monday-Butter Beef over mashed potatoes

Tuesday-Taco Salad

Wednesday-Chicken and dumplings (didn't have it last week)

Thursday-Marinated pork chops

Friday/Saturday-out of town!