Thursday, July 29, 2010
I love to cook and bake! Ever since I was little, the creative pictures, recipes and one-of-a-kind books by gooseberry patch, have always been one of my favorite collections!! Maybe they are a big reason for my love of cooking and baking?! =)
Anyways, as a mom of two girls, I look forward to teaching them how to cook and be creative in the kitchen and around the home, so I have several Gooseberry Patch books on my "wish List" for them!
You can imagine how thrilled I was when Barbara from Gooseberry Patch said I could review the children's cookbook, "Kids In The Kitchen" on my blog, for my daughter's birthday party!! How amazing!
When I received the "Kids In the Kitchen" cookbook, I was very happy to see how sturdy the pages are and that they are easy to clean! This is a very kid-proof cookbook!
The recipes are kid-friendly of course and all of them foods that kids Love!
My children are looking forward to making the yummy chocolate "Cup of Dirt" with gummy worms! And I hope one of the next recipes we make together is the "Crispy Chicken Bites"!
Growing up, my siblings and I ate Toad-In-A-Hole and "Kids In The Kitchen" has a neat recipe to introduce this great breakfast treat to your children!
Toad-In-A-Hole was the first recipe we made together from this cookbook! My daughter had so much fun!
Then we got a watermelon at the store the other day and tried the "Melonberry Lemonade"! It is SOOO Yummy!!! I wish I had the recipe before my daughter's party now! Lol! Would make a perfect party drink, a new addition to the lemonade stand and great cooler for hot summer days!
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
I love cheese balls/spread and decided to shape a cheese spread into a horse head! It turned out good and I served it with carrot sticks of course! =)
Horse Head Cheese Spread!
Prep: 5 min. + chilling
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 of a 1 oz. package of Ranch dressing mix
1/4 tsp. each dried basil, dill weed, garlic powder and pepper
•In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and seasonings until
well blended. Shape into horse head using a butter knife and fork. Decorate with black olives. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve with crackers. Yield: about 3 cups.
I wanted to get some Pizza Roll Ups (or whatever they are called! Lol!), since I knew the kids would Love them! Well, I just couldn't make myself buy them since money is tight, soooooo....I decided to try to make my own! =)
I had a jar of pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and we had just bought, cooked sliced and put a ham in the freezer!
Every recipe I found called for crescent dough! Well I did not have that and do not buy it, so I decided to find a dough recipe!
Well after a lot of searching, I found this recipe on a lady's blog:
Pigs In A Blanket Yeast Dough Recipe
2 c. warm water
2 TBSP yeast
1/2 c. sugar
Let stand for 5 mins.
1/4 c. oil
2 tsp. salt
5 c. flour
Knead 7 minutes. Let rise one hour.
Divide in half. Roll out into 2 round 18" circles. Use pizza cutter or butter knife to cut into pie wedges each.
Roll up a hotdog into each wedge. Let rise 1 hour. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes."
For a step-by-step on how to make them, please visit "Seagull Fountain"!
Now for what I did!
Yes, I went a little wild and had so much Fun!
I made a triple batch of the dough! Warning use a Huge bowl if you do this! lol!
When the dough was ready to fill I filled one batch (divided in 2 halfs) with summer sausages (like hotdogs) and velvetta cheese. I cut the dough in the wedges and rolled into crescents. That made 16 pigs in a blanket!
The second batch, I rolled out (divided in 2 halves)into more of a square shape and cut into 8 rectangles. I put some pizza sauce, sliced mozzarella cheese and chopped, sliced ham. Then I folded the dough over and pinched down the edges to form pocket pizzas! That made 16 Pizza pockets!
The last batch, I rolled out into (divided in 2 halves), two 18 in. circles, then I spread a thin layer of pizza sauce (optional), sprinkled with mozzarella cheese and frozen spinach (thawed and drained). Then I rolled it like you would a log for cinnamon rolls and cut into slices! That made over 20 spinach rolls!
All of the rolls turned out soooo good! I was very happy! Here is another picture of all of the rolls!
A close up of the spinach rolls! Yum!
And last but not least, I wanted some bars! I thought oat bars would be a hit and I found a recipe that I changed up and it turned out SOOOO YUMMY!
Sorry I do not have a picture of mine to share! Maybe next time!
Cream Cheese Cranberry Bars
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
1 14oz. can of Whole Cranberry Sauce
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
Combine oats and 1-1/2 cups flour; add to the creamed mixture until
blended. Set aside 1-1/2 cups for topping.
•Press remaining crumb mixture into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking
pan. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
•Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the cranberry Sauce, cream cheese,
sugar, egg, lemon peel, vanilla and remaining flour. Spread evenly
over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
•Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: about 3 dozen.
I will be posting the cake recipe soon! =)
I was wanting to have a big birthday bash on my blog around her birthday, but things have been to busy! So I am having a Summer party, and have several great post planned!
I have party recipes and party planning ideas and tips, plus a great giveaway from Gooseberry Patch and a game review from Hasbro!!!
I have more reviews and giveaways coming up and more great blog plans! Just hope I can get a good schedule down to post them all! Lol!
The above picture is the cake I made for Princess S.! She helped me design the picture for the blog party event!
Hope you join the Summer party fun and enjoy!
How neat! All are women's and girls patterns and a lot of the little girls patterns are size 6 which is perfect! most of the women's patterns are around size 10 so I think I could make them work for me! I am going to share the patterns with family with they would like them too! =)
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
True Random Number Generator gives the winner.....
FOr sure my princess and nephew would love the one about the zoo....and my nephew the one about sports. But all of them are great! Very interesting!
Winner has confirmed.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Finally back for Music Monday! Yippee! Great way to start your week! Visit "Saved By Grace" to link up your music or hear more uplifting songs!
Today I have to share three music videos!
If you have been following my blog long, you will have seen that the last few music Monday's I shared some songs by the band, NeedToBreathe"! My little girls love their songs!
This one below, "Lay 'Em Down" came on the radio the other day, and they were very excited to hear it!
It is really a great song! Reminds me of the old pictures and stories of everyone going down to the river for baptism and Church revivals! And that we need to lay everything at the feet of Jesus!!
My girls also love oldies songs! They saw the Jersey boys on Fox news "Huckabee" show a while back and have been singing "Walk Like A man" ever since! Lol! They like this video:
We sometimes listen to Country music, though it is Not my favorite since there are just Too many cheating, broken hurt and drinking songs! But when I heard this song the other day, I just had to hear it again and again! the music (and lyrics) are so pretty! I would love to play this on guitar!
Well there you go! Three music videos! Hope you enjoy at least one of them! lol!
God bless your week!
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I would love to use this to do some birthday shopping for Princess S. and get husband a surprise! I always love seeing his surprise when i win something off the computer! =)
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Sunday, July 11, 2010
Sadly I was the only one who seemed to enjoy it! =( Oh well! I think it is great and would love to hear if anyone else likes it too!
Oh, by the way, I used eggs (3) instead of substitute, since I have never used egg substitute!
From "Taste Of Home"
3 cups shredded zucchini
3/4 cup egg substitute
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 small tomatoes, halved and thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup julienned green pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
•In a large bowl, combine zucchini and egg substitute. Stir in flour
and salt. Spread onto the bottom of a 12-in. pizza pan coated with
•Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°. Sprinkle
with the mozzarella, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, oregano, basil
and Parmesan cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until onion is tender
and cheese is melted. Yield: 6 slices.
Nutrition Facts: One slice equals 190 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 431 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber,
"If I won, I would get a Le Crueset water jug in a nice sunny yellow colour. By the way, a hive of bumble bees lives under my deck, has been there for close to ten years now! I love the little critters too!"
Congratulations Colleen! Hope you enjoy the LeCrueset water jug, or whatever you pick!
Winner has confirmed.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Also you could make this in your slow cooker!! =)
"Chunky Taco Soup"
from "Taste of Home"
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
1-1/2 pounds beef top sirloin or round steak, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
2 cups water
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
1 envelope taco seasoning
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
•In a large kettle or Dutch oven, brown beef and onion in oil. Add the
pinto beans, tomatoes, water, black beans, corn, salad dressing mix
and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer
for 20-30 minutes or until the meat is tender. Sprinkle with
cilantro. Yield: 12 servings (about 3 quarts).