Tuesday, May 9, 2017

CHOCOLATE CAKE FOR ONE


1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp vegetable oil or melted butter
3 tbsp milk

Mix all ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 3 minutes. *You can transfer to a mug before cooking.

Frosting:
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
splash of milk or coffee or creamer

Mix until desired consistency and pour over cake.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

HAM & BROCCOLI MAC

I've decided to start adding mix ins to our favorite macaroni and cheese casserole recipe.  These dinners are perfect for us because the entire family loves them and it makes enough for 2 nights!  I really dislike hamburger helper so I'm aiming to make my own versions.

16oz elbow mac
16oz sharp shredded cheddar 
2 cups milk
1/4 cup flour
16oz cubed ham
12oz frozen broccoli florets
5 slices bread, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup butter, melted

Boil macaroni for 10 minutes, throw frozen broccoli in for the last 4 minutes, then drain and return to stock pot.  Add cheese, milk, flour and ham to stock pot and stir until well combined.

Pour into a greased 13x9 casserole dish.  Top with bread pieces and drizzle bread with melted butter.  
Bake for 45 minutes at 350*

Thursday, January 19, 2017

WHITE CHICKEN CHILI


2 pounds chicken thighs or breasts 
large onion, chopped
olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon red pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
2 (4oz) cans diced green chills
3 cans great northern beans, undrained
4 cups chicken broth
16+8oz shredded monterey jack cheese
sour cream for garnish

Heat olive in a stock pot over medium heat, sauté onion until translucent.  Add garlic, clove, cumin, red pepper, green chilis and oregano, sauté for about a min.

Add chicken broth and chicken, bring to a boil and cook chicken for about 15 minutes or until done.  Take chicken out and chop into chunks.  Add chicken, beans and 16oz of cheese to pot, simmer for 15 minutes.

Serve with  remaining cheese and sour cream.

This recipe was given to me in 2005 by a neighbor and we loved it!  I lost the recipe and went years without making it.  12 years later I contacted my friend and she still had the recipe!  We are so happy to have it back in our lives again! Here's an old photo of my husband and daughter making this chili and we reenacted it today in 2017!  LOL!






Sunday, January 8, 2017

SWEET AND TANGY MEATBALLS


1 jar grape jelly
1 bottle sweet baby rays BBQ sauce (or sweet & spicy BBQ sauce)
1 package frozen meatballs

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and mix well.
Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

CHOCOLATE CRINKLE COOKIES



1 cup cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
powdered sugar

Mix together cocoa, sugar and vegetable oil.  Mix in 1 egg at a time.  Add in the rest of the ingredients except powdered sugar until well combined.  

Wrap dough in saran wrap and chill for 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350*  Put a generous amount of powdered sugar on a mat.  Use a scoop or spoon to shape 1" balls, dip your fingers in the sugar to help keep dough from sticking, pat the tops of cookies down in the sugar and lay on cookie sheet.  

Bake for 9-10 minutes.

Recipe from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/9861/chocolate-crinkles-ii/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringContentType=search%20results&clickId=cardslot%202

GINGERBREAD MEN COOKIES AND/OR SPICED MOLASSES COOKIES

These are the best gingerbread cookies I've ever had, they are packed with spice and so flavorful!!!  We really love them with the sugar on them!

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses 
decorating sugar crystals

Cream together shortening and sugar.  Add egg and molasses, beat until fluffy.  Add remaining dry ingredients (not sugar crystals) and mix until well combined.

Wrap dough in saran wrap and refrigerate for 1-4 hours.  This step is for making gingerbread men, if only make molasses drop cookies you can skip chilling.

Preheat oven to 350*
For Gingerbread Men Cookies: flour your mat and rolling pin.  Divide dough in half and roll out until about 1/4" thick.  Cut shapes out and place on greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 8 minutes.

For Molasses Drop Cookies: Pour sugar crystals out onto a mat.  Roll dough into 1" balls and press top of cookie into sugar crystals.  Place on cookie sheet and bake for 9-10 minutes.

Thanks to one of my derby wives, Kate Yeager, for this amazing recipe!   





Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CREAMY CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP


1 tablespoon olive oil
6 chicken thighs 
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 celery stalk
1/3 cup flour
1 cube or packet of chicken bullion
garlic salt & pepper
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream (or go ahead and throw in the whole pint ;)
16 oz rotini noodles
1/2 cup froze pea and carrot mix

Heat oil in a pot over medium heat.  Sear chicken for 3 minutes each on both sides.  Add onion, garlic and celery.  Saute for another 3 minutes until onion and celery are soft.  Add flour, bullion and garlic salt.  Mix and cook for another 3 minutes.

Pour in broth, increase heat to a boil and cook for 4 minutes.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.  Transfer thighs to a plate and discard bones and skin if necessary.  Shred chicken and add back to the pot with milk, cream and noodles.  Bring to a boil and cook for 6 minutes.  Add pea and carrot mix for a couple more minutes.

Taste soup and add garlic salt and pepper to taste.




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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

POKE' BALL CROCHET PATTERN

Poke’ Ball Beanie

Materials:
Worsted Weight Yarn (ex. Red Heart Super Saver) in red, white & black
US I/9 5.50mm
Yarn needle 

Gauge:  6 stitches and 5 rounds = 2 inches
CHECK YOUR GAUGE.  Use any size hook to obtain gauge.

Stitches: 
hdc - half double crochet                 sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet                            rsc - reverse sing crochet
magic ring

0-3 Months 13”-15” head
Rd 1:  with RED yarn ch 2, hdc 8 in 2nd ch from hook, join (8)
Rd 2:  ch 2, *2hdc*, join (16)
Rd 3:  ch 2, *hdc, 2hdc*, join (24)
Rd 4:  ch 2, *2 hdc, 2hdc*, join (32)
Rd 5:  ch 2, *3 hdc, 2hdc*, join (40) 4” diameter
Rd 6-8: ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (40)
Rd 9: join BLACK yarn ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (40)
Rd 10-15:  join WHITE yarn ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (40)
Rd 16 (optional): rsc around for a nice finished look
sl st and fasten off - should measure 5”-5.5” in length

3-6 Months 15”-17” head
Rd 1:  with RED yarn ch 2, hdc 9 in 2nd ch from hook, join (9)
Rd 2:  ch 2, *2hdc*, join (18)
Rd 3:  ch 2, *hdc, 2hdc*, join (27)
Rd 4:  ch 2, *2 hdc, 2hdc*, join (36)
Rd 5:  ch 2, *3 hdc, 2hdc*, join (45) 4.5” diameter
Rd 6-9: ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (45)
Rd 10: join BLACK yarn ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (45)
Rd 11-17:  join WHITE yarn ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (45)
Rd 18 (optional): rsc around for a nice finished look
sl st and fasten off - should measure 6” in length

6-12 Months 17”-19” head                                                                                   
Rd 1:  with RED yarn ch 2, hdc 8 in 2nd ch from hook, join (8)
Rd 2:  ch 2, *2hdc*, join (16)
Rd 3:  ch 2, *hdc, 2hdc*, join (24)
Rd 4:  ch 2, *2 hdc, 2hdc*, join (32)
Rd 5:  ch 2, *3 hdc, 2hdc*, join (40)
Rd 6:  ch 2, *4 hdc, 2hdc*, join (48) 5” diameter
Rd 7-9: ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (48)
Rd 10-11:  join BLACK yarn ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (48)
Rd 12-18:  join WHITE yarn ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (48)
Rd 19 (optional): rsc around for a nice finished look
sl st and fasten off - should measure 6.5” in length

1 - 4 Years 18”-20” head
Rd 1:  with RED yarn ch 2, hdc 7 in 2nd ch from hook, join (7)
Rd 2:  ch 2, *2hdc*, join (14)
Rd 3:  ch 2, *hdc, 2hdc*, join (21)
Rd 4:  ch 2, *2 hdc, 2hdc*, join (28)
Rd 5:  ch 2, *3 hdc, 2hdc*, join (35)
Rd 6:  ch 2, *4 hdc, 2hdc*, join (42) 
Rd 7:  ch 2, *5 hdc, 2hdc*, join (49) 5.5” diameter
Rd 8:  ch 2, *15 hdc, 2hdc*, hdc, join (52)
Rd 9: ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (52)
Rd 10-11:  join BLACK yarn ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (52)
Rd 12-19: join WHITE yarn ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (52)
Rd 20 (optional): rsc around for a nice finished look
sl st and fasten off - should measure 7” in length

4 Years - Small Adult 19”-21” head
Rd 1:  with RED yarn ch 2, hdc 8 in 2nd ch from hook, join (8)
Rd 2:  ch 2, *2hdc*, join (16)
Rd 3:  ch 2, *hdc, 2hdc*, join (24)
Rd 4:  ch 2, *2 hdc, 2hdc*, join (32)
Rd 5:  ch 2, *3 hdc, 2hdc*, join (40)
Rd 6:  ch 2, *4 hdc, 2hdc*, join (48) 
Rd 7:  ch 2, *5 hdc, 2hdc*, join (56) 6” diameter
Rd 8-11: ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (56)
Rd 12-13: join BLACK yarn ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (56)
Rd 14-20:  join WHITE yarn ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (56)
Rd 21 (optional): rsc around for a nice finished look
sl st and fasten off - should measure 7.5” in length

Medium Adult 20”-22” head
Rd 1:  with RED yarn ch 2, hdc 8 in 2nd ch from hook, join (8)
Rd 2:  ch 2, *2hdc*, join (16)
Rd 3:  ch 2, *hdc, 2hdc*, join (24)
Rd 4:  ch 2, *2 hdc, 2hdc*, join (32)
Rd 5:  ch 2, *3 hdc, 2hdc*, join (40)
Rd 6:  ch 2, *4 hdc, 2hdc*, join (48) 
Rd 7:  ch 2, *5 hdc, 2hdc*, join (56) 
Rd 8:  ch 2, *6 hdc, 2hdc*, join (64) 6.5” diameter
Rd 9-11: ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (64)
Rd 12-13: join BLACK yarn ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (64)
Rd 14-21: join WHITE yarn ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (64)
Rd 22 (optional): rsc around for a nice finished look
sl st and fasten off - should measure 8” in length

Large Adult 23”-25” head
Rd 1:  with RED yarn ch 2, hdc 8 in 2nd ch from hook, join (8)
Rd 2:  ch 2, *2hdc*, join (16)
Rd 3:  ch 2, *hdc, 2hdc*, join (24)
Rd 4:  ch 2, *2 hdc, 2hdc*, join (32)
Rd 5:  ch 2, *3 hdc, 2hdc*, join (40)
Rd 6:  ch 2, *4 hdc, 2hdc*, join (48) 
Rd 7:  ch 2, *5 hdc, 2hdc*, join (56) 
Rd 8:  ch 2, *6 hdc, 2hdc*, join (64) 
Rd 9:  ch 2, *7 hdc, 2hdc*, join (72) 7” diameter
Rd 10-12: ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (72)
Rd 13-14: join BLACK yarn ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (72)
Rd 15-22:  join WHITE yarn ch 2, hdc in each stitch, join (72)
Rd 23 (optional): rsc around for a nice finished look
sl st and fasten off - should measure 8.5” in length

Center Ring
Rd 1: with WHITE yarn make magic ring, 8 hdc in ring, join and pull tight, join (8)
Rd 2: ch 2, *2hdc*, join (16)
Rd 3: ch 2, *hdc, 2hdc*, join (24)
Rd 4: join BLACK yarn ch 1 *2 sc, 2sc* (32)
join and fasten off with a long tail
whip stitch to center of hat

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

PUMPKIN ROLL

Cake Ingredients:
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin puree

Cream Cheese Filling:
8oz cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375*
Line a jelly roll pan with parchment or wax paper.

Mix all cake ingredients together until well combined.  Pour evenly onto pan and bake for 14 minutes.  Lift parchment paper off of pan and gently roll cake tightly from one end to the other.  You can roll it longways if you'd like and it'll make a smaller size piece when cut but a longer roll to get more slices out of.  Once it's rolled up tightly set on a wire rack to cool.

Beat all cream cheese filling ingredients together and spread evenly onto unrolled cake once it feels room temp to the touch.  Roll the cake back up tightly and wrap with saran wrap and place in fridge for an hour.

Before serving dust cake with powdered sugar.

Recipe from: Libby's can and http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/pumpkin-roll-recipe/

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

GRAPE PIZZA



Oh man, I cannot describe how amazing this pizza was!  If these are your kind of flavors (they are definitely mine!) than this pizza is a MUST!  My entire family loved and devoured it within minutes!

pizza dough
4oz garlic herb goat cheese (or plain will work)
prosciutto 
seedless grapes
balsamic glaze (bertolli makes it)

Bake pizza crust according to directions on package.  Bake for the entire amount of time, do not bake toppings - I tried and while the warm grapes were yummy the goat cheese sort of evaporated.

Pull pizza crust out of the oven when browned and crispy.  Spread goat cheese over crust with the back of a spoon.  Top with prosciutto and grapes.  Drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Seriously - AMAZING!


I did try a different version where I baked the toppings on the crust.  I used the goat cheese, prosciutto and kalamata olives.  The cheese did not do well with being baked and it also made the crust soggy, not nearly as good as it was not baked.  It was still pretty tasty but too salty for my taste.  I happen to just love the combination of sweet fruit with salty prosciutto.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

UNDER ARMOUR CHART



I absolutely love making graph beanies.  Here is an under armour symbol for you to try with your favorite graph beanie pattern.  


Monday, September 19, 2016

EGGPLANT ROLLATINI

This recipe reminds me of lasagna or stuffed shells without the meat and pasta. 

2 medium/large eggplants
salt
olive oil
1 10oz box frozen thawed spinach, squeeze out liquid
3 cups ricotta cheese
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 eggs, beaten
1.5 cups shredded mozzarella 
3/4 cup grated parmesan
24oz jar spaghetti sauce

Slice ends off of eggplants and slice them long ways into 1/4" thick slices.  I used a mandolin.  Heavily salt both sides of slices and lay out on paper towels for 20 minutes.
Rinse eggplant slices and pat dry with paper towels.  Brush both sides with olive oil, use to pans to roast slices for 7 minutes each side at 400*.
In a large bowl combine spinach, ricotta cheese, garlic, eggs, 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/2 cup parmesan.
Spread 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce on bottom of 13x9 casserole dish.  Roll up filling in eggplant slices and place in dish.  Top with remaining sauce and cheeses, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 400*.  Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.