All posts filed under: Holiday stuff

Pumpkin spice for breakfast

This year all the craze seems to be pumpkin spice. Not sure I would like it, just sounds, well….strange. We should eat pumpkin pie not drink it right? Have to say I am a changed person. While shopping I saw our favorite milk company had a small pumpkin spice drink ” for a limited time”. I got suckered in and bought some. All I can say is yum. John and I both hand a small glass. At 250 calories per cup…..I think this needs to be rationed.  Well this morning I poured John an orange juice and said “hey, what about a pumpkin orange drink”? Using half oj and half pumpkin spice milk drink I mixed in a small glass and stirred. Sipped……and Shazam …..tastes like a 50 50 bar with a hit of pumpkin spice.  Just thought I would share.  As always we hope you enjoy.  Advertisements

Fresh beet salad

Beets are a vegetable you either love or not. It is hard to hide in a dish because of the beautiful color. Yes, there are yellow beets however the red, brilliantly bright colored one works great for this salad. It just pops with the green leaves, burgundy red colors and soft flavor of the dressing. Vegans will love this dish as well. Heck my husband loved it and I will be making it again tonight.  Beets seem to come in bunches of three; I used one beet and half the beets greens for a batch. It was more than enough for a nice side salad with our meal. I am thinking you could use all the greens, and all the beets to make a larger batch, having left overs for a few days to come. The small amount we had left was excellent the next day.  1 bunch of beets ( three beets with greens attached) 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons sesame seed oil Pinch of salt 1 teaspoon soy sauce  When you …

Chipotle pork fingers

I am in a keno group, once a month I try and come up with something different. Having this can of cipotle peppers has been killing me…..since they are not too hot the ladies should like the flavor and not be blown away. (Texans have whimpy mouths). I had ground pork from the pig we had processed, filo dough and frozen spinach. Filo and spinach are always a great base for finger food. So, I came up with this tasty treat. Pretty easy to make especially if you do some prep work earlier in the day or the night before.  1. 5 pounds ground pork 1 can chipotle peppers 1 package frozen spinach 1 teaspoon salt 1 package filo dough Butter,  pastry brush Small crockpot Dipping sauce if desired  ( I used a yogurt based avocado, cilantro dressing, store bought) To speed things up for the evening I was going to assemble I prepped the fillings earlier. The frozen spinach I thawed, opened, placed in a colander, then in a bowl. Leaving this in the …

Chicken stuffed jalapeños 

Sometimes you just need a snack. We were in some intense game playing of backgammon and I did not want to break to make something large for dinner. Plus we had these beautiful peppers…..so I came up with this easy to make treat.  6 jalapeño peppers cut lengthwise seeded and viened 1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese 1 can chicken drained 1 tablespoon mayo 1 tablespoon bacon grease ( I keep a jar in the refrigerator )  1/4 teaspoon minced roasted garlic  1/2 teaspoon Penzey’s Northwoods seasoning ( or something of your favorite spice)  Heat oven to 400. Add everything but peppers in a bowl. With the back of a folk mush together until thoroughly blended and creamy like. Arrange pepper halves on cookie sheet. Take chicken mixture and shape pepper cavity size, filling each half, packing it in. Use all the mixture for the twelves pieces. Bake for 20 minutes. Move to broiler area and broil for 5-10 minutes until brown on top.  That’s it. Serve plain or if you must with a dipping …

S’moreOes

It is close to summer, that means bonfires and roasting marshmallows. 🙂 a friend went camping last weekend and came up with another new creation. Chasity is calling them S’moreOes. So good she says you will eat the entire box of cookies with only a few mellows left.  1 box Oreo cookies 1 bag marshmallows Roasting sticks And a good fire Place an Oreo on the stick carefully through the center, then spear the marshmallow and then another Oreo. Press together firmly. Roast until your marshmallow is to your liking. Carefully remove and eat! 😜

Punt pizza 

Super Bowl has come and gone….however I think back on all the crazy food we consume on this one day. From BBQ to deep frying, boiling, and baked. The world becomes obsessed with crazy good food on this one Sunday. Myself included I racked my brain for days trying to come up with something different and unique. So……this is it. Maybe you can help with a name. It is pizza, calzone, like….. but not.  2 thick canned pizza crust 1 package johnsonville Italian sausage (5) I used mild flavor 2 tomatoes 1-2 cloves garlic chopped fine or 1 large teaspoon dried  Garlic salt- some pepper not much 1 teaspoon Italian herbs 1 onion 1 bell pepper 1/2 cup sliced Klamata  olives drained 4 cups grated mozzarella cheese 1 cup (divided) 5 cheese Italian cheese, small package  Bundt pan Biscuit cutter or something to cut out dough Cook sausage until almost done, drain on paper towel. Grease bundt pan. Open one pizza crust package and spread out with fingers to increase size by an inch on …

John’s potato salad 

I know I’m late…..the three day weekend is just about over and you have already meal planned for today. However, summer has really just begun and potatoe salad can be served all year long. Truthfully my potato salad is not so great but John’s…….well……people think I made it and ask for the recipe. Super easy, really delicious.  6 russet potatoes pealed and cut into TWO INCH HUNKS 8  eggs  (hard boiled) Two cups of mayonnaise or more if needed 2 stalks of finely chopped celery Salt and pepper Boil potatoes hunks in salted water for ten minutes, add eggs in the shells to the same pot, put a lid on it and turn off heat. Let sit for twenty minutes. Everything will be done then. Remove hard boil eggs and place on plate or in bowl to cool. Dump potatoes in strainer to drain and rinse will cold water. Just a light rinse. Place in serving bowl and refrigerate until completely cool. When cool add mayonnaise and stir, chop celery, slice the eggs and add …

Peanut brittle

   Super easy brittle you can do in the microwave. Fun for kids to watch you make it…..kind of like a science experiment with the bubbles and color changes. This recipe cane be changed up to make it salty or spicy hot or even both, depending on your tastes for that day.  1 cup sugar 1/2 clear Karo syrup 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup raw peanuts (no skin works best but with skin is okay)  Extra butter to coat cookie sheet with Butter a cookie sheet all over the bottom. Then in a microwave proof clear bowl mix Karo and sugar together. On high heat zap for 4 minutes. This will be HOT SO BE CAREFUL.  Remove from microwave add peanuts, stir. I sometimes add a half a cup more just because….place back in micro for 3 minutes, check to see if mixture just starts to turn color and/ or the peanuts have a strong peanut smell. DO NOT OVER COOK.  You might need to do this twice. …

Oatmeal raisin cookies

Always a favorite cookie….. I have change up a standard recipe using golden raisins and more brown sugar. These are soft, chewy yummy good. I had to hide them from John because he was inhaling them, literary as fast as they came off the cookie sheet. It still did not work, he found them…..so I now make a double batch. This way I can have a few too.  1 1/4 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup white sugar 2 eggs 2 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup butter. Or 2 sticks soften 3 cups rolled oats  2 cups flour 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda  1 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 cup golden raisins  Cream sugars and butter, add eggs. Add everything else together and stir until thoroughly mixed. Place about 2 tablespoon size cookie dough on greased cookie sheet bake 350 for 8-11 minutes. Cool on racks. As always we hope you enjoy

Vanilla Carmel cake with coconut pecan frosting

With a name like that you’d think this recipe is time consuming and hard….nope, very easy and you can buy everything at your local market. I am very pleased with the flavor of the cake and how moist it is too. The frosting is up to you, I choose the coconut pecan because it is not too terribly sweet.  Box or vanilla cake mix ( follow the directions on box) 2 teaspoon vanilla 1/3-1/2 cup melted carmel….I used a good quality carmel product, melted squares will work 1 can coconut pecan frosting Grease 13×9 pan, make cake mix according to box directions, however add the extra vanilla while mixing. Pour into pan, drizzle carmel slowly all over the cake batter in thin strands. No system to it….just long and as even as you can threads.  Bake according to directions. After cake is cooled spread the frosting over the cake. The carmel will melt into the cake and add a wonder flavor to the white cake. You might want to eat it without frosting too.  As …