12/24/09

Day 13: Big Batch Kris Kringle Cookies


It's the last day of our Christmas Treats Countdown, I can't believe it's Christmas Eve! I am so excited!! And what better cookie to have on Christmas Eve than Kris Kringle Cookies. I had never heard of these, but as I was searching for treats I saw these on http://www.allrecipes.com/. I thought they would be perfect, so last night I made them, and wow! They are so delicious. And since the have dried cranberries in them, I figured they were healthier than regular cookies, so I gave myself permission to eat as many as I wanted. :) I hope you enjoyed our '12 Days of Treats' as much as I have, and I wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas!

This is not my picture, my pictures did not look too appealing. So, I used the one from the internet. I did do a few things different from the recipe. One reason my cookies didn't look as good as these is, I think I need to add a little more flour. I added extra flour after the first batch, but I think they still need more. It also asks for white chocolate, chopped, but I just used white chocolate chips, and I also didn't have as much pecans as asked for, so I just sprinkled a few into the batter.
When I read this recipe before making these, I was a little worried that I wouldn't like them. I am a chocolate chip cookie kind of girl, but believe me, you HAVE to try these, they will surprise you. Enjoy!!
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12/23/09

Day 12: Cheesecake Ball

I'm sorry, my recipe today doesn't have a picture. Yesterday was one of those days, where nothing goes right. I had planned to make my treat for today, but I never got a chance to make it! So, I am posting a different recipe without a picture, how sad. :( And if you have noticed today is day 12. Yeah, I messed up on that. When I decided to do '12 days of Treats' I thought to myself, 'I'll start on the 12th because 12 plus 12 is 24. Well, No. It doesn't work out that way, so I guess we'll have 13 days of treats. Haha
Back to my recipe for the day: I got this recipe from my Sister's ward cookbook. I made this last Christmas for a Christmas Party and it was really really good! Here it is:

Cheesecake Ball
From Linda Houghton

1 Cube butter, softened (no substitutes)
8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1 C. Powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/3-1/2 C. Pecans, Chopped
1/2 C. Mini Chocolate Chips

Beat first five ingredients together and stir in nuts and chocolate chips. With a spatula push mixture into a ball shape. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours. Roll semi-firm mixture into a ball and serve on a platter with graham crackers. (Honeymade Chocolate Sticks are good.)

Variations: 1- Leave out chips and roll ball in them when semi-firm. 2- Add 1-2 Tbsp. of cocoa powder when beating together for more chocolate flavor.

*When I made this, I didn't have pecans, so I omitted them. And I think I added chocolate chips into the cream cheese and rolled it in them also. Delicious!! When I make this, I will post the picture. I am planning on making it on Christmas or New Year's.

12/22/09

Day 11: Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints

These look Delicious! This is another cookie recipe from Shannon that I haven't gotten to try. But I hear, from my niece, that they're really good. So, sometime soon I'll have to try these. Thanks again Shannon for another delicious Recipe!!


Here are some tips from Shannon: For the filling, I didn’t have cream so I used milk instead & the filling turned out fine. I also used butter instead of shortening for the chocolate drizzle. I doubled the cookie batch and the filling; however, I think you could double the cookie batch but use only the regular amounts for the fillings. For the chocolate chips and shortening, I halved what the original recipe called for and I think it was plenty for the double batch.
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12/21/09

Day 10: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crisp Squares

So here's another Peanut Butter recipe for you to try. Sunday was actually a busy day, so at 6:30PM I realized I didn't have any treat for my post. I had come across this recipe on http://www.browneyedbaker.com/ and thought it looked good. So I looked at my recipe, and decided since I had all the ingredients and it was easy I was going to try it. Yum! It is really yummy!! Next time I'm going to be sure to add more peanut butter (I didn't measure to make sure it was 1/2 C.). Thanks again Michelle for another delicious recipe!!


Click Here for the Recipe!

Enjoy!!


1 1/2 Tbsp. butter
5 Oz. Marshmallows
1/2 C. Creamy Peanut Butter
3 Cups Crisped Rice Cereal
2 C. Milk Chocolate Chips
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Shortening

Grease an 8X8-in. pan. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add in the marshmallows and stir until melted. Add the peanut butter and continue stirring until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in the cereal until completely coated. With buttered hands, press the mixture into the greased pan and place in refrigerator for
at least 1 hour, or until set. Remove pan from refrigerator, run a knife around the edges and turn out onto a cutting board. Cut into 36 squares.

Using either a double boiler or a microwave heating in 30 second intervals, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together until completely melted and smooth. Working with one square at a time, drop a square into the chocolate and, using a toothpick, turn it over so it is completely covered in chocolate and them remove it to a baking sheet lined with a sheet of wax paper. Repeat with all squares.

Refrigerate until chocolate has set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for
up to a week.

12/20/09

Day 9: Peanut Butter Blossoms & Peanut Butter Temptations

This is another cookie that I remember always eating around this time of year. Our school always had a Christmas Program and each person was in charge of bringing a dozen cookies for refreshments. These are the cookies that my Mom always made. They are so delicious, and the hershey kiss makes it that much better! I am sure everyone has had these, but these had to go on my Christmas Treats Countdown.

Click Here to print Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe.


I found the Peanut Butter Temptations recipe just a few years ago. I had bought a bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and the recipe was on the back of the bag. I decided that I needed to try these. And I am glad I did. They're very similar to the Peanut Butter Blossoms, but instead of just a chocolate kiss, you have chocolate and peanut butter! Mmmm.... You have to try these.
I made both of these for a Church Christmas Party last night, and there were none left at the end!
Click Here to print Peanut Butter Temptations Recipe!

12/19/09

Day 8: Mary's Sugar Cookies

This recipe comes from Shannon's Mother-in-law, Mary Moake. I haven't gotten to try these yet, but I think I'm just going to have to get over my dislike of the work that goes into making sugar cookies, because these look delicious. This is what Shannon said about this recipe, "This is a recipe I received from Mike’s mother, Mary Moake. It is the best sugar cookie recipe I have come across so far. The cookies are never crispy but light and fluffy, like the ones you buy in the store. They aren’t just for Christmas—my kids love to have them for Valentines, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas.




--sorry the candy cane looks pink! I ran out of red food coloring so we ended up with pink frosting not red! : )

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12/18/09

Day 7: Snickerdoodles

I found this recipe a few years ago, I don't remember where I got the recipe, but I know that it is really good. I have tried a few other recipes and they never have turned out right, so this is my go to Snickerdoodle recipe, at least for right now. :) These cookies are cripy on the outside, but oh so chewy on the inside. My nephew said that the only thing wrong with the recipe, is that it doesn't make enough!!



Shannon made these and gave me a few things to add. She said that when she baked these, she didn't think that they were quite done at 11 minutes, but took them out anyway. She said she was glad she did, because if she had let them cook any longer, they probably would have been hard and crispy. So, just a warning, at 11 minutes they might not look quite done, but they are. Don't overcook these, unless you like crispy cookies. Hope you enjoy these!!

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12/17/09

Day 6: Ooey Gooey Bars

Oh Ooey Gooey Bars. I know you aren't very good for my figure, but I just can't resist you. You are insanely delicious! Chocolate, coconut, with a graham cracker crust, irresistable! I'm such a nerd!!! But seriously, these are delicious. Luckily, this time I made these, I gave almost the whole batch away, these were the last 2 left. So I guess I'm safe this time. But the next time I make these, I may just eat them all!


If you're looking for a delicious and chocolately treat give these a try.
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Ooey Gooey Bars
1/2 Cup Butter
1 1/2 Cups crushed Graham Crackers
1 (14 Oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Butterscotch Chips (You can add as little or as much as you want)
1 Cup Sweetened Flaked Coconut (I usually add a little more)
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the butter into thick slices and place in a 9X13 baking
dish. Melt the butter in the oven. Once the butter is melted, sprinkle the crushed graham
crackers over the melted butter & stir well. Once it has cooled a little, press onto the
bottom of the dish. Pour the Sweetened condensed milk over the graham crackers. Then
sprinkle the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, and then the nuts & press down.
Bake 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.

12/16/09

Day 5:Muddy Buddies and Peppermint Bark

I know everyone has that one recipe that brings back family memories everytime you make it. Muddy Buddies is one of mine. My Grandmother used to always make these around this time of year, but she called it Puppy Chow. Every year our whole family would gather at my Grandparents' house. They had a huge dining table that was always filled with food. There was also a seperate table specifically for pies. Oh, how I love the holidays. And Oh, how I love Puppy Chow! It's a very simple recipe and I'm sure everyone has made this, but I had to include this in our 12 Days of Treats! Enjoy!


Click Here to print Puppy Chow recipe!

And now for the peppermint bark! A few weeks ago I had lunch at the Golden Elk, here in Hailey (Delicious!!). Anyway, they had free samples of Peppermint Bark. Oh my!! It was sooo good. So I did a search for a recipe online and found this one from http://www.joyofbaking.com/. It turned out good, but the only problem I had was with the chocolate. After you put it all together, you have it sit in the freezer for 5 mins. But if mine is out of the freezer for a few minutes, the chocolate starts to become soft. Hmmm.... I don't know if it's the chocolate I used or just the recipe. But that doesn't change the taste! So maybe someday soon I'll try a different recipe and let you know. If anyone has a good recipe for this, Please share it.


Click Here to print Peppermint Bark Recipe


12/15/09

Day 4: Chewy Coconut Cookies

A few years ago I found this recipe on http://www.allrecipes.com/. It is one of my favorite cookies. Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I read some reviews from others who have made these cookies. Some people added chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, or butterscotch chips. Some said to add extra coconut. Next time I may try the chocolate chips. All I know is everytime I have made these cookies I can't stop myself from having another!

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12/14/09

And the Winner is....

Anna Davenport!!

Anna, I hope you enjoy your new cookie cookbook and your cookie dough scooper. Please email me at sheena_perron@hotmail.com and leave me your address. Thanks everyone for participating in our very first giveaway. And don't forget to check our blog for more delicious holiday treats.
I used www.random.org to choose today's winner.

Day 3: Rolo Cookies

My friend, Lindsay, told me about these cookies a few years ago. We were playing games (wow, life before kids, we actually could play games!:)) Her husband was telling us about these delicious cookies that she makes called Rolo Cookies. They sounded so good, but I never got the recipe from her. So, a few Christmases ago, I decided to look up this recipe and try them out. And sure enough they did not disappoint.




So Adam & Lindsay, thankyou for sharing these cookies with us. I have no idea where I got this recipe from, but if it is different from yours, PLEASE share it with all of us! When I made this batch of cookies, I had to half it because I didn't have enough rolos. When the first sheet came out of the oven I realized they had spread too much, so I had to add more flour. I later read in a Cookie Cookbook that you should never half a cookie recipe unless it says you can. Just a little info. that I learned. Enjoy!
Print the recipe Here!

12/13/09

Day 2: Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

These are delicious! Coconut and Chocolate how can you go wrong with that? When I searched for a macaroon recipe, I noticed that there was more than one way to make them. Some had a little flour in them, some only used egg whites, some had almond extract. I decided to make some from http://www.joyofbaking.com/. They were so easy to make, just a bowl and a spoon, a few ingredients and they were done. That made them even better. But as I was writing my post I wondered what the recipes with sweetened condensed milk tasted like, so I stopped typing and went to the kitchen and made another batch. These came from http://www.browneyedbaker.com/. Though they may have a slight difference in taste, they are both definitely worth making.



The recipe from brown eyed baker that used Sweetened Condensed Milk, had a stronger flavor. And I liked the chocolate ganache from the joy of baking recipe, so I made the cookies from Brown Eyed Baker and did the chocolate from Joy of Baking. I used bittersweet chocolate on my Macaroon, and I noticed that when I made the first batch of macaroons (from joy of baking) They were much better after sitting in the fridge for a day. I know, How did I manage to let them sit in the fridge for a whole day??? I have no idea! So, PLEASE go and get the ingredients and make these wonderful treats, and if you want to be nice you can share them with some of your friends.
-So, I woke up this morning and decided to try the macaroons that I baked last night, after they sat for awhile, and this is my opinion. They are both very very delicious, the macaroons with the sweetened condensed milk, did give it a stronger flavor, but I think I like the ones from joyofbaking better. The condensed milk almost seemed too strong for me, but that is only my opinion. The first batch I made, from joyofbaking, almost tasted like a Mounds bar, which is one of my favorites!!
Try both and let me know what you think.

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12/12/09

Day 1: Sugar Cookie Bars & Giveaway

Our first day of our 12 days of treats begins with a very Yummy and very easy treat! I love sugar cookies, but I really wish they weren't so much work. So when I saw this recipe on www.realmomkitchen.com, I knew I would love it. So, I finally made them, and yes I loved them! They were so delicious and very easy. Visit Laura's wonderful and delicious website for some more tasty treats. And definitely make this one!
Just click Here to print the recipe!


Now for the giveaway!

Since we're doing 12 days of Treats what better thing to giveaway than a Cookie Cookbook! We are giving away one 'Christmas Cookies Are for Giving' Cookie Cookbook.This is more than just a cookie cookbook. It includes stories, recipes, tips on baking and more.




But I wanted to give away something that you could use while making all of these delicious cookies. So, the winner will also receive One "Oxo Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop"

These are so nice to have around for those times when you are making cookies. You cookies will come out the same size and will cook more evenly. I have been making cookies this week and I had to borrow my mother in law's cookie scoop. I know, I'm giving one away and I don't even have one! Don't worry, I ordered one for me also! :) So you have 3 chances to enter our 12 Days of Treats Giveaway:

1. As a comment leave your name and tell us your favorite cookie/treat.
Sheena Perron: tough decision...Chewy Coconut Cookies, because
I love coconut and these are so chewy and delicious.

2. Become a Follower of our Blog
Comment: Sheena Perron: Follower

3. Tell a friend about our giveaway.
Comment: Sheena Perron: I told my Mom!

So, there you go! You have today (Saturday) and tomorrow to enter our giveaway. On Monday morning one winner will be randomly selected. Good Luck!

Also, if anyone has a cookie/treat recipe they would like to share leave a comment or email us. We will post it on the blog and proper credit will be given for any recipes that are shared.

12/9/09

12 Days of Treats and our First Giveaway!!!

Tis the season for....cookies! Even though Christmas is such a hectic time of year, many people take the time to bake dozens and dozens of cookies for friends and loved ones. As I was looking through recipes I came across some that looked delicious! And the thought came to me, why not have a '12 Days of Treats' and a Giveaway! So, starting Saturday, December 12 we will be posting a new cookie everyday until Christmas Eve. Now my sister, Shannon, and I had so many cookies that we couldn't decide on just 12, so we'll probably be posting more after Christmas. Some of these cookies I have made before and some are new ones that I have recently found. So come join us for 12 days as we enjoy these delicious treats. And for anyone that lives in Idaho, you may receive some of these. If I don't give them away I would be tempted to eat them all!!!
For the giveaway, visit our Blog this Saturday, Dec.12 for our first cookie and for our Giveaway. You will have Saturday and Sunday to enter. The winner will be announced Monday, Dec. 14.
I am so excited and I hope you will try some of the delicious cookies/treats.

12/2/09

cute address stamps

Expressionary.com has some really cute stamps & stationery. I dont need any right now but I want to remember where to find some when I do need some so I am posting it here. You can also receive 40% off until Jan 31, 2010. Use code savings at checkout.

11/25/09

Deluxe Pumpkin Cheesecake

UPDATE: This cheesecake was a hit! But of course...I forgot to take a picture of it. So, I'll have to remember next time I make this to take a picture. You've got to make this!!
My husband loves pumpkin pie and cheesecake. So when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. It comes from the Taste of Home Holiday books. I haven't tried it yet, but I am in the process of making it right now! But to tempt you I took a picture of the book. This recipe was the cover, so it must be good! Enjoy!


Deluxe Pumpkin Cheesecake
from Sharon Skildum of Maple Grove, Minnesota
1 C. crushed gingersnap cookies (about 20 cookies)
1/3 C. finely chopped pecans
1/4 C. butter, melted
4 Pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 C. Sugar, divided
2 tbsp. Cornstarch
4 Eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 C. Canned Pumpkin
2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
GARNISH:
Chocolate syrup, caramel ice cream topping, and additional crushed gingersnap cookies, optional.
Place a greased 9 in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, pecans and butter. Press onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Place of a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10mins. or until set. Cool on a wire rack.
For the filling, in a large bowl, beat one package of cream cheese, 1/2 C. sugar and cornstarch until smooth, about 2 minutes. Beat in remaining cream cheese, one package at a time. Add remaining sugar. Add 2 eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Add vanilla and remaining eggs, beating on low speed just until combined.
Place 2 cups filling in a small bowl; stir in the pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Remove 3/4 cup of the pumpkin mixture filling; and set aside. Pour the remaining pumpkin filling over crust; top with remaining plain filling. Drop reserved pumpkin filling by spoonfuls over cheesecake; cut through with a knife to swirl.
Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 inch of hot water to the baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-65 mins. or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove sprinform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 mins. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
Garnish with chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, whipped topping, and additional crushed gingersnaps. And enjoy!

Turkey Lurkey!!!

I am Sooo ready for Thanksgiving. I love, turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie!!! I have been meaning to post some recipes but our internet has been acting really weird (we have satelite internet). So, I thought I would start with the Turkey, the star of the whole day! When we lived in Hawaii we didn't come home for Thanksgiving, so my very first Thanksgiving I had to read up on cooking a Turkey. I decided to watch the Food Network Channel, Alton Brown to be exact, and on one of his shows he talked about Brining a Turkey.

I really love Alton Brown's show because he explains everything. He explained why brining a turkey is so important: Bringing causes the water in the meat to come out into the brine. The brine then attaches to the H20 and goes into the turkey (he called it equilibrium). The juices are trapped in the turkey and will not come out even when cooked.

So my first Thanksgiving, I decided to brine my Turkey. And it was delicious!! So here is Alton Brown's Brine recipe.

Turkey Brine
Boil:
1 Gallon Vegetable Broth
1 Cup Kosher Salt (or reg. salt)
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 tbsp. Peppercorns
1/2 tbsp. All Spice Berries
1/2 tbsp. Candied ginger (I couldn't find this so I just use reg. ginger)
Once you bring to a boil take off burner and let cool a little. Then pour into a large bucket. Add 1 gallon of iced water.
Soak overnight. And since it's cold outside put it in your garage, so it doesn't take up room in the fridge. Believe me, I had to put it in our fridge in Hawaii, what a pain!

The next day:
Rinse the inside/outside of the turkey.
You'll need:
Rosemary
Sage
Half an Onion & 1 Red apple sliced & microwaved in water
Put these into the cavity of the turkey.
Rub the turkey with canola oil. (I have also heard to put butter under the skin.) Alton also makes a Turkey Triangle (a triangle made out of foil) this is used to cover the breast of the turkey.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Cook the turkey in and cook for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes lower the temperature to 350 degrees, put your turkey triangle on and place your turkey in the oven, legs first.

White meat should be cooked to a temperature of 161 degrees
Dark meat: 180 degrees

Another important thing to do is let your Turkey rest 20-30 min. after cooking, covered.

Sorry there are no pictures, but I will add one tomorrow! And sorry for the late post, but there's still Christmas!

11/22/09

$5 Savings

There is a $5 savings offer from duncan hines, vlasic, armour, log cabin, mrs butterworths and Open Pit. Buy 5 items and get $5 in Savings. You can find the rebate form here.
It looks like you purchase the 5 items and mail in the form. They then send you $5 in coupons. Items must be purchased before 12/7/09 and the form must be postmarked by 1/7/10. Coupons must be redeemed by 4/12/10.
They did a similar offer last year but it was for a $5 rebate. If you watch sales, you can usually find these items at a great price.

Kelloggs Coupons

There are several Kelloggs coupons available here.

$10 Nabisco Rebate

There is a $10 rebate for Nabisco products. It is different than the rebate that is in the booklets that came in the mail. This new rebate, which expires on 11/30/09 can be found here. Click 'get started' and when the page loads look for a coupons tab on the right side of the screen. You can print the rebate info and a coupon.
**Dont forget the first rebate that is in the booklets expires in Dec.

11/18/09

How to treat Honey!

MI just realized after I read this that I was always microwaving my honey so if you already know this stuff it is just a reminder and if I show someone that didn't know then here you go.

Natural Honey has been used by mankind for 2500 years. It's numerous health benefits have made it an important part of traditional medicines.

In many foods and drinks, sugar can be replaced with honey. The sugars in honey are very easily digested.

Honey provides us with some trace amounts of vitamins and minerals, depending upon the flowers the bees used. It needs to be treated with care, and , unless using it in baking, should not be heated above 140 degrees, since higher temperatures may destroy some nutrients and cause darkening of the honey. (Using a microwave oven to soften crystallized honey should be avoided.) The most gentle method of softening honey is to place the contained honey in a bowl of boiling water, replacing the cooled water again and again with boiling water. This can take all day! (You can also put it out in the sun on a warm day.)

The flavors and colors of honey are varied, depending on the plants from which the bees feed. Generally the lighter the honey, the milder the flavor.

Honey has antioxidants, as do most fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are non-nutritive agents that can decrease the activity of cell-damaging free radicals. (Free radicals have been linked with many chronic diseases.) The darker varieties of honey, in particular, can contain large quantities of a particular antioxidant called flavonoids. these are the same substances, found in red grapes, that have been linked with the lower risk of heart disease. Honey is also a preservative and can slow rancidity in foods.

Although honey is used as an affective dressing on infected wounds, burns and ulcers, the honey purchased for culinary purposes should not be used in this manner, as it contains spores that may cause infection. The honey used in wound healing has been sterilized, generally with gamma radiation.

While honey's nutritional value may be less than some like to believe, it has many other desirable properties.

Here are some tips the newsletter listed:
To replace sugar with honey in a recipe, substitute 3/4 of a cup of honey for 1 cup of sugar and reduce the liquid 1/4 cup, or add 1/4 cup additional flour.

For culinary uses, one cup of honey is considered the equivalent of 1 1/4 cup of sugar.

Recipe:

Berry Flavored Honey
16 oz light colored honey
1 1/2 cups raspberries or strawberries
In a small saucepan stir honey until warmed through. Gently stir in berries. Pour into heat-proof jar. Cool to room temperature. Cover tightly. Let stand at room temperature 3 days, then refrigerate. This makes a thin product, more like a syrup than honey. Serve it over waffles, pancakes, or with nut breads. KEEP REFRIDERATED.

*courtesy of The Wooden Spoon Newsletter April 4, 2007 Vol.2 No. 8

11/17/09

Utah Albertsons FYI

I just thought that I would clarify this since I talked to our new store director here in Idaho who worked in the Albertsons Corporate store in Salt Lake City. #1 because I read a comment on PYP blog that people are stealing from Albertsons in Utah and that is why they are moving out of state because they are using coupons on already free stuff! That if you ask me is ridiculous and someone should totally explain to the lady that Albertsons' hardest state to do business in was Utah. My friend told me that they just couldn't make money with the strong Associated Foods competition. He said they got a new CEO i believe it was who wanted fast money and saw in Utah they were barely getting by so they sold the stores for a couple million and decided to move on! So there is your clarification, and no we are not stealing for using coupons on free items!! Shannon always taught me if they scan the item you can use a coupon!! So tonight I bought 10 pies and 10 ice cream and paid 15 dollars! Let's just say I am using that as a Thanksgiving Gift for my Visiting Teachees!! :) Sorry that I had to jump on my soap box but I had the info and decided to share it!

11/16/09

Recipes for Food Storage Use!

I just found some info that I have had in an email that I never read!! Well if you have food storage for instance Powdered milk that is going to go bad and you have lots but don't know what to do with it!! Here are so suggestions, you can make biscuits or pancakes but this idea I had never even heard of!! Make some yogurt!! Weird huh!! Well here is how you do it:

1 3/4 cup regular dry milk (3 cups instant)
4 cups very warm water (not over 120 degrees)
1/3 cup yogurt with active cultures
Combine dry milk and water. Stir with wire whisk until disolved. Add yogurt and whisk. Pour into containers, cover and incubate in a warm spot for 6-8 hours. Do not disturb during incubation.

Vanilla Yogurt
3 3/4 quarts warm water
4 cups dry, powdered milk
1 cup melted honey
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 cup plain yogurt
3 Tbsp. unsweetened gelatin (4 packets)

Soften gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water. Stir in some of the 3 3/4 quarts warm water to further dissolve gelatin. Stir some of the water into dry powdered milk and mix well. Add all remaining ingredients. Blend well and pour into jars for incubation. Incubate 6-8 hours. Makes almost 5 quarts.

* I haven't tried these out but thought I would pass it along.
I also found a 172 page recipe book that someone emailed me that is for Food Storage recipes. If you want a copy I can email it to you, just comment with your email address and I will send it to you.
courtesy of The Wooden Spoon Newsletter April 5,2007 Vol. 2 No. 9

Sketchers Advice for all!!

Ok so like 8 months ago Sheena and I decided to buy some boots and saw some Sketchers on sale for like 40 something dollars! Well we first started wearing them and your toes freeze horribly which in Hailey where we are is not a good thing!! Well then this last week my zipper broke, so I decided to call and find out what they will do about it. Pretty much nothing!! If I want them to just look at them and decide if it was my misuse error or a manufacturer error I have to mail them to their headquarters on my money which they aren't even a year old yet and I didn't wear them in the Summer if you know what I mean!! Then it will take 2 months for them to decide, ok 2 months that is um January so what am I going to wear in the snow?? Then they will replace them if possible. Well let's just say I should have saved my money like most people up here and bought a pair of UGGS!! So just a peice of advice don't go for the low quality shoe just because it has the price tag you want because now I am out boots anyways and don't want to spend money to send them back to get the same low quality boot in return!! So there is my soap Box!!

11/14/09

Win a Year of House Cleaning!!!

I could definitely use a year's worth of house cleaning! I cant even image what I would do with the extra time. I receive email from Tennessee Pride and they sent me info on this contest. You can also find coupons on the site.
Sweepstakes info: Prize is a gift card from Merry Maids® good for a year’s worth of house cleaning services. Prize value: $2,800.
For full details and to enter visit TennesseePride.com.

11/10/09

Family Home Evening Ideas

Mike's aunt send me an email about a Family Home Evening blog called Strong Armor. I just glanced at it but it looks like they have some good ideas. Click here to get awesome FHE ideas!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Delight

I can't believe it's November! It's been a month since I have posted a new recipe, it doesn't seem that long at all. October was a busy month for us. But you're in luck, I have a really delicious dessert for you today. I got it from Taste of Home's Simple & Delicious Magazine May/June 2008. I had found this recipe awhile ago, but I finally made it just a few weeks ago. It's really really good and really easy. So let's get cooking.


The ingredients are: Refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough (you could probably use homemade too), Cream Cheese, Confectioners' sugar, Whipped Topping, Milk, Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix, Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix, & chopped nuts and chocolate curls optional.



Let the cookie dough stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften. Press into an ungreased 13X9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 14-16 mins. or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in 1 3/4C. whipped topping. Spread over the cooled cookie crust.




In another large bowl, whisk the milk and both pudding mixes for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Spread over cream cheese layer.


Top with the remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle with nuts and chocolate curls if desired. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight until firm. If you can wait that long...Enjoy!!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Delight
from Taste of Home May/June 2008
serves 15
1 Tube (16 1/2 oz.) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
1 pkg. (8oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 C. confectioners' sugar
1 carton (12 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed
3 C. cold milk
1 pkg. (3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
1 pgk. (3.4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix
Chopped nuts and Chocolate curls optional
Let cookie dough stand at room temperature for 5-10 mins. to soften. Press into an ungreased 13X9 in. baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 14-16 mins or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in 1-3/4 cups whipped topping. Spread over the cookie crust.
In a large bowl, whisk milk and both pudding mixes for 2 minutes; let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Spread over the cream cheese layer. Top with remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle with nuts and chocolate curls if desired.
Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight until firm.
Yield: 15 servings

11/6/09

Shirley J's products

Every month our ward focuses on a few items that we should purchase for our food storage. We purchase in such large quantities that our emergency preparedness specialists get us some great deals on these items. Last fall, we purchased Shirley J products. I didnt know much about them but I purchased the chicken and beef bouillion and the creamy soup base. I use the bouillion all the time but have only used the soup base once or twice.
We are planning on purchasing Shirley J items again in November so last week 2 Shirley J cooks came and demonstated how to use many of their products. It was so helpful and we got to taste them!! Their website, ShirleyJ.com, has recipes for their products.

At the demo for relief society, we tried:
the sour dough bread which was really good..it had a wonderful texture
the cornbread which was very good! I dont make cornbread too often because mine always turns out grainy and crumbly. This was neither--it was soo good. I am going to buy some cornbread mix. I also like that their products last for 20 years. Cornmeal only stores for a few months.
I love my bouillion
I may try the onion seasoning or universal seasoning. My understanding is that they are the same thing. The seasoning is more concentrated than you would buy in the grocery store so instead of using a whole packet of onion soup mix you need a much smaller quantity making it a better deal.
We also tried the pizza seasoning. I like it; it tasted similar to Little Ceasars..it tasted a bit salty although they told us that all Shirley J products are low sodium.
I have some of the creamy soup base which is now called universal sauce. Now that I have found some recipes of things to make with it, I am excited.

Recipe/great use for universal sauce:
It can be used as a substitute for cream of soups..that's right you can use it instead of cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, etc. You can see the cream of soup recipe here.

I will experiment with the products that I have and will post my results and my opinions. If anyone else has Shirley J products I would love to here your feedback.

11/4/09

Maceys Ads for this week

I am sorry that I have not been very good about posting deals of the week. Albertsons is transitioning to fresh market & last week I didnt go to the grocery store but used food storage items.
ground beef $1.99/lb
Big Buy bacon 16 oz $.99
Chicken breast $1.49/lb
Sirloin chops bone in $.99/lb
butt roast or ribs (bone in) $.88/lb
pork picnic roast $.99
Dole 28 oz pineapple $.78
wf powdered or brown sugar $1.08
wf walnuts 16 oz $2.98
southeastern mills gravy $.48
General Mills cereal $1.97
Kelloggs cereals 3/$9 ($2 off milk if you buy3) (coupons at kelloggs.com)
wf applesause 23-24 oz $1.25
del monte corn or green beans $.83
gold n plump whole chickens $4.49
tillamook 8oz med cheddar or colby jack $1.99
nabisco ritz $2.79 wheat thins $2.69 ($1/2 @ grocerysmarts group a)
cheez it $2.29
keeble fudge shoppe cookies $1.99 ($1/2 at grocerysmarts group a)
shur savings milk $1.79
freschetta pizza $3.99 ($1/1 @ freschetta.com)
pictsweet 28oz frozen vegetables $1.98

congra sale buy 10 items and receive a 48 oz wesson oil for free
a few of the items included are:
hunts spag. sauce $.95
hunts diced tomatoes $.97 ($.45/3)
rosarita refried beans $.89

11/2/09

Pie Crust

I tried Sheena's chicken pot pie over the weekend and it was pretty good and easy. For those of us who are too cheap to buy a prepared pie crust or just in case you forget to buy one and want to try the recipe, here is an easy pie crust recipe I have used for years.

Pie Crust #1
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup shortening (I have heard that butter flavored shortening makes it very good but I have never tried it)
6-7 Tbsp cold water

Combine flour & salt. Cut shortening into flour mixture. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp water over part of the mixture; gently toss with fork. Push moistened dough to side of bowl. Repeat using 1 Tbsp water at a time,until all the dough is moistened. Divide in half. Form each half into a ball. Flatten each ball into a 12" circle.

Do you have problems picking up the circle to put in the pan? A tip I learned is to wrap one edge of the circle over the rolling pin and gently lift up the circle. I will take pictures next time I make a pie crust to show you but this method helps when the crust is trying to stick to the counter or when it is trying to break apart.
Makes 2 shells - top and bottom or 2 tops.

I also have another pie crust recipe--but I cant remember if i have tried it or not. Here it is:
4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
1 3/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup cold water
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 egg

Combine flour, salt & sugar. Cut shortening into flour mixture. Combine water, vinegar and egg. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture. Stir lightly with a fork and then form into 5 balls. Put into a small container and refrigerate for a short while before rolling out onto a lightly floured board.
Makes 5 shells. Can be frozen as balls or after rolling out for later use.

10/29/09

Bay Leaves and Weavils

One of my neighbors gave me a tip that I had not heard before. We both have magic mill wheat grinders--the electric kind. They are very hard to clean and every once in a while I find dead weavils in the metal bowl thing at the bottom. It would frustrate me as I have a very clean kitchen and I clean out the magic mill every time I use it. She told me to throw a few bay leaves in the metal bowl thing and I will never see weavils again! Weavils dont like bay leaves --who knew--and what an easy fix!! I threw a few in there about a 1 1/2 weeks ago & havent seen any weavils. I also threw a few in my pantry by my flour just to be safe. I hope this works and will let you know how it turns out.

Christmas Blossoms Tie Jumper

Charlee is in desperate need of some new dresses and skirts. She grows like a weed--I just can't keep up & I have been in a sewing mood lately. This is one of the things that I have come up with. I got my inspiration from a pillowcase dress at one of my local fabric stores. I couldnt find a pattern that I liked online so I came up with my own. I think it turned out pretty cute and she loves it which makes me even more happy. :)

10/9/09

Oh My! Chicken Pot Pie

Yes, that's what I said, "Oh My!!" I want you to throw away any Chicken Pot Pie recipe that you may have (Shannon do it!), because I can tell you that this one is better. I just made this for dinner tonight, and I thought it was so good, that I Had to post it. I have been looking for a good Chicken Pot Pie recipe, and I finally found it. I have tried a few, but I never like the creamy sauce in the pie. This one tastes like the Marie Callendar's Chicken Pot Pie. It is delicious. This is definitely going on my Favorite recipes. Let's get cooking!

Alright, ingredients are: 2 Pie crusts (the Pillsbury crusts are really good), Chicken Broth, Chicken, Frozen Peas, Carrots, Milk, Flour, Butter, Celery, and onion. (You could try little chunks of potato, I think I may try that next time.)
This recipe came from allrecipes.com but I did it a little different. I used left over chicken from a rotisserie style chicken we had for dinner a few nights ago. The recipe from allrecipes asked for sliced carrots, I didn't feel like slicing, so I used frozen peas and carrots. The only difference is the sliced carrots are a little firmer.

In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside. (Since my chicken was already cooked I just left it out, and then I boiled the carrots, peas, and celery for only 10 minutes.) In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside. (After I took this off the burner I did add maybe 1/3 C. Whipping Cream; and some other reviews added another 1/2 C. of broth also.) Place one of your pie crusts in the bottome of your pie dish. Then pour the chicken and vegetable mixture into the dish.


Pour the hot cream mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly.


Cool for 10 minutes before serving. If you can wait that long. Mmmmm....I may go have some more right now. I hope you try this and enjoy it. After Thanksgiving you could use leftover Turkey for this too.


Chicken Pot Pie
adapted from allrecipes.com (chicken pot pie IX)

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cubed
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
2/3 cup milk

2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C.)
In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.
In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Pani Popo

The other night we had a Relief Society Luau. I was very sad that I didn't get to go, but I had signed up to make rolls. So, I decided to make Pani Popo. This isn't actually a Hawaiian recipe, it's Samoan. But I first had it while living in Hawaii and it's rolls cooked in a coconut cream sauce, so I thought it would be perfect for a luau. These are delicious! You have to try them, unless you're going to Samoa, then you can just have them there. :) Let's get cookin'.


The ingredients are: Flour, Yeast, Milk, Butter/Shortening, Sugar, Salt, & Coconut Milk

First mix 2 1/2 cups of flour and yeast. In a saucepan heat and stir milk;sugar; shortening, margarine, or butter; and salt til warm and the shortening/butter almost melts. Add to flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Using a spoon, stir in as much remaining flour as you can to make a moderatlystiff dough that is smooth and easy to pull - 6-8 minutes. Put some Crisco shortening on your hands. This will add moisture toyour rolls and make it easier to handle (I didn't do this). Shape in a ball and put in a greased bowl. Turn it on both sides to grease the whole ball of dough. Cover and let rise until doubled about 1 hour. Punch dough down.
Roll 18 balls and cover for 10 minutes while you make the following milk mixture.
Mix 2 cans of coconut milk with 1 cup of sugar. (Add more sugar if you like it sweeter.) In 2 13x9x2 pans, pour in half of the milkmixture in each pan, put in 9 bread rolls on top (or you can make the rolls smaller to make more rolls). Bake at 375 degrees in the ovenfor 20 minutes or until bread tests done.



And here they are! Don't they look delicious? Well, they are. You can't really see the coconut cream on the bottom, but believe me, it's there. So, now you have the recipe. Now go make them! Enjoy.


Pani Po Po
from Samoa Chat Kitchen http://www.samoa.as/recipe9.htm
5 3/4 to 6 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 package yeast
2 1/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon shortening, margarine, or butter
1 teaspoon salt

First mix 2 1/2 cups of flour and yeast. In a saucepan heat and stir milk, sugar, shortening, margarine, or butter; and salt til warm and the shortening/butter almost melts. Add to flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Using a spoon, stir in as much remaining flour as you can to make a moderatly stiff dough that is smooth and easy to pull - 6-8 minutes. Put some Crisco shortening on your hands. This will add moisture to your rolls and make it easier to handle (I didn't do this). Shape the dough into a ball and put in a greased bowl. Turn it on both sides to grease the whole ball of dough. Cover and let rise until doubled about 1 hour. Punch dough down.
Roll 18 balls and cover for 10 minutes while you make the following milk mixture. (I rolled the dough into balls and then let them rise in the coconut mixture. I let them rise longer than 10 minutes, maybe 20 minutes.)
Mix 2 cans of coconut milk with 1 cup of sugar. (Add more sugar if you like it sweeter.) In 2 13x9x2 pans, pour in half of the milkmixture in each pan, put in 9 bread rolls on top (or you can make the rolls smaller to make more rolls). Bake at 375 degrees in the oven for 20 minutes or until bread tests done.

French Dip Sandwiches

I think I've said this before, but I love sandwiches! I thought I would remind you. One of my favorites it the French Dip Sandwich. I don't know what it is, but I love it! So I had seen a few different recipes, but alot of them you cooked a roast and then sliced it and used that as the roast beef. A few weeks ago I wasn't sure what to make, I had a few options, but I really wasn't in the mood to cook anything. So, I decided on French Dip Sandwiches. They were delicious! And Josh LOVED them too. If Josh loved a sandwich that says alot. I just made them again this last week and changed it up a bit. I will tell you how I did it each time I made it. Let's get cooking!



These are the only pictures I have, I don't have an ingredient picture, sorry. One of my shopping trips to Albertson's I was shopping for a spice and I happend to look down on the bottom shelf and they had an Au Jus Powder on closeout (Johnny's French Dip powdered Au Jus), so I bought it, that's what I used in this recipe, but you could use any Au Jus mix.
In a large Measuring Cup or bowl make the Au Jus as directed and pour into a crockpot ( I made a quart of Au Jus). The first time I made this I added an envelope of Onion Soup Mix, a little Red Wine Vinegar (I didn't measure, umm maybe 1 tsp.) I also added a little of Worcestershire Sauce. Stir it up and then add your roast beef. Cook it on how 2-3 hours. The first time I made it I got regular roast beef, I got 1 lb. and it made about 6 sandwiches.
Get your hoagie bun, put some provolone cheese (or whatever cheese you prefer) broil it to make the cheese melty and the bread nice and toasty. Then add your roast beef. In a small bowl pour some of the Au Jus. Then sit down and dip that sandwich in!


Alright for the second version:
I did everything pretty much the same...but instead of onion soup mix I used a can of Campbell's French Onion Soup (It's by all of the soups). I also used Italian Roast beef instead of plain roast beef, I recommend the Italian Roast beef, it had alot more flavor to the meat. This time I had them slice it very thin and for some reason I got more sandwiches out of it. So I'm thinking maybe the first time the Deli Lady didn't slice it as thin. So, have them slice it very thin, not shredded though.
Josh did say he thought the first time had a little more flavor. I thought they were both very good. I think next time I will use onion soup mix, because I always have that on hand, and definitely the Italian Roast beef.

French Dip Sandwiches
serves 6-8

1- 1.5 lb. of Italian Roast Beef
Au Jus Mix
1 Envelope Onion Soup Mix or 1 can French Onion Soup Mix
1 tsp. Red Wine Vinegar (I'll measure next time I make this)
Worcestershire Sauce
Provolone Cheese or Cheese of your choice
Hoagie Buns

Mix your Au Jus and pour into a crockpot. Add the Onion soup mix, Red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and stir. Add your Roast beef. Cook on High 2-3 hours.
Cut your Hoagie buns in half. place 1-2 slices of cheese and broil until cheese is melted. Place some roast beef on top of the cheese.
In a small bowl pour some Au Jus Sauce for dipping.
Enjoy!!

10/6/09

This weeks grocery sales

Albertsons
Yoplait Yogurt $.50 (1 free when you buy 6)
Albertsons shredded cheese 6-8 oz $1.69
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish $1
GM Halloween cereal $1.99 (-$1/2 & -$1/2 at grocerysmarts GroupA)
Fritos, Cheetohs, Rold Gold pretzels $2
Russet potatoes 5lb $.99
Albertsons beef round rump roast or beef chuck cross rib roast, boneless $1.99
Hamburger Helper $1 (-75/3 at grocerysmarts)
Keebler Chips Deluxe cookies $1.99
Swiss Miss hot Chocolate $1
DiGiorno Pizza (-1.50/2 at grocerysmarts)
Red Baron singles $3.49 (-$.75/1 or $-1/1)

Mix N Match Sale
$5/3.50
Colgate 360 (-$1)
$2.50/$1.75
Birds Eye steamfresh or C&w veggies (-.35 or -.50)
C&H Sugar 5lb. (-.35)
Log Cabin Syrup (-.50 see pinchingpennies)
Hormel pepperoni (-.55 see pinchingpennies)
Cloroz wipes (-buy 2 get 1 free see pinching pennies)
Snyders pretzels
Colgate toothpaste (-1)
Palmolive (.75 + mail in rebate)=FREE
$2/$1.40
Emerald peanuts (-1.50/2)
$1/$.70
Playtex gloves (-1)
Popsecret popcorn (-1/2 see pinchingpennies)
Ronzoni pasta (-1/2 see pinchingpennies)
There are more online coupons. Go to pinchingyourpennies.com and look at the albertsons preview for a list of the items on sale and coupons.

Quaker sale
Most items included in the sale are a very good price. Check grocerysmarts.com Group C for online coupons to save even more.

You may want to ask if you need to purchase each group of $10 separately for the sale or if you can purchase $20 or $30 and get $3 off for each $10.

Here is a partial list of the Maceys sales. I have to wait until tomorrow to see the full ad.
Maceys
WF ice cream $1.88
Barilla pasta $.78
Totinos Pizza Crust $.88 (-$1/5)
Kelloggs cereal $1.28 each when buy 4

10/2/09

New Coupon Books

One of the most important parts of couponing is organization. If you are not organized, couponing is much more difficult. Sheena has been wanting me to help her put together a coupon binder; however, she did not want a big bulky 'ugly' binder. She wanted something more attractive. I am a scrapbooker and love to create unique scrapbooks so I suggested that we make smaller chipboard binders. This is what we came up with.
I have to admit that I love my new book even better than my older one. It is smaller and not so big and bulky and it is more attractive. I like that I can close it with the loop. And I love the clip on the front cover. Its perfect for holding coupons or grocery lists.

The books measure 9"x9". They are made of chipboard scrapbooking pages covered with patterned paper. They are held together with metal rings.

My book closes with a loop of stretchy ribbon stretched around a button. Sheena's book has a ribbon instead of the stretchy ribbon.

The clip on the front cover is great for holding coupons and shopping list.

You can still use baseball card page protectors but need to cut the top row off so that you have 2 rows of 3 pockets per page.

If you would like to make your own, I would love to help you. Email me for detailed instructions. If you would love a book but dont want to make it yourself, I would love to make you your own custom book.

Baked Bean Chili

I made my October menu this week & was excited to add several of my soup, stew and chili recipes. The cool weather that we are having was the perfect chance to make chili. I found this recipe years ago in Taste of Home magazine. Our tastes change from year to year and recipes come and go but this recipe has been a winter staple for the past 9 or so years. Even my children love this chili. I have tried lots of other chili recipes throughout the years but this one is by far our favorite. I hope you like it.

Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef;
2 cans (28 oz each) baked beans, I use bush's
1 envelope chili seasoning (I only use about 2/3 of the packet but you could use the whole packet if you prefer)
23 oz tomato juice (I buy the large 46 oz can of tomato juice when it is on sale. I use half for the chili and freeze the other half for the next time I make chili.)
11 1/2 oz V8 juice (My husband loves spicy V8 so we usually have it in on hand. It gives the chili an extra little kick but the regular V8 works just as well.)
This recipe is so easy to assemble; it only has 3 steps!
#1 Cook beef; drain.
#2 Stir in remaining ingredients.
#3 Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 mins.

The original recipe is rather large and makes about 24 servings. I have shrunk the recipe to fit our family.
Baked Bean Chili
1 lb ground beef
2 cans (28 oz each) baked beans
1 envelope chili seasoning (only add 2/3 of the packet)
23 oz tomato juice
11 1/2 oz V8 juice
Cook beef; drain. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Serve with chips and cheese... & avocado and sour cream, if you like.

The original recipe which makes about 24 servings.
2 lb ground beef
3cans (28 oz each) baked beans
1 envelope chili seasoning
46 oz tomato juice
11 1/2 oz V8 juice
Cook beef; drain. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Apple Crisp

Mike's aunt gave us 2 grocery bags of apples that she picked from a friends yard. They are beautiful apples and very delicious. I would love to try to make applesauce but half of the apples are granny smith which would make sour applesauce. However, granny smith make wonderful apple crisp so Charlee and I made apple crisp.

This recipe came from Taste of Home June/July 2005.

5 medium tart apples, peeled and sliced
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
1 3/4 tsp cinnamon, divided
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold butter
1 cup water

In a bowl, combine the apples, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Transfer to a greased 8-in square baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and remaining sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples, pressing down to smooth top.
Slowly pour water over the top; sprinkle with remaining cinnamon. Bake, uncovered, at 400 for 40-45 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, because you cant have apple crisp without vanilla ice cream. :)

I also have another recipe that I have made several times over the past few years. It also came from Taste of Home or one of my other magazines. And you must serve this with vanilla ice cream as well. :)

Apple Dumpling Bake

2 tubes (8 oz each) refrigerated crescent rolls
2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup sprite

Unroll crescent rolls & separate dough into 16 triangles. Cut each apple into 8 wedges. Wrap a crescent dough triangle around each apple wedge. Place in a greased 13x9 baking dish.
In a bowl, combine sugar and butter; sprinkle over rolls. Slowly pour the soda around the rolls (do not stir). Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake uncovered at 350 for 35-40 mins or until golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream.

9/30/09

Free Fast Fixin Products & coupons

Fast Fixin' is a company that makes several frozen products. The main product I use is the chicken nuggets but they have other products such as breakfast products. If you sign up as a fast fixin fanatic you will be able to print 10- $.30 off coupons immediately after signing up. The coupons are good for any fast fixin product 20 oz or larger. Once you sign up and print the coupons, go back to the fanatics page and log back in and you should find info on a survey. If you take the survey, they will mail you another coupon. I believe that coupon will be for $1 or $2 but I cant remember.
If you buy their products be sure to save the upc's from the packages. Once you have acquired 10, you can mail them to them and they will mail you a coupon for free product! I have been a member of their mailing list for several years and have done this once. I am one away from receiving another coupon.
If you sign up, be sure to read the emails you receive from them as they will email you surveys every once in a while. If you participate in the surveys you will able to print coupons.
They also have a school rewards program. Their packages have a special upc-thing that you can cut out and give to your school. The school can turn them in and earn money like the boxtops.
They aren't our favorite chicken nuggets but they arent bad and they are usually reasonably priced. I havent tried their other products but I should. If any of you have let me know how you like them.

9/28/09

Grocery Ads for 9/30/09

Here are the sale items for the upcoming maceys and albertsons ads.

Albertsons
Albertsons beef top round London Broil, boneless Buy 1 Get 1 free (2#s $5.49)
Pork loin sirloin chops, boneless Buy 1 Get 1 free (2 #s $3.99)
Pork shoulder country style ribs, boneless Buy 1 Get 1 Free (2 #s $3.49)
Hormel ham or Carolina turkey is only $3.79 in the deli
Pringles $1.25 (-$1/4 coupon in sundays paper)
Velveeta 16 oz. $3.99 (-$1 in ad coupon)
Wonder bread $1.67 (-$.55/1)
Totinos pizza rolls $1 (-$.40/2 or $.35/1)
Crest toothpaste $1.49 (-$.50)
Listerine total care $4.99 (-$2)
Soft Scrub scrubby pads $2.50 (-$1)
Tide $8.99 (-$1)

General Mills sale
Save $3 instantly when you purchase 4 items.
The fruit snacks are included but are only a 3 star.
GM cereal (honey nut cheerios, trix, cookie crisp, lucky charms) is a 5 star at $2.50 before the savings and $1.75 after Plus there are several coupons. Coupons are $1/2 & $1/3 & online $1/2 coupon.
Nature Valley granola bars are also a 5 star and there are several coupons.
Example purchase: If you purchase 4 boxes of cereal the total would be $10 - $1/2 coupon - $1/2 coupon - $3 instant savings = $5 or $1.25 per box. ***Remember you must purchase in groups of 4 to qualify!

Nabisco Planters sale
Save $3 instantly when you purchase 4 items.
All items included are a 4 or 5 star. The participating items are:
crackerfuls (-$1/1, Free crackerfuls when you buy ritz)
Ritz crackers (-$1/2 in kraft booklet)
planters peanuts (-$1/2 in the kraft booklet)
Trix Cookie Crisp and Lucky Charms (GM $1/2 coupon)
Wheat Thins ($1 off 1 coupon & Another $1 off coupon)
All are listed at $2.50 before the $3 off and $1.75 after.
***Dont forget about the $20 mail in rebate that is also found in the kraft booklet. You need to purchase 10 cookie or crackers plus other items. You do NOT need to purchase everything in 1 purchase. The offer says to include register receipts not receipt. The first rebate is good through 12/31/09 so start saving receipts. I keep mine in my coupon book..that way I know where they are and I can keep a tally of what else I need to purchase to qualify for the rebate.
Example purchase: 1 crackerful, 1 ritz, 2 planters, 2 wheat thins, and 2 cereal. 8 items. Total before coupons $20 - 2.50 (crackerful/ritz coupon) - $1 (planter) - $2 (2 wheat thin coupons) - $1 (cereal coupon) - $6 (2 instant savings) = $7.50. That comes out to less than $1 for each item Plus you can 4 crackers for the rebate.
**Remember you must buy in increments of 4 and I recommend splitting each group of 4 into its own order because often the computer will only recognize 1 instant savings per order. This happened to my sister a few weeks ago she purchased 2 groups of $15 and thought she would receive 2 $5 off coupons; however she only received 1. If she had purchased one group of $15 and then another she would have received both coupons. I prefer to shop this way anyway because it is easier to keep track of the prices and I can catch mistakes easier.

Taco Bell sale
There are several taco bell items that are on sale and you can save $3 when you purchase $10. However, none of them are a really great deal.

There is also a mix n match sale. You can receive $5 off your next purchase when you purchase $20. The only items that are a really good deal are the pillsbury brownie and cake mixes and the smuckers jellys and jams. I have found a really good cake recipe and brownie recipe that I make from scratch. They are so easy and better than any store bought mixes so I dont even buy mixes anymore. I will have to post the recipes soon. Hmm..an excuse to make brownies &/or cake. :)

Maceys
5# potatoes $.89
Lettuce $.99
Beef - 93% Lean Ground $1.99/#
Beef - Cross Rib Roast, boneless $1.58/#
Pork - Butt Roast, bone-in $1.18/#
Pork - Half Loin Roast, boneless $1.89/#
Pork - Sirloin Roast, bone-in $.99/#
Shursavings milk $1.67
WF butter $1.79
WF Medium cheddar 2#s $3.99
Hunts spaghetti sauce $.88
Quaker products save $3 when you buy any participating 5 products. This is a manufacturers coupon so you cannot use other coupons with it.
Hersheys or Reeses candy bars $.38 (several coupons for reeses)
Ortega diced green chilies $.92 (-$75/2)
WF egg noodles $.68
Wonder bread $1.64 (-coupon found here)
Tombstone pizza $3 (-$1.50/2)
Tonys crispy crust pizza $.78
WF burritos 10 pack $2.19
colgate $1.88
Gillette fusion razor $7.77 (-$4)
Olay bar soap $2.97 (-$1)

For those of you who live in Spanish Fork, we have a new grocery store in Salem called Crisp's. They are an associated food store and offer many of the same sale items as maceys.

9/27/09

Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am always looking for a really good chocolate chip cookie recipe. I have tried many, but sometimes they would spread too much when I cooked them, or some were too crunchy. I wanted a chewy and delicious chocolate chip cookie. So, this past weekend I was visiting Shannon and she made these cookies. Mmmmm.....they were perfect. I HAD to take a picture, and told her she had to post the recipe. So thankyou Shannon for your wonderful cookies and for letting me come and eat them all!!!


Hi..this is Shannon posting the recipe for Sheena. It is a recipe I have had for years but I recently started making a few changes because I had the same problems as Sheena. When the cookies spread too much, people would tell me to add more flour but then they were crunchy or hard. Ewww! :) So I experimented and this is what I have come up with.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened not melted (I only use real butter)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1-2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
3 tsp baking soda
3 cups flour
1-2 cup chocolate chips or M&Ms (my kids love cookie dough but dont like baked cookies with too many chocolate chips so I usually only use 1 cup not 2 of ch. chips)
Instructions:
Cream the butter and sugars together. Mix in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla. Add 1/2 cup flour, the salt and the baking soda. Mix well and then add the rest of the flour slowly. (I usually add 1/2 cup -1 cup at a time.) Add chocolate chips.
Bake at 325 for hmmm..I cant remember about 10-12 minutes I believe. I set the timer for 10 minutes and then watch them closely after that.
A few tips: dont overmix the batter. Don't melt the butter use softened butter. If you are in a hurry and only have cold butter you can place the butter on a plate and slice into 1/4" pieces. Microwave on the lowest power setting for a few seconds at a time until softened. You may be able to use less flour..I kind of think that altitude may affect how they bake so if you are at a different altitude you could try more or less flour. We live at about 4500 feet altitude.
I hope you enjoy!