Friday Food Finds: April 22, 2011

I have to admit...I completely spaced it that it is Friday today. :) We were gone all day today and I just realized it's Friday!

Is everyone ready for Easter? I am. Our Easter dinner is planned:
Ham in a bag (I'll be sure to share the recipe, it's from my MIL), Funeral Potatoes, Salad, Deviled Eggs, Bread/Rolls & Jell-O (the glass block one that I shared on last week's FFF). It's going to be just our family and my Hubby's Mom & Dad, so nothing too fancy for just us. :)

Alright, so on to this week's Friday Food Finds.

These look amazing! This would make a great side dish for your Easter dinner.
I love scalloped potatoes, so this is on the top of my 'to try' list.

This lovely recipe was waiting for me in my email inbox when I got home today. It looks amazing and would be great for Easter Dinner. I'm so glad my Mother-in-law just gave me some strawberries. :)

Thank you Kristin for sharing this recipe. No, I haven't tried it. BUT...I've been guarding my last 2 bananas that are sitting on my counter until they got nice and ripe. :) I think they're ready!!
I am  going to give these a try this week and I will let you know what I think.

This isn't a recipe, but it has to do with the Kitchen. I love these dish towels, and how easy would they be to make?!? Yep, they're on my To-Do list. :)

So there are my Friday Food Finds. Hope you enjoy them and I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend! Until next Friday...


Friday Food Finds

It's Friday once again, and you know what that means....Friday Food Finds!!!
I hope you've enjoyed some of my food finds that I've shared. I've haven't tried too many of them, but they're in my huge 'to try' file and hopefully I'll be trying some of these yummy looking recipes. :)

I am always looking for new breakfast ideas. I saw this and knew I would have to make this very soon. Such an easy breakfast and I know my kids would love them.
Double Cheese & Bacon Egg Biscuits from Picky Palate

I was kind of 'Blog Stalking' Picky Palate and ran across this recipe. Oh My!! These look so yummy!
No-Bake Chewy Cookies & Cream Bars from Picky Palate
And she even made another batch using Nutter Butter cookies!
No-Bake Chewy Nutter Butter Bars from Picky Palate

Easter Treats
I can't wait for Easter! I am so excited that it is so late in April this year. That means, here in Idaho, we can actually have an Easter Egg Hunt outside! Yah! My kids are counting down the days until the Easter Bunny comes.
So, I thought maybe we'll die some eggs this year. That will give me the perfect excuse to make some Deviled Eggs, yum, or this yummy looking Egg Salad Sandwich.
Classic Egg Salad Recipe from Brown Eyed Baker

I thought these cupcakes from 'Our Best Bites' were so cute. And it probably wouldn't be very hard to turn them into Bunnies. Just keep the coconut white and use some candy for ears.
{Easy} Spring Chick Cupcakes from Our Best Bites

I had planned to make this for Christmas, but never did. So, I was thinking of making this for Easter. If I do I will definitely post about it. :)
Glass Block Holiday Jell-O from Our Best Bites

Alright, I think I'm done. Hope you enjoy some of my Friday Food Finds. Have a great weekend!


Ranch House Crock Pot Pork Chops with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

I love crock-pot meals. Especially on those days that I'm feeling lazy...like Sundays. I just made this for our family this last Sunday and everyone enjoyed, as always. But then I started to wonder if I had ever shared the recipe on here, and to my surprise I hadn't. What a horrible person I am!
This recipe originally comes from Jenny over at Picky Palate. I don't remember how I ever came across this recipe, but I'm glad I did.

I didn't make the Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, I just made my normal Pioneer Woman mashed potatoes (potatoes, butter, heavy cream, cream cheese, Lawry's Seasoning Salt & Pepper, cheese...yum). No matter what mashed potatoes you use this will be great. But please, try to make them from scratch. :) I promise you it is worth the extra work. Next time you're at the store and you see the little package of instant mashed potatoes, just keep walking! I know they're so easy to mix up, but this meal really needs REAL mashed potatoes & so does your tummy!

So there you go. A new crock-pot meal for those lazy days. Enjoy!!

Ranch House Crock Pot Pork Chops with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
From: Picky PalatePork chops
6 pork chops, 1/2 inch thick
1 packet dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning
10 oz can Cream of Chicken Soup
Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
4 lbs peeled, cubed potatoes
5 Tablespoons real butter
1 Cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
6 cloves roasted garlic (click for directions how to roast garlic)
1- 1 1/2 Cups warm skim milk (any milk will do, I just happened to use skim)
1 Tablespoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper, or to taste

1. Place pork chops, Ranch seasoning and soup into a medium sized crock pot over high heat for 4 hours or low heat for 6 hours.
2. Place potatoes into a large pot of cold water. Place onto stovetop over high heat and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, cook for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and transfer to the work bowl of a stand or electric mixer. Mix on low until potatoes are mashed then add butter, parmesan, garlic, milk, salt and pepper. Season to taste if needed. For thinner mashed potatoes add more milk, slowly until your desired consitency.
3. Scoop mashed potatoes onto serving plates and top with pork chops and soup gravy from crock pot. Enjoy!!


To Die For Blueberry Muffins

I love blueberry muffins! I love them as breakfast or an afternoon snack. I especially love blueberry muffins from scratch. You know, the ones with big fresh blueberries. YUM!!
Last week I tried a new recipe for blueberry muffins and my family loved them. So, I had to share it with all of you. The original recipe makes big muffins, but I made just normal-sized muffins. I know I'm no fun. :)

Thes muffins were so yummy. And to make them even better they're topped with a cinnamon-sugar streusel type topping.
You have got to give these a try. Yes, cereal is so much easier, but seriously...STEP AWAY from the cereal...now! These didn't take long at all to mix up and before you know it you are enjoying a delicious blueberry muffin breakfast.
OK, all together now "I am making these muffins tomorrow!" Thank you. I think my job here is done. Enjoy!!

Click Here for a printable version of this recipe.

To Die For Blueberry Muffins

1 1/2 C. All-purpose Flour
3/4 C. White sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/3 C. Vegetable Oil
1 Egg
1/3 C. Milk
1 C. Fresh Blueberries

Topping: (I had quite a bit left over, I will probably half this next time)
1/2 C. White Sugar (some reviews used brown sugar)
1/3 C. All-puprose Flour
1/4 C. Butter, cubed, softened
1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin tin or line with muffin liners.
Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup (to make 1 cup). Mix this with the flour mixture (Don't overmix, just mix until combined). Then fold in blueberries.
Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.

To make Crumb Topping: mix together sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.

For Large Muffins: bake 20-25 minutes; makes 8 muffins
For Regular Muffins: bake 18-20 minutes; makes 12 muffins


Strawberry Shortcake Dessert

Update: I know I just posted this as a Friday Food Find, but I told you I was craving this cake. :) So, I decided to make it and wanted to share a few changes that I made. The original recipe is for a sugar-free dessert, but most of the time I don't have sugar-free Jell-o or applesauce just laying around. So, I usually don't make it like the orignal recipe.
I also decided to make cupcakes instead of an actual cake this time. I loved the results!

Here is what I did:
Mix up a white cake mix as directed. Then bake and let the cupcakes cool for about 15 minutes. While they're cooling boil one cup of water. Then add a small (8 oz.) box of Strawberry Jell-O to your boiling water and stir until dissolved.
Now it's time to poke holes into your cupcakes. Using a straw poke several holes into each of your cupcakes.
Transfer your cupcakes onto a cookie sheet, then spoon 2 tsp. of Jell-o liquid onto each cupcake.
Here's a little trick that I did. Do you have any medicine droppers lying around? We do, our pharmacy gives us a new dropper every time we get a prescription. So, I just measured 1 tsp. into the dropper and squirted it onto the cupcake, then did that again to make 2 tsp. So much easier than a spoon.

After I squirted each cupcake with Jell-O I added some sliced strawberries (fresh) on top of each cupcake. I topped each one with 2 slices, and then stuck them in the fridge to cool for 2 hours.

The nice thing about cupcakes is you can keep them in the fridge (covered with saran-wrap) unfrosted until you want to snack on one. When you are craving one of these yummy little cupcakes just get one (or two...or three, I won't judge you) out of the fridge and frost it. Then Enjoy!!

With the cake I felt like we had to hurry and eat it before it went bad, but since mine aren't frosted I have a little extra time to enjoy these babies!!
So give the cupcake version a try, I promise you'll be glad you did. :)

Strawberry Shortcake Poke Cake
I'm sorry that I've been such a slacker lately, but I have some new recipes to share with you. So, for the rest of the week, I am going to try to post a new recipe each day. And I promise they won't disappoint.
For my first recipe, I am going to share a simple, yet delicious dessert. I found this in a Taste of Home magazine a few years ago. The original recipe is made with all low/no sugar ingredients. I have tried both the low sugar version and the not so low in sugar version. Both are super yummy. The only thing I didn't like about the no sugar version, after eating the cake I got a weird after-taste from the artificial sweetener.

The first time I ever made this was in Hawaii for a baby shower. For this, I used just regular sugar added ingredients. I had never tried it, but it looked so good, that I decided to take a risk and make it for the shower. It didn't fail me, everyone loved it!

I still remembered that delicious moist cake that I had made so long ago, but hadn't made it ever since. Why?? I have no idea!! But, I actually just made this a few weeks ago for my In-laws. They invited us and some friends over for dinner, and I said that I'd bring the dessert. Their friend can't eat alot of sugar, so this was perfect. Finally, I was going to get to try this cake again (This time the sugar-free version). It was a HUGE hit! Everyone loved it, and our friends even asked for the recipe.

Just look at this...don't you just want to go into the kitchen and make some right now? I know I do. Believe me, this is a recipe that is a must try!! Enjoy!

Strawberry Shortcake Dessert (Poke Cake)

1 Pkg. (18 ¼ oz.) White cake mix
1 1/3 C. Water
1/4 C. Unsweetened applesauce
2 egg whites
1 egg
1 pkg. (.6 oz.) sugar free strawberry gelatin
2 c. Boiling water
1 pkg. (16 oz.) Frozen unsweetened while strawberries, thawed, drained & sliced (I have even used fresh strawberries for this step)
1 carton (16 oz.) Frozen whipped topping, thawed
10 fresh strawberries, halved
(If you don't want the Sugar-free cake: Just mix and bake the cake according to directions on box. Then use regular Strawberry Jell-o, and Sweetened Frozen Strawberries. I have even made the cake as directed in this recipe, and then just changed the Jell-o and frozen strawberries.)

In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry cake mix, water, applesauce, egg whites and egg; beat on low speed for 30 sec. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 mins. Or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in the boiling water. Stir in the thawed strawberries. Using a sharp knife, make a diamond pattern in the top of your hot cake (or using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the cake); immediately pour gelatin mixture over cake. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
Spread with whipped topping. Garnish with the fresh strawberries.


Friday Food Finds

I know, I know....this is not a good sign. Only the second week of 'Friday Food Finds' and I'm a day late. I promise I'll be better. We had some health issues around our house. I had to take my daughter to the doctor, yuck! But nothing serious, so that's good. Hopefully nice weather is right around the corner and we'll all get over our yucky sicknesses.

Alright, are you ready for some more yummy food finds? I know I am. When I saw these I knew I was going to have to try them very soon. :)

1. Snickerdoodle Muffins from Tasty Kitchen Food Blog
I love snickerdoodles! I've shared snickerdoodle bars on here before and now muffins!

2. Cheesy Chicken, Bacon and Avacado Quesadillas from Kevin and Amanda
This is actually on our menu for this coming week. I can't wait to give it a try!!

3. Strawberry Shortcake Dessert from 3 Sisters Sharing Ideas
Yes, this is from our blog. But it is soooo good, I thought I needed to re-post it. I am actually craving this cake right now!! I think I am going to have to make this today. :)
This would be a great Spring/Easter dessert.

So there are my 'Friday Food Finds'. Enjoy!!


Friday Food Finds

If you're wondering why there has been a lack of recipes around here, I think I have a pretty good excuse. Let's begin my sad, sad story...haha. About 4-5 weeks ago I got a head cold. Nothing serious, right?? WRONG!! I don't know what kind of cold this is that's going around, but it is a pain! I had a fever, cough, stuffy nose, congestion, all that good stuff. And to make matters worse, I couldn't smell or taste anything...and I mean anything!.
Anyway, I'm finally feeling better, but I still can't taste/smell that great. So, what does that have to do with recipes you ask...Well, I've tried some new recipes, but since I can't really taste I don't know how much I really liked them. :) And I'm not going to post something that I don't love, so there you go, my excuse.

But today's post isn't all sad news (okay, maybe my story wasn't that sad, but you could at least feel a little sorry for me :) hehe. I've decided to do something new here on our little blog, I'm calling it:

'Friday Food Finds'
So what exactly is 'Friday Food Finds'? Every Friday I am going to share with all of you some of the 'Food Finds' I have come across. I am always on the 'hunt' for new yummy recipes. Honestly, I think I'd rather be looking through a food blog than spending time on Facebook or checking my email. Yes, I know...I'm such a nerd.
I already have a huge 'to try' list of recipes, but that doesn't stop me from looking for more. :)

Alright, so here is today's Friday Food Finds!

Oh my!! That is all I can say! I've been talking with my kids about cooking s'more when all the snow is gone. Then I saw this. Now I don't have to wait for nicer weather. :) I am definitely going to have to give these a try. I will probably try some with marshmallows inside also.

(Picture from The Pioneer Woman)
I seriously want these things right now! Yummy! I love reading Ree's recipe posts. Not only does her food look so delicious, she writes some of the funniest stuff.

3. Country Buttermilk Bisquits from: That's Some Good Cookin'
Move over Pillsbury Dough Boy!!! These look amazing! I am so all over these babies (and Shannon I know you are too). This recipe comes from Terri's (of That's Some Good Cookin')
 daughter who is going to Culinary school. She shares a step by step tutorial on making these amazing biscuits and she even explains some of the 'science' behind cooking these biscuits.
You have got to click on the link RIGHT NOW and go take a look at these biscuits. And I'm serious about the 'right now'. :)

OK. So there are 3 recipes for today's 'Friday Food Finds'. I am going to try really really hard to do this every Friday. Hope you enjoy!! And let me know if you try any of these recipes soon.