Saturday, December 27, 2008

Coffee!



Here we are again, discussing one of my favorite beverages...coffee! I got a new expresso/cappuccino/latte maker for Christmas and I am already having fun with it! I enjoy coffee so much and this allows me to get even more creative with it! I have mentioned before, I call my coffee...Dee's bucks. I like to think it is as enjoyable as Starbucks coffee :-P




Here is a book that I bought last year. I guess God was preparing me for my new coffee maker! There are some great recipes in here :-)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas 2008!





We had a wonderful Christmas this year! We got to spend time with a lot of our friends and family! Thank you all for being such a blessing in our lives!



Here are some pictures of all of the fun!

Monday, December 22, 2008



Top 10 Christmas cookie rules (taken off the Internet)

If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.

If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.

If a friend comes over while you are making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calorie free (see rule #1). It would be rude to let your friend sample alone, and being the friend that you are, makes your cookie calorie free as well.

Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.

Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.

Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have 3 and green ones have 5 - one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!

Cookies eaten while watching Miracle on 34th Street have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking causes calorie leakage.

Any cookies consumed from someone else's plate has no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate. We all know how calories like to CLING!

And finally...Any cookies consumed while feeling stressed have no calories because cookies used for medicinal purposes NEVER have calories. It's a rule!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Running!

Running....does anyone else enjoy it? I have to say, I do!
Here are pictures of me during and finishing my first race. I ran a 5K in March of this year. I trained for it for 3-4 months. I went slow, but I finished. I actually shaved 20 minutes off my time!
It is that time again! I have begun to train for my next race! I am looking into it and finding out which one and when. Im figuring it will be in April or May. It is better for me to run when the temp is above 50 degrees.
I just got in from running! It is just great to be able to run outside. I really prefer it and it is a better workout!
Happy Running!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Company and lights


Hello! We had our friends Cindy and Ronnie visit us from Asheboro on Tuesday for brunch! We had a GREAT visit with them. As you can see, Anthony really enjoyes thier company. He also really enjoyed the Nintendo game they gave him for Christmas! He has been wanting this particular game since August! Thank you guys so much!


We went on our annual Christmas light drive, on Tuesday night. We all got our pj's on, I made some hot chocolate and off we went! We drive around our neighborhood and 2 connecting neighborhoods and enjoy the Christmas lights! Above is a picture from a house in the Winchester subdivision who had all the lights dancing with music! It looked so neat! It was like one of the ones you see on you tube!


I hope you enjoy our stories and pictures!



Monday, December 15, 2008

Slippers!


Check out my new slippers, with bling!
My friend Chris gave me 2 pair for Christmas. Last night, we went to the mall and since we were going, we decided to exchange our gifts over coffee at the Starbucks in Barnes and Noble. Here is 1 of the 2 pair of slippers she gave me! Dont they match my pj's perfectly???
They even have the little rubber dots on the bottom, so I dont slip and slide through the house!
Thanks Chris!!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Cookie Exchange!




Friday night, was the annual cookie exchange! We had fun, playing lots of games and drinking our coffee as we pigged out on cookies and candy! There were so many tasty things to eat!

Tommie took Anthony to McDonalds to play with Mikey and Israel Polo....when either Sammie or I have a party at the house, our husbands and children flock to the empty home. Its kind of funny :-)

Saturday morning was the Christmas Ladies brunch at our Church, Living Word. It was wonderful! There were so many different foods there to try and everything was scrumptious! Im still full (Sunday).

I hear the tread mill calling me name!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Baking again.... (and the story of the lights)




Happy Thursday...my favorite day of the week!

I just got in from a couple errands. I picked up a few things at Lowes Food, and lights for the mailbox from AC Moore. I also had my nails done.

Lets vere a bit from the subject at hand and talk about my Christmas lights....

They hate me! Im not too fond of them this year either :-P

First, I had a fight with my tree in front of the house. I tried to put the lights up on it as I do every year and it just did not work. I got upset, yanked off the strand I had put up there and broke off several branches and broke the lights. That was last week. Yesterday, I bought a set of snowflake lights from Lowes and went to put them in that same tree. Well, the plug would not fit into any of my plugs, so, I could not use them in the tree. I took them in the house and was going to put them up on the deck so my neighbors in the back could enjoy them. Well, they would not work! So I threw them down and then out in the trash can. Anthony just watched in amazement as mommy fought with the lights. I tried to stay as calm as possible, but I gave in a little bit when I threw them down. Later, I explained to him that I should not have done that :-)

So, today, I bought more lights at AC Moore, they wound up being over 50% off! I was so happy!

Thank you God for favor! I brought them home, put them on the mailbox (because those lights decided to quit working last night), tested them and they work and look very pretty! Yey!


Back to the suject at hand....baking!

I have an order for cookies and cream candy apples, 10 of them. So, I am going to make those up today. I also have candies to make for a party. I will enjoy myself baking.
I hope you enjoyed my story of the lights and I hope it made you laugh or at least chuckle. Thankfully, I can laugh about it now :-)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Buon Natale!




Hello! I know I am always interested in learning about other cultures and their Christmas traditions. So, I thought I would let you in on some of ours...Italian!
Buon Natale means Merry Christmas in Italian. Jesu Bambino means baby Jesus!

There are several food traditions we have as Italians. Some are traditional to the entire Italian culture and some are traditions to our Italian family.

One Italian tradition is the 7 fishes. Every Christmas Eve, Italians all over the world, prepare and eat 7 fishes for Christmas Eve dinner! Some say, Italians do not eat meat on Christmas Eve because of the birth of Jesus. Just as many do not eat meat on Good Friday. (These are Catholic traditions).

I have also heard that it is a feast of 7 fishes because God created the universe in 7 days!

I remember going over to Aunt Jeannie's house as a child, with my Mother. We would go over early in the afternoon and prepare all of the fish. Then, in the evening, the rest of the family would come over and we would eat it! As I sit and write this, I am trying to remember what types of fish we had. I do remember....shrimp, clams, muscles, squid, and trout? (or some type of fish that was filleted, breaded and fried that my Uncle Ray cought at Yankee Lake in NY), scallops and Im sure 1 more!
I also remember an antipasto....that was a salad topped with meats, cheeses and olives (we omitted the meats since we did not eat meat on Christmas Eve). I remember sneaking out black oilives to eat while preparing the dish. Yummy!
I would put the black olives on my finger tips and play! I always got yelled at for doing that, but it was so much FUN!

There are some desserts I remember having as well. My Mom and her sister, Aunt Jeannie, always made the BEST cheesecakes! Thankfully, I got that gene from them :-)
We had cheesecake and Italian cookies. Italian love knots were a must every year. As well as the Russian rocks. (Yes, Italians made Russian named cookies) We had butter cookies as well, made into all different shapes, like Christmas trees and bells. They were decorated with sprinkles and those little candy balls. (I never liked the little candy balls and still do not to this day)
My nehpew is 23 now, but I recall when he was about 2 or 3, he was standing at the cookie table one year when we had Christmas Eve at our house instead of Aunt Jeannies. He was observing all the pretty cookies and picked up one of the Christmas tree butter cookies and said "Where are all the lights"? We all started laughing!

That is what I can remember.
I hope you have enjoyed our family and culture traditions!
I carry some on with my family to this very day!

Buon Natale!

COOKIES!


Happy Monday! Yesterday was my cookie bake off! Boy, did we bake some cookies. For 4 straight hours, we baked! And the cookies and candy in these pictures are what we have to show for it! It was GREAT!

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Basketball and Baking....

Well, today is our last basketball game of this season. Anthony has had so much fun, but Im a bit glad :-) Christmas is coming and it will be nice to have the extra time to do things and just spend time with my family. To the right is a picture from our last practice. The parents scrimaged with the boys on the team. It was fun! That is a picture of Anthony scoring a basket on his dad!

Last night we went over to my sisters to celebrate my nieces birthday...she turned 13!!!! I remember when she was born. Seems like yesterday :-)

After the game today, I may bake something. I would like to try something new. Does anyone have a good cookie or bar recipe for me?

Tomorrow is a big day. It is my cookie bake off! My friend Chris and Iwill bake hundreds of cookies for several hours. Oh, it is so much fun!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Cookie House!







Happy Thursday, my favorite day of the week!

I was commenting on someones blog (you know who you are) at the beginning of the week about all of the things I wanted to accomplish this week. I have to say, I am doing really good! One of the many things, was making a "gingerbread" house with my son. Well, we made it yesterday.

It was a lot of fun =D This year, Anthony really took pride in his decorating...making straight lines with the candy and straight rows with the bears. I am really proud of him. I told him, this was the best one yet and we do this each year.

Here he is, the proud builder himself!
He is such a blessing!

Oh, by the way, its made of graham crackers and not gingerbread :-)





Monday, December 1, 2008

Im back...after a long weekend!


Hello! I had such a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! On Thanksgiving day, I woke up to my coffee brewing...oh what a glorious smell! I watched the parade and went through the sale ads for Black Friday as I drank my warm coffee.
At 12noon, we went over to Tommie parents house for turkey and all the trimmings. It was soooo good!
After I got home, I made my shopping lists for Friday. I tried to get to bed early, but I was too excited about shopping in the morning.
I wound up getting up at 2am. I finally had fallen asleep at 11pm...so, needless to say, I woke up anticipating my morning coffee. I left the house at 3:30am to go shopping. After my first stop, I had brakfast (including coffee) at McDonalds. Then, off I went shopping again. I got home at 7:30 am and went back out shopping with Tommie and Anthony at 8am. Whew...what a day and it was still early!
After we got home, I had to set up the new iphone Tommie bought. I finally tried for a nap at 2pm. I got about 15 minutes of shut eye before Tommie came in and said Lee was coming for a visit. So, I got up, got dressed and put my face on.
At 2:30, I got the party platters and macaroni salad together for our family gathering that evening at my house. My sister Marlana and her family were here from PA....above is a picture of me and my 2 sisters. They were scheduled to arrive at 4pm, but arrived at 3:30. It was a great visit! Our friends, the Polo's came over fore dessert and stayed until about 10:30pm. It was a long day, but well worth every second!
I spent a lot of time thanking God for all of the wonderful things He has chosen to give me this past weekend...my huband, son, family, friends, home, business, finances, Church, Pastors....just everything!
I am one thankful woman and a blessed one at that :-)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Turkey tip


Hi! Tomorrow is turkey day! I have a really good tip for cooking a juicy bird...

Bake it breast side down! The juices run into the breast as it cooks and it is very juicy this way. If you cut it up before you serve it, noone will know that the skin did not come out dark brown color on the breast side!


You can also rub it with olive oil before you bake it.

Another good idea is to make your own seasoned butter by taking your favorite spices and mixing them into your butter until creamy. Then, place it between the skin and meat of the turkey and bake. Oh Yum!


Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Light



Have you decorated your house and put up your Christmas tree yet? We put ours up several weeks ago! I usually decorate a few days before Thanksgiving. My dad and step-mom came down for a visit and I wanted everyithing all done when they got here. So, we have been enjoying the decorations for a while. Every time I look at the lights on the tree (OK, almost every time), I think about how Jesus wants us to be a light to the world. It is a very comforting thought :-)

Here is a picture of Anthony by the "tree of light". He is such a cutie isnt he????

Monday, November 24, 2008

A laugh to start your week!


I thought you could use a laugh to get your Monday started right!



No, that is not our dog, that is my Father's dog, Dinky :-)

Have a great Monday and a wondeful week.

Smiles,

Deanna :-)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Organization :-)


I am a very organized individual! Administrative is my middle name. Deanna Administrative Polito-Laughinghouse...wow that's a long one! Anyway, I enjoy keeping lists, notebooks and folders to keep my thoughts straight. I even keep a little notebook in my purse, this way if I am out and have an idea, I can write it down for later.

Here are some ideas of what I do at Christmas to help me out.....


I keep a Cristmas notebook! Each year, I write in it what I would like to give each person on my gift giving list. As I purchase or make the gift, I cross it off my list. This really helps me stay organized!


I also keep a Christmas folder. I decorated the front with Christmas stickers and labled it "Christmas ideas, recipes and traditions". In it, I keep clippings from magazines or pages I have printed off from my computer, with recipes I would like to try, traditions worth starting or anything else I am considering trying out for the Holidays this year.


Something else I do that helps me stay organized is, make a Christmas card list each year. I keep the previous years lists as well. I keep the lists in my bag with my Christmas cards and pens. This way, I am sure not to forget anyone

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Black Friday!


Hello to all of you Black Friday shoppers out there! I have a link you are going to like.... http://www.theblackfriday.com/


You can check out the sales ahead of time. I prefer the sale ads that come in on Thanksgiving. I like to sit and look through them as I watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade! I make my lists of where I need to go and what I need to get there. I also make a list of where to go first, depending on what store opens the earliest! I am out of the house before 4am!!!! But, this website is a good heads up for all of us.


I enjoy the thrill of saving money!


I have some wacky stories of the things I have seen while out shopping so early in the morning.
Be sure to start your day with a good cup of hot coffee. I will look like the guy in this picture on Friday morning =D


I hope you find some wonderful treasures!


Me :-)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The New Food Network Magazine



Hello! The Food Network has to be my favorite TV channel to watch (QVC, a close second). I recently purchased a copy of their new magazine. It was very resonably priced at $3.99. I found my copy at Barnes and Noble. Doesnt the cover look good?

It is full of great cooking tips and ideas and it gives you a sneak peak at what goes on behind the scenes at the Food Network.

At the beginning of the magazine, it gives you a list, with photo's of all of the recipes inside. I think this is a great idea, this way if after looking at what recipes the magazine offers, if you decide they do not appeal to you, you can put the magazine back down on the rack and walk away :-)

One of my favorite recipes that the magazine offers is a five layer bar. Yummy :-)

Here is the recipe for you:

5 Layer Bars

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 stick salted butter, melted

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 cup butterscotch chips

1 cup semi-sweet choc chips

1 cup shredded coconut

1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350*.

Combine grahams and butter in a bowl. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle pecans, chips and coconut on top. Pour milk over the top. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool and cut into bars!

I am a coupon clipper! In last weeks Sunday paper there was a coupon for baking chips...you can use it for this recipe and save money! I also buy the store brand butter to save money as well.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please let me know if you try it by leaving a comment here =D

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Good morning!


Hello, all! I hope you are having a wonderful month so far! I know I have already started baking and I am enjoying it so much! I made homemade Reeses cups for my dad while he was here visiting last week. Oh, were they good :-) We had a great visit with him and Georgeann! It is supposed to be pretty cold this week, so I want to encourage you to break out your baking pans and bake something! Its a great time for that!

If you would like a recipe for anything particular, let me know and I will try and find one and post it here for you! I have quite the collection of recipes these days.

Happy Baking!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Winner!


Congratulations...Mommy Walker!

You won the Fall recipe book! Thank you for always taking the time to comment!

Its on its way! :-)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Fall Favorites, book give-a-way!


Here we go again! I have yet another booklet to give away! This one is entitled, "Fall Favorites". It is created by, "Gooseberry Patch". If you are farmiliar with them, you KNOW these recipes will be good!
Some of the recipes it contains are: Savory baked pears, Festive fruit kugel, Sweet potato-raisin muffins, Thanksgiving sausage dressing, Colorful apple salad, One pan fruit brownies, Sugar plum bars, Back to school apple cake, Frosted maple cookies and MANY more!
Here is how this works:
I am about to ask you a question. All you have to do, comment your answer to this post and after 2 weeks, my son and I will put all the names of those who participated in a hat and draw one out. The winner, wins this booklet! Then, I will mail you your prize!
The question is:
What is your favorite food to eat in the fall?
Mine is: Pumpkin pie!!!!!!
Have fun and happy winning!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Christmas is coming! Let me help you get prepared!


You may be thinking, "I am not ready to think about Christmas, its too far away". Well, now is the best time to begin to prepare!

Retailers are having some great sales, if we want to be a blessing by giving a gift to celebrate. I like to make gifts for my family and friends and now is the best time to get started, this way we are not rushed later.

We can also get a list of new recipes we would like to try and try them out to see if they are Christmas worthy! If you are thinking about starting a new family tradition, it is a good time to search for something new! This way, everything is prepared and we can enjoy the celebration of Jesus' birth and time with our family and friends!


I have some websites for you to check out, they will help you to prepare!












Enjoy browsing!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Christmas Book Reviews!


I read every day. I read my Bible and I read Christian, Christmas Romance books!

I have 3 books I am going to give a brief review on.


1st, Simply Christmas, written by Dowd, Luttrell & Lynxwiler. This book contains 4 stories about 4 women who are searching for the true meaning of Christmas. The 1st story is my favorite. Its about a woman who tries to simplify her life at Christmastime. It reminded me a bit of myself, only I enjoy celebrating the Holidays the way that I do! I also enjoyed the last story as well. It is about a family that goes on the road for Christmas. It shares how we should walk in God's love!


2nd, Forever Christmas, written by Christine Lynxwiler. This is about a town called, Jingle Bells, Arkansas. A town that celebrated Christmas all year. This drama also contains a bit of a suspence line as well. It kept me looking forward to reading each night!


3rd, On Strike For Christmas, written by Sheila Roberts. This is not a Christian book. The story line is great. Its about woman friends who go on strike for Christmas and it is up to their husbands to pull it all together. It does contain some curse words, that really are not necessary. I never did understand why people thought that cursing in books, movies & TV shows made the stories better. It really doesnt! I had to skip over the words that were offensive. Other than the cursing, that appears maybe 5 or 6 times throughout the 319 page book, it was good. It also offers recipes at the end of the book! The recipes come from the characters from the book. They are recipes that they made throughout the novel. I plan to try some myself!
I purchase my books, used from Amazon.com. I find I get the best prices there, even with the shipping charges!
Merry Christmas :-)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Lime Thumbprint cookies


Hello! These were very tasty! I made them last year and made a couple of changes to the original recipe to suit my tatste. I will list the recipe I used:


Cookie:


1/2 cup butter, soft

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup flour

1/4 tsp. salt

powder sugar to garnish


Filling:


1/3 cup sugar

3-4 tasp lime juice

1 egg yolk

2-3 drops green food coloring


Pre-heat oven to 325*.

Cream together: butter, sugar, yolk & vanilla.

Add flour and salt, blend in well.

Shape into one inch balls.

Arrange about 1 inch apart on non-stick, foil lined cookie sheet.

Make an indent on each cookie with your thumb.

Spoon 1/2 tsp. of filling onto each cookie.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes....remove from pan and let cool.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar.


Filling:

Combine 1st 4 ingredients in a sauce pan, heat over medium until it reaches a boil. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat & stir in food coloring. Set aside to cool.


You can also use this cookie recipe with your favorite jam instead of the lime filling!


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

We Have A Winner!


The winner of the walnut recipe booklets is..................

Brenda! Yey! Congratulations, Brenda! Your name was chosen as our winner!

Enjoy your new recipes! I have your address and I will mail them out today or tomorrow!

=D

Monday, September 8, 2008

Book give-a-way!


Hello!

We will be drawing the name of the winner for the book give-a-way tomorrow! So, if you have not left a comment yet, please be sure to do it before tomorrow morning! Thank you all!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Chocolate Mousse Pie


Here is a recipe that I think looks good. It also looks very easy. If you are a chocolate lover, this will hit the spot!


Chocolate Mousse Pie


4 (1 oz) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted

1 (14 oz) can, sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 Tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup (1/2 pint) whipping cream, whipped

1 ready made chocolate pie crust


Mix melted chocolate with milk and vanilla until blended.

Chill 15 minutes until cool. Stir until smooth.

Fold in whipped cream.

Pour over crust.

Chill for 3 hours or more.

Enjoy :-)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sweet Biscuit Inn, Asheville, NC


We went to the mountains in Asheville, NC this weekend. We stayed at the Sweet Biscuit Inn.

OK, this place is wonderful! The owners, the Maddix's, made us feel like we have known them for years! The Inn is an old home, with many bedrooms to rent. It is well kept and very clean!

They serve a wonderful breakfast each morning. The first morning started out with fresh cut fruit...how sweet it was! Then, we had a cream cheese, cinnamon raisin french toast, eggs and bacon. It was so good! The second morning, we started with a different selection of fresh cut fruits, then we had, banana walnut & chocolate chip muffins, cheesy eggs, wheat biscuits and sausage. We highly recommend this place. It is comfortable, clean, like home :-)

I had never stayed at a bed and breakfast before, but now, I am hooked.

This Inn, welcomes children and even has a play area for them! Each morning after breakfast, they have a rubber animal hunt for all the children. Anthony had a great time!
SWEET BISCUIT INN
Call toll free (866) 280-0170 or (828) 250-0170
77 Kenilworth Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28803 USA

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Win me...Walnuts!


Hello, again! Lets start a new give-a-way! This time, you will win, 2 recipe booklets, a booklet that will tell you all about walnuts and a seasonal walnut wheel!
I have looked through all of this and there are some good recipes here! For instance: buttermilk walnut coffee cake with orange essence, summer fresh confetti walnut quinoa salad, walnut cherry & apricot tart, garlic walnut dip, walnut cookies & carrot cake, just to name a few!
All you have to do is post a comment on the following question. At the end of a 2 week period, I will put all the names of the people who commented in a bag and my son will draw a name!
The question to answer is:
What is your favorite way to eat chocolate?
Ex. My favorite way to eat chocolate is in chocolate chip cookies! I like them all warm and gooey :-)
Have fun!

Friday, August 22, 2008

WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!


OK, I had Anthony pick from the 2 people that took part in the book give-a-way!

The winner is...........

Lena Robertson! Congratulations!!!!

I had Lena in one hand and Brenda in the other...he picked 3 times and the person who got picked twice was the winner! (It made it more fun for him, to pick more than once). He had fun!

Please email me your address and I will send the book right away! I hope you enjoy it :-)


The next give-a-way will be posted soon! Keep checking in to be sure you enter!


Thank you guys for taking the time to be part of this! It means a lot to me :-)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Book Giva-a-way!

OK,it has been 2 weeks since I started the book give-a-way! I will be choosing a name tomorrow! So, if you have not yet answered the question, please do so :-) I will draw a name tomorrow morning! Be blessed =D

Scroll down to find the book give-a-way post and enter to win!!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Crispy Bar Recipe


Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! We are having a conference at Church and it has been GREAT!
I have this recipe I thought looked good. I have never tried this one, but it is easy and looks like it would taste very scrumptious :-) This is a great treat for the family to make together :-)

Crispy Butterscotch Bars

1 Bag of butterscotch chips
1/2 Cup peanut butter
1 Tbsp. margarine or butter
5 Cups of rice crispies

Place crispies in a large bowl.
Line a 13x9 pan with non-stick foil and spray with butter spray.
Melt chips, peanut butter and butter in double broiler over medium heat. *
Pour mixture over crispies and stir until well blended.
Place mixture in 13x9 pan.
Chill for 20-30 minutes, cut and enjoy!

* If you do not have a double broiler, make one! Take a sauce pot and fill it half way with water. Please a glass bowl over the pot. Be sure it can sit in the rim of the pot and the bowl is not floating on the water. Now, you have a double broiler!
The reason for this is so that the chips are not sitting directly on a flame. If they do, the can easy burn.

Friday, August 15, 2008

New Recipe....Corn Salad!


Hi! I was in the mood for a corn salad yesterday, so I came up with this recipe. It was so good! I ate it all up and made another one today! I hope you like it:


Corn Salad


1 package (frozen), whole kernel, yellow corn, cooked

1 tomato, cut into pieces

1/4 cup sour cream

1-2 tbsp. mayo

1 tbsp. vinegar

1 tbsp. mustard

salt

pepper

garlic powder


Mix all ingredients together, chill and enjoy!


This recipe is so easy! You could also add chopped onion and cucumber if you would like to.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

OK, Coffee Lovers!


Hello!

Real quick, I made the chicken salad braid last night for dinner with a side of carrots and from the time my husband looked at it until it was all gone, seemed to be all of 1 minute! I hope your family likes this dish as much as we do!


I have a friend, in CA, that sells coffee online! Here is the link.... http://www.freshroastedbeans.com/


I have not tried this coffee yet, but, I do plan to soon. I am about ready to buy more and when I am, I will order from this site!

Please let me know if you get to try it before I do!


Smiles,

Deanna :-)

Monday, August 11, 2008

New Recipes!


Hello! Guess what I just got through doing??? Baking! I have an order for cheesecake bites scheduled for pick up tomorrow night! I am so happy to see and feel the cooler weather coming in! Yey! Fall and winter are my favorite seasons! I had the door and window open today and there was such a great breeze through the house! I plan to do that again this evening.


I have a recipe I make all the time that I am going to share with you, as well as one I have not tried yet.


First recipe: Chicken salad braid. This is so easy and so good! I make it for brunches and for lunch.


Chicken Salad Braid


1 Can chicken, white meat in water

1/2 Cop, mayo

1 Cup, shredded cheese (I like cheddar, but mozzerella works well too)

Salt

Pepper

Garlic powder

Onion powder

1 Can crescent rolls

milk



Pre-heat oven to 350*.


First, drain canned chicken. Then, mix first 7 ingredients together in a bowl.

Line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with non-stick foil.

Remove crescent rolls from can, place longest ends of each trianlge together, by twos, down the center of the foil lined pan. Where the rolls connect, in a straight line, down the center of the pan, press them together with your fingers.

At this point, you will have the points of each triangular shaped roll, pointing towards the edges of the pan and the big ends of the triangular rolls will be connected down the center of the pan.

Now, spoon your mixture down the center of the rolls.

After that, pull each end of the rolls, together, one by one, over the filling. This will make it look like a braind.


Brush milk over the bread and bake for about 20 minutes. Until golden brown.

Serve warm!


Whew...it was hard for me to put into words how to arrange those crescent rolls to make the braid! I hope you understand what I wrote!


The next recipe, I have not tried, but it looks tastey and easy!


No Bake Gingersnap Ball Cookies


3 Tbsp. corn syrup

2 Tbsp. peanut butter

5 oz. gingersnap cookies, crushed fine

1/3 cup powdered sugar


In a bowl, combine syrup and peanut butter.

Mix well.

Add crushed cookies.

Mix.

Roll into about 20 balls. Roll each ball in powdered sugar.

Chill and serve!


Have you ever had your cookie mix stick to your hands while rolling into balls?

I have....its becasue your hands are hot.

Run your hands under cold water and begin rolling again. It really works!


Please let me know if you try this cookie recipe.

Enjoy!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Fudge!

Hi! If you like fudge and you are in Myrtle Beach, SC, you definitely have to try it from "The Fudgery". http://www.fudgeryfudge.com/default.asp
There is one at Barefoot Landing and I think there are 2 at Broadway at the Beach.

It is so good!

Now, if you live in the Raleigh area, just order your fudge from me! Ha ha :-)
www.tastenc.com

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Question to answer to win the book!

Im not sure if I was clear, so I want to clarify my last post.
To win the book, you need to answer the question: What is your favorite kitchen/baking or cooking tip?

Those who answer this question will get their name entered into the cookbook drawing.
Thank you!
Cookie :-)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Book Give-a-way!!!!


Hello! Here it is, our very first book givaway! Here is how this works....

I am going to ask a question. All you have to do is post a comment on the blog, with your answer. At the end of a 2 week period, I will write everyones name who entered the contest on a separate piece of paper. I will place them all in a bag and my son, Anthony, will pick out 1 name. The name he picks, will be the person who wins the book!
The question is:

What kitchen/baking/cooking tip is your favorite?

Ex. mine is: When I purchase hamburber meat, I purchase about 3 pounds at a time. I separate it into 3 plastic, zip top bags with about 1 pound in each bag. When I go to make meat loaf, I defrost 1 bag and add my meatloaf ingredients to the bag, zip it back and squish it all together with my hands. My hands never get dirty, because they never have to touch the mixture!

Now its your turn.

What is your favorite kitchen/baking/cooking tip?
The book you will recieve is called "Grandma's baking and more". It contains all kinds of tasty recipes. Some of them include:
Easy eclair dessert, tiramisu, southern banana pudding, cobbler, bread pudding, Georgia peach pie, key lime pie, pumpkin pie, butterscotch blondies, dream bars, cookies and so much more!
Yummy :-)

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