Thursday, July 31, 2008

COFFEE!

I'm not sure about you, but I enjoy my coffee in the morning! I like to try different flavored coffees and creamers. Recently, I found something I really like!
I call it caramel coffee:

Prepare your coffee to brew as usual.
Squeeze caramel ice cream topping into the bottom of the empty pot. I would say about 1/3 cup.
Brew your coffee into the pot with the caramel.
When it is finished brewing, stir with a wooden spoon and enjoy!

Its so easy, yet it adds such a nice flavor to the coffee. I add french vanilla creamer to my caramel coffee =D

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dinner Last Night

Hello!
We are still eating those blond brownies! I wound up giving some away and freezing some.
Last night, I made a sausage dip that my husband likes to make a sandwich with. I thought I would share the recipe with you:

Sausage Dip

1 lb. loose breakfast sausage, fried
Salt, pepper & garlic powder
1 pack cream cheese
1 can of rotel or canned tomato chunks with peppers

Fry sausage. Add spices while frying.
Place cheese and tomatoes in crock pot.
Pour cooked sausage over cheese and tomatoes.
Set on high and cook for an hour. Stir several times to melt cheese and mix together.
Turn to warm until you are ready to eat.

Eat with crackers or on hamburger rolls as sandwiches.
Enjoy!

You can also make this with hamburger meat in place of sausage. I have also made it with ground Italian sausage. Our first favorite is with the breakfast sausage, then the Italian sausage and our last favorite is with the hamburger meat.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I Tried the Blond Brownies!


I tried the blond brownies!
OK, it was about 8:30 last night and I decided to try the blond brownie recipe I posted yesterday!
It only took me about 15 minutes to get it prepared to put into the oven. I used walnuts instead of pecans in the bottom layer and I used blue bonnet margarine for the butter.
They came out quite tasty! The only thing I would change is, I would omit the nuts next time. I do not care for nuts in my food and that may be why. I am thinking they would be better without them. Not to say you would feel that way though!
They are creamy and moist. All in all, it seems to be a good recipe...a keeper! It was quick and easy and that scores points with me. I would make these again for something quick, but I'm not sure I would make them as the primary dessert for company :-)
Let me know what you think!
Deanna :-)

Book review: Quacker Factory Christmas

I have decided to add book reviews to the blog!

I have read "Quacker Factory Christmas", by Jeanne Bice. She sells her clothing line called, "Quacker Factory", on QVC.

I saw that she had written a book and I decided to order it and check it out. Well, let me tell you, it is wonderful! It is FULL of colorful pictures, warm stories and great recipes. I was sad when I finished the book! I enjoyed it that much. I highly recommend this book.

Some of the recipes include:
Artichoke Dip, Broccoli dip, mini sausage wraps, tea sandwiches, hot chocolate, white Christmas hot chocolate, french toast bake, pumpkin kuchen, butterscotch bars, melt in your mouth cookies, pineapple diamonds, seven layer cookies, snickerdoodles, black bottom cupcakes, cheesecake dip, magic dip, rice pudding and sour cream apple pie!

Don't they sound wonderful? Those are just a handful of recipes, there are many more! Her stories are wonderful! She tells personal stories and there are some from her family members in there as well.

All in all, this was a great book and I recommend it for a good easy read.

I purchased mine from Amazon.com! Please let me know if you get this book or if you have already read it! I would like to hear your thoughts :-)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Breakfast, lunch/dinner & dessert!



OK, here we go!


I have some recipes for you. Some I have tried, others I have not. Please let me know when you try them and lets decide if they are keepers or not!

Let us start with breakfast:

Breakfast Banana Split


2 Bananas, sliced in half length wise, then each half cut in half ( you will have 8 pieces total)
1 8oz. container of yogurt, any flavor
8 Tablespoons of strawberry or blueberry pie filling ( or both)
8 Tablespoons of crushed pineapple
8 Tablespoons of granola ( recipe follows) ( or use nature valley granola bars)

This recipe serves 4 people.

In a small bowl, add 2 pieces of banana.
Place a dollop of yogurt over the bananas.
Put 2 tablespoons of pie filling over yogurt in each bowl.
Then add 2 tablespoons of pineapple over the pie filling.
Finish each bowl with 2 tablespoons of granola.
Enjoy!

I have made these before and they were very tasty and healthy! (Well, healthier)
Let me know what you think of this recipe and let me know if you try it out!


Granola

12 Cups quick oats ( not instant)
1 1/2 Cups flakes, sweet coconut
1 1/2 Cup nuts
2 Cups honey
2/3 Cup oil
1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 Cups raisins


Heat over to 350*
In a large bowl combine, oats, coconut and nuts. Mix well.
In another bowl combine, honey, oil & vanilla. Pour over oat mixture. Stir to coat.
Place on 2 foil lined cookie sheets and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Let cool and place in an air-tight container to store.

I have made this as well. It is great fro a snack and I ate it as cereal with milk!
There is way more than what the banana split recipe calls for. Get creative and enjoy!
I stored my in a zip top plastic bag for a couple of months.



Lunch / Dinner:

Ham & Cheese Bread

1 Tube of refrigerated pizza dough
4-8 Slices of deli ham (sliced thin)
1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 Cup mayo
milk
Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350*.
Roll out pizza dough on a lightly floured surface in to a rectangle, about 12 x 8 in size.
Place ham slices over the dough, leaving about a 1 inch border around the sides.
Mix cheese with mayo in a bowl. Then, spread it over the ham.
Roll up the stuffed dough.
Place on baking sheet, seem side down.
Cut slits on top layer of dough.
Brush with milk and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 35-40 minutes.

I have also made this before. But, for some reason, I left out the mayo and it still came out very tasty!

Dessert:

Blond Brownies

1 Cup chopped pecans
1/2 Cup butter or margarine, melted
3 eggs
1 Package yellow cake mix
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, regular
1 16 oz. package powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 325*.
Line 13 x 9 baking pan with no-stick foil.
Stir together nuts, butter, 1 egg and cake mix.
Place into bottom of the pan & set aside.
Combine 2 eggs, cheese & sugar, beat with mixer until smooth.
Pour over cake layer in pan.
Bake for about 40 minutes or until set.
Cool & cut into squares.

I have not tried this recipe, but it caught my eye. It looks easy and yummy! I guess it is time for me to try it out, huh?
I hope you enjoy the variety of recipes I listed today. Even though baking is my cup of tea, I still have a family to cook for! I am always looking for quick and easy recipes to make for dinner. It would be wonderful if you commented with some more recipes for us to try!
Thank you for visiting my blog! Have a blessed day =D

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