First, let me say that I'm not a gourmet chef. I don't even LOVE cooking. However,necessity often brings me to the kitchen. And I do love a tried and true recipe. So, here is a collection of recipes I've gathered from friends. These have helped me to enjoy my time in the kitchen a bit more! I hope it will help you, too!
I'm a part of a great book club. We meet at a local coffee shop called Book Bums. While discussing our latest book, we usually get some tasty drink and enjoy some of the baked goods that they sell. Several months ago, I tried their little bag of sugar cookie bites. They have a name, but I can't remember what it is. What I do know is that these little cookies are delicious. I have spent many hours trying to recreate them. I haven't quite perfected the frosting, but I think the cookies are pretty darn close! Here's my knock-off recipe:
Sugar Cookie Bites
Ingredients: 1c. unsalted butter softened 2/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3 c. flour
1. Combine butter and sugars.
2. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix well.
3. Add flour, salt and baking soda and mix.
4. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out dough into even balls and place on a cookie sheet.
Again, I am on a soup kick and this is my other go-to veggie soup recipe, but somehow it's not on this blog. Shame on me! Here it is, try it and enjoy!
1 slice of bacon
1 pound of stew meat
3 whole carrots, cut
1/2 an onion (or onion flakes)
2 cans of beef broth
1 can of tomato sauce
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 cup of water
2 cups of finely chopped broccoli
1 cup of brown rice
1. Spray a soup pot/stew pot with cooking spray and cook stew beef cubes for about 10 minutes.
2. Remove the meat, add one slice of bacon, sliced carrots and onion and cook for another 10 minutes or so.
3. Add the beef back in along with beef broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and one can of water.
4. Cook at medium heat until it comes to a boil.
5. Add broccoli and rice and let simmer for at least an hour.
This is a recipe given to me by a friend from her friend. Now that the weather is getting cooler, I am craving soups. I thought I had shared this recipe before, but alas, I haven't! You all need to try this unique version of vegetable soup--you won't regret it!
1 lb. ground beef
1/4 t. pepper
1/2 bag of baby carrots chopped
2 medium yellow potatoes, cubed
1 med sweet potato, cubed
3 stalks of celery chopped
1 cup finely chopped cabbage
3 cups water
1 large can of tomato juice
1+ T. worcestershire sauce
16 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained
1. Brown the ground beef; drain.
2. In large pot combine other ingredients with the beef and stir.
3. Simmer until the vegetables are tender (I cooked mine for several hours).
It's been a while, but I was just making my grocery list and planning our family menu and thought I'd share--just in case anyone still checks this blog! (if you do, let me know, and maybe I'll try to be a little more faithful!)
Grilled Brats/Hot Dogs
Pulled Pork (Boston Butt Recipe)
Breakfast (waffles, bacon and omelettes)
Nothing too fancy--I'm pregnant with #4 and it's too hot to heat up the kitchen for long!
In November of 2010, we were introduced to two things which would forever be loved by our family: Will and a new version of Rice Krispy Treats. I know, putting love for a dessert in the same category as our third born might seem extreme, but once you've tasted these things you'll understand. Our dear friends, Ron and Pam, brought us a tasty meal complete with dessert of, you guessed it, Rice Krispy Bars. Only these were far greater than any other Rice Krispy bar we'd ever eaten. After Pete raved and raved about them, he finally got Pam to give us the recipe. Then I understood why they were so incredible. I mean how can you go wrong with the following ingredients: Milky Way bars, butter, Rice Krispies and semisweet chocolate. You can't. Pete requests them all of the time. I just made them yesterday as we began celebrating his birthday a couple days early. So enough babbling, let's get to this recipe:
Milky Way Rice Krispy Treats
3 King sized Milky Way Candy Bars (or 5 normal sized)
6 oz. of butter
3 cups of Rice Krispies
8 oz of baking chocolate, semi-sweet
1. Cut candy bars into pieces and put into a microwave safe mixing bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir.
2. Cut the butter into pieces and add to the bowl. Microwave for 1 more minute, then stir. (if still not completely melted, add 20 seconds and stir again, repeat until melted)
3. Add Rice Krispies and stir*
4. Spray 9 x 13 pan with baking spray, then add mixture.
5. Melt the baking squares following the directions on the box. Pour over the mixture.
6. Refrigerate until solid.
*after step 3, take a spoonful of the mixture and eat it...you'll thank me later. YUM.
Here's the menu plan for this week:
Monday: Meatloaf, baked potatoes, rolls, and veggies
Tuesday: Brats, green beans, applesauce
Thursday: Marinated Grilled Chicken, salad, veggies, and rolls
Friday: Pizza with our friends, the Hamiltons
Saturday: Pete's Birthday, dinner to be determined
I recently posted some Pinterest recipe reviews on my family blog. If you're interested click here to see that post.
This week, I'm going to be trying at least one more Pinterest recipe. Here's our menu for the week:
Monday: Cracker Barrel Honey Glazed Chicken (Pinterest find)
Tuesday: Date night?
Thursday: Chicken Parm.
Saturday:Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Stopping in quickly to post this weeks menu:
Monday: Lasagna, salad, garlic toast
Tuesday: Ham, potatoes, green beans, rolls
Thursday: Roasted Chicken w/ potatoes and carrots
Saturday: Date night!! :)
Long time no posting here on Feasting Fun. Don't worry, I'm still enjoying feasting with my family, we're just a bit busy right now, so I felt like something had to go--this was it!
Here's a little something though:
Monday: Meatloaf, Baked Hasselback Potatoes, Rolls, and peas
Tuesday: Chicken Enchiladas
Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner: waffles, eggs, and bacon
Friday: Chicken Ring, veggies, applesauce
Saturday: @ a friend from church's house
The Hasselback Potatoes are a pinterest find. I'll let you know how they turn out. They sure look yummy! :)