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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sweet hawaiian Crockpot Chicken

I love sweet little 4 ingredient recipes like this. One that is tasty and easy to make also very inexpensive
Sweet Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken:

 1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup light soy sauce
2 pounds chicken breast tenderloins.

Add all ingredients to the crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hrs and they should just fall apart. Enjoy!

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Friday, April 12, 2013

National Grilled Cheese Day

Today is the day to celebrate grilled cheese. I love them the so good toasted bread and melted cheese. Ask me I say burn it just a bit will taste even better. No matter how you like your grilled cheese and there are several different ways as demonstrated by this post at food network
one of my personal favorites is this recipe for extra cheesy sandwiches
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
8 Italian bread slices
4 (3/4-oz.) provolone cheese slices
4 (3/4-oz.) mozzarella cheese slices

Stir together butter and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Spread 1 1/2 tsp. butter mixture on 1 side of each bread slice. Place 4 bread slices, buttered sides down, on wax paper. Top with provolone and mozzarella cheeses; top with remaining bread slices, buttered sides up. Cook sandwiches, in batches, on a hot griddle or in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, gently pressing with a spatula, 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese is melted

Creating Flowers

How super cute are these little flowers. They are perfect for little hands to create. Using muffin cup liners and construction paper as well as a few things you may have around the house your little one can make flowers that are as pretty as the ones growing outside.

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Red Apple spinach salad

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1 pound fresh spinach, trimmed and cleaned
1 unpeeled red apple
3 slices bacon, fried crisp, crumbled
¼ cup frozen unsweetened orange juice concentrate, thawed
? cup light mayonnaise

Dice apple.
Mix orange juice and mayonnaise.
Mix apple and spinach
Pour dressing over salad and top with crumbled bacon.


one thing that you all may not know about me is that when I was a kid I was an avid flower gardener. I loved my flowers and one that I loved the most was the snapdragon. I was involved in 4H as a kid and often took my flowers to fairs even being promoted to the state fair.

Mealtime with Toddler

we all have had those occasions when meal time has not went as we would have liked it to. The truth is that not every meal with our little ones will be a happy content one but there are things that we can do. A few tips offered by the Illinois extension office in Urbana  may help you be succesful at having a happy family meal time.

Allowing time for the family to sit down and have a conversation is an important step. It seems that the world just seems to get busier and we never have enough time but we must make a bit of time. Having a family sit down meal time offers our warmth, love and security.

Turn o the TV and focus on the meal. Children who share mealtime with their family are more apt to eat and digest the food.

Having the meal ready to eat will keep your child at the table. Waiting leaves us all looking for something to do and this is not good as little ones soon become distracted.

Teaching manners is a good idea but going over the line trying to make a young children sit perfectly still should not be expected and may leave a negative effect  One manner rule that should be enforced is using proper utensils starting with a spoon and adding fork and knife as child gets older. Remember to offer praise when good manners are demonstrated. Positive reaction allows children to know they did good and leaves them wanting to do more.  

Keep mealtime a happy occosian. No arguing or scolding should happen at the table. When you do need to give instruction remember to use a firm voice but no shouting.

I hope these tips help you to maintain  happy family meals , a bit of time that every family needs

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Seven Layer Tex Mex Dip

looking for that dish to serve warm weather guest or take to a potluck or picnic check out this recipe

1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
1 cup guacamole
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tomato, chopped
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup black olives, drained

In a large serving dish, spread the refried beans. Layer the guacamole on top of the beans.
In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise, sour cream and taco seasoning mix. Spread over the layer of guacamole.
  Sprinkle a layer of Cheddar cheese over the mayonnaise mixture layer. Sprinkle tomato, green onions and black olives over the cheese.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Chilli Dog Casserole

Chili Dog Casserole


2 (15 oz) cans chili with beans (I like Hormel Hot & Spicy)
1 (16 oz) package beef frankfurters (I prefer Ball Park)
10 (8 inch) flour tortillas (the fajita sized ones)
1 (8 oz) package Cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Spread 1 can of chili and beans in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Roll up franks inside tortillas and place in baking dish, seam side down, on top of chili and beans. Top with remaining can of chili and beans, and sprinkle with cheese.

Cover baking dish with aluminum foil, and bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Crescent Sausage Bites

1 lb. sausage (pork or turkey)
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
2 packages crescent rolls
Dash salt & ground black pepper
In a saute pan, brown sausage; drain. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Blend in cream cheese until the cream cheese is melted.
Unroll one package of crescent rolls and place on a baking sheet. With your fingers, gently press the seams together to seal them. Spread the sausage mixture evenly over the crescent roll dough, leaving about a 1/2-inch border along the edges.
Unroll the remaining package of crescent rolls and place on top of the sausage mixture. Press the edges together to seal. Gently press the seams together.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until crescent roll dough is golden brown.
Cut into small squares and serve. (A pizza cutter makes really quick and easy work of the cutting.).

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Blue Jean Weather

The weather here has been beautiful the past few days. Perfect for tees and blue jeans

Smiling Sally

Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

12 store bought cinnamon rolls, cooked
6 eggs
1 1/2 c half and half
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Raisins (optional)


1 c powdered sugar
1 1/2 TBSP water
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a blender, combine the eggs, half and half, and the spices and puree until smooth. Add raisins (if using). Cut each cinnamon roll into 1-inch cubes and arrange into baking dish. Pour egg mixture over the cubes , and as you pour, use your  fork and smoosh the rolls into the pan. This helps the bread absorb more of the liquid. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the bread pudding is puffed up and slightly browned.

In a medium bowl, whisk the powdered sugar, water, vanilla, and cinnamon until smooth. To serve, drizzle the bread pudding with the glaze

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Southern Banana Pudding

One of my sweeties favorite desserts. This recipe is more impressive than the one that I normally make but looked so good I had to share.

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk (NOT skim)
4 or 5 ripe bananas, sliced thin (cover with plastic wrap or sprinkle with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown)
1 box vanilla wafers
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 tablespoon Butter (not margarine)
4 Egg yolks (Large eggs or better)


4 egg whites, room temperature
5 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line the bottom of a 9x9-inch pan with a layer of vanilla wafers.

Combine sugar, flour and salt in a bowl, and mix well. Set aside.

In a heavy saucepan, beat the egg yolks well. Over medium heat, add the flour mixture to the egg yolks, alternately with the milk and vanilla, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil and, when the mixture begins to thicken, add the butter, continuing to stir. Keep boiling and stirring until mixture reaches a nice pudding consistency. Make sure you don't scorch the pudding Remove from heat.

Place a layer of banana slices on top of the vanilla wafers. Pour half of the pudding over the banana layer. Put down another layer of vanilla wafers, another layer of banana slices, and cover with the remaining pudding.

Beat the egg whites at high speed until they form soft peaks. Add the cream of tartar. At high speed, gradually add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold the vanilla into the meringue, and spread the meringue over the pudding, sealing it at the sides of the dish.

Bake until meringue browns, 12 to 15 minutes

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Melt In Your Mouth Chicken Breast

Melt in Your Mouth Chicken Breast....
This easy enough recipe will allow you to cook a delicious supper and spend time with family as well. Yummy!! The family should love
4 boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix mayonnaise, cheese and seasonings. Spread mixture over chicken breast and place in baking dish.  Bake at 375°F for 45 minutes.

Or so she says