Thursday, January 31, 2013

Super Bowl Party Treats


This upcoming Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday and so we put together this list of our Top 10 Super Bowl Treats. Hope you enjoy! Click on the links below each picture to access the recipes. May the best team win!! ( But if your team doesn't win at least you will have good food :)

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites


Lil Smokies w/ Tangy Chili Sauce


Chili Con Queso Bean Dip


Bacon Wrapped Lil Smokies


Sweet Pork Dippers


Super Bowl Cheese Ball


Knorr's Spinach Dip



Texas Caviar

Mango Salsa Shrimp Tacos



Football Nutter Butter Pops


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Easy Ham n' Corn Chowder


I just can't seem to get warm in this frigid weather we have had here lately.  Having a pot full of Chowder definitely can't hurt!  I love how easy and delicious this chowder is!  Add a warm slice of cornbread and this will most certainly hit the spot!
-Robin

EASY HAM N' CORN CHOWDER

2 -10 3/4  oz. cans Cream of Potato Soup
1- 10 3/4 oz. can Cream of Celery Soup
1 14.5 oz. can of Chicken Broth
1 onion chopped finely
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
12 oz. frozen corn
2 cups diced ham
1 cup half and half, or milk
Salt and Pepper to taste
(Lemon Pepper to taste, I put in about 2 tsps.)  Optional

Stove Top Method:
(This first step is optional, but I like to sautee my onions in the Olive Oil, just to sweeten the flavor of the onion.  If you choose not to do it, then you won't need the Olive Oil and you can just add the onion to the soup mix)
1.  In a large pot sautee onions in Olive Oil till transluscent.
2.  Add the soups, corn, ham and salt and pepper to the pot.
3.  Simmer for 20 minutes.
4. Add the half and half and heat through for 10 more minutes.

Slow Cooker Method:
Same as above, but just throw all the ingredients excluding half and half into your crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours.
Add the half and half  after four hours and heat through for 20 more minutes on low.
Serves 4-6


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Turkey Bacon Wraps



These are perfect for a family on the go.  Believe me, I have had a lot of experience being a mom who was always on the go with the kids!  Make these ahead of time, wrap them up and they are ready to grab and go.
Or if you like, just have them ready so you can enjoy them even if you aren't in a hurry.  In no time, you not only have something to eat that is easy, but healthy too!
-Robin

TURKEY BACON WRAPS

For each wrap you need:
1 large flour tortilla
1-2 Tbsp. your favorite sauce (Ranch, BBQ Sauce, Honey Mustard etc.)
2 leaves of lettuce
2 slices turkey
1 slice Swiss cheese 
1 slice cooked bacon
Red onion slice (optional)

On a piece of wax paper, lay the tortilla and spread the sauce on top.
Add in the following order:
Lettuce, turkey, cheese, bacon, and onion.
Fold the sides in about two inches on each side toward the center, then roll the tortilla into a wrap.
Place on the edge of the wax paper and roll the wax paper around the wrap.
Cut the wrap in half diagonally, then you can just grab the wrap and use the wax paper as your plate.
Take it and go!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Bars


If your looking for that special dessert to serve for Valentines Day, then you need look no further!  This is sure to please that special someone! Nothing speaks to the heart and stomach more than chocolate, cheesecake and strawberries! Hmmm, I love this dessert!
-Robin

WHITE CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE

12 Oreos
2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese
3 oz. white chocolate bars
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup-1/2 cup strawberry preserves or jam

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
In a food processor, blend the Oreo's till they are finely crushed
Add the butter and blend.
Press the Oreo's into a 9x9 pan firmly.
In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla till smooth.
Melt 2 squares of the chocolate and add to the cream cheese and mix.
Add the eggs one at a time and blend well.
Pour over crust and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the center is almost set.
Let cool for 10 minutes.
Spread strawberry preserves over the top.  Melt the remaining square of chocolate and drizzle over the top.
Place in the fridge and let cool for 3-4 hours.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hey everyone! Today I am  guest hosting A Pinteresting Party with Tutus & Tea Parties and Here's to Handy Andy!


If you’re looking to get your pin on, you’ve come to the right place. Link up your Pinteresting posts (any post you’d like pinned will do) & visit others to give them a Pin too. Pinterest brings bloggers like us lots of traffic so lets help each other out and go pin crazy! 

When you're all linked up, hop on over to Tutus & Tea Parties to enter the sponsor giveaway for a $30.00 Gift Card to Target or Amazon!
 
::my faves from last week's party::
{Go on and pin them if you love them too!}
  1. Valentine Banner from I Gotta Try That
  2. Fridge Gallery from Thrifty Crafty Girl
  3. DIY Conversation Hearts from ya gotta have a hobby

    Friday, January 25, 2013

    Chicken Mushroom Florentine



    I love a recipe that looks like I spent a lot of time on it, but in reality it was simple and quick!  This falls right into that category.  The Pesto adds just a little extra flavor and you will have everyone believing that you spent all day in the kitchen.  At least my family did!
    -Robin

    CHICKEN MUSHROOM FLORENTINE

    4 chicken half breasts, sliced into strips
    2 cloves garlic (I used the minced garlic that you can buy in a jar, 1 tsp. equals 2 cloves garlic)
    2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
    1/4 cup onion chopped (optionall)
    1 cup sliced mushrooms
    2 cups fresh spinach
    1 4.5 oz. pkg. Alfredo Sauce mix
    2 Tbsp. Pesto
    1 8 oz. pkg. Penne pasta
    2 Tbsp. grated Romano Parmesan cheese

    Heat oil over medium high heat.  Add the garlic and sautee for 1 minute. (If adding onion, sautee it at the same time.)  Add the chicken and cook for 7-8 minutes on each side until not pink in the middle.  Add the mushrooms and spinach and sautee for about 3-4 minutes.
    Meanwhile, prepare the alfredo sauce by following the package directions.  (I used the Knorr brand and added 1 3/4 cups milk, 1 Tbsp. butter and cooked till it starts to thicken.)
    Cook Penne pasta in boiling salt water for 8-10 minutes, or until al dente.  Rinse under cold water and drain.
    Add the chicken and alfredo sauce to the pasta and toss well.
    Add salt and pepper to taste.
    Top with the grated Romano Parmesan cheese, and ENJOY!!!
    From start to finish, this should take you less than and hour!

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    Cherry Chip Sandwich Hearts




    Okay....so don't tell my husband, but I am sort of in love with these cookies. I was trying to branch away from the traditional heart shape sugar cookies and make up my own kind of Valentines cookies and this is what I came up with. I love making cookies out of cake mix because it is super easy, tasty, and the possibilities are endless. I actually tried making just plain cherry chip cake mix cookies several years back and absolutely loved them. So I thought I would take that same recipe and turn them into heart shaped sandwich cookies...Why not! The end result were these super easy, super delicious and festive cookies that make the perfect Valentine treat.
    - Heather 

    Ingredients


    1 package of Cherry Chip cake mix
    1/2 cup oil
    2 eggs
    red and pink sugar sprinkles
    Pink Vanilla frosting
    Other valentines sprinkles (optional) 

    Directions

    Mix cake mix, eggs, and oil in large mixing bowl until formed. Then allow to sit in refrigerator for about an hour or until easy to mold. Remove dough from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Then roll dough into 1 inch balls ( if you have larger cookie cutters than do them larger). Then place each ball on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. If you want red and pink heart cookies then roll each ball into the red or pink sugar sprinkles, coating evenly before placing on the pan. Allow to cook for 10-12 minutes or until you can stick a fork in the center of one of the cookies and it comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Then take your heart cookie cutter and cut the shape of a heart right in the center of each cookie. You can either scrap the excess cookie edges or eat them. ( I recommend eating them :)
    Once you have your heart shaped cherry chip cookies all you need to do is frost them and stick 2 of them together like a sandwich. You can buy pink frosting at some grocery stores around Valentines or just add a little red food coloring to you favorite white frosting.
    To make the sandwich cookies even more cute and festive you can roll the edges in your favorite festive valentine sprinkles. We used some cute red, pink, and white mini heart sprinkles and a couple of other varieties and they turned out super cute! As you can tell by the picture :)

    Note: To make the circular sandwich cookie with the heart shape in the middle( pictures in the top right hand corner) just simply take one of your cookies that you cut a heart out of and sandwich it together with another circular frosted cookie. Then sprinkle your favorite sprinkles on top. This way non of your scraps go to waste :)

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    Football Nutter Butter Pops



    We saw these cute football pops on pinterest, and thought that we needed to make them too!  Instead of using cake we decided to make them out of Nutter Butter Cookies.  These were so yummy and fun to make.
    These were a big hit with the guys in the family, not because they looked cute, (which they did), but because they loved eating them!  These are perfect to add to your Super Bowl treats!
    -Robin & Heather

    FOOTBALL NUTTER BUTTER POPS

    1 16 oz. pkg. of Nutter Butter Cookies
    1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
    1 bag of chocolate candy coating (1 lb.)
    Lollipop sticks
    Styrofoam block
    White Frosting in a tube.

    Place the cookies in a food processor and blend till finely crushed.  Add the cream cheese and blend until thoroughly creamed together.
    Form the cookie mixture into about 1 inch balls.. 
    Place on a cookie sheet and put in freezer to set them for about 15 minutes.
    Melt a tiny bit of the chocolate (to dip the end of the sticks in).
    Pull the cookie balls out of freezer and roll into the shape of a football.
    Dip a lollipop stick (about 1/4 inch into the chocolate and push into the football.  Push the stick about half way into the football.
    After this is done, place back into the freezer for another 15 minutes.
    Melt the rest of the chocolate according to the package directions.
    Dip each football into the chocolate and push into the styrofoam block.
    Let the footballs set completely. (This shouldn't take long)
    Add the football details with the white frosting tip.
    Not only are they cute but they are so yummy!!!

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    Mini Mango Salsa Shrimp Tacos



    When I first said I was making these mini shrimp tacos for lunch, my daughter had a puzzled look on her face.  I told her to trust me, because these are going to be good!  Well, I do keep my word, and she definitely agreed that these were not just good, but REALLY good!  These are really simple and fast to make, as long as you have all the ingredients.  Even if you aren't a big shrimp lover, I think you will love these!
    -Robin

    MINI SHRIMP TACOS

    1 lb. package small frozen shrimp without tails
    1/2 cup honey butter
    1 cup mango salsa (I love Costco's)
    2 cups coleslaw (I buy the packaged slaw and then add about 2 Tbs. mayonaise, 1 Tbsp. sugar and 1/2 Tbsp. vinegar, then toss)
    1 16 oz. pkg. of 4 inch flour tortillas (16 tortillas in a package)

    Place the honey butter in a frying pan.
    Heat the butter then add the shrimp.
    Cook the shrimp about 3-4 minutes or until cooked through. (Be careful not to overcook, they will be a little tough)
    Remove the shrimp from the pan, leaving left over butter in the pan.
    Heat 4-6 tortillas at a time between two damp paper towels for about 30 seconds in the microwave.
    Place about 1-2 Tbsp. coleslaw on the tortilla
    Add 5-6 shrimp, then 1 Tbsp. mango salsa.
    Fold over and enjoy!!!

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    Sunday, January 20, 2013

    Crock Pot Blackberry Cobbler



    My nanny, (grandma) cooked such yummy cobblers.  She spent so much time in the kitchen and made such amazing southern food.  I always loved her blackberry cobbler.  The smell of the cobbler cooking would literally drive me crazy because I couldn't wait to eat it!  I don't have the luxury of spending my day in the kitchen like she did because of my work schedule.  However, I can still enjoy her amazing recipes by throwing them into a crock pot while I am at work and coming home to that amazing smell. Plus it won't drive me crazy having to smell it cook all day!  This is so delicious and easy to make, give it a try!
    -Robin

    CROCK POT BLACKBERRY COBBLER

    1  cup sugar
    3/4 cup Bisquick
    2 eggs
    5 oz. can of evaporated milk
    2 tsp. vanilla
    2 Tbsp. melted butter
    4 Tbsp. sugar to sprinkle on top
    3 cups blackberries (I used frozen)

    Mix sugar and Bisquick together.  In a separate bowl blend the eggs, milk, vanilla and butter together.
    Stir into Bisquick mix.  Blend well.  Add blackberries.
    Spray a crock pot with Pam.
    Pour cobbler into crock pot and cover.
    Cook on low for 4-5 hours depending on your crock pot. 
    Scoop into bowls and top with ice cream or whip cream!
    Enjoy some southern lovin!

    Friday, January 18, 2013

    Chinese Fried Chicken



    Ever wonder how the Chinese restaurants make their chicken so amazingly moist and yet crispy!  Well, I think I have finally figured it out.  The secret is the batter and corn starch!  I feel like I just solved a mystery that's been looming in my mind for years! This recipe turned out just the way that I had hoped it would.  My only problem is that I always have a hard time deciding what kind of sauce to put on the chicken.  So, I decided to make a couple of different kinds and enjoy them both!
    -Robin


    CHINESE FRIED CHICKEN

    1 lb. chicken breasts (about 4 half breasts) cut into 1 inch chunks
    1/2 tsp salt, 3 dashes of pepper
    Oil for frying
    (Salt and pepper chicken chunks and set aside while making batter)

    Batter:
    1 egg white
    1/2 cup flour
    1/4 cup corn starch
    1/2 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 cup ice cold water
    1 Tbsp. oil (peanut or canola)
    1/4 tsp. salt

    Make the frying batter in a large bowl by whisking the egg white and adding the remaining ingredients.
    Mix the batter till smooth.
    Add the chicken chunks that have marinated in the salt and pepper.
    Set the bowl in the fridge for at least a half hour.
    Heat the oil in a wok, or frying pan.  (I used a frying pan since I don't own a wok)
    Make sure the oil is hot by testing a small piece of the chicken, it should start to sizzle immediately.
    Cook the chicken pieces till golden brown and cooked through.  About 3-4 minutes on each side.
    (Make sure they are spread out in the pan so they don't stick together)
    Dish chicken out and place on papertowels to drain off excess oil.
    Toss in your favorite sauce, or you can dip them instead.

    Honey Garlic Sauce:
    1/3 cup honey
    1 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
    1/3 cup water
    2 tsp. cornstarch mixed with 4 tsp. water (for thickening)
    2 Tbsp. oil left over from frying the chicken.
    Sesame seeds to garnish

    Mix the honey, salt, garlic powder, vinegar and water together.
    Add the mixture to the pan that the chicken was fried in with the 2 Tbsp. of oil.
    Heat to a simmer and add the cornstarch mixture to thicken.
    Give it a quick stir and adjust taste with salt or sugar to your liking.
    (I just added a tiny bit of salt)
    Remove from heat and toss with your Chinese Fried Chicken, or pour in a bowl for dipping.
    If tossing with the chicken garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

    Sweet and Sour Sauce:
    3/4 cup sugar
    1/3 cup white vinegar
    2/3 cup water
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    1 Tbsp. ketchup
    2 Tbsp. cornstarch

    Mix all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.
    Cook until the sauce thickens.  Approximately 10 minutes.
    Toss with your Chinese Fried Chicken, or place in a small bowl for dipping!

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