Monday, May 18, 2015

Simple Supper Tuesday Linky Party





Welcome back to Simple Supper Tuesday, the party featuring QUICK, EASY recipes, perfect for those busy weeknights. So, please share your crock pot, 30 minutes or 5 ingredient recipes (easy desserts are also welcome)!!!

I'm so glad its finally warm weather!!!  I have lettuce and basil growing and I love growing and seeing things turn green.

 

     

Its that time again!!! Simple Supper Tuesday!!! Make sure you come link up and maybe I'll feature you next week. Glad you could join us for this Simple Supper Linky Party. I look forward to seeing what you all have to show.

I am happy to be co-hosting with 2 other fantastic bloggers....

Cindy Hun Whats For Dinner

Nettie Moore Or Less Cooking Blog


The Party Rules

1.Please link up Crock Pot and/or EASY recipes only (simple desserts are also welcome) 
2.Please link back to THIS post on Hun... What's for Dinner? 
3.Please use link to direct recipe, not to your home page. 
4.Please visit others and leave comments if a recipe catches your eye 
5.Any post that DOES NOT contain a recipe or food tutorial, will be deleted.

Most Clicked:

Recipes that caught my eye:

Bacon Mac N Cheese


Bacon Mac and Cheese
1 box of Rotini noodles
1 Box chopped Velveeta
1 package of Mac N Cheese Blend Shredded Cheese
3 T Butter
3 T Flour
1/2 C Milk
1 C  Half and Half
2 Tsp Garlic Salt
1/4 C bacon

Topping:
Cheddar jack
1/2 C bacon chopped

Boil your noodles and set aside. In a sauce pan melt 3 T butter, then put in your three T flour. Mix till combined. Add your milk and half and half. Stir till almost thickened.  Add in your Velveeta and your mac n cheese blend shredded cheese. Add in your garlic salt.  Mix in your noodles and bacon. Top with your cheddar jack, and your bacon. Cook till cheese is melted. Serve and ENJOY!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Chef Cycle


If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. ~Mother Teresa

Many of you know that I'm a No Kid Hungry Blogger, its one of my many roles in life. I love it. No Kid Hungry is an amazing organization that is fighting Child Hunger.  Nearly 1 out of 5 children will be at risk of going hungry. That is truly alarming.  I have two girls and I could not imagine having them starving and not being able to do much about it. Can you imagine having your child having to worry about if they will be getting food and not about what toy he wants to play with?? Children do not need to worry about things like that. Children need to be able to live free, without being hungry.

Today I would like to tell you about Chef Cycle.  Nearly 50 chefs and restaurant industry professionals will be getting on their bicycles to raise money for No Kid Hungry.  They are traveling from New York City- Washington DC June 7-9 and Santa Barbara to San Diego June 14-16.   By just donating $1 a mile, you'll be providing TEN MEALS. That is just with $1...Ten meals would feed 10 kids.  So say you purchase yourself an extra coffee during the week, take that money and donate it to Chef Cycles.  You will be helping fight child hunger!

So after reading this you maybe wondering "How can I help?"....You can go to Chef Cycle to donate or you can plan a ride of your own by going here .

So lets make a difference...Yes one person can make a difference....Ask your kids to donate some of their allowance to help make a change! If 10 people donate just 1 dollar each that's 10 dollars. That is 100 meals donated. Think about it and step up and make a difference. 

Thank you all for listening and if you donate THANK YOU!
-Alyssa



Monday, May 11, 2015

Simple Supper Tuesday Linky Party






Welcome back to Simple Supper Tuesday, the party featuring QUICK, EASY recipes, perfect for those busy weeknights. So, please share your crock pot, 30 minutes or 5 ingredient recipes (easy desserts are also welcome)!!!

I'm so glad its finally warm weather!!!  I have lettuce and basil growing and I love growing and seeing things turn green.

 

     

Its that time again!!! Simple Supper Tuesday!!! Make sure you come link up and maybe I'll feature you next week. Glad you could join us for this Simple Supper Linky Party. I look forward to seeing what you all have to show.

I am happy to be co-hosting with 2 other fantastic bloggers....

Cindy Hun Whats For Dinner

Nettie Moore Or Less Cooking Blog


The Party Rules

1.Please link up Crock Pot and/or EASY recipes only (simple desserts are also welcome) 
2.Please link back to THIS post on Hun... What's for Dinner? 
3.Please use link to direct recipe, not to your home page. 
4.Please visit others and leave comments if a recipe catches your eye 
5.Any post that DOES NOT contain a recipe or food tutorial, will be deleted.

Most Clicked:

Recipes that caught my eye will be back next week!




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Salted Caramel Brownies with Pretzel Crust

No secret that I love chocolate...and salted caramel sauce. Yeah who doesn't right?? I had a box of brownies that needed used, the caramel was close to expiring. Then I had a leftover bag of pretzels. So I created this easy but yummy dessert :-)

Salted Caramel Brownies with Pretzel Crust

Pretzel Crust
2 Cups Crushed Pretzels
2 Sticks of butter Melted
 Mix together and put into a greased pie plate or glass dish

Filling:
Boxed Brownies

Make as you would normally and pour onto the crust.  Bake till the brownies are done. Set it out to cool. Once its cool you can take a jar of salted caramel and pour over the top. Add sea salt if you wish.

Yes its that easy :-)


Monday, May 4, 2015

Family Memories and passing down recipes

I was inspired to talk about family recipes, and bringing back memories of family meals from a company that helps you bring back family memories in a special way! This company is called Patience Brewster. Make sure you check out their unique gifts that they sell! They are so cute.”


Sometimes I smell some type of food cooking, and it brings memories flying back to me....Its weird how the smell or taste of something sends them flooding back to you.  Growing up my mom continued a tradition where on our birthdays we would pick a meal...and it didn't matter what meal it was. She always made it happen no matter what was going on. Its a memory that I treasure and something I continue with my kids.  My birthday dinner of choice was always Chicken Casserole. Every birthday that is what I requested. This is a recipe my mom got when I was in her belly. She always made it for me growing up and I make it for my kids. I hope that my kids will make it for their family when that happens.

Another recipe that brings memories back to me is my Grandma Crane's persimmon cookies! She always had these in a jar on the table.  They were always so very good. My mom always made them but we all agreed no one could make them like she could. She is much older now, and I live far away from her. My mom gives me bags of persimmon pulp when she comes and I make them for my kids.  The smell of them baking sends me memories of times spent at their house. My Grandad has passed away but my Grandma is still alive and I'm sure she'd make them for me if I asked. I plan on passing this recipe to my kids. So they can make it for their kids. 

I love family recipes that get passed down with time.  My moms mom never really cooked but my dads mom did....I have her Persimmon cookies recipe! Don't ever doubt that food smells can bring back memories. Make memories with your family and make sure you pass recipes to your kids. It is very important. Family time spent baking, cooking is something that is important to keep!

Today I leave you with my Grandma Crane's Persimmon Cookies :-)

Grandma Cranes Persimmon Cookies
1/2 C Butter
1. C Sugar
1 Egg Beaten
2 C. Flour
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 C. Persimmon Pulp
 (It's the persimmon mostly found in IL and Ind. To get pulp you have to mash it up)
1 TSP Cinnamon
Dash of salt
1/2 C. Raisins (Optional)

Cream together the Butter and sugar, add your beaten egg, pulp. Mix well. Add flour, baking soda, dash of salt and cinnamon. Add raisins if your using them.. Then add by drop fulls on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 till done.

Easy Dino Party

Good Morning Everyone,
As a lot of you know my daughter turned 5 yesterday. She loves dinosaurs....every bit of dinosaurs. She has a ton of them and it was actually great. I was able to use those dinosaurs for decorations of the party. Anyhow, usually I do cupcakes and ice cream. However I just really didn't wanna do ice cream. I was laying in bed one night and came up with an idea of Dinosaur exploration Pudding cups. You can eat pudding and find all kinds of dinosaur treasures. All edible! Then I bought plastic dinosaurs for the cupcakes cause well I'm not that good at making things like that. It turns out the cake decorating class came in handy LOL.


First off the cupcakes. My daughter wanted "Tye dye" cupcakes. So what I did was made a box mix, and took about 2 cups of each batter. I then colored each one with the color we wanted. Karina chose Blue, Red and Pink.  In a cupcake tin I put in liners. Then I put in one color(not much just about a table spoon. Then the next color. Be careful not to mix. Mine was only three layers. Bake in the oven till done. When you take the liner off you'll have rainbow cakes. Then I made grass using my Wilton tips. But if you do not have those you can just use green frosting.  No biggy.  Here is my cupcake arrangement:
Next up I wanted something different then the normal ice cream. So one night I came up with Dino Exploration Pudding Cups :-) The chocolate pudding is tar, chocolate cookies is dirt etc. Here is the recipe:
*Dino Bone recipe came from Pinterest, not my idea. I just added it to my pudding cup idea.*
3 boxes of chocolate pudding
(make it like normal)
2 packages of chocolate oreos
( used cheap chocolate sandwich cookies)
1 small package of chocolate covered raisins
(dino poop) 
1 package of peanut m&m's 
(Dino eggs but you can find something else if your allergic)
Gummy Dinos 
(found at our local grocery store)
Pretzel sticks and Small Marshmallows
(dino bones)
White Chocolate
Clear small plastic cups...I had to use these bigger ones but most stores sell the small ones.

First off you'll want to make the dino bones:
Take a pretzel stick and on each end put a mini marshmallow. Make about 30 of them. Then I melted the white chocolate and dipped them in it. Keep doing it till all are done. Spray a cooling rack and put them on top.  When they are all done pop them in the freezer. Next you can work on everything else. 
Make your pudding as you normally would. Put it in the fridge to chill. Next you will need to crush the chocolate cookies till crumbly. Lay out the amount of cups you need. Take about a tablespoon or so of chocolate cookie crumbs and put it on the bottom. Now take your chocolate raisins, gummy dinos, m&ms and put 3 of each on the bottom. Next cover with pudding...You do about a half cup of pudding. Top with cookie crumbs, gummy dinos. Take your bones out of the freezer. GENTLY take off which is why I said to spray it. LOL If it is having a hard time let it come to room temp.  Take two bones for each cup and put it in the pudding cup. Then EAT AND ENJOY!