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Quick and Easy Cheese Quesadilias

6 Feb

 

My husband and I enjoy having soup and grilled sandwiches for dinner, especially in the winter. As a change of pace, sometimes we’ll have cheese quesadilias with our soup. They’re really quick and easy to make, and your kids will like them too. 

Easy Cheese Quesadilias

Flour tortillas (any size)

butter or margarine

cheese of your choice 

Heat a skillet (the size of your tortillas) over medium heat.

Butter one side of the tortilla and place in butter side down in the hot skillet. 

Put some cheese over half of the tortilla and then fold over the other half on top.   I used sliced pepper jack and shredded cheddar cheese on one, and shredded cheddar, mozzarella and some dill weed on the other.

Cook until bottoms are golden brown.   Turn and brown the other side. 

Remove to a plate and cut each in half. 

Serve plain or with your favorite toppings like  sour cream, salsa, taco sauce, guacamole, etc.

You can also turn these quesadilias into a quick meal by adding cooked chicken or beef.

 

Yummy Fall Recipes

30 Sep

Working on the grand kids Halloween costumes the last few days got me in the mood to whip up these two delicious Fall recipes.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup

This syrup not only tastes great in iced or regular coffee, making it will fill your home with a wonderful aroma too.  Many Health Food stores carry bulk herbs and spices at prices a lot lower than the grocery stores. 

Spices

In a medium saucepan, add 1 cup water, 1 cup brown sugar, and the following spices:

3 tablespoons pumpkin puree

1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

4 cinnamon sticks

3/4 teaspoon whole cloves

1 whole nutmeg (grate it a little bit)

Boil mixture

Bring everything to a boil.  Reduce and allow it to gently boil for 20 minutes.   Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Strain and store in refrigerator for one month.  Shake before using.  

Yummy Iron Skillet Apple Pie

Yummy Cast Iron Apple Pie

Oh, man, this apple pie is sooo good and super easy to make!  I bought the cast iron skillet at Walmart for about $17.  It was already seasoned, so all I had to do was wash and dry it first.

1 stick butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 refrigerated rolled pie crust

1 apple pie filling (21 oz)

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Melt 1 stick of butter in a 10” cast iron skillet.  Remove 1 tablespoon of butter into a small bowl.  Add 3/4 cup brown sugar to the skillet and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.

Place one pie crust evenly over the butter/sugar mixture. Pour the apple pie filling evenly over the crust. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle half over the pie filling.

Place the second pie crust over the pie filling, folding the excess toward the inside.  Brush the crust with the reserved melted butter and sprinkle on the remaining cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Cut several slits in the top crust. Bake for 30 minutes until the crust is golden brown.

Serve hot with whipped cream or ice cream.

 

Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

16 Jun

Beef Stronganoff

Our Meijer grocery store had their top sirloin steak and mushrooms on sale this week so I thought I’d make Beef Stroganoff…in the crock pot.  Hmm, it turned out so good!

CROCK POT BEEF STROGANOFF

1 lb. Top round steak or top sirloin steak that’s 1 inch thick

Medium onion, chopped

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed

1 bay leaf

1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms (any variety, I used mini portabellas)

1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1 cup beef broth

1 teaspoon worchestershire sauce

1 cup sour cream (regular or low-fat)

Cut steak across the grain diagonally into 1/4 inch slices and place it in the crock pot along with the onion, salt, pepper, dill weed, bay leaf, mushrooms and garlic.

Mix together beef broth, flour and worchestershire sauce thoroughly with a whisk and pour into crock pot.  Stir the ingredients well, cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7 – 8 hours or until meat is tender.

Turn crock pot off, remove lid and let set for 5 – 8 minutes.  REMOVE BAY LEAF.

Stir in sour cream until completely mixed.

Serve over extra wide noodles. 

Single Banana Split Cakes

23 May

I asked my husband what dessert he wanted me to make to go with the ribs we’re having tonight and he said either Banana Split Cake or Ice Cream Crunch. Mmm, it’s been a long time since we’ve had either of those!

single serve banana split cakes

Well, I ended up making these single serve Banana Split Cakes. I love using these single serve containers for desserts!

Here’s the Banana Split Cake recipe I used. I halved it to make these 6 servings.

1 stick butter, melted

2 cups crushed graham crackers

2 eggs at room temperature

½ stick butter at room temperature

2 cups powdered sugar

3 bananas

1 small can crushed pineapple, drained

8 oz. container of Cool Whip

½ cup chopped nuts

1 small jar Marchino Cherries (I left them out…we don’t care for them)

Mix the melted butter with the crushed graham crackers and press into a 9” X 13” pan. Do not bake.

Beat the 2ggs, ½ stick of butter and powdered sugar for 10 minutes (make sure you mix them this long). Spread the mixture over the crust. Top with sliced bananas and pineapple, then top with cool whip, nuts and cherries. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Here’s some photos I took while making my little banana split cakes.

press crumb mixture in pan

press graham cracker crust in containers

spread filling over crust

spread filling over crust…doesn’t look like much, but it’s very rich…and yummy!

top with banana and pineapple

top filling with sliced bananas and pineapple

top with cool whip and nuts

top with cool whip and nuts.  And that’s all there is to it.  Can’t wait for dessert tonight!!

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVERYONE!

My Breakfast Biscuit Bites

24 Apr

I normally don’t eat breakfast, but when I was working at the tax office, I got hooked on these Nabisco Belvita Bites.

nabisco belvita bites

They were great with a cup of coffee and I could nibble on them throughout the morning. The only down side is that they’re kinda expensive and there’s only 5 pouches in a box.  Besides this mixed berry, there’s also chocolate ones with tiny chocolate pieces…Mmm!

I thought I would try making my own breakfast biscuit bites and came up with these tasty and crispy bites!

my pumpkin spice breakfast biscuits

Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Biscuits

Rather than just make plain ones, I added some pumpkin spice mix I had in the cupboard.  This recipe made over 130 – 1 1/2” biscuits, which will definitely last me awhile!  I’m going to try chocolate ones next using half the recipe.

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup dry oatmeal

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin spice

1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)

1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature

1/4 cup cold milk

Measure the dry ingredients (first 7 ingredients) into a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Drop pieces of the butter into the processor and pulse until combined. With processor running, slowly add the cold milk and mix until a dough starts to form.

Dump mixture onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll the dough out to about 1/8′ thick and cut with cookie cutter or with a knife.

Place on greased cookie sheet, poke with a fork, and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on cookie rack.

Note: My biscuits turned out dark because I used dark brown sugar. For plain biscuits, replace the pumpkin spice with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.  You could probably also use 1/4 cup of honey in place of the brown sugar (use less because honey is sweeter then sugar). 

Lego and Candyland Princess Birthday Party

13 Mar

For Kylan and Kinzley’s double birthday party this year, they chose the themes Legos and Princess. My daughter, Katie, added Candyland to Kinzley’s Princess theme so we could use one color scheme for both…primary colors.

INVITATIONS

Lego Candyland Party Invitation front

I made this Lego shaped invitation on my computer and printed them out on yellow card stock. Here’s the outside.

Lego Candyland Party Invitation-inside

For the inside I created a Candyland game board with the pertinent information, cut them out and glued them inside the card.

LEGO DECORATIONS

Kylan's Lego birthday wall

This is Kylan’s Lego wall. Katie made the banner using a Lego font; she covered the two pictures with a plastic tablecloth and added paper plates to make giant Legos; she added paper Ninja eyes to the balloons; built the number 6 (on the table) out of legos; painted the Lego containers, and…

Ninja Lego Lanterns

She made these cute Ninja Lego lanterns…

Kylan in his Lego shirt

and made Kylan (and his brother Caden) Lego shirts!

Lego juice box covers

She made these Lego juice box covers…

Lego and candy decorated cabinets

She decorated her cabinets like Legos and made the giant candies on top. It looked so good!

CANDYLAND PRINCESS DECORATIONS

Kinzley's candyland birthday wall

This is Kinzley’s Candlyland Princess wall. Katie made the banner and I made the giant lollipops from pool noodles and cardboard rolls.

Kinzley's candyland birthday wall2

Katie made the number 3 picture using thumb tacks; she made lace and gem princess crowns for the girls, and added a candyland game board.

Kinzley's In her Candyland Princess Dress

Here’s Kinzley modeling her “new” candlyland princess dress. Katie bought the dress for just 99 cents! She bought the shoes and tights. What a cute little Princess!

Candyland Princess Dress Lollipops

I made the sucker embellishments from felt and ribbon and added opal pearls. Katie added the stripped ribbon.

Candyland Necklace

Katie also made the colorful necklace.

FOOD, DESSERT/GOODIES

Lego food containers

The menu consisted of beef and chicken tacos and burritos, refried beans, savory and sweet cream cheese tortilla roll ups and chips and salsa. She build the plate holder out of Legos, and I made the Lego taco holders.

Easy Lego Themed Taco Holders

Here’s a close up of the Lego themed taco holders.

Dessert and Goodie table

Here’s the dessert/goodie table.

Kylan's Ninja birthday cake

Katie made both cakes. Here’s Kylan’s Ninja Lego cake sitting on a Lego built plate.

Kinzley's giant cupcake cake

Here’s Kinzley’s giant candy cupcake cake. It has a chocolate base filled with cake.

Kinzley's giant cupcake cake INSIDE

Here’s what it looks like inside…how colorful! It was yummy too:)

Blowing out their candles

Kylan and Kinzley blowing out their candles.

Layered Jello dessert

In addition to cake, there was jello and cool whip dessert…

Chocolate princess suckers and Legos

Chocolate Legos and Princess crowns…

Lifesaver candy containers

Assorted candy including these served in lifesaver candy containers Katie made by gluing foam letters onto metal cake pans and spray painting them.

PARTY FAVORS

Favor table

Here’s the party favor table that includes…

Lego Soap

Lego shaped soap…

Lego necklaces

Lego necklaces I made for the boys and purchased Crown bracelets for the girls…

candy filled plastic bear party favors

and these candy filled plastic bear containers. Katie bought and filled the containers and I made the hats and labels.

It was another successful party!

Kylan's Lego Bedroom

Afterwards, Katie used many of the Lego decorations to decorate Kylan’s bedroom…he loves it!

What’s For Dinner…My Mexican Lasagna

11 Sep

This is one of my husband’s favorites.   It’s made by layering flour tortillas, a spicy beef and bean mixture and shredded cheese. 

My Mexican Lasagna

1 lb. Hamburger

1/2 cup chopped onion

4 – 6 teaspoons chili powder

14 oz. Can diced tomatoes

15 oz. Can kidney beans, drained

3 10” flour tortillas

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I use sharp cheddar)

 

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

2.  Brown hamburger in a 3 quart saucepan.   Remove to a bowl, keeping 1 tablespoon grease in the pan. 

3.  Add onion and cook in grease until tender.   Add chili powder and cook 1 minute more. 

4.  Add the hamburger, tomatoes and kidney beans.   Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. 

5.  Grease a flat bottom casserole dish.   Spoon a little sauce into the casserole dish. 

6.  Place one tortilla in the dish, cutting them to fit if needed.   Spoon some beef mixture over tortilla and top with some cheese. 

7.  Repeat layering, ending with the cheese on top. 

8.  Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until puffed and heated through (insert a knife in the middle to see if it’s hot). 

8.  Let stand for 5 – 10 minutes before cutting. 

Serve with garlic bread and salad or Mexican rice.

Single Serve Peanut Butter Pies

16 Aug

individual peanut butter piesSeveral weeks ago Kroger had Marie Callenger’s single serve desserts on sale, so I stocked up and bought the carrot cake, keylime pie, red velvet cake and coconut cream pie desserts. Each dessert included two servings…perfect for me and my husband.

marie callender containerI kept the containers knowing that I could reuse them to make my own single serve desserts. As a side note, I made the mistake of washing one of the lids in my dishwasher and it warped…ugh!

peanut butter pie close upWith company coming over for dinner I decided to make these individual peanut butter pies. I used the recipe from my Peanut Butter Pie post. I made the crust from Vanilla Wafers I had on hand, added the peanut butter filling and topped them off with some chocolate syrup, nuts and chopped mini Reeses cups. I put the lids on them and placed them in the freezer. Mmm, I can’t wait for dessert!

Hmm? Wonder what other single serve desserts I can make? Anyone have any ideas?

 

Chocolate Covered Ice Cream Sandwiches

5 Aug

chocolate covered ice cream sandwiches

Here’s a quick and easy ice cream treat for kids of all ages…chocolate covered ice cream sandwiches. 

insert sticks and freeze

The first thing I did was insert Popsicle sticks into each ice cream sandwich and put them in the freezer for an hour. For the kids I cut a regular ice cream sandwiches into thirds.

melt wilton chocolate

Next I melted some of the light cocoa Wilton dipping chocolate in the microwave.  I added a teaspoon of oil to thin it so it would spread better.

spread on chocolate

I spooned on the chocolate and spread it around the ice cream sandwiches and placed them back into the freezer.

decorate as desired

I melted some leftover pink chocolate, put it in a ziplock bag, snipped off the corner and decorated each sandwich.  I put them in the freezer for a few minutes and then put them in poly bags and back into the freezer until it was time to serve them. 

I want to point out that the regular ice cream sandwiches I cut started melting as I was covering them.  I had no problem with the big round sandwiches. 

Mmm, they were really good! You should give them a try!

Party Tube Favors Craft Project

14 Jul

Here’s a cute party favor craft project I want to share with you using some of the digital papers I’m giving away here. Deadline to enter is July 31, 2014.

Party Tube FavorsWhen my 3 year old grandson saw these on my table a couple of weeks ago, his face lite up and he asked if they were filled with candy. LOL…smart boy! Unfortunately I had to tell him no.  This past weekend I did fill them with goodies and gave them to him, his brother and sister during our camping trip.  There were smiles all around!

Materials Needed

Party Tube Favor Template makes two 6” tubes

8 1/2” X 11” card stock

Tissue paper

Scissors

Double sided tape

String, embroidery thread or ribbon

Print the desired digital paper design on the card stock, then print the template on the back.

tape tissue add tape to topCut out the template and add strips of double sided tape to the long sides of the template back, then center and lay the template printed side up on a 10” X 12” folded sheet of tissue paper. Press to secure.

 

Fold back the tissue about a 1/2” and add a strip of double sided tape to the top of the template. Roll into a tube and overlap  to secure.

clip tissue and secureCut the tissue into strips about 1 1/2” from the edge. Crimp one end and secure with string, embroidery thread or ribbon. Fill, crimp and secure the other end. Trim fringe if needed.

 

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