Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Zuppa Toscana (better than Olive Garden!)


Zuppa Toscana (better than Olive Garden!)

1 lb. Italian sausages (use spicy to get that signature Olive Garden flavor)
4-6 russet potatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/4 c. REAL bacon pieces (optional)
2 Tbsp minced garlic (about 3-4 cloves)
32 oz. chicken broth
1 c. kale or Swiss chard, chopped
1 c. heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp flour


1. Brown sausage links in a sauté pan.
2. Cut links in half lengthwise, then cut slices.
3. Place sausage, chicken broth, garlic, potatoes and onion in slow cooker. Add just enough water to cover the vegetables and meat.
4. Cook on high 3-4 hours (low 5-6 hours) until potatoes are soft.

30 minutes before serving:
5. Mix flour into cream removing lumps.
6. Add cream, kale, and bacon to the crock pot, stir.
7. Cook on high 30 minutes or until broth thickens slightly.
8. Add salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.


BEST. SOUP. EVER!!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

ORIGINAL BLUE DAWN . . . IT’S NOT JUST FOR DISHES ANYMORE



ORIGINAL BLUE DAWN . . . IT’S NOT JUST FOR DISHES ANYMORE


Wild Life
Ever wonder why Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is the wildlife cleaner of choice after an oil spill? According to the International Bird Rescue Research Center, Dawn effectively removes grease but does not cause harm to the skin of the birds. It’s also biodegradable and contains no phosphates.


BUBBLES
According to Bubbles.org, Dawn dishwashing liquid makes great homemade bubbles. Here is the Giant Bubble Recipe used in bubble makers at many children’s museums: 1/2 cup Ultra Dawn 1/2 gallon warm water 1 tablespoon glycerin (available at any drug store) OR White Karo syrup works too! Stir gently. Skim the foam off the top of the solution (too much foam breaks down the bubbles). Dip bubble wand and get ready for some good, clean fun!


GREASY HAIR PROBLEMS
Kids get into the darnedest things! Like Vaseline and baby oil rubbed into their hair! Dawn is mild enough to use on their hair and strong enough to remove the most stubborn grease.


HAIR PRODUCT BUILDUP
Once a month use original Dawn as you would shampoo. It will remove excess oil from your hair and scalp and strip away any build-up of styling products without any damage. Perform this once a month and you won’t have to buy expensive salon products that do the same thing.


MANICURE SECRET
Soak fingers in full-strength blue Dawn. It makes the cuticles soft and easy to work with. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere very well.


REPEL HOUSEPLANT INSECTS
A safe, effective way to repel insects from your houseplants, including aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs. Put a drop of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid in a spray bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with water, shake well, and mist your household plants with the soapy water.


CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS
Try this recipe from Merry Maids: mix 3 drops Dawn in 1 gallon water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spritz and wipe as you would with any window cleaner.


PETS AND PESTS
Use it to bathe the dogs. It kills fleas on contact and is much cheaper than expensive dogshampoos.


CLEAN AUTOMOTIVE TOOLS
After you have finished your automotive repair project, soak your dirty tools in Dawn before you put them away to remove all the oil and grime. Dawn also helps prevent rust from forming on the tools.


ICE PACK
Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. It will conform to the place you need an ice pack.


TUB AND SHOWER CLEANER
Take a spray bottle and fill it halfway with white vinegar. Heat in the microwave. Fill the rest of the way with blue Dawn. Put lid on and shake to mix well. Spray on your tub and shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse away. It will totally melt all the gunk, slime, sludge and other stuff that builds up including a bathtub ring.


REPEL ANTS
Spray counter-tops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it. Should you see a trail of ants, go ahead and hit them with the Dawn spray.


STRIPPING CLOTH DIAPERS
Add a squirt or two of original Dawn dish soap to your washer and run a hot wash, then rinse until there are no more bubbles. Dawn is a degreasing agent and helps stripping by removing oily residue. Be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse until the water runs clear.


UNCLOGGING TOILETS
A cup of Dawn detergent poured into a clogged toilet allowed to sit for 15 minutes and then followed with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height will clear out the toilet.


POISON IVY
Poison ivy spreads through the spread of the oil within the blisters. Washing the affected area with Dawn, especially on children who keep scratching the blister’s open, helps dry up the fluid, AND keep it from spreading.


DRIVEWAY CLEANER
If you have gasoline or motor oil stains on your driveway, you can use the kitty litter method to clean up the excess oil and then use a scrub broom and a solution of biodegradable Dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water to safely and effectively remove excess motor oil from the pavement.


OILY SKIN
Dawn makes a great facial cleanser for oily skin. A drop or two combined with warm water will do the trick.


PAINT OR GREASE REMOVER FOR HANDS
Dawn combined with corn oil makes for the perfect paint or grease remover. Simply combine a little bit of both in your hands then rub it over affected areas. The corn oil and the dishwashing liquid both help to dissolve the grease and paint – yet leave skin soft, unlike harsher paint removers.


CLEANING THE KIDDIE POOL
Plastic wading pools can get very gunky, very fast. Dump the water, then scrub the pool with Dawn and a sponge. More potent cleaners like bleach will weaken and dry out the plastic in the sun.


MULTIPURPOSE CLEANER
Merry Maids recommends using a drop of Dawn in water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. You can also use the spray on:
• Bathroom and kitchen counters and sinks.
• Woodwork, e.g., baseboards, shelves, and wainscoting. (Dry as you go–wood doesn’t like prolonged contact with water.)
• Tubs and toilet seats.


LAUNDRY PRE-TREATER FOR OILY STAINS
For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, motor oil, cooking oil, and some pen inks, simply apply some Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush until the oil is removed, and then launder as usual.


NON-TOXIC LUBRICANT
Sliding glass doors, door knobs, hinges etc. It lasts much longer than any aerosol type spray that I have tried. And Its non-toxic! It does a great job of cleaning the parts that its lubricating as well!


SIDEWALK DE-ICER
For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks


POOL CLEANING
Squirt Dawn down the middle of the pool and all of the dirt, suntan lotion, etc. will move to the edges of the pool for easy clean up! AND it makes the pools sparkle.


EYEGLASS DEFOGGER
Simply rub a small drop of Dawn on eyeglass lenses, and wipe clean. It will leave a very thin film that will prevent them from fogging up.


SHOWER FLOORS
Cover greasy footprints on shower floors with a coating of Dawn; let sit overnight. Scrub away the gunk in the morning with a stiff brush.


APHID CONTROL ON FRUIT TREES
Mix two tablespoons Dawn to a gallon of water and put in your sprayer. Try to get spray both sides of the leaves, branches and the tree trunks. Let sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse the trees THOROUGHLY!


AND FINALLY……..
Here’s a brilliant idea! Need a hostess gift when visiting friends and family this summer? Print off this post and include it with a bottle of Blue Dawn! Talk about USEFUL !

Uses Besides Baking for Cream of Tartar


NEVER KNEW THIS!! GREAT SHARE!!! GREAT FIND!


In my little world, items like cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate) are not simply a super way to stabilize eg...g whites but also scandalously inexpensive cleaning secrets.

This long-forgotten gem of a cleaning agent may be used with a little water or vinegar to lift even the most stubborn stains. Unattractive grout driving you batty? Mold and mildew stains got you reaching for the Prozac? Burner pans and casserole dishes giving you fits? Cream of Tartar is your new best friend.

Cream of tartar is one of nature’s best bleaching agents. Cream of tartar, a.k.a “crusted wine,” is mixed with baking soda to create baking powder (bet you didn't know that.. okay, some of you probably did, you smartypants). While it is an acid, it’s not harmful. It’s an acidic salt which comes from grapes.

Use a few tablespoons of cream of tartar with hot water or hydrogen peroxide and clean any aluminum pans which have discoloration or any rusty drains, pans, or stains.

Do you have copper kettles? Mix some cream of tarter with lemon juice and rub the copper with it. Rinse and be amazed!

How about a porcelain sink, tub, commode? Rub the porcelain surfaces with cream of tartar and watch the stains disappear.

Fabric stains? No prob. Mix a few teaspoons of cream of tartar with some glycerin and use like spray-and-wash. The results? Well, I’m here to tell you that this stuff cured the ring around Joshua’s shirt collars.

Just need a great nonabrasive cleaner? Mix 2 teaspoons of vinegar and 2 teaspoon of cream of tartar in a small dish (use 3 or 4 teaspoons of vinegar and 3 or 4 teaspoons of cream of tartar if you have more items to clean). Apply with your cleaning rag or scrub brush and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Scrub. Wash with hot soapy water.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Pepperoni Rolls


Pepperoni Rolls

This picture is pretty self explanatory on how to create the rolls with the Pepperoni and Cheese.

Bake 375 degrees for 10-14 minutes

Serve with Marinara sauce    ENJOY

*** Found on Facebook added cooking temp and time

Saturday, December 6, 2014

FRENCH TOAST BAKE



FRENCH TOAST BAKE

 The ideal breakfast for Christmas morning! Easy too! Prepare the night before and pop in the oven Christmas morning. SO DELISH! Your family will sing Hallelujah!


1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1 loaf of thickly sliced bread
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar for sprinkling
Cinnamon for sprinkling



1. Melt butter in microwave & add brown sugar....stir till mixed.
2. Pour butter/sugar mix into bottom of 9 x 13 pan....spread around.
3. Beat eggs, milk, & vanilla
4. Lay single slices of bread in pan
5. Spoon 1/2 of egg mixture on bread layer
6. Sprinkle some cinnamon over bread/eggs
7. Add 2nd layer of sliced bread
8. Spoon on remaining egg mixture
9. Cover & chill in fridge overnight
10. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (covered for the first 30 minutes)
11. Sprinkle with powdered sugar & cinnamon
12. Serve with warm maple syrup

Measurements for Making Half a Recipe


Friday, December 5, 2014

BEST FROSTING EVER







BEST FROSTING EVER

 Combine 1 cup of milk and small box of instant vanilla pudding, set aside. 
Whip together 8 oz of cream cheese and 12 oz carton of Cool Whip. 
Whip in pudding.
 Refrigerate while cake cools. 
Ice and enjoy this lovely light icing ☆ 

Got this recipe off Facebook and wanted it so it could be on Pinterest

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How to Clean Your Cookie Sheets (Pans)



How to clean your cookie sheets--Kitchen "Miracle" Cleaner! You put about 1/4 cup of baking soda in a small glass bowl and squirt in hydrogen peroxide until it makes a nice paste. Then you rub it on the offending dirt/stain/grease...whatever! You can usually just use your fingers...but you can also use a small sponge as well.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Flat Tummy Water


Grandmother’s Slow Cooked Meatballs



Grandmother’s Slow Cooked Meatballs

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds extra lean ground beef
1 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons minced fresh onion
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
16 ounces cranberry sauce
12 ounces chili sauce
parsley sprigs -- optional

Directions:
Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; shape mixture into
30 (11/2-inch) meatballs.
Combine ketchup, sugar, juice, and sauces in an electric slow
cooker; gently stir in meatballs.
Cover with lid; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours.
Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

CROCKPOT CINNAMON ALMONDS





CROCKPOT CINNAMON ALMONDS

Ingredients:
1 1/2 C. Sugar
1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar
3 Tbsp. Cinnamon
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 Egg White
2 tsp. vanilla
3 Cups Almonds
1/4 C. Water


Directions:
In a medium sized bowl, mix together sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. In another medium sized bowl, whisk the egg white and vanilla until it’s a little frothy. Add almonds. Make sure the almonds are thoroughly coated in the egg white mixture. Add cinnamon mixture to the almonds and toss until coated.

Thoroughly spray with the stoneware of your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray and add the mixture of almonds and sugars.
Cook on low ( with the lid on) 3-4 hours stirring every 20 minutes. In the last hour, add the 1/4 C. of water and stir well. This ensures a crunchy yummy coating. (*make sure after you've added the water that you continue to cook the nuts for another 45 minutes to an hour.)
You have to stir really well, especially as it gets later in the cooking process.
Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread the almonds flat to cool. The almonds will be sticky at this point, so make sure you separate them a little and have no large mounds.

Oreo Brownie Cupcakes


Oreo Brownie Cupcakes


Ingredients:

Oreo's
Peanut Butter
Box of Brownie Mix

Use 2 Eggs for Brownie Mix


-Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
-Take two oreos and stack them with peanut butter (A layer in the middle and on top).
-Place the stack in a cupcake liner.
-Place liners in a muffin tin.
-Make brownie mix according to box (add extra egg to make them more cake like otherwise they will be too crunchy)
-Pour brownie mix over cookie stack
-Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked
-Pull out of the oven and let cool

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

COOL WHIP COOKIES






COOL WHIP COOKIES:

1 box of cake mix (any flavor you want)
1 tub of cool whip(8oz)
1 egg
powdered sugar(to roll the cookie in)
mix the fist 3 ingredients  , the drop spoonfuls into the powdered sugar to coat them .
place on a cookie sheet ad bake at 350 ° for 12 min let them cool before removing from the cookie sheet

Friday, November 21, 2014

Meltaways



Meltaways

Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup finely ground pecans
1 cup confectioners' sugar, for dusting


Directions
1. In a bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla.

2. On low speed, beat in flour and pecans. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, until firm.
3. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Pinch off pieces of dough in rounded teaspoonfuls. Roll into logs, taper ends and bend into crescents. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
4. Bake at 325 degrees for 19 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned.
5. Remove cookies to a wire rack. Sprinkle with a heavy layer of confectioners' sugar. Cool completely. Sprinkle again with confectioners' sugar.

Makes: 4 to 5 servings
Prep 15 mins
Chill 1 hr to 2 hrs
Bake 325°F 20 mins

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014






Lemon Brownies

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 c. butter, room temp
1 c. egg substitute or 4 eggs at room temp
3 Tbsp. lemon juice, fresh is best
Zest from 1 lemon


Glaze
1 to 1 1/4 c. powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. lemon juice, fresh is best
lemon zest, optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray, liberally.
Combine flour, sugar and salt in medium bowl. Stir with whisk to fluff it a bit. Add softened butter and blend well.
In a separate bowl, stir together egg substitute (or eggs), lemon juice and zest from 1 lemon. Add this wet mixture to your flour mixture.
Stir and mix well. Do not over mix.
Pour into your prepared baking pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
When done, place pan on a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before glazing & cutting into them. These are a very moist brownie.
Glaze:
After your brownies are cooled completely in the pan, make glaze and drizzle over the pan of brownies. Sprinkle with additional lemon zest if desired. Now you are ready to cut and eat!
Combine all glaze ingredients well and drizzle over brownies. If too thick, use a little more of lemon juice until you reach the right consistency.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Kahlua Pepermint Mocha White Russian




INGREDIENTS
1 part KAHLÚA PEPPERMINT MOCHA
2 parts Absolut Vodka
1 part heavy cream

INSTRUCTIONS
Fill a rocks glass with cubed ice.
Add Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha and Absolut Vodka to the glass.
Top with heavy cream.

PIZZA MONKEY BREAD







PIZZA MONKEY BREAD


what you need
1/2 lb. Italian sausage
1 can (13.8 oz.) refrigerated pizza crust
1-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Italian* Five Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

make it

1. HEAT oven to 375ºF.
2. BROWN sausage; drain. Unroll pizza dough onto lightly floured surface; roll into 14x12-inch rectangle. Top with shredded cheese and sausage. Mix pizza sauce and garlic powder; drizzle over sausage.
3. ROLL up, starting at one long side; cut into 16 pinwheels. Place, cut sides down, in 8-inch square pan sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with Parmesan.
4. BAKE 25 min. or until golden brown.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Winter Sore Throat Tea


~~Winter Sore Throat Tea~~~~~~ www.healthdigeZt.com


Make sure you have some of this ready...great recipe for sore throats and chest colds
.....makes about 2 cups
1. Two lemons thoroughly cleaned and sliced
2. Two piece of ginger about the size of your pointer and middle finger together sliced into coin size pieces
3. Honey (about 1 cup-maybe more)

In a 12-16 oz. jar combine lemon slices and sliced ginger.
Pour honey (organic is best) over it slowly. This may take a little time to let the honey sink down and around the lemon and ginger slices. Make sure when the honey has filled in all the voids, there is enough to cover the top of the lemon slices.
Close jar and put it in the fridge, it will form into a "jelly". To serve: Spoon jelly into mug and pour boiling water over it.
Store in fridge 2-3 months.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Loaded Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole




Loaded Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole


2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, cubed (1")
8-10 medium potatoes, cut in 1/2" cubes
1/3 cup olive oil
1&1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. paprika
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
6 Tbsp. hot sauce

Topping:
2 cups fiesta blend cheese
1 cup crumbled bacon
1 cup diced green onion

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Spray a 9X13" baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and hot sauce. Add the cubed potatoes and stir to coat. Carefully scoop the potatoes into the prepared baking dish, leaving behind as much of the olive oil/hot sauce mixture as possible. Bake the potatoes for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until cooked through and crispy and browned on the outside. While the potatoes are cooking, add the cubed chicken to the bowl with the left over olive oil/hot sauce mixture and stir to coat. Once the potatoes are fully cooked, remove from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Top the cooked potatoes with the raw marinated chicken. In a bowl ix together the cheese, bacon and green onion and top the raw chicken with the cheese mixture. Return the casserole to the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the topping is bubbly delicious.
Serve with extra hot sauce and/or ranch dressing

Monday, November 3, 2014

Christmas Bark Cookie Crunch







Christmas Bark Cookie Crunch


1 lb. white chocolate chips
14 Oreos, broken into pieces
1 and 1/2 cups pretzels, broken
1 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup miniature Reese’s cups
1/2 cup Peanut M&Ms (Christmas Colors)
Christmas sprinkles

Directions:
Cover a cookie sheet with waxed paper or foil. Spread the broken pretzels, broken cookies & peanuts on the prepared cookie sheet. Melt the white chocolate in microwave until smooth (1 minute to 1 ½ minutes, make sure to add a little canola oil).
Drizzle the melted white chocolate over the pretzel mixture, spreading with a spatula if needed. Before it sets, sprinkle on M&Ms, Miniature Reese’s, Peanut Butter Chips and sprinkles. Place the tray into the refrigerator until set. Break into pieces and enjoy!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Mixed Berry and Angel Food Trifle





Mixed Berry and Angel Food Trifle
(source: lovecookeat.com)

***Can make these in cups for individual servings too!***

HIT SHARE TO SAVE ON YOUR WALL FOR LATER

Ingredients

1 lb fresh strawberries, sliced
16 oz bag frozen mixed berries
2 cups (1 pint) Heavy Whipping Cream, very cold
2 (12 oz) angel food cake blocks
1 cup cold milk (any kind, but I used whole milk)
6 oz package instant vanilla pudding
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk, refrigerated
Strawberry Fruit Glaze
2 lbs berries

Directions:

Cream:

Whip cold whipping cream for 3 minutes on the maximum speed. Put in the refrigerator.
Mix instant pudding with a cup of milk. Add a can of condensed milk and mix well. Then combine the mixture with the whipped cream. Refrigerate.

Assembly:

Chop angel food cake into 1 inch parts and put 1/3 of it at the bottom of a trifle bowl.
Add 1/3 of the cream and spread smoothly.
Combine with 1/4 of fresh or frozen fruit. Arrange the strawberries on the walls of the bowl to make it beautiful.
Put a small layer of glaze over the fruit.
Repeat the previous steps until you reach 3 layers.
Top your cake with the remaining fruits and spread a layer of glaze over them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vista Vapors great place to Purchase E Liquid

 VISTA VAPORS IS A GREAT COMPANY TO BUY YOUR E LIQUID FROM:

I have been purchasing from this company for about a year and it is growing.  Why because they are a great company(web site) to purchase your E Liquid from.  They almost always give you like 10% discount, they ship FAST really fast and that is having it shipped regular post.  And the important part they E Liquids are great and so reasonably priced.  I buy the large container and it last for about a month.  I was buying locally and getting not what I wanted in the nicotine level and flavor I wanted either and paying such high prices for a SMALL bottle.  So I did a search online and found this company and have been with them ever since.  They are so great to deal with and offer GREAT customer service and promotions to help their customers out.  And when I say they are FAST on shipping I usually have my product in about 3 days on the West Coast.  Can't say enough good about them... But I just did.. I have referred 2 people at least to use their products.  Hope you try them I KNOW YOU will LOVE them.  Just go to www.vistavapors.com 

I want to put a little plug in for myself in this blog.  When I started using the electronic cigarette I found the prices outrageous after buying my initial starter kit.  So I decided to buy and sell items on Ebay and to help other also to keep the cost down for their using the E cig.  Here is my Ebay account address username CSWITZ728.  .
 http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=&_in_kw=1&_ex_kw=&_sacat=0&_udlo=&_udhi=&_ftrt=901&_ftrv=1&_sabdlo=&_sabdhi=&_samilow=&_samihi=&_sadis=200&_fpos=&_fsct=&LH_SALE_CURRENCY=0&_fss=1&_fsradio=%26LH_SpecificSeller%3D1&_saslop=1&_sasl=cswitz728&_sop=12&_dmd=1&_ipg=50  

Right now I am not listing as much as I was but hope to have more of the parts soon.  I was sick and it affected my Ebay and I was dropped on how much a month I can sell but hopefully I will be able to add items back on my account soon...


Chris

Monday, October 20, 2014

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars



Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars - Desserts and Sweets Group!

Ingredients:

Crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
3 large eggs
1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Apples:
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Streusel Topping:
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

Drizzle:
1/2 cup caramel topping for drizzling after baked

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar
Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly Press evenly into a 9x13 baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth
Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla
Stir to combine
Pour over warm crust.
In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg
Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.

For the streusel topping:
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients
Use clean hands to thoroughly combine the butter into the mixture.
Sprinkle Streusel topping over apples
Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until filling is set
Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool
Serve cold and enjoy!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Beef Stew



Beef Stew
The meat should fall apart if you just look at it. And the thicker, more flavorful the sauce, the better.
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 2 hours 50 minutes
Serves 8

3 Tbsp olive oil
2 lb cubed beef stew meat (1 1/4")
1 med onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
12 oz beer (pale lager)
3 1/2 c beef broth
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp paprika
8 new potatoes (1 1/2"-2" diameter), quartered
4 carrots, sliced diagonally
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
Finely chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Crusty bread (optional)
1. Heat oil in large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season beef. Working in 2 batches, brown meat on all sides, 6 minutes. Remove to plate.
2. Add onion to pot and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring, until softened, 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
3. Pour in beer. Add broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire, sugar, paprika, 1/2 tsp kosher salt, and pepper to taste.
4. Return beef to pot. Simmer until meat is tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
5. Stir in potatoes and carrots. Simmer until vegetables are tender and meat is very tender, 30 to 40 minutes longer.
6. Remove 1 cup of liquid from pot and slowly whisk in flour. Stir back into pot and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, 10 minutes. Season. Sprinkle with parsley (if using). Serve with bread, if desired.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Baked Apple Rol-Ups



BAKED APPLE PIE ROLL-UPS ! HERE'S THE RECIPE...

10 slices white bread
1 can apple pie filling
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut the crusts off your bread and roll each slice flat with a rolling pin. Combine cinnamon and sugar on a small plate.
Pour the apple pie filling onto a plate and chop it so the pieces are smaller. Put about 2 tablespoons apple pie filling on each slice of bread and roll up.
Dip each piece into melted butter (I poured a tiny bit of butter into a "butter dish" and just rolled in there) and then roll in the cinnamon sugar.
Place seam side down on a parchment lined pan and bake 15 minutes or until browned and crispy. Serve warm

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cream Cheese Pound Cake



Cream Cheese Pound Cake
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 8 oz packagecCream cheese, softened
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt

Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until yellow disappears. Add vanilla mixing well. Combine flour and salt, gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Fill a 2-cup, ovenproof measuring cup with water; place in oven with tube pan. This will help keep the cake moist. Bake at 300°F for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan, and cool completely on a wire rack.
Glaze-
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 TBS milk, to consistency
Mix together till desired consistency is reached, but should be thin. Add more milk one teaspoon at a time to get the thinness you want. Drizzle over cooled cake

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Candy Shop Truffle



Candy Shop Truffle

1 box chocolate cake mix
2 boxes of low fat chocolate jello instant pudding
4 cups of milk (as per the pudding directions)
1/4 cup peanut butter (plus 2 tbsp for drizzling)
1 large container of low fat cool whip
1 bag of mini Reese peanut butter cups (chopped into pieces)
1 large bag of Reese's pieces

Bake the cake as per the directions on the box. Let cool completely.
Let cool whip thaw out until it's easier to spread.
Make the pudding as per the directions on the box, at the very end before you let it set stir in the 1/4 cup of peanut butter. Let set.
Crumble the cake into a trifle dish (or bowl), top with 1/2 of the pudding mixture, then add a layer of cool whip (1/2 the container), and then sprinkle 1/2 of the chopped Reese peanut butter cups and 1/2 the bag of Reese's pieces.
Do another layer exactly the same: cake, pudding, cool whip, candy.
Put the 2 tbsp of peanut butter into the microwave for about 45 seconds to melt, then drizzle over top of the trifle.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Granny's Cocoa Cream Pie



Granny’s Cocoa Cream Pie
It’s simple and tasty. This really was a simple desert often used during the 30’s and 40’s.
½ c. cocoa
¼ cup cornstarch/or arrowroot powder (or ½ c. all purpose flour)
3 egg yolks
1 ½ c. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix cocoa, cornstarch, beaten egg yolks; sugar and salt, then add milk gradually, while stirring in a pot over med-high heat. Cook until thick, beating it smooth. Cream pies take some time to thicken, so stir... and stir (10-15 min). Using a heavy bottom pan really helps. Just keep it up until it thickens. Pour into a pre-baked pie shell. Put in the fridge to chill, add whipped cream if you like :0 Or use the left over egg whites for a meringue topping!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

One Bowl Apple Cake







 I am not sure where this recipe is from it was posted on Facebook


APPLE CAKE

One Bowl Apple Cake - This cake is so moist and rich and just perfect for this time of year. (and easy to make!)
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Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup oil
6 medium Gala or Fuji or Honey Crisp apples
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and oil. Peel and slice the apples and add to mixture in bowl (coating as you go to keep apples from turning brown.) Mix together the baking soda and flour and add to the ingredients in the bowl. Mix well (best with a fork) until all of the flour is absorbed by the wet ingredients. Pour mixture into a greased one 9x13 or two 9″ round pans. Bake for approximately 55 minutes.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad

STRAWBERRY BANANA CHEESECAKE SALAD

Stir together:
1 bag of miniature marshmallows
16 oz of vanilla yogurt
1 regular size tub of cool whip
1 package of no bake cheese cake filling
Stir in
1-2 containers of sliced up strawberries
3-4 sliced up bananas
Other fruits can be substituted or added as desired
Best served chilled and same day due to banana discolouration

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sweet Hawaiian Crock-pot Chicken


SWEET HAWAIIAN CROCK-POT CHICKEN--EASY AND YUMMMY!!
2 lb. Chicken tenderloin chunks
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup soy sauce

Combine all together, cook on low in Crock-pot 6-8

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

7 UP Biscuits



-- 7 UP BISCUITS --


INGREDIENTS:
4 cups Bisquick
1 cup sour cream
1 cup 7-up
1/2 cup melted butter
DIRECTIONS:
Mix Bisquick, sour cream and 7 up. Dough will be very soft - don't worry. Knead and fold dough until coated with your baking mix. Pat dough out and cut biscuits using a round biscuit / cookie cutter. Melt butter in bottom of cookie sheet pan or 9x13 casserole dish. Place biscuits on top of melted butter and bake @ 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until brown.

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Here is a recipe I wanted to post and Pin on Pinterest for my friends to be able to see and use...








Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
Crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Apples:
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9x13 baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.
In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool. Serve cold and enjoy!
Streusel Topping:
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. I like to really combine it by using my clean hands to thoroughly combine the butter into the mixture.