Wednesday, October 22, 2008

More Pumpkin!!!!!

This is one I have never thought of, Pumpkin Waffles! We will be doing this recipe soon! I am not sure if it will be the main course or dessert! I found this recipe at $5 Dinners!

Campbells Kitchen

I recently came across this website, Campbell's Kitchen, from Campbells, the soup people. They have some great recipes that I will be trying in upcoming menu plans. I don't buy a lot of Campbell's soups unless they are on sale. I usually buy the store brand. The recipes here look tasty and a bonus, quick & easy too! Some of my favorite spots at this site are; a section called "Slow Cooker Favorites" and another called "Delicious Desserts". These are two of my favorite topics on any food blog! Another good section is the 30 Minute Meals. They have a section called "Smart Meal Ideas - Dinners under $10". You can search for recipes by title or ingredient or meal type by category like appetizer, soup, or lunch, etc. Overall, I think this is a site I will use frequently. I have added it to my sidebar for easy access.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Menu Plan Monday - October 27th

Slow Cooked - Pulled Pork Sandwiches from the Campbells Kitchen
Costa Vida Chicken & Tortillas from Your Homebased Mom
Swiss Steak & Potatoes
Homemade Pizza
Chicken & Dumplings from Family Circle Magazine
Spaghetti Pie from
French Dip

Menu Plan Monday - October 20th

Monday - Shepherd Pie
Tuesday - Chili Chicken Tacos - from Life is like a Cupcake
Wednesday - Swiss Steak & Potatoes
Thursday - Chicken Enchiladas & Rice
Friday - Coconut Chicken
Saturday - French Dip & Tots
Sunday - BLTs & Bean w/Bacon Soup

Friday, October 17, 2008

You Must Try This! - Recipe Review

I finally won a blog give-away! It guess it pays to stay up late and be the first one to see the posting! I was up late working on my blogs and saw Sara's late night post at Our Best Bites for the Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Sandwiches! I couldn 't believe I was the first one there and she had a give-away! I hesitated to comment, feeling guilty like I stumbled into an open bank vault.
Sara showed up at my door yesterday with the fun basket filled with everything I needed to make her yummy ice cream sandwiches! So I got busy and made them! I have heard of using cake mixes to make cookies but have never done it! Now I will stock up on cake mixes when they go on sale! The cookies turned out yummy and were easy to make.

These ice cream sandwiches are yummy, decadent. I now ask myself why I even bother buying ice cream sandwiches at the store? I am not an ice cream lover at all. I could live my life without it and have no regrets. However, these are a yummy, fun treat. The possibilities of combinations are endless. Use your imagination!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

You Must Try This! - Recipe Review

I made this recipe last night and it was yummy! I doubled the sauce and could have used more as the family loved it. I added a little more lemon juice than was called for because I love the lemon flavor. I also added a little of the Sriracha Chili Sauce to give it a little kick. We will definitely make this recipe again!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

More Yummy treats and places to find more....

In my surfing during the last few days, I have come across two more yummy places to frequent. Sunday Baker had me hooked when she talked about the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. And Stephanie's Kitchen had me hooked with the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake. I have already made two different pumpkin cake/bar recipes and I will be trying this recipe now too. My problem is pacing myself. I would like to try these two new recipes both today and the brownies from Satisfying My Sweet Tooth too. Just not enough day or calories to do it all in one day! Bummer!

Pudding Cookies at Sunday Baker
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake with a cinnamon creme cheese drizzle at Stephanie's Kitchen

I have added these blogs to my sidebar and to my "Following" list!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Menu Plan Monday - October 13th

Again, late in posting my menu plan for the week. I have to say I feel lost when I don't have it done. I just don't know where to start in my kitchen without my menu plan!

- Leftovers (not my favorite, but necessary!)
Tuesday - Mexican Rice for 8 - $5 Dinners
Wednesday - Lemon Chicken - Satisfying My Sweet Tooth
Thursday - Chili & Baked Potatos
Friday - Hawaiian Haystacks - (rolled over from last week)
Saturday - Crockpot Taco Soup - A Year of Crockpotting
Sunday - Crockpot Squash Casserole - Southern Food

A new yummy place to go....

I recently found my recipe blog listed at Blecipes and found this link there too.

She figures the cost of each meal and makes some great meals too. I have added this button to my sidebar and started "Following" her blog.

A Yummy find.....

Satisfying My Sweet Tooth
Here is a new blog find that I can hardly wait to start trying recipes from. She recently had a week of brownie recipes. These are not your everyday brownie either. Decadence is the word for these brownies. She has these tempting recipes as just an example:

Chocolate Fudge Brownie with Caramel Icing
Cookies and Cream Brownie
White Chocolate Blondies with Lemon and White Chocolate Frosting

On her post for today, Oct. 13th, she has listed a recipe for Lemon Chicken which looks really yummy too and will be hitting our table this week!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Recipe Newsletter Links

Some of my favorite Recipe Newsletters that I subscribe to are:

Taste of Home
Box Tops for Education Recipes
Betty Crocker

There are more, this is just what I remember off of the top of my head.
I think I will add this to my sidebar for easier future reference.

Something new from Pillsbury....

There is a yummy looking breakfast recipe over at Our Best Bites which uses a new item from Pillsbury, Crescent Recipe Creations I am adding this to my shopping list to try the breakfast braid from Kate & Sara, and maybe for a desert type treat too. The Pillsbury site has some fun recipes to add to my recipe box too. I signed up for the free newsletter. They have coupons on their site as well.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

This is a quick and easy dinner. Sometimes I will make a white sauce from scratch. If I am in a hurry I will use any kind of "creme of" soup.

2 Cans of "Creme of" soup
Fill both cans with milk and mix with the soup.
2 cans of tuna, stir into soup mix
Add garlic salt to taste
Add pepper to taste
Add shredded cheddar cheese - I don't measure, but I like cheese in/on everthing like this
Sour creme, if I have some on hand I will add it, if not, I don't.

Boil noodles of your choice. Add cooked noodles to the sauce, stir and serve.

My family LOVES this recipe everytime I make it. It is quick and easy! Just my kind of recipe

Hawaiian Haystacks

This is a family favorite. It can be the ever-growing plate of food too as you pile toppings on. You can try to keep it small but it ends up big anyway. It is mostly a healthy meal depending upon how much rice you start with. I will have to post a photo after tomorrow night's dinner.

This recipe has 3 major components; Sauce, Rice, Toppings

Start by cooking enough brown or white rice for your family.


I usually use
2 cans of creme of chicken soup
1-1/2 cans from soup, filled with milk
1 C sour creme
Garlic sat to taste
Chicken, cooked and chopped.
I usually use chicken breast because I only eat white chicken meat. But you could cook the legs or thighs and they would taste fine too.

Combine all the above and cook until hot.

Our Toppings - Each family has their own favorites that may differ from my list.
chopped celery
chopped onions
shredded cheddar cheese
chow mein noodles
chopped tomatos
pineapple in chunks or pureed(goes farther)

Start with a pile of rice, pour your sauce over that and then add the toppings of your choice. We usually serve this in bowls for the children to try and keep it all in one place.

You Must Try This! - Recipe Review

Barbequed Chicken Breasts
Tonight we had a GREAT recipe from this cookbook! I bought it at Sams Club and have marked many recipes to try and this was the first one I tried. I often think of doing crockpot recipes, too late! This book has tons of great recipes for breads, soups, casseroles, and desserts too. One thing I like about the index is that it is not only an alphabetical listing of the recipes, but by category too. The categories are not just the type recipe like dessert, but by ingredient also like chicken, or cranberries, or corn. I just think that is cool! There is nutritional info on each recipe as well.

Since this book is copyrighted and expressly forbids the re-publishing of any of their material I won't put their recipe on my blog. But the idea is to put chicken and a barbeque sauce in the crockpot for 4-6 hours. You could put together your own sauce or buy your favorite from the store.

Yummy Snacks

I found these recipes when I signed up for the BoxTops for Education newsletter. They have a recipes section that I am going to check-out futher. These are the ones that were sent in the "Welcome to" email.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Menu Plan Monday - Oct. 6th

My menu plan is a little late in posting. We have enjoyed a couple of new recipes this week and will be sure to do them again.


Sweet N Sour Meatballs from Everyday Food Storage


Tuna Noodle Casserole * recipe to come

Barbequed Chicken Breasts from the Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly cookbook

Hawaiian Haystacks *recipe to come

Homemade Pizza

Shepherd Pie


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Halloween Treats

Halloween Pumpkin Bars

Now that my Fall decorations are out I am in the mood for some fall food fun! I get a newsletter from Taste of Home and they have all of these fun snack/treats in their issue this time around.
I am craving all things pumpkin right now, so this just might take the edge off, ..... for now!

You Must Try This! - Recipe Review

I am a little off from my menu plan this week. We had the White Chicken Chili from Our Best Bites tonight instead of Monday night. I have to tell you it was QUICK & EASY to make and tasted great! My kids loved it! One of them told me it was "Phenomenal"! One child had three servings. My husband couldn't get enough of it either! We had all of the fixings suggested in the recipe, even the avocado and it was awesome. There was just a little spice to the chili with the Pepper-Jack cheese and the green chilis. I used mild green chilis. I suppose you could raise the "heat" of this chili using hotter chilis. We have found another family favorite!
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