8.30.2010

Mango Delight

mango, vanilla pudding, jello, whipping cream, graham cracker crust, delicious mango dessert, quick and easy

In our Bountiful Basket we got a few really large mangos. I had not decided what I would do with them yet. We are going to a block party tonight and need to take a salad and that is when I cam up with the perfect solution:


mango, vanilla pudding, jello, whipping cream, graham cracker crust, delicious mango dessert, quick and easy
Mango Delight
1 large package of vanilla pudding, prepared (but not set yet)
2 large mangos, diced
1 pint whipping cream whipped (or you can use cool whip)
1 cup crushed graham crackers (you could also use a graham cracker pie crust
3 tablespoons butter melted

Put your graham crackers and butter in the bottom of your pan (save a tablespoon or so of the graham crackers to put on the top of your dessert). Mix it all together squish to the bottom to make your crust. Then add your diced mangos on top of the graham crackers. Then spread the pudding over your mangos. Finally spread the whipping cream over the top of your pudding and sprinkle the remaining graham crackers over the top. Refrigerate until set and serve

This is a really delicious and quick dessert. My daughter and I made our own little bowl to try before we assembled it all together and we could not stop eating it. Plus I am not a fan of mangos but this is really yummy.

8.23.2010

Award Winning Mushroom Stuffed Hamburgers Recipe


My family loves hamburgers...they also love mushrooms. I am not a fan of mushrooms. So technically I have never really tasted this particular recipe. I do however stuff my hamburger with onions.

Versatile Chicken Dip


image borrowed from here
My brother in law gave me this wonderful recipe. I really don't know what to call it because it is so versatile.

Chicken Dip
1-2 cups Chicken cooked with fajita seasoning (you could use pork or shredded beef)
2- 8 oz cream cheese
16 oz sour cream
2 cups mozzarella
1 can chipotle peppers
jalepeno
onions
garlic
bacon

cook your meat. I did not have fajita seasoning on hand so I used taco seasoning and it tasted great. I also used leftover shredded pork from our Sunday meal.

Saute your jalepeno, onion, and garlic in some extra virgin olive oil. Then combine all ingredients together in a bowl.

You can serve this dip with chips, as the sauce for Quesadillas, as a stuffing in peppers cut in half, as the sauce for enchiladas. There are endless possibilities.

How will you use this recipe?

New Rag Quilt Purse Pattern


I have been sewing up a storm the last 2 weeks. I had an idea for a rag quilt purse/diaper bag pattern one day and I have not been able to stop sewing them. It is definitely my newest most favorite thing that I have been sewing lately.
Here I am, in my PJ's Modeling it for you all. These are the kind of pictures I get when I try and self photograph.

The pattern and bag are now available in my etsy shop with several different purses coming very soon (like later today or tomorrow). If you want me to custom make you a purse to match your car seat tent or just have some fun colors in mind let me know.

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8.12.2010

Zucchini Patties

image borrowed from here

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 piece of garlic
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt to taste

Directions

  1. combine all ingredients.
  2. I like to use the grittle to cook mine but you could also do it in a frying pan. Put spoonfuls of zucchini mixture on the grittle and cook like you would a pancake (until golden brown on both sides. I like to eat mine with some sour cream or ranch dressing. These are so delicious.

8.11.2010

Bambino


image borrowed from here

There is a little fast food restaurant here in town that is called Pickets Bambino. They serve bambinos, which are like pizza pockets but are made with scone dough.

They are really fun to make, my daughter loves it. They are quick and easy.

Bambinos
rhodes rolls (or homemade bread dough)
your favorite pizza toppings
pizza sauce (I like to use alfredo sauce because I am not a fan of tomato sauce)
oil to fry the bambinos in (you could also bake them, but I have never done it this way)

Roll out 2 rolls for each bambino. On one of the rolled out pieces of dough make sure that there are no holes in the dough but also make sure that it is really thin. Then put your favorite toppings (make sure to keep about a 1/2 inch of the edge of dough free from toppings) and then a tablespoon or so of your sauce. Then put your other piece of dough on top of your toppings and pinch the edges together. Fry your bambino in your oil until brown.

8.07.2010

peach mellow

This is a favorite family recipe of ours. Right now where I am from peaches are really getting to be ripe and perfect for this great recipe.

Peach Mellow

Image was borrowed from here

Ingredients:
1 package small marshmallows
1/2 cup milk
1 pint of whipping cream
1/3 cup butter
graham crackers (crushed) you need enough to cover the bottom of your pan
Peaches

Melt the marshmallows and milk in the microwave. Then place in fridge to cool down. Whip the whipping cream until peaks form.

Melt the butter and add to the graham crackers and squish onto the bottom of to make a nice crust.

Peel and slice the peaches and place on top of the crackers (there really is no set amount just however many you would like.

When the marshmallow mixture is cooled then add the whipping cream and fold together.
Then pour over the top of the peaches.

The above picture is one I borrowed from a website, and if you did not notice the items are in a different order. It really would not matter either way. Also if you have extra graham crackers you can sprinkle over the top of your marshmallow mixture.

Today I made some of this dessert, but I did not have any graham crackers so I crushed chocolate covered flake cereal. It was delicious. This recipe would also work with other fruits. So give it a try

If you love to cook then I am looking for contributors for a 30 day Food Challenge. For the month of August I will be making 30 different meals and none of them the same. If you want to join it let me know. More details can be found right here

Thanks again for swapping blogs with me and make sure to stop by tomorrow and link up to Check ME Out Saturday Link Party Have a great day!

8.01.2010

Roast and Potatoes in the crock pot

pork roast and potatoes
This is a typical Sunday meal for us. During the summer months we cook as much as we can either on the grill or in the crock pot (we put it outside in the shade while it is cooking). That way we keep the house temp down at least a little bit.

Roast and Potatoes
1 roast (pork or beef we usually cook one that is between 2-4 pounds)
seasoning
potatoes as many as you need or as many as will fit in the crock pot (we like russets which is what I grew up on the farm growing. I am definitely a little partial to them but that is besides the point :)

Place the roast in the bottom of the pan (it can either be frozen or thawed out). Season with salt and pepper and other seasonings if you like, but really salt and pepper do a wonderful job. Then place the potatoes around the roast, but make sure that the lid will close all the way. Then place your crock pot on either high or low. My mom likes to put the frozen roast in the night before on low so that the roast is ready by 1 pm in the afternoon when they get home from church. For us we usually have a somewhat thawed roast and we put it in around 8 to 9 in the morning on low and then by 4 in the afternoon (When we get home from church) the roast is perfect.

I think a good rule of thumb is to cook the roast on high for around 6 hours (it can be longer but turn to low if you can) and on low for 8-12 hours. The longer the roast cooks (as long as there is liquid in the crockpot) the more tender it will be.

Keep in mind that the potatoes will be steamed instead of baked (which is the way I prefer...baked not steamed that is). Also you can put carrots in if you would like. They cook up really nicely. I also like to add an onion and fresh garlic if I have them on hand. This is a meal that my mom cooked for us almost every Sunday growing up. I still love walking into the house and smelling roast and potatoes. Baked is definitely my favorite but this way will do for the sake of staying comfortable from the heat. We like our baked potatoes with sour cream, butter, salt and pepper and cheese. Sometimes I even put cottage cheese on to.

I love russet potatoes because that is what my dad grew on the farm all growing up. We ate potatoes at least 2 times a week because they were "free" or so my dad said :) I still can eat potatoes every night of the week if I needed to. Today we are eating red potatoes, which are another favorite that my mom grew in the garden. They are really great especially this time of year. But basically any potato will work. Use what you have on hand.

You will find throughout this month that I don't measure, I don't always cook things the same. It all just depends on what is in the pantry at the time. It drives my hubby crazy but its the way that I roll.

If you have questions please don't hesitate to leave a comment and I will respond. Or if you like to do things a bit differently then let me know. It is always fun to see how others make the same thing that I am making.


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