Thursday, November 25, 2010

Oreo No-Bake Cheesecake

Anyone remember Smitty's Cookies 'n Cream pie? I remember going to Smitty's for coffee with my highschool friends (mmm, that was a long time ago ;)) and usually ordering Cookies 'n Cream pie. Then one day they discountinued this delicious pie and I've been trying to find something similiar ever since. This is the closest I've come so far. :)

OREO No-Bake Cheesecake
45 Oreo Cookies (1 ½ pkg.), divided
¼ cup Margarine, melted
1 pkg. Cream Cheese, softened
½ cup Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
3 cups Cool Whip (I always make my own whipped cream)
Spray a 9 x 13 pan with Pam. Coarsely chop 15 of the cookies; set aside. Finely crush remaining cookies; mix with margarine. Press onto bottom of pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping and chopped cookies. Spoon over crust; cover. Refrigerate 4 hours or until set. Store in refrigerator.

BBQ Potato Skins

I got this recipe off a recipe blog called www.wannalickthespoon.blogspot.com. Thanks to my friend, Cora, for letting me know about this website. Looks like alot of great recipes!! These potatoes are absolutely delicious! My family agreed ;)



BBQ Potato Skins

Slice potatoes into rounds, 1/4 inch thick. Enough to fill a greased cookie sheet. Brush with oil and bake for 25 minutes at 450 (or until potatoes are done). Then slather with Bullseye BBQ sauce and layer with bacon bits, shredded cheese and chopped green onions. Bake another 3-5 minutes to melt the cheese. Serve with sour cream, optional. Absolutely delicious!!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Birthday Cake Ideas

Here are some birthday cakes I've made. They are really easy to make! If you'd like instructions, let me know. :)














Monday, November 8, 2010

Cracker Jack Cookies

Ready to bake...

Ready to eat!...
Cracker Jack Cookies

1 cup Margarine
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup White Sugar
2 Eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla
1 ½ cup Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
2 cups Oatmeal
1 cup Coconut
2 cups Rice Krispies
1 – 2 cups Chocolate Chips, optional (I didn't put any in)
Mix all ingredients. Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350F for 8 minutes.

Monster Cookies

This morning I told the kids I needed to bake cookies today. I asked them if I should wait until they got home or do it while they were in school. Don't know why I asked, the answer was obvious! ;) They were so excited that they got to help, so we baked cookies while Garry was at a church meeting. I'm sure he'll be happy when he gets home ;)

Ready to bake...

Ready to eat!!...

Monster Cookies


½ cup Margarine
1 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup White Sugar
3 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
½ tsp. Syrup
4 ½ cups Oatmeal
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1 cup or 4 boxes Smarties

Mix ingredients in order given. Bake at 350F for 8-9 minutes. Makes 4 dozen.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fancy French Toast

This recipe is not your ordinary french toast recipe. If you like cinnamon, you gotta try it! My family really loves it!
Dipping Mixture...


Frying in the pan...
Fancy French Toast

2 Eggs
2/3 cup Milk
2 tsp. Sugar
¼ tsp. Salt
½ - 1 tsp. Cinnamon
¼ tsp. Nutmeg
1 tsp. Vanilla
6 slices of Bread
Mix together all ingredients, except bread. Dip bread in mixture. Fry on lightly greased hot griddle on both sides. Serve with butter and syrup.

Biscuits

These are really quick and easy to make. Really good with soup, stew or a casserole. I make them right before a meal and serve them when they're warm.

Ready to go into the oven...


Hot and ready to eat! ...

Biscuits

2 cups Flour
4 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1/3 cup Margarine, melted or Cooking Oil
1 Egg, beaten
2/3 cup Milk
Rub margarine into dry ingredients. Add egg and milk. Do not over mix. Pat out onto floured board ½ - ¾" thick. Cut into square or use a clean soup tin, punctured at the bottom to let air out. Bake at 400F for 15 minutes or until lightly brown.

Cream Puffs

These are a real treat, but I don't make them very often. Not sure what I did wrong this last time, they weren't quite as light and fluffy as they usually are.

Ready to go into the oven...
Ready to be cut in half and filled...

Ready to EAT!! ... ;)
Cream Puffs

½ cup Butter
1 cup Water
1 cup Flour
4 Eggs
Filling:
2 cups Whipping Cream
1 pkg. Instant Vanilla Pudding

Heat butter and water to boiling point in a saucepan. Stir in flour, stirring constantly until mixture leaves the pan and forms into a ball. Remove from heat; cool. Add eggs one at a time, beating vigorously after each addition until mixture is smooth. Drop from spoon 5 cm apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 450oF for 15 minutes, then at 325oF for 25 minutes. Cool slowly away from drafts. Cut off tops with sharp knife. Mix together ingredients for filling. Put in between cream puffs and dust with icing sugar. Serve cold. Makes: 8 large puffs.

Creamy Chicken Fettucini

If you're wondering... NO, I didn't make all these recipes today! lol I just realized I was behind on blogging recipes, so you'll get a few in one day. I hope that's ok ;) This is not a great picture, seeing as it doesn't show any pieces of chicken or broccoli, but I hope you get the idea. :)


Creamy Chicken Fettuccini
500 grams Boneless Chicken Breast (about 3)
2 Tbsp. Butter
2 stalks Celery, chopped
2 Carrots, sliced
1 Onion, diced
1 Green Pepper, chopped
½ head Cauliflower, pieces
1 bunch Broccoli, pieces
2 tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Pepper
½ tsp. Garlic Powder
2 Tbsp. Chicken Soup Base Powder
4 Tbsp. Flour
2 cups ½ & ½ Cream
1 cups Milk
Spaghetti Noodles (about 12 servings)
In a large saucepan, fry chicken pieces in butter, until tender. Add all cut veggies and cook 6-8 minutes (Don’t overcook). Add flour and spices, mix well. Add cream and milk slowly. Cook 15 minutes, until it thickened. Meanwhile cook Spaghetti noodles, according to package directions.

German Pancakes (Crepes)

These (or waffles) are my family's favorite for Sunday lunch. They're not my favorite to make on Sunday, but I do it for two reasons: 1. Garry helps me in the kitchen :) 2. because I love to make them happy! :)


German Pancakes (Crepes)
5 large or 6 medium Eggs
3 cups Milk
2 cups Flour
½ tsp. Salt
1/3 cup Margarine, melted
Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. Heat griddle. Pour enough batter to make a paper thin layer. When browned nicely, turn over. We usually eat these with brown sugar and cream (something my husband grew up with, and I've learned to really enjoy!)

Amaranth Bars

These are so yummy (and healthy), I usually make 2 batches and put them into a large cookie sheet instead of a 9x13 pan. They make a great after-school snack. :)


Amaranth Bars
4 cups puffed Amaranth
1 cup Cashews
1 cup roasted Sunflower Kernels
1 ¾ cup Honey
½ - ¾ cup Peanut Butter
Dried Cranberries, optional

Mix amaranth, sunflower kernels and cashews in large bowl. Melt honey in pot on stove, bring to a boil and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Pour honey over amaranth mixture and stir until well coated. Press into 9 x 13 inch pan and press down evenly. Cool and cut into bars.
* I usually do more peanut butter and less honey.