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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Chloe's Guacamole

   Chloe is a guacamole aficionado.  So, when she heard that the theme of our girls night was Mexican she knew she had to make some.  This recipe is a really good one.  Of course you can always start from here and make it your own.  But then, why mess with perfection?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Old Fashioned Butter Rolls - Guest Post by MiMi

    Chloe is coming home for spring break and I wanted to make something special for breakfast tomorrow.  She loves cinnamon rolls so when I saw this come across on Facebook this morning I knew I wanted to make it to celebrate Chloe's homecoming.  I love vintage recipes, so I was excited to try this one.  
     I attempt to never cook with shortening, so I decided to try using butter instead.  I am sure that these will be enjoyed by our family.  The biggest challenge will be getting her up in time for breakfast.

Friday, March 27, 2015

100% Whole Wheat Cheesy Bread

    I have a conference the next couple of days, so the boys will be baching it.  So, I wanted to make a big dinner so there would be plenty of leftovers just in case.  Sometimes Matt likes to have the freedom to make one of his specialties, but it is nice to know there is something they can just heat and eat if he'd rather.

    I made a baked tortellini casserole that Cori sent me the recipe for a while back.  I wanted to make some sort of bread to go along with it.  A loaf didn't seem right and breadsticks sounded like too much work.  I wanted to spend this day with the boys and not forming breadsticks.  So, I decided to go with cheesy bread instead.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cori's Baked Tortellini Casserole

Comforting, cheesy, flavorful goodness!  Cori's baked totellini casserole is sure to be a favorite dinner at your house as well.  It's perfect for meatless Monday or Lent, but of course you can add meat if you'd like!

    I have been looking forward to making this for a while now.  My cousin Cori emailed me the recipe and it sounded so good.  Every time I planned to make it, something came up.  So when I was looking for a meal that would leave me with leftovers, this seemed like the perfect time!  Nothing came up and I finally got to have it!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Apple Salad with Honey Yogurt Dressing

This apple salad is fresh, fruity and fun.  It is a lightened up version of a waldorf salad that is dressed with yogurt, honey and cinnamon. It is one of our favorite fruit salads!

   I love salads with fruit in them.  Some greens topped with fruit, nuts and a light dressing and I am all over it.  That is what I order almost every time I go out to eat.  I can't help it, I just love them!  This is even better.  Why waste the room on greens when you can just go for the good stuff?!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pork Chop Suey - A Guest Post by MiMi

     Shortly after pops and I got married, Marlene invited us over to dinner.  She made us a pork chop suey dinner.  I really enjoyed it a lot but didn't have the recipe when I went to make it.  This is the version I came up with when trying to match the taste.  I'm anxious to see Marlene's recipe to see how different  it is from the one I made up.  Our family really enjoys this dinner.  K.C. has even requested it for a birthday dinner.  It is one of his favorites.
- MiMi

Monday, March 23, 2015

Bunny Butt Pancakes for Easter and a Recipe for Homemade Pancakes

These bunny butt pancakes are cute as can be and they come together so quickly.  What a great way to treat your family on Easter morning!

    Usually I like to start with some story about the person who gave me the recipe or a little update on our day.  But, just look how cute that is!!!!  I couldn't help but back right into breakfast.  It's a bunny butt.  AH!  Wouldn't it be the cutest Easter breakfast you ever had?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Corn Casserole - A Guest Post by MiMi

   This recipe quickly became a family favorite of our about 15 years ago.  We were invited to dinner at the home of Karen and Donnie Roush.  They were good friends and neighbors of ours when we lived in the country.  I just had to have this recipe so I could make it for our family.  I've brought it to many dinners and cookouts since.  Everybody always wants the recipe.  She also published it in the St. Anthony's parish cookbook that we gifted to many family members in 2004.  There are many recipes that we enjoy in that special cookbook.  I will make and share many of them for you as well.

- MiMi

Friday, March 20, 2015

Seafood Chowder

    I have been making this recipe for 4-5 years now.  We really enjoy it every time we make it.  Sometimes I make it with all fish, sometimes I use half fish and half shrimp.  I love that it comes together relatively quickly and tastes wonderful.  

   As a kid, I loved the chowder in the can.  This is so much better.  I can't even imagine going back to the can!  I don't always serve with a lemon, but it does brighten it up a little.  Jaxon prefers his with extra fish... goldfish!  He ate a huge bowl of chowder and goldfish last night.  He ate two bowls for lunch!!  He enjoyed squeezing his lemon in as well.  I just love him!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Corn Flake Crumb Chicken

      This one is an oldie but a goody.  My mom grew up eating it, I grew up eating it, Jax will probably grow up eating it if he ever decides to like chicken.  This kid of mine is strange!  He will eat pork loin and pork chops, hamburger... but the tiniest bit of chicken will get spit out.  He doesn't even eat chicken in nugget form.  What kid doesn't like nuggets?  He will try to drink the honey mustard and leave the nuggets!  Not that I really mind that he doesn't like nuggets, really.  It just doesn't seem right!

Anyway, if you have never had corn flake crumb chicken, the crumbs form a nice crisp crust and the chicken stays moist and delicious.  It is baked, so it is easy to make and it is so yummy!

Monday, March 16, 2015

You're Lucky There's Last Minute Fudge - Made by MiMi

   I thought for a minute MiMi wasn't going to make any fudge for St. Pat's.  She started a tradition with the 2 Ingredient Football Fudge for the Super Bowl, then the Valentine's Pink Two Ingredient Fudge and the 3 Layer Mardis Gras Fudge.  She even eluded to a fun idea for St. Patrick's day after she made the Mardis Gras Fudge.

    I have to admit I was a little sad when I thought she really might not do it.  But low and behold... today in my email there were pictures.  She made the fudge, people!  The tradition continues!

Creamy Broccoli and Rice Casserole - Made by MiMi

Creamy and cheesy, this broccoli and rice casserole is a popular side dish. Creamy broccoli and rice casserole is a stick to your ribs side that is sure to become a favorite at your house as well. 

   When K.C. invited us over for his crab fest, MiMi and I got together to decide who would make what side dishes.  I was thinking I would make either some sort of macaroni and cheese or a cheese and broccoli rice bake.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Jenny's Smacky Delicious Mix

Crunchy caramely goodness.  This cereal mix is perfectly delicious for snacking. It is sweet, salty and quick and easy to make too!

    My Aunt Jenny is famous!  She submitted this recipe to Gooseberry Patch and had it published in Homestyle in a Hurry.  Isn't that fun?  If you liked Grandma Schanhorst's Microwave Caramel Corn, you will love this!  It is the same principle of making a caramel and using the microwave to dry it out.  It is so much quicker than using the oven!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Oh My.... Di's Skillet Apple Pie

    Hold on to your sweet tooth.  It might just fall out of your head and come running toward the computer screen.  Get this...  Butter and brown sugar melted in a 9-inch cast iron skillet.  Pie crust on top of that.  Then apples, more crust, more butter and topped off with cinnamon sugar.  Yep.  You read that right.  Brown sugar and butter under the crust!  It bubbles up and makes caramel under the whole thing!!!  Can you even?!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Painting!

    Have I told you lately how cool and talented and wonderful my friend Stephanie from FACT is?  Really cool!   After painting the beautiful pair that we put above our new buffet, she went to work on something for above our couch.  We had a pair of paintings there from her already, but I thought something larger would fit the space better.  So, we got another 3' x 3' painting done.

    Isn't it cool?!  Now the only thing left to do is decide where to move the other paintings too.  I thought I would put them in the office, but Matt really likes them and wants them somewhere more visible.  So, we need to find the perfect place for them on the first floor!

Grasshopper Poke Cake - Made by MiMi

      MiMi found this recipe over at Shugary Sweets and just knew she had to make it.  With St. Pat's coming up, why not do it now.  So this is what we had for dessert at our last family dinner.  Everyone loved it.  Jax especially liked the mint whipped topping and wanted to eat his and mine.  K.C. joked that it tasted like toothpaste, but didn't waste any time eating his whole piece.

    The pudding and hot fudge helped to make the cake extra moist and the minty whipped topping coated with Andes candy is a great finishing touch.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Great-Grandma's Green Gelatin Salad

A vintage family favorite, this green gelatin salad has bright flavor and is fun to serve!

    It was hard to decide who to give credit to for this recipe.  My great-grandma got it from her mom (my great-great-grandma of dutch apple cake fame).  But my dad and his siblings remember it as something their grandma would make.  Apparently this one was a particular favorite of my uncle Mike.  I can see why, it really is pretty tasty.

Monday, March 9, 2015

MiMi's Cincinnati Style Chili

   We love chili.  Pops usually requests a pot of chili for his birthday dinner and Matt thinks there should be a fresh pot every Sunday during football season.  No two pots are quite alike, but I normally make a pretty classic chili.  I usually use venison, a lot of different beans, fresh tomatoes, peppers, jalapenos from the garden and whatever else we have that sounds good to me at the time.

   Mimi makes a lot of different chilis.  She makes a good white chili, she sometimes adds pumpkin and of course makes a traditional chili.  When I was growing up, however she always made chili soup.  It was a thinner version that what we normally make now and had elbow macaroni in it!  This Cincinnati Style Chili is not one of our standard recipes, but is a fun variation.

   Pops orders spaghetti 7 ways when he goes to Steak and Shake.  Our Steak and Shake just closed, so MiMi wanted to make him something similar at home.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Baked Peanut Butter Pie

     Surprise!  Who guessed the fudge sauce would be drizzled over a peanut butter pie?  Be honest, you had no idea.  Not to mention a baked peanut butter pie!  This takes everything you know about peanut butter pie and turns it on its head.

    Rather than a light and fluffy filling full of whipped topping and air, this is an eggy denser filling that has just the right balance of caramelized top and gooey filling.  Drizzle it with some fudge sauce and get ready to be delighted.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Super Easy Hot Fudge Sauce

This hot fudge comes together in minutes with pantry staples.  It is the perfect ice cream topping!

     I have a confession to make.  I don't like chocolate syrup.  My husband loves the stuff.  He puts it in his milk and sometimes in his coffee.  He adds it to his smoothies (nothing says health food like simple syrup and chocolate syrup as regular ingredients in your smoothies!)  I do, however, LOVE hot fudge.  They are not even close to the same thing.  One is watery and blah and the other is rich and smooth and luscious and wonderful.  Not that I feel strongly about it or anything.

Kiwi and Cream Pie

A kiwi filling is swirled in a cream cheese base for a one of a kind pie experience.  If you've never had kiwi and cream pie, you don't know what you're missing.

    I have a sad story to tell you.  I am sitting next to an empty pie plate trying to decide what to tell you about this pie.  So far I have "it was good" and "I wish there was more."  But, alas there is no more.  Darn!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Beef Burgundy Shepherd's Pie

    I know, I know, I said I was going to make this into a pot pie.  I was going to.  Really, I was.  But sometimes things have a mind of their own.  The more I got set to make it, the more mashed potatoes just made sense.  Why not a shepherd's pie?  I mean it is still a pie, right?  So... that is what I did.  And I don't regret it for a second!  It was soooo good.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pork Chops and Mushroom Soup Gravy - Made by MiMi

   This has always been one of my favorite dinners.  It is nothing fancy, but it is always so good.  MiMi doesn't know where she got the original recipe, but she has been making it for as long as I can remember.  I really like thicker bone on pork chops for this, but really any pork chops will do.

   When you make it, plan to make mashed potatoes and green beans.  You have to have them.  It is just how it goes.  It is a perfect meal on a cold and snowy evening. It is so warm, comforting and filling.