Recipes For My Boys: October 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mummy Fingers

This is always fun to make and see what the reactions are you get.  Some think they are cool.  Some think they are gross.  And, some are scared by them!



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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Skull Pops

Yes, I know!  I am making more Swiss Roll Pops but Dang, they are so very easy to do!  A few ingredients and you are set to make some children SMILE!

Skull Pops


package of Swiss Rolls
almond bark
mini and regular chocolate chips
lollipop or pretzel sticks
Makes 16 Swiss Roll Pops

Unwrap and put swiss rolls in bowl.

Break apart with a fork.

Roll into a ball and squeeze the bottom in slightly to make a face shape.

Melt almond bark according to directions.
Dip stick in candy and insert in skull.
Put in freezer for 5-10 minutes.
Let thaw for a minute or so. 
Warm up candy again if needed for 10-15 seconds in microwave.
Dip skull in candy, add mini chips for eyes and large for mouth.

Set in Styrofoam or a foam plate atop an empty container.  You will have to hold until dry to do this one.  
Let dry completely and wrap.  
One's a little tired.  ;D  <3 and Hugs!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CIS Fresh Pumpkin, Apple and Walnut Cornbread Cake

I do not like pumpkin pie!  There I said it.  I am probably the only Southerner that will not even take a bite of it!  This year I was determined to make something with fresh pumpkins.  After all, they are everywhere in my house.  My Boys have so many of them sitting around decorated or waiting to be made into Jack O Lanterns. 

I started out making 2 Bite Apple Pumpkin Pies.  Having additional pumpkins I wanted to do more.  I was cooking chili and naturally thought of corn bread.  I cook my corn  bread in my Cast Iron Skillet.  Hmmm, corn bread and pumpkin.  Sounded like a plan to me.  Off I went to see what I could find in the kitchen to go with it.  Apples and Walnuts just had to go in.  From there, it was easy.  Hope you like it.  Change the seasoning from all cinnamon to pumpkin pie spice.  Top it off with a Brown Sugar Glaze.  We like it plain at our house…..Easier to hold onto and eat!

CIS Fresh Pumpkin, Apple and Walnut Corn Bread Cake

Ingredients

1 cup House – Autry Plain Yellow Corn Meal
2 cups All Purpose Flour
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon or use 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
6 tablespoons Butter or Margarine, melted
2 Eggs, beaten
1 to 1 1/2 cups Buttermilk
1 cup diced or a little chunky Apples
1 cup diced or a little chunky Fresh Pumpkin
1/2 - 1 cup chopped, small or big, Walnuts
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 cup Brown Sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease cast iron skillet.
Cut apples, pumpkin and walnuts. 
Stir in 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
Set aside.
Melt butter or margarine in bowl you will be mixing batter in.
Beat eggs into cooled butter.  I just use a whisk.
Add sugar and whisk.  
Drain any liquid that has accumulated in the bowl with fruit and nuts, into a measuring cup.
Add buttermilk to measure 1 cup.
Add House Autry Yellow Plain Corn Meal, all purpose flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon to egg mixture.
Add buttermilk with sweetened liquid.  Stir.
Add additional buttermilk if too thick, you want it a little thicker than a cake mix. 
Stir in fruit and nuts.
Pour into greased cast iron skillet and put in preheated 325 degree oven.
Cook for 20 minutes..rotate. 
Cook another 10 minutes and check.  If getting a little dark, put foil over. 
Check every few minutes.  It is done when toothpick comes out clean.
As always, My oven cooks different than yours.  Please adjust times accordingly. 


NOTE:  MY Sweet Ally of Ally's Kitchen made a wonderful suggestion of adding coconut!  I love it!  

Giant Cinnamon Roll


I love using frozen bread because, well, I am always in a rush!  Seems my days are gone before I know they have even started!

You'll need:  Loaf of frozen bread dough, brown sugar and ground cinnamon.

Last night I got out a loaf of frozen bread.  Sprayed a pan, and the loaf,  and placed in the refrigerator.

This morning I got, made the coffee, got the bread out.  Preheated oven to 350 degrees.  Patted dough into a rectangle.  Smeared margarine over the inside leaving room around the edges.  Sprinkled generously with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Rolled tight, tucking the ends in.  Pinched to seal.

Curled into a cinnamon roll shape on a greased cookie sheet.  Let rise for 15-20 minutes.  Cooked in preheated 350 degree oven for 8 minutes checked.  Topped with butter once it was browned.  Put back in oven and cooked until done...another 5 - 10 minutes or so.

As always, My oven cooks different than yours so check before my earliest times and cook accordingly.

My filling ran out so scooped it off the pan and drizzled over the roll.  Wait, if you can, then cut.  Best eaten with a fork!  <3 and HUgs!


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Monday, October 24, 2011

Versatile Award

I am the lucky receiver of yet another award!  The Versatile Award!  My Sweet Friend Krista, of Everyday Mom’s Meals, has once again given me an award.  Oh My…I am feeling LOVED lately!  <3 and Hugs Dear Friend!


The Rules of this Award Are:


1.  Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
2.  Share 7 things about yourself
3.  Send it along to 15 other Bloggers and let them know you have awarded them!
Seven things about Me
1.  I am 48 years old Mama Blessed with Three Precious Sons.  An eight year old and 4 1/2 year old twins.  Obviously all Boys!
2.  I have been married to my husband for 23 years. 
3.  My husband is 27 years older than me.
4.  I was scratched and bitten, by a wounded cat I was trying to help.  That caused me to have cat scratch fever.  I ended up with pseudomonas from the outpatient surgery I had at the hospital.  I stayed in the hospital for two weeks then came home with a pic line in my arm for 6 weeks, getting antibiotics 4 times a day.  Went down to 95 lbs and was sick for over a year.
5.  I had infertility problems and found out I had borderline tumors on my ovaries.  One ovary was removed.  I was told by the Oncologist to have a complete hysterectomy when I was 38.  I wanted children so I continued on my path to have my Precious Boys I am so Blessed to have.
6.  The birth of my twins brought with it Congested Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy.  My EF was around 20%, Normal is 55%.  I was in Cardiac ICU for 7 days haven gone in when my little bundles were 7 days old.  My oldest son was 3 1/2 years old.  My husband was 72 years old.  The Dr’s couldn’t tell me or my husband I would survive.  There was no guarantee.  There still isn’t, I could have it again.  My EF was 52% at last check.  I see my Cardiologist, my husband’s also, once a year for an Echocardiogram.
7.  My Precious Parents and Grandparents have all passed away.  I started this blog to share Treasured Memories and Recipes for My Sweet Boys.  Those of my past and those we make together.  The best times I remember, were of times spent cooking in the kitchen with my Loving Mama and eating at the table with my Family.  My Darling Daddy always saying the Blessing before each and every meal.  <3  Reunions,  Homecoming at the Church, Holidays,  Weekends at the lake, and Afternoons beside the pool Bar B Q'ing.
Now for the 15 Wonderful People I am to name.

My 15 Pick  Oh My…This gets harder all the time! 
I’m naming some of the Blogs I follow…Those that I haven’t given an award to before.

Liebster Award #2 and #3

I am very fortunate to have been given the Liebster award not once, not twice but THREE times!  I cannot tell you how much LOVE I am feeling!  It is so overwhelming to be thought of in such a Sweet and Endearing way.  <3 <3
In German  means......Liebster (n.) beloved, dear, dearest, loveHow Awesome is that!
  
Here are the rules that come with this award:
1.) Show your thanks to the blogger that gave you the award by linking back to them.
2.) Reveal your top 5 picks by leaving a comment on their blog.
3.) Post the award on your blog.
4.) Enjoy the love of some of the most supportive people on the internet!  
Picking just 5 is really hard as I have made so many Wonderful, Supportive, Loving and Dear Friends.  I wish I could name you all!  <3 and Hugs!
The first one was from Krista on Every Day Mom’s Meals.  One of the first people I met when I started my page.  She is a Dear Sweet Friend!
My Sweet Bohemian Styling Princess , Ally of What’s for Dinner?  Ally’s Kitchen  gave me the Liebster award the second time.  Right after I saw her award, I saw one from A Dear Sweetheart Bobbi of Bobbi’s Kitchen.
Ally…She is the by far the Sweetest, Most Caring, Encouraging and Loving Foodie People I know.  Always there for everyone….for Me.  She is an Absolute Angel!  I call her My Bohemian Styling Princess…But to everyone…She is the Queen of the Foodie Universe! 
Bobbi…She is such an inspiration to me!  I so admire her determination to keep on keeping on.  She is such a LOVELY Lady!  It is a joy to follow her as she shares her life and recipes with us. 
My picks are hard, there are so MANY Beautiful Bloggers.  I wish I could list each and everyone I follow.  I Love You All! <3 and Hugs
Ann…of Sumptuous Spoonfuls is a Beautiful Friend!  Always has a comment to share along with her Beautiful and Delicious Recipes!
Sherron…of Simply Gourmet Photography  Not only a Beautiful Friend with Delicious Recipes to share but also Fantastic Photography as well!
Melissa of Served Up With Love….My Very first friend and foodie follower.  She’s a Wonderful, Caring, Sweet and Beautiful Lady that has helped me so very much along the way and is a GREAT friend! 
Danielle…Hugs and Cookies XOXO  If you want Delicious Treats you want to visit Danielle!  A Beautiful Person, Friend and giver of Outstanding Recipes!
Isabelle of Isabelle at Home.I Absolutely Love her post of FB and her Blog!  Sometimes I think she is reading my mind!  A Beautiful Friend with Delicious Recipes she so kindly shares. 
Lark of Lark’s Country Kitchen….Such a Beautiful Friend to have.  Always ready to help others whatever the case may be!   Love her country cooking…It feels like home.
Michaela…An Affair from the Heart  Love her Blog, her food, her facebook and her!  Beautiful Friend who shares a comment and Shout Out for little ole me.  I’m also parial…she has twins! 
Cindy of Sweet Tea With CindyS Beautiful Friend that has a Great View of Life.  Always has needed inspiration, recipes and cute ideas to share.
Donika of Mom, What’s for Dinner?  Beautiful Friend with a Lovely Blog, Facebook Page, Recipes….What more can I say?  She always has just what I was wanting. 
Nettie of More or Less Cooking  A New Beautiful Friend!  Love her Blog, page and Especially her Delicious and Easy Recipes. 
Please go over and share your Love for these Amazing and Beautiful Ladies and their Wonderful, Informative, and Lovely Blogs!
<3 and Hugs!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

More Pops...Candy (Snickers)

Okay...I am totally wanting to make more and more "Pops"  Doesn't matter what it is...I want to try it on a stick covered in candy!

Today, I covered candy in candy!  I know, I always go overboard but hey...someone has to do it and my boys like it as a once in a while treat.  ;D

I also made pops with mini packaged cakes.  Both are so easy to do.  ;D

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I don't want to be perfect...Nothing concentrical here.  I like the surprise of not being precise..the unknown shapes turn out to be the prettiest to me.  ;D

Candy...I used small Snickers
Lollipop Sticks or Small Pretzel Sticks
Candy Melts

Squish candy together to make a circle, square, pumpkin, ghost, heart...You get the idea.
Melt candy melts according to directions, I used a microwave safe glass.
Dip lollipop or pretzel stick in melted candy and insert in candy form.
Put in freezer for 10 minutes.
Take out and let sit for a few minutes to take the chill off.
Reheat melted candy, 5-10 seconds do not overheat, if needed, in microwave safe glass.  I dipped and twirled as I was taking the candy pop out.  This made it look like a flower.  <3



 CANDY INSIDE CANDY!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I Made Cake Pops with Swiss Rolls!

Out of time to make Cake Pops?  Try using Swiss Rolls.  I have never made cake pops before and the thought of baking a cake, tearing it all apart, adding frosting and then mixing it up again was more than I have time to do. 

I have an over abundance of sweets, I’ll tell y’all about this later, so I decided to try making cake pops with swiss rolls.  Super easy!  Even I can make them.  Granted, I haven't  used candy melts this way so you will have to forgive the looks.

Explore with other boxed treats....cupcakes, mini cakes anything with icing and/or filling should work.  Even bags of little donuts..if too dry, add a little canned icing.

Swiss Rolls Cake Pops

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Ingredients

Box of Swiss Rolls…6 packages of 2 in each box
(I made three small cake pops from each package)
candy melts
oil to thin candy melts
lollipop sticks

Smash Swiss Rolls with a fork.

Roll into your desired shape.
Freeze 10 minutes or so.
While freezing…melt candy melts according to directions.

Take pops out of freeze, dip lollipop stick in melted candy (I had to add oil to make it thin enough to dip) insert in swiss roll pop.
Sorry about the picture..camera is acting up and this is the only one that was visible.

Place in freezer for 10 minutes to set candy on stick.
Remove from freezer and dip in candy.  Twice if needed.
I held the pops.. 1 minute or so to set candy.
Place in Styrofoam ball, square or rectangle.
I used an empty coffee container with a foam plate on top until I could arrange them.




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Monday, October 17, 2011

Mummy Pizzas

The boys were out of school last Friday.  After playing outside for most of the day, they wanted to make these to share with you.  So easy to make and Fun for this time of year!

Mummy Pizzas
english muffins
pizza or spaghetti sauce
string cheese
black olives
1 or 2 slices red pepper minced

Half muffins if necessary.
Have children pull cheese into thin strings.
Let children spoon sauce over half of english muffins.

Top with cheese strings.
Placed a sliced black olive where I should be.  Or, anywhere and everywhere else!  ;D
Add a dice of red pepper in the center of each olive.

Bake at 350 until cheese is soft.  It will not melt.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Crock Pot Roast

I was looking through some old recipes I found…So Happy for that!  I guess this one is over 20 years old!  Oh My Stars…It is so Good!  We made sandwiches with it but it is GREAT in chunks with the broth made into gravy!  Serve with Potatoes in Cream Sauce.  Green beans and Rolls!   ~smiles~

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Shredded for Sandwiches!

Crock Pot Roast

3 lb chuck roast
1 to 2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 cup worstershire sauce
1/2 cup cola
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons cumin
1 cup onions, diced
1 cup green peppers, diced
1/2 to 1 cup celery, diced
salt to taste once cooked


Place roast in crock pot.
Mix everything except peppers and onions. 
Pour over roast.
Put peppers and onions (celery too if desired) on top of roast.
Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours.

Remove veggies and roast.
Let roast rest 15-30 minutes.
Either pull apart in bite size pieces or shred with a fork.
Remove broth from crock pot and degrease.
Add some juice back to meat to keep moist.
Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

My Boys like it plain 
Enjoy!  <3 and Hugs!

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Serve shredded on Hearty Rolls or bite sized as a meal.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Coffee Float

I Love Iced Coffee! I make my Coffee Concentrate from a recipe I got from Christy of Southern Plate....Love Her!!!! <3

My Boys were eating ice cream tonight after getting their bellies full of Fish and Shrimp, YUM! I decided to make Iced Coffee, then went further with it. Making a Coffee Float!  It tastes like Starbuck's Ice Cream!  Delicious! My Boys wanted to drink it all!

Very easy to make. I am certain you already know how....Coffee Concentrate, Milk and Sugar to taste. You'll have to adjust to your own liking.  Two scoops of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream makes this absolutely the most Delicious treat!!

Enjoy!  <3 and Hugs!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Toasterwich

Instead of buying pop tarts, we make our own version at home.  We put everything in them that you can imagine.  PB&J, Pie Filling, sliced turkey, bacon, ham and cheese.  Today...I put a fried egg in mine!  These are fun and easy to make and eat!  Who doesn't like to eat with your hands once in a while?  Hope you like them as much as we do.  <3 and Hugs!

Fried Egg Toasterwich
Even number slices of bread with crust trimmed
Whatever you want to put inside.  

Trim bread of crust.  
Put your filling on one slice of bread. 

Top with the other slice of bread.
With a fork, go around your toastwich, pressing bread together to seal.

You may need a little butter or mayo on the inside to help it seal.

Place in toaster on light setting.  
I always unplug the toaster if I need help getting the toastwich out with a utensil.

Enjoy!  <3 and Hugs!

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Cooked Apple Coffee Cake

I had apples to spare but then again, who doesn’t this time of year?  Don’t get me wrong, we love apples and are delighted that they were given to us.  ~smile~  What to do with all of them is another thing.  We cooked the CIS Bottomless Apple PieApple Pie Bread and Apple, Jalapeno and Cheese Bites.  It was time for something different.

I started cooking diced apple not knowing what I was going to do with them.  I finally decided to make a Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Adapted from a delicious recipe given to me by our dear friend Robin, incorporating the cooked apples and walnuts (only I was out of the nuts) .  The result…Delicious!  Hope you enjoy it also! 

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Simmered Cabbage

What better to eat fix on a dark, windy and rainy Sunday...  This was perfect for yesterday since it had been raining for 3 days and a storm was brewing for the night.  I started this in mid-morning, the smell was wonderful throughout the day.  The thought of supper simmering away on the back burner was a great relief.  This would cook well in a crock pot also.  

Simmered Cabbage

YUM!

1/2 to 1 lb of ground turkey or sirloin
1 head of cabbage, chopped into pieces
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
1 tablespoon minced garlic, I used from jar in olive oil
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup onion, diced
4 cups chicken broth, I used boxed
28 ounces tomato sauce or diced tomatoes
Optional ingredients...whole kernel corn, chunks of potatoes, celery and carrots can be added about 20 minutes before cabbage is done.   
Can also fry bacon, crumble and add at the end, instead of the ground meat.  Using 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings to season.

Brown meat and drain if any fat is present.
Add onions, season with salt, pepper and garlic.  Cook until starting to get tender.
Add chicken broth, tomato sauce or tomatoes, and cabbage.


Bring to boil and simmer until cabbage is almost done and add optional vegetables if desired.  
Cook until tender, stirring occasionally.  
Remove bay leaves before serving.

Enjoy!  <3 and Hugs!

Would be great with this......Buttermilk and Corn Corn Bread.  



Saturday, October 8, 2011

Apple, Jalapeno and Cheese Bites

Super easy and Fun....Bite size food made from frozen dough.  Yeah...I am using it again.  It is a new favorite go to for so many things.  It compliments anything!  Stuff food inside and you are in for a hug!

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

I Was Given An Award!!!!! Thank You Krista!!!!!

I cannot believe that I have been given an award from a very special Foodie Blogger and Friend.  Krista of Everyday Mom's Meals has given me the Liebster Award!  In German  means......Liebster (n.) beloveddeardearestlove!   How Awesome is that!


Krista is one of the very first foodie friends I made.  She is always so helpful to me and others.  I just Love her Planned Menus for the Week.  Something I just cannot get the hang of.  Her recipes are Amazing, Delicious and Easy to prepare.  I know you will want to follow her on her blog and facebook!    <3 and Hugs Dear Friend!



Here are the rules that come with this award:

1.) Show your thanks to the blogger that gave you the award by linking back to them.

2.) Reveal your top 5 picks by leaving a comment on their blog.

3.) Post the award on your blog.

4.) Enjoy the love of some of the most supportive people on the internet!  

Picking just 5 is really hard as I have made so many Wonderful, Supportive, Loving and Dear Friends.  I wish I could name you all!  <3 and Hugs!

Sweet Mia of Mia's Domain.  She is a Beautiful Friend!  Always the first to comment with support, say "Hello" in the morning and "Good Night"  as I sign off facebook.  Mia's food is always Delicious to eat and view.



 Bia of Rich and Sweet.  Such a Lovely and Sweet Friend!  She also is one of the first to help when in need a friend, greet me in the morning and tuck me in at night.  Her food is the Over the Moon to Look at and Eat!  


Heather of basilmomma.  Beautiful inside and out!  A Dear and Sweet Friend.  Love to follow her and share her days and Amazing Recipes through her facebook page and blog.

Joan of Chocolate, Chocolate and more Chocolate.  Gorgeous and Supportive Friend!  Love to see her posts on facebook because I know Beautiful Recipes are being shared!  

Nel of The PaperCup Kitchen.  Lovely and Thoughtful Friend.  Just last night she posted a link to a Delicious Recipe for us to enjoy.  She always shares Wonderful Recipes and Helpful Hints.

I am so grateful to have these ladies, as well as all of you, in my life.  What a lucky person I am to have so many Wonderful, Sweet and Caring Friends.  Please visit their websites and facebook pages.   When you do...give them a "like" and leave them with <3 and Hugs!

Thank You Again, Krista!

















Apple Pie Bread

I'm always looking for something Yummy and Easy  to cook for My Boys!  I am finding frozen dough to be my friend!  Stuff anything in it and it is bound to be good!

Last night I took out two loaves, cooked one and put the other in the refrigerator.  Got up this morning and remembered the apples my step daughter, Carla, had given us.  MMMM... Apple Pie in loaf of yeast bread!  Oh My Stars...It is GOOD!  Hope you like it!

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Mini Sausage and Onion Frittata

I woke up at 4 am this morning.  Something I usually don't do but I Love being up before everyone else in the house.  I get to experience my boys as they walk in with heavy steps, rubbing their little eyes to see what smells so good in the kitchen.  That is right up there as one of the best moments for me as their Mama.  <3

This morning I made Mini Sausage and Onion Frittatas.  You can use any combination of meats, cheeses and vegetables.  They are easy to cook up and make smiles as your little ones get finger food for breakfast.   <3 and Hugs!

Dancing Frittatas  

Mini Sausage and Onion Frittatas

6 eggs, beaten
1/8-1/4 cup minced onion
2-4 sausage patties or links..cooked and crumbled
salt and pepper to taste, depending on how salty and hot your sausage is


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray mini muffin pan(s)

Beat eggs.
Add onion, sausage and salt and pepper if desired.  Mix.
Spoon into mini muffin pan(s).  Mine made 22.

They will deflate once out of the oven so if you are going to take a picture
open the oven and do so now.  ;D




Bake 5 minutes, turn pan.  Bake an additional 3-8 minutes.  
As always..my oven cooks different than yours.  Adjust time as needed.  Done when set.  
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Mini Sausage and Onion Frittatas 


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