Recipes For My Boys: April 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Roasted Asparagus, Portabella and Seafood Alfredo Lasagna

Posting this recipe fast (hope I didn't forget anything) so I can go play with my boys!  I'll edit it later and add additional pictures.  Gotta run!

Note:  This only makes a couple of layers in an 8 x 10 pan.  You may want to increase the recipe.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chocolate Ricotta Cake w/Bittersweet Yogurt Icing

I found a recipe on the side of Sorrento's Ricotta container for The Best Chocolate Cake Ever.  I just had to try it to see if it was telling the truth.  Changing just a little bit from the original and now waiting to see how it turns out......It was wonderful and my boys were any the wiser of my switch!  My oldest said it was the best while my twins keep asking for it for breakfast!  As far as the icing (frosting) goes, well, let's say I came about it mistakenly by not having enough ingredients on hand when I started the cake.  My boys loved the bittersweet taste.   Get the ricotta out of the fridge, you have a cake to bake!  Enjoy!  <3 and hugs!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Thursday’s Treasures Week 31

Thank you so much for the Treasured Recipes and Memories you shared with us last week. There were many delicious and amazing recipes!  I love them all!  Two were tied as being viewed the most,  Joan, of Chocolate, Chocolate and More and Ann, of Sumptuous Spoonfuls.  Love you both!  <3 <3  These are gorgeous pictures that accompany your fantastic recipes! Congratulations to you both!   <3 and hugs sweet friends!
Joan of Chocolate, Chocolate and More Grilled Nutella and Cream Cheese Sandwich

Ann of Sumptuous Spoonfuls shared her Rainbow Fruit Kabobs
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Fudge Pie

I ran across this old recipe the other day and knew my boys would love it.  Of course, I changed it a bit here and there, you know I do.  My hubby always asks me why..I usually don't have an answer that's just how I am.   For this pie, I changed it by cutting down on the sugar and margarine.  There was too much for me.  You can even start with 1 cup sugar to see if that is sweet enough as this is a sweet pie.  It tastes, and sets up like, fudge.  Enjoy!

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Stained Glass Frittata

I made this for hubby and I the other day for brunch.  Looking around in the fridge I found some veggies that I needed to use, I started to use the leftover chicken from the night before but decided I would just use veggies instead.  After posting pictures of this on facebook, a friend on my page, Susan J. Vosmik, suggested I name it Stained Glass Frittata.  It does look like stained glass with all the beautiful colors.  ~smiles~  Really easy to make and very delicious!  Enjoy!  <3 and hugs!

Stained Glass Frittata
Makes 2 large servings if nothing else is served.
4 to 6 smaller slices  

6 eggs, beaten
splash, heavy cream
1 teaspoon margarine 
2 each red, yellow and orange mini peppers, torn into pieces or chopped
4 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3-4 handfuls of fresh spinach, torn into pieces...I leave the stems on
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon freshly ground garlic and sea salt
pepper to taste
cheddar and parmesan cheese freshly grated, to sprinkle on top of frittata
olive oil spray

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray olive oil in a 6" ovenproof pan.  I used cast iron.

Saute mushrooms, onions and peppers until softened.
Season with dried thyme leaves, garlic/sea salt and pepper while cooking.
Add margarine, stirring to be certain nothing is sticking to bottom of pan.

A little steamy and blurry but you get the picture.  HAHAHA sorry about that!
Add spinach.

Cook until wilted.

Beat eggs and add a splash of heavy cream. 
Add to pan and stir don't want all the spinach on one side.  ~smile~

Cook in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes,  or until eggs are set at 350 degrees.  Turn pan around halfway through.

Sprinkle cheeses over frittata when it comes out of the oven.

Enjoy!  <3 and hugs!

Shared on:
Fit and Fabulous Fridays #28
Weekend Potluck at The Better Baker
EMM Church Supper#36

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thursday's Treasures Week 30

I thought I would change Thursday's Treasures and have them as a post each week.  What do you think?

The sun is heating up and with no's a dried up, dusty, high flying pollen hot mess!  Our allergies are high and the grass is not.  It's all but withered up and gone away.  We are having to hay the mini horses again this year.  Through all this the sweet smell of jasmine is in the year.  So pretty with it blankets of white.  I found a beauty on my walk around the yard..uh hmmm, dust bowl that is, yesterday.  One bloom on a Shrimp Plant I thought had died.  What a great, uplifting and beautiful sight it was among the dead leaves that cover the back yard.

An unusual beauty among the dead leaves. 
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Artichoke, Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Peppers

I made dip the other night and thought it would be amazing cooked in those mini sweet peppers you buy by the bagful.  I was right!  They turned out wonderful!  Now I want to get some pepper plants to put in our little garden.  If you need'll more than likely find me digging in the garden.  ~smile~

Artichoke, Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Peppers

1 lb bag of mini sweet peppers, cut in half, leaving stems on (do not eat the stems) and seeds removed.  I saved mine and going to put them in pots to see if they will grow.  ~smile~
1 can of baby artichoke hearts, rinsed, patted dry and chopped
1 box (10 oz ? ) frozen spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry, chopped
1 cup chopped tomatoes, canned and drained or fresh
8 oz neufchatel cheese, room temperature
1/2 to 3/4 cup parmesan, grated
1/2 mozzarella, grated, optional.  I didn't use it.
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves...I just love this herb
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground lemon pepper
sea salt to taste
olive oil non stick spray or parchment paper

Stir neufchatel cheese to soften.  Add parmesan, garlic, thyme, lemon pepper and salt to taste.  I always start with the lesser amount and add more if needed.  Always make to your taste.  ~wink~
Stir chopped tomatoes, spinach and artichoke hearts. 

For cooked dip

The first night, I cooked this in the oven at 350 degrees until warmed through, as a dip served with homemade tortilla chips.  

The next day, I spooned what was left of the dip into the peppers and cooked in a cast iron skillet.  You will need a cookie sheet with sides if just making the bagful of stuffed peppers.

For the stuffed peppers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray cookie sheet with olive oil or use parchment paper.  
Spoon cheese mixture into pepper halves.  Place on cookie sheet, you can have them touching to keep them upright.  
Bake for 20-30 minutes.  If you want to pick them up and hold them, get them out early.  Make certain the filling is heated through.  I actually put them under the broiler, with the door opened a crack, on low, for 8-12 minutes.  Keeping a close eye on them at all times.  Do not leave alone or they will burn! 

Enjoy!  <3 and hugs! 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pineapple Bacon Jam

Yep, you read it right!  Pineapple Bacon Jam with fresh pineapple and caramelized onions...........YUMMO!!!!   My oldest is taking FCAT tests this week and I wanted to make him some of his favorite foods during the week to reward him for doing an amazing job as well as comfort him.  Y'all know how food is a comforter, soother and just an all around warmth, when things are a little It's his first "big" tests and he is very nervous about taking them.  This is one he doesn't get very often at all but really loves.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Thyme for Garlic Parmesan Egg In the Hole

I am hungry!  We got up and fed the boys, took Lucas to school...FCAT testing this week, and then the twins.  Ted and I wanted to go shopping except the places we wanted to go didn't open until 9 and 10 o' was 8:15.  We thought for a half a second about going to that fast food chain that starts with a Mc but decided our breakfast at home was 100% tastier and healthier for that matter.  I knew what I wanted all the way home.  Egg in the hole.  I started cooking them and then wanted garlic bread...yes, for breakfast.  Then parmesan and thyme came into the picture.  The result were bites of delicious goodness.  Crunchy garlic parmesan toast with a sunny side up egg seasoned with sea salt, freshly ground pepper and thyme nestled inside.  Enjoy!  <3 and hugs!

Thyme for Garlic Parmesan Egg In the Hole

slices of bread
sea salt
freshly ground pepper
ground garlic
dried thyme leaves
non stick olive oil or a little butter

Cut a hole in the middle of slice of bread.
Spray or add butter to pan.
Heat on medium high.
Put slice(s) of bread in skillet.
Brown bottom of bread, lower heat to low and flip slice(s) of bread.
Crack egg and put in the hole.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic, thyme and parmesan.
Cook until the white is set...around 5 to 10 minutes.  

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Yogurt Cake Only 2 Ingredients

I had an idea to make a cake and when I went to make..I realized my boys had eaten up the ingredient I wanted to use!  lol I looked around and found what I thought was a suitable substitute.  It was!  Only 2 ingredients and a perfect moist, delicious cake!  It was more that I thought it would be.  YAY!!  Are you ready?  Here ya go!!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mary's Dried Beef Chicken

My Precious Mother In Law, Mary that I miss so much, would make this amazing chicken, especially when she would have a luncheon.  Ted and I were so delighted to have her make this for us.  ;D  She finally gave me the recipe and oh my, I was so thankful!  Super easy but does take a little time to cook.  Add sliced fresh mushrooms to it to make it extra special.  Enjoy!  <3 and hugs!

Mary's Dried Beef Chicken

4 halves chicken breast
1 2 oz jar dried beef 
4 slices lean lower sodium bacon
1 can cream of mushroom soup
8 oz sour cream
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon thyme
freshly ground lemon pepper
fresh mushrooms, sliced

Preheat oven to 340 degrees.  Spray a 8x10 pan with non-stick spray. 
Dried Beef
Layer dried beef in the bottom of pan.
Rinse and pat dry chicken breast.
Grind lemon pepper on chicken breast, top and bottom.
Wrapped in Bacon
Wrap bacon around chicken breast.
Place on top of dried beef.
Soup, sour cream, thyme and garlic
Mix soup, sour cream, garlic and thyme together.  Add mushrooms if you have any.  I didn't.  ;(
Soup mixture
Spoon over chicken breast.
Cover with foil and do not open for 2 hours.
Enjoy!  <3 and hugs! 
Uncover and turn oven up to 400.  Cook for 15-25 minutes until bacon is crisp.
Serve over cooked rice, noodles or with mashed potatoes!  
Enjoy!  <3 and hugs! 

Shared with:
Weekend Potluck

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Coconut Lemon Custard Pie w/Self Making Crust

I wanted something to eat besides chocolate.  We had our Dark Chocolate Coconut Bunny Butt cake for Easter...It was good!  I still have some coconut left so I thought I would make a pie.  It has been so long since I made this...I just about forgot how.  ;D  Grab a fork and help yourself....there is always plenty.  If not, I can always make more.  Enjoy!

Stuffed Soft Pretzel Bites

I love soft pretzels and thought I would try my hand at making them from frozen dough.  Super easy and fun!  I stuffed them with everything!  Chocolate chips, colby/jack cheese, hot dogs, rolos, broccoli and cheese,  and even chocolate chip cookie dough.  Yes, I did!  ~smiles~  Only thing was....they got mixed up and I didn't know what was in each one!  LOL  We had fun guessing and biting into each one.  It was like a box of chocolates.  You just don't know what you are getting until you dive in and take a bite out of it.  And, just like have to eat what you get.  ~smile~  Mix yours up too, for a little added fun!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ricotta Chocolate Chip Cups

Lucas is sick and I wanted to make him a little snack today.  By little, I do mean little.  This made 4 mini bites, you can easily adjust and make more.  Hope you like these little darlings, he certainly did!  <3 and hugs!

Ricotta Chocolate Chip Cups
this is just a snack makes 4 mini cups

ready made chocolate chip cookie dough, or your favorite
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoon milk, more or less depending on thickness desired
favorite toppings

Chocolate Chip Cups

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease mini muffin pan. 
Get a little bit of dough, the size of a quarter.  Roll it up then make an indentation in it.  Put it in the greased muffin tin.  Repeat until desired amount is made.
Bake for 5 minutes.  Take out of oven.  I used the back of a round 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon to make another indentation in the cookie dough.  Do not go all the way through the sides or bottom.  
Put back in oven and cook an additional 3-5 minutes.  Until brown outside is brown and inside is very close to being done.  Take out of oven, run a knife around the edges and let cool in pan for 5 minutes.  Take out of pan and cool completely on wire rack.

Ricotta Topping

Whisk ricotta cheese, vanilla, sugar and milk until incorporated and whipped.  Spoon, or pipe into chocolate chip cups.  Top with your favorite fruit or grated chocolate.  Enjoy!  <3 and hugs!  

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Friday night and I promised my boys pizza.  I look, search, and plunder through cabinets and drawers for the yeast to make the pizza.  Uh Oh!  I am in trouble!  I cannot find it!  Think, think, think....  I remember seeing a pizza made with spaghetti...I'm saved!!!!  I hope.  I get the spaghetti out and they look at me as if I have lost my mind.  ;D  I made the spizza and it Works!  Woot Woot!  It tastes like spaghetti but it is Good!  Eating spaghetti in a pizza shape with your hands...Oh Yeah!  ;D  Hope you like it!  <3 and hugs!


6 oz spaghetti, cooked al dente
salt to cook spaghetti, if desired
italian seasoning, basil, oregano to sprinkle, pick and choose or use non 
parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
mozzarella cheese, or as we do, string cheese...btw, 1 string cheese = 1/4 cup
spaghetti or pizza sauce
pepperoni, cooked to release grease, optional
veggies, optional 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook spaghetti or use leftover.
Grease pizza pan or cookie sheet.
Toss spaghetti, 1/4 cup parmesan, and beaten egg to cover spaghetti.
Form a circle on greased pizza pan.
Sprinkle with more parmesan and cook in a preheated 350 oven for 5-7 minutes, till starting to set.
Sprinkle again with parmesan and mozzarella on top.
Top with sauce and cooked, precooked pepperoni and/or other toppings.
Cook 15 to 20 minutes, depending on ingredients. 
If the bottom is moist, place on paper towels to remove moisture.
Cut and serve.  
Enjoy!  <3 and hugs! 

Alfredo Green Bean Casserole

A spin on my Mama's, and probably yours too, green bean casserole.  The one with mushroom soup, french style green beans and fried onions.  I loved my Mama's green bean casserole and looked forward to eating it.  However, my boys like alfredo better, so....I made it with alfredo sauce and it was  HIT!    Try it for something different.  I bet your family will like it too.  <3 and hugs!

Moist and Flavorful Roasted Turkey

I saw a turkey in the freezer the other day and knew right away that is what I wanted to eat.  The only problem was I had to way for it to thaw!  Oh boy, it was so worth the wait!  Every now and then, I just have to have turkey. It seems I always associate turkey with a holiday.  The smell of turkey throughout the night and into the morning as the day begins.  My Darling Daddy would set the clock for midnight, wake up and put the turkey in the oven, having it all set to go in the fridge. It was an amazing turkey but I prefer to cook mine just before I eat it.  Sometimes I brine it but today it went straight into the oven with a lemon, lemon basil, thyme, onion and margarine...Can you say YUM?!  I hope you enjoy it, we did!

 Moist and Flavorful Roasted Turkey

1 12 lb. turkey
1 stick margarine, very cold and sliced
2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper (to your taste), more if desired for sprinkling
2 teaspoon dried thyme, more for sprinkling
6 to 10 lemon basil leaves
handful of garlic cloves, peeled and lightly crushed or head of garlic,cut in half
1 lemon, halved
1 small onion, quartered
spray or melted margarine to baste, if needed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove neck and giblets from cavities of turkey.  Save to make gravy, if you wish.
Rinse turkey and pat dry.
Sprinkle salt, pepper and thyme inside of turkey cavities, body and neck.
Place garlic, lemon and onion pieces inside turkey.
Cut cold margarine into thin slices.
Mix salt, thyme and pepper in a small bowl.
Press margarine slices into salt mixture.
Fit your hand under skin of turkey and place slices of margarine between skin and meat.
Saving a few to rub the skin with.
Put lemon basil leaves under skin and on top of meat of turkey.
Rub remaining margarine slices on skin, squeeze half a lemon over the turkey.
Sprinkle salt, thyme and pepper if desired.
Put in a roaster and cook in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
Baste with drippings, if any.  If not,  spray or brush with margarine.
Continue to baste every 30 minutes.
It should be done in 2 hours 15 to 30 minutes or 20 minutes per pound.  Mine was done in 2 hrs. 20 minutes.   Liquid should be clear when pierced in meaty part of thigh and drumstick move easily.  Temperature should be 175 to 180 degrees in the thickest part of thigh without touching bone.  Let sit for at least 15 minutes before carving.  Save juices in pan to serve over turkey as it is or made into gravy.  Enjoy! <3 and hugs! 
First day.  Very moist and oh so yummy!
Second day...just as moist and more flavorful! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Banana Cream Chocolate Eclair Cake and Mama

April 1st was the 20th anniversary of my Precious Mama's passing.  There isn't a day that goes by that I don't feel the void that was made, the day I had to say goodbye.  Nobody, try as they may, can take the place of your Darling Mama, or the ones that raised you.  She is your best friend, the one you think of when something, or someone, makes you smile, laugh, frown, cry....  My Sweet Mama wasn't around when I found out I was pregnant with my oldest, my first born child, at the age of 40.  She wasn't there to hear my twins first cries.   I needed her so when I had cardiomyopathy and congested heart failure one week after my twins were born.  When the cardiologist told me he didn't know if I would live or not.  When I was alone in Cardiac ICU because my husband had to stay home with my precious newborn twins and oldest son that was 2 1/2 years old.   I was praying desperately that my boys would have their Mama in their lives and not have to go through the pain I have.  I am truly Blessed to be here with them and to hear their sweet voices call my name "Mama."  <3 <3 <3

Mama's aren't replaceable, neither are the treasured recipes they used to make and the precious recipes that accompany them.  I found one of my Mama's recipes for Chocolate Eclair Cake the other day.  A very easy, no bake cake.  I new immediately I would make it, when I told the boys, they were very excited!  I decided to use banana cream, instead of vanilla, and added bananas in the cake, it was a hit.  Hope you enjoy making this recipe and making a new memory with, and for, your loved ones.  <3 and hugs!

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