Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Thursday's Treasures Week 66

I hope those that celebrated, had a Beautiful Christmas!  We did!  I declare, I think I took root to the floor having sat there nearly all day putting together Legos!  It was so much fun...I gladly plant myself, with deep love, as I play with my boys.

Thank you for a wonderful year of sharing the love through your fantastic links!  I am so very grateful for each and everyone of you!  May your New Year be filled with warm hearts full of love and laughter, days filled with happiness, inspiring and delightful crafts, delicious and mouthwatering recipes, the sound of children laughing, eyes that twinkle like the first stars of night, friendship..whether you have met in person or not, wealth..there are all kinds, and great health to begin each day and end each night.  Happy New Year's my sweet friends!

Please welcome a beautiful friend, Heather of basilmomma.com  Heather is a wife, mom of 2 handsome boys.  She is very talented in the kitchen as well as a food blogger, newspaper columnist, freelance writer, host of a weekly local public tv show and host of Around the Kitchen Sink Radio.  I just love Heather!  She was one of the first foodie friends I made on facebook.  You can visit her on her page;  Basilmomma: a busy Mom that likes to cook  Please visit and follow Heather....you will be so happy you did!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Microwave Scalloped Potatoes


This was a great, easy and fast side dish for our baked chicken last night.  Full of flavor and creamy and buttery mouthful after mouthful of potatoes cooked perfectly in the microwave.

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Microwave Scalloped Potatoes

5 medium to large potatoes, cubed
1/4 medium onion, sliced thin or diced
1/4 teaspoon white pepper, or to taste
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups milk
3 to 6 teaspoons margarine or butter
dried thyme to sprinkle on top

Spray a microwave safe casserole dish.  Put potatoes and onions in casserole dish.  Season with pepper and salt. Sprinkle with flour.  Stir to coat.  Dot with margarine.  Pour milk over top.   Cover with microwave safe plastic wrap.  Cook on high, my microwave is 1100 watts, adjust yours as needed, for 10 minutes.  Remove plastic, CAREFULLY, BEWARE OF STEAM.  Stir, replace plastic and cook another 8 minutes or until potatoes are tender and sauce is creamy.  Enjoy!

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Quinoa and Flax Seed Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache

I am trying to incorporate healthier recipes in our diet.  The boys pediatrician said I could cut out gluten and and dairy to help with one of the twins over active behavior and my oldest short attention span and forgetfulness.  This is my first change and my boys really like them!  They have a slightly different taste and I'm not certain if it is because of the quinoa flour or flax seed.  I did find they taste better after they have cooled completely.  The addition of dark chocolate chips and dark chocolate ganache was a plus.   Hope you like them.  My boys have asked for them again....already!  You can find the recipe on Examiner.com.  I would love if you would subscribe to my articles there.  ~love and hugs~



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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Peanut Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made these yummy cookies yesterday. They are made without flour and if you use oatmeal instead of whole grains cereal, you will make them gluten free. Today when I checked, there were only 2 left.  I’m hiding them since there are 3 boys and I wouldn't want anyone to get their feelings hurts.  Guess where they can be found.  Winking smile  These made just shy of 3 dozen…you can make them a little smaller if you need more.  That’s probably a good idea if you have hungry cookie monsters like I do.  I also have another, no flour, Peanut Butter Cookies I made earlier this year that my boys also gobbled up.  Yep, they love peanut butter!  Make some of these thin, chewy, peanutty, chocolaty cookies for your cookie monsters and a little extra for yourself.  You’ll be glad you did.    <3 and hugs!

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Peanut Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup extra crunchy peanut butter
1 cup dark brown brown sugar, make your own brown sugar
1/2 cup whole grain hot cereal, or quick oatmeal, uncooked….make instant oatmeal
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F  Stir baking soda in with sugar.  Mix peanut butter and with sugar until incorporated.  I used a fork, you can use a mixer to make it easier.  Stir in beaten egg.  Add  dry cereal stir well.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Roll into walnut size balls, place on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake for 8-10 minutes until turning brown around the edges.  Take out of oven when done.  They will be soft.   Let sit on cookie sheet for 1 – 2  minutes.  Transfer to cooling racks.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thursday's Treasures Week 65


Christmas will soon be upon us.  We enjoy celebrating the true meaning of Christmas with family having a joyous day eating fantastic food.  The children opening much anticipated presents.  And, making beautiful, treasured memories. Whether you celebrate as we do or not, I wish you and your loved ones; lovely times together filled with much love and warm hugs to fill your days, hearts and memories.

Here is a glance of some of the wonderful links shared last week. I picked out just a few that spoke Holidays to me.

Chalet Chocolat’s French Croissant

Diana Rambles Christmas Candy Bark

Fun Home Things 20 Fun Christmas Projects


Annie’s Noms Peppermint Blondies
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Broccoli Bake

I do cook real food...see!  It's just that we are in a rut and eat the same things over and over again, it seems.  Until I saw what my lovely friend Ann, of The Fountain Avenue Kitchen shared with us last week.  Her Broccoli and Prosciutto Bake looked too good not to make!  It is an easy dish that I just knew would be a hit, and it was!  I adapted it to use what I had on hand, you do that too, don't you?  Yeah, I thought so. Anywho,  this is really easy, versatile and YUMMY!  It is made with frozen broccoli, my oldest son's favorite veggie, crescent rolls *another favorite*, and whatever you want to add.  I am going to add fresh mushrooms and whatever leftover meat I have next time.   It's wonderful to eat with a fork or cut into small pieces for an appetizer, my son was eating it pizza style.  However, you make and eat it, I know it will be a favorite in your family, also.



Broccoli Bake 

1 tube original crescent rolls 
5 to 6 cups frozen broccoli florets, measured frozen, thawed and squeezed dry with towel 
  you can substitute other veggies and/or meat for part of the broccoli
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk, 
1.4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon white pepper. or to taste
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, or to taste
drizzle of lemon juice, optional


Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  Beat eggs and milk together, set aside. Unroll crescent rolls and place in the bottom of an ungreased 8x11 or 9x13 pan.  Put half the shredded cheese over the bottom. Layer optional meat and/or veggies, then broccoli.  Pour milk and egg mixture over top.  Drizzle with lemon juice, if using and sprinkle with  seasonings,  Top with rest of cheese.  Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes until set and golden brown.  Enjoy  

I cooked this in a Le Creuset baking pan I bought over 20+ years ago.  I love it! 



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The Better Baker Weekend Potluck #46

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Thursday's Treasures Week 64

I always enjoy your company and the great food and crafts you share each week.  There is always an amazing collection and something for everyone.  I can rest assured that every person that visits, will find at least one new dish, creation, and very likely, a new friend, to make.  Enjoy your week and have a wonderful time getting ready for the holidays and spending time with treasured family and friends.   
Love and Hugs, Sweetums! 

Here are a few of the many fantastic links shared last week.  If you are featured, please grab our
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Y'all know I love beautiful Joan of Chocolate, Chocolate and More!   Please follow her here on facebook and her blog. You'll be so happy you did!    Don't forget to check out the features to see if you are there. 
Have you met lovely Christie of Food Done Light?  She is amazing and I know you will love her, her blog and her facebook page.  Please go over and follow her on both and see if you are featured on her blog.

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Share as many recipes as you like. The party is open all week.
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Y'all have a beautiful week. Be good to yourselves and each other.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Thursday's Treasures Week 63


Welcome Friends!  I'm happy to see you again.  I hope you had a fabulous week!  There is so much to do to get ready for Christmas, have you started?  We still don't have our tree up.  I haven't bought one single present yet and I am usually over half way there by now.  The twins are back in school and my oldest will, hopefully, go tomorrow.  A little advice...get your children, and yourself, flu shots.  That's what started all this sickness that has lasted over 1 month. 
May your week be full of radiant days, starry nights and an abundance of laughter and warmth from the inside flowing out.  

Here are a few of the many wonderful links shared last week.  I wish I could feature them all.  
Love and Hugs!
Melissa's Cuisine White Chicken Chili



Y'all know I love beautiful Joan of Chocolate, Chocolate and More!   Please follow her here on facebook and her blog. You'll be so happy you did!    Don't forget to check out the features to see if you are there. 
Have you met lovely Christie of Food Done Light?  She is amazing and I know you will love her, her blog and her facebook page.  Please go over and follow her on both and see if you are featured on her blog.

Rules, yeah, I know.

Link to your recipe directly, not your blog.
Link back to this post. We are sorry but recipes without a link back cannot be featured.

Please follow my blog, facebook, pinterest, twitter, e-mail, rss...you get it. Whatever is your favorite way to follow to stay up to date.
Please do the same with my lovely co-hostess, Joan.

Share as many recipes as you like. The party is open all week.
Please visit others...they appreciate it as much as we do.
Leave a comment. I love to know you were here.

Y'all have a beautiful week. Be good to yourselves and each other.
Previous week's parties!


Week's 1-29 can be found Here

I finally made a button to link back to Thursday's Treasures.  I'd love for you to add it to your blog and post.  I'll  get a "Featured On" button very soon.  Love and hugs! 
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