Recipes For My Boys

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mini Bacon and Cheese Fritattas

A great way to eat breakfast or a snack.   Eggs, cheese, bacon, roasted red peppers and black olives!  Anything you have  in your 'frigerator can go in a fritatta!   Put in the oven while the children are getting ready for school.  Easy breakfast that can be eaten with little hands.     

Mini Bacon and Cheese Fritattas
makes 8 in regular muffin size pan

4 eggs, beaten
1/4 to 1/2 cup of grated cheese
4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1/8 cup of roasted red peppers, fresh peppers are great too, diced
1/8 cup black olives, diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray muffin pan

Mix all together and cook for 15-20 minutes.  I always check about 3-5 minutes earlier than the least amount of time.  Eveyone's oven is different.  I know mine is!  :D

The Twins are fussy eaters...I just do the Egg, Cheese and Bacon for them.  Beat the eggs and fill the muffin pan.  Add your ingredients on the top and softly push them down.  Each child can make their own. :D

Ginger Snap Peachy Pan Cakes

Something a little different for us and oh so, yummy.  The taste is that of a flat peach cobbler with a hint of ginger snaps. 

My Boys like to fold fresh peaches up in them and eat while holding in their hands.  That's more or less the way we like it.  Simple yet delicious!  Another simple way is whipped topping, simple syrup and fresh peach slices.  Nothing fancy about us but they did taste the part. 

Ginger Snap Peachy Pan Cakes

1/4 cup (4-6) ground Ginger Snap Cookies, We used 4 and there was just a hint of ginger  snaps 
2 cups plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1  1/2 cups pureed fresh peaches
1 1/2 cups fresh peaches, diced
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup oil
1 egg
1/4 cup milk

Mix dry ingredients together.  Add milk, egg, pureed peaches and oil.  Mix well.  Add diced peaches.

Spray skillet with oil.  Cook over medium low heat.  It is ready to flip when holes appear in the top.  Cook another 2-3 minutes, until brown and done throughout. 

Peach Topping

1/3 cup water
2/3 cup sugar
Peaches, sliced

Bring water to boil.  Add sugar and stir until dissolved.  Add peaches and toss.  Let set for a few minutes.    Top Gingers Snap Peachy Pan Cakes with a whipped cream and drizzle on top.  Add peaches.  YUM!

 Serve with fresh peaches and whipped cream, hot maple syrup or vanilla bean ice cream.  Frozen peaches are also good with them.  My Boys like to fold them over and stuff with peaches, eating them with their hands.  We hope you like them! is the gussied up picture.  YUM~!

My Boys love to top theirs and others too!  <3

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lemon Pepper Pork Loin

We love pork!  We were in a hurry all day and needed something fast to cook.  A pork loin is the perfect solution.  It cooks fast, is moist and delicious!  The leftovers, if there are any, are great in wraps or salads for lunch. 

So moist and yummy! Cooked in 35 minutes. The Boys arranged it to look like a flower. Just getting them involved, even though they didn't actually cook, was fun and rewarding for them. They were so proud of their work! :D

Lemon Pepper Pork Loin

1  1/2 lb center cut pork loin
1/2 - 1 teaspoon freshly ground lemon pepper, I use McCormick grinders
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 - 1 teaspoon coarse ground garlic with parsley
non stick olive oil spray
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray cookie sheet and pork loin with olive oil spray.  Season with salt, lemon pepper and garlic on both sides and ends.  Cook for 26-30 minutes per pound.  Internal temperature should be 155-160 degrees.  Sprinkle with lemon juice once it out of oven.  Let sit at least 5 minutes before slicing. 

The Boys arranged the pork loin to look like a flower!  <3
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National Smores Day

Yesterday was National Smores Day!  The blog was down and I was unable to post our contribution to it.  My Boys have a wonderful, and messy, time assembling there smores.   Super easy to make with pudding and marshmallow fluff.  My intentions were to freeze them and have Frozen Smores except,  yeah you know what is coming next, they were gone before I could save one.  I'll try to make another batch today and freeze them.  Enjoy!


Graham Crackers
Small box of Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding
1 1/2 cups Milk
Marshmallow Fluff

Whisk pudding mix and milk.  Let set in refrigerator for 5 minutes. 
Set out graham crackers, marshmallow fluff and pudding on a tray.  You'll see why.  ~winks~
Let the children assemble and watch smiles grown on messy faces!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Creamed Corn and Bacon

First you need to get little helpers to shuck and silk the corn for you.  You then can use a creamer to make creamed corn or cut the kernels off, put in blender with a little water to make creamed corn. 

Fry 6 pieces of bacon...saving the drippings.  Let your children crumble the bacon once it is cool.  If your children are like mine, you might as well cook the whole package.  They like to eat the bacon while making crumbles.  ~smiles~

Once the corn is creamed,  add water if it is too thick, put in a microwave safe dish.  Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper.  Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of bacon drippings.  Cook for 3 minutes in microwave.  (can be cooked on stove)  If it is still too thick add more water...too thin, cook longer.  Keep cooking at 2-3 intervals keeping an eye on it.  It is done when the starchy taste is gone.  Add chopped bacon and watch it disappear!~

Refrigerator...Pantry Dip

Your child will love dipping veggies and homemade tortilla triangles in this quick and easy dip.  Look in your refrigerator and get leftover beans, meat and whatever veggies you have.  Or, look in your pantry and open cans of beans and vegetables,  add any leftover meat you have in the refrigerator to make this dip.  If this is going in your child's lunch...Remember to put Ice Packs, drinks, yogurt and/or fruit to keep their lunch cold.   You can leave the meat out also. 

My Boys went in the pantry and pulled out different cans for their dip.  They then went to the refrigerator and brought back more ingredients.  Here is the result...YUMMY!

Refrigerator...Pantry Dip

From the pantry:

Can of pinto beans
Can of tomatoes
Can whole kernel corn

From the refrigerator:

Green bell pepper
Sweet onion
Leftover chicken
shredded cheese, they usually grab string cheese to pull apart

salt and pepper to taste 

Puree pinto beans.  Add tomatoes and corn without liquid...puree.  Add 1/4 cup bell pepper and onion and a chicken breast....puree.  Stir in shredded cheese.  Salt and pepper to taste. 

Just get your leftovers out of the refrigerator, puree and serve as a dip or inside a burrito. I had leftover field peas, creamed corn, sliced tomatoes, celery, onion, carrots and red pepper.  I pureed all to make another great combination.

For Tortilla Triangles:  Cut flour tortillas into triangles.  Spray cookie sheet and lightly spray triangles.  Sprinkle with salt.  Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes turn if browned and cook for 3-5 more minutes or until crispy. 

Instead of salt you can sprinkle with parmesand cheese or cinnamon sugar for a treat.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mama’s Birthday and Food of Love

Today would have been my Precious Mama’s 79th Birthday.  She passed away over 19 years ago.  With her passing went a piece of my life and heart.  She was such a Beautiful Woman….. Inside and Out.  She would give her all and all she had to give.  If you needed anything at all…She would be there for you.  Giving a helping hand, whether in your home or your life.  If you needed something, she was there for you.  She would ease your it a busted chin (mine when I fell over my hula hoop) or broken heart.  Her love surpassed those of many.  Always willing to give and ask nothing in return.  Her hugs were warm and comforting as her food.  Comfort came from her heart and meals she prepared for us and others.  There is no greater LOVE than that of a Mama and her children.  The bond is irreplaceable  I Love and Miss her daily.  As I prepare food for my children..I have precious memories of my Sweet Mama doing the same for us.   I feel her withus as we prepare her Food Of Love!  Until We Meet Again……

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(I don't smile for the camera either...anyone else camera shy)

I was hoping to get more posts up today but I didn't work out......  I will get them added soon.  <3 and Hugs!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Iced Coffee From Concentrate

I just went to the refrigerator and realized I am out of Iced Coffee Concentrate!  I saw it on Christy Jordan's Southern Plate a couple of years ago and fell in love with it.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Lemon Banana Squares

We made these for a quick frozen snack.  In an hour you have a frozen treat!  Enjoy!  <3 and Hugs!

Lemon Banana Squares

1 small box of Instant Lemon Pudding Mix
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups milk
1 Banana...ours was frozen
Graham Crackers
Whipped Topping
This is when it was going in the freezer.
This was taken after sitting out a bit and was squished together.  Y'all know when you start something and then have to leave?  Well, there you go!  Boys topped this after sitting out.  Still yummy and frozen inside.   <3 and Hugs!

Whisk pudding mix and 1 14 cup milk together.  Add pureed bananas. If to thick add a little milk.  Put on top of graham crackers.  (you can divide into squares or quarters for little hands)
Top with spray whipped topping, container whipped topping or your own whipped cream topping.
Place in freezer an hour or so. 

Take out and eat immediately with fingers.  If it sits for a bit, with you can use a fork as the graham cracker will get soft. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Reid's Egg and Chicken Pie

We were out of town all day and came home tired and hungry after being on the road for 5 hours non-stop.  We looked in the refrigerator and Reid pulled out leftover rotisserie chicken, eggs, a zucchini and a red pepper.  There was our supper ready to be make.  Reid did an excellent job of pulling apart the chicken and mixing everything together.  Perfect for Sunday brunch or a fast supper.  Hope y'all enjoy Reid's Egg and Chicken Pie!  <3 and Hugs!

(Chicken, Zucchini and Red Pepper Frittata)

Reid's Egg and Chicken Pie
Named and Made by Reid

6 eggs
1 cup leftover rotisserie chicken
3/4 cup red bell pepper
1/2-3/4 cup cheddar cheese
1 small zucchini or 3/4 cup to 1 cup
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, depends on how saltly your chicken is

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix all together.  Pour into greased pie pan. Cook until set around 15 minutes.  I was needed in another room and the timer went off a time or two so I cannot say a definite time mine cooked.  :D

Y'all can tell I was tired...I originally posted this recipe and didn't mention the eggs! :D


Reid's Egg and Chicken Pie

 <3 and Hugs!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Cinnamon Roll Flower

My Boys wanted Cinnamon Rolls the other day and I wanted to try something different.  So...I got out a tube of grand size biscuits, made icing and cinnamon sugar.  Fixed up the the pieces for My Boys and this is what the result was.  Very good!  A crispy outside and yummy delight inside.  A bit of icing and cinnamon sugar in every bite!  Hope you like it and have fun making them!  ~hugs~

Cinnamon Roll Flower

1 tube of grand size biscuits
2 cups powdered sugar
(I used 2 cups powdered sugar for the ones pictured on the bottom.  The pieces were fatter,  easier, and stickier,  for My Boys to handle.  ~smiles~
I used 1/2 cup powdered sugar for thinner icing....1st photo)
2 Tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Grease muffin pan

Make Powdered Icing by mixing the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla (optional).  It will be thin, just add a drop of milk at a time.  Set aside

Make Cinnamon Sugar by mixing the cinnamon and brown sugar together.  Any left over keeps well in a zipper type plastic bag.

Stretch the biscuits out, not to thin. 
Spread icing on one biscuit, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. 
Top with another biscuit that is also topped with icing.  Seal edges. 
Cut into strips, then into shapes, sealing edges. 
Grease hands a tad.  Start with a piece to fill the bottom of the cup. 
Put strips around the sides and work you way up.  Use triangle shapes to resemble a flower or other fun shapes.

Makes 5 so you may want to double the recipe.

Bake for  12-16 minutes

First picture was made using thinner icing.  Either use less powdered sugar or more milk.   


*I'm thinking easy here....Why not use a tube of cinnamon rolls, stretch, put icing  on, fold over, seal, and create!* 

I'd Love to see pictures of the ones you and your children make!  ~hugs~

This one was made with thin icing,

Boys made these...sticky fun!

Pancake Sausage Muffins

I wanted to make something a little different this morning.  Here it is.  ~hugs~

Pancake Sausage Muffins

2 cup plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4cup brown sugar
5-7 small sausage links
1 1/4-1 1/2 cups milk or buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon maple extract

Preheat over 350 degrees.

Stir dry ingredients together. 
Cut sausage into small pieces and toss in flour mixture. 
Add eggs,milk, and maple extract, mix well.  

Fill greased muffin pan 2/3 full.  Makes 14 regular size muffins.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.  As always I start checking about 2 minutes before the least amount of time. 

Top with warm Maple Syrup.  Little ones can dip pieces in a small bowl of syrup.  Enjoy! 

*note... Next time I will add Maple Extract in the batter.  Yummy!  No need for syrup then.  ~smiles thinking of less mess~

Pancake Sausage Muffin.  Dip in warm maple syrup and Enjoy!
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pizza Slices

Time for more fun!  Today, for lunch, we made Pizza Slices.  My Boys have such a great time making these delicious and fun pizza slices.  We hope you do too!  ~hugs~

Pizza Slices

1 tube Cresent Rolls
Pizza or Spaghetti Sauce
4 String Cheese
Toppings of your choice

My oven cooks at a high temperature.  The cresent roll tube said to preheat to 375 degrees...I am cooking at 325 degrees.   You know your oven...set it just like you would when cooking these without the fun on top.  :D

Unroll and arrange wedges on two cookie sheets.   I lined mine with parchment paper, you don't have to. 
Now, the fun begins!  My Boys put the spaghetti sauce on top of the wedges, over and beyond.  ~smiles~  They then pull apart the string cheese.  You can use already grated cheese but this adds more hands on fun.
Put the cheese on and you choice of toppings. 
I cooked mine for half the time stated.  Then turned the broiler on low just to heat up the cheese more for, 30 seconds to 1 minute keeping a watch on the slices with the door open.
Please note, the cheese will not melt like grated cheese.

For dessert you may want to buy another tube of cresent rolls and make these also,  Red, White and Blueberries

My Boys were so proud of the pizza slices they made.  <3

Things got a little messy.  ~smiles~

Getting toppings to add.

Adding black olives...what was left of them that is.  ~big grin~

The Twins creations right before going in the oven.  <3

Friday, July 29, 2011

Tortellini Salad

I found this recipe about 20 years ago and make it all the time.  My Boys just love it and we hope you do too.  ~Hugs~

My twins made this Tortellini Salad!  <3 p="">

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Outside In Chili Dogs and Cheese Dogs

My Boys love Hot Dogs! I thought it would be a good idea to but a surprise inside for the little ones. I boiled some the other day and today I fixed them in a grill pan. The grilled turned out the best to me.

To make the Inside Out Cheese Dogs you need string cheese and hot dogs. Pull apart in 4 pieces and pop them in the freezer while you get the dogs ready. I used a popsicle stick, or craft stick, to hollow the inside. Push in and twist to remove some of the inside. You may need to go to the other side and do this again. Take the cheese out of the freezer when it has hardened and push through the hole in the hot dog. Tada!!! Cheese dogs..Now you can grill or boil them. Just be careful and keep an eye on them so the cheese doesn't come out.

To make the Inside Out Chili Dogs I pureed a can of chili beans. Hollowed out the dogs as before and used a long skinny decorating tip to fill the hot dog with chili beans. You may want to hollow these out a bit more than the cheese ones to have more chili inside. I grilled these. The ones I boiled, I hollowed the hot dog, cooked and filled with the chili beans.

Wrap in lettuce leaves, cut in slices or put on a bun! Enjoy!

Fun Time Shopping

The other day we went to the store and had fun!  The Boys always like to go to the toy section and that day they got to each pick a cheap toy. 

My oldest, Lucas, picked out Jungle Animals.  He is everything Animals and Dinosaurs!  If he only had one thing to pick out,  it would be animal related.  He loves to watch Animal Planet and Discovery.  Look on the internet to learn all he possibly can.

Wade picked out a puzzle.  He always loves to sit down and put puzzles together, do crafts or just draw.  Each day he brings me multiple masterpieces he has created.  We are decorating our walls with the Boys framed artwork.  ~big, proud smile~

Reid picked out a gumball bank.  Two of his very favorite things are money and something sweet!  The ultimate gift to make him happy and keep him occupied.  At least until the gum runs out.  ~giggles~

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cheddar Chicken Strips

I was looking for something to cook for supper last night.   I found chicken breast and My Boys little fishy crackers. I thought I would try something new.   The boys really liked it and ate every bit of it.  :D

Cheddar Chicken Strips

2 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast cut in strips

1/2 cup (that’s all I had) finely crushed little cheddar fishes or other cheddar crackers 

1 cup plain bread crumbs

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon coarse ground garlic with parsley

2 eggs

2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 375 

Grease cookie sheet

Beat eggs and milk together.

Put fishy crumbs, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and garlic in a bowl.

Dip chicken strips in egg, then in crumbs and place on cookie sheet. 

Cook for 10 minutes and turn over.  Cook another 5-10 minutes.






Vanilla Ice

My Boys always love ice cream, so do I,  but we don't own an ice cream maker.  I started off making single servings of Ice Cream In A Bag.  Then decided I needed to make more.  The boys arms would get tired of shaking the bag and I would do all the shaking for them.  A little work out for ice cream...good trade out.  :D

I have been making Watermelon Ice, Cantaloupe Ice and Frozen Creamy Peaches.   Yesterday, everyone wanted ice cream and I came up with Vanilla Ice.  My Boys LOVED it and would have eaten every bit of it had I let them.  :D  It is little sparkles of Vanilla that make you smile.  Now please excuse us as we go eat more of these vanilla sparkles. 

Make this in the morning for a delicious afternoon frozen treat.  I hope you enjoy it! 

Vanilla Ice

3 cups Whole Milk
1/2 cup of Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla

Mix well until sugar is dissolved.  Pour into a 4 cup rectangular container and place in freezer.  When it start to freeze....stir it around.   Do this 3 more times.  Eat yours right away because there won't be any left later.  :D

I can't find the adapter for my camera card to post a picture.  argh  I'll go on a hunt for it tomorrow.  I think little hands may have wanted it for their own.  <3   Found it!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Welcome and Hugs!

Welcome and Hugs!  We are so glad you stopped by.  Please make yourself at home while I get you some Sweet Tea or perhaps you would like a Frozen Iced Coffee.  ~hugs~

Very soon I will be posting Fun Days With My Boys!  It will be pics and stories of the fun we have.  We don't have to spend a lot of money to do it.  Just a day at the park, the Childen's Museum, Marine Science Center,  a special birthday party for the oldest Dolphin in captivity..Nellie,  as she turned 58!  We even have fun at Walmart and I am never without my camera to document it.  :D

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Frozen Iced Coffee

It is so hot and I am craving coffee.  I keep Southern Plate's Home Brew for Iced Coffee in the refrigerator at all times.  I decided to make Frozen Iced Coffee.   Here's how I made it...

Frozen Iced Coffee

1 cup Home Brew*
1/4 cup Condensed Milk
2 cups Ice

  Makes 2 1/2 cups.  Since you are making this, go ahead and drink the extra 1/2 cup.  :D

 Crush 2 cups ice in blender. 
Add 1 cup of Home Brew and give a short whirl.
Find an empty jar you have around waiting to can in and

* To make home brew..stir 1 cup of freshly ground coffee (I just use already ground) to 4 cups water and let sit 4 hrs to overnight.  Strain through coffee filter.  Keep refrigerated.  Enjoy!

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