Recipes For My Boys

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Brined Roasted Chicken

I had never brined a chicken before...that is until a few weeks ago and now I am hooked!  I found the brine on the back of my Kosher Salt box.  :D  I adapted this recipe from it.  

I just love the way it makes the chicken taste and it is oh so moist!  Very simple to do.  Add herbs, fruit, garlic...whatever you wish to the brine.  Enjoy! 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake

For My Boys!  After their first week of being Outstanding at school!  They deserve nothing less than this Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake!  

I am so very proud of all three of them.  My oldest and young ones have adjusted with such ease.  Especially the twins.   They have never been away from me and did wonderfully this week!  They are in separate classes and love It!  They tell each other about the new friends they have made.  They talk about the  projects they worked on. They have so much fun discussing what they did.....I am glad the school decided to separate them.  Frankly, I was thinking about keeping them together.  

My oldest learned a new game in spelling.  Reunited with old friends and made new ones.  He seems to be at ease in the class assignments...thus far. :D

Yes...They so deserve this cake.  I just cut it a bit ago and they have eaten a third of it already!

Pork and Peppers

I wanted pepper steak in the freezer but I did have thin sliced pork loin.  Supper was decided.  A red pepper, onion, seasoning and rice made a nice plate.  

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Creamy Chicken Rice and Green Beans

A side, or could actually be a main, dish.  Super easy, you probably have the ingredients in your pantry and Yummy! 

Creamy Chicken Rice and Green Beans

1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1 soup can of water
1/2 cup Long Grain Rice
1 can Green Beans
1/2-1 cup Cooked Chicken 
salt and pepper to taste.

Bring soup and water to boil.  
Add rice and cook for 20 on simmer.
Add leftover chicken.
Add drained green beans and cook until rice it tender.
Salt and pepper to taste. 

Day Trip!

We love to go to the Marine Science Center.  It is so much fun and teaches the boys a lot about our Marine Creatures, Birds and their habitats.  It shows how others care enough to nurture hurt animals back to health.
It is a place where ill and injured Sea Turtles, Birds, and Marine Life are taken.  Some are released when well…others find this their forever home. 
The Boys had an Amazing time!  They looked at native birds that were being nurtured back to health.  Saw Injured Sea Turtles that may one day be released back into the ocean.  Were able to pet a pine snake.  Saw different species of sea creatures and corals.  But the Best and most Treasured event of the day was being able to pet Sting Rays!  The Boys were full of wonderment and delight as they pet the curious, prehistoric looking Sea Creature. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Twice Baked Potatoes

Wanting potatoes and not fried or cut in strips...we decided to bake some in the oven.  And then, bake them in the oven....Again!  Kids loved that idea!

Involve your small ones as you while in the kitchen.  There are so many things they can do!  They feel a sense of accomplishment and pride once they see what was created with their help!  I'm always Thanking My Boys for the food they have prepared and cooked.  "Look what you made!"  always brings smiles on their faces and in their hearts.  Big Hugs, too!  <3

6 small to medium idaho potatoes
spray oil or enough oil to rub the skins
kosher salt for the skins

1/2  to 3/4 cup ranch dressing
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons minced onion
1/8 to 1/4 minced red pepper
1/4 minced pepperoni (squeeze with toweling to remove oils)
1/8 to 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, kids can measure...they love to! <3
1/4 ground pepper
1/8 to 1/4 salt
2-3 string cheese sticks, have your children pull the cheese apart. <3  
your favorite toppings!

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Scrub potatoes and pat dry.
Spray, or rub, with oil to lightly coat.  Messy fun for your little ones!  <3
Sprinkle with kosher salt.
Put on cookie sheet
Bake for 40-50 minutes.  As oven cooks different than yours.  Adjust time accordingly.  :D

Once done..remove from pan.
Let cool and slice in half lengthwise
Scoop out inside of potatoes, leaving a little on sides and bottom.
I ended up with 2 1/2 cups potatoes from 6 small-medium potatoes.

Add milk and ranch dressing to scooped potatoes...starting with least amount.  
Mash with potato masher....Children love this part too!  <3  
Add other ingredients.  If to thick..add more milk.  If too thin..add a little more parmesan cheese.  My Boys like theirs a little thinner as they already have the thick potato texture from the boat. 

Put mixture back in scooped potatoes.  Bake in preheat oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  Again...check early and keep watching!

Top with cheese once out of the oven.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sweet Beans and Ham

We baked a ham Sunday and I wanted a pot of beans.  I was going to make Northern Beans and Ham but my oldest said he wanted "Sweet Beans".  That is his name for Baked Beans.  :D  So…..Sweet Beans and Ham it is!  A pan of Corn Bread and we will be set! 

Sweet Beans and Ham
1 bag of dried Great Northern Beans…12 oz
3/4 to 1 cup Ketchup
3 teaspoons Honey Mustard
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
1 small Onion, diced
1 1/2 cups diced Smoked Ham
1/3 teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Salt

Rinse beans and pick out any bad ones or foreign objects.  Put in pot, cover with water, boil 2 minutes.  Cover, remove from heat and let sit 1-4 hours.
Drain the beans and rinse.  Put in crock pot…add ingredients and water to cover.  Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low –10 hours.
Okay….NOTE HERE:  I boiled the beans for 2 minutes.  Let sit for 4 hours, first day with a girlfriend without my precious babies in umpteen years, then cooked on high for 5 hours in crock pot.  They were NOT done.  I had to cook them at 3 minute intervals for 30 minutes.  Sooooo, next time I will either….cook for an hour and then put in crock pot or, simmer on stove for the afternoon. 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pizza Flavored Chicken Strips

My Boys love pizza and chicken.  This was good for everyone.  I have to compromise a lot around here so this is what we did.  

Pizza Flavored Chicken Strips

4 Chicken Boneless and Skinless  cut in strips
2 cups Extreme Flavor Pizza Fishy Shaped Crackers
Finely crushed
1 cup Buttermilk
1 Egg
Spaghetti Sauce for dipping

Preheat oven to 400 or heat oil to medium.
Beat egg and add buttermilk, mix.  Add chicken strips.
Finely crush little fishy shaped crackers. 

Let buttermilk mixture drain from chicken strips and coat with cracker crumbs.  Place on greased cookie sheet, cook for -10 minutes or until brown and flip over.  Cook an addition 8-10 mintues.   
Or heat a 1/4 to 1/2 " oil in skillet to medium, add chicken strips and reduce once starting to cook.  Turn when brown.  It's done when browned on other side and firm to touch.  
Heat spaghetti sauce to dip chicken strips in.   

Whoopie Pies

The family had a Beautiful Day having Fun and Making Memories!  When we got home...tired but still wanting to do more, we decided to make our version of Whoopie Pies.  Using a store bought cake mix and making our own frosting, we didn't have any in the pantry, we made this delicious and cute "Whoopie Pies"!

Here is our take..simple and full of Yum!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Maters and Rice

Thoughts of Mama standing at the stove making this delicious dish from her canned tomatoes.  Sometimes she would fry up some thick rind bacon to eat with this and make a batch of homemade buttermilk biscuits!  Comfort in the form of food is the greatest healer.  It can calm you when you are upset.  Bring a flood of memories (as now) of the special people and times shared with them.

Make a pot of this, feel the comfort from within and make some memories with the ones that are special in your life.  <3

Very easy to make.  I don't have any canned tomatoes...mine came from the store in a can.   Wish we had a Garden other than one the boys planted to see how it grows.  They did a great job with theirs but it was ust to get them started with the love of growing their own food.  How it makes the taste richer in every aspect.  They will be growing another garden, hopefully a BIG ONE,  for the fall.  Stay tuned.  <3

Maters and Rice

28 oz can of Diced, Crushed or Whole Tomatoes (if whole, squish with your hands)
1 cup Long Grain White Rice
1 Tablespoon Bacon Grease, optional
1/4 teaspoon Ground Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Sugar, optional 

Bring everything except rice to a boil over medium heat.  Add rice when boiling..stir, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  Stirring occasionally.  If rice isn't done cook longer,  checking every minute.  It should be ready in 5 more minutes.  Taste and adjust seasoning, adding a little water, if needed.  Just a hint of sweet, a pip of the pepper and a deep, rich taste of Maters.  Enjoy!

Taco Chicken...Spaghetti and Spaghetti Tacos

One son wanted Tacos, One wanted Chicken, and One wanted Spaghetti.   We seasoned Chicken Breast with Taco Seasoning, added  a Green Pepper and Onion to the crock pot and in 3 1/2 hours we were ready to eat!

Now, how to serve it.   One wants Spaghetti and One wants Tacos.  My oldest made his taco by putting spaghetti noodles in the taco shell first and topping it with Taco Chicken and Taco Cheese.  For the twins I topped spaghetti with a mild Taco Sauce and added the Taco Chicken.  YUM!  Win/Win!

Taco Chicken..Spaghetti and Spaghetti Tacos

4-6 Chicken Breasts
1 package Taco Seasoning
1/2 medium to large Onion
1 medium to large Green Pepper
Spaghetti noodles
Taco Shells
Taco Sauce
Taco Cheese, if you want it
All the Fixin's, Your choice

Put everything in the Crock Pot for at least 3 1/2 hours.  

Make spaghetti noodles, if desired.  
Put spaghetti in bowl and top with Taco Sauce, Taco Chicken and Taco Cheese!

Or, heat Taco Shells, add spaghetti noodles, chicken, sauce, usual toppings and cheese.

Here is how they ate theirs....

Spaghetti noodles, Taco Chicken, Sauce and Cheese!

Spaghetti noodles, Taco Chicken, Sauce and Cheese in a Taco Shells!

Love when My Son cooks for us!  <3 and Hugs!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Buttermilk Corn Cornbread

Moist buttermilk cornbread with sweet kernels of corn nestled inside.  MMMM....Pass the butter, please!  Hubby was brought up with sugar cooked in his cornbread.  Being from the South, I was not.  Do you or don't you, add sugar to your cornbread?

Smoked Sausage Jambalaya

Smoked Sausage Jambalaya
We are cooking Smoked Sausage Jambalaya today.  It certainly smells delicious in here.  This recipe makes a lot!  Y'all either need to be very hungry or invite someone you love to share this with.  Also, Cooking up some Buttermilk Cornbread to go with it.  Another comfort food awaits!  Recipe can also be viewed on Recipes For Our Children

Smoked Sausage Jambalaya

1 pound Smoked Sausage
1 medium to large Green Bell Pepper or 1 1/4 cups
1 medium Sweet Onion or 1 1/2 cups
3-4 stalks Celery with leaves  or 1 1/2 cups
1 1/2 teaspoons minced Garlic or 3 cloves
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoon Fresh Ground Sea Salt, depending on how salty the sausage is
1 teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste
2 Bay Leaves
1 Tablespoon Parsley
49 1/2 oz Chicken Broth or 8 cups
28 oz Canned Diced Tomatoes
2 cups Long Grain White Rice

Slice and quarter Smoked Sausage.  Cook over medium heat on stove until starting to brown. 
Remove from skillet and put on paper towels.  Remove all but a teaspoon or two of oil.  

Cook Green Bell Peppers, Celery and Onions in skillet until they are almost tender.  Season while cooking with Sea Salt, Ground Pepper and Minced Garlic.  

Return Smoke Sausage to skillet once vegetables are done.  Add Canned Tomatoes and Chicken Broth.  

Bring to a boil.  Add 2 cups Long Grain White Rice and Bay Leaves.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.  

Remove from heat.  Rice will continue to absorb liquid.  

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Brownie Peanut Butter Pie

My boys LOVE this!

Stuffed Hamburgers

My Boys Love Cheese!  What easier way to eat a hamburger than to have it inside!  The little ones like just cheese.  My oldest likes onions and bacon added to the cheese!  They are sooo good!

Stuffed Hamburgers

1 1/2 lbs Ground Beef, We used ground chuck
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup minced onions
4 pieces bacon
Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Make thin hamburger patties.  Sprinkle with seasonings, add desired stuffing ingredients.  Top with another thin hamburger patty
Pinch edges and work around in your hands.  It should seal completely and it will look like a regular hamburger. 

Cook on medium heat in skillet or grill.  Turn when browned.  Cook on other side until juices run clear when slightly pressed.  


Stuffed with Cheddar Cheese, Bacon and Minced Onions!
Pictures are not showing true colors. 
Boys smashed buns and ate some of the potatoes!  <3 and Hugs!

Fluffy Pancakes

It's the weekend, Yay!  Time for pancakes to be made and if any are left, frozen for a quick breakfast during the week.  My Boys just love pancakes and put everything on them they can find.  Today they put Peanut Butter Maple Syrup and Bananas on top.  YUM!

Fluffy Pancakes

2 cups Self Rising Flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 Buttermilk
I didn't have buttermilk so I added 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar to the milk and let it sit for 5 minutes
2 Tablespoons Butter, or Margarine, Melted
2 Eggs, beaten

Add vinegar to whole milk if you don't have buttermilk, and let sit
Melt butter or margarine and let cool
Mix dry ingredients
Add beaten eggs, 1 1/4 cup milk (add the rest of the milk if needed after stirring) and cooled melted butter to dry ingrediensts.  Stir only to mix, do not over stir.  Let sit for 10 minutes or more.

Heat lightly oiled skillet to medium.  It is ready for pancakes when a drop of water dances in it. 
Add 1/4 cup (I used an ice cream scoop) pancake mix.  When bubbles pop, making little holes, pancakes are ready to turn over.  Cook until brown.  I cook mine on a lower temperature so they don't brown too fast.

Peanut Butter Maple Syrup

4 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Maple Syrup
Mix well.  Can heat on low temperature. 

Top Pancakes with Bananas and Peanut Butter Maple Syrup drizzled over the top. 

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……

184139_254402741250445_100000421627363_941766_3686517_nMy Precious Mama!  I Love You and Miss You!  

(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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