Recipes For My Boys

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Caramelized Onion and Sausage Pizza on a Skillet Biscuit Crust

The boys were eating a pizza last night and I didn't want all the cheese and crust theirs had.    I decided to look around the kitchen to see what I could find.  Ingredients were:  Tube of Big Biscuits, Alfredo Spread,  Parmesan,  an Onion and left over Sausage Links from breakfast.  I grabbed my CIS and a yummy pizza was created.  Make if for breakfast to's great anytime.  I also made one with canned peaches, alfredo spread and was pretty good combination!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Homemade Mounds Candy

A very dear, sweet and beautiful friend, Sandy Lewis Howell, gave me this fantastic recipe for mounds candy.  I just love it!  It's really easy to make..a bit sticky but oh so good!  I made a couple of changed to her recipe.  Mainly, because it was what I had on hand.  ~smile~  I decreased the amount of coconut to 7 oz because that was all I had.  It made a thin 8x8 pan. The candy is so rich, it was just the right size for us.  I also used almond bark instead of the chocolate chips.   Enjoy!  <3 and hUgs!

Mounds Bars 

5 ounces sweetened condensed milk 

1 teaspoon vanilla 

2 cups powdered sugar

14 ounces flaked coconut

1 (24 ounce) bag of semisweet chips

almonds, optional to place on top before dipping in chocolate to make 

almond joys 

Blend the milk and the vanilla. 

Add the sugar a little at a time till smooth                       

Stir in the coconut. 

The mixture should be firm. 

Line pan with plastic wrap and spray lightly with non-stick spray. 

Pat firmly into a 9x13 pan and chill till firm. You can also skip this and roll into balls. 

Cut into bars, or shapes and put in the refrigerator or freezer until set.  

Take out of fridge or freezer and dip in melted candy.  

Let cool on waxed paper for several hours or place in fridge or freezer again.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Poster Blackboard

I have been looking for something to make a blackboard for my boys.  I have been painting chalkboard paint on jars all week it seems.  ~smiles~  Today, I remembered the poster board I bought for Lucas.  There is a design around the edges, so he didn't want to use them.  I loved them of course!  <3  Anywho, here ya go.  An easy project to give you, and your kids, a place to be yourselves.  <3 and Hugs!
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Poster Chalkboard

What you need..

poster board with boarder
chalkboard paint
painter's tape

Tape frame around the middle of the poster board.  
Paint one, or two, coats of primer.  Waiting until dry between coats.

Paint a coat of chalkboard paint.  Let dry and paint another coat.  You may need to give an additional coat if you see any bare spots.  Remove painters tape.  Follow directions on chalkboard paint can to write on board.  <3 and hUgs! 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Heart Marshmallow Pops

One of the twins wanted to do something by himself.  We went to the store and he picked out the heart shaped marshmallow and sprinkles.   Came home and started making his treats.  We'll make these for their classes on Valentine's Day.  <3 and hugs!
Heart Marshmallow Pops

heart marshmallows
white chocolate chips or almond bark
pop sticks
I melted almond bark for this picture.  (If using white chocolate chips, melt according to directions.) Dipped the pop stick the melted candy and put it in the marshmallow.  He added the melted candy on with a butter knife.  <3

 Sprinkles came next. <3

 And....more sprinkles!  <3

 He still needed more!  <3 

His twin finally got a bite!  <3

Some little fingers in the background reaching for a treat.  <3

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Bites

Here you go!!!  Something totally different, buffalo chicken with celery and ranch all rolled up into one amazing bite!  You will definitely want to double this!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Garlic Bread Dogs

My youngest is sick.  He had a fever of 102 last night, low grade today and now it is 103!!  My poor baby hasn't eaten since Thursday.  He really loves these hot dogs and didn't feel like eating them tonight.  They are really easy to make with as little as two ingredients.  <3 and hUgs!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Chalkboard Canning Jars

I am getting ready for the twins birthday and racking my brain trying to find something for the kids as a gift.  I decided, I would make them personalized glasses out of canning jars.
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To make them personal, I bought chalkboard paint and painted the label part of the jar.  For this you'll need....
Chalkboard Paint, I bought mine at walmart for $9.99.  I went to Lowe's and their's was twice as much.  I wanted to make my own, so I could make something other than black.  My hubby, Ted, talked me into buying it already made.  I'm so glad he did!
Primer,  You need to do this before putting the blackboard paint on.
Painters Tape, optional.  I used it on some and found it was easier to just paint freehand.  If it's out of the lines a little, it doesn't matter.  It just shows it's homemade!  <3
Paint brushes, I used a 1 and 1 1/2" brushes.
Lids, that go on fast food drink cups.  Ask next time you are there, chances are they'll give you some.  ~smile~
Chalk, to write names on glasses
Straws, to give with the glasses.  Plain or fancy ones.
Ribbon, to tie the straw to the glass.
Clear coat, to paint over the chalkboard, if desired.

Now, get everything set up on your table, turn on some music, put your newsfeed up on facebook and paint your day away!  Very simple to do!   

Start with the primer.  Let it dry.  Paint a second coat.  
Paint chalkboard paint once the primer is dry.  Repeat once or twice more.  I painted three times. 
Paint clear coat on if desired.  
There you go!  

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Parmesan lid from a plastic container transforms your jar into a shaker!  Perfect place to keep you already grated parmesan!  

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chicken and Spinach Alfredo Bread

Chicken Spinach Alfredo Bread, is an amazing addition to many dishes, soups and salads.  Serve it by itself, and you have an appetizer that is toasty, soft and has just the right amount of melted Alfredo Spread.  When you add cooked, diced chicken and fresh spinach, you have a meal!!  Go ahead and make both for your family.  I know you will be asked to make them time again!  Best served warm.

I made this in a loaf pan.  Obviously, I went overboard, 2 cups of chicken! It just about had to be eaten on a plate with a fork.  <3 and hUgs! 

Chicken Spinach Alfredo Bread


1 loaf frozen bread dough
1/2 cup alfredo spread 
1 to 2 cups cooked chicken, diced
1/2 bag, 8 oz., fresh spinach


Thaw dough according to directions on package. Once thawed, roll into a 10" x 15" rectangle on a lightly floured counter or cutting board.  Spread the alfredo spread on the dough starting in the middle from end to end lengthwise and move outward.   Leave 1/2" on  each side.   Add spinach and top with chicken.  Moisten sides with a light dab of water and roll up tight,  lengthwise.  Move to greased cookie sheet, or loaf pan, and tuck ends under.  Bake 10-12 minutes and turn the pan around.  Cook another 10-20 minutes until browned on top and done.  Remove from pan and place on rack to cool.  Enjoy! As always, my oven cooks different than yours.   Start checking at earlier than suggested.  Please adjust time accordingly.  

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Homemade Corn Chips

Today is National Corn Chip Day! My son is always intrigued with all the food holidays there are.  ~smile~  Super easy to do and better for you than store bought.

Homemade Corn Chips

Corn Tortillas, very thin
kosher salt
olive oil cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray cookie sheet
Cut tortillas in to 6 wedges
Place on cookies sheet and spray with olive oil cooking spray.

Bake in a preheated oven for 3 minutes, check bottoms and turn over if starting to brown.  Cook an additional 3-6 minutes, depending on your oven.  
Sprinkle with salt once they come out of the oven.

I served ours with salsa that I added pineapple to.  YUM!  

To 1 cup store bought salsa, add 1/4 to 1/2 diced or chopped, pineapple.  Try adding black beans, rinsed well and whole kernel corn also.  

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Alfredo Spread and Sauce

I was looking at the newsfeed on facebook the other day and came across a recipe that Lark, of shared for her Delicious Alfredo Sauce! Oh My Stars! It looked so good! There was our supper staring at me. Using her wonderful recipe, I started cooking, changing it a little along the way.   I ended up making an Alfredo Spread as well as sauce.  I hope you like these as much as my boys and hubby did <3 and hUgs !

Alfredo Spread 

 1/2 cup margarine 
 6 oz neufchatel 
 1 1/4 cups grated parmesan cheese 
3-6 teaspoons minced garlic, I use bottled in water 
 1/2 cup milk or heavy cream, I used milk and it was great 
 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, if desired 


Melt margarine and cream cheese over medium heat. 

Add parmesan cheese, a little at the time. 

As the cheese mixture thickens, add milk, a little at the time. 

Once the cheese has melted take off heat. 
 This will make 1 1/2 cups spread. 

Alfredo Sauce

Make as above but add more milk, or heavy cream, a little at the time, to make it the consistency you like.
Serve over fettuccine that has been cooked as directed on the label.
We usually toss the pasta and sauce together and serve it family style.
Fettuccine Alfredo 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mini Lemon Pies

This recipe is super simple and you have probably made it before a time or two. For the filling I just mixed 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk with 1/2 cup lemon juice. I didn't have any lemons on hand. Isn't that in FL? ;( Put that in the fridge to set a bit.  Instead of a baked pie crust, try graham cracker crust and freeze the pie(s).  Oh, My, Gosh!  That is so Good!  I LOVE frozen Lemon Anything!!!!

Hubby bought ready made pie crust...well, actually he bought the ones in the pie pan.   I thawed it, floured the counter a little and rolled the pie crust out. I used a Wilton Valentine pan to cook the pie crust in. You can use a muffin tin and they will be super Cute!!! Cut the pie crust out a little larger than the top of the hole. Spray the pan so the crust won't stick. Fit cut pie crust in and bake for 6 minutes., depending on size, check and cook additional time, 1-2 mintues at the time, until light brown. Take out of pan and cool on a rack. My oven is older and is finicky. I always say to cook according to your oven, not mine. ;D  Add filling to pie crust. and a dollop of whipped cream or cool whip. 
Enjoy! <3 and hUgs!

Green Bean Salad

I baked a ham today.  The boys wanted sweet potatoes and green beans.  Hubby wanted a sandwich and I wanted a salad.  I love how you can use ham in so many ways and there is still plenty left for another day or two plus I'll use the bone for soup or beans.   So looking forward to that!
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Green Bean Salad

Saturday, January 21, 2012

White Chocolate Butterscotch Blonde Brownies

My boys were looking through their closet this afternoon and found an unopened Muppets DVD.  You would have thought it was Christmas the way they carried on.  They had to watch it and needed popcorn!  I started the movie, made the popcorn and thought about making brownies.  Knowing popcorn wouldn't last very long I looked on the internet.

I found out tomorrow is National Blonde Brownie Day. I have never made Blonde Brownies *Blondies*  before.  There, I said it.  I  know, it is hard to believe but true.  I have been thinking about making them for some time now but never did for some reason or another. Well, that did it!   I'm making them for my boys.  There were several recipes I looked at and used a little of this one and more of that one.  Added this and deleted that. You get the idea.   I ended up using butterscotch and white chocolate chips in them.  By the way, I found out two of my boys do not like butterscotch!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Greens and Cornbread Bites

Here is something a little different for you.  Greens and Cornbread Bites.  Yep...a true southern snack if there ever was one.  use your favorite Greens, fresh, frozen or canned.  This is a very forgiving recipe.  Adjust all ingredients to your liking.  Hope you enjoy these..

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