Recipes For My Boys

Monday, December 26, 2011

Our Christmas and Mini Chocolate Pies!

We had a Beautiful and Blessed Christmas this year.  We shared the meaning of Christmas, as well as Santa.  The boys had an abundance of as well as meaning.

The boys youngest sister, which is older than they are...and me for that matter, ~smile~ ,  spent the afternoon with us on Saturday!  It was so much fun for them, and us!!!!  Opening their presents and playing with them was all they could have ever hoped for. 

Christmas morn was especially good for the boys, which I am thankful for.   (I was awake for almost two days and very tired)  We are Blessed to be able to share with them about the day, and also gifts thrown in from us that Santa overlooked getting. 

The afternoon was filled with fun from the boy's oldest sister and brother in law...yep, my boys have 50+ year old sister(s) and 59 year old Son-IL.  ~smiles~  What a fun time for all! 

Continued fun today, when they were able to spend gift cards they received from their Aunt Di Di.  My sister that will not speak to me but will send gift cards to my boys. The boys bought great gifts with them and are still playing with them.  I am thinking gift cards next year, with shopping December 26, is the way to go!!!!! 

We have shared with our boys the gift of giving to those that may not have a great Holiday.  That may not have presents.  That may not have a supper, or food whenever hungry, to eat. 

We had a Beautiful Christmas and hope you did also.  It's all about Love, Family, Sharing and Giving from the Heart and not the Wallet.  Showing the Love that Blossoms from deep within and grows as it is shared in the smallest of ways, to become a Bouquet of Beauty!

Blessing's to You All!  Friends are a Blessing and you are Ours!

(I know I have imperfections when posting..that's just me and the way it is.  I'm normally interrupted  ten thousand times by little boys and I Sooo Love It!!!!!)

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Mini Chocolate Pies

6"  flour tortillas
chocolate pudding made as directed on box for pie
whipped cream made as directed or cool whip
bananas, strawberries, chocolate chips....or other ingredients ....optional

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Fit tortillas in pan, or can...Using a large tuna fish or chicken can.  Heat until formed when taken from pan/can without being too flimsy.  
Cool shell. Do not over cook!
Add chocolate pudding.

Add banana slices, or other yummies, here if desired. 

Top with whipped cream or cool whip.
Enjoy!  <3 and Hugs!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Turtles...The Easy Way

YUM!!!  The boys and I have so much fun especially during the holidays!  Making and baking are one of our favorite things to do.  This is such a simple, yet delicious and fun treat!  (sorry about the photos..I can't crop them for some reason)

Turtles..The Easy Way

Square pretzels
Pecans or whatever nuts you have available.  Whole, half or doesn't matter!

Place pretzels on a cookie sheet
Top with rolos
Heat in a preheated 350 degree oven for 2-4 minutes.
Take out of oven as soon as candy can be pushed down.  Check after one minute and then keep a close tab on them.
As always, my oven cooks different than yours..adjust times accordingly!

Notice the rounded cheeks...They ate most of the rolos!  <3 and hUGs!

Simple Gourmet Marshmallows

Oh, I found the best marshmallows to work with!  I went to the store to buy unflavored gelatin so I could make peppermint marshmallows for My Boys.  And what to my wondering eyes should appear..StackerMallows!  Oh My Gosh!  I wish I had of bought all they had!  Below are some we fixed today.  Use whatever you wish to make your Gourmet Marshmallows!

 Chocolate with Crushed Soft Peppermint Candy

 Covered with Chocolate and Coconut
Are you thinking .... Mounds?

 Drizzled with Chocolate

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sausage Cheese Balls

If you have ever been in the south during the winter holidays, I know you have eaten these!  We always called them just "Sausage Balls"  but there is a lot of cheese in them so...Sausage Cheese Balls they are!  I can remember these from way back when.  Seems there were always on the table of snacks when there were get togethers at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  I don't know why they were never fixed in the warmer months of the year.  Something I will have to find out!  Easy to make, Yummy to Eat!   ~smiles~

Sausage Cheese Balls
I made 49 from this recipe.  Mine aren't always the same size for some reason. 

3 cups biscuit mix
1 lb bulk sausage
1-2 lb cheddar cheese 3-4 cups shredded..I used cut up chunks I had and got 3 cups

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray cookie sheets (2)

Toss everything with a fork,  

Mix with hands.  

Shape into walnut size balls. Bake on greased cookie sheets (2) for 15-20 minutes @ 350 degrees.  

 Halfway through,  lift sausage balls up with spatula so they won't stick and turn pan around.  As always, My oven cooks different than yours.  Please adjust time accordingly.
Place a paper towels to absorb grease from the bottom.  Remove from paper towels, place on serving plate and serve with spicy or honey mustard.  

Christmas Ornament/Tags

This is really fun to do with your children.  The boys and I really had a Great time!  From rolling and cutting to turning and decorating!  Enlist the help of your little elves and have a fun afternoon together!

Christmas Ornaments/Tags

1 cup applesauce
1 cup ground cinnamon...I bought mine at Walmart for 50 cents.  Buy a couple jars
1/4 cup glue...optional, I just spread a little glue on the back instead
parchment paper
cookie sheets

Mix applesauce, cinnamon and glue (if using) together.  I made mine the night before and put in the refrigerator.  

When ready to roll, sprinkle a little cinnamon on the counter/workplace and rolling pin then roll to 1/4".  You don't want it too thin.  One twin had a great time rolling out the dough! ~smiles~

Cut out in desired shapes and put on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.  Place in a 200 degree oven, turning every 15 minutes, until dry or almost dry and let them finish drying on the counter.  You can also leave them out for a couple of days instead of drying them in the oven, turning every few hours or so, until dry. 
Give your little elves paint, glue, glitter or glitter glue to decorate.  

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Oven Baked Fall Off The Bone Baked Spare Ribs

We LOVE Spare Ribs!!!  They are super easy to make in the oven and fall off the bone delicious!  I found spice grinders on sale and love using them.  A couple of different blends work together to make perfect ribs on your plate!  Hope you'll make some soon.  Your family will thank you!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chocolate Covered Peppermint Candy

An easy way to make your family and friends happy!  Cover soft peppermint candy in chocolate...YUM!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Reindeer

Here is another cute craft to make with/for your children.  It is a little hard for the young ones.  I've made this one for years also.  Please forgive the fuzzy pictures...I guess I needed more coffee!  <3 and hugs!

What you need to make your Christmas Reindeer...

4 fuzzy sticks
2 seed beads
1/2 of a tiny pom pom

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Christmas Reindeer <3 and hugs!

 Make a clover shape with the nose part being elongated

 Make a few coils behind the face, leaving a straight piece

Wrap a fuzzy stick around a pencil, leaving a piece for the neck to connect and also to make a tail

Head and Body
Slide the pieces together and twist to secure
Twist end to make the tail

 Fold another piece halve and cut for the legs.

 Fold the halves in half to make legs.  Fold the ends under, or make a loop, to make feet.

 Fold over a small piece and cut to make a V for the antlers 
Twist around neck once to secure.
Cut 2 smaller pieces to make the branches of the antlers.
Twisting to secure to antlers.

Glue on the eye and nose.  <3 and Hugs!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Candy Cane Mice

So cute for the little ones to make and receive!  I have been making these for years with my oldest and now with the twins.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Little Bitty Penguins

These are soooo Cute! They are difficult for small hands but they love to receive them. I am not the best at giving directions so please bear with me.
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Little Bitty Penguin

What you will need....

Seed beads or little bitty eyeballs
black, white and orange fuzzy sticks, 12"
glue...I used my low temp glue gun

 Fold orange fuzzy stick in fourths
 Fold in half and then fold pointy ends under (don't want any sharp ends)
Bend top to make a small beak

 Wrap black fuzzy stick around a fat pen or marker
Use 1/2 of a stick for really small ones
These are hard to put eyes one
Some I do, Some I don't : )
 Fit over orange piece and put nose two or three rings down from top
 Take an 8th of a piece of a black stick 
Push through under beak
Fold under the side you pushed through to make a wing
Cut other side to match when folded under
See? ;D 
 Take a white stick, make a small hook and put under the beak
Guesstamate how much you need by holding the stick down
Cut to fit with enough left to fold under the bottom of the penguin
 See?  ;D
Glue Seed Beads or Little Tiny Eyes (I couldn't find any)

There may be some sharp edges left.  Use your own discretion who you give these to. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cheesy Fudge

Who isn't intrigued about a fudge recipe made with Cheese!  Not just any cheese but processed Cheese...Preferably Velveeta. 

The recipe I have uses 3/4 lb of cheese.  I did but it think next time I will use 1/2 lb.  The fat content leaves a little moister in the fudge.  There were other circumstances that could have contributed to it.  Like Wade spilling a bottle of water on the coffee table that had one of a kind pictures under the glass...that leaks, just as the mixture is heating up on the stop. Needless to say, it was forgotten about and did get a little, um...stuck.  ~smile~

I think it turned out okay..although a little moist...I didn't use all the sugar since I didn't use all the mixture.  Also because I used bittersweet instead of unsweetened chocolate.
Cheesy Fudge

  • 1/2  pound Velveeta cheese, cubed

  • 1 cup butter, 2 sticks

  • 6 oz unsweetened chocolate, all I had was bittersweet so that is what I used one bag.  You may need to adjust sugar if you use bittersweet, as it is 40% sugar.

  • 1 cup chopped nuts,  I used walnuts, optional

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs confectioners sugar.

  • Line 8x8 pan with foil and spray with oil. I used a 9x13 and it was thin.  
  • Heat cheese, butter and chocolate in saucepan until just melted.  Stirring until smooth. 
    Take off heat and Add vanilla.  Add Nuts also if using.
    Beat in confectioner's sugar a little at the time, with mixer.
    It should be stiff, if not..add more sugar.
    Pour in pan and smooth.
    Keep in refrigerator until set. 
    I drizzled melted white chocolate on top.  Use whatever you have to give it a little something.  

    Tuesday, December 6, 2011

    Chocolate Covered Chocolate Cherry Cookies

    I found a lot of old recipes I had forgotten about last week and hope to share them with you very soon!  This is a twist on a cookie one.  The cherry is supposed to be pushed in the  cookie dough some of it still shows and you cover it with chocolate.  I hid the cherry in my cookie.  The boys love it...hope you do too!  <3 and hUgs!
    Chocolate Cherry Cookies

    1 1/2 to 2 cups all purpose flour
    1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
    1/4 tsp baking soda 
    1/4 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/4 cup margarine (half a stick), room temp
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 egg
    1 1/2 to 2 tsp vanilla extract
    1 10 oz jar small maraschino cherries
    semi sweet chocolate, either chips or baking squares

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees

    Stir dry ingredients and set aside.  
    Beat margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.  
    Beat in egg and vanilla.  
    Beat in flour mixture a little at the time.  
    It should be  a stiff dough, add more flour or cocoa, if you need to.  
    Put in fridge to chill a bit.

    Drain cherries, reserve liquid if you wish for a later use, and make certain they are dry.

    Take cookie dough out of fridge.  
    Put a light coating of oil on hands, or spray them, make a small ball...flatten with palm.  
    Put cherry in middle of dough, fold over to seal.  
    Roll into a ball and put on an ungreased cookie sheet.  
    Bake for 8-10 minutes.  As always, my oven cooks different than yours.  Adjust time accordingly.  

    Cool on rack.  While cooling...melt chocolate 2 squares or half cup at the time according to directions.   
    Dip  cookies in or drizzle over.
     ENJOY!!!!  <3 and hUgs!

    Sunday, December 4, 2011

    Chocolate Candy Cane Fudge

    My boys love this!  Really easy to make...I'm all for shortcuts anyway I can get them.  ~smiles~

    Enjoy!  <3 and Hugs!

    Chocolate Candy Cane Fudge

    1 bag mini chocolate chips
    1 can chocolate frosting
    1/3 to 1/2 cup peppermint candy canes, crushed fine 8-10 small
    4 small candy canes....crushed in little pieces for topping

    Crush peppermint candy canes.

    Line an 8x8 pan with foil, overlapping sides, and spray lightly.

    Melt mini chocolate chips in microwave...I did this for 40 seconds, stirred and again for another 13 seconds.  Stirred until melted. Adjust time to the way your microwave cooks, being careful not to over cook.  

    Open can of frosting and put in microwave for 10 seconds.  Add to chocolate chips.  Stir.

    Add finely crushed candy canes to chocolate mixture and stir to incorporate.

    Immediately pour in pan.  Top with larger pieces of candy canes.
    Put in refrigerator for about 2 hours, or until set.

    Take out and cut into pieces.  Makes 64 bite size or 48 larger pieces.

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