Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Homemade Twix

How is it that I have NOT posted these heavenly little morsels? I got this recipe several years ago from my cute friend Stephanie! Wow! These are one of my favorite treats, they are really easy just require multiple steps. Don't let that deter you, the rave reviews you get will be worth it! I made these little beauties to take Visiting Teaching and I hope they enjoyed them as much as I did! Of course they are not EXACTLY like a Twix, but you get the idea. :)

(image from here)
Step 1)      Cookie Bottom:
1 C. butter
2 C. flour
     ½ C. Sugar
 **Cut together.  Press into a Pammed 9 X 13 pan.  Bake at 350° for 20 minutes

Step 2)      Caramel Center:
1 C. butter
1 C. brown sugar
4 T. corn syrup
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
**Put ingredients in sauce pan.  Bring to a boil, stir constantly with a whisk.  Boil exactly 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, wait 5 minutes, pour on crust.

3)      Chocolate Top:
1-2 bags Milk Chocolate Chips
1 tsp. vegetable oil
**Melt together in a saucepan and pour over top.

Cool completely (I stick them in the fridge) before cutting.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Buttermilk Syrup

This is the perfect addition to the Pancake and Waffle recipe I posted.  My kids would practically drink it!  Give it a try tomorrow morning.

Buttermilk Syrup
1 1/2 C. sugar
3/4 C. buttermilk
1/2 C. butter
2 T. corn syrup
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla extract

 In a saucepan combine sugar, buttermilk, butter, corn syrup, and soda.  Bring to a boil and cook 7 minutes.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Pour over warm waffles, pancakes, french toast, or even vanilla ice cream!!  Yum!  *NOTE* Be sure and use a large pan as this bubbles and foams A LOT!! 

Pancakes or Waffles from Scratch

Pancakes and Waffles
2 C. flour
2 C. milk
2 eggs, seperated
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 T. oil

Combine dry ingredients then add milk, egg yolks, and oil.  Whip egg whites until soft peaks form, fold into batter.  Pour onto hot griddle and cook until golden brown.  Eat with butter and warm syrup.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Beefy One Pot Dinner

This is the slacker sister here! I have been doing some good cooking and am ready to share some new recipes with you so I hope you're excited! You are? Great! This is one that I dug out of a magazine I had been saving since 2007. Wow! I really do save way too much junk. Anywho. It's quick. It's easy. It's quick and easy! My favorite kind of dinner. And it's good to boot. So here we go.

(Photo found here)

Beefy One-Pot Dinner

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 Yukon gold potato (about 6 oz.), finely chopped
1 cup water
1 can (14 oz.) baked beans
1/2 cup KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Brown meat in large nonstick skillet; drain. Add next 3 ingredients; cook 5 min., stirring occasionally. Stir in water; cover. Simmer on medium-low heat 10 min. or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add beans and barbecue sauce; mix well. Cook 5 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Top with cheese.

That's it! We had a garden salad and called it a meal. You really should try it when you need something fast. I promise you'll like it.

Monday, January 9, 2012

ham & cheese sliders

oh man. the holidays brought some good food. i found this recipe on pinterest, and an appetizer party at my in-laws' was the perfect place to take them. yu-um. even the next day, after a little re-heating in the oven, they were delish. we ate them as an appetizer, but eat a few with some salad and you'd have a meal. i will probably be making these for dinner soon. my husband was a serious fan!

the recipe came from this blog 

12 dinner rolls (i used the costco ones from the bakery)
12 slices ham
12 slices provolone cheese

i cube butter-melted
1 tbsp. poppy seeds
1.5 tbsp. mustard
1 tbsp. minced onion

make sandwiches and place in a baking dish. mix together sauce ingredients, pour over sandwiches, and bake at 350* for 15ish minutes. serve warm.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Don't even try to tell me this isn't the most genius idea for a BLTA (aka blita) you've ever seen! Once again, thank you Pinterest! 

(Idea and picture from here)

Take 3 strips of bacon and cut them in half. Lay 3 half strips on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil and weave the other 3 through them. Bake on 415 for 20-25 minutes (depending on how crispy you like your bacon). Pile on bread with lettuce, tomato, and avocado and enjoy!!