Thursday, January 28, 2010

Kiddo Bagel Bites

My mother use to make these when I was little. Oh. How. Incredible. It was a favorite for my brother, sisters and I. We would devour these Lil things in no time.
I knew it would be a favorite for my girls too.
I called my mom for the recipe and she could not recall it.
I called my grandmother and she could not recall the recipe.
I had to improvise!
It was still a hit with the kiddos!!!

Bagel Bits

Bag of mini bagels
Jar of Old English Cheese (Found where the bagged shredded cheese is)
2 TB Mayo
Parm. Cheese

1. Mix the English Cheese and the Mayo until well combined.
2. Cut the peperoni into small triangles.
3. Cut the bagels in half and the cheese mixture sprinkle with the peperoni and then the parm cheese.
4. Bake on 350 for about 15 minutes until browned.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

I saw this in the Food Network Mag and knew right away I had to make it! First of all, I absolutely love red velvet. It is a favorite. Plus, I wanted to give it a whirl before I made them on Valentines Day. They are perfect to celebrate Valentines Day with!!!!

1 oz.semisweet chocolate chopped
1/2 oz. milk chocolate chopped
12 TB of unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cp. sour cream
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 TB red food coloring
2 1/4 cps. AP flour
1 cp. sugar
1/4 cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

1. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, soda and salt and set aside.
2. Melt the butter and then add the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted. Add the sour cream, eggs, vinegar, vanilla, and food coloring. Stir to combine.
3 Add the flour mixture 1 cp. at a time to the wet mixture until all is combined.
4. On a greased baking sheet add 1 heaping TB of the batter per cookie and smooth with a finger.
5. Bake on 375 for 8 to 10 minutes.

8 oz. of soft cream cheese
3 TB of butter, soft
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cp. powdered sugar

1. Cream the butter and cream cheese together. Add the vanilla and mix. Add the powdered sugar until combined and thick.

Once the cookies are cool add a heaping tablespoon of the icing into each cookie and then put another cookie on top. Put the finished cookies in the fridge for 30 minutes for them to set up!!!

My girls loved them. They are a perfect Valentine and everyday dessert!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Easy Breakfast Braid

Breakfast is my Father-in-Laws favorite meal. When I recieved my new issue of cooking light with some amazing breakfast recipes. I could not wait to give them a try! Yesterday I tried the breakfast braid with a few changes. It was great! The kids loved it too. Did I mention it is quick? Yep, It took about 25 min to 30 min!

I can't wait to get home to the hubs and make him some breakfas. I will be home in a week and a half. I can't wait. It has been 4 wks since I have seen my husband. That is way to long!!!! But I am coming home to a new place. The place has a huge fenced in backyard where I can grow a massive garden!!! Yippee!!! In Florida I could start planting next month!!!!


Breakfast Braid

1 (13.8 oz) can Refridgerated pizza crust dough
cooking spray
1 TB olive oil
1/4 cp. chopped onion
4 oz. sausage
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cp. monterary jack cheese
1/4 cp. cheddar cheese
(It calls for jalapeno, but my MIL can't eat spicy)
1 lg. egg white

1. Lay out the dough on a cooking sheet. Spray both sides. Roll out to about 15x10 in.
2. Preheat oven at 425
3. Brown the onions and sausage in the olive oil. When the sausage is browned then add the eggs.
4. Sprinkle the cheese down the center of the braid. Top with the Egg mixture. Add the cheddar cheese on top. (If using jalapenos then add to the top of the cheese.)
5 . Cut diagonal slits in the dough on each side about 2 in apart then criss cross them.
6. Brush with the egg whites.
7. Bake for 15 min. Let sit for 5 min. then slice the braid.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fallen Angel Food Cake

Last weekend was a very eventful weekend. My baby turned 2! :(( Why is it that time speeds by and leaving mothers in the wake? Why can't a mother say, "Time is so slow. It feels like my baby has been one forever!" I mean come on! We carried them for 10 months!! It seemed like eternity that I was the size of a small house!

Not to mention, my oldest turns five in Feb! Wow...TIME FLYING AWAY!!! *Tear*
Here is my Bailey during her second birthday, my little angel!

Speaking of Angels....How about some homemade angel food cake?
I made Angel Food cake for my Father-in-Law and my kiddos. My kids would eat the entire cake if I let them.
I have a very funny story with the cake. I made the cake and went downstairs to play with my babies. My mother-in-law took it out of the oven while I was downstairs and flipped it over. Well, it collapsed. It was not ready to be out of the oven so it smacked the counter into a gooey sloppy mess.

SOOO...24 eggs later I made a second cake. It was worth the extra time.

My Angel Food Cake

12 egg whites
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
pinch of salt
1 cp. flour
1 1/4 cp. powdered sugar
1 cp. sugar

1. Let the egg whites sit at room temperature. While you are doing this you can sift together the powdered sugar and flour and set aside.

2. Put the egg whites in the mixer with the whisk setting and whisk on high. Add the cream of tartar, salt and vanilla. Make sure it is really thick. Begin to add one tablespoon at a time of the sugar to the egg whites. When the entire sugar is gone remove the bowl. Add a few tablespoons at a time of the flour mixture and fold into the egg whites.

3. Bake on 350 for 45 minutes until it is not sticky at touch. Do not spray the pan and make sure you flip it as soon as it comes out of the oven for an hour so it does not fall.
4. THEN EAT!!!!!

And for the kiddos I topped with whip cream and sprinkles! :)))

Enjoy while I watch my kids continue to grow. *Tear*

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cold in Michigan French Onion Soup

I am use to it being 70 degrees in the winter. My body is not use to being in 19 degree weather! It makes me want to be in the warm kitchen all day long. Ha! It at least makes me want to make large pots of soup for every meal of everyday with warm homemade bread. Drool. We live in FL. My kiddos never see snow. After the first big snow storm in MI. It left 6-7 in of snow and my in-laws woke up and took my kids sledding. I stayed in the kitchen to make hot chocolate and french onion soup. My youngest was outside for the total of 15 minutes. She went down the hill once and tumbled of the sled and slid to a stop with her beautiful face. YIKES!

My oldest was out sledding much longer. She has been out for at least a hour each day. She loves it! My youngest calls the snow ice! So funny! She does not hesitate to scream her dislike of the "ice".

Anyway, here is the yummy French Onion Soup I made for my in-laws. It was perfect for when they came out of the cold winter day of sledding

My French Onion Soup

-3-4 Medium sized Red Onions
-3-4 Medium sized Yellow Sweet Onions
-6 TB Butter

Melt the butter and then saute the onions until golden brown and yummy. If you need to add more butter...PLEASE do so!

-1-2 tsp. thyme
-1 tsp. salt
-1 tsp. pepper

Add to the sauteed onions.

-8 cps. of beef broth

Add the beef broth and let simmer!

You will need:

-Sliced baguettes
-Provolone Cheese

Top each bowl of soup with sliced baguettes and then top with cheese. Put each oven proof bowls in the oven on broil. When they are crispy and turning brown remove them and serve on a plate!

Yummy! Now, eat this entire bowl of delish and go back out for sledding for a few hours or you can take a long nap with a warm cozy blanket!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Twice Baked Potatoes for Papa

As I mentioned before, I am staying with my in-laws until my husband has us moved. My father-in-law mentioned one of his favorites is twice baked potatoes....I HAD TO MAKE THEM FOR HIM!

Twice Baked Potatoes
found on

4 very large russet potatoes
1 cp. sour cream
1/2 cp. milk
1.2 tsp. salt and pepper
8 slices of bacon, cooked
1 cp. cheddar cheese
4 tb butter
1. Bake the potatoes on 350 for a hour.
2. Remove. Slice in half and remove the pulp carefully. Add the pulp to a bowl. Add the sour cream, butter, milk, salt, pepper and half of the cheddar and bacon.
3. Top each with the remaining half of the bacon and cheese.
4. Bake on 400 for 10-15 min.

These are so so good. They are not the best for you, but they are worth the extra exercise every once in awhile.