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Earth Day Sugar Cookies

EarthCookie

This recipe uses Big Birds Sugar Cookie dough recipe, im sure few remember this recipe but my moms been using it for many years.

Ingredients:
3/4 Cups softened butter
1 Cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt (optional)

Directions:

1. In large bowl beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs to mixture one at a time and beat well after each addition.  Add vanilla to mixture and beat well.

2. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. Add dry mixture to butter mixture add a little at a time, mixing well after each addition.

4. Chill dough for at least one hour.

5. Roll out dough on a floured surface and use cutters to cut into shapes.

6. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool on sheet for 8 minutes, move to wire racks to cool completely.

To decorate just use pre-made fluffy white frosting. Divide into two batches, add blue to one and green to the other. The kids can make small Earths’s for earth day.

 

Other articles you might like:
Celebrate Earth Day

Playdough Recipes for Kids has an earth friendly dough recipe

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National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

ChocolateRaisins

Very few people know that today is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day. How this  started and why is beyond me but I don’t mind, it happens to be one of my favorite snacks. They say that chocolate comes from cocoa beans which is vegetable and raisins are a fruit. Your supposed to eat fruits and vegetables every day right. how about trying to make these yourself.

Chocolate Covered Raisins Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chocolate chopped
1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup plump moist raisins

Directions.

1. Prepare baking sheet by lining with waxed paper.

2. Place shopped chocolate and oil into microwave safe bowl. Microwave stirring every 30 seconds until melted.

3. Once chocolate is smooth, and raisins and stir until well coated with chocolate. It will be a thin coat on each raisin.

4. Scrape chocolate covered raisins onto prepared sheet and separate them so they aren’t in huge clumps.

5. Place in fridge for about 15 minutes then break apart any clump. Store in tightly covered container in fridge up to a week. Enjoy!!

*For thicker chocolate layer dip  again after fridge.

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Mardi Gras Recipe

MardiGras

Usually for Mardi Gras I make chicken gumbo. This year I thought I would try out another classic dish.

Crab and Shrimp Étouffée Recipe

Ingredients:
2 pounds unpeeled, medium-size raw shrimp
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped celery
3 garlic cloves
1 (14-oz.) can chicken broth
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon low-sodium Creole seasoning
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1 (16-oz.) container fresh crabmeat, drained and flaked
5 cups hot cooked long-grain rice
Garnish: chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions:
1. Peel shrimp; de-vein, if desired.
2. Melt butter with oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat; stir in flour, and cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until caramel colored. Add chopped onion, green pepper, and celery; cook, stirring constantly, 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add minced garlic, and sauté 1 minute.
3. Stir in chicken broth, white wine, and next 6 ingredients, and cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Add shrimp. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
4. Stir in crab meat; cook, stirring often, until thoroughly heated.
5. Spoon shrimp mixture into individual serving bowls. Spoon hot cooked rice on top of shrimp mixture. Garnish, if desired.

*2 (16-oz.) packages frozen unpeeled, raw shrimp, thawed according to package directions, may be substituted.

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Raspberry Swirl Rolls Recipe

Raspberry Swirl Rolls

Raspberry Swirl Rolls

I cheat on these and use my bread machine to make the bread dough. I love making these for special brunches.

Dough Ingredients:
1/2 cup warm milk
1/3 cup white sugar
3/4 tablespoons active dry yeast or 1 package
1/2 stick room temp butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 cups flour

Filling:
3/4 cup frozen raspberries
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1.5 tablespoons melted butter
1.5 tablespoons milk

1. Place all dough ingredients in bread machine according to manufacturer instructions and use dough setting.

2. Remove dough from bread machine onto lightly floured surface. Pat dough into 12 inch by 5 inch rectangle.

Filling:  In small bowl gently mix together raspberries, sugar and cornstarch to combine. Sprinkle mixture over dough. Roll into long 12 inch log pinching edge to seal. Using sharp knife slice log into 8 equal slices. Place slices outside up into greased 9 inch round cake pan. Spoon extra raspberry mixture over rolls. Cover pan and let rise in warm place until doubled about 1 – 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Uncover rolls and bake until golden brown about 25 – 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 30 minutes in pan.

Glaze:  Whisk together powdered sugar, butter and milk until smooth. Pour over warm rolls and spread out evenly with spatula. serve rolls warm or room temperature.

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Valentine Party Snack Mix Recipe

Party Snack Mix

School Valentine Day Parties are coming up quick, and this snack mix is super easy to make. We promise the kids will love this recipe. You might even want to make a batch for home.

2 cups M&M’s
1 cup dry roasted peanuts (im a sucker for Planters)
1 1/2 cups Valentine candy corn
2 bags of lightly salted popped microwave popcorn
24 ounces of vanilla Almond bark

Place popped popcorn into the largest bowl you have, pour in M&M’s, peanuts and candy corn.
Break up almond bark and melt according to package directions. Pour over popcorn mixture and stir until evenly coasted. Spread it out onto waxed paper or foil. Let sit until dry and break into small clumps.

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Nutella French Toast with Strawberries

Nutella French Toast

It’s a family tradition to have a special Valentines day breakfast. Now that breakfast is built into my girls school day, they wont be home on February 14, so we will have to do this the weekend closest to it. The girls and even my hubby will LOVE the chocolate strawberry combination.

2.5 – 3 cups sliced strawberries
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
Bread
Nutella
3 eggs
1 cup milk
3 Tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Powder sugar for serving

1. Combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in bowl. Set aside.

2. Spread Nutella over 2 slices of bread, and join like a sandwich. Heat non stick skillet o use non stick spray  in skillet over medium heat.

3. In shallow dish whisk together milk, eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Dip each sandwich into egg mixture, flipping over 2 times to evenly coat both sides. Add to hot skillet being careful not to crowd the others. Cook for about 2 minutes per side until golden brown.

4. Transfer to a plate, dust with powder sugar, and strawberries. Enjoy.

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Creamy Yogurt Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Yogurt-Mac-Cheese

My almost 6 year old daughter loves Mac and Cheese. I don’t like that they add yellow dye to it to make it brighter colored. Yellow dye has been liked to hyper activity and my ADHD, SPD daughter  is wild enough. Here’s an easy peasy recipe for kids that like this food group and its dye free.

Ingredients:
2 cups elbow, or shell pasta
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 cups washed and dried fresh spinach
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)

Follow cooking directions for pasta. Drain saving 1/2 cup of pasta water to add back to pan. Return pasta and add spinach to pan. Stir in cheese until melted, then add yogurt, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne (optional) until creamy smooth. Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy.

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Parmesan Chicken Strips

Parmesan Garlic Chicken Strips

Parmesan Chicken Strips

Easy-peasy way to get great tasting chicken. Love serving this with warmed up marinara sauce.

Ingredients:
1 (1 ounce) envelope Italian salad dressing mix
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 chicken breasts, cut into strips

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix the first 4 ingredients.
2. Moisten chicken by rinsing with water.
3. Add chicken to bowl and toss to coat well.
4. Place chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet.
5. Bake 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees or until chicken is cooked and juices run clear.
6. Serve with marinara sauce, ranch, or your favorite dipping sauce!

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels

chocolate christmas pretzels

These make for a super fast and easy gift idea for family and friends.

Ingredients:
Melting Chocolate wafers brown or white
pretzel rods (we love Rolled Gold Honey Wheat)
Red, Green, and White melting wafers
Christmas sprinkles
plastic pastry bag

Instructions:
1.Melt Chocolate in microwave bowl according to package instructions.
2. Dip pretzel rods halfway in chocolate.
3. If using sprinkles, be sure to use within  first 3 minutes before chocolate drys.
4. Melt colored wafers according to directions.
5. Fill pastry bag with melted wafers, drizzle lines onto rods from side to side.

Let dry completely, enjoy.

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Leftover Turkey Sandwich with Moist Maker

Thanksgiving Sandwich

The TV show “Friends” hasn’t been on in several years. But once a year around Thanksgiving I remember the episode about the sandwich with the moist maker. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of3b4ZzJJuk

Turns out that sandwich is a real thing and I look forward to trying it this year. Finally!!

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich with MOIST MAKER

Caution only makes 1 sandwich

Ingredients:
3 slices of bread (your choice)
light mayonnaise
sliced roasted turkey breast
stuffing (we like Cheryls Stuffing)
cranberry sauce
green leaf lettuce
tomato slices
gravy

Directions:
1. Spread mayonnaise onto two slices of bread. Dip remaining slice of bread into gravy and set aside.
2. Build sandwich however you like placing the gravy soaked bread in the center and enjoy.

STUFFING:

I had never had real homemade stuffing until I got married and my mother in law made it one Thanksgiving. Now that I know what it can taste like I can never go back to the boxed kind. I have been ruined for life.

Cheryl’s Turkey Stuffing Recipe

1 loaf of day old French bread cut into cubes
1 cup toasted walnuts
2 cups of each chopped onion and celery
6 tablespoons butter
1 chopped peeled and cored green apple
3/4 cup raisins
5-10 chopped green olives
1-2 cups turkey stock (can use chicken)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Melt 3 Tbsp of butter in large saute pan on medium heat. Add bread cubes and stir to coat the piece with butter. Toast them until a little browned on a side. TIP the bread has to be dried out before starting or you get mushy stuffing.

2. In large Dutch oven saute onions and celery with remaining 3 Tbsp on butter until cooked through. Add bread and toasted walnuts. Add apple, raisins, olives, parsley. Add enough stock to keep stuffing moist while it cooks.  Add poultry seasoning and salt and pepper.

Cover. Turn heat to low. Cook an hour until the apples are cooked through. Check every 10 minutes and add stock as needed while cooking to keep from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Feeds 8 – 10

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