Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Chocolate Chip & Butterscotch Cookie Bar

Ok, I forgot to take the picture after we baked this cookie. It was very good and is now all gone. This cookie bar is something I make for my dad. He likes the butterscotch and chocolate chip combination. I planned to give some to him for Father's Day, but the girls decided they liked it enough, that we just ate it.

Basically I follow the recipe for cookies found on the package, but instead of adding the whole bag of chocolate chips, I just ad half and then use half a bag of butterscotch chips. Then instead of making them into cookies, I just make a bar cookie. It is a nice change to regular chocolate chip cookies.

Maybe I will make this again sometime and actually take an after picture and share it with my dad!

Homemade Doggie Treats

One of the things the girls & I wanted to do this summer was to make our dog some homemade treats. We looked at a lot of recipes, but ultimately decided on THIS RECIPE. It was simple to make and we had everything we needed.

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup peanut butter (we used smooth)
  • 1 cup milk
  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Combine flour and baking powder.
  • In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk, then add to dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead.
  • Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick & use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
Our dog loved this treats! We will be making them again for her sometime.

Carrot Zucchini Cake

I found this recipe in with my mom's recipes a while back. We made it our own, but another version can be found HERE.

Here is how we make it:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1.33 cups vegetable oil
  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 2 cups finely shredded zucchini
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar.
Gradually beat in oil.
Combine dry ingredients and add to batter.
Beat 4 minutes.
Stir in carrots and zucchini.
Pour batter into jelly roll pan.
Bake until cake springs back when touched.
Cool completely.

Sprinkle top with powdered sugar if desired.

Hashbrown Casserole

We finally took picture of us making one of my favorite casseroles. I blogged about it a while back HERE. Cassidy is a very good helper and is willing to help her mama with anything. So here is the recipe again:

-1 can cream of chicken soup
-2 cups cheddar cheese
-1 stick (1/2 cup) melted butter
-1 bag (2 lb) frozen shredded hash browns
-salt, pepper, onion to taste

Combine all ingredient except the hash browns. Then gently fold the hash browns into the mixture and pour into a 9x13 greased pan. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes, until top is browned.

Clean & Organized Cabinet

I am sure most of you have an unorganized cabinet in your kitchen. If you don't, I am impressed! Anyway, I recently decided to work on cleaning up my most unorganized cabinet. I forgot to take a before picture, but you can just use your imagination. It was so full, things would be about to fall out if you opened the cabinet. This was my tupperware (or plastic storage, because not much is actually tupperware) cabinet. It got so bad, I didn't use anything out of that cabinet unless I had to, I would rather put everything in baggies. I had enough! Lowes had a stainless steel cabinet organizer that I purchased. I would love to have these in all my cabinets, but they are a bit pricey. They are however worth it. As you can see, I now have a clean and organized cabinet. I LOVE it. I am able to find anything I need. Now, I just have to keep it looking like this! :)

Crockpot Cavatini

Not long ago, I was looking for a new recipe for the crock pot when I came across this recipe for Crockpot Cavatini found HERE.

I adapted it to meet our needs & the food we had stocked in our pantry. Here is how I made it:

2 c. pasta (any kind of noodle type pasta)
1 lb. deer burger
Pepperoni (from Pizza Pro)
1 jar (32 oz.) spaghetti sauce
2 c. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 c. Cheddar cheese, shredded

Cook macaroni and drain.
Brown burger and drain. Add the spaghetti sauce and mix together.

In a medium to large crockpot, layer 1/2 macaroni, 1/2 sauce mixture, 1/2 pepperoni, 1/2 cheese. Continue in layers until all is used ending with cheese on the top.
Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.
I used this garden delight pasta to add some extra veggies.

Here is a picture everything in the crock pot ready to cook. I didn't take an after picture, but the cheese is melted and it is yummy!