Monthly Archives January 2012

Grilled Caesar Salad


2 Romaine Lettuce heads

Caesar Dressing – We used Trader Joe’s Romano Caesar Dressing

Parmesan Cheese, shredded

Salt & Pepper to taste


Lay out a piece of foil.

Rinse lettuce and pat dry.

Cut romaine lettuce head in half. 2 heads will create 4 halves.

Brush on caesar dressing on both sides of lettuce, add salt, pepper, and cheese.

On a BBQ Grill on medium heat, lay the foil with let...

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Kickasserole Casserole Dish

Get your own personalized Kickasserole Dish:

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Mac & Cheese Casserole


·         15 ounces penne pasta or farfalle pasta noodles
·         Cheese Sauce below (recipe follows)
·         2 ounces (1/2 cup) cheddar cheese, grated
·         2 ounces (1/2 cup) Jack cheese or gruyere cheese), grated
·         ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder or ancho chili powder
Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
Cook the penne 2 minutes less than package direc...
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Bloomin’ Bacon Cheddar Bread

Two versions. To add bacon or not to add bacon…

1 unsliced loaf of sourdough bread – (round is preferable)

6-8 oz. cheddar cheese or sharp cheddar cheese thinly sliced

6-8 oz. Jalapeno Cheese – I use a Lactose free from Trader Joe’s

3 oz. bag Oscar Mayer Real Bacon bits or Jar of Hormel Real Bacon Bits. You can fry raw bacon until crispy and break into pieces

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 Tbsp...

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Andes Mint Cookies

Perfect round balls or spoonsfuls? I like the left one’s better…


1 box = 18.25 oz. Box Devil’s Food Cake Mix – I use Pillsbury Devil’s Food Moist Supreme

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 packaged box of Andes Mints = 4.67 oz. and 28 wrapped pieces – if you can only find the bag of them, you can break them in half


Mix the box of cake mix, oil, and eggs together...
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Summertime Sangria


2 x 750mL (the same) bottles of your favorite Sauvignon Blanc wine

2 cups of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

Use all fresh fruit – These are suggestions and the one’s I like to use:
1 package of strawberries, remove tops and cut in half
1 package of blueberries
1 package of raspberries
3 fresh peaches, remove pit and cut into half moons
1 bunch of Green or Red seedless grapes

Yields: 16-20 g...

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Wedding Gifts & Baby Gifts

You can find beautiful pillows and extra soft baby blankets at Macy’s, Marshall’s, Tuesday Morning, and Home Goods. The pillows will need to have a zipper along the side so the embroidery place can pull the pillowcase off.

We love gifting our friends Mr. & Mrs. pillows for one of our wedding gifts. It’s personal and they can use them in most rooms of their home...

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Russian Dressing


1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 cup White Vinegar
1/3 cup Ketchup
1 cup salad oil or Extra Virgin Olive oil
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 small white onion, minced, grated, or chopped in a food processor
1 clove of garlic quartered – remove before serving
Optional: Pampered Chef (Measure – Mix – & Pour Dressing container)


Combine all ingredients...

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Rainbow Cake

Ingredients for Cake:
  • Vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/3 cups sugar
  • 5 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, room temperature
  • Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple gel food coloring...
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Corn Bread & Milk

When I was a little girl my dad would always break up his corn bread and pour milk over it. He ate it like cereal. I always thought that was weird until one day in Ohio, my Grandpa said he loved corn bread and milk. This was one of their favorite things to eat. I finally tried it when I was about 13 years old and loved it. We went to Marie Callender’s for dinner last night...

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