Saturday, May 29, 2010

Em's Party Dip

Here is a great dip to try over Memorial Day Weekend. My friend, Suz, shared it with me quite awhile back. My husband raved over it when I made it for a party. It's super easy, so there's no excuse not to make it... today! Yum, I love a good dip!

Okay, are you ready?

Em's Party Dip

16 oz sausage browned and drained
2 cans Original Rotel
16 oz of cream cheese

Put in crockpot and get fat and sick eating it with tortilla chips. (straight from the mouth of Suz)

See? I told you it was incredibly easy.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

It's time for a delicious treat! The moment I saw these on Picky Palate, I knew that I had to make them... so I filed them away, biding my time. And the time came last week, when I had to make some treats for a dinner. They were sinfully delicious. Picky Palate highly recommended refrigerating them before eating. I thought that was so odd... cinnamon rolls and cookies taste better straight out of the oven.... right? WRONG! I frosted one piping hot from the oven eagerly awaiting the burst of cinnamon roll delicioiusness and frankly I was a little disappointed. They were good, just not "wow" good. I frosted the rest and put them in the fridge for the dinner that was the next day. They sat in the fridge overnight and when it came to deliver them, I snuck one off the plate, and there it was, "WOW!!" So good!! And addicting.
So hopefully you listen to directions better than I do. They are much better refrigerated for some really weird reason. It's a mystery... but a delicious one.

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

2 Cups sugar
1 Cup butter, softened
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup sour cream
6 Cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons softened butter, (slice 2 Tablespoons 6 times totaling 12 tablespoons)
1 1/2 Cups packed light brown sugar, divided into 1/4 Cups
1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon, divided

8 oz softened cream cheese
1 Cup powdered sugar
2-4 Tablespoons milk, to thin icing

1. In an electric or stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter. Add eggs, vanilla and sour cream until well combined. Slowly add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well combined.

2. In 2 batches, place in plastic wrap in a disc shape and chill for at least 2 hours for best results.

3. Once chilled, cut each disc into thirds and roll into a 1/8 inch thick oval, about 12 inches X 5 inches. Spread each rolled pieces of dough with 2 Tablespoons softened butter, 1/4 Cup packed brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Start rolling from the long end closest to you, rolling into a log shape. Using a sharp knife, cut 1/2 inch pieces of dough then placing onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from baking sheet.

4. To prepare frosting, beat the cream cheese until softened and smooth, slowly add powdered sugar and milk until desired consistency. Frost cookies then place in refrigerator until ready to serve. These are 100 times better chilled.

Makes at least 6 dozen

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Award and Stuff

I received this award from Kinsey over at Bubbaroo. Check out her blog. She is amazing!!! It really made my day. I don't get many comments so it is nice to know that there really are a few people who like my blog and actually get some use out of it. Thank you Kinz so much! You brightened my day.

1. Accept and thank the person who sent it to you.

2. List 10 things about yourself.

3. List 5 additional things you don't like.

4. Pass the award on to 10 other bloggers.

Here are some things you might not know about me:

1. I have 4 adorable kids.
2. I rarely order the same thing twice at a restaurant. I want to try everything just once.
3. I love playing basketball and volleyball and wish I could play every day.
4. I have a HUGE sweet tooth.
5. I love crafting, art, music, and learning new things... if only I had time to do it all.
6. My husband is deployed to Iraq.
7. I don't own very many cookbooks and I'm very ashamed of that...
8. I love travelling, exploring, and adventure.
9. I have 1 horse, 1 cat, and 6 chickens... but I'm hoping to expand our small farm considerably in the coming years.
10. If I was forced to go back to work, I would enter the medical field.

5 things I don't like:

1. Long winters and short summers
2. Wanting to shop and having no money to
3. Being far away from my sisters, brothers, mom, dad, and everyone else I grew up with.
4. People who hold grudges. Get over it already!!
5. When people mistake my quietness for snobbiness or boringness...

Now here are the blogs I am giving this award to:
1. Miranda's Kitchen (she's such a great cook)
2. Cooking with the Keys (Not only is she a great cook, but she takes phenomenal photos)
3. Kiss My Grits (So many fun things)
4. Love at First Bite (Yum, yum, yum)
5. Lick the Bowl Good (A new one I discovered that makes me lick my screen)
6. Crystal's Craft Spot (so many good ideas and she has a preschool blog as well!)
7. Keeping it Simple (Such a great craft blog full of awesome ideas)
8. Candy Blog (I love this so much! What an awesome job, getting paid to review candy. She keeps me informed of all the latest and greatest candy)
9. J Bird Jewelry (If you're looking for beautiful homemade jewellry, this is the place!)
Now that my husband is gone for the next year, I have a feeling that I won't be posting quite as much. But I do have an archive of unposted recipes... Thank goodness!! I just counted the pics in my Food Folder this morning and I have over 30 recipes that I have tried out, but not had time to post. Phew!
More than likely I'll be doing a lot of baking.... Let's get back to the bread, baby!!
So be patient with me. I'm still here, just not as motivated now that I don't have a husband to sigh and moan at the delciousness of every bite. ;)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cheese Straws

This is an awesome appetizer for soup, salad, and especially Chili. I had a lot of fun making these, and my family had a great time dipping them. Yum! I love how simple they are. I found them in my America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. You can also play around with different toppings for the cheese straws. I have tried adding sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic,and caraway seeds with great success.

Cheese Straws

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (I use the Pepperidge Farms brand)
2 ounces parmesan or asiago cheese, grated (1 cup)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Adjust the oven racks to the upper and lower middle positions and heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lay the puff pastry on a sheet of parchment paper and sprinkle with the parmesan, salt, and pepper. Top with another sheet of parchment and using a rolling pin, press the cheese into the dough, rolling to shape the dough into a 10 inch square.
Remove the top layer of parchment and using a sharp knife (or pizza cutter), cut the dough into thirteen 3/4 inch wide strips. Gently twist each strip of dough and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Space strips about 1 inch apart.
Bake until the straws are fully puffed and golden brown, about 10 minutes.
To make more evenly browned strips you can reverse the position of the baking sheet from top to bottam about halfway through.
Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Strawberry Milk Chipsters

I saw this genius idea on Picky Palate and knew I had to have them. I absolutely love Strawberry milk... well, strawberry anything actually. And these were so delicious with the white chocolate chips.
Such a fun cookie and my girls loved that they were pink.

Strawberry Milk Chipsters

2 sticks softened butter

1/2 Cup strawberry milk Powder, Nestles

3/4 Cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1-2 drops red food coloring

1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

10 oz bag White Chocolate Chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer beat the butter, strawberry milk and brown sugar until well combined. Place eggs into a bowl and whisk in 1-2 drops of food coloring. Pour into mixer along with vanilla and beat until combined, about 30 seconds. Place four, baking soda and salt into a large bowl; mix to combine then slowly add to wet ingredients along with white chips. Mix on low until just combined.

2. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 9-11 minute or until edges just start to brown. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

about 3 dozen cookies