Monday, April 22, 2013

Payday Bars!

Today is Secret Recipe Club day, and I was so lucky to have been assigned Melissa's Cuisine! Melissa has a fantastic blog full of great recipes, and I had a tough time deciding on what to make. I love the gumdrop recipe, and the apple cider caramels look soooo good! I definitely will be making those yummy looking Cinnabons, oh, and the German Style Pretzels!  Today I made the Payday Bars. It's a great, very simple recipe, that tastes incredible. I made a few changes. Instead of peanut butter chips, I used the peanut butter chips mixed with the milk chocolate chips. I also made everything in the microwave. We are still in the process of moving, and so much is still packed. Try these payday bars, and stop by Melissa's Cuisine for the original recipe!

Payday Bars
3 cups salted Peanuts(divided)
2 1/2 tablespoons Butter
2 cups Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Chips
14 Ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups mini Marshmallows
Spread 1 1/2 cups of peanuts into the bottom
of a 9X13" pan.
Melt the butter and chips together in the microwave.
It took 3 times 1 minute to melt chips and butter together.
Stop each cycle in the middle and stir .
Add the can of sweetened condensed milk and the marshmallows.
Melt by stirring with the melted chips.
If needed microwave for 2 more 1 minute cycles, 
stirring after each one.
Stir together until smooth.
Spread the melted chips over the peanuts.
Sprinkle the remainder of the peanuts over the 
melted chips.
Refrigerate until solid, then cut into bars.


Enjoy!
Thanks Melissa~for a great recipe!
Check out what everyone else made today!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Breakfast Pizza!

This month the two ingredients for the Improv Cooking Challenge are bacon and eggs! I love these two ingredients, don't you?  I had a hard time deciding what I should make.  Should I go with breakfast, dessert, or an entree maybe? I finally decided on this breakfast pizza, and I am so glad I did! It was different and it was delicious. I think you will agree!
Breakfast Pizza
Shredded Potatoes
Chopped Onions
Chopped Red, Orange, and Yellow Peppers
Slice of Fresh Tomato, chopped
1 Egg
Pizza Sauce
Flour Tortillas
2 pieces of Bacon per Pizza
Fiesta Blend Cheese
Chopped Avocado
Sour Cream
Start your potatoes cooking on your stove top. 
Chop up your peppers, tomato, and onion.
Add the onions to the pan with the potatoes.
Saute your peppers in your frying pan.
Scramble your egg.
Place your tortilla in a frying pan, and spoon some sauce
 over the tortilla. Heat on medium.
Spread some potato and onion mix on top of the sauce.
Sprinkle some cheese over the potatoes.
Add your cooked egg by spreading it over your pizza.
Add your peppers.
Chop or tear your bacon into pieces, 
and spread the pieces evenly over your pizza.
Add some more cheese over the top.
Check bottom of your tortilla. 
It should be slightly brown and firm.
The cheese should also be melting by this time.
Take the pizza off the heat and add your chopped 
avocado pieces, and a dollop of sour cream.
Thanks for joining me today!
I apologize for being so absent lately.
We are almost settled in our new city, 
so I hope you will look forward to some new excitement at
The Freshman Cook soon!

Check out what everyone else made today!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Final Four Buffalo Chicken Meatballs!

One of my favorite times of the year is March Madness! I love the excitement and fun of the Final Four tournament, and watching the players play for the love of the game! There is nothing better than a Final Four Party, and this year I am serving one of my favorite dishes: Final Four Buffalo Chicken Meatballs! These are cooked in the crock pot; so easy, and so tasty. The blue cheese sauce is the perfect addition. You're gonna love 'em!
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
with Tangy Blue Cheese Sauce

1 Egg
4 teaspoons Hot Sauce, divided
1 pound Ground Chicken Breast
2 tablespoons plain dry Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup diced Onion
1-2 teaspoons vegetable Oil

Blue Cheese Sauce
1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup crumbled Blue Cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped Celery
1 tablespoon mayo
Whisk your egg and 2 teaspoons of the hot sauce in a
medium bowl until smooth and blended well.
Add chicken, bread crumbs, and onions.
Mix the ingredients together well.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Form the mix into round meatballs, and place in
frying pan with 1-2 teaspoons of vegetable oil.
Brush the meatballs with the remaining 2 teaspoons
of hot sauce. Brown the outsides of the meatballs.
Once the meatballs are browned,
 place them in your crock pot.
Add the sauce from your bowl to the crockpot.
Add more hot sauce if you would like to turn up the heat.
Let the meatballs and sauce cook for 2 hours on high
or 4 hours on low.
Stir together the yogurt, cheese, celery, and mayonnaise
in a small bowl. Blend together and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Serve your meatballs with a side of the sauce
and enjoy the game!


Thanks so much for joining me today!
I am so happy to be back blogging, and I appreciate
you reading this!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Eats and Treats!

It's almost St. Patrick's Day, so I thought I would check out what I made last year to celebrate!
I made these great Stained Glass Cookies, but instead of frosting them,
I used green Jolly Rancher candies for the inside shamrock!

These Leprechaun Hats are no bake, and a great project to do
with kids. Marshmallows,'Nilla Wafers, and candy melts are all you need.

I make Corned Beef and Cabbage every St. Patrick's Day. It's a simple,
traditional meal that is easy to make and it's always a hit!

These St. Paddy's Mint Chocolate Mini Cakes are the perfect treat to celebrate
the perfect holiday! 

If decadent Chocolate Irish Cream Cupcakes are something you could enjoy,
these are the cupcakes for you!

No matter how you celebrate my favorite holiday,
have fun doing it!


Thanks for joining me today!
At this moment, I am driving across this gorgeous country
as we are moving from Las Vegas to North Carolina. I hope
to get some great pictures. Keep a look out~I can't wait to share them with you!

Happy Trails!



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chocolate and Cherry Bread Pudding!

Today I am visiting over at Kristen's blog, Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker! Stop by and visit! I brought my Chocolate and Cherry Bread Pudding today as part of Kristen's "Solid Month of Chocolate"! I am a lover of all things bread pudding and chocolate, and this is one of the tastiest I have ever eaten!
 I love baking bread pudding in individual dishes!
  
I used Challah bread for a rich taste.....
cherries,
and Callebaut milk chocolate !

To get the recipe for this Chocolate and Cherry Bread Pudding
stop by and visit at Kristen's blog,
While you are there, check out all the other
 incredible, yummy recipes for Kristen's 
Solid Month of Chocolate!
You can never have too much chocolate,
or recipes that use it!

Thanks for joining me today!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Meringue and Chocolate Surprise Cookies!

Today is reveal day for the Improv Cooking Challenge. This challenge is always fun, and this month the two ingredients we were required to use are Hearts and Flours! Aren't they just perfect choices for the month of February?! I made these Meringue and Chocolate Surprise Cookies, and I think they are a great example of everything heart and flour during this month of love!

Meringue and Chocolate Surprise Cookies
1/2 cup Butter
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tablespoon Milk
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/4 cup Flour
2 Egg Whites
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1/2 cup Sugar
40 Milk Chocolate Kisses
Start with making your cookie base. 
Beat butter in a bowl on medium speed for 30 seconds.
Add 1/2 cup Sugar and beat until combined, scraping
sides occasionally. Beat in milk
and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. 
Beat in your flour, and combine well.
Roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness. 
Chill dough for 4-48 hours.
Cut heart shaped cookies from dough. 
Place on a baking sheet, and return to refrigerator.
Beat your egg whites, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, cinnamon,
and cream of tartar in a mixing bowlwith an
electric mixer on medium to high speed until   
soft peaks form.   
Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, 
beating on high about 7 minutes,.......
or until very stiff  
peaks form, and sugar is dissolved.
Spoon the mixture into a decorating bag, fitted
with a medium star tip.
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. 
Take your baking sheet from the refrigerator.
Place a chocolate kiss in the center of each heart.
Using your pastry bag, 
pipe the meringue around each kiss.
Start at the center of the heart, and
 continue around and 
up until the chocolate kiss is covered.
Cook for 15-18 minutes, until meringue is
slightly browned. Cool on wire rack. 
Enjoy your Meringue and Chocolate Surprise Cookies!

We are visiting the following parties:
Networking Saturday

Thanks for joining me today, and don't forget to 
check out all the wonderful Improv recipes!

 

Monday, February 18, 2013

I Heart S'mores on a Stick!

Today is reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club! This month I was so lucky to be assigned the blog, Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom! This fabulous blog is authored by Jamie. Jamie's blog is full of wonderful recipes, crafts, home projects, sewing tutorials, and wonderfully, creative crafts. I just love her blog, and you will to! I have been a little busy lately, so I picked one of Jamie's recipes that was quick, simple, and oh, so good~S'mores on a Stick. I dressed them up a little as a Valentine's Day treat, and they were a huge success. These are such a good idea and so yummy, I wish I had thought of it! :)
S'mores on a Stick
Red & White Straws, cut in half
Milk Chocolate
Pink Marshmallows, regular size
Graham Crackers
Red Ribbon
Crush your graham crackers, by putting them in a 
ziplock bag, and rolling over the bag with a rolling pin.
Melt your chocolate. I used Callebaut chocolate,
and it was perfect.
Poke the cut straws into the marshmallows.
Dip your marshmallow into the chocolate.
Roll your chocolate covered marshmallow in the
graham cracker crumbs.
Place the finished s'mores on a baking tray to set up.
Decorate as you wish. These would be perfect for a party,
with ribbons in the party colors, wouldn't it?
Thank you Jamie, for such a great recipe!
&
Thanks for joining me today!

We are joining these fun parties:
In and Out of the Kitchen Link Up Party 

Check out all the other Secret Recipe Club recipes!