a cooking blog from one foodie to another... I rarely if ever use real measurements... my recipes are more like guidelines... but along the way we usually land on something kinda delectable...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Day 7... Peanut Butter Bars

1 cup melted butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
4 Tbsp peanut butter

Mix butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and peanut butter.  Until well combined.  Press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan.  Combine chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave safe dish.  Microwave; stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth.  Frost peanut butter layer with chocolate.  Refrigerate one hour.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Day 6... Peanut Butter Blossoms

Guilty as charged.  Only two of those tubes of cookies were sugar.  The other two were peanut butter.  I sliced 'em up, baked 'em, and shoved a Hershey kiss on top of each one:  Peanut Butter Blossoms.

(These also cannot be pictured because the kids ate them faster than they ate the sugar cookies.)

Day 5... Sugar Cookies

I cannot tell a lie.  I cheated.  I bought slice and bake cookies.  They were on sale!!!!  If I bought four rolls of cookies I got a FREE gallon of milk.  FREE!  This family goes through almost 5 gallons of milk per week!  That combined with the fact that I was again behind by one day, and I needed to spend the whole day writing articles for my new writing job... It was too good to pass up.

(Oh and one more thing... I can't post a picture as the children have already inhaled them all.)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Day 4... Chocolate Covered Pretzels

And the award for treat "least likely to get a repeat performance in next year's 12 Treats of Christmas" goes to.... (drumroll please)....  Chocolate Covered Pretzels!  What a FLOP!  We're not even sharing these with a neighbor!  I'm too embarrassed to.  I mean they taste fine and all but YUCH! they look like a train wreck!


2 cups chocolate chips
1 Tsp whipping cream
(this ratio did NOT work for us... the chocolate was clumpy and horrible... I'm telling you, do NOT use this recipe!)

Melt chocolate.  Dip pretzels in chocolate.  [get HORRIBLY messy] Place on wax paper [getting even messier]; sprinkle with decorative sprinkles.  [Try hard, but unsuccessfully to remove chocolate from your hands.  Give up and resort to licking fingers clean; get SICK stomach from too much chocolate.]

Make at your own risk.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Day 3... Turtles

We're caught up!!!!  Yeah!  When I got home from Wal-mart, Jeremiah, Elijah, and Hannah made turtles.  I swear I did not help AT ALL.  Here's what they did.

Pretzels (the twisted, traditional kind)
(Pecans... we don't use these as we're not big fans of nuts)

Preheat oven to 350.  Cover a cookie sheet with pretzels. Unwrap Rollos and place one on top of each pretzel. Bake for 4 min.  If you are using pecans, smush a pecan on top of each rollo and push down a little.


Day 2... Blondies

Well yesterday was supposed to be day 2, but you know what they say, "Better late than never."  We FINALLY did day 2 at dinner time tonight.

This is Noah's FAVORITE recipe.  We got it from my friend Renee.  She brought it to a homeschooling party and Noah fell in love with them.  Here's the recipe:

2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c butter
2 c brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a 9x13 pan.  Combine dry ingredients; set aside.  Melt butter.  Remove from heat.  Stir in sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla, stir until combined.  Gradually add the dry ingredients.  Spread in pan.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Day 1... Fudge

Surprise!  Surprise!  Surprise!  NOT!  We did not get the FIRST treat of Christmas done!  Grrrr!  Whatever!  We're making two today then.  So today, Day 1 is Fudge.  Diane had a question that made me go, "Aha!" and GREATLY reduced my stress level up here in Butt-nowhere, WI...  we're picking one neighbor to share with each day instead of trying to deliver treats to all 8 each day.  PHEW!  Haven't decided what order to distribute in.... I think maybe we'll just start up the hill and then move down the cul de sac (don't know if you're reading my blogs but that means you're FIRST Jeremy and Tara!)

Here's the recipe we used (minus the nuts... we're nutty enough in this household without adding them to our baking :)  It's from my absolute FAV site for recipes!  Yummy yummy EASY fudge.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The 12 Treats of Christmas

Okay so this is one of those "great Jami ideas" that morphs a little EVERY single year :)  Here's the history:

We started out doing little treats/gifts for each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas.  It was fun and it built up excitement for the season.  Well last year we were STRAPPED for cash so we changed it to the "12 Treats of Christmas" where each of the 12 days we made a treat to celebrate getting closer to Christmas.  Well this year we are REALLY in an "outreach mode" so we have decided to take on the daunting challenge of making enough treats to share with all of our neighbors (never before have I been so glad to live out in butt-nowhere with only 8 or 9 houses down my cul de sac!).  I feel a little like I'm bound to fail on this one, but I figure even if I succeed a few of the days it will bring a little holiday cheer to our neighbors.

I plan to also "share" the experience with you all here.  I'll post the recipe we try each day along with any "fun" episodes from the creating or delivering of the treats.

So here we go!  and

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Baked Potato Soup

We are just soup eating people!  We love us some soup!   Today became the perfect storm of soups.  We are snowed in up in Dodge County, WI (12 inches on our back deck).  Add to that the fact that we have leftover baked potatoes from last night...  PERFECT STORM of soups.

Baked Potato Soup

Chicken broth

(Use 2 parts chicken broth to 1 part milk/cream; use milk or cream depending on how healthy you want to be.  Today I was feeling pretty health so I used 2 cups 1% milk and 1 cup cream. If you are feeling TRULY decadent, use all cream.  You saints out there:  use milk... might as well go with skim milk at that.)  Warm broth.  Add cream/milk.  Season with salt and pepper.

Peel the skin off 4 - 6 baked potatoes.  Chop potatoes roughly into chunks. Add to soup.  Bring to boil.  Mash up potatoes a little.  Add 4 slices of cooked bacon chunks.  Simmer.  Adda few handfuls of cheddar.  Cook till cheese is melted.

Garnish with sour cream, cheddar, and bacon crumbles.
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