Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Guest Blogging at Just Wedeminute!

I'm guest blogging over at Just Wedeminute today!  Head on over there 
and check out my recipe for Birthday Cake Crispy Rice Treats and check 
out Jennifer's beautiful blog!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Baked Oatmeal To-Go !

My husband Jim and I work at the same place.  We actually met at the Art and Engineering Supply store    where we work in 1985.  I love working with my husband!  We work in different departments though..I'm in the office and Jim is the Reprographics Manager doing all kinds of blueline/copy type of stuff.

Every Monday morning we head upstairs to our little kitchen at work and fill it to the brim with all kinds of groceries for the week.  I'm not sure how our fellow workers feel about us taking up so much of the fridge but we hardly ever go out to eat.  Lately we are trying to eat healthier so no more frozen dinners or heavy leftovers.  We are having lots of fruits and sandwiches on whole wheat bread.  

Breakfast has always been the hardest to eat healthy at work.  We have run the gamut of the not so healthy .....from Cereal bars, poptarts, muffins, even cold pizza.  Well......I've finally found the answer!  Healthy, convenient and delicious too! 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Birthday Cake Batter Crispy Rice Treats

March is a big birthday month for our family, my daughter Bay
and I have a birthday 3 days apart!   Next Friday Bay is having a
sleepover for hers and I'm planning on serving these yummy treats to 
all the girls.  I thought I had better try out the recipe this weekend just to 
make sure it was good.  You know I HAD to make sure.  I couldn't
take that chance that they might not be good.  Maybe that's why I 
kept going back for another one.... just to make sure mind you.....  

Birthday Cake Batter Crispy Rice Treats

3 Tbsp. butter
1 (10 oz) bag regular size marshmallows
1/4 cup dry cake mix
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1 (1.75 oz) container of sprinkles

Melt butter in a dutch oven over low heat and add marshmallows.  Stir until 
melted and add in dry cake mix and stir until combined.  Stir in cereal and mix 
thoroughly.  Pour in 1/2 the bottle of sprinkles and continue mixing.  
Using a spatula coated with non-stick cooking spray, press batter into a baking 
dish.  Top with the remaining sprinkles.  Let sit for a few minutes to firm up a bit.  

Well the verdict around our house is that they are even better that the
original treats and much cuter, if I do say so myself.  Come on and 
join the cake batter craze!  It's yummilicious!


Friday, March 16, 2012

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Pot Pie

Is there anything more comforting than a creamy chicken
pot pie with cheese and broccoli in a light crispy crust?  I 
think not!    

Jim bought me the Breville Pie maker from Williams-Sonoma
for Christmas a few months ago.  About time.......I've been
dropping hints about for at least a year.  I have to admit
that I did wonder if it would end up gathering dust in my
pantry like so many other specialty appliances that I just
had to have.  Surprisingly, it hasn't. 

I'm not getting paid or anything to brag about the Breville
Pie maker or anything.  I just love how fast and easy you
can make a nice dinner or dessert with it.  These adorable
little pies take only about 10 minutes in the machine and
come out perfect every time.  I like to make homemade
fillings even on weeknights but I do usually use pre-made
pie crusts.  I love pre-made pie crusts......they make my
life easy.  I like easy!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jeweled Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are one of my family's most asked for side
dishes especially in the Summer time.  Sprouts go so well
with grilled meats and are so easy to prepare.  This recipe
is especially amazing because of the savory pieces of
bacon and the beautiful jeweled craisins throughout.  If
you are a Brussels Sprout hater envisioning the boiled
version your mom made, get ready for treat!  

Brussels Sprouts first came to America in the 18th Century
when French Settlers brought them to Louisiana.  Thomas
Jefferson even grew them at Monticello!  Not only do they
have a rich history but they are also very good for you!
They contain sulforaphane a chemical that has potent anti-
cancer compounds.  Good for you and yummy too....
can't beat that!

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