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Honey Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Confession: I'm not a chocolate chip cookie fan. I'd much rather have an Oatmeal Scotchie, or a Snickerdoodle. If I have to eat a chocolate chip cookie I go Chips Ahoy before I go homemade. So there...now you know. When Husband saw this recipe and asked me to make it, I wasn't thrilled...but I'll try anything once. The result I got from this cookie is - pleasantly chocolate with a slight honey taste and almost cakey consistency. Where (I'm being honest here)-I'm not a fan of them-Husband is really liking them, and didn't take them to work today so he'd have some to eat tonight when he got home. I will say that baking with honey made me feel a little better...you know more hippie than just using my white or brown sugar...*shrugs* Let me know how they turn out if YOU make them! Honey Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 cup honey 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 1/2 cup butter 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 2 cups AP flour 1 cup quick oats 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp s…

Flirty Apron Giveaway!

I need a new apron. I want a new apron. I'm tired of just tucking a dishtowel into the top of my pants and wiping my hands on that...I need something cute...something stylish..I need to win THIS giveaway!

Chocolate Chip Bread Budding with Whiskey Sauce

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Chocolate and whiskey? Why, yes! Long has the bread pudding eluded me. It's a sly and tricky devil. It's also one of my favorite desserts. But each time I tried to make it myself, I fell flat on my face. Too dry, too runny, too gummy, too just too much to even handle the failure anymore. But I'm growing another human. I'm a full time Mom and a full time pregnant person right now. I'm a full time wife. I work out of the home for half of the week...surely...I can make bread pudding. So on Sunday I collected my scraps. My lovely breads that were getting a little stale and I tore them up and left them on a cookie sheet in the oven for a couple days. Today when I came home...they were dry. I thought I'd missed my window..but I pushed forward...pulled out an ole' trusty cookbook and prayed for a miracle. I limited myself to ONE helping. The husband had two, and commented "this is one of the best desserts you've EVER made". Wow, really? *blush…

Butter-Batter-Fruit cobbler

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We (and I say we as in "our family") doesn't do biscuity cobbler. In fact I don't think I've ever HAD a "real" cobbler. We do however have this little mess (I'll admit it, I had too much liquid in mine-sigh) quite often. Apple butter in the fall, blackberries in the summer...pick your fruit. Also...has anyone ever seen Steel Magnolias? I'm thinking you have...anyway...so my Mom 'made' this recipe from that movie...you remember towards the beginning they are in the beauty shop and Truvy (Dolly Parton-how I love her) is talking about this dessert she makes "Cupa flour, cupa sugar, cupa milk, cupa fruit cocktail with the juice, and you just mix and bake at 350 til gold and bubbly" That's um, well basically that is it! We called it Butter Batter Fruit-it's a quick fix and it's always oh so good..even my 'disaster' photo above..wasn't pretty..but tasted great! 1 cup flour (my parents always use Self Rising..…

Picky Palate Giveaway!

This time around, she's giving away a cookie cookbook! I want it! And I know you do too! So go HERE to enter! And good luck! If you win b/c I gave you the link, I'll give you my mailing address so you can send me some of the cookies you'll be baking! :)

Leftover Fiesta..my take on a mexican meal!

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One of these days I'll get a better camera and the pictures won't be so crappy..I promise. This food was REALLY good. And what made it even better? It was fridge and freezer clean out! At least the enchiladas part- So the enchiladas-Shredded beef and green chili My Mom (who is the BEST beef roast maker, ever) had made a roast earlier in the week and brought it over, and I knew we needed to use it up... 2 onions sliced into about a Tablespoon of oil-softened them up to that I added about 9 roasted poblanos. What? Yes. If you don't keep them in your freezer (we happened to have some from when my husband's Aunt visited from AZ-last bag!) use eh..4 little cans of green chilis..same thing! Then I shredded up the beef and put that in with the veg and added 1/2 pack of Burrito seasoning. (Another thing about my Mom..she's the packet queen, and I inherit ALOT Of those packets) And there is your filling! In another pan and with ANOTHER packet (This time of enchilada sauce mix)-v…

Monterey Chicken and Steakhouse Twice Baked Potatoes

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This dinner was soooo good. Seriously. Another blog I routinely stalk is The Open Pantry when she posted this chicken..I was drooling! I'll just link you to her original recipe! The only thing I changed was that I had chicken TENDERS on hand and thawed instead of chicken breasts. The potatoes however...well I can take credit for those! Are they as pretty as the chicken? No. Would you have even known they were twice baked potatoes if I hadn't told you..eh..probably not...but they were and they were awesome! Suzy's Steakhouse Twice Baked Potatoes- oven at 400 4 baking sized white potatoes scrubbed clean 1 onion-sliced 1 package of white button mushrooms-sliced 3 Tablespoons butter 1 Tablespoon oil 1/4 cup bleu cheese crumbles 1/4 cup shredded pepper jack 3 oz cream cheese-softened Splash of Worchestire sauce I think that is all that went into them. :) I pre-'baked' my potatoes in the microwave for about 8 minutes until they were scoopable, but not done. I cut them…

Give it away now!

Nope..not me this time! It's The Treat Girl! She's got food, she's got scrapbooking, she's got some FANtasmagoric fingerless gloves (I'm wanting a pair SO Bad)! She's doing a giveaway...so scoot your boot on over there and get entered!

Pillsbury giveaway-and winner!

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Congrats to Doreen who is the winner of the Pillsbury giveaway! What Pillsbury giveaway? Well..this one..sorta! I hadn't posted this giveaway yet-I was working on the Yoplait one-sadly..no one made it in before the deadline on that one, so I went ahead and submitted a coworker for it! THEN Miss Doreen was the FIRST to post after the deadline so I opted to go ahead and submit her for this awesome Pillsbury giveaway! This giveaway product, information, and prize pack has been provided by Pillsbury and MyBlogSpark! Thanks guys! A roll of something Pillsbury is almost ALWAYS in our fridge...whether it's cresents (My favorite), cinnamon rolls (my husband's favorite), or biscuits (my go to quick pick)-we're stocked! My newest favorite thing to make with Pillsbury cresents? I call them Breakfast Pockets. And I'm so so sorry I don't have a photo....honestly..it went like this- Made new recipe Inhaled it Cursed myself for not taking a picture... Either way..this is h…

Cheesecake cookies

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One of my favorite blogs (MyKitchenCafe) put a recipe for these little beauties up around Christmas...and I made them the first time I think the DAY I saw the recipe. This was also the day we got a new fridge and took off all the magnets from the old one... the first batch did fine...see them here on the cooling rack- (the ones in the back I used cherry syrup...don't do that..the syrup just heats up and leaks out, the purpley ones are elderberry jam, and the kinda burnt orange ones aren't burnt they were honeyed yellow tomato jam) However the second batch went to the dogs...why? Well..notice the ABC magnets in the top right? One of them found it's way onto the underneath of one of my baking sheets and it was more than just a mess. These wonderful cheesecake cookies tasted like burnt plastic, my new oven was a wreck, and the smoke alarm was going crazy! Lesson learned..and now even though I don't keep magnets on my counter, I'm habitually checking the BOTTOMs of m…

Yoplait Giveaway!

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I'm gonna be totally honest...I didn't become a yogurt fan until I was pregnant with my daughter a couple years ago. I'd tried brand after brand, and I just couldn't "get it"-but then I tried Yoplait and fell in love! So when MyBlogSpark emailed me about Yoplait's NEW Frozen Smoothie..I was ALL over it. I love smoothies..but I don't make them...b/c I am lazy! Too lazy to chop the fruit, and really too busy running around in the morning, trying to get myself ready for work and get my daughter prepped for the sitter...but now..I have NO excuse....it's all in the bag..LITERALLY! You put it in the blender, add some milk, blend it up and you are done! You've got some of your daily fruit servings taken care of (I know I never get enough of my fruits and veggies..so this really helps!) And it's Yoplait...so it's already my all time favorite brand, and it tastes SO good! So since I love my readers and since Yoplait and MyBlogSpark love me..her…