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Monday, August 31, 2015

Buckeye Bars

I'm in the Monday test kitchen gearing up for Art in the Park 2015. 
I love being creative and changing things up. Offering new options. 
This year I wanted to add a chocolate and peanut butter treat. 
Most people who love chocolate love it combined with peanut butter. 

This was my end result. 
Here is my recipe:
~Buckeye Bars~
1 stick of butter
1 1/2 cups peanut-butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla. 
Place in mixer and mix until creamy. 

Chocolate recipe~

In saucepan over medium heat melt
3 cups chocolate chips. 
2 tablespoons shortening. 
1/2 cup peanut butter. 
Stir until smooth and remove from heat. 

On parchment lay out graham crackers. 
And brush one side with chocolate. And then scoop peanut butter filling into cracker. Spread it out with a knife. 
Top it with another graham cracker. 

I added a stick to some just to see how they dipped. And it worked out well. 
Less messy. 

Sprinkle with some salted peanuts. 
Really really good.
I think this test day was a success!!


Monday, August 24, 2015

Smashed Potatoes by Landon

Landon loves baked potatoes. So, today after school we made smashed potatoes.  Smashed baked potatoes. Baked until crunchy. 
First we boiled these new potatoes until fork tender. Allowed them to cool. 

Then we placed them on parchment and started smashing them. 

Lanny drizzled with olive oil. 

Sprinkled with salt and pepper. 

Placed in oven. 
400 degrees. One hour. Or until brown and crispy. 

These potatoes were AWESOME !!!!!

Compost Cookies. {my version}

I found this recipe on Pinterest and I tweeked it a bit. They are called
Compost Cookies
Sounds like something my mom would make. Haha. 
Crazy amount of ingredient add ins. 

Compost Cookies

2 cups butter
2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups dark brown sugar packed
2 tbsp corn syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp vanilla 

2 2/3 cups bread flour
2/3 cups rolled oats

1 tbsp ground coffee
2 cups mini pretzels
3 cups crushed potato chips
1 cup frosted flakes
2 cups peanut butter chips
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

This dough needs some chill time prior to baking. A couple of hours. 
Start by blending the butter and sugars. 

Next add eggs. 

Blend until incorporated. 

Add vanilla and Karo syrup. 
Then add the powder and soda and salt. 

Mix in flour only blending until incorporated. 

Next the oats, coffee, cornflakes, Choc an peanutbutter chips go in. 

Blend it up. 
Then add the chips and pretzels. 

Crunch crunch. Blend it in good. 

Refrigerate dough until cold for at least 2 hours or more. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
After it chills scoop onto cookie sheet with cookie scoop. 
Smash the rounded tops down a bit. 

Bake for 13-14 minutes. Allow to cool before eating. 

They tend to fall apart while warm. But go for it if you must. 

Yummy. Sweet. Salty. Crunchy. Chewy. Perfect. Enjoy!!

Panko Brussel Sprouts. {OMGoodness}

I can't even tell you how delicious these are. And easy. 
If you love Brussel sprouts. You will LOVE these. 

A big bag of brussel sprouts. Washed. Stemmed and quartered. 
4 chopped green onions. 
Chopped cooked bacon. I used the already cooked bacon. About 4 pieces. 

Olive oil
Garlic powder
Seasoned Panko crumbs

To start

Chop everything 

Put it in a large hot skillet drizzled with olive oil. 

Add salt, pepper, garlic powder. 
Toss the veggies around in pan until soft and caramelized. Browned. 

Add a bit more olive oil. 

And then sprinkle the Panko crumbs. About 1.5 cups. 

Stir and toss. For just a few minutes. 



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Rustic Peach Hand Pie

I love pie!! Most of all I love crust!! 
This pie has more crust than filling. 
And you don't even use a pie pan. 


One pillsbury pie crust from refrigerator section

3 peaches peeled and diced. 
2 tbsp flour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1tbsp cinnamon

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
Place one of the crusts on cookie sheet. 

In large bowl. 
Add peaches. 
Dust with flour. 
Add sugar and cinnamon. Mix gently. 
Dump in the middle of crust. 
Place second crust over the peaches. 
Roll sides and pinch to make edges. 
Brush crust with milk. 
Sprinkle with sugar. 
Cut slits in top of crust. 
Bake for 40 minutes. In a 400 degree preheated oven. 
Until brown and bubbling. 
Move to cooling rack. 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crunchy. Chewy. Buttery. Chocolatey. 

These Oatmeal Cookies are so good. And easy to make. 


2 sticks or 1 cup of butter
1 egg
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3 cups real oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup coconut
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In mixing bowl blend butter and sugar. 
Add eggs. Vanilla. Salt. Soda. Cinnamon. Mix together.  
Beat in flour. 
Fold in with wooden spoon oats, coconut and chocolate chips. 
Scoop with large cookie scoop onto parchment paper. 
Press each cookie down with spatula. 
This helps them bake evenly. 
Put in oven for 15 minutes. 

Lou's Crockpot Cowboy Beans

My brothers mother in law Lou,  is a great southern cook. I've made several of her recipes throughout the years. 
The latest is her Cowboy Beans. 
We all love them. 
Easy meal. 
Easy potluck and a crowd pleaser. 

One pound ground round. 
One onion
One green pepper
2 large cans Bushes Beans
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp yellow mustard 
1 tbsp minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

Add beans to your LINED crockpot. 

Hello!! Life changer here. 

Add brown sugar. 

Add mustard. 

Sauté veggies 

Add to beans. 

Sauté meat until brown. 

Add to beans and gently stir. 

Salt and pepper. Place lid on top. Set on low. 
Cook for at least a few hours. These get better everyday. 
Make some cornbread. Mmmm mmmmm!!