Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Sugar Cookies with Pink Icing

Does anyone else watch The Bachelorette? I know, I know, I'm almost ashamed to say it but it's a total guilty pleasure of mine! LOL It was on last night and I just sit there and be entertained about people pretending they are trying to find love but are really just trying to gain more social media followers to help promote their careers!

 



Anyway moving on, I mentioned that a couple of weeks ago a baby shower was held for my sweet little niece! My last post of pretzel flower bites were one thing I made for the baby shower and the other thing I made were these sugar cookies with pink icing! I was really happy with how these cookies turned out and wanted to share the blog that I got this recipe from.



Now if you follow this recipe to a tee it makes a huge batch, so keep that in mind. I probably had about 75 cookies with this dough recipe and then with the icing recipe I iced all the cookies and still had at least two cups of icing left over. I have tried freezing the icing to see if I can keep it for a cake or cupcakes.



I also am lucky enough to have access to a kitchen aid mixer which made making these that much easier, if you are mixing by hand or with a hand mixer it will definitely be more of as challenge.

Here is the link to find the wonderful recipe to these cookies!

http://www.vintagerevivals.com/2013/03/swig-sugar-cookie-recipe-literally-best.html



Thursday, 23 June 2016

Pretzel Flower Bites

It's summertime!! Woo hoo! The weather has been pretty nice here this last week and everything is blooming and growing and looking fantastic! My husband and I have our pool open and will be having our first friend BBQ parties this weekend and next!

My sweet little niece Hailee had her baby shower last weekend and I offered to bring some food. I wanted to make some cute little girl things and I saw these adorable pretzel flower bites on Pinterest and added them to my list! These are pretty easy to make, getting the smarties on just right can be a bit tough but if you are patient it works out nicely!



I knew they would look cute but I wasn't sure if they would taste good or if people would want to eat them but they were actually a really nice bite. The pretzel is crunchy and salty and the smarties are sweet so it was a surprising tasty treat!

I got my idea from http://www.twosisterscrafting.com/flower-pretzel-bites/

Ingredients:
  • Pretzel Snaps
  • White Candy Melts or wafers
  • Smarties
Directions

Take a paper plate and place 5-10 pretzel squares on the place. Place one white chocolate wafer on each square and melt for about 30-45 seconds. You don't want it to melted and runny but you need it soft.

Then take one colour smarties and place it right in the middle and then choose your flower colour smarties and using five place them around the middle smartie until it looks like a flower.



The chocolate starts to harden quickly so you can melt too many at one time. Also place the plate in the fridge to set once you have completed your 5-10 and rotate plates.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Blueberry Lemon Loaf

Happy Monday! Today is officially the first day of summer and the longest day of the year! I love summer and the full long days of sunlight, it's just so nice! I think I was heading to bed about 10:15 last night and it was still a bit light outside!



In the wonderful feel of summer I wanted to share this recipe with you about a very tasty blueberry lemon loaf! These wonderful summery flavours go together nicely to make a light and delicious tasting snack. The original recipe called for some icing to go atop the bread but I decided not to do that as I wanted to keep it form being too sweet.

I definitely recommend this loaf as an addition to any breakfast brunch. IT's very easy to make and taste super good!

I got my recipe from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/15896/blueberry-lemon-bread/?internalSource=search%20result&referringContentType=search%20results

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Ham and Egg Bake

Father's Day is right around the corner and I wanted to share this recipe I made this past weekend that would be great if you were doing a Father's Day brunch. It has ham chunks, veggies and of course egg and cheese so you can't really go wrong!



I had my parents over this past weekend for brunch and wanted to make something easy and delicious and with eggs so this was perfect! It was really easy to put together and came together nicely! I started by sautéing some veggies in butter or you could use oil, then I added them to the casserole dish, topped with ham and then cheese, then I mixed up the eggs, milk and spices and poured that over everything and baked. It was really good and made for great leftover breakfasts this week!

You could always change up the ham to be bacon or sausages. You can definitely change up the veggies and the spices if you want. This is just a template for what to do.

I got my recipe idea from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/222627/brunch-egg-bake/?internalSource=search%20result&referringContentType=search%20results

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Monday, 30 May 2016

Peanut Butter Cookies

This past weekend was a bit rainy and dreary in Winnipeg, but the good news is the rain has made everything grow and turned it super green. Now the sunshine will add to that rain water and gardens will be out of control soon! LOL



Two weekends ago I made a big batch of peanut butter cookies and they turned out really good so I thought I would share. It's a simple recipe to make but it's amazing how little things can change the cookies consistency from soft and chewy to crunchy and hard!

These turned a little more soft and chewy which is the way I like my peanut butter cookies!

I got my recipe from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/10275/classic-peanut-butter-cookies/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringId=852&referringContentType=recipe%20hub

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Friday, 27 May 2016

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This week is my first week back after a week and a half of vacation. I was in Kelowna visiting my mother in law. Kelowna is such a beautiful place! We had great weather and there is always so much to do there! My husband went golfing a few days, we went on a few hikes, walks, shopping and relaxed a bit, it was great!



While I was there I always like to try and make at least one dinner so one night my husband BBQ pork tenderloin and I made these awesome stuffed sweet potatoes to go with it. I got this recipe off one of those facebook videos that gives you step by step on how to do it. So to give credit to the video it's a Tasty video on facebook for loaded sweet potato skins.

These are super delicious and a great addition to any lunch or dinner!

Ingredients
4 sweet potatoes
1/3 cup milk
salt and pepper
1/2 cup cheese shredded
4-6 strips of ready cooked bacon, cooked and crumbled
Chives
Sour Cream
Olive Oil


Directions
 Take your 4 sweet potatoes and pierce them with a fork all over. Bake in a preheated oven set to 400 for about 30-40 minutes. You want them to be soft enough to scoop out once cooked.

Let them cool for a bit then cut off the end and slice down the middle. Scoop out the insides into a bowl and place the shell back on the baking sheet. Once you have done this for all pieces, pour some olive oil over the skins and put back in the oven for another 10 minutes.



While these shells are baking mash up the sweet potatoes with the milk and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the sweet potato mixture back into the shells and add the shredded cheese and bacon. Put back in oven to melt the cheese and to heat the mixture back up.

Serve with sour cream and chives.

So delicious!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Tuna Casserole

I am off to Kelowna for a few days! I am looking forward to the warmer weather in the valley and the beautiful mountains which I do not see in the prairies! LOL

I won't be posting for the next week so as a send off for me today I wanted to share with you a tuna casserole I made for my brother and his wife as their little one is just three and a half weeks old and making dinner can be a challenge being sleep deprived and all!



I got my recipe from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/17219/best-tuna-casserole/

I am making it in these aluminum containers you can buy and you can freeze and put in the oven for convenience. This way they don't have extra dishes to clean or return to me!

I halved this recipe and it made the perfect amount for two dinners and one leftover lunch! I also used panko bread crumbs for the topping as I did not have any potato chips in the house, however I am sure potato chips would have been delicious!

Ingredients

1 (12 ounce) package egg noodles
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup frozen green peas
2 (6 ounce) cans tuna, drained                                
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 (4.5 ounce) can sliced mushrooms
1 cup crushed potato chips                                 

Directions

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.
 
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
 
In a large bowl, thoroughly mix noodles, onion, 1 cup cheese, peas, tuna, soup and mushrooms. Transfer to a 9x13 inch baking dish, and top with potato chip crumbs and remaining 1 cup cheese.
 
 
 
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is bubbly.