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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich

I have a quick and easy sandwich for you.  This is nice when you have been busy all day and need to make supper.  It is just a chicken breast patty, deli ham and swiss cheese on a bun with grey poupon mustard.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich

chicken breast patty
deli ham
swiss cheese
grey poupon mustard.

Bake chicken breast patties as directed on package.  Heat ham in microwave.  Place ham, and swiss cheese on top of baked chicken breast patty and return to the oven to melt the cheese.  When cheese is melted place on bun and serve.

This is one reason I have been busy and needed a quick sandwich .... taking more senior pictures

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Snickerdoodle Sheet Cake

Today I finally got around to making my Birthday Cake.  It is a Snickerdoodle Sheet Cake.  I saw this cake on Sweet Treats and More blog and thought it sounded so good.  I was right it is as good as it sounds.  The cake is soft and airy and the icing is sweet and cinnamony.  The only thing that would make it better is to have a big scoop of vanilla ice cream with it.

Snickerdoodle Sheet Cake
source: Sweet Treats and More

1 1/2 C flour
1 1/2 C cake flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 T cinnamon
2 sticks softened butter
1 3/4 C sugar
4 eggs
2 t vanilla
1 1/4 C milk

Heat oven to 325.

Butter and flour an 18 x 24 in sheet cake pan. Sift together both flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla.

Alternating, add dry mixture, then milk in three batches.

Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Let cool completely before frosting. 

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter Cream Frosting

1 1/2 stick softened butter

1/3 C brown sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
3 C powdered sugar
3 T half and half (milk will work too)

Mix butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Alternating, add powdered sugar and half and half.  Frost cake.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Broccoli Casserole

This is Billy and Cally's favorite veggie dish.   My mom made this dish on holidays as I grew up so it is a family recipe. It has all the good stuff... Velveeta cheese, club crackers and broccoli.  I am not a big fan of veggies but I do like this dish...actually I love anything smothered in cheese!!  My mom's recipe calls for 2 10oz boxes broccoli.  I do not like cut broccoli because I feel you get mostly stems so I use 3 12oz bags  of Birds Eye steamfresh Premium Selects Broccoli Florets.

Hopefully I will get back on the sweet recipes soon, I am still wanting to make a snicker doodle sheet cake that I saw a few weeks back, so keep an eye out for it.

Broccoli Casserole

3 12oz packages broccoli
6 T margarine
1/2 lb Velveeta cheese
1/2 lb club crackers

Cook broccoli until tender.  In microwave safe bowl melt the cheese and 2 T butter, stir well.  Put broccoli in a 9x13 baking dish and pour cheese mixture over broccoli.  Melt the remaining butter and pour over the crushed club crackers.  Spread crackers over top of broccoli.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly

Another picture of my baby girl...funny story goes with this picture, well we did not think it was funny but I bet the train conductor does.  While taking this picture the railroad guards starting dinging and the arms came down, we did not even hear the train coming around the bend.  We heard the bells looked up and saw the light on the train coming at us.  Needless to say we moved really fast once we realized what was going on.
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese

I have been very busy trying to get Cally's senior pictures taken before the weather gets bad and the leaves are off the trees.  Done pretty well, I have taken over 500 pictures so I think she should be able to find something to work with.  I will post some of them in my future posts.  Tonight we had Ruben Quesadillas and Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese.  This dish is creamy and just a little spicy from the pepper jack cheese.  I love backed mac and cheese!

Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese

1 lb elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
2 T butter
2 T flour
2 t ground mustard
2 1/2 C milk
16 oz sharp cheddar cheese
8 oz pepper jack cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.  Melt 2T butter in pan. Stir in flour and ground mustard with a wooden spoon until smooth. Whisk in the milk and stir until thick.  Stir in the cheddar and pepper jack cheese and stir until melted.  Place the cooked macaroni in the 9x13 pan, pour cheese sauce over the macaroni.  Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Ravioli in homemade spaghetti sauce

it was a super fall day here in Ohio today.  This weekend I have taken most of Cally's senior pictures, just a few more to go.  With being out most of the day I put spagetti sauce in the crock pot so it would be ready when we got home.  Then all I had to do was boil my cheese ravioli, put it in a 9 x 13 inch pan pour sauce over, cover with cheese and melt the cheese in the oven...super fast and delicious served with garlic bread.

The spagetti recipe is my father-in-laws and Cally has won 1st place with it at the fair.  It can be used for spagetti, lasagna and anything else you would use spagetti sauce for.  It can be simmered on the stove or in our case put in the crock pot.

Ravioli with homemade spagetti sauce
1 29 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 29 oz can tomato sauce
1 12 oz can tomato paste
1 t onion powder
1 t oregano
1 t italian seasoning
1 t garlic salt
1/4 C sugar
3 bay leaves

combine all ingredients for the sauce.  Simmer over low heat for about 45 minutes or put in crock pot for about 3 hours.  Remove bay leaves before using the sauce.

2 25 oz bags of frozen Cheese Ravioli
1 12 oz mozarella cheese

Boil ravioli until tender.  Drain.  Place ravioli in a greased 9 x 13 baking pan.  Pour sauce over the ravioli (you may not need all of the sauce, use how ever much you would like) Put mozarella cheese over top and bake in 350 degree oven until cheese is melted.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Skillet Pork Loin in Gravy and District golf tourney results

Cally played in the district golf tourney today, she shot a 91 and placed 12th out of 71 girls. She did not qualify for state but we have had a great 4 years of enjoyment out of her playing high school golf.  It was announced that Cally made History because she is the only girl golfer to have ever gone to districts for Northwestern.  What a great accomplishment it is!!!

Tonight we had Skillet Pork Loin in Gravy.  This is a family favorite.  Tender pork loin smothered in gravy server over top of mashed potatoes...oh so good!

Skillet Pork Loin in Gravy
2 1/2 lbs - boneless pork loin, cut into cubes
1/2 cup flour
1/4 - tsp pepper
dash of garlic powder
1/4 cup margarine
3 - tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
1 - packet dry Lipton Savory Herb with Garlic soup mix
1 – 10 oz chicken broth
1 - cup water
1 - bay leaf

Cut pork into bite size cubed pieces. Combine flour, pepper and garlic powder on a plate. Roll pork in flour mixture until coated. Shake off excess flour. In a large skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat. Brown pork, turning frequently; drain. Sprinkle with soup mix. Add broth, water and bay leaf. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer meat for 30-40 min or until meat is tender. Remover bay leaf and serve. If the gravy isn't thick enough for your taste. Remove the pork pieces from the pan and set aside. Return the mixture to a slow boil then add a mixture of flour and water to make a thin paste. Add to the gravy mixture while using a whisk. When the gravy is thick enough return the pork back to the pan.
Sunday, October 2, 2011

Almond Danish Swirls

If you like cream cheese and almond you will like these little danishes.  They are light and fluffy and oh so good.

Almond Danish Swirls
adapted from Paula Deen

8oz cream cheese
1 t almond extract
1/2 c powdered sugar
4 oz sliced almonds
2 cans crescent rolls

3/4 c powdered sugar
4 t milk
1/2 almond extract

In small bowl beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and 1 t almond extract until fluffy.  Separate 1 can of dough into 4 rectangles.  Spread each with about 2T of cream cheese mixture, starting at the shorter end roll each rectangle into a cylinder, repeat with the other can of dough and remaining filling.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  cut each cylinder into 4 rolls. I use dental floss to cut mine it is much easier than using a knife.  Place each slice  1/2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. 

In a small bowl mix together the glaze.  Pour glaze over each roll using a small spoon.  Place almond slices on top of rolls.
Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hot Hoagies and my Cinderella

Tonight is Cally's homecoming dance.  We were busy today with hair and nail appointments.  After her appointments we took some pictures around town.  This pumpkin carriage has been in the city park ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved it and thought it would make a neat picture...I love it!  Watch for more of her senior pictures to come as Bill and I will be taking her pictures in the next 2 weekends with the leaves turning. 

Now on to the hoagies...These hoagies have become one of our favorite sandwiches.  They are easy and fast to do.  You can put whatever meats and cheese you like on them, I like ham, turkey,salami and provolone cheese but Bill does not like salami so on his I put ham, turkey, roast beef and pepper jack cheese serve them with chips for a fast meal.

Hot Hoagies
Taste of Home Fast Fixes with Mixes

3/4 C butter, softened
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
6 hoagie buns, split
12-16 oz sliced luncheon meat (salami, ham, turkey, roast beef...ect)
12 thin slices of cheese

Combine butter and salad dressing mix; spread 1 T inside each bun.  On bottom of each bun, layer meat and cheese as desired and place top on bun.  Spread 1 T butter mixture over top of each bun.  Place on a baking sheet.  Broil 6 inches from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until tops are browned.