Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Salted Dulce De Leche Cookies

These were good, everyone seemed to like them, but they were not great.  My grandmother who is picky said she enjoyed them so that is always a plus.  I dont think I would make these again just because they were slightly messy and time consuming.

½ cup unsalted butter (softened)

¼ cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg yolk room temp

1 and ¼ cups all purpose flour

1/8 tsp salt

¼ cup dulce de leche (I used more which may be why mine were so messy but without the extra I feel like they would have been VERY dry.)

2 tbsp sea salt

In a large mixing bowl beat together the butter and the brown sugar.

Beat in the vanilla and egg yolk next.

In a separate bowl combine the flour and the salt.


Gradually stir the flour into the butter and mix until blended well.

Shape the dough into a ball, cover and chill for one hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Shape the dough into balls and place them 2 inches apart on the greased baking sheet.

Using your thumb or a spoon press an indention into the center of each ball.

If the edges crack just pinch them back together.

Fill the indents with ¼ tsp of dulce de leche.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are light brown.

Cool the cookies on the pan for 5 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Sprinkle the tops with sea salt.

Recipe from Jen Sobjack

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Street Corn

The third Sunday of every month we have a big family get together.  My family is there, my brother’s family, my parents, my aunt and uncle and my grandparents.  It is a BLAST.  The best thing is that I get to see my nieces and nephew!  This month it was my turn to host and so we had a Mexican themed meal.  We had chicken tacos, ground beef tacos, rice, beans, corn, queso, guacamole, salsa, and all the toppings you can imagine.  After dinner we had tres leches cake, rice krispies, and dulce de leche cookies.  The meal was a huge hit! 

Several of the recipes I made were new to me and so I wanted to share them with you this week.  First up is the corn.  Everyone who had it LOVED it.  The corn was nice and fresh and just gorgeous.  The flavor was on point and it was super easy to prepare.

16 ounce bag of frozen corn

1 tsp onion powder

3 tbsp butter

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

½ tsp chili powder

¼ tsp cumin

2 tbsp mayo

2 tbsp lime juice

3 tbsp cilantro

Feta or queso fresca

Heat butter in a large skillet over high heat.

Add in frozen corn and cook till golden.

Season with onion powder, salt and pepper.

Move from heat and add in chili powder and cumin.

Add in mayo, lime juice and half of the cilantro.

Once mixed well pour into a serving bowl and top with remaining cilantro as well as the cheese. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Menu for 5/8/17 to 5/14/17

B- Cereal Bar
L- Cheese and Crackers

B- Muffins
L- Sandwich
D- Caprese Quiche (NR), Roasted Green Beans and Italian Potatoes

B- Chocolate Cip Croissant
L- Pepperoni Skewers
D- ?

B- Cereal
L- P, B, and J Sushi
D- Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken (NR), Fried Rice and Stir Fry Veggies

B- Cinnamon Bread
L- Sandwich
D- Queso Smothered Chicken (NR), Spanish Rice and Corn

B- One Eyed Sailor
L- Mini Corn Dogs
D- Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese

B- Mother's Day
L- Out
D- Leftovers

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Chicken with Orange Marinade

Today was a beautiful but that changes quickly in east Texas.  We are now under torbad warnings and have had about 9 touch down in a city about 60 minutes away.  I hate tornado season with a passion!

Since we are sitting here listening for sirens  I figured I could go ahead and post a new recipe we tried tonight.

Phillip is out of town at a convention so I decided to take it kind of easy tonight and do something simple.  I happened to find this recipe and decided to give it a shot.  With a couple of changes it was pretty tasty.

1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup honey
1 packet Italian seasoning
4-6 chicken beasts

Mix first three ingredients .
Place chicken in baggie with other items.
Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Turn skillet on medium-high and dump everything in the skillet.
Cook until juices run clear.

I served mine on a bed of rice pilaf and drizzled a little honey over the top.  To add just a bit more I garnished with oranges and some nuts for crunch.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Menu for 4/24 to 4/30

B- Muffins
L- Cheese and Crackers
D- Chick Fil A

B- Cereal
L- Lunchable
D- Fried Chicken, Red Lobster Biscuits, Carrots and Baked Potatoes

Wednesday (Working LATE)
B- Croissants
L- Sandwiches
D- Tomato Basil Soup

Thursday (Working LATE)
B- Breakfast Bar
L- Pepperoni Skewers
D- Crockpot Cheesy Chicken, Potatoes and Broccoli

B- Cereal
L- Pasta Salad
D- Pizza Hut (we have free pizzas)

B- One Eyed Sailor
L- Corn Dogs
D- ?

B- Breakfast Casserole
L- Leftovers

D- Steak in Red Wine Sauce, Macaroni and Cheese, Rolls, and Green Bean Bundles

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Baked Pasta with Alfredo

I made this last night for dinner.  We had a very busy night and I needed something to throw together quickly.  This dish was fast and the taste was pretty good.  The alfredo sauce added a little extra creaminess to the dish.  I feel like next time I will probably add some extra onion powder.

1 pound ground beef
32 ounces of garlic and herb spaghetti sauce
16 ounces of alfredo sauce
1 lb pasta
1 tsp onion powder
2 cups mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown the meat and drain off the extra liquid.
While the meat is cooking boil the pasta.
Add onion powder to the meat and mix well.
When the pasta is done pour in the alfredo sauce.
Next you will pour the pasta mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 pan.
Now you top the pasta with the meat.
Pour the spaghetti sauce over the top of the beef.
Lastly before popping it in the oven add the mozzarella cheese to the top of the dish.

Now you will bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Menu for 4/17 to 4/23

B- Strawberry Muffins
L- Sandwich
D- Baked Ziti (NR), That Corn, and Rolls

B- Breakfast Bar
L- Cheese and Crackers
D- Biscuits and Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Skillet Potatoes, and Bacon

B- Cinnamon Bread
L- Pepperoni Skewers
D- Slow Cooker Beef and Cheddar Sandwiches (NR) and Chips

B- Cereal
L- Ham Roll Ups
D- ?

B- Sticky Buns
L- Sandwich
D- Smothered Tuscan Garlic Chicken (NR), Mashed Potatoes, and Roasted Green Beans

B- Camping
L- Camping
D- Camping

B- Camping
L- Camping
D- Camping