Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tomato Pie

This dish was AMAZING!  I loved how nice and smooth it was and the flavor was spot on.  Hubby and I loved it and the kids thought it was ok...  Fortunately for me there was a small slice left over so I had it for lunch the next day.

15 ounces ricotta cheese
4 eggs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 t. salt + more for sprinkling
1/8 t. pepper + more for sprinkling
1/4 c. cream
1 T. cornstarch
1 t. onion powder
1t. garlic powder
1 1/2 sliced tomatoes
1 pie crust

Fit pie crust into pie plate.
Mix together ricotta cheese, eggs, parmesan, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
In a separate cup stir together cream and cornstarch until smooth.
Whisk the cornstarch into the cheese and egg mixture. 
Pour this mixture into a pie crust.
Slice tomatoes and blot with paper towels to remove extra juice.
Place on top of pie.
Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt and pepper.
Bake 40-50 minutes or until center is set.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Asparagus Egg Bacon Salad

Not only is this a very tasty salad it is also gorgeous!  My kids had no clue they were eating asparagus in fact I am pretty sure they thought they were having green beans.  I tripled the recipe...

1 large hard boiled egg, peeled and sliced
1 2/3 cups chopped asparagus
2 slices cooked and crumbled center cut bacon
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
pinch salt and pepper, to taste

Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the asparagus and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until tender yet firm.
Drain and run under cold water to stop it from cooking further.
Set aside.
In a small bowl mix the Dijon, oil, vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Arrange the asparagus on a plate, top with egg and bacon and drizzle with the vinaigrette.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Menu for 12-28 to 1-3

B- Fruit
L- Popcorn Chicken
D- Tomato Pie (NR), and Asparagus, Bacon, Egg Salad (NR)

B- Muffins
L- Cheese Quesadillas
D- ?

B- Cereal
L- Pizza Bites
D- Grilled Cheeses (50 cents at Sonic)

B- Pancakes and Bacon
L- Nachos
D- Italian Ground Beef Casserole (NR), Lemon Potatoes, and Green Beans

B- Hash Brown Casserole
L- Sandwich

B- Biscuits, Eggs, and Ham
L- ?

B- Breakfast Casserole
L- Out
D- Leftovers

Monday, December 21, 2015

Menu for 12-21 to 12-27

B- Cereal
L- Leftovers
D- Date night with Belly

B- Muffins
L- Cheese Quesadillas
D- Chicken and Beef Fajitas, Rice, Corn and Beans

B- Leftover Muffins
L- Chicken Bites and Fruit
D- Tomato Basil Soup, Cheeseburger Soup, and Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Thursday (Christmas Eve)
B- One Eyed Sailor and Scrambled Eggs
D- Italian Ground Beef Casserole (NR) and Green Beans

Friday (Christmas)
B- Denny's
L- Snacks (Big breakfast and early dinner)
D- Dinner at Aunt Cindy's (I am taking macaroni and cheese and a dessert)

B- French Toast
L- Lunch at  Phillip's parents house
D- Leftovers

B- Cinnamon Rolls

Friday, December 18, 2015

Chocolate Bacon Pull Apart Bread

Everyone in class who tried this gave it two big thumbs up!!!
8 slices Bacon (I used Hormel Thick-Cut)
1 can Pillsbury Grands! Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon maple extract
1 tablespoon milk

Cook bacon according to package directions until crisp. (You want to be able to crumble it.)
Let cool, then use your hands to crumble it into small bits.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Spray a loaf pan (about 9x5 inch size) with cooking spray (the kind with flour in it).
Open biscuits.
Cut Grands! in half horizontally for a total of 16 slices.
Place one slice on a flat surface.
Use a pastry brush to brush the top of the biscuit with maple syrup.
Top with 1 teaspoon each of chocolate chips and bacon pieces.
Top with another Grands! slice and press lightly to make them stick.
Repeat process, building a stack of biscuit dough, until you’re out of biscuit halves. (You won’t use all the maple syrup; save 1 tablespoon for the drizzle.)
Do not brush the top with maple syrup (you want both ends to be without maple syrup so they don’t stick to the pan).
Carefully transfer the stack to the prepared loaf pan. (It won’t fully fill the pan.)
Lay the stack horizontally in the center of the pan.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden on the top.
Let cool, then make the drizzle.
Make the drizzle:
Whisk the melted butter and 1 tablespoon of remaining maple syrup in a medium sized bowl.
Whisk in powdered sugar until thick, then add maple extract and milk and whisk until smooth. Drizzle carefully over bread and let set.
Store bread at room temperature in an airtight container or bag.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Apple Pie Pull Apart Bread

I made this for life group yesterday morning and it was gone with in a couple of minutes! 
1 tube of Pillsbury Biscuits {I used Grands Flaky Layers}
1 medium apple, cored and thinly sliced
cinnamon - sugar {1/3 cup of sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg}
Line a bread pan with parchment
Pre-heat the oven to 350
Toss the apple slices in the cinnamon sugar and set aside
Slice each biscuit in half - creating 16 rounds
Coat each round with the cinnamon and sugar
Layer the biscuits alternating with the apple slices {begin and end with biscuit} in the bread pan.
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes {mine took 25}

*I also added a powdered sugar glaze!
*Make sure you check the middle for doneness - if the middle of the loaf is doughy - let bake for an additional 5 - 10 minutes, but check often to make sure it is not getting too brown on to

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Jacob's Ninja Turtle Birthday Party

Since I have two kiddos with birthdays in December we pick one Saturday and knock out both parties.  Jacob's party was from 10-12 and Belle's party was from 1-3.  During the time between I turn into a mad woman tearing down all the party decorations and then redecorating for the next party.

Jacob decided that this year he wanted to have a Ninja Turtle Birthday Party and he was sooooooo excited for party day.  With his birthday being in December I always worry that he won't have a good turnout because it is such a busy time, but he had a great turnout and was beyond thrilled.

Ninja Turtles hanging from ceiling
Toys on table
Tons of stuff from Oriental Trading

Cake (It was PERFECT)
Sewer Lids (Oreos)
Nunchucks (Cake Rolls with Licorice)
Toxic Ooze (Green Juice)
Green Candies
Ninja Turtle shaped chocolates

Make Glow In The Dark Slime
Pin The Pizza On The Turtle
Pizza Toss (Made cardboard pizza and had them toss into pizza boxes)
Toss Across Game (I found it at WM on sale for $8)

Goody Bags:
Ninja Turtle Gummies
Coloring Books


Monday, December 7, 2015

Cinnamon Roll Casserole

I FINALLY have a new recipe to share!  This past week I volunteered at the kids school 5 days, plus planned two birthday parties which we had on Saturday.  Our son had a Ninja Turtle party from 10-12 and then we tore everything down and redecorated for our daughters My Little Pony Party which was at 1.  I know it sounds crazy but with two kiddos who have birthdays in December it is easier to just do one day. 

When our last guest left we went and did a little Christmas shopping.  While in the car I was browsing on my phone and found this recipe and thought it would be great to try out on my Life Group at church the next morning.  Everyone liked it and there was only a tiny bit leftover which I fed to my kiddos this morning and they all liked it also.

I love how easy this dish was to make and it was also super cheap.  Our town just got an Aldi so I got the cinnamon rolls for less than $1 per can which means I was able to make this dish for less than $3 total!
2 cans Cinnamon rolls
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (half & half works too)
3 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans (I didn't use pecans)
Icing from cinnamon roll packages
In a large bowl, melt butter with sugar. 
Beat in eggs, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
Open canned cinnamon rolls, slice each cinnamon roll into fourths.
Place cinnamon roll pieces into the bowl of egg mixture and toss to thoroughly coat.
Then pour the pieces, coated in egg mixture, into a greased 9×12 casserole dish and spread out evenly.
Use any leftover egg mixture to coat the casserole.
Sprinkle with pecans and then bake on 350˚ on a low rack for 35-40 minutes or until brown.
Remove casserole from oven.
Drizzle icing over the top.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

I like my other sugar cookie recipe on this blog better as far as the taste.  I prefer this one because you don't have to chill the dough and it holds its shape well.  Now I just have to come up with a recipe that does both.  :-)
1 Cup butter, softened
1 Cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350° F.
In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
Beat in extracts and egg.
In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. (The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.)
Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut.
You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).
Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes.
Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
I forgot to take a picture so this is off the original blog!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Menu for 11-30 to 12-6

B- Doughnuts
L- Chicken and Pesto Sandwich
D- Cheddar Beer Soup

B- Cereal
L- Grilled Cheese Quesadillas

B- Chocolate Chip Pancakes
L- Sandwich

B- Fruit

B- Pancakes and Bacon

B- Cinnamon Roll Casserole (NR)
L- Birthday Parties!!!

B- Hash Brown Casserole
L- Out
D- Leftovers

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