Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cookie Cups

Make your favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe (you could really use any cookie- peanut butter cookies would be great). Instead of baking your cookies on a cookie sheet, use a muffin pan (I used a mini muffin pan since I was making them for kids). Fill muffin cup about 1/2 full. Bake. Push in center with a tart shaper.

Let them cool. Then fill them with ice cream. Top with cool whip, nuts, hot fudge, caramel, banana, fresh fruit, etc... like a small ice cream sundae! These are a huge hit with kids!!

Alfredo Ham 'n Cheese Pizza

This is one of my kids' new favorites!! They each ate like 4-6 pieces! This is the recipe- but I didn't follow it exactly (do I ever??). I just used these ingredients and made it like a regular pizza- I know I used more/less of each of the ingredients :)

* 1/4 cup Alfredo sauce (your favorite)
* 5 pita breads (approximately 6 inches- I used flat bread)
* 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
* 1 3/4 cups cubed fully cooked ham
* 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
* 1 tablespoon minced chives

Spread Alfredo sauce over pita breads. Top with Swiss cheese, ham, mozzarella cheese and chives. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Garlic Pizza

If you cut this pizza into thin wedges, it's fantastic as garlic bread!

* 1 prebaked pizza crust
* 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 cup mayonnaise
* 1/2 small red onion, chopped
* 3 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
* 1 tablespoon dried oregano

Place the crust on a pizza stone/pan or just a cookie sheet. In a small bowl, combine the Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, onion, garlic and oregano; spread over crust. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cut into wedges. Serve warm.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wheat Bread

I am not a big fan of making homemade bread... however I am a big fan of eating homemade bread :) I tried this new recipe today and it is way easy and it is very yummy!

1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt

3 cups flour- your choice (all wheat, all white, 1/2 and 1/2...)
2 teaspoons instant active dry yeast

Put the first 6 ingredients in a bowl and mix it all together. Add the flour and yeast and knead it for about 10 minutes. Put the dough in an oiled bowl and flip it one time to get oil on the top. Cover with a towel (preferably a clean one :) ). Let it rise for 45 minutes. Punch down and form into a loaf. Put it in a greased loaf pan. Cover with towel and let rise for 30 minutes. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes- or until golden brown. Remove from oven and butter the top.

Easy Chicken Parmesian

This recipe is so easy and was a big hit in our house!

Frozen chicken patties (1-2 per person)
Your favorite marinara sauce
Shredded Mozzarella cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese

Cook your chicken (as directed on the pkg). Heat up the marinara sauce. Pour 1/4 cup of sauce over top of your chicken. Sprinkle a little bit of both cheeses over top.

That's it... SO easy!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Lemonade Pie

One box of ginger snaps
6 tbsp butter
12 oz can of lemonade - thawed
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
2- 8oz tubs of cool whip

Crush the ginger snaps and mix it together with 6 tbsp of melted butter, to make a pie crust. Blend all remaining ingredients together, until it is smooth and then pour it into pie crust (makes a 9x13 pan). Freeze. Serve.

Pig Cookies

My mom made these cookies with my kids the other day. They are really cute and it's a great creative way of getting the kids busy in the kitchen :)