EASY NO BAKE Cookie Bars

I needed to go into the grocery store the other day for two things, but as it often goes, two things turn into about twenty.  I had my kids with me this time and they know that the basket, and sometimes unplanned cart, will end up quite full, no matter what I need to buy.  When I do take my kids, they always want to buy a few special treats or yummy snacks.  Even when I go by myself, I tend to grab extra items off the shelves or think of something else as I stroll down the aisles.  You know it happens to you too!!! Anyways, my kids were being really well behaved as chips and salsa, hot wing sauce, and peanut butter and jelly happened to fall into my basket.  As we were finally heading to the check out line, their eyes spotted Birthday Cake Oreos.  They HAD to have them!!! [Read more...]

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Oh my goodness! Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are amazing!  I have made them many times for my family and they are always a huge hit!  They are one of our favorite ways to start the morning!  It is like eating dessert for breakfast and that is pretty awesome! I was very thankful when I found this incredible recipe at The Baker Chick!  Many kids (and husbands) love pancakes, and when you mix them with the scrumptious taste of cinnamon rolls, you get a fantastic meal!  As I have mentioned, I am trying to eat a little healthier, but there are times when the will power gets put on hold. When I made Cinnamon Roll Pancakes this week, my rumbling tummy took over and I ended up eating two big servings. How could you not give in to a beautiful plate of butter, sugar, cinnamon, and cream cheese?  You can’t, so go ahead, make them, grab a fork and a glass of milk, and let the eating fest begin!  Cinnamon Roll Pancakes are a great way to start your day on a weekend, a special occasion, or basically on any day!  Enjoy!

4.7 from 3 reviews

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
 
Ingredients
PANCAKES (makes about 4 or 5)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
CINNAMON FILLING: *makes enough for much more than 4 pancakes
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
CREAM CHEESE GLAZE:
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Prepare pancake batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt
  2. Whisk in milk, oil and egg, just until batter is moistened (a few small lumps are fine).
  3. In a medium bowl, mix butter, brown sugar and cinnamon
  4. Pour filling into a ziploc bag and cut a small hole in the corner of the bag
  5. Set aside-You don’t want this to remain super-liquidy (you want a consistency similar to toothpaste)
  6. In a small saucepan, heat butter and cream cheese until melted
  7. Whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla extract; set aside
  8. Heat large skillet over medium-low heat and spray with nonstick spray
  9. Scoop about ¾ cup batter onto the skillet
  10. When pancake has started to cook a little, swirl in the cinnamon filling with the ziploc bag that has the cut off corner
  11. When bubbles begin to appear on the surface, flip carefully with a thin spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more
  12. Transfer to a baking sheet or platter and keep in a warm oven until ready to serve
  13. When ready to serve, spoon warmed glaze onto the top of each pancake.

Shared at: I Heart Nap Time, Say Not Sweet Anne, Mom’s Test Kitchen, Mrs. Happy Homemaker, Inside BruCrew Life, Pint Sized Baker, Chase the Star, Spatulas on Parade, Sunflower Supper Club, Weekend Kitchen Creations

Wreath Cookies

Christmas is full of traditions, spending time with family, and creating beautiful memories!  One tradition that I will always cherish is the time I spent making Christmas cookies with my mom.  We would make the same delicious cookies each year and occasionally add a new cookie.  Wreath Cookies were always one of my favorite treats and until I made them this year, I forgot how yummy they tasted.

I love that I can now carry on the wonderful tradition of making Christmas cookies with my own children.  They really enjoy helping me in the kitchen and they love baking cookies. Kids love helping make Wreath Cookies, the green color, getting messy hands, and eating them!  Wreath Cookies are festive, fun, and tasty! My four year old even likes the cinnamon candy! My parents are here visiting and it was especially nice to do the baking with everyone together!

Wreath Cookies
 
Wreath Cookies are festive, fun, and tasty Christmas treats that are fun to make with your kids!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 10 oz bag miniature marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon green food coloring
  • 6 cups Cornflakes
  • Crisco
  • Cinnamon Drops
Instructions
  1. Pour 6 cups of Cornflakes into a large bowl and set aside
  2. Melt a stick of butter in a sauce pan, on low heat
  3. When completely melted, add a bag of mini marshmallows
  4. Stir until the marshmallows are completely melted
  5. Add a teaspoon of green food coloring
  6. Stir until the mixture is completely green
  7. Pour the green mixture on the cornflakes
  8. Mix until the cornflakes are completely coated and green
  9. Put Crisco on your fingers
  10. Place a small handful of the cornflake mixture on parchment paper and form a wreath
  11. Place three cinnamon drops on the wreath
  12. Repeat with the remaining mixture (Every once in awhile, put more Crisco on your fingers)
  13. Let the wreaths sit for a little until they set
  14. Enjoy

 

Grandma’s Potatoes

Every year while I was growing up, we celebrated Christmas Eve with family at my parent’s house.  It was always a beautiful night of making memories and spending time with our loved ones, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Along with the amazing tradition of seeing family, came the delicious food that we enjoyed year after year.  Grandma’s Potatoes were always something that everyone looked forward to.  No matter who tried to recreate this incredible recipe, it always tasted best when my grandma made them.  She had a magical touch and cooked them to perfection each and every time. Grandma’s Potatoes were disappearing before everyone was able to walk through the buffet line, so she had to start making four pans each year.  The fourth pan was secretly put aside so we could have some on Christmas morning.  It was perfect because they were already cooked, so we could just warm them up in the morning after opening presents.  On the years that we spend Christmas at home,  I make Grandma’s Potatoes, then sometimes again on New Year’s Day.  They are by far the best potatoes I have ever had and they are always a crowd pleaser.  I have made them for my in-laws several times and they couldn’t believe how wonderful they tasted.  Everyone wanted the recipe!  They would work as a side dish to ham or turkey, as well as a perfect breakfast meal. They are very addictive and have the most amazing combination of flavors.  Give them a try, watch them disappear, and let me know what you think! You will be really happy you made them and might start eating them every single Christmas or holiday season!  What is your favorite food that you love to eat every Christmas?

Grandma’s Potatoes
 
Grandma’s Potatoes have the best combination of flavors and are the most amazing potatoes I have ever eaten! They are always a huge hit!
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Recipe type: side dish or entree
Ingredients
  • 1 bag Ore-Ida hash browns
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 8 oz container of sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • container of cheddar french fried onions (the original recipe from my grandma uses 2 cups crushed cornflakes sauteed in butter)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, add stick of butter, sour cream, and cream of chicken soup
  3. Microwave and melt completely
  4. In a 9×13 pan, add hash browns, cheddar cheese, green onions, and the melted butter/sour cream/cream of chicken mixture
  5. Mix well and coat all of the hash browns
  6. Bake, uncovered, for 55-60 minutes
  7. Top the potatoes with a container of cheddar french fried onions
  8. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes (start checking at 5)
  9. ***If you used crushed cornflakes sauteed in butter, bake them on top for the entire 55-60 minutes

Recipe shared at: Couponing n Cooking , Mom’s Test Kitchen

Pineapple Casserole

Pineapple Casserole

Who loves pineapple?  My family and I sure do, and Pineapple Casserole is a perfect side dish, especially with ham!  When I spent an Easter with my husband’s family years ago, my mother-in-law introduced me to this super yummy casserole.  I kept going back to the table to get another piece.  It has been at many family gatherings since then and I enjoy it every time!

My mother-in-law just gave me a big pile of her family recipes, including Pineapple Casserole.  I am so excited to try all of them, but I started with this side dish last night.  I was making ham and thought it would be a great addition to the meal.  My husband, son and I each ate a large portion!

4.5 from 2 reviews

 Pineapple Casserole
 
Pineapple Casserole is a delicious side dish and is especially perfect with ham! It is easy to make and is great for the holidays!
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Recipe type: side dish
Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 8 pieces white bread, cubed (see notes)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream butter and sugar together
  3. Beat the eggs really well and add to the butter and sugar
  4. Mix well
  5. Add the drained pineapple and stir
  6. Add the cubed bread and mix everything really well
  7. Grease an 8×8 pan (see notes)
  8. Pour mixture into the pan
  9. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes
  10. Serve warm or cold
Notes
I removed all of the crusts from the bread, but my mother-in-law does not. Either way works great! I used an 8×8 pan for a thicker casserole, but my mother-in-law has used a 9×13 for a thinner casserole and to last longer with a bigger crowd