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Recipe ~ Jerk Turkey Burgers June 26, 2013

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Jerk Turkey Burgers

The 4th of July is quickly approaching (this is a bad word in the education world since our summer is dwindling away), here is a healthier, yummy alternative to the burger you may want to try for your 4th of July BBQ.

I found this recipe on Livestrong.com last year.  We have enjoyed making it several times.  This time we even tried making them on the grill.

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There are quite a few spices in this recipe so check your spice rack before making this.

Jerk Turkey Burgers

1/3 cup Panko Bread Crumbs

2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper, raw

2 cloves Garlic, raw

1 tsp Thyme

1 tsp Curry Powder

1/2 tsp. Cumin

1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

1/4 tsp Paprika, sweet

1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 lb. Ground Turkey

1 Large Egg

Directions:

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In a small nonstick skillet, heat oil over low heat.  Add finely diced red pepper, minced garlic and spices.  Saute for 1-2 minutes until slightly softened.  Take off the heat and let it cool.

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In a large bowl combine ground turkey, egg, Panko bread crumbs, cooled red pepper and spices mixing thoroughly but lightly.

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Shape into 4 burgers and saute in lightly oiled nonstick skillet about 5 minutes on each side until browned – check doneness with meat thermometer (160 degrees).   If you are grilling we found that it worked best to start by grilling the patties on a piece of foil on one side.  Before flipping to cook the other side you can remove it from the foil and place it right on the grill.  Since the meat is more loose than hamburger, you need the foil to start with so it doesn’t fall through the grates on the grill.  You can also add salt and pepper if desired.

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YUM!!!!

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Crock-pot Hot Chocolate January 3, 2013

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Crockpot Hot Chocolate

This year we celebrated New Year’s Eve “in”.  We threw together an impromptu party with some friends and their kiddos!  We even got really wild and rang in the New Year Eastern time (instead of Central time) so we can get the kids to bed (aka – us) earlier.  HA!  We decided we are all getting old.  I wanted to share the recipe for Crock-pot Hot Chocolate I got from Maggie at Smashed Peas and Carrots.  It was a hit at the party.  So easy and so, so rich and yummy!

Crock-pot Hot Chocolate (serves 4-6)

I doubled the recipe for the party and used a bigger crock-pot

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp vanilla
3 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp white chocolate chips
1 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
whipped cream
mini chocolate chips for serving
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Combine the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt together in your crockpot.    Add in the milk and vanilla and whisk everything together until smooth and well-combined.  Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.
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After a couple of hours it will look frothy on the top like this.
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After 2 hours, add in the heavy cream, white and semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Stir until chips are melted.  After about 10 minutes, serve in mugs.
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I created a hot chocolate bar for the guest to enjoy.  I offered whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, caramel pieces, candy canes and mini marshmallows to add to their hot chocolate.
A big thank you to Maggie for posting this recipe on her blog!  It was fantastic!  Not a drop was left at the end of the night.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
 

Oreo Truffles December 2, 2012

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Oreo Truffles

I’ve always loved these Oreo truffles when people brought them to share.  Who knew they were so fast and easy to make?  I found the recipe on Pintrest from Chef in Training.  They were a big hit at our Women’s Christmas party at church yesterday.

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Just 3 ingredients!

1 pkg of Double Stuff Oreos

4 oz. Cream Cheese

1/2 pkg white almond bark

Directions

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Place the whole package of Double Stuff Oreos in your food processor and chop them into fine crumbs.

Take a few of the crumbs out and put them aside to garnish your truffles after you dip them.

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Using your hands, mix the cookie crumbs with the softened cream cheese.

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Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and place them on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.

Place them in the freezer for about 15 minutes to harden before dipping them in the almond bark.

While the truffles are cooling melt your almond bark according to the instructions on the package.

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Immediately after removing the truffles from the freezer dip them in the almond bark using a fork.  Tapping your fork against the side of the bowl works really well to remove the excess almond bark and leaves a smooth coating.  After placing it on the cookie sheet sprinkle the top with cookie crumbs.

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Enjoy!

This recipe made about 2 dozen truffles for me.

 

Double Chocolate Bundt Cake July 25, 2012

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My aunts came to visit today to meet the new little guy.  I thought it would be fun to try a new recipe to serve for dessert.  I finally went into my “Favorite Recipes” board on Pintrest and actually made this luscious piece of chocolate heaven!   It was pretty easy and tasted yummy!  My 4-year-old kitchen assistant was at my side to help, too!  He just loves to help bake (and snitch a piece of something sweet as we work — he does have his mom’s sweet tooth).

The Pintrest post didn’t link to a website, so I’m not sure what the original source is.  There was only a picture and the recipe.

Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

1 yellow cake mix

1 box instant vanilla pudding

1 box instant chocolate pudding

4 eggs

3/4 cup oil

1 cup sour cream

1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Warning:  Pictured is a tub of Sour Cream with chives.  I didn’t realize I had bought that until I opened it to add to the bowl.  I was glad I saw the little pieces of chives in there before I dumped it in.  I had to drive back to the store and get plain sour cream – whew!

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, but only mix in 1/2 of the bag of chocolate chips.

Pour half of the batter into a greased bundt pan.  Next, layer the other 1/2 of the bag of chocolate chips (save a few to garnish the top of your cake).  Layer the rest of the of the batter.  Garnish with the remaining chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

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I served the cake with vanilla ice cream.  It rich chocolatey goodness!

 

stART ~ The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse July 18, 2012

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This week we read the book “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” by Eric Carle.  We love all the Eric Carle books!  This one was just perfect for my four-year-old because it was written with a pattern that he could easily memorize and “read” the book himself.  Each page has one animal and the text describes the color of the animal that the artist has made.  The artist in the book really uses an imagination with each animal (ie polka dot donkey).  The best part was seeing the excitement in Will’s eyes and his pride in himself when he could read the whole book to me!

 

 

For our project we decided to get creative with some animal pictures of our own.  We started by mixing up a couple batches of Kool-Aid finger paint.  Then we printed some animal coloring pages from the Internet.

 

I found the recipe for Kool-Aid finger paint here.

 

Kool-Aid Finger Paint

•2 cups flour

• 2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid (use different flavors for different colors)

• 1/2 cup salt

•3 cups boiling water

• 3 tablespoons oil

What you do:

1. Put the Kool-Aid, flour and salt into a mixing bowl.

2. Add the oil.

3. Slowly add the boiling water.

4. Start painting!

 

Here are the ingredients!

Adding and mixing the dry ingredients!

Add the oil and boiling water and mix.

At this point Will was no longer interested — he said it looked like “throw up” because some times when you throw up it is pink.  Well, I can’t say he was too off the mark.  As you add all the water and keep mixing it does get a lot thinner.  😉

So, these are the two pictures I finger painted since Will did not want to touch the paint or get messy.

The recipe makes A LOT of finger paint (even making just half).  I would suggest halving the recipe for sure if not making less than that.    I’m curious how long the paint keeps in a sealed container.

 

DIY Baby Wipes July 16, 2012

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Due to the arrival of our sweet little boy, my crafting time has had to take a little break.  So instead of a fun little craft post by me, you are getting a practical DIY project — baby wipes — very fitting don’t ya think?  When I had my first son, my book club friends shared this recipe for homemade baby wipes.  I just love them and have been making them for the last 4 years.  I’m actually on my second container since I wore out the first one.

Start with a roll of paper towels.  I like the Bounty Basics towels the best.  My husband used to cut them with his saw, but now I just use a knife to cut through the paper towel roll.  Works fine and I don’t have to wait for the hubby to cut them when I need them.

There’s not much to these wipes — so easy and cheap!

Homemade Baby Wipes

2 cups water

3 Tbsp baby oil

3 Tbsp body wash

1/2 a roll of paper towels

Mix the baby oil, water and body wash in a sealed container.  Place the paper towel roll inside as well.  Seal the container and turn it upside down.  Let it sit and soak up the liquid for about 5 minutes.

Pull the cardboard tube out from the paper towel roll at the end of the 5 minutes.

To use the wipes, pull the first towel piece from the center and tear at the perforation.  As long as you keep them in a sealed container they stay moist for a long time.  With a new baby they just don’t last all that long anyway 😉  These also work great to clean up kids after messy craft projects or sticky treats!

Who couldn’t love that face?  Here’s Bennett’s one-month picture.  He will be 6 weeks old tomorrow.  My how fast the time goes.   Hope you enjoy the wipes as much as I do!

 

Monster Bars May 9, 2012

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Who doesn’t love Monster Cookies?  Well, when I saw the recipe for these Monster Bars, I had to try them.  They are very similar to the cookies, although the bars don’t have any peanut butter in them.  I may try to add some next time I make these delicious, sweet things!

I found the recipe on Something Swanky: desserts & design

Monster Bars

  • 9 full graham crackers
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • approximately 3/4 c. oats
  • approximately 3/4 c. M&Ms
  • approximately 3/4 c. chocolate chips

Directions:

Place nine full-sized graham crackers in a ziplock bag and use a rolling-pin to crush them up for the crust.  Add the 4 T. of butter to the bag, seal and place it in the microwave for about 30 seconds to melt the butter.  Remove from the microwave and make sure to let the air out of the bag.  Smoosh the butter and graham cracker crumbs together to make the crust.

 Press the graham cracker crust into a well-greased 9 x 13 pan.

Pour the whole can of sweet condensed milk evenly over the graham cracker crust (this is the good stuff!).

Next, layer the oats, semi-sweet chocolate chips and M&Ms.  I used the M&M minis for fun.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until browned and slightly pulling away at the edges.

ENJOY!!!!  This is a yummy treat you won’t be able to leave alone or keep in the house long.  I took them to serve for dessert Saturday night to my family.  We had two left over and those two didn’t last any longer than the next day.

 

 
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