Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pizza Cookie

I love pizza and so do most kids I know. So what  after school snack than a cookie that looks like a pizza? I wanted to make taco sugar cookies but do you know how hard it is to bake a cookie and it come out shaped like a taco shell? I have no idea how to make them 'pretty' so I gave up and made a pizza instead.

This post is the first for #Fillthecookiejar with Feeding Big, a monthly cookie party. Each month will have a different theme. This month is back to school or kids favorite. Since my kids are all grown, I was thinking about what they would want when they got home. Pizza, cookies,so why not make one that is both.

Info on fill the cookie jar can be found here:

Here is my submission:
Pizza Cookie
1 family size bag of sugar cookie mix = pizza crust
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips = ground beef
2 kiwi = diced is the green peppers
5 strawberries = diced is the tomatoes
1/3 cup butterscotch chips = represents the cheese
Follow the directions on the bag of mix, I used my stone to bake my "pizza" and sprinkled everything on top.
Delicious and sort of healthy :)

Please be sure to visit all the other lovely cookie recipes. You can find us on Pinterest as well. 

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Grab N Go Breakfast Sandwich

I actually made this for supper one night. I was hungry, not wanting to do any 'involved' cooking, plus no one was home.
Opening the fridge and looking around I saw several things that I wanted and decided to combine a few of them.
This would be great in the mornings, you could eat it on the way to work or sitting at your desk. A great anytime meal. With the kids already back in school, this is a great quick meal for them as well. You could even fix a few at a time and wrap them in the fridge. Then when you're ready just heat, go and eat. Perfect.

Grab N Go Breakfast Sandwich
1 egg
2-3 TBSP shredded cheese
2 slices of precooked bacon crumbled
1 slice breakfast sausage, cooked
1 bun

Whip the egg, add fresh cracked pepper, the bacon and cheese. Pour into a heated small saute pan with butter. Cook until done. About 2 minutes max. Fold and place on a bun with the cooked sausage patty and I used chipotle dipping mustard.

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July Foodie Pen Pals reveal

Hard to believe it is the end of July already. I really don't know where the time goes.
With it being the end of the month, it is time to reveal my Foodie Pen Pal box to you all.

In my box I received:
Luna bar , Lemon Zest
Milk Chocolate Crisps
Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins
Tazo orange tea
lemon gum
Ginger dipping sauce

It is hard to say what my favorite was. It was a tie between the chocolate crisp and the Meyer lemon cookies. Both were delicious and are my favorite flavors.
Thanks so much to Ashley, she was the blogger who sent me my box. You can read her blog  HERE

Curious as to what I sent and to who? I sent a box to Charmaine. A homeschool mom in California.

Interested in joining the Foodie Pen Pals? You can. You don't have to be a blogger. You can be an ordinary mom or dad, working or at home. It is open to all.

For details go to: The Lean Green Bean and click Foodie PenPals  or just click HERE and follow the instructions.

Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
- Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We've determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!
***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at to get involved!
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top 3 from week 16

Oh it is always so much fun to see who was visited the most from the party.
I love seeing all the recipes each week and adding to my mile long list of recipes "to try" or edit. :) Cause ya'll know I can't do it your way. I have to make it my own.

This week's favorite, most visited or clicked the most recipes were:
Drum roll please

Butterscotch Banana Harvest Cake
If you haven't been to Just Dip It In Chocolate ,you need to run, not walk, right now. Lizy has some of the BEST recipes and photos that make you want to lick your screen.

Moist Chocolate Chip Cake
Sharon's blog is great. She has a little bit of everything. Recipes, DIY, crafts, frugal tips. You need to put her on your list as well, you know, the list of blogs to visit. I have one and it gets longer each day.

10 minute GF DF ice cream
Heather is the crafting diva but you'll also find great recipes like this one on her site. Crafts, DIY and a few recipes thrown in. Check out her blog.

Host favorite:
Pineapple Teriyaki Burgers
These lovelies come from Jamie over at Love Bakes Good Cakes. She has some great recipes and has been busy busy lately. Each day I see another great recipe. She also host a great link party each week.

Grab your button ladies and thanks for another fabulous week.

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HEY Ladies!! Fans of Shemar Moore and Criminal Minds
You may have seen my post in the past and the button on my side bar about #TheBounceBack movie. Here are the links if you are interested.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Ugly Peaches n' Creame Pie with home-made whipped cream

Happy Monday. Okay, it's Monday, not so sure about the happy part. It is super hot and muggy outside already. Yuck AND we are expecting more rain. I don't ever remember a year so filled with rain. We have been in drought conditions for...I'm not sure. I think about 7 years. Now we are WELL above our yearly rainfall due to the last 2 months. Severely flooding, ruined crops, collapsed roads, it is terrible.
For those of you in the flooding areas. I pray safety for you and that you don't lose your homes.
We are expected more rain everyday this week. Glad that the river is 3 miles from us and down hill some.

There should be a road, grass and a driveway here. About 25 minutes from my home.

On the right you can see the top of a car floating but yet someone STILL tried to drive through the water. You never know how deep or fast the water is. DO NOT try to drive through flood waters.

Okay, enough of all that. On to the recipe.

Have you ever had an idea in your head that worked but when you tried it - it bombed. Yeah, that's this pie. It taste great don't get me wrong. If it tasted bad I would not dare put it up here. However, I want you to know that everyone fixes something that just doesn't work out all the time.

My grandmother used to say that ugly cakes and pies were the best tasting. Well, this is one ugly pie and it tasted great. I will try again and see if I can fix the issue but for now. I thought I'd share it anyway.

UGLY Peaches N' Creame Pie
4 peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
pie crust
home made whipped cream
1 1/2 cups Almond Milk
1 pkg french vanilla pudding

I used a pre-made pie crust that you unroll and bake. My crust don't normally turn out very well so I thought I'd cheat. HA! that didn't help much. When the package says DO NOT grease the pan. They know why. I did and well, my crust 'slid' down and formed lumps. Oh well. Lesson number one. Follow instructions.

After the crust was baked and cooled off. I prepared the pudding with 1 1/2 cups Almond Milk. Letting this firm and then spreading it in the pie shell.
While this was going on I sliced, pitted and peeled the peaches. Cooking them in the sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Once they have cooled and the pudding has set. Lay the peaches on top.
Chill again for at least an hour. * Lesson number 2 I was impatient and so when I sliced it the pudding was not set enough and it ran. Hence the 'ugly' pie.
Top with homemade whipped cream and the juice from the cooked peaches.


Oh wait, you don't know how to fix home-made whipped cream? You buy the can or plastic container stuff? Well, I did too until I fixed my own. OMGosh there is NO comparison. Once you make your own, see how easy it is and how fabulous it taste, you won't buy the other stuff again.

Homemade whipped cream
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

Pour your cream into a bowl and start your mixer on low. Beat for 5 minutes. 
Add 1/2 the sugar.
Beat for 5 minutes on medium/high speed.
Add 1/2 the sugar and the vanilla.
Beat 3 minutes on medium/high and then switch to high for 1 minute and back to low for 1 minute.
You will have the loveliest whipped cream and oh so decadent!
*I stored the leftover whipped cream in a plastic air tight container in the fridge. It lasted a week before the tiny amount left was tossed out. I have not tried to freeze it but I'm sure you could.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Swap N Share Sunday week 16

Hey howdy hey
How's it going?
Stay cool cats.

yeah, not sure where all that came from but it was floating around in my head. Now that it's out, maybe I can get down to work. LOL

How has your week been? Mine has been good all things considered. My ankle is better but of course not well and my leg, well, that's another matter. A sprained ankle and popped tendon do NOT heal as fast as I would like.
Our oldest son bought his first new car. He is a happy camper. Our youngest son moved into his first home with his new bride AND they are the proud parents of Finnick. An adorable puppy! whew... husky shepherd mix. My oldest is off for the weekend with his girlfriend celebrating her birthday. awww My husband is on vacation and I'm here holding down the fort.

Let's see what I can create in the kitchen this week with no distractions....hmmm You all inspire me with your delicious looking recipes. So without further ado, on to the PARTY!

One change, I'm starting the party at 6 p.m. EST instead of the normal 9. This is a permanent change.

If you missed last week's party or the Top 3 from last week, you can see those: HERE

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Friday, July 26, 2013

July - Fly on the Wall - smoothie

Another great month of "Fly on the Wall" with my friend Karen over at Baking In A Tornado and 14 other bloggers. We are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house. Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado
Just A Little Nutty
Follow Me Home
Stacy Sews and Schools
The Sadder But Wiser Girl
Menopausal Mother
Moore Organized Mayhem
Hypnotic Bard
The Momisodes
Spatulas On Parade
Dates 2 Diapers 2
Not Everyone Can Be A Mermaid
The Rowdy Baker
Evil Joy Speaks

Conversations with my grand-daughter, who is 2
me: hi, how are you?
J: I'm 2
me: yes I know you're 2

me: what are you doing?
J: I not do nuh fin
me: really
J: whut u say

J: where my daddy
me: on the phone in his room
J: who he talkin too, his friend
me: yes
J: her at her howz
me: yes
J: good

Here is a great smoothie I made using leftovers.
Peaches N Cream Smoothie
1/2 cup cooked peaches (leftover from a pie) cinnamon and nutmeg and sugar, cooked down.
1 cup frozen peaches
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup homemade whipped cream (leftover from the pie)
1/2 cup almond milk
Blitzed up in the Vita Mix and done!
Easy, used up my leftovers and it was like drinkable dessert. Just what I needed :)

Facts I learned this month:
If you put hot liquid in the Vita-Mix, place the lid on it and turn it on. The lid WILL come off and you WILL get a shower of whatever you put in there.

As soon as I hang out clothes on a sunny day, it starts to rain.

I clean out the litter box and one of the three IMMEDIATELY has to poop.

If I drop an egg in the floor, the dog will clean it faster than I can grab a towel.

We've had so much rain I'm expecting the chickens to start lining up two by two. OR their feet will become flippers.

When trapped in the hen house without your phone, a weapon or anyone home, you WILL see the biggest (*&^&^^%$ snake of the year! Now I know where the eggs have been disappearing too.

The one day I go out for just 1 item and don't change from my 'house cleaning clothes' is the 1 day I see EVERYONE I know. :(

When you have a headache is the one day that NO toddler or baby in town has had a nap and their moms ALL needed something from the same store I'm in.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Foodie Friends Friday Link Party

Who is ready for a party? ME!! I've been MIA from FFF for a few weeks. You guys understand, there is just so much going on this summer. Add to that sickness, weddings, funerals and a sprained ankle and you have a recipe for frustration.

How about we turn the frustrations around and just have recipes for fun. Here are last weeks favorites.

Be sure to visit our host and hostess.

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Chilaquiles - guest post

This is a guest post:
Author Bio:  Brittany writes on behalf of Wolf Brand Chili.  For more easy summer grilling and family dinner ideas, visit
Chilaquiles Recipe| Spatulas on Parade
Staring at the menu of one of my favorite local restaurants, I saw a peculiar looking dish which a name I could barely pronounce that seemed a little heavy for brunch; so I ordered it. It was called “Chilaquiles” and it immediately became one of my favorite foods. Chilaquiles are a traditional Mexican dish that can actually be served for any meal. It’s a hearty and savory mix of chili, cheese, tortilla chips and chorizo. The best part is that it’s fairly easy to make at home.  So whether you want to impress guests with spicy and delicious recipe, or you just want to treat your family to a yummy weekend brunch, this is a great recipe to try.
No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 can  of no bean chili
1 can of seasoned beans, undrained
3 cups yellow tortilla chips (about 35 chips)
1 can  of diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
10 ounces crumbled queso fresco cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup of chorizo, broken up into small pieces (optional)

1.  Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray 2-quart deep baking dish with cooking spray.
2.  Cook the chili, beans, and chorizo in a large saucepan over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until hot.  Add the tortilla chips and stir to combine.
3. Layer 1/3 each of chili mixture, drained tomatoes and cheese in baking dish. Repeat layers twice, ending with a layer of queso fresco. You can sprinkle a few tortilla chips on top as well.
4. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot.
** If you’re serving this as a breakfast dish, serve the Chilaquiles with a poached or scrambled egg to complete the meal. Enjoy!
Author Bio:  Brittany writes on behalf of Wolf Brand Chili.  For more easy summer grilling and family dinner ideas, visit

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013


It is just too stinkin' hot to cook!! So it's salad and sandwich time. Not something I normally do, but considering I popped a tendon and sprained my ankle, a sandwich is a meal saver. Throw in some ice cream for dessert and we're all set.

Since we are over run with tomatoes, a BLT sounds good all the time. No I haven't fixed them everyday, bacon cost too much otherwise I would. :)

I have 3 favorite sandwiches that are super easy and filling. You can precook your bacon early in the day before the heat sets in and serve it room temperature, heat it in the toaster oven or in the microwave if you must.

A 'regular' BLT but only with Dukes Mayo. My kicked up version-grilled cheese and then our Buffalo chicken grill cheese. 

Did I peak your interest? Check'em all out!

BLT, bacon, fresh romaine lettuce, garden fresh tomato, Dukes Mayo, sea salt, cracked pepper, whole grain white wheat bread

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top 3 of week 15

Top 3 from week 15
Each week my wonderful foodie friends stop by and share, by linking, their wonderful recipes. I hope you each take time to visit at least a few of them. We as food bloggers work very hard to create, cook and stage our photos, edit and write because 1. we love it and 2. we hope you will too.
Oh if you missed the party, the links are always available to see. Either at my Pinterest board for the party "Swap N Share Sunday" OR on the site. Here is week 15.

Love Bakes Good Cakes
Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla

Picture Perfect Cooking
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

With a Blast
Coca Cola Meatballs

My favorite and soon to grace my dinner table:

Just Dip It In Chocolate
Salmon Al Cartoccio

If you see your recipe and were featured, be sure to grab the button to display on your site or the recipe itself. Thanks so much for making each week great by linking up, visiting and sharing the party.


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Monday, July 22, 2013

Home made tomato sauce

We were over run with zucchini for two weeks, now it is tomatoes. At least it did not happen all at one time. With so many tomatoes, I've made salsa, spaghetti sauce and I decided to can my own tomato sauce.

Homemade Tomato Sauce
2-3 qts tomatoes (I used 5 types of tomatoes)
2 cups water

Cook this down for 20 minutes and then add:
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp parsley
4 basil leaves
1 TBSP olive oil

Cook for another 20 minutes. Allow this to cool to room temperature. Then you pour it into a Vita Mix and blend well. After this is done I poured the mixture through a strainer to removed all the seeds and bits of skin left from the tomatoes.
Ladle into sterilized jars and place in your canning pot.
Can process as you would any jar.
Cool and store.

As you can tell I recycle jars :)


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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Swap N Share Sunday week 15

Last week was a stellar week. Lots of recipes shared and you, the reader picked some great recipes as the top 3 or should I say, you viewed some more than others.

If you missed you was chosen as the top 3, you can see them HERE

I am nursing a bum ankle right now. Crazy thing totally folded on me earlier and I thought it was broken. Not so, just a severe sprain and a lot lot lot of pain.

So on to the party!!

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Smoothie Surprise - Crazy Ingredient Challenge

Each month I normally take part in the Surprise Recipe Swap. Well, that has changed and now it is the Crazy Ingredient Challenge. You can find all the details HERE

This month the challenge was... Chocolate AND Cauliflower. My first thought was to shred cauliflower and put it in chocolate muffins. Which I may still do, but I thought I'd try something different. A smoothie. Yep, I drank my cauliflower.

Surprise Smoothie
1 cup almond milk
1 cup cauliflower
2 TBSP chocolate syrup
1 frozen banana

All items placed into my Vita Mix. I blended the almond milk and cauliflower first, then added the chocolate and frozen banana. It whirled on low, then medium and then high for about 2-3 minutes.

Beautiful isn't it? Nice and smooth, you would never have known what was in it if I did not tell you.

Proof that I did drink it. Now I had been working in the yard so not the best photo but the best refreshing drink afterwards that was for sure.

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