Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Birthday Brownie 'Cake'

birthday brownie 'cake'
Originally uploaded by mommawants1more
I found this brownie cake and thought it would be a great birthday cake for a brownie lover. Instead of baking in a traditional brownie pan, just bake the brownies in round cake pans. Top with buttercream frosting or coolwhip. Serve with ice cream. My daughter loves brownies and has become quite the little thief whenever I bake them, so this would be great for her, even to take to school. What about a great cake for a teenage boy!!!! Or even your husband!!! Everyone loves brownies.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Rhubarb Crisp

While Rhubarb season is winding down, you may be looking for ways to use up the last of your crop. This is a great recipe for Rhubarb Crisp that is best when eaten warm out of the oven, but great cold too. Other options are to serve it with ice cream or cool whip.

Layer 1 and 3
1 c. flour
3/4 c. oatmeal
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. soft butter
1 tsp. cinnamon

Layer 2
2 c. rhubarb
1 c. sugar
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 c. water

In a bowl, combine flour, oatmeal, sugar, soft butter and cinnamon until well blended. Spread 1/2 of the mixture in a 11 x 7 casserole pan. In another bowl, combine rhubarb, sugar, cornstarch, water and vanilla. Spread Rhubarb mixture over first layer of oatmeal mixture. Spread the remaining oatmeal mixture over the top and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes and serve

Friday, May 18, 2007

Is Our Pizza Ready?

Our family rarely goes out to eat, but one night we had gone shopping and decided to order a pizza and we'd pick it up on the way home. At least that is what we thought we were doing.

We pulled into our local Casey's Store to pick up our Pizza. It was already 7:00 p.m. and we were starving. As we pull in, there is a young girl walking out with a pizza. I have a very sarcastic, joking nature, so I tell the kids that she has stolen our pizza. They get worried and are ready to stop her, untill I tell them I am joking.

My husband goes inside to get our pizza. Through the window I can see him talking and laughing with the girl. We are new to town, so I assume that he knows her. He walks out empty handed laughing about something. I asked him, "What is so funny, and where is the pizza?" With a big grin, he explains that the young girl had taken our pizza. Seriously!

I guess she walked in and said, "Is our pizza ready?" The clerk offered her our name and handed over our dinner. I can't believe that happened. We live in a small town, so that was our only option for food. We could have waited 20 minutes for a new pizza or go home and have sandwiches. The kids are so hungry we can't sit in the car another minute, so we head home.

Now, I can't even go for gas at Casey's without the kids having a flashback of that mean girl who STOLE their pizza!

Friday, May 4, 2007

Grilling Vegetables

Grilling and Presenting
Originally uploaded by Sunshine Hanan.
It's grilling season again for those who live in cooler climates. We use to only grill meat on our grill, until a few years ago. We started with Zucchini and Summer Squash. Then we bought a grill pan and started to add mushrooms and other veggies. We found that the best seasoning is seasoning salt, and pepper. Of course we sometimes add thing like soy sauce or salad dressings to our veggies, but on the avverage night, we keep it pretty simple.

When you are done, put them on a plate and add things like feta cheese, olives, and salsa. My husband use to say he hated Zucchini, turns out he loves it almost as much as I do. If you grow Zucchini in your garden make sure you pick them small. They have the best flavor this way.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Pampered Chef Hot Artichoke Dip

Artichoke dip
Originally uploaded by kartooner.

This is simply the best and easiest Artichoke Dip you can make at home. The first time I made it, my guests did not leave it's side until the dip was gone. Most of them said they didn't like artichokes. Sometimes you just have to try something.

This is by the far the easiest recipe I have seen. If you buy fresh grated Parmesan, it should take no more than 10 minutes to prepare. Put in a baking pan and pop in the oven. Serve with crackers, chips, or bread. I promise it will be the hit of the party.

Check out this link for the recipe. http://www.pamperedchef.com/our_products/recipesearch/recipedetail.jsp

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Coffee-mate 7-Day Free Trial

Coffee-mate is having a great promotion right now. They are offering a 7-Day free trial for each household to try their product. I love coffee creamer, but have to admit it can be a little expensive for me. This will give me a great opportunity to try their new flavors. Click on the following link to sign up today.

I also use them in place of milk when I make a cake. It adds a little extra punch of flavor that makes your cake special. It just takes a few minutes to sign up for your free sample. Don't wait, just click.

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