Friday, November 23, 2012

Grandpa's Chex Mix

Every holiday get together we count on Grandpa's chex wouldn't be Thanksgiving or Christmas without it. I can make it and I do when he isn't here to do it for us. but it is never the same. I think it's the love he puts into it.

Although this Thanksgiving is a little different- he forgot the makes a difference!

If you want the recipe look on the box of the Chex cereal, that's what he uses.

It's a process:

First you have to open all the boxes and measure it all out.

Then you have to season it all with the melted butter mix and stir, then put them in the microwave for a couple minutes. If you can't tell, he has 3 pans going...

Then more seasoning and stirring and microwaving.


you have a big bowl ready to dig into. (Plus a few gallon size bags in the pantry for when you run low!)

We love it!

Thanks Dad!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Sides

These are two of our favorites...the first one needs to be started the day before serving

Cranberry Waldorf Salad

2 cups fresh cranberries
3 cups mini marshmallows
3/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute
2 cups diced tart apple
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup seedless grapes
whipped topping

Grind cranberries in a blender. Combine with marshmallows and sugar. cover and chill overnight. Next morning add apples, nuts, grapes and a dash of salt. Fold in 2-3 cups whipped topping. Cool and serve.

Cream Corn

2 oz. cream cheese - softened
2 TBSP milk
1 can creamed corn
10 oz. frozen corn- thawed
1/2 cup shreded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup green onion- chopped

Melt cream cheese and milk together in a saucepan.
Add corns- cook 4 minutes til heated through. spoon into serving dish- sprinkle with cheese and onions.

Thanksgiving Desserts!!

I tried two new desserts this year! I haven't tried them yet so I don't know about the taste but they were EASY!!! And they look YUMMY!!

I love that they are individual, and that they are little. After a big dinner no one needs a huge piece of pie, don't get me wrong I love pie...but these are little- almost mini pies...

The recipes I used can be found here and here

Impossible Pecan Pie Cupcakes...

And Impossible Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes...

In the Oven baking...

Out and cooling...

I am going to be making a couple of pies too, I think a Chocolate Cream and maybe a Coconut Cream...and a cheesecake.

I am excited to try my new little treats, I'll let you know how they taste and if I'll be making them again.

Not sure we will be making these again...not a fav.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Creamy chicken, Potatoe, and veggie soup

This is cooking right now and I can't wait to try it! I'll you know it is! :)

Update: This was so delicious! By far my favorite pinterest recipe I've found!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are so good I just had to share the recipe.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cream Together:

1 1/2 cup shortening
4 1/2 cups suger

Stir in:

3 eggs
3 teas. Vanilla
Sift together and add
7 1/2 cups flour
3 teas. baking powder
3 teas. baking soda
1 1/2 teas. salt
3 teas. nutmeg
3 teas. cinnamon
Stir in:

1 Large (29 oz. ) can pumpkin
1 package chocolate chips (more or less to taste)

Bake on sprayed cookie sheets for 10 minutes @ 375. Let cool and frost with Cream cheese frosting and sprinkles. Makes at least 9 dozen cookies!

I don't like pumpkin all that much but I can not stop eating these cookies- they are that good. They only get made once a year but I love that once!

Cowboy Casserole

Ashley has been asking for this for a few weeks now, so last night, I made it. It was really good I served it with a chopped green salad and biscuits...YUM

Cowboy Casserole

1 lb. ground chicken breast ( you could use ground beef and it would be great)
salt and pepper to taste
2/3 cups Cream of Something soup mix (recipe here)
(or you could use cream of mushroom soup and milk just leave out the water)
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can corn- or frozen (or any vegie you like)
2 cups shredded cheese
1 Bag tater tots

Brown the chicken with salt and pepper. Mix the soup mix and water, cook to thicken. Add sour cream, chicken, and 1 cup cheese. Place 1/2 tater tots in the bottom of 9x13 pan, sprayed with cooking spray. Pour mix over top and top with remaining tater tots and remaining cheese. Bake til bubbly and warm @ 350 about 20-30 minutes.

I need to remember to take pictures. But it was easy and very tasty. Perfect comfort food! Just a little leftover today for lunch.