Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Snicker Doodle Muffins

I made these muffins for my grandchildren, Parrish and Preston.  They loved them....

Snicker Doodle Muffins

2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cream of tarter
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 1/4 cup sour cream
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon mixed together for rolling

Cream the butter and sugar until soft about 3 - 5 minutes.  Add in the vanilla.  Add in the eggs one at a time and mix until each in mixed.

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, soda, powder cream of tarter and nutmeg.

Add the flour mixture and the sour cream alternately to the egg mixture in the additions.  Start with the flour and end with the flour.  Scrap the bowl occasionally.

Using a large spoon, scoop out muffin batter one at a time and drop into a shallow bowl filled with the sugar cinnamon.  roll the muffin around in the mixture until is is covered in the cinnamon sugar.  Place muffin into prepared muffin tin.

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes at 350.


The aroma is outstanding..

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cinnamon Sugar Almonds!

I made these Cinnamon Sugar Almonds for my hubby yesterday.  Our house smelled so Divine.  They tasted even better than they smelled.  Hubby cannot stay out of them, every time he walks through the kitchen he grabs some.  

They are so addicting.

These will be great Christmas Gifts to go along with my Homemade Vanilla Extract which will be ready on October 7.  I have been brewing it for almost 6 months... Can't wait to open it up and smell the sweet vanilla aroma...  I love the fall and all the smells and colors.  I do believe this is my favorite season!!!!

The recipe for the Cinnamon Sugar Almonds was found on Pinterest.  I have not gotten a bad recipe from there yet.

Cinnamon Sugar Almonds

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
1 egg white
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups almonds
1/4 cups water

In a medium sized bowl, mix together sugars, cinnamon and salt.  Set aside.  In another medium sized bowl, whisk the egg white and vanilla until its a little frothy.  Add almonds to the egg white and vanilla mixture, make sure the almonds are thoroughly coated.  Add cinnamon mixture to the almonds and toss until coated.  Thoroughly spray the inside of your crock pot with Pam.  Add the mixture of almonds and sugars to the crock pot and turn to low.  Cook 3 - 4 hours stirring every 20 minutes.  In the last hour, add the 1/4 cup of water and stir well.  This ensures a crunch yummy coating.

Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread the almonds flat to cool.


These are the BEST!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gator Dip

It's finally here! 

 SEC Football!!!!  

Go Gators!!!!

Football Saturday is very big in my house.  I was raised in Gainesville, Fl also known as Alligator Alley or Gator Nation.  The only way to get into my family is to bleed Orange and Blue!  My hubby bleeds Orange and Blue.  He was converted over 35 years ago.  

I have been making this dip for years.  Every Saturday when the Gators play and then there are some days my family just wants this dip for no reason.  When my oldest son comes home for a visit, his friends always have a get together and this is requested.  My dip is very well know around here.

If you decide to make this dip you will be hooked.

Gator Dip

1 lb. Angus ground beef
1 lb. Velveeta Cheese
1/2 jar of Salsa (more or you want)

Cook and crumble your ground beef and jalapenos, drain off fat.  Add the salsa and mix well.  Slice the Velveeta and put on top and lower the temp. as not to burn the cheese as it melts.  Stir often.  

We serve this with Tostito's, Frito's, or any chips.

This is also great with 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 sausage.  We sometimes put this on the top of a Baked Potato. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cowboy Casserole

I made this dish last Sunday for my wonderful hubby, who has been helping me so much with this extensive re-model.  Our home is such a mess and there is drywall dust everywhere, and I mean everywhere.  I have been cleaning out cabinets in the kitchen for the last 5 days.  Next I have 2 China Cabinets in the Dining room.

  So fast and easy, I made this in 5 minutes and it cooked for approximately 1 hour and then "DINNER" was ready.  

So good.  

I made the Chocolate Cobbler for dessert which was so good.

Cowboy Casserole

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
8 - 10 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (I leave on the skins)
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons hot sauce (optional)

2 cups sharp cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheese
1 cup crumbled bacon
1 cup diced green onion

Preheat oven to 450.

In a large bowl mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and hot sauce.  Add the cubed potatoes and stir to coat.  Carefully place potatoes into a greased 9 X 13 inch pan, leaving as much of the olive oil mix as possible.  Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so.  While potatoes are cooking place the cubed chicken to the leftover olive oil mixture.  Once the potatoes are fully cooked, remove from the oven and lower the oven temp. to 400.  Place the coated chicken over the cooked potatoes.  Sprinkle the combined topping mixture over the chicken.  Return to the oven and cook for 15 - 25 minutes until done and bubbly.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Chocolate Cobbler!

Chocolate Cobbler

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons cocoa powder, divided
1 1/4 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 cup hot coffee

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  

Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons of the cocoa powder and 3/4 cup of the white sugar.  Reserve remaining cocoa and sugar.

Stir the milk, melted butter and vanilla into the flour mixture.  Mix until smooth.  Pour the mixture into an un-greased 8 inch baking dish.  Batter is thick.

In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining white sugar (1/2 cup), the brown sugar and remaining 4 tablespoons of cocoa.  Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the batter.

Pour the hot coffee over all.  Do not stir!!!!

Bake for 40 minutes or until the center is set.  Let stand for a few minutes before serving.

This is so good, especially if served hot with a 
scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.....

Lots of new recipes to follow this week. 

Am making up for not posting in almost 2 weeks!