Tuesday, April 30, 2013

German Potato Salad

With the beautiful warm weather peeking in and out, here in Ontario, I've been in the mood for hot weather foods. Salads, grilled foods, burgers and dogs....... So this past weekend I took the time to make potato salad. I saw a German Potato Salad recipe on line here, and it really peeked my interest. I knew the kids would love it, because of the pickles. Hubby wasn't too impressed that I wasn't making his beloved Potato Salad, but he lived through it, LOL.

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I used Yukon Gold potatoes for this and I love their buttery and earthy flavour. The dressing is tangy, salty and to kick it up a notch I added in some Pampered Chef All Purpose Dill Mix. After letting the flavours meld for a few hours in the fridge, the salad was really good!! Mr.B loved it so much, that he brought some in his lunch today. Hubby begrudgingly had some and was pleasantly surprised. It's a great twist on potato salad, which I'll be glad to incorporate into our summer repertoire.

German Potato Salad
printable version

2 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cooked, cubed and cooled
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup juice from dill pickles
3 green onions, chopped
2-3 dill pickles, chopped
6 eggs, hard boiled and chopped
1 tsp Pampered Chef All Purpose Dill Mix (or 2 Tbs fresh dill)

Mix mayonnaise with Dill Mix and enough pickle juice to get a nice creamy dressing. Set aside.

In a large bowl, place the cubed potatoes, chopped pickles, green onion and eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Pour dressing over all and gently toss, to combine. Refrigerate for 1 hrs, before serving. Gently stir and garnish with additional green onion.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Simple Supper Tuesday #14

Welcome back to Simple Supper Tuesday, the party featuring QUICK, EASY recipes, perfect for those busy weeknights. So, please share your crock pot, 30 minutes or 5 ingredient recipes (easy desserts are also welcome)!!

Recipe(s) with the MOST CLICKS

 Bacon Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole- What's Cooking in the Burbs

Famous Cowboy Casserole- Sourdough Native

 Smothered Chicken- Pint-sized Treasures

Recipe that CAUGHT MY EYE

 Shrimp in Bacon Blankets- Ms. enPlace

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

What's for Eats? Sunday April 28, 2013

Happy Sunday and dare I say it? Happy SPRING!!!

Wow, I do not know where the past week went to. It's almost like I missed a whole week! Not only did I not post much this week, I ever forgot about Simple Supper Tuesday!! It will be up an running tomorrow night, I promise! I've been working on getting my Direct Sales business going and totally forgot about almost everything else this week. Plus, it was a busy week at school with volunteering and Hubby had a few days off..... ya know, life just got in the way, LOL. I'm trying my best to find a balance with everything and hopefully by summer I'll have it down pat.

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Hubby gets 3 days off this week (cue the singing angels) and I've actually went grocery shopping, so we should be eating pretty well. Other than baking (to hopefully get some sales for the month of May) and helping at school on Monday and Wed, the rest of the week should be quiet. Queenie's class is having an Alphabet Party on Wed and each child needs to bring a snack starting with a certain letter. We have the letter J, so I'll be sending juice boxes and jelly beans. Only because Queenie insists on jelly beans and I'd like to send something that is a bit healthier. Here is what I have planned for the week

  • Pork Slouvaki (store bought), grilled peppers and onions, and naan bread
  • Grilled steaks with German Potato Salad , cucumber and tomato slices
  • Italian Sausage on a bun with Spinach Tomato Mozzarella Salad
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs with salad and garlic bread
  • Grilled pork chops with corn on the cob
  • leftovers
  • Baked Potato Bar- broccoli, cheese sauce, bacon, refried beans, cheese, chili

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pizza Pull-Aparts

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It feels like forever since I've posted a recipe on my blog. Life is getting so hectic, with my new Direct Sales gig, volunteering at school and just everyday life. Needless to say I haven't really been cooking new and exciting meals lately. More like simple things like burgers, hot dogs, pancakes. Yup, Our dinners have been less than exciting lately! So last night, I decided to try something that I've seen floating around Pinterest for a while. Using my pizza dough, I went to work.

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The kids absolutely loved these!! All through dinner, Mr.B kept commenting on how yummy and fun these were. When I told them what I was making, they didn't quite get the concept and I could see that Queenie was doubting that dinner would be edible at all, LOL. They were very happy and everyone left the table stuffed. Paired with a nice tossed salad, this makes a fun dinner for the kids!

Take golf ball sized pieces of your pizza dough and roll into a 3 inch circle. Place 1 slice of pepperoni and 1 cube of mozzarella in the center.

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Bring edges of dough up over the filling and pinch to seal.


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Place seam side down in a greased baking dish. (complete recipe to follow)

Pizza Pull-Aparts
printable version

2 to 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp RapidRise Yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4-1 cup very warm water (120 to 130F)
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
15-20 pepperoni slices
15-20 cubes mozzarella cheese
3 Tbs butter, melted
1 large clove of garlic
1/2 tsp basil
fresh grated Parmesan cheese
favourite Pizza sauce

In you mixer bowl, combine the flour, salt and yeast. Mix the oil with the water and pour half the water into the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms; adding more water, as needed. Once dough is moist and pulls away from sides, place bowl in mixer. Using the dough hook, knead the dough at medium speed, for 5 minutes. Stop mixer, remove from hook and cover with a warm damp cloth. Let rest 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil a 9x13 inch baking dish with olive oil. Taking gold ball sized pieces of dough, roll it out to a 3 inch circle. Top with a slice of pepperoni and a cube of cheese. Take the dough and bring it up, over the filling, to the center. Pinch seams and place in baking dish.

In a small bowl, melt the butter with the garlic. Stir in basil and brush butter over tops of dough. Sprinkle everything with Parmesan and bake for 15-20 minutes; until tops are golden and dough in center is cooked through. Serve with your favourite pizza sauce, that has been warmed.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Try it, Before you Buy a Ton of it- Goodies Co.

A few weeks ago, the kids and I went grocery shopping together. It's not really something we do together any more, because they always get bored and start bickering, or they touch EVERY SINGLE THING they see (just ask my Dad, LOL). Another reason I like to do the shopping solo, is that I don't have 2 little people asking me to buy everything that catches their eye. Like Penguin shaped Fruit Snacks, which were prominently displayed at the end of the snack aisle. Mr.B, being in grade 2, could read the box and when he and his sister learned that the snacks were Cherry flavour, the begging for me to buy some, increased. I made sure they were peanut free and threw them in the cart, with the intention of adding them to their lunch boxes, for a sweet treat at school.

So, Monday rolls around and Queenie reminds me about the penguins. No problem, I throw a packet into each lunch box. The kids get home Monday afternoon with both packets opened, but most, if not all penguin gummies still inside. When I ask them if they liked the gummies, both replied with a resounding NO. Great! Still 6 packs left, now what am I going to do with them??

Had I knows about Goodies Co. and their Taster's Boxes, we could have tried some snacks, before buying a ton of them. Subscribers to the Goodies Co. Taster’s Box receive a monthly box of 5-8 snacks for $7/month. Customers are asked to review products they’ve received, and can accumulate points to redeem for a free Taster’s Box and other rewards. Since trying new snacks can be risky and time-consuming, the Goodies Co. Taster’s Box gives everyone a chance to discover their tastes. No more wasting food and money on snacks your family might not like.

There are only a few spots available, so by heading to Goodies Co. and entering the code BLOGVIP, you get to jump the waiting list! Once you enter the code into the promo page, you will receive 2 emails from Goodies. The first will state you are in line for your invitation, the next will instantly tell you your invitation has arrived. Wouldn't you just love to get a box full of goodies delivered to your house, every month?

 Please Note: Goodies Co. currently only ships to the continental US. This article is sponsored by Goodies Co.

#SurpriseRecipeSwap~ Italian Mashed Potatoes

This month for the Surprise recipe swap, I was assigned to the Bizzy Bakes Blog. I stumbled upon Chaya's blog about a year ago, when I started paticipating in her Linky Party, which is now called The Recipe Box. I love to see what Chaya will make next. Sometimes it's comfort food, healthy remakes of something indulgent, but it always sounds and looks delicious! While browsing her blog, I found a recipe for Italian Mashed Potatoes, that caught my interest. The kids love mashed potatoes, so I went for it.

This recipe was super easy and we all loved it! The creamy cheesy potatoes, had a nice crisp crust, due to the bread crumb and Parmesan topping. I did make a few changes, to use what I had on hand. I used fresh grated Romano cheese and panko bread crumbs. They were a total winner!!! Thanks Chaya, for sharing them on your blog!!

Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs – Italian Mashed Potatoes
adapted from Bizzy Bakes (from Giada De Laurentiis)

1 tablespoon butter 4 pounds  potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup skim milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Coat a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish with spray Olive oil.
Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until they are very
tender, about 15 minutes. Drain; return the potatoes to the same pot and mash well.
Mix in the milk and melted butter.
Mix in the mozzarella and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan.
Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
Transfer the potatoes to the prepared baking dish.
Stir the bread crumbs and remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan in a small bowl to blend.
Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the mashed potatoes.
Bake, uncovered, until the topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Simple Supper Tuesday #13

Welcome back to Simple Supper Tuesday, the party featuring QUICK, EASY recipes, perfect for those busy weeknights. So, please share your crock pot, 30 minutes or 5 ingredient recipes (easy desserts are also welcome)!!

Recipe(s) with the Most Clicks

 Crispy Baked Orange Chicken- What's Cooking in the Burbs

 Poor Man's Mongolian Beef- The Home Heart

Quick & Easy Skillet Cake- Baking Outside the Box

Recipe that Caught my EYE

 Mini Bacon and Cheese Fritatas- Mother on a Mission

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies

It feels like I haven't posted all week, which is pretty much true, LOL. I've just been busy with life, to even think of creating in the kitchen. So today, I took the time (between 5 loads of laundry) to get into the kitchen and make some of the recipes I've had floating around in my head. Last week, when my Mother in Law was visiting with us, we went out to dinner at Red Lobster. It ended up that one of Queenie's classemate's Mom works there and she treated us to a complimentary dessert. What was it? The Chocolate Chip Lava Cookie! The kids pretty much devoured it in ten seconds flat; I didn't even get more than 2 bites! So, it's been on my mind all week and I had planned on making it. Today, I took the time, to try them out.

These are super simple to make. The outside is a no brainer, but the inside was a bit tricky. Do I used melted chocolate, hot fudge sauce or something else? I ended up using mini Kisses (which I found in the baking aisle, with the chocolate chips). The result wasn't very chocolaty or oozy though, so I ended up using a piping bag and filling the cookies with some hot fudge sauce (found that at Walmart, near the ice cream cones and caramel sauce- Smucker's Brand), then plating them. The result was sensational!! I used my Pampered Chef Single Servings Pan for these, but you can use 6 oz ramekins for the same results. The dough recipe was just big enough. The kids went wild when they found out what we were having for dessert (I really wish I would have video taped it, LOL). Wow your guest with super easy Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies!


Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies
printable version

1/2 C butter
1/3 C brown sugar
1/2 C granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 Tbs vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 C flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 C semi sweet chocolate chip cookies
1 C mini Hershey Kisses (found in the baking aisle)
Smucker's Hot Fudge Sauce
Vanilla Ice Cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 6- 6oz ramekins with cooking spray and set aside.

In a bowl, cream the butter and both sugars, until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla, mixing well. Stir in flour, salt and baking soda; until well combined and a slightly stiff dough forms. Stir in chocolate chips.

Take medium sized scoops of dough (I used my Pampered Chef Medium Stainless Steel Scoop) and place it in the bottom of each ramekin. Press dough up the sides a bit, making sure the bottom is completely covered. Drop 10 mini Kisses onto each piece of dough. Using your medium scoop, shape the dough into a disk and place on top of the dough and chocolate in each well. Press down around the edges to seal the cookie dough. Bake in oven for 17 minutes; until edges and tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and quickly run a knife around the ramekins to loosen the dough around the edges, which will make them easier to remove once cooled slightly. Cool 8 minutes and carefully invert onto a cutting board.

Warm Hot Fudge Sauce according to package directions and squeeze about a cupful into a piping bag fitted with a #3 tip. Insert the piping bag into the large flat surface of the cookies and squeeze in some chocolate fudge sauce.

To serve, place cookies onto a plate, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with extra Hot Fudge Sauce.

Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave for 45 seconds, before topped with ice cream.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

6 Minute Pineapple Upside Down Cherry Cakes

Sometimes people drop in unexpectedly. Whether it be for coffee, lunch or dinner; it's always great to have some quick easy recipes in your arsenal that will knock everyone's socks off. That's why I LOVE Pampered Chef products. They show anyone, that they could create magic in their kitchens.... no matter whether they were a seasoned cook or not. Just a few ingredients and some awesome TPC products and you're good to go.

The Pampered Chef launched 42 new products for Spring and I've fallen in love with many of them. As soon as I saw the Single Servings Pan, I knew I had to have it. From desserts, to single serving lasagnas or meatloaves, this pan does it all. When my girlfriend stopped in for tea this morning, I quickly threw together these cakes and we sat and chatted, while they cooked in the microwave. It was so nice...... wait, what?!? The microwave? Oh yeah, I made these little beauties in the microwave. Crazy isn't it?? You'd think that cake in the microwave would be dense and soggy, but these are totally awesome, light and fluffy, just as they would be if baked in the oven. My girlfriend was just as surprised as you all are, LOL.

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6 Minute Pineapple Upside Down Cherry Cakes
printable version

1 box Cherry Cake mix
1/4 C coconut oil, melted
1/4 C canola oil
3 eggs
1 C warm water
3 tsp brown sugar, divided
1/2 C chopped pineapple
maraschino cherries to garnish
mint leaves to garnish

If it's your first time using your Single Servings Pan, you will want to grease them. I used some coconut oil to prep mine. In the bottom of each well, sprinkle 1/2 tsp of brown sugar and place a few pieces of pineapple, to cover bottom.

Combine the cake mix, coconut oil, canola oil, eggs and water in the Classic Batter Bowl or large bowl. Whisk everything together until smooth. Pour batter over brown sugar and pineapple; filling each well to half full. Place pan into the microwave and cook for 6 minutes. Using oven mitts, remove from microwave and invert onto a cooling rack. Let cook 3-5 minutes, before lifting the pan away from the cakes. If they stick, use the scrapper provided to loosen the cake from the edges. Let cool.

Garnish with thickened maraschino cherry juice (bring to a boil and simmer until thickened), any remaining pineapple, cherries and mint leaves.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Simple Supper Tuesday # 12

Welcome back to Simple Supper Tuesday, the party featuring QUICK, EASY recipes, perfect for those busy weeknights. So, please share your crock pot, 30 minutes or 5 ingredient recipes (easy desserts are also welcome)!!

Recipe(s) with the MOST CLICKS

Spaghetti Pie- Who Needs A Cape?

Recipe that CAUGHT MY EYE

Lemon Thyme Syrup- Ms. EnPlace


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Dairy Queen®, or Orange Julius®? #LMDConnector

I fell in love with ice cream at a very early age. Mom still tells me stories of when my Dad use to share his ice cream with me, when I was a baby. How could I not grow to love the silky smooth creamy goodness? But not all ice cream is created equally. I remember the first time my parent's brought us to Dairy Queen®. We lived in a small mining town, so the closest major city was 45 minutes away. Needless to say, we didn't go to the big city often, so when we did, it was a special treat. Dad always stopped somewhere special to treat us and one of our favourites was Dairy Queen®. The smooth and silky ice cream is really out of this world. I've never had such an awesome ice cream any where else. It feels so velvety smooth on your tongue. I'm totally craving a Peanut Buster Parfait®, or Kit Kat Blizzard® right now!!

When I was a pre teen, a near by town built a Dairy Queen®. EVERY time we would drive by, my siblings and I would beg to stop. And as we grew older and had our own vehicles, you could often find us going on after dinner Dairy Queen® runs, LOL. And what shopping trip would be complete without an Orange Julius® drink, or Blizzard®?

During the next few months, General Mills is making it super easy to enjoy some of your favourite treats. Starting April 1st, you'll be able to find 2 coupons (1 for Orange Julius® and 1 for a Blizzard®) on specially marked boxes for General Mills cereal. Between April 1st- 31st, you can redeem your coupons for a FREE Orange Julius® at any participating Dairy Queen® locations. Then between May 1st and 31st, Blizzard® treat coupons can be redeemed at participating locations. How awesome is that?? So, share your Dairy Queen® memories with your family and maybe start a new tradition, courtesy of General Mills!

“Disclosure – I am participating in the Life Made Delicious Ambassador Program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.”