Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Sticks

These Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Sticks are a nice treat for when you'd like something a tad less sweet than chocolate covered pretzels, yet not as zingy as pretzels with mustard. They're also a little different, something that doesn't show up at every party:@) It's another idea that might just become your signature dish for get togethers... Four ingredients, less than 30 minutes and you have a great snack! I really like these folks, I've even been adding them to my Chex Mixes for one more flavor variation. And the recipe is easily scaled back to half or a quarter for smaller crowds or to use up some leftover pretzels.

Two more party pretzel flavors:

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Sticks-adapted from Yellow Bliss Road
1 lb bag pretzel sticks
1/4 C butter
up to 1/2 C sugar-I used 1/4 C
up to 2 tsp cinnamon-I used 1 1/2 tsp, I suggest bumping up the flavor and will use 2 next time
  1. Melt butter, mix in sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Lay pretzels on baking sheet, pour cinnamon mixture over them, use hands to coat pretzels very well.
  3. Bake at 250 degrees for 15 minutes, stir, bake for 15 minutes more.
  4. Cool completely and store in airtight container.
Enjoy a snack and have a happy day:@)

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Monday, January 24, 2022

♥Nutty for You♥ -Nutella Filled Spritz Sandwich Cookies

Believe it or not folks, I've never had Nutella... I know, right??? Well, I found one of those little stocking stuffer size jars after Christmas and picked it up for 24¢. Turns out, it's pretty good stuff:@) I used it to make some Nutella Filled Spritz Sandwich Cookies. While that itty jar only made about seven cookies, it was enough for us to try a few with Sunday dinner, and we all declared this a winner! 
I chose the heart disc for Valentine's Day,
and used the tie dyed technique HERE with white, pink and red dough:@)

Nutella Filled Spritz Sandwich Cookies
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
dash salt
Nutella for the centers
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla, mix well.
  3. Add flour, baking powder and salt, mix well.
  4. If using tie dye technique divide dough as described here.
  5. Fill a cookie press with dough and press out shapes onto a cool, non-greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for about 9-11 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  7. Cool cookies on rack, spread flat side (bottom) of one with Nutella, top with second cookie.
Enjoy a cookie and have a happy day:@)

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

ReView: Beef Enchilada Stuffed Peppers & Barbie's Super Bowl Prediction...

The slower pace and colder days of winter are a great time to try a new recipe, and maybe one that's a tad more involved... These Beef Enchilada Stuffed Peppers have a few steps, but make a very good meal folks. And I promise your house will smell great:@) You can use bell peppers or poblanos. I seriously have to make these for Sunday dinner soon!

And we do like to have some football fun over on DIY Barbie Blog...

Have a happy weekend:@)

Friday, January 21, 2022

Inspirational Friday


Have a great weekend:@)

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Cinnamon Raisin Crescent Roll Danish

Baby, it's cold outside! Morning temperatures were around 10 degrees here in Philly last weekend. I don't mind saying by the time Sunday got here, I didn't want to leave the house. A craving for something sweet with my coffee led me to the kitchen to see what I had to work with... I try to always have a can of crescent rolls in the fridge, and the Pillsbury site suggested these Cinnamon Raisin Crescent Roll Danish. They did not disappoint:@) 

From refrigerator to plate in about 30 minutes:@)
I'll list what I did below, saving a few calories by omitting the extra butter,
you can click the link to see the original recipe.

Cinnamon Raisin Crescent Roll Danish-adapted from Pillsbury
Crescent rolls
powdered sugar-Pillsbury used 1 C, this makes a lot of glaze
half and half or other milk
  1. Unroll and separate crescent rolls. Liberally cover whole roll surface with cinnamon, sprinkle each roll with raisins. Roll up and place on parchment lined (for easy clean-up) baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. While baking, mix powdered sugar with a splash of vanilla and ~just enough~ milk/half and half/cream to make a thick drizzle.
  4. Allow rolls to cool for about 5 minutes, drizzle with glaze and serve.
Stay warm, enjoy an easy treat, and have a happy day:@)

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Kielbasa BBQ Ranch Appetizer -Little Dipper Crock Pot or Larger Slow Cooker

I had some kielbasa in the freezer and thought it might be fun to whip up these Kielbasa BBQ Ranch Appys for the Eagles game on Sunday. The sausage was great, the game... Not so much, ugh. The ranch dressing tames the BBQ sauce and really adds another layer of flavor. Kielbasa isn't something most folks think of as a party appetizer, so it's a little different. An extra bonus, it only calls for three ingredients. I wouldn't hesitate to make these again folks:@) 
I chose to brown my sausage a bit with the George Foreman.
Small batch = for each 1/2 C BBQ sauce, add 1 1/2 tsp dry ranch mix (or a smidge more).

Kielbasa BBQ Ranch Appetizer -from The Frugal Girls
12-16 oz smoked kielbasa
16-18 oz BBQ sauce
One envelope dry ranch mix-approx 3 Tblsp
  1. Cut sausage into bite size pieces, add to slow cooker.
  2. Mix BBQ sauce and ranch, pour over sausage.
  3. Put paper towels under lid.
  4. Cover, cook on high for 1.5 hours or low for 2.5 hours or until heated through.
  5. Serve with fun food picks.
Good luck if your team is still in the playoffs!
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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Saturday, January 15, 2022

Saturday ReView: Last Minute Black Bean Dip & Easy Team Logo Top for Ken (Barbie)

Happy Playoff Season!!! My Iggles are in it, and honestly, Philly is pleasantly surprised this year! Hopefully we won't be too busy biting our fingernails to enjoy a few football munchies... Need something quick? Dips don't need to be fussy and involved folks, this Last Minute Black Bean Dip calls for one can of beans, leftover salsa, and some simple pantry spices. Give it a quick whir in the food chopper, and serve with chips and veggies. Easy-peasy and good:@)

And speaking of easy last minute ideas for football...
These Team Logo Tank Tops for Ken come together in no time,
and using pinking shears means, they don't even need to be hemmed!

🏈Have a happy weekend and..



Friday, January 14, 2022

Inspirational Friday

Have a great weekend:@)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

One Ripe Banana Muffins -Small Batch -Use it up...

One of the things I'd like to focus on this year is finding ways to use up the leftovers, and odds and ends we might find in our fridge, cabinets, or on our counters. Primarily as small batch recipes. I've had a 'for one' label on the blog for years, but I'm adding a 'use it up' label, and creating a Pinterest board to help reduce food waste too. The first new recipe with this in mind, One Ripe Banana Muffins. They are surprisingly good and call for minimal ingredients. The banana simply gets mashed with a fork, and I mixed the batter with that fork too. Paper cupcake liners to help make clean-up easy... This is a nice recipe to use up one ripe banana folks:@)
I have a countertop oven and six cavity cupcake pan.
This recipe will make five muffins as pictured,
or you could probably make four heartier sized muffins.
They freeze beautifully.

One Ripe Banana Muffins -from Cook Fast, Eat Well
One large banana
1/4 C sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 Tblsp butter, melted
1/2 C A/P flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch salt-optional -I used salted butter instead
Optional: Add nuts, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, etc-I sprinkled minced walnuts on top
  1. Mash banana in medium bowl.
  2. Stir in sugar, egg and butter.
  3. Add flour and baking powder, mix well.
  4. Pour into paper lined muffin tin. Plan on about 5 muffins.
  5. Top with nuts if desired. ~Or~ mix in chocolate chips or cranberries before filling liners.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool and enjoy!
Let's use it up and have a happy day:@)

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