Monday, June 25, 2012

Menu June 25

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Sandwiches: We really enjoyed these and will have them. We didn't feel the teriyaki came through all that much but thought the grilled pineapple was the tasty highlight of the sandwich.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies: You must try these! The cookies turned out wonderfully moist and incredibly fluffy and we were quite disappointed when they were gone.

On the Menu...
Hot Dogs with Homemade Baked Beans
Ham Strata {New}
Meatball Calzones {New}
Chicken Alfredo Pizza {New}
Brunch TBD

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Toffee

We've gotten into what might be a bad habit. All three of us enjoy it when there's something a little more exciting than a handful of chocolate chips for dessert. However, I don't always have the time {or desire} to keep cookies around. Enter Peanut Butter Chocolate Toffee.
It takes about 10 minutes of active work, less than 30 minutes total and produces something wonderful. The combination of salt, peanut butter and chocolate is just divine, as one would expect. So while chocolate chips have their place Peanut Butter Chocolate Toffee definitely wins the battle between the two!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Toffee
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Adapted from Finding Joy in My Kitchen & My Recipes
Yields: ~30 pieces

1 sleeve minus 4 Club crackers
I cup brown sugar
4 T butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup chocolate chips  

   1.  Line a 11x17 baking sheet with tinfoil. Spread crackers in a single layer, with edges touching.
   2.  In a small saucepan, melt brown sugar and butter until boiling; boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Working quickly, spread over crackers. Bake at 350 for 13 minutes.
   3.  Remove pan from oven. Place peanut butter in small dollops across crackers; spread.
   4.  Sprinkle chocolate chips across crackers; return pan to oven for 1-2 minutes, until chocolate is soft. Remove from oven; spread.
   5.  Let toffee cool until hardened; break into pieces.

This is linked to Tasty Tuesday and Finding Joy in My Kitchen.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Menu June 11

Homemade Taco Seasoning: I didn't take a picture but the seasoning was perfect. I will never buy a packet again!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Toffee: This is a combination of two different recipes and we love it! {Recipe coming soon}

On the Menu...
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Sandwiches {New}
Breaded Chicken with Potatoes
Ham & Peach Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Cheesy Salsa Meatloaf with Twice Baked Potato Casserole
Pizza Variety TBD

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday Foreshadowing

Okay, who's going to come watch my kids so I can try all these recipes? I promise you can taste each dish...
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies from Giving Up on Perfect: I love the idea of these {Hello chocolate!} and cannot imagine they wouldn't be good. As soon as I get butter in the house I want to try these.
  • Cheeseburger & Fries Kebabs from $5 Dinners: This might just have to be our next grilling meal; how fun!
  • Raspberry Buttercream Filling from Confections of a Readaholic Mom: I wish I had reason more often to make a cake because I would love to try this filling.
  • Homemade Cinnamon & Sugar Pretzels from Our Best Bites: I used to work in the Cafe at Sam's Club. The pretzels always smelled so good but I just never cared for the taste. Nonetheless, I really want to try this recipe; I'm optimistic that either my tastes have changed or homemade will be better.
  • Easy BBQ Chicken Salad from Pocket Change Gourmet: So simple but {I'm sure} so tasty.
This is linked to Friday Favorites.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tropical Waffle Bake

The tropical part might sound a little off-putting but this dish comes together in a delicious way. All three of us love this breakfast and it's wonderful, tasty combination. There's just the right amount of sweetness, balanced perfectly by the waffles and eggs.
I like pulling this recipe out when we have just a few waffles in the freezer, it does a great job of stretching them to make a full meal.
Tropical Waffle Bake
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Yields: 4-6 servings
Source: Pillsbury

4 waffles, ripped into 2 inch pieces
1 or 2 bananas, sliced
3 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
1 can crushed or chunk pineapple, drained
1 cup granola {mine has cranberries in, a nice addition for this recipe}
1/4 cup applesauce
2 T brown sugar 

   1.  Place waffle pieces in a 9x9 baking dish; top with sliced bananas.
   2.  In a small bowl combine eggs and sugar; pour over waffles. Place pineapple over top.
   3.  Combine granola, applesauce and brown sugar; sprinkle over top.
   4.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes; let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Menu June 4

Butter Chicken: This recipe has such an intriguing combination of ingredients, including yogurt, tomatoes, nuts, spices and others. I think my husband and I were both skeptical but it turned out to be quite flavorful; we will definitely try this again in the future.
Southwestern Grilled Pizza: We didn't get to grill it because it was chilly and windy but we loved this anyway and are adding it to our pizza rotation.
Tropical Waffle Bake: We had this once last year and enjoyed it so I wanted to try it again. I ended up modifying it slightly and it turned out great. {Recipe coming soon}

On the Menu...
Taco Salad {using this Homemade Taco Seasoning}
Out to Eat
Bread Chicken with Potatoes
Ham & Peach Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Pepperoni Pizza
French Toast

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