Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chicken Waldorf Salad

The taste of a crunchy apple is so refreshing. And this salad is just that. A very easy lunch time salad that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. Paired with a delicious dressing just hits the spot. Hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do!

Chicken Waldorf Salad
yields: 6 servings

2 cups celery, diced
2 cups Crunchpak sweet apples, diced
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Pour dressing over salad.

1 cup mayonnaise
2 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Apple Turnovers

This recipe is my absolute favorite apple recipe! So when I received a fun package from Crunchpak I knew exactly what I was going to make first. When I make this recipe I am used to peeling and dicing every apple. Instead Crunchpak did more then half of the work for me and boy was it great! I have always been a huge fan of Crunchpak for my kids for their perfect go-to snack ideas but since I have gotten the package from them I cannot stop baking with their apples. I had planned on only sharing this apple recipe on the blog with them but instead have decided to share my top 4 apple recipes over the next week. So hope you apple lovers are ready for a great variety of apple recipes! And below is a picture of the pure excitement that my kids gave me when they opened up the box and the apple fun has not stopped!

Apple Turnovers
3 cups flour
1 cup Crisco

Cut together until the dough is the size of peas. Then add:

1 egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
7 Tablespoons ice water

Mix together until it becomes play dough texture. Form into a ball and let sit for 20 minutes. While it sits make the apple filling

Apple Pie Filling
1 (14 oz) Crunchpak tart apple package, diced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon flour
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of salt
1 Tablespoon Crisco, diced into small cubes
1 teaspoon rum extract, optional

Mix together all ingredients except the crisco. Once it is all combined lightly add in cubed Crisco.

Once the dough has sat for 20 minutes divide into 6 sections (thirds first and then halves) and then roll out. Each ball should make 3 circles. Use top of Crisco lid to make the circle or something around the same size. Fill it half way with apple pie filling. Fold over and use fork to press down and seal the sides. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and frost immediately.Sprinkle with chopped pecans.

2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
chopped pecans

Combine powdered sugar and milk. Icing should be thick. It will melt when you place on hot apple turnovers. Then sprinkle chopped pecans on after you ice them.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

I think I can say that everyone loves a good chocolate chip cookie! Or at least almost everyone does! These cookies are just that but with one of my favorite candies added right when you get them out of the oven, Peanut Butter M&M's. 

Peanut Butter M&M Cookies
3/4 cup butter, unsalted, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2-2 cups Peanut Butter M&M's

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixer cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in. Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Then stir in chocolate chips. Using a cookie scoop or spoon drop dough balls on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until barely golden brown around the edges. Remove from oven and place a few peanut butter M&Ms on the top. Then let cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. 

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Best Dinner Rolls

Everyone needs a good dinner roll recipe! These are some rolls that my family has a couple times a month. My mom has made them since I was a little girl and continues to make them for me and my family. They are so yummy with butter on them or honey or jam is my sons favorite. But I think my favorite thing is eating them with ham and cheese the day after! They are perfect for Thanksgiving or any special occasion or if you want to impress someone! 

The Best Dinner Rolls

3 cups water, warm
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
3 Tablespoons yeast
4 eggs, beaten
1 Tablespoon salt
2 Tablespoons shortening
6-8 cups of flour

Dissolve yeast on 1 cup of warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon sugar in a small bowl. In a mixer, pour 2 cups of water and add melted shortening and butter. Let cool. (So that it won't kill the yeast) Add beaten eggs, salt, sugar, and yeast mixture into the mixer. Add flour slowly until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl. Dough should definitely be sticky. Let rise until dough doubles. Then punch down. Let it rise until it doubles again and then punch down. Then make into rolls. Let them rise on a greased cookie sheet until in doubles a third time. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20-30 minutes or until tops are browned and the center is no longer doughy. Brush some melted butter on top when they get out of the oven. 

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Better Than "Anything" Cake

I think that this cakes name says it all! This cake is always a huge hit in our home. My kids even love the health bar on top! I made it for my husband for our father's day lunch and the cake was gobbled up. In my opinion it is the perfect way to jazz up a boxed cake mix! 

Better Than "Anything" Cake

1 Devil's Food cake mix + the oil, eggs, and water to make it
Cool Whip, thawed
4 Heath Bars, crushed up
1/2 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
1 container Caramel Syrup

Make devil's food cake according to package directions. Pour batter into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake according to package directions. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes and then using a wooden skewer or knife poke several holes through the top of the cake. Pour the sweetened condensed milk on top of cake. Then pour the caramel syrup evenly over the whole cake. Sprinkle 2 of the crushed Heath Bar on top. Then wait until the cake has cooled completely and then spread the thawed Cool Whip on top. Then sprinkle the remaining crushed Heath Bar on top. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. 

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Easy Focaccia Flat Bread

I know not everyone considers themselves a "bread maker" and that a lot of people are scared when they see "yeast" in the list of ingredients and i totally understand! But my advice to you is the give it a try! Start with a simple recipe like this and give it a go! This bread is a little different but so buttery and  delicious! It doesn't take much time and is easy! Also if there is leftovers we like to make little ham and cheese sandwich with some garlic mayo on them! I will have to post that recipe later! 

Easy Focaccia Flat Bread

2 cups water, warm
1 Tablespoon yeast
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups flour

1/2 cup melted butter
olive oil
sesame seeds
parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Dissolve yeast in water. Add sugar and salt. Add flour last. Sitr until mixed; spray cookie sheet with pam. Spread dough in pan (hint: use water on your fingertips to prevent sticking). Top with melted butter or olive oil. Then top with whatever other toppings you like. My favorite is melted butter and rosemary. Let rise for about 45 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Cut into squares, serve hot!

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Monday, June 16, 2014

The Ultimate Potato Salad

During summer time BBQ's are in full swing! Swimming parties and potlucks are where it is at! I think potato salad is definitely a staple at any BBQ. This is one of my very favorite potato salads using red potatoes. A few weeks ago my neighbor brought over the largest bag of red potatoes. (I am talking about as big as me!) So I have been incorporating different potato dishes into each meal. This one was made for our hamburger night. Some leftovers sat in the fridge for a few days (The longer it sits the better it tastes) until I got a picture message from my husband saying that he was enjoying this yummy potato salad on the way to go hunting! I couldn't help but laugh but was excited that he was still enjoying it day after day!

The Ultimate Potato Salad

10-12 red potatoes, boiled and diced
(16 oz) Mayonaise
6 pickle spears, diced
1 heaping Tablespoon mustard
1/2 container of McCormick Perfect Pinch Salad Supreme Seasoning
1/4 cup pickle juice
12 eggs, hard boiled
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Combined all ingredients together. Let sit for at least a hour in the fridge before serving. For the best flavor, make a day ahead and let sit before serving. Garnish with boiled egg slices, diced pickles, parsley, and paprika.

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