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Granny’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Cookies are always a favorite around here. Did you know that August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? Be sure to share a link to your favorite recipe in the comments below.

Granny’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 12 oz packages of chocolate chips
  • 1-2 c. chopped nuts, optional

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.

Cream together the butter, sugars, and vanilla.

Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well.

Gradually add in the flour mixture.

Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop by Tablespoons on ungreased cookie sheetI love these pans!

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool 2 minutes and remove from pan.

Enjoy with a tall glass of cold milk!

 

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Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

As promised I will share the recipe for the cookies we made earlier today. These are super easy to make and I had made two batches, or about four dozen cookies, in less than 30 minutes.

I’ve always called them haystacks but Mr. Awesome knows them as Noodle Cookies. You can probably add other ingredients, desired or maybe even swap the butterscotch chips for chocolate ones.

Mr. Awesome likes them without marshmallows but with plenty of peanuts. The kids like them with marshmallows. That’s how I ended up making two batches.

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 11-12 oz bag butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 c. Peanut butter
  • 10-12 oz Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1/2 – 1 c. Salted peanuts, optional
  • 3 1/2 c. Mini marshmallows, optional
  • Directions:

  • Line two baking pans with wax paper.
  • Place the chips in a medium to large size bowl. Microwave on 50% for 1-2 minutes or until mostly melted.
  • Stir in the peanut until smooth.
  • Add other ingredients and stir until well coated.
  • Drop by spoonfuls onto the prepared pans.
  • Cool in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Wheels

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Wheels

Ingredients:

  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 1 c. peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips

Directions:

Cream together the sugar, cream cheese and vanilla together until smooth.

Unroll the crescent rolls onto lightly floured surface.

Pinch together the seams and pat or roll the dough out into a rectangle.

Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top of the crescent sheet to about 1/2 inch from the edge.

Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of cream cheese, press down lightly.

Roll the crescent rolls up tightly and wrap in plastic wrap.

Chill in freezer for at least 2 hours but don’t let it get it get hard.

When chilled preheat oven to 350°.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Slice into 1/4 inch slices.

Bake for 12 -14 minutes until golden brown.

Cool on a wire rack.

June 18 – 24, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday 

Breakfast:

Cinnamon Muffins, scrambled eggs, fruit

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner: ++

Alice Springs ChickenBaked Potatoes Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

PB Crackers/Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese

Dinner: ++

Impossibly Easy Pizza Bake, Salad

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cupcakes


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Fix It and Forget It Crockpot Chicken30 minute Rolls

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner: ++

Fish w/Honey Mustard Sauce, Baked Sweet Potatoes, veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Bacon Wrapped Pork TenderloinMashed Potatoes, Veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Pepperoni pockets,  Salad

Dinner: ++

Crockpot Tortellini Soup, Buttered Bread

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Cheese Danish, Fruit

Lunch:

Soup (probably leftover soup), grilled cheese

Dinner: ++

Crunchy ChickenMashed Potatoes, Cheesy Squash Casserole

Free Day

Snacks/Desserts:

Apple Crisp in a Crockpot

++I have a few kids who seem to be going through growth spurts right now and are always HUNGRY. I have been keeping a pot of beans, blackeyed peas, or other vegetable as a side. I also have been buying a few extra snacks like fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. 

Hot Dog Cookies

This was another recipe that I made for the Chili Dog Dangle Dance that we had on June 9th for the Silver Fox Squares. These were probably the most talked about cookies that night! I will definitely be making them again and probably tweaking the method a little bit more.

The kids had a lot of fun with these and I did too. I think I may try using shortbread dough, if I can find it, the next time. I may also experiment with a couple of homemade cookie doughs until I can find one that I am really happy with.

I did find this idea on Pinterest and you can click here for the original recipe. (I found the Hot Dog Stand on Amazon.)

Hot Dog Cookies

Ingredients:

Directions:

Preheat oven to temperature on the package directions.

Line a couple of pans with parchment paper.

Divide the dough into quarters and tint 1/4 red for the ‘hot dogs’. (Place in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to use.)

Shape the remaining dough into balls and form into ‘buns’. (You may find that the dough is getting soft before you can shape them all and you may need to keep some in the refrigerator.)

Ours were a process of trial and error but the best size ended up being about the size of a half dollar.

Use a butter knife to make the slit in the bun.

Next form ‘hot dogs’ and place into buns. Use your fingers to shape them a bit.

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Place in the freezer for 10 minutes and then bake about 10-12 minutes.

After they come out of the oven use two spatulas to ‘squeeze’ them into shape, if needed.

Let cool for 2-5 minutes before removing them from the baking sheet.

Repeat with remaining dough.

Once cooled you can decorate them with the icing to resemble mustard and ketchup. There are many other ideas you can use to resemble other toppings but we just stuck to the basics this time around.

Enjoy!

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April 2 – April 8, 2017 Meal Plan

Things have been a little crazy around here. We have had a lot of Square Dancing stuff going on plus the usual housekeeping tasks and homeschool, of course. It’s been a juggling act to say the least but we are keeping it together and enjoying the ride. This is one of those weeks that I am especially grateful that I have been doing our meal plans ahead of time. (I am typing this out on Sunday, March 26 as I already know this will be a crazy week.)

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Bagels w/cream cheese, fresh fruit

Lunch:

scrambled egg sandwiches

Dinner:

Crockpot Italian Chicken, Rice, Salad, 30 minute Rolls

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner:

Mexican Tortilla Skillet, Rice, Beans

Snacks/Desserts:

cinnamon toast


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

chicken salad, veggies

Dinner:

Pork Sandwiches, French Fries, Cole Slaw

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

soup, grilled cheese

Dinner:

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Easy Chicken CasseroleMashed Potatoes, veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Meatball Sandwich Casserole, French Fries, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

popcorn


Saturday

Breakfast:

Monkey Bread, eggs, applesauce

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner:

Free Day **use food from the pantry or freezer or order out for a special treat

Snacks/Desserts:

Yogurt

February 19- 25, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Blueberry Oatmeal Bread

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese

Dinner:

Creamy Chipped Beef Over Toast, Scrambled Eggs

Snacks/Desserts:

Mama’s Banana Split Dessert


Monday (National Cherry Pie Day)

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Cheesy Crockpot Chicken and VeggiesButtery Bread Sticks

Snacks/Desserts:

Cherry Sonker


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, fruit

Dinner:

Pepperoni pocketsSalad

Snacks/Desserts:

Peanut Butter Toast


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Muffins

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Chili Dog Casserole, Chips, Cole Slaw

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Daddy Can’t Wait CasseroleMashed Potatoes, Corn Muffins

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit/Veggies


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Grilled Cheese

Dinner:

Crockpot Tortellini Soup, Buttered Bread

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs


Saturday

Breakfast:

Waffles, Sausage

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Crockpot Cabbage Rolls, Grandpa’s Fried Potatoes, Green beans

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies

February 12- 18, 2017 Meal Plan

February 5- 11, 2017 Meal Plan

January 22-28, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Blueberry Oatmeal Bread, scrambled eggs, sausage

Lunch:

scrambled egg sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Easy Burrito Casserole, rice, salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Blonde Brownies (National Blonde Brownie Day)


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, fresh fruit

Dinner:

Chicken Pillows, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Laura’s Sweet Pork, Cheese Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Rolls

Snacks/Desserts:

PB Toast


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Peanut Butter Muffins (National Peanut Butter Day)

Lunch:

ramen noodles, grilled cheese

Dinner:

Sweet Pork Quesadillas, salad, Rice, Beans

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Mom’s Oven Stew, 30 minute rolls, Rice

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese, veggies

Dinner:

Free Day **use food from the pantry or freezer or order out for a special treat

Snacks/Desserts:

Sopapillas


Saturday

Breakfast:

Breakfast In a Cup, Toast

Lunch:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Weenie Roast, S’mores, Potato Salad….fixins…. (We do this every 3-4 months when the weather is nice. If it’s not nice outside I will usually cook the hotdogs on an indoor grill and make S’more in the microwave.)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies

S’mores

Who doesn’t love a campfire with and roasting marshmallows. We try to have a ‘Weenie Roast’ every few months and let the kids roast their hot dogs and marshmallows on a stick. They love it!

We also do this at least one night when we go camping. I am so ready to go right now! S’mores are the best when you take a freshly roasted marshmallow from the campfire but you can also make them in the microwave if you don’t happen to have a campfire handy.

S’mores

Ingredients:

For each S’more you will need:

  • 1 whole graham cracker, split into 2 squares
  • 1 large marshmallow
  • 1 or 2 squares of chocolate (I like to try and find the Hershey’s miniatures on sale)

Directions:

Place the chocolate on one half of the graham cracker.

Heat your marshmallow over the fire until it starts to brown. Be careful not to burn yourself.

Place the HOT marshmallow on top of the chocolate and top with the other half of the graham cracker.

Voila! You may want to let it cool for a minute or so before attempting to eat.

Microwave directions:

On microwave safe plate place 1 cracker square.

Top with chocolate and marshmallow.

Heat on high 15 seconds or until marshmallow puffs up.

Remove from microwave and immediately cover with the other cracker.

Be careful, it will be HOT! Enjoy!

 

Peanut Butter Cracker Cookies

This is a super simple cookie to make that is usually a hit everywhere! The kids can help with this as well. 

Peanut Butter Cracker Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 sleeves of Ritz crackers
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • 1-2 c. Chocolate chips, melted

Directions:

Spread peanut butter between two crackers as you would for a simple peanut butter cracker. 

Dip the filled crackers in melted chocolate. Set on wax paper lined cookie sheet. 

Chill for about 30 minutes and enjoy.