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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


  • 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!

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

I had all intentions of making some delicious cinnamon rolls on Sunday morning however Mr. Awesome had an awesome surprise planned and I just didn’t have the time. Well Jacob had his little heart set on those rolls and as we all know this child loves to eat. He also loves coming up with new recipes and he decided we should try to make some Cinnamon Roll Muffins.

I combined the filling from our Cinnamon Roll Pancakes and Basic Muffin Recipe with a simple glaze to come up to sweeten the deal. The kids loved helping to mix the muffins and make the swirls. They also really enjoyed eating them too!

Did I mention how wonderful the house smells when you bake these? I will definitely need to make a double batch the next time around. I may also try this out in a loaf pan or as a super easy coffee cake.

Short on time? You could mix up everything and set it in the fridge until the next morning and then surprise your family with the aroma of these delicious treats. They will think you slaved all morning long! Continue reading Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Cheesy Garlic Skillet Biscuits

Mmmmm…. these were so good. The idea for these came about as I had forgotten to take the rolls out for my Cheesy Garlic Pull-apart Bread to go with dinnerWe’d had a very busy day dealing with ants.

I happened to have some canned biscuits (and mozzarella cheese sticks) in the fridge from the weekend. I had planned to use the biscuits for Monkey Bread on Saturday but as that is one of William’s favorite breakfasts and he wouldn’t have been able to eat it I chose not to make it.

This is also a great recipe to let the kids help with as they can cut the cheese sticks and wrap the biscuits around the cheese.

Cheesy Garlic Skillet Biscuits


  • 2 cans biscuits (I used 2 -10 ct tubes)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning
  • 3 sticks mozzarella
  • Extra cheese for top, optional


Preheat oven to 400.

Cut each cheese stick in quarters.

Wrap one biscuit around each piece of cheese.

Melt the butter in a large cast iron skillet. Add seasonings and cook 1-2 minutes.

Turn off heat.

Carefully place the biscuits into the skillet, turning once to coat each biscuit with butter.

You could sprinkle with Parmesan cheese at this point, desired.

Bake 10-12 minutes

Sprinkle with grated cheese, if desired.

Cool 5-10 minutes and serve.

Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

This is a recipe that I’ve had for awhile and I’ve tweaked it a bit here and there to get it to our liking. I’ve actually had it on the menu plan for the past couple of weeks but haven’t been able to make it as we’ve just had some hectic schedules here lately.

You can call the kids in to help with this one. My littles like to tear up the tortillas and sprinkle on the cheese while the girls like helping to stir the meat and bean mixture and spread the sour cream. You can also let them help make a salad to go along with this yummy dish!

Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole


  • 1 lb of ground meat (I like to use ground turkey for this)
  • 1 onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 pack of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 1 large can refried beans (I use a 31 oz can) or you can use about 3 c. homemade refried beans.
  • 2 – 3 c. Shredded cheese
  • 1 or 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 c. sour cream


Preheat oven to 350.

Spray a 9×13 casserole dish.

Brown the meat and onion, if using and drain any excess grease.

Add seasonings and stir in refried beans.

You can also mix in a can of soup if you want to make it go a little farther.

Mix one can of soup and the sour cream in a bowl.

Spread 1/2 of the sour cream mixture in the bottom of your greased casserole dish.

Tear 4 flour tortillas into bite size pieces and spread over sour cream mixture.

Layer 1/2 of the meat and bean mixture over this.

Sprinkle with a layer of cheese.

Repeat the layers, ending with cheese.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until heated through and the cheese is bubbly.

Serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, yellow rice, and a nice salad for a hearty meal.

This would probably also work well as a freezer meal if you wanted to double the recipe and make an extra casserole for later.

Pizza Mac N Cheese

So you’ve probably seen the macaroni and cheese pizzas but my kids, more like my 5 year old, wanted something different. This is what we came up with.

Pizza Mac N Cheese


  • 2 packages of Macaroni and Cheese
  • 1 c. Spaghetti sauce (or pizza sauce)
  • 1 pack pepperonis
  • 1-2 c. Shredded cheese


Preheat oven to 400.

Prepare macaroni according to box.

Grease a 9 x 13 pan.

Spread the prepared macaroni in the greased pan.

Top with sauce.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Layer pepperonis on top.

Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Broil for 2-3 minutes if you want a crispy top.


Serve with a salad and rolls to make a meal.

Easy Pork Chops w/Rice

This recipe is one of those super easy simple recipes. You could also substitute white rice or even wild rice if you like.

Easy Pork Chops w/Rice


  • 6-8 Pork Chops
  • 1 1/2 c. Yellow rice
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3 c. Water
  • Garlic salt (I like Lawry’s)
  • Black pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 350.

Grease a 9 x 13 pan.

Season the chops as desired.

Pan sear the pork chops, if desired.

Mix together the rice, soup, and water.

Pour the rice mixture into then pan.

Layer the pork chops on top.

Cover with foil.

Bake for 1 – 1 1-2 hours.

Uncover and bake an additional 20 – 30 minutes.

Let sit 5 – 10 minutes.

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Markdown Meals: Chicken Salad on Croissants

I have been doing a lot of grocery shopping at Walmart just because it is so close to me. Normally I really dislike Walmart and if there was another grocery store closer to me then I’d probably go there but right now Walmart it is.

I happened to pass by the deli section and found these rotisserie chickens marked down to $2.01! I’m not sure what they normally sell for but I grabbed two of them. One Traditional and one Lemon Pepper. I had also snagged a package of mini croissants on the mark down cart for less than $3.00.

Today I used the traditional chicken to make Super Easy Chicken Salad croissants. I served these with some cherry tomatoes on the side for a quick lunch.

Here is the recipe:

Super Easy Rotisserie Chicken Salad


  • 1 cooked rotisserie chicken (or use 2-3 cooked chicken breasts), shredded
  • 1/3 c. mayo
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 stalks celery (optional)
  • 1 boiled egg, chopped (optional)
  • 2-3 T. Pickle relish (optional)
  • onion, chopped (optional)
  • raisins, chopped apples, chopped nuts or whatever other add-ins you might like (optional)


Mix everything together in a bowl. Season to taste. Enjoy on a bed of lettuce, in a croissant, or on toast.

It was so simple and so good! You could use whatever seasoned chicken you prefer.

This is just one example of a quick, easy, and delicious meal that you can make on a budget. I spent less that $8.00 for the meal and it fed myself and 6 kids.


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Tuna Salad

This can be a quick and easy lunch or snack. You can eat it on bread, toast, crackers, or even plain. You can also serve it with a salad, hard boiled egg, and some sliced peaches w/cottage cheese for a cold dinner plate.

Tuna Salad


  • 2- 5 oz cans of tuna, drained well
  • 2-3 T. mayo
  • 1 T. relish (optional)


Mix everything together and enjoy.

Beer Bread

I love how easy this recipe is and the crust is so good. I have to be careful or I could eat all of the crust off the bread by myself! This is a recipe that I haven’t made in a while but when I went for a spell without going to the grocery store I had to use up what I found in the kitchen to make up a couple of quick meals. I made up a batch of Boston Baked Beans and wanted some fresh bread to go with it.

I had seen a bottle of beer in the fridge and had no idea where it came from or who it belonged too. After a week or so I just guessed it must’ve been something forgotten by a guest. I dug through some old recipes and found this recipe. It smelled so good when it was baking and it tasted even better.

You could play around with the ingredients to make it different flavors and such. I’d say that different beers would probably give it different flavors too but I have not experimented with that.

Beer Bread


  • 3 c. self rising flour
  • 1/4 white sugar or honey (optional)
  • 12 oz. beer
  • 1 stick butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 c. sharp cheddar, shredded (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350.

Grease a Loaf Pan.

Mix together the flour, sugar or honey, beer, and the cheese, if using, Stir just until blended.

Pour the batter into the loaf pan.

Pour the melted butter over the batter. (You can mix the butter into the dough if you like for a softer crust.)

Bake 45-50 minutes. Cool about 10-15 minutes.



Easy Chili Mac N Cheese

This recipe is so easy and I like to make it when I’ve made a huge batch of macaroni and cheese the day before so I can use up all the leftovers.

Easy Chili Mac N Cheese


  • 2 boxes of your favorite macaroni and cheese, prepared as directed on the box
  • 1-2 cans of your favorite chili (I prefer to use the ‘no beans’ for this)


While the macaroni is still warm add the chili and stir. Het over low heat for 5-10 minutes until heated through.

Serve with a salad and bread to complete the meal.

Oven Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

This is the simplest way I have found to make a whole lot of grilled cheese in a short amount of time. The kids can even help with the preparation of these yummy sandwiches.

Oven Toasted Cheese Sandwiches


  • bread (enough for the amount of sandwiches you desire to make, and whatever type you prefer)
  • butter or margarine
  • cheese (enough for the amount of sandwiches you desire to make, and whatever type you prefer)
  • non-stick cooking spray


Preheat oven to 400.

Spray a cookie sheet or two with the non-stick spray.

Butter a slice of bread on one side. Place buttered side down on the cookie sheet.

Place a slice, or two, of cheese on the bread.

Butter another slice of bread and place on top with the butter side up.

Repeat these steps to assemble the number of sandwiches you need.

Place in the oven for 5-7 minutes or until lightly toasted.

Remove and flip the sandwiches.

Bake another 5-7 minutes until toasted.

Remove and enjoy. (Very tasty with tomato soup.)

Fix It and Forget It Crockpot Chicken

I just love crockpot meals that you can throw together in a few minutes, dump in the cooker, and walk away. I don’t remember where I found the original recipe for this but I have changed it around a little to make it work better for my family.


  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, whole or cut up
  • 1-1/2 lbs small red potatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 pound baby carrots
  • 1-12 oz bag of frozen veggies, optional
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste


Place the chicken breasts in the crockpot. Add potatoes, carrots, onions, and other veggies, as desired.

Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and seasonings. Pour mixture over the chicken and vegetables.

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

Tip: you can brown the chicken on the stovetop before placing it in the crock pot, if you like.