Homemade Croutons

Forget the days when croutons were just for salad toppings. We love to eat croutons on our salads, our soups, stews, and we have even been known to eat them as a snack every now and then as well.

I know I have a recipe for homemade croutons somewhere around here but I’m not sure where it is but I’ll update this one if there is anything different about the way I made them the other day.  It just happened that my sister sent home some of the Quick & Easy Garlic Bread and it got pretty hard even though we had it in a Ziploc baggie.

Well, I really didn’t want to throw it out because it was really good and then I had an idea. When we did our last Walmart Grocery Pickup they were out of oyster crackers. I had planned to make Loaded Potato Soup that night as Mr. Awesome had requested it but we really like to eat it with oyster crackers. I had some regular saltines but decided to give it a try with some garlic croutons and they were a HIT!

I skipped a couple of the steps as our bread already had the garlic and butter so I simply had to cut it up and bake it for the most delicious croutons ever. I also keep a baggie in the freezer with scrap bread for making croutons and/or bread crumbs. Continue reading “Homemade Croutons”

Sizzlin’ Skillet Steak

I know sometimes there are recipes or foods that just kind of stay away from because of one reason or another. Well, steak was one of those for me as they always turned out tough when I cooked them.

Then there might come along a certain someone, aka Mr. Awesome, who really likes his steak. I tried to convince him that I was incapable of cooking a steak but he refused to give up on me. He has made some really great steaks on the grill but I really don’t grill that much anymore either so I wasn’t interested in trying that method.

After a little trial and error and a few burnt steaks, I’ve finally come up with an almost foolproof method that works for me. Now I do use my cast iron skillet for this so I don’t know how well this will work if you use something other than cast iron. These usually turn our about medium-rare so you may need to adjust the cooking times for your preferred level of doneness too.

If you cook the veggies before you cook your steak you get a whole new level of taste. This method usually results in a nice crust too. This is really so good that I’ve even impressed myself with this. Continue reading “Sizzlin’ Skillet Steak”

Super Easy Power Cooker Potatoes

I  know you can pop a potato in the microwave for a quick bite to eat but when you have as many people in your house as we do, everyone seems to want a potato at the same time. The microwave can’t cook them fast enough and the oven seems like it takes forever.

In comes our superhero of the kitchen, our Power Cooker XL, which can whip up some baked potatoes in a hurry. You can cook up a few extra to have on hand for a quick meal or snack during the week or you can also wrap the extras in foil and freeze them for later. Continue reading “Super Easy Power Cooker Potatoes”

Quick & Easy Garlic Bread or Garlic Cheesy Bread

This recipe is just too easy and with just a few ingredients and minimal work you can impress your family and friends while taking an ordinary meal to an extraordinary meal. Really this is so good that a couple of guests said it was ‘the bomb’ the last time we had it and it is so easy a kindergartener can do it (with a little help when it comes to the oven).

The other great thing about this is that you can fix up a couple loaves at a time and store them in the freezer for easy additions to meals. Continue reading “Quick & Easy Garlic Bread or Garlic Cheesy Bread”

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

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies printable recipe

Ingredients:

  • 11-12 oz bag butterscotch chips (you can also use semi-sweet chocolate 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!

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

(‘Cooked’ version)

Cooked Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 11-12 oz bag butterscotch chips (you can also use semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 3-oz can Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1/2 – 1 c. Salted peanuts or almonds, optional

Directions:

Line two baking pans with wax paper.

In a heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt the chips with the sweetened condensed milk.

Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, combine the noodles and nuts.

Stir in the melted chip mixture until evenly coated.

Drop by spoonfuls onto the prepared pans.

Cool in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.

Enjoy!


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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. Continue reading “Cheesy Garlic Skillet Biscuits”

Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

This is a recipe that I’ve had for a while 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! Continue reading “Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole”

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. Continue reading “Pizza Mac N Cheese”

Easy Pork Chops with Rice

This recipe is one of those super easy simple recipes. You could also substitute white rice or even wild rice if you like. Continue reading “Easy Pork Chops with Rice”

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 markdown 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: Continue reading “Markdown Meals: Chicken Salad on Croissants”

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. Continue reading “Tuna Salad”