Tuesday, January 31, 2012

White Puff Paint

For each child, fill a dixie cup 2/3 full of shaving cream, a good squeeze of white school glue, and a good squeeze of white paint.  Let the child stir until mixed with a small craft stick.  Then have fun creating.  (Dark construction paper works best to paint on.)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fruit Snacks Giveaway - 4 Winners!

Please go here to enter a giveaway for 6 boxes of Ocean Spray Fruit Snacks.

Sunday, January 22, 2012


1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
1/2 cup water
1 T. apple cider vinegar
1 package dry onion soup mix
1/2 cup ketchup
1 T. mustard
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
shredded cheddar cheese or cheese slices

Brown and drain ground beef.  Add water, vinegar, onion soup mix, ketchup, mustard and garlic powder.  Stir to combine and simmer over low heart.  Serve on buns or fried flatbread.  Top meat mixture with cheese.

Easy Fudge Bars

1 box white cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cups oil
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter, cubed

In a bowl, combine the dry cake mix, eggs and oil.  Press 2/3 of the mixture into a greased 9x13 pan.  Set remaining mixture aside.
Combine sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and butter, cook and stir until smooth.  Pour over the crust.  Drop small spoonfuls of the remaining cake mixture over the top.
Bake at 350 for 19 minutes or until lightly browned.  Do not over-bake; the middle should remain soft.

3 Packet Roast

1 packet of Brown Gravy mix
1 packet of Italian Seasoning mix
1 packet of Ranch Dressing mix
1 1/2 cups water
2 - 3 lb. Rump Roast

Place the roast in your crock pot.  Dump all of your seasoning packets on top of the roast, and then pour your water around the roast.  Cook on Low for 9 - 10 hours.
Serve with mashed potatoes as it will make a delicious gravy!

Party Snack Mix

9 cups cereal
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup pretzels
1 cup bagel chips
6 T. margarine
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder

In large microwavable bowl, mix cereal, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside.  In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter until melted.  Stir in seasonings.  Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated. Microwave mixture for 5 - 6 minutes; thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes.  Cool and store in airtight container.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Peanut Butter Brownies

1 pkg. brownie mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 cup chopped roasted peanuts (Chad's half only :-) )
1 14. oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 to 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9x13 baking pan.  In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, eggs, oil and water.  Stir until combined.  Stir in peanuts if desired. Spread half of the brownie mixture into prepared pan.  In a small bowl, stir together sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter until smooth.  Spread mixture evenly over the brownie mixture in the pan.  Pour remaining brownie mixture on top.  Bake for 25 minutes.

Italian Chicken & Potatoes

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 to 3/4 cup Italian salad dressing
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 cup shredded Italian cheese (mozzarella/parmesan combo)
5 to 6 medium potatoes, cut into wedges or thick slices

Grease crock pot well.  Place chicken in bottom of crock pot and sprinkle with half of the Italian dressing, spice and cheese.  Put the potatoes on top and sprinkle with the rest of the dressing, spice and cheese.  Cook on low for 6 - 8 hours or until the chicken is done and potatoes are tender.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Brown Sugar Dip

1 pkg. reduced fat cream cheese (room temperature)
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together and store in refrigerator.
Serve with fruit.