Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring

Look at this ooey gooey yummy thing:

I have made these every Saturday morning for two months. They are that good. They are that easy. Here is what you need:

Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring

1 tube Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
1/2 C. pancake syrup
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 C. chopped pecans, opt.
1/4 C. chopped almonds, opt.

Spray a fluted pan with non-stick spray. Combine the melted butter and syrup in a small bowl. Should look like this:

In another bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts. I didn't add nuts because I don't care for them the kids don't care for them. Place about half of the syrup mixture in the bottom of the pan. Then sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture on top.

Lay the biscuits on the bottom of the pan, overlapping edges to form a ring. Top with remaining syrup and sugar mixture. I felt guilty about how much sugar this recipe has so I didn't use all of it on this last layer. I know that is like going to McDonald's and ordering a Big Mac, large fries and a DIET COKE but it somehow makes me feel better.

Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 minute in the pan, then invert onto a serving platter. Yum!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Crock Pot Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwiches

Made these last night and they were yummy. I even used reduced fat dressing! Next time I think I will double the recipe so we have more leftovers. Enjoy!

 Crock Pot Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwiches 

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 to 1 cup of your favorite Caesar dressing (can use reduced fat)
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley (if you don't have fresh use around 2 teaspoons of dried parsley)
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
12 slider buns or 4-6 regular sized hamburger buns

1. Place chicken in a 3-4 quart slow cooker with 1-2 cups of water (enough to cover chicken), cover and cook on low heat for 4-6 hours.

2. Remove chicken from cooker using a slotted spoon and drain the water from the slow cooker. Place chicken on a cutting board and pull chicken into shreds, discarding any fat.

3. Place chicken back in the cooker and pour dressing, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and pepper over the top. I really make sure that I discard any fat pieces so by the time I was done I only used about 1/2 cup of dressing but you may need more if you have more chicken. Stir until mixed evenly. Cover and cook on high heat for 30 minutes or until mixture is hot.

4. Spoon 1/4 cup mixture onto each slider bun if you are making sliders or more for regular sized buns. Top with extra shredded Parmesan cheese and lettuce to serve.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

Made this simple recipe last night and everyone in the family loved it. Miracle! Found the recipe here but made a couple small changes. Enjoy!

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

12 oz. spaghetti
1 (28 ounce) jar prepared spaghetti sauce
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 clove garlic, minced or 1/2 tsp. jarred minced garlic
8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese (cubed)
1/2 C Parmesan Cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a skillet, brown the ground beef until cooked through; drain fat and stir in spaghetti sauce and heat through.

Cook spaghetti according to directions on package. Drain and place cooked spaghetti in a bowl. Add cream cheese, Italian seasoning and minced garlic. Stir until cream cheese is melted and the spaghetti is thoroughly coated.

Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. Spread a small amount of meat sauce in the bottom of the dish. Put spaghetti mixture on top of the sauce and top with remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes or until heated through.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Picture of the Week

I'm one of those people that believes you don't have to stop and get gas until the light comes on and stays on for awhile. Actually, I'm hoping that Steve will at some point take my car and have to fill it up before I do. He likes to lecture me about how it is bad for the car to let it get that low. Something about the junk in the bottom of the tank will clog up the fuel filter blah blah blah. So when his truck was so low in gas that he felt the need to add a little to just make it to the gas station, I just had to take a picture.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Picture a Day Challenge

I love pictures. Love love LOVE! I take a ton of them but looking at my collection I noticed I can go for weeks without taking any. That is what brought me to the challenge of taking one picture a day. Here are a couple tips to get you going:
  1. Take a camera everywhere. Doesn't have to be a big fancy camera with all the bells and whistles. If nothing else use your cell phone camera.
  2. Don't strive for perfection. This is to capture a moment in life. Life isn't perfect and your pictures don't have to be either. Just take the picture.
  3. Don't forget to take a picture EVERY day. My iPhone alarm goes off at 5:00 p.m. to remind me. I know this sounds silly but I'm old and can be forgetful.
  4. Create a separate folder on your computer for these pictures and copy pictures to it ASAP. I will admit this is the most time consuming part but doing it weekly helps.
  5. Remember taking pictures shouldn't be for vacations and specials events only. Take a picture of your child doing homework, their messy room, your parents, your dog, your house, etc. You get the picture don't you?
Here are a couple of my favorites from last month:

My Dad's 70th Birthday

Annual Trip to Lake Lanier

Crazy Girls!

Why not give this a try? I promise looking back you won't regret it.