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Blast from the Past: Holiday Baking

I’m starting up a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  Kalissa and I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts.

It seems in December of 2009 I was busy baking.  I typically do quite a bit of baking around the holidays.  I had Kramer’s sweet tooth to keep at bay back then.  This year…I think I won’t be doing as much.  Kramer’s not here to eat it and the rest of us, except for Craig, don’t have an amazing metabolism.

Every year I make these.  I especially make them if I have kiddos around.  I don’t know if they have an official name.  It’s just pretzels, rolos and M&Ms.  They are the perfect thing to have little ones help with.  They can unwrap all the rolos.  They can help place the M&Ms.   Here is the LINK to that recipe.

Star Cookies are another Christmas time treat I typically make.  I have one of my kids, Buck, who doesn’t eat the star and only the cookie…weird.

This was a double batch.  I make them with chocolate stars or with Hershey’s Kisses.  Either way, they are good.

Next up is one of my absolute favorite Christmas treats.  Many people have never made them…check out the recipe.  Have you made them???… Continue reading

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Year ago I had joking told my husband, Kramer, if you ever die, I’m going to each soup for most of my meals…I never thought he’d be dying anytime soon, but he did and here I am.  I spoke the truth then as I now eat a lot of soup.  Seriously, I love soup.  He always hated it as it didn’t “fill him up”.

So as I was trolling Facebook the other day I saw a recipe for Chicken Enchilada Soup and knew if I have the ingredients, or I could improvise them enough, I’d be making the soup.

This recipe could easily be improvised to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving if you have some.  If you do that, adjust the cooking time to 2 minutes.

The recipe I found was for Crock Pot Soup…well I’m not a Crock Pot Girl.  I’m an Instant Pot Girl but recipes like this are easy to adjust so I did….

Here’s the recipe: Continue reading

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole–Jason Approved!

A post from Kelli–

As I’m sure many of you know, going back to work after a maternity leave is a bit difficult.  Obviously it’s hard to leave Georgia, but adjusting to a whole new set of “needs” and “need to do’s” can be a bit taxing.

Back in April before Dad passed away, mom, dad, and I had a talk and decided that we were all willing to pitch in to get things worked out so that mom would be able to watch Georgia while I worked.  The way things are now, I live about 35 minutes from Mom and then have another 30 to 35 minute drive to work…in the opposite direction.

At the time we knew that Dad probably wouldn’t be able to work like he had previously and he had mentioned that he would probably be able to meet me or Jason with Georgia a few times a week when I was working.  We also talked about maybe meeting up in the morning if needed.  We all had agreed that if nothing else, Dad getting sick had shown us all how family is really important and that we were willing to make sacrifices for important things–Like Georgie seeing mom and dad lots and being cared for by her Grandma!

Obviously things on the Dad front have changed, but Mom and I…and Kalissa and Jason and Jason’s mom Renee…have been working to still get things worked out so that Georgia can go to mom’s for childcare while I’m working.

With the extra driving and such, one thing that I’ve been working on is trying to make a supper that will feed both Jason and I for an evening meal and then at least one of us, if not both of us, for a lunch too.  I’ve been scouring the internet and such for quick casseroles that are fairly decently priced to make, but still tasty and make a decent amount…without making too much.

I also have a picky eater..Jason..(cough, cough)…to please.  Just the other day, he finally told me why he doesn’t like spaghetti and pizza–He doesn’t like tomato sauce!  So as you know, that can complicate quite a few casserole type dishes.   I have found though that if it is more BBQ based he will eat it….Strange. I know.

So you can imagine how excited I was when I found this recipe for Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole!

The picture does not do it justice in regards to taste!  It was AMAZING!!!!!

You can find the recipe HERE

I made a few changes as I didn’t look at the recipe before going grocery shopping….I ended up using one pound of sausage and one of hamburger as we were running a bit low on hamburger when I made it.  I also just used 2% milk in place of the whole milk and cream.  I also just used whatever sliced cheese we had in the refrigerator–I think it was provolone and muenster.  The last change that I made was that I added some pickle juice and cut up pickles to the meat sauce.  I knew that Jason wouldn’t eat it with the lettuce and onion salad on top and I also knew that it would be hard to take it to work for lunch that way, but I still wanted a bit of the pickle taste.

As you can see, I made a few minor tweaks, but it was so good!  And with any refrigerated pasta recipe, it tasted even more amazing the next day after spending the overnight in the refrigerator.  Needless to say, it got 4 thumbs up–2 from me and 2 from Jason!  I’ll definitely be making this one again!

Testing: Chocolate Banana Bread

I’m a little lazy sometimes.  I’ll admit that.  This is proof.

I was in town getting groceries and saw that bananas were 14 cents a pound.  They were the ones that were banana bread ready so I grabbed a couple sacks of them.

The kids at my house love banana bread and love smoothies.  I used these bananas all the time for both.  Plus Georgia and Gannon are both trying baby food (Gannon hates it-Georgie loves it) so these softer bananas work great for making our own baby food too.

Well about the same day I saw a recipe in my Facebook feed that was for chocolate banana bread.  That sounded interesting but I didn’t tag the recipe.

So…I was going to make banana bread with the bananas and remembered chocolate banana bread.  Shucks.  I didn’t tag the recipe.  Of course I could have gone to the computer and Googled “chocolate banana bread”, but like I said, I’m a little lazy.

Instead I decided to tweak my own banana bread recipe.

It’s my favorite recipe and came from our daughter Kayla.  This makes ONE loaf.

I ended up making it but I wanted TWO loaves and I wanted chocolate I made these tweaks.  I doubled everything but when it came to the flour this is the change I made-  1/2 cup cocoa and 2 1/2 cups flour.

Here the loaves are ready for the oven.

They came out looking like this…. Continue reading