Monday, August 31, 2015

Signs of September

Signs of September means fall favorites returning to the monthly menu.  There are lots of new recipes that I'm looking forward to, especially the Cuban nachos this coming Friday.  It's also time for the return of soups, so finally I'll have leftovers for Saturday lunch again.  I'm looking forward to a month of new recipes.

And yes, for those of you who are highly observant, I ended August and started September with the exact same thing.  Note to self, be sure to review the current month's menu before making the next month's.  So, we are starting the month off with a revision.  Oh well, when I started this menu planning thing ages ago, I promised myself I would be flexible, so this is me being all flexible.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Snack and Apps

One of my favorite Pinterest boards is my Snacks and Apps category.  I love appetizer.  Cheeseballs, dips, mini quiches, little sandwiches, cheese and crackers, all of it.

I decided a fun Friday evening meal might be to make a couple of appetizers since I haven't had many other excuses to do that lately, and just call it a meal.

I chose Bruschetta with Garlic Mozzarella Toast for the first item since tomatoes and basil are aplenty at this time of year.  It was perfectly fresh and yummy.  Even my hubby, who doesn't care for tomatoes, at all, enjoyed it.  I loved the addition of mozzarella to the toast.  (I also added parmesan cheese and onion to the tomato mixture.  I have a thing with cheese.)

Secondly, I made these Meatball Poppers.  My little one has a thing for meatballs, so this was my nod in her direction.  She and the hubby loved these!  I thought they needed a sauce of some kind, so I just added a little of the bruschetta tomato mixture to each bite.  It worked!  You could also use spaghetti or pizza sauce.

The meatball poppers have a lot of tinkering potential too.  Imagine adding cheddar cheese and a little piece of bacon and pickle--voila!  Bacon Cheeseburger Poppers.  More fodder for Snacks and Apps on Friday nights!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Always Room for PB&J

As a child, I didn't like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  At all.  As an adult, I find them to be the perfect combination of salty and sweet.  My hubby swears it's the JIFerence.  Whatever the case, I'm a convert.

Enter this Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast.  Now, mind you, the author doesn't suggest jelly as a topping, but I really am not a syrup person, and the warm gooey peanut butter was begging for a jelly chaser.  It had to be done.

And there was much rejoicing.  Yummy flavorful French Toast with the flavors of peanut butter and jelly all around.  You can't go wrong!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

More Good Stuff

We've been eating lots of other good stuff over the last week,   For the sake of brevity, and just to get caught up, here's a few things with brief comments.

Chocolate Pecan Oatmeal Pie:  This is delicious.  It's just a big cookie, but very good and so easy.

Chicken and Mushrooms in Creamy Herb Sauce:  Good.  My sauce did not get very thick, but I liked the flavor.  Add salt!

Peach Dumplings:  Perfect for fresh peach season. Easy to make.  I used ginger ale (Vernor's!) instead of Mountain Dew.

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie:  Good. Rich. Fabulouso.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Dwindling Summer

All of a sudden we are in countdown to school mode.  I can't believe it.  Summer went so quickly, and I just don't know if I'm ready to get back on the roller coaster.

We have been filling in every last day we have, with fun, friends, and family.

At a neighborhood picnic, I took these two fun snacks.  One was soooooooooooooooo yum, and the other was entirely and completely forgettable.

First the yum one: Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip.  If you love strawberry pretzel salad, give this a try.  It has all the delicious flavors of the salad, but it's far less work.  We used pretzel thins, cinnamon sugar pretzels, and Golden Oreo Thins for dippers.

Then the forgettable choice: Candied Popcorn.  I used the Berry Blue flavor, and it was just weird.  We thought it sort of tasted like Fruity Pebbles.  Totally not worth the work for the outcome.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Still Here!

I'm still here!  Cooking has been pretty simple--lots of items on the grill, ice cream for dessert, and very little way in trying new recipes.

I am ready for August, though, and I will have a few new things to share soon.  Cross my heart.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Furry Friends

Our days this summer have been filled with the adventures of Gloria.  We are having such fun with her.

We are also spoiling her like crazy, and even cooking for her.  I learned with our last dog how easy it was to bake sweet potato chips for easy dog treats, so we've got a regular rotation of making those.  And now we've made these super easy and fast Pumpkin Oat No-Bake Dog Treats.

The hardest part about this recipe is taking the time to roll each of the little individual treats.  (I used the smallest scoop from Pampered Chef, but if you've got a smallish dog, use something even smaller.  It makes a generous-sized treat.)  I let them refrigerate most of the day, and then finally shared one with the pooch.  She liked it, but did "play" with it a bit before actually eating.  I'm guessing she's a unused to refrigerated food.

I'm definitely keeping these treats in our regular rotation of doggie "baking".  I like the simple, on-hand ingredients, and the fast prep.