Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Cookies 'n' Creme Fudge
3 (6 ounce) packages white chocolate baking squares
1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups coarsely crushed chocolate creme-filled sandwich cookies
In heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt white chocolate squares, sweetened condensed milk and salt. Remove from heat; stir in crushed cookies.
Spread evenly into wax-paper-lined 8-inch square pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm.
Turn fudge onto cutting board; peel off paper and cut into squares. Store leftovers covered in
Neiman Marcus Bars
1 package yellow cake mix1 egg
1/2 cup butter -- melted
8 ounces chocolate chips
3/4 cup nuts -- chopped
8 ounces cream cheese
eggs -- slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound powdered sugar
Mix crust ingredients together well. Press in bottom of 9x13" pan. Press in the chocolate chips and nuts. Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, eggs and vanilla. Pour over all. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes at 300º.
I made all of these right before out Christmas parties we went to this weekend (and right before my gallbladder surgery to go out with a bang!!) I had my surgery yesterday and everything went well besides the 5 hour wait we encountered before the surgery...I am just resting at home today trying to get better! Thanks for all the prayers!!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Halloween is right around the corner and I found a cute clown costume for Chief! Enjoy the pictures! (He hated it but was a good sport!)
A picture of all our kiddos - they wait for me on the stairs when they hear the garage door open! Cheese, Chief, Princess and Chad!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
There are so many cool places to go here around the holidays too! We are going to try to make it to Leavenworth, WA for the Christmas lighting ceremonies in December. It is a Bavarian town set out east in the mountains! Hopefully we will get a chance to go there for the holidays this year!
But anyway, we are off to Whistler this weekend! We leave Saturday and will come back Wednesday! We are really looking forward to going to such a neat town where the Olympics were held earlier this year...It is about a 4 and a half hour drive north and we will go through Vancouver also! We are staying at a neat resort right in the village of Whister and our room has our own private sauna in it! I was checking the weather and it looks like we will get to be there for the first snows of the season on Tuesday and Wednesday, so hopefully we will be able to make it home like planned on Wednesday!
The Village of Whistler!
Our Resort - The Mountainside Lodge! The heated pool is open year round!!
Monday, October 11, 2010
I also got a new JOB!! I am working with a Financial Planner like I was back in Kansas City. I am really excited about the opportunities I will have working with Bill Sydor with the Householder Group. It is just a part time position for now so I am still working a few days at World Market too! I am keeping busy at work and Traveling!!
We have a vacation booked to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada for October 22-27th that we are really looking forward to! It is supposed to be a very cool town set in the Mountains where the Olympics were earlier this year...
I also have a trip booked to Scottsdale, AZ with my work for the first week in November which will be great training for me!
Well here is a great recipe that Audrey made for me and Mike last time we were home. I have made is a couple times and it is a big hit and very easy! Enjoy!
Mix together 1/2 cup sugar with 1 TBS ground cinnamon. Set aside.
Mix (in mixer) 1 cup sugar, 2 packages cream cheese- softened, and 1 TSP vanilla until well blended.
Take 1 package of crescent roll dough and press in bottom of an 8x13 (ish) pan and close seams.
Evenly spread cream cheese mixture over bottom crescent roll dough. Top with 2nd package of crescent roll dough (closing seams).
Pour 1/2 stick of melted butter (or margarine) over top.
Then add the cinnamon/sugar mixture evenly.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes (recipe calls for 30 min but in my experience thats too long. I check it at 20 and go from there. You will see that the crescent layer has risen and the sugar and butter have candied themselves.) Serve warm (and yummy cold, too!)
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
We booked a weekend trip to Portland next weekend! Tom and Amanda are driving up from Denver and will meet us in Portland on Sunday then they are coming up to stay with us on Wednesday! We can't wait to see them!
I also booked a trip today to WHISTLER BC! I have heard it is such a cool town up in the mountains we are excited to spend a week there in October! Whistler is about 5 hours north set in a valley of some beautiful mountains where the 2010 Olympics were held! We got a loft room that sleeps 6 and had a sauna in the upstairs bathroom so hopefully we will get some people to go with us!
I want to see all that we can while we are up here...we have done a lot but have not even made a dent in all we want to do!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Gnocchi served with a Bacon & Peas Cream Sauce -
I had never had gnocchi till I moved out here, we sell it at World Market and we love it now!
Salt & pepper to taste
Prep the Ingredients
and slice the onion into rings and separate them. Mince the garlic and cut the bacon lengthwise and then into 1-½ strips. Thaw the peas anyway you like and grate the Parmesan.
Assemble the rest of the ingredients and you are ready to go.
How to Make at Home
Start by heating up a large pot of water for cooking the gnocchi. You don’t want the sauce ready and have to wait for the gnocchi to cook although they don’t take but 2 minutes to cook.
Heat your sauté pan over medium-high heat to get it hot. Add the oil and butter to the pan and when the butter is melted and hot, add the onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and continue sautéing for another minute.
Add the bacon and cook for 3 – 4 minutes until the bacon doesn’t have that white fatty look any more. You don’t want the bacon crisp, just cook through. The down side of using bacon over Pancetta is the bacon takes longer to cook but if that’s what you have available, what the heck.
Add the chicken stock to deglaze the pan, stirring up any of the bacon bits that may be sticking to the pan. Add the cream and then the peas. Simmer for 3 – 4 minutes and you will notice the sauce start to thicken.
Right after you add the cream you want to start cooking the gnocchi. They only take 2 –3 minutes to cook but by the time you cook and drain them the sauce will be finished. You will know when the gnocchi are done because they float to the top of the water.
Add the drained gnocchi to the sauce along with the Parmesan cheese and nutmeg. Give it a gentle stir and cook to warm up and incorporate the sauce with the gnocchi.
Creamy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese
Yummy!! Free up your oven and cook this classic dish in your crock pot! I made this is my taller older, 4 qt. crock pot rather than my new larger oval shaped one that tends to run hot. This could also be baked in the oven if necessary.
1 lb macaroni
4 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I use combination of freshly shredded medium cheddar and extra sharp cheddar)
10 1/2 ounces cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
12 ounces evaporated milk
1/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs, beaten (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Cook macaroni 4-6 minutes, keeping macaroni very al dente. Drain. Toss hot pasta with butter.
In a greased crock pot, add cheese, soup, milk, sour cream, eggs, salt, pepper and mustard powder. Mix to combine.
Add pasta to crock pot. Stir to combine well. Cook on low 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. (Careful because when I cooked mine 30 min too long, it started to become grainy!).
Monday, July 12, 2010
We are looking forward to our trip back to Kansas later this month for Ken and Carley's wedding! I will be home July 28-Aug 4th (wed-wed) and Mike will be home July 30-Aug 3rd (Fri-Tues). We are excited to see everyone but not looking forward to the HOT weather....It is about 65 here today but going to be in the 70's all week! We can get used to this kind of weather! We did have 2 days in the upper 80's-90 and everyone was dying up here because the homes don't have a/c in them! Our condo was up to 87!!
I only work 2 days this week so hopefully will be getting out a lot and enjoying the weather!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival - It was pretty but we sat in so much traffic so we will not go again!
Downtown Seattle - we have gone to Seattle many times! Pike Place Market - Gas Works Park - Waterfront - Aquarium (not so cool:( ) - Ballord Docks (Deadliest Catch Boats) - The Boat Locks
Ocean Shores - We spent Easter Sunday on the Washington Coast - It was chilly but a neat coast! You can drive on the beach and the waves are the largest I have ever seen!