Saturday, August 5, 2017

Cream Cheese Pie


Hands down this is one of Brent's favorite desserts!

I love the fact that it literally takes minutes to prepare, and of course he LOVES the taste. The best part just may be that graham cracker crust...so buttery and delicious.  I make this treat a couple times a month all summer...tastes awesome with fresh berries!




Cream Cheese Pie

1( 8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temp
1/3 c. sugar
1 (8 oz. ) container Cool Whip
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix the sugar,vanilla and cream cheese together. Fold in the cool whip and spoon into a graham cracker pie crust. Chill. Serve topped with fresh fruit.

Graham Cracker Pie Crust

1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/3 c. sugar
6 Tbsp. butter, melted

Mix together and pat in a pie pan. Bake at 375 for about 5 to 7 minutes. Cool Completely.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Minnesota Bluberry Bread


Blueberries are my favorite berry. I always have some on hand in the frig (or freezer), and love to make this quick bread with them. The milk and oil make the bread very soft and moist, with blueberries loaded in every bite!


I always sprinkle on a bit of sugar before I bake this, it adds a nice texture to the top, and looks so pretty!


Minnesota Blueberry Bread

1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
dash salt
1/2 c. milk
1 egg
1/4 c. oil
dash vanilla
1 1/2 c. fresh blueberries

Mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the wet. Stir both together just until mixed. Add a bit of flour to the blueberries to dust, so they don't sink to the bottom. Fold them in gently. Sprinkle top with a bit of sugar. Bake in a greased loaf pan at 350 for about an hour, until toothpick comes out clean.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Patriotic Dessert Kabobs


These are festive and fun! 

They are also very EZ to make and look SO pretty for the holiday.


Have a Happy 4th!




Patriotic Dessert Kabobs

Sara Lee pound cake, cut in squares
strawberries
blueberries
white chocolate melts
wooden skewers
(whipped cream to serve along side if desired)

Thread a chunk of cake, a strawberry, and 2 blueberries until the skewer is full. Drizzle with melted white chocolate and serve with whipped cream for dipping.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Red, White, and Blue!


Pinned it, tried it, and LOVED it! 

I saw this over at KatrinasKitchen on Pinterest and they looked so pretty I had to try it.

 Here's the combination:


I was wondering how it would taste, but it was good! 

I had a little trouble making the layers, but if you pour very slowly over the ice, they do not blend. I got carried away with the blue, as you can see my layers are not as even.

First you pour red cran-apple juice 1/3 of the way up your glass. Then fill the glass with ice. SLOWLY pour the Sobe pina colada up another third, and the last third with the blue G2 Gaterade.


They were really fun to make AND drink!!

Happy 4th!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Patriotic Veggie Cups


Pinned it, tried it and loved this idea!

I saw this on Pinterest a long time ago, and just came across it again recently. So cute!

I don't know about you, but I have enough Washi Tape to last a life time, so whenever I see a fun idea to use some, I try it! When Washi Tape first came out, there were so many fun colors and styles, I started a collection. What was I thinking anyway? How much Washi tape can one person use? LOL!

But this is a great idea, and EZ too. Just buy some of those small plastic containers (they have little lids too, perfect for sending condiments with lunches)at the Party Store and wrap a piece of Washi around them. Then fill with your favorite veggie dip, and add some cut veggies on skewers. How handy for parties or picnics!

I happened to have a few Patriotic picks form Target, so I used those to make them even more festive, but regular wooden skewers for the grill will work too.Yes, I am addicted to the dollar spot in Target too. (which is also a great place to find washi tape!)



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad




It's summertime...time for cold salads you can make ahead and grab out of the frig on busy days. I like this easy recipe, as it can be a side for burgers and sandwiches, or is great alone as a meal.


You can add other veggies, whatever you have on hand actually, but I make it just the way it is...such a perfect combo of flavors and textures!






Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad

4 oz. pasta, cooked and drained (about 2 c. cooked)
1 bunch broccoli, chopped
1/2 c. chopped red onion
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and chopped
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 to 3/4 c. mayo ( I tend to use 3/4 c.)

Mix altogether and refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday's with Mom 7 Layer Salad



One of my favorite salads that my mom used to make was the old fashioned, ever present pot luck favorite....THE 7 Layer Salad!

This salad was present at just about every function up north while I was growing up, right beside the hot dish and jello. It's such an easy salad to bring anywhere, and of course it tastes GREAT!

I'm not so sure about the 7 layers though. This used to bother me when I was little....as I would count the layers and always came up with more than were in the salad! Mom's recipe has 8 if you count the topping as one layer, and the cheese as another layer. And most people throw whatever they have on hand in....like chopped eggs, tomatoes, etc. making even more layers!

Regardless of how many layers, it's always a hit. It looks beautiful in a glass bowl, but back then, I ALWAYS saw it in a 9x13 pan, and that's how I make it too. 







7 Layer Salad

1 head of lettuce, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 package frozen peas,thawed
1 c. chopped celery
1 c. chopped red or green pepper

Topping:
1 1/4 c. real mayo
2/3 c. Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. sugar

In a 9 x13 glass pan, layer the lettuce, onion, peas, bacon,celery and peppers. Mix the mayo, Parmesan cheese and sugar. Spread over all, and sprinkle with shredded cheddar. Refrigerate until chilled.