Mashed Potato Topped Mini Meatloaves

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Little meatloaves topped with creamy mashed potatoes; this is a simple and quick recipe making it ideal for a quick after school or work supper.

Mashed Potato Topped Mini Meatloaves
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 1 pond lean ground beef
  • 1 package stove top stuffing mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons A-1 steak sauce
  • 4 ounces of low fat cream cheese (cut into cubes)
  • 3 cups hot mashed potatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup brown gravy mix or you favorite brand (cooked according to package directions)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl using you hands mix together the meat, stuffing mix, water, and steak sauce until just combined.
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  5. Press the meat into the muffin cups. (the recipe says it makes 12 – but I filled the cups and wound up with 10. So if this is an issue divide the meat up so it comes our even – I would guess about ¾'s full)
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes to an internal temperature of 160F.
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  8. While the meatloaves are baking mix the cream cheese into the potatoes until cheese is melted and then stir in the parsley.
  9. Serve the potatoes over the meatloaves topped with the gravy.
  10. Note: If you are using fresh potatoes cut the potatoes small and cook them while the meatloaves are in the oven. The potatoes should be done and ready to mash about the same time the meatloaves are done.
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Adapted from Kraft Recipes

S’mores Blossom Cookies Recipe

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What would the Holidays be without cookies? These S’mores Blossom Cookies are delicious and have a perfect combination of flavors for the holiday season.

This is a simple and quick recipe that makes 24 cookies depending on the size you make.

Bake some of these cookies up for Christmas; you and your guests will love them.


S’mores Blossom Cookies Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 crackers)
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 large marshmallows (cut in half crosswise)
  • 24 Hershey's Chocolate Kisses
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium size bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. Using a stand mixer with paddle attachment on medium high speed mix together butter, sugar, and ½ cup graham cracker crumbs until mixture is light and fluffy. (If you don't have a stand mixer a regular mixer should work fine)
  4. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture mixing until just moist (If not using a stand mixture use a spoon).
  5. Place the rest of the graham cracker crumbs in a shallow dish, measure the dough out 1 tablespoon at a time and form a ball like you are making meat balls, roll in the cracker crumbs too coat, placing 12 on each cookie sheet.
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  8. Bake one sheet at a time for 10 – 12 minutes until edges start to crack, remove from the oven, and switch oven to broil,
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  10. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes and then place a marshmallow slice on the top of each cookie.
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  12. Broil cookies 10 inches from the broiler element until deep golden brown.
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  14. Remove from the oven and immediately place kisses on top of each cookie; transfer to wire rack to cool.
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  16. Repeat the process with the other sheet of cookies.
  17. Note: on the second tray I used a fork and flattened the balls a little bit to make the tops a little flatter to hold the marshmallow – this seemed to work real well.

 

Adapted from Cooks Country

 

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

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This Sweet Potato pie is rich, smooth, and delicious because the filling is cooked to perfection.

In the past over the holidays I have always prepared pumpkin pie, but because I have never had sweet potato pie I decided to give it a try.

This pie was no disappointment; it’s delicious. If you have never had sweet potato pie, and are looking for a change, give this Sweet Potato Pie Recipe a try for the holidays.

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 pie
Ingredients
  • 1 pie crust (9 inch)
  • 1 ¼ cups dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 ¾ pounds sweet potatoes (try to get potatoes about the same size so they get done at the same time)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 3 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Place crust in pie plate and sprinkle ¼ cup brown sugar over the bottom; set aside.
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  4. Pick sweet potatoes with a fork and microwave until tender flipping half way through the cooking process. (About 15 to 20 minutes – these can be done ahead of time. Just place the flesh in a bowl and refrigerate). Immediacy slice potatoes in half lengthwise, allowing some of the moisture to escape, and the potatoes to cool. Once the potatoes have cooled enough to handle using a spoon scoop out the flesh into the bowl of a food processor and then add the remaining sugar and salt, process until smooth.
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  7. In a small bowl melt the butter along with the cinnamon and nutmeg in a microwave (about 30 seconds).
  8. Add the melted butter, egg and egg yolks, sour cream, and vanilla; mix until smooth. Pour mixture into pie crust.
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  10. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350 and continue baking for 35 to 40 minutes or until edges firm up and center jiggles slightly when shaken. (center should be 165F)
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  12. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours before serving.

 

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Adapted from Cooks Country

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

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A cold winter blast just hit us here here in upper Michigan so hot soup sounded really good. I had some shopping I needed to get done so I thought the slow cooker would be a good fit to free up my afternoon. This Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe does require a little bit of prep time, but the end result is really good – serve as a side dish or stand alone meal.

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pound chicken thighs ( 4 thighs)
  • 1 split chicken breast (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 medium carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 celery ribs (chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth (divided)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup egg noodles
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • shredded cheese for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Generously salt and pepper chicken thighs. In a large skillet over medium high heat, using the oil ,brown chicken breasts on both sides; remove to platter and set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil in the skillet and cook the carrots, celery, and onion until mixture starts to brown. Add the tomato paste, thyme, garlic, and red pepper flakes cooking until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in 1 cup of the chicken broth scrapping any dripping from the bottom of the pan and pour the mixture into the slow cooker. Add bay leaves and remaining chicken broth to the slow cooker and add the chicken thighs to the mixture.
  3. Salt and pepper the chicken breast, wrap breast in aluminum foil and place foil packet on top of the soup mixture.
  4. Cook for 4 – 6 hours or until chicken is fall off the bone tender. Remove the chicken breast and thighs from the slow cooker and place a a platter too cool.
  5. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain.
  6. While noodles are cooking using a fork shred chicken into bite size pieces discarding the bones; add the chicken back to the slow cooker. Remove bay leaves, mix in the noodles, peas and parsley and continue cooking until heated through.
  7. Serve garnished with shredded cheese.

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Adapted from Cooks country

Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Chicken Thighs Recipe

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This Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Chicken Thighs Recipe is very simple, but big on flavor. Get this into the slow cooker early in the day and all you have to do is cook the rice at supper time. There is plenty of sauce so there is room to add additional chicken thighs if needed.

This is a great recipe if you want to free up some time to do a little Christmas shopping while supper is cooking. Enjoy

Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Chicken Thighs Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (trimmed of any excess fat)
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Rice to serve chicken over – I think this would also go good with hash browns.
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl mix together the soy sauce, ketchup, honey, garlic, and basil.
  2. Arrange chicken thighs on bottom of slow cooker and pour the sauce over the top of the chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours or until thighs are fork tender
  4. If serving with rice, start rice about 30 minutes before chicken is done.
  5. Serve chicken and sauce over rice.

Adapted from Allrecipies.com

Homemade Bacon Dog Treats

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Your dog will love these homemade bacon dog treats. This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, is quick to put together, and doesn’t require a lot of baking time.

Just ask my dog hunter who thought he could get to them before they made it to the cookie jar.

Homemade Bacon Dog Treats
 
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Recipe type: Dog Treats
Serves: 50 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook bacon until crisp, crumble, and reserve the bacon fat.
  3. Using an electric mixed fitted with paddle attachment mix together the eggs, pumpkin, and bacon fat until well combined. On low speed mix in the oats a little at a time until well combined. Gradually add 2 ½ cups flour and continue mixing until just incorporated. Add additional flour a little at a time until dough is no longer sticky; add the bacon and continue mixing until bacon is folded in.
  4. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and need by hand to form a ball of dough; roll out to about ¼ thickness, and cut dog treats with a cookie cutter.
  5. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until edges start to brown.
  6. Let cool and store in zip lock bag; use as needed.
  7. I don't know if its necessary but I refrigerate these.

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Beef Noodle Casserole

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A combination of cheeses with sour cream give this casserole a unique combination of flavors. This is a simple and quick recipe so you can have supper on the table in less than an hour – making this a great recipe for after work, or school.

Beef Noodle Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 16 ounces of tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (cut into cubes and softened)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 12 ounces wide egg noodles
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. cook past according to package directions; drain
  2. while pasta is cooking in a large skillet over medium high heat cook burger and onion until burger is no longer pink inside; drain if necessary. Off heat and mix in the tomato sauce, sour cream, cream cheese, sugar, and garlic salt. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Lightly spray a 13 x 9 casserole dish with cooking spray and spread half of the noodles over the bottom, and then layer half of the meat mixture over the noodles; repeat the process to finish.
  4. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes or until heated through. Remove the foil and sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top, return casserole to oven uncovered and continue baking until cheese is melted.

 

Simple and Quick Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

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This chicken pot pie recipe is simple, quick and a great way to warm up a cool winter night. This recipe uses precooked deli chicken so you can put it together in less than a half an hour.

So if you’re looking for a simple, quick and good recipe for after school, or work, pick up a Deli Chicken and give this one a try; it’s really good.

Simple and Quick Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 package refrigerator biscuits (I used Pillsbury Grand’s for this recipe)
  • Salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 rib celery (sliced thin)
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 ¾ cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 package frozen peas and carrots (10-ounces thawed and precooked to desired doneness)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken (skin removed and meat shredded into large bite-sized pieces)
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Black pepper
Instructions
  1. Lightly salt biscuits and bake according to package directions.
  2. While biscuits are baking in a large skillet using the butter over medium heat cook the onion and celery until tender. Whisk in the flour and cayenne pepper stirring constantly until flour starts to brown. Gradually mix in the chicken broth, cream, and thyme; continue cooking until mixture thickens.
  3. Mix in the lemon juice, vegetables, and chicken and cook until heated through - salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve hot with buttered biscuits over the top.

 

Brown-Sugar-Glazed Winter Squash

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Brown sugar and butter blazed over winter squash – absolutely delicious.

Every year I look forward to the winter squash varieties with my favorite being the butternut because of its smooth texture. However this recipe will work just as well for almost any winter squash.

Brown-Sugar-Glazed Winter Squash
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 medium butternut squash or buttercup squash (about 2½ pounds)
  • 2 ½ tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray a cooking sheet with cooking spray. Place oven rack at upper middle position, place empty baking sheet in the oven, and preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cut squash in half length wise and remove the seeds. Place squash on baking sheet and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until flesh is tender. ( a fork inserted in the skin should go easily in)
  3. In a small sauce pan melt the butter and mix in the brown sugar.
  4. Flip squash to cut side up and using a pastry brush generously coat with the brown sugar butter mixture.
  5. Switch the oven to broil, and broil until squash starts to brown and a glaze is formed.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Recipe Book

Bite Size Apple Fritters Recipe

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Turn your extra apples into a bite size delicious treat. This Bite Size Apple Fritters Recipe is simple, and quick to prepare, and are, “I bet you can’t eat just one” delicious.

I made my wife hide these because I was on my way to devouring them all.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” well it appears this old saying comes pretty close to reality; Check out this article on all the health benefits of apples – 34 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Apples

 

Give this one a try, it’s well worth the time. Enjoy

Bite Size Apple Fritters Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup cake flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large apple (peeled and diced)
  • Convection sugar (optional)
  • Oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. Preheat deep fryer to 360F. (If you don’t have a deep fryer use a Dutch oven or heavy duty pot)
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In another bowl whisk the egg and then mix in the milk, butter, and vanilla; and then fold in the apples.
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  7. Spoon the batter into the oil about 1 tablespoon at a time (cook in batches to keep them from sticking together, and lowering the oil temperature too much); deep fry to a deep golden brown.
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  9. Place fritters on a platter covered with paper toweling to absorb any excess oil. Sprinkle with the powder sugar – cool and serve.
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Adapted from Laura in the Kitchen