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Chicken and Dumplings

Today is my birthday, and I wanted something easy to make for dinner. No way I was going out to eat with three kids in tow! I've wanted to try chicken and dumplings for a while, and this recipe was emailed last week. Slow cooker = easy!

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Everyone ate this, including the hubby and two toddlers! I call that a success!

Golf party - help wanted!

I am co-throwing a golf-themed bachelorette party this Saturday for one of my good friends. All I'm in charge of is the food for the first "hole" at her apartment. We'll be going to several bars, restaurants, people's houses, etc. throughout the night, so I don't want to overdo it either food- or beverage-wise (even club sandwiches might be too heavy), but I do want it to be special. I would appreciate any ideas for light golf-appropriate appetizers!

Thanks! :)

Impossibly Easy Toffee Cheesecake

And another of the "impossibly easy" recipes. I didn't make any substitutions in this one, but I did pour everything into a graham cracker crust. Just couldn't imagine eating cheesecake without it!

We had dinner with a couple from church last night, and this is what I brought. The husband took one bite of the dessert and said it was one of the best things he had ever eaten. :)

Impossibly Easy Toffee Cheesecake

from bettycrocker.com

1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup Original Bisquick® mix
2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, cut into 16 pieces, softened
3 bars (1.4 oz each) chocolate-covered English toffee candy, coarsely chopped
1 graham cracker crust
1/2 cup caramel topping

1. Heat oven to 325°F. Spray bottom only of 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. OR use pre-made graham cracker crust.
2. In blender, place milk, vanilla, eggs, brown sugar and Bisquick mix. Cover; blend on high speed 15 seconds. Add cream cheese. Cover; blend 2 minutes. Pour into prepared crust or pie plate.
3. Sprinkle candy over top; swirl gently with table knife to evenly distribute candy.
4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until about 2 inches of edge of pie is set and center is still soft and wiggles slightly. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
5. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Serve with caramel topping. Store in refrigerator.

"Impossibly Easy" Breakfast Pie

I modified a recipe that I had found called "Impossibly Easy Hamburger Pie", substituting ground breakfast sausage instead. It was SO easy and SO yummy! I imagine you could substitute turkey breakfast sausage, add veggies, etc. Kind of like a quiche but with a little bit different texture.

Impossibly Easy Breakfast Pie

(modified; original recipe from bettycrocker.com)

1 lb bulk ground breakfast sausage
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup) (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1/2 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1 cup milk
2 eggs

1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.
2. In 10-inch skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is brown; drain. Stir in salt. Spread in pie plate. Sprinkle with cheese.
3. In small bowl, stir remaining ingredients with wire whisk until well blended. Pour into pie plate.
4. Bake about 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

St. Patrick's Day Recipes (Mostly Sweets)

I saw a plethora of holiday recipes this year, and snagged a bunch of sweet recipes. There are also loads out there for corned beef, colcannon, Irish soda bread, etc. But since I'm a much better baker than cook, I thought I'd share these links.

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I'm Sorry...

...I had to share this site. :)

I might be the last to find out about it, I'm not sure, but since it has sucked me in over the last week, I had to pass it on in case anyone else didn't know about it. Kind of like that video tape in The Ring, lol.


I added this site to my RSS feed reader and it's a bit overwhelming; there are at least a couple hundred new photos/links added per day. But I have snagged so many interesting and delicious-sounding recipes that I couldn't not share it. :)

I have also added a dozen or more of the featured blogs to my reader, but there are so many hundreds out there that I couldn't even start to suggest which ones you all would like.

Yum! Enjoy!

home blog

This is a fun practical city blog I love to look at for decorating tips, there are great ideas for small spaces you can apply to large as well!


Butter Almond Cookies

I made these Butter Almond Cookies tonight because we are out of desserts, and I had a big bag of almonds! They turned out delicious! I only had half the amount of butter I needed for the recipe so I halfed the whole thing. Very glad I did because you get a lot of cookies!

Tiramisu recipe

I just got this recipe from my mother in law and haven't had a chance to test it yet, BUT everything she makes/tests is very tasty! Therefore I know that it worth trying!

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