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Friday, December 23, 2011

Oreo Peppermint Cookies by Inside BruCrew Life

These look delicious, and fun to make for a holiday party!

What you need:
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. flour
1/4 c. dark cocoa powder
1 egg
2 c. oreo cookie chunks
1 c. peppermint patty pieces(the chocolate candies, not the actual patties)

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350* In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in both sugars. Add the egg and beat again. Stir in the baking powder, cocoa powder, and flour. Add the oreo chunks and patty pieces and stir by hand to distribute. Do this gently so you don't break up the chunks of oreos more. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container.

Chocolate Dipping Spoons by Simply Designing

What a great holiday idea! This would be fun to do with small children or as a gift for Christmas!

What you need:
-spoons (plastic)
- chocolate to melt
- candy, sprinkles, etc. for toppings

What to do:
- Dip spoon in melted chocolate and decorate! Simple!

Laptop Snuggie Giveaway by Love Stitched

I love these laptop snuggies!!! Check out this website link to see how to win this one by Love Stitched...

Hurry up and visit here!

The contest ends December 29th! Good Luck!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Santa's Hat Brownie Dessert by Cleverly Inspired Blog

This is such a cute idea!!

Check out her blog to get the recipe!

Roasted Tomato Feta and Mushroom Stuffed Porkchops by Alicia

Made these the other night for dinner, they are simple to make and really good!

Roasted Tomato Feta and Mushroom Stuffed Porkchops

What you need:
- 2 thinly sliced porkchops (boneless)
- 1 cup mushrooms
- 1 shallot
-1 clove garlic
- Roasted Tomato Feta Cheese
- Salt and Pepper to taste

What to do:
1. Cook garlic (chopped) and shallot (chopped) with about 1 Tb. of olive oil on skillet until cooked through (soft)
1. Put raw chops in a large ziploc bag and pound meat with tenderizer until flattened out a bit
2. Once flattened, add handful of mushrooms and fets to center of meat. Add a pinch of cooked garlic and shallot.
3. secure both ends together and press toothpicks through one side of meat through the other side.

4. Line a glass baking dish with foil and place the chops inside.
5. Cook about 25-30 min (depending on thickness of meat and how many chops you have) (or until center reads 165 degrees... 175 degrees if you like it well done)

6. Let cool and enjoy! You can add salt and pepper to taste!

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip by The Scrap Shoppe

I actually make a recipe very similar to this each year for Christmas, but in a bread bowl... it is so good for dipping bread cubes or crackers!

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip

What you need:
1 10-oz. box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 14-oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
1 c. shredded parmesan-romano cheese mix
1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
10 oz. prepared alfredo sauce
1 tsp. minced garlic
4 oz. softened cream cheese
Pepper (optional)

I loved this recipe because it was so easy!
The only ingredient that needed any work was the artichokes.

They just needed a little chopping!

Then dump in all of the other ingredients and mix them up thoroughly.

Spread in an 8x8" dish.  Then bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until cheese are bubbling and melted.

Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Cookin Cowgirl

These look delicious! Maybe for a cookie swap or a holiday party?

Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

      makes 32
1 1.5oz pouch Berry Crocker sugar cookie recipe
1/2 C butter, softened
8 drops green food coloring
1 egg
1 C Nestle After Eight mint chocolate thins, chopped
1/2 C semi sweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cookie pouch, egg, butter and food coloring. Stir until combined. Stir in mint chunks and chocolate chips. Roll dough into balls and place on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes and remove. 

Simple yet yummy!

Tater Tot Turkey Sausage Breakfast Casserole by The Cookin Cowgirl

This recipe looks so good! I will have to try it one weekend morning!

Tater Tot Turkey Sausage Breakfast Casserole

   What you need:
2 lb bag of tater tots, thawed
1 lb ground turkey sausage
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cups 2% cheddar cheese (or cheese blend), divided
4 large eggs
1 1/2 C skim milk
1 T hot sauce
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375°. Lay thawed tater tots out on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes to make sure the moisture is cooked out. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the sausage and onion. Drain off fat and set aside. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and add the milk, hot sauce, salt and pepper, and stir to combine.

Pour sausage and onion mixture in a 9X13 pan.

Layer 1 1/2 cups of the cheese over the sausage mixture.

Pour the egg and milk mixture over that.

Line the entire pan with the tater tots (every single one fit perfectly, it's like a sign or something that you should make this!)

Bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes. Pull out of the oven and top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese, and bake for a remaining 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool slightly before serving.

Serves 8

Holiday Cheese Ball by Kellogs

This looked like a fun recipe to try for an appetizer!

Holiday Cheese Ball
Holiday Cheese Ball


  • 1 package (8 oz., 2cups) shredded, sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (3 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon pimento
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup Kellogg's® All-Bran® Original cereal


1. Let cheeses stand at room temperature to soften. In small electric mixer bowl, beat cheeses until thoroughly blended and fluffy. 

2. Add onion, pimiento, green pepper, paprika and garlic salt. Beat until well combined. Shape into ball.
3. Roll in KELLOGG'S ALL-BRAN cereal. Wrap and chill. Before serving, let stand at room temperature to soften slightly. Serve with crackers.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pouches on Etsy

I am currently hooked on cute pouch purses for phones, makeup, cameras, you name it! I have found some really cute ones on Etsy that I wanted to share!

Paper Flora
Bridesmaids gift idea, purse, clutch, gray, pool, mermaid and white wedding

clutch yellow ruffle purse bridesmaids cotton goldenrod

Free shipping, clutch bridesmaids purse gray white mix and match

Bags of a Feather
Padded Petite Phone Pouch Coin Purse Change Purse in Espresso Birds of Norway Print

Padded Zipper Pouch in Love Nest Bird Print

Sewing with Me 3
no 022 The Melanie Bag PDF Pattern

no 046 The Tina Clutches PDF Pattern

Maddie Kay Handbags
Pleated Wristlet Zipper Pouch / Clutch - Berries

Large Cosmetic Makeup Bag / Zipper Pouch / Clutch

Love all these shops!!