Wednesday, June 26, 2013

YUMM.....Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

Wow, I am telling you these are not only super yummy, but they made me feel a little nostalgic. One bite and all the memories of sitting in my granny's house watching Wheel of Fortune and eating these came flooding back to me. What a happy feeling! I can tell you right now these will soon become a regular in my house.

1 c butter
3/4 c light brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
1 Tbsp molasses (I used the regular pancake syrup that I happened to have in my fridge)
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 c quick oatmeal
14 oz marshmallow cream
1 c shortening
2/3 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Cream butter, brown sugar, white sugar, molasses, vanilla, and eggs.

  Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.

Add to your creamed ingredients and stir in the oatmeal.

Put tbls. sized drops of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Give plenty of room between each one as they will spread.

Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

You want them just brown on the edges and still soft.

Do not overbake.

For filling:
 Mix marshmallow cream, shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla on high speed until light and fluffy.Spread between 2 layers of the cakes.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Cucumber Kiwi Salad

This is a really refreshing salad, and makes for a great side dish. My kids love it, and ask for it regularly.

2 cucumbers sliced
4 ki wi's peeled and sliced
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sugar
juice from one squeezed lemon

mix all ingredients and serve. Fast and easy, exactly what I need in the summer!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Apricot Chicken Salad

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 3 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 1 package ranch mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cooked chicken
  • 1 cup sliced almonds 
  • 6 ounce package dried apricots chopped
  • 3/4 cup sliced celery 

 This is my  version of the Central Market chicken is yummy....all you do is mix all ingredients and serve on mixed greens!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

is it ice cream or is it fresh fruit????

So it's summer break, and all things around here are casual. Especially the mornings. I also have some Ice Cream lovin people in this how do I impress them??? I give them ice cream for breakfast, or snack, or just whenever. Well it's not real ice cream but it sure does taste like it. My discovery of this all came one day when I had 1 banana going bad, not enough for banana bread, but still should I throw it away? No I just froze it. The next morning I took it out processed it in my little mini smoothie maker, added 2 tablespoons of whipping cream (because that's what I had, but you can use milk), dumped in a bowl and voila it tasted like fresh banana ice sugar nothing but a banana and a little milk!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

end of the school year sno-cone party!!!!

This sweet little middle child of mine, is for sure her mothers daughter! She like her mother, wants to celebrate everything.....and what I mean by celebrate is throw a party for everything!!! This year we decided to have a party to celebrate the end of the school year. Of course we can't just have a regular ole lemonade stand, like everyone else! I happened to stumble across this cute little sno cone maker at Costco one day and VOILA the inspiration began!! With a little craftmanship skills from my wonderful husband, and some great printables from Pink Poppy Designs (etsy) this is what we came up with! 

The kids had so much fun, and Susie made $26 of which she intends to donate to the Dallas Life Homeless Shelter. 

P.S. I have a feeling that the sno cone stand may make it's appearance in my driveway a lot more this summer!