Grinch Cookies

“That the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!”

My favorite holiday tale is “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” by Dr. Suess. So when I saw Grinch Cookies on Pinterest, I had to make them with the help of some special elves. 

Ingredients: (Note: Since it’s not Valentine’s Day, grocery stores do not have large heart sprinkles. I ordered mine from etsy.com – the cupcakesocial.com)

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Follow the recipe above; and roll dough into a ball lightly or it will stick to your hands. Then bake, cool and eat!

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Such an easy and creative recipe for the holidays!

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Happy Holidays!

Reindeer Donuts…..And An Olaf!

On this snowy morning, Miss Modhousewife and I created a craft…with donuts. After reviewing Pinterest for fun holiday ideas, I came across Reindeer Donuts, but I also thought an Olaf donut should be created too.

Ingredients:

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Pinterest Reindeer Donuts:                                      Our Reindeer Donuts:

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Our Olaf Donuts:

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This is a great holiday breakfast for kids of all ages. Enjoy!

Happy Eating!

 

 

 

Pecan Pie Egg Rolls

It’s finally November; and the holiday season has begun. Throughout the next two months, I am bringing you delicious holiday treats for your table.

The first of these treats is Pecan Pie Egg Rolls! Follow the directions and create a fabulous dessert.

1. Gather the ingredients; and create the pecan pie filling and bake. Note: Make sure to grease the pie dish generously.

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2. After filling cools, fill wrappers. Note: I made the egg rolls the night before and froze. Freezing the egg rolls keeps them together when frying. If freezing, make sure to separate them with wax paper so they do not stick together.

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3. Then fry. We kept ours in a low-heated oven until ready to serve warm. This recipe makes 12-16 egg rolls.

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4. Serve warm with your choice of toppings. Enjoy!

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Happy Holidays! (And Eating!)

Homemade Meatball Sub Soup

Recently, I have been searching for soups. They typically can be easy meals for families on the go……simmer all day in the crock pot.

This is my latest finding: Homemade Meatball Soup!

Notes: – Used lots more cheese, No crushed tomatoes…cans of tomato puree/sauce, no onion…onion powder, put all ingredients into the crockpot (one bowl…less clean up). Also, I made a double batch and will freeze the leftovers.

1. Follow the recipe above and make homemade meatballs.

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2. While meatballs are baking, add all other ingredients into the crockpot to heat. Once meatballs are cooked, add to soup. I let simmer the day before, then put into the refrigerator overnight. This morning, started heating on low again and will be ready for dinner.

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3. From Panera, I purchased a loaf of Asiago Bread (sliced thin) and Sourdough Bread Bowls.

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4.  Added soup to a bowl and to a sourdough bowl. Preheat oven to 350°. This is your choice on how you would like to serve the soup.

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5. Place shredded mozzarella cheese on top of each.  If placing soup in a bowl, add slices of bread on top…my choice was Asiago.

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6.   Then place slices of mozzarella cheese on top.

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7. Place in oven and broil for 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Then remove from oven.

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8. Enjoy!

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A delicious soup for fall/winter weather. And the best is coming home to this comfort-food dinner after a long day.

Happy Eating!

 

Spooky Mummy Hotdogs

Miss Modhousewife loves hotdogs; and requested them for lunch today. Being in a festive Halloween mood (and with a little help from Pinterest), I created Spooky Mummy Hotdogs. Such an easy recipe (clean up simple too), that the whole family will enjoy.

1. Ingredients: Hotdogs & Crescent Rolls (Preheat oven to 375°)

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2. There are two ways to make mummies: straight or cut legs and arms.

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3. With a pizza slicer, cut the crescent roll dough into strips.

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4. Wrap hotdogs with dough slices. Then place into oven for 13-15 minutes or until dough is golden-brown.

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5. Remove from oven. Then make fun faces with ketchup or mustard. Enjoy this spooky lunch!

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Happy Halloween!

Boo Burgers

Here is my secret to great burgers…. Use 75-80% lean ground chuck and Worcestershire sauce.  Mix the meat with 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder/salt, onion powder and ground pepper (all to your taste). Mix and make into patties. Then freeze for about 10 minutes before grilling (this will keep the meat from falling apart). Grilling these burgers will cut out the extra fat, but they will still remain the juiciest burgers EVER!!!!!

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To create Boo Burgers, cut out scary faces from the cheese slices. Then add onto burgers right before taking them off the grill. This is an easy way to create a Halloween dish.

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Happy Halloween!

 

Skillet Cookie

While working out yesterday evening, I made the mistake of watching an episode of Pioneer Woman. She was making Skillet Cookie Sundaes…and the recipe looked so easy and delicious.

Instead of using her recipe, I used the cookie dough recipe on a bag of Tollhouse Chocolate Chips. I used a stick of Crisco Butter and pre-heated the oven to 350°.

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After following the directions, fill a cast-iron skilled with the dough. Use Baker’s Joy to grease the skillet. Then place in oven for 40 minutes.

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When baking time is complete, remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.

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Finally, dress it any way you want! I was out of ice cream but had Klondike Bars. So I sliced one bar in half, placed it on top of one cookie slice and drizzled chocolate sauce on top. OMG!!!!!!!

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Enjoy!

 

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu….Magnifique!

I was so tired of my chicken recipes; and of course, I started searching Pinterest. Some recipes caught my eye, so I combined a few to make my own signature Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu.

Ingredients: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 2 eggs, swiss cheese, smoked deli ham, Italian breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese. Not pictured: dijon mustard, garlic/salt mix, pepper and toothpicks.

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Recipe:

1.  Pound chicken breasts until flat filets.

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2. Spread dijon mustard on filets.

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3. Place slices of ham and swiss cheese on filets.

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4. Roll filets and hold them in place with 2 or 3 toothpicks.

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5. In one bowl, beat 2 eggs and set aside. In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 1/2 breadcrumbs, salt/garlic, pepper. Then coat rolls in egg and then coat in breadcrumb mixture.

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6. Preheat oven to 375°. Place rolls on a greased baking dish and place in oven for 40 minutes. The turn broil on high for last 5 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Watch carefully!

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7. Remember to remove the toothpicks! (Also, the picture was not good, but the chicken did cook through.)

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Enjoy!

30A Is The Place To Stay!…….Beach Photos

One last 30A post! To remember this vacation, we had family photos taken on Rosemary Beach. The sunset and beach created the most breathtaking scenery; and a wonderful photographer and friend captured these beautiful moments for us.

If you are staying in the Florida Panhandle or South Alabama area, I highly recommend Micha Everett Photography for the most beautiful photos (family, engagement, wedding, etc.). Micha is an amazing and outgoing woman with tons of talent. Our photo session was a blast!

Here is a preview:

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I can’t wait to see the rest…..there were so many great poses and fun ideas! Visit Micha Everett Photography on Facebook too! Micha, you are wonderful and next time drinks are on me!

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I wish you all happy vacations!

 

 

 

30A Is The Place To Stay! Part III (Recreation)

30A (and the Destin area) is filled with so many fun-family activities. There’s never a boring moment, even when relaxing at the beach.

Beaches
-Water rentals: Each beach has paddle boarding and boat rentals (2-hour rental minimum).

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-Relaxing: Most beaches offer rental chairs and umbrellas (rent by the day or week).

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-Bring your own fun: Cornhole, Wiffle Ball, Boogie Boards, Rafting, Snorkeling

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Transportation
Along 30A, everyone either brings or rents bikes.

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Shopping
-Farmers’ Market (Every Sunday from 10am – 1pm at Rosemary Beach…and some Thursdays too)

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-Each 30A beach has it’s own shopping district (very high-end).

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-Seafood Markets (Goatfeathers)

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Kid Fun
-30A beaches will have afternoon children’s activities during the week. They also have evening camps posted too!

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Nightlife
Each 30A beach has free outdoor movies/concerts and firework displays.

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Destin
While we were in Destin, we enjoyed the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise for our lil buc.

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We also enjoyed more shopping and two restaurants.

Shopping:
-Silver Sands Premium Outlets
-Destin Commons
-Grand Boulevard

And a shopping trip to Destin would not be complete without a visit to Alvin’s Island for souvenirs.

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Eats:

To celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary, Mr. Modhousewife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Beach Walk Cafe. The food and the ocean view were incredible. I highly recommend this restaurant for a romantic getaway.

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And finally we enjoyed a great lunch at a well-known Destin establishment, Hog’s Breath.

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We really enjoyed 30A and Destin; and I believe your family would love this beautiful area of Florida too!

Happy Vacation!