Archive for December 2011

Countdown to 2012: Best Dessert Recipes

December 31, 2011
 Countdown to 2011 with Finding Joy in My Kitchen

All week I've been posting my top recipes of 2011, along with some other amazing food bloggers from Joy In My Kitchen's Countdown to 2012 series. Check out my previous posts Best Crockpot Recipes, Best Main Dish Recipes, and Best Breakfast Recipes. It's been so much fun! This last post highlights dessert recipes, and boy oh boy has this been hard to narrow down! Here are my top picks:


Linking up to: Sweet as Sugar Cookies, Whatcha Got Weekend, Weekend Show Off Party, Sweet Saturday, Show and Tell Saturday, Check Me Out Saturday, Strut Your Stuff Saturday, The Gunny Sack, The Girl Creative, Meatless Monday, Makin You Crave Monday, Craft O Maniac Monday, Making Monday Marvelous, Homemaker Monday, and Melt In Your Mouth Monday.       


Countdown to 2012: Best Crockpot Recipes

December 30, 2011
 Countdown to 2011 with Finding Joy in My Kitchen 

This week I'm joining Finding Joy In My Kitchen and highlighting the best recipes of 2011. Check out previous posts Best Main Dish Recipes and Best Breakfast Recipes. Today we're focusing on crock pot recipes. Have I mentioned I L.O.V.E. my crock pot?! I plan at least one crock pot meal per week, usually on Sundays. When we come home from church the house smells amazing and lunch is ready! Here are the best ones I've found this year:

My resolution this year is to make more healthy soups and stews in the crock pot!


Countdown to 2012: Best Main Dish Recipes

December 29, 2011
 Countdown to 2011 with Finding Joy in My Kitchen

While I haven't been blogging for even an entire year, I've come across so many new recipes since I've taken up this new hobby! I'm excited for the year to come of recipes to try. Continuing on with the Countdown to 2010, here are our top Main Dish recipes:

Top Visited Beef Recipe: Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps

Family Favorite Beef Recipe: Tangy Pineapple Meatloaf

Top Visited Chicken Recipe: Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole

Family Favorite Chicken Recipe: Mexican Chicken Casserole

Top Visited Meatless Recipe: Pierogies Au Gratin

Family Favorite Meatless Recipe: Pizza Fries

My resolution for 2012 is to make more meatless and in-season main dishes! :)

Check out Joy In My Kitchen's Countdown to 2012 for more awesome recipes!


Countdown to 2012: Best Breakfast Recipes

December 28, 2011
 Countdown to 2011 with Finding Joy in My Kitchen 

This week I'm joining Sno White at Finding Joy In My Kitchen as well as other bloggers by highlighting some of my favorite recipes of 2011. Here are the top three visited breakfast recipes:

And here are two of our favorites:

My resolution for 2012 is to make more oatmeal recipes! :)


Chicken Spinach Soup

December 12, 2011

I'm totally into soup mode now that the weather is getting BITTER cold here at night in Amish Country, PA. I'm looking forward to Christmas and snow days! This was the perfect soup to kick off our winter mood and quite healthy, too. Silas absolutely loved it and so did we. It's a great soup to have the ingredients on hand to just throw together and let it cook and smell up the house all day!

Chicken Spinach Soup

2 chicken breasts
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
2 cups chicken broth
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup water
1 teaspoon basil
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can great white northern beans
1/2 package frozen spinach

Dump all ingredients above in slow cooker on low for 7 hours or high 3 hours. Take chicken out and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and continue cooking for an additional hour. Serve with some good crusty bread. YUM!


Menu Plan Monday 12/12

Beef & Black Bean Tostizzas... YUM!
The 2nd week of December means that the semester is OVER! Yaay! :) Paul is home much more and less stressed out and that means more meals to plan. Here's what I'm cooking this week:
Lunches & Snacks- mushroom omelettes, spinach salad, PB&J, yogurt, salsa & chips, popcorn
Treats- Christmas cookies!! I need to start on these for family gifts. I have some great ones planned that I'll be posting so stay tuned and pray that I gain self control LOL!
Wednesday- Veggie Nuggets & Sweet Potato Fries
Thursday- Breakfast Sausage Pasta (just pasta, spaghetti sauce, and cooked chopped breakfast sausage)
Friday- YOYO, Silas at Grandmom's for a sleepover :)
Saturday- Pumpkin Pie French Toast, Tuna Melts
Linking up to Menu Plan Monday.

Friday Favorite Finds 12/9

December 9, 2011

Wow, it's been a while since I posted a Friday Favorites! It's been so busy around here, but believe me I've been bookmarking like crazy! How could I not, with all the yummy Christmas goodies all over blogland right now? Here are some that I simply can't wait to try in my own kitchen:
Lynn's Kitchen Adventures
Skinny Taste
Fugally Sustainable
Shugary Sweets
Simple Girl
Joyful Homemaking
Homemade Handsoap for $4 (a year's worth!)
Homemade Glamour
Linking up to Joy In My Kitchen. Hope you have a blessed, Christmasy weekend!

Crazy Cooking Challenge: Pumpkin Pie Fudge

December 7, 2011

I'm SOOO excited to be participating in the Crazy Cooking Challenge again this month! I've had so much fun trying out things I normally wouldn't have made. This month's challenge was fudge -- YUMMO! Once upon a time when I was a teenage I had found a recipe for easy fudge and it turned out nothing like the original recipe! Needless to say I haven't tried it again until now. This was so good! The original recipe says it should be called Pumpkin Pie Candy and I totally agree.

Pumpkin Pie Fudge

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin
3/4 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 package white chocolate chips
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 teaspoon vanilla

Coat an 8x8 baking pan generously with cooking spray (I lined mine in plastic wrap for easy removal). Combine sugar, pumpkin, evaporated milk, butter, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue boiling and stirring for 12 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in marshmallows, white chips, and vanilla until melted. Pour into pan and refridgerate until set. Makes a great gift!

Linking up to: Women Living Well, This Chick Cooks, and Share the Wealth Wednesday.