Archive for September 2012

Menu Plan Monday - 10/1 Happy October!

September 30, 2012

Happy October, everyone! I'm really excited for this month and I don't know about you, but I'm LOVING the cooler weather. Last week was our town's fair and for once we weren't sweating walking around and seeing the sights. I even squeezed in a little consignment shopping for kids clothes and I made out really well! Silas is set for winter clothes besides a couple more pairs of jeans and Wesley already has a lot of hand-me-downs so he's good. Do any of you go to consignment sales/shops for your kids' clothes? 

Because of the fair, and me getting over some weird stomach thing, we have a couple of carry overs from last week. Here's the plan:

Cilantro Lime Chicken Wraps (carry over)

Lasagna Soup (carry over)

Beef & Black Bean Tostizzas

Stuffed Green Pepper Casserole (freeze half)

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Breakfast - Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes (big batch)

Dinner - Hot dogs & Sauerkraut with Onion Roasted Potatoes

Breakfast - Leftover Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes

Dinner - Crockpot Honey Mustard Chicken


~Pizza Grilled Cheese

~Soft Pretzels & mustard (Silas is on a mustard kick. Like, he eats it with a spoon. What a weirdo!)

~Cut up veggies & salad dressing dip

Have a great week! I'm linking up at Menu Plan Monday, Stone Gable, and Scraps of Life.

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Perfect French Bread Pizza

It's amazing to me how simple it is to make french bread pizza and that I had never made it before! It was always in the back of my mind as a quick dinner and i finally got around to trying (the non-frozen version) at home. Fantastic! This is a PERFECT dinner for a busy weeknight and a great way to use up extra veggies and meats for customizable toppings. I kept mine pretty generic, while Paul decided to get a bit creative with his. The key to this recipe is the baking temperature and time. It kept the inside of the bread soft, but the edges crispy and the cheese perfectly melted.

Perfect French Bread Pizza
inspired by What's Cooking with Ruthie

1 loaf french bread
14oz jar pizza sauce (highly recommend Prego brand)
3 cups shredded mozzarella
1 serrano pepper, seeded & diced
20 pepperoni slices
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon oregano
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

Cut french bread in half length wise and lay cut side up on a cookie sheet. Spread pizza sauce on each half. Place desired toppings on each half, we had one with just pepperoni and one with both serrano peppers and pepperoni. 

Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over toppings and then parmesan cheese (Paul added a little colby jack cheese to the top of his as well). 

Finally, sprinkle oregano and garlic powder over each pizza. Bake at 500 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Slice and serve!

Looking for some more quick & easy weeknight dinners?

~Chili Cheese Nachos

~Corn Chip Taco Salad

~Tomato Pesto Pizza

Have you heard about the Iron Chef Mom Challenge?! It starts this Tuesday at Cheerios & Lattes, bring your best apple recipes and may the best mom win!!

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30 + Halloween Candy Treats

September 28, 2012

Ok, are ready for a serious sugar rush?? This post is going to make you in the mood for some chocolate, I'm just warning you! This year for Halloween I will have two little trick-or-treaters. One of which just sprouted his first molar, so he definitely will not be able to eat any candy he collects! And the other one would eat the entire bag that night if I let him, so I better have some plans to use up all this candy coming my way.

What do you do with leftover candy? Here are over 30 creative ideas:

Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

M&M Cornucopias - The Craft Patch

Reese's Cheesecake Brownies - Susannah's Kitchen

Pretzel Bottomed Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Pie - AKM Designs & Delights

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats with Reese's Pieces - My Baking Addiction

Milky Way Midnight Cheesecake - Daydreamer Desserts

Milky Way Caramel Brownies - The Smart Cookie Cook

Milky Way Cake - Mommy's Kitchen

3 Musketeers Cookies - Setting for Four

3 Musketeers Cupcakes - Everyday Desserts

Polar Express Hot Cocoa (uses 3 Musketeers bars!) - Toddler Approved

Reese's Krispies - Sweet Basil

Halloween Candy Brownies - Confessions of A Cookbook Queen

Snickers Milkshake - Spoon Fork Bacon

Rolo Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies - Crazy for Crust

White Chocolate Candy Corn M&M Cookies - Lil Luna

Source: via Kelly on Pinterest

Reese's Peanut Butter Banana Bread - Cookies & Cups

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies - Happy Hour Projects

Snickers Dip - Relative Taste

Rolo Cheesecake Bars - Hugs and Cookies

Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats - Recipe Snobs

Snickers Salad - Erica's Bloggity Blog

Rolo Stuffed Snickerdoodles - Rachel Shultz

Butterfinger Chunk Cookies - Recipe Girl

Fall Trail Mix (with free printable) - Make Bake Celebrate

5 Ingredient Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Freezer Pie - Coupon Cousins

Butterfinger Cake - Posed Perfection

Spice Blossom Cookies - AKA West

Source: via Kelly on Pinterest

Candy Bar Pie - Couponing and Cooking

Caramel Apple Milky Way Cheesecake Cookie Bars - Brucrew Life

Butterfinger Bark - Lemons for Lulu

Oh my gosh, how cute are those M&M filled cornucopias?! Such a fun idea to give out as class treats for Thanksgiving. And I will FOR SURE be saving some 3 Musketeers bars to make some Polar Express Hot Cocoa. 

Just in case you didn't get enough ideas from all those delicious treats, I'll be adding more to my Halloween Candy Creations pin board through October 31st. Happy fall, everyone!

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