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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Show & Share Wednesday #10 - Happy Halloween!



Well, thankfully, our house and our little tree out front survived the hurricane. A little water in the basement after we realized the wind had blown our back door open, and no power for about an hour Monday night was all that we experienced here in PA. 

The communities on the Jersey shore were not so lucky. Ocean City is our favorite shore town and was hit pretty hard as well as Atlantic City. Say a quick prayer for those folks as they begin cleanup and realizing their loss.

My family will be coming over for dinner and to give out candy while we go trick or treating tonight! I'm planning on serving a double batch of Crockpot Sticky Chicken for dinner. I'm also going to try a new recipe for Mulled Cider and make up some more Cake Mix Sprinkle Cookies - they were gone in a day! Silas is so excited to wear his costume and I'm excited that we'll have three kiddos out there this year: my Silas (3) and Wesley (15 months) and my nephew Elliott (7 months). 

Let's get on with the party. Here are the top three clicked links from last week:



Grandma Sally's Macaroni Salad - From Grandma with Love






Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings - The Enchanting Rose






Pumpkin Pie Tortilla Rolls - Sweet Little Bluebird
Congrats you three!

Show & Share link party rules:

  • Link up your newest recipe, diy project, kid activity, anything you are proud of and want to share.
  • While I love Etsy shops and giveaways, they are not in the spirit of this party.
  • I reserve the right to remove any link that is not family friendly.
  • Grab a button below to display on your post or provide a text link back either in the post or on your link party page.
  • Some link-ups will be featured on Semi Homemade Mom's Facebook andTwitter, so make sure you follow both. Check back next week to see who got the most clicks!

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Menu Plan Monday 10/29 - Bracing for the Storm!



It's already looking miserable out there! Our local schools have already been cancelled for tomorrow morning and most likely for Tuesday as well. Which means that we'll all be together for the next two days, I'm actually excited about that. Hopefully we won't lose power at all, then I'll be singing a different tune!

I'm planning on having my family over to see the kids off trick-or-treating. This is the first year we'll have 3 little boys in costumes! Can't wait. Here's my meal plan for the week:



Calico Beans (new recipe)







Bubble Up Enchiladas







Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken (double batch)







Pesto Ranch Pasta Bake







Pumpkin Macaroni & Cheese







Breakfast - Easy Breakfast Pizza



Dinner - Oven Toasted Ravioli







Breakfast - Leftover Breakfast Pizza



Dinner - Turkey Taco Soup








~Chili Cheese Nachos

~Baked Potato Bar

~Hoagies

~Leftovers




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

Cake Mix Sprinkle Cookies



I first made these cookies for Wesley's birthday party. They look and taste like bakery cookies! So much cheaper, too, and I LOVE that you can customize the colors yourself. We have a local grocery outlet that sells tons of colored sprinkles so I picked up orange and dark brown to make these. So cute! Make a batch of these and send them with your kids to give out at their school Halloween parties instead of candy. I was able to get 2 1/2 dozen cookies out of one batch (one box of cake mix). 


Cake Mix Sprinkle Cookies
from Six Sister's Stuff

1 box cake mix (I used yellow, but white would be ideal)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup colored sprinkles


In medium bowl, mix cake mix and baking powder (ignore directions and ingredients on cake mix box). In separate smaller bowl, beat eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Roll tablespoon full scoops of cookie dough to get a smooth ball, and then roll into sprinkles. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes (mine were perfect at 7 minutes). Cool on a wire rack and store in an air tight container.



Looking for something else to make with a cake mix?

~30 Fall Treats with a Cake Mix

~Easy Butter Cookies

~Cake Mix Blueberry Muffins
Linking up to these fabulous parties. Check them out!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Crockpot Honey Mustard Chicken Dinner




I feel like I need a disclaimer for every slow cooker recipe I post: "Don't judge the recipe by the picture." LOL In general, Crock-Pot** meals just don't photograph well. At least not often in my kitchen! Eh, sprinkle a little parsley over top and call it a day. I'm obsessed with my Crock-Pot** and judging by the popularity of my 30 One Step Crockpot Meals post, you are too! So here's another winner to pin. Fantastic flavor, about 10 minutes prep time, and the entire dinner is ready to serve when done -- veggies included! 


Crockpot Honey Mustard Chicken Dinner
inspired by Eat At Home Cooks

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (bone in would work, too)
3 potatoes, washed and quartered
3 carrots, sliced
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup dijon mustard
salt & pepper to taste


Spray inside of Crock-Pot** with nonstick spray (this would be a good one to use a liner) and place chicken in the bottom. Spread veggies on top of chicken. In small bowl, mix honey and mustard, pour over top of vegetables. Cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours. When done, remove veggies and chicken from slow cooker and serve with the extra honey mustard sauce (it's killer). 



It looks like the potatoes there are little burnt, they're not. It's carmelized honey mustard sauce, YUM! The potatoes and carrots literally melt in your mouth, so good.




Looking for more complete meals in the Crockpot? Here's some ideas:






Can't get enough of the slow cooker recipes? Here are some of my favorite slow cooker cookbooks**:




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Linking up to these fabulous parties. Check them out!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Show & Share Wednesday #9



Time for another Show & Share Wednesday! Let's take a look at the 3 picks for the week:



Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing - Table for 7






Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread - Growing Up Gabel






Sour Cream Sugar Cookies - Lori Ann's Food & Fan






Congrats you three!

Show & Share link party rules:

  • Link up your newest recipe, diy project, kid activity, anything you are proud of and want to share.
  • While I love Etsy shops and giveaways, they are not in the spirit of this party.
  • I reserve the right to remove any link that is not family friendly.
  • Grab a button below to display on your post or provide a text link back either in the post or on your link party page.
  • Some link-ups will be featured on Semi Homemade Mom's Facebook andTwitter, so make sure you follow both. Check back next week to see who got the most clicks!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Raisin Applesauce Bars & Caramel Frosting



These applesauce bars are incredibly easy and fast to make! By themselves, they are awesome for breakfast or a snack. The caramel frosting just takes it to a whole new level! I used the rest of some homemade applesauce and they were fantastic, but use what you have on hand. Yum!


Raisin Applesauce Bars & Caramel Frosting

1/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup applesauce
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup raisins

Caramel Frosting:

2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


For bars, beat butter, brown sugar, and egg. Stir in applesauce. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Gradually stir flour mixture into applesauce mixture until well combined. Stir in raisins. Spread batter into greased 8x8 pan and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool.

For frosting, melt butter in saucepan. Mix in milk and brown sugar. Increase heat to medium. When mixture starts to boil, continue cooking for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, cool slightly, and beat in confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Add additional milk 1/2 tablespoon at a time to reach desired consistency. Spread over cooled bars, slice, and serve.





This post is part of the Iron Chef Mom Challenge, WOO HOO! 



Lemons For Lulu is hosting our challenge this week featuring, CARAMEL! Head on over to enter your favorite caramel recipe(s) and be sure to stop back and vote for your favorite this weekend (voting closes Sunday night)!


Linking up to these fabulous parties. Check them out!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Menu Plan Monday 10/22 - Trip to the Pumpkin Patch!



Today we had a fun day planned filled with hayrides and marshmallow roasting with our Sunday School's fall trip. Silas was BEYOND excited. Not 10 minutes after we arrived home from church for lunch, I realized that Silas had a fever. It climbed up to 103 at one point, poor kid! Needless to say our plans were a bit off course. 

This weekend we need to take this kid on a hayride. So we're planning a trip to our local orchard. I'm sure they'll have a blast and I'm super excited to pick some fresh apples again. Here's our plan for the week:



Melt In Your Mouth Sausages







Tomato Pesto Pizza



**making a batch of Sunflower Seed Pesto**







Crockpot BBQ Chicken







Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup







Nacho Roasted Potatoes (carry over)







Breakfast - Pumpkin Pie French Toast Bake



Dinner - Oven Toasted Ravioli







Breakfast - leftover Pumpkin Pie French Toast Bake



Dinner - Crockpot Meatball Sandwiches








~Italian Parmesan Potatoes

~Pancakes

~Scrambled eggs

~leftovers

**Also planning on making two batches of this AMAZING Apple Streusel Bread to put in the freezer (if they make it there :)**


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

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