Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
- Get the cards in the mailbox.
- Get to the dollar store to buy gift bags. There's never enough gift bags.
- Go grocery shopping. Because apparently they still need to eat even though I have a billion things to do!
- Finish wrapping.
- Get teacher gifts together.
- Make sure nice clothes are ready for Christmas Eve church service.
- Decide what I'm making for breakfast Christmas morning. Make list and go buy ingredients.
- Finish baking as many cookies as possible between now and Thursday!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix (dry)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 package chocolate & peanut butter chips
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars.
- Add in dry pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla extract, mixing until well combined.
- In a medium bowl, stir together flour and baking soda. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture. Stir in chips.
- Bake rounded tablespoonfuls at 350 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes or until edges are just beginning to turn golden brown. Cool completely on wire racks.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Breaded Ranch Pork Chops
- 6 bone-in pork chops
- 2/3 cup ranch dressing
- 1 cup Progresso™ Italian Bread Crumbs
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- Remove pork chops from packaging, pat dry, and set aside.
- Place ranch dressing in a shallow bowl. Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan in a second shallow bowl.
- Dip each chop in ranch dressing, then in bread crumb mixture, and then into the bottom of a greased baking dish (I used two to give them room around each chop to cook evenly).
- Bake at 425 for 25-35 minutes or until internal temperature reads 145 degrees. Allow to sit 5 minutes before serving.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Bean Dip Bites
- 24 won ton wrappers
- 1 cup Rosarita refried beans
- 1/3 cup chunky salsa
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- optional toppings: green onion, hot sauce, sour cream, etc.
- Spray a miniature muffin pan generously with PAM. Gently press wonton wrappers into muffin cups, folding edges as needed to fit into cups.
- Bake at 350 for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together refried beans, salsa, and taco seasoning. Fill pre-baked won tons evenly with bean mixture. Bake an additional 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle cheese over cups and bake an additional 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve with toppings.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
- have a spread of appetizers and snacks for dinner that night
- tie shiny ribbon on glasses
- serve Cananda Dry® Ginger Ale or A&W® Root Beer to make the kids feel like they're having "grown up" drinks
- bring blankets and pillows into the TV room for maximum comfiness
- turn off all the lights except the Christmas lights for a true "movie theater" atmosphere
- PJ's and slippers mandatory attire!
- phones and tablets away for the night (that means you too, Mom & Dad!)
Smoked Sweet Kielbasa Bites
- 14 oz kielbasa sausage, sliced
- 3/4 cup Canada Dry® Ginger Ale
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- Place sliced sausage in the bottom of a square baking dish.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients. Pour over sausage in dish.
- Bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Cheeseburger & Fries Casserole
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons dried, minced onion
- 2 (10.75 oz) cans cheddar cheese soup
- 20 oz frozen, crinkle-cut french fries
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- burger toppings: ketchup, mustard, Sriracha, etc.
- Brown and drain ground beef in deep skillet. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and dried, minced onion.
- Transfer beef to a 9 x 13 baking dish. Spread cheddar cheese soup, as evenly as possible, over beef.
- Top with frozen fries. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
- Sprinkle cheese on top and bake an additional 5 - 10 minutes until cheese is melted and fries are golden brown. Serve drizzled with desired burger toppings.
This is such a fun dinner to try and very filling for the whole family!
Here are some more of my favorite casseroles:
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