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S’Mores Cookies


I’ve been pinning, saving, and printing so many recipes that catch my eye.  I want you to know that I do try many of those recipes.  I really enjoy trying new foods so I think I should share more of my adventures in cooking and eating.  I probably try a new recipe at least once a week.
This cookie recipe is one that has been flying around the internet via Pinterest and Facebook.  If it’s possible, I like to track down the originator of any recipe that I blog about, just so I can give credit.  This is no easy task.  I blog hopped to no fewer than 6 blogs looking for the person who came up with this recipe.  I think I’ve found  the originator.  Here is the recipe on her blog http://www.cookiemadness.net/2006/02/smores-cookies/
We think these cookies are pretty darn good.  A little putzy, what with having to pull them out of the oven to add the marshmallows and milk chocolate, but not terribly time consuming.  The recipe said I’d get 3 dozen, but I got 2 dozen large cookies.


S’mores Cookies
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows
2 Hershey bars. broken into 48 pieces
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Beat butter and sugars until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla.
Combine flour, graham cracker crumbs, salt and baking soda.  Add to creamed mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by tablespoon onto sprayed or parchment covered cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 minutes.
Remove from oven and push 2 chocolate pieces and 3 marshmallows into each cookie.
Return to oven for another 3-4 minutes.

Cool on racks.  Enjoy 🙂


May I Help You?

my plate meal

Younger generations prefer to learn their own lessons in life.  It’s always been that way.  They don’t often take the advice of their elders.  Do I, as an elder, have a responsibility to share the wisdom of my experience with my children and grandchildren if I know it can make their lives better?  Yes, of course.
I started on this train of thought this morning.  The TV was on, and there was a cooking and lifestyle program on.  The host of the show is a popular local personality.  I admire her and enjoy her program, and some of her recipes.  This morning she made a chicken dish that contained several processed foods….Velveeta, Nacho Cheese Doritos, and a can of some kind of cream soup.  This is wrong, wrong, wrong!  I feel that this much loved and admired local celebrity has a perfect platform for educating the public on clean eating, whole foods, the evils of processed foods.  I’d love to see her advocating for home cooked real food, and teaching young moms how to feed their children healthy and nutritional meals.  I feel so strongly about this that I wrote to her this morning.
Back in the day, when I was a young mom , I cooked and prepared nearly everything that my little ones ate.  Over the years, as times changed, more processed and prepared foods found their way into my kitchen.  We ate out often.  Healthy eating was a thing of the past.  Along with the convenience came health problems including obesity and diabetes.  I’d love to spare my younger family members the consequences of poor nutrition choices.  I’d love to help them learn how to shop wisely and cook good meals even when they’re busy and working.  I’d love to clean all the junk food out of their lives.  I have a lot of experience to share and I hope that my grands will remember that I am a resource for them and always happy to help them.
If you want to get started on feeding your family real food, please visit this website.  It was an eye opener for me, and will also point you to other good resources.  http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/

The graphic on this page is from the government’s My Plate webpage.  You can enlarge it by clicking on the picture.   If you’re a fan of Pinterest there are many My Plate boards with lots of good recipes.

November 2012 News, with Bonus Recipes


I don’t have much to say about November 🙂  The high point was Thanksgiving and although it was just Lee and I, Meredith, Aubrey and Carys, we had a nice dinner and enjoyed each others company so much.  Late in the afternoon we Skyped with Nikki and the boys.  We miss them a lot!






Weather-wise, it was a quiet month here.  Warmer than normal, and just a few stray snow flurries.  Crops were harvested with no serious problems.  Life moves on at a steady pace.





I’m still having fun with Pinterest.  In fact, I’ve recently tried two new recipes that I found there.  Both are keepers, so I’ll share them with you. You can access my boards on Pinterest by clicking on the link in the side bar. You’ll find the original recipes, with photos there.
I just made this recipe for Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes for dinner tonight.  I’ll definitely make them again.  Lee liked them a lot.
Although I found this recipe on Pinterest, it had been adapted from one by Rachel Ray.
My change?  The recipe included a provolone cheese sauce.  Everyone knows that Philly Cheesesteaks require Cheez Whiz.  I skipped the provolone and went straight to the jar of Cheez Whiz.  I don’t regret it.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons steak sauce, like A-1
1 cup beef stock
salt and pepper
4 Kaiser rolls, or hard rolls
In large skillet over medium-high heat add the oil and then brown the ground beef, about 5-6 minutes.  Add the onion and green pepper and cook another 3-4 minutes, until the vegetables start to get tender.  Stir in the steak sauce and beef stock, salt and pepper, and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes more.
To serve, split the rolls, removing some of the soft inside if desired. Toast the rolls.  Put a big scoop of meat in the roll, topped with warmed  Cheez Whiz.  If you gag at the thought of putting Cheez Whiz into your temple/body, then by all means use provolone or American cheese, or make your own cheese sauce.

The next recipe is one I made as a Christmas treat.  I made some to send to Collin, who is serving overseas in the Army.  This was pretty easy to make, and the bonus was the way it filled the house with the smell of cinnamon.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
1 egg white
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups whole almonds (I used 4 and I think even 6 cups would still work..that’s a lot of sugar)
1/4 cup water
Mix together sugars, cinnamon, and salt.  In another bowl whisk egg white and vanilla until frothy.  Coat the almonds first with the egg white mixture, and then with the sugar mixture.  Put into prepared crock pot.  You can either spray it or use a liner.  I used a liner and it worked well.
Cook on low for 3-4 hours.  I used the full 4 hours.  After 3 hours add the 1/4 cup of water and mix well.  The coating will become very wet but eventually dries up and starts to harden.  Spread onto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed or lined with parchment.  Separate the almonds when they’re cool.

Baked Egg Rolls

I found this recipe on  Pinterest and had to try it.  I suggest you try it too.  These are Baked Vegetable Egg Rolls and we enjoyed them immensely.  Delicious, almost no fat, healthy. I entered the recipe into Master Cook and came  up with120 calories per egg roll.

I tracked the recipe down to it’s originator (Pam) and so I’ll just give you the link to her blog post.  She has good photos illustrating the recipe, and the photo that I have used here is from her post.

Make these.  You won’t regret it.

Recipe is here: For the Love of Cooking


Did You Pin It?

   Are you a Pinterest user, or are you wondering ” What the heck is Pinterest”?

I’ve found that it’s very difficult to explain Pinterest to those who’ve never been on the site.  I found this definition at Techopedia.com:

Definition – What does Pinterest mean?

Pinterest is a social media website that allows users to organize and share images and videos from around the Web. Images uploaded by users are called Pins and may be organized into Pin Boards, which can be customized, themed and followed by other users. Users can also Like or Repin content shared by other Pinners. Much like Twitter, any Pinner can follow another.

Pinterest represents a move toward more visual social media platforms. In October 2011, Pinterest received $27 million in venture capital funds.

Techopedia explains Pinterest

Pinterest differs from many other social media platforms in that it’s image-based, which has allowed it to find a following among those with interests that have a strong visual component. This is why Pinterest is popular for recipe sharing, interior design, fashion and online shopping. Pinterest encourages its users to credit the sources for their images and provide a link back to them. Pinterest is mostly based around image sharing, but videos may also be shared.Images of nudity or hateful content are not allowed, and self promotion is discouraged.

Let me just tell you that Pinterest is addicting.  It can be a real time thief, but it also can be very helpful  if you’re looking for information  on a particular subject, like remodeling a bathroom, or if you want new recipes in any food category, or if you enjoy reading motivational quotes 😉
If you’d like to explore this newest phenomenon, you can click on the “Follow Me” link  in the right side bar, or you can click on the links in this post.  You will need to request an invite if you want to join.  If you request through the Pinterest website it may take a day or two to be approved.  It’s faster to ask a friend who already has an account to invite you.
Many of my family members and friends also have Pinterest accounts and we repin many of the same pins.  I’m always surprised at how many strangers repin my pins.
Now you know what all the Pinterest fuss is about!  Happy Pinning!
Here is a link to a blog with more Pinterest information.

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