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{March 24, 2011}   Spring Cleaning

Before

After

 

Spring Cleaning! Share a before and after photo of a room you recently tackled.

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{March 22, 2011}   Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks

Recipe adapted from: Boboli

These were so yummy that Shane actually asked me to wrap the leftovers up so he could take them to work… and he isn’t huge on leftovers.  I knew they’d be easy because I read the recipe, but it always surprises me when things are *that* easy.  Although — cheating by using the pre-minced garlic helped some!  I discovered this wonderful section of the produce department where everything is done.  Chopped, diced, minced… whatever your recipe calls for, they’ve done the work for me.  🙂  You may not get the satisfaction of preparing the meal from scratch, but some days there just isn’t enough time!

And hello??!? Only three ingredients???  Three ingredients and you’ve got yourself a quick snack!

Garlic -> Cheese

Then just bake it up

I only had 1 cup of Mozzarella, so I had to use 1 cup of Colby Jack as well.  I’m in love with mozzarella, but the CJ wasn’t bad either.

And of course I had to cut it like they do at Papa John’s

Ingredients:

  • 1 Boboli pizza crust
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced.
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (Mozzarella)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven according to package directions.
  2. Bake crust on a pizza pan for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven.
  3. Sprinkle garlic over crust and top with cheese, leaving a 1″ border around the edge.
  4. Return to oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Notes:

  • Depends on which size pizza crust you get, but just put the toppings on according to your personal taste.  It’s probably pretty hard to mess this one up.



{March 14, 2011}   Potato and Ham Soup

Recipe from:  Allrecipes

Even though I messed this one up, I know that (if made correctly) it would be delicious — and I can’t wait to try again!  Quadrupling the salt is a big mistake, and I wouldn’t recommend it lol  But besides the ridiculously salty-ness, it was still good.

Get your garbage bowl ready and peel those potatoes!

Dice them up

Cook the potatoes with some ham, onions, and celery

Everything good has lots of butter...

Mmmm butter

Butter + Flour + Milk

Add them together

And you've got soup!

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups peeled/diced potatoes (about 4-5 medium potatoes)
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup diced cooked ham
  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or less?)
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 5 tbsp AP flour
  • 2 cups milk

Directions:

  1. Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, ham and water in a stockpot.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce to medium heat and cook for about 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are tender.  Stir in the chicken bouillon, salt, and pepper.
  2. In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat.  Whisk in flour with a fork and stir constantly for about 1 minute until thick.  Slowly stir in milk (don’t allow lumps to form).  Continue stirring over medium-low heat for 4-5 more minutes until thickened.
  3. Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot and cook soup until heated through.  Serve immediately.


{March 11, 2011}   Cheddar Fondue

Recipe from: Taste of Home

I loved this!  Can’t go wrong with cheese, in my humble opinion at least…
Make this one on the stove top and transfer to a fondue pot, slow cooker, or just serve immediately in a bowl.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Serve with cubes of bread or veggies.

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan.  Add in flour, salt, pepper, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.  Stir until smooth.
  2. Gradually add milk and bring to a boil.  Cook, while stirring, for about 2 minutes or until it is thickened.  Reduce heat.
  3. Add the cheese and stir until melted.
  4. Serve immediately or keep warm as mentioned above.

Notes:

  • I added a bit more salt at the end to taste.



{March 9, 2011}   Baked Hot Dogs

Recipe adapted from: Oven Hot Dogs

Healthy?  No.
Are you sure?  Yes.
Not even a little bit?  Not even in your dreams.

Mayo

American Cheese

Hot Dog

Shredded Cheddar

I only like cheese on my dogs, so I stopped here — but you can add chili or whatever else your heart desires.

Ingredients:

  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 buns
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • mayonnaise

Directions:

  1. On each bun:  spread mayonnaise, layer sliced cheese, and add a hot dog.
  2. Squish all of the hot dogs in a 13×9 baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top.
  4. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Notes:

  • I only had 6 buns left, so I used an 8×11 dish.  Just adjust according to what you have — you want them to be really tight in the dish.

The bottoms stayed crispy enough to keep it together, but the tops were ooey gooey good.



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