Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies w/ Dark Chocolate Chips

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Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate together!? I was craving some form of this, so I tried to find a chewy, yummy, easy way to make it happen. This did it! Here you go! Enjoy! (oh…and yes, I ate the sad one first!)

Ingredients

½ cup butter, softened
½ cup peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 TBS light corn syrup
2 TBS water
2 tsp vanilla
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups dark chocolate chips

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 375
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth.
Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the corn syrup, water, and vanilla.
Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the peanut butter mixture.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto un-greased baking sheets.
Bake for 10-12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are golden.
Allow cookies to cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Crock-Pot Fajitas

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This time of year doesn’t often scream “CROCK-POT” meals, but with the cold, snow, and shelter-in-place, this is perfect. We miss going to restaurants and having someone walk past with a sizzling fajita, don’t we? Well it’s not exactly the same, but the flavors are there and it’s delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2-pound beef flank steak (I used swiss)
  • 1 can rotel, (your desired heat)
  • 1 onion, sliced (I skipped)
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 8 large flour tortillas, or as needed
  • Shredded cheddar cheese or a blend
  • Sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, other favorite toppers

Directions

Cut steak into strips and place in a slow cooker
Add rotel, seasoning, onion, pepper
Cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours, or on High for 4 to 6 hours, until steak is tender
Serve hot with tortillas, shredded cheese, etc. allowing everyone to make it their own!

 

My Oatmeal Scotchies

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For some unknown reason (maybe call it the  quarantine effect) I’ve been craving butterscotch. So…I did some recipe research and quenched that with these.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
  • 3/4 Cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1¼ Cup flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Cups quick oats uncooked
  • 1 package butterscotch flavored chips

 

Heat oven to 375°F
In large bowl, beat margarine and sugars until creamy.
Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
Add combined flour, baking soda and salt; mix well.
Add oats and butterscotch morsels; mix well.
Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 7 to 8 minutes for a chewy cookie or 9 to 10 minutes for a crisp cookie.
Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack.
Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Hakuna Frittata

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Okay…so I didn’t realize when I named this, that there actually IS a recipe with this name! HA! So cute! (it’s below) I know there are many Frittata recipes out there, but this is what I did. I called it Hakuna Frittata because it’s got bacon in it and Pumbaa from The Lion King was from the hog/pig family! Haha. So make this for dinner and put on The Lion King for a fun family night!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pkg bacon, cut into little pieces
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash original blend
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 10-12 grape tomatoes
  • Shredded cheddar (or your choice of cheese)

 

DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Fry chopped bacon in an oven-proof non-stick skillet until almost done
  3. Meanwhile, in large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and spices until well blended
  4. Transfer bacon to plate and discard most bacon fat the put most of the bacon back in the pan
  5. Put tomatoes in  pan (whole) and warm them until they pop
  6. Stir in egg mixture and cheese; sprinkle remaining bacon on top
  7. Let it get to where the edges are set
  8. Run rubber spatula around the edges to loosen a bit
  9. Place skillet in oven and bake 18 to 20 minutes or until center is set
  10. Remove frittata from oven and let stand 5 minutes.
  11. Run rubber spatula around edge of pan to loosen the rest of the way
  12. Cut into 8 equal wedges to serve.

You can doctor this however you want. Add spinach, add broccoli, peppers, sausage, it can be custom made!

ENJOY!

Shepherd’s Pie Ole

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I’m Irish. And I’m always joking about “never meeting a potato I didn’t like”. When I went to Ireland, I fell even more in love with Shepherd’s Pie. (My original recipe is one of the most popular that I’ve ever posted…click this for that recipe) Since St. Patrick’s Day is a couple weeks away, it’s something I like to make!

But I saw a friend of mine made a “Mexican” version. He said he was hungry for Shepherd’s Pie and Mexican food one night, so he created this. Since I “never met a potato I didn’t like”, I thought I’d pass it along! I think your kids are going to LOVE it!

INGREDIENTS

1 lb Ground Beef
1 Pkg Taco Seasoning
Small Jar of Salsa
1 Cup of Corn
1 Cup of Black Beans
1 Cup of Queso
4 Cups of Mashed Potatoes
1 cup Sour Cream
8 oz. Shredded Cheese (or more per preference)

Brown ground beef and prepare per taco seasoning packet directions. Spread in casserole dish. Top with salsa, corn, beans, queso. Mix mashed potatoes with sour cream. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for another 15 minutes.

Mississippi Roast

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The Captain and I went to my mom and dad’s for dinner a couple of weeks ago and had the most amazing meal! I don’t know why I’d never had this before, but it was a new recipe for my mom. Come to find out, it’s actually been around awhile. It’s super easy and very tasty! After I had it there, I immediately craved it so I had to make it myself. Mmmm…perfect for this cold week!

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pound chuck roast
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 1 packet Au Jus seasoning
  • 5-6 pepperoncinis (or sliced banana pepper rings)
  • ¼ cup pepperoncini juice (or banana pepper juice)
  • 1 stick butter

Instructions

  1. Place the roast in crock pot.
  2. Sprinkle the ranch and Au Jus seasoning over roast.
  3. Place the pepperoncinis around the roast and then add the juice.
  4. Place the stick of butter on top of the roast.
  5. Cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4-6.
  6. Use two forks to shred the meat.
  7. Serve over potatoes or rice.

Breakfast Cookies

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I’m forever looking for ways to use ripe bananas. This is a GREAT option! Plus, if you or the kiddos need breakfast on the go, this will do! (they’r easy and yummy, too!) Oh…and these could also be made with applesauce instead of bananas. If you do that, swap out the chocolate chips for raisins or cinnamon chips.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or another nut or non-nut butter)
  • 2 TBS honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped pecansor your favorite nut
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips (or raisins)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat to 350°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Dump oats, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl; whisk to combine.
  • Stir in mashed bananas, peanut butter, honey, vanilla, pecans, and chocolate chips.
  • Scoop dough to form cookies and flatten the top
  • Bake for 14 minutes or until set.
  • Allow cookies to cool completely on baking sheet before storing in an airtight container.

Hearty Meatloaf

meatloaf2 (2)When someone says “meatloaf” it conjures up all sorts of thoughts and memories. Some good, some bad! But my mom’s meatloaf was literally the BEST! She got it from our favorite local cookbook author Deanna House. Well, I figured not everyone can get out for a Valentine’s Date, so here’s an option to bring the LOVE to the table! Super easy! And it can be done with any meatloaf recipe. But I think you’ll love my mom’s and this will become your new favorite!

HEARTY MEAT LOAF
1-2 pounds ground beef
2/3 cup milk
1 egg
1 envelope onion soup mix
TOPPING
3 TBS brown sugar
3 TBS ketchup
1/2 tsp mustard

Mix first 4 ingredients together well. Press into pan in the shape of a heart.

In the original recipe, Deanna says to press into 9″ round microwave-safe dish (like a pie plate) and to cover with wax paper. Microwave on high 8-10 minutes, drain juices. Spoon topping over meatloaf and microwave again 3-5 minutes until cooked in center.

What I do, is bake in the oven at 350 about 45 minutes until set in center. Mix up the topping and spread it on the meatloaf and bake until fully cooked in the center.

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

I’ve had chicken tortilla soup many times at restaurants, and I just assumed it was WAY too hard to make at home. And then I found a few recipes that I combined to make this delicious and super simple warm-you-from-the-inside-out recipe! And you don’t have to make the tortilla strips yourself, but I think you’ll find them way better than the store bought ones!

Ingredients
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (48 oz) box chicken broth
2 cups shredded chicken
1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans with chili sauce
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, drained
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste

Just put it in the crockpot all day on low or simmer on the stove-top after work! Simple.

And you can make these while it’s heating!

Ingredients
8 small corn tortillas
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp Lawry’s

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Cut corn tortillas into 1/2-inch strips. A pizza cutter works GREAT!
  • Toss with  oil to coat. Sprinkle with seasoning. Toss to coat tortilla strips evenly.
  • Transfer to baking sheet.
  • Bake for 5-10 minutes.
  • Toss and return to the oven.
  • Continue baking for an additional 5-10 minutes or until desired crispness is reached.
  • Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Cheeseburger Soup

cheeseburgersoupWant to feel warm from the inside out? This is it! And it’s something even picky eaters will love! I combined a couple recipes to come up with this one. It’s delicious!

If you want it to taste like a cheeseburger even more, serve it in a bread bowl!

  • 1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
  • 2 cups diced hashbrowns
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced (I sauteed with the ground beef)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • tsp dried basil
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1 TBS chopped mild green chiles (optional)
  • 3 cups chicken broth (put 2 in first, then add last cup if it’s too thick) 
  • 2 cans condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  1. Add the cooked beef (with onion) potatoes, salt, pepper, basil, garlic, chiles and chicken broth. (DON’T add cheese yet.)
  2. Cover and cook and LOW for 7 hours.
  3. Cut the cream cheese into cubes. Stir with the soup into the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook for one more hour on low.
  5. Stir until the cheeses are blended into the soup.
  6. Top with shredded cheddar as serving

 

Serve and enjoy!