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Chocolate Chip Cookies

This may seem like a basic recipe to post, but I have been making tons of chocolate chip cookie recipes and adjusting them to find a cookie recipe I REALLY liked...and I finally found one.


Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened at room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups (325 grams) all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°
In a large bowl cream together butter and both sugars
Scrap down the sides of the bowl with a spatula
Blend in egg and vanilla until combined
In a separate bowl stir together flour, baking soda, and salt
Add a third of flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture
Blend until just combined and repeat once with another third of flour mixture
Pour in chocolate chips and stir until incorporated throughout dough
Add remaining flour mixture and combine completely
Place parchment on a cookie sheet
Scoop cookies about 2 Tbl in size
Place cookies o…
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Coconut Poke Cake

I'm not sure why coconut reminds me of spring.  But this is my new favorite cake right now, and I keep looking for excuses to make it.  It is that good!



Coconut Poke Cake

1 box white cake mix (and ingredients listed on mix)
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1  (15 oz) can cream of coconut
1 (8 oz) ctn whip topping
1 (7 oz) bag sweetened coconut flakes

Bake the white cake in a 9x13 pan according to package directions
Cool cake completely
Poke holes in cake using the handle of a wooden spoon
In a separate bowl mix condensed milk and cream of coconut
Pour mixture over the top of the cake
Place in the refrigerator and let soak overnight
Remove cake from fridge and spread whip topping over cake
Place coconut on an ungreased baking sheet in an even layer
Bake coconut at 350° for about 5-10 minutes until coconut begins to lightly brown
Cool coconut and sprinkle over whip topping

Bunny Buns

This recipe was first featured in the 1980 Friend Magazine.  My mother would make them every year for us around Easter.  The Friend Magazine republished the recipe in 2011 and I decided to restore the tradition.  It is something we look forward to every year!


Bunny Buns
Adapted from {The Friend Magazine}

1 pkg active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 orange, zest and juice
5 1/2 cups flour

Glaze
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
dash of salt

Directions
In a small bowl lightly mix yeast and warm water and set aside
In a large mixing bowl add in milk, sugar, butter, and salt and allow to slightly cool
Then add in eggs, water with yeast, orange zest, and orange juice
Stir in flour 1 cup at a time until mixture forms a soft dough and allow to rest 10 minutes
Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 5-10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic
Grease your large mixin…

Cranberry Orange Sauce

I am definitely am one of those that loves the sweet tart taste of cranberry sauce with my turkey on Thanksgiving or on a sandwich of leftovers.  But making it at home takes it to a whole new level of good.


Cranberry Orange Sauce
1 (12 oz) bag Ocean Spray cranberries 1/2 cup water zest of 1 orange juice of 1 orange 2 cups sugar (or more to taste)
In a medium saucepan bring ingredients to a boil Cook on medium low for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally Remove from heat and cool to room temperature Serve warm or cold

Craisin Quinoa Salad

I love quinoa and everything about this salad!  It is a perfect mix of fall flavors with craisins, pecans, feta, and a bright orange citrus dressing.  You could even add some chunks of turkey to it for an amazing main dish as well.



Craisin Quinoa Salad
Adapted from {Our Best Bites}

2 cups chicken stock
1 cup quinoa, uncooked
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup pecans, chopped & toasted
1/2 cup green onion, chopped
1/2 cup reduced sugar craisins

Dressing
zest of one orange
1/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbl olive oil
1 tsp garlic, minced
2 tsp coarse grained mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Directions
Cook quinoa in chicken stock according to package directions
Cool quinoa completely
In a medium bowl fold together quinoa, cheese, pecans, onion, and craisins
In a small bowl whisk together all dressing ingredients
Pour dressing over quinoa mixture and toss to coat evenly

Parmesan Ranch Chex Mix

Football season is in full swing and I have an amazing snack recipe whether you have a bunch of people over or you are cheering on your favorite team by yourself.  This recipe is quick, makes a lot, and better yet it's easy on the wallet if you're like me and you don't mind using store brands.


Parmesan Ranch Chex Mix
8 cups rice chex cereal 2 cups mini pretzel twists 2 cups cheez-its 2 cups sesame sticks 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 1/3 cup canola oil 1 (1 oz) pkt ranch seasoning mix 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
Directions In a large microwave safe bowl mix together cereal, pretzels, cheez-its, and sesame sticks In a small bowl whisk together butter, oil, ranch mix, and cheese Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture and stir to coat evenly Microwave on high for 6 minutes stirring every 2 minutes Pour snack mix out evenly on two cookie sheets to cool

Crockpot Three Cheese Stuffed Shells

So I happened across this post on Everyday Good Thinking about how you can cook pasta in the crockpot and I was like...What?  Why have I not heard about this before?  You are probably thinking, Dah!  But I was excited.  So I rounded up my own recipe for Three Cheese Stuffed Shells and added some spinach.  I even thought they were easier to stuff dry...and to my delight...IT WORKED!!  This opens up a whole world of possibilities.  Now, to be fair you do have to be careful.  Your pasta can go from perfect to over cooked and mushy in a heart beat.  So you do have to keep an eye on it at the end for sure.


Crockpot Three Cheese Stuffed Shells Adapted from {Everyday Good Thinking}
1 (45 oz) jar pasta sauce 1 box jumbo shells 1 (15 oz) ricotta cheese 3 cups mozzarella, shredded & divided 1/4 cup parmesan, shredded 1 (9 oz) box frozen spinach, thawed & drained 2 tsp garlic, minced 1 Tbl dried parsley 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1 egg, beaten

Pour a third of the pasta sauce in the bottom of t…