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April 28, 2009

Peanut Butter Blossoms

These are some of my favorite cookies. If you like peanut butter cookies, you'll love these.

1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 egg
1 1/4 c. flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
Hershey's Peanut Butter Kisses
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix all ingredients together and form into balls. I use my Pampered Chef small scoop & it's just the right size.
3. Place on ungreased pan 2" apart.
4. Bake for 10 minutes.
5. Then open oven & put a kiss on each cookie & press down just a little bit, then bake for an additional 2 minutes.
6. Let cool on the pan for a few minutes then transfer to cooling rack.
This recipe will make about 2 dozen cookies. I usually double or triple the recipe since we have a large family, we like leftovers & I usually give some away.
A few tips:
1. If you try to move the cookies from the pan too soon after taking them out of the oven they will break. This is the case with pretty much every cookie recipe. Wait for about 5-8 minutes.
2. Make sure not to overcook the cookies, or they won't be as soft & the kiss will burn.
3. These cookies are best when warm. So when you're craving that cookie the next day just pop it in the microwave for about 10 seconds & it softens & warms the cookie just enough to make the kiss melt in your mouth. Yum! Enjoy!

April 13, 2009

Funeral Potatoes!

I know the name sounds terrible but it's not as bad as what our mom used to call these. This yummy potato dish got it's name from being such a popular dish that is served at almost every LDS (Latter-day Saint) funeral there is. It really is a great potato dish that I'm sure your family will love. There are actually several versions of Funeral Potatoes so this is my version.

Funeral Potatoes

8 lg. or 12 sm. potatoes
2 cans cream of chicken soup
salt & pepper to taste
1 Tbs. Mrs. Dash
1 pint sour cream
1 c. grated cheese
crushed potato chips (about 2 cups crushed)
1. Peel & cube potatoes, then boil. Drain water & put potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
2. Mix in soup, sour cream, cheese & seasonings in with potatoes.
3. Mix well & pour half of mixture into 9x13 baker.
4. Sprinkle more cheese over then pour rest of mixture in pan & sprinkle more cheese on top.
5. Sprinkle crushed chips all over potatoes.
6. Bake at 450 for 20-25 min. Enjoy!

April 08, 2009

Chel's Ziti Pasta

I was going to make the Party Pasta Bowl recipe from Pampered Chef but decided to change it just a bit. Although some of my kids were skeptical to try it (because it was something new), they loved it. It did turn out quite yummy!

Chel's Ziti Pasta
1 package uncooked ziti pasta
1/4 c. chopped onion
1 lb. lean ground beef (I always get the leanest ground beef I can find)
3 garlic cloves, pressed
2 ts. Italian Seasoning
1 jar/can (24 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained (I like to get the ones with seasoning in them)
1 egg
2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 ts. parsley
1/4 ts. black pepper
2 Tbs. Parmesan cheese

1. Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain when fully cooked. Cook ground beef, add chopped onion and pressed garlic.  Cook until beef is fully cooked.  Remove from heat.  Add Italian seasoning, tomatoes and spaghetti sauce.  Lightly beat egg, then add to meat mixture.  Add mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, parsley and pepper.  Mix sauce with pasta in large bowl, pour into 9x13 stone baker and add more mozzarella cheese on top.  Bake at 450 degrees for 25 min.