Weekend Potluck #96

 Happy Friday! Did you all have a great Thanksgiving?  I was so blessed to have a break from the computer and real life.  I am on major burn out mode after a busy October/November, both as mommy of school kids this time of year…….and playing photographer on the side.  

 I typically take on 2 photo sessions a week, so roughly 8 a month, but with the big push before cold weather and Christmas card season, I took on 22!  

EEEK! TWENTY TWO

  What was I thinking?!

  I had a blast taking them, but turning out that many edited sessions in 3 weeks was tough. I was staying up until 2 am every night, because there simply were not enough day time hours.  I have a blister on my trigger finger, no kidding!!! :)

We used our week long Fall Break to escape life and head to Branson, Mo!  Ahh, good old fashioned, family fun.  I will tell you more about it next week….right now, it’s time for Weekend Potluck!

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The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Ultimate Easy Chicken and Noodles by Sourdough Native

Recipes that caught our attention ~

Sour Cream & Beef Tacos by With a Blast

Chocolate fudge made with Hershey’s Peppermint Bark Bells www.lemonsforlulu.com

Peppermint Bark Fudge by Lemons for Lulu

And, a personal favorite ~

Cranberry Turkey Salad with Candied Walnuts by Sumptuous Spoonfuls

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Weekend Potluck #65

Hi and Welcome to Weekend Potluck! Where friends and foodies, meet & eat ALL weekend long!
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Now, let’s take a quick peek back at last week

The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Million Dollar Casserole

Million Dollar Casserole by With a Blast

Recipes that caught our attention for Cinco De Mayo ~

Taco Bell’s Crunch Wrap Supreme

Taco Bell’s Crunch Wrap Supreme by Comfy Cuisine

Texas Straw Hats

Texas Straw Hats by Simply Savvy Recipes

And, a personal favorite ~

I Love Salted Caramel and I LOOOOVE making things in my Cast iron skillet, how could this not be my favorite pick this week?  Printed and ready to go the next time someone comes over and I get to make dessert! Woo hoo :)
If you haven’t had a chance to browse the Back For Seconds blog, you have been missing out! Go say hi, and tell Stephanie Tonya sent you! 

Salted Caramel Deep Dish Cookie Pie

Salted Caramel Deep Dish Cookie Pie by Salted Caramel Deep Dish Cooie Pie

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Orange Cilantro Glazed Salmon & Weekend Potluck #58

Hi, and Welcome to Weekend Potluck! Where Friends & Foodies meet and eat, ALLL Weekend Long!
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First up, Flashback Friday!  Flashback Friday

I picked a yummy Fish Recipe for you that are giving up meat for Lent…..

But since we are talking about fish, check out Destiny’s Flying Fish Project for school.  :)  flying fish

  I learned so much while we researched for her report! Did you know the Flying Fishes tail moves 70 times per SECOND?  This allows it to appear to “fly” across the water, sometimes as far as 1200 feet before going back under.  Our Creator is SO creative! :)

 Now for some fish you can sink your teeth into…..

Orange Cilantro Glazed Salmon

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Orange Cilantro Glazed Salmon

Now, let’s take a quick peek back at last week

The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Crazy Cake

Crazy Cake by Sweet Little Bluebird

Recipes that caught our attention ~

Brown Sugar Toffee Cheesecake Bars

Brown Sugar Toffee Cheesecake Bars by Recipes for Divine Living

Sweet Potato Parmesan Tater Tots

Sweet Potato Parmesan Tater Tots by Half Baked Harvest

And, a personal favorite ~

Because this reminds me of Spring and Sunshine and all things YUMMY!

Lemon Coconut Poke Cake

Lemon Coconut Poke Cake by The Cozy Little Kitchen

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Tuna Bunwich

Before you say, EW!!! Or YUCK, I don’t like Tuna! I want you to hear me out, it’s not my favorite either.  However, once in a GREAT while, I get hungry for a nice hot, cheesy Tuna Bunwich. My friends from High School used to LOVE when my mom made us these for after school snack.  Flaky tuna, crunchy celery and melty cheese. Just delicious!

  This recipe makes a LOT.  Feel free to half it for your first go around.  We kept the goo separate from the buns on the extra sandwiches, so I could make them up fresh all week for an easy hot lunch!

Tuna Bunwich

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Ingredients

  • 3 cans Tuna Packed In Water, Drained (7 Oz Each)
  • 9 ounces, weight Velveeta Cheese, Cut Into Small Cubes
  • 1 cup Finely Diced Celery
  • 1 whole Small Onion, Minced
  • ½ cups Miracle Whip
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 package Of Whole Wheat Rolls, 16 Count Package

Mix all ingredients (except the buns) together in a large bowl. Lay your buns out on a work surface with the tops removed. Divide filling between the buns placing an equal sized amount on the bottom buns (roughly 1/4 cup per bun). Put the top bun on. Wrap individually in foil and bake at 350 F for 15 to 20 minutes until hot and the cheese has a chance to melt.

These can be baked all at once, or wrapped up individually and put in the fridge to heat and eat anytime!

Easy and delish!

~T

Creamy Mushroom Soup & Weekend Potluck #47

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First up, Flashback Friday, because some things are just worth repeating!

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Creamy Mushroom Soup

So buttery and delicious! Click title to be taken to the recipe.

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Now, let’s take a quick peek back at last weekplease note that there will be NO Weekend Potluck next week!  But, we’ll see you in the new year!

The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry Pie Bars by Julie’s Eats & Treats

Recipes that caught our attention ~

Christmas GIfts From Your Kitchen

Christmas Gifts From Your Kitchen by My Biscuits Are Burning

Flavored Butters

Flavored Butters by Your Home Based Mom

And, a personal favorite ~

We made something similar to this last year, and they were melt in your mouth amazing!

Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

Peppermint Meltaway Cookies by Steph’s Silver Boxes

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Tex Mex Brats & Beans and Weekend Potluck #44

YAY! It’s Friday! That means its time for Flashback Friday, because some recipes are just worth repeating.

AND, Weekend Potluck, where friends & foodies, meet and eat, all Weekend long.

Today I am flashing back to Tex Mex Brats & Beans!  Sweet BBQ meets fresh cilantro and cool sour cream in this hearty soup….delicious with corn bread, and super easy to put together.  Slice up some bratwurst and open some cans of beans, add your favorite salsa and BBQ and viola, you are almost done.  Click photo to be taken to the original post for the recipe.

Now, let’s take a quick peek back at last week

The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Crock Pot Caramel Pie

Crock Pot Caramel Pie by Meet Penny

Recipes that caught our attention ~

Pumpkin Biscuits

Pumpkin Biscuits by Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms by Comfy Cuisine

And, a personal favorite ~

I loooove horseradish, and I cannot wait to try this cheese spread at one of our Christmas get-togethers!!!!!!

Horseradish Cheese Spread

Horseradish Cheese Spread by Sweet Little Blue Bird

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Not Your Lunch Lady’s Goulash

Dale grew up eating Goulash. I did NOT.

I have never, EVER made it and never, ever wanted to.

This is most likely due to the fact, that my last memory of Goulash comes from Elementary School Lunches, where I dubbed it “Galoshes,” (the boot) because I thought it was gross and stinky.

Boy, has my opinion changed!

This recipe caught my eye at Weekend Potluck when Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes shared it at our linky party.  I am SO glad I printed it, because it is TOTALLY making the fall and winter food rotation at our house!

YUMMO!

This is…..

NOT Your Lunch Lady’s Goulash

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Adapted from Love Bakes Good Cakes recipe

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2 lb. ground beef

1 large onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced

6-8 cloves of garlic, pressed

3 cups water

1 can (29 oz.) tomato sauce

1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 tbsp. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. smoky paprika

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2½ cups uncooked elbow macaroni {I might try 3 next time, I had extra liquid and I like noodles!}

Generous amounts of garlic powder, salt and pepper.

In an 8 qt. pot, cook and crumble beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Add the onion, green pepper and mushrooms. Cook until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic, water, tomato sauce, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, paprika, sugar, crushed red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add the elbow macaroni and stir well, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the noodles are done. Allow to sit covered for 5-10 minutes and mix well before serving.  Season to taste with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Serve with whole wheat bread and butter.

We really seasoned this up, and it was fantastic!

Dig in!

~T

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Chicken A La King

  Now here is a blast from the past, my mom made this one a lot when we were kids!  It’s a win win, because the noodles are long and slurpy and fun, and the veggies are healthy and colorful, too!

  I double this for our family of 6, so we can have lunch leftovers.  If you double it, only do 13 oz. of your noodles.  16 ounces is too many and it gets dry! 

Chicken A La King

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Chicken A La King (text)

Ingredients

  • ¼ cups Butter
  • ½ cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Pepper
  • 6 ounces, weight Can Of Mushroom Slices (reserve Juice)
  • 1-¾ cup Chicken Broth
  • 8 ounces, weight Spaghetti Noodles, {I like Whole Wheat} Cooked And Drained
  • 2 cups Cubed, Seasoned Chicken
  • 2 cups Cream (I Do A Combo Of Milk And Sour Cream In A Bind)
  • 12 ounces, weight Carrots, Peas And Beans Combo, Steamed And Seasoned To Taste

In a large family skillet, cook and cube your chicken. Remove from pan and drain drippings. In the same pan, melt butter, blend in flour and salt and pepper until liquid is absorbed. Add in chicken broth, cream and mushroom liquid, heat to boiling, then turn down heat a bit, stirring often. Continue stirring as it thickens. This takes some time. (If it doesn’t work, take a splash of cold water and blend with a Tablespoon of corn starch, add to your skillet of liquid and bring to a boil, stirring often. This will help thicken quickly.)
Meanwhile, cook and drain your spaghetti noodles and steam your veggies.
Check your roux (butter, cream, broth, flour mixture) as it should be thick now like a gravy, before adding in cubed chicken, steamed veggies and cooked and drained spaghetti noodles.  Taste and season as needed.

Enjoy!

~T

Birthday Cheesecakes

This is post 2 for today, head back to post one to read about my Encounter Weekend and teaching on Forgiveness.

These are the perfect mini treat for your birthday sweet!

Birthday Cheesecakes

adapted from Laughter & Lattes

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Ingredients

FOR THE CHEESECAKES:

  • 24 whole Golden Oreos, I Used Double Stuffed!
  • 16 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, Softened
  • ½ cups Sugar
  • ½ teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 whole Eggs Beaten
  • ½ cups Sour Cream
  • ⅔ cups Dry Rainbow Chip Cake Mix
  • 1 Tablespoon Sprinkles (plus More For Top)

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • 4 ounces, weight Cool Whip , Thawed
  • ½ cups Milk (plus More As Necessary)
  • ¼ cups Powdered Sugar
  • ½ boxes (3.4 Oz Size) Vanilla Pudding

Using your Kitchen aid, combine softened cream cheese and sugar, beating until smooth. Add in vanilla, eggs and sour cream. Do not over mix.
Measure out cake mix and sprinkles, fold in to batter.

Line 2 muffin pans with liners. Place a whole Golden Oreo in the bottom of each liner. Divide cheesecake batter between muffin liners.
Bake at 275* for 30 minutes. Remove cheesecakes from oven, and cool on the counter for a bit, then refrigerate until serving time.

Make your frosting by combining cool whip, milk, powdered sugar and vanilla pudding, adding more sugar or milk until a nice frosting consistency. Pipe onto individual cheesecakes and sprinkle with additional sprinkles!

Enjoy!

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