Friday, December 18, 2009

Holiday Pretzel Treats...

These are from the Family Fun website.  They are SOOOO easy and quick to make and are an sweet and salty treat!  I great treat to make with the little ones!

Bite size, waffle shaped pretzels
M & M's
Hershey kisses and hugs

  1. Heat the oven to 170F. Set a number of bite-size, waffle-shaped pretzels (one for each treat) in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, then top each pretzel with an unwrapped Hershey's Kiss or Hershey's Hug.

  2. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes (the white chocolate will melt more quickly), until the chocolates feel soft when touched with a wooden spoon. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and quickly press an M&M's candy into the center of each Kiss.

  3. Allow the treats to cool for a few minutes, then place them in the refrigerator to set, about 10 minutes. Place handfuls of the candies in clear plastic bags and tie on colorful ribbons.

    ****The hershey kisses took 4 minutes for me.  The Hugs I had a real hard time getting perfect but seemed to work best around 3 minutes!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Italian Wedding Soup....

I have never had Italian Wedding Soup...but when I saw this recipe on For the love of Cooking, I KNEW I had to make it!!  It was SOOOO yummy.  It will definitely be a keeper for many years to come!! Thanks For the Love of Cooking!!!

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 tsp sweet yellow onion, diced finely
  • 2 tbsp Asiago cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup garlic and herb bread crumbs
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the ingredients gently with your fingers until well mixed. Roll into very small meatballs.
Place the meatballs on a baking sheet coated with parchment paper or tin foil coated with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes or until done through. Don't overcook! Remove from oven and set aside.
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp chicken bouillon granules or chicken base 
  • 9-10 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 cup of stars pasta
  • 10 oz baby spinach
  • Asiago cheese, grated for topping
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish
Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery and cook for 3-4 minutes; add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 60 seconds, stirring constantly. Add the basil, oregano, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, chicken bouillon granules or chicken base and chicken stock. Simmer for 45 minutes over low heat. Turn the heat up to medium high then add the stars and meatballs; cook for an additional 10 minutes. Taste and re-season if needed. Add the spinach, mix thoroughly and serve!!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

brunch ideas

Alright ladies... I'm hosting a baby shower and need some yummy brunch ideas that would be fairly simple to make.  Any suggestions?