Monday, November 23, 2009

Creme Brulee French Toast

Wendi~ you were right...these are delicious. I invited a few girlfriends over for coffee and breakfast once the kids were off to school. Perfect breakfast for sitting around the table visiting on a cold morning.

1/2 c. unsalted butter
1 C. packed brown sugar
2 Tbs. corn syrup
bread, sliced, to cover butter mixture (if you are using a reg. casserole dish, it will take 6 pieces)
5 large eggs
1 1/2 C. half-and-half
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
In a saucepan, melt butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish. Arrange bread pieces on top. Beat together eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, and salt. Pour egg mixture over the top of the bread. Cover and chill overnight in the refrigerator. The next morning, bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

*I used whipping cream instead of the half and half. And next time I will use Texas Toast instead of just regular bread. I wish I'd thought of that before hand.

Peanut Butter Chip Brownies

My friend brought these over to us while Jared was just getting home. I love boxed brownies! When they are still a little gooey they are just right. I thought this was a fun alternative to frosting them or just leaving them plain.

1 box double fudge brownie mix baked according to directions. When finished baking, sprinkle with powdered sugar, chopped pecans or walnuts and sprinkle with peanut butter chips. Put under broiler just long enough to soften the chips.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Easy BBQ Meatloaf

I have never ever liked meatloaf. The recipe I have is so bland and boring. Jared however loves meatloaf. I've been mainly searching for a recipe that the kids and I would enjoy. My mom found one from Kraft Foods that my dad and sisters enjoy (if my teenage sisters will eat it I know I am sure to like it, they are pickier than a 3 yr old...:) Anyway, I tried it last night and it was actually pretty good.

I should have taken a picture in the looks like a mess here, but you get the idea.

2 lbs ground beef
1 cup water
2 eggs
1 box stovetop stuffing
1/2 cup BBQ sauce, divided

Mix egg and water, add stuffing. Stir well, add bbq sauce and meat. Mix well, shape into loaf. I made four smaller ones to use my new loaf stone. Spread the remainder of bbq sauce on loaf. Bake on 400 for about 45 min. The recipe said 30, but I went a little longer to be sure.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Funeral Potatoes

I love these. I'm sure there are all sorts of variations to it. I got this from my mom. So it's the one I've ever used.

6-7 med potatoes boiled with skins (or 1 bag of frozen shredded hashbrowns)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1/2 onion chopped
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup cheese

If using potatoes, boil 30 min. Let cool, peel then grate. Mix soup, sour cream, and onion together mix in potatoes. Spread in casserole dish. Pour melted butter over top and top with cheese. Bake for 30 min or until hot.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 eggs
1 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
1 bag chocolate chips

Beat eggs and shortening together, add sugars, vanilla, salt, b. soda, and flour. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Bake on 350 8-10 min.

Pistachio Jello Salad

My mom has always made this, its one of my favorite summer time jello salads.

1 box pistachio jello
1 can crushed pineapple
8 oz container of cool whip
1/2 bag of mini marshmallows

Pour jello in bowl, pour in pineapple with juice. Stir until jello dissolves. Add cool whip and stir until well mixed add 1/2 bag of marshmallows. Put in refrigerator to chill.

Buttermilk Waffles

I made these Saturday morning. They were wonderful. My favorite part about cooking is making things from scratch. It's so much better than coming from a box. I am still finding the best things from these ladies.

Buttermilk Waffles

1 stick butter, melted
2 cups flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 large eggs
2 cups buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat waffle iron. Beat eggs until fluffy. Beat in everything else just until smooth.