Saturday, January 21, 2012

Finally Some Snow

We've had a very mild winter thus far for 2012.  But these past two weekends we've gotten our fair share. 
And my boys have been having a blast playing.  Unfortunately I've been stuck inside studying for finals.  Although it's been some nice quiet time, I would have much rather been outside playing in the snow.
Noah's snowman...
And daddy's....
And Noah and Daddy's Igloo..
What a great daddy!

Buffalo Chicken Bites

Last weekend we had a family movie night.  We rented several movies and vegged out on the couch and ate yummy foods.  I had seen these on pinterest several week ago, and with Noah's love for chicken I knew I just had to give this recipe a whirl.  Results?  Delicious!
3 cups shredded cooked chicken with garlic
1/4 to 1/2 cup hot sauce (to taste)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 3/4 cups sharp shredded cheddar cheese
4 tbsp sweet salsa
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs, lightly beaten
3 or 4 cups Corn Flakes cereal, crushed

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray a cookie sheet with Pam.
  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, cream cheese and hot sauce, cheddar cheese and salsa.
  • Roll a a large tablespoon of mixture into ball and place onto a plate. Complete this step until all mixture has been used.
  • In three bowl put flour in one, a eggs in another, and corn flakes in the third.
  • Dip each chicken ball first into the flour, then the egg and ending with the Corn Flakes.
  • Put balls on cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Can use any of your favorite sauce for dipping.
Recipe borrowed from Sweet Peas Kitchen blog.

S'mores Cookie Bars

These are little slices of camping fire heaven...but from your kitchen oven.  So good.
You'll need:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 king-sized Hershey's chocolate bars
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme/fluff (don't use marshmallows)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

Mix together butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, combine flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix at a low speed until combined.

Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan.
Put chocolate bars over dough. Both chocolate bars should fit side by side.
Spread chocolate with marshmallow creme or fluff.
Spread evenly over chocolate.
Place remaining dough on top of fluff.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned.
Allow to cool before cutting.
Don't these look amazing.  They were!
Recipe found of Pintrest with original recipe from Lovin' From The Oven blog.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Merry Christmas

A little late, I know.  I figured it was better late than never.  I have several photos that I really thought turned out nice.  I'll show you a few.
Of course cookies for Santa.  I got really lucky though this year.  I did not have time to make cookies for Santa so we gave him some that were made by our aunt Marie.  Thanks Marie!
Santa was good to us this year! 
Even Bryer received gifts.
Me on Christmas morning.  We were waiting for Noah to get up.
Noah going through his goodies from Santa!
A deadly weapon, but he was happy.
Oh the excitement of Christmas morning.
Love these crazy boys.
I hope you have a blessed day!
Merry Christmas!

~Kate Anne~

Button Monogram "C"

I had to make one for my mother.  Let me tell you how hard it is to get a nice picture with shiny buttons though.  It's hard!  Here is the best picture.  I think it turned out cute!

~Kate Anne~

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Giraffe Light Switch Cover

Our rainy day project.  Well, it wasn't exactly raining, but it sure was cold outside.  In search of something to occupy our time while daddy was gone this week, I pulled out our idea book.
Noah stumbled across this and his mind was set.
For the backing we used a piece of yellow foam.
4 Popsicle sticks
1 white pipe cleaner
10-12 shiny spots (could use many different items for the spots)
To secure it to the light switch cover I just used double sided tape.

Have Fun!!

Kate Anne

Weight Watchers Black Bean & Avacado Salad

These little babies are simply AMAZING!  They are only 2 points and 140 calories.
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
To make your own shells with corn torillias (I placed them in the microwave for 30 seconds), wrap them in a circle and press into the bottom of a muffin tin and spray with cooking spray.
Bake for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.  Don't worry if the shells start to break a little while folding them into the tin.  That is why I put them in the microwave for 30 seconds to make them a little softer.
While tortilla's are heating, mix up your bean salad.
15 oz can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
1/2 avocado, diced
1 tomato diced (Recipe did not call for, but I thought was appropriate)
 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp chili powder (Or you can use my homemade here.)
Salt & Pepper to taste
I also added about 1/2 cup of fresh spinach finely chopped.
The recipe also called for 1/2 cup red onion.  Since I'm not a huge fan of onions that are not cooked, I omitted them.
These might be good served with a dollop of fat free sour cream or some fresh salsa.
This recipe will definitly be filed with my favorites.
Recipe from Super-Foods Cookbook.


Kate Anne