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Thursday
Oct182012

Fall Cookie Ideas sure to please!

One of my favorite things about Halloween (and Thanksgiving) is making cute cookies. My little boy is too young to help bake, let alone eat a cookie.

But there was a season in my life that I worked as a nanny. One of my favorite things to do with the kiddos was make cookies.

Taste of HomeHalloween Cat Cookies: This is a fake and bake recipes that uses premade cookie dough with some super cute decorations.

Spookie Ginger Bread: This is so simple. You just take a basic gingerbread recipe and pipe on icing to look like a skeleton.

Property of Spencer and HillaryOreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie: Oh my. You can only make this once a year. It just sounds way, way, way too addictive.

Monster Cookies: This is an old classic. And who doesn't love an M&M in a cookie? Here is an even easier recipe that requires zero effort.

Cake Mix Candy Jar Cookies: And don't forget you can make this cookie with leftover Halloween candy!

Do you have a favorite Halloween cookie?

Wednesday
Oct172012

Pork roast and sweet potatoes slow cooked in Apple Butter

Let's sing: "I made an apple butter roast and some sweet potatoes..." You know you heard Flo Rida in your head.

Ah, Flo Rida, he has made such a musical contribution to his generation, said no one ever.

Last week I made one of Jason's favorite dishes- a pork roast and sweet potatoes slow cooked in apple butter. It's super simple and super tasty but feels super decadent.

It's a three ingredient meal and you have to love that!

Photo credit. 

What you'll need:

One medium sized pork roast (boneless or bone in, it doesn't matter)

4 cups apple butter- I reccomend making your own using this technique. Then you can control the sugar content.

3 large sweet potatoes, diced

Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray.

Add your sweet potatoes.

Put the pork in the pot. And cover with apple butter. You can add a little bit of water if you want, but you don't have to. Turn the slow cooker on low and cook for about six hours.

It is truly delicous and a great fall meal. You could even save it for Christmas.

What's your favorite fall meal?

For some more really great fall recipes and ideas visit Romance on A Dime and Works For Me Wednesday.

Thursday
Oct112012

Apple butter, the easy way

Photo by Stetted'sPhoto credit. 

Tonight I am making a special pork roast that requires apple butter. But yesterday when I went to the WORLD'S WORST TARGET they had no apple butter. So I just got apple sauce and I hit the internet for an apple butter recipe. 

It was so simple all I needed was a jar of unsweetened apple sauce and some cinnamon. I dumped it in the slow cooker last night and this morning I had apple butter!! Win for everyone!

Here is another great recipe. 

Tuesday
Oct022012

Pizza Pot Pie

Who doesn't love pizza? I mean love it.

I wanted pizza the other night. But I wanted to try something a little different. Pizza Pot Pie!!!!

This was crazy simple. I mean crazy simple and will make a great week night meal.

You basically put your favorite pizza toppings in a pan and then cover it with crescent rolls and then bake. You could customize it the way your family loves it. Just vegetables for veggie lovers or lots of ham and bacon for meat lovers.

This is the recipe I used.

What you'll need:

One can of Pilsbury Crescent Rolls (8 Rolls) 

1/2 pound ground beef or sausage

10 - 20 pepperoni

1/2 a yellow onion, diced

1 green pepper, cut into strips

1 red pepper, cut into strips

Italian seasoning

1 tbsp garlic

1 jar pasta sauce

1 cup cheese, I used white cheddar because that's what I had.

Preheat oven to 350 and line a casserole dish or pan with aluminum foil.

Cook onions and garlic in a little olive oil in a skillet over low heat.

Add your meat and brown.

Here come the vegetables!

Add your pep, pep, pepperoni.

Add your sauce and let simmer for a few minutes.

Sprinkle on your cheese.

Add your crescent rolls, pinch the perforate areas. Then spinkle with a little more cheese and some Italian seasoning.

Bake on 350 for about 20 minutes.

Serve to your happy family with a spinach salad and some fruit.

Stop by Romance on a Dime for Take it on Tuesday. There are always so many great ideas to share and be seen.

Tuesday
Sep252012

Cake Mix, Candy Jar Cookies

Cookies! Cookies! Cookies! Doesn't everyone love cookies?

So the last couple of weeks we have made things not quite from scratch. We have had Disappearing Brownies and Pumpkin Popovers because you just don't always have time to bake.

So I bring you another fake and bake recipe.

My friend Sarah made these cookies from cake mix years ago and she blogged about them and I filed it away in the back of my head.

I had some mini candy bars left over and I had a box of German Chocolate cake mix. So I decided to whip these up and they were pretty good.

What you'll need:

a box of cake mix, of course!

1/2 cup vegetable oil or butter

2 eggs

1 - 2 cups chocolate chips, nuts, candy, etc

Preheat your oven to 350 and spray your cookie sheet.

Combine your cake mix, oil and eggs. Mix thoroughly.

Unwrap those candy bars and throw them in the blender or food processor.

Throw your candy pieces into the cake mix.

Spoon your cookie dough onto your cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. This yielded 24 cookies.

They were good.

Hop on over to Romance on A Dime for Take it On Tuesday.