Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Banana Pudding

My boys grinned from ear to ear when they came home from school and saw what their little sister and mommy had been up to...
A huge favorite in our home....thank you Miss Paula Deen !!

Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding by Paula Deen

2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
6 to 8 bananas, sliced
2 cups milk
1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream

Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.

In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer.
Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.

Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended.

Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Layers and layers of deliciousness !
It's Foodie Friday over at designs by Golllum !

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Double Chocolate Cookies

Our church had a bake sale for Haiti and I volunteered to bake.
I love these double chocolate cookies.
They taste like brownies.
Easy. Economical. and taste DIVINE !

{Southern Living 20th anniversary Annual recipes cookbook}

1 (18.25 oz.) Package Betty Crocker Devils Food Cake mix WITH PUDDING! (88 cents at Walmart!)
1/2 C. vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 C. (6 oz ) chocolate chips

1. Combine first 3 ing. and beat at medium speed with mixer until blended.
Stir in chocolate chips.
2. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool on cookie sheets 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
It's DIY day over at A soft place to land & Foodie Friday over at designs by Gollum !

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

All time favorite at the Cozy Kitchen

My family continually says this is their all time favorite dish.

If you like blue cheese, this is for YOU!

Simple. Fabulous. {My favorite combo !}

Roquefort Chicken (from 6 ing. or Less cookbook)

boneless chicken breasts (4-6)

salt & pepper

1/4 C. butter

4 oz. roquefort or blue cheese {I use blue cheese}

1 garlic clove, sliced {I use 2-3, because I love garlic!}

1 C. sour cream

Salt & pepper chicken if you like.

Heat butter in skillet. Lightly brown chicken, remove.

In same skillet, add blue cheese, garlic and sour cream.

Heat, but do not boil.

Place chicken in 9 x 13 baking dish, and pour sauce over top.

Bake at 350 for 45 min, or until tender.

I love to serve this with rice. We even drizzle the sauce over our rice.

It's a perfect combo with the fabulous sauce !!!

Participating in Foodie Friday over at Designs by Gollum !

Friday, February 5, 2010

Seven Layer Taco Dip

This. is. AMAZING!
I like to serve it with "Tostitos Scoops" .
When I want more of a 'meal', I warm flour tortillas, and fill it with this.
Everyone LOVES this !
I love that you can make this ahead...
and it's awesome the next day too !

Seven Layer Taco Dip { adapted from allrecipes }

1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
1 large tomato, chopped
**sliced jalapeno peppers in jar (as many as you like * my own addition )
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch chopped green onions
1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded
1 (6 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1.In a medium bowl, blend the taco seasoning mix and refried beans. Spread the mixture onto a large serving platter.
2.Mix the sour cream and cream cheese in a medium bowl. Spread over the refried beans.
3.Top the layers with salsa. Place a layer of tomato, green bell pepper, green onions, jalapenos, and lettuce over the salsa, and top with Cheddar cheese. Garnish with black olives.

Oh, and it's Foodie Friday over at Designs by Gollum

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

l o v e

great grandchildren: a grandchild of one's son or daughter

{ my nephews & brother in law }

3 sisters laid to rest their mom & dad. my grandparents...

together... as they wished...

Every single grandchild came. 16... From coast to coast, we came together.

Some of us had not seen each other in 30 years.

Time stood still.


Lots of tears.

Tears of gratitude.

Tears of love.

love: a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person

Bob & Margaret

3 daughters

16 grandchildren

25 great grandchildren

married 69 years.

died 72 days apart.


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