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October 2012 Archive for Four Seasons of Fun

RSS By: Kristina, AgWeb.com

Kristina grew up in a small farming community in southwest Iowa. Today, she lives on five acres in the country while running her own consulting business in the city.  Her website, www.kristinashouse.com, features homemaking, gardening, travel, entertainment, business and technology tips. In the kitchen, Kristina bridges the recipes of her past to the new flavors and fashionable foods of today. In business, she combines a Midwest work ethic with trendy tech tools.  Join her each week for flashbacks and fast-forwards. To contact her, e-mail: Kristina@kristinashouse.com.

Oatmeal Scotchies

Oct 31, 2012

Here is another great cookie recipe with a little different flavor - butterscotch!  If you have been making oatmeal raisin or even oatmeal chocolate chip cookies a little too often - give this one a try for something new.  This makes a large batch!  My son took a few of these cookies to school in his lunch and shared them with a couple friends.  Well his friends said to bring more again tomorrow which is good because it will be a great way to get rid of the rest of them!

Oatmeal Scotchies
1-1/2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick-cooking
1 (11 oz) pkg butterscotch baking chips

Heat oven to 375°F.  Beat butter, sugar and brown sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips. Drop by teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly then remove from cookie sheet to wire rack to cool completely.

Check out what you may have missed for recipes…..a few have short videos outlining preparation and many have printer friendly versions for the recipes.
Grandma's Cranberry Orange Jam – candied orange slices are the secret to this easy jam
Suzanne’s Pizza Casserole – a fast easy casserole twist on pizza.
Jenny’s White Chicken Chili– a great soup for fall.
Jan’s Pumpkin Chip Muffins – a great recipe for fall baking.
Apple Snack Cake  a quick easy snack cake made simple by using applesauce
Sugar and Spice Sliders  a sweet and spicy twist on traditional loose meat sandwiches. 
Jessica’s French Toast   featuring cinnamon swirl bread this is a quick easy recipe just enough for one.
Kristina’s Monster Cookies   peanut butter and oats (no added fat or flour) with pops of chocolate. 
Skinny Macs   a fast easy slimmed down version of the classic McDonald’s Big Mac
Easy Chicken Marsala  easy elegant dinner
Taco Soup   a taco twist on chili
Kristina’s Peanut Butter Cookies   a simple set of ingredients with no additional fat and very little flour
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Boy’s Beans  so easy – great for working Moms or guys to make. 
Kristina’s Tomato Gravy  very simple – a quick economical old Midwest comfort food
Kristina’s Frozen Corn   absolutely the best method for freezing sweet corn.
Aunt Kathy’s Chocolate Cream Pie a great holiday pie that is a kid favorite.

Check out our Resort, Restaurant and Hotel reviews.  
See our latest update from Connie the Cleaning Lady and be sure to check out our Special Savings for You under the downbar of Shop Kristina’s House where you will find Buckle, Stacy Adams, delias, PACSUN, Petsmart and many more.  So many you have to scroll through older posts to see them all!  The website also features business, cleaning, style and beauty tips for guys and gals – check out www.kristinashouse.com where we are living it up in the land of four seasons of fun!

 

 

 

Grandma's Cranberry Orange Jam

Oct 25, 2012

Grandma’s Cranberry Orange Jam.  This is a great jam just in time for Thanksgiving!  Small batch.  So easy.  Will be great with those turkey leftovers.   To see how this all came together and to get Grandma’s Rhubarb Orange Jam which is also shown in the photo click the link. 

Grandma's Cranberry Orange Jam
2 cups cranberries
1 cup water
1 cup candied orange slices cut fine
1 cup sugar
Bring to a boil cranberries, water and candied orange slices until oranges are melted and cranberries are cooked down. Stir frequently. Crush cranberries using handheld blender (not mixer - blender).  Add sugar and boil until thick. Put in jars and seal, process in water bath for 10 minutes. Or it will keep good in the refrigerator if you prefer not to process for the shelf.

Check out what you may have missed for recipes…..a few have short videos outlining preparation and many have printer friendly versions for the recipes.
Suzanne’s Pizza Casserole – a fast easy casserole twist on pizza.
Jenny’s White Chicken Chili– a great soup for fall.
Jan’s Pumpkin Chip Muffins – a great recipe for fall baking.
Apple Snack Cake  a quick easy snack cake made simple by using applesauce
Sugar and Spice Sliders  a sweet and spicy twist on traditional loose meat sandwiches. 
Jessica’s French Toast   featuring cinnamon swirl bread this is a quick easy recipe just enough for one.
Kristina’s Monster Cookies   peanut butter and oats (no added fat or flour) with pops of chocolate. 
Skinny Macs   a fast easy slimmed down version of the classic McDonald’s Big Mac
Easy Chicken Marsala  easy elegant dinner
Taco Soup   a taco twist on chili
Kristina’s Peanut Butter Cookies   a simple set of ingredients with no additional fat and very little flour
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Boy’s Beans  so easy – great for working Moms or guys to make. 
Kristina’s Tomato Gravy  very simple – a quick economical old Midwest comfort food
Kristina’s Frozen Corn   absolutely the best method for freezing sweet corn.
Aunt Kathy’s Chocolate Cream Pie a great holiday pie that is a kid favorite.

Check out our Resort, Restaurant and Hotel reviews.  

Be sure to check out our Special Savings for You under the downbar of Shop Kristina’s House where you will find Buckle, Stacy Adams, delias, PACSUN, Petsmart and many more.  So many you have to scroll through older posts to see them all!  The website also features business, cleaning, style and beauty tips for guys and gals – check out www.kristinashouse.com where we are living it up in the land of four seasons of fun!

 

 

Suzanne's Pizza Casserole

Oct 24, 2012


Suzanne’s Pizza Casserole.  This is from my sister who says this is a hit with all the men at her house.  I'm not sure what it is about men but they seem to like these "hot dish" meals - which is great for us gals because they all come together so fast and easy!   Click the link to Suzanne’s Pizza Casserole to see photos of each step and additional notes.

Suzanne’s Pizza Casserole
2 cups meat of preference
1 jar pizza sauce
1 c cheese
13.25 oz box pasta cooked al dente and drained.  Stir in pasta to combine with meat, sauce and cheese.
Top with 1 c cheese of choice.  Here she uses mozzarella.
Bake at 350 degrees until hot and bubbly!

Check out what you may have missed for recipes…..a few have short videos outlining preparation and many have printer friendly versions for the recipes.
Jenny's White Chicken Chili– a great soup for fall.
Jan’s Pumpkin Chip Muffins – a great recipe for fall baking.
Apple Snack Cake  a quick easy snack cake made simple by using applesauce
Sugar and Spice Sliders  a sweet and spicy twist on traditional loose meat sandwiches. 
Jessica’s French Toast   featuring cinnamon swirl bread this is a quick easy recipe just enough for one.
Kristina’s Monster Cookies   peanut butter and oats (no added fat or flour) with pops of chocolate. 
Skinny Macs   a fast easy slimmed down version of the classic McDonald’s Big Mac
Easy Chicken Marsala  easy elegant dinner
Taco Soup   a taco twist on chili
Kristina’s Peanut Butter Cookies   a simple set of ingredients with no additional fat and very little flour
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Boy’s Beans  so easy – great for working Moms or guys to make. 
Kristina’s Tomato Gravy  very simple – a quick economical old Midwest comfort food
Kristina’s Frozen Corn   absolutely the best method for freezing sweet corn.
Aunt Kathy’s Chocolate Cream Pie a great holiday pie that is a kid favorite.

Check out our Resort, Restaurant and Hotel reviews.  New review has been posted for
M’s Pub in the Old Market of Omaha, NE. 

www.kristinashouse.com where we are living it up in the land of four seasons of fun!

 

 

White Chicken Chili

Oct 18, 2012

This is my cousin Jenny’s White Chicken Chili recipe.  It has been cold and rainy here so gather your ingredients and plan to make this on the next cold and rainy day!

White Chicken Chili
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp minced garlic
3/4 cups chicken broth
2 cups half & half
2 cans white baby butterbeans
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp Tabasco
2 jalapeno peppers diced
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
6 cups cooked chicken (approx. 4 - 5 breasts or a whole chicken cubed/shredded)
1-2 cups water
1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar & Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup sour cream

Saute the garlic in 2 tsp butter.  In a large sauce pan melt the remaining butter over low heat and whisk in the flour and onion powder.  Cook for 3 minutes stirring continuously.  Stir in garlic mixture then gradually add broth and half and half.  If you choose you can use a medium size onion rather than the onion powder and saute that in the butter with the garlic.  Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer stirring occasionally until thickened.  Stir in remaining ingredients except the water, cheese and sour cream.  Add 1 to 2 cups of water depending on how thick you like it.  Cook on medium to low heat for 20 minutes.  Turn heat to low and add cheese and sour cream, stir until the cheese is melted.  Serve with a dollop of sour cream and fresh cilantro.

Check out what you may have missed for recipes…..a few have short videos outlining preparation and many have printer friendly versions for the recipes.
Jan’s Pumpkin Chip Muffins – a great recipe for fall baking.
Apple Snack Cake  a quick easy snack cake made simple by using applesauce
Sugar and Spice Sliders  a sweet and spicy twist on traditional loose meat sandwiches. 
Jessica’s French Toast   featuring cinnamon swirl bread this is a quick easy recipe just enough for one.
Kristina’s Monster Cookies   peanut butter and oats (no added fat or flour) with pops of chocolate. 
Skinny Macs   a fast easy slimmed down version of the classic McDonald’s Big Mac
Easy Chicken Marsala  easy elegant dinner
Taco Soup   a taco twist on chili
Kristina’s Peanut Butter Cookies   a simple set of ingredients with no additional fat and very little flour
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Boy’s Beans  so easy – great for working Moms or guys to make. 
Kristina’s Tomato Gravy  very simple – a quick economical old Midwest comfort food
Kristina’s Frozen Corn   absolutely the best method for freezing sweet corn.
Aunt Kathy’s Chocolate Cream Pie a great holiday pie that is a kid favorite.

While on the site you can also check out our resort, restaurant and hotel reviews under Out and About as well as our business tips from the Home Office section.  www.kristinashouse.com where we are living it up in the land of four seasons of fun!

 

 

Pumpkin Chip Muffins

Oct 15, 2012

Here is a great recipe just in time for fall.  My cousin Jenny said these disappear fast at her house!

Jan’s Pumpkin Chip Muffins
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 can (16 oz) pumpkin
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil until smooth.  Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt: add to pumpkin mixture and mix well.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.  Bake at 400 degrees for 16 - 20 minutes or until muffins test done.  Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.  Makes about 24 standard-size muffins.

Check out what you may have missed for recipes…..a few have short videos outlining preparation and many have printer friendly versions for the recipes.
Apple Snack Cake  a quick easy snack cake made simple by using applesauce
Sugar and Spice Sliders  a sweet and spicy twist on traditional loose meat sandwiches. 
Jessica’s French Toast   featuring cinnamon swirl bread this is a quick easy recipe just enough for one.
Kristina’s Monster Cookies   peanut butter and oats (no added fat or flour) with pops of chocolate. 
Skinny Macs   a fast easy slimmed down version of the classic McDonald’s Big Mac
Easy Chicken Marsala  easy elegant dinner
Taco Soup   a taco twist on chili
Kristina’s Peanut Butter Cookies   a simple set of ingredients with no additional fat and very little flour
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Boy’s Beans  so easy – great for working Moms or guys to make. 
Kristina’s Tomato Gravy  very simple – a quick economical old Midwest comfort food
Kristina’s Frozen Corn   absolutely the best method for freezing sweet corn.
Aunt Kathy’s Chocolate Cream Pie a great holiday pie that is a kid favorite.

www.kristinashouse.com where we are living it up in the land of four seasons of fun!

 

 

Apple Snack Cake

Oct 12, 2012

Do you have a midnight snacker at your house?  Well this little cake might just take care of them! This is easy to make and you likely have all the ingredients right in your pantry.

CAKE
1 1/4 cups applesauce
1 c old fashioned oats
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 c granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt

TOPPING
3/4 cup flaked coconut
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 Tablespoons milk

In saucepan heat applesauce to boiling on medium high heat.  Stir in oats and let stand for 20 minutes.
Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray nonstick cooking spray in 9 inch square pan.  In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla until fluffy.  Beat in applesauce mixture.  Stir in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg just until blended.  Pour into pan.  Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
In small bowl mix topping ingredients until well blended.  Spread topping over hot cake and return to oven on broil for 2 minutes or until topping is golden and bubbly.  Cool 30 minutes.  Serve warm.

Visit the homepage of kristinashouse.com to see all that is new!

Check out what you may have missed for recipes…..many include short videos and offer printer friendly versions of the recipes.......
Sugar and Spice Sliders      Jessica’s French Toast      Kristina’s Monster Cookies      Skinny Macs     Easy Chicken Marsala      Taco Soup       Kristina’s Peanut Butter Cookies        Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Boy’s Beans      Kristina’s Tomato Gravy     
Kristina’s Frozen Corn   Aunt Kathy’s Chocolate Cream Pie

 

 

Kristina's Monster Cookies

Oct 04, 2012

If you have someone leaving the house with a lunchbox in their hand – this is the perfect cookie to add to the box.  Full of nutritious peanut butter and oats with pops of chocolate – perfection!

Just a couple things about this recipe.  I am one to try 20 different Monster Cookie recipes and then take one and try it twenty different ways.  The thing I know about this recipe is that you can’t mess with it.  You have to use quick cooking oats because if you substitute old fashioned oats they will turn out like rocks!  Second thing is that this recipe makes a lot – so be sure your kids invite their friends over.

Kristina’s Monster Cookies
½ stick butter
½ c peanut butter
½ c sugar
½ c brown sugar
1 t vanilla
2 eggs
2 ¼ c quick cooking oats
¼ c finely chopped peanuts (nut topping)
¼ c Mini Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips
½ c mini M&Ms
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butters, sugars and vanilla.  Add eggs and mix until combined.  Mix in remaining ingredients until combined.  Drop tablespoon full onto greased cookie sheet.  These do not spread when baking so if you like mounds leave them as they come off the spoon but if you prefer them a bit flatter after baking, then just press them down gently with the back of the spoon before putting them in the oven.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from pan to cooling rack.  Store in airtight container for 3 days.  Click here to see the full post – no video this time but more photos - and also get a printer friendly version of this recipe.

In case you missed it click Skinny Macs – which is a healthy version of a Big Mac!  This post includes a video on how to make them and the detailed recipe.  Our Skinny Macs are being pinned all over Pinterest! 

Check out what you may have missed for recipes…..many include short videos and all have printer friendly versions of the recipes.
Easy Chicken Marsala      Taco Soup       Kristina’s Peanut Butter Cookies        Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Boy’s Beans      Kristina’s Tomato Gravy      Kristina’s Frozen Corn   Aunt Kathy’s Chocolate Cream Pie

 

Skinny Macs!

Oct 01, 2012

We have been making this slimmed-down version of the Big Mac once a year every year since 2006. These are fast, flavor-filled and family friendly. Even the most sophisticated of taste buds will like these at least ONCE a year! Here is how we put them together...

2 lb. extra lean ground beef separated into 1/3 c. portions. Flatten into patties. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. Place in freezer for 5 minutes.

While patties are in the freezer, combine the following and set aside:
1/3 c. light real mayonnaise
2 t. ketchup
2 t. dill pickle relish
2 t. sugar

Gather these ingredients, and set aside:
Light hamburger buns (we use Village Hearth light Italian)
2% milk American cheese slices
Onion chopped fine
Lettuce shredded
Dill pickles (we like to put a few on a paper towel and dry them off with another paper towel)

Remove burgers from freezer. These come together fast, so have all your ingredients close by. Prepare griddle with nonstick spray. Fry patties on griddle. Wait until blood begins to surface before turning, and just turn them once. As you turn the patties, place the top and bottom bun on your griddle to toast the insides of the bun. As patties finish cooking, remove buns from griddle. Place cheese on top of patty to let it melt slightly. Place the patty cheese side down on the bottom bun. Place toppings of onion, lettuce and two dill pickle slices on the patty. Place a tablespoon of sauce on the top bun. Put them all together and you have a Skinny Mac!

Click Skinny Macs to see a short video of how it all comes together. There you can also see additional information on this recipe. which is inspired by Devin Alexander’s Fast Food Fix – McDonald’s Big Mac.

Check out what you may have missed for recipes...
Taco Soup       Kristina’s Peanut Butter Cookies        Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Boy’s Beans      Kristina’s Tomato Gravy      Kristina’s Frozen Corn   Aunt Kathy’s Chocolate Cream Pie

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