Monday, February 28, 2011

Free Sample of Shout Color Catcher!

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You can also get a $1.00 off coupon.  Things like this go fast so hurry over to their facebook page!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are one of my favorite cookies and I don't feel as guilty giving them to my kids since they have oatmeal!

2 eggs
2 cubes butter
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS vanilla
3 cups oats
1 3/4 C. flour
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup finely chopped pecans

Cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar.  Then add the eggs and stir well.  Add the soda, salt and vanilla.  Cream together.  The add the oats, flour, chocolate chips and nuts.

Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes. Enjoy!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I grew up on this bread and it is a family favorite.  You can always omit the chocolate chips and add chopped walnuts if you want.  But, I always go for the chocolate! 

1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup butter shortening 
(If you do not like using shortening you can substitute with butter).
4 eggs
4 ripe bananas
2 tsp soda
1 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups sugar
5 cups flour
2tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1 bag chocolate chips

Mash bananas and combine with water and soda. Set aside.  Cream shortening and sugar together.  Add eggs 1 at a time.  Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.  Alternate dry mixture with the banana mixture into the sugar mixture.  Add vanilla and chocolate chips.  Grease bread pans.   This will make 4 regular size loaves or 8 mini loaves.  I really like the mini loaves the best.  Bake at 360 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown and center has cooked completely through.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

FREE Kirkland Diaper Sample!

You can get a free sample of Kirkland diapers at . You do not have to be a member!

Buy One Get One FREE Coupon for Domino's!

Buy One Large Pizza and Get One for free when you order Domino’s Pizza online! Just enter the code ACCESS at checkout!

Green Chile and Chicken Enchilada Casserole

You do not have to make this in a casserole.  You can make individual enchiladas but I usually take the easy way out on this one!!

Salsa Verde:

  • 12 tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, stemmed and cut in half
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 TBS white vinegar
  • Water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno peppers
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • Salt
  • 3 poblano peppers
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups canned chicken stock
  • 1 deli roasted chicken, about 3 pounds, boned and shredded
  • Leaves from 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 large corn tortillas
  • 1/2 pound Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • sour cream


Make the salsa: Put the tomatillos, jalapenos, and onion in a saucepan with the vinegar and water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and cook until the tomatillos are soft. Drain. Put the vegetables in a blender, add the cumin, and puree. Add the cilantro, pickled jalapenos, lime juice, garlic powder and salt. Pulse to combine. Set aside. (If you do not like your salsa hot, then taste before adding the pickled jalapeno peppers.  Add until it is the right heat for you.  Also, add enough salt and garlic to taste as well. The key for this to be good is taste, taste, taste!!)
Meanwhile, place the poblano peppers directly over the flame on a gas stove and cook, turning with tongs, until the skin is charred and blackened. (Or, if you have an electric stove, put the chilies on a baking sheet and broil, turning with tongs, until the skin is blackened.) Skin the peppers; then seed, core, and dice them.
Heat a 2-count of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened and caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Stir in the cumin and cook 1 minute. Then sprinkle on the flour and cook, stirring, 1 more minute. Gradually pour in the stock, stirring constantly. Bring to a simmer, stirring to make sure the flour doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan; the liquid will thicken. Fold in the chicken, diced peppers, and cilantro, and season well with salt and pepper.
To assemble the dish: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Dip 4 of the tortillas into the tomatillo salsa and layer it in a 9x13 inch pan. Put half of the chicken mixture over the tortillas and sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese.  Repeat with tortillas, chicken and cheese.  Top with the four remaining tortillas, pour the remaining tomatillo salsa over the top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes until bubbly and cracked on top. Serve hot with sour cream.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

FREE Sample of Marix Biolage Hydratherapie!

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FREE Sample of Kirkland Shampoo and Conditioner

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Sinfully Delicious Chocolate Brownies

These brownies are super sweet.  I love them!  They are my new favorite brownie recipe.  This recipe makes a large amount and is perfect for a large get together!


  • 1 pound butter
  • 1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 6 extra-large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt  


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a sheet pan plus a 9x13 inch pan.
Melt together the butter, 1 pound of chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate in a medium bowl over simmering water. Allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.
In a medium bowl, sift together 1 cup of flour, the baking powder, and salt. Add to the cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the remaining 12 ounces of chocolate chips in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup of flour, then add them to the chocolate batter. This will prevent the chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom of the brownie.  Pour into the prepared pans. 
Bake for 20 minutes, then rap the baking sheet against the oven shelf to force the air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes more or until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not over bake! Allow to cool thoroughly, refrigerate, and cut into large squares.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Clam Chowder in Bread Bowls

Bread Bowls


  • 2 TBS active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water 
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6-7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water


In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.Add salt, oil and 4 cups flour to the yeast mixture; beat well. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well with an electric mixer at medium speed after each addition.When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes.Punch dough down, and divide into 6 equal portions. Shape each portion into a round loaf. Place loaves on lightly greased baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until doubled in bulk, about 35 minutes.Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, beat together egg white and 1 tablespoon water; lightly brush the loaves with half of this egg wash.Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Brush with remaining egg mixture, and bake 10 to 15 more minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks. To make bowls: Cut a 1/2 inch thick slice from top of each loaf; scoop out centers, leaving 3/4-inch-thick shells. Fill bread bowls with hot soup and serve immediately.

Clam Chowder

1 cup celery, finely chopped
1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
1 cup carrots, shredded
3 cups potatoes, cubed
2 cans of clams, drained or 12 ounces fresh clams
1 cube butter
3/4 cup flour
1 quart half and half
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp sugar

In a large pot combine vegetables and clams.  Cover with water until just covered.  Simmer until vegetables are tender.  In a large pot, over medium heat, melt butter and then add flour.  Stirring continually, cook for about 3 minutes.  Slowly add the half and half. (If you do not want it this rich you can use 1 pint of half and half and 1 pint of milk).  Then add salt, pepper and sugar.  Then add vegetables and all the liquid to the cream mixture.  Heat through and serve! 

Wheat Bread

I have found my new favorite wheat bread recipe.  It is soft and holds together great.  I put some white flour in it but you can definitely do all wheat!

Whole Wheat Bread (Makes 5 loaves.  Bake 350 degrees for 30-35 min.)

Into your mixer, put :
5 cups warm water
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbls. liquid Lecithin (avoid getting on hands) You can just pour it from the bottle.  Lecithin can be found at your local health food store.
1 cup powdered milk
1/3 cup gluten 
Turn mixer on and off several times till mixed up a little 
Then add:
6 cups whole wheat flour 
2 Tbls. instant yeast 
Mix well
Let sit for 20-30 min. until a nice sponge has developed
Then, add:
1/2 cup oil
2 Tbls. salt
6 more cups of flour (4c. wheat and 2c. white)
Mix until mixture pulls away from bowl (about 7 min.).  It should
be slightly sticky
Grease large bowl and put dough into it, turning over once to coat.
Cover  with towel and let raise for 1-1 1/2 hrs.    Punch down and
divide into 5 loaves. 
To roll out bread: Lightly grease countertop. Stretch dough lightly
and roll out lengthwise.  Roll up tight, tuck ends under.  Place in
greased pan upside down, then turn right side up.  Cover with towel 
and raise for 1 to 1 1/2 hrs. (1" above pans) then bake until nicely
browned on middle rack.  Cool on racks (I butter the tops of bread
while hot.) 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

FREE 2 Liter Pepsi

Get a FREE Pepsi 2 liter when you buy 1 bag of Doritos (11.5 oz or larger) with this new printable coupon!

Awesome deal!  I rarely see a coupon for free Pepsi! With a great Doritos sale, this coupon could score you cheap chips AND free soda!

Monday, February 14, 2011


This is my personal favorite breakfast treat!!


  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • Butter, for coating the pan


In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and pulse for 10 seconds. Place the crepe batter in the refrigerator for 1 hour. This allows the bubbles to subside so the crepes will be less likely to tear during cooking. The batter will keep for up to 48 hours.
Heat a small non-stick pan. Brush melted butter on pan with a brush. Pour a small amount of batter into the center of the pan and swirl to spread evenly. Cook for 30 seconds and flip. Cook for another 10 seconds and remove.  I like to put them on wax paper.  Lay them out flat so they can cool. Continue until all batter is gone. 
Fill the crepes with your favorite fruit.  My favorite is strawberries, banannas, blueblerries, blackberries and raspberries.  
Top with freshly whipped cream. YUM!!


  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


Place the whipping cream into a bowl and either hand whisk or on medium speed beat just until the cream reaches soft peaks.  Then add the sugar and vanilla and beat until it forms stiff peaks. Store any unused portion in an airtight container for up to 10 hours. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, cream together butter and white sugar until smooth. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Mix in flour until dough comes together. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Make a small hole in the center of each ball, using your thumb and finger, and fill the hole with preserves.

Bake for 14 to 18 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let cool 1 minute on the cookie sheet.

In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners' sugar, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzle lightly over warm cookies.