Let’s Get Cookin’ Craft:  Glitter Ornaments

Something a little different for Let’s Get Cookin’.  I needed some different gifts to give this holiday season and still be on budget.  These fit the bill perfectly.  You can find the bulbs at Hobby Lobby and this week (in my area) they are 50% off!

Needed Items:

Clear Glass Bulb Ornaments (a package of 12 cost $7.99 at Hobby Lobby, I got them 50% off so wait for the sales)
Mop and Glow
Fine Glitter
Ribbon

 

Putting it together:

1. Start by taking the metal cap off the ornament.

2.  Put a good tablespoon or so of mop and glow in the ornament and gently swoosh around.  Not to fast because you don’t want the mope and glow to bubble.  Make sure the mop and glow is coated all over the inside of the bulb.

3.  Turn bulb over and let the excess mop and glow drip out.  After it has all dripped out you may want to use a Q-tip to get the excess mop and glow that stuck to the rim.

4.  Using a funnel put in your fine glitter.  And use MORE than you think you will need. Making sure to coat the whole bulb with the glitter.

5.  Pour out excess glitter and replace the cap and add ribbon and your done!

These are just some of the ones I have done….

Chewy Goo Goo Bars

Since Goo Goo Clusters are a Tennessee Candy…..I thought I should make something since we live in the Great state of Tennessee.  Where 2 out of 4 of my children were born.

INGREDIENTS:

For the base:

1 (18.25 ounce) box Yellow Cake Mix ( I used Pillsbury Moist Supreme Classic Yellow)
1 egg
1 stick butter, melted

5 to 6 Goo Goo Clusters, chopped (If you have a hard time finding Goo Goo Clusters search your local Dollar Tree! I was able to pick them up for $.25 cents each!)

For the Gooey Topping:

2 eggs
8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 cups powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. Mix the cake mix, one egg, and melted butter.  This will form a pretty thick dough.

3.  Using your hands press it into the prepared baking dish.

4.   Chop Goo Goo Clusters. Spread chopped Goo Goo Clusters evenly over the dough. You might want to purchase one or two extra….who knows how many chunks of those clusters will make it into your mouth while you chop them up.

5.  Mix powdered sugar, cream cheese and last 2 eggs until smooth.  Pour pretty evenly over top of the Goo Goo Clusters. It doesn’t have to be pretty.

6.  Bake at 300 degrees for 45-50 minutes.  I actually let mine go for 52 minutes and they were fine.  Cool for at least 3 hours…or chill overnight in fridge.  Cut into squares and serve.

Note:  These are gooey…..if left out the tops will spread out…I would keep them stored in the fridge until ready to serve.

These little bars are yummy and OH SO RICH!!!!!

 

 

~ENJOY~!

Strawberry Brownies

I had such a wonderful response (via pinterest) with my strawberry cake mix cookies.  I thought why not make them into brownies.  And it is SO easy!

INGREDIENTS:

1 (18.5 oz) box Strawberry cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil

Glaze:

Powered Sugar
Milk or water

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine cake mix, eggs and oil.  The batter will be thick.  Spray a 9 X 13 baking pan with cooking spray.  Using your fingers press dough into pan.

2.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes.  Or until edges of the brownies are light brown.

You can let them cool and eat as is.  Or glaze them right out of the oven hot!  Or let cool then glaze them.

 

~Enjoy!~

Peanut Butter White Chocolate Candy

So very easy and NO BAKE!!!

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups Rice Krispies
2 cups Peanuts (dry Roasted)
2 cups Marshmallows
1 cup Peanut Butter (creamy)
2 (12 ounce packages) White Chocolate Chips plus, 1 cup

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine Rice Krispies, Peanuts and Marshmallows in a LARGE bowl.

2. In a microwave-safe bowl melt peanut butter and white chocolate chips for 1 minutes…and then for 2o to 30 seconds, stirring after until melted.

3. Add Peanut butter mixture into dry mixture.

4.  Drop by 1/4 cup onto wax paper.  Let set until firm.  Usually 2 to 3 hours.  Store in an airtight container.

Note:  You can also use the colored marshmallows.

~Enjoy!~

Boston Market Cornbread

This cornbread is fabulous!  What makes it even better is that it is so easy.  You can make these in little loaf pans, as muffins or in a 13 X 9 baking dish.

INGREDIENTS:

2 Boxes (8.5 oz.) Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 Box (16.5 oz.) Butter Golden Cake Mix (I used Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Mix)

Plus ingredients on packages.  Mine Included:
5 eggs
1/2 cup of water
7 tablespoons of butter, softened
2/3 cup of milk

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray the loaf pan, baking pan, muffin cups….etc. with cooking spray.

2.  Mix the cake mix according to package directions.

3.  Mix the corn muffin mix according to the package directions in a large bowl.

4.  Combine the cake mix into the corn muffin mix.

5.  Bake at 350 degrees. Until done.  I used a 13 x 9 baking pan and it took about 36 minutes.  It will be golden brown on top.  Insert a toothpick into the center and it should come out clean.

 

~Enjoy!~

Favorite Banana Bread

Great for Breakfast with Coffee!  My kids love to eat banana bread as a after school snack.

INGREDIENTS:

1-1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1-1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Egg
1-1/2 cups mashed Bananas (about 3 medium/large bananas)
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 cup Canola Oil

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Grease a loaf pan and set aside.

2.  In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Create a well in the center and set aside.

3.  In another medium-sized bowl mix together the egg, mashed bananas, sugar, cooking oil and vanilla.

4.  Add wet mixture to dry mixture.  Stir until just combine.  The batter will be somewhat lumpy.

5.  Pour into loaf pan and bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. (Mine took exactly 50 minutes. Remember ovens vary)

6.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes.  Remove loaf from pan and completely cool on wire rack.

Notes:  Even better the next day!

~Enjoy!~

Kalua Pork

An easy recipe!  Low and slow cooking.  Great recipe for leftovers or freezer cooking.

INGREDIENTS:

1- 3 to 6 pound Pork Loin, boneless
Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
Liquid Smoke ( Our favorite flavor is Natural Mesquite)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

2.  Generously salt the fronts and back of the pork loin.

3.  Pour on desired amount of liquid smoke on both sides.  Using hands to “rub” it into the loin.  ( I use between 1/4 of a bottle to  half a bottle of liquid smoke.)

4.  Wrap in foil.  Making sure you seal it completely. Placed wrapped loin in roasting pan.

5.  Cook in a 250 degree oven for 8 to 10 hours.  I do this at night so it is ready to shred first thing in the morning.  This is great for freezer meals!

Notes:  Although, I prefer an oven for this recipe you can make it in a slow cooker.  This is great recipe for bbq sandwiches!

~Enjoy!~

 

Pizza Crescent Roll Ups

I found this idea on pinterest.  After looking at the recipe, I added a couple of ingredients to make it more “pizzeria” style.  These make a great after school snack.  As well a great Bento Lunch box idea!

INGREDIENTS:

1-2 tablespoons cornmeal
1 can crescent rolls
Pepperoni Slices (you will need approx. 40)
4 cheese sticks (cut in half)
Sprinkling of Garlic Powder
1/8 cup butter, Melted
Pizza Sauce or Spaghetti Sauce.

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray cookie sheet, pizza pan…with cooking spray and then sprinkle with a tablespoon or 2 of cornmeal.  Coating the pan evenly with the cornmeal.  (This was a bonus…it made it taste like something out of a pizzeria to me.

2. Unroll the crescent rolls.  I found it easier to just work one and a time.  Separate each crescent roll.

3.  Place 4-6 slices of pepperoni at the widest end of each crescent roll.

4.  Place half a slice of a cheese stick in the center and roll up.  I try to close the ends of the roll ups as best as I can.  You will have a small amount of “Cheesy Bubbling” coming through when fully baked.

5.  Sprinkle each crescent roll with Garlic Powder.

6.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.  Be sure to keep an eye on them.  Oven temps do very!

7.  Once out of the oven brush each one with a little melted butter.  Serve with warmed pizza sauce.

~Enjoy!~

 

This bread would be so good served with Potato Soup!

INGREDIENTS:

8 Slices Thick Bacon, diced ( I used Smoked Applewood bacon)
2 Eggs
1/3 Cup Milk
1 Cup of Sour Cream
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat skillet and fry up diced bacon until crispy.  Drain on paper towels.

2.  In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, milk and sour cream.

3.  In another medium-sized bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.

4.  Mix the wet ingredients into the dry.  Stir in the bacon.

5.  Spray a loaf tin with cooking spray.  And spread the bacon batter into the tin and smooth it out.

6.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for approx. 50 minutes.

7.  Let cool for 10 minutes and then remove.

Note:  You can also add a cup of your favorite shredded cheese when stirring in the bacon.

~Enjoy!~

Slow Cooker Burritos

INGREDIENTS:

2 Pounds Stew Meat
Enchilada Sauce 28 ounces (I used Las Palmas Mild Enchilada Sauce)
1 small can of refried beans
7-8 flour tortillas (Burrito sized)
2 Cups Cheddar Cheese

 

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Through stew meat and enchilada Sauce in slow cooker.  Cook on low for 6 -8 hours.  Until meat is tender and can easily separate.

2.  Heat refried beans in microwave until warm.

3.  When done.  Put approx. 1/2 cup of meat into a burrito sized tortilla.  Along with 2 tablespoons of refried beans.  The refried beans are optional.

4. Place in a baking dish and cover with remain enchilada sauce and top with cheese.  Broil for approx. 3 to 5 minutes.  Serve warm with tortilla chips!

~Enjoy!~

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