Easy Baking for the Holidays- Turtles Cookies

Turtles are super easy and fun. They would be wonderful to make along with your children. No oven- just a waffle maker! 1. melt 1/2 cup butter 2. add 6 TBSP cocoa powder 3. beat in 2 eggs 4. add 3/4 cup sugar 5. then add 1 cup flour 6. add 1 tsp vanilla 7. mix until blended 8. preheat waffle maker then drop by teaspoonfuls (cooking time varies depending upon type of waffle maker) (probably around 3-4 minutes) 9. when they are done they will be firm and easily lift out of the waffle maker with a fork 10. while the cookie is cooking prepare a bowl with around a … [Read more...]

Easy Christmas Treats: Buckeye Balls

Here is one of my all time favorite treat recipes. This is a like a homemade version of Reese's Peanut Butter cups! Let's get started! Semi-melt 1/2 cup of butter. Add 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter. I used this snazzy little measuring cup from The Pampered Chef that I purchased about a year ago. To the peanut butter/butter mixture add 1 tsp vanilla Then add 16oz of powdered sugar You can try to mix this with a spoon, but it really works best if you mix it with your hands. It is messy, but it just works best. Here it is partially mixed. Once the mixture is properly mixed form … [Read more...]

Edible Holiday Cornflake Wreath Treats

I managed to get in some more "baking" today. I didn't remember that so many of my holiday treats actually involved no baking. I should have called this series No Baking for the Holidays. Oh well, eventually I will turn on the oven. Today I made Corn Flake Holiday Wreaths. I just want to state that Kellogg's Corn Flakes doesn't know who I am.  They did not pay me for this.  I purchased my own box of corn flakes.  You get the idea. The recipe used to be printed on the back of the cornflake box.  I don't think they have done this recently. This recipe does use food … [Read more...]

Ruth’s Brownie Kitchen Review & Giveaway CLOSED

Sponsored by Tomoson.com Last week I received a pink box in the mail.  Here it is... I was super excited. Why? Because inside were brownies! Who doesn't like receiving bakes goods from your mailman? I received a 1/2 dozen of the Classic Cake Style Brownies from Ruth's Brownie Kitchen. They were exquisite! Moist and chocolaty, they were the perfect brownie! I don't know who Ruth is, but she knows brownies! Now you too can have brownie goodness! One lucky The Mama Report reader will receive a $25 gift certificate good for any wonderful sweet at Ruth's Brownie Kitchen. … [Read more...]

No Bake (Super Easy) Noodle Clusters

Will you join me for my Holiday baking? Oops. Except in this first recipe there is no baking. No bake holiday treat- Noodle Clusters I grew up with these yummy yummies. I love them. They are soooooo easy. Whip up a batch and send them off to someone you know.  They'll thank you. Here is how you do it. These are your ingredients- Three simple items! I love chocolate, but I love butterscotch even more with this recipe.  However, feel free to use chocolate chips if you prefer. Melt the package of butterscotch chips or chocolate chips in the microwave. It will probably … [Read more...]

Nutty Pasta with Shrimp

I have been meaning to post this recipe for some time now. This one is a keeper at my house. Some recipes we pretend we never made. This is one that gets made over and over again. The main reason it gets made over and over again is my mother (Nana to the kids). She always claims it's "so and so's" favorite dish and I ought to make it for them. We all know you love it Nana. Its okay. We love it too. And now my friends here is your chance to love the Nutty Pasta. If it seems like my quantities are large it is because they are.  I doubled the recipe in the pictures. First you … [Read more...]

Nana’s Chicken Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

Last night was soup night.  One of my family's favorites is Nana's Chicken Matzo Ball Soup.  Nana is not some mythical figure in this recipe.  She is my mother and my boy's Nana.  She first experienced matzo ball soup many years ago and was inspired to make her own.  She has tweaked her recipe through the years and it just keeps getting better and better.  Let me show you how it's done......Nana style:) First you need to make the soup broth (of course this step could be skipped and just use canned chicken broth, but it always tastes better from scratch!) Brown … [Read more...]

The Mama Report Cooks Pioneer Woman Style Part II

Today I tried two more recipes from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl. I only have one word to say about The Pioneer Woman this time- genius.  I made the Spicy Pulled Pork recipe first as this takes all day to cook.  The build up was amazing.  All day I smelled this wonderful aroma of cooked pork. Needless to say by the time it was ready I was waiting with fork in hand ready to pounce!  The most brilliant part of the recipe is at the end when you turn up the oven to make the outside of the pork crispy.  I love that! The second recipe I … [Read more...]

The Mama Report Cooks Pioneer Woman Style

One of my favorite blogs out there is The Pioneer Woman.  I recently acquired her cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl.  After reading through the book and carefully marking pages I started cooking some of the recipes this past week.  Here are my reviews at this point. (I still have more recipes to make) Egg-in-the-Hole-  I knew about this recipe before.  Obviously she did not invent this idea.  But the pictures in the book made me want to try it out again.  This is all I wanted to eat for days!  It is simple, but … [Read more...]

The Sensible Cook- Beef & Cauliflower

A few months ago through my husband's work we were able to receive three months of The Sensible Cook for free.  Our quick favorite became a simple recipe called Beef & Cauliflower.  My husband loves this recipe.  He would eat it once a week if I made it that often.  Luckily it is easy to make. Here is the cauliflower and other ingredients. You add them to the beef which has already been browned. It looks like this cooking all together. After adding the sauce it looks like so......if my husband read this his mouth would be watering about now... And finally … [Read more...]

Easy Taco Soup Recipe

Fall is here at last! I love autumn.  The cool crisp air, the beautiful warm colors, I love it all.  Everything seems possible with the beginning of fall.  I know people feel that way about the beginning of the year, but for me it is always with the start of autumn.  I guess I associate this feeling with school.  After so many years attending school and then teaching school it shouldn't be such a surprise. One of my favorite things to enjoy in fall is soup.  Warm, delicious fill-you-up kind of soup.  I have posted one that is easy and quick. I'll leave … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Bible Dessert Recipe

As I promised I made a dessert from the The Slow Cooker Bible (Cookbook Bible) .  The recipe of choice was Coconut Rice Pudding.  The picture looked fabulous in the book.  And all the other recipes I had made so far were so fabulous.  This recipe however was not a masterpiece.  First of all my rice pudding didn't look like the picture in the book.  That is a sure sign something is off.  The taste was good, but nothing spectacular.  Nothing like my earlier recipes from the book.  Nonetheless I'm sure most the pudding will be gone by tomorrow.  … [Read more...]

Vidalia Chop Wizard Review and Homemade Chicken Potpie Recipe

I received the Vidalia Chop Wizardas a Christmas present a few years ago and it obviously had the potential to be one of those gifts that never gets used.   I gave it a few tries and was quickly impressed.  The uniform size of all my vegetables was a huge plus.  I can cut an onion fairly well, but the Chop Wizard did it so easily.  In a matter of seconds I can have onions, green peppers, potatoes, carrots, and celery cut uniformly.  This is wonderful for soups, but I will show you how I used it to make our family favorite homemade chicken potpie. First of all … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Bible Review

This past week I delved into a great book.  A mystery?  Romance? Perhaps science fiction?  Nope, nope, nope.  A cookbook.  I love looking through cookbooks.  Especially those that have pictures.  I'm like a kid that way I guess.  The more pictures the better. Anyway the book of choice was The Slow Cooker Bible (Cookbook Bible) I picked out a few very colorful tasty looking recipes and gave them a try. The results produced a happy full family. And I just love cooking with my slow cooker.  It makes the crazy witching hour before supper that much … [Read more...]