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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Homemade Chili

2 lbs. ground beef or turkey, cooked and drained
2 quarts low sodium spicy V8
2 cans low sodium dark red kidney beans, drained
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 large green pepper, diced
2-4 jalapenos, seeded if you don't want it too spicy
season with black pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder

Notes / Directions
Brown the meat and put into a pot on medium heat.  All remaining ingredients and reduce to low.  Simmer for 2-3 hours stirring occasionally.  If you want thicker chili, keep lid off.  For thinner chili, lid on.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Peppermint Bark Puppy Chow

1 (12 oz) box rice chex
1 (12 oz) bag white morsels
12 candy canes

Notes / Directions
Place candy canes into a blender and blend until it's mostly powder and dump into a large ziploc bag.  Melt white morsels in microwave for about 1 minute, stir to make sure it's smooth and melted through, and pour over rice chex.  Carefully stir until well coated.  Pour chex into the ziploc bag with the candy canes and seal off.  Turn the bag upside down and shake the candy cane powder down through the chex.  Keep turning bag until well coated.  Serve and enjoy!

*For more evenly coated chex, reserve a cup or two of chex or add more white morsels.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Andes Mint Cake Mix Cookies

1 box Betty Crocker Devil's Food cake mix
2 medium sized eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 (12 oz.) bag Andes Mint baking chips

Notes / Directions
Preheat oven to 350.  Mix cake mix, eggs, and oil well.  Add 1/2 bag of Andes Mint baking chips and mix well.  Scoop heaping teaspoons full onto greased baking sheet.  Using remaining baking chips, press on about 1/2 teaspoon onto the top of each cookie.  There will be lots of chips left over.  Bake for 8 minutes.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Andes Mint Puppy Chow

1 (12 oz) box rice chex
2 (12 oz) bag Andes mints baking chips
1 1/4 cup brownie mix

Notes / Directions
Melt 1 1/2 bags of Andes mints in microwave and pour over rice chex.  Carefully stir until well coated.  Pour chex into the ziploc bag with brownie mix and seal off.  Turn the bag upside down and shake the brownie mix down through the chex.  Keep turning bag until well coated.  Add remaining half of Andes mints and enjoy!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Mod Podge Ornaments

While I was Christmas ornament shopping for my boys, I was simply annoyed at the ridiculous prices!  I decided that I was going to make my own ornaments and save tons of money and have awesome ornaments.  I made my boys, Hazen and Revin, the same ornament with their initial on it and for the family ornament, I had 4 different pictures that I used.  A motherly moment, a fatherly moment, a brotherly moment, and a family moment.  You could also do 4 different highlights from the year like a vacation or something.  Anyways, this is how it was done!

This is what you will need:
Wooden blocks, paint, sponge brush,
mod podge, ribbons, scrap book paper,
photographs, and wooden letters

Trace letters on the back of scrap book paper and cut it
out just a little smaller so that it doesn't hang over
the little wooden letter when placed on top.

Paint wooden blocks and letters.  Once they are dry,
paint a very thin coat of mod podge on the surface of
the letters.  Firmly press down paper cut outs and paint
mod podge over the top and set aside to dry.

Cut out photos and squares of scrap book paper.  Make sure
that they are smaller than the side of the block.  Paint on
a very thin coat of mod podge and firmly press on photos
and paper.  Be careful when using regular paper because it
can tend to bubble.  Card stock paper is easier to use in this
regard.  After pressing on paper, paint on a top coat of mod
podge.  Choose which side to put the letter on and press it
on tightly to the freshly mod podged side.  Let it dry.

*If  you're putting pictures on all sides, make sure to do the next
step of putting the ribbon on BEFORE you place your pictures.

Paint a thin line of mod podge down the sides and across the
bottom.  Firmly press on ribbon and tie a square knot at the top.

Tie another knot at the top to create a loop to hang it up with.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

French Dip Sandwich

deli sliced roast beef
1 package Au Jus seasoning
hoagie buns, french rolls, or make your own French Baguettes

Notes / Directions
Follow directions on Au Jus seasoning.  Bring to a boil and add beef.  Boil for 2-3 minutes.  Cut buns in half and butter each side and fill with roast beef.  Dip each bite in leftover Au Jus juice.

*If making your own French Baguettes, omit the step of brushing the loaves with eggs and water.  This will make your buns softer.

Cranberry Jello Salad

Adapted from allrecipes

2 cups fresh cranberries
1 (15 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 (15 ounce) can crushed pineapple
2 (3 ounce) packages cherry Jello
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup boiling water
1 cup cold water
whipped topping or cool-whip

Notes / Directions
Place cranberries and mandarin oranges into a blender or food processor.  Blend until finely ground up.  In a separate bowl, mix gelatin, sugar, and boiling water til sugars are dissolved.  Add cold water and stir.  Mix in pineapple, mandarin oranges, and cranberries.  Chill for 8 hours or over night.  Top with whipped topping or cool-whip to serve.
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