Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jelly Bean Cookies

These Jelly Bean Cookies are a fun little novelty idea to help use up some colorful Easter jelly beans. They are a nice sugar cookie base with flavorful bites of chewy candy. Kids will love to help push a few extra jelly beans into the top for pretty presentation. You know how sometimes something different kinda becomes a family tradition? If you have small children... this might just be it:@)

  • I used Brach's Tiny Jelly Bird Eggs but think even smaller Jelly Belly type beans would be a better size. 
  • Fruit flavors would be best. 
  • I used a cookie scoop that makes 3" cookies. I think that's too big for these cookies, I suggest using a Tblsp measuring spoon. They would bake faster and the jelly beans won't crackle and melt as much. 
Jelly Bean Cookies-from Taste of Home
1/2 C shortening
3/4 C sugar
1 egg
2 Tblsp milk-I used Half and Half
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 C A/P flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt-I just added a little pinch
3/4 C small jelly beans, reserve some to push into the top of cookies-the smaller the better
  1. Cream shortening and sugar.
  2. Mix in egg, milk and vanilla.
  3. Mix dry into wet.
  4. Stir in jelly beans, reserving some to push into top of cookies
  5. Drop by Tblsp onto cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until cookies begin to brown on the bottom.
  6. Cool on pans 2 minutes, remove to rack and cool completely.
Enjoy a cookie and have a happy day:@)

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Heinz Deviled Eggs with Ketchup, Mustard and Relish - Retro 1950's Recipe

According to Wikipedia: The term "deviled", in reference to food, was in use in the 18th century, with the first known print reference appearing in 1786. In the 19th century, it came to be used most often with spicy or zesty food, including eggs prepared with mustard, pepper or other ingredients stuffed in the yolk cavity. ~Zesty~ Well then, this Heinz Deviled Eggs recipe is the recipe that puts the 'deviled' in deviled eggs folks.
Don't know about you... But the idea of adding ketchup to deviled eggs is new to me? Add in this silly advertisement/recipe card from the 50's and I just had to try them! Ma was a willing taste tester and we both thought these tangy and puckery eggs were pretty darn good! So, if you're looking for something ~just a little different~ this Easter, don't hesitate to give them a try:@)

I love that the recipe is scaled down to four eggs too.
My suggestion, fish the relish out of the jar with a fork (tap on lid of jar to remove excess liquid)
and let fork rest on a paper towel for a few seconds to dry even more. 

Let's use up those dyed eggs and have a happy day:@)

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Loaded Baked Potato Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

These Loaded Baked Potato Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers are a great treat for March Madness (or any time). They would be a great use for leftover mashed potatoes or... You could even use instant mashed potatoes like I did today, oh-yes-I-did. These sweet peppers are pretty thin and can easily be eaten raw, add anything you like in a baked potato and simply brown the tops under the broiler. I added the filling to a disposable icing bag (no tip necessary) for easily filling the peppers. The colors are beautiful and I enjoyed this as a light, yet very tasty, lunch:@)
Want to stuff jalapenos instead? Great! 
I'd bake the 'penos unstuffed for about 5 minutes before stuffing them and finishing them under the broiler.

Loaded Baked Potato Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers
Mini Sweet Peppers, seeds and membranes removed.
Mashed potatoes
Add ins:
Cheese, bacon, ham, cooked broccoli, chives, sour cream, cream cheese, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, etc.
1. Mix fillings.
2. Stuff peppers, cook under hot broiler a few minutes until golden and browned.

Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Irish Potatoes - Coconut/Cream Cheese Candy

Want a super simple treat that's a big hit for St. Patrick's Day? How about a cream cheese and coconut candy called Irish Potatoes! I've been making these for years and remember buying them as a kid. You can find these little confections everywhere from supermarkets to gas stations around Philadelphia for the holiday. They're called potatoes because they get rolled in cinnamon (traditionally) or cocoa powder and kinda resemble potatoes.
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Irish Potatoes - half batch in italics
1/4 C butter, softened - 2 Tblsp 
4 oz cream cheese, softened - 2 oz
1 tsp vanilla - 1/2 tsp
16 oz powdered sugar - 1 1/2 C + 1/4 C + 1/8 C... um, 1 1/2 C is plenty sweet!
*7 oz coconut - 1 1/4 C
Cinnamon and/or cocoa powder for rolling (approx 2 Tblsp, start with less, you can always add more)
  1. With mixer, cream butter and cream cheese well.
  2. Add vanilla and powdered sugar, mix well-start out s-l-o-w:@)
  3. *Add coconut, mix well.
  4. Chill for an hour, roll into 3/4"-ish balls and roll in cinnamon and/or cocoa.
  5. Place on wax paper/parchment/silicone lined cookie sheet and chill one hour.
  6. Store in airtight container in fridge.
  • Recipe easily halved or doubled, one batch as written will make about 60 potatoes.
  • *I do suggest measuring the coconut and then running it through the food processor or chopping it with a knife. This helps break up the long strings.
  • Vary the size of the potatoes a bit. It's visually more appealing and folks that just want a taste, or are on a diet will be able to enjoy them too.
  • I mixed mine at night, covered them and put in fridge, then rolled them in the morning.
  • This is another messy, sticky, great project to do with the kids.
  • If they get too sticky to roll, put mixture back in fridge to firm up.
  • You'll find that these are very rich, a little goes a long way!
  • PS-Just so the pic/size isn't deceiving, this little Fenton dish is actually a saucer for a tea cup.

Don't forget to wear your green and have a happy day:@)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Tree 2018

I decided to use my new 4' Tinsel Tree for St. Patrick's Day this year. That was ~a lot of tree~ to fill with green, but this nice full garland from Christmas sure helped! The ceramic Belleek wanna-be style ornament looks great up top and Dollar Tree gold and green glitter balls add a little sparkle. One thing noticeably missing from this year's tree... The snowflake ornaments... Yea, I'm sooooo over that:@)

 A happy little guy... We'd be happy too with a pot of gold:@)
I'd like to add more rainbows to the tree next year, the pop of color is fun.

A round-up of links to handmade ornaments can be found HERE.

 Full shot...

The thrifted orange tabby did find a spot right up front:@)

 St. Patrick's Day is a Saturday this year... 
Yep, I'm sure one or two of these will be poured!

Remember to wear your green and have a happy day:@)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Italian Sausage and Two Bean Soup

Even though I'm sure we're all ready for spring, the days can still be cold and bitter... This Italian Sausage and Two Bean Soup is a remarkably tasty meal for how easily it comes together folks! It freezes well and has quickly become a staple for my lunches. If you choose to, you can cut back on the amount of sausage too, I like to eat beans in lieu of meat. These days I just make it with two links of sausage, 3/4 lb is generally around 4 links. I've sent this recipe to both boys, Ma and a Bloggy Buddy or two... It truly is one worth trying:@)

Italian Sausage and Bean Soup-from Taste of Home
3/4 lb mild Italian Sausage-I remove the casings if using links
1/2 C onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
16 oz can butter beans, drained and rinsed
16 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 Tblsp minced fresh basil -or- 1 tsp dried crushed basil-I use the dried
14.5 oz can reduced sodium beef broth-I fill the tomato can with water and 2 tsp Beef Better Than Bullion
2 Tblsp shredded Parmesan-I've never added this
  1. In 3 qt soup pot, start to cook and crumble sausage, drain some grease if desired.
  2. Add onion and garlic, cook until sausage is no longer pink.
  3. Add everything except cheese, heat through for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve with cheese if desired.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Saturday Snippets St. Pat's Day- Green Barbie Braids, Irish Flag Pizzelles and Planting Peas

St. Patrick's Day is next Saturday and our local parade is today. And since nobody wants to get pinched... This is a super simple/quick project that will yield at least two, and depending upon your creativity, up to four St. Patrick's Day Hair Pieces for Barbie. I picked up the hair clips below at Walmart as soon as I saw them and love the green braids:@)

The 97¢ hair clips for this project. I cut the metal comb of the braided set in half. Haven't done anything with the light green... yet.

Removed the comb and wrapped pipe cleaners around the ends of the braids so they wouldn't unravel.
Then trimmed the hair length to match the doll and hot glued it to a bottle ring forming a hair band. 
I really like this fun look:@)
Although I did end up taking the silly shamrock off of the top of her head...

For the other one: Glue the hair together forming a ring to go around her head and leave a long side braid-kinda hippie-ish?
Oh, and that strapless dress that's made from a 6" square of fabric... Tutorial HERE:@)

I made these Irish Flag Pizzelles HERE years ago and thought it might be fun to re-post them. 
Colorful and tasty, and disposable icing bags makes whipping up a batch a quick project.

St. Patrick's Day is also when we plant peas here in Philly. 
I'll tuck some snow peas into a planter so we can have a dinner of sweet and sour chicken or pork in June. 
It's tradition:@)

Dig out your green and have a happy day:@)


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