Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sweet Potato Casserole with Praline Topping!

I didn't get this posted at holiday time so thought you might like to make this luscious dish for Easter??!!

These are perfection! So glad I saw this recipe at Stacey's Southern Bite.  I so appreciate his family values and humility. He has made #1 in the ranks of cookbooks sold on Amazon this year! Simple, down home cookin..you just can't go wrong with it!  

I adapted Stacey's recipe so if you want to see the original, go to the link above.

If you're looking for a special sweet tater side dish, this is it folks!

My mouth waters to think of it.  I REALLY enjoyed leftovers too after I served this for our family Thanksgiving brunch.

(The topping really is more crumbly than my photo.  I was in a rush and baked it a little longer after taking the photo...then everyone was ready to scarf, so this is all I've got)




SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE WITH PRALINE TOPPING 



3# sweet potatoes

(about 7 - 8 medium)
1-1/2 c. sugar
(I used 1 c.- xylitol works great)
1 tsp. vanilla 
2 lg. eggs
1/2 c. evaporated milk
1/2 stick butter (4 Tb.) butter, softened


TOPPING: 

3/4 - 1 c. light brown sugar
(if using xylitol...add a tsp. of molasses)
1/3 c. all purpose flour
1/3 c. butter, melted
1/2 - 3/4 c. chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350. Grease 1-1/2 qt. baking dish. 



Scrub sweet taters, then boil until fork-tender.  Cool; peel. 

(You can peel then boil them, but I think that's more work=)


In large bowl, mash potatoes until smooth.  Add sugar, vanilla, eggs, evaporated milk and butter; stir until blended. Pour into prepared dish. 



In small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, butter and pecans. Spoon mixture over the potatoes.  Bake 30 - 40 minutes until done. 



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You might also enjoy these side dishes..

Creamy Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes






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Friday, March 27, 2015

Zucchini Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting & Weekend Potluck #163

WELCOME TO WEEKEND POTLUCK!!
Thanks for joining us! We're always so glad you stopped by. 


AND....

!

When I share something worth sharing...again...



These awesome cupcakes have the perfect topping. Such a great way to get your family to eat veggies...and they won't even know.


Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...

The recipe with the most clicks was ~


Recipes that caught our attention ~


Coconut Cream Pie by What the Fork Food Blog


And, a personal favorite 

Crescent Roll Pizza Ring by Makin' It Mo' Betta

Your hostesses ~

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

3 Fabulous Quick Breads {Blast from the Past}

You gotta make this to believe how marvelous it is!!! Delicious chocolate with coconut...MMM good!

German Chocolate Zucchini Bread



I love the flavor of this delicious bread...and the streusel topping is perfect!



Love the flavor in cookies?  Wait til you try this sensational bread!! Perfect for gift giving too. 






































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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sugar Free Anzac Cookies - The Big Man's World - Guest post

Hopefully, you're already acquainted with my buddy Arman...from Australia!

He recently had a guest post here at TBB sharing his terrific recipe for Greek Yogurt Chocolate Brownies


He's an awesome recipe creator and adds protein to just about anything.  I am very excited about his first e-cookbook...which he's fervently been working on. And I love that he uses 'natural' ingredients. 

One of Arman's recipes I can't wait to try is 
Homemade Protein Pancake Mix..imagine! 

He creates delicious Copycat recipes too, like Copycat Kind Bars or
Copycat Panda Express Broccoli Beef. YUMMM-OO!

He has a delightful sense of humor...just check out his "Man Sass" on the sidebar of his blog...what a clown!

Anyway....I'm so pleased and proud to introduce to you my friend...he'll quickly become yours too, I'm sure...

Arman...Take it away Mate!! 

Big Man's World Sugar Free Anzac Biscuits


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Hey guys, 

It's Arman here Again! You might remember me from my guest post a month or so ago here and I'm back taking the reigns!

Last week, I announced some big news on the blog- I've gotten a work visa to America! This means that when I meet up with Marsha, I'll be coming armed with a recipe that I know she'd love- These delicious
Sugar Free Anzac Cookies 
(https://www.facebook.com/thebigmansworldbiscuits).

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Anzac biscuits are an iconic Australian cookie which I grew up on. They are generally made of whole wheat flour, sugar, butter, rolled oats and golden syrup. When I develop recipes, I tend to give them a healthy makeover without sacrificing on taste so of course I had to do the same with these ones.

These cookies are granulated sugar free, vegan and gluten free. The sweetness comes from the small amount of golden syrup, which can easily be subbed for sugar free maple syrup if you want a completely sugar free cookie. 

For those of you who haven't been to Australia, make these cookies and have a taste of some of the deliciousness that we can come up with.

Actually, I lied. We really don't have too much here. 

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Thank you Marsha for letting me share this with you guys so stop on over to check the full recipe out*! I'd love to be friends with you on Facebook** so stop on over and say hi!

-- 
Arman Liew
Healthy Living Blogger


Connect with me below! 


Thanks and thanks again Arman for your willingness to share. I can hardly wait to enjoy these lovely cookies...made from your own hands!! Hop on over to his Facebook page and show him some 'Like' lovin.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Fruited Chicken Salad

I love chicken salad with fruit.  And I discovered there are many variations all over the net. 

This is a simple recipe 'basic' that you can make your own by adding more or less of what you want most. 

I love the crunch of the apples, celery and nuts, and the sweetness the grapes add.You could also add drained pineapple tidbits or mandarin oranges. 
(If making ahead, I suggest adding those ingredients just before serving). 

We gobbled this up right after I made it, along with some bacon flavored ritz crackers.  OH MY!

(Yes, that's a big beautiful FL strawberry...we sure are enjoying them while we're here on vacation)


FRUITED CHICKEN SALAD 

4 medium chicken breasts, cooked and diced
1/2 c. seedless grapes
1/2 c. celery, diced
1/2 apple, cored and diced
1/2 c. (toasted) pecans, chopped
1/2 c. golden raisins (or craisins)
3/4 c. mayonnaise
1 tsp. honey dijon dressing, or more to taste, optional
(instead of honey dijon, you could add 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice)
fresh ground pepper, to taste

In large bowl, combine chicken and fruit. Add mayo and dijon; stir until blended, adding more mayo according to your preference.  Refrigerate any left overs. 



You might also like to try...

Grandma's Waldorf Salad


Crunchy Chicken Salad with Nuts



Bacon & Mandarin Orange Spinach Salad




















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Friday, March 20, 2015

Corn & Potato Chowder with Tilapia & Weekend Potluck #162

WELCOME TO WEEKEND POTLUCK!
We're always so glad you took time to join us!



AND...


When I share something worth sharing...again....

This wonderful COOK ONCE: EAT TWICE post is a great way to enjoy tilapia. Also included in this post is BAKED PARMESAN TILAPIA..make the chowder with leftovers.



Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...

The recipe with the most clicks was ~


Recipes that caught our attention ~


Beef Pot Pie with Cheddar Onion Biscuits by Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen


Italian Chicken Pasta Salad by In Good Flavor

And, a personal favorite ~

Better than Panera (copycat) Broccoli Cheese Soup

Better than Panera Copycat Broccoli Cheese Soup by Sumptuous Spoonfuls

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaner

Yep, just 3 simple ingredients and water and you can make your own laminate floor cleaner that will WOW everyone! 

When we sold our house a few months ago, the realtor and purchaser both begged to know what I used on my laminate floor because it had such an awesome shine.  I think it was a real selling point!! 

Needless to say, they both wrote down the recipe! 

It nearly brought me to my knees to have to pay high dollar for my laminate floor cleaner ($13 - Are you kidding me???), so you can imagine the thrill it was to find a homemade recipe....especially one that worked so nicely! (And cost about $1!)


HOMEMADE LAMINATE FLOOR CLEANER

1 cup water
1 cup rubbing alcohol
1 cup white vinegar
1 Tb. liquid dish soap
1 qt. spray bottle 


Mix together and put into a spray bottle.  Use as you would purchased cleaner - spray and mop.....and enjoy the $$ savings!!




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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Easy Peppermint Brownies

Oh how I love E-Z P-Z recipes!

You've probably seen candy bar brownie recipes all over the net.  This one has only a few ingredients because I used a boxed brownie mix. 

If you have a favorite brownie from scratch, by all means, GO.FOR.IT!

I had some leftover Andes candy bars from the holidays, so I used them in between layers brownie batter. I suggest using  9" X 13" brownie mix, and bake it in a smaller pan, for a nice thick brownie with candy in between. 

Using MINT...these would be great for St. Patty's day, but I've
 seen recipes using Kit Kat bars, Snicker bars, Symphony candy bars...whatever turns your crank. 

Like I said....E-Z P-Z!  Enjoy!

PEPPERMINT BROWNIES 

1 9" X 13" (fudge) brownie mix
oil, egg, water to mix brownies
25 - 30 Andes mint candies

Preheat oven to 350. (or just follow directions on box mix for mixing and preheating). 

Spray a 9" X 9" pan (or a 7" X 11"...or any 'odd' size you have...to make a thicker brownie). 

Pour half the batter into the pan...lay the candies evenly over top of batter, then pour remaining batter over the candies, spreading evenly, or even pushing down a little to cover. 

Bake according to directions on pkg. Check to see if brownies are done by sticking a toothpick along the outside of the pan. (If you do that in the middle of the pan, you'll probably get a moist chocolate on the toothpick, and it will be difficult to tell if they're done.)

I like to remove mine from the pan before they get 'too' done, as I figure a little 'gooey' is better than a lot of dry. 

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You may also like to try these recipes using a brownie mix...

Brookies (Cookie topped Brownies)




Extreme Brownies Supreme (with 'lightened' options)





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Friday, March 13, 2015

Blueberry & Caramel Coffee Cake & Weekend Potluck #161

WELCOME TO WEEKEND POTLUCK! 
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What an awesome way to begin the day! Using Grands Biscuits for the base of this recipe, the blueberries & oatmeal add great flavor & texture too. 
Oh so delicious!




Just a reminder to go to the link before pinning...lots of YUM here for you to 'taste'...enjoy!!

Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...

The recipe with the most clicks was ~


Angel Biscuits by Kitty’s Kozy Kitchen

Recipes that caught our attention ~


Corned Beef Dinner by Miranda’s Kitchen


Chocolate Lasagna by Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen

And, a personal favorite ~


Salted Caramel Spiked Chocolate Cake by Recipes for Divine Living

Your hostesses ~

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