Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Grilled Cheese Pizza

 Sam wanted to be in a picture with the food! And yes, she ate every bite!
Bread (we love Grandma Sycamore's)
Mozzarella Cheese
Garlic Butter
Pizza Sauce

Not much instruction here....Sprinkle some parsley in your garlic butter and stir it up. Butter one side of two pieces of bread using the garlic butter (like you do for a grilled cheese). Layer mozzarella cheese and pepperoni on one slice of bread (the unbuttered side) and place the other slice of bread on top With both buttered sides facing out. Toast in a pre-heated frypan over med. heat flipping over after about 1 minute or until it is golden brown. Toast other side. Serve with Pizza Sauce for dipping!

**A friend gave me this idea! Thanks Kate! This is a very quick and easy twist with pizza. It was a BIG hit at our house! 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Key Lime Bars

5 ounces animal crackers (about 2 1/2 cups animal crackers)
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
Pinch salt
4 tablespoons butter, melted

2 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 tbsp grated fresh lime zest (from about 2 limes)
1 can (14-ounce) sweetened condensed milk
Pinch salt
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from about 3-4 regular limes or 20 Key limes)

3/4 cup shredded coconut, toasted (optional)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, adjusting an oven rack to the middle position. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, letting two opposing edges hang over at least an inch or so. Grease the foil with cooking spray.
For the crust, process the animal crackers, sugar and salt together to fine crumbs in a blender or food processor. Drizzle the melted butter over the crumbs and pulse to incorporate (or stir together in a bowl with a fork). Sprinkle the mixture into the prepared pan and press the crumbs into an even layer. Bake the crust until fragrant and golden, about 15-18 minutes.
For the filling, while crust bakes, in a medium bowl, stir the cream cheese, lime zest and salt together until combined. Whisk in the sweetened condensed milk until smooth (you can use a handheld electric mixer, if you want). Whisk in the egg yolk and lime juice until combined.
Pour the filling evenly over the crust. Bake the bars until the filling is set and the edges just slightly begin to pull away from the sides of the pan, 15-17 minutes.
Let the bars cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack, about 2 hours. Then cover the pan with foil and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Remove the bars from the pan using the foil overhang and cut into squares. Sprinkle with toasted coconut if desired.

** OH MY!! I am such a lover of Key Lime! These were so scrumptious! I do think the crust was a little too thick. I measured 2 1/2 cups of animal crackers. Next time I will try the 5 oz and see if there is a difference.
**I found this recipe on Pinterest. It came from Mel's Kitchen Cafe! One of my favorite sources!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Count Down....

In 10 days my kids head back to school. I'm sure many of you are gearing back up for the school year too. Well, I am on the count down! I can't wait to make cookies for my girls again! EVERY MONDAY!!

It's been 3 years ago that I started Cookie Monday. We were in a new place (Carson City). My girls were starting in a new school and were not very excited about it. I wanted to do something for them. And that's when Cookie Monday came about. They got to where they would walk in the door every Monday, take a big breath/smell and try to guess the kind of cookie that was baking.

Now we are back in our home (Utah).... And we are keeping it going!! Welcome back Cookie Monday!

Last year we started a Back to School Cookie Celebration. After the first day of school we invited friends over for cookies and milk.  WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN!!  Everyone is invited!

August 23rd
Right after school...
2nd Annual Back to School COOKIE PARTY!
Come have Cookies and Milk
At the Rowley's House!

If you need directions, please leave me a comment with your e-mail and I will get you directions!

Here is one of the cookies I will be making for that day:

1 2/3 cup shortening
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp. soda
1 1/4 tsp. salt
3 cups chocolate chips
optional: nuts

Cream together shortening and sugars.  Add egg and vanilla.  Mix in dry ingredients, then the chocolate chips.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

*This recipe came from my mom.  All three chocolate chip recipes that I have posted have the same ingredients, just different amounts.  It does make a difference in the taste of the cookie too.  When I made these I used my "BIG" cookie scoop.  The outsides had a nice warm crunch and the inside was soft and melty.  These didn't last long at our house!
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