Monday, November 27, 2017

Garlic Parmesan Knots...

Oh y'all!!!!  I have GOT to share with you this quick and VERY easy recipe for Garlic Parmesan Knots!!!   You can easily include your children (yes, even young ones!) in making these.  They are perfect with soups, stews, chilis or even as a side for any casserole or meat dish.  Shoot, have them with quiche or even pizza!!!!!  Or a snack!!!! JUST MAKE THEM!!!!!  

These use canned biscuits, canned parmesan, simple plain oil, and probably the dried herbs you already have in your kitchen.  

What are we waiting for?  LET'S BAKE!!

First, open the can and cut the biscuits in two (I prefer to use Jumbo biscuits for this).  Roll each half into an 8 inch rope.  (This is the part your children will LOVE to help you with!) 

Tie them into little knots and place them on a baking sheet.  You can spray with nonstick cooking spray, rub with butter, or use parchment paper like I did here.  

(NOTE: DO NOT use wax paper!!!!!  NOT the same thing as parchment paper.  It will melt and ruin your food and your pan.)

When they come out of the oven, they look like this.  All golden brown. 


As SOON as they come out, place them in a bowl filled with your oil/parm/herb mixture and give them a careful but thorough toss.

Then EAT!!!!! 

Garlic Parmesan Knots
8 servings

1/3 cup extra light olive oil
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (I used the green can stuff)
1 1/2 tsp dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
pinch of salt and pepper
1 tube jumbo canned biscuits (8 biscuits in the can)

In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients and toss to mix well.

Cut each biscuit in half and then roll into an 8 inch rope.  Tie into a knot and placed on prepared baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately place in bowl with herb mixture and toss gently to coat.  

See?  SUPER easy and quick!!!!!!  Y'all be sure and let me know if you make these for your family!!

Happy Homemaking!!!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Chocolate Cake and Thanksgiving Helps...

Happy early Thanksgiving, y'all!!!

I know most of us are preparing for a busy week this up ahead with Thanksgiving here in the US.   I recently found a few yummy blogs offering recipe and hospitality ideas!!!!  

Miz Helen shares 15 Thanksgiving Sides and Salads.

Amanda Frederickson has great recipe ideas.

The Kitchn offers recipes and wonderful ideas for whatever kind of Thanksgiving you're hosting- Your First Thanksgiving, Work Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, etc. 

And dear Aunt Ruthie at Sugar Pie Farmhouse shares 10 Tips for a Happy Thanksgiving.  

We've got a busy week this week.  Tonight is Mr. U's company Thanksgiving party (except they call it Friendsgiving).  What are we taking to share?  Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake. Always ALWAYS a hit.  

We will meet Mr. U's side of the family Wednesday for a Thanksgiving meal with them and then Thursday we will meet with my side of the family for another Thanksgiving meal.  So a busy and YUMMY week ahead for sure!!!!

Enjoy your family and friends this week giving thanks to God for all He has given us.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday..... with Snickerdoodle Blondies...

(Happy Homemaking Monday is hosted by  Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom)

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
About 95% of the time I have a Snickers Smoothie for breakfast.  So so good.  Today, it's the same old same old.  

Right now I am:::: 

Getting ready for our school day.  Mondays are my FAVORITE day of the week and the only full day I know we will be at home all day.  LOVE THAT!!!!!

The weather outside::::
COLD!!!!  At least, it's cold to this southern girl.  The high is supposed to be 66, though, and sunny.  SOOOOOO my  kind of day!!! 

Looking around the house::::
It's early as I type this, so the house is very quiet and still.  I like to get up before my family so I can read my Bible and pray and get ready
.  Oh and make sure I have Italian sausage out of the freezer for dinner tonight.  It's going to be Pumpkin Sausage Pasta.  Mmmm.

On today's to do list::::

Laundry- Mondays and Thursdays are for laundering all clothes.  It goes by so much faster now that my girls are 11 and 7 and are such HUGE helps!!!

Cleaning- Bathroom day!!  But, again, since the girls help, it's much easier than it used to be!! I do our master bathroom,  Elizabeth does their bathroom, and Caroline does that half bath.  Of course, I double check both of them and they usually do a really good job!! I'm so proud of how hard they work!!!  We also do quick "swish and swipes" (as FlyLady calls them) on a daily basis.  

Homeschooling- We are in the Early Modern period in history and I LOVE IT!!!  We've been reading and talking about the early settlers to America. Such perfect timing as Thanksgiving is next week! :)


Currently reading::::

For myself, I just started FlyLady's book called Sink Reflections.  So far, it's mostly what I've read on her blog.  But ALWAYS great reminders to keep up the good work of home keeping!!

For my girls and homeschooling, our current read aloud is Caddie Woodlawn's Family.  

On the TV today::::

We may watch an episode of Holiday Baking Championship tonight since it came on last week.  And I do enjoy watching House Hunters International.  OH!! And I REALLY have enjoyed Flip or Flip Atlanta!!!  Probably my favorite HGTV show!!!  Maybe since I'm in Atlanta I'm a little bias but..... :)

On the menu this week::::

Su- ate at Panera after church
M- Pumpkin Sausage Pasta and salad
Tu- One Pot Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread
W- Taco Salad
Th- Garlic Soup and homemade crackers
F- Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, coleslaw, potato salad
Sa- (grocery day) pizza (either frozen from Aldi or Little Caesars), chips or salad, ice cream

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Start thinking of Christmas gifts. I am SUCH a last minute person and I got on my own nerves last year about it!! HA!! I really need to work on getting better at planning Christmas gifts ahead of time.  But THANK GOODNESS for Amazon coming through for me!!

New recipe I tried last week::::

Snickerdoodle Blondies

(originally from here)

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 T vanilla
2 T white sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and beat until well blended. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. In a small bowl, combine the white sug
ar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the batter in the baking pan. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until the surface springs back when gently pressed. Remove from oven and let cool slightly on a wire rack for 5 minutes then cut into squares with a PLASTIC KNIFE!!!

***TIP- use a PLASTIC KNIFE when you need to cut any bar recipe like this (like brownies, too!!).  Wait about 5 minutes then cut.  The plastic slides nicely through the hot dessert and doesn’t stick at all.  My knife of choice?  Leftover from Chick Fil A drive thru. ***

Looking forward to this week::::

Well, kind of looking forward to it... my dad has had back problems for a while and he is finally having surgery Tuesday.  Obviously, I DO NOT want him in pain from surgery, but I'm so SOOO praying that this surgery helps him feel better!!!  The issue has also been making his legs feel very weak and the dr is sure this will help that a great deal!!!  So I AM looking forward to this step in helping him feel better.  :)

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses::::

My reading is in Psalm 75-79 this week.  I follow the SOAK method from Good Morning Girls.  Such a blessing!!!!  

Happy Homemaking!!!!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Bacon Swiss Quiche...

I don't know about y'all, but I LOVE a good quiche.  What I don't always love is making a crust for it.  Sure I could buy store bought pre-made crusts, but I have never really liked the flavor.  Homemade is always better. 

I have another quiche recipe on my blog and it IS very good, but it's slightly different AND has a crust with it.  This recipe is CRUSTLESS!!!!  

So when you really want a quiche on your menu, try this one with no crust.  SUPER simple, tasty and versatile!!!  Change the cheese!!  Change the meat!  Even add a handful of sautéed veggies in!!!  

Bacon Swiss Quiche

1 pound bacon, cooked and chopped
6 eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded

Cook the bacon until brown and crispy then drain on paper towel. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. Add the cream and salt and mix well. Sprinkle the cheese and bacon evenly on the bottom of a prepared 9-10 inch glass pie plate. Pour the egg mixture over the cheese. Bake at 350º, 35-40 minutes.  Check to make sure it is done by inserting a knife in the center of the pie and if it comes out clean it is done. 

This serves 4 generously.  

I serve it with any kind of roasted veggies or a salad.

This is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!!! 

Happy Homemaking!!!


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