4/28/15 ~ Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies is the recipe of the day! I love these cookies and this recipes makes a large batch. You don’t have to bake or eat them all in one sitting though. You can cover the dough in a bowl or container and keep it in the frig for several days or shape the cookies into balls and freezer them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Once they are frozen solid store them in a resealable freezer bag and just take out a few at a time to bake.  

Monster Cookies

1 cup peanut butter  

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 cups oatmeal

1 cup m&Ms® plain chocolate candies

1 cup butterscotch chips

1 cup salted peanuts

2 cups flour

In a large mixing bowl cream peanut butter, butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add baking soda and vanilla. Add in oatmeal, m&m’s, butterscotch chips and peanuts. Let stand for 10 minutes. Stir in flour (dough will be crumbly). Shape in 1/4 cups ball, Place on a greased baking sheet about nine cookies per sheet. Gently flatten cookies. bake at 325 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire rack to cool. ~

Clean Assignments:

  • Do laundry – if needed
  • Do dishes – if needed
  • Clean tub/shower
  • Clean toilets & bathroom sinks
  • Sweep bathrooms
  • Prep meals for tomorrow

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Meal Planning:

  • Choose meals for next week
  1. Meatless Dagwood Sandwiches, Chips and fresh veggies
  2. Cashew Chicken and rice
  3. Sandwich spread sandwiches, pretzels and fruit
  4. Sloppy Joes, tortilla chips and salsa
  5. Taco burgers, potato salad and baked beans
  6. Lemon Herb chicken, scalloped potatoes and salad
  7. BBQ Meatballs, pasta

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Challenge:

  • Clean garage – Get my spouse and children to help with this since a lot of the items in the garage are probably theirs!

4/27/15 ~ Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake is the recipe of the day! This makes a easy to grab and go breakfast if you are a eat in the car type of person like me!

Lemon Pound Cake

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup milk

18 1/4 ounces lemon cake mix

4 eggs

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in milk. Add dry cake mix and eggs. beat until combined. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased and floured fluted tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack to cool completely.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Do laundry – if needed
  • Do dishes – if needed
  • Clean drop zone
  • Dust and sweep bedrooms
  • Prep meals for tomorrow

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Challenge:

  • Wash curtains and windows inside and out through the entire house. Recruit family members to help with this challenge.

4/26/15 ~ Cinnamon Peach Cobbler

Cinnamon Peach Cobbler is the recipe of the day! This recipe makes a good Sunday lunch or dinner dessert.

Cinnamon Peach Cobbler

2 cans Peach Pie filling

1 tablespoon baking mix

2/3 cup baking mix

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 cup cold butter

3 tbsp milk

In a bowl combine peach pie filling, 1 tbsp baking mix and cinnamon. Transfer to a 1 1/2 quart greased baking dish. In a bowl combine brown sugar and remaining baking mix. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in milk just until blended. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto peach mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-35 minutes or until top is golden brown and filling is bubbly.

4/25/15 ~ Chocolate Chews

Chocolate Chews is the recipe of the day!

Chocolate Chews

14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup chunky peanut butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

12 ounces chocolate chips, divided

1 1/2 cups oatmeal

4 1/2 teaspoons milk

In a bowl combine condensed milk, peanut butter, 1 tsp vanilla, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and oatmeal; mix well.

Spread into a 8 inch square microwave safe dish. Shield corners with small triangles of foil. Microwave uncovered at 50% power for 10 minutes. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until top springs back. Cool slightly.  Remove foil

In a microwave safe bowl combine milk, remaining vanilla and chocolate chips. Microwave on high for 30-40 seconds or until chocolate is melted. Stir. Spread over bars.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Do laundry – if needed
  • Do dishes – if needed
  • Grocery shop
  • Wash & clean car
  • Clean out purse
  • Pay bills
  • Clean desk/work area
  • Prep meals for tomorrow

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Challenge:

  • Clean kitchen drawers inside and out. Remove all items wipe drawer out inside and out. Return only items that you use and like. Throw or give away any broken or unused items. If you aren’t sure about getting rid of an item, I place the item in a bag and put it in my back entrance closet to take to donate but leave it there for a few weeks to make sure I don’t go retrieve the item to use it. If after a few weeks I haven’t needed it I go ahead and give/throw it away.

4/24/15 ~ Banana Toffee Muffins

Banana Toffee Muffins is the recipe of the day! These are great to have on hand for breakfast. 

Banana Toffee Muffins

2 1/2 cups biscuit baking mix

1/3 cup toffee bits

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1/4 Cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 teaspoon  vanilla

1 cup banana, mashed

Sugar

In a bowl combine the biscuit mix, toffee bits, and sugar. In another bowl combine the egg, cream and vanilla. Stir in the banana’s. Stir into dry ingredients until combined. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake at 425 degrees for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Do laundry – if needed
  • Do dishes – if needed
  • Clean stovetop
  • Sweep kitchen
  • Wash sheets
  • Prep meals for tomorrow

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Challenge:

  • Clean entryway closets. Both front and back if you have both in your home. Throw or give away any items that you no longer need, want or have a use for. Wipe down closer door and return only items that belong in the closet.

4/23/15 ~ Chocolate Covered Crispies

Chocolate Covered Crispies is the recipe of the day! These are an easy sweet treat to make when you have a chocolate craving.

Chocolate Covered Crispies

4 Milky Way Bars, cut up

3/4 cup butter, divided

3 cups Crisp rice cereal

1 cup Chocolate chips

 

In a saucepan over low heat or in a microwave safe bowl, melt candy bars and 1/2 cup butter; stir until blended. Stir in cereal. Pat into a 11 x 7 pan.

In another saucepan melt chocolate chips and remaining butter. stir until smooth. Spread over cereal mixture. Refrigerate until firm.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Do laundry – if needed
  • Do dishes – if needed
  • Clean out refrigerator – throw away leftovers, etc.
  • Gather trash and take dumpster road
  • Prep meals for tomorrow

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Meal Planning:

  • Check ads and make grocery list

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Challenge:

  • Clean bathroom cabinets inside and out. Remove all items – throw away anything that you no longer need or that is expired. If an item doesn’t belong in the bathroom cabinet put it in it’s proper home.

4/22/15 ~ Almost Candy Bars

Almost Candy Bars is the recipe of the day! These were a favorite of my daughters and her classmates growing up. I would make them for her to take as treats at school and for band events when she participated in marching band.

Almost Candy Bars

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 package Devils Food or Chocolate Cake Mix

1 cup butterscotch chips

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup coconut

1 cup nuts, chopped

14 ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl cut butter into dry cake mix with a fork or pastry blender until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over bottom of greased 10×15 jelly roll pan (cookie sheet with sides). Press lightly. Sprinkle with chips, coconut and nuts. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over all ingredients. Bake for 20-230 milk or until light golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Run a butter knife or spatula around the edge of the pan to loosen edges from pan. Finish cooling completely before cutting into small squares. 

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Clean Assignments:

  • Do laundry – if needed
  • Do dishes – if needed
  • Prep meals for tomorrow

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Meal Planning:

  • Make ingredient list for checking grocery list

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Challenge:

Wash rugs from kitchen and bathroom!

4/21/15 Apple Nut Coffee Cake

Apple Nut Coffee Cake is the recipe of the day! This Coffee cake makes a good breakfast.

Apple Nut Coffee Cake

1/2 cup  butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup flour

2 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tart apples, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup walnut, chopped

In a  mixing bowl cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. mix well. Combine dry ingredients gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in apples and nuts. Transfer to an ungreased 8 inch square baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Do laundry – if needed
  • Do dishes – if needed
  • Clean tub/shower
  • Clean toilets & bathroom sinks
  • Sweep bathrooms
  • Prep meals for tomorrow

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Meal Planning:

  • Choose meals for next week ** I changed jobs last week so our meal plans have gotten moved around so you may notice some of these are repeats from prior weeks due to us not having eaten them when we were suppose to and I have made the meals easy ones until I get settled in my new job. I will hopefully be able to start recipe testing again soon and will then incorporate them in to future posts.
  1. Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, chips, sliced tomatoes
  2. Smoked sausage and cabbage
  3. Shake & Bake chicken, pasta with tomato sauce
  4. Tuna Salad sandwiches, carrots and dip
  5. Fried eggs, bacon and toast
  6. Lasagna, tossed salad and garlic bread
  7. Taco ring, chips and salsa

Challenge:

 Clean kitchen bottom cabinets inside and out.

4/20/15 Chocolate Walnut Tart

Chocolate Walnut Tart is the recipe of the day! This can be a tasty dessert or a not so healthy breakfast option.

Chocolate Walnut Tart

1 9 inch pie crust

1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

1 cup chocolate chips

3 eggs

3/4 cup dark corn syrup

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla

Press pie crust onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch fluted tart pan with removable bottom (I used regular pie plate). Trim edges. Sprinkle walnuts and chocolate chips onto crust. In a small bowl combine the eggs, corn syrup, brown sugar, butter and vanilla. Pour into crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes (needs to bake a little longer if in regular pie plate) or until top is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers. Good warm or cold!!

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Clean Assignments:

  • Do laundry – if needed
  • Do dishes – if needed
  • Clean drop zone
  • Dust and sweep bedrooms
  • Prep meals for tomorrow

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Challenge:

Clean kids and other closets.

4/19/15 Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies is the recipe of the day! This is the recipe I have used for years. When I was in high school I would make cookies for my brothers friends for their birthday’s every year and this was one of their favorites.

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup shortening

1 cup peanut butter 

1 cup sugar  

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Cream shortening, sugar and peanut butter. Add eggs and beat well. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Roll in balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten slightly with fork dipped in powdered sugar. Bake 7-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

 Variation: Don’t flatten and press a chocolate kiss or star into the center after baking for 7 minutes and returning to oven for approximately 1 minute.