Monday, July 29, 2013

Bacon wrapped little smokies...

We got this recipe from an old church cook book that was given to us. It is a sure fire delicious appetizer for any get together and is always wildly popular whenever we take them to parties. The best part...they're so simple and only 3 ingredients!!!

Bacon wrapped little smokies

1 pkg little cocktail sausages
1 pkg bacon
Brown sugar

Cut each slice of bacon in half. Wrap a piece of bacon around a sausage and hold it together with a toothpick. Place onto a cookie sheet lined with foil. Sprinkle brown sugar over all the bacon wrapped sausages. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45min or until bacon is done.

You've been warned though...they are highly addictive!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cheese Fondue...

Who doesn't love fondue?! It's such a fun meal to enjoy with friends and family. There is definitely no shortage of delicious fondue recipes out there but this Easy Cheesy Fondue from Rachael Ray is one of our favorite cheese fondues we've enjoyed over the past few years.

We skip the potatoes and just use a french baguette with our favorite vegetables for dipping. Yum...these were the choices we had available last time we made fondue!

Cheesy deliciousness....

Ready to fondue...

Friday, July 12, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake...

Yes, you read that correctly...cinnamon roll and cheesecake together! This was another Pinterest find and it is a decadent treat to share with those you love! Now I will absolutely be the first to tell you that although I love cheesecake I've always been a bit intimidated by it, but my husband and I decided to attempt this one together and it was definitely worth the effort. It is a great dessert to take to a get-together so you can share the love, because otherwise you'll likely be tempted to eat too much of it yourself! Thanks to The Girl Who Ate Everything for this delicious Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake dessert!

My mother in law is a cheesecake pro and she taught us the trick of placing a jelly roll pan with water in it on the rack underneath the cheesecake while it's cooking in the oven to help prevent cracking.

Just something to keep in mind when baking this the cheesecake, it did take close to 70 minutes to bake in our oven and not the 45-55 the recipe suggested.

It's like a cinnabon cheesecake combined, and one I'm certain you and your friends or family will love!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Beef Kebobs...

My very dear and fabulous friend Audra passed on this recipe for beef kabobs and we were finally able to get around to grilling them a couple weeks ago. This is an awesome summer grill out recipe!

I copied and pasted the recipe and her instructions below. We actually loved it all so much there weren't any leftovers, but I'm sure as she mentioned the veggies would be awesome in an omelet the next morning! We just served the kebob and veggie skewers themselves but the rice would help to make a good filler to go with the meat and veggies.

For ease of grilling we skewered each of the veggies and meat separately. My husband likes to do it this way for better control so the onions get enough time without the meat getting dry. Seriously though my pics don't do them justice, they're delicious!

From the book: Mother's Recipes
A Contemporary Collection of Family Treasures
By Sheryn R. Jones and Barbara C. Jones
Beef Kebobs
2-2.5 lb sirloin steak (we use filets)
fresh mushrooms
bell peppers
tiny onion
cherry tomatoes
1 c. red wine (I prefer Merlot)
2 tsp. Worcestershire
1 c. oil
4 tbsp. catsup
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. vinegar
1 tsp. marjoram
1 tsp. rosemary
1/2 tsp. seasoned pepper
2 tsp. garlic powder
Cut meat into 11/2 to 2 inch chunks. Cut peppers into bite size pieces. Mix all ingredients of marinade together. Marinate steak pieces for 3 - 4 hours. Alternate meat, mushrooms, peppers, onions, and cherry tomatoes on skewers. Cook over charcoal, turning on all sides, basting frequently with remaining marinade. Serves 8.
(We serve it on a bed of rice. Jasmine, wild, wheat, white... all are great with this and sometimes we even do a few veggie-only skewers and will use the leftovers in omelets the next morning.)