MEMORIES7's SparkPeople Blog MEMORIES7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Cauliflower Pizza Crust Hello Sparkfamily, If you like pizza once in a blue moon, Try my pizza crust on for size! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups shredded cauliflower <BR> 1 egg, slightly beaten <BR> 1 cup mozzarella Veggie Shreds <BR> 1 tsp. dry oregano <BR> 1/2 tsp. finely minced garlic <BR> 1/2 tsp. onion salt <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Remove leaves from cauliflower and cut head into pieces. In a food processor with a grater blade, process the cauliflower. ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:20:51 EST Bistro Chicken Twist Hello Sparkfamily, We all love chicken, it is easy, versatile, and so healthy and yummy! So without further ado, Take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 C. Chopped cooked chicken <BR> 1/2 C. diced red bell pepper <BR> 1/4 C. snipped fresh basil leaves <BR> 1/4 C. grated fresh Parmesan cheese <BR> 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese <BR> 1/4 C. mayonnaise <BR> 1 garlic clove, pressed <BR> 2 packages (11 ounces each) refrigerated French bread dough-I use frozen bread... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:40:24 EST Fideo Pronto Hello Sparkfamly, I bet you are asking yourself right now what is fideo pronto right? Well then just come right into my kitchen and you will see! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 7-oz. pkg. vermicelli, broken up <BR> 1 15-oz. can of diced tomatoes, any flavor, with juice <BR> 1 tsp. sugar <BR> 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil <BR> any veggies you want to add (we like fresh spinach, green chilies, fresh broccoli...) <BR> salt to taste <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:37:35 EST Zucchini Pasta With Lemon Yogurt Sauce Hello Sparkfamily, Here are two foods that I know you love! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 8 ounces pasta of your choice <BR> 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt <BR> 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese <BR> 1 tsp grated lemon zest <BR> 1/4 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 tsp ground black pepper <BR> 1 Tbsp olive oil <BR> 3 medium (8-ounce) zucchini, cut however you like them. (Here I used 2 zucs and 1 squash) <BR> 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced <BR> 1/2 pint grape or cherry... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:59:40 EST Santa Hat Party Mix Hello Sparkfamily, Here is a party mix that I know your guest will love! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Santa Hats~ <BR> <BR> Bugles <BR> Red melting disks <BR> mini marshmallows <BR> white sprinkles (nonpareils) <BR> Snack Mix <BR> 3 c. mini pretzels <BR> 1/2 c. craisins <BR> 1 c. salted dry roasted peanuts <BR> 2 c. Rice Chex <BR> 2 c. holiday colored M&M's <BR> 8 oz. white chocolate for melting <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Santa Hats~ <BR> <BR> Mel... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:03:13 EST Apple Cobbler Cupcakes With Pumpkin Pie Frosting Hello Sparkfamily, Keep the word "moderation" in your mind when you consume these! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Cupcakes~ <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 c. flour <BR> 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder <BR> 1/4 tsp. baking soda <BR> 1/2 tsp. ground ginger <BR> 1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temperature <BR> 3/4 c. brown sugar <BR> 1/4 c. sugar <BR> 2 eggs <BR> 1/2 c. sour cream <BR> 1/4 tsp. lemon extract <BR> 2 1/2 c. apples, roughly chopped and loosely packed <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:32:19 EST Baked French Toast Hello Sparkfamily, Breakfast is on so come on in to my kitchen and take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 loaf sourdough bread (I used Pepperidge Farm, 1.5 pound loaf) <BR> 8 eggs <BR> 2 cups milk (I used 1%) <BR> 1/2 cup heavy cream <BR> 3/4 cup sugar <BR> 2 Tbsp. vanilla <BR> <BR> <BR> Topping~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup all-purpose flour <BR> 1/2 cup packed brown sugar <BR> 1 tsp. cinnamon <BR> 1/4 tsp. salt <BR> 1 stick cold butter, cut into pieces (1/4 lb.) <BR> ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:55:31 EST Fiesta Lettuce Boats Hello Sparkfamily, Are you looking for a boat that you can sink your teeth into? Take a look at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1lb Ground Beef <BR> 1/2 Green Pepper, diced <BR> 1/2 Red Pepper, diced <BR> 1/4 C Diced Onions, or 1-2 Tbsp dried diced onions <BR> 2 tsp Emeril's Essence BAM! seasoning (This stuff's good) <BR> Salt & Pepper to taste <BR> 1-2 Romain Hearts <BR> 1-2 C Shredded Cheese (I used colby jack) <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Dice up your pepp... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:23:16 EST Barbacoa Pork Taquitos Hello Sparkfamily, Anyone up for a taquito? Yes? Well then come right in and I will serve them up! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/3 C. (3 oz) cream cheese <BR> 1/4 C. green salsa <BR> 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice <BR> 1/2 tsp. cumin <BR> 1 tsp. chili powder <BR> 1/2 tsp. onion powder <BR> 1/4 tsp. granulated garlic, or garlic powder <BR> 3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro <BR> 2 Tbsp. sliced green onions <BR> 2 C. prepared Barbacoa Pork <BR> 1 C. grated colbyjack cheese <BR> ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:59:28 EST Honey Maple Ham And Creamy Havarti Cheese Sliders Hello Sparkfamily, Are you ready for an awesome appetizer for your holiday guest's? Alright then, take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 24 King's Hawaiian dinner rolls <BR> 24 pieces thick cut (from the deli) Boar's Head honey maple ham (about 41 oz.) <BR> 12 thin slices (from the deli) creamy Havarti cheese (about 11 oz.) <BR> 1/3 c. light mayo <BR> 1/3 c. light Miracle Whip <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a small bowl, mix together mayo and Mi... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:39:48 EST Mama's Crock Pot Grits Hello Sparkfamily, Here is a family favorite that I know you will enjoy! That is if you love grits like I do! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 cups grits <BR> 3 1/2 quarts water (14 cups) <BR> 2 tsp salt (to taste) <BR> 1 lb sausage, browned and drained (I use Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage) <BR> 1/2 stick salted butter (or more) <BR> 8 oz cream cheese, softened <BR> 2-4 cups of shredded cheese (however much you like) <BR> 6 eggs (or more) scrambled <BR> Pepper to taste <... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:18:35 EST Cranberry Glazed Meatballs And Rice Hello Sparkfamily, Do you like cranberries? Meatballs? Well, I have the perfect couple! Take a peak! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 bag of home style frozen meatballs <BR> 1 can Whole Cranberries Sauce <BR> 1/2 c BBQ sauce <BR> 1/2 -3/4 c. orange juice <BR> 3/4 can pineapple chunks and the juice <BR> 4 carrots, cleaned and sliced into circles <BR> 1 bunch of broccoli, cleaned and sliced into small spears <BR> 2 cups of cooked white rice <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directio... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:06:54 EST Avocado Tuna Salad Hello Sparkfamily, Come have lunch with me! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cans tuna packed in water <BR> 1 ripe avocado <BR> 1/2 cup finely chopped celery <BR> 1/2 red apple, finely chopped <BR> 1/4 cup pecans, chopped <BR> 1 Tbsp. water <BR> 1 tsp. dried dill <BR> 1/2 tsp. Dijon or Dusseldorf mustard <BR> 1/4 tsp. cumin <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Drain the tuna. Mash the avocado in a bowl with the back of a for... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:09:39 EST Mexican Street Corn Hello Sparkfamily, Who does not love corn on the cob???? I do not hear you! Take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 ears fresh corn, shucked <BR> 1/4 cup mayonnaise (I used low fat with olive oil) <BR> 2 Tbsp olive oil <BR> 1 Tbsp chili powder <BR> grated zest and juice of 1 lime <BR> Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste <BR> 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro <BR> 1 cup crushed tortilla chips <BR> 1 ounce queso fresco <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dir... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:52:25 EST Banana Muffins Hello Sparkfamily, I am in the kitchen baking banana muffins and I thought that you would like my recipe so here it is for your viewing pleasure! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup butter <BR> 1 cup sugar <BR> 2 eggs <BR> 3 ripe bananas, 2 mashed & one chunked <BR> 1-1/4 cup flour <BR> 1/2 tsp. baking soda <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs until light and fluffy. Stir in 2 mashed bananas and mix well. Ad... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 11:26:30 EST Chicken With Sun Dried Tomato-Basil Sauce Hello Sparkfamily, Christmas is getting nearer and nearer and I am in the kitchen planning for the huge feast for all our family, friends, and not to forget the less fortunate! But I want to take the time to bring you a yummy dish too so here it is! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 chicken breasts <BR> Olive oil <BR> Salt and fresh pepper <BR> 1 1/2 Tbsp butter <BR> 2 Tbsp flour <BR> 1/2 cup onions, chopped finely <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1/2 shallo... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 10:41:14 EST Slow Cooker Chicken Chili With Cream Cheese Hello Sparkfamily, The chili is on and I am here to share with you! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts (do not thaw) <BR> 1 can Mexican-style chopped tomatoes <BR> 1 can sweet corn, undrained <BR> 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed <BR> 1 pkg. Ranch Dressing mix <BR> 1 Tbsp. cumin <BR> 1 tsp. chili powder <BR> 1 tsp. onion powder <BR> 1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> <BR> Place the ch... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 09:54:22 EST Turkey Avocado Panini Sandwich Hello Sparkfamily, Are you trying to come up with way's to use that leftover turkey? Well then take a peek at what I have for you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 slices Country White or Sour Dough Bread (or your favorite thick bread) <BR> Turkey Breast, sliced thick* <BR> 2 slices Provolone Cheese <BR> 1/2 Avocado, mashed <BR> squirt of lime <BR> 5 - 8 Cherry Tomatoes, halved <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Add the squirt of lime to the avocado and stir until t... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 10:09:16 EST Black Bean Salad With Citrus Dressing Hello Sparkfamily, Are you in for a yummy salad? Well then come on into my kitchen 'cause I have a treat for you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cans black beans <BR> 1 can corn <BR> 8 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved or diced <BR> 1/3 c. red onion, chopped <BR> 3/4 c. loosely packed cilantro, stems removed <BR> 1 avocado, chopped <BR> <BR> <BR> Dressing~ <BR> <BR> juice of 1 orange <BR> juice of 1 1/2 limes <BR> 1/4 tsp. cumin <BR> 1/2 tsp. agave or honey <BR> 1/8 tsp. salt <... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 10:11:11 EST Cabbage And Sausage Soup Hello Sparkfamily, Can you believe that there is only 25 day's till Christmas? Where did the year go! Take a gander at this yummy dinner idea! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 tsp olive oil <BR> 1 1/2 lbs Italian sausage, hot or mild <BR> 2 white onions, sliced <BR> 4 cloves garlic, thickly sliced <BR> 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 tsp black pepper <BR> 1/2 c. sun-dried tomatoes, chopped <BR> 1/2 c. white wine <BR> 1 1/4 lbs cabbage, thinly sliced <BR> 6... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:50:12 EST Pancakes With Buttermilk Syrup Oh Yum! Hello Sparkfamily, Here is a 2 for 1! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 cup butter <BR> 1 cup sugar <BR> 1/2 cup buttermilk <BR> 1 tsp vanilla <BR> 1/2 tsp baking soda <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Melt butter in a pot on stove-top. Add sugar and buttermilk. Whisk and bring to a boil. Take off <BR> of the heat. Add vanilla and baking soda. <BR> <BR> *Refrigerate any leftovers in a glass container. It will "set" and is much easier to warm back up by stick... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 09:06:29 EST Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Hello Sparkfamily, It is Saturday and I want to drop on in and share with you this yummy recipe! Take a peek at what I have for all of you on this fine day! Go on now...take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 frozen pie shells (or you can make homemade crust) <BR> 4 cups cooked, diced chicken <BR> 1 large can cream of chicken soup (or 2 small cans - about 20 oz) <BR> 1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened <BR> 1 1/2 cups baby carrots cut into slices <BR> 1 cup frozen peas... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 09:29:38 EST Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken Hello Sparkfamily, Get your slow cooker's out and take a look at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 pounds chicken (you could easily substitute with pork chops) <BR> 1 can cream of chicken soup <BR> 1 can cream of mushroom soup <BR> 1 ranch dressing packet (or 3 Tbsp. if you have the shaker) <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Combine soups and seasoning in your slow cooker. <BR> Add chicken, mix until chicken is coated. <BR> Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. <B... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:01:36 EST Poppyseed Chicken Hello Sparkfamily! I am in the middle of cook'in and I want to drop by and hand you this recipe! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I love you! Take a peek at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 5 c. chicken breasts (3.5 lbs.) <BR> 1 c. light sour cream <BR> 2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup (undiluted) <BR> 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce <BR> 1 tsp. celery salt <BR> 1 tsp. minced garlic <BR> 1 Tbsp. lemon juice <BR> 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper <BR> 2 c. crushed Ritz crackers (a... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:06:58 EST Pecan Pie Cheesecake Hello Sparkfamily, I know, I know, it is holiday season and we are going to be cook'in and bake'in up a storm and and there are going to be sweets, rich foods, and all those tempting foods out there for us to see. But we can handle this right sparkies? RIGHT! Here is another yummy treat that you need to practice "MODERATION"! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 package frozen Southern Pecan Pie <BR> 2 c. graham cracker crumbs <BR> 1/2 c. sugar <BR> 1/2 c. butter, me... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:17:34 EST Turkey-Olive Appetizers Hello Sparkfamily! Well, it is time once again to prepare for the holiday's and you have got to take a look at what I have for you! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> cream cheese <BR> oil-packed sun dried tomatoes <BR> green onions <BR> Cracked pepper turkey breast <BR> parsley <BR> toothpicks <BR> green pimento stuffed olives <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a small bowl, blend cream cheese with the sun dried tomatoes and green onions until smooth an... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:46:45 EST Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread Hello Sparkfriends! Are you a sandwich lover and are looking for a fresh homemade sandwich bread? Well, look no further then my kitchen! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 c water (room temperature) <BR> 8-10 c. (2 lbs 10 oz) whole wheat flour <BR> 2 Tbsp instant yeast <BR> 1/2 c (2 oz) gluten <BR> 1/2 c brown sugar <BR> 4 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 c vegetable oil <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a large mixer combine the water and whole wheat flour. Blend for ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:57:25 EST Coconut Oil Fudge Hello Sparkfamily! It is a beautiful day here on the farm and today we need to add a little "MODERATION" to the list of chores! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 cup coconut oil <BR> 1/3 cup coconut milk <BR> 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa <BR> 1/3 cup honey <BR> 1 tsp. almond extract <BR> pinch of sea salt <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Use a 4-cup Pyrex glass measure to melt the coconut oil in the microwave (just eyeball a generous cup's worth). Pour a... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:24:19 EST Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas Hello Sparkfamily! Sorry that I have not got this recipe blog done earlier but I bought a new laptop and I have been setting it up and getting it going and I will be until the wee hours! So, come on in and take a peek as to what I have for you all today! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 Chicken breasts cooked and chopped (I broil mine sprinkled with garlic salt, cumin, chili powder, lime juice and oil.) <BR> 2-3 Cups shredded cheese (mont jack, colby jack, mexican blend, whate... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:01:52 EST Pumpkin Squares Hello Sparkfamily! Can you believe that it is Friday already? Where has the week gone! Well anyway, come on in and take a look at what I have for you today! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c. all-purpose flour <BR> 1/2 c. quick oats <BR> 1/2 c. butter <BR> 1/2 c. light brown sugar <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Mix all together and press into a greased 9x13" baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> While baking mix~ <BR> <BR> 1 lb. canned pumpkin... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:15:37 EST Sausage Potato Bake Hello Sparkfamily! Let's have brunch! Take a look at what I have for you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pkg of smoked sausage, sliced into rounds <BR> 1 large onion, peeled and chopped <BR> 5 large potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes <BR> olive oil <BR> fine sea salt <BR> freshly ground black pepper <BR> sweet paprika <BR> dried thyme <BR> a handful of grated strong cheddar cheese <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a larg... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:09:10 EST Cinnamon And White Chocolate Chip Cookies Hello Sparkfamily! It is a beautiful day today and I know that you are waiting eagerly for this recipe so here it is! Just for you! Take a peek! "MODERATION" people! "MODERATION"! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 c. butter (softened) <BR> 1/2 c. sugar <BR> 1/2 c. packed light brown sugar <BR> 1 large egg (room temperature) <BR> 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract <BR> 1 1/4 c. flour <BR> 3 Tbsp. instant vanilla pudding mix (dry) <BR> 1/2 tsp. salt <BR> 1/2 tsp. baking soda <BR> 1/2 tsp... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:38:04 EST Apple Cobbler Cupcakes With Pumpkin Pie Frosting Hello Sparkfamily! As we gear up for the holidays you are probably looking for that perfect treat to share with your family and friends am I right? Yes? Well then, come right in and take a peek at what I have for you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 c. flour <BR> 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder <BR> 1/4 tsp. baking soda <BR> 1/2 tsp. ground ginger <BR> 1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temperature <BR> 3/4 c. brown sugar <BR> 1/4 c. sugar <BR> 2 eggs <BR> 1/2 c. sour cream <BR> 1/4 t... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:15:49 EST Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin Hello Sparkfamily! It is time once again to bring to you some yummy goodness! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 pork tenderloins (about 12 oz each), trimmed of excess fat <BR> 1 Tbsp. olive oil <BR> coarse salt and ground pepper <BR> 1 jar (10-12 oz) apricot jam (about 1 Cup) <BR> 1/4 C. spicy brown mustard <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Heat broiler; set rack 4 inches from heat. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Rub pork with oil; season with salt and... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:52:50 EST A Bunch Of Crunch Hello Sparkfamily! I want to warn you here that the name of the game is 'MODERATION'! So go ahead and make a bunch and enjoy! In moderation that is! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 package (any size) cornflkes <BR> 1 package (any size) oven-toasted rice <BR> cereal <BR> 2 cups flaked coconut <BR> 1 lb. (4 cups) salted peanuts <BR> 2 cups sugar <BR> 2 cups white corn syrup <BR> 1 cup milk <BR> 1 tsp vanilla <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a large bowl m... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 10:11:25 EST Fresh Peach Preserves Hello Sparkfamily! Here is a yummy topping for a fresh bagel or fresh baked bread right out of the oven! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 5 cups well mashed peaches <BR> 1 cup crushed pineapple (with juice) <BR> 10-15 chopped Maraschino cherries <BR> 1 tsp. Fruit Fresh <BR> 2 pkgs. Sure-Gel <BR> 1 Tbsp. lemon juice <BR> 1/2 tsp. butter <BR> 5 cups sugar <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Combine first 6 ingredients in a large saucepan. Add the butter and bring to a... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:57:40 EST Savory Mushroom Sage Stuffing Hello Sparkfamily! Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner? Well, they are and I have a great way for you all to get into the holiday mood! Why yes I do! Take a look at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 14-16 slices hearty white bread (I use Grandma Sycamore's white bread) <BR> 2 sticks butter <BR> 7-8 celery stalks, chopped <BR> 2 medium onions, diced <BR> 16-20 ounces button or baby bella mushrooms, sliced <BR> 2 tsp. rubbed sage <BR> Salt & Peppe... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:56:53 EST Squash Casserole Hello Sparkfamily! Are you in for a healthy and yummy meal for your family? Well then come right on in and take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 10 or so small to medium squash <BR> 2 medium onions, chopped <BR> Saltine cracker crumbs, bread crumbs or cornmeal <BR> 2 or 3 beaten eggs (depending on size of squash) <BR> Optional - ½ to 1 cup cheddar cheese <BR> Salt and pepper to taste <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Wash squash and cut in pieces for cooking. Cook squash... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:59:10 EST Wild Rice And Oat Bran Bread Hello Sparkfamily! I thought that I would give you a healthy treat! I love to have toast in the morning and this bread is a perfect choice! So go ahead and bake a loaf and enjoy! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 cup(s) flour, bread <BR> 1 package(s) active dry yeast <BR> 1 cup(s) milk, fat-free <BR> 2 Tbsp honey <BR> 2 Tbsp butter <BR> 3/4 tsp salt <BR> 1 cup(s) flour, whole-wheat <BR> 3/4 cup(s) rice, wild, well-drained and cooled <BR> 1/3 cup(s) oat bran <BR> cook... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:18:59 EST 1/2 And 1/2 Bread Hello Sparkfamily! I see that you are wondering what 1/2 and 1/2 bread is am I right? Well then, come right in to my kitchen and grab ya a slice right from my oven! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 6 Cups Whole Wheat Flour <BR> 6 Cups Luke Warm Water <BR> 2 Tbsp. Yeast <BR> 1/2 Cup Olive Oil <BR> 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Mix together and let rise until doubled and bubbly then add: <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsp. Salt <BR> 8-10 Cups White Flour (dough... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:44:35 EST Roasted Broccoli And Cheddar Soup Hello Sparkfamily! I just wanted to come in here and let you all know that the soups on and you all are invited to my table at 6:pm sharp! I hope that you enjoy this family favorite! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 large bunch of broccoli, cut into florets <BR> 1 Tbsp. oil <BR> 1 medium onion, diced <BR> 2 cloves garlic, chopped <BR> 1 tsp. thyme, chopped <BR> 3 cups veggie or chicken broth <BR> 1 1/2 C. aged cheddar, shredded <BR> 1 cup milk or cream <BR> salt and p... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:06:47 EST Healthy Chili For Your Neck Of The Woods! Hello Sparkfamily! Is it chili weather in your neck of the woods? No, I mean is it time to fix a big'ol pot of chili? Well then come right in and grab yourself my recipe and enjoy! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound dry white beans, rinsed and picked over <BR> 4 (14-oz. each) cans of chicken broth <BR> 1 tsp. chicken stock base (I didn't have any so I just made my broth stronger) <BR> 2 onions, chopped <BR> 1 Tbsp. oil <BR> 6-8 cloves of garlic, minced <BR> 1 (7... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:24:54 EST Pumpkin Bread Hello to all my sparkfamily! I am so glad to have my internet up and running like normal! I have been here on spark everyday but not on my computer but by way of my kindle for the last six months!! And now that I am on my computer, I will hopefully make all of you as happy as pumpkin pie! And speaking of pumpkin pie, take a look at what I have for you! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 cups sugar <BR> 1 cup oil <BR> 4 eggs <BR> 2/3 cup water <BR> 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour <BR> 2 t... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 10:23:17 EST Roasted Tomato Walnut Pesto Salmon Hello Sparkfamily! If salmon is what you like, salmon is what you will get! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2-4 oz salmon fillets <BR> 2 Tbsp of walnut pesto <BR> 2-3 slices of tomato <BR> 1 tsp of dried basil (or fresh minced basil) <BR> ¼ tsp of black pepper <BR> <BR> Walnut Pesto~ <BR> <BR> 2 oz fresh basil leaves (about 1 cup) <BR> 1 cup walnut halves <BR> ½ cup olive oil <BR> 3 large garlic cloves <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Grease a... Sat, 31 May 2014 14:56:05 EST Dumpling Soup Hello Sparkfamily! Are you up for some dumplings? Why then, check these out! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (or use pre-cooked bacon crumbles) <BR> 3 green onions, white and green parts separated, sliced thin on bias <BR> 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger (I use the kind in a tube-again, to save time.) <BR> 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes <BR> 4 oz, shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced thin <BR> 6 C. chicken broth <BR> 16 oz. frozen Asian-style dumpli... Fri, 30 May 2014 11:22:26 EST Salmon With Mango Chimichurri Hello Sparkfamily! It is fish night here in our home tonight! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 mango, peeled, pitted, and diced small <BR> 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped <BR> 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes <BR> 1/4 c. oil, plus more for grilling <BR> 2 Tbsp. lime juice <BR> salt and pepper <BR> 6 salmon fillets (2 pounds) <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Stir together mango, cilantro, red pepper flakes, oil, and lime juice; season with salt and pepper. <BR> Heat a grill ... Thu, 29 May 2014 10:46:14 EST Meatball Biscuits Hello Sparkfamily! These are so yummy! Take a look! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 (12 oz.) can Pillsbury Grands Jr. Golden Layers refrigerated buttermilk or flaky biscuits <BR> 10 frozen cooked Italian-style meatballs (about 5 oz.), thawed, each cut in half <BR> 2 sticks (1 oz. each) string cheese, each cut into 10 pieces <BR> 1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese <BR> 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning <BR> 1/4 tsp. garlic powder <BR> 1 c. marinara sauce, heated <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <B... Wed, 28 May 2014 09:55:59 EST Roasted Cherry Tomato, Arugula And Sorghum Salad Hello Sparkfamily! A salad anytime is music to my ears! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Sorghum~ <BR> <BR> 1 cup sorghum, rinsed in a fine mesh colander <BR> 3 cups water <BR> <BR> Roasted cherry tomatoes~ <BR> <BR> 1 pint cherry tomatoes <BR> 1 Tbsp olive oil <BR> Sea salt <BR> <BR> Lemony dressing~ <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsp olive oil <BR> 2 Tbsp lemon juice <BR> ¼ tsp red pepper flakes <BR> ¼ tsp fine grain sea salt <BR> 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced <BR> Freshly groun... Tue, 27 May 2014 13:52:38 EST Roasted Red Pepper And Basil Pesto Pasta Hello Sparkfamily! Are you looking for a yummy dish to go with your Memorial Day meal? Why then, take a gander at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 cloves garlic <BR> 1/3 cup pine nuts <BR> 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese <BR> 1 cup roasted red bell pepper (fresh or jarred) <BR> 1 cup basil leaves <BR> 1/2 tsp. salt <BR> 1/4 tsp. pepper <BR> 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil <BR> 1 lb. penne pasta (I like to use the miniature version) <BR> 1/4 cup heavy cream, optional <BR> <BR> D... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:24:30 EST Bacon Cheeseburger Buns Hello Sparkfamily! Happy Memorial Day to all of you! Take a look at this! <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast <BR> 2/3 cup warm water (110 to 115) <BR> 2/3 cup warm milk (110 to 115) <BR> 1/4 cup sugar <BR> 1/4 cup shortening <BR> 2 eggs <BR> 2 tsps salt <BR> 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour <BR> <BR> Filling~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound sliced bacon, diced <BR> 2 pounds ground turkey or beef <BR> 1 small onion, chopped <BR> 1-1/2 teaspoons salt <BR>... Sun, 25 May 2014 15:28:51 EST