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Snacky Sunday- Bacon Wrapped Kielbasa with Brown Sugar Glaze and Pizza biscuits

We took down and put away Christmas this morning, and ended up eating a late breakfast.   Last Pats game of the regular season today, and I thought I'd make some things that would be easy to snack on in front of the tv.

These go together quick if you do them assembly line style, and it's a good payoff in the end.   Sticky, meaty, sweet deliciousness.    I make sure to do the clean up right away before everything hardens. 

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Bacon Wrapped Kielbasa Bites with Brown Sugar Glaze - What the Fork Food Blog

  1                lb.  kielbasa- used Hillshire Farm Polska Kielbasa Links
10 slices center cut bacon
  1                  C  brown sugar -- packed
  3               Tbsp  dijon mustard
  3               Tbsp  rice wine vinegar
  1/2 Tbsp fresh cracked black pepper

Heat oven to 375.   For easier clean up,  line a baking sheet with foil or parchment.   Top with a baking rack lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Cut each kielbasa link into 1&q…

Christmas Baking 2014

Because I'm just getting back into the kitchen after hand surgery, my usual cookie baking bonanza wasn't going to happen this year.    We have a gathering on Christmas Eve of about 15 people and I bring a tray to pass.   I figured the best way to get a good variety was to focus on recipes that I could bake in 13x9 pans. 

Here is the finished tray, minus the Mounds Brownies, which stayed in their own pan:

First up, Honeybun Cake:
I prefer Betty Crocker cake mixes, and those have now been reduced to 15.25 oz.   My friend Carol shared a cake mix upsizer and it worked perfectly in this recipe.   Thank you to Serve at Once for sharing the recipe!

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                              Honeybun Cake

  1                box  Yellow Cake Mix --  Betty Crocker 15.25 + 3oz Cake mix upsizer
  4              whole  Eggs
  1                cup light Sour Cream
     3/4          cups  Vegetable Oil
  1                cup  Light Brown Sugar
  2          teaspoons  Cinnamon

Bacon Cheeseburger Pie

There are just some nights when you shouldn't attempt a new recipe.   Last night was one of them, but I stubbornly clung to my planned menu.   .

My first problem- I couldn't find refrigerated hashbrowns, so I bought the frozen ones, a 30oz bag.   I eyeballed 20oz and defrosted them in the microwave.    Next issue- despite having a dozen pie pans, none of them are deep dish.   I went with a Pyrex.    When I put the crust into the oven, a major homework meltdown occurred and I was distracted and forgot to set the timer.   I am guessing that I shorted the time the crust should have baked by about 5 mins based on how long it took to cook through in the end.

In the filling, I used minced dried onion, which is the only way I can get it past the people I live with. A quick count made me realize that I couldn't use the eggs without compromising my Christmas baking, so I omitted them, along with the panko.   I meant to put Penzey's BBQ 3000 in for my 'steak seasoning', …

Baked Gingerbread Mini Donuts

It's beginning to look a lot like DONUTS!  :)   Struggling a bit with my Christmas spirit this year.   I decided to play some cheerful music and bake a nice treat for breakfast.   I knew I wanted donuts, but I couldn't decide on a flavor- eggnog?  peppermint?  Nope, I wanted gingerbread and I had these on my donut Pinterest board from Pinch of Yum.

No changes to this one, except that I cannot remember adding the maple syrup.  The minute I stepped into the kitchen, I was swarmed with people needing answers to urgent questions that apparently I only possess the answer to.   I know I did, the lid was off and I had a measuring spoon with remnants in it, but whether I added it to the batter or the glaze, I have no idea.    

I let the kid go a little nuts with the sprinkles.   And they turned out delicious.  It's the holidays, and calories don't count til January, right?     Thank you so much to Lindsay at Pinch of Yum for the recipe, and for helping my Grinchy heart grow …

Apple Slab 'Pie'

So happy to be getting back into the kitchen a little.  I've been recovering from hand surgery and though I was prepared with frozen and quick fix meals, I was unprepared for how much I'd actually miss cooking.   The guys have done a great job helping out and yesterday I decided they deserved a little treat.

I've accumulated four boxes of puff pastry and had a half dozen Cortland apples, and turnovers were on my mind.    I saw this Apple Slab Pie from Natasha's Kitchen on Pinterest, and it was easy to throw together.    I know my family and took Natasha's advice about doubling it up and making both sheets of puff pastry.   My apples were a bit closer to the edges than hers, so I didn't get as nice of a puff on the pastry, but it is still delicious.   The first one disappeared very, very quickly.     I packed slices in both of the guys lunches today and will be enjoying a piece myself shortly for breakfast.  What? It's fruit, so that = breakfast, right?  I a…