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Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts

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Blizzard Juno has hit New England.    No work or school for my guys, and fingers crossed, the power outages seemed to be limited, so I tempted fate and decided to bake a snow day treat.    Donuts sounded good to me, and I had this recipe printed and ready to go.

No changes at all, except to double the amount of cinnamon sugar at the end.  I'd rather have more than less and have to mix more mid coating.    The excess I save in a spice jar with a shaker lid for sprinkling on buttered toast.

These didn't last long.   I always think, I should double the recipe, don't, and then regret it   LOL    Thanks so much to Baker Bettie for the recipe and making our snow day just a little bit tastier  :)



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                     Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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  5               TBSP  butter -- softened
     1/2           cup  sugar
  1              …

Lawnmower Tacos

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We spent our day ripping out the power steering pump in the car, and when we finished, we had totally missed lunch and were well on the way to dinner.   I had ground beef out and this recipe on the menu for today.   It comes together pretty quickly, and was a nice change from regular tacos.  You can top it with whatever fixins  you like, tomatoes, sour cream, jalapenos, lettuce, olives.     Thanks so much to Fishmama at Life as a Mom!



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                              Lawnmower Taco

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  1              pound  ground beef
1 packet Old El Paso Mild Taco seasoning
     1/4           cup  flour
  2               cups  beef broth (low sodium)
  9             ounces  tortilla chips -- crushed
  2                cup  grated cheese- used Fiesta blend
                 shredded lettuce -- salsa, sour cream, black olives, tomatoes, jalapenos

Preheat oven to 325.

Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner

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Needed a nice hearty meal today and the protein of the day was chicken.    This recipe from Cooking Light, looked simple and filling without being heavy.     My ovenproof skillet wasn't incredibly large, and I had a hard time getting nice color on the chicken.    I had to field a phone call and lost track of my potatoes while they were boiling, and they got a little too soft (I used Yukon Gold).   They broke down a lot in the finished dish, but what survived tasted good.   I would definitely give this one another try.




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                  Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner

  12            ounces  yukon gold potatoes, halved
  1         tablespoon  olive oil -- divided
  4                     skinless -- (6-ounce) boneless chicken breast halves, pounded to 3/4-inch thickness
     3/4      teaspoon  kosher salt -- divided
     1/2      teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper -- divided
  1t dried thyme
  4             ounces  cremini mushrooms -- quartere…

Lasagna Panini

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I've fallen in love with my new panini maker.    Sifting through recipes on Pinterest, and Lasagna Grilled Cheese from Joy the Baker caught my eye.    I don't usually cook at lunch just for myself, but I just kept scrolling past the pin, thinking how great it looked.  

I changed it up a bit, using fresh grape tomatoes instead of canned, and dried basil.    Fast, easy, delicious and I felt like I was treating myself to something special.   Thanks so much Joy for the recipe, be sure to go check out her blog for lots of other wonderful things   :)


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With ImageWithout Image Lasagna PaniniAuthor: Jolene's Recipe Journal ingredients:4 slices bread2 tablespoons butterolive oil1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese1 t dried basilsalt and pepper to tastechopped grape tomatoes1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese instructions:Preheat panini maker, brush lightly with olive oil. Combine ricotta, basil, salt and pepper.Top 2 slices of bread with mozzarella then some chopped tomato…

Irish Peppermint Pattie

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Date day and we're enjoying an adult beverage  :)  We have amassed a large amount of vodka in multiple flavors and I've been searching for ways to use it.    I found this one via Pinterest. I could only find massive peppermint patties, so that's what I went with.








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Irish Peppermint Pattie reviewed by Jolene's Recipe Journal January 17, 2015
1 oz Chocolate Vodka
1 oz Peppermint Schnapps
1 oz Creme de Menthe
1 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
2oz half and half
1 Peppermint Pattie

Combine vodka, schnapps, creme de menthe, Baileys, and half an half in a shaker filled with ice.  Strain into chilled glass. Garnish with Peppermint Pattie. 

Source: http://www.hamptonroadshappyhour.com/irish-peppermint-pattie


Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake

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Big Patriots game today, and I wanted a meal that was easy to throw together.   This recipe from Life With the Crusts Cut off was perfect!    I used bite sized Italian Meatballs, and added Penzey's Italian Herb mix with the sauce.     A sprinkle of shredded Parmesan along with the mozzarella.   Simple.  Mine baked perfectly in exactly 35 minutes.   

Thank you so much Parrish!   Be sure to go check out her blog  :)




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Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake reviewed by Jolene's Recipe Journal January 10, 2015   1                can  Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
  1                bag  frozen Italian meatballs, bite sized
  1  1/2              cups  Ragu Traditional spaghetti sauce
1 heaping teaspoon Penzey's Italian Herb Mix
  1               cup  shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup shredded parmesan

Heat oven to 375.     Spray a 9x13 with nonstick cooking spray.   

Separate biscuits, and cut each one into 8 pieces.   Place into pan.    Pour sauce over.    Sprinkle with Italian Herb M…

Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts

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First new recipe for 2015!  Thin cutlets were on the menu today and I wanted something well spiced and fried.     I've seen this recipe on Pinterest dozens of times and today was the day.    For the flour mixture, I omitted the salt and sprinkled it over the hot chicken on the rack.     I used thin cut chicken breasts, there were about 5 in the package.   I only used half the eggs/water because I'm running low, and it was plenty.  I halved the sauce ingredients and served it on the side.   I liked the sauce, DH thought it was ok.  We all loved the chicken.

Pictures are tough this time of year.   It's dark at dinner and we have energy efficient bulbs which put that yellow cast on everything.     It was much more delicious than it looked.   Thanks to Rock Recipes for this one, there are several variations on the site and I look forward to making the others.




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                Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts


5 thin cut  boneless chicken br…