Saturday, March 31, 2012

::: Macoron Delights :::

color palette ::: macoron delights

Friday, March 30, 2012

::: Key Lime Pie with Oatmeal Creme Pie Crust :::

Hello Pinterest Fanatics and welcome to my daughter Alesea's Corner. She LOVES to cook and was absolutely thrilled for me to pass along our family recipe for Key Lime Pie. This was a sweet, special Mommy - Daughter moment for us.

This isn't your ordinary Key Lime Pie. Although the ingredients are simple, I promise that it's going to change the way you make your crust forever. It's the perfect crust for this Sweet Citrus Treat.

Now, I can take full credit for the filling being our family recipe as I grew up eating this delicious pie in a graham pie crust. Which was great and needed no improvement. Then a conversation with my hair stylist led to changing our easy, no bake family recipe forever. Thank you Pam for introducing me to the Ultimate Pie Crust: Oatmeal Creme Pie Crust.

You will need:
8 oz. Cool Whip
10-14 oz. Sweetened Condensed Milk
6 oz. Limeade
1 box Oatmeal Creme Pies
Green Food Coloring (Optional)
Lime (Optional)

The great part about this filling is that you can alter the amount of Sweetened Condensed Milk to change the level of sweetness. Mix together the Cool Whip and Limeade. Then add the Sweetened Condensed Milk to your liking. We add 10 oz. of Sweetened Condensed Milk. If you get it too sweet, no can always add more limeade. If you want that beautiful key lime color, just add a few drops of green food coloring & your filling is done. Place in the fridge while you prepare THE ultimate pie crust.

Pie Crust:
Grease your pie plate lightly. I spritzed with Pam. Now the fun begins. Grab a butter knife and separate your Oatmeal Creme Pies. Then place Creme side down. Yes, Creme side down.

Continue placing the Oatmeal Creme Pies and pressing them together until the entire pie plate is covered.

Now fill your Ultimate Oatmeal Creme Pie Crust with the Key Lime filling.

Garnish with a slice of lime if you wish and refrigerate. 12-24 hours is ideal, but you can sample 3-4 hours in if you'd like. We find it really hard to resist for a full day in my house.

I'm so proud of Alesea, she did a beautiful job! Please feel free to comment below, she would love to hear your feedback.

Enjoy and Happy Pinning!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

::: Easter Trends I :::

Hello Pinterest Fanatics!
Easter is quickly approaching and Pinterest is overflowing with great ideas using Peeps. From Easter Peep Kebabs to creating gorgeous Easter Table Arrangements. I compiled a list of 10 Spectacular Uses for Peeps. Enjoy!

Chocolate Easter Bowl
Source: Celebrations at Home

Chocolate Covered Peep Bouquet
Source: Your Home Based Mom

Decorated Chocolate Covered Peeps
Source: Your Home Based Mom

Decorated Jars Peep Show
Source: I Will Craft

Easter Basket Cocktail
Source: Marc Felion

Pink Peep Floral Arrangement
Source: Flower Duet

Peep Treat with Tags
Source: The Crafting Chicks

Cupcake Push Pop Peeps
Source: Love from the Oven

Easter Peep Kebabs
Source: Warning Sugary Goodness

Easter Bunny S'mores
Source: Creative Gift & Party Ideas

Happy Pinning

Monday, March 26, 2012

::: Grilled Cheese Croutons & Tomato Soup :::

Hello Pinterest Fanatics,
My kids LOVE Tomato Soup especially with a Grilled Cheese Sandwich. When I ran across this pin, I had one of those why didn't I think of that moments. This is genius!

Here is my spin on a Classic... the Quick & Easy Version.

You will need:
1 can Tomato Soup
2 slices of bread
Your favorite cheese
softened butter
(Serves 2)
I use wheat bread, Low Fat Kraft American Cheese and I Can't Believe it's Not Butter for a healthy version.

Heat your pan over medium-high heat. Spread one side of each bread slice with butter. Place 1 slice in the pan buttered side down. Top with cheese, then place the other bread slice on top buttered side up. Cook until toasted on both sides, around 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Prepare soup according to label directions.

Remove the sandwich from the pan and allow to cool. Cut into 1" squares.

Divide your Grilled Cheese Croutons between each serving of soup.

Enjoy and Happy Pinning!

Friday, March 23, 2012

::: Cheesy Doritos Casserole :::

Hello Pinterest Fanatics and Happy Friday,
Long gone are my days of brainstorming, googling, searching through blog after blog and spending way too much time coming up with a weekly menu for my family. It is so wonderful being able to quickly scan through my recipe board on Pinterest. Now the hard part is narrowing down my choices. What a great problem to have.

My family loves Mexican food and there is no shortage of recipes on Pinterest. I was inspired by a couple of pins to create my own Doritos Casserole.

Meet my Cheesy Beef Doritos Casserole...

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You will need:
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 can of Ranch Style Beans (Optional)
1 bag of Doritos (I use Taco Flavor)
1/2 Onion Chopped (I use Sweet Yellow Onion)
1 can of Ro-Tel
1 Packet of Taco Seasoning
1 can of Cream of Chicken
2 cups Cheddar Cheese (or more if wanted)
Serve with Salsa & Sour Cream

Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees. Grease your Casserole Dish (I use 9 x 11 x 3) with a spritz of Pam. Then, brown the ground beef with the onion.

I have to pause for just a moment and reminiscence on my childhood - don't you just love the 80's throwback from this Doritos bag? LOVE it!

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Next drain the ground beef & return it to the pan. Then have your sweet son mix in the taco seasoning, 1/2 cup of water, can of ro-tel and cream of chicken. (Add Ranch Style Beans at this point if used). Simmer for 5 minutes.

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Now it's time to layer... I basically divide everything into thirds. Starting with Doritos.

Then Meat Mixture & Cheese

Repeat & Repeat. I kinda went overboard on the cheese, ran out and threw some Monterrey Jack on top.

Cover and throw in the oven for approx. 27 minutes. Cook until cheese is bubbly.

You end up with layers of Doritos, beef and melted cheese yumminess.

Serve with Salsa and Sour Cream.

I have two more versions to share with you soon. One with Chicken and a Healthy version. I'm sure your family will love this one as much as mine did.

Have a great weekend &
Happy Pinning.