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Monday, December 21, 2009

Raspberry-Apple Danish Spread With New RITZ Brown Sugar Cinnamon Crackers

RITZ has done it again! If you love the RITZ cracker you will and your children will absolutely love their Brown Sugar Cinnamon Crackers! They are so yummy :)

Here is a very simple easy recipe to share with the ones you love:


  • 1 Pkg. (8 oz.) Philadelphia Neufchatel Cheese, softened
  • 1 Apple chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. seedless raspberry jam
  • 1/3 cup granola
  • RITZ Brown Sugar Cinnamon Crackers

Preheat Oven to 350.

Spread Neufchatel onto bottom of a 9 - inch pie plate or 1 - quart casserole dish.

Combine the apples and jam; spread over the cheese.

Top with granola.

Bake 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve with the Ritz Brown Sugar Cinnamon Crackers.


Creme de Menthe Chocolate Squares

This is a real quick and last minute dessert for the rush to your Holiday party!

  • 1 box brownie mix
  • 2 Cups Confectioners Sugar (Powder Sugar)
  • 3 Tablespoons green Creme de Menthe
  • 1/2 Cup Butter - Melted
  • 6 oz Chocolate Chips
  • 6 additional Tablespoons Butter
Prepare the Brownies per instructions on the box, set aside to cool.

In a mixing bowl combine Powder Sugar, Creme de Menthe and 1/2 C melted butter. Mix well. Spread over cooled brownies.

Next melt the Chocolate Chips and 6 Tablespoon Butter until smooth. Drizzle over the mint layer.

Cut into squares (with a hot wet knife). Serve. You can also make these ahead of time and freeze.


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Happy Winter ;)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Funfetti Pancakes

Want to make something special for your little ones on Christmas morn? Or any morning....

This real "easy" recipe will put a smile on any one's face ;) All you need is some pancake mix and sprinkles! Yes sprinkles.

Make your pancake mix per instructions on package. Throw in a handful of sprinkles. Mix to combine well.

Grease your skillet and pour batter into pan. When you see bubbles on the edges and in the middle that means your ready to turn.

Flip it over and cook for about the same amount of time.

Hint: the first pancake is aways the dud! Make sure your pan is nice and hot.

Serve with syrup and whippy (whip cream)


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Old Fashion Christmas Mincemeat Spice Cookies

I grew up eating these wonderful cookies every Christmas. I do not remember not ever having them as a child. We couldn't wait to get the mixing bowl! The cookies are filled with raisins, apples and spices.

I am bringing one of my favorites to you to share with your little ones.


  • One 9 oz box of None Such Condensed Mincemeat (crumbled)
  • 1 Cup butter flavored Shortening
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 Cups unsifted Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
The recipe is also on the side of the Mincemeat box ;)

Preheat oven to 375 F.

First open your Mincemeat and using a serrated or bread knife cut your Mincemeat into this slices to be able to crumble it. I found this the easiest way to do it. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl combine all your dry ingredients (not the sugar); Flour, Baking Soda and Salt then mix together.

In another large mixing bowl mix Shortening and Sugar until fluffy.

Add Eggs to Shortening mixture, beat well.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the Shortening mixture about a cup at a time. Mix well but not too much. Add the crumbled Mincemeat mix until combined well.

Drop by rounded spoonfuls about two inches apart, onto greased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned.

Cool. Frost if desired. Makes 40 cookies using a 1 - 1/2 Tablespoon cookie scoop.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Easy Winter Skillet Chicken

This easy skillet chicken is great for a cold Winter day! It's a one dish meal and everyone loves it. Just add your families favorite cut of chicken and your on your way.


  • One package of your favorite cut up chicken parts
  • Flour for dredging and gravy
  • Two Cloves Garlic diced
  • Two Carrots diced into small squares
  • One Celery Stalk diced
  • 1/2 Onion diced (green onion or leek is fine also)
  • 1/2 package frozen Peas.
  • One can low sodium Chicken Broth.
  • Two tablespoons dried Parsley flakes.
  • Salt/Pepper
Wash and pat dry chicken. Season with Salt and Pepper.

Dredge in flour coating well.

Preheat skillet with olive oil (enough to cover bottom of pan) to medium.

Brown chicken on all sides. Remove and place on paper towel.

Add a little more oil to pan with the drippings (the drippings have all the flavor) and add the Carrots, Celery, and Onion. Add a dash of Salt and Pepper at this time. Saute until onions turn opaque and carrots start to get tender. Add Garlic and saute for two minutes or so, do not burn (Garlic will get bitter).

Add two Tablespoons flour to pan, stirring for about a minute or two to remove the raw flour taste. The mix will get real thick at this point it's okay!

Wine Option: You can add a cup and half of white wine at this point if you would like. Stirring constantly and cooking out the alcohol for about a minute or two.

Slowly add the chicken broth stirring constantly and getting all the yummy bits from the pan. You should have a gravy like consistency. If you find it's too thick you can add more broth or some water if you like.

Add the Parsley flakes and stir.

Add the chicken back into the sauce and the frozen peas. Simmer for about 15 minutes until chicken is cooked through.

Serve over rice or egg noodles.


Giveaway Winner!

From our lucky giveaway winner:

Hi Karen-
I wanted to let you know that I received your Lucky Brand Food package. Way cool! Thank you very much. I was excited to receive the package. I guess I need to get going on some pie baking :-)

Happy Holidays!

Stovetop Holiday Popuri

Make your home smell like a warm and cozy retreat for Christmas Holiday!

Grab the following out of the pantry:

Cinnamon sticks

Using a carrot peeler peel some rind off an orange toss in a pot with a couple cinnamon sticks and some whole cloves. Fill pot 1/2 full with warm water. Place on the stove on low heat. Shortly you will start to smell the pleasant sent of the Holiday's.

You can reuse on batch for a few days ;)

Remember to turn off stove before you slumber off to bed!!


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Easy Holiday Cinnamon Buns

Whip up these great Cinnamon Buns up in just minutes! You can prepare the night before and refrigerate, then bake in time for breakfast or brunch.

Purchase a your favorite store brand of puff pastry or crescent rolls.

Un-roll onto a lightly floured cutting board or counter top.

With a rolling pin roll out the dough to remove any pre cuts if you purchased crescent rolls.

Brush dough generously with butter.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture (click this link for Cinnamon Toast for cinnamon sugar recipe: Cinnamon French Toast)

Then sprinkle ground cinnamon over cinnamon sugar mixture shown here:

Roll dough from bottom of board not pressing down from bottom to top, so you have one long roll.

Cut the roll (with a bread knife or serrated knife) into 2" wide
slices and place on a baking sheet.

Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown.

Remove from oven. Let set 5 minutes.

Frost with Cream Cheese Cinnamon Bun Frosting:
  • 1 (8 oz) package Cream Cheese - softened
  • 1/2 Cup Butter - softened
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 3 Cups Powder Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk

Combine all ingredients, mix until smooth, spread on very warm rolls.



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