Monday, October 28, 2013

Soft Sugar Cookies

If you're looking for a soft sugar cookie recipe, give this one a try.  The cookies are soft and delicious!  Even without the frosting.

3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl, combine softened butter and sugar.  Mix until smooth.  Add in egg and vanilla and mix well.  Add baking powder and flour, 1 cup at a time.  Mix well after each addition.  Dough may start to crumble, but keep mixing and the dough will pull together.  When the dough is mixed, roll into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350.  Sprinkle the counter with flour (or powdered sugar - I like to use powdered sugar instead) and roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick.  Cut with a cookie cutter, then transfer to a greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.  Bake for 6 to 8 minutes (I pull them out when the top no longer looks moist).  Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool all the way.

Recipe from Make Bake Celebrate.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Country Club Chicken Spaghetti

Calling all mushroom lovers!  This Country Club Chicken Spaghetti is for you.  Even if you don't like mushrooms, there's bacon in this Country Club Chicken Spaghetti.  Bacon makes anything good, right?

My little 3 year old threw his normal fit when we sat down to dinner, but after I finally got him to try it, he ate all that was on his plate and then started picking off my plate.  In fact, all the kids ate it really well.

1 pound spaghetti
4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
1 large onion, diced
1 pound mushrooms, sliced
2 (10.75 ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup
4 slices bacon
1/4 cup chicken broth
2/3 cup sharp cheddar, shredded

Cook bacon in a large pan, over medium heat, until crisp.  Set bacon aside on a paper towel to cool, then crumble.  Generously salt and pepper chicken.  Cook chicken in the bacon grease until browned on the outside, but not cooked through; 3 to 5 minutes per side.  Place browned chicken breast in a 9x13-inch baking dish and set aside.  Add onion to the pan with the bacon drippings and cook for 3 minutes.  Add sliced mushrooms and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes; until softened.  Add cream of mushroom soup, chicken broth and crumbled bacon.  Stir until well combined, then stir in the shredded cheese; mix well.  Pour sauce over chicken and bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is bubbly.  While the chicken is baking, cook spaghetti according to the package directions.  Serve chicken and sauce over spaghetti noodles.

Recipe adapted from Kayotic Kitchen.

Monday, October 7, 2013


Happy Monday!!  How about we start off the week with a little giveaway.  Like a super, way cool, SkySlicer the Allosaurus™ from VTech.

My little guy (and even my little girl) LOVED this toy.  He played with it and played with it. For. Hours!  And that was just the first day.  He loved the sound and that he had 2 toys in one.  Even though he mostly played with it as an airplane.

I quite liked the toy as well.  I loved that it was a "learning" toy, without really being a learning toy.  When it's in the Allosaurus mode, it gives some little facts about the Allosaurus.  I also loved that it was easy to switch from the SkySlicer (airplane) to the Allosaurus.  I was able to figure it out in just a minute without needing any instructions.  It was so easy even a guy could do it! ;)  It took the little guy a while to figure it out himself (he's 3), but now he can do it without my help.

SkySlicer the Allosaurus™

  • SkySlicer the Allosaurus transforms from a jet plane into a fierce Allosaurus!
  • Play in jet plane mode by choosing your pilot on the 1.5" LCD screen, or have fun with the high-flying wings and realistic jet plane sound effects.

  • Switch to dinosaur mode to see SkySlicer‘s animated dinosaur eyes, his powerful arms and big, strong tail.
  • Sound effect buttons play realistic dinosaur sounds and phrases that teach pre-historically awesome dinosaur facts!
  • Join SkySlicer on his favorite adventure…this guy loves to hunt!
  • Ages 3-8 years, MSRP: $15.99
  • Available: Fall 2013

The ultimate kid’s toy, Switch & Go Dinos® easily transform between a dinosaur and a vehicle in a few simple steps.
  • Each of the collectible Switch & Go Dinos® features high-quality electronics and a unique transformation feature to provide a 2-in-1 imaginative play experience.
  • In dinosaur mode, sound effect buttons emit realistic dinosaur sounds and phrases that teach facts about each dino, providing kids with fun and enriching playtime.
  • Additional Dinos in the Switch & Go line include Jagger the T-Rex™, Blister the Velociraptor™, MC Roar the Giganotosaurus™, Stompsalot the Amargasaurus™, Quiver the Stygimoloch™, Torr the Therizinosaurus™ and Akuna the Velociraptor™ - collect them all!

Disclousure - I was provided with a sample to review by VTech.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Edible Sugar Cookie Dough

My kids, especially my girls, can't seem to get enough edible cookie dough.  I make it for them at least once a week, if not once a day!  For those of you who are not huge chocolate fans (is there really such a thing?!?), so aren't really into my Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, try out this Edible Sugar Cookie Dough.  And even if you are a huge chocolate fan, still try it out.  It's delicious!  My 12 year old and her bestie have decided they like it even better than Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.  That's pretty big.  Especially if you've ever seen the way they devour the stuff!

I'm pretty sure sprinkles make everything taste better. :)

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon orange extract
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon baking powder

Combine sugar, butter, vanilla, orange extract and milk.  Mix well.  Add flour, baking soda and baking powder and mix until combined.

Recipe from The Royal Cook - an original!

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