Who let the dogs out? . . .Puppy Chow!

Who let the dogs out? . . .Puppy Chow!

I know, it’s an easy recipe that everyone probably already has. But my taste testers LOVE Puppy Chow so I thought I would go ahead and whip up a batch. The only complaint was that this is one messy snack, so if you have fussy tasters at your house you might cut back on the powdered sugar just a bit.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 cups Crispix or Rice Chex cereal
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Combine peanut butter, butter and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute.  Stir to blend all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.  Stir well.
  3. Place the cereal in a VERY LARGE bowl.
  4. Pour the peanut butter-chocolate mixture over the cereal and toss evenly, making sure all the cereal gets covered.
  5. Place the powdered sugar in a large zip-lock bag (I used the 2 gallon size).
  6. Add the coated cereal to the bag, making sure to leave enough room to shake the puppy chow.
  7. Shake the bag vigorously to evenly coat each piece of the puppy chow with powdered sugar.

Serving suggestions for parties include serving the puppy chow in an actual NEW and CLEAN cute ceramic dog dish.


 

 

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Green Chile Corn Chowder

Green Chile Corn Chowder

With snow on the ground and the possibility of freezing fog I thought it would be a good time to make something warm and comforting. With just a little kick! The best part of this recipe? Fix it early with little mess and when you are done eating clean up is a snap. And of course it comes taste-tester approved.

  • 1 can 15-oz or 16.5 oz cream style corn
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 tbs fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 can 4 oz diced green chilies, drained
  • 2 oz jar pimentos, chopped
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 3 cups chicken broth or bouillon
  • 1 cup milk or light cream
  • 1 cup montery jack cheese, shredded

Optional:

  • 1/4 cub cubed Velveeta cheese
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno juice

In crockpot combine all ingredients except milk/cream and cheese.  Cook on LOW 7 to 8 hours or until potatoes are tender.  Stir in milk or cream and cheese.  Reheat until cheese is melted.  If soup is too thin for your taste, you can thicken with instant mashed potatoes.  Just add to get desired consistency.



 


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Tasty Thursday? – Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Tasty Thursday? – Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

My sister-in-law made these at our Christmas get together and I’ve been craving them ever since. Even though it sounds time intensive to wrap green beans, it really goes fast and the end result is well worth it. Trust me – these little bundles will not stay around long!

Ingredients

1 (12 ounce) package bacon, strips cut in half

3 cans green beans (I used the uncut kind)

2 tablespoons brown sugar

salt and pepper to taste

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a casserole dish.
  • Clean and cut the green beans, blanch for 10 minutes. Drain and place green beans in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
  • Set out the bacon, green beans and casserole dish in a little assembly line. Lay out a half strip of bacon. place a small bunch of green beans (6 or 7) onto the strip of bacon and roll up into a bundle. Place the bundle into the casserole dish, seam side down. Repeat with remaining bacon strips and green beans. You can pack these pretty tight in the pan, just know that if the bacon is touching another bundle they take some prying to get apart. Sprinkle with the brown sugar and salt and pepper.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until browned and heated through, about 20 minutes. If the bacon still needs a little more cooking a quick broil will do.
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Super Bowl Ready . . .It’s really all about the party (and the ads).

It’s almost Super Bowl time.  I heard a rumor that there was supposed to be a football game that day.  No matter, invite your peeps over, lay out the snacks, watch the commercials for entertainment value, and pray that whoever sings the National Anthem remembers the words!  I’ve listed a few easy recipes to get you started on your snacks.  Each recipe takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and was approved 100% by my taste testers.

FRUIT SALAD WITH A ZING

Liven up fruit salad with a lemony glaze.  It’s a surprise to the taste buds that has people taking a bite and having a look of surprise on their face.  I loved sitting back and watching their reactions.

  • 1 large can of chunk pineapple
  • 15 oz can of chunk mixed fruit – drained
  • 11 oz can of Mandarin oranges – drained
  • Small jar of Maraschino cherries – drained
  • 3.4 oz box of instant lemon pudding mix
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
Drain pineapple juice and combine with 2 tablespoons orange juice and box of lemon pudding (like it less lemony?  Just decrease how much lemon pudding you add).  Stir well.  Add other fruits, except banana, to a bowl.  Mix pineapple/pudding mixture with fruit.  Refrigerate overnight.  Just before serving add bananas.

CROCKPOT SMOKIES

I can already hear you, everyone has a Little Smokey recipe.  But hey, everyone makes them because they are so easy to make and a crowd pleaser.  It just wouldn’t be a party without a Smokey hanging around to help satisfy your guests.  So here is my version of an old tradition.

  • 3 packages Little Smokies
  • 1 jar grape jelley
  • 1 jar Head Country BBQ sauce
  • Honey

Dump all items into crockpot.  I add just enough honey to make a glaze on the smokies.  Heat on low.  Eat and enjoy!


Easy Cheese Ball

My taste testers response, “this is addicting”.  You might think so too, especially when you see how easy it is to make!

  • 3 packages cream cheese – softened
  • 1 jar dried beef – chopped
  • 1 small bunch green onions – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Mix all together.  Form into ball.  Refrigerate overnight.  Serve with crackers of your choice.  If this is too “oniony” for you, just decrease the amount of green onions.  Want a little extra flavor, add some garlic powder.  Need it to look fancy, roll the ball in chopped pecans or walnuts before serving.  Feeling creative today?  Make a cheese ball sculpture.  Okay, you get the idea . . .the possibilities are limitless!

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