Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sausage Crescent Rolls

This is an all-time favorite at
Mama Holli's house.

ALL THE TIME
ALL DAY
It is a tradition to serve these
Christmas morning
while we open our gifts but this recipe is not reserved
only for special occasions!

These puppies also make a wonderful
manly appetizer!
The menfolk just love to munch
on these while standing in front
of the TV watching some
kind of sporting event.
I pull them out of the freezer and zap
in the microwave for a quick kiddo breakfast.

The best thing about this recipe is that
it can be made ahead and frozen
until ready to use!
HOLD ON COWGIRLS....
Here we go!
 Easy Ingredients
1 pound of mild pork sausage
(This Texas Mama uses only Jimmy Dean)
2 cans of crescent rolls
(Pillsbury - YUM)
1 block of cream cheese, softened
(Philadelphia - Going for it - No fat free)

Sausage Crescent Rolls
Brown and drain sausage. Add cream cheese to sausage.  Spray baking sheet.  Open rolls but do not separate triangles.  You will make 2 loaves from these rolls.  Place 4 triangles together on a baking sheet.  Press out the perforated holes to seal as one piece. (Now you can buy them in sheets but either will work) Spread half of the sausage mixture on top.  Cover with the remaining 4 triangles pressed together.  With your finger press all around the edges to seal the top and bottom pieces of dough.  Repeat the procedure to make the second loaf. 

Mama Denise in Texas brushes egg whites over the tops of the loaves and  sprinkles poppy seed over the egg whites. I don't do that step but if you feel like being a little fancy then go for it!  Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees.  Slice loaves and serve hot.  You may let them cool on a wire rack and place them single layer in a Ziploc bag and freeze.  No need to thaw just reheat on a baking sheet for 20-25 minutes at 325 degrees. 


I like to spice this up a bit and I add 
1 Tbs. green chilies 
and 1/3 cup of pepper jack cheese 
to the sausage and cream cheese! 

Either way it is delicious!
WAIT!
If you like this recipe then
you need this next recipe as well!






Go HERE 
for the 
Drunken Cheese Tray
and 
Go HERE 
for the 
Triple C Rolls











Friday, January 29, 2010

Mama's Mashed Potatoes and Meatballs Please!


My kids have 
a new favorite dish!
Mama's 
Mashed Potatoes
and
Meatballs!
The trick to making this is dancing 
while mashing the potatoes!
It really does help I tell you!
Just watch the video in the earlier post
and you will see what I mean!

Mama's Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
2 lbs hamburger meat
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp yellow mustard
1 can of tomato soup
1 29 oz can of tomato sauce
1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
4 Tbs brown sugar


1 Tbs honey
salt and pepper to taste




In a large bowl combine hamburger, eggs, bread crumbs, garlic salt and onion powder.  Mix together with hands.  In a soup pot combine tomato sauce, soup, mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire,
and honey.  Bring to a low boil.  Make  medium sized meatballs from the hamburger mixture.  Drop meatballs one by one into the simmering sauce.  Once all the meatballs are in the pot, cover and simmer on low for about 30 minutes.  Stir occasionally and vent lid about halfway through the cooking time.  While the meatballs cook whip up a batch of mashed potatoes the old fashioned way! Add 1 Tbs of cornstarch to about 3 Tbs water in a small bowl.  Mix together until smooth.  Add this mixture to the simmering meatballs  during the last 5 minutes of the cooking time. This will make the gravy good and thick!  When the meatballs are done serve it up on top of the mashed potatoes!  Make sure to dump a ton of gravy with the meatballs!  Enjoy!



Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Girls Craft Night!

One of Mama Lisa's favorite things
to do is to host
CRAFT NIGHT
at her house!
We love it too!
Here are the highlights!
Mama Lisa has been working on
this wonderful scrapbook!
She is actually assembling the book
herself by creating
each and every unique page!
This is what I mean....
She "MAKES" each 
page literally by
gluing a zillion 
scraps together!
WOW!
Tons of work!
"Labor of LOVE" 
to use her words!
Here is another page!
She creates the pages first and THEN
starts the scrapbooking process!
So beautiful and so 
very creative!
When she has completed it
she promises to share!

More participants 
share their creations!
A Fun and Perky Candlestick!
A Bright and Colorful Birdhouse!
A Sweet and Beautiful Cross!
A Fun and Perky Birdhouse!
A WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL,
CREATIVE, and GLORIOUS egg!
Made by me!

Then of course we top the night off
with Mama Lisa's "To Die For
Chocolate Cake"
MADE FROM SCRATCH!
Yes I said,
MADE FROM SCRATCH!
Here it is going into 
someone's
mouth!

Thanks for the fun night Mama Lisa!
Can't wait to do it again!






Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Barista and The Bartender!

Mama Lisa Makes 
Pretty Stiff Drink!
Whether she is whipping
up fresh squeezed lemonade,
dishing out Gatorade to a 
slew of boys 
or drawing 
spring water from the well,
MAMA LISA
 KNOWS HOW
TO SERVE IT UP
IN STYLE!
Here she is serving up some
FANCY
cocktails in honor of
The Golden Globes Craft Night!

Perky and Festive
Just Like Mama Lisa!

Unfortunately......
She is not the only
one in the house
whipping up some
perky drinks!
OH NO!
Barista Ed is close behind her!
He is perfecting his latte making skills
with his fancy new expresso machine!
He is really getting 
creative and quite
proud of himself!

The skill and artistic level involved here is
to be envied to say the least.
I think Mama Lisa has a little competition!
Let me repeat!!!!
I think Mama Lisa has a little competition!
So as Mama Lisa would say......
Game On!





Monday, January 25, 2010

2 Sweet Little Girls Making Sweet Candy!


I truly adore vintage
Valentine Cards!
The Graphics Fairy
sent this Valentine out to all of you!

Love is in the air!
I had two sweet girls 
in my kitchen 
with me
yesterday making
sweet treats!

How stinkin cute 
are these!
Who doesn't love a good lollipop!
Those little girls whipped these
babies up in no time at all!
What fun we had!
Sweet yummy gifts
for your
favorite sweetheart!
Gather up the following:
lollipop sticks
white chocolate melting bark
sprinkles
heart molds found at Michael's
red food coloring

1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave
    40 seconds at a time until melted.
2. Sprinkle molds first.
3. Put stick in mold.
4. Add chocolate to mold.
5. Set up in refrigerator for about 8 minutes.
6. Take out of molds.
7. EAT!

The Graphics Fairy

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Granny's Oatmeal Cookies


My Granny always had a stash of cookies!
She had several kinds to choose from
at any given time!
She stored them in various
containers of all kinds.
Some fancy some not so fancy.
She kept them on a yellow cart
in her kitchen.
The cookie cart!
It was in a perfect location!
It was strategically
positioned
near the back door and close to a
nearby hallway!
Perfect for grabbing and running,
a necessity to not being caught!
As the weekend came to an end the level
in the jars would drop significantly!
Granny did not mind!
She would happily fill them
up to the top again!
Ready and waiting
for our return!

Granny's Oatmeal Cookies
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter softened
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1  3.5 oz serving Jello brand vanilla instant pudding mix
2 eggs
3 1/2 cups of quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup raisins

Mix flour with soda and set aside.  Combine butter. sugars, and pudding mix in a large mixing bowl.  Beat until smooth and creamy.  Beat in eggs.  Gradually add flour mixture.  Stir in oats and raisins.  Batter will be stiff.  Drop by teaspoons on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack and store in your favorite cookie jar!









Friday, January 22, 2010

Katrina Kenison - The Gift Of An Ordinary Day

Mama Elise wants you to see this very special video! When I watched it tears ran down my face. It truly sums up every Mama's life with her children. We all need to learn to appreciate "The Gift of an Ordinary Day". What a lovely way to live. How truly wonderful are the ordinary days in our lives.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mama's In The Kitchen!


Do you like what you see?
Made it last night!
Ate it last night!
Then I
ate it for breakfast!
Yes I did!
With a big fat glass
of milk!
YUMMMM!

Let's name this dish
Mama Holli's 
Eggplant & Chicken Parmesan
So here is the recipe!
2 pounds of skinless/boneless chicken breasts (cut up in cubes)
1 medium sized eggplant
1- 8 oz package of shredded mozzarella cheese
2 pounds gravy (Italian Red Sauce)
1 cup of flour
1 cup of milk
salt and pepper
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 cup Olive oil
garlic powder

First you need your gravy!  I usually make my own but you may use any store brands Prego, Ragu, Paul Newman, you get the picture! If using store bought get the flavor you like best.  Get that heating up in a pot!  If using store brand you might want to add some fresh garlic and a splash of red wine to spruce it up a bit!  Wine makes everything better!  Next you will peel the eggplant.  Take the purple skin off with a knife.  Slice the eggplant in 1/4 inch round slices.  Spread the slices out on a kitchen towel.  Lightly salt each slice let it sweat for 5 minutes then flip and repeat on the other side.
Heat up about 1 cup of olive oil in a skillet.  Take each slice of eggplant and dip into milk and then flour.  Fry the eggplant about 4 slices at a time until slightly brown on each side then place on a plate with paper towels to drain.  In a separate skillet add 2 Tbs. of olive oil and heat on medium high.  Add the cubed chicken to the pan and cook until done. Season with garlic powder and pepper. Take a baking dish about 9 x 13 and spread about 1 cup of the gravy in the dish.  Layer the bottom of the dish with half of the fried eggplant.
Add the chicken on top of the eggplant and cover with half of the remaining gravy.  Add half of the cheese and evenly spread over the gravy.  Layer remaining eggplant, gravy and cheese.  Bake uncovered 45 minutes at 350 degrees.  Serve hot with salad and bread! Don't forget top eat any leftovers for breakfast!  With most Italian dishes it is usually even better the second day!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hearts For You!

So we are making our own
Valentine's Day Cards 
this year!
It is fun!
We are proud!
Pretty Paper!
Number! Get it?
Paper from the Phone Directory!
Clever!
First Sight! Get it?
Pages from a book!
Once again!
CLEVER!
Pretty In Pink!

Make some cards!
Have fun!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

HOLLI HOT SAUCE

In Texas we call the yummy dip
served with tortilla chips in all
Mexican restaurants
HOT SAUCE!
In Colorado it is called
SALSA!
This Mama LOVES
HOT SAUCE!
Usually I make my own as I
am pretty picky about my
HOT SAUCE!
Starting at a very young age,
5 years old to be exact,
my mom would pack
HOT SAUCE
in my metal
Scooby Doo
 lunchbox!
I remember very vividly
sitting at the cafeteria table
dipping my Fritos into my
HOT SAUCE!
  Of course every single child at my
table wanted a taste!
One can only imagine the
GERMS
we
shared!
YUM!
News spread fast!
I became very popular!
I'm sure I felt pretty good about
my new fame and notoriety
as I marched through
the halls of
Hobby Elementary
with my crooked bangs
and
knobby knees!
I can just hear the chatter in the hall!
"Hey Holli! Did you bring your
hot sauce today?"
"You betcha!" was Holli's perky reply.
Then a loud cheer and a sudden
commotion as children argue
about who gets to sit at
"Holli Hot Sauce's" table today!
WOW!
I owe it all to
HOT SAUCE!

So I am going to bestow upon
you all a very easy
HOT SAUCE
recipe!
I have many
HOT SAUCE
recipes but here is the easiest
one from my recipe box.
Once again you will need this

This is a "cheater" recipe!
So let's name it......
Cheater HOT SAUCE

In a blender put 2 cloves of garlic
1 cup of cilantro and
the juice from 1 can of Rotel.
Blend on high about 20 seconds.
Add the remaining can of Rotel
to the blender and blend another
20 seconds.  Do not blend too long
or it will become foamy!
There you go!
Easy Peasy 
40 Second 
Cheater
Hot Sauce!
This is great on eggs, tacos,
quesadillas, you name it!
Store in the refrigerator for
up to 5 days.

I double dare you 
to put it in
your child's lunchbox!

Are you a Queso Lover?
Then go HERE!




7 Layer Tex Mex Dip Lover?
Then go HERE!