Friday, June 28, 2013

Crock-Pot or Oven Chart

CROCK POT OR OVEN chart.  Crock pots are great for summer and Fall so you can enjoy your beautiful day and have dinner waiting when the day is over.
It's fairly easy to convert your favorite recipes for crockpot use.

     Stovetop                                             Crockpot
                                            High Temp                     Low Temp
15-30 minutes:               1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hrs              4 - 8 hours
35-45 minutes:               3 - 4 hours                      6 - 10 hours
50 minutes - 3 hours:     4 - 6 hours    
                  8 - 16 hours

I found this chart over on facebook and thought I would share it will all of you.

Have a great week-end.   Mary

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fun Activity for Children and Parents

Are you hearing "Mom, I'm bored there's nothing to do" at your house this summer?  Well, I found this post on my Facebook page and click on the link, it shows all over the world where you can go and pick your own fruits and vegetables!  I've done this in the past with my girls and they always seemed to enjoy picking a little but also being able to run in the fields too!  The link to a field or picking site is HERE.  Not only do you find where to go, but at the bottom of the page they have links on how to preserve the fruits and vegetables you've picked!  Good way to get the kids to try new food too!

Have fun,      Mary

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Skor Bars

Hi everyone, how have you been?  Well summer has finally made it here in our part of the world!  Now if it just doesn't get too hot!

I saw a picture of these bars on Pinterest last week and they just looked to yummy not to try, but when I  went to the site, there was not recipe!  So I had to do a google search and found a recipe that I wanted to try.  Can you believe that these bars are made with Ritz cracker crumbs and sweetened condensed milk?  You won't once you try one.  Some of the recipes said to bake and others said no baking required, but I went with the baked version for the ones I wanted to try.  I found my recipe HERE.  Let me tell you, these are good!  I used my mini food processor to make my crumbs and it doesn't take long to put these bars together either!

Skor Bars

  • 1 (11.3 oz) box Ritz crackers, my box was bigger, so I used three sleeves of crackers
  • 1 (8 oz) bag toffee bits (Heath is what I used)
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place all of the Ritz crackers in a food processor and process until they are fine crumbs. Pour them into a bowl.
  3. To the bowl of crackers, add 1 cup of the toffee bits and the can of sweetened condensed milk. Stir until combined. Press into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven.
  4. Immediately pour the chocolate chips evenly over the top of the bars. Allow them to sit for a few minutes to melt, then spread evenly over the top. (If they aren't melting, stick the pan back into the oven for a minute or two.) Sprinkle on the remaining toffee bits. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.
Well, there you have it, a fairly quick recipe, total time around one hour, from start to finish.
Have a great day!    Mary

Monday, June 3, 2013

Biscoff Rice Krispie Bars

Hi everyone!!  I hope you had a great week-end.  Our Sunday was a day for just laying around and doing nothing!  Besides, it was over cast and cool too, good day to be in the kitchen making some goodies!

I found this recipe for these Rice Krispie Bars over on Pinterest.  When I saw this pin I knew exactly who I had to make some of these for.  My friend, whom I use to work for, loves Biscoff, and I will be seeing her on Tuesday, so I will give her a big ol' plate of these to enjoy.  She will have some help, as her sons and she will going on a road trip, nice snack for them to take with them!  You can see step by step pictures on the original posters blog HERE.  Of course I had to try one and so did hubby.  He thought they would be good with a cup of coffee in the morning and I thought they were good at anytime of the day!

Biscoff Rice Krispie Bars
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup Biscoff Spread
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Put Rice Krispies in a very large bowl and set aside.  In a small to medium sauce pan, combine sugar and corn syrup and cook over low heat until sugar is completely dissolved.  Remove from the heat and stir in Biscoff Spread until well combined.  Pour Biscoff mixture over the Rice Krispies and toss and mix together until the cereal is completely coated.  With buttered hands, spread and gently press mixture into a well-greased (foil-lined) 9 X 13 inch pan.  Allow mixture to cool and then remove foil from pan and cut into squares.  Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for 3-5 days.

If you enjoy Biscoff, then you really need to try these bars!  Very good.
I hope you enjoy this post and this recipe, see you soon!      Mary