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My Birthday!

My Birthday is on August the 6th, so I just turned 14! On my birthday my Mom, Dad, and I went to the Houston Galleria (which they need better maps!) We found our way to Chile’s and got GREAT food. My Dad got some chicken poppers and corn on the cob, and my Mom and I split some mushroom fajitas which came with guacamole, tomatoes, sour cream, onions, and chicken, so it was sooooo good! After that we looked around the mall and found a Border Books we went there and found a lot of books on sale! So I got “The Cookie Bible” for seven dollars. My mom got some school books and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” on CD. After the mall we went to Wal-Mart to get some Mountain Dew for our party. We went home and ate cake, drank M-Dew, and opened presents. On our birthdays We do our parties with our family only and I like it that way. I made my cake which was a lemon meringue cake from my Taste Of Home baking book. Here is a recipe: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Lemon-Meringue-Cake

Coconut Upside Down Brownies

I have made some coconut macaroon brownies, but the way you were suppose to layer them made them over cooked on the top and under cooked on the bottom. I didn’t care for that brownie recipe. Over all they weren’t very good. I made my own recipe, and I used a brownie recipe from my “Taste Of Home Baking Book” with my own coconut topping.

Rich Chocolate Brownies
Ingredients:
2 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°f and prepare a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Use baking spray and spray the bottom and sides of the dish. Then tear a piece of parchment paper (NOT wax) and place it on the bottom and sides of the baking dish. Spray the paper.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add butter; mix well. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; add to batter and mix well. Set aside.

For the coconut mixture
1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 14oz bag of flaked coconut
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Mix together and place it in the bottom of the pan. Spread the Brownie batter on top of the coconut and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

Whole Wheat Flax Seed Waffles

1 c. milled flax seed
3 c. whole wheat flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
6 eggs, separated
3 c. milk
1/2 c. butter melted.
Combine the first eight ingredients; set aside. Beat the egg whites making a stiff meringue, and set aside. Mix the last ingredients with the egg yolks and add into the dry ingredients until moist, but do not over-mix. Fold the meringue into the batter, making sure you still see specks of it in the batter. Cook in your waffle iron until golden brown. Makes 12 7-inch waffles

Twangy Meatloaf Dinner

Tuesday night I made my Twangy Meatloaf for dinner. It is one of the family’s favorite meals, and it’s not all that expensive to prepare. I make my meatloaf a little different than most people do, as you can tell in the picture. I cook my meatloaf in muffin tins. This helps with portion control and it also cooks faster than a whole loaf does. I always make more meatloaf than we need for one meal, because we all love the leftovers. I call it twangy because the worcestershire sauce mixed with the ketchup has a twang to it. I could have made half of this recipe and had enough for one meal for our family of 7. I also made the family favorite sides mashed potatoes, and honey glazed carrots.

Twangy Meatloaf
2 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup of oatmeal
1 Tablespoon onion flakes
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups of ketchup
8 teaspoons worcestershire sauce

Combine turkey, oatmeal, onion flakes, and eggs in a bowl. In a separate bowl combine ketchup and worcestershire sauce. Add half of the ketchup mixture to the meat mixture, and combine. Spray muffing tins with non-stick spray of your choice. Fill each cup leaving a little room at the top, with my tins i got 18 meatloaf muffins. Put 1 Tablespoon of ketchup on each meatloaf and spread over the top. Bake at 375. I cooked mine for about 15 minutes, but cooking times will vary based on the size of your tins. If you wanted to be really creative you could put the meat in a mini-muffin tin and make bite size meatloaf, which little ones might really like. You will have between 1/2 cup and 3/4 cup of the ketchup mixture left. I use this mixed with 2 cups of water when I make my gravy.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

10 medium sized potatoes, peeled & diced
1 8oz package of cream cheese, diced
1 stick of butter
1/4 cup of half and half
salt & pepper to taste

After your potatoes are peeled and diced, place them in a pot, add 1/2 tablespoon of salt, and cover with water. Boil until fork tender. While they are cooking dice your cream cheese and slice your butter; placing them in the bottom of your bowl. After potatoes are cooked, drain and place in bowl on cream cheese and butter. Add half and half, salt & pepper. I always start out with a little salt & pepper, tasting as I mix ; adding more as needed. Beat with a hand mixer until potatoes are creamed.

Honey Glazed Carrots

1 lb carrots, peeled & sliced
1/4 cup honey
1 stick of butter

Steam carrots, and drain. While carrots are draining melt butter in bottom of pan. Add carrots to butter, stirring lightly to coat. Add honey and heat until warm. This is a very quick and easy side dish.

Creamy Sausage Casserole

This is one of our family favorite casseroles, but for some unknown reason I don’t make it that often. I’m trying to look at cooking as frugally as possible, and this is a dish that falls into that category. Tonight I’m serving this with garlic cheddar biscuits, and a salad. The use of chicken noodle soup may seem rather unconventional, but it’s mighty tasty. I hope you will try it with your family, and if you do, I’d love to hear what they thought of it.

Creamy Sausage Casserole

1 pound bulk turkey breakfast sausage

2 cans (10.5oz) chicken noodle soup

2 cans (10.5oz) cream of chicken soup

2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated

8 cups cooked rice

Brown sausage in skillet. Mix rice, soups, & 1 cup of cheese together. When sausage is cooked, combine with rice/soup mixture, and spread in 9 x 13 baking dish. Heat at 325 until cheese melts and contents are bubbly.

Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

2 cups all purpose flour

3 teaspoons garlic powder, divided

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup margarine

3/4 cup cheddar cheese

1 cup buttermilk

3 Tablespoons butter, melted

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, & 2 teaspoons of garlic powder. Cut in margarine then add cheese and buttermilk, and stir in until moistened. Drop by heaping tablespoons about 1 in apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Melt butter and mix in remaining teaspoon of garlic powder. After removing biscuits from oven, brush butter mixture over biscuits. You can bake biscuits for 3 or 4 additional minutes, or you can serve. Makes about 1 dozen biscuits.