Garlic Breadsticks


Today was a funny day at Book Fair. I could sit and listen to little kids all day. They crack me up. I had a little Kindergartener eyeing my regular yellow pencil. She said “I really like your pencil.” I said “Well thank you!” Then she showed me her pencil with no eraser. So I said “Would you like to trade?” She now thinks I’m like the coolest person ever. Then I had a 2nd grader that wanted to buy The Lucky One off of the Adult table along with Diary of A Wimpy Kid. (quite a combination) I told her that her parents might not like her reading The Lucky One, but she assured me that she needed to read it because she hadn’t gotten to see the movie yet. I told her we would hold it for her until her mom could come in. :) A first grader that wanted the Tom Brokaw book, a 2nd grader that is a self-proclaimed Titanic expert, the 3rd grader that I promised to stay open late for that was short money so I had to go dig into my wallet…. 5 more days of entertainment next week. :)

Taylor loves these. She can eat about 6 Olive Garden breadsticks when we go to what she calls her “fancy dinner place”.  So she asked for homemade ones. Really simple to make, just a lot of waiting time.


2 tablespoons Sugar
3/4 teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon Warm Water (105-115 degrees)
3 cups Bread Flour
1-1/2 teaspoons Salt
1/4 cup Butter, softened

2 tablespoons Butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt

Dissolve the sugar and yeast in the warm water in a small
bowl; let sit for 5 minutes, or until it becomes foamy on top.

Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Using the paddle
attachment on a stand mixer, combine butter and flour.

When the yeast mixture is ready, pour it into the flour mixture. Using a dough hook
on your mixture, combine the ingredients and knead dough for 10 minutes.

Place dough in a covered container and let it sit for 1-1/2 hours, until it
doubles in size.

When the dough has doubled, measure out 2-ounce portions
and roll the dough between your hands or on a countertop
to form sticks that are 7 inches long.

Place the dough on parchment paper-lined baking sheets, cover and set aside
for 1-1/2 hours, or until the dough doubles in size once

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Bake the breadsticks for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

Immediately brush with melted butter and sprinkle with a little
garlic salt.

Makes 12 breadsticks.

From Good Morning America

Servings: 12
Calories 174
Total Fat 6.1g
Total Carbohydrates 26.1g
Dietary Fiber 0.9g
Protein 3.4g
Nutrition Grade C+

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Pimento Cheese


I never ate pimento cheese until I started going to our scrapbooking retreats. It is always one of the required dishes there. I finally made my own. I love it! I could just eat it plain by the spoonful. I actually made it to use in a recipe (which I will post later) but there was plenty left over for me to snack on all week.

16 oz Cheddar Cheese, shredded
4 oz jar Diced Pimento, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper

Combine all ingredients just until blended. Cover and chill leftovers for up to a week.

Servings: 24
Calories 97
Total Fat 7.9g
Total Carbohydrates 1.8g
Protein 4.8g
Nutrition Grade D

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Strawberry Butter and Foster Dogs

The girls really, really, really want to foster dogs. Johnny has told them no repeatedly

So they made a Power Point presentation to try to change his mind…..



























The last page….


1. It will teach us to be responsible

2. We aren’t trying to do anything bad we just want to find dogs a good home

3. The dogs will feel important

4. It would be a good life lesson

5. We could put it on our application to the University of Texas (I’m shocked this one didn’t do it)

6.  When we get older and get dogs we would have more experience :)

Please :)

Somehow he still said no.

They made this strawberry butter for me, maybe they should resort to cooking him something next.
3 oz Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1/3 cup Sugar
1 1/2 cups Strawberries
Put cream cheese and butter in food processor until smooth. Add sugar, process until combined. Add strawberries and process until smooth.
Servings: 24
Calories 60
Total Fat 5.1g
Total Carbohydrates 3.6g
Nutrition Grade D+
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Little Smokies

I’m pretty sure everyone in the world (+ any people they may happen to find on Mars this week) have this recipe, but just in case I thought I would share. This is what we quickly through together when we were afraid we weren’t going to have enough yummy pot roast this past weekend.

I’m constantly asking the girls what we can get rid of in their playroom and I’m usually thrilled with anything they offer up!!! Until this….somehow getting rid of their doll bed made me sad. Johnny hates keeping anything we don’t use, so I found a new use for it!

I covered it with some leopard and now Lily has another new bed and I don’t have to be sad.

Poor Randy Travis….it’s bad enough when you run into people you know at the grocery store when you aren’t fixed up, but to show up naked and have it make the news must really suck. TMZ said it best…If you’re only gonna wear one article of clothing during a naked arrest, might as well make it something that says “Longhorn.” Hook ‘em!

18 oz barbecue sauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 (16 ounce) packages little smokies

Stir together barbecue sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and wieners in the pot of a slow cooker. Cook on low for 2 hours, or until ready to serve.

Servings: 12
Calories 359
Fat 22.7g
Carbohydrates 31.4g
Nutrition Grade D-

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Homemade Salsa

Taylor loves her some salsa! (which is the very reason I was terrified to even attempt to make her any) She loved it!! I feel such a huge sense of accomplishment when I get her approval. I’m pretty picky about mine too. There aren’t any in a jar that I love so I was determined to make my own. This one will work!

1 can (14 Ounce) Diced Tomatoes With Juice
2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel Lime & Cilantro Tomatoes & Chilies
1 whole Large Tomato
1/4 whole Onion
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 whole Jalapeno, halved and seeded
1/4 teaspoon Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Cilantro
1/2 whole Lime Juice

I have a 12 cup food processor and this fits just perfectly, so you may need to adjust depending on what size you have.

Place ingredients in food processor and pulse until you get to the desired consistency, about 20 times.

Servings: 24
Calories: 10
Fat: 0g
Fiber: 1g

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Bacon Ranch Potatoes

IMG_0102This was the side that went with the meal that Taylor has declared “ah-mazing!” and she thinks should now be our special holiday meal for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. She said I should only need to make about 60 because everyone will need 2 and that I may need a few more potatoes than this to feed 30+ people. She puts a lot of thought into everything. Which is why watching the fabulous 2012 Summer Olympics with her is going to be a full time job. She is very concerned that I’m not recording every event. I tried explaining to her that you are just supposed to watch the main events and the highlights but she’s not buying that. She also warned me that this is really her first time to watch the olympics so she may have extra questions. :l Is that really possible??? Yes it is…We watched the opening ceremonies and she wanted to know why Betty White was on those dresses with the people on it (bless their hearts for having to wear those). I may have to bring in reinforcements. I couldn’t answer half her questions…Like why there were Abraham Lincoln’s everywhere and why were the doing those dances.  Megan’s only concern was for the USA’s outfits. She said apparently they need to start shopping in Dallas. But anyway…go team USA!!!!! and here are two of my favorite Olympic moments so far….

Two of the USA men’s gymnasts decided that standing in front of the rings wasn’t very exciting so they spidermanned up the pole. Precious!
And the USA swim team doing my favorite…. Call Me Maybe
 4 Potatoes, sliced into thin circles
Olive Oil Spray
1 Tbs Old Bay Seasoning
1 Tbs Garlic Salt

2 Tbs Bacon Bits
4 Tbs Ranch Dressing
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Place potatoes on baking sheet and spray with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and seasoning. Cook for 20 minutes. Mix bacon and ranch together and drizzle on top (or dip if you have a family of dippers like I do)
Servings: 4
Calories: 223
Fat: 9g
Fiber: 4g
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Pinwheel Tortilla Roll-ups

Johnny loves these things. Thanks to my Mom for making them. (and for giving me something else to blog about on my 3 days vacation from cooking) On that note, I have finished painting the scrapbook room. After 3 days, 2 1/2 cans of paint and really sore muscles, I have decided that from here on out the remaining white spots on the ceiling will now be “clouds”. Now my room looks like a giant Tiffany’s box! Today I get to look forward to the fun part…decorating! 10 large flour tortillas 16 oz cream cheese, softened 1 cup pitted black olives, finely chopped 2 jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped Combine cream cheese, black olives and jalapeños. Spread evenly over each tortilla. Roll tightly. Cover and chill for about one hour. Slice each roll into 8 pinwheels. Servings: 20 (4 pieces) Calories: 248 Fat: 20g Fiber: 1g Today’s Leopard Find: Camera Lens Wrap (I need this!!!) …

Best Darn Sausage Dip

This painting thing has taken more out of me than I had planned. Don’t think I didn’t hang out around Lowe’s extra long today waiting and praying for the House Crasher guys to show! When I made my first trip, the paint guy told me I should only need 1 can of paint. Today, I will be making my third trip to buy my third can. :/ I swear the ceiling keeps getting higher and higher as I’m painting. I would have been done by now if I wouldn’t have come up with the great idea of painting the ceiling while I was at it. I blame hose darn nail pops! And now the best darn dip… 2 (8oz) Cream Cheese, softened 1 (10oz) can Rotel 1 lb Sausage, browned Brown sausage in pan. Drain and add to a bowl with cream cheese and Rotel. Servings: 16 Calories: 199 Fat: 18g Fiber: 0g Today’s Leopard Find: Cat Condo …

Kyle’s Super Famous Award Winning Guacamole

Yesterday the girls (and the dogs) and I started painting our scrapbook room. It is going to be awesome! I forgot just how much fun painting is!! :/ White maltese, tiffany blue paint and me with a ladder are just not a good combination. I didn’t fall off the ladder, so that was a plus! But I did somehow manage to knock a heavy metal hammer off of the top of a ladder and have it bounce off of my face and into my chest. Hopefully when I finish it today it will be less eventful. I’ll post pictures when it is finished. Thank goodness colors have changed since the 70′s. Remember when guacamole green was the color of most people’s kitchens?? My sister and her boyfriend had a guacamole cook-off and Kyle’s was the winner. I had been scared of guacamole ever since I was about 8. I finally decided to try it and I have to say it was way better than what I had prepared myself for. It was really good! 4 Large Avocados, ripe 1 Large Roma Tomato, chopped 1 Small Jalapeño, seeded and chopped 1 Tbs Garlic Salt 1/4 Small Onion, chopped Juice of 1 Lime 1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce Scoop out avocados into medium sized bowl. Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Keep refrigerated and covered until ready to use to prevent browning. Serve with chips or use on tacos, fajitas or nachos. Servings: 16 Calories: 46 Fat: 4g Fiber: 2gAnd in honor of National Peach Ice Cream Day…’s a link to some yummy Homemade Peach Ice Cream. Today’s Leopard Find: Leopard Wall Stencil …

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip a.k.a. The World’s Most Addictive Dip

Happy 4th!!! This isn’t Red, White and Blue but the girls requested so many things..s’mores bars (of course), this dip and cupcakes from a box) I didn’t have time to create a festive Red, White and Blue recipe. There are many names for this dip…cheddar bacon ranch dip, bacon dip, “crack” dip…we call it Rusty’s dip because Johnny’s friend Rusty is the one who got us addicted to it. Megan calls it “Megan’s dip”. It truly is addictive.

16 oz Sour Cream
1 oz Packet Ranch Dip
3 oz Bacon Bits
1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Stir together sour cream and ranch dip mix. Add in bacon and cheese. Stir until mixed well. For best results, refrigerate 24 hours before serving. Serve with wheat thins, chips or crackers.
Servings: 10
Calories: 184
Fat: 16g
Fiber: 1g
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