Monthly Archives: March 2012

Easter Popcorn Balls

Fine, I will admit it.  I love the colorful holiday candies.  The moment I am done with one season I am ready for the next.  Mostly for the goodies.  This COULD be why I am not skinny.  That and the fact that I sit at my computer all day, then for several hours at night….I digress.

This was a brainchild of mine when I came upon a bag of Starburst brand jelly beans.  My brain got cranking.  This madness came to fruition. EASTER POPCORN BALLS!!

It was eaten before bed time….(hangs head in shame).

You can eat me like crispy treats if you want!

The finished project:

Easter Popcorn Balls!!

 

Easter Popcorn Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 bag popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 ounces mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 squirt green dye
  • 1 cup jellybeans
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Put coconut into a ziplock baggie. Squirt green dye into the bag, zip shut and shake until all coconut is green. (neat, huh?)
  2. Melt butter over medium heat - add marshmallows and stir until fully melted and incorporated. Add vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour over popcorn that you have already placed into a graced large bowl - mix until it is incorporated. Add coconut and jellybeans.
  4. Press into a casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray, or mold into balls and place on wax paper - grease hands if you are making balls - it makes it easier!
  5. Allow to cool, serve, and enjoy!
  6. You are welcome for Easter awesomeness from www.mrsmakicooks.com
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Updated Weenies in a Blanket

I really see no reason to grow out of food we loved as children!  Of course we can make them a little more fun and healthy (sort of) but this is fridge to oven in 30 minutes, so there is merit in that at least…..right?

Making Childhood Food Fun Again!!

 

Simple recipes seem to be the easiest to forget.  There are a million recipes for glamorous food, but we need to remember where we came from as well.  I am a child of the late 70s/early 80s where fast easy food was king and sadly a lot of that food is processed, and that is probably why it tasted so good.  Now, my parents were pretty progressive and we ate really healthily.  Juice instead of pop, stir frys, chicken breast and lean cuts of meat…..but OH how I loved eating at my friends house…..because of foods like this!

Updated Weenies in a Blanket

Ingredients

  • 1 package of full size 6-8 Turkey Sausages (from the butcher area - not the precooked type))
  • 2 packages Crescent rolls
  • An awesome 80's attitude

Instructions

  1. Boil the sausages for about 10 minutes. Drain on paper tower
  2. Preheat oven to 350
  3. Roll each sausage with 2 crescent rolls pieces. Pinch together at the seam
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Serve with ketchup, mustard, or fancy aioli!
  6. NOTE: I like the sausages with feta and spinach and will serve them with a basil aoli!
  7. You are welcome for more awesomeness from www.mrsmakicooks.com
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Orange Cake French Toast

I’m going to make this really easy.  French Toast is not rocket science, and I am going to show you what a wicked imagination and a box of cake mix can get you………

Yes....Breakfast CAN be this AWESOME.

 

Seriously.  This was my husbands breakfast on a weekday and it was amazingly easy.  Here you go – make a cake….IN A LOAF TIN.  Let it sit out overnight and get a little crusty.  Make an egg wash….

Then cook up in a frying pan.  Hit it with some powdered sugar and serve with syrup –

Hello, I am AWESOME.

BAM!  You are the best wife/husband/partner/ on the planet.  YOU ARE WELCOME!  Now, here is the official recipe…..print, laminate, then frame.  haha!  XOXO Missy!

Orange Cake French Toast

Orange Cake French Toast

Ingredients

  • Orange Cake Mix and ingredients on box ( they are all a little different)
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or 3-4 shakes)
  • 3 tbs half and half (I use fat free....in an attempt to be healthy but I do not judge)
  • Powdered sugar as garnish
  • Syrup

Instructions

  1. Make cake per directions but bake in a loaf tin - make sure to use cooking spray so that the bottom does not stick. Try not to over bake it or it will become "crumbly" which doesn't make awesome French toast.
  2. Allow loaf to sit out over night to crust up a bit.
  3. Slice in the morning into 1.5 inch slabs.
  4. Whisk eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and half and half together in a pie dish or square baking dish.
  5. Dip each side of the cake into the egg batter. Not too much as it could fall apart! then put onto a pre warmed ( medium heat) and WELL sprayed frying pan.
  6. Cook until golden brown on both side and put in an oven at 200 degrees to hold while cooking whole batch.
  7. Serve immediately with syrup. Forks as well, because you are a kind host.
  8. You are welcome for another awesome recipe from www.mrsmakicooks.com
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Nominated for the “Versatile Blogger” Award!

What an awesome day!  I found out I was nominated by 2 AWESOME Bloggers for the “Versatile Blogger Award”!! Thank you Peter Block of  Feed Your Soul Food Blog and  Diane of Attempting Domestication
What an honor!!

Here are the rules for the Versatile Blog Award:
Thank the person who gave you this award.
Include a link to their blog.
Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

There are also a few add-on rules:

In the same post, include this set of rules.
Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs

So, what is the Versatile Blogger Award?  ”It is a great way to introduce different bloggers to each other and to promote quality blogs that awardees and their readers may not have discovered otherwise.”

I hereby nominate …

  1. Julie of Sugar Foot Eats
  2. Lindsey of Gingerbread Bagels
  3. Meghan of Buttercream Blondie
  4. Diane of attemptingdomestication
  5. Paula at Vanilla Bean Baker
  6. Jen at Peanut Butter and Peppers
  7. – Connie of Smitten Foodie
  8. – Tara of Noshing with the Nolands
  9. – Laci of NYCityEats
  10. – Jamie of Oureatinghabits
  11. Rebecca of PDX Food Love
  12. – Tina of Flourtrader
  13. – Tess of tesscooking
  14. Michelle at Taste as You Go
  15. Anya at Older Single Mum
– kelly of eatyourselfskinny

7 things about Missy Maki!

1. I love every season.  Even the rain.
2. I have the soul of a 6 year old.  Never get enough pink, tiaras, glitter and ballerinas.
3. I am starting IVF and cannot wait to start my family.
4. My husband is my best friend.
5. I have run 5 half marathons and have recently re-hit the pavement.
6. Both my husband and I are of Swedish descent.
7. I started blogging to refocus my energy from our struggles with infertility and I love to cook and bake….and eat!

Hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do!!

Cougar Gold Pasta with Turkey Basil & Tomatoes

You do not have to be a Wazoo fan to appreciate this cheese. (GO COUGS!)

Now, I know that cheese is a very sensitive subject.  There are a lot of cheese snobs out there, but I will be straight with you – I am an equal opportunity consumer of cheese.  I will gobble up goat cheese one day then the very next slap a bunch of American cheese on a sandwich.  What does this mean?  It means you can TRUST ME.  I like cheese for it’s flavor. Not because it makes me look like a fancy-pants magilicutty. (Yes, I made that up.)  Anyhoo….I was stalking Facebook the other day and my cousin put this ridiculously awesome looking Mac and Cheese picture up (Rikki Lee…if you are reading that please forward the recipe!) and said something about “Cougar Gold”.  I had no clue what it was and said so.   The response was something akin to my family members wondering if I have been living underneath the city where there is no communication from the outside world.  Well….here is the deal.  Washington State University has a creamery.  At this creamery they make cheese, and the cheese has an almost cult like following.  I read on their website that during the economic crunch it was the popularity of these cheeses that kept the creamery going!  A few days later….BOOM!  My Eastern Washington family sent me a pound of this cheese.  Guess what?  It’s FRIKKING DELICIOUS!

 

Here is one of a few recipes I will post based around this cheese.

Cougar Gold Pasta with Turkey, Basil & Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 Box favorite pasta
  • 1.5 cups Cougar Gold Cheese, chopped into smaller pieces
  • 1 pound ground turkey with Italian seasonings
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cups basil - chopped into a chiffonade
  • 1/4 cup nonfat half and half
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta until al dente. drain and set aside.
  2. Brown ground turkey breast, drain and set aside.
  3. In a large pot or wok, add noodles, cheese and half and half over medium low heat. When cheese is half way melted, add meat. When fully incorporated, add tomatoes and and fold together.
  4. Serve immediately with some fresh basil as a garnish!
  5. You are welcome for the awesomeness from www.mrsmakicooks.com!
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Oxo Winner & Announcement!~Oh Cake!

The winner of the OXO 5lb scale is the fabulous Jessica of “Oh Cake”

She is also the founder of Food Bloggers Network

Please visit Jessica at her beautiful Blog where she whips up awesomeness and blogs about it!

Oh Cake

Jessica, darlin’  hit my contact tab and send me your mailing info – I will get your treat in the mail right away!

BIG NEWS:  My blog is being professionally overhauled and sent over to WordPress.  It should be finished on Saturday and I will be doing a “welcome” post and tweeting and sending out all types of annoying hellos across the social network to get you to all come visit!

XOXO

Missy  aka “Mrs Maki Cooks”