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Sunday, December 4, 2011

New Year's Bash News and More Recipes

WOW! The New Year's Eve sign ups for the prizes are off to a whopping start! In just four days we had as many entered as we did for a total last year. Do you think this is going to be fun ...or what?

Our sponsors are so generous. We are thrilled with the response from so many of the vendors. We'll be listing the prizes on the Bash Blog as soon as everything is in. We will know then how many prizes we will be giving away. For all of us that is the most fun part of the party!

A very important reminder will be hearing all of us repeat this several times until the Bash Day. It will really help if everyone logs on to the UStream channel all throughout the day. Even six hours early and just stay logged in. You may want to check every so often to make sure you are still logged in. This will help so that everyone isn't trying to get on at the same time. That always causes people to get booted out and slows everything down. We want to do everything we can to keep UStream happy and functioning wonderfully thru the nite and next day.

We have gotten in some new recipes and one of these from Margaret Ann Moffat (aka heavenlymam) looks so dangerous! We want to hear from those of you who try this. I can't wait!!

Choc Mug Cake

1 coffee Mug
4 tablespoons flour (that's plain flour, not self-rising)
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 egg - whisked
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) some nuts (optional)
Small splash of vanilla

How to make it
• Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well .
• Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
• Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
• Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla, and mix again.
• Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on high.
• The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
• Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
• EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to share!)

And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?
Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake any time of the day or night.
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Here are a few sent in by our own Gentleman Crafter Jim Hanks. Not only does he craft ...but he cooks too!
These look real yummy and very South West!  Thanks Jim!
Easy Chicken Tetrazzini without Olives

1 med. package thin spaghetti
3 cans Cream of Mushroom soup
3 cans Cream of Chicken soup
5 chicken breasts fully cooked
2 cups of cheddar cheese to cover

Boil noodles according to package directions. While pasta boils, shred chicken and combine soups together in large bowl. When pasta becomes al dente, drain and add into soup mixture. Pour into a greased 9 x13 casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

Football Dip

4 8oz. packages of cream cheese
1 can Rotel tomatoes mild or spicy
1 pound breakfast sausage
Fry sausage and drain
Add Rotel and cream cheese to Crock Pot and stir in sausage. Heat until cheese is melted and warm.

Chicken Cheese Soup

Boil 4 chicken breasts and 2 Tsp. salt in water. When done reserve liquid. Cool chicken and cut up. In a skillet melt 1 stick butter. Add 1 cup chopped onion and three chopped celery stalks. Sautee until soft. When done set aside. Cook 1 package of large elbow macaroni in reserved broth. When macaroni is done add onions celery and cut up chicken. Add enough water and chicken broth to almost fill pot. Add 1 pound Velveeta cheese chopped up. Cook until cheese melts stirring occasionally. Test for more salt if needed.

Mom’s Chocolate Pie

In a sauce pan heat together 1 cup sweet milk, 1/2 cup of coco and butter about the size of an egg. Beat yolks of two eggs add to milk mixture. Add I cup of sugar to mixture. In a separate bowl dissolve 2 tsp. of corn starch in milk. Add a pinch of salt, 1 tsp. Vanilla. Stir into the heated milk mixture. Cook until thick. Pour in baked pie shell. If desired use the two egg whites to make meringue.

Jim’s Favorite King Ranch Casserole

1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of Chicken soup
1 can Rotel Tomatoes with Habaneras ( I like it HOT!)
½ cup Chicken broth
2 cups diced chicken fully cooked
12 corn tortillas torn into pieces
½ cup chopped onion
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Salt, pepper and garlic flakes

Preheat oven to 350. Mist a 9x13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Blend soups, tomatoes and chicken broth together. Layer half the chicken, tortillas, onion, cheese and soup mixture into casserole and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic flakes. Repeat layers ending with shredded cheese.

Bake 1 hour uncovered.

Jim’s Very own Hot Sauce!!!

In a blender add the following and blend until smooth. Grab some tortilla chips and a margarita and your good to go!

1 Large Can Peeled Whole Tomatoes
2 or 3 JalapeƱos
1 White Onion quartered
Handful of Cilantro
2 Heaping Tablespoons of jarred Minced Garlic
Dash of Seasoning Salt, Pepper, Course Salt, Lime Juice

Hope everyone enjoys all the recipes from all over the country and from our ladies overseas. Thanks to everyone that has submitted some for us to try. It would be fun to hear who tries what let us know!

I'll be back tomorrow with more updates and my recipe for Pecan Cheesecake Pie!

'nite all, Barrie & Carol

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