Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Choctoberfest is the perfect reason to dust off old cookie recipes and give them a fresh update.  I was excited to partner this week with Barlean’s and use a different version of one of my favorite items to cook with-coconut oil.  For these I used Barlean’s Butter Flavored Organic Coconut Oil.  Peanut butter and chocolate are made for each other in these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Trading out normal butter on a 1:1 ratio for Barlean’s Butter Flavored Organic Coconut Oil had these cookies coming out of the oven crispy, which is perfect because that is just how I like them. Now on to the recipe.

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In a mixing bowl of a mixer (or feel free to use a handheld mixer as well) add both sugars, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla and egg.  Start the mixer to start combining the ingredients.  Slowly add flour, baking soda and salt.  Finally add chocolate chips.  Once everything is all combined take off and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grab the bowl of cookie dough.  The dough will be almost like crumbles when all combined.  Using a spoon scoop out a spoonful into the palm of your hand.  Roll into a ball and place onto the prepared sheet.  Continue with 11 more scoops so there is a dozen on the pan.  Like traditional peanut butter cookies press down with a fork horizontal then vertical.  Be careful because the dough is very delicate so press gently.  Take the remaining dough and put into the fridge to stay cold while the first batch of cookies bake.

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Let cookies bake 14-16 minutes.  Remove pan from the oven and let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes.  Using a spatula move the cookies to a cooling rack or on a piece of wax paper. Until they are fully cooled they will be a easy to crumble so give just a bit before diving in.  Now do the same with the remaining dough that was staying chilled in the refrigerator.

After they have cooled store in an airtight container for up to 4 days but they probably won’t last that long!  And here you….

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
Creamy peanut butter and semi-sweet chocolate chips combine with butter flavored coconut oil to make a crisp and crunchy cookie.
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  1. In a mixing bowl of a mixer (or feel free to use a handheld mixer as well) add both sugars, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla and egg. Start the mixer to start combining the ingredients. Slowly add flour, baking soda and salt. Finally add chocolate chips.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grab the bowl of cookie dough.
  4. Using a spoon scoop out a spoonful into the palm of your hand. Roll into a ball and place onto the prepared sheet. Continue with 11 more scoops so there is a dozen on the pan.
  5. Take the remaining dough and put into the fridge to stay cold while the first batch of cookies bake.
  6. Let cookies bake 14-16 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from the oven and let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes. Using a spatula move the cookies to a cooling rack or on a piece of wax paper.
  8. Do the same with the remaining dough that was staying chilled in the refrigerator.
  9. After they have cooled store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Enjoy!
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Homemade Chocolate Pudding

This week for Choctoberfest I thought I would make a rich, chocolate dessert that takes me back to my childhood.  Sunday’s were spent at my Grandma & Grandpa’s house and dessert was usually a big bowl of homemade chocolate pudding.  Rodelle’s Dutch-processed cocoa gives this chocolate pudding a rich flavor and easy enough to make to make your sweet tooth happy.

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I was very excited to partner with Rodelle in making this recipe for Choctoberfest.  Not only is their baking cocoa versatile for recipes it is also full of good things for you and your family: antioxidants, dietary fiber, calcium and vitamins.  It’s also naturally cholesterol free Kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO.  So now on to the recipe!

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In a medium sized pan add the dry ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt whisk together the ingredients so they are all combined.  Move the pot to the stove top.  Measure out 2 cups of milk and whisk it into the dry ingredients.  Turn on the stove to medium heat.  Add the additional 2 cups milk, butter and vanilla.

With the heat going constantly keep the whisk going.  The lumps at the top will eventually disappear so be patient.  Keep stirring until the pudding starts to thicken–this takes about 5-8 minutes so be patient as you need to stay and whisk the pudding the whole time so the bottom doesn’t burn.  When you can dip a spoon into the pudding and it coats the back of it you can take it off the heat and put into serving bowls.

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We love to eat our pudding warm.  Give the pudding at least 10 minutes to cool down and firm up a little if eating warm.  Now I LOVE the skin on my pudding.  However if you are a family that doesn’t you can cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.  If you want cold put it into the fridge for about half an hour.

Serve warm or chilled.  With or without whipped cream.  And here you are…..

Homemade Chocolate Pudding | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding
Only a few minutes and a few ingredients to make the perfect comfort homemade chocolate pudding. Get ready to be transported to your childhood.
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  1. In a medium sized pan add the dry ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt. Whisk together the ingredients so they are all combined. Move the pot to the stove top.
  2. Measure out 2 cups of milk and whisk it into the dry ingredients. Turn on the stove to medium heat. Add the additional 2 cups milk, butter and vanilla.
  3. With the heat going constantly keep the whisk going. The lumps at the top will eventually disappear so be patient. Keep stirring until the pudding starts to thicken--this takes about 5-8 minutes so be patient as you need to stay and whisk the pudding the whole time so the bottom doesn't burn.
  4. When you can dip a spoon into the pudding and it coats the back of it you can take it off the heat and put into serving bowls.
  5. If eating warm give the pudding at least 10 minutes to cool down and firm up a little.
  6. For no skin: cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.
  7. If you want cold: put it into the fridge for about half an hour.
  8. Serve warm or chilled. With or without whipped cream. Enjoy!
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Cracker Candy

Have you ever had candy made out of saltine crackers?  If not you absolutely don’t know what your missing out on.  Cracker Candy is the perfect combination of salty toffee, crispy crackers and sweet chocolate.  Top with your families favorite toppings for a treat that will please everyone.

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I was so excited to have the opportunity to partner with Imperial Sugar for Choctoberfest!  My little guy even got into the action layering the crackers onto the sheet pan.  Imperial Sugar is the perfect ingredient for all the goodies we plan on making this holiday season. Create some lifelong memories when you bake with love and Imperial Sugar. Now on to the recipe!

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Start by covering a cookie sheet with tin foil then spray with oil.  Now layer crackers evenly over the whole sheet.  You may have to crack some of the crackers in half to fill out the edges.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a medium saucepan melt 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) then add 1 cup of packed Imperial Brown Sugar.  Slowly bring to a boil for 4-5 minutes.  Pour over the crackers and put directly into the oven.  Cook for 5 minutes.

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Take the crackers out of the oven.  Sprinkle the chocolate chips in a thin layer over the top of the crackers.  The biggest trick here is to be patient as the chips do take a little bit to melt and spread.  Once they are all melted put back into the oven for 2 minutes.

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Add whatever toppings you like.  I added nuts to all the crackers but shredded coconut to only half since not everyone in the house likes it.  Put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to harden the chocolate. Once the chocolate has hardened crack into pieces. And here you are….

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Cracker Candy
A candy made with a unique ingredient-crackers. Toffee sauce is poured over saltines then spread with chocolate and topped with nuts and coconut. Perfect for the holidays!
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  1. Start by covering a cookie sheet with tin foil then spray with oil. Now layer crackers evenly over the whole sheet. You may have to crack some of the crackers in half to fill out the edges.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. In a medium saucepan melt 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) then add 1 cup of packed Imperial Brown Sugar. Slowly bring to a boil for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Pour over the crackers and put directly into the oven. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Take the crackers out of the oven. Sprinkle the chocolate chips in a thin layer over the top of the crackers.
  6. Once they are all melted put back into the oven for 2 minutes.
  7. Add whatever toppings you like. I added nuts to all the crackers but shredded coconut to only half since not everyone in the house likes it.
  8. Put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to harden the chocolate. Once the chocolate has hardened crack into pieces. Enjoy!
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It’s Time for #Choctoberfest 2017 with Imperial Sugar

Blog | October 16, 2017 | By

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Today is one of my favorite days of the year, because it is the official start of #Choctoberfest. This is the third annual food blogger celebration of all things chocolate, made possible thanks to our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar and the other sponsors listed below.

Over 70 bloggers are participating in #Choctoberfest 2017 and will be posting 200+ chocolate recipes over the next week. Keep your eyes peeled, visit any of the blogs listed below, or use the #Choctoberfest hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to follow along. You can also check out our #Choctoberfest Pinterest board, where we post chocolate recipes all year long.

You can also enter to win our #Choctoberfest prize pack. Thank to our amazing sponsors who are contributing the following items for the prize:

  • $100 gift card to Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
  • 1 case of granulated white sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of light brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), and 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds) from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
  • 16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint from our silver sponsor Barlean’s
  • 300-piece Lindt LINDOR Truffles gift bag (you choose the flavors!) from blog sponsors The PinterTest Kitchen

This prize pack is valued at over $450! To enter, simply follow participating sponsors and bloggers using the below giveaway widget.

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Stay tuned to see the delicious recipes bloggers have cooked up using Imperial Sugar and Barlean’s products. Thank you also to Davis Chocolate and Rodelle for being #Choctoberfest shoutout sponsors! Watch Instagram and Facebook to find out more about about their chocolate products.

Here is a complete list of all the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2017, so you can see the recipes they are posting throughout the week:

The PinterTest KitchenFix Me a Little LunchSavory MomentsCrumbs in my MustachioHouse of Nash EatsBake It With LoveThat RecipeHardly A GoddessCooking With CarleeA Kitchen Hoor’s AdventuresBody RebootedCindy’s Recipes and WritingsThe Redhead BakerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceSweet CoraliceSeduction in The KitchenCooks&Books&RecipesEveryday EileenUnder My Apple TreeFamily Around The TableBottom Left of the MittenThe Spiffy CookieFairyburgerJoin Us, Pull up a ChairJonesin’ For TasteJane’s Adventures in DinnerTake Two TapasJennifer BakesThe Unlikely BakerHostess At HeartKaren’s Kitchen StoriesKate’s Recipe BoxKelly Lynns Sweets and TreatsWildflour’s Cottage KitchenChocolate SlopesLittle House Big AlaskaMakes, Bakes and Decor2 Cookin MamasThat Skinny Chick Can BakeBooks n’ CooksMildly MeanderingLiving IdeasRestless ChipotleGet the Good Stuff!The Weekday GourmetAn Affair from the HeartWest Via MidwestCookie Dough and Oven MittThe Bitter Side of SweetCookaholic WifeDaily Dish RecipesFor the Love of FoodThe Saucy SouthernerCook’s HideoutBy the PoundsTramplingrose: Cooking, Baking & Ranting in Small-Town South DakotaSarah Cooks the BooksChef Sarah ElizabethFantastical Sharing of RecipesSarah’s Bake StudioThe Pajama ChefFrankly EntertainingLong Distance BakingPalatable PastimeThe Freshman CookThe Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine ♥ A Day in the Life on the FarmWendy PolisiTampa Cake GirlMy Southern Sweet ToothCanning and Cooking at HomeFull Belly SistersSuperSizeGuy.comOur Good Life

Easy Teeth Whitening at Home – Even for Sensitive Teeth

Blog | October 12, 2017 | By

I have wanted to try an at home whitening treatment for years but choose to shy away from them since years of orthodontics as a teenager had my teeth sensitive, even into my 40’s.  So, when Smile Brilliant offered for me to try their whitening treatment at home – I jumped at the chance.  Didn’t hurt that getting my teeth whitened in time for turning 41 either.  An updated smile is just the confidence boost I didn’t know I was even missing.

You ask though, how did you do it with sensitive teeth?  The Smile Brilliant system is completely customizable even for sensitive teeth.  And when I say completely customizable I mean everything from choosing which treatment was best down to trays made-to-order so that there was no question every tooth would get covered completely.

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If you’ve ever had to endure a youth full of braces like I did the first step in Smile Brilliant will take you back.  Smile Brilliant provides everything to make a full mold of your teeth as well as extra just in case something goes awry.  Once done I shipped them back to the lab to be made.  What I really loved about it was that I got an email every step of the way.

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And then they were done and heading back to me….

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Going at my own pace really made me feel so relaxed through the whole process.  I could adjust the amount of gel I used and then wait a day in between gave me the flexibility to make sure that I had no tooth or gum pain that I was worried about.  Once I put the kids to bed at night I would pop them in and go about my nightly routine.  Just put them in and get the kids lunches packed for the next day or binge watch a few episodes of your favorite show.

I noticed the results almost immediately.  After just two treatments I could notice the years of daily coffee drinking slowly erasing away.  I started seeing the smile from my youth that I went through so much trouble to get.  No trips to the dentist, no waiting for appointments and all of this is less than $200.

Check out my before & after…

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I was so pleased with my results that I did something that I rarely do, I took a selfie….

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Have more questions about Smile Brilliant?  Please leave a comment below I would love to share my experience more with you.

GIVEAWAY:  Want to win a Smile Brilliant custom T3 Sensitive Smile Brilliant experience for yourself*?  Click here to enter today!  Or use ‘bottomleftofthemitten10’ for a 10% discount on your order.

   From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Smile!

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Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast

This is one of my favorite meals to make for my boys. For me, one of my true joys is making them a meal that has them leaving the dinner table full & happy. This week I thought this is a perfect meal to share, Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast.

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Now I’m going to be honest and give what is possibly be an unpopular opinion-I really don’t use my crock-pot often.  Even in the cooler months.  Not sure if it’s just that I forget that I even have one or maybe I’m not a big fan of the way some meat turns out after cooking.  But there is one meat that I cook that I almost always pull out the underused crock pot for and that is pork.  It only takes a few ingredients to get this tender roast that practically makes it’s own gravy.  Let’s get started.

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In a bowl mix together the dry ranch, Worcestershire Sauce, soy sauce, minced garlic and water.  Mix all ingredients together then pour on top of pork. Easy! Once that is all in just cook on low for 6-8 hours.

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Remove the roast from the crock-pot and put on a plate or sheet pan.  Pull meat apart and dispose of any fat that is left on the roast.  Time to make the gravy:  Ladle 1 cup of the liquid from the slow cooker and add to a pot.  In a small bowl whisk 1 Tbs flour with 3 Tbs milk.  Bring liquid to a boil then add the flour/milk mixture.  Whisk constantly until it thickens, usually takes 2-4 minutes.  This can easily be doubled depending on how much gravy your looking for.

So rich & creamy. Perfect to top off this delicious roast.  Roast up some asparagus and mash some potatoes to complete this meal. And here you are…..

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Originally published April, 2016. Updated photos & recipe.

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Fix it and forget it with this Crock-Pot Pork Roast. Cooking all day leaves this savory roast so tender it falls apart at forks touch. Don't forget to make the quick gravy for added flavor.
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Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Pour on top of pork. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Remove the roast from the crock-pot and put on a plate or sheet pan. Pull meat apart and dispose of any fat that is left on the roast.
Gravy
  1. Ladle 1 cup of the liquid from the slow cooker and add to a pot.
  2. In a small bowl whisk 1 Tbs flour with 3 Tbs milk.
  3. Bring liquid to a boil then add the flour/milk mixture. Whisk constantly until it thickens, usually takes 2-4 minutes.
  4. Serve pork with gravy and any other side you wish. Enjoy!
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Halloween Gift Guide

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October is here so it’s time to get scary!
Here is a gift guide for you or the ghouls & ghosts on your list.

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Is this classic a favorite among your friends?  If so this Squad Goals Hocus Pocus Inspired painted sign from MotorCityCreations is a must gift.

Squad Goals Hocus Pocus MotorCityCreations | Halloween Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Want a piece that makes a real scary statement?  I love this Gothic Steampunk Metal Art Skeleton from CatFlyDesigns.

Gothic Steampunk Plasma Cut Metal Art Skeleton from CatFlyDesigns | Halloween Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
This Bride of Frankenstein Illustrated Art Print from AudreyBenjaminsenArt will add an elegant horror themed element to any Halloween art display.

Bride of Frankenstein Illustrated Art Print from AudreyBenjaminsenArt | Halloween Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
13 boxes embellished are ready to open during the 13 days of Halloween.  This Advent Calendar from LushLapel will get everyone into the fun of the season.

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Decorations aren’t just for the home and jewelry isn’t just for Valentine’s Day.  This Vampire Teeth Necklace from LeBuaJewelrytoo is a unique piece for any Halloween lover in your life.

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If you have a planner on your gift list these RIP Tombstone Felt Planner Clip from MJsKraze are the perfect way to give them a reminder that Halloween can truly last all month long.

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If this years blockbuster has you or someone you know trembling in fear, relax with some wine in this ‘I drink because Clowns’ glass from CreativeLifeCustoms.

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Speaking of THAT clown.  You’ll Float TOO Candle from LemonCakesCandleCo smells like caramel corn while fitting in perfectly with any Halloween decor. (If you are in the Grand Rapids area Lemon Cakes will be at Comic Con Oct.20th-22nd be sure to stop by to check them out!)

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Do you plan a big spooky soiree every year?  Print up these Halloween Party Invitations from X3designs for any event this October.

Halloween Party Invitation from X3designs | Halloween Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Time to decorate!  This Witches Be Crazy Glitter Banner from lemonfancy comes in multiple colors to fit any haunted party theme.

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Give gifts that delight & fright.  Throw a Monster Bash. Celebrate.

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Walking Chili Cheese Tacos #SundaySupper

With football season we usually spend mornings at my son’s games then the afternoons back at home watching the big games.  Now I don’t watch but I do get my ‘Game On’ making food that I know my boys will love to snack on while they watch. They love the classics: burgers, wings and tacos.  This week I’m making Walking Tacos with a Chili Cheese upgrade.

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The great thing about these walking tacos is that you can hit the store and grab a variety of chips for the base.  While I went for the traditional nacho chip for most of them I did pick up few surprise bags special for my 11 year old, spicy fries.  When we lived in town I knew he was getting older when a bunch of boys set off on their own to go to the convenience store up the road and pick out their own snack and pay with their own money.  Inevitably they would come back with one kind or another of these fries and with fingers as orange as the sun. Since moving to the new house he doesn’t get to walk to the store anymore so I figured I would pick them up and make his walking tacos with them.

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Start with browning the beef.  To the meat add cumin, chili powder and garlic power.  Cook until completely browned then drain the excess fat from the pan.  Add to a bowl and then you are ready for the chili cheese sauce.  In a bowl add the one can of chili with beans and 1/2 cup Colby Jack cheese. Place a paper towel or two over the top of the bowl then microwave for 3 minutes.  Stir to combine and that is it for the chili cheese.

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For the bags I cut a vertical slit down the middle then a slit horizontally to the top and bottom then opened it up.  Right on the top add the chili cheese then the meat.  Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes, onions into small pieces. Set out some sour cream or guacamole and some more cheese of course.  Go ahead and set this up bar style so that everyone can make their own and add what they like.  And here you are….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Walking Chili Cheese Tacos
Packages chips make the perfect plate for chili cheese, taco meat and all the toppings. Great idea for tailgates or parties.
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  1. Start with browning the beef. To the meat add cumin, chili powder and garlic power. Cook until completely browned then drain the excess fat from the pan. Add to a bowl for serving.
  2. In a bowl add the one can of chili with beans and 1/2 cup Colby Jack cheese. Place a paper towel or two over the top of the bowl then microwave for 3 minutes. Stir to combine and that is it for the chili cheese.
  3. For the bags cut a vertical slit down the middle then a slit horizontally to the top and bottom then opened it up.
  4. Right on the top add the chili cheese then the meat.
  5. Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes, onions into small pieces. Set out some sour cream or guacamole and some more cheese.
  6. Set this up bar style so that everyone can make their own and add what they like. Enjoy!
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Tuna Casserole

School is in full swing.  Fall is here. The weather is finally cooling down after quite a heat spell here in Southwestern Michigan and I think most of the Midwest.  Time for cozy casserole that is easy any night of the week.  Try out my Tuna Casserole full of vegetables and cheese.

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It’s taken a few weeks to get into the groove of the school year.  With the move to the new house our 11 yr old started a new school which isn’t nearly as close as the old one.  He is going on the bus which is a new experience for him and even our 3 year old started preschool.  Little A can be a bit of handful but it’s actually been going good!  Okay enough about that now on to this comforting casserole.

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Cook the egg noodles according to package directions.  When I add the noodles to the boiling water I also add the peas and carrots so they can cook at the same time.  Once they have cooked (around 12 minutes) remove from the pot and drain then add to a separate bowl.  In the same pot that the noodles were cooked we’re going to make a roux.

Making a roux is so simple and once you learn how to do it you will never use a box with cheese sauce already in it again.  To the pot on medium heat add 1 Tbs of butter.  Once it’s melted add the flour and stir until combed.  Now add the milk.  Stir to combine the butter and flour mixture then add the can of cream of chicken.  Finally add 1/2 a cup of the cheese.

Tuna Casserole | Bottom Left of the Mitten

To the noodle mixture add the two cans of drained tuna.  Mix all together then add into the pot of cheese sauce.  Stir to combine so all the cheese gets into all the crevices.  In a greased 9×13 dish  add the noodle casserole.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In a bowl melt the remaining 1 Tbs of butter.  Crush the sleeve of crackers into fine pieces then add to the melted butter.  Sprinkle over the top of the casserole then top with the final 1/4 cup of cheese on top.  Bake for 10 minutes to melt then cheese.  And here you are….

Tuna Casserole | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Tuna Casserole
Egg noodles coated in rich creamy and cheesy sauce then packed full of vegetables, perfect for the whole family any night of the week.
Tuna Casserole | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Casserole
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Casserole
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Tuna Casserole | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Cook the egg noodles according to package directions. When I add the noodles to the boiling water I also add the peas and carrots so they can cook at the same time. Once they have cooked (around 12 minutes) remove from the pot and drain then add to a separate bowl.
  2. In the same pot that the noodles were cooked we're going to make a roux. To the pot on medium heat add 1 Tbs of butter. Once it's melted add the flour and stir until combed. Now add the milk. Stir to combine the butter and flour mixture then add the can of cream of chicken. Finally add 1/2 a cup of the cheese.
  3. To the noodle mixture add the two cans of drained tuna. Mix all together then add into the pot of cheese sauce. Stir to combine so all the cheese gets into all the crevices.
  4. In a greased 9x13 dish add the noodle casserole. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  5. In a bowl melt the remaining 1 Tbs of butter. Crush the sleeve of crackers into fine pieces then add to the melted butter. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole then top with the final 1/4 cup of cheese on top.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes to melt then cheese. Enjoy!
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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream #SundaySupper

I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make ice cream. No fancy equipment just start with 2 simple ingredients and then add from there. I’ve always wanted to try my own so I thought for Fall some pumpkin ice cream would be perfect.  Even better, pumpkin pie ice cream.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Even though Friday was officially the beginning of Fall ice cream really is in order since this week has been H-O-T!  I’m talking like almost 90 degrees.  It’s a little odd to see the leaves falling when you are staring at them from inside because you want to be close to the A/C.  Not complaining though because Michigan winters are so long that I will take every last bit of Summer I can get.  So now let’s cool off with some ice cream shall we.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Using a mixer, either stand or handheld, whip the whipping cream for around 5 minutes until peaks form.  With it still going add the can of sweetened condensed milk.  Finally add the pumpkin, vanilla and pumpkin spice.  That’s it!  Turn off the mixer and get ready to add the cookies.  In a ziploc bag crush up the cookies or graham crackers whatever your using.  Not too fine though.  Add 3/4 of the cup of crushed cookies into the filling.  Place into a loaf pan, it worked perfect and didn’t take up too much room in my freezer.  Finally put the rest of the cookies on top.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Into the freezer it goes.  It needs at least 6 hours if not overnight.  I got too tempted and tried it after about 4 hours and it was not done–but it tasted good like pudding just not like ice cream.  Once it’s set, delicious.  And here you are…..

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Cookie crust adapted from Celebrating Sweets.

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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream | Bottom Left of the Mitten #icecream #nochurn #pumpkin
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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Love pumpkin pie? Love ice cream? Try this no churn ice cream that has all the pumpkin spice flavors of Fall in a cool treat.
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Ice Cream
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Ice Cream
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Using a mixer, either stand or handheld, whip the whipping cream for around 5 minutes until peaks form. With it still going add the can of sweetened condensed milk. Finally add the pumpkin, vanilla and pumpkin spice.
  2. In a ziploc bag crush up the cookies or graham crackers whatever your using. Add 3/4 of the cup of crushed cookies into the filling. Place into a loaf pan.Finally put the rest of the cookies on top.
  3. Place into the freezer for 6 hours to overnight. Enjoy!
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