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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Snickerdoodle Blondies

I absolutely love snickerdoodle cookies.  My mom made them all the time. I knew when I found this recipe for snickerdoodle blondies, I had to try this.  





Snickerdoodles recipe calls for cream of tartar, which most cookie recipes do not.  Cream of tartar gives the snickerdoodles a tangy taste and helps the chewy texture.


Snickerdoodles are similar to sugar cookies, but the taste changes when cinnamon is added. 

Some times, easy recipes like Snickerdoodle Blondies or Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are the best way to create something when you are craving cookies.






SNICKERDOODLE BLONDIES PRINT RECIPE
1 cup butter, melted
2 cups sugar
2 tbsp milk
2 large eggs
2 ¾ c flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp cream of tartar
¼ tsp salt

Topping
2 tbsp sugar
1 ½ tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour a 13x9 pan, or line with parchment paper.
Combine melted butter, sugar and milk.
Add in eggs, stir until combined.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt.
Stir in butter mixture until combined.
Pour batter in 13x9 pan.
To make the topping, combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon. Sprinkle over the batter in the pan.
Bake 350 degrees for 25-29 minutes.















Monday, October 09, 2017

Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dip


The Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dip is one of my favorite dips.


Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dips, Chasing Saturdays




Another favorite dip you should try is Crock Pot Spinach and Bacon Queso Dip.



Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dips, Chasing Saturdays


You can use your favorite crock pot, but we like using our Colts Crock Pot, especially during the football season. It makes for fun conversations! 

This weekend, the Colts honored Peyton Manning in Indy. They retired his number, 18.  The unveiled a bronze statue of Peyton Manning, placed outside of Lucas Oil Stadium.  Peyton Manning was the first round draft pick in 1998.  Manning holds many NFL records, including passing yards, touchdown passes, AP MVP awards, Pro Bowl appearances, 4,000-yard passing seasons. Manning is also the only quarterback to start the Super Bowl for two different franchises more than once each and the only starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different franchises. Manning is the oldest quarterback, at the age of 39 to start in and win a Super Bowl!


Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dips, Chasing Saturdays


While the Colts have a lot to celebrate with the accomplishments of Manning, it's time to focus on the food.  Appetizers. Cheese. Sausage.  Brown the ground sausage on the stove, then add everything in the crock pot. Turn on low and stir occasionally.

Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dips, Chasing Saturdays


CROCK POT SAUSAGE QUESO DIP

¾ lb ground pork, browned
½ lb Velveeta Cheese, cut in ½ in cubes
10 oz can diced tomatoes & green chiles
8 oz cream cheese, cut into cubes


1. Brown ¾ lb of ground pork.
2. Cut up ½ lb of Velveeta cheese into ½ inch cubes.
3. Place Velveeta Cheese in a crock pot sprayed with Pam, or use crock pot liner.
4. Place cream cheese in crock pot.

5. Drain 10 oz can of diced tomatoes and green chiles, and put in crock pot.






Crock Pot Sausage Queso Dips, Chasing Saturdays




Friday, September 29, 2017

Instant Pot Goulash

Goulash is instant comfort food for me! I remember my mom making this. I wanted a quicker way to make it, so I made Instant Pot Goulash! Tastes just like I remember! 


Instant Pot Goulash, Easy Meals Chasing Saturdays. Food


Harvest time is here, and farmers are getting busier in the fields. Goulash is a great meal to make, even if you get back in the house late. If you prefer spaghetti, try my Pressure Cooker Spaghetti recipe. 




When the corn plant starts dying off, it means the corn is getting ready to be harvested. If you look closer, you can see other changes. 




This ear of corn is completely filled out, and it is hanging down on the stalk, instead of standing up. That means is is very close to harvest, the silks are brown and the corn is starting to dent. The plant is no longer supplying the sugars to the corn, and the moisture is releasing out of the corn. The corn is still protected by the husks, which are starting to dry out. 




First step is to brown the meat.  You can brown the meat on the stove, but I used the brown function on the Instant Pot.  I added a chopped onion and a clove of garlic.  I used one ground pork and one ground beef.  Use seasonings of your choice. 



After the meat is brown, add one pound, or 16 ounces of uncooked pasta.  




We had an overabundance of tomatoes this year in our garden, so I am using our canned tomatoes.  One can of tomato juice and one can of stewed tomatoes.  Use spaghetti sauce of your choice.  Also, add one can of tomato paste and one cup of water. 




Set the Instant Pot to 15 minutes. When is is completed, carefully put a towel over the lid, and set the quick release.  Carefully remove lid, and add in cheese and serve the goulash. 

If you love pasta, you also need to try Pressure Cooker Spaghetti.




Instant Pot Goulash
PRINT RECIPE
Ingredients:
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 box elbow macaroni
1 jar tomato sauce*
1 jar stewed tomatoes*
1 can tomato paste
1 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
1. Chop onion and mince garlic.
2. Brown beef and hamburger on stove top, or use brown function on Instant Pot.
3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Layer beef/pork mixture on the bottom, add dry elbow macaroni, and then add water, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes and paste.
5. Follow directions for your Instant Pot and set for 15 minutes.
6. Open valve for quick release.
6. Immediately stir goulash and serve with parmesan or shredded cheese

* You can substitute the jar of tomato sauce and stewed tomatoes for 2 jars of spaghetti sauce.










Friday, September 15, 2017

Crock Pot Spinach and Bacon Queso Dip

Crock Pot, Appetizers, Spinach, Bacon, Dip, Easy Meal, Cheese


I absolutely love dips, and so does my family.   Creating new dips in the Crock Pot is as fun way to get ready for the fall and tailgating seasons.  This Crock Pot Spinach and Bacon Queso Dip is a great appetizer to take to your next party.


Crock Pot, Appetizers, Spinach, Bacon, Dip, Easy Meal, Cheese

What makes tailgating and parties more fun is when you can sport your favorite team on your Crock Pot! The Indianapolis Colts Crock Pot is a great conversation starter, and you can get your favorite team on your crock pot!


Crock Pot, Appetizers, Spinach, Bacon, Dip, Easy Meal, Cheese


Defrost the chopped spinach by running warm water over it, in a colander. Cook 8-10 slices of bacon until crispy. Crumble bacon. Cut up ½ lb of Velveeta cheese into ½ inch cubes. Place Velveeta Cheese in a crock pot sprayed with Pam, or use crock pot liner. Place cream cheese in crock pot. Drain 10 oz can of diced tomatoes and green chiles, and put in crock pot. Add spinach and crumbled bacon. Set Crock Pot on low heat, for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.


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CROCK POT SPINACH & BACON QUESO DIP

7-8 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
8-10 slices bacon, cooked, crispy & crumbled
½ lb Velveeta cheese, cut in ½ inch cubes
8 oz cream cheese, softened
10 oz can diced tomatoes & green chiles, drained
4.5 oz can chopped green chies


  1. Thaw chopped spinach by running warm water over it, in a colander.
  2. Cook 8-10 slices of bacon until crispy.  Crumble bacon.
  3. Cut up ½ lb of Velveeta cheese into ½ inch cubes.
  4. Place Velveeta Cheese in a crock pot sprayed with Pam, or use crock pot liner.
  5. Place cream cheese in crock pot.
  6. Drain 10 oz can of diced tomatoes and green chiles, and put in crock pot.
  7. Add spinach and crumbled bacon.
  8. Set Crock Pot on low heat, for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.


PRINT RECIPE



Crock Pot, Appetizers, Spinach, Bacon, Dip, Easy Meal, Cheese










Sunday, August 27, 2017

Instant Pot Bacon Ranch Potatoes

I was really exited to try potatoes in the Instant Pot! I wonder why I haven't tried this sooner, but like most of my other friends, there is some hesitations when using the Instant Pot.  I have found that if you just try it, it works out! I love all the flavors that come with this Instant Pot Bacon Ranch Potatoes Recipe.

Instant Pot Bacon Ranch Potatoes, Chasing Saturdays


We really took on a big project this summer. Because of the wet spring, planting the garden was later than normal We also planted more produce than the previous years.  These pictures were taken in June.  We had a problem with potato bugs this year.  Usually after the potato plants die, the bugs disappear.  They have stayed in the garden, and are now on the tomato plants. 




If you could see the garden right now, the potato plants are not as green.  Most of the plants have died off, and we are able to enjoy the potatoes. We have an overabundance of potatoes, red and white potatoes to enjoy! Making them in the Instant Pot was faster.



My family loves to eat potatoes, so I made a big batch of Bacon Ranch Potatoes.  I cut up 3 pounds of red potatoes and put in the Instant Pot.  I cut up 7 slices of bacon and added to the potatoes. Moisture is important when cooking in the Instant Pot, add 3 tablespoons of water. Add parsley, garlic powder and salt and pepper.

Set the Instant Pot to 10 minutes.   When it is done, set quick release.  I put a kitchen towel over the valve when I set the quick release.  Stay away from the steam.

Instant Pot Bacon Ranch Potatoes, Chasing Saturdays

I mixed in a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Mix, you can add what you want for taste. Mix in shredded cheddar cheese, and serve.  

Instant Pot Bacon Ranch Potatoes, Chasing Saturdays

Instant Pot Bacon Ranch Potatoes

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Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds red potatoes
  • 7 strips bacon
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix

Directions:

  1. Wash and cut the potatoes into 1 inch pieces.
  2. Cut the bacon into small pieces.
  3. Add potatoes, bacon and 4 tablespoons of water into the Instant Pot.
  4. Stir in dried parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  5. Set the instant pot to manual and set the time for 10 minutes.
  6. Release the pressure and carefully open the lid. This recipe was made with 6Qt Instant Pot.
  7. Add ranch dressing and cheese and stir to combine. Serve immediately. You can serve out of Instant Pot Bowl.



Instant Pot Bacon Ranch Potatoes, Chasing Saturdays



Instant Pot Bacon Ranch Potatoes, Chasing Saturdays