Monthly Archives: November 2011

Pumpkin Pie In A Bag!


So today I volenteered at my daughter’s school for Pilgrims Day, The had a ton of stations set up where the kids “cooked!”

The kids made butter,cornbread,Cranberry relish, and Pumpkin pie in a bag! I loved the pumpkin pie in a bag idea so I figured I would share it with you!

Pour 1  1/3 cups of cold milk and 2-4oz boxes of vanilla pudding into a ziplock bag. Remove air.

Knead the bag for one minute.

ADD 1-15 oz can of pumplin 1 t cinnamon and 1/2 t ginger. Remove air. Shut the bag and knead again until well blended.Set aside.

Put Graham crackers into another Ziplock bag and crush them (I use a rolling pin)

After crushed, add 2-3 Tbsp Graham crackers to the bottom of a cup  cut a hole in the corner of your Ziplock bag containing the pumpkin mix to pipe in to the cups. After adding the pumpkin mix to the cup top off with whipped cream and enjoy!


Home Made Tortilla Chips



Well after I picked the kids up from school today I asked them what they wanted for dinner and surprisingly they both said tacos, I was a little unsure at first because our taco night has gotten kind of bland so I thought of what else I could make with it to make it a little more interesting! I figured home made tortilla chips and salsa would be wonderful!

I found this recipe on so I figure I would share! Cheap, easy, and delicious!

Crunchy and crispy these are excellent companions for your favorite salsa or guacamole.


Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes


  • 12 corn tortillas cut into 6-8 wedges
  • oil for frying
  • salt to taste


This recipe is a great reason to get out your deep fryer, but if you don’t have one, use about 3/4 cup of oil in a medium frying pan. If you use a deep fryer, follow the manufacturers instructions.For pan frying- 
Heat oil over medium-high heat for about a minute. Drop a crumb of tortilla into the oil, if it sinks, it’s not hot enough. If it bubbles and comes to the top, it’s perfect.

Slide pieces into oil using a slotted spoon or spatula just a few at a time. Let pieces fry until golden brown and crispy, less than one minute. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Serve immediately or store in a tightly covered container.

Great Loaded Potato Skins!

Loaded Potato Skins with cheese and bacon
  • 6 small to medium sized russet potatoes, rinsed clean
  • 8 oz of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 slices of smoked, thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 stick of unsalted butter
  • 6 tbsp sour cream, optional
  • 2 tbsp of chopped chives, optional
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Poke the top of each potato with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Cook in the oven for 1 hour. Once cooked, remove from the baking sheet, and place on a plate to let cool for about 15 minutes.

In the meantime, if you are a fan of sour cream, which I am, add the sour cream to a small bowl, toss in half of the chives, mix, and let this sit in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Cook your bacon, low and slow on the stove, for about 15-20 minutes. The low and slow process, in my opinion, is the only way to cook bacon as it really yields perfect bacon every time. Remove the bacon and let any additional fat drain on some paper towel, before you crumble it down.

Once your potatoes are cooled, use a sharp bread knife and you will cut lengthwise, into three segments of one potato, long slices. So each potato will yield two skins, right? Discard the middle slice and reuse for breakfast the following morning, or heck for that matter, add some butter, salt, and cream, and make some rustic mashed potatoes.

Continue this cutting process with the rest of the potatoes. You should then have 12 skins. With a small spoon, being careful, scoop out about 70 percent of the potato, as you still want some potato in your boat.

Next, melt your butter in the microwave. Get your broiler heated to high. Brush the butter on the inside and outside of each potato skin and place them back onto the baking sheet. Season the inside of each skin with salt and pepper.

Place them under the broiler for 8-10 minutes until the insides get a bit crispy from the melted butter. Remove, and place generous amounts of cheddar cheese into each skin, topping with bacon pieces. Place these back under the broiler for about 3-4 minutes until the cheese is nice and bubbly. Carefully remove from the oven, and get ready.

Easy Peanut Butter Pie.

By Far this is my favorite thing to make during the holidays, easy, delicious, and fun to make with the kids.
Easy Peanut Butter Pie.
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
2 c. confectionery sugar
1 lg. (12 oz.) Cool Whip
1 graham cracker pie shell
Mix peanut butter, confectionery sugar, cream cheese until smooth. Mix in Cool Whip and blend. Pour in pie shell and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Refrigerate until cool.
You can see this picture larger and save it to your computer and make a digital cookbook!
You can also find this on Renee’s Recipe Exchange page on Facebook (Link Below.)


Easy Peasy Doughnuts! Fun For all!


To make 10 donuts and doughnut holes, you’ll need:

* 1 can buttermilk biscuits
* 1/2 – 1 cup vegetable oil
* cinnamon / sugar mix
* powdered sugar
* chocolate frosting & sprinkles (optional)

Pour the oil in a pan and place over medium heat. Arrange all of the biscuits on a plate or cutting board. Use a small circle-shaped cutter to press firmly while rotating to carefully remove the centers from the dough. The center of the wreath from my Christmas cookie cutter collection was just the right size.

Place 5 of your donuts in the heated oil. Watch very closely, because they only take a few short minutes to fry. Flip them over as soon as they turn a nice golden brown color, and repeat this process with all sides of your donuts. Place them on a paper towel to cool. The little donut holes can be cooked all at the same time, however they finish cooking very quickly so don’t let them burn!

Sprinkle your donuts with a generous coating of cinnamon/sugar or powered sugar. You can also place them into a sandwich bag in each mixture to coat evenly, if you prefer.You can also spread the tops with chocolate frosting and dipping them into candy sprinkles (or nuts)

Like cooking? Like sharing recipes?


Renee’s recipe exchange is a new Facebook page where she and her followers will share recipes, this is great and perfect for the upcoming holiday seasons! Make sure to stop by her page and like it! Post a few of your favorite recipes while you’re there. Link below!

                                                              Renee’s Recipe Exchange

What are you thankful for?


Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner I figured that I would post a few things that I am personally thankful for.  A lot of times people take for granted the things that they have in life, even the small things we should be thankful for, and even when something doesn’t go as planned we should still be thankful because there is usually a lesson learned in the end.

♥ 1.God-  Always loving, Always forgiving, Always there.

♥ 2. My Children- Everyday they bring a smile to my face, their innocence warms my heart, and in their eyes I can do no wrong.

♥3. My Mother- From the beginning to the end she will be by my side. My support, my best friend, when times get hard and I have no where else to turn her door is always open. Although we have our ups and downs and don’t always agree its been nothing but love. When I don’t know whats best for me she does. Her heart holds all the answers that I search for on my journey through life.

♥4. My pets- I know they wont be around forever but I cherish each moment I spend with them their love in unconditional.

♥5. My friends-Nothing like having a good group of friends to be able to talk to share your thoughts and feelings with, to take a break from the stress of the day and relax and spend time with.

-Things about me that I’m thankful for-

♥ 1. Being a good person.- I’m not perfect and I don’t try to be, but what I am is a good person. I wear my heart on my sleeve and go above and beyond to do for others even what I can’t do for myself at times. I genuinely  care about people and their struggles. I believe that everyone needs to know and feel like there is someone out there somewhere that cares for them.

♥2. My sense of humor- I love to make people laugh, and I love to laugh as well. Laughter really is the best medicine.

♥3. My passion and ability to read- I love reading! I try to instill that in my children, reading is such a calming, peaceful thing to do. There are so many benefits from reading! Plus like I tell my kids you use your imagination and its like your very own movie as far as your imagination will take it.

♥4. Being Creative- Its good to have a hobby and to actually be good at it! I love making crafts and painting with my children it really give us a special time to bond, times like these will be with your kids forever, and influence them to do the same when they get older and have kids of their own.

♥5. Just being me.- I am thankful that I can just be myself and be content with it.


-Other things I’m thankful for-

♥1. The seasons- I enjoy every season change. I love all the beauty that nature naturally provides to us. The color of the flowers in spring, the warmth of the shining sun in summer, the turning of the leaves in fall and the glisten of the snow in winter.

♥2.Bubble Baths-Nothing like a nice hot bath to take the stress away (when the kids are not beating down the bathroom door lol.) Wonderful way to unwind.

♥3.The Ocean-Living this close to the beach is amazing. Every time we visit  I find myself gazing out over the ocean and it still amazes me.

♥4. Music-I love music how many times have you felt like a song was wrote just for you, or you hear your favorite song and you just wanna sing it at the top of your lungs? Music taps in to our emotions and makes us feel.

♥5. The Internet (lol)- Some days I love it some days I hate it lol. The internet has made life much more simple, which is good and bad. I’m thankful for it because I can reach out to people and meet new people I would have never known with out the internet, my children can keep in contact with their grandparents and family out of state, and I can do work, blog and relax with all the information I could need at my fingertips, even on the go!