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Home Made Tortilla Chips

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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 about.com 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

Ingredients:

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

Preparation:

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!

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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

KDragonfly Designs

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Wow! KDragonfly Designs has some of the most wonderful items I’ve seen and the great thing about these are that they are all handmade! Which means no 2 items are alike each one is individually made. KDragonfly Designs specializes in Wall/Door Signs, Greeting cards (great for the upcoming holidays! -wink) name plates and name blocks! These items would be great for weddings or any other occasion where you would like a touch of elegance! She also does customization! These are really all great gift ideas! Who doesn’t like one of a kind gifts! I know I do. You can link to her Facebook page here –http://www.facebook.com/KDragonflyDesigns?sk=info You can also check her items out at her personal  blog here http://kdragonflydesigns.weebly.com/
Psss…I see shes also hosting a giveaway! Make sure to enter!

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Popochos Awesome Watches!

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Oh em gee these are so cute! These are a must have for anyone they come in so many different styles and the coolest part is they have snap on covers so you can change the look of your watch to match any outfit. I love the fact that the time is digital! That is great for kids! These come in so many styles and colors that they are perfect for Kids, Teens, Men and Women! These would make awesome Christmas gifts! I’ve add their links below the pictures make sure to go to their website and look at their amazing prices and selection!