Friday, December 17, 2010

Easy Hot Chocolate

I don't care for packaged hot chocolate mix at all.  I prefer creamy, smooth, rich hot chocolate.  And, I always have what I need on hand.  I also love that you can add whatever you like to this.  Vanilla, peppermint extract, cinnamon, etc.  Below is the basic, simple "recipe".  So easy, and SO good!

1-2 tablespoons chocolate chips (I use milk, but use whatever you prefer)
1 mug full of milk

Fill a mug with milk.  Pour the milk into a sauce pan, and add chocolate chips (the more you add, the richer it becomes.)  Stir constantly over medium heat until smooth and heated through.  Pour back into the mug, and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Shrimp Noodle Casserole

c uncooked macaroni 
1 egg 
1/4 c half and half
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese 
3/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese 
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt 
1/8 tsp pepper 
1/4 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped 
3/4 c fresh spinach, chopped 

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cook the macaroni according to package directions.  Combine the cream, egg, and butter in a small bowl.   

Drain the pasta.  Add the cream mixture, Parmesan, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, garlic, salt and pepper to the pasta. Mix well.  Stir in the shrimp and spinach.  Pour into a greased baking dish.  Top with the remaining mozzarella.

Bake 20 minutes, or until shrimp is pink.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cookie Exchange

Are you doing a cookie exchange this year?  I am not, but my sister went to one last night.  I stopped by her house this morning, and she gave me a Nanaimo Bar that one of the other girls made.  OH MY.  What fantastic goodness!  There is a middle layer that is just delicious creaminess.  I am hoping she'll get the recipe so that I can pass it along!  Apparently there are a few different versions, but I so want the one I tried this morning!

What types of Christmas cookies do you make?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Tonight we're headed to Chick-fil-a for our weekly date.  The rest of this week we'll be having:

Steamed Shrimp
Hungry Jack Pots
Turkey Meatloaf
Breakfast for dinner
P.F. Changs!

Also this week, I hope to make Blueberry coffee cake, Cinnamon roll muffins, Cinnamon swirl bread, and Berry & Jam muffins.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I've got a cold, and have been feeling worse every day. Hope to return soon!