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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's Girl Scout Cookie Time...Here Are Some Great Recipes

It's that time of year again....Girl Scout Cookies are on sale and I am sure by now you have had the opportunity to be approached by a darling girl like the precious blond pictured with me below with a request to support her troop and order some cookies. If you haven't...I can help you with that. Simply click here Buy Cookies Now! . Simply fill in your contact info in place of mine and you are set. Do cookies crimp your diet and fitness goals? Consider donating to the KCM Food Pantry where the girls volunteer. Remember, they freeze for up to a year!


 
Girl Scout Collage
Ever wonder what all of those precious girls do with the money they raise. I put together a little collage of what amazing things my daughter's Daisy Scout Troop did this year...They went to a week of Music, Drama and Art Camp, attended two University of Houston sporting events, went roller skating, had Tea With Mrs Claus and donated time, food and money to our favorite charity, Katy Christian Ministries Food Pantry. The girls earned badges, made friends and grew as young ladies.


So, once you get your cookies. Get creative and try out some of these scrumptious recipes. P.S. They are not just for dessert!

Thai Peanut Chicken 
    Ingredients
    8 crushed Peanut Butter Sandwich® Girl Scout Cookies
    2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins
    Teriyaki glaze
    1 box of Pad Thai Noodles
    Thai Peanut Sauce
    Wood skewers
Directions
1. Grill chicken tenderloins on wood skewers, brushing occasionally with Teriyaki glaze. 2. Prepare Pad Thai noodles according to directions on box. 3. Serve chicken tenderloins with four crushed Peanut Butter Sandwhich® cookies sprinkled on top.4. Mix remaining Peanut Butter Sandwhich® cookie crumbs with peanut sauce. 5. Pour peanut sauce over chicken and noodles, or serve as a side dipping sauce.
Yields 4 servings
 

 Carmel Delight Shrimp
 
Ingredients
5 extra-large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
5 Carmel Delight® Girl Scout Cookies®, finely chopped
2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
2 cups flour
1 cup coconut flakes
4 egg whites
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 lime for garnish
Vegetable or peanut oil for frying


Directions


1. Toss coconut flakes with bread crumbs, cayenne pepper and chopped Carmel Delight®

Girl Scout Cookies®. 2. Dredge shrimp through fl our, followed by egg whites and Carmel Delight® Girl Scout Cookies® mixture. 3. Fry shrimp in vegetable oil at 350 degrees until golden brown. 4. Garnish with coconut flakes and lime wedges. Yields 5 shrimp


 
Serving Suggestions:
• Serve warm. • Arrange in a star pattern on a salad plate, or on a bamboo skewer with tropical fruits. • Can be served as an appetizer, in a salad, or as an entrée. • If serving as an entrée accompany with fried plantains and wild rice.


Shortbread Cheesecake Cup


 
Ingredients
1 box of Shortbread Girl Scout Cookies
Instant cheesecake pudding mix (check the box for extra ingredients)
12 oz. Cream cheese (softened)
Strawberries
Chocolate syrup

 
Directions
1. Crush half box of Shortbread Cookies. Mix softened cream cheese and cheesecake pudding until smooth. 2.Layer crushed cookies and cheesecake pudding in a cup and layering of ingredients. 3. Garnish with strawberries (or your favorite berries) and 2 full Shortbread cookies. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Yields 8 servings
 
Peanut Butter Pattie Milkshake

Ingredients
½ box of Peanut Butter Pattie® Girl Scout Cookies
6 cups of vanilla ice cream
1 cup of milk
1 can of whipped cream

 
Directions
1. Mix cookies, ice cream and milk in blender. Blend until desired thickness. 2. Serve in tall milk shake glass and top with whipped cream. Garnish with crumbled cookies. Yields 2 servings.

 
 
CARAMELIZED PEAR AND NUTTY-COOKIE CRUNCH SUNDAE


 
Ingredients:
8 Shout Outs! Girl Scout Cookies
1/3 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 ripe, but slightly firm pears, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Vanilla ice cream
Garnish: 4 Shout Outs! Girl Scout Cookies

 
Instructions:

 Place 8 Shout Outs! cookies in a large self-sealing plastic bag and close. Place bag on cutting board and use rolling pin to crush cookies into coarse crumbs. In a small bowl combine cookie crumbs with pecans; set aside. To make caramelized pears, melt butter in a medium frying pan over medium to medium-low heat. When butter foams, sprinkle the brown sugar over top. Cook until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Add pear pieces and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Cook approximately 4 to 5 minutes or until the sauce is caramelized and the pears start to break down. To make sundaes place half of nutty-cookie crunch in bottom of each serving dish. Scoop ice cream over the nutty-cookie crunch. Top with warm pear sauce and sprinkle with remaining nutty-cookie crunch. To serve, place one Shout Out! on top of each sundae.

 Makes:4 servings

 Submitted By: ABC Bakers

Chocolate Thin Mint Pizza Supreme


 
Ingredients:
1 pkg. (18 oz.) refrigerated chocolate chunk cookie dough
1/2 pkg. (19 cookies) Girl Scout Thin Mints
1/2 cup white chocolate morsels
Vanilla ice cream, optional

 
Instructions:

Press cookie dough evenly in the bottom of an ungreased 12-inch pizza pan or a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. (Dough will barely cover the pan.) Break Thin Mints into halves or thirds; press cookie pieces into dough, covering evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Place white chocolate morsels into a small self-closing bag. Microwave the bag of morsels on MEDIUM HIGH (70% power) for 40 to 50 seconds or until melted. Snip one corner (about 1/8 inch) off the bottom of the bag. Hold bag tightly at top and drizzle white chocolate stripes over top of pizza. When cool, cut pizza into 8 or 10 wedges. If desired, top each serving with a scoop of ice cream.

Makes:8 to 10 servings

Submitted By: ABC Bakers

Chocolate Thanks-A-Lot™ Éclair


 Ingredients:
1 package Thanks-A-Lot™cookies
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (16 ounce) package prepared chocolate frosting

 
Instructions:
Line the bottom of an 8-inch round cake pan with Thanks-A-Lot™ cookies. In a large bowl, combine pudding mix and milk. Stir well. Stir in whipped topping to pudding mixture. Spread half of mixture over cookie layer. Top with another layer of Thanks-A-Lot™ cookies and the remaining pudding. Top all with a final layer of Thanks-A-Lot™ cookies and frost with chocolate frosting. Refrigerate until serving.

 
Makes:6 to 8 servings

Submitted By: ABC Bakers

 


 

 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Valentines Smores and a Freebie!

I cannot wait to make these. I was cruising through the grocery store today when I saw bags of fluffy, big pink marshmallows and thought what on earth could be done with them....They shouted happiness to me. Then I found my inspiration over at Trillustrations....Valentines Day Smores!

We take great joy in SE Texas in the winter of really enjoying outdoor living with the crisp air and a warm fire. Simply take a bag add a graham cracker, your favorite chocolate and one of my pink fluffy marshmallows and you have a truly unique Valentine. Click on the link above to get your bag toppers free!


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Owl Always Love You...The Cutest Valentine Decor and a Freebie



I cannot wait to hang this fresh and sweet print in my home. I found this on It's a Crafty Life. Click on the link to get your copy.

She was inspired by a Beatles song. But the quote she used originated from a love letter sent from Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett Browning. My parents had a stained glass version of the quote for years. Don't you just love the idea of love letters?

I may print it and attach a love letter of my own to my betrothed. How romantic. But in terms of decor the sweet owls in this print are totally on trend and will make a statement no matter where you choose to place them.

We decorate to celebrate so many occasions. How often to we really openly celebrate one of life's greatest gifts...love. In the age of throw away relationships. What would it mean to our children to make Valentine's Day not a Hallmark Holiday, but one of a true homespun celebration of our love for one another....

How will you celebrate your love this season. Post a comment and share your ideas...

Bottle Cap Jewelry...Hot Trend in Girls Fashion=Sleepover Fun!




Meet the Girls...Lizzy, my daughter Payton and her puppy, Chloe. These angels were such a delight to sit down and make Bottle Cap Jewelry with. Their eyes lit up as I pulled out the earing clips and wires. They gasped as they saw pretty papers and charms and gems that I had stored. They dug in to the key chans and necklaces. These 7 year old darlings sat for two hours and happily worked on their creations.

Making them is so simple! I found all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby and Micheals who each have their jewelry items on sale for 50-60% right now. We made earrings for about $.30. That is a deal for such great sleepover entertainment. Here is how they are made:

Supplies:
Bottle Caps (Hobby Lobby had predrilled with jump rings attached)
Magic Glos, Diamond Glaze or Modge Podge Multi Dimensional (I used Magic Gloss)
Pretty Scrap Paper
White Glue
Fun items, charms, beads etc.
1in punch (not neccessary as bottle caps come with template, but nice as it cuts clean)
Supplies to finish.


Directions:

Cut the pretty paper of your choice to fit the inside of your bottle cap.
Glue the paper to the bottom of the cap using white glue
Add gems, charms, beads to your liking inside the cap. Don't worry about gluing them we will get there.
Once your design is set fill the cap with Magic Gloss. Once the Magic gloss sets into a resin, you design will be captured.
Let dry and finish with earings, necklace chain, ribbon or magnets....

Such great fun!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Just One Pound...A Fresh Approach to the Same Resolution...

This was a gift given to me by one of the most inspiring women I know...my high school glory days friend, Christine Adams. A couple of years ago she decided it was time...time to make a change for health. She included exercise, joined Weight Watchers and surrounded herself with a great community of supporters.


Christine Before and After



Today, She looks amazing...but the amazing transformation didn't just come in the physical health benefits that her quest brought her, but her spirit was transformed. She went on to inspire people all over the world through her commitment, her Facebook page and everywhere she went to make a change for themselves. She is truly an inspiration to many including myself, even today.


Christine went from walking down the block to a Marathon Maniac, completing 10+ full marathons last year. She is amazing and gave me advice on how to get on my journey to completing a couple of 5k's of my own last year. This year I resolve to lose and average of a pound a week, finish one 5k a month and log 10,000 steps a day on my pedometer.

What are your goals in regards to health and fitness this year. Is it the same old "Lose Weight" that we add to the list every year? In my career, I have moments to advise about strategic planning and setting goals. "Your goals must be SMART...Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely..."  I would coach. Last year was the first year I really applied this to what I wanted to accomplish in my own areas that I had created 2010 Resolutions....and come July, it dawned on me if I did not start running, I was not going to make my goal of completing the 5k... Since I got myself on track, I was able to complete a couple of 5k's. What are your goals this year? Are they SMART?

In true, Christine style, she sent this Just One Pound.... it is SMART....It inspired me....It is included below....



If You Lost just 1 Lb. Each Week of 2011



By Valentine’s Day
You’d be 7 lbs. lighter and loving it!


By St. Patrick’s Day
You’d be 11 lbs. lighter. With the luck-o-the-Irish You’ll make my goal.


By Easter
You’d be 16 lbs. lighter. You’d be a cuter bunny.

By Memorial Day
You’d be 23 lbs. lighter. You won’t let it rain on your parade.


By Flag Day
You’d be 25 lbs. lighter.


By Independence Day
You’d be 27 lbs. lighter. That’s a neat Declaration of Independence from overeating!


By Labor Day
You’d be 36 lbs. lighter. What a wonderful reward for all your hard work.


By Columbus Day
You’d be 41 lbs. lighter. What a joy to discover what you can do.


By Halloween
You’d be 44 lbs. lighter. You'd didn’t think you had a ghost of a chance.


By Thanksgiving
You’d be 47 lbs. lighter. You’d have so much to be thankful for.


By Christmas Eve
You’d be 51 lbs. lighter. Talk about being merry!


By New Year’s Eve
You’d be 52 lbs. lighter. It’s not just a new year, it’s a new You!



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I Have Found the Gem...

Saturday, January 1, 2011