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Peach State says: Yummy Apple Cinnamon Roll Bake!

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So my tastebuds took over my day…
Wash, core, peel, slice and chop….all of my Granny Smith apples. Once that was completed I preceded to cook the apples, adding my spices and sugar and 3/4 cup of butter. After the apple mixture resembled apple pie filling I unrolled my favorite cinnamon rolls and added the apples. I rolled the cinnamon rolls up and place the entire roll into my baking dish.

Bake…Yummy Apple Cinnamon Roll Bake!

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Then I took some caramel ice cream topping and mixed with the icing that came with the cinnamon rolls….and drizzled it over the baked concoction. “I should have bought some vanilla ice cream!”

By the way…this is the brand of cinnamon roll I used…

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Gotta go and finish preparing dinner…

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

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Peach State says: Not So Sloppy Joes

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Due to time constraints and the fact that I really did not want to cook last night…I tried a new recipe I had seen recently.

Not So Sloppy Joes:

I browned my ground beef and added the can of Sloppy Joe mix.
As it heated the Sloppy Joe mixture I pre-heated my oven and began to roll out the Grand’s Biscuits
I spooned the Sloppy Joe mixture onto the flattened biscuit…and sprinkled on the shredded cheddar cheese.

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I folded the biscuit over the filling and pinched the ends together

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I baked the pockets in a 360 degree oven until brown like a biscuit.

They were a hit…and seconds were expected. Man were they easy! The clean up was even easier.

Try it…they will like it!

Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Today Is For Chocolate!

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Mmm…I am craving Chocolate! “Today Is For Chocolate!”

So I went to my favorite source to find the perfect recipe…Something different that would embrace every dessert craving taste bud. Rich, chewy, sweet, salty, smooth and…well you get the idea.

Here it is:

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I know you will love this recipe. Just fix and enjoy!
There is a Brownie S’more recipe…but I will try it first and share later…

Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Summer Kitchen

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This is a Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart similar to the one I will prepare later today. My concept started with a pic and a friend’s recipe. I got the recipe from her yesterday and immediately began tweaking it. My friend made her Tomato Tart yesterday and said she would share the ins and outs with me this morning. I will write again later and show you, step by step, how to have a taste of summer from a Summer Kitchen.

You will not have to wait long…I plan on starting this delicious recipe before lunch. (translation: after the two older boys go to work!) I will also be making another Peach Cobbler today! Mmm! I do love the summer fruits and vegis! See You Then and Wish me Luck!

Peach State

Peach State says: Easy Cobbler…Easy Yum!

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I was fixing dinner about two weeks ago when my dad called…the first thing he said was “Do you like cobbler?” I chuckled and said yes… “Do you make cobbler?” I told him it was never convenient to make and never turned out the way I wanted it to… He told me to grab a pencil and paper and you may want to do the same for an Easy Cobbler…Easy Yum!

“You Ready?”

1 stick of butter
1 cup of self-rising flour
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of vanilla
About 4 cups of sweetened fruit

Prepare your fruit…slices or bite size, peaches or berries and sweeten
Take the butter and slice it in the bottom of a baking dish and place it in the oven on 350 degrees till sizzling. While the butter is in the oven mix the self-rising flour and sugar together then add the milk and stir well. (check the butter) When the butter begins to sizzle take it out of the oven. Add the vanilla to the sugar and flour mixture and pour over the butter…pour the fruit on top. Bake for 40 minutes.

This is absolutely the best and easiest Cobbler Recipe I have ever tried. I have used it four times now, with all the fresh fruit in season…peaches, blackberries, and raspberries. I combined the peaches and blackberries last night and my family loved it. “I wonder if this recipe could be placed in the freezer!” This cobbler is wonderful alone or with ice cream.

Well there you have it “Easy Cobbler…Easy Yum!” I hope you have the chance to try this recipe. I will be submitting this recipe to our new cookbook at church! Let me know what you think. Have a “Peachy” great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Bored? Dinner Time Experimentation

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There is nothing wrong with a little experimentation in cooking…it leads to great recipes and opens the floods gates to creativity. A little bit of this and a dash of that, stir in a pinch or two of these spices and “BAM!” a new recipe is formed. The above pictured item is one of my new favorite items for my kitchen. It is a Manual Food Processor from Pampered Chef! No plugs and incredibly easy to use…even my boys use it. One evening I was planning dinner and wanted something different. My youngest was just sitting there watching a movie…so I, being the mom I am, said Bored? Dinner Time Experimentation!. He perked up when he hear experimentation. “Don’t all boys?”

We headed to the kitchen and I began pulling things out onto the counter…including my Manual Food Processor. I will now give you the recipe for a great side-dish.

Layered Broccoli and Potato Quiche’
2 Cups of broccoli florets
1/2 of large onion
3-4 eggs (I used 3) mixed with a touch of milk
1 cup of grated cheese
6 slices of cooked bacon ( I used a lower sodium bacon)
5 diced potatoes

I started the preparation by dicing 5 potatoes and cooking the bacon. I then began cutting the broccoli into smaller pieces to place in the Manual Food Processor with the onion. (the onion should be in about 4-5 pieces) and chop until desired blending is acquired.

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I let my youngest do this while I combined the eggs and dash of milk.

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I grated the cheese (sharp cheddar was the choice of the night) and placed it into a bowl with the broccoli and onion and eggs and mixed together.

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I placed the potatoes in the greased 9×9 baking dish and crumbled the cooled bacon on top.

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I added a touch more milk to the broccoli mixture and poured it over the bacon and potatoes.

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“My son was so excited about the next part…he took the picture while I made sure liquid was getting to the potatoes.”

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I placed it into the microwave and cooked it for about 12 minutes…or until the potatoes were done. I grated a little more cheese on top for color and served with Chicken. It was a hit! “I think I will use this recipe in our church’s cookbook.”

I have made my fresh Spaghetti Sauce and some Salsa with this marvelous kitchen wonder along with chopping some ice cream toppings. My boys love using it for the ice cream toppings! We had fun and my youngest has been asking to use it again…”I think we will experiment some today!”
I hope you like this recipe…and please share some of your favorites with me! It is summer and well…even parents get tired of the same old thing. Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: Taste…Step by Step

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This is the dessert I spoke about Saturday. It was easy…really! I started by baking the angel food cake and sliced and cubed it…

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I then sliced the strawberries and placed the next layer on top of the cake…

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Keeping with the Red…White…and Blue theme the whipped topping was placed on top of the strawberries.

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Then the blueberries …

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Repeat the layers…

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The finished product was a light and refreshing summer dessert! My family loved it! How do I know…because there was no leftovers. Enjoy!

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Have a great evening!

Peach State

Peach State says: Yummy for the Tummy!

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This new product could not have jumped into my shopping cart any faster. I am always on the look out for good recipes…I love using breadcrumbs and cheeses to cook with. The convenience produced by this package is a breath of fresh air. The aroma, while it was baking, filled the house and intrigued my family. The boys all came in with their noses in the air…mmm “What’s for dinner?” “Italian Parmesan Chicken” I replied! The peeks in the oven, as the brown crusted chicken baked, gave me smiles. I give this new product 2 thumbs up! It is Yummy for the Tummy!

Here is how it works:

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Open the bag and mix the breadcrumbs and cheese together!

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The package directions tell you to dip the chicken in water before coating the chicken!

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I used three large boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cut them in half. I then flattened the chicken breast pieces before coating them. I also sprinkled some of the remaining coating mixture over the chicken before placing it in the oven. The cooking time was shorter and the boys were thrilled to have more than one piece of chicken. 3 pieces for 5 people…not bad. The chicken was tender and not dry! The raves from my family are still being heard. It was Yummy for the Tummy!

I served the chicken with a brown rice seasoned with butter and Italian Herbs and glazed carrots. Did you want that recipe too?

Glazed Carrots
Open a can of carrots and drain. Drizzle your favorite syrup over the carrots and add 2 tsp. of butter. Zap it in the microwave! TaDa! You can stop laughing now! It is really good!

I wanted to pass this on…so many people are looking for wonderful recipes but don’t have the time or energy to cook the fancy recipes for their families. This product is incredible and I look forward to trying the other available recipes! I have also included the nutritional facts for you…

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The chicken came out beautifully! Let me know what you think! I know you will find it Yummy for the Tummy!. Have a great day!

Peach State

Peach State says: The Best Potatoes

I told you My family loved that recipe! Yesterday I gave you a potato recipe and said I was teetering about fixing it. Well, I broke down and made time. It is not that it takes a long time to prepare; it is the time needed to prepare and cook while helping my 5th grader with his homework. I took a few pics and altered the recipe a little bit…

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I thinly sliced the potatoes

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Mixed the chives into the sour cream

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Added the white pepper…but only about half of the amount given in the recipe and then added a few shakes of a wonderful Roasted Garlic and Bell-pepper blend.

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Sorry…the metric conversion wiz was needing help and I forgot to take a pic with just the cream sauce over the taters.

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This is when you can put it in the oven or microwave…I chose the microwave.

I have a wonderful family who are a great help around the house. “Silly sarcastic tone slipped in..sorry!” I took some clothes upstairs and the boys decided to serve up dinner for me and tore into the dish before I could get a finished product pic for you. Needless to say there were no leftovers.
“Funny…I did not even use the bacon this time!” My husband bragged, on the phone how I slaved in a kitchen all day cooking dinner and baking. It was nothing! Oh…we had a Triple Dark Chocolate cake for dessert. “What diet?”

Peach State

Peach State says: The Crust Around the Edge!

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I was back at church yesterday afternoon preparing for the second sound check and practice. The conversation turned to dinner and the list of possibilities from the others on the stage did not include cooking at home. I leaned out and said…”Mine is already cooked and ready to eat.” the shocked faces turned to face me…”I fixed a Chicken Pot Pie and it was almost done when I left for choir practice.” I was asked how I could make it in the time I was at home… “Well, the recipe is easy because my husband does not like soupy Chicken Pot Pie. The recipe is quick and I just hope they took it out of the oven.” I smiled and then said ” If they do eat before I get home I will only have the Crust Around the Edge!”

They really love this recipe and it is very versatile. I told them I would get them the recipe.

Chicken Pot Pie
4 Chicken Breasts
Large bag of frozen Broccoli Florets
3-4 cups of shredded cheese
1-2 refrigerated pastry/pie shells

Place 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts in a pot of water and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and let cook for about 15 minutes or until tender.
Remove from heat.
Add broccoli florets to the pot and let sit for 5-7 minutes.
Drain!
Remove the chicken and, with two forks, begin shredding and pulling apart.
Combine the chicken and broccoli and place in a greased casserole dish.

Additional items that you can add: bacon crumbled, diced onion

Cover with your favorite cheese…cheddar used here.
Lay the pie crust shell on top and tuck around the edge. I use two shells because of the shallow rectangular dish I used.
Because the ingredients are already cooked the only thing left to do is browning the crust.
Follow the directions for baking on the package and brown.
Serve with a green salad.

This serves 5 people….well three growing boys and two adults on diets.

My family really like this recipe and it is not a time consuming procedure. I knew I would not be home in time to prepare dinner and get my youngest off to bed if I waited to cook when I got home. Planning ahead is the best! Besides…why cause strife about my schedule and not cook at home.
This recipe is quick and easy and a family favorite!

When I got home someone had already sampled it! I served up the portions and fed my youngest and sent him to bed. “School in the morning…remember!” and actually got some for myself and not just “The Crust Around the Edge!.

I hope you get the chance to try this recipe…let me know! I am off to exercise class! I will tell you about that experience another day. Wish me luck and have a great day!

Peach State