Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Scalloped Cabbage

Easy Life Meal & Party Planning: Scalloped Cabbate - a creamy cheesy delicious side dish that is great for holidays

Scalloped cabbage is full of creamy cheesy goodness topped with buttered and peppered crackers. One of my personal favorite recipes. Scalloped cabbage has been a holiday tradition in our family for as long as I can remember. This casserole is a lovely addition to holiday meals, however, I make it several times in between holidays.

Even if you are not a cabbage lover you might be converted! Cabbage baked in a cheesy sauce with a crunchy topping is like no other cabbage you will ever taste and it is certainly worth a try even if you are skeptical.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Easy Dried Beef Dip for Serving Cold or Hot

This dip is retro but it passes the test of time! It is still one of my favorites. I also love this particular recipe because it has a mild onion flavor and full of dried beef. The bonus is you can serve it cold or hot.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Easy as Pot Roast

My daughter, who is trying to learn how to cook, asked me how to cook a pot roast. To me it is one of the most simplest meals you can throw together, but to her she had no clue where to start. I thought to myself maybe there are others out there just like her. After cooking for  over 40 years you take for granite some of the basics you have learned and do just out of habit. So I put together a tutorial with her on how to cook a pot roast. I hope for you who are just starting appreciate my daughters steps. She was so proud of her first roast.

Season roast with steak seasoning. Heat oil up on medium high heat and place roast in skillet.

Easy as Pot Roast by Easy Life Meal and Party Planning

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Easy Taco Pie

Taco Pie - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning - easy to make taco pie quite tasty with the combination of spicy meat, cheese, and sour cream inside a hot pie shellTaco Pie has been a family favorite for decades. I found the recipe in a local community cookbook from the early 80's listed under their "International" section (which makes me chuckle - not quite the exotic fare I was thinking of for this section).  You will discover this easy to make taco pie quite tasty with the combination of spicy meat, cheese, and sour cream inside a hot pie shell. In fact, I like it better than taco shells. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cheddar Cheese Filled Biscuits

So easy and so good. These cheesy filled biscuit are wrapped with a Parmesan and butter batter. If that is not enough when you bite into the biscuit the warm cheddar oozes out and is so yummy.
Cheddar Cheese Filled Biscuits by Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

Cheddar Cheese Filled Biscuits
1 can of big flaky biscuits
Cheddar Cheese Cubes
1 cup - Parmesan cheese, grated
1 stick - Butter
1/2 tsp.-  Garlic Powder
1/8 tsp. - Italian Seasoning
Melt butter and add garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Mix together
Place Parmesan cheese in separate bowl.
Cut biscuits in half  and place one cube of cheddar cheese inside them. Close biscuit around cheese and roll closing biscuit around the cheese.
Roll biscuit in butter and then into the Parmesan cheese.
Bake according to biscuit directions.
We added and extra cube of cheese for some really cheesy biscuits.

Authored by +Shawna Williams
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ghost in the Graveyard

Something my daughter thought of .
Easy to make marshmallow ghost by using a toothpick and food coloring and a dash of creativity.
You too, can decorate your treats.

Authored by +Shawna Williams

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Nothing is better than getting together with my daughter, Savanah and my close friend, Beth, for cookie day.
This year Savanah found some really cute recipes from pinterest and Facebook, so we thought we would try some of them out. All of them are really simple and very good.

Candy Corn Cupcakes
1 - French Vanilla Cake Mix
1 can of orange frosting
Orange and Yellow food coloring
Mix cake mix according to directions.  Divide batter into thirds in separate bowls. Add yellow food coloring into one of the bowls mixing into the batter until desired color is reached. Repeat using the orange food coloring.
Start with the yellow batter and fill 1/3 of the cupcake baking cup. Follow by adding 1/3 of  the orange batter and then the white batter. Bake according to the cake mix directions.

Authored by +Shawna Williams

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn Treats in Celebration of the 1st Day of Fall

Easy Life Meal & Party Planning: Favorite Autumn RecipesIn celebration of the 1st day of fall, we have put together a collection of Easy Life's favorite Autumn recipes! 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Quick & Easy Sweet Pickles - Microwave Quick

Easy Life Meal & Party Planning: Quick & Easy Sweet Pickles - Microwave Quick and quite the time saver yet you have that sweet crispy homemade deliciousness!
These microwave sweet pickles are quite the time saver and yet you have that sweet crispy homemade deliciousness!  In fact, they take less than 15 minutes. If you are not into canning, don't have extra time, or don't have enough cucumbers for the traditional canning method then this is the recipe for you!!  It is also the perfect recipe for people who are single, empty nesters or the only one in the family that likes pickles! Just store them in your frig.  Quick & Easy Sweet Pickles = Busy Just Got Easy.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bountiful Baskets Where Have you Been All My Life!

I facilitate a local health initiative in our community and last winter one of our residents begged us to bring Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op to our community. I had never heard of Bountiful Baskets so I researched their website learned how this wonderful not-for-profit food co-op started and how it has spread across the country. I was so impressed that I visited a distribution site in Des Moines and began my journey with the organization. In May I completed my final training to be a distribution site coordinator and in August we brought Bountiful Baskets to our community.Let me tell you this has generated more excitement than any other initiative that we have engaged in so far. So if you are  

Looking for ways to eat healthier? Like Saving Money? Then you will LOVE Bountiful Baskets fresh high quality produce at warehouse prices!!!

How to Freeze Peach Pie Filling & Peaches in Syrup in 5 Easy Steps

There is nothing like pulling out freshly preserved fruits in the middle of the winter. Learn how to freeze peach pie filling and peaches in syrup in 5 easy steps!

These beautiful freestone peaches came in a 22 lb. box through Bountiful Baskets (click to see my post on bountiful baskets) so I set out on a mission to preserve fresh peaches in syrup and of course, my very favorite peach pie filling.

Freestone is the preferred peach for canning. Freestone peaches easily fall away from the pit. the Clingstone peach "clings" to the pit. With a Freestone peach you can cut it right down the middle and the peach easily pulls away from the pit.

Tutorial on How to Freeze Peach Pie Filling & Peaches in Syrup

STEP 1: Prepare your dry ingredients before you do anything. I used quart bags to mix the dry ingredients - one bag per pie. This recipe is for one 9" pie:

3/4-1 cup of sugar
4 tablespoons flour (mine were slightly heaping)
1 teaspoon ascorbic acid (to keep fruit from browning)
Shake bag until ingredients are incorporated
Add dry ingredients to 5 cups of peeled & sliced peaches (approximately 6 large peaches)
See Peach Pie post for pics of the pie and baking instructions

Scrumptious Peach Pie

Life doesn't get much better than eating a slice of this scrumptious peach pie packed with fresh sweet peaches and encased in a flaky pie crust sprinkled with sugar. I always look forward to peach season and buying fresh Missouri Peaches at the farmer's market. The minute I get home from the market it is pie baking time!!  One for me and one for my oldest daughter. 

Peach Pie is pretty much a tie with my favorite Blackberry Pie. If someone put both of them in front of me well I would have to eat both of them - I could never choose one over the other.