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Hey everybody! It is time for the Ultimate Blog Party from 5 Minutes for Mom! Thanks for stopping by! Can I off you a little chocolate treat? Maybe some chocolate cream pie?

I am a crazy and busy homeschooling mom of 4! I like to share recipes that are easy and yummy! I also share my meal plans and the occasional food tv post;)!

Thanks for dropping in! Before you leave do me a favor, please. Let me know 1 cooking technique (chopping, sauteing, etc) or recipe that you would love to see!

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti
The Finished Product

I found this recipe years ago for a super yummy biscotti. It is so good that my kids even like it without anything to dunk in!


1/2 softened butter
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
3 cups AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup crushed peppermint mini-candy canes
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
melted colored chocolate


Mix butter, sugar, eggs, and peppermint extract. Then blend in baking soda, salt, and flour. Then blend in crushed peppermint pieces and mini-chips. Yes, the batter is extremely stiff so I use my stand mixer.

Then dump dough onto either a greased cookie sheet or a silpat (or equivalent) lined sheet. Cut the dough in half and form into logs 10 inches by 2 inches. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until they are golden brown. Then cool the logs for 15 minutes.

Next cut the logs into 1/2 inch slices and place back on the cookie sheet on their cut sides. Bake at 350 degrees for another 15 minutes or until lightly brown and crisp. I don’t wait to long since my kids like to eat them plain;). then cool on a cooling rack.

Next melt the colored chocolate in the microwave. I microwave the Meltables at 30 second increments until it is really loose and drizzable. Then I just drizzle the chocolate over the cookies. You can also dip them in semisweet chocolate (my husband’s favorite) and sprinkle with more crushed candies.

My First Friday Five

So I found this meme over at Friday5. This isn’t always a food meme but this week’s was so I thought I would answer it over here!

  1. Besides plain, what’s your favorite way to eat an apple? One of my favorites are these mini-apple pies. They aren’t the standard because they have cream cheese in them. I lost my recipe but I promised NerdDad that I would create a new one! The other thing is homemade apple sauce! It is great in oatmeal.
  2. Besides plain, what’s your favorite way to eat berries? I love a good berry cobbler or a yummy pavlova!
  3. Besides plain, what’s your favorite way to eat a banana? Carmelized Bananas!
  4. Besides plain, what’s your favorite way to eat a peach? Homemade peach ice cream is delightful!
  5. Besides plain, what’s your favorite way to eat a pineapple? I love pineapple but I have to be careful with it because it is so acidic. But grilled pineapple with chocolate is always yummy. Something i do more often is canned pineapple in a dump cake!

So what are your favorite was to eat fruit? What ways would you like to learn how to make it?

Meal Plan Monday: VBS Edition

Ever know that you are going to have a super crazy, crazy week? Well, this week is Vacation Bible School and I am still trying to go to the gym everyday (and twice on Tuesday and Thursday). So we are keeping it extremely simple over here!

Monday: Shredded Chicken and Broccoli in Rice

Tuesday: Chicken Kiev (in the freezer), Bread (either Buttery Rolls or leftover French Bread), Broccoli

Wednesday: Beans and Rice with Shredded Chicken and Broccoli

Thursday: Spaghetti with Meatballs (in the freezer)

Friday: Pasta Bake (in the freezer)


Welcome all you fellow partiers from the Ultimate Blog Party! Thanks for stopping by to see me! And what is a party without food and fun?

Why don’t you get yourself some bacon wrapped asparagus? And get some shredded roast beef and put it on some of the fresh butter rolls! Make sure you get some dessert too because what would life be without some chocolate;)? We have a super easy chocolate cream pie and some peanut butter brownie bites.

Isn’t life better with good food and good friends;)? My goals is to make easy delicious food, share tips and maybe watch some tv. So what are you favorite food secrets;)?

Visit more partiers over at UBP!

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

So prizes I would like to win (who wouldn’t;): Of course the grand prize of a laptop! But other than that… I would love US101, US 112, US39, US 105, US87 but I would be happy with just about anything (but my youngest child is about 3;).