For those days when you want a hearty, substantial supper, but don’t feel like putting a lot of time and effort into it, this simple recipe is just the ticket.
It’s full of protein and veggies and could really be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
The secret to it being easy is in the fact that you don’t have to prepare a crust. You simply use a little bit of baking mix (like Biquick) to create an almost crust-like texture.
And the options are limitless for what you can put in for your protein and veggies. Exchange the sausage for bacon or chicken or turkey or ground beef. You could even leave the meat out and just add more veggies. Throw in any favorite vegetables you have in your fridge – mushrooms, asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, kale, tomatoes….. And use any kind of cheese you love. Exchange the cheddar for Swiss or muenster or provolone or mozzarella or even blue cheese or feta.
You get the idea… right? Toss in whatever you like, and you can have a wide variety of quick and easy meals.
I made a cookie for those midnight cravings when you can’t decide if you want sweet or salty….. chips or peanuts….. a chocolate bar or a cookie……..
Yep… I put it all together in one glorious cookie I’m calling the Midnight Snack Attack Cookie!
Midnight Snack Attack Cookies
I simply started with my go-to cookie dough recipe for chocolate chips, but reduced the flour a smidge to make these cookies a little crispier. I then added some seasoned dry roasted peanuts and salty, crunchy potato chips with the semi-sweet chocolate chips.
The combination is HEAVENLY.
Use any kind of nuts you like. How divine would these be with cashews or salty pecans??!! I also think I would like to try them next time with barbecue potato chips. I think it would really kick these up a notch! Replace the chocolate chips with chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups or Butterfinger candy bars.
Go Crazy! It IS a midnight snack attack fix after all…
Midnight Snack Attack Cookies
I received a gift basket of gourmet cookies for Christmas that had some fun combinations of cookies in them that inspired me to try these. Can’t wait to hear what you think!
With electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until completely incorporated. Add vanilla and eggs, and beat until light and fluffy. Add baking soda and salt, and mix another minute. Gradually add flour and beat until well incorporated, but do not overbeat.
Fold in chocolate chips and peanuts. Place dough onto counter and gently add in potato chips, folding in with your hands and trying not to crush the potato chips too much. Put dough in large Ziploc bag, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. With your hands, form a cookie dough ball about 1 inches in diameter. Place on baking stone. Bake for approximately 11 minutes. Allow to cool on baking stone for 10 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to cool completely.
Red Crimson Abstract Floral Watercolor 11×14 140 lb coldpress
Red Crimson Abstract Floral Watercolor.
I was reading a blog post by one of my favorite artist bloggers, Debi Riley, where she discussed a technique where she starts her watercolor painting with white….
Those that know a little bit about watercolor painting know using white is almost taboo – as the goal is to “preserve” the white by not painting where you want white/light to remain. Which, by the way, is a constant challenge, but one that makes watercolor so exciting!
So Debi talked about applying a wet white wash down first and allowing another color to merge into it while it is still damp. The white paint acts like a soft velvety foundation that the other paints react to in beautiful ways.
I first tried it just on a small 6×9 scrap piece of paper, and then I made three large 11×14 versions (the first two of which were torn up for more scrap practices). I rather liked how this one turned out, and I want to play more…… more with these colors and more with others. Such a fun, different way to watercolor!
I first spritzed my paper lightly and randomly with water. I then painted on some white gouache with a large brush in bold strokes that resembled flower “petals.” I then dropped in Alizarin Crimson and dragged it a bit in similar flower petal strokes. I then lightly spritzed again to create movement, and I moved my paper around a bit. I then dropped in some new gamboge and indigo and lightly spritzed again. Then the hard part…. wait…. wait… wait – and don’t fiddle. Walk away and allow it to do it’s own blending while drying. A couple hours later, I returned to it and saw the fun blooms and splashes created by all the water on the paper. I added a few more touches of indigo to darken, splashed a teensy bit of crimson, and called it a painting.
If I could pick the perfect bouquet,
I’d pick a bouquet of love.
It would be filled with memories of special kisses…
a first from a shy young man who I still get to kiss goodnight each evening before falling asleep,
a first on the forehead and nose and cheeks and mouth of each of my baby boys the day they were born,
a first on the forehead and nose and cheeks and mouth of my granddaughter the day she was born,
the last one I gave my grandma when we said our final goodbyes,
the ones I watched each of my sons give to their wives on the days they said “I do.”
It would be filled with memories of special hugs…
that one my dad gave me when we first saw each other after almost 40 years apart,
the one his wife gave me the day she met me and told me my dad always promised her a daughter, and now she had one,
the ones I receive and give upon greeting and saying farewell to friends and family I love so dearly.
It would be filled with memories of cherished moments…
those every day moments –
a text, a Snapchat, a phone call, a visit,
walks with Charlie,
sunrises, sunsets, snowfalls, birds tweeting,
a card or letter or package received.
So as I spent just a teensy bit of spare time last evening
doodling and splashing paint to create a simple, inspired* Valentine,
I created a bouquet of love.