mandystreats

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Tangy Lemon Custard Pie… YUMMMMM

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I was never really a fan of lemon pie until now!  This recipe far exceeded my expectations.  The crust was a nice flaky (flavourful) shortbread base and the custard consisted of “1″ cup of pure fresh lemon juice!  Almost enough to make you pucker!!!!  Earlier in the month I had baked a lemon pie to take to my MIL’s that consisted of sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and sugar..but this custard pie was far superior !  I won’t get into the fact that it took a whooping 5 eggs, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 3/4 of a cup of sugar to produce!  I was going to top it with a meringue but then went for the whip cream (which I prefer) !

Of course there was butter in the crust too (but that also adds to the perfection) !

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Lasagna Bowls !

It has been a while since my last post…and this post is for my Jenna
(the sweetest little girl in the entire world)…
These little things were quite tasty BUT the won-ton wrappers were met with mixed reviews as some didn’t like the crispy corners ..
I love the flavor – homemade marinara sauce mixed with lean ground beef and spices..then 3 kinds of cheese were used!

Here is a close-up of the little guy..so tasty and they are super easy!
All you need are: won-ton wrappers | cheese | marinara sauce | ground beef
I did trip the wrappers a bit so that there wasn’t too much overlap as you actually cook these in a muffin tin.

You then really just create a lasagna bowl sandwich – I placed 2 won-ton wrappers, filling mixture a pinch of ricotta, mozza, and cheddar, then two more won-ton wrappers and the same thing.  You assemble them  directly inside the muffin tin so depending on what size you have you could trim the wrappers using a glass or a round cookie cutter.
They are filling, easy, super yummy and they reheat well ! What more could you want (we won’t discuss the calories though) !!!!!

 I will be making these again soon :)

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My first fruit pie !!

I can’t believe how great they taste & to think I had never made one before… What was I thinking – umm apparently I wasn’t……….
Prior to adding the glaze – the pie was beautiful – post glaze – not quite as bold in color but man it was tasty.  The glaze was made out of pineapple juice – so it was sweet and delish !

I will admit I tried making a shortbread crust for the pie at first – didn’t turn out the way I liked it was too crumbly and didn’t withstand the transfer from the pan..so I then decided on a sugar cookie base – much better… sturdier and just as tasty !

I think I need to purchase a new plates – all my pics seem to have the same ones :)  and that is a tad bit boring !
This is the pic pre-glaze …much nicer photo – afterwards it was swimming in pineapple juice.

I didn’t end up writing down the sugar cookie recipe – but I do remember the glaze was about 3/4 cup pineapple juice and 1 tsp of cornstarch and 2 tsps sugar – brought to a boil over medium heat and then simmered for about 5-6 minutes to thicken a bit..  I will be making this again soon – with the addition of  kiwis and blueberries !  Next time I will get a crust shot too!

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Easter was here and gone – but there was time enough to make bird nests

I know…a tad bit late.. That is the same ol story with me.. Great intentions and then the procrastinator in me creeps up somehow..
For Easter my family and I had a huge feast which consisted of:  ham, turkey, potatoes, stuffing, veggies, appetizers and desserts of course !

That brings me to my next recipe!  A new favorite of mine… Little bird nests
I could eat a few of these  - not a problem – OH WAIT I DID ~!

Chocolate Bird Nests

These little guys are so easy to make – but yes a tad bit on the messy side!!!

Of course I didn’t take exact measurements because I wasn’t sure how much peanut butter/chocolate/chow mein noodles I would require …

Ingredients

* 2 – 1/4 Cups Chow Mein Noodles
* 2 Cups Chocolate Chips
* 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
* 36 mini eggs (peanut butter, chocolate, crispy etc)

Method

* In a large microwaveable bowl – melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter together (approximately 2 mins on high stirring every 30 seconds).
* Add the chow mein noodles a little at a time mixing everything well. You want all the noodles to be covered with CHOCOLATE!!
* Take a large spoonful form in your hand (to resemble a nest) and indent the middle a tiny bit
* Place on parchment paper and add the eggs so they adhere to the chocolate – we don’t want to lose our eggs here people!!
* If you want to speed up the process place in the fridge for about 20 mins to harden or leave on the counter.

VOILA – done! They taste every bit as good as they look !

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Welcome to Mandy’s Treats

Today is the debut of my food blog and I couldn’t be more excited!!
I love sharing & trying new recipes.. and I love cooking for my family.
After the kids are in bed and I am ready to wind down..what do I do with my time – yes you guessed it read food blogs so it was time to begin my own.
Last night I made the tastiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.. even my 5-year-old son who normally does not like oatmeal cookies told me I was the best cook ever! CAN’T ASK FOR MORE THAN THAT!!!!!!!

Recipe:

  • 2/3 cup butter – softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar  (love love love brown sugar in these)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • 1 + 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt1 + 1/4 (or 1 cup) chocolate chips

Method:

  • Beat softened butter and sugar until creamy & then beat in the egg and add vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking power, baking soda, and salt together.  Once they are mixed up well – add the quick cooking oats.
  • Add you oat mixture to the butter mixture – mixing until no streaks remain and then stir in the chips.

Bake @ 325 for 10 – 12 minutes – just until very lightly brown on the outside.. YUMMMO !

I hope you like them :)

OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

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