Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Final Vote! HELP!

We made it into the finals of the Kenn Kington "ISMS" contest. We are competing with four other finalists for the grand prize which is an all expense paid trip to Atlanta for the live filming to Kenn's brand new DVD.

Would you take 2 seconds and visit this website and vote for Deanna Germany's "ISM"?

Also, would you invite some friends to go and visit the website and vote too?

The race is REALLY close. I think the refresh button on the boy's computer is going to break because they keep checking to see what the scores are!

Thanks so much for helping us with this fun contest!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Still Cooking

I know I haven't been posting a lot of recipes lately, but I haven't been doing a lot of cooking. I gave my 8 year a cookbook for his birthday. Since that little cookbook landed in his hands he hasn't quit cooking.

He has made all sorts of recipes: peanut butter cookies, spaghetti, pasta and homemade alfredo sauce, lemon squares, chicken and burgers.

He even created his own "Asian Shrimp" recipe which was so delicious I can't even begin to tell you! I was going to post his recipe here, but I can't because I have no idea what was in that little bowl of spices he created. All I know is that those shrimp came off the grill and disappeared with that bowl of Teriyaki Rice he made.

I am loving watching him cook and create. We have even signed him up for a class at the Viking Cooking School. He is over the moon with excitement.

My Little Guy isn't the only one spreading his cooking wings. My 12 year old Big Guy is also learning to grill. He enjoys cooking a little, but he really enjoys grilling. When Little Guy created his shrimp recipe he asked his big brother to finish up the process on the grill.

I have given them an assignment for our supper tomorrow night. I bought steaks. Little Guy is supposed to create the marinade and Big Guy will grill them. I can't wait to taste them!

I just wanted to let you know I haven't dropped off the face of the earth. I am just enjoying this phase of teaching and watching my boys cook.

Baked Potato Pizza

Note:   I love weird pizzas.   Maybe that is because I am not a fan of "real" pizza.     Tonight is the season premiere of "Survivor".   I know... we are weird and watch this whacked out reality show.    Little Guy will be making this pizza for us and we will be sizing up the competitors.

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1  can (11 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated thin pizza crust
6  slices (1 oz each) provolone cheese
2  cups cubed unpeeled baked potato
2  tablespoons olive oil
2  tablespoons ranch dressing mix
8  strips crisply cooked bacon, chopped
1  cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese
Sour cream   
Heat oven to 400°F. Spray or grease 15x10-inch or larger dark or nonstick cookie sheet. Unroll dough on cookie sheet; starting at center, press dough into 15x10-inch rectangle.  Arrange provolone cheese slices on dough. In medium bowl, mix potato, olive oil and ranch dressing mix. Spoon evenly over cheese. Sprinkle with bacon and Cheddar cheese.   Bake 13 to 16 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I Would Love Your Vote..PLEASE??

I can't believe it! I was chosen as a finalist in Kenn Kington's "ISM" contest. You would have to know what HUGE fans of Kenn Kington we are to know what a big deal this is to us.

I need all your help by going to this website and clicking the "star" beside my name to vote for my "ISM"!

If you are friends with hubs and I you know that we refer to our responsibilities as you/we, me/we, and we/we responsibilities. We first heard of this concept from Kenn Kington. The way he explained this cracked us up and was so on target that it just stuck and instantly became part of our marriage.

(Have I mentioned that I need you to go to this website and click the "star" next to my "ISM"?)

If you have never heard an "ISM", I have included a YouTube video of Kenn talking about how ISMS originated.

After you finish watching, would you mind going to this website and voting for my ISM? I really appreciate it!!


Monday, September 7, 2009

Cookbook: Paula Deen's My Cookbook For Kids

My friend and I were shopping in a cute little shop in Atlanta when I spotted this cookbook. It is Paula Deen's cookbook for kids. I knew I had to buy it for Little Guy. First of all, he loves Paula Deen. And as you all know, he loves to cook!

I gave it to him on his birthday and he has been cooking since the moment it landed in his hands. The first recipe he made was Paula's Peanut Butter Cookies.

They are amazingly simple and wonderfully delicious.

Paula's Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg

Mix all the ingredients together. Form dough into balls. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.


On Saturday night he made supper for us and used Paula's recipe for penne pasta and homemade sauce.

I love that the cookbook has very detailed kid friendly photos showing everything you will need to make the recipes.

Little Guy has been making list of ingredients he needs for more recipes he wants to try this week.

This is one sweet deal! Big Guy is learning to grill and Little Guy is cooking. Woo hoo!

Join me over at Tempt My Tummy Tuesday for Even more recipes, cookbooks and kitchen tips!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Grilled Potato Pouches

Note: We are using our grill a LOT these days. These potato pouches have become a favorite!

Grilled Potato Pouches


5 potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
6 T. butter
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 T. dried parsley

2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/3 c. chicken broth

Place potatoes and onion on a 22-inch by 18-inch piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with cheese, parsley, sauce, salt and pepper. Fold up around potatoes; drizzle with broth. Seal well. Place on a hot grill for 35 minutes.