Snow day& cranberry bread pudding

Who doesn’t love a good snow day? And boy was this ever a snow day. Accumulations of 16 inches in some places. Sure is beautiful. And super fun when you have anxious, care-free kiddos. I get so excited about snow days, even as an adult. Maybe even more-so as an adult. I am not sure why, it’s not like I get the day off by any means. The whole idea of having a snow day and doing Christmas-y things, and just knowing you can’t go anywhere, just seems so cozy.

We made some cranberry bread pudding on this snowy morning too. This is my Grandma Kay’s recipe who passed a few months ago. It was my favorite thing she made. And she made it every year for Christmas. My cousin Marissa and I would eat a whole row of it ourselves! This cranberry pudding is not only delicious for us sour/sweet lovers, but it is full of special memories that I will forever cherish. I hope your family enjoys it, just as ours has for so many years.

Recipe

Ingredients- bread pudding

  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup milk
Mix ingredients together. Pour into 8×8 greased pan. (I usually add more milk but the batter should be pretty thick). Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
*This recipe works great if you need to double it too, just use a 9×13 pan and double all the ingredients. ** I always sprinkle sugar on the top when it comes out of the oven as well.
Ingredients- sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
Melt butter in sauce pan. Add milk. Whisk in sugar and flour slowly. Heat on low until sauce thickens. Serve warm over cranberry bread.
*Note I ALWAYS double the sauce recipe because, well, we like a lot of sauce and it is sooo good! The sauce is really what makes the dish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crab & gnocchi gratin casserole

You will need:
  • 2 pounds gnocchi
  • 1 pound crab meat, cooked
  • 7 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups half & half
  • 16 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 and 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • Salt & pepper

Cook gnocchi according to package. Usually you heat the gnocchi on medium to high heat, in water until it floats to the top and then continue to cook for 2 minutes after that. Drain, then spread evenly in 9″ 11 lightly greased baking dish. Top with pieces of crab meat.

 In a large sauce pan, on medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter. Whisk in flour slowly. Add garlic, half and half, and nutmeg, and continue to whisk for 2 minutes. Add mozzarella cheese and salt and pepper. When the cheese is incorporated spread mixture over the crab meat and gnocchi.

 Melt the remaining butter, then mix with Panko bread crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bread crumbs start to brown. Garnish with parsley and serve warm.

 

I am not a huge fan of crab meat but give me anything with gnocchi and cheesy roux and i’m in. But this casserole you guys! It’s so cheesy and yummy with a perfect little crunch on top. This is a must try! Even the kids loved it!

recipe adapted from Rachel Shultz.

 

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{updated} Bacon wrapped vidalia onion chicken

I posted my bacon wrapped vidalia onion chicken recipe already, but I recently made a tasty discovery. If you season the chicken with 2 tablespoons of Tastefully Simple Onion Onion before wrapping it with bacon, the results are mouth-watering.

Then sprinkle a pinch (or a lot more than a pinch if you accidentally used the open side of the shaker instead of the sifting side) of Garlic Garlic over the top before drizzling with vidalia onion dressing. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes then broil on high for an additional 10 minutes, flipping chicken when necessary to cook bacon.

Happy Monday and thanks for reading!

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