Peppermint Fluff Layered Dessert




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Peppermint Fluff Layered Dessert 

 I know it has been quit some time since my last post but I’m hoping this Peppermint Fluff Layered Dessert will make up for my absents. I have been working pretty hard over the past few weeks with the help of two new team members, my mom and my good friend Tiff. My mom has been helping in the creative/DIY department, my friend Tiff has been helping with cooking and comic relief. I am beyond blessed to have these two ladies helping me out the past few weeks. I’m excited to see what BurlapKitchen.com will be able to accomplish now! So stay tuned! We have lots of amazing recipe’s and super cute Christmas DIY’S coming your way! I’d also advise you to save those empty toilet paper rolls.. just a hint 😉

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Above, I told you how I’m hoping my Peppermint Fluff Layered Dessert will make up for my absents and I think it will. This dessert is so easy your kids could do it, seriously, its THAT easy. I think some call this sort of dessert a lasagna but when I think lasagna I think loads of cheese and red sauce. Not layers of chocolate pudding and fluffy peppermint cream, which is exactly what this Peppermint Fluff Layered Dessert is. This dessert is layers of chocolate graham crackers, chocolate pudding, and peppermint fluff, it is just as beautiful as it is delicious. I already have requests to make this for our Christmas Eve party. 😉

* I suggest making this dessert in a clear glass 13 X 9 cake pan so all the beautiful layers are visible. In the photo mine is in a metal cake pan because I left my glass cake pan at my moms house.

Here are some more delicious recipes for the Holidays – Christmas Cranberry Butter Bars– Life is Poppin’ , 13 Christmas Desserts that are 5 ingredients of less – BurlapKitchen





Homemade Crescent Rolls




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Homemade Crescent Rolls 

I grew up eating these Homemade Crescent Rolls every year on the Holidays. My mom would make them for our Christmas eve party. I remember going to bed excited for all the Christmas festivities to begin while the smell of yeast lingered in the air. Oh how they left such a lovely scent. Even now, to this day, when I smell them baking it takes me back to my childhood slopping every last bit of my mash potatoes and gravy up with one of these delicious homemade crescent rolls.

Forming the Crescents: 

I am going to show you how to shape these Homemade Crescent Rolls. I tend to be more of a visual person myself, sometimes it is just easier to see whats going on no matter how clear the directions are.

Step One: Once the dough is formed and has rose to double its size, cut the dough in half. Use your hands to form each half into a circle then use your rolling pin to continue forming the circle. You should have to circles of dough that looks like this:


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Step Two: Next use a pizza cutter to make 8 wedges. You will end up with 16 wedges all together, 8 on each circle of dough. It should look like this:

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Step Three: To form the crescents you want to start with the fat side and gently roll towards the thin side. Once you have rolled all your crescents place them on a slightly greased air bake pan (they work the best so the bottoms don’t burn) and give them a little bend. Cover and allow to rise for 15 minutes. They should look like this:

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Cheesy Bacon Ranch Au Gratin potatoes

Bacon Ranch Au gratin

 

Recently I had the pleasure of making these thick and creamy potatoes Au Gratin from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. They were a huge hit, and I will be making them again in the very near future. If you have yet to check out A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures, then you’d better get hopping. She has so many delicious recipes that will leave you drooling. Trust me..

Catch her on facebook, also! – A Kitchen Hoor 

My Bacon Ranch Potatoes Au Gratin was adapted from A Kitchen Hoor’s recipe, thick and Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin. I had no garlic or gruyere cheese in the house. But, what I did have, was bacon, ranch packets, and shredded cheddar cheese. It’s hard to go wrong with those three ingredients. Add some potatoes and a few more ingredients to the mix and you have yourself a delicious pan of bacon ranch au gratin potatoes. YUM!

Bacon Ranch Au Gratin Potatoes 

Ingredients:

4-6 medium to large potatoes ( about 6 cups sliced)

1/2-pound bacon

1 Ranch seasoning packet

3 C. milk

1/2 stick butter

1 1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese ( mild)

2 Tbsp. flour

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Peel and wash potatoes; slice thinly using a mandolin slicer. In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Add potatoes to the bowl of melted butter, salt, and pepper to taste. Use hands to toss potatoes in the melted butter, salt and pepper, so each potato gets coated well. Place half the potatoes, evenly, in the bottom of a greased 13 X 9 cake pan, sprinkle, evenly, with 1/2 cup of the cheese; Repeat once. Using kitchen shears, or a sharp knife, cut or slice bacon into small bite sized pieces. Cook bacon in a medium to large saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the bacon has finished cooking, drain grease, and reserve 1 Tbsp. of cooked bacon for the top. Add milk, ranch packet, and flour to the saucepan of cooked bacon. Still on medium-high heat, wait for the milk mixture to come to a boil, use a whisk to scrape the brown bits up from the bottom of the pan, whisking often. As soon as milk mixture comes to a boil, turn off the burner, and carefully remove it from the heat, pour evenly over top the cheese and potatoes. Cover with foil and bake at 425 degrees for 50 minutes. Take foil off, and evenly sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of the reserved bacon and the last 1/2 C. of cheese. Bake and additional 10 minutes or until cheese is brown and crispy.

Uncle Chuck’s Hash Brown Casserole

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uncle Chucks Hash brown Casserole

Today I am sharing with you my brother’s recipe for hash brown casserole. He can cook, too! It kinda runs in the family. Although, he know’s I am the BETTER cook! (haha) But honestly my brother is such a great guy; I can always count on him. I always tell people he is my toughest critic; mainly because he is honest… brutally honest. If I want to know the truth about one of my recipes I just make it for him. Do you want to know how I have coded how good a recipe is when letting him taste it? Well… I am going to tell you anyway =p Here it is: 1.) Takes a bite, says “eww” – I know now this recipe is no good. 2.) takes a bite looks at me then goes in the room to continue eating – That means it’s good but could use a little tweaking. 3.) Takes a bit looks at me nods his head in approval and says “it’s good” then sometime in the week to follow he will ask when I am making that particular dish again- This means it is Fan- Freaking-tastic… I nailed it!

 

Ingredients:

1 (30 oz ) bag frozen hash browns

1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken

1/2 stick of butter (melted)

4-5 slices of bacon (fried and crumbled)

1 – 1 1/2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese ( I use mild)

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Pour frozen hash browns in a greased 13 X 9 cake pan and spread them out evenly. Pour half a stick of melted butter evenly over the frozen hash browns.

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Next use a spatula and spread the cream of chicken soup over the hash browns (like you are icing a cake).

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Sprinkle with  shredded cheese and crumbled bacon.

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Bake un-covered for 45-50 minutes or until the hash browns are soft and the cheese is browned.

p.s. Don’t look at the little bite missing from the corner… Oops! LOL

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Pre-Thanksgiving Day Party! ~ Stuffing Recipe

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So I have decided to kick things of with my stuffing recipe. Every year that’s the one thing people say they crave the most. Once I show you this recipe you will be shocked by the simplicity of it! The question I get asked the most is how I achieve the flavor without sauteing onions and chopping celery? Well I’m about to let you in on my secret. Ok… Here we go, let me break it down for you

 

Ingredients:
2 loaves of white bread (the cheap store brand, that’s what I use)

1 tsp.  Sea Salt

4 pinches of ground celery seed ( It must be ground!)

1/2 tsp. pepper

2 sticks butter

 

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1.) Cut bread into small cubes.
Some people like to tear the bread, I find it much quicker to cut it…much quicker.

*** This is something that can be done 1 – 2 days in advanced. Cut the bread into cubes then place it back into the bread bag it came in, replace the twist tie and you can cross this off the Thanksgiving Day To-Do List!

 

2.) Before you get the turkey out you want to add your spices, you do not want the turkey sitting out of the fridge any longer than necessary! You want to be able to stuff the bird and through it straight into the oven.

– Adding the spices-

***  You want to use a very large bowl for this part. Place the cubed bread into the bowl and add the salt, pepper, & ground celery seed. Use your hands to toss so that spices are evenly distributed throughout the bread cubes.

 

3.) Now is time for the butter, this is the most important part, in my opinion.  Normally it takes about 1 stick of melted per loaf of bread. Here is the trick… and it’s important! Melt the butter in the microwave, slowly pour into the bowl of bread cubes. You want do not want it drenched in butter.. you want to be able to form the stuffing into a ball and have it stay, that means you have the right amount of butter.

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4.)  Form your stuffing into balls and stuff them into the turkey. You want to press it in so you can get as much into the bird as possible. I had a 22 some pound bird and used about 3/4 of the stuffing made from 2 loaves of bread

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5.) Whatever stuffing that did not fit into the bird place into a grease casserole dish… It is hard for me to tell you what size because it just really depends on the size of the bird and how much excess stuffing you have. I did not have much so I used a very small one.

** This is an important tip! For the stuffing that is in the casserole dish, squirt a few basters full of the COOKED turkey juice  onto the stuffing. Just enough to moisten it slightly. This will give it that amazing turkey flavor. Bake stuffing in the oven for about 20 minutes, enough to warm it up. I just through it in when the turkey is almost finished.

 

There you have it, the secret is out! When the turkey comes out you will have a beautiful bird with with this glorious stuffing peaking out making your guest drool!

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Here is a photo of the meal all put together
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** Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive commission for if clicked. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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