Hosting Your Own Cookie Exchange

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Go Graham Go Makes Cookies

My Great Grandmother's Unbaked Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies


2 cups sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

6 Tbsp cocoa

2/3 cup peanut butter

2 cups quick cooking oats


Combine sugar, milk and vanilla, bring to a rolling boil and boil one minute. Add peanut butter, combine oats and cocoa; add to mixture. Spoon onto waxed paper. Let set about one hour.

Crockpot Cubed Steak

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Crockpot Cubed Steak


Family pack of cubed steak


Cream of chicken soup

Beefy onion soup mix

1 Cup of water


Add water and cream of chicken soup to crockpot and set to HIGH

Coat the cubed steak in flour lightly

lightly brown in frying pan

Mix Beefy Onion Soup mix in with water/cream of chicken soup mixture in crockpot

Put browned cubed steak in crockpot with mixture and cook on HIGH for about 5 hours (more or less depending on how much cube steak you have)

Serve as is or over rice!

Chicken Salad with Go Graham ?Go

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Enough Chicken Salad to feed an army! Cut it in half for a family of four!


4 Cans of White Meat Chicken (larger cans usually 2 for $5)

1 8oz block of cream cheese

1 cup of mayo

1/2 cup of chopped celery

3 tbs of chopped onions

4 cups of pecans chopped into fine pieces

Crumble chicken into bowl with celery, onions, and pecan pieces

Melt mayo and cream cheese in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds and mix together.

Mix in mayo/cream cheese mixture with the chicken mixture

Eat and enjoy alone or with crackers or bread!

Go Graham Go Cooks! Chicken Squares

This week Felicia from Go Graham Go is helping us stay out of the kitchen by bringing us simple recipes for busy moms!

Chicken Squares
Ingredients:1 tube of crescent rolls
1/2 cube of cream cheese
6-8 chicken tenderloins
1/2 small onion finely chopped
1 can of cream of chicken soup

Cook chicken thouroughly. Finely chop cooked chicken. Melt cream cheese for about 15 seconds in microwave for easy mixing. Mix all ingredients together.
Lay crescent rolls out flat, spoon mixture onto the biggest section of crescent roll. Wrap sides around the mixture to form a "square" or pocket. Bake according to crescent roll package. Serve with cream of chicken soup on top for gravy!

If you want, you can also shape the dough into a ring as featured in the picture above. Just lay the crescent rolls out like a star and fold over top. This is a wonderful presentation if you are having dinner guests!

Go Graham Go Cooks at The Jolly Kitchen

This week The Jolly Kitchen is featuring some delicious recipes courtesy of Felicia from Go Graham Go. Felicia is helping us stay out of the kitchen by bringing us simple recipes for busy moms! When you get a chance, you should stop by her blog. She has some great giveaways going on right now and always has the best product reviews.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

1 box of spice cake mix
One can of pumpkin (the regular sized can not the jumbo)
About 1/4 cup of water (use more or less to liking)
3/4 cup chocolate chips (tossed in flour so they don't sink to the bottom)

Mix it all together and bake them for 15 minutes at 350!

Thanksgiving Leftovers

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Here are some ideas for what to do with all of the food sitting in your refrigerator.

Turkey Pot Pie

Potato Croquettes

Pumpkin Bars

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Shepherds Pie

Turkey & Mashed Potato Frittata

Mr Breakfast's Holiday Leftover Tips

  1. Mix leftover cranberry sauce with cream cheese to make a spread for toast and muffins.

  2. Cranberry sauce makes an excellent topping for pancakes and waffles. Its flavor even blends well with maple syrup.

  3. Shredded turkey can be added to almost any omelet recipe. Take a mushroom and cheese omelet; add some leftover turkey and it becomes a Turkey Tetrazzini Omelet. Here are 122 omelets you can experiment with.

  4. Refrigerate your leftovers as soon as possible. Use leftover turkey within 3 days. Cranberry sauce keeps for about a week.

  5. You know those crispy French Fried Onions on the top of your green bean casserole? Toss a little handful over scrambled eggs or omelets. Trust me.

  6. Instead of hashed browns, fry up some leftover stuffing in a little bit of oil. Pat it down in rounds as its frying and it turns out like little pancakes.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers!

New Blog Design

Yes! This is The Jolly Kitchen! My friend Felicia at Go Graham Go made this awesome design for me! I'm still working on getting the tabs to work. It will probably be a few days before I have everything worked out so please bare with me.

Thanksgiving Series No.9-Timesaving Tips

Make Thanksgiving a relaxing day for all by planning and preparing ahead of time. There are many time saving tips that will help lessen the workload on Thanksgiving. This way you can have a relaxing, stress-free holiday as well!

1. Chop any vegetables you will be using to make your stuffing or casseroles. Place them in airtight containers.
2. Bake your pies or desserts the day before. Cover tightly with saran wrap.
3. If you are making mashed potatoes, go ahead and boil them until they are fork tender. Place them in an airtight container. The following day reheat the potatoes in the microwave and follow your recipe from that point.
4. Assemble your green bean casserole the day before. Do not add the french onions though. The next day, add the french onions and heat right before it's time to eat.
5. Wash all of your glasses, plates, polish silver, iron linens, make centerpieces, print place cards, and arrange flowers.
6. Set the table.
7. Remove turkey from packaging. Rinse with cold water and pat dry. Store in the refrigerator tightly covered with foil or saran wrap. Make sure to place a platter underneath to catch any liquid.
8. If you will be serving any cocktails, go ahead and premix and store in decorative decanters or bottles.
9. Tidy up the house if it needs it.
10. Gather anything you know you will need or will be using the next day.

Thanksgiving Series No.:8-Setting the Table Part 2

Here are some free Thanksgiving printables that I found online.

Adorable turkey place cards from Martha Stewart

Place Cards

Conversation Starters

Thanksgiving Series No.:7-Setting the Table Part 1

All of the senses are involved when you sit down to a meal. This is why having a beautifully set table is so important. Of course, using the perfect recipe creates the perfect taste, but without visual appeal, the meal can seem boring or unattractive. This is especially true at Thanksgiving, which is an important and greatly anticipated holiday. A beautiful table setting is the perfect introduction to a festive dinner like Thanksgiving.

There are Thanksgiving table setting ideas all over the internet. Of course, Martha Stewart, the uber hostess is filled with every type of table setting ranging from elegant to quirky and playful. Here are some adorable place settings from Martha's site.

Thanksgiving Series No.6-Pies

I have to admit I have a bad sweet tooth! I never buy anything sweet for our home because I will devour it in 1.2 seconds! During the holidays, though, I totally indulge on Thanksgiving Day, the day after, Christmas, and the day after! One of my favorite desserts is pie. Any type of pie. I love pie! Here are some links to recipes from various websites that I have used before and I know are delicious! I do want to note though, that at Thanksgiving I don't bother with making crusts. I just buy the rolled Pillsbury crusts instead. There is way too much to bake and cook to bother with making crusts.

Classic Pumpkin Pie

French Apple Tart
I make this tart for my family ALL of the time! It is delicious, but a bit time consuming to make. I always cringe a little when I get requests for it at times other than the Holidays.