Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Next Best Thing

I know that is lame to start with...who the hell wants the NEXT BEST THING? We all want THE BEST THING EVER - EVERY FREAKIN TIME NO MATTER WHAT IT IS.... well, tough s&*^....sometimes you just have to be happy with the next best thing... and today it is the recipe for "Ms. L's Best Ever Green Icing Cookies"...IF you were at my best ever - Girls ONLY, PJ's Optional Christmas Party and you were smart enough to grab one of these cookies and forget about carbs for 5 seconds then you too will be jumping up and down right now hoping I'm going to tell you how to make some more...

But, this is the real world - so SORRY....if ya didn't grab one. And we are all SOL because Ms. L. prefers to keep this recipe to herself. So, she will be invited next year and we will all hope and pray she comes and brings some more again. In case she decides not too...based on all the shit I've given her about these cookies and her lack of sharing so far - we will just hope for the best next year and in the mean time make our own damn version of these awesome and amazing cookies. Wha freakin LA!!

Sooooo....here we go. And by the way - I am NOT the only FREAK online trying to duplicate these cookies...I have help. They prefer to remain nameless and therefore unable to be sued or beaten up by thugs....this is my best shot at these cookies and yes, I have gained 13 lbs. in the process - but it was worth at least 8lbs. Those last 5 will be a bitch to loose....cookies are good but are they worth it?...you decide, if ya dare...

Girly Girls Version of the Best EVER Freakin Cookies with Green Icing...
1 c. flour
3/4c. cornstarch
1 c. butter
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. almond flavor extract

mix butter, sugar, vanilla and almond extract until fluffy and combined
mix cornstarch, flour and salt

add dry ingredients to butter mixture & drop by small spoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet.

bake at 350 - 10-12 minutes

Let cool and add icing:
2 c. powdered sugar
2-4 Tbsp. milk
2 tbsp. butter softened

cream all together and add food colorin if desired...frost cooled cookies.

Wait let me go get another cookie and eat it just to make sure this is all worth your time and trouble...and an extra five pounds for me to loose...be right back.

OMG - HELLS FREAKIN YES!!!! These are really good cookies and not even hard to make people - so I say, go make a whole bunch and call them New Years Cookies and don't worry about calories or anything boring like that cause it is a New Year and who know's what may happen - so eat lots of good cookies while you can an worry about it the hell later... Life is short so ENJOY and be five lbs.- over so what!!!!

Love, Hugs, Peace and Blessings to ALL!!!

You're the best!! Now go forth and share with all the rest!!! That is my motto!! If it's that good - then ya need to share it!!!! Why the hell not????


Girly Girl...The Queen of ALL Good Things!!! And all good things must be shared!!
Raise a glass to 2010!!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Recipe Time!!!

While I'm on a sickening sugar high from being in the kitchen all afternoon and way into the night I'm going to push on through it and get ya'll those recipes from my Girls Only Pajamas Optional Girl's Got to Have IT!!! Christmas Party...right now I would kill for some Chicken Enchilada Dip to cut the sugar running thru my veins. This could be a long night for me!!!

So let's start with that:
Chicken Enchilada Dip
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts - don't skimp and use tenderloins either - big fat chicken boobies only...
2 (8oz.) packages of cream cheese softened
1 1/2 C. grated cheddar cheese
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. cumin ( I prolly used a cup cause I LOVE - OMG we need to rename this spice,or at least change the spelling to queman)
1 tsp. oregano
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
3/4 c. chopped cilantro
4 green onions sliced
1 (14 oz.) can Rotel w/ lime or fresh lime juice
dash of hot sauce to taste
dash of salt & pepper

Now anytime I need cooked chicken for a recipe this is what I do and it smells so good you might want to throw in another chicken breast so you can just eat it while you're making the recipe...Tear off a big piece of aluminum foil and center the chicken - sprinkle it with garlic, salt, pepper, lots of cumin and just about any spice ya like that goes with the dish) wrap it all up tight folding all the edges over to make a pouch. Use more foil and double wrap it. Place on baking sheet and cook at 350 for at least 45 - 60 minutes. Unwrap carefully and save any juice if ya can - that is liquid gold - chop it up and wha la...try not to eat it all before you put it in the recipe. That extra piece is a really good idea next time...

So while that is cooling, mix the following together in a large mixing bowl - cream cheese & cheddar cheeses until smooth. Add next five spices and mix well. Add the chopped chicken, cilantro, green onions and Rotel. If you can't find the Rotel with lime juice add that too.

Season with hot sauce and refrigerate 4 -5 hours. Add salt & pepper and more hot sauce if needed before serving with chips or flour tortillas. Yum!!

White Chocolate - Cranberry Bread Pudding
* This one came from Sandra Lee's Slow Cooker Recipe Book
1 loaf of Texas Toast ( or other thick sliced bread) torn into pieces
1 (12oz) bag of white chocolate chips
1 c. dried cranberries or craisins
3 large eggs
1 c. milk
1 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. sugar
dash of salt
2 tbs. butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
* I added one small airline size bottle of Kahlua- just cause :)

coat your slow cooker/crock pot with cooking spray
In a large bowl toss together bread pieces, white chocolate chips and cranberries.
In another bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, sugar, Kahlua and salt. Pour over bread mixture.Stir all together and put in slow cooker. Slice the butter into pieces and place on top and then sprinkle with cinnamon.

Cover and cook on Low for 3 - 4 hours!! Isn't that easy!!! Just wait... it is really good!!
Now Sandra ( we love her) is all about semi homemade and she used Hershey's Syrup over hers when she serves it...but I like this chocolate sauce better and it is quick and easy too.

Chocolate Sauce:
1 12oz. bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
4 tbsp. butter
1tsp. vanilla extract
In sauce pan over medium heat combine all except for vanilla...Stir constantly (or ask someone else too, Thank you Lisa W.!!! She saved the chocolate sauce cause I forgot all about it - party hostess duties called)When completely melted remove from heat and add vanilla. Set aside til bread pudding is ready - warm up if needed. Don't forget to stir it!!!

If ya really want to be fancy serve the pudding in martini glasses and cover with chocolate sauce...or just stand around crock pot with a spoon and dig in....I'm thinking some caramel might be good in there too next time...or coffee ice cream under the bread pudding...so many ways to eat it!!!

Dark Chocolate Key lime cups
This is really easy too - if ya can find the Botticelli rich dark chocolate Miniture Dessert Shells - recipe is on the back. If not here is the filling and it is so good you can put it in or on anything and it will be fab.
1 tsp. grated lime peel
1/2 c. fresh lime juice - I got tired of squeezing after three limes so I filled it to 1/2 c. with the green bottle stuff. So shoot me. I had a lot to do that day.
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk

Beat sweetend condensed milk with lime juice until combined - add lime peel. Done. If ya have the chocolate shells fill and sprinkle with green sugar or slice of lime. You can even add cool whip if ya really want to. I personally could just eat it with a spoon and skip the chocolate and whipped stuff. Actually, had about 1/2 c. left over and I'm still enjoying that little secret stash in the fridge. I've decided that next to heavy cream in a recipe my next favorite would be sweetened condensed milk....you could also make with lemon juice. Yum yum yum!!!

Now for those of you at the party last week - I KNOW...you want the Green Frosted Cookie Recipe. I've already explained that Miss L. does not share that recipe. This is a major bummer cause they are really good. So I spent a little time on this wonderful thing called Google looking up recipes and then several hours -the cause of my sugar rush - in the kitchen trying to make these freakin cookies. I've also been making a huge batch of sugar nuts, sand tarts and cream cheese candy (which tastes a lot like divinity but really easy to make) so my taste buds are shot tonight, but my taste tester who enjoyed several of the real thing the other night thinks these are pretty darn close. Cookie part is great it's the icing that is hardest...working on it and will let ya know as soon as I think I've got it. Good thing I'm going to dentist tomorrow cause I'm sure I've got sugar rot going on tonight...

Oddly enough, I'm getting sleepy so I better go brush my teeth about 10 times and double floss...which will wake me up again. Got about 10 magazines and more books than I can count to read so if I do stay up all night I'll have plenty to do. Might even get in a few more episodes of Army Wives!!! Love this show!!! Can ya tell the sugar is kickin in again????And "DAD" is out of town and I'm the boss of me tonight so I can stay up late if I wanna....pepcid might be a good idea too....maybe a dose of Nyquil....

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Give me a break....it's not only Christmas but I gave a big party - people. And as my dear friends and family know - when I give a party - I GIVE A PARTY!! I try to invite everybody (more on that later) and I really try to make it fun. And because I am anal, I try to make all of it JUST RIGHT. Which means I like to do it all myself. Until the two weeks before, when total PANIC sets in and I realize I need help. Specially if this is not a catered affair. This one wasn't. And I had to use EVITE because I was too late to mail invites. And I had to send Christmas Cards - a WHOLE other blogpost - so shoot me. Any hoo - Evites go out, my first time ever doing that and it took me five days to figure that all out (STRESS). Let's just say my computer skills are pretty much limited to emails and when I find the time, this blog and my other one at girlygirl.pnn.com - and both of these have been suffering lately. I always have to ask some poor soul to remind me how to cut and paste. Sad. I know damn it. But true. I think I have it now....anyway - evites go out to over 100 plus people.

Now, if you live in McKinney and you are one of the 16 REGISTERED readers - lots more TELL me they read but just aren't listed - AND you did not receive an Evite - YES, YOU DID!!! Check your junk mail - actually read your email - ON A COMPUTER - and not your fancy iphone...I have one too and you can get into a lot of trouble reading your email at traffic lights (besides all the angry people with guns behind you blasting their horns cause you are into the middle of a really good email) Honestly, If I smile and say hello - anytime you see me - you were invited. If I ignore you and run - prolly not. Anyway, A really good time was had by all. Most really did trust me and wore their comfy jammies - a few even wore their VS jammies - and I'll tell you Victoria's Secret...they are all 14 years old, really tall, freakishly skinny girls with big ole BOOB Jobs!! 'Cept for Heidi and she's just not human. She is proof Aliens are alive and married to handsome black men with cool facial scars and lots of babies on our planet. Nuff about her. Back to me and my party.

I got it all together - friends brought some yummies and all brought extra wine and NO ONE went home hungry or sober. We had a lovely cut throat girls all want it gift exchange and no one lost any hair...girl fights can get nasty. There are a few pictures out there floating around on FB and I just want to say for the record - my eyes are blue. Not that weird silver/red scary color they look like in those pictures.

So if ya know me and ya think you weren't invited - you were. Maybe I had an old address or maybe it went to junk mail. Next year - come!! And for Goodness Sake - if ya open the Evite just check Yes, No or Maybe!!! Unless ya see me face to face - I'd like to know....Yes, No or Maybe!!! Lots less stress for the hostess if she isn't worried about 58 people showing up at the last minute....ya know who you are and by the way - just so you all know - evite shows the date every time you read the invite!!! How cool is that!!So People let your hostess know!!! Yes, NO or Maybe!!!

And for all the yummy recipes - I will be glad to share the ones I made that everyone wanted...mainly the Chicken Enchilada Dip, Key lime chocolate cups and the White Chocolate Craisin Bread Pudding with Hot Chocolate Sauce....as for the to die for Cookies with Green Frosting you are SOL...Miss Leslie does not share recipes. I KNOW...HOW DID THIS PERSON GET INVITED TO MY PARTY??? I am the QUEEN OF IF I HAVE IT AND YOU LIKE IT - I WILL TELL YOU WHERE I GOT IT AND HOW MUCH IT COST....That is why the blog is called THEGOODSTUFFROCKS!!!!!So I have no answer - SHE does not share the recipe. So to that I say, "Well, Leslie/Bitch bless your heart, we just love yoooou, but either just give us the freakin recipe or SELL the cookies already!!!" Cause seriously - I really hate to admit it, they are just that damn good. F*&^. So Miss L, you really do need to get off the pot and start baking cookies for the masses....or just come on over and visit and bring more. They are all gone. As for my recipes...it's getting late and Wonder Man has been an absolute SAINT these last few days while I spend all our money on Christmas so I better go play Happy Wife/Happy Husband and send ya'll those recipes next time!!! Remind me if I forget....cause ya know I LOVE TO SHARE!!! LOVE YA'LL!!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hello!! Remember Me???

I apologize...been waaay too long since I was here....so those that have been following this blog - hold on tight - it could be a long bumpy ride....got lots to say and catch up on and even I DON'T KNOW WHERE THIS IS GOING!! BUT I'M BACK! Ha...feels good. Which reminds me, it really feels good when I'm out and about, just doing my thing and you say hi and then that you too are reading my blog and you laugh and like it....sorta like finding your picture in US mag and it's a REALLY good picture that you didn't even know someone was taking. Prolly, don't want that. I am still waay to anal and want and need total picture control but, wow - I will admit - I do love hearing that you are reading. So what does that make me??? Flattered. Very, very flattered. And thankful - but that was last month. So, Christmas is here - when the hell did that happen??? ARE YOU READY?? Prolly not. Who ever is? I try really hard every fucking year to get a handle on this whole thing and WHAM! Here it is!!! Seriously - how do you do all the crap ya need to do - JUST to sit back and enjoy all the stuff you are supposed to enjoy??? And I don't even have a real full daytime job....other than being the MOM and CEO of all FAMILY business.

For those that know me - I have been working my fanny/ass off for the last couple of weeks transforming my lovely home into a Christmas Wonderland. Why? For who?? Well, ME!! Nothing gives me more pleasure than to walk around every DAY around 5:20 making sure that all the Dept. 56 houses/villages/amazing scenes on almost every table top in my house are all turned on...then the trees (just two - I have a friend with five trees, love ya but can't even imagine!!!! The Work the work!) Oh, forgot three outside that have to be switched on - but not decorated thank god!...just really freaking cold sometimes but I'm smart and the switch is easy. Yes, I could have an automatic timer but that would just be showing off. The lights on the roof have that. And I have the sweetest man that comes and puts up and takes down every year! Thanks - Luis.

So Back to now - and Christmas - if ever there was a time to be thankful, and to count my blessings, this would be it. I think that is what all the stuff: the trees, decorations, food, presents, cards (and don't forget Christmas stamps!!!)is all about. I am so thankful to have all this, to decorate all this and to just sit back every day and enjoy it. I do this every year. Because I am so lucky that I can. Please know that the important word in that sentence is "lucky" - not, "because I can". Lucky - for so many reasons. I am lucky for two parents that taught me what really matters in life and to avoid what doesn't. I am lucky for friends that shaped me along the way. For experiences in life, good and bad, that made me know who I was and what I wanted. For John/Wonderman for seeing only the good in me. My two precious children that put up with crazy mom and all her decorations!! And for all my friends that love me!

Nuff - almost getting sad and teary eyed...not tonight!!! My boys are freezing their asses off in Green Bay at a Monday night football game. Why? - because they can!! Ha! Yes, they are spoiled rotten, not me. I'm home - just working on Christmas and drinking wine!!! LOL, enjoying my big, ole, beautiful home with all the Christmas stuff on - ALL DAY LONG - cause it is rainy and cold and no sun today in McKinney.LOVING it....did I mention comfy clothes??? Even better!!! Don't ya just love sitting and looking at your Christmas tree and thinking about all the years and all the ornaments and stuff - and then, wait a minute??? What about the ornaments you spent a long time the year before you got married cross stitching by hand...yea! you know all 35 of those ornaments...where the hell are they???Not on the tree thank you very much!!!

So, out comes the ladder - again!! Read my facebook page and all the freaking drama with my smoke alarms...major ass pain. Been spending alot of time on ladders lately. Anyhoo, back to the closet and one last box and yes, there they are!!! Now, back safely on the tree...all is good in my world. Christmas is up and wine is poured (again)...dogs are snoring and boys are freeezing. Baby girl is studying for finals (right???) and all is good. So what do I do now??? Rewatch the last episode of Vampire Diaries - duh!!!!For the fourth time...why? Because I can and because it is the BEST SHOW EVER!!! Trust me on this...this is what the Good Stuff is all about!!! December 14th a week long marathon of the whole first season. Watch THIS show. On the CW channel....best dialog/acting/storylines...EVER. If you know me and like me - watch it. If for some reason you do and don't like it - don't tell me. I still want you for a friend. Might not if you don't like it. And, I'm not really worried. YOU will like it or you are just not right. So, make sure you watch it - and love it. And to Patty, Melinda, Leah, Tracy, Dee, Linda, Sharon, Luanne, Ashley, Margie, Kelli, Shirley, Lori, Lisa, thanks for making my day!!! And Merry Christmas to all!!!