Thursday, April 19, 2012

Arbor Day Family Activities

Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 289 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Don't miss a TREEmendous Arbor Day Celebration- a fun weekend dedicated to trees. Enjoy tree tours, tree-themed educational activities for families to learn about a variety of tree subjects, such as; bark, leaves and fruit and more, celebrating Arbor Day and recognizing the Cherry Blossom Centennial. The first 100 households each day will receive a FREE tree seedling.
Admission and activities are FREE.

Kids Eat Free/ Cheap: Salgado's Mexican Grill

Salgado's Mexican Grill
5402 N. 90th St. Omaha (402) 933-0344
Wednesday night is "Kids Eat Cheap Night" at Salgado's Mexican Grill. Kids meals are $0.99 for children 12 and under.

Mini Blow POP Martinis.

Mini Blow "POP Martinis.

These are little martini glasses filled with Sprite.

Unwrap your blow pop and stick it in. The blow pop colors and flavors the drink.

Kids Eat FREE: Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse
520 N. 155th Plaza Omaha (402) 504-4449
7302 Olson Dr Papillion - Shadow Lake (402) 592-7427

Mondays 4 - 10 pm are Kids' Night at Texas Roadhouse. One free kid's meal for kids 12 and under with purchase of adult entree.

Kids eat Free : Summer Kitchen Café and Bakery

Summer Kitchen Café and Bakery
Every Monday and Tuesday night from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Summer Kitchen Café and Bakery offers a free kid's meal to children age 12 and under per adult meal purchased.

Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips

Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips

2 kiwis, peeled and diced
2 Golden Delicious apples - peeled, cored and diced
8 ounces raspberries
1 (16 oz) carton of strawberries, diced
2 tablespoons white sugar (more or less to taste)
1 tablespoon brown sugar (more or less to taste)
3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor (I used strawberry)

10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
melted butter or butter flavored cooking spray

Cinnamon sugar:
1 cup white sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon

1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

3.Coat one side of each flour tortilla with melted butter or butter flavored cooking spray. Sprinkle tortillas with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Spray again with cooking spray (not necessary if using melted butter).

4.Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture. This salsa can also be serve with cinnamon graham grackers or cinnamon pita chips. Best when made and eaten the same day otherwise the fruit gives off so too much juice and it gets runny.

$1.00 off ORS No-Lye Relaxer!

$1.00 off ORS Olive Oil Built-In Protection No-Lye Relaxer Normal and Extra Strength – use zip 90210 if needed.

FREE Admission to National Parks

FREE Admission to National Parks

Get a FREE admission to over 400 National Parks during National Park Week, April 21 thru April 29th. Find a park near you.

Thanks Saving4Five

Oreo Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

Oreo Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies
Source:  Picky Palate;

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 package of regular Oreo cookies

In the large bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, and both sugars until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, making sure each is fully mixed in.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Slowly stir in flour mixture, 1/3 at a time until completely incorporated. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour (I never wait that long, if at all).

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place 1 tablespoon of cooking dough on top of an Oreo cookie. Place a second tablespoon underneath. You want just enough dough to cover the Oreo so that your chocolate to peanut butter cookie ratio is equal. Gently press the dough down around the Oreo, sealing the cookie dough edges together so that no Oreo shows through. Transfer the cookie to a prepared baking sheet and repeat, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between each cookie.

Bake for 8-11 minutes, or until cookies have just started to brown around the edges. Do not overbake! I like mine a little on the gooey side so 8 minutes is all I cook them. Cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 30-36 cookies.

Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes

Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes
Source: Cookin' and Kickin'

42 Oreos, 30 left whole and 12 coarsely chopped
2 pounds (32 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 275°. Line standard muffin pans with liners. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each liner.

Beat cream cheese at medium speed using an electric mixer. Gradually add the sugar, beating until combined. Beat in vanilla.

Drizzle in eggs, a bit at a time. Beat in sour cream and salt. Stir in chopped cookies by hand.

Divide batter evenly among cookie-lined cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until filling is set, about 22 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (or up to overnight). Remove from tins just before serving. Best served really cold! You can garnish with fresh whipped cream and crumbled Oreos if desired.

Makes 30 cheesecakes.

Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

The Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes
found on

4 large baking potatoes
8 slices bacon
1 cup sour cream
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
8 green onions, sliced, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake potatoes in preheated oven for 1 hour. You can just microwave the potatoes instead because it is way faster and they taste just as good. About three minutes per potato, just check for tenderness. So if you are cooking 4 potatoes in the microwave you will need to cook them for at least 12 minutes. Make sure to poke holes in the potatoes with a fork before microwaving so that they don't explode.
Meanwhile, place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.

When potatoes are done allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop the flesh into a large bowl leaving about 1/4 inch of flesh so the potato maintains it's shape; save skins. To the potato flesh add sour cream, butter, salt, pepper, 1/2 cup cheese, 1/2 the green onions, and milk (start adding 1/2 cup of milk but you may not need to add it all depending on the consistency you want. You don't want them too runny). Mix with a hand mixer until well blended and creamy. Spoon the mixture into the potato skins. Top each with remaining cheese, green onions and bacon.

Bake for another 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Savory Meat Loaf Recipe

Savory Meat Loaf

THANKS BETTY CROCKER for the recipe to watch the how to video click here

Prep Time
20 Minutes
Total Time
1:35 Hr:Mins

6 servings
1 1/2
pounds lean ground beef
cup milk
tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground mustard
teaspoon pepper
garlic clove, finely chopped or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
slices bread, torn into small pieces
small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
1 Heat oven to 350°F.
  • 2 Mix all ingredients except ketchup. Spread mixture in ungreased loaf pan, 8 1/2x4 1/2x2 1/2 or 9x5x3 inches, or shape into 9x5-inch loaf in ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches. Spread ketchup over top.
  • 3 Insert meat thermometer so tip is in center of loaf. Bake uncovered 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until thermometer reads 160°F.
  • Good Afternoon

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