Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers ~ 2 Ways!! & Acorn Cookies

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It is Weds. ~ we ALL know that means “Aldi Ad” time!!

Thanksgiving is fast approaching so I AM sure you KNOW there are a LOT of good things in this ad! To many to list, I just picked a few things that jumped out at me!!! Check the full ad(s) out here!!

Aldi Ad for Nov. 14 ~ Nov. 20

* 3 lb. bag of Sweet Potatoes ~ $1.29

* 1 bunch of Celery ~ 49¢

* 10 lb. bag of Potatoes ~ 99¢ (Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes)

* 12 bag of fresh Cranberries ~ 99¢

* 3 lb. bag of Onions ~ 49¢

* Fresh Pineapple ~ $1.29

* Turkey prices range from $1.19 ~ $1.49 per lb.

* Ham prices range from 99¢ ~ $1.49 per lb.

* Ground Italian Sausage ~ $2.49 per lb. (you will find a recipe below…..↓..)

* 16 oz. Butter ~ $1.99

* 8 oz. Cream Cheese ~ 99¢ (Pizza Dip and Pickle Rolls)

* 8 oz. Cheese Blocks ~ $1.49 (Fiesta Corn Chip Dip)

* 8 oz. Crescent Rolls ~ 99¢ (Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls)

* 12 oz. Brown & Serve Rolls ~ 99¢

* 12 oz. Hawaiian Rolls ~ $2. 29 (Mock White Castles)

* 29 oz. can of Sweet Potatoes ~ $1.29 (Easy Candied Sweet Potatoes ~ tho I prefer with real sweet potatoes)

* 6 oz. can of French Fried Onions ~ $1.99

* 14 oz. can Cranberry Sauce (whole berry or jellied) ~ 89¢

* 15 oz. can of Pumpkin ~ 99¢

* 11-12 oz. CHOCOLATE CHIPS  (semi-sweet, milk, white or butterscotch) ~ $1.29!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (Chocolate Chip Cookies)

* 8 oz. Cashews ~ $2.49

* 48 oz. Ice Cream ~ $2.69

* 16 oz. Jumbo Shrimp ~ $7.49

*12 oz.  Cocktail Sauce ~ $1.29

THE Recipes.

Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers ~ 2 Ways!!

This is my FAVORITE way to eat a stuffed pepper. Something about the grill, the thinner pepper, the cheeses and the sausage ~ makes it really good and a favorite around here! I hope you enjoy this and make it too.

* Look for the banana peppers that are a little bit bigger and straight, you will thank me LATER when you are stuffing your peppers, those skinny curved ones give you a run for your money!

* Try to keep the meat level with the top of the pepper, else the “meatball” wants to pop out while grilling and might just be annoying……

* I serve this with plan spaghetti noodles and some spaghetti sauce. Wala, spaghetti and “meatballs”!

Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers 
about 24 banana peppers (medium)
1 lb. Italian sausage
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 TB. dry  minced onion
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt & pepper, just a bit
1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 c. Parmesan cheese
To prepare the peppers ~ cut the tops off and cut around the seedy part to loosen it from the edges and just pull that whole center out, seeds and all,  set aside and proceed on. When you have them all done, smile and get a bowl ready for your sausage stuffing. Mix the sausage, seasonings and cheeses just till combined well. Carefully stuff each one, it will take some time, just go little by little.  (My husband sprinkles with just a touch of seasoned salt to give those peppers some seasoning.) Grill on low for about 25 minutes or so, till the meat in cooked through and the peppers are tender and browned/blackened. Serve with noodles and spaghetti sauce. Enjoy.

But WAIT! There’s more…..

Here is an indoor way to cook these SAME peppers! Follow the same directions, changing only a few things!

  1. Put the stuffed peppers in a greased 9″ x 13″ pan.
  2. Bake @ 350°, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Drain.
  3. Warm up a jar of spaghetti sauce, or pizza sauce and pour over. Bake for another 25 – 30 minutes.
  4. Top with mozzarella or Parmesan cheese and broil till a lovely brown color.
  5. Serve over noodles!

 Enjoy!

Acorn Cookies


(Not a TRUE Aldi recipe….as it does NOT feature a “special” item. Sorry. But Aldi does currently carry EVERYTHING for it…..but the Caramels. Sorry.)

We are so QUICKLY speeding towards Thanksgiving, much to quickly. This time of year IS so festively fun and giddy-fying. I have WAY to many fall recipes I want to share…..with NOT enough time. (There is always next year …… right?!?!?!)
AS far as choosing what to share, that WAS hard. But these as so pretty on a cookie platter, I just needed to share the recipe. The cookie is sorta “shortbreadish” and the caramel and the nuts….yum.  They are time-consuming to roll out, but sit at your table with some good music to sing with or good company to chat with and you will be done in NO time!!
* Do not put ALL the chopped walnuts in the bowl when dipping from the caramel. The walnuts will start to clump together from the caramel yumminess. I start with 1/2 c. ~ when that is gone wipe out the bowl and then add another 1/2 c. ~ etc. till all the cookies are dipped.

Acorn Cookies

2 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. butter, melted
3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 c. finely chopped walnuts}
24 caramels (about 1/2 lb.)
2 TB. water
1 – 1 1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts

Sift together the flour and the baking powder. Set aside.

Combine the butter, brown sugar and vanilla ~ with your mixer, till well combined. Add the sifted flour mixture. Mix till all combined.  Mix in the chopped walnuts till thoroughly mixed.
Roll into 1/2″ balls. Shape into an acorn-like shape. Then place on an ungreased baking sheet, space about an inch apart ~ they do not rise a lot.(Lay the “acorn” on its side, for best results.) Bake @ 350 for 15-18 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Meanwhile……
Melt together the caramels and water. You can do this in the microwave, stirring every 45 seconds or so till melted and smooth OR you can melt in a double boiler. Dip the wider end of the “acorn” into the caramel then dip into the finely chopped walnuts. Place on wax paper to cool.
Yields about 150 “acorns”.
Enjoy!!!
Recipe from Mom W.
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About Bobbi

I am a wife to my wonderful husband. I am a mom to 5 wonderful/busy/crazy/noisey/happy snappy boys. My hobby is cooking and baking, I love to read recipes and organize the recipes I have. I enjoy making food for people and sharing recipes. My husband is not picky and will eat almost anything, my kids are not quite as easy, they can be picky eaters, which has lead me to try to make more “favorite family foods”. I am hoping that through this blog some of my friends and family, or anyone for that matter, will share their favorite recipes too!!! Feel free to email me at favoritefamilyfoods@hotmail.com if you have any questions, suggestions or recipes you would like to share. I look forward to hearing from you! Bobbi

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