Jun 30, 2011

One Dish Chicken & Rice

Sorry it's been a while since we have posted. Don't worry, we're still cooking and looking for fun recipes. It's just been really busy around here. I've had some photo shoots with families and a few weddings that kind of took priority. But here is a perfect recipe that is super easy to make and takes no time at all and is great for left overs or to make in advance.

1 10 oz can of Cream of Chicken
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1/2 chopped onion (optional)
1 cup peas or broccoli
2 cups white rice (cooked)
1 cup shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350*

Blend soup and milk, salt, pepper, and mayo in bowl. 

After the chicken is cooked, either cube or shred it. 
(Trick: 4 or less tenders of chicken cook in the microwave for 2 minutes and then another 2 minutes and it will be cooked. Do NOT do 4 straight minutes. It will over-cook.
8 or more tenders of chicken, cook in microwave for 4 minutes and then 4 minutes again. Same thing., if you do it for 8 minutes it will over cook.)
Fold chicken into mixture.

Fold in your cooked rice.

Fold in your peas.

Fold in half of your cheese.

Spray casserole dish and pour in casserole.

Sprinkle top with cheese. Bake 20 minutes.

This is a great dinner and it's super easy. The left overs are even better. I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.

Jun 13, 2011

Chocolate and Fruit Trifle

My dear Grandfather gave me a Trifle bowl and I have never made a trifle before, so I went searching for a recipe. And, most trifle is made with Angle Food Cake but... Chocolate is SOOOOOO much better!!! ;)

1 (18.25 oz) package Devil's Food Cake Mix
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup cold water
1 (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups whipping cream, whipped
(We used CoolWhip)
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
2 cups fresh raspberries
2 kiwifruit, peeled and chopped

1. Prepare cake batter according to package directions; pour into a greased 15-in x 10-in x 1-in baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack. (or the night before)
2. Crumble enough cake to measure 8 cups; set aside. (Save remaining cake for another use.)
3. In a mixing bowl, combine milk and water until smooth. Add pudding mix; beat on low speed for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Fold in the whipped cream.
4. To assemble, spread 2-1/2 cups pudding mixture in a 4-qt. glass bowl. Top with half of the crumbled cake; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon orange juice. Arrange half of the berries and kiwi over cake. Repeat pudding and cake layers; sprinkle with remaining orange juice. Top with remaining pudding mixture. Spoon remaining fruit around edge of bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

I'm a little artsy so each layer was designed differently. I understand now why it calls for chopped. I would chop them in the future and design just the top, but it was a blast to make. 

Sorry there was a lack on accurate picture taking, but it was far too fun to focus on taking pictures. Marvin took most of the pictures. But that's the point. To have fun doing what you love!!!

And to prove it...
There you go!!!
Enjoy!!! :)

Chocolate-Raspberry Fudge Cream Cheese Cupcakes

This was REALLY rich! But wonderful. I made them for my nieces baby blessing. It's my first niece on my side of the family and it was wonderful to play aunt. I miss her a ton. But these were for her. Her name is Annie. I hope that you enjoy them and much as the family did!!!

First you need:
Devils Food Cake box recipe
A Jar of Raspberry jam (mine was home made)
Cupcake cups
Cupcake Pan

Drop a tiny bit of raspberry jam in each cupcake
Bake using the same directions as the box uses

Creamy Fudge Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa
3 2/3 (1 lb) powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
dash of salt
1/3 cup water

Melt butter - low heat. Add cocoa; stir until smooth.
Remove from heat.
Alternately add powdered sugar, vanilla, salt, and water.
Beat with spoon/whisk until smooth and creamy.
Add additional water if too thick.

Makes 2 cups frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sifted confectioners' sugar (and then some for consistency)

I didn't realize until now that I didn't take any pictures of the Cream Cheese Frosting. But you can see it on the top of the cupcakes. I had to use a ton of confectioners' sugar to make it the thick consistency so it would stay on top of the cupcakes.

Jun 10, 2011

Biscuits and Gravy

I had never had this until I married my husband and it's really good. Quite easy and very filling!


3/4 cup Flour

4 1/2 cups Milk
2 TB Butter
Salt & Pepper
1 lb. Sausage

1) Brown your meat

 2) Add 4 1/2 cups milk and 3/4 cups flour a dash of Cayenne.

3) Stir until thicken...

While you're waiting for the sauce to thicken, put biscuits in the oven and make whatever kind of eggs you want. We like fried!!!

Read the directions the container for the biscuits on how to cook...

Cut the biscuits in half and layer with the gravy and you have a delicious dinner. Below are fun pictures I took of the smoke coming from the gravy.

This Recipe is a Paula Deen Creation