Nov 28, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} Bean Dip

Last week you saw the Baby Shower Cupcakes we did at my shower...
This week we have the Bean Dip that we also enjoyed.
It's super easy and yet another Crockpot recipe that helps to make life easier.
The recipe that I'm sharing is supposedly for one serving but when you only take a small amount as an appetizer you can feed a few. I would recommend doubling it though.
(Sorry, I don't have pictures for this one. Mom was making it as I was helping prepare everything else.)

1 15oz can of Refried Beans
1 cup Picante Source (or your favorite)
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
(or the pre-shredded combination of the two cheeses)
3/4 cup Sour Cream
1 3oz package of Cream Cheese, softened
1 tbspn Chili Powder
1/4 tsp Ground Cumin
Tortilla Chips
(double for more fun)

In a bowl or in your Crockpot, combine the first 8 ingredients

Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until heated through, stirring once or twice

Serve with chips and salsa

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

Nov 21, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} Baby Shower Cupcakes

For one of my baby showers we did something really cute instead of a cake. 
My mom was throwing a shower for me and the person who was going to help her wasn't able to last minute so I jumped in.

My mom bought me this cupcake dessert book for Christmas last year and I'm so glad that she did.

I have looked through it several times and have found several cool cupcakes that I wanted to try but it wasn't until right before my shower that I found this....

Isn't that cute???
I was so excited and showed my mom and she thought it was super cute too. 
 Here is a picture of how my Baby Shower Cupcakes turned out.

I didn't want mine to just be flat on the table and 2D so I got a styrofoam board, covered it with tissue paper and cut the rain drops out of tissue paper as well.
Here are the rest of the images from my shower....

Rice Krispie Treats (Teddy Bears & Trains)

We also had Fruit Salad and the Crockpot has Bean Dip

I couldn't find a place online that had the recipe/directions for the cupcakes but there is the link to google where I found several places to get the Dessert Book.

If you like baking then it would totally be worth the price of just drooling over the book itself. 
Sometime, when I have more time, I want to try some of the other recipes, but until then....


Nov 14, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} Lemon Raspberry Cake

This post is a long time coming. 
I made this cake last year for my dad's birthday.
Yes, I have been a real slacker when it comes with this post. 
I was always saving it for backup when I didn't have time to make a real meal and needed something to post. 
Then when I needed something to post, well, I was pregnant and not wanting to do anything. 
I'm FINALLY getting this posted and in a few weeks I might be making another one.

First you'll need a... 
Lemon Box Cake Mix
Butter Cream Frosting

Butter Cream Frosting
1/2 cups Butter
4 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
1/4 cup Milk
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Lemon to taste
Add more milk later for consistency

Make the Cake according to the box

Let it cool if you can for a day or two before frosting
(You can always freeze the cake as well but I've never had success with that method)

Make the frosting and add lemon to taste

When I made my 'dummy cake' to see how everything was going to pan out I made this cool marbled affected with the raspberry jam. 
I learned the hard way that you can't write with jam, so out of my mistake I created a master piece and marbled the jam with a tooth pick.

It was a happy accident and I felt so proud of myself that I was able to make my mistake into something beautiful and unique.

For my dad's actual birthday I made him a guitar cake. 
I used the same box cake mix and frosting ideas but I didn't use the raspberry jam this time. 
I used gold cake spray paint for the sides of the cake and black pipe icing for the rest of the detail.
(Sorry the image quality is bad, these were taken with my iphone)

My dad was so impressed and happy and surprised with this cake. 
I wish and hope that I can do something for him this year but we'll have to see when this baby gets here. If he comes sooner than later I might be able to make something else fun for him but we'll see.

Yay for fun baking experiences!!!!

Nov 13, 2012

(tuesday tip #35) Poached Eggs

We got these cool little things from my mother-in-law for our birthday this year.

They are called PoachPods!

I swear they are the easiest and the best way to poach eggs.
They are little silicone containers. 
You spray them with non-stick spray (like Pam), place your egg inside and gently place in a pan of boiling water. You cook the eggs to the desired yokie-ness and simply maneuver the pod until you pretty much have it flipped inside and the egg will gently slip out with none of the white left behind.

After getting this cool gift, what did we do?
We made Eggs Benedict
Here are some pictures of how it all turned out.

They turned out to be the best size and shape for the Eggs Benedict and it was lots of fun!!

My tip, if you like poached eggs, this is definitely a very good investment!!! 
Check out Google and Amazon for places and prices to find what works best for you.

Nov 7, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

I've been looking for easier yet still healthy recipes. 
I love cooking. I really do.
But lately, and all you mommas will understand, I have wanted to be on my feet less and less and more in a horizontal position called sleeping and relaxing.
I found this recipe and I thought it was a perfect addition to a busy mom's repertoire. 

8 oz Angel Hair Pasta
2 cups chopped, Grilled Chicken or 1 large can of Chicken
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 10oz can Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles
8 oz Sour Cream
Sprinkling of Parmesan or Mexican-blend Cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Boil Pasta as package directs and drain

Mix all other ingredients (except cheese)

Add the cooked pasta and mix together 

Put in 9" x 13" baking dish

Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly

Sprinkle with your choice of cheese and return and oven to melt
(I only cooked the 30 minutes as I used Parmesan Cheese and didn't need to melt it.)

Enjoy with a salad or garlic bread or both!!!

Nov 6, 2012

{Tuesday Tip #34} Homemade Frozen Meatballs

I'm pretty sure I found the idea on Pinterest for throwing meatballs in the Crockpot but I can't seem to find the Pin at the moment.

We were having the missionaries over for dinner one night and it was summer and hot and we were in the trailer and my feet/legs were swelling like crazy...
I was looking for something that was easy to make and thought of Meatball Subs but didn't want to spend all my time in the hot kitchen after work making dinner. 
So I looked around online for a way to make them in the crockpot and all the recipes that I was finding called for frozen meatballs. 
We had already been to the store and I didn't want to buy frozen meatballs, so a few nights before when I had more time available, I made Home-Made Meatballs
After making the meatballs, I placed them individually on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer.

Once they were frozen, I placed them in a gallon sized bag for later use.
All Marvin had to do the morning the missionaries were coming to dinner was empty the contents of the bag into the crockpot with meat sauce and we were in the home-stretch.

It was so easy and I'm so glad that I figured that out. 
So if you have freezer meatballs on hand this would be REALLY easy and perfect for you... but even making the meatballs the day or a few days before still made it easy.