Monday, October 27, 2014

Hot Chocolate Cake Cookies

Have you ever had those chocolate powdered sugar "crackle cookies?" I always call them crackle cookies because they have cracks all on their tops. Well one day I was making some Chocolate Cake Cookies and decided to try and make them into "crackle" cookies. I had just made a fresh batch of my Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix and thought that would be the perfect powder topping. It was a hit! These were FABULOUS, EASY AND YUMMY! It's the perfect way to bring in the winter flavors of hot cocoa!

Hot Chocolate Cake Cookies

1 devils food chocolate cake mix 
2 eggs
1/3 c. applesauce 
1 tsp. vanilla

In a mixing bowl combine, cake mix, eggs, applesauce and vanilla. Mix, mix, mix. Place rounds on a greased cookie sheet. Place 1 tsp. Hot cocoa powder on top of each round. Don't press down, when they cook, they will flatten and "crackle" themselves. 
Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.
Remove from the cookie sheet onto cooling racks.
Eat warm with a glass of milk! DELISH!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Crock Pot Cooking Demo

About 4 weeks ago I was asked to give a cooking demonstration at our church's "women's activity night." I thought, "just because I have a blog, doesn't mean I need to be giving cooking demonstrations!" But I accepted, and the theme we came up with was "back to school cooking". 

I've said before, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, my crock pot. I have 2 now and I want a 3rd. Just call me crock pot crazy. I broke down my favorite recipes, my tried and true easiest of easy to demonstrate at this activity. I printed off pictures of the recipes and placed them on easels so the viewers could see what the finished product would look like. I can't physically make a 10 hour crock pot meal in 30 minutes. So, I wen't over tips and tricks, and explained how simple crock pot meals can be, especially on BUSY school/school activity days.
 I broke down my recipes into 10 hour meals, and 3 hour meals. 

For example, if you have children going to school, you can make a 10 hour meal right after they leave  in the morning and it will be done for dinner. Or, you can prepare a 3 hour meal just before they return home to be done in time for dinner. Either way you choose, you get dinner prepared without "disturbances." 
It's been so fun having wonderful women who I admire, come and they say they've tried my recipes and want more! If you are in need of my favorite 10 and 3 hour crock pot recipes here they are! 
Welcome back to another great school year.
Gear up and go, we've got dinner to make!

10 Hour Meals:

3 Hour Meals:

Crock Pot Sides:

Many more crock pot meals to come!
Stay Tuned!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Crock Pot Chicken & Stuffing

I've been on a big crock pot kick the last few weeks. WE MOVED! We moved to a new state and new house; my crock pot has been a life saver! We've been unpacking the house and the last thing I want to worry about is dinner; especially after an exhausting day of boxes and tape. I've been so grateful for my slow cooker keeping my family happy and fed! This is one of our new fast favorites. Only 4 ingredients!

Crock Pot Chicken & Stuffing

3 large chicken breasts trimmed, filleted, and fillets cut in half
1 box stuffing mix
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 c. chicken broth (1 c. water 1 tsp. chicken bouillon seasoning)

Place filleted & quartered chicken in a greased crock pot. Pour the stuffing mix over the chicken. In a bowl combine the soup and broth. Pour over the chicken and stuffing. Cook on LOW for 4 hours or until chicken in done.

*This was the perfect portion for our family of 4. If your family is larger, double the recipe.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Is hot chocolate one of your indulgences? It sure is one of mine! I grew up spoiled. We always had homemade hot chocolate mix in the cupboard ready for cold days. It's been SUPER cold here for the past week. It feels like November! I called my mom and asked for the hot chocolate mix recipe. I made it and was thrown back to my childhood. Delicious! 

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

4 c. Powdered Milk
4 oz. Powdered Creamer (Non-Dairy)
4 c. Powdered Sugar
20 oz. can Instant Hot Cocoa Mix

* When mixing this with hot water use more "powder" than normal hot cocoa mix. It takes a little more mix to make your cup sweeter.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

General Conference Finger Foods

Gearing up for General Conference? I can't wait for 2 days of fabulous speakers and fun finger foods. Need some inspiration? Check out some of our favorite finger foods we eat during General Conference. Tag along for the "LDS BLOG TRAIN," there are lots of fun ideas all themed around General Conference. 
You just came from "Countdown to Conference" and your next stop (which will start the train again) will be Let's Get Together.  If you get lost along the way go to the LDS Blog Train.  

Click on the title below the picture to take you to the recipe!


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Halloween Paper Wreath

Halloween is upon us. Need a fun inexpensive wreath to spruce up your door or wall? Make this in 20 minutes! Just scrapbook paper, hot glue and a piece of card stock or cardboard. So easy, you will make one for every season, just like me! 

How to make a Halloween Paper Wreath

1. Take 12x12 pieces of Halloween scrapbook paper and cut into 6 in squares.
(just cut it in half, then those in half again!)
Roll the square into a cone and glue along the seam

2. Cut a circle from a piece of card stock, cardboard, a paper plate etc.
Glue your prepared cones onto the circle, all "small ends" meeting in the middle.

3. It is your choice how you want to glue your paper wreath "cones." 
You can see the difference between the cones on the large wreath versus the small wreaths. 
The change is simply made by turning your cones one way or the other. 

Cut a small circle from some scrap paper and glue in the center of the wreath. Hot glue or punch holes into the back of the wreath and tie ribbon or twine to hang your project!

Check out these other AWESOME Halloween projects!

1) Halloween Paper Wreath by Cook and Craft Me Crazy 
2) Knock If You Dare by From Wine to Whine
 3) Spooky Ghosts Etched Votives by Tiny Sidekick 
4) Rice Krispy Treat Tombstones by Play. Party. Pin. 
5) Countdown to Halloween Sign by Lil Mrs Tori 
6) Bat Wreath by Whistle and Ivy 
7) Black and White Pumpkin Painting by Homemade Ginger
 8) Eraser-Stamped Halloween Shirt by Cutesy Crafts

Need more fall wreath ideas? 
Here is my last year's Fall Paper Wreath

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Veggie Stick Cups

Looking for a fast finger food to serve your guests at your next get together? How about these Veggie Stick Cups?! They're a fun individual serving of veggie sticks and dip. This is a much healthier alternative to most finger food served at large parties. Fresh, fast and fabulous! 


In clear "cocktail cups" place a dollop of your favorite salad dressing or dip

Wash, peel and slice whole carrots into "sticks"
Wash and cut celery stalks into "sticks" 

Mix the carrot and celery sticks together and place a handful in each prepared "sauce cup" then serve.


 *If preparing in advance, cut and slice all of the veggie "sticks"- place in separate plastic bags and refrigerate. 
If left uncovered- the veggies dry out. 

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