Monday, March 2, 2015

Easy Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake

In the mood for chocolate? I don't know about you, but I'm ALWAYS in the mood for chocolate!
This Easy Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake is made with CHOCOLATE! Chocolate cake mix, a chocolate pudding package, and chocolate chips, plus... the chocolate drizzle sends this over the top - DELICIOUS!
We are making this again SOON! Just looking at this picture makes my mouth water.

Easy Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake

1 Chocolate cake mix - (I used Devil's Food)
1 large pkg. Chocolate Pudding mix
2 T. Cocoa Powder
1 3/4 c. Milk
2 Eggs
1 1/2 c. Chocolate Chips

Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

When cooled for 10 minutes add the drizzle.

Dark Chocolate Drizzle

1 c. Powdered Sugar
2 T. Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
2 T. Milk

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Drizzle the chocolate over the cake.
Layer more chocolate over top, then more until all chocolate drizzle is used.
(See the layers of drizzle in the picture? LAYERS OF CHOCOLATE! It's BEAUTIFUL!)

Cut and serve!
Scrumptiously rich... Mmmm.....

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Antique St. Patrick's Day Paper Wreath

I love making paper wreaths, I normally have everything on hand! With most other wreaths I have to go out of my way to buy a styrofoam or branch ring. This is made with just a piece of 
scrap cardboard, scrapbook paper and hot glue! Done in 20 minutes.

I'm on my way to having a paper wreath for every holiday! 
Here is my "elegant/antique" looking St. Patrick's Day wreath! 

Here's step by step instructions:

1. Take 12 x 12 pieces of "St. Patrick's Day" scrapbook paper and cut into 6 in squares.
(just cut it in half, then those in half again!)
(A lot of these "antique" green scrapbook papers came from a Fall scrapbook tablet of paper)

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.
(I used thick gold glitter paper as my circle and didn't meet each cone together- I wanted a little "gold" to show - this is St. Patrick's Day!)

3. Glue your prepared cones onto the circle, all "small ends" meeting (somewhat) in the middle.

4. Glue a ribbon, string, twine etc. on the back as your hanger!
Done in 20 minutes!

(If you want DETAILED picture instructions - click on my Fall Paper Wreath!)

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Lemon Spinach Pesto

Pesto me crazy! I LOVE making new "pesto" sauces to garnish our favorite meals. This one is by far my favorite. It's tangy flavor keeps me coming back for more! I've used it as a dip for bread, on my noodles, on chicken and I'm planning a chicken pesto pizza (coming soon)! I can't wait to keep making more creations with this sauce! DELISH!

Lemon Spinach Pesto

In a blender or food processor combine:
1 1/2 c. Spinach
1/3 c. Toasted Almonds (you can used slivered or chopped almonds)
3 T. Parmesan Cheese
3 T. Lemon Juice
2 cloves Garlic (smashed)

Pulse your blender or food processor until chopped.

1/4 c. Olive Oil

Blend until smooth.

Salt to taste. 


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

4 Bean & Rice Soup

Warm your body to the soul with this lovely soup. This is one of my new favorites. I was craving beans and rice on a cold day, so I thought I'd make a soup to satisfy my hunger. DELISH! Warm, hearty and healthy.

4 Bean & Rice Soup

10 c. Water
3 cans beans - drained and rinsed
(black, pinto, kidney, garbanzo, navy, etc.(I used black, pinto, & garbonzo))
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1/2 c. uncooked rice (I used Jasmine)
1/2 onion - minced
1 can refried beans

1 T. Salt
1 tsp. Onion Powder
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Chili Powder

Combine all in a large pot. Simmer over medium high heat for 30 minutes or until rice is cooked through. Salt to taste.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Corn Flake Crusted Chicken Strips

Need a lunch idea? My family went CRAZY for my thrown together Corn Flake Crusted Chicken Strips. Baked, not fried. DELISH! Dip in your favorite condiment sauce and gobble up! These were gone in seconds. Fun to make with your family and even more fun to eat. Crunchy crust and tender chicken. Yumm...

Corn Flake Crusted Chicken Strips

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts - trimmed and sliced to be 1/4 in thick.
1 egg - slightly beaten
1 1/2 c. crushed Corn Flakes
1 tsp. salt

Grab 2 shallow bowls. In your first bowl, place your egg (slightly beaten), in the second bowl place your crushed corn flakes and salt. 

Dip the thinly sliced chicken into the egg, then into the Corn Flakes

Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

When all of the chicken has been dipped and "coated" with Corn Flakes and put on the paper, you can dash the chicken with  pepper and additional salt if desired. 

Bake at 375 for 12-14 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

Deliciously sweet, scrumptious cookies. This is one of my new favorites. A simple twist on a classic. Add butterscotch chips instead of chocolate. This gives the classic oatmeal cookie a WHOLE new life! YUMMY!

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies 

1/2 c. Brown Sugar
1/4 c. Sugar
1/2 c. Apple Sauce
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1 Egg
1 1/2 c. Old fashioned Oats
1 c. Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 c. Butterscotch Chips
Dash of salt

1. With a hand blender or mixer, blend both Sugars and Applesauce until well combined

2. Add the Vanilla and Egg into the sugar mixture and mix until nice and "fluffy" - about 2 minutes

3. Add the Oats, Flour, Soda, Salt and Butterscotch Chips - Mix well 

Drop by rounds onto a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes- edges should turn slightly brown- DON'T OVER COOK! 

When cookies are removed from the oven, let them sit for a minute or 2 on the cookie sheet, then remove and place on a cooling rack.

Serve with cold milk! DELISH!

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