"Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty—and I am not talking about the process of cleaning the rooms of your teenage children." Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shredded Chicken Burritos


The Finished Product

The Filling

This was inspired by a recipe I saw on Picky Palate but I made it my own. One of the best parts I got out of her recipe was browning the burrito in a frying pan and then warming it in the oven.

2 Chicken Breasts
1 Can (14.5 oz) Diced Tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp. canned Green Chilis
1 tsp. canned Jalepenos (Not pickled)
1 Clove Minced Garlic
1/4 Cup finely chopped Onion
1 tsp. Cumin
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Pepper

3 Tbsp Olive Oil
8 oz Mozzarella Cheese

Place all ingredients for the filling in the crock pot and let cook on low for 4-6 hours. Shred chicken.
Fill tortillas and roll tight. Brown in olive oil in frying pan then place in baking dish. Top with 8 oz Mozzarella Cheese. Heat through in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.
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Friday, September 25, 2009

Pudding Cupcakes

Pudding Cupcakes:
1 Box Devils Food Cake Mix
4 Eggs
1 Cup Veg. Oil
1/2 Cup Water
1 Small Box Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
1 Cup Sour Cream

1 Can of Chocoalte Frosting
Crushed Oreos
Marshmallow Fondant Recipe
Your favorite frosting and crushed up candy bar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the cake mix, eggs, oil, water, pudding mix, and sour cream together. Scoop into paper lined muffin cups. Bake for 22-25 minutes. Let cool. Frost with chocolate frosting.
Crush Oreos and dip cupcakes in the crumbs.
Make Marshmallow Fondant Recipe. Roll out and cut out with cookie cutter. Place on cupcakes. You can also use gummy worms.
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Marshmallow Fondant

I got this recipe from my cousin's wife, Rachael. She also has an awesome blog which is http://thebusybeehive-rachael.blogspot.com/ if you want to check that out.  This was so much easier than I thought it was going to be.

1 Cup Mini Marshmallows
1 Tbsp. Water
1 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
Food Coloring

Place Marshmallows in a standard 1 cup measuring cup and pack in as many as you can. Place in microwave safe bowl and add water. Put in microwave for 45 seconds. Stir with a spoon until it is combined well. It should have a soupy consistency. If you want just one color of fondant, now would be the time to add your food coloring. If you want multiple colors, wait till later. Now add powdered sugar, mix and fold in well until it is no longer sticky. Take out of bowl and knead it in your hands. You can use a little bit of shortening to keep it from sticking. Knead for 3-5 minutes. Roll out until it is almost paper thin. If you want multiple colors, divide into separate balls and add color to those. Use plastic gloves and knead the colors in.
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Your Favorite Tortillas
McCormick's Fajita Seasoning
Refried Beans
Rice-A-Roni Mexican Rice
Red and Green Bell Peppers
Sour Cream
Cheddar Cheese

Follow directions on Rice Box.
Cut chicken into strips, follow McCormick's Seasoning directions.
Wash and cut peppers. Add to cooked chicken.
Warm tortillas and refried beans in microwave.
Layer beans, rice, chicken, peppers, sour cream, and cheese on tortilla.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of our favorites!

1 Cup of Libby's Canned Pumpkin
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 Cup Applesauce
1 Egg
2 Cups Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Milk
1 Cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 tsp. Vanilla

Dissolve baking soda in milk; set aside.
In large bowl add pumpkin, sugar, oil, and egg; stir. Add four, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda mixture. Mix well. Stir in vanilla and chocolate chips.
Spoon onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 9-11 minutes.
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Asian Chicken Salad Pitas

I got the salad recipe from my sister, Suzie. I decided to make it a meal and throw it in a pita. A great summer dinner. Or make without the pitas and have a great salad. You don't have to add the chicken.

2 Chicken Breasts
1 Head of Romaine
2 Cups Grapes
2 Cups Fried Won Tons
1 Package of Whole Wheat Pitas

Cook chicken in frying pan with 1 cup of water on medium heat. Cover with lid.
When thoroughly cooked, remove from water and cube on cutting board.
Wash lettuce and shred.
Cut the grapes in half.
Cut the won tons into strips. Put oil in frying pan about an inch deep. Get really hot, then add won tons stir constantly. Remove when they turn brown.
Put salad, chicken, grapes, and won tons in a salad bowl.

4 Tbsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Black Pepper
2 tsp. Salt
2 Tbsp. Vinegar
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce

Toss dressing in with the salad. Serve as is or put in whole wheat pitas to make it a dinner.
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Homemade Oreos

1 Box Devils Food Cake Mix
1 Cube Melted Margarine
2 Eggs
Favorite Frosting

Preheat Oven to 350. Combine cake mix, margarine, and eggs together and mix well. Roll into balls or scoop onto cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool and frost.
Store in air tight container to keep extra soft!
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Chicken Cordon Bleu

I grew up with this as one of my very favorite dinners. My mom got the recipe from the Lion House Cookbook.

4 Chicken Breasts
4 Slices of Ham
4 Slices of Swiss Cheese
1/2 Cube Melted Margarine or Butter
2 Cups Crushed Corn Flakes

Place chicken between two heavy sheets of plastic. Pound with a meat mallet until flat. Place ham and cheese on chicken. As you roll up the chicken, fold in the sides so the cheese doesn't leak out, then secure with toothpicks.
Coat in margarine and then roll in corn flake crumbs. Place in baking dish and cook at 350 for 45-50 minutes.
Remove toothpicks before eating.

1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 Cup Sour Cream
Juice of 1 Lemon

Mix all ingredients together in a pan and heat through. Do not bring to a boil or sour cream will curdle.

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Roasted Vegetables

Use any of your favorite vegetables - I use red potatoes and broccoli.  Depending on what you use you may have to add to some half way through because they'll cook faster.
Olive Oil
Your Favorite Seasoning -
Some suggestions are Italian Seasoning, Salt & Pepper, Mrs. Dash or if you're near Logan, Utah you can go to a local grocery store or to Juniper Take Out and buy the DeVerl's Seasoning, that's my personal favorite.

Wash and cut up vegetables. Place in baking dish and generously coat with olive oil. Then cover with the seasoning of your choice. Cook at 350 for an hour and a half stirring every half an hour.

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Brownie Pudding Trifle

1 Box Family Size Brownie Mix
Ingredients to make brownie mix
2 Boxes (3.8 oz each) Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 8 oz Container of Cool Whip or 1 Pint of Whipping Cream

Thaw out Cool Whip 8 hours in advance.
Make brownies according to directions on box. Cool.
Make pudding according to directions.
If you choose to use real whipping cream, make that according to directions.

Layer in trifle bowl:
1/3 pan of brownies
1/3 of the pudding
1/3 of the cool whip or whipping cream.
Reapeat 2 more times.
Top with shaved chcocolate, crushed candy bars, or anything you'd like

Let chill in the fridge overnight
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Jr. Mint Cupcakes

I got this recipe from another blog called Picky Palate

1 Box Devils Food Cake Mix
4 Eggs
1 Cup Veg. Oil
1/2 Cup Water
1 Small Box Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1 12 oz. Box Jr. Mints
1 Can of Vanilla, Cream Cheese, or Chocoalte Frosting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the cake mix, eggs, oil, water, pudding mix, sour cream, and chocolate chips together. Scoop into paper lined muffin cups. Press 3 Jr. Mints into the center of each one. Bake for 22-25 minutes. Let cool completely, frost, and top with another Jr. Mint.
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Chicken Pesto Linguine

4 Chicken Breasts
13 oz (1 box) Whole Wheat Linguine
3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Cup Chopped Mushrooms
8-10 oz Pesto Sauce
1/2 Cup Half & Half

Place chicken breasts in frying pan with 1 cup of water. Put a lid on the pan and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes or until cooked.
Boil water for Linguine, follow directions on the box. When finished, drain water from the pan.
When chicken is fully cooked, remove from pan and place on cutting board. Cut into cubes.
In a larger frying pan, put olive oil and minced garlic into pan on medium heat. Let heat for a couple minutes. Then add linguine, chicken, chopped mushrooms, pesto sauce (add however much you'd like), and half and half.
Let heat through. Serve with french bread.

(I used store bought pesto sauce that came in a 10 ounce jar. You can do homemade pesto, but I like the easy way.)

Servings: 6-8
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Monday, September 21, 2009

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Place pumpkin seeds on baking sheet and cover with olive oil or butter. I used olive oil since my husband is lactose intolerant but I think it would have tasted better with butter.

Half of them I put salt on (top picture)

The other half (bottom picture) I put cinnamon and sugar on. I think next time I'll do cinnamon and brown sugar. Bake at 300 degrees for a half an hour or until browned.

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Monkey Bread

I got this idea from my sister, Suzie.

Make Mom's Homemade Roll recipe. Instead of cutting into strips, cut into 1 x 1 inch squares and place on greased cookie sheet. Melt butter or margarine and spread over dough with pastry brush. Then top with either brown sugar and cinnamon (top half of pic) or Salad Supreme (bottom half of pic). Cover with clean dish towel, let rise for an hour and bake at 375 for 8 minutes or until lightly brown.
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Mom's Homemade Rolls

1 Cup Really Warm Water
1 Tbsp. Mashed Potatoes (Optional)
1 Egg
1 Tbsp. Shortening
3 Cups Flour
3 Tbsp. Sugar
4 Tbsp. Dry Milk
1/2 Tbsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Yeast

Put all ingredients, in order, into bread maker pan. Set dough cycle. When finished, roll out on a floured board into large rectangle. Cut into 16 strips and tie in a knot. Place on greased cookie sheet, cover with a clean dish towel and let rise for an hour. Bake at 375 for 8 minutes or until lightly browned.

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