"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

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Chili Cheese Dip

My husband is away right now so I'm trying to make all of the things that I crave that he can't have. This is one of them.

1 Can of Chili
1 pkg of Cream Cheese

Heat together in a pan and serve with yummy bread.

My favorite bread for this is a baguette that I buy at Albertsons (if you have one) that you finish baking at home.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cake Pops

I am a huge fan of Bakerella and her Cake Pops. She makes it seem so easy. This was the first time I've ever made them and possibly the last. However, they are DELICIOUS! So yeah, I will make them again. Maybe it's just me but I found it more difficult than I think it should be. Whenever I would try to dip the cake balls into the chocolate, they would start to fall off of the stick. And this is after freezing them for hours on the sticks.  I ended up just frosting them with a knife.

Instead of doing cake pops, you can just do cake balls.

Oh Yummy.

Bakerella just had a book published featuring her Cake Pops which I'm begging my husband to get me for my birthday. Maybe after I get that I'll attempt it again.
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

BLC Spinach Wraps

I guess they could be BLT Chicken Spinach Wraps. But I don't like tomatoes so I left them out. You could also add avocados if you're into that sort of thing. I'm not. These are similar to the other wrap that I posted but this is a much better recipe.

Spinach Wraps
2 Chicken Breasts
1 pkg. Bacon
Romaine Lettuce
Ranch Dressing

Ingredients for chicken marinade:
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning

Mix marinade ingredients together in a bowl.

Cover chicken in marinade and roast at 350 until fully cooked. Then cube or shred.
Prepare bacon and pat dry with paper towel to remove any excess grease.
Cover spinach wrap in thin layer of ranch dressing, leaving outer edges plain. Place lettuce, bacon, and chicken on the wrap. Roll up and serve.

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Pork Chops & Rice

This is a super easy dish. And the pork comes out so tender, it's great!

About 4 pork chops
Olive Oil
2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Pepper
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
2 Cups Minute Rice
1 Cup Water

Brown pork chops in olive oil. Place pork chops and all drippings into a crock pot. Add the cream of chicken soup, salt, and pepper. Cook on low for about 4-6 hours. When it's cooked and tender, add rice and water.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mini Doughnuts

I made Navajo Tacos for dinner tonight and we had "leftover" roll dough. Coincidentally, I happened to watch the show "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on the Food Network a couple nights ago where Giada de Laurentiis' favorite fried food were these bite size fried doughnuts from the restaurant Lola. However, I did a couple things differently. Instead of coating them in cinnamon and sugar, I used cinnamon and brown sugar. Huge difference, I know :)  I also made a frosting instead of dipping them in a seasonal jam and vanilla mascarpone like they do. So with our "leftover" roll dough, I made these.

One batch of my Mom's Homemade Rolls
Vegetable Oil
Brown Sugar

2 Cups Powdered Sugar
4 Tbsp. melted Butter or Margarine
2 Tbsp. Milk or Water
1/2 tsp. Vanilla

Make the dough. Roll it out and cut it up.
Mix the frosting ingredients together.
Get the oil very hot in a frying pan.
Place dough in oil and turn when it browns.
Remove from oil and place directly into mix of cinnamon and brown sugar. The oil helps the sugar stick.  Toss and remove.
Drizzle (or coat) with frosting and eat hot. Honestly I would eat these cold but they are better hot.
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