January 31, 2013

Cheddar Bacon Muffins

Recipe adapted from Macaroni and Cheesecake

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tbsp. sugar
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup (or so)  Hormel Real  Bacon Bits 
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, & sugar.  Stir in cheese & bacon crumbles, set aside.
In a large bowl, beat together egg, milk & oil.  Add in dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Spray a muffin tin liberally with cooking spray.  Spoon muffin batter into tins, filling them approximately 2/3 full.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Serve immediately or let cool and store in airtight container.

Rate It!
Jen: 8
Kile: 8
Madee: 7.5
Destrie:  7

January 25, 2013

Oreo Truffles

  • 36 Oreos (NOT Doublestuff)
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 16 oz. white chocolate almond bark
  • Set a long sheet of wax paper over a cookie sheet, set aside. 
  • Place 36 Oreos in a food processor and pulse until finely crushed (alternately if you don't own a food processor you can place Oreos in a large Ziploc bag, seal bag and crush with a rolling pin until finely crushed). 
  • Pour crushed Oreos into a mixing bowl.
  •  In separate mixing bowl blend cream cheese.
  •  Add cream cheese mixture to crushed Oreos and using a the back of a spoon, stir mixture while pressing it along the bottom of the bowl, until well combine and evenly moistened.
  •  Scoop mixture out and form into 1 inch balls
  •  Place truffles in freezer for 10 minutes. 
  • Melt almond bark according to directions on package. Remove truffles from freezer and dip in melted chocolate and evenly coat then allow excess chocolate to run off (I barely made it with 16 oz. of the melted bark but you may need a little more). Return to baking sheet,  allow chocolate to set. 
  • Store in an airtight container in refrigerator. 

Rate It!
Jen: 10
Madee: 9
Destrie: 1000

January 20, 2013

Creamy Chicken and Noodles

 *Recipe and Photo found on Pinterest

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2-10.75 cans of cream of chicken soup
 1/2 cup of butter (sliced)
  42 oz. of chicken broth
24 oz. Egg Noodles

Spray crock pot with cooking spray.
Add Chicken to pot.
Arrange butter slices on top of chicken.
 Combine broth and cream of chicken soup.
 Pour mixture over chicken.
 Cover & cook on low for 8 hours.
Take chicken out of crock pot and shred with a fork.
 Add bag of egg noodles to crock pot and put chicken bake in pot.
Cook for 20 to 30 minutes-keep an eye on noodles so they don't get soggy.

Rate It!
Jen: 7
Kile: 7.5
Madee: 7
Destrie: good

January 15, 2013

Teriyaki Chicken in the Crock Pot

Recipe and Photo from Jamie Cooks It Up!

5 chicken breasts (about 3 pounds)
1 1/2 C water
1 C brown sugar
1/2 C soy sauce
1 t granulated garlic
1 t sesame oil (optional, but wonderful)
3 T corn starch + 4 T cold water

1. Spray the inside of your pretty crock pot with cooking spray. (I used a 4 quart crock)
2. Place 5 chicken breasts into the pot. If you are using chicken that has been frozen, be sure that it is completely thawed before you add it to the crock pot.
3. In a separate bowl combine 1 1/2 cups water, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic and 1 t sesame oil. Give it a nice stir to combine and then pour it over the top of the chicken. Cover the crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 7.
4. When the chicken is cooked through and easily shred-able remove it from the crock pot and place in on a plate.
5. In a small bowl combine 3 tablespoon of corn starch and 4 tablespoons of cold water. Pour it into the crock pot and stir it in thoroughly.
6. Take two forks and break the chicken breasts up a bit.
7. Place the chicken back into the crock pot and stir it around allowing the sauce to mix with the chicken.
8. Cover the crock pot and let the mixture cook and thicken for 30 minutes.
Serve over brown or white rice. Enjoy!

Rate It!
 Jen: 8
Kile: 7.5
Kiley: 8
Madee: not home
Destrie: 7.8

January 14, 2013

Blueberry Crumble

This is really called a Blueberry Dump Cake, but I am not a fan of that name!

1 can blueberry pie filling
1 16 oz can crushed pineapple (not drained!!!)
1 yellow cake mix
1 cube butter
1 small package pecan gems

Grease a 9x13 glass baking dish.
Dump blueberries and pineapple in dish.
Sprinkle cake mix on top.
Cut butter in to chunks and place on top of cake mix.
Sprinkle pecans on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes
*Serve with vanilla ice cream

Rate It!
Jen: 8.5
Kiley: 9
Destrie: 9

January 2, 2013

Beef Tips

2 lbs. stew meat
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 packet brown gravy mix
1 packet lipton onion soup mix
1 small can of mushrooms (I had none, so I left this out.)
1 cup water

Place meat in Crock Pot. Pour other ingredients on top of meat.  Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.  Can serve over potatoes, rice, or noodles.  We just ate ours, with mashed potatoes and corn as a side dish.

* Did not get ratings....everyone liked it though!

*Photo and idea from Pinterest