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Dessert in a Mug

Do you ever have those times when you want something sweet? What am I talking about, of course you haven’t, that’s only me. Sometimes in the evening after dinner, I just want something, just a little something. Know what I mean? I don’t want a bowl of ice cream. Well, maybe I do, but my waist does not. This little secret is the best little secret I’ve uncovered. I cannot begin to take credit for it, I’m not sure where it originated, all I know is my mother-in-law is a genius for sharing it with me! If this is old news, by all means, please move on to my next article. If you are like me, read on!

This is really detailed and has a long ingredient list, so get your pen and paper ready. Ha! Just kidding. The easiest EVER! I wish I could take credit for it. If anyone out there knows where it originated, please tell me!

Dessert in a Mug – aka 1,2,3 cake

1 pkg angel food cake mix

1 pkg any other flavor cake mix (I’ve got chocolate. Lemon is up next)

Instructions:

1. Mix dry cake mixes well (I used a large zipper bag so I can just store it there)

2. In a microwave safe coffee mug (or large ramekin) mix 3 tbsp mix, 2 tbsp water. Stir it well.

3. Microwave for 1 minute on high.

4. Enjoy your dessert in a mug/minute.

The cake will be on the spongy side, I think it has to do w/the nature of the angel food cake. But it’s very moist and quick and easy. And you can eat it w/o feeling guilty. Top it w/chocolate syrup, fruit, or whipped cream if you desire. Enjoy!

Store remaining mix in an airtight container, hence the zipper bag.

 

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No-melt Mix n Match Pudding Pops

 Anybody else over this heat? Well, if you live in a cooler climate, you can just keep that to yourself! These days, I purposely avoid the weather forecast b/c it just depresses me. Almost as bad as getting on the scale on Jan 2. You know you’ve been bad over the holidays, but getting on that infernal scale only confirms what you already knew.  And since I’ve been doing everything I can to eat and cook kind of without actually cooking, here’s another yummy and fun summer recipe that the kids will love.

We first tried these a couple of years ago and they are fantastic.  Although we love our ice cream, some of us more than the others, it melts really fast and becomes a sticky mess. These pops melt very slowly and are perfect for a hot summer day. My kids enjoy helping me  make them, and the cup you make them in makes a great storage for them if someone needs to stop eating for a minute for whatever reason. I like them because I”m not the one being asked to hold a dripping, gooey ice cream cone or popsicle!

No Melt Mix n Match pudding pops

2 C cold low fat milk

1 pkg instant pudding/pie filling – vanilla or chocolate, or really any flavor you like

6 oreos roughly crushed

1/2 C whipped topping

6 oz paper/plastic cups

wooden sticks or plastic spoons

1. mix the milk and pudding mix

2. stir in the cookies

3. fold in the whipped topping

4. put approximately 1/3 to 1/2 C in each cup. Insert wooden stick/spoon in the center. Place all cups on a cookie sheet and freeze for about 3 hours, or until firm.

5. to release the pops from the cups, roll the cup between your hands for about a minute, just long enough to that is just a bit and loosen the pop from the sides. enjoy!

**Some other add ins/ideas: you could add mini chocolate chips and marshmallows for a rocky road pop.  chocolate & peanut butter chips for a ‘Reese’s’ -like pop. Crushed candy pieces for a candy bar pop. The possibilities are almost endless! Try what you like!

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Cheaters Chicken and Dumplings

I love me some chicken and dumplings, but have never attempted making it. The only times I’ve ever had it, it’s been prepared by a little old lady and I know for a fact, these little ladies take hours to boil the chicken, bone the chicken, make the dumplings-by hand-from scratch. And I’m also pretty certain there’s no real recipe involved. One main reason I have not attempted, I am impatient to the 10th degree, so there is no way I am going to undertake a recipe that will take me that long. Imagine my joy coming across a recipe, which I immediately altered, that would yield the delicious, golden comfort food in my crock pot! AAAAAAHHHH a choir of angels singing in the back ground! So, here is my version, which turned out incredibly well. So well in fact I will be making this again, with one minor alteration: more chicken broth. I used all I had, but another can I think would’ve made it perfect.

Cheaters Chicken and Dumplings

1lb boneless skinless chicken cut into 1″ pieces

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 can chicken broth

1 can water

1 onion finely chopped

2 tsp pepper (if desired)

1 can refrigerated biscuits (10 count) torn

Step 1.  place everything into a 4 qt slow cooker and mix.

Step 2. cook on high 4 to 5 hours (or low 6 to 8 hours-while you’re at work), or until chicken is cooked through. Stir after 2 to 3 hours.

Step 3. thirty min prior to eating, put torn biscuits into the crock pot and stir to make sure biscuits don’t stick together.

Step 4. ladle into bowls and serve with biscuits or crusty bread.

Soup is very creamy, if you like it to be a bit thinner, add a second can of chicken broth (I will next time). To cut some calories, next time I will use the reduced fat version of cream of chicken soup and reduced fat biscuits. That will cut some of the guilt, but not much of the flavor.

MMMMM perfect for a busy work day and cold weather. Yum-o-rama!

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Chicken and broccoli ring

I was a Pampered Chef consultant for a while and this was a delicious and easy thing to put together. There are many variations on the filling, but this was really one of my favorites. A delicious way to get my kids to eat broccoli. And a dinner in itself!

This works best on a round pizza stone. I haven’t tried it on a cookie sheet, but the instructions will be the way that I make it. If you try it on a different kind of baking sheet, let me know how it turns out!

Chicken and Broccoli ring

2C coarsely chopped, cooked chicken

1-1/2C coarsely chopped broccoli

1c (4oz) shredded cheddar cheese

1/3C mayo

2tsp dill seasoning blend

1/2c chopped red pepper

1/4tsp salt

1 garlic clove, pressed

1 egg white, lightly beaten

2 cans refrigerated crescent roll dough

1/4C slivered almonds

1. mix the chopped chicken, broccoli, mayo, red pepper, dill mix, garlic, salt and cheese in a large bowl and set aside.

2. open the cans of crescent dough and separate them into 16 triangles.

3. Arrange the triangles on the baking stone with the wide end to the center of the stone and the points hanging off the side, in an overlapping manner. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough toward the center to seal the edges between the crescents. The center will remain open, looking almost like a sunburst.

4. using a large spoon or scoop, place the filling on the ring in the widest part of the crescents, go all the way around. It will make mounds.

5. bring the pointed ends up, over the filling and tuck them under the inside edge of the dough. Do this all the way around until all loose ends are neatly tucked under the center.

6. Brush the crescents with egg and sprinkle slivered almonds on top.

7. Place the stone with the ring into a 375 oven for 18 minutes, or until golden brown.

8. slice, serve and enjoy.

I love dinner that you can hold in your hand that is delicious and good for you at the same time.

You can see the point of the crescent is to the center and the wider part is on the bottom. YUM!

I will make a couple of recommendations here. Do no use Miracle Whip for mayo, the taste of the MW overpowers everything else in the ring and that’s really all you can taste.  Also, when I cook my chicken, I season it like I normally do for grilling, cook it on the grill and it gives great flavor. I have tried it with just boiled chicken breasts, but the dill seasoning and salt you add to the mix are just not enough, that leaves the filling kind of on the bland side.

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Betty Crocker here I come!

I have mentioned in earlier posts of my found love for cooking.  Never thought I’d be ‘that’ mom.  The one whose house kids love to visit because there’s always something yummy around.  Well, I think I’ve just found the way to become that mom.  I don’t know how my thighs will react, but I think it’s going to be fun!

I found new inspiration today in the form of a cookbook.  I”m a sucker for a good cookbook.  Especially if the recipes are good-looking and appear to be easy.  I have a weakness for baking sweet, ooey, gooey things.  My husband and neighbors love it when the weather gets cooler, it really puts me in the mood!  The new cookbook I found today is called “The Cookie Bible’ and let me tell ya, I think I gained a pound just looking at the pictures waiting to check out! I didn’t see a single one that didn’t look good.  You know how it is with most cookbooks. there are a few, hopefully more than just a few, recipes that look interesting or like something your picky family will like.  Not this book.  I don’t expect a single complaint from anyone on this one!  In fact, I think my neighbors are going to love me (or hate me, depends on how they look at it) this year.

One of my friends asked how I was going to choose which ones to make, but I don’t think there’s going to be much choosing going on.  I think I”m going to have to start at the beginning and try every single one!  No, I will not keep them all to myself! I have terrific neighbors that I like to share with and my children have school teachers that are deserving of some home-baked love! 

Wish me luck and I”ll keep you posted on the results!  I just hope it doesn’t involve a shopping trip because my butt won’t fit in my jeans!

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