Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Crockpot Beef Stew

This was easy to put together and John and I both liked it.

Crockpot Beef Stew

1 lb stew meat
2 potatoes
2 celery
2 carrots
1 onion
1/2 c. corn
1/2 c. peas or green beans
1 can beef broth
1 can V-8 (11 oz)
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. thyme
1/2 t. chili powder
1/4 t. pepper

2 T. cornstarch
1 T. cold water

Mix everything but the cornstarch and water. I doubled the recipe and put half in the freezer.  Cook on LOW 6 hours.  Mix the cornstarch and water, stir in and cook another 1/2 hour.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

5 Minute Black Bean Soup

This soup is so fast and easy to make, and amazingly, my kids all love it. It literally takes five minutes, if you have cooked rice on hand.

Black Bean Soup

2 cans black beans (not drained)
1 can chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups cooked rice

Blend the beans and chicken broth in a blender until smooth.  Add the salt and heat on the stovetop until warm.  Serve over rice in bowls.

Garnish with toppings like:
sour cream
shredded cheese
tortilla chips
diced tomatoes
sliced green onions

My favorite toppings combo is tomatoes, lime, and a little cheese.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Minecraft Cake and TNT Cupcakes

On Maggie's actual birthday, I surprised her with red velvet TNT cupcakes.

For her party, we attempted a Minecraft cake with lava (red jello), water (blue jello), sand (Rice Krispie treats), and grass blocks (chocolate cake.  I made 2 large packages of each flavor jello, in a 8x8 pan. Cut up the 9x13 cake into blocks and stacked them with grass frosting. I was especially proud of the waterfall (I cut the jiggler in half so it was thinner.) However, my grass blocks were unstable and this was the best picture I got before it started slipping.

We also had a creeper figure, TNT block and Alex keychain to add to the cake.

The kids were very impressed with all the different treats, and didn't seem to notice it was toppling, so all was good!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Stuffed Shells

Freezer-Friendly Stuffed Shells recipe

16 shells, cooked
1 pkg spinach
1 c. cottage cheese
1 c. mozzarella
2 c. pasta sauce
1/4 c. parmesan

Cover with foil. Bake at 375 25-30 minutes.

Easy to double and freeze! I'm always amazed that my kids will actually eat this.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

My Little Pony Cupcakes

For Sienna's third birthday we made My Little Pony cupcakes. I bought cupcake wrappers and little ponies on Amazon.  Sienna picked out confetti cake mix, and I made blue frosting.  We used Airheads Xtremes candy and marshmallows for the rainbow and clouds.

The cupcakes were a big hit with her friends, who all got to keep a little pony. And they were easy, which is just what I needed at 40 weeks pregnant. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Potato Pancakes

Potato Pancakes

4 cups grated potatoes
2 T chopped green onion
4 T flour
2 eggs
Garlic powder

Squeeze water out of potatoes. Mix all ingredients scoop 1/3 cup into a hot, oiled pan, and flatten with a spatula. Brown on both sides.

I made these with loaded scrambled eggs for dinner.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Bowling Cupcakes

Another birthday, another fun (but lazy) cake. Dalton had a bowling party for his 6th birthday, so we made bowling ball cupcakes. I ordered mini bowling sets to use as favors for his party guests and we opened one to use the pins on the cupcakes. Chocolate cake, with chocolate buttercream frosting (dyed black).