Monday, November 23, 2015

Where have you been?

Man o man.... as much as I enjoy just gets out of hand :) Gonna play catch up again, let me know if you are interested in any of the recipes and I will put them up. Thanks for stopping by.

    Made some Cherry Vodka, I think some call it "Cherry Bounce" :)

Sausage Puffs with Spicy Mustard dip

  The Little One and I decorated cookies.

                    Stuffed Zucchini Boats

                        A dreamy Creamy Lemon Raspberry Cake

                   Butterfingers Brownies

          Crispy Shrimp Wontons with Thai Peanut sauce.

                  Hosted a fun Happy Hour for the boys.

Made 200 Halloween cookies for Big Daddy to take to work.

Had another great Halloween get together!

                              And went to Spain this summer.

Hoping to get back on the bus here and share some more ideas with all of you - I have tons :)

Monday, June 8, 2015

Texas Tornado Cake

I've seen this around for years but it seemed a little weird to me but... finally decided to try it. Super easy and surprisingly it came together. Now I know why it's survived for so long. Oldie but goodie here.
1 ½ c sugar
2 eggs
2 c flour
1 c ch nuts
2 c fruit cocktail with syrup (16oz can) - I used Very Cherry Cocktail
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 c brown sugar
Preheat pan to 325º Spray a 9x13" pan and set aside.
Combine sugar, eggs, fruit cocktail, baking soda and flour, mix until blended. Pour into prepared 9x13" pan. Combine brown sugar and nuts, sprinkle all over top. Bake for 40 minutes and make your icing.
1 stick of butter
1 c coconut
3/4 c ben sugar
½ c evaporated milk
Throw it all into a saucepan and boil for about 2 minutes, stirring the whole time. Spoon over hot cake. Let it cool completely, its even better the next day :)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Chocolate Praline Brownies

Always a sucker for brownies, especially ones with a little something different. Used Betty Crocker's brownie mix (with Hershey syrup pouch in the box). Made it a little more indulgent of course.
Betty Crocker Brownie mix
1/4c chocolate milk
1/2c veg oil
1 egg
1 tsp espresso powder
Mix all until smooth. Pour into a 9x9" pan that has been sprayed. Bake in a 325º oven (I used a glass pan). Cool completely and make your icing.
½ c whipping cream
6 tbsp butter
1 ½ c brown sugar
½ c ch walnuts
1 ½ c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Mix cream, butter and brown sugar. Cook over med heat, stirring frequently until it comes to a boil. Boil about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and powdered sugar. After its blended add your nuts. Cool for 5 minutes but keep stirring. Spread over cooled brownies and let stand about 30-45 minutes or until set. Cut into squares.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mocha Icebox Cake

I just noticed that I never posted this yummy dessert. Well here it is, just in time for this warm weather coming up. I love icebox cakes for many reasons...easy, chilled, and always good. Love all of that for sure. Found this version over at The Barefoot Contessa. Perfection!

2 c cold heavy cream
12 oz Italian mascarpone cheese
½ c sugar
1/4 c Kahlua
2 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 (8oz) pk chocolate chip cookies (we used Tate's Bake Shop)
In bowl of electric mixer combine heavy cream, mascarpone, sugar, kahlua, cocoa powder, espresso powder and vanilla. Mix on low speed to combine then increase the speed until mixture forms firm peaks. Now assemble cake. 
Using a 8" springform pan, arrange your cookies flat covering bottom of pan (break up some cookies to fill in spaces between cookies). Spread a fifth of mocha whipped cream gently and evenly over cookies. Repeat, finishing with a layer of cream. 
Smooth top and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Run a knife around the outside of cake and remove sides of pan. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings, I just plopped a cookie in the middle.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Chocolate Tres Leches

1 bx devils food cake mix
1 can condensed milk
3/4 c evaporated milk
3/4 c heavy cream
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 c thawed Cool Whip
Chocolate bar

Prepare cake according to box direction except substitute water for chocolate milk. Pour into 13x9" pan and bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool cake about 10 minutes then pierce holes into cake with a large fork or wooden dowel.
Whisk condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream and cocoa until completely blended. Pour onto cooled cake. Refrigerate.
Mix 1 tbsp of cocoa and 1c Cool Whip and spread over cake. Refrigerate overnight. Top with chocolate curls - just use a vegetable peeler :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spinach Puffs

Made these for the party also and they were good - add more cheese for a real creamy puff.
 1 (10oz) pkg frozen spinach thawed
½ c crumbled feta cheese
1/4 c minced onions
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ch. dill
1 tsp minced garlic
salt and pepper
2 lg eggs
1 sheet Puff Pastry
Preheat oven to 400º.
Using your hands squeeze spinach dry until all liquid is gone. Mix spinach with next five ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Fold one egg into mix. Set aside.
Take out pastry and open it on counter. Cut into 3 equal strips, cut each strip into 6 squares, repeat. Place these squares into muffin tins, pressing bottoms and sides but leave corners sticking out. Divide filling between cups. Fold corners over, touching and pinching together a little.
Beat remaining egg and brush over pastry to give it a sheen. Bake until golden and puffed - about 25 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool for 10 minutes. Run knife around edges to loosen. Turn out to cool slightly before serving.
Sorry about the phone pic :)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Chocolate Stout Brownies

Another beer recipe for everyone, loved the chocolate stout. The perfect way to up those boxed brownies! Super good!
1 bx of brownie mix (with the chocolate syrup in the mix)
1/4 c beer* (I used Samuel Smith's Chocolate Organic Stout)
1/4 c veg oil
1 egg
chocolate for grating

Heat oven to 350º. Grease a 8x8" or 9x9"pan.Grease or spray and set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together brownie mix, beer, oil and egg until well blended. Spread in pan. Sprinkle grated chocolate over top and bake 35-40min or until toothpick inserted comes out almost clean. Cool in pan on rack for about 1 ½ hours. 
Simple easy. Just using half of a can of chocolate frosting that I microwave for 20 secs or so (just until it melts) Let it cool and add about 2 tbsp of that stout. Pour over cooled cake and let it set in fridge. It's very rich so cut it into small squares. Loved it and saved leftovers to pour over ice cream.