Monday, October 28, 2013
ANYWAYS....onto the reason for the blog.....Chris and I lead a Lifegroup on Thursdays called "Before I do." My director is incredible and allowed me to be off on Thursdays so that I could attend. Well, since I'm off why wouldn't I cook dinner for my precious couples, right? For the past 6 weeks, I made 5 meals that I have made before and one week one of the couples made homemade spaghetti. It was incredible!!
Last Thursday, I couldn't think of what I wanted to make, but I knew I wanted to do something that I hadn't made before. Where did I search? Pinterest of course!!
I came across the recipe for the Crock pot Chicken and Dumplings here on Bubblecrumb's blog.
VERY easy! Are you ready?
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 TBSP butter
1 can of chicken broth(I used 1 cup of the chicken broth that I had in stock)
1 onion diced(I used minced onion)
1 TBSP dried Parsley
4 Grands flaky biscuits
Place the chicken in the bottom of the Crock pot. Put the butter on top. Next, put the 2 cans of soup, broth,onion, and parsley in a bowl and mix together. Pour over chicken and cook on high for 4 hours. After the time is up, take the chicken out and shred it. Once shredded, put chicken back into Crock pot and stir. Cut each biscuit into 9-10 pieces and put into Crock pot and stir. Crock pot needs to be on high for another 30 minutes. After the time has elapsed, it is time for dinner!!
We fed 6 adults comfortably with this recipe, and I have to admit, I wanted to make it again the next night.
Next time, I think I am going to add in some veggies. What would you add?
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Have you really thought about how blessed we all are? I was sent an article today to read. From the title, you would think that you would be getting tips on how to have a hot body. What it really talked about was blessings and tips to accept them. One of them was to stop wallowing in the pity and another was listening to lies. When satan comes in like a lion looking for prey, he spares nothing. We are so much bigger than our fears and failures because God is on our side. Brothers and sisters, do not let your joy be stolen.
In life, we will have joys and sadness, but all of these are blessings. Chris said to me one time,"Instead of asking God why? Ask what? What are you trying to show me? What are you trying to teach me?"
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
I recently started making my own cake recently. Vanilla is all that I have progressed to, but if it's what people are happy with, why change?
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1 tbsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup heavy cream w/ 1/2 cup water
Mix butter and sugar together on medium until fluffy. Then, add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, add the flour, salt, and baking powder together. Next, add 1/2 flour mixture. After that is thoroughly mixed, add in the heavy cream, then the last 1/2 of the flour mixture. Grease 2 cake pans, and separate the batter evenly.
Bake on 350 for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick is removed clean.
Cool, remove from pans, and ice!
Here's the buttercream recipe:
2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tbsp cream
4-5 cups powdered sugar
Whip butter on medium until fluffy. Then add the vanilla and cream. Once mixed, cup by cup add the powdered sugar.
Here's some pictures of cakes I have recently done:
|Fourth of July Cake|
|Cake for my sweet co-worker for her June birthday|
|Cookie cake pie|
Thursday, August 8, 2013
I found a recipe last year that I used to make banana bread. Chris and I were looking for a healthier recipe, and we found one using applesauce. A huge thank you to My Thoughts for Thought for this recipe:
1 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Cup of Applesauce
2 Cups of Flour
1 TSP of Baking Soda
1/2 TSP of Salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In one bowl, mash bananas, and then add the sugar, eggs, and applesauce. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ones. Once thoroughly mixed, pour into 2 greased bread pans. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick is removed clean.
I have LOVED this new recipe. I hope you all do too!
Thursday, July 11, 2013
With the 4th of July just a couple days away from that shopping trip, I knew I was about to spend more money(which I do best) on ingredients to use to make something yummy for a family cookout. What better than a red,white, and blue cake?
Here we go!
For the cake:
White or French Vanilla cake mix(I used #2)
plus all the ingredients on the box
red and blue food coloring
Preheat oven to 325 and grease 2 cake pans.
Mix cake mix, eggs, oil, and water on medium for 2 minutes.
Split batter between 3 bowls.
Mix 1/3 with several drops of red food coloring until desired shade of red is reached.
Repeat another 1/3 with the blue food coloring.
Leave the last 1/3 batter white.
Now the tedious part. You will need 3 teaspoons. To make the zebra stripe print in the cake, you cake 2 teaspoons of one color batter and place it in the middle of the cake pan. Then, add 2 teaspoons of another color in the center of the first color. You alternate each color and continue this process until the batter is even in both pans. Basically it looks like layered circles. Bake your 2 cake pans for around 28 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted in the middle and removed clean. Remove from pans and allow to cool.
2 sticks butter softened
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tbsp whipping cream
4-5 cups powdered sugar
*Red and Blue food coloring to tint icing*
Whip butter until fluffy.
Add in the vanilla and 1 tbsp whipping cream.
Next add in cup by cup of powdered sugar.
Between cup 2 and 3, add in another tbsp whipping cream.
Separate icing into thirds.
Tint icing with food coloring just like we did the cake batter.
I used Wilton piping bags and the big circle tip(because my star tip magically disappeared) to pipe the icing onto the cake.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Also, today the girls wanted to do a salad/casserole day at work. Since I didn't work, I still agreed to make something. The question was what to make. I knew I had chocolate chunks, giant marshmallows, and Oreos, so as my mind continued to run all I really needed was graham crackers. Chris could totally get those on his way home, right? Right!
Crushed graham crackers(I used a sleeve and a half)
1 bag chocolate chunk chips
1/2 cup butter melted
Now, remember that you can be creative with this. You don't have to follow my recipe exactly. Have fun with it!
I used a disposable metal pan for this. Preheat oven to 350. Crush graham crackers and place in bottom of pan. Then, pour melted butter over and mix into the crumbs to create a crust. Place Oreos on top. Then, cut marshallows in thirds and spread across Oreos. Top with the chocolate chunks, and lastly, cut more marshmallows in half and spread them across the chocolate chunks. Toss sprinkles over the top and bake for 10-12 minutes. Then turn on the broiler for 30 seconds to turn the marshmallows golden.
I know this is best served right out of the oven. MMMM!!!!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
This week I got to make a new recipe, and I have to admit I was pretty nervous about it. I am such a perfectionist, and so when I agreed to make a cake for our charge nurse's surprise baby shower, I knew I had to make something impressive, tasty, and it had to be perfect. Originally, I had seen a pin on Pinterest of making cake balls, and then baking them in cake batter. When you cut the cake, you would see different colored balls. But I had a change of heart on Tuesday(2 days before the shower). I had also seen a post somewhere of making a zebra stripe or rainbow layer cake.
I searched the internet, and it turns out that it is really easy to make. Are you ready?
Ingredients for the cake:
1 box white cake mix(I used vanilla) & ingredients used to make it
Make cake mix according to box. Now, since I wanted to do white and baby blue I halved my batter, but if you want to do more colors separate the batter based on how many different colors you want to use. Spray your cake rounds with non-stick spray and then flour the inside of them.
This next process will take a while, but it is worth it for the outcome. Take 2 tbsp of the first color and put it in the middle of the cake rounds. Next, place 2 tbsp of the next color in the center of the first color. Keep the process going until you are out of batter. This process took me about 35 minutes, and the batter will eventually spread out over the entire bottom of the baking rounds.
|Please ignore that it's sideways. I can't get it to turn|
Ingredients for homemade buttercream icing:
2 sticks butter softened
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
3-4 cups powdered sugar
Mix butter on medium until it is whipped and fluffy. Next add vanilla and 1 tbsp whipping cream. After mixing thoroughly, add cup by cup of powdered sugar until you are satisfied with the texture. I added another tbsp of whipping cream between cups 3 and 4 to thin the icing out just a tad. Now you are ready to frost!
I was very pleased with the outcome, and I was praying that it was going to be delicious the next day.
I put the cake in the refrigerator overnight, and at 0640, the cake was in the Women's and Children's classroom ready for our surprise later that day. Our charge nurse was back from her ultrasound about 12, and the floor was buzzing with excitement. We enjoyed a nice lunch with homemade salsa, buffalo chicken dip, fruit, cocktail weenies, croissants, homemade chicken salad, homemade dessert tortilla chips, fresh punch, and probably a couple of other items I can't remember. Our expectant mother was showered with lots of adorable gifts and love from fellow employees, and we were all excited to be a part of her big day. Now all we have to do is wait for our little love to arrive!
|The inside of the cake(and the last slice)|