Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

This recipe comes from Gimme Some Oven.

Cake Batter Rice Krispies Recipe(From How Sweet Eats)
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 (10 oz.) bag of mini-marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup yellow cake mix
  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 (1.75 oz.) container of sprinkles
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, adding in cake mix one spoonful at a time so its combined. Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix. Press into a baking dish (any size will do) and top with remaining sprinkles. Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting. I find spraying a knife with nonstick spray helps to cut them.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Brownies

This recipe was one of my Pinterest pins, originally from Pennies on a Platter. I should probably have my own pin board devoted to pumpkin with all that I pin.  Honestly, if it says pumpkin there's a 95% chance I've already pinned it or I will pin it.  I picked up 3 large cans of pumpkin from Target this past weekend just to make sure I didn't run out this year.  It was so hard to find last year and I was not going to let that happen again.  I made this recipe for hubs to bring to work with him.  His team is long overdue for sweet treats and since it's now officially fall I had to celebrate with a pumpkin recipe.  

This recipe is AMAZING.  I wish I could keep the entire pan for myself.  They are so light, moist and fluffy. The pumpkin is there but not overpowering.  Just simply amazing.  I used white chocolate chips in this mix instead of chocolate.  I wanted to change things up a bit.  Do yourself a favor and add this to your list of things to make.  Your friends and tummy with thank you! HAPPY FALL!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies

Yield: 24 small brownies
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
1 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I used white chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 350˚F.  Line an 11″- x 7″-inch pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, eggs and oil until smooth.  Set aside.
In a separate medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, spices, salt and brown sugar.  Add to the wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly incorporated.  Stir in the chocolate chips.
Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly.  Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until passes toothpick test.  Cool completely before cutting.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

1 tube of refrigerated pizza dough 

1/3 cup wing sauce
1/3 cup blue cheese dressing
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tsp. Pampered Chef Buffalo Rub
2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken 


Unroll pizza dough and spread on your Pampered Chef large bar pan.  If you don't have a bar pan, you can use a cookie sheet.   

In a small bowl, mix together wing sauce and blue cheese dressing.  Brush some of the mixture over the top of the dough.  Put the dough in the over for 7 minutes at 425 (or whatever is directed on the dough package).

Then mix the chicken with the remaining wing/dressing mixture.  

Take out the dough at about 7 minutes or when the dough begins to bubble.  

Spread the chicken mixture over the dough.  Top with mozzarella cheese and 2 tsp of the Buffalo Rub.  

Bake for another 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is melted.  

Cut & Serve.  


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pampered Chef Three Cheese Garden Pizza

Three-Cheese Garden Pizza

1  package (10 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust
1  small onion, sliced into rings
1  medium zucchini, sliced
2  plum tomatoes, sliced
1  cup mushrooms, sliced
2  garlic cloves, pressed
1  cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1  cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1/4  cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1  teaspoon Pantry Italian Seasoning Mix
1.Preheat oven to 400°F. Using lightly floured Baker's Roller™, roll pizza crust into a 14-inch circle on Large Round Stone. Bake crust 7 minutes. Remove from oven; place on Stackable Cooling Rack.
2.Using Ultimate Slice & Grate fitted with v-shaped blade, slice onion, zucchini and tomatoes. Slice mushrooms using Egg Slicer Plus®. 
3.Using Garlic Press, press garlic over crust; spread evenly. Sprinkle mozzarella and cheddar cheeses evenly over crust; top evenly with onion, zucchini, mushrooms and tomatoes. Grate Parmesan cheese over vegetables using Deluxe Cheese Grater. Sprinkle with seasoning mix. Bake 15-18 minutes or until crust is golden brown; remove from oven. Cut into wedges using Pizza Cutter.
Yield: 8 servings 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pencil Vase

This is another classroom creation that was inspired by Pinterest.  All you need is an empty (and clean) soup can, pencils (3-4 packs of 12), hot glue and some embellishments.  To make it, just take the paper off of the can.  Hot glue the pencils to the can.  I made sure (tried my best) to glue them all in the same spot.  You want them to be lined up with the bottom of the can, not shorter or longer.  When you're done gluing the pencils you can use your creativity to design the outside.  I decided to use ribbon and a wood apple that was already painted.  I just added my name with a sharpie paint pen and hot glued it on.  It's as simple as that!  These would be great and inexpensive gifts for teacher appreciation gifts!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pampered Chef: Artichoke Tapanade

As soon as I got my new manual food processor, I could not wait to use it.  There are tons of new fall and winter recipes using the processor that I have on my list to make.  I decided on this one first because I love artichokes and green olives.  I made it for our football party and couldn't believe how easy it was.  It took less than 10 minutes and made a good amount of dip.  I served it with pita chips and had the leftovers for the next week.  Delish!

1  lemon
1  can (14 oz or 398 mL) artichoke hearts in water
1/4  cup (50 mL) loosely packed fresh parsley
1  garlic clove, peeled
1/2  cup (125 mL) pitted green olives
1  tbsp (15 mL) capers
5  tbsp (75 mL) olive oil

Toasted Baguette Slices (optional, see below)

1.  Zest lemon using Microplane(R) Zester to measure 1/2 tsp (2 mL). Juice lemon using Citrus Press to measure 1 tbsp (15 mL) juice. Drain artichokes using small Stainless Mesh Colander; pat dry using paper towels.

2.  Combine parsley, garlic, lemon zest, juice, artichokes, olives, capers and oil in Manual Food Processor. Cover and pump handle to process to desired consistency, removing lid and scraping down sides of bowl as necessary using Mini Mix 'N Scraper(R). Serve with Toasted Baguette Slices, if desired.

Yield: 10 servings (about 2 cups/500 mL)

Toasted Baguette Slices

20  slices French bread, cut 1/4 in. (6 mm) thick

2  tbsp (30 ml) olive oil

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tasty Pumpkin Muffins

When I saw a pumpkin recipe with over 4,000 reviews, I couldn't pass it up.  I have a pumpkin obsession- probably not the healthiest obsession. But cheaper than shoes right? 
When this time of year comes around, pumpkin takes over my life.   I'm at Dunkin Donuts everyday for their pumpkin coffee-no lie.  My house smells like Bath & Body works, with 7 pumpkin scented plug ins and pumpkin candles burning non stop.  What can I's the little things that make you happy! Anyhow, I made this recipe right away.  I made a few big changes to the mix, which I noted below.  Then, I decided to make muffins instead of bread.  I'm more of a grab and go kind of girl.  I was able to make about 40 muffins.  I did one batch of just plain muffins.  I did another with dark chocolate chips.  And the last batch had cranberries and walnuts.  All of them were fabulous.  I couldn't pick a favorite if I tried.  And since I made so darn many, I can have a different kind each day.  I couldn't even part with these muffins, they went straight to the freezer.  I'll be enjoying them every morning for the next month! 

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil (1 cup applesauce)
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar (1 cup brown & 1 cup white)
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans.
2.In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
3.Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. The muffins took 20 minutes to bake.  

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread

I searched high and low to find some different recipes for the first football game at our house.  I found this recipe on Pinterest, originally from Plain Chicken.  I looked like it would require minimal time and effort.  Which is exactly what I look for when it comes finding recipes and throwing a party.  This bread was addicting and delicious.  Probably one of the most talked about recipes from the party.  Add this guy to your next football party & enjoy! 

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls 
1 unsliced loaf of (round is preferable) sourdough bread
8-12 oz cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
3 oz bag Oscar Mayer Real Bacon bits
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 Tbsp Ranch dressing mix

Using a sharp bread knife cut the bread going both directions. Do not cut through the bottom crust. Place slices of cheese in between cuts. Sprinkle bacon bits on bread, making sure to get in between cuts. Mix together butter and Ranch dressing mix. Pour over bread. Wrap in foil the entire loaf in foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Unwrap. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Restaurant Style Salsa

I'm loving football season.  I'm especially loving all of the football parties and tailgates.  And, what football party is complete without chips and salsa?  I decided to make my own this past weekend and used a very popular Pioneer Woman recipe.  The salsa was super easy to make with my large food processor and provided lots of leftovers.  I over pulsed mine to get rid of all the chunks.  I would make this again instead of buying the jar, just to have salsa without chunks! 
When you buy the ingredients, make sure to get one can of mild Rotel.  I used original for both cans and I thought it had a little too much of a kick.  Use one mild and one original, I'm sure it will give you the perfect amount of heat.  Enjoy!

Pioneer Woman Salsa 


  • 1 can (28 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes With Juice
  • 2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies)
  • ¼ cups Chopped Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Quartered And Sliced Thin
  • ¼ teaspoons Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • ½ cups Cilantro (more To Taste!)
  • ½ whole Lime Juice

Preparation Instructions

Note: this is a very large batch. Recommend using a 12-cup food processor, or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.
Combine whole tomatoes, Rotel, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like—I do about 10 to 15 pulses. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour. Serve with tortilla chips or cheese nachos.

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