Wednesday, October 24, 2018

BLOODY CUPCAKES


1 box red velvet cake mix, plus ingredients to make them

frosting
16oz cream cheese
1 cup sugar
8oz tub cool whip

candy glass
2 cups water
3 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 

blood
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tablespoon corn starch
red & blue food coloring

Prepare cupcakes according to directions on box.

Mix candy glass ingredients together in a pot.  Bring to a boil.  Use a candy thermometer.  Once temp reaches 300* pour sugar mixture on a sheet pan covered in foil (I've done it with or without foil and it didn't stick to bad to the pan).  Candy glass takes about 2 hours to set.  Once hard, use a meat tenderizer to break candy glass into shards.

Whip cream cheese and sugar in an electric mixer for about a minute until creamy and well combined.  Fold in cool whip and frost cupcakes.

Stab each cupcake with a glass shard.

Stir corn syrup and corn starch together and add 15 drops or more of red food coloring and 1 or 2 drops of blue until you've reached that rich blood color - do not add too much blue or your blood will turn purple.  Drizzle or splatter blood over each cupcake.

Recipe from: Keyingredient

BLACK AND BLUE STEAK NACHOS




1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
14oz precooked beef fajita strips
1 bag kettle cooked chips
8oz blue cheese crumbles
blue cheese or ranch dressing
pico de gallo, if desired

Cut beef strips into 1/2" chunks and toss in seasonings.
Spray a pan with nonstick cooking spray and spread chips out evenly.  Spread blue cheese over chips and top with seasoned steak.
You can add pico de gallo on top of steak, if desired.
Bake for 10 minutes at 400*.
Drizzle with dressing before serving.

Recipe from: The BakerMama






BROCCOLI AND CHEESE SOUP


2 tablespoons butter
1/2 an onion, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk
16oz block velveeta
10oz package frozen broccoli, thawed
salt & pepper

Melt butter in stock pot on medium heat.  Once butter is melted, add onions and cook until tender - about 5 minutes.  Add flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer until velveeta is melted and broccoli is tender.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe from: https://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipe/051453/velveeta-cheesy-broccoli-soup-51453

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

MAC N CHEESE GRILLED CHEESE

Our family loves mac n cheese so this recipes makes a lot.  You can easily cut it in half and still have enough for several sandwiches, we just happen to like left overs ;)

16oz elbow macaroni
16oz colby & monterey jack shredded cheese
1 stick butter
2 teaspoons onion or garlic salt
bread
mayonnaise 

Bring water to a boil in a stock pot and boil macaroni for 10 minutes, when done drain.  Add stick of butter to stock pot and heat until melted.  Add macaroni, cheese and onion or garlic salt to the pot and stir until cheese is melted.  Remove pan from heat.

Spread mayonnaise on the outsides of all the bread slices.  Scoop mac and cheese onto bread and cook in a skillet over medium heat until outside is golden brown, flip and do the other side. 

Serve with tomato soup!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

ROASTED SWEET POTATO


1 large sweet potato for every 2 people
olive oil 
salt & pepper
ground cinnamon, if desired

Peel sweet potato(es) and cut into 1" cubes.  Toss in olive oil and spread out on sheet pan.  Liberally sprinkle with salt & pepper and cinnamon, if desired.

Roast in oven at 450* for 25 minutes or until golden brown.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

PIZZA SKULLS

This pan sells out fast and when it does people jack the price up to $80 on amazon.  Get it when you see it available!  It's called 13.9 x 10.6" Skull Cake Pan by Nordic Ware.  This link likely won't work forever but I did find it for $10 here  This recipe was easy and yummy.  It is very similar to the pizza rolls that are already on my blog but give it a halloween twist!

can pizza dough
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 can pizza sauce
18 slices pepperoni (you can add additional topping inside like sausage, pineapple & ham or black olives)
2 teaspoons italian seasoning

Spray pan with pam.  Unroll pizza crust and cut in half from top to bottom and then each half into thirds from side to side making 6 rectangles. 
Prepare filling in a bowl and mix until well combined - cheese, 1 cup pizza sauce, pepperoni and any other toppings, italian seasoning.  
Stretch out each rectangle of dough over skull and spoon in filling making sure to get two pepperoni per skull.  Fold and pinch dough to seal.
Bake at 400* for 20 minutes.  Serve with remaining pizza sauce, warmed if desired.

*If you don't have the skull pan follow the recipe linked above for pizza rolls 

Monday, October 1, 2018

BIG MAC SLIDERS


1 lb ground beef
1/2 red or white onion, diced
3/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon mustard
1/2 cup dill pickle relish
3 slices american cheese
russian dressing
1 pack sweet hawaiian rolls (12)

Cook ground beef in pan, stir in onion, ketchup, mustard and relish until combined.
Slice rolls in half long ways so that you have a bottom portion and top portion, no need to separate individual rolls.
Place bottom portion of rolls in a baking dish.  Scoop meat over rolls evenly.  Drizzle dressing over meat.  Fold each slice of cheese in half twice making 4 smaller squares out of 1 slice to equal 12 small squares and place them on top of meat.  Place top portion of rolls on top of meat mixture and cover with foil.
Bake at 350* for 10-15 minutes.

NACHOS


bag of tortilla chips
can refried black beans
2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
can black beans
1 cup pico de gallo
1-2 lbs cooked chicken thighs, shredded
fresh jalapeƱos, sliced or canned
toppings such as sour cream, guacamole and salsa 

Spray a metal cooking sheet with pam and spread out tortilla chips.  Spread each chip with refried beans.  I used a spoon and slid it onto the scoops.
Sprinkle 1 cup cheese all over chips.
Evenly place black beans, pico de gallo and chicken over chips.
Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese.
Add jalapeƱos, if desired.
Bake at 400* for 15 to 20 minutes and serve with toppings.

*An alternate way to cook the chicken
Place 1-2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs in crockpot with 1 teaspoon liquid smoke and 1/2 cup brown sugar.
Cook on low for 3.5 to 4 hours.
Shred and use in above recipe.





Tuesday, September 18, 2018

SPRITZ COOKIES - DANISH BUTTER COOKIES

What's the difference between a Spritz cookie and a Danish butter cookie?  I cannot find a difference so I believe these can be referred to as either one.  I love these cookies, they are so yummy, easy and fun to make!

3 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 1/2 cups flour
decorating sugar or icing, if desired

Beat butter with electric mixer until creamy.  Mix in sugar, egg, extract and flour until combined.
Scoop batter into a cookie press.  Press cookies onto a metal or stoneware pan 1" apart - do not grease pan.
Sprinkle with decorating sugar, if desired.
Bake at 375* for 8-10 minutes.
Serve as is or decorate with icing and sprinkles.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

GARLIC BREAD

Sometimes you plan a spaghetti dinner and forget to buy the garlic bread!  Doh!  In this case we had extra hot dog buns and they came out fantastic!

any type of bread
butter
minced garlic
Italian seasoning
mozzarella cheese, if desired

Lay your bread out on a foiled lined pan.  Generously butter each piece and spread with garlic.  Sprinkle with italian seasoning and cheese if you'd like.

Bake at 425* for about 10 minutes.

FAIRY BREAD

We recently began watching Zumbo's Just Desserts on netflix, what a fun show!, anyway the show is set in Australia and several of the contestants kept mentioned fairy bread.  I googled it and from what I read it's a tradition to eat fairy bread on your birthday in Australia.  I had to give it a try!

bread
butter
sprinkles!

Take the crust off your bread and butter it.  Sprinkle with sprinkles!  When you think you have enough sprinkles on, sprinkle some more!

FALL PANCAKES

2 cups bisquick
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground gloves
2 eggs
1 cup milk

Whisk together all ingredients, add a touch more milk if too thick.  Spoon out 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake.
Serve warm with syrup or make fluffy cream cheese topping:

8oz cream cheese
1/2 cup brown sugar
8oz tub cool whip

warm cream cheese in microwave for about 30 seconds or until its easy to stir, place in electric mixer with sugar and beat until fluffy and well incorporated.  Fold in cool whip.