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Tuesday
Mar042014

Crusty and moist pound cake

In the south we love our pound cake. You will find wedding cakes made out of the stuff! The drawback is most people are doing it wrong. Gasp! I know. Their cake is too dry and dense. It doesn't have to be that way. 

This is the pound cake my mother made when I was growing up. My husband loves it. He asks for it. The cake forms a crust all the way around and just under the crust on the bottom of the cake (or top depending on whether or not you flip your bundt) is a creamy layer. It is divine. 

 

And it's so simple, with simple ingredient's (just a LOT of those ingredients). 

Warning: This cake will blow your diet. 

What you'll need:

six eggs, beaten

3 sticks butter, soft

3 cups flour

3 cups sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Begin by combining your eggs and butter in your mixer. Cream your butter. 

 

Yup, all three sticks. I said this wasn't healthy, remember. 

Add in your sugar just a little bit at a time. 

Next add in your flour in half cup increments. Then add in your vanilla. Once everything is fully combined scrape the contents in to a greased bunt pan. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. 

Here is a tip DON'T whatever you do MELT YOUR BUTTER. It needs to be soft so it creams. 

Then you get a creamy bottom coat just above the bottom crust! 

What is your favorite childhood baked treat? 

Tuesday
Feb252014

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken in Three Simple Steps

There is something just so grand about throwing something in the crock pot, coming back later and it being done!

I love to cook a whole chicken in there. It's so easy and tasty. And ECONOMICAL! 

I wanted to break it down to for you in THREE simple steps that will MAXIMIZE flavor, juice and tenderness. 

What you'll need:

A whole chicken, with any giblets and neck removed

Your favorite seasonings, for this I used kosher salt, pepper, paprika and celery seed

One medium apple, chopped

one onion, chopped

Step 1: Line the bottom of your slow cooker with your apples and onions. 

Step 2: Shove some apples and onion pieces into your bird. 

Step 3: Place your bird in the slow cooker and rub down with your spice mix. 

Set your slow cooker to low for six hours. 

Done! That's it. You're done. 

Come back later to a beautiful roast chicken. 

What slow cooker treats have you made lately? 


Tuesday
Feb182014

Easy Baked Tortellini

I love pasta yes I do, I love pasta how bout you?!

Do you ever need a quick meal? Like a throw it all in the pan and go chase some babies meal? I know I do. 

I made this really simple and really tastey baked tortellini last week and it was a hit. My husband liked it even though it was a meat free meal. Also from beggining to end it only took about 30 minutes. 

What you'll need:

One package of tortellini

1 cup grape tomatoes sliced in half

1 cup shredded mozzarella 

1 jar pasta sauce

 

Boil the pasta according to the package directions and pour a little pasta sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish. 

 

Add your pasta to the pan. 

Add in your tomatoes. 

Cover in sauce and cheese. 

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. 

It is so delicious and cheesy and "tomatoey." 

What's your favorite pasta dish? 


Tuesday
Feb112014

Country Style Pork Loin in the Slow cooker 

I like easy meals. Don't you? I love being able to throw a few ingredients in my slow cooker and go about my life. 
Last week I made country style pork loin. It was delicious and so easy. The ingredients are pretty basic and when paired with a roasted broccoli it was a meal. 
What you'll need:
A country style pork loin
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple juice 
minced onion
paprika
pepper
kosher salt
Step1. Place your pork loin in a greased slow cooker.  Rub down with your brown sugar.
Step 2. Add a generous amount of your seasonings and rub into your pork loin.
Step 3. Add your apple juice. Set your slow cooker to low for 6 hours. 

Have you done any slow cooking lately?

 

Sunday
Feb092014

Funfetti Valentine's Whoopie Pies 

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Valentine's Day is just a few days away! Honestly, I have never cared anything about Valentine's Day. But then I had kids and that changes EVERYTHING. Valentine's Day is now a time to make special crafts, wear cute outfits and make sweet desserts for my sweetie pies. 

I mean, look at my little Valentines! 

This past weekend we made "Funfettie Valentine's Whoopie Pies."

I am just going to throw this out there- these are the LEAST healthy thing I think I have ever made. They are loaded with sugar. But as Sesame Street reminds us, cookies are a sometimes food.

These whoopie pies are so easy to make, you make the cookie out of cake mix, but it's soft and moist. 

What you'll need:

One boxed Funfetti cake mix

2 eggs

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup oil

1 can frosting- I chose to use vanilla and flavor with strawberry Jello. 

Combine your cake mix, oil, eggs and baking powder. 

It will be thick- like cookie dough. 

Spoon your cookies out onto parchment paper or a greased cookie sheet. This should yield 24 cookies- to make 12 pies. 

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 350. 

I used just a can of vanilla icing and I added in a table spoon of strawberry Jello to give it color and flavor. 

Once your cookies have cooled, spoon your icing onto half your cookies. 

Top your cookie with another cookie! If you have sprinkles you can roll your cookie in the sprinkles for a little something extra. 

I chose Funfetti because they are colorful and fun- I mean fun is right there in the title! But you could use any combination. You could use plain, yellow cake mix and add chocolate chips. 

You could use chocolate cake mix and use cream cheese icing. The possibilities are endless. It's all about creating a rare treat. 

What kind of Valentine's Treats are you making? 

 

 

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