Earth Day Cupcakes

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Earth Day Cupcakes

If you need an Earth Day idea for whipping up at home with the kids, taking to the office or sharing with your child’s class this one is perfect! A simple box mix and store bought frosting become something special with a few added ingredients, and a creative finish.  Resembling freshly turned earth and a tree just planted, to honor Earth Day this topping is fun, simple  and pretty to create. Set up a small assembly line to put these cupcakes together and have them turned out in no time.

Ingredients:

1 box devil’s cake mix

1 container chocolate frosting

16 Oreo’s or other chocolate sandwich cookie

large package gummi worms

24 small lollipops

24 paper cupcake liners

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Prepare cake mix according to package directions, except use  applesauce for oil.

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Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.

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Bake for 18-20 minutes, stick a toothpick in center to check for doneness- if toothpick comes out clean they are ready.

Allow cupcakes to cool completely.

While cupcakes are cooling- pull apart chocolate sandwich cookies and scrape out white filling (what you do with the filling is up to you, no judgment here)

Place cookies in blender, food processor, or coffee grinder and pulse until they are crushed into a fine  powder.

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Stir 1 tsp. of almond extract into frosting container.

Lightly frost cupcakes.

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Pour crushed cookies into a shallow bowl, and dip cupcakes into the cookies, coating frosting well.

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Decorate with gummy worms and opened sour apple lollipop.

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 Be sure to check out the Earth Day Word Search and Earth Day Freebies!

 

Earth Day Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
 
1 box devil's cake mix 1 container chocolate frosting 16 Oreo's or other chocolate sandwich cookie large package gummi worms 24 small lollipops
Ingredients
  • 1 box devil's cake mix
  • Applesauce
  • 1 container chocolate frosting
  • 16 Oreo's or other chocolate sandwich cookie
  • large package gummi worms
  • 24 small lollipops
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, except use applesauce for oil.
  3. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes, stick a toothpick in center to check for doneness- if toothpick comes out clean they are ready.
  5. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  6. While cupcakes are cooling- pull apart chocolate sandwich cookies and scrape out white filling (what you do with the filling is up to you, no judgment here)
  7. Place cookies in blender, food processor, or coffee grinder and pulse until they are crushed into a fine powder.
  8. Stir 1 tsp. of almond extract into frosting container.
  9. Lightly frost cupcakes.
  10. Pour crushed cookies into a shallow bowl, and dip cupcakes into the cookies, coating frosting well.
  11. Decorate with gummy worms and opened sour apple lollipop.

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Bourbon Glazed Salmon

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 Delicious and flavorful Bourbon Glazed Salmon with a hint of ginger makes for a fabulous dinner choice, whether you are entertaining friends or enjoying a simple dinner for one.  If you love salmon already or you are looking for a tasty way to get some omega-3 fatty acids into your diet this recipe is sure to please, and with only 5 ingredients it couldn’t be easier to prepare.  Serve over white or wild rice with a side of asparagus.

Ingredients:

2 -6 oz. Salmon Filets

3 Tbsp. Bourbon

2 Tbsp. Soy sauce

2 Tbsp. Honey

1-2 cloves Garlic, crushed

sea salt and black pepper to taste

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Place salmon filets skin side down on a parchment paper  lined baking sheet.

Salt and pepper salmon filets.

Whisk bourbon, soy, honey, and garlic in a small pan over medium heat for 5 minutes until thickened.

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Brush mixture over salmon, coating well.

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Bake for 12-14 minutes until salmon flakes when poked with a fork.

Need dessert?  Check out this Strawberry Rubarb Cobbler Recipe!

 

Bourbon Glazed Salmon
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
 
Bourbon Glazed Salmon
Ingredients
  • 2 -6 oz. Salmon Filets
  • 3 Tbsp. Bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1-2 cloves Garlic, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Place salmon filets skin side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  3. Salt and pepper salmon filets.
  4. Whisk bourbon, soy, honey, and garlic in a small pan over medium heat for 5 minutes until thickened.
  5. Brush mixture over salmon, coating well.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes until salmon flakes when poked with a fork.

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Baked Chicken Recipe

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Not only does this Baked Chicken Recipe look beautiful to serve but it is moist and full of delicious Italian flavors.  If you have ever wanted to try baking your own chicken but have been intimidated by how difficult it looks, try this simple recipe and impress yourself and everyone else by putting this on the table.  Leftovers can be sliced or shredded and used in- enchiladas, sandwiches, casseroles, chicken salad, pot pie, and more!

 Ingredients:

1 whole chicken

2Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 small orange or lemon

1 1/2 tsp. Garlic salt

2 tsp. dried Rosemary

pepper and sea salt to  taste

Baked Chicken Recipe

Directions:

If your whole chicken contains a bag inside (giblets), remove and discard.

Rinse chicken inside and out thoroughly and pat dry.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

In a small bowl combine; juice of small orange, olive oil, rosemary, pepper  and garlic salt, whisking well.

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Rub or brush olive oil mixture all over outside of chicken.

Lay chicken breast side down in roasting pan, place squeezed orange halves in cavity with a few pieces of fresh Rosemary if desired, to boost flavor even more.

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Bake chicken for 45-60 minutes until thermometer, inserted in center of thigh reaches 165 degrees.

Like this? Check out this Shrimp Fajitas Recipe!

Baked Chicken
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 small orange or lemon
  • 1½ tsp. Garlic salt
  • 2 tsp. dried Rosemary
  • pepper and sea salt to taste
Instructions
  1. If your whole chicken contains a bag inside(giblets), remove and discard.
  2. Rinse chicken inside and out thoroughly and pat dry.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  4. In a small bowl combine; juice of small orange, olive oil, rosemary, pepper and garlic salt, whisking well.
  5. Rub or brush olive oil mixture all over outside of chicken.
  6. Lay chicken breast side down in roasting pan, place squeezed orange halves in cavity with a few pieces of fresh Rosemary if desired, to boost flavor even more.
  7. Bake chicken for 45-60 minutes. Until thermometer, inserted in center of thigh reaches 165 degrees.
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Easy Beef Pot Pie

Easy Beef Pot Pie

An incredibly easy and quick meal this Easy Beef Pot Pie is filling and delicious. Ideal for a busy weeknight, just a little bit of time and a few simple ingredients and a hearty, filling dinner is ready to put on the table.  Prepared in a cast iron skillet start to finish means there is only one pan to wash to keep the simplicity theme going.  This meal can easily be prepared ahead of time, just add biscuits when you are ready to pop it into the oven.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef

1  8-10 count can biscuits

1 -14.5 oz. Can mixed vegetables

1 jar or can beef gravy

1 tsp. Garlic salt

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°

Brown ground beef over medium heat until cooked through, drain excess fat if any.

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Stir in mixed vegetables and gravy, stir to combine well.

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Add garlic salt, and salt and pepper.

Top meat filling with uncooked biscuits.

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Place pan in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or until biscuit tops are golden brown.

Serve and Enjoy!

 Like this?  Check out this recipe for Easy Rosemary Chicken!

 

Easy Beef Pot Pie
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 8-10 count can biscuits
  • 1 -14.5 oz. Can mixed vegetables
  • 1 jar or can beef gravy
  • 1 tsp. Garlic salt
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Brown ground beef over medium heat until cooked through, drain excess fat if any.
  3. Stir in mixed vegetables and gravy, stir to combine well.
  4. Add garlic salt, and salt and pepper.
  5. Top meat filling with uncooked biscuits.
  6. Place pan in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or until biscuit tops are golden brown.
  7. Serve and Enjoy!

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Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Cupcakes

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Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Cupcakes

These Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Cupcakes are completely adorable.  I think they would make fantastic gifts if you prepared them IN coffee cups before you decorate them.  Wrap them in cellophane and you have a perfect gift for many occasions!

And, much to my surprise, they were SUPER easy to do.  I had a friend helping me who is creative.  She took two seconds and said “like this?” and it was perfect.

Ingredients
– Whatever chocolate box cake you would like to make (or you can make from scratch)
– Icing (you can either make your own or use store bought since the icing is simple)
– Mini Marshmallows
– Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
– Red and White Striped Straws (I got mine at Target or you can order through the link)

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Directions 
– Make the cupcakes according to box.  Be sure to let them cool completely.  (Since this decoration is pretty easy you can do it on small or large cupcakes.)

– To make the icing shape on the top we used an Wilton Extra-Large Round Tip #1A .  Basically any open tip will work- you just need the opening to be fat.

– To get the mocha color I wanted for the “froth” we used Wilton Paste Colour – Brown and then slowly added blue food coloring until the color was perfect.  You do want to stir it to be sure to get that smooth look.  Between the stirring and the tip you should be good.

– You can see in the picture above we did three different shapes for the froth

1.  Starting in the very middle of the cupcake swirl counter clockwise out until you have a nice circle.  That’s how I did the little one on the bottom.

2.  If you like the one on the left pretend to draw a daisy.  Start in the center and draw out five or six filled in petals.

3.  If you like the one on the right (my more experienced friend did that one) start in center and make circles with wavy edges.

Pretty much with the icing you just need a glob. I am by no means an icing expert and I was able to make it look okay.

– Place three or four marshmallows on top of the froth.

– Sprinkle a little bit of the Unsweetened Cocoa Powder on the top.

– Cut the straw to the desired length and insert it into the cupcake.

And NOW you are done!  It really was so much more simple than I thought it would be.

If you like these check out the Marshmallow Peep Cupcakes!

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Texas Caviar (With Vinegar and Sugar)



Texas Caviar With Vinegar Sugar- this is my GO TO dish when I have to bring something to a party.  I took it to my favorite Oscar Party this year and it was gone before the host changed clothes.

I want to make sure you see that this needs atleast 24 hours to marinate.  And honestly, the longer it sits the better it is.  I have often found that if the chips are not near the bowl people will just eat it with a fork/spoon and plate.  So if you want to skip the chips you can.

Ingredients
15 oz can Garbanzo Beans
15 oz cans Black Beans
15 oz can Black Eyed Peas (my local store had them in cans but if you can’t find them just be sure to soak overnight the ones in the bag)
2-11 oz cans White Shoepeg Corn
1 cup Green and Red Peppers chopped
1 cup celery chopped
1 medium Sweet Onion chopped

Texas Caviar With Vinegar Sugar

To Make The Dressing
3/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
3/4 cup Sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon each- salt and pepper

Directions
– Combine all ingredients on the top list. You will need a good sized bowl.

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– Using a small pot, mix together the ingredients for the dressing and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
– Combine dressing with ingredients in bowl.
– Mix well.
– Allow to marinate 24 hours.
– Serve with chips and enjoy!

Like this?  Check out the recipe for a Chicken Hummus Wrap!

Texas Caviar (With Vinegar and Sugar)
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Recipe type: Side Dish
 
Ingredients
  • 15 oz can Garbanzo Beans
  • 15 oz cans Black Beans
  • 15 oz can Black Eyed Peas (my local store had them in cans but if you can’t find them just be sure to soak overnight the ones in the bag)
  • 2-11 oz cans White Shoepeg Corn
  • 1 cup Green and Red Peppers chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 medium Sweet Onion chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients on the top list. You will need a good sized bowl.
  2. Using a small pot, mix together the ingredients for the dressing and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. Combine dressing with ingredients in bowl.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Allow to marinate 24 hours.
  6. Serve with chips and enjoy!

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Easy Chicken and Dumplings

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When the weather is cold and dreary all you want to do is curl up inside with a bowl of comfort food. You will definitely want to reach for this simple and hearty recipe for Chicken and Dumplings with tender pieces of chicken in a light broth and topped with delicious dumplings.  This one pot meal will warm you from the inside out and will be a hit with the entire household. Only 5 ingredients, a little bit of time and you will be enjoying a steaming bowl of Chicken and Dumplings, a cold weather southern favorite that has stood the test of time for good reason.

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Ingredients:

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 celery stalks (and any other veggies you might like)

3 quarts chicken broth

1 small onion

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup cold water

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Dice chicken breasts into 1”x1” pieces.

Wash and dice celery into small pieces.

Peel and dice onion into small pieces.

Combine chicken, celery, onion, and chicken broth in a large pot with a lid.

Simmer  for 30 minutes, until chicken is cooked throughout.

For Dumplings:

Mix 1 tsp. of salt with flour.

Pour cold water slowly into flour to form a sticky dough

Spoon dough by the spoonful into simmering broth.

Continue to simmer, occasionally stirring until dumplings are no longer doughy and

float to the top of the broth.

Serve and Enjoy!

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Easy Chicken and Dumplings
Author: 
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 3 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Dice chicken breasts into 1”x1” pieces.
  2. Wash and dice celery into small pieces.
  3. Peel and dice onion into small pieces.
  4. Combine chicken, celery, onion, and chicken broth in a large pot with a lid.
  5. Simmer for 30 minutes, until chicken is cooked throughout.
  6. For Dumplings:
  7. Mix 1 tsp. of salt with flour.
  8. Pour cold water slowly into flour to form a sticky dough
  9. Spoon dough by the spoonful into simmering broth.
  10. Continue to simmer, occasionally stirring until dumplings are no longer doughy and
  11. float to the top of the broth.
  12. Serve and Enjoy!
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