Earn a Sticker, Get a Cupcake with #Kraft Cool Whip Frosting

When I dropped M off at school today I told him I would have a special treat for him after school if he got a sticker on his chart. He has been working hard to get that last sticker so that he could get something out of the treasure chest.  Yes, I was bribing him!

After dropping him off, I returned home and whipped up a batch of funfetti cupcakes.  I decided to keep it simple and follow the recipe on the box.

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I added all of the ingredients into my Kitchen Aid and mixed for 2 minutes. While they were mixing I lined my mini cupcake pan with liners so they would be ready to go. Once the batter was finished mixing I used a small cookie dough scoop to fill the liners about ¾ full.  Bake them for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

cool whip filled liners

Once the cupcakes were cool, I took the Kraft Cool Whip Frosting out of the fridge and frosted the cupcakes. Cool Whip has three different frosting flavors to choose from vanilla, chocolate, or cream cheese. I chose vanilla. You can see my Wal Mart shopping trip in my CoolWhip google+ album.  I had no doubt that M would get a sticker so I added a few sprinkles on top to make them extra special. He loves sprinkles, especially blue ones.

When I went to pick M up from school, not only did he have a sticker but he also had his report card with all good marks!  I was super proud of him.

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Apple French Toast Casserole Recipe

This is a fantastic Apple French Toast Casserole recipe.  Two of my favorite foods in the world are french toast and apples so I was thrilled to get the chance to combine them.

And then drown them in syrup.

Though not necessarily great for my waistline this recipe tastes amazing!

It made my entire house smell delicious and it was a great way to start the day.

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What you will need:

2 cups Whole Milk
½ cup Heavy Whipping Cream
8 Eggs
2 tsp. Cinnamon
¼ tsp. Nutmeg (optional)
¼ tsp. Salt
2 tbsp. Vanilla
10 slices Sour Dough Bread either torn or cut into 1 inch cubes
½ cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
¾ cup Sugar
1 stick cold butter cut into slices
2 tbsp. butter
3 baking apples (I used Cameo because that is what I had in the house)

french toast raw

Directions:

  1. Grease a 9×13 dish with butter or spray.
  2. Cut or tear slices of bread into cubes and spread out evenly in dish.
  3. In separate bowl mix milk, cream, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla and then pour mixture over bread.
  4. Cover and put in fridge for 2-8 hours.
  5. In another bowl mix flour, brown sugar, and salt. Add cubes of cold butter and mix until it looks like small pebbles. (I find it fastest to use hands for this step) Put mixture in sealed container and put in fridge with bread mixture.
  6. When ready to bake peel, core, and dice apples.
  7. Sauté diced apples in pan with 2 tbsp. butter until start to get tender.
  8. Pour apples evenly over top of bread mixture then evenly sprinkle brown sugar mixture on top.
  9. Place 9×13 dish on a cookie sheet (in case of spillage) and bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  The more firm you like it the longer it needs to cook. I cooked mine for 55 minutes.

When ready to enjoy top with butter and syrup.

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Recipe: Chicken Chili in the Crockpot

***Photo by Kraft***

The women in my family have had 100% success with recipes taken off of Kraft’s website.  And of the three of us, I am guaranteed to be the one that is going to screw up a meal so I usually don’t post recipes.

This recipe is for Slow-Cooker Chunky Chicken Chili and it’s straight from Kraft.  I make a few modifications when I cook it, so you can compare my recipe below with the recipe on-line.

Slow-Cooker Chunky Chicken Chili

Here are the ingredients you need:
– 1 can (15 oz.) dark red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
– 1 can Light red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
– One regular sized jar Mild Salsa (16 ounces and I usually use about half)
– No-salt-added tomato sauce (smallest can in the store- I usually have this in my pantry because there are coupons frequently)
– 2 Tbsp. chili powder
– 1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
– 1 onion (chopped)
– 1 cup frozen corn
– 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice (optional- I think it tastes great without it)

Mix beans, salsa, tomato sauce and chili powder in your slow cooker. Although this is easy to cook, a crock pot liner will help to make easier clean up.

Top with uncooked chicken, onions and corn (I have also added other veggies if you want to experiment). DO NOT MIX!

Cover with lid and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH 4 to 5 hours.

When I watch it, I know it’s finished cooking when the chicken on the top is cooked all the way through. It makes my house smell amazing!

Top with cheese when you serve if you would like!

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Cowboy Caviar Recipe

I wanted to share this incredible recipe for Cowboy Caviar with you!  I tried it at a dinner party a few weeks ago and took it to a party myself- both times it was a big hit!

And the best part… it involves no cooking (well you have to heat up the dressing but it only involves a little stirring)!

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

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.
– 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 marinade 24 hours.
– Serve with chips and enjoy!

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Shrimp Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa Recipe

Now I wanted to point out before I post this recipe I HATE seafood.  In all forms.  Unless it’s tuna fish with so much mayonnaise and relish you can’t taste the tuna I’m not interested.  For the sake of being a good blogger I ate one of these while I was in New York so I could give you a fair assessment.  Biting into the shrimp did not make me happy but the salsa was INCREDIBLE.  So I may try this recipe later… with chicken.

Active Time:   25 minutes

Total Time:  1 hour

Amount:   4 servings

Ingredients:

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup water

1 (1 ounce) packet Carlita® Fajita Seasoning Mix

1 pound uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 cup diced mangoes

½ cup chopped red onion

1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced

1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and diced

½ cup Carlita Salsa Verde

– bamboo skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes

8 (6-inch) Carlita Flour Tortillas, warmed

– crumbled Mexican Cotija cheese

Directions:

  1. In large bowl, combine oil, water and fajita seasoning mix.  Add shrimp; toss to coat.  Let stand 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl combine mangoes, onion, pepper, avocado and salsa.  Toss to coat; salt to taste.  Set aside.
  3. Prepare grill to medium heat.  Place shrimp on skewers; discard marinade.  Grill shrimp, turning once, until cooked through and opaque (about 8-10 minutes).
  4. Remove shrimp from skewers and place in tortillas.  Top with salsa and cheese.

Tip:  Jarred mangoes found in the produce section work great for this recipe.

*Carlita brand items are found at only certain stores in the US supplied by Super Valu. If you don’t have them you can substitute with no problem.

Thanks to The Coupon Challenge for the picture- I forgot to take one!

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Veggie Pita Pizza Snacks #EEinNYC


Be sure to check out the other recipes I ate on my trip to New York City!  

At the fun cooking school in New York there were some appetizers ready when we got there.  One of them was these little Veggie Pita Pizza Snacks.  They were SO good!

Active Time:   20 minutes

Total Time:  20 minutes

Amount:   8 servings

Ingredients:

1 cup Essential Everyday™ Fat Free Cottage Cheese

½ (8 ounce) package Essential Everyday Neufchâtel Cheese, softened- apparently this is a new “in” cheese

½ (1 ounce) packet Essential Everyday Dry Ranch Seasoning Mix

4 whole wheat pitas

1 cup Essential Everyday Fancy Shredded Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese

4 cups fresh veggies (shredded carrots, chopped broccoli, chopped cauliflower, chopped red and yellow bell pepper, shredded zucchini)

Directions:

  1. Combine cottage cheese, neufchâtel cheese and ranch seasoning mix in a food processor or blender.
  2. Purée until well combined and smooth.  Spread over pitas.
  3. Top with shredded cheese and veggies.  Cut each pita in quarters.

We did suggest cutting the pita in half (thus lowering the carb count).  The good stuff was on top of the pita- why fill up on bread?!

Thanks to The Coupon Challenge for the picture- I forgot to take one!

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Edamame & Spinach Dip Recipe #EEinNYC


(This is a continuation on my series of recipes I tried while in New York City with Super Valu- check out the Mock Mojitos and Watermelon & Prosciutto Salad.)

I only had two tiny bites of this dip because Edamame and I are not friends but everyone else was RAVING about it.  I am sure I could make it without the Edamame but I didn’t want to spoil every one else’s fun.

Active Time:   15 minutes

Total Time:  15 minutes

Amount:   4 cups

Ingredients:

1½ cups Essential Everyday™ Frozen Shelled Edamame, thawed

1 (10 ounce) box Essential Everyday Frozen Chopped Spinach, thawed, well drained

1 cup Essential Everyday Light Sour Cream

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

½ cup chopped green onions

1 (1.4 ounce) packet dry vegetable soup mix

⅛–¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

– pita chips

Directions:

  1. Place edamame in food processor or blender; process until finely chopped.  Add spinach; continue processing until well combined.  Transfer to large bowl.
  2. Add sour cream, yogurt, onions, soup mix and cayenne.  Mix until well combined; salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve with pita chips.
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Watermelon & Prosciutto Salad #EEinNYC


Another dish I made in New York (along with the yummy mock mojitos) was a Watermelon and Proscuitto Salad.

I know it sounds gross but I promise- it worked.  And now that watermelon is in season it’s a great time to try it!

Plus it involves one bowl and just mixing ingredients- that is what I am good at!

Active Time:   15 minutes

Total Time:  15 minutes

Amount:   6 servings

Ingredients:

1 (5 ounce) package baby arugula leaves

4 cups cubed seedless watermelon

1 (3 ounce) package Culinary Circle® Prosciutto Slices, cut into ½-inch pieces

1 shallot, sliced

1 cup Essential Everyday™ Pine Nuts, toasted

½ cup Culinary Circle Crumbled Reduced Fat Feta Cheese

¼ cup Essential Everyday Light Balsamic Vinaigrette

Directions:

  1. In a large salad bowl or mixing bowl, combined all ingredients.
  2. Gently toss to coat; salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve immediately.

Many of these ingredients are the from Essential Everyday line at Farm Fresh but if you don’t live near one you can replace them with your own!  Everything we ate was Essential Everyday and it was YUMMY!

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Mock Mojitos Recipe #EEinNYC


When I was in New York City a few weeks ago we went to this great little place called “Home Cooking New York.”

It was a nice apartment where chefs set up a big long table and taught us how to prepare our own dinner.

Let me preface this by saying I am a HORRIBLE cook.  I have the attention span of a gnat so I really need to make things that involve dumping ingredients in a pot and stirring on occasion.  The fact that someone was footing the bill for me to help cook dinner for my friends was kind of nerve wracking.

It turns out I am a decent cook when I’m not watching television or thinking about my next post.  I really learned alot from them.  From the proper methods of using a knife to minimize the effort to chop things and mixing together ingredients I wouldn’t have thought of.

The recipes we prepared were actually created by SuperValu- the company who owns our local grocery chain Farm Fresh (although they own stores all over the United State).  SuperValu is releasing a new “in house” or “generic” brand called Essential Everyday.  All the ingredients used were from this new line.

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing the recipes we made but I wanted to give you my favorite recipe first.

I don’t drink much alcohol- I am the biggest light weight you will ever meet.  But lots of alcoholic drinks I like the way they taste- including Mojitos.  We made a great recipe that night for a Mock Mojito.  (If you don’t live near a SuperValu store you can replace the Essential Everyday products with an equivalent).

Mock Mojitos

Ingredients:
1 (0.75 oz) package mint leaves, stem removed
2 tablespoons Essential Everyday Granulated Sugar
3 cups reconstituted Essential Evereday Frozen Limeade
1.5 cups Super Chill Club Soda
Ice Cubes

Directions:
1. Roughly chop mint leaves and place in a 2 quart pitcher; add sugar.
2. Using a muddler or spatula, vigorously press mint and sugar together until well combined (I had no idea what a  muddler was )
3. Add in limeade and club soda; stir to combine.  Fill pitcher with ice; stir.

It was YUMMY- as can be evidence by my mostly empty glass in the picture above.

There are more recipes to come but you should try this one- it would be great sitting outside on a warm night!

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My Not So Pretty But Oh So Yummy Bacon, Egg and Cheese Muffins


My sister uses our family functions to test recipes she finds on Pinterest (I am more than willing to be a testee because she is a great cook).

For Mother’s Day she made a great recipe for Bacon, Egg and Cheese biscuit cups.

I decided today I was going to try to make it myself- with a few changes. And I wasn’t going to make my pictures pretty to inspire those of you who are struggling cooks like I am. I admire people who can make beautiful food.

This recipe will make as much or as little as you like. I made 12 of the muffins so I put the numbers below that I used. Feel free to change it up.

Tomorrow I am planning on making a chicken BBQ pizza so the bacon and the cheese selection were based on the ingredients I would need for that.

Ingredients
Turkey Bacon (my store only had it in full sized packages so I just cooked about 6 slices)
5 large eggs
5 T skim milk (whatever size you do just be sure there is one tablespoon of milk for each egg)
Salt & black pepper, to taste
1 can refrigerated biscuit dough (or you just buy enough for however many you decide to make)
The shredded cheese of your choice

Next time I make this recipe I think I am going to try to make the biscuits from scratch. I had a hard time working the biscuit dough into the muffin tin the way I would have liked. Plus biscuits are one of the few things I know how to make from scratch.

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 400. Spray the muffin tin with cooking spray.
2. There will be some overflow. Grab a baking or cookie sheet and cover it with tin foil to put under your muffin tin.

3. Place the raw bacon in a large skillet and cook until done. Remove from skillet and let drain on paper towels. Since I used turkey bacon I didn’t drain mine.

3. In a bowl mix the eggs, milk, salt and pepper until thoroughly blended.
4. With a rolling pin, roll each biscuit into a larger flat circle and place into a cup in the prepared muffin tin. Using your hands press the dough into the cups and cover the bottom and sides. Drop the shredded cheese into the bottom of the cups depending on how much you like cheese. Then divide the egg mixture between each cup (I eye-balled it).


5. Take the bacon and chop or rip it into small pieces. Sprinkle the bacon pieces on top of each cup.
6. Put in the oven for 10-12 minutes until biscuits are golden brown and eggs are set. (I needed the full 12 minutes).

After these cool I am planning on putting them into Ziploc bags and freezing them. They should be fantastic reheated.

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