Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chocolate Filled Strawberries

I am a huge lover of chocolate covered strawberries but I absolutely hate making them. I saw someone post this recipe and I had to try it and share it.

semi-sweet chocolate chips
large ziploc bag

 cut the stems off and hollow our the strawberries (make sure you don't go too far to the bottom)

in a ziploc bag fill with chocolate chips. Melt by placing a boiling bowl of water

once the chocolate is melted fill each strawberry. Chill until hardened and enjoy!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Overnight Crock Pot Oatmeal

I love any and all breakfast foods. This is a very easy oatmeal recipe that you can cook overnight and have it ready in the morning. Plus you can store it in an airtight container for 3-4 days after.

6-8 cups water (the amount of water depends on how thick or thin you want your oatmeal, I used 7 and it was perfect)
2 cup steal cut oats, you have to use this type. Rolled oats will not work
1/4 real maple syrup
1/4 packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
you can also add any fruit you like

Spray the crock pot lightly with cooking spray then add oats to the crock pot

Add maple syrup

Add brown sugar

Add salt and cinnamon

Add water

cook on low for 7-8 hours

I added a little extra brown sugar and a drizzle of syrup. Enjoy!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Sauteed Broccoli

This is another really simple and delicious side dish.

 2 cups broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 teaspoons minced garlic

add the olive to a skillet and heat on medium-low heat

add the garlic and cook for 1 minute

add the broccoli, salt and pepper. 

saute until bright green and tender.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Andes Mint Cookies

My husband loves anything mint, so I knew these cookies were perfect for him. 

1/2 cup margarine
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups chopped Andes Mints
 1/4 cup if needed

In a mixing bowl add the sugars

add the margarine

mix together until smooth (on medium speed), then add the egg and egg yolk

in a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder

add the vanilla and mix well

add the dry mixture in 2 equal parts mixing well after each addition (if the dough is too thick to mix the mints in to add the 1/4 cup milk)

chop the andes mints

fold in the mints to the dough

drop by a tablespoon full on an ungreased cookie sheet

bake at 350 degree for 10-12 minutes (I baked mine for 11 and they were perfect) until they are slightly golden.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Roasted Rosemary Red Potatoes

I love simple side dishes for meals. This one is delicious.

6-8 red potatoes; cleaned and quartered
1 clove garlic; minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon rosemary

mince the garlic

clean and quarter the potatoes, place in a bowl

add the garlic and olive oil

add rosemary, salt and pepper

mix together and pour into a baking dish

cook in a 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until tender and golden.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Brownie in a Mug

There is nothing better than a quick and easy dessert. A fellow army wife gave this to me and it's amazing!

4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
4 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 tablespoons melted butter/margarine
2 tablespoons water
1 dash salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

In a mug add sugar

cocoa powder

add flour

add vanilla

add water

add melted butter

mix together

microwave for about 80 seconds depending on how done you want it. Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

There is nothing I love more than homemade soup. My sister gave me this delicious recipe. 

2-3 chicken breasts (cooked and shredded)
4 cans chicken broth
2 cans cream of mushroom soup with roasted garlic
1/2 cup carrots chopped
1/2 cup onion chopped
1/2 cup celery chopped
2 teaspoons parsley
salt and pepper
2 cups egg noodles (cooked; I used the whole bag I love noodles)

boil the chicken breasts until done

chop the celery, carrots and onions

saute the vegetables until soft and set aside

when the chicken is done, shred and set aside

in a large pot combine the vegetables and chicken

add the cream of mushroom soup

add the chicken broth

add parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. let this simmer for about an hour on medium-low heat

cook the noodles about 10 minutes before the soup is done

add the noodles

serve and enjoy!