Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Copycat Beer Bread & Garlic Dip

Just flour, sugar, beer, and butter needed for this amazing beer bread - goes perfect with a simple garlic dip! Great for your next party!

Many, many, MANY moons ago I was a 2nd grade teacher at a small private Christian elementary school, just graduated from college, and was looking for a way to earn some extra money. I was truly in love with my job as a teacher, but unfortunately with the amount of my student loans, and the small amount I was getting paid, I really needed to look for something part time. 

I went to one of those food demonstration parties - I won't mention the company, but you can probably guess which one I'm referring to! The food was SO YUMMY! I fell in love with the idea of doing parties and selling re-sell-able products, that I became a consultant.

Honestly? If I hadn't stumbled into blogging, I probably would have continued! I really had a lot of fun and I did make a small amount of extra money each month. With married life and two young kids though, and working full time, it left little time for anything else - besides keeping up with Mostly Homemade Mom, something I could do at home. 

My absolute FAVORITE product that I sold was the beer bread. It was a delicious, buttery bread, just a tad sweet, and perfect for dipping. It was one of the things we really missed when I stopped being a consultant because you know what? I just couldn't justify the price. 

I'm cheap, people. You know that. :)

Over the years, I can't tell you how many knock off recipes I've tried - NONE of which even came close to the flavor I knew and loved. Until this one! I really, really love how simple the ingredients are. I know self-rising flour isn't something most people keep on hand in their pantry, I know I don't, but it was cheap and I'll be able to make quite a few beer breads with the flour. This is perfect for parties or home movie night. We actually gobbled it up for lunch!

Copycat Beer Bread & Garlic Dip

  • 3 cups self rising flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 12 oz beer
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour and sugar. Pour in beer and stir until moistened, batter will be thick.
  2. Spread into a greased loaf pan. Drizzle melted butter evenly over top.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small container, stir together sour cream, mayo, and garlic. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  5. When ready to serve, slice bread and cut into cubes and serve with dip.

I'm telling you, this will be the first appetizer to go at your next gathering! Make it easier on yourself, and prepackage the dry ingredients for the bread in sealed ziploc bags. Then just dump, mix in the beer, and you're ready for fresh beer bread whenever the mood strikes!

Here are some more of my favorite bread recipes:

Smores Swirl Sweet Bread

Sweet Irish Soda Bread

Maple Syrup Raisin Bread

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pops with Big Hero 6!

Fluffy marshmallows on popsicle sticks, dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkles! The perfect treat for any party or holiday!
#BigHero6MovieNight #CollectiveBias

Silas has been OBSESSED with the release of the Big Hero 6 Blu Ray for months now. He was really begging us to take us to the movies when it was out, but you know what? I'm too cheap. Ha!

You know what I mean - for the four of us to go to the movies, get snacks, the whole nine yards - I'd need to dip into their college savings. Not gonna happen! So I pretty much couldn't wait to tell him that they were releasing it on DVD on February 24th.

February 24th just so happens to be his 6th birthday. 

Coincidence? I think not. :D

So of course, while he was at school I ran out to Target to pick it up. 

We had such a fun time celebrating his birthday the weekend before, but I was SO excited to celebrate with a special movie night at home. I was thinking of turning all the lights out in the living room to make it feel like a movie theater, bringing down some blankets and pillows and cuddling up together for a peaceful night enjoying the movie. All went according to my plan... until the first superhero action scene appeared. 

Off go the blankets, and there they go running around the living room, through the kitchen and dining room, and around and around again. Only to be repeated during the next action scene. And the next. 

Sigh. So much for a peaceful night at home with the boys!

Thank goodness I at least thought of the PERFECT treat to go with out Big Hero 6 movie night.

These Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pops were easy, yummy, and reminded all of us of the movie's hilarious character Baymax. Before I had even seen the movie, I thought he looked like a giant marshmallow and the main character, Hiro actually says it, too! 

I let the boys sprinkle theirs with their favorite "superhero" colors: red, blue, and green. And then Wesley discovered the spring colored sprinkles in the cabinet and we had to use those, too. Feel free to use chopped nuts or even crushed cookies instead of the sprinkles!

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pops

  • 12 oz bag semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 24 large marshmallows
  • 12 popsicle sticks
  • colored sprinkles and nuts as desired
Cooking Directions
  1. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl as directed on package. Meanwhile, stack two large marshmallows onto each popsicle stick.
  2. Using a spoon, spread melted chocolate over marshmallow pop and tap repeatedly against the side of the bowl to get rid of excess chocolate.
  3. Add sprinkles. Place on cookie sheet lined with foil.
  4. Once all pops have been dipped and decorated, place cookie sheet in refrigerator for 10 minutes or until chocolate has hardened. To remove, gently peel foil off backs of pops.
  5. Serve immediately, keep leftovers refrigerated.

These pops are not only perfect for a Big Hero 6 movie night at home, but any holiday or party! Just change out the sprinkles to match the occasion - you could even wrap them in cellophane and colored ribbon to give away. I'm thinking Easter baskets!

Ok, is there anything cuter than chubby toddler fingers? I was actually surprised at how chunky baby-like they still look. Especially when all the rest of him is not so baby-like anymore. :) 

We had a wonderful movie night at home together, despite my whiplash watching my little superheros run around just like Big Hero 6, and I have to say - I fell in love with this movie! It had a great message about revenge and even brought a tear to my eye a few times. I highly recommend it for your family!

What are some fun ways that you like to enjoy a movie night in with your family? Share your ideas with us in the comments below!

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Broccoli Cheddar Tuna Noodle Casserole

My version of the classic tuna noodle casserole with boxed mac & cheese as a shortcut - such a fun twist on this family favorite!

Ok, full disclosure here: I'm the only one in my family that liked this dinner. But can I let you in on a little secret?

They're weird.

Ha! Paul only likes tuna in sandwiches, any time I've ever made it in a casserole he's not interested. I have to hand it to the boys though, they both tried this dinner and both said they would have liked it better without the tuna in the dish. :/

Oh well, more for me!

If you are a fan of the classic tuna noodle casserole, you will LOVE this shortcut version! Actually, it was created out of a silly mistake - I accidentally bought Cream of Broccoli soup instead of Cream of Mushroom soup. Considering my obsession with the broccoli cheddar combo, I just went with it and I'm SO glad I did - the flavor is perfect!

I will say though, with all the cheese and cream soup, it is a bit heavy. I would definitely serve this along side some roasted vegetables or a salad with a lighter vinaigrette. A perfect dinner for me!

Broccoli Cheddar Tuna Noodle Casserole

  • 7 1/4 oz package boxed mac & cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 10 3/4 oz can cream of broccoli soup
  • 2 (5 oz) cans chunk light tuna, in water, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Cooking Directions
  1. Prepare macaroni and cheese according directions, adding in the cheese packet along with the milk and butter.
  2. Stir in soup and tuna. Spread into a 3 quart baking dish and top with cheese.
  3. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Love that melted cheese on top!

Here are some more of my favorite cheesy dinners:

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Cheddar Taco Pasta

Broccoli Cheddar Chowder

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