Archive for February 2012

Bubble Up Enchiladas

February 26, 2012

I've made this recipe twice now and it has definitely become a staple in my menu planning. We usually have a mexican-type meal once a week and this one is close to the top of the list! The only thing I ever need to buy for this meal is the Grands biscuits (and most of the time I have a few cans in the freezer already). This would be easy to make in two 8x8 baking dishes and freeze one, though we LOVE the leftovers.

This is a true kid/husband pleaser and it would be a great giving meal as well.

Bubble Up Enchiladas

1 lb ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
8 oz can tomato sauce
10 oz can enchilada sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 can Pillsbury Grands rolls (probably would be fine with the other varieties of refrigerated biscuits also)
Optional: sour cream, salsa, additional shredded cheese

Cook ground beef in skillet until brown, drain off fat. Return beef to pan and add taco seasoning, tomato sauce, and enchilada sauce. Cut each Grands roll into fourths and add to pan along with 1 cup shredded cheese. Gently stir to combine. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup shredded cheddar on top and bake an additional 10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Oh yum, just look at that cheesy goodness! :)


Menu Plan Monday 2/27

On the menu this week: Tuna Melt Quesadillas

Are you as passionate about menu planning as I am? I've been menu planning since before I started couponing. I was sick of spending $100+ at the grocery store for just my husband and me (this was before the little cherubs were born) and it wouldn't even last us 10 days.

I am blown away what a plan and $50 a week can provide my family. We have enjoyed fresh, homemade meals that most of the time are quick and easy for me to prepare (thanks to my LOVE of Crock Pot cooking :). Sure we splurge every once in a while for take out, but the difference now is that we can afford to. Is eating out for your family a special treat or a last minute I-don't-even-have-ground-beef-for-Hamburger-Helper decision?

I hope I've inspired you to start menu planning if you don't already. Be sure to check out Org Junkie's Menu Plan Monday to get some more great ideas for your menu this week.

Anywho, I'm taking advantage of some KILLER grocery store deals on mostly frozen seafood/chicken I snagged last week and will be picking up this week. Weis had Nathan's hotdogs on BOGO, WOOHOO! Without further adieu, here's my "easy goin" menu this week:

Tuesday- Grilled Beef Hotdogs (on the George) with Sauerkraut

Wednesday- Stromboli

Thursday- Breaded Flounder and Buttered Noodles w/ Stewed Tomatoes

So, what's your story? Do you menu plan? :) Have a blessed week!

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

February 22, 2012

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This recipe can't get any better. It's amazingly simple, you most likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry, and it tastes AMAZING!! Seriously, every time I make this we look at each other like, "Why don't we have this more than once a week?!" I usually serve this wrapped up in tortillas, but I've used it as a taco dip and that was very tasty as well.

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (frozen is fine)
1 cup salsa
1 packet taco seasoning
1/2 cup sour cream
6 tortillas

Place chicken in the bottom of your Crock Pot. Sprinkle taco seasoning on chicken. In a bowl, combine soup and salsa. Pour over chicken. Cook on high 4 hours. Shred chicken with two forks and stir in sour cream. Serve on tortillas or as desired.

Crockpot stuff I'm loving right now:

Looking for more easy chicken dinners in the slow cooker? Here are some other favorites:



Menu Plan Monday 2/19

February 20, 2012

Wow, what a crazy week! Paul had off classes this week so we were able to spend some more time with him, especially for his birthday (Valentine's Day). The highlight of the week was FOR SURE our crableg seafood feast on Wednesday! This week Silas turns 3 years old (!!!!) so we will be celebrating on Friday AND on Sunday with the rest of the fam. Here's what my plan is:
Tuesday- Fried Shrimp (Seapak) & Red Lobster Biscuits
Wednesday- Spinoccoli Pizza (carry over)
Thursday- Spaghetti with Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce
Saturday- Slow Cooked Sticky Chicken (carry over, we went with brunch foods instead for Wesley's baptism)
Sunday- Papa Johns, Silas' birthday request :)
Linking up to Org Junkie. I hope you all have a wonderful week with your families!

Cheesy Potato Soup

February 19, 2012

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I had this recipe on my list of things to try for weeks. I'm not sure why it took me so long to finally make it, I think I thought it was a lot more involved than it really is. Actually, this recipe was really easy and super tasty! Apparently it freezes well, though there were no leftovers in this house.

Serve it with some crusty bread and it's the perfect meal for a chilly day!

Cheesy Potato Soup
adapted from Once A Month Mom

4 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
2 bay leaves
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt/pepper to taste

Melt butter in pot and saute onion until transluscent. Add potatoes, bay leaves, minced onion, and chicken stock and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes until potatoes are soft. Remove bay leaves. Mash potatoes in pot with potato masher or the back of a fork (I used the fork method and left some chunks here and there, just the way I like it).

 Stir in cheese until melted. Serve immediately.



Menu Plan Monday 2/13

February 13, 2012

On the menu this week: Steamed Crablegs! :) :) :)

We have lots of good food on the menu this week! Paul's birthday is on Valentine's Day and for the past few years he's requested a seafood feast at home. I'm game for that! He also has no classes this week so that means we'll see him a little more which I'm excited about. Here's what I'm planning this week:

Tuesday- Steamed Crablegs, Baked Scallops, & Red Lobster Biscuits (soo excited!)

Wednesday- Spinoccoli Pizza

Thursday- Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Friday- YOYO (you're on your own)

Saturday- Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken (carry over from last week)

Hope you have a wonderful week! Linking up to Menu Plan Monday.


Friday Favorites 2/10

February 9, 2012

It's hard to actually form cohesive thoughts when I'm sitting here next to my 3 year old, wearing his "big boy pants" and a construction hat, watching Toy Story 3 for the 300th time. Today. Make that 3,000th time. UGH. He unfortunately caught some sort of virus last night, so we've been camping out on the couch. Seriously, is it spring yet? I used to love the winter, that was before kids and the constant cycle of runny noses and Tylenol.

Anyway, here's what caught my eye this week:

Slow Cooker Can Can Taco Soup

Spinoccoli Pizza

Baked Scallops

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Raspberries and Cream Cookies

Homemade Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

Linking up to Finding Joy In My Kitchen.

Crazy Cooking Challenge: Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake

February 7, 2012
How to make a boxed cake mix taste decadent, chocolatey, and completely homemade!

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It's time once again for the Crazy Cooking Challenge! This month's theme was chocolate cake, in honor of Valentine's Day I'm sure. My dad is a HUGE chocolate cake fan. I decided to make this chocolate cake for us two, while the rest of the family enjoyed a peanut butter cake to celebrate my brother's birthday. I think I definitely take after my dad, there just is no substitute for good old, decadent, gooey,
chocolate cake.

I needed it to be semi homemade in some way you know ;) and when I came across this recipe from Let's Dish, I knew I had found "the one." You guessed it, this recipe starts with none other than good old chocolate cake mix! Believe me, you would absolutely never know it because of the rich chocolate flavor.

Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake

1 pkg chocolate cake mix
1 3.4 oz pkg instant chocolate pudding mix
2 cups sour cream
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 pkg semi sweet chocolate chips
Optional: chocolate frosting/fudge sauce

Beat cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, eggs, oil, and water with an electric mixer until well combined. Batter will be very thick. Gently stir in semi sweet chocolate chips. Spread batter into a well greased bundt pan and bake at 350 for 50 minutes - 1 hour (mine was perfect at 55 minutes). Remove cake from pan and allow to cool about 5 minutes on a wire rack. While my cake was cooling, I decided that I did want to drizzle a little something over the top. So I popped some can frosting (remove foil seal) into the microwave and cooked for 15 second intervals until the frosting was able to pour freely from a spoon. Drizzle cake with warmed frosting and allow cake to rest/cool for about 45 minutes (frosting will harden back up).

This cake was amazing! I love how pretty it looked, I can't wait to try these out as cupcakes.

Be sure to check out the other chocolate cake recipes from the Crazy Cooking Challenge and vote for your favorite!

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Menu Plan Monday 2/6: Slow Cooker Crazy

February 6, 2012

On the menu this week: Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken, yum! :)
Well I'm overjoyed that I'm starting to feel like myself again because we're in for it the next few weeks! It's in a good way, though. This Sunday is Wesley's baptism, next week is Paul's birthday (Valentine's Day), and the following Sunday is Silas' birthday party. Of course March looks about the same! Here's the plan this week:
Monday- L: Papa Johns FREE pizza & Pepsi!
                 D: Crock Pot Country Chicken
Wednesday- Overnight French Toast Casserole w/sausage
Thursday- Stuffed Pizza Bites (I'm going to have Silas help me, this should be interesting!)
Friday- YOYO (you're on your own)
Sunday (Baptism)- Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken (double batch)
...I totally just realized that I have not one, not two, but three slow cooker meals planned for this week LOL. I think I may have an addiction! Linking up to Menu Plan Monday.

Friday Favorites 2/2

February 3, 2012

Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted my weekly favorites! It's been so crazy around here. Well I'm finally starting to feel back to normal and I have a TON of new recipes to try in the coming weeks. Here's what I bookmarked:
Spinach Empanadas - Once A Month Mom

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas - Mrs. Crafty Pants

Sweet & Tangy Chicken - Syrup and Biscuits

Pea Pickin Cake - The Best of My Nest

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies - Feeding My Temple

Linking up to: Finding Joy In My Kitchen. Have a blessed weekend, everyone!


Broccoli & Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes

February 1, 2012

I have made these potatoes several times for dinner. Yes they're that filling! Of course it's usually a night when Paul is at work and it's just me, Silas, and Wesley (but he is currently working on his 5th tooth so we won't count him :). I LOVE that while they have an added step than other meals I usually make, they're PERFECT for the freezer. Wrap the extras up individually and you have a gourmet looking side dish when company comes over!

Broccoli & Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes

4 medium potatoes (I used 5, mine were on the small side)
1 cup steamed broccoli
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Wash potatoes and poke tops with a fork. Place directly on oven rack and bake at 400 for about an hour (depending on how big your potatoes are). I've also made these with microwaved baked potatoes, just put two in the microwave at a time. Remove potatoes from oven and allow to cool about 10 minutes. Cut potatoes in half and scoop out insides leaving about 1/4 inch of potato attached to the skin.

To the scooped potatoes, add broccoli, 4 cups shredded cheese, sour cream, ranch dressing, and garlic powder. Spoon filling back into potato skins. Top potatoes with remaining shredded cheese.

Place bake into oven and bake 15 minutes. Delicious!!