Saturday, April 25, 2009

natalie's Whopper cupcakes...

i got this recipe from my friend Natalie & every time i make them everyone loves them!  they literally taste like you are eating Whopper malted milk chocolate balls.  super yummy & cute too!  you could do the frosting any color you would like, we just did aqua to go with our theme.  super cute for a little girl in pink & brown!

{natalie's super yummy Whopper cupcakes}

2 1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1 cup malted milk powder
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a small bowl, combine milk and malted milk powder, stirring to dissolve. Add milk mixture, oil and eggs to flour mixture, beating at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla, beating just until combined.

Pour batter evenly into prepared pans and bake for 15-17 minutes. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool completely on racks.

Frost and garnish w/malted milk balls if desired

Malt Frosting

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup malted milk powder
6-7 cup powdered sugar

Blue food coloring

In a large bowl, beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.

In a small bowl, combine cream and malted milk powder, stirring to dissolve. Add cream mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed to combine. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until smooth.  You may need to add more or less powdered sugar depending on desired consistency.  Add 6 to 8 drops of food coloring, mix well. Add more if you would like a deeper color.  Frost cupcakes, top with a Whopper-malted milk ball & enjoy!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Brit's White Chicken Lasagna...

this is another super yummy recipe from this months recipe club.  i brought this one & i highly recommend it:)  it is a nice spin on a classic dish.  think of it like a mix between lasagna & chicken alfredo.

{Brit's white chicken lasagna}

3 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1 shallot, minced

3 TBSP butter

4 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1- 8oz. package cream cheese

2 cups sour cream

2/3 cup milk

1 lb. lasagna noodles, cooked & rinse in cold water

1 lb. mozzarella cheese, grated

In a large sauce pan, over medium heat, brown shallots & garlic in butter.  Add cream cheese, cream soup, sour cream & milk.  Stir until cream cheese is melted.  Add chicken.  

In a 9x13 glass baking dish layer noodles, white sauce with chicken, then cheese.  Repeat steps, ending with mozzarella cheese on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Kristin's Fruit Sherbet Dessert...

this is a easy & super refreshing.  this one is perfect to finish off any hot summer day or great for a brunch dessert!
  • 1/2 gallon of pineapple sherbet
  • 1/2 gallon of raspberry sherbet
  • 16 ounce bag of frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen can of raspberries, with syrup
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple, drained
  • 4 bananas, diced
Let sherbet sit out until soft and then stir the two flavors together.  Then add blueberries, raspberries, crushed pineapple, and diced bananas.  Refreeze.  Take out of freezer to soften about 1/2 hour before serving.

annie's lazy daisy oatmeal cake with cream sauce...

this is one of the things i made for recipe club this month.  it is super sweet & super delicious!  i got this recipe from an old friend of mine name anne.  i love the cream sauce so much i think that i could drink it:)  but i know i would have a really bad sugar high!  hope you enjoy it!


{annie's lazy daisy oatmeal cake}

1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt

In a small bowl pour boiling water over oats.  Cover & set sit 20 minutes.  In a large bowl, cream sugars & butter until light & fluffy.  Add eggs & vanilla.  Mix in cooked oats until combined.  Sift together all of the dry ingredients & add to butter mix.  Beat until all incorporated.  batter will be thick like a brownie batter.  Spoon into a grease 8x8 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with some crumbs.  Let cool & drizzle with glaze.

{sweet custard glaze}

1 stick butter
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla

Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan.  Melt together, stirring constantly, over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, continue stirring, cook until thickened.  Serve over cake either warm or cooled.  Top with whipped cream, nuts &/or coconut.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

katie's warm spinich salad...

{katie's warm spinach salad
2 bags spinich
2 handfuls bean sprouts
1 pkg sliced mushrooms
4-6 hard boiled eggs, sliced
1/2 lb bacon, crumbled

1 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 T worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup minced onion
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup white vinegar

Mix dressing and let sit for a few hours in the fridge. Right before serving heat dressing until warm, stir well and toss in salad.'s yummy!

summer's super yummy toffee dip...

apple dip
{summer's super yummy toffee dip}

2 pkgs Cream Cheese
2 cups Brown Sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 bag Heath milk chocolate toffee bits

Mix cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Stir in as many Heath toffee bits as you like. Put in a serving bowl and sprinkle with more toffee bits. Serve with apple slices, or any other fruit you like :)
**also tasty with graham crackers or nilla wafers!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

i am so full!...

tonight was recipe club & the title of my post says it all:)  keep a close eye on the posts to come- there were some super yummy dishes tonight!
~a cake 
~a sorbet
~white chicken lasagna
~jess' peanut butter chocolate cake
~& a super yummy salad with warm dressing...
you are not gonna want to miss these!  i'll start posting them tomorrow.  sweet dreams!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Debbie's butter cookies with lemon glaze...

another fave from one of the 'coolest "chicks" i know':)  that is what debbie said when she gave me & my family a little Easter package with these yummy cookies.  she had cut them in the shape of little chicks & it was perfect with the yellow lemon glaze.  the are delicious... sweet, tart, buttery & perfect for spring!  you could obviously use any shape cookie cutter, but flowers would be super darling too!  


{Debbie’s Butter Cookies & Lemon Glaze}

1 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup sugar

1 large egg

2 TBSP grated lemon zest

2 1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp. salt

In a large bowl, cream together butter & sugar until light & fluffy.  Add egg & grated lemon zest.  Sift together flour & salt.  Add to butter mixture.  Mix just until all combined.  Divide dough in 2 rounds, wrap in plastic wrap & chill for 1-2 hours.  On a floured surface, roll out to 1/4-1/8 inch thick.  Cut with cookie cutters.  Place on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake 7-9 minutes or until barely golden.  

Lemon Glaze

2 cups confectioners sugar

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Stir together until smooth.  Carefully spread over cooled cookies. 

** you could also pipe a thin line of buttercream frosting around the edge & sprinkle with sanding sugar for something a little fancier.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Dye: Oh my!!

Ok- i just finished doing easter eggs with my girls and my fingers looked just as bright as the eggs:) I tried soap and water- didn't work... then I tried salt and lotion and soap-didn't work- then I went to the dishwasher soap- the powder kind... and it actually worked! I had to do it a couple of times but no more dyed fingers:) I know this isn't a recipe, but I love helpful hints like this one- especially if they work! Happy Easter! (And I made those honey lime chicken enchiladas tonight... yummy! Those are my new favorite- got to try them).

Saturday, April 4, 2009

still looking for sunday brunch ideas...

try one of these, if you haven't already!  your family will love you & so will your tummy:)

or here is a new one for ya-
this is my mom's Christmas breakfast pie, hence the snowman plate:)  it seems like a lot of step, but it is sooo worth it!  it would be perfect for any brunch.

{mom's Christmas breakfast pie}

                         1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed                          

1/4 cup butter, melted

3 cups thinly sliced red potatoes

1 cup thinly sliced yellow onion

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper


6 large eggs

2 TBSP water

1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

salt & pepper


2 cups graded cheddar cheese

2 cups cubed ham

Crust glaze:

1 egg, slightly beaten

1 TBSP water

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  Roll each pastry sheet into 12” square.  Place one in a 10” quiche dish-- set aside.

Melt butter in skillet & cook potatoes, onion, salt & pepper for 12 minutes.  Stirring occasionally-- set aside.  

Get quiche pan with puff pastry & layer with 1/2 the cheese, omelet, potatoes & ham.  Reverse & repeat process.  Top with other rolled out piece of puff pastry. Seal edges with a fork & trim off any pastry hang over the edge.  Brush with crust glaze & bake for 30-35 minutes.  Let stand about 10 minutes, slice & ENJOY!!!