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Crockpot Chocolate Chip Cake February 11, 2010

Filed under: Cooking — Melissa @ 1:00 am

This is the BEST chocolate cake you’ll ever have. Really. It’s not the best peanut butter chocolate cake. That would be this one from Smitten Kitchen.

I love chocolate cake most of the time anyway, but this one is just, well, it’s just that good that I’m speechless about it.

It’s delicious with ice cream. Especially chocolate chip. But Rite Aid had no chocolate chip ice cream!!! So we just used vanilla.

I don’t have any pictures making this because I forgot all about it. I mix everything together right in the crockpot. Here’s a picture after I had served everyone.

And a picture of the cake and ice cream on a plate. I wish you could see the moistness come out, the yummyness that exists. It’s hot right out of the crockpot and melts the ice cream just a bit.

Let me know if you make it!!

Triple Chocolate Delight

1 1/2 cups water
1 pkg brownie mix (9×13 size)
1 large pkg instant chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup oil

Mix well in bowl or right in crockpot. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. This delectable chocolate dessert is done when sides pull away from crockpot walls.

(I have a big round crock and it takes mine just over 3 hours to cook on high.)

This is my go-to recipe for get togethers or holidays. My husband loves this cake. I do too, but I often forget about it until a time like Valentine’s or his birthday. Course that is probably what makes it more special – not having it quite so often.

I’m linking up with Ultimate Recipe Swap at Life as Mom.


Potato Packets or Potato Bundles by Pioneer Woman February 9, 2010

Filed under: Cooking — Melissa @ 12:00 pm

I forgot that Pioneer Woman calls them Potato Bundles. This whole time I’ve been calling them Potato Packets.

I did not take pictures of the final product!! But I will tell you…these things are good. Really. Really. Good. So good, you should head out, get the ingredients and make them tonight.

Here they are after I had put all the ingredients on my foil sheet. No the cream doesn’t spill out. Just press the file together well and everything stays inside and soaks up into the potatoes as they cook.

You can check out Pioneer Woman’s Potato Bundle page for the after pictures.


* 6 whole Russet Potatoes
* ½ whole Yellow Onion, Diced
* 1 stick Butter
* ½ cups Heavy Cream
* Kosher Salt To Taste
* Paprika To Taste
* Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
* 2 Tablespoons Minced Parsley

Preparation Instructions

Pile potatoes and onions on a square of foil. Add 2 tablespoons butter. Splash on cream. Then sprinkle on salt, paprika, and black pepper. Sprinkle minced parsley over the top.

Wrap bundles tightly and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, or until extremely tender.

Serve bundles right on the dinner plate. Serves 8.


Menu Plan February 8, 2010

Filed under: Cooking — Melissa @ 12:53 pm

I don’t always love making a menu for the week but I sure love always knowing what to fix!! And making a grocery list is easier also. Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Sunday Fellowship Group Potluck – Mexican deep dish casserole & crockpot chocolate cake

Monday – Meatloaf & baked potatoes

Tuesday – Noodle Skillet

Wednesday – Crockpot Brisket with mashed potatoes

Thursday – Spaghetti with leftover brisket

Friday – Baked Potato Soup

Saturday – frozen pizza and/or leftovers

Salad and/or other veggies accompanies most meals. I promise.

Other items to make:
Pineapple chicken wraps
Macaroni and cheese
Peach crunch
Ricotta Muffins
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


The Lazy Man’s Coffee Maker February 5, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Random — Melissa @ 1:00 am

*I mentioned my coffeemaker in this post and decided it was time to expand on my beloved coffee maker.

The Lazy Man’s Coffee Maker, otherwise known as my Keurig machine, otherwise known as the BEST COFFEE MAKER EVER!!!

Let me share with you the wonderfulness of my coffee maker that my most wonderful husband, Roy, bought for me. (I think it was really for both of us since he uses it just as much as I do!)

This is the machine.

This tells me the water is hot and ready to brew. It heats the water at 192 degrees for a perfectly brewed cup of coffee.

This is the basket I keep on the counter with the K-Cups in it. It makes it easy for guests to look through and pick a coffee they might like. Now that Roy and I have been trying some samples, we know what other kinds we want to buy. There will always be a variety of choices in there.

Here’s the one I chose today. Newman’s Extra Bold. Deeee-licious!

Open the top of the machine and set the K-cup inside it’s spot. Close the top. See the water on the left. We have a mid-size Keurig. It holds enough for about 6 cups of coffee..I think. I can’t remember. When it’s getting low the machine blinks and you pour in more water. It keeps the water heated and ready at all times. Though we have the timer set to turn off the machine at night and turn back on in time for our morning coffee.

Then I set my cup in place and press the button to start brewing. There are 3 sizes; they are approximately 6oz, 8oz, and 10oz. Usually I just do the 10oz size for this big huge cup I do the medium size (8oz), and then do the small size (6oz) also. One K-cup can handle that just fine.

It’s brewing!!

The machine puts a little hole in the top and bottom of the cup and that’s how the water flows through. Inside the cup is a small cone filter.

I think today I’ll use Creme Brulee creamer.

What’s in your coffee???

I’m linking up with Finer Things Friday because my coffee maker is a fine thing. The coffee is better than I’ve ever had, and while it may be a lazy way, it is definitely a fine way!!


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies February 3, 2010

Filed under: Cooking — Melissa @ 8:47 pm

*This post is from a guest author today, my 11-year-old daughter, Samantha. We got this recipe from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures.

Hi y’all! I hope you enjoy this post and the cookies! They are extremely good!:)

First I got out all the ingredients:

• 1 cup creamy peanut butter
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
• 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips ( I used about 3/4 of a cup)
• 1 large egg, beaten
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

It says in the instructions, 1 large egg, beaten. It is easiest to beat the egg with a fork. After you beat the egg it should look like this:

Then I put the ingredients in a medium sized bowl:

And mixed it with a wooden spoon until it looks like this:

Then I took about  1 heaping tablespoon of dough like this:

Then I rolled the dough between my hands until it was a smooth ball:

Then I set them on a cookie sheet and flatted them like this:

Then I baked them at 350 until they looked like this:

After about 5 minutes move them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

The amusing thing is that I made these at about 1:32 PM and at 4:57 there are two cookies left!

Here are the instructions for y’all! enjoy!;)

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and stir with a wooden spoon until smooth.

Take about 1 heaping tablespoon of dough and roll between your hands to form a smooth ball. (Place the balls of dough on ungreased cookie sheets( I used my stoneware pan), spacing them 1 inch apart. You should get about 12 cookies per sheet. Flatten slightly.

Bake the cookies at 350 until the cookies are puffed and lightly golden, about 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and let the cookies cool on the sheets for 4-5 minutes. Then remove them onto wire racks to cool.

(Please give Sam some comment love! Her Proud Mom)

We’ve linked up with Ultimate Recipe Swap at Life As Mom.


Potato Scramble January 30, 2010

Filed under: Cooking — Melissa @ 5:08 pm

This is one of my favorite ways to do a one-pan breakfast. Potato Scramble. Yum! This recipe feeds our whole family. I did make it for just Roy the other day and just poured a little hashbrowns and used 3 eggs.

1 bag hashbrowns
seasoning salt
cheddar cheese

First up is a bag of hashbrowns. From the frozen section.

Use a nice big pan with some hot oil in the bottom (I don’t use much), and cook up the hashbrowns with some seasoning salt. I use a lot. Once they’re browned all over, I add the ham.

Then crack your eggs right into the pan. I use a dozen for all of us, but if I have 9, then I use 9. Or 6. Or 10.

Then just mix them all in. Break the yolks and mix and mix. Once the eggs are cooked, add a little cheddar cheese and mix slightly to melt the cheese. Then serve. Some of us like salsa and/or sour cream and some of us use ketchup.

No ham or use bacon instead.

Hamburger meat cooked in separate pan and then add some flour and cream to make a white sauce. Serve together. This is my favorite variation! But sometimes I don’t feel like using a second pan. 😉

This picture isn’t all that great but it gives you an idea of this all-in-one breakfast! Let me know if you try it!


Flautas January 27, 2010

Filed under: Cooking — Melissa @ 8:15 pm

I love Mexican food! I especially love 3 rolled tacos with guacamole from Alberto’s. Anyone else?? You know who you are!!

I’ve never tried making rolled tacos, or taquitos, at home. I have bought frozen ones and they’re alright. Recently I saw this post about making flautas on Homesick Texan. As a side note, do you call them flautas or taquitos?

I really thought the last few times I’ve had flautas in a Mexican Restaurant they were made with flour tortillas. When I saw this recipe I just had to give it a try. This is my version based on Homesick Texans.

2 pounds of chuck roast
1 medium purple onion, diced
5 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons cumin
Juice of one lime

I had the jalapenos and cilantro and forgot about them!

Add all ingredients to a crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Shred with forks. Mine just fell apart. Then I drained off most of the juice.

I filled flour tortillas, added a little sharp cheddar cheese, rolled them up, and fried on both sides in a pan of canola oil. Put on paper towels to drain.

I served them with refried beans and sour cream. These were a hit for the whole family and I’ll be making them again soon. They were very easy to make!!

I’m linking up with Ultimate Recipe Swap at Life as Mom. Go check out a bunch of other great recipes!!