Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Veggie Chedda Chowda

I’m surprised that I still get surprised that some days I don’t get but maybe 30 minutes to myself. Being a stay at home mom with a 2 year old and a 2 month old is actually quite a lot of work.That is one of the reasons I wanted to start a blog. Its nice to have an outlet and something that I can call all mine. As any mom knows you don’t have a lot of stuff that is actually all yours! And this is all mine :) I made this soup and it is so yummy and comforting. I’m totally from North Dakota, so I didn’t want to call it Vegetable Cheddar Chowder, eh. I just happened to be watching food network and they were in Boston, so that is where my name for this soup came from!
Veggie Chedda Chowda:
1 celery stick
2 carrots sticks
1/2 medium onion
2 Tbs butter
1 (32oz) box chicken broth
2 potatoes
1 frozen bag of California blend vegetables (broccoli,cauliflower, and carrots)
1 clove garlic
1 tsp vegeta (optional)
1/2 c. water
1 Tbs flour
2/3 c whole milk
2 c cheddar cheese

Melt butter on medium heat in a large pot (i used my sweet dutch oven!) saute diced celery,carrots,onion until tender. Chop the frozen carrots from the blend and also saute those at the same time. Add garlic and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.Next add chicken broth and potatoes and bring to a boil. This is where I added the vegeta. Boil until potatoes are tender. Mix flour and water together and add to the soup, this will help thicken the soup. Pour in milk and the chopped broccoli and cauliflower. Continue to boil until the broccoli and cauliflower are tender. To finish the soup add the cheddar cheese and melt. Yummy!

Adapted: Lulu the Baker

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Skinny Minnie

My oldest daughter turned 2 this month! It is amazing to me how fast the time really does go. And it just seems to go faster the older I get. I set to thinking about what I could do for Eve’s birthday and came up with the idea to do a Minnie Mouse birthday party! She loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and for all parents out there, once you’ve heard that opening song for MM (as we refer to it in our house for “code”) you won’t forget it! We had a hot diggity dog bar with chili,cheese,and the standard condiments accompanied by Clarabells coleslaw.  It was definitely a fun theme for the adults and for our little Evie girl. For dessert we indulged in…
Turned  2Funfetti cupcakes topped with strawberry cool whip frosting with OREOs made to look like Minnie Mouse! (what a mouth full!) I’m calling them Skinny Minnie’s because the cake itself is only 2 ingredients and from what I have been told it is the weight watcher version of making a cake. Super easy cupcakes to make and they are so super cute! Did I also mention they are really moist!
Minnie (2)
Skinny Minnie Cupcakes:1 Box Funfetti Cake Mix
12 oz can of Diet 7up or Sprite Zero

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine these two ingredients until smooth. Place batter in cupcakes. I filled them 2/3 full. Place in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
Strawberry Cool Whip Frosting:1 (8oz) Cool Whip
1 (1.5oz) Strawberry Cream Instant Pudding

Allow the cool whip to thaw before adding the strawberry cream instant pudding packet. Stir the pudding (just the powder) into the cool whip until completely combined. Place the strawberry cool whip into a zip lock baggie and snip the bottom right hand corner to use it as an icing bag. Once completely frosted I added OREOs and OREO mini in the shape of a Minnie Mouse.
*Tip: Place the OREOs on before serving, if they are on the cupcake to long they become a bit soggy. Remember to place the unused cupcakes into the refrigerator for storage.
Adapted: Six Sisters Stuff

Thursday, October 25, 2012

O No I Didn’t

O yes I did! I was so excited to make mac n cheese tonight, I had searched and searched through many recipes to try and find the perfect one. You see, my husband is from Tennessee and he loves a good ol’ down home cooking nice and cheesy mac n cheese. So I had settled on a recipe and set off to make the most wonderful mac n cheese. The kind where I imagined him drooling over my masterpiece and praising me. Bless his sweet heart, he did compliment me when it was finished, but I was so disappointed. In my book I chalked it up as a FAIL. No where near where I would write the recipe on here to share with my peeps. Even though it had butter, bacon, bacon fat, and LOADS of cheese, it still lacked in flavor! How is that even possible? I will make a fabulous mac n cheese one day, you wait and see!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I {heart} my dutch oven

I love me some good deals! I found this cast iron enamel dutch oven while shopping at Shopko on major clearance! I was going to add it to my Christmas wish list this year, well Merry Christmas to me ;)

So now that I have this sweet dutch oven I wanted to make something nice and cozy to go in it! Its currently raining and 45 degrees outside and I love to eat something warm after being outside in this kind of weather. I believe I got this recipe from my cousin, but I've tweaked it a bit to make it my own. This is great the first day and just as great the next day. If not better! You can even throw it in your crockpot if you wanted to. I serve mine with sour cream, cheese, and a side of tortilla chips.

1 lb hamburger
1/2 medium onion
1 packet taco seasoning
1 packet ranch mix
1 can chili beans
1 can black beans (drained or you will have the toots!)
1 can corn (drained-no toots involved here)
1 can diced petite tomatoes
1 can tomato soup
1 can rotel

Brown hamburger over medium heat with diced onions. Cook thoroughly. At this point you can either dump all ingredients into a crock pot or put them in your sweet dutch oven. Combine and let simmer. Garnish with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and a side of tortilla chips. If you want it more soup like add chicken broth to the consistency you want. Yummy Yummy!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Everyone Starts Somewhere

I am so new to this blogging thing! I am in love with food blogs, cookbooks, pinterest, food network, food magazines, and pretty much everything food related. I always felt I had no hobbies until I actually stopped and looked at what I do in my spare time. Low and behold, I have a hobby! I wanted to start this blog as a means to keep track of the recipes I try and to share them with other people. If I find something really tasty, I want to share the wealth! Welcome to my new adventure here at Cooking Is A Hoot!