Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Creamy Italian Chicken

I love the smell of an easy dinner in the crock pot, don't you? If you do, this post is for you. 

This is about as easy as it gets. 

You only need 4 ingredients:

* 2 pounds of chicken breasts
* 1 Italian seasoning packet (the dry mix)
* 1 can cream of chicken soup
* 1 (8oz) block of cream cheese

1. Turn your crock pot on low and add all ingredients except chicken.
Let this sit for about 20 minutes so the cream cheese gets soft, then whisk together until it is as smooth as possible.

2. Add chicken and cover with cream cheese mixture.

3. Cook on low for about 5 hours.

4. Serve over rice.

And that's it! This was so good that I only had enough left over to make one of us lunch for the next day!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Chocolate Pudding Frosting

Oh-my-goodness, y'all! This frosting is RIDICULOUS!

(And by ridiculous, I mean good!)

It's so simple, and so yummy! 

Ingredients needed:

- 1 (5.9oz) box of Instant Chocolate Pudding
- 1 (16oz) container of whipped topping
- milk

1.) In a large bowl, mix pudding packet with HALF of the milk called for on the package directions. Whisk until pudding mixture is thick (about 2 minutes).

2.) Fold in 1/2 of the whipped topping.

I ended up using about 3/4 of the whipped topping. Just eyeball it....tasting it works well too!

3. Refrigerate your frosting for at least an hour. This should give you time to bake and cool your cake or cupcakes.

I whipped up my favorite chocolate cake (I'll share this recipe on a different post!) and slathered a good amount between my cake layers, then frosted the entire cake!

I must say this is, by far, not one of my prettiest cakes! It is great for a quick and yummy weeknight dessert though!

I had NO complaints on the appearance, only compliments of how absolutely wonderful it tasted!

Please make sure you keep it in the refrigerator when not serving it. With the milk and the whipped topping, this is important!

You can use any flavor pudding and I'm sure it will turn out just as amazing!

I will definitely be making this with vanilla and banana pudding! The possibilities are endless! 


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Apple Dump Cake Fail

OK, let's be honest. We've all had one of those awful moments known as a "Pinterest Fail" and this, my friends, was one of mine.

It was supposed to be simple. And good. 

I thought it was right up my alley this night. Ivy loves anything with apples and I just wanted something sweet, so Apple Dump Cake it was.

The recipe and directions are about as easy as it gets. 
-1 yellow cake mix
-1 stick of butter
-4 apples, sliced

I don't like crunchy apples, so I decided to soften them in a pan with a little cinnamon-sugar sprinkled on top.

I sprayed a pan with Pam and poured the apples in the bottom.

Then, as directed, poured the DRY cake mix on top. 
This is where I started to feel like it wasn't going to end well.


Next I melted a stick of butter and poured that on top of the dry cake mix.

The directions say to bake for 25-30 mins at 350. 

As you can see, I left mine in longer. It didn't look done to me and smelled like pure butter....very unappetizing. I didn't even taste it. So sad. 

Does anyone know what I did wrong? I even went back and looked up different Apple Dump Cake recipes and they're all pretty much the same. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Chicken and Gravy

Well....what a whirlwind the past couple weeks have  been!  I super love the holidays and look forward to it all year long, however, I'm kinda glad it's over! I've spent weeks getting everything together for all of the goodies that I make for friends and family.  Sadly, I didn't take that many pictures of it. (This whole blogging thing is a lot of fun, but I must admit, I dont always think of taking pics when I'm busy in the kitchen.....oops! I will have to work on that!)

On to the recipe!

This is chicken and gravy. Yum. 

Very easy....even the worst cooks can do this! The recipe comes from good ol Pinterest.


What you'll need:

2 lbs chicken breast (this was 5 breasts for me)
2 packages of chicken gravy mix
1 (10oz) can cream of chicken soup
2 cups water
 Fresh cracked Pepper to taste

Mix the soup, water, pepper and gravy pouches together. (Try to get this mixture as smooth as possible. Use a whisk.)

Clean chicken and put in the bottom of the crock pot.

Pour the gravy/soup mixture over the chicken.

Cook on low for 4 hours.

I used 2 forks and shredded my chicken a bit when it was finished cooking.

We had ours over rice (yes, on a paper plate....I despise doing dishes) with a little hot sauce and some green beans! 

So easy, but very yummy! With all of this cold weather, a little comfort food is so nice!