Sunday, January 24, 2016

Patsy's Perfect Chocolate Pie

For Thanksgiving my mom and sister made this incredible chocolate pie.  It was so delicious and a huge hit.  Let's just say it did not last very long.  It left me wanting more...craving it! Between Thanksgiving and Christmas I made it twice and took another one to a potluck at work (also a huge hit there).  Best of all it is super quick and easy to make. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

Patsy's Perfect Chocolate Pie
Inspired by Lauren's Latest

1 baked and cooled pie crust 
12 ounces chocolate chips (Basically 1 bag. I like the Guittard and I used milk chocolate)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 cups cold milk
1- 5.1 oz. package instant chocolate pudding
Chocolate shavings for garnish


Whip cream with vanilla and powdered sugar until stiff.  Set aside.

In a large bowl whip milk with chocolate pudding mix until smooth. Sit 3 minutes to thicken. 
Pour the chocolate chips into a bowl and melt slowly in the microwave, stirring every 20-30  seconds. Watch it carefully.  Once it is melted, pour into the pudding mixture and mix well.  Fold in half of the whipped cream. Pour into cooled pie shell. Top with remaining whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Cover gently with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

The last time I made it I was lucky to get this picture with part of the pie, the family ate it so fast.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

A New Year, New Goals, Canvas Factory Review and a Giveaway for You!

Happy New Year!
Life has been a bit crazy for me ever since going to work full time last Spring and sadly this blog has suffered the consequences of it.  Let's just say I have totally missed it and my interactions with all of my incredible and amazing readers.  My goal this coming year is to get back to writing, creating and sharing with all of you.  To say THANK YOU for your patience with me I have a great giveaway to start the year off with from the great people over at CanvasFactory.

With CanvasFactory I was able to easily take this little photo from my phone
and create a beautiful 16 x 20 canvas print.
(This picture of my canvas print does not do it justice, It is gorgeous!)
The website was so easy and helpful.
It helped me determine which pictures would work best for this size.
It was quick and I was impressed and even more in awe when it arrived. 
It is very nicely done and looks amazing.
The wrapped edges are such a nice touch.  There are lots of styles and sizes to choose from. I am now looking at creating one of their canvas collages, they are awesome!
Doesn't it look fabulous on my wall!
This is my first experience with canvas prints and let's just say I am hooked thanks to CanvasFactory.

Now for the best part.....drum roll please...
CanvasFactory has given me a 16 x 20 canvas print to giveaway to one lucky reader!!
To enter follow the directions below.  

Winner will be announced January 11th.
and the recipe for Mom's Perfect Chocolate Pie coming soon..

Good Luck!

The 16 x20 Canvas print and giveaway were provided by CanvasFactory. All opinions are my own!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Easy Peasy Homemade Croutons

Last week a friend of mine shared with me some croutons and they were amazing.  As I asked her about them she simple stated how she had made them herself.  Her daughter and I ended up finishing them up just as a snack, they were that good.  So she inspired me to make some of my own.  They were so easy, cheap to make and the greatest fact they are so delicious!!  I will not buy croutons from the store.  You can adjust them flavor to whatever you want.
Easy Peasy Homemade Croutons 
This is a basic recipe. Use the seasonings and oils that you love.

1 loaf day or older bread (I found a bag of sliced bagette in the day old section at the store bakery department).
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Butter
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
seasoning salt

Mix up your oils and seasonings.  Let sit for a few minutes so the flavors can mix a bit.
Dice up your bread.
As you can see it was quite a large bowl of diced bread.
Pour the oil seasoning mixture over the bread and stir to coat.  Add more oil or seasoning if needed.
Pour on to a cookie sheet. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the bread is crisp and golden brown.  Stir a few times during baking cycle.
Remove from cookie sheet.  When croutons have cooled store in an air tight container.
So EASY and Delicious!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Easy Beat the Heat Crock Pot BBQ Ribs

With the impending heat wave we have been having I have not wanted to cook at all.   It has been so hot in my house that my normally very solid coconut oil is now a very liquid form. Turning on the oven makes me cringe. I decided I needed to cook my family something good for the 4th of July.  This was incredible and so simple!  I put them in the crockpot in the morning and only had to turn the oven on for 10 minutes.  They were so tender and delicious.

Easy Beat the Heat Crock Pot BBQ Ribs
inspired by Everyday Savvy
1 rack of baby back ribs
1 can pop (I used Dr. Pepper)
1 bottle barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
salt and pepper

Season both sides of the ribs with salt and pepper.  Wrap the rack of ribs around your crock pot.  Pour can of pop over the ribs and then add the liquid smoke if you want.  Put on the lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil.  Carefully take rack of ribs out of the crock pot and place on the cookie sheet.  Cover with barbecue sauce.  Broil on high for 10-15 minutes until the sauce starts to caramelize (get sticky looking).  Remove from oven and enjoy!!
If you have time make Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce. It is really good on ribs!
I used two racks of ribs and the same measurements of ingredients and they turned out perfectly.

Total deliciousness!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sausage Alfredo Bake

This is one of those meals that you are thinking "WOW this is so good the leftovers will be so good for lunch tomorrow.."  Only to be disappointed when your family eats the entire thing in one sitting.  Ok actually that is a good thing because either I starved them to death beforehand or the dish was amazing!!  We all know in this case it was the later.  It was a winner!!  Unfortunately they ate it so fast I did not get good pictures, so you will have to trust me on this one.  It is delicious!!

Sausage Alfredo Bake
Inspired by Let's Dish

16 ounces dry pasta (You can use any type I opted for penne)
 3 tablespoons butter
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup diced onions

3 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups half and half
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
1 (12 oz) fully cooked smoked sausage, any variety
1/2 cup peas (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
While the pasta cooks, melt butter in a medium sauce pan.  Add garlic and onions and cook about 5 minutes or until the start to get translucent. Stir in the flour.  
Add the chicken broth and whisk until smooth.  Stir in the half and half.  Add the salt and pepper and simmer until the sauce has thickened. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and 1 cup of the mozzarella until the cheeses are melted and smooth.  
Slice the sausage.  I then halved the slices.  Add the sausage, pasta and peas (if desired) to the sauce.  Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.  Top with the additional cup of mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until it is bubbly and golden.

*I cut up my sausage, cooked my pasta and shredded my cheese in advance.  This made it pretty quick to put together for the dinner rush.  I think it would be good with other meats also.

This is a keeper!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A "Simply" Easy Teacher Appreciation Gift

I am a little slow on this one, but hopefully it will be of help to someone in the future.
I was short on time and ideas so my daughter and I walked through the store looking for something to get the creative brain waves going.  Then we came across this item and ....BOOM!  We hit the jackpot!!

Cute, easy and cost effective.  
Her teacher's loved it.
If you want to use the tag you should be able to right click, copy and paste into a document.
I'm thinking it would of been very cute if I would of had my daughter sign her own name to make it more personal.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sausage Pancake Muffins

As I have told you all before I am not a morning person, and everyone leaves the house at different times, which makes the whole breakfast thing very challenging.  I try hard to provide nutritious things my kids can fix for themselves for breakfast each morning.  This muffin idea is fabulously easy and so delicious!  Gives my family something a little different to eat in the morning or any time else.
Sausage Pancake Muffins

2 cups pancake mix
1/2 pound  ground sausage cooked, broken into small pieces and drained.
2 Tablespoons maple syrup

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Mix pancake mix as directed on package
Stir in the sausage and maple syrup
Prepare muffin tins by spraying with non stick cooking spray.  (I put liners in mine and sprayed them also.)
Fill each muffin cup 2/3 of the way full.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until done. (check after 10.  Mine were done in 12 minutes)

You can now eat them immediately  drizzled with some maple syrup or let them cool and freeze for a quick easy breakfast.
YUM!!  Even this non breakfast person loved them!!


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