Monday, August 31, 2009

Choco-Mellow Brownies in a Flash

 Saturday was my husbands company party. He decided that since I did all the shopping he would not have me make any dessert. It was a sweet gesture, especially coming from him. So when he left early I changed my mind and had only 1 1/2 hours to get dessert ready for a group. These brownies are so easy and have always been a hit.

Luckily I saved one for a picture.

Choco-Mellow Brownies
2 boxes brownie mix.
Make brownies according to package directions. Pour into a grease cookie sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Take out of oven and cover with marshmellows.

Return to oven and bake 5 minutes more.

Let cool. (Unfortunately I did not have time to let them cool for very long).

Here's where the homemade and fast factor comes in. This recipe came from my Aunt Karen with a few additions of my own.
2 Minute Fudge Frosting
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup white corn syrup
1/2 cup milk
dash salt
1/2 cup butter
4 Tbs cocoa or 2 squares unsweetened chocolate

Put all ingredients in saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Pour into a mixing bowl. Add:
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Beat until it is mixed well. Frosting will be runny.
If you are fast you can pour it over the brownies and then just spread it around. SO EASY! (I am horrible at frosting)

Place brownies in freezer or fridge. To let the frosting set up.

I left them in the freezer for about 25 minutes. The secret I learned this time was to cut them as soon as you take them out of the freezer. It was really easy. Before I have had a terrible time getting them to cut because of the marshmellow layer.

All ready in record time!!
This frosting recipe works well even if you half the recipe and only make 1 box of brownies.
These brownies seem to get better with time. If you have the time make them the day before you need them. Also, if you have room keep them refrigerated. They are good either way though.

This post is linked to Recipe Swap at the Grocery Cart Challenge

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Crock Pot Veggie Soup

I love my crock pot. It makes dinner so easy on days that aren't so easy. I found a crock pot soup recipe that included summer veggies in it. Since it was chilly the other day I decided to try it out. So this is my new recipe for the week or maybe the day. We will see what the rest of the week brings. I changed it a bit. So here is my version.
Crock Pot Veggie Soup
6 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups prepared pasta sauce
1 medium onion diced
3 small zucchini sliced and then halved (can use part yellow squash)
2-3 tomatoes diced
1 cup celery diced
1/2 cup carrots
1 Tbs italian seasoning
1/3 cup cannellini or white beans
1/2 cup pasta (to add 20 minutes before serving).
salt and pepper to taste
Garnish with Parmesan cheese
Put every except pasta and cheese in crock pot. Stir well. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. 20 minutes before serving , stir in the raw pasta. Serve with grates Parmesan cheese.
Verdict: It smelled so good while it was cooking. The soup had great flavor. The only complaint was from my husband who asked me to leave out the beans next time.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

"Feasting" upon the Word

Awhile ago, I found this recipe for for a family home evening that included a lesson and a treat in one. I found it at FHE in a Snap . It is pretty clever. I did change it up a bit so here is my version.

Feast Upon the Word Cookies

3/4 cup ____________“The words of his mouth were smoother than ____” (Ps. 55:21)

1/3 cup _____________“Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy ____ and honey”
(2 Ne. 26:25)

1 1/2 cups _____________“To what purpose cometh there to me … the ____ ____ from a far country?” (Jer. 6:20)

2 _____________“As one gathereth ____ that are left, have I gathered all the earth” (Isa. 10:14)

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups _________“And Solomon’s provision for one day was thirty measures of fine ____”
(1 Kgs. 4:22)

1 teaspoon ___________“Take thou also unto thee principal spices … and of sweet ____ half so much” (Ex. 30:23)

1 teaspoon ___________“Ye are the ____ of the earth” (Matt. 5:13)

1/2 teaspoon ___________“The kingdom of heaven is like unto ____ (Matt. 13:33)

3 cups ___________“Nevertheless … ____ for the horse” (D&C 89:17)
1 cup ____________“And they gave him … two clusters of ____” (1 Sam. 30:12)

To start, beat the first four ingredients together. Next, mix in the remaining ingredients. Then, drop the cookie dough by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Finally, bake at 350° F for about 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!

3/4 cup butter
1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 cups sugar (I used 3/4 white and 3/4 brown)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda (this was the tricky one for the answer was leaven which is yeast. I figured that baking soda was the yeast for cookies, but possibly could have been baking powder?)
3 cups oats
1 cup raisins (since my family does not like
raisins we added chocolate chips).
VERDICT: It was a fun FHE. It helped me stress that just as we need to feed our bodies we need to feed our spirits also. The kids came up with reading the scriptures, praying, going to church and serving others. My husband added that not only do we need to read the scriptures but take them in, by really trying to understand what we are reading. Not just reading the words.
The cookies had good flavor. The family ate everyone of them. They were more cake like and were really dry. I don't know what I did wrong. If anyone has any suggestions please help me!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Almost Payday Meal

This has been a staple meal from way back in our college days. I actually got this recipe from my mom she's made it for as long as I can remember. It is quick, cheap and you can change it up a bit if you want. It is perfect when you are just trying to make it to payday. The best part is the kids always seem happy to have it for dinner. So are you ready for this complicated recipe...
1 lb hamburger
2 cans tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cup elbow macaroni
Cook macaroni and brown hamburger.
Drain hamburger and add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.
Add drained macaroni and stir. Heat until it warmed through.
* This recipe is so basic you can add ingredients to make it fit your family. My husband used to tell people if we were feeling rich (meaning we actually had these ingredients on hand) we would add cheese and mushrooms.
*You can add any type of pasta you want and less or more than 1 1/2 cups.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Kody's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

It is only fitting that I finally get this blog started with one of my all time favorite recipe.
It is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I have found. Someone brought them to me after I had a baby and I was instantly hooked. Luckily she was nice enough to share the recipe with me. I believe that Kody even made this batch in the picture.

Kody's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup of butter, softened (or 2 sticks)
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips
Cream butter and sugars. Add egg, vanilla and beat for 3 minutes. Add flour, soda and salt. Mix well and then add chocolate chips. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees. You want them light colored.
Yield: approx. 2 dozen. (I usually double the recipe).
*My new favorite is to replace the chocolate chips with M&Ms
*When ever my daughter makes these they never go flat. They stay rounded. We cannot figure out why. They still taste good though.

This is linked to Tuesdays at the Table.


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