Sunday, June 30, 2013

Chicken Lazone

One of my son's friends talked about how Chicken Lazone was their favorite dish and I wondered with a strange name like that what it could possibly be...WELL it if AMAZING!!  We ate every bit of it and I caught my daughter licking her plate clean!  Honestly can't believe it took me so long to try it and it was simple and quick to make. Totally a keeper!
Chicken Lazone
from Plain Chicken
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 pounds chicken tenders
1/4 cup butter, divided
2 cups heavy cream

Combine salt, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.  Sprinkle over both sides of chicken tenders.  In large skillet, melt half of the butter over medium-high heat.  Cook the chicken tenders until done, about 8 minutes.
Pour in the cream and add the remaining butter into the skillet.  Lower heat and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 5-7 minutes.  
Serve chicken and sauce over pasta or mashed potatoes.

*If you like spicy add more cayenne pepper.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Soda Pop Cake

The original recipe called for Dr Pepper.  I LOVE Dr Pepper so I knew I had to give it a try.  I ended up making two different versions. They were both moist and delicious. The good thing about this recipe is there are lots of flavor combinations you could try out! You  choose the cake mix, pudding and soda pop flavors you want to try out.
Soda Pop Cake
adapted from Group Recipes
1 box cake mix
1 small box of pudding
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
1 1/4 cups soda pop

1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
and enough soda pop to make a thin glaze.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Add cake mix, pudding, eggs, oil and pop together and mix until combined.  Pour into a well greased bundt pan
 Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the cake springs back when you touch it.  
Remove cake from pan to cool.
When cake it cool mix up the glaze and pour over the top.
Notice this one was a failure coming out of the pan..
I used a yellow cake mix, vanilla pudding and Dr Pepper in this one.
Now this one came out of the pan perfectly thank goodness!!
I used a chocolate cake mix, chocolate pudding and diet cherry coke for this one.
I was a little disappointed that you really couldn't taste the pop flavor, but it was still delicious.
I expected everyone to like the chocolate one better, but it was the yellow one that actually got eaten first.
But they both got eaten!
Kind of a fun recipe!!

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Simple Dress Transformation

A few weeks ago my daughter had her "big" 8th Grade dance.  It is insane the lengths people go to for this dance.  It is a full fledged formal.  Crazy!!   So being a on tight budget it was a bit of a challenge for us, but I think we did all right.  Transforming something simple into something marvelous is really pretty simple .
 We found this dress at a thrift store, with the original tags still attached.  With our 30% discount coupon it cost us $11.  We went to the fabric store picked out some ribbon and fabric in the accent color that she wanted and sewed it on.
 We found this adorable cover up to match. (Which just happened to be half off at Ross $10). 
She added sparkly black Converse.
Beautiful and modest!!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

'Fanta'stic Simple Teacher Appreciation Gift

Ever had one of those moment when all of a sudden the light bulb lights up?  Early this year I was trying to think of  a clever teacher gift and while walking down the aisle at Walmart saw the Fanta pop and this idea came into my mind.  (Those moments don't happen often, but LOVE when they do!!)  This is an easy and cheap cute gift.
The 2 liter bottles were on sale for $1.00.
My girls said their teachers loved it!!
Here's a printable label.
You should be able to right click to copy and paste this to a word document or save it.
Can't believe the school year is over!!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Snickers Cake

Our family LOVES Snickers bars so I could not wait to try this one out.  It was delicious and a nice change from the normal cake.   A big hit with the family!!

Snickers Cake
adapted a bit from
1 (16 1/2 ounce) box devil's food cake mix + the ingredients to make it according to the box.1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 ounce) jar caramel ice cream topping
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 Snickers candy bars, chopped
1/3 cup peanuts, chopped (Optional)
chocolate syrup
caramel ice cream topping
ake the devil's food cake as directed on the box, in a 13 x 9" pan.
While cake is baking, combine the sweetened condensed milk and most of the jar of caramel ice cream topping. (reserve a bit back for the topping).When the cake is done, remove from oven, and poke holes in it, using a fork or straw. Poke lots of holes (more than I did.)

 Immediately pour the sweetened condensed milk and caramel mixture on top so it can soak into the cake.
Top cake with chocolate chips and allow them to melt  for a few minutes then spread them over top of the caramel sauce.  Cover and put the cake into the fridge until it has completely cooled.

Then In a well chilled bowl, using chilled beaters, whip the 2 cups of whipping cream, powdered sugar and the vanilla into whipped cream, about 1-3 minutes on high. Gently stir in the chopped Snickers Bar pieces (save a few for the top of the cake.). Spread the whipped cream/Snickers mixture over the cake.
Top with extra chopped Snickers and peanuts if desired.
Drizzle top of cake with chocolate syrup and the reserved caramel syrup.

Chill before serving, and store remaining portions in the refrigerator.
My daughter thought it was a fancy looking cake!!
I was worried that the leftovers would not keep very well, but it was almost better the next day.  


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