Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cheesecake Bars

I have been into a dessert kick lately if you haven't noticed.  This was something totally new and delicious.  It was a hit with the whole family.  Really simple to make, but looks like it could be complicated.
Cheesecake Bars
adapted from Taste of Home
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
FILLING:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
FROSTING:
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 to 5 teaspoons milk
Combine the flour, butter and confectioners' sugar; press onto the
bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and extract until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool.
  • Combine the frosting ingredients until smooth; spread over bars.
  • Store in the refrigerator. That is if they make it there!
Cut and enjoy!!  Delicious!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Perfect Place to Find COOL Things and a Giveaway!

Have you ever had trouble finding that unique gift or something that expresses who you are?  Well I have found the one place that has it all.  CafePress has custom t-shirts, personalized gifts, unique mugs, posters and much more.   I found some really cool custom Samsung Galaxy cases and  iPhone 4 & 5 cases.

Mustache Galaxy S3 Case
The Mustache Case is perfect for my daughter.
Baseball Heart Galaxy
I'm in love with the Baseball Heart Case

Humerus iPhone 4 Slider Case
The Humerous Case is so totally fit for my brother 

There are tons of great phone cases as well as things for anyone in your life!!
At CafePress you'll find millions of one-of-a-kind designs on every topic you can imagine (and some you can't) - from political expressions, funny t shirts & stickers, to all sorts of merchandise with cool personalized designs. 
You can also find themed gear from TV Shows, movies and more!

Walker Bait Women's T-Shirt
I found the perfect gift for my friends Kim and Kris that are hooked on "The Walking Dead."

Let's just say I am now hooked on CafePress. It is so much fun and I am intrigued by the variety of things they offer.  Now thanks to them one lucky reader will win a $25 gift certificate to purchase whatever they want.  Choosing what you spend it on may be the difficulty though!! 
To enter follow the directions below.  Winner will be randomly drawn on April 15th.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New Fiber One Trail Mix & Protein Bars and a Giveaway

Publix® WHERE SHOPPING IS A PLEASURE® | FIBER one®

Did You Know: 9 out of 10 Americans aren´t getting the 
recommended amount of fiber each day? 
Now getting your fiber has never been tastier than with Fiber One's new Trail Mix and Protein bars. Taking care of yourself suddenly sounds like fun!
It all started with the Oats and Chocolate Fiber One bar, but now Fiber One offers several solutions to help you get the fiber you need. There are so many delicious ways to enjoy fiber! Check out their range of products at a Publix® near you.

Try all of these delicious Fiber One bars:
  • Oats & Chocolate - 35% of your daily fiber with chocolate chunks, chocolate flavored drizzle & yes some oats
  • Chewy Trail Mix - 35% of your daily fiber with chocolate chunks, raisins, peanuts & cranberries
  • Caramel Nut Protein - 7g of protein plus 20% of your days´ fiber with caramel and peanuts wrapped in chocolate flavored coating
  • Coconut Almond Protein - 7g of protein plus 20% of your days´ fiber with coconut and almonds wrapped in a chocolate flavored coating
FIBER one® bars
I will admit getting enough fiber in my diet is tough!! I am also one of those people who usually grabs something for breakfast on the way out the door to work so the addition of the protein in these bars is a plus to me!!   We received one bar of each flavor to try. The HUGE bonus is my kids LOVED them!! 

Now for the awesome news!!   They have given me a gift pack to giveaway to one lucky reader!

One $25 Publix® gift card
One bar of each Fiber One flavor above

To enter the contest follow the directions below.
Winner will be announced April 9, 2013 



Have an awesome day!!

The information, products and gift pack were provided by General Mills and Publix® through MyBlogSpark.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

We recently had a potluck lunch at work.  Common sense would say,  "Take something tried and true that you know is going to be a sure hit!"  Well you all know me too well  and I tried something I made up and brand new.  Surely, taking a huge risk and not knowing what the results would be.  I must admit I was a bit nervous and lots of thoughts crossed my mind.  So when the time came I put a piece on my plate and walked away, eating alone at my desk, almost to scared to hear the reactions.  Good news, when I walked back to the kitchen for dessert I found my casserole dish empty and everyone was raving about it! YAY!! Success.  It was delicious! I actually made it into two smaller versions so my family ate the second one for dinner later that night.  Once again a BIG HIT!!
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
1 package corn tortillas (or flour)
1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup onions, diced
1 (4 oz.) can of diced green chilies
1 (15 1/4 oz.) can of corn, drained
1 (15 1/4 oz) can of black beans, drained and rinsed.
1 can of olives diced
2-3 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
1  (28 oz) can of green chile enchilada sauce
1  (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup
3+ cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until they are mixed together.  Add the onions, chilies, corn, beans, olives, chicken and 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce to the mixture.  Stir to combine.
Put a small amount of the enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9 x13 casserole dish and tilt until the bottom of the pan is completely covered.  Put a layer of tortillas on the bottom of the pan. *I ended up cutting them on the next layers to not use quite so many.
Now cover with half of the chicken mixture followed by about 1 cup of the cheese and repeat the layers.
Top with a layer of tortillas. 
Mix the remaining enchilada sauce with the cream of chicken soup and pour over top.
Cover the top with the remaining cup of cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and heated through.
Take foil off the last 10 minutes of baking time.
Fiesta Ole!!
Enjoy!!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Chocolate Mint Muddy Buddies

My family loves Muddy Buddies, so I was excited to try out a new version.  Of course my coworkers got to try it out also.  It was a HUGE hit with everyone!  Just the right amount of mint.  I searched for some green candy to add to make it a big more festive and St. Patrick's day like, but had no luck!! 
Chocolate Mint Muddy Buddies
adapted from Sugary Sweets
12 oz package of milk chocolate chips (or 2 cups)
1/2 cup  Andes Mint Pieces
1 teaspoon oil
10 cups Chex cereal (rice or corn)
2 cups powdered sugar

Measure out your cereal and put it into a big bowl.
Put the chocolate chips, mint pieces and oil in a bowl.  Melt in the microwave stirring after first minute and then every 30 seconds until the chocolate is melted and smooth (about 2-3 minutes).  Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and stir until it is all coated.  Pour the powdered sugar into a gallon baggie and spoon the cereal mixture in to the bag.  Seal and shake until ther pieces are well covered.Pour pieces out on to some wax paper to allow the chocolate to set.
Store in an airtight container.  That's if it lasts long enough to make it there!!
Quick, simple and DELICIOUS treat!!



Sunday, March 3, 2013

Red Velvet Brownies

A friend of mine introduced me to red velvet a few months ago and ever since I have been hooked!!  These brownies were delicious!! I however did not have the amount of red food coloring it called for, but they still turned out red.  I will be making them again!! The frosting was the perfect addition. I guess it is not just for sugar cookies after all!!
Red Velvet Brownies
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 oz red food coloring (or scant 2 Tablespoons I actually only had 1 Tablespoon and  added 1 Tablespoon water for the other Tablespoon and they still turned out a nice red.)
2 tsp vanilla, divided
1/2 cup butter; room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs; room temperature
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8x8" baking dish.  
In a small bowl, slowly stir together the cocoa powder, food coloring, and; 1 teaspoon vanilla into a thick paste until no lumps of cocoa remain.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy; about 2 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, then stir in the remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

With the mixer off, add in the cocoa mixture, then turn the mixer to medium and beat the two mixtures together until they are one uniform color.  Slowly add in the flour and salt and mix on medium-low speed, just until combined.  Do not over mix.

Remove the bowl from the mixer & stir up the batter with a rubber spatula once or twice, just to ensure all of the flour has incorporated from the sided of the bowl and there isn't anything stuck on the bottom of the bowl.  You'll want on uniformly colored (red) batter.
Spread into the prepared pan
  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the brownies.  Let cool and frost with Creamy Buttery Frosting!
Delicious!! As you can see my family could not wait for me to take a picture before digging in!!

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