Double Feature: Ham and Bean Soup and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy First Day of June!!

Today I give you 2 recipes. Both of which came out good enough to eat, but not amazing. You all may have better luck, so let’s get on with it.

First up, Ham and Bean Soup. This one was kind of winged while at the grocery store, so not a lot of preparation went into it. It was also really easy to put throw together. I used a crock pot, so I dumped everything into it and let it do the work.

Ingredients:

16 ounces of beans

8 cups of water

Bone of ham (I used the leftover bone from the ham from Easter)

1/2 tsp of salt

1 cup chopped carrots

1/2 stalk of celery (chopped)

1 cup chopped onions

1 tsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp white ground pepper

2 bay leaves

Directions:

1. Pour water in crockpot.

2. Rinse beans before putting them in crockpot.

3. Add rest of ingredients.

4. I let it cook for a few hours and then cut off the rest of the ham off the bone and served without the bone.

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It was good! I would definitely give it a try.

 

Last but not least of the double feature, Chocolate Chip Cookies. I have been kind of craving some chocolate chip cookies lately, so I decided I should just make my own. Note to self: make sure you know how much flour you have BEFORE you are knee dip in blending everything together.

Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 sticks of butter,softened
  2. 1 cup of brown sugar, packed
  3. 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 1 tbsp vanilla
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 2 cups of all purpose flour
  9. 2 cups of chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine your butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a medium sized bowl. Next blend with a mixer, your eggs and vanilla until thoroughly blended. Then add in your baking soda and salt. Slowly add in your flour until its all blended thoroughly. Last fold in your chocolate chips. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls onto a lined with parchment paper baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 11-12 minutes.

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Ok, so this is a major fail on my part because I ran out of flour. Since I didn’t have all 2 cups of flour, it was too soft to roll into balls. I had to just use a spoon and drop them on the pan. They are pretty flat and I had to pay attention to the timing because they would burn if I cooked them the whole time.

They still taste good, they are a bit chewy, but definitely edible and enjoyable. Always check your ingredients before you start cooking!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Cannoli Dip

First off, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there! Most of us probably couldn’t make it through life without you, so thank you for all you do for us kids!

Since it is Mother’s Day, I wanted to make a dessert that I knew mom would love. I have actually never eaten a cannoli, and have no idea what it is supposed to taste like so I didn’t want to trust a recipe I found on the internet. Instead, my cousin in New Jersey has given me a great Cannoli Dip recipe!

Ingredients:

2 Cups Ricotta Cheese

8oz Cream Cheese

1 1/2 Cup Confectioners Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Drain the Ricotta Cheese overnight in a cheese cloth (they sell them at Target or Bed Bath and Beyond). Mix Ricotta Cheese with the Cream Cheese, Sugar, Vanilla, and Chocolate Chips. Sprinkle some Chocolate Chips on top and chill until it’s time to eat. You can use broken up waffle cones to dip with. You can also buy a pie crust, cut small circles, sprinkle with cinnamon and coarse brown sugar and bake about 8 min.

Cannoli Dip

Very easy recipe, takes no time at all to make! Now, this being my first time trying it, I must say I can’t believe I have never eaten one before. This is so delicious! A little too much dairy for me, but who cares about that allergy anyways!

Thumbs up all around from the family on this one!

 

Enjoy!

Mexican Dip

This weekend, I traveled to Michigan for a First Communion, so I took the weekend off of cooking. My cousins however, did not take a weekend off and put on a great Communion party. We had a lot of great food and desserts. I am still full from the party yesterday.

My cousin has been making this Mexican Dip for as long as I can remember. It is a staple at every party she throws. It has always been a favorite dip of mine and I always eat way too much of it! Recipe Below:

Directions:

Mix 16oz of Sour Cream with 1 packet of Taco Seasoning of your choice. After you mix it, put it on the bottom of the dish. On top of the mixture layer cheese, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and green onions. Very easy to make and very delicious!

Mexican Dip

My younger cousin has become quite the professional in the kitchen and made some dipped strawberries for the occasion. I think we can all agree they look a lot better than my “carrot” dipped strawberries from Easter. She must have done this before! She dipped them in chocolate and then used a spoon to splatter the white chocolate onto them.

Dipped Strawberries

Last, but not least, my cousins have their own Edible Arrangement Kit. You can all buy one at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It really is very cool and looked very use to use! The kit comes with different shapes, but for the Communion, they chose stars. They came out great!

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Very good party all around, and thanks for letting me take a weekend off!

Enjoy!

Easter Sunday

Happy Easter everyone!

Easter is one of my favorite holidays, probably because we get to eat ham and augratin potatoes (my favorite meal ever!). There are always a ton of different desserts you can make too! For our Easter, we made 3 different desserts. Dirt Cups, Carrot Cake, and a Twinkie/Peep thing (I don’t know if that has an official name).

The dirt cups is the easiest dessert to make and all ages will love it. I added a little twist to it by dipping strawberries in orange chocolate to act as the carrot. The dirt cups just consist of chocolate pudding and oreos. You can crush as many oreos as you would like to put on top of the pudding. For the “carrot” I bought orange chocolate and melted it in a double boiler on the stove. Make sure to keep stirring throughout the melting process so the chocolate does not burn. Once chocolate was melted, I dipped the strawberries in and coated the whole strawberry. I let the strawberries sit in the fridge overnight and assembled them into the “dirt” this morning. I also added a little chocolate bunny!

Dirt Cups

 

 

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The Carrot Cake is nothing special, but the affect I wanted to display is we used the left over orange chocolate to make the decoration on top of the cake. I used boxed carrot cake and following the directions on the box. For the carrot decoration on top of the cake, we used the leftover chocolate and formed it into a carrot shape. Once formed, we put it in the freezer for a few minutes before putting on the cake. We used green sprinkles to make the stem. By we, I mean Mom. I made the cake though, she decorated it!

Carrot Cake

 

For the final dessert, which we are using them as place settings. Peeps driving a Twinkie car. For this, you will need Peeps, Twinkies, Pretzels, Marshmallows, and M&Ms. Just assemble like the picture to make it look like the Peep is driving a car. Dad even helped make these (I think he just wants to eat the Twinkies).

Peeps

 

Easter is definitely a team sport, as it is a lot of work to make all these fun desserts. So grab your team and get to work! I hope everyone has a great day with their families!

 

Enjoy!

 

Cronuts

Today there will not be a recipe, but more of a public service announcement. The Cronut is probably the most amazing combination ever made in food history. It is a Croissant Donut that has a cinnamon sugar coating. I finally got to try this amazingness at Epcot in Disney World yesterday.

For all my Michiganders out there, this tastes just like an apple orchard donut! This made me very happy since now I can have a taste of home in Florida. You can get this donut 2 ways, plain or topped with ice cream. We got it both ways, and since I can’t have ice cream, I let Dad tackle that one. It is hard to eat with a fork or spoon though. Can’t really cut into the Cronut very easily. I would suggest just eating the ice cream first and then picking up the Cronut and eat it with your hands.

CronutCronut with ice cream

Both ways are super delicious and there were a lot of people ordering them when we were in line. This is a MUST try. It is perfect for breakfast, dessert, or if you just want a snack. This doesn’t weigh you down like a normal donut does. So go to Disney World now, or for those New Yorkers, go to the bakery that sells them. These need to be eaten by all!!

Enjoy!

Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

Happy Sunday everyone!! Hope everyone had a good weekend. This post is a little late because I needed to wait to serve it after dinner to get some opinions. I always have Disney on my brain and I have been looking at this recipe for weeks now and I figured it was time.

They serve this Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom. I have never had it so I can’t compare the taste of my outcome to theirs, but I imagine it comes pretty close. We had a big family dinner tonight so I had a few more mouths to please. Everyone said they really liked it and some even had seconds! It is a very easy dessert to make. Recipe below!

Cake Bottom

Serves: 5-6
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 10 min

Ingredients
1 box yellow cake mix
1 large egg
1 stick butter (softened)

Instructions
1. Mix ingredients.
2. Spread mixture evenly in greased baking pan.

Cake Top

Serves: 5-6
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 50 min

Ingredients
8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter
1 pound powdered sugar (sifted)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup Heath Bar pieces

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Mix cream cheese until smooth.
3. Slowly add eggs and vanilla.
4. Add butter and mix well.
5. Add powdered sugar, slowly.
6. Add chocolate chips and toffee pieces.
7. Mix until ingredients are all just incorporated evenly — do not overmix!
8. Put on top of Cake Bottom ingredients in pan. (Usually a large muffin pan can work well for this.)
9. Bake for 35 minutes. Inside should just be slightly gooey, but not liquid.

I used an 8×8 pan and I am thinking it wasn’t the best idea. It took a lot longer to bake (an hour and 40 minutes). I definitely suggest you all use the muffin pan. On the outside it doesn’t look good (I don’t want to talk about it).

Toffee Cake

It did actually come out and was delicious!

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I served mine with ice cream, and I am sure the Liberty Tree Tavern does as well. It is very rich, so I suggest using the muffin pan because then the size is a bit smaller. Everyone should definitely try it!

Toffee Cake

Enjoy!!

 

Irish Apple Cake

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day on Monday, I give you the very delicious Irish Apple Cake. It was actually super easy to make and between my mom’s pantry and my pantry, I didn’t have to go out and buy any ingredients. Basically, that is a win in itself! I guess since I used some of her ingredients, I should share the finished product. They said it was very good, so that means you all should try it! It has a bit of a shortbread taste to it and that is a great combination with applesauce. I recommend serving it warm and maybe with some ice cream.

I got this recipe off of allrecipes.com.

Ingredients

Makes 1 9×9-inch cake. I used an 8×8 pan and it worked out just fine.
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 lemon, zest grated
  • 1 3/4 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease baking pan.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, and salt together in a bowl.
  4. Beat in egg yolks, butter, and lemon zest until dough is thoroughly mixed. It will be crumbly.
  5. Mix applesauce, cinnamon, and cloves together in a small bowl.
  6. Press half the dough into the prepared baking pan; spread applesauce mixture over dough in a layer. Top with remaining dough.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until cake is browned, 40 to 45 minutes.

 

Irish Apple Cake(I think using the smaller pan, I put too much crust at the bottom. The crust to applesauce ratio is off, but I was never good at math. With the 9×9 pan, you probably wouldn’t have this problem.)

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy!

 

3 Ingredient Cookies

Happy Sunday! Sunday has started to become my favorite day because of this blog and I look forward to making something new in the kitchen. Unfortunately for this week, I have been sick so I don’t have a great meal to share with you for dinner, but I do have dessert! Who doesn’t love dessert and even better you can make it in 3 ingredients!

I had enough strength to try this cookie recipe I found on pinterest and even made enough to share with the family. They seemed to like them so I would say you all should give them a try. It is a little weird because it tastes like cake, but it is a cookie. It is good though, and it is super easy and quick to make. Below are the instructions.

1 rainbow chip cake mix

2 eggs

1/4 oil

Mix the ingredients above together, roll into balls, place them on a baking sheet, and bake on 350 for 10-12 minutes. I was able to get 20 cookies out of this, but it would vary depending on how big you want them.

I don’t see why you can’t use any kind of cake mix, and I encourage you to try it out and then let me know how it goes.

Enjoy!

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