Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cake Mix Brownies

These are wonderful and easy to make. Which makes them super wonderful. :) I got the recipe from my neighbor (

1 chocolate cake mix
1 small package instant pudding
2 c. milk
1 (12 ounce) package chocolate chips
1 tub chocolate frosting (optional)

Mix cake mix, pudding and milk until blended.
Pour into a greased cookie sheet.
Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes
Let cool and spread frosting on top

Depending on your oven, sometimes these will only take 20 minutes. Check the brownies 20 minutes in

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
Recipe Type: Drink
Author: Tiff @ Babes and Kids
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 4 hours
Total time: 4 hours 15 mins
Serves: 8
Creamy hot cocoa for your slow cooker
  • 1/2 cup dry baking cocoa
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 7 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • marshmallows
  1. In slow cooker, combine dry cocoa, milk, and salt. Stir until smooth. Add water gradually, stirring until smooth.
  2. Cover and cook on High 2 hours, or on Low 4 hours or until very hot.
  3. Just before serving, stir in vanilla
  4. Top each serving with marshmallows
I found this recipe here - Can't wait to try it!
I found this recipe here:

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cabbage Salsa

This is a new favorite recipe at our house. It reminds me of something you'd see at Rubio's. It's great with tortilla chips or with taco's too!

1 head cabbage, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
2-3 tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 can chopped jalepenos
1 tbsp. pepper
1 tpsp. salt
1 tbsp. garlic powder
juice one lime and one lemon

Combine all together and let sit.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Is it just me, or does the tea cup look like it's a cup of pudding? Just sayin'....

Friday, October 29, 2010

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
3 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup honey
*2-3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted (or other oil or butter)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8x8-inch square baking pan or an 8x11-inch bar pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine oats, spices and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin, honey, coconut oil and vanilla until smooth. Pour over oats and stir well, until all of the oats are coated and moist. Stir in chocolate chips.

Evenly press granola into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool about 10 minutes. Carefully flip pan over onto a cutting board, or lift parchment paper out of the pan. Cut into bars and separate them a little bit so they can cool completely.

You can easily double this recipe, especially since they don't last long! Just bake it in a 9x13 pan.

*The first time I made the granola bars, I didn't use any oil but I thought I would add it the second time to see if it would make the bars a little more moist and plyable. There was not much difference between the two. The second batch was more moist but the oil didn't make them more pliable. Either way they were great

*This is actually from a friend of mine, I haven't tried making them myself but tried them at her house and thought they were fabuloso!. So maybe you might want to try making them. :)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Tortilla Soup

This is not a picture of my Tortilla Soup, but this is pretty much what it looks like. I rarely cook anything that doesn't have a picture in a cookbook, so here you are a picture...of someone else's Tortilla Soup


1 Lg onion, chopped (for those who don't like onion a medium is great)
4-6 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp dried cilantro
3 Tbsp vegetable oil (I think I usually use olive)
2 c. chopped cooked chicken (I have used canned chicken, but of course, cooked chicken is the best)
2 quarts chicken broth
1 (14ounce) can stewed tomatoes, do not drain and chopped
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles (Rotel Original)
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp pepper

Saute first 3 ingredients in the vegetable oil (or olive oil) in a stock pot for 5 minutes. Add chicken and next 6 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf.


Tortilla chips: crumble them, buy the strips or bake some using 6 inch corn tortilla for about 5-8 minutes at 400 degrees
Mozzarella cheese.
hot sauce
and whatever else you think might be good in tortilla soup. Sour cream, guac, beans. whatever. Enjoy.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Rustic Cabbage Soup

I got a head of cabbage in my Bountiful Basket the other day and thought I'd try to make some soup. I seem to end up having soup for lunch quite often when the weather turns cooler (wouldn't you know it - it's 85 degrees right now!). Anyway. I came across this recipe and thought I'd share

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
a big pinch of salt
1/2 pound potatoes, skin on, cut 1/4-inch pieces
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
5 cups stock (see head notes)
1 1/2 cups white beans, precooked or canned (drained & rinsed well)
1/2 medium cabbage, cored and sliced into 1/4-inch ribbons

more good-quality extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Warm the olive oil in a large thick-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the salt and potatoes. Cover and cook until they are a bit tender and starting to brown a bit, about 5 minutes - it's o.k. to uncover to stir a couple times. Stir in the garlic and onion and cook for another minute or two. Add the stock and the beans and bring the pot to a simmer. Stir in the cabbage and cook for a couple more minutes, until the cabbage softens up a bit. Now adjust the seasoning - getting the seasoning right is important or your soup will taste flat and uninteresting. Taste and add more salt if needed, the amount of salt you will need to add will depend on how salty your stock is (varying widely between brands, homemade, etc)...

Serve drizzled with a bit of olive oil and a generous dusting of cheese.