Thursday, October 24, 2013

Frankenstein Pudding Cups

I had a friend of mine's 3 daughters today because I wanted to do a fun Halloween snack with them. We decided to do the Frankenstein Pudding Cups and they loved them!!

We started with the following supplies:

Clear plastic cups
Permanent Marker
Vanilla Pudding
Green Food Coloring
Crumbled Oreos



By looking at this you can probably figure out what to do but just in case..we started by making the faces on the cups then we mixed the pudding with coloring the pudding in a separate bowl, so that the cup can be filled and less mess around the cup. Put the mixed green pudding in the plastic cup...place the crumbled oreos on top of the pudding and YUMMY!!
As you can see the orange strips on this cup my mom thought she would get fancy and we had some orange frosting left from another Halloween Treat - stay tuned for the instruction for making Witches Hats :)

Happy Thursday, all!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Caramel Apple Pie Bites

Okay, I know I am not the only one that gets in the baking mood when cold weather rolls in. I just can't get enough warm sweets, my sweats and a full DVR! Maddox went down for bed the other night and my mom and I decided to whip these yummy creations up. 

Caramel Apple Pie Bites

2 containers Grands Crescents
About 3 Honey Crisp Apples - or apples of your choice
Cinnamon
Sugar

Start by slicing up the apples. Roll out the cresents and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, then roll up the apple in the crescent.

You can also drizzle caramel over the apple before rolling it up :)


Bake for about 11 minutes or until the crescent is browning.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Tater Tot Casserole

Happy Friday Friends :)

Since being home with Maddox, I easily lose track of the days. We are constantly up to something whether its story time, getting groceries or feeding the ducks at the park...the days just seem to fly right by. Tomorrow Maddox will be 7 weeks old already. I am excited for him to grow and learn but is there anyway  to slow down time....???? Before you know it his first day of school will be here!

A day in the life of me right now starts at about 5am and very rarely going to bed prior to 10 or 11. So tonight we had a cake order along with my parents, brother and his girlfriend as well as my father in law over for dinner. So for some reason I always plan like this...it's all in one night but that makes it fun!! I decided to do something with not too much prep work and that is pretty hearty, sounded like a good night for Tater Tot Casserole. While most people don't need a recipe for this I threw some mixed veggies in with it so I thought I would share a slightly tweaked recipe I found.

 Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

2 Pounds Ground Beef, browned and drained
32 ounce bag of Tater Tot
One 10 3/4 ounce can of cream of celery soup
One 10 3/4 ounce can of cream of mushroom soup
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon each Salt, pepper, and garlic
16 ounce bag of mixed vegetables
  1.  Brown ground beef in a skillet and add soups, vegetables, and seasonings.
  2. Place in the bottom of a 9×13 dish.
  3. Top with shredded cheese.
  4. Add Tater tots on top of the cheese.
  5. Bake 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
And mommy brain I forgot to take a picture until I already had it dished up! HAHA...


Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Twice Baked Potatoes and Maddox Update

After several weeks of unknown issues with my computer I think I have finally got it back to normal - it's a GREAT feeling!!

With that being said...we now have a 6 week old baby boy !! :) It really is a blessing to have a healthy and happy baby. We are loving parenthood! Looking forward to our first holidays with the little guy!

Maddox was born on August 31st at 3:17pm. After 50 hours of labor we were so happy that journey was over and the next on had begun!!!!

This is Maddox as we were leaving the hospital...


And obviously the little guy has grown quite a bit since then


Here are some Twice Baked Potatoes that we had this week with some Baked Chicken.

Twice baked potatoes

 4 large baking potatoes
 8 slices bacon
 1 cup sour cream
 1/2 cup milk
 4 tablespoons butter
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/2 teaspoon pepper
 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
 8 green onions, sliced, divided


Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Bake potatoes in preheated oven for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
When potatoes are done allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop the flesh into a large bowl; save skins. To the potato flesh add sour cream, milk, butter, salt, pepper, 1/2 cup cheese and 1/2 the green onions. Mix with a hand mixer until well blended and creamy. Spoon the mixture into the potato skins. Top each with remaining cheese, green onions and bacon.
Bake for another 15 minutes. ENJOY :)