“Real” Strawberry Muffins

24 05 2011

I held out on posting this recipe until I received some reviews back from my co-workers.  To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of these muffins, but I think I found out something about myself.  I’m not so sure I’m a big fan of baked goods made with brown sugar.  I made some chocolate chip cookies some time ago that had brown sugar in them and I just didn’t fall in love with them even though other people said they were really good.  So, I’ll be on the look out for more evidence of my theory.  BUT, that means I’m really excited to say that everyone seems to like these muffins.  I made a ton of them – four dozen.  Yeah, I said four dozen!  I was really bummed thinking I was going to have to pitch them all.  No need to now!

I made double and 1/2 of this recipe since I had about 4 cups of chopped strawberries.  These were the strawberries that Katlyn and Sarah picked this weekend at Huber’s!

Ingredients for Muffins
1 1/2 Cups, Chopped Fresh Strawberries
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cut Butter, Softened
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt

First, combine the strawberries and white sugar.  Let them set for at least an hour then drain the liquid into a bowl to use for the muffin mix.

Preheat oven to 425

Cream the butter and brown sugar, beat in the eggs, then stir in the vanilla.  Stir the flour, baking soda, and salt together.  Then add the flour mix into the creamed mix, little by little.  Add in the strawberry juice as well.  As my mix would get thick, I would add in the strawberry juice to help with stirring.  Once that’s all mixed together, add in the strawberries.  For half of my muffins, I added tiny chocolate chips to the batter.  YUM!  Those muffins were good – probably because the chocolate helped to mask the brown sugarish?

Ingredients for Topping:
1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Cold Butter

Combine flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Add the butter and stir until you get a crumbly mixture.

I added a spoonful or so of the topping onto each muffin before baking.  I put the muffins in the oven for 7 minutes, then turned them so they’d bake as even as possible and put them on for another 8 minutes.

Check out the Before and After baking pictures.  They sure do look delicious!

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Creamy Corn Dip

15 05 2011

What a simple and delicious recipe I have to share with you today.  This is another I took to the Derby party.  I picked this one up from Mary Jane at work.  It’s gooood.  Not very healthy for ya, but it’s so yummy.

 

Ingredients:
Small Bag of Frozen Corn
8 ounce Cream Cheese, softened
Stick of Butter
Jalapenos or Chilis, depending on the level of heat you want 

Decide how much you want to make in your batch.  If you want a small portion, use one bag of corn, one cream cheese and one stick of butter.  As you double your recipe, you keep adding one of each of those.  For the Derby party, I used three of each and had a pretty full crock pot.  For the jalapenos, I get that small can you see in the picture and for the 3 size batch, I put about 3/4ths of the can in the crock pot, but I wish I would have used the whole can.  This ingredient is gonna vary depending on your taste buds.

 

I prefer Fritos to use with this dip, but tortilla chips are good too.





Caramel Apple Salad

13 05 2011

This is a recipe I got from my Aunt Ethel.  It’s delicious and pretty easy.  It makes a whole heck of a lot so definitely a good one to take to a party, which is what I did.  It was a tasty addition to the Derby party dessert line-up.

Ingredients:
3 Granny Smith Apples
3 Red Gala Apples (I did four since they’re small)
2 – 8 ounce Cream Cheese, softened
1 -16 ounce Cool Whip
1 Cup Sugar
2 TSP Rum

In a large bowl, combine the Sugar, Cream Cheese and Rum.  Cream together until smooth.  I had another recipe recently that told me to “cream” together some ingredients.  I had to look it up online because I had no idea what that meant.  haha.  Basically, you use a mixer until it’s all smooth and creamy.  Like this:

 

Next, you fold in the Cool Whip.  It’s a yummy concoction that you could use as a fruit dip.

Apples and Snickers are then cut up.  Leave the skins on the apples.  It’ll make the chopping go faster and give the salad some color.  Snickers are hard to cut up!  Especially when you’re doing six of them!  They look great with their chocolate tastiness.

 

 

Put everything together and mix well.  Refrigerate for a few hours and serve!  This makes a shitload.  Great dish for large gatherings.  Everyone loved it at the Derby party and I had requests for the recipe.  Big HIT.  Thanks, Aunt Ethel.

Update!  My sister does not like chocolate so she used Paydays instead of Snickers.  I didn’t try it myself, but she said it was really good.





Five Cup Salad

27 03 2011

I had a craving for this yesterday.  It’s so yummy and easy to make.

 Ingredients:

1 Cup Sour Cream
1 Cup Coconut Flakes
1 Cup Pineapple (crushed or chunks)
1 Cup Mandarin Oranges
1 Cup Marshmallows

All you do is mix it up together.  It’s best after it’s been in the fridge a while.

I made a double batch here.

The sour cream always messes me up.  The salad has a nice sweet, light taste and in my mind I don’t see how the sour cream helps make that flavor.  But it does and it’s awesome.

Update!  I just had a bowl. Delicious!





Chocolate Chip Cookies

18 02 2011

Even though I don’t get to bake very often, I love it!  One of the things I like to make is Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I use the recipe on the back of Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips.  I never knew that making things from raw ingredients would be so much more satifiying than eating raw cookie dough from the grocery.

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
3/4 granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups chocolate chips – again, I use Nestle Toll House
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
 

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.

In another bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy.  The first time I did this, I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right.  But you keep beating it until it becomes creamy.  It’s amazing how the dry parts become the creamy mix.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating them until the mix is smooth.  Then gradually beat in flour mixture.

Because Chris doesn’t like chocolately cookies, I spoon the dough out here for his cookies and hand drop a few chocolate chips on each cookie.

I then stir in chocolate chips and sometimes nuts at this time.

Then it’s time to spoon out the rest of the cookies and bake. 

In about 9-10 minutes, they’re ready to be taken out.  Then, you wait and wait until their cool enough to devour.

 





Mountain Dew Cupcakes

27 11 2010

Everyone knows that Chris LOVES his Mountain Dew.  That’s just about the only thing he drinks and we purchase a ton of it!  So when I found this recipe, it was a no-brainer about whether or not I was going to try it out and I was very pleased with the outcome. 

Cake Ingredients:

 1 box of lemon flavored cake mix (Duncan Hines Extra Moist if you can find it) 
I used Yellow for this first run!
3 eggs
3/4 cup of oil
1 1/3 cup of Mountain Dew (just about a full can)
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Icing Ingredients:

1 can of vanilla or lemon flavored icing
1 tablespoon of vanilla
green food coloring

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, eggs, oil and vanilla until well combined.  Then you can add the Mountain Dew.  The soda will foam up as it reacts to the cake mix and other ingredients.  I will say that the instructions I read told me to “be aware” and that the soda would foam up “substantially”.  I was expecting a volcano type reaction, but I didn’t get a show.

 The batter will be a little on the runny side, but that’s perfect.  Line your muffin cups with your liners and fill with the batter.  Fill each liner only about half full.  They will rise a lot, so try not to make them too full.  I was able to get 36 cupcakes out of this recipe!  Wow!  Perfect way to stretch your dollar.  Place the cupcakes in the oven for 18 – 22 minutes.  Remove the cupcakes when ready and let them cool while you mix the icing.

Simply mix the icing, vanilla and food coloring together until you reach the desired color.

Gently frost the cupcakes with the icing and add any special decorations for the occasion!

 These cupcakes were so moist; I couldn’t believe it.  Everyone that tried them were amazed.  Not to mention the cool factor to say they were made with Mountain Dew.  Most people loved the lemon icing, but I think I will try vanilla the next time.

 

 





Chicken Alfredo

6 08 2010

I had an amazing dinner last night!  Enjoy!

First, I fixed a delicious Mojito.  They’re my new love.  I found this mix at Kroger for a few bucks.

 
I fixed it in one of my fun glasses…
 
Mmm…I chopped peppers and put them in the skillet with some Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper
 
Pasta Cooking…
 
While those are on the stove, I opened a can of chicken.  Now, I’m sure I could have cooked the chicken myself, but this canned chicken has a good taste.  I purchase the Kroger brand.
 
Checking in on the peppers…they smelled SO good.
 
I used this Alfredo sauce.  Mom recommended it and it was the best I’ve had out of a jar.
 
Once it was all put together…
 
What did I do with the extra Peppers?  I put them with some Hummus for lunch!