Saturday, August 17, 2013

Pinned It ---- Did It--- and We Loved It Angel Food Apple Cake






Angel Food Apple Cake

Another success. I sometimes browse the boards of Pinterest and find a few easy things that we give a try. Here is the site I found mine on : so I try to give credit where credit is due and this is my closest one.

 http://kim-thislittlelifeofmine.blogspot.com/2012/05/2-ingredient-apple-angel-food-cake.html

I decided to make part of my blog, trying out new things. I have actually done this recipe with crushed pineapple. A Weight Watcher dessert to begin with and then into a great little two ingredient cake. Even better is that it is low fat. A double whammy.

So for this chilly Saturday in the middle August. Yes, in the middle of August in the South and we are 70 degrees. I made fish sandwiches for lunch and popped this into the oven.

Angel Food Apple Cake

Ingredients:

1 box of Angel Food Cake

1 can of apple pie mix (I used Walmart Great Value)


Instructions:

1) Pour Angel Food mix into a bowl, empty in can of apple pie.

2) Stir, At first I thought the cake mix was too dry, but I continued until it was kinda like a batter.

3) Pour into a grease 9x13 pan.

4) Pop into 350 for 35-40 minutes. Until nice and brown.

Let cool just a bit (the apple parts are kinda hot) and cut. You can put ice cream on top if you want. It had a really nice taste the top part mixed with the stuff in the apples and it was kinda brown sugary meringue yummy and inside was moist with chunks of apple.

a piece is missing...??

A prettier picture of the brown sugary merangiey yummy!


The next one I will make will probably be a can of peaches. I love peaches in the summer.

For this chilly day in August, this dessert really hit the spot. That is why I hurried to blog it so you could give it a shot.

 Get back in those warm jammies and enjoy your Saturday...

So there you go......"Yes, It is really that simple"

Friday, August 16, 2013

Make It At Home --- Stuffed Burritos







Stuffed Burritos

I have seen oodles of commercials from Taco Bell this week, stuffed burritos. They always look so wonderful on TV, and they may taste great, but I have a family of 5 that would enjoy them and the cost would just be outrageous. I am constantly trying to re-make what they would enjoy out, at home. I like that I  can control what goes into the ingredients and the portions.

For this meal I had to do a little more prep work, but I also made extra for another day or another type of meal. Saves me time and money.

Stuffed Burritos
(for 5- The kids and I all ate one, and my husband had 2) and still had a bit left over)

Ingredients:

1 package of large size flour tortillas
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of small diced onion
1/2 head of shredded lettuce
3 chicken breasts
1 large can of enchilada sauce (next time I will make my own)
1 can of re fried beans (I will also next time make my own)
1 can of pinto beans  ( I will do these my own too)
2 cups of rice (Instant Minute Rice)

3 chicken bouillon
sour cream

* you could also add in jalapenos, black olives, tomatoes, salsa or anything else you would like

Instructions:

Prepping:

1) In my crock pot (put a liner) lay in 3 chicken breasts and pour in a can of enchilada sauce. Simmer all day on low and then shred.


2) In my small crock pot, I put my re fried beans and a can of pinto beans and left on warm.


3) For the rice: add chicken bouillon to the water and then instant rice and microwave (this is done about 15 minutes before you get ready to serve.)

4) Shred lettuce/ dice up onion, prep what ever you are going to put into your burrito.

5) For the sour cream, I actually put it into a squeeze bottle. 
(Kitchen Tip, put sour cream into a quart baggie and squeeze up into corner, (like an icing bag) hold over top of bottle you are putting it in and cut a the corner and squeeze it into bottle. Like a pro, no fuss and no mess. )
I also do this with hot sauce.

Now let's build this baby....

1) Lay tortilla on a plate. (build down the middle)
2) Smear a few spoonfuls of re fried beans down the middle.
3) Shredded Cheddar Cheese
4) Squirt of Sour Cream
5) Then the rice, pile a little all the way on the top, down the middle.
6) Then onions, lettuce, salsa, or what else you like.
7) Last put on the very top the chicken enchilada mixture.
8) Pull up one side and the the other and roll, until you completely flip it over with the seam on the bottom.
9) Decorate it how you like, I just squirted with Sour Cream. (You could cheese it and pop back in an oven to melt... )


* With the extra chicken enchilada mixture I put into a quart freezer bag. I will use it to make a pizza, maybe enchilada, and actually was thinking of maybe a southwestern egg roll.



This was dinner last night, it was very, very filling. It was the prep work that took the most time, but it was worth it. The littlest ate his like a taco, he could work with something that big. One of my oldest liked it and the other one doesn't care for food all mixed together...sigh, so she had just chicken. 

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Been 75 degrees here in GA for the past two days, and it is August. Not sure what that is all about, but we are enjoying it. Windows all opened up, AC off. The pool is just that refreshing chilly. School is on here in Ga, so it has been early mornings and out to the bus stop. Everyone is adapting to the changes, but I have noticed the house is sound to sleep by 9pm.

So my friends, keep in touch...remember I am always thinking of you..
"It really is just that simple"

Monday, August 12, 2013

Pinned It ---- Did It--- Liked It Zucchini, Squash, Potato, Tomato Tartan






Zucchini, Squash, Potato, Tomato Tartan

I was going through the many pins I have on my Pinterest Board and I have a category, labeled .." Gonna Try"

I try to always give credit where credit is due and the only one I tracked it to was this website.eatlaughcraft.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/tomato-potatoezucchini-summer-squash-casserole/.

I did however changed it a bit around. I had all the components to make this dish, so I thought...gonna try..

Zucchini, Squash, Potato and Tomato Tartan

Ingredients:

2 potatoes
3 tomatoes
3 medium yellow squash
2 medium zucchini
1 onion
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese
Rosemary and thyme

Instructions:

1) I pulled out a 9x13 pan. Spray with non-stick spray.

2) Melt the butter and add to bottom of pan.

3) I minced the onion and garlic together in my food processor. Pour this on bottom of pan.

4) Layer in the veggies. Alternating with the different types.

 Pretty Right?



5) Sprinkle with a little spice, I used rosemary and thyme.





6) Cover with foil, 350 for 30 minutes.

7) Uncover and sprinkle with cheese, let cook until brown (about 15 minutes) (we used a little too much cheese)

Serve as a side dish or as a meal. It was really very good. The veggies were all tender.

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With the leftovers I put them in a pot with a bit of water and pureed them down and added them to my meatloaf recipe. It made the meatloaf moist, and really delicious.
That way nothing gets wasted.

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Happy August!

This is the last month of Summer. Here in Ga we send our kids back to school around the 6th of August. I wish it was like when I was little, a full summer from memorial day to labor day. I feel that it is way to short and way to hot.

This year is the year that I packed my last littlest child on the bus to go to kindergarten. I thought hey, I have done this twice before, it will be a breeze. Maybe it is because I am older now and I love spending time with my kids, but hey I miss that little boy.  It seems as if the house has become quiet and still. The one good thing is that he likes going to school, and that makes me happy, at least we aren't crying at the bus stop.
So until I get into a new routine, my posts might be a little sporadic, I want to make it a habit to come back and write.
Not sure what my future holds for me, I am kinda at an impasse, until I get to walking better, then I really can't get a part time job to help out with the bills and such. So I am exploring my options.
Starting a new diet today, well not a diet, just a conscience effort to drop the weight. I will kinda let you know when I get my plan all ironed out.

Enough for today.. get out there and make it yours...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Pinned It....Did It... Liked It. Apple Pie Tortilla Rolls

 
I found this one on Pinterest and decided that would be a great quick dessert.
I also find that I always have a few apples hanging out and always a pack of tortillas. So it is a win, win...

I re-did the recipe for me, I like any extra fiber I can get and I don't mind the skin on the apples. I am sure it would have been a little more creamier without the skins.

Apple Pie Tortillas

Ingredients

5 apples
10 medium tortillas (I still cut them in half)
1/2 cup of sugar (I used half sugar and half truvia)
1/4 cinnamon
1/2 stick of butter
vanilla (how much you like)

Instructions

1) Spray a 9x12 pan.

2) Dice apples up into a bowl.

3) Mix the sugar and the cinnamon together and add 3/4 to the bowl.

4) Add vanilla, and stir.

5) Take each tortilla and slightly from the middle down. Place seam side down.
Fill container.

6) Melt butter and pour over the top.

7) Sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar.

8) 350 oven for 40-50 minutes. Leave a piece of foil on until last 15 min. I didn't use mine and it was a little dark, but still good. Taking the foil off will make the top crunchy.

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When finished, remove and serve with ice cream. I thought this was a nice dessert. The top was crusty and sugary, and the bottom, was soft and apple-ly.

If you try this you know, you can make it yours. The next time, thinking raisins, or cranberries. I have had this two nights in a row.

Easy, Simple and Cheap.