Foodie Friday: Birthday Pull Apart Cake


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Sorry, this is a little late in the evening for a few of our readers. I was out celebrating my belated birthday with a few friends (who happen to be my childrens old ABA’s. Sad or awesome?). So, I am finally getting around to this post.

Last weekend was my birthday. No, I will not share my age. Age is just a number; no more. I was on Pinterest the previous Friday night when I ran across this pin, from Chef in Training

Cake Batter Pull Bread from chef-in-training.com ...This recipe is seriously SO good and extremely simple to make!

 

Awesome, huh? I decdied that Hubs needed to make this for me. And he did.

 

 

Did it look like the photo? Um, no! A profession chef made that and probably did some great food camera photo magic. Did I have to make my own birthday cake? NO, and that was the best part. However, the cake was undeniably delectable and the kids ate it.

Taken from www.Chef-in-training.com

Cake Batter Pull Bread

Cake Batter Pull Bread from chef-in-training.com ...This recipe is seriously SO good and extremely simple to make!

  • Yield: 1 loaf

This recipe is so simple and rediculously delicious!

INGREDIENTS

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Slice bread to make 1/2-1 inch sections slicing almost all the way to the bottom of the loaf. Be careful not to cut too far or to cut through. I used a serrated knife and cut on inch slices all the way down the width way of the loaf. Then I used my kitchen sheers to snip the 1/2-1 inch sections on each row, just to avoid any of them tearing off. Place loaf on cookie sheet.
  2. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, yellow cake mix and cinnamon. Stir to evenly mix together. Set aside.
  3. Evenly pour and distribute melted butter between each of the sections, making sure to get in-between each one. Trust me, you want the buttery goodness 🙂 If you need more butter, simply melt as much more as needed.
  4. Evenly sprinkle/pour sugar/cake mix mixture between each of the sections. Rub in to cover them if necessary. Be care not to tear any of the sections.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.
  6. While Cake Batter Pull Bread is baking, make the glaze. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and beat until smooth. Add more powdered sugar/milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Drizzle as much as desired over warm bread. Sprinkle with some added sprinkles if desired. Serve warm.

 

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Foodie Friday…Tortilla Soup!


TGIF y’all!  So I am a big fan of using leftovers and I came up with a great recipe this week.  A while back I showed you guys my easiest recipe of all time for Chicken Tacos.  The crockpot recipe with two ingredients:  chicken and salsa.

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Here is the recipe again.

The last time I made it we still had about half the chicken left after eating it once.  That’s when I decided to turn it into soup.  So yummy and easy, so I have to share.  This is all I did:

Take leftover chicken and salsa mixture (chicken should be shredded) and add to about 6 cups of chicken stock/ broth (I made my own with bullion cubes).  I added cilantro and cumin to taste, a heaping Tablespoon of minced garlic, a can of corn, and a can of black beans.  I brought the soup to a simmer and ground in some black pepper.  After ladling the soup into bowls, I topped them with shredded cheese and Fritos.  (Sour cream would be really yummy too!)

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That’s it!  Another easy recipe from a recipe that was already easy.  🙂  Have a great weekend!

Foodie Friday: Pizza Pleasing Everyone


The Superbowl commercials are not the only thing I look forward to on Superbowl Sunday; I love the food! My parents are amazing cooks and the food is one of the main reasons I love going over to their house (besides visiting!). However, now that we have moved away from home and started our own family, we also get to start our on traditions; including hosting parties with some amazing food.

One of the main staples I try to provide party wise, are foods that I know my children will eat. Who wants to be forced to go to a party only to not have food there you can eat or like? I sure don’t and I know my kids wouldn’t appreciate a party in their own home without some of their favorites to munch on.  My guess, like in our home, your home has a conglomerate of family members with different taste pallets. We have the “cheese only” person, the “pepperoni only” person, the “everything” person and the “anything” person. It gets very complicated around dinner time when trying to place a pizza order and forget getting a frozen pizza, we would need about 4 to please everyone. Then one fine day, Hubs had an idea. It was a brilliant idea; and idea that please everyone. We only buy cheese pizzas at the store. GASP! I did not like this idea at first. I am the “everything” person, so cheese only was a sin. However, he explained and it was one of those “duhh” moments. I’m sure you have now realized what his brilliant idea was. If you haven’t yet, don’t sweat it; it took me a few minutes to catch on.

His brilliant idea? Buy cheese pizzas then add toppings. <smacks forehead>. Seriously? Its that simple? Yes…yes it is.

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We always have pepperoni on hand (Bug’s favorite sandwich for school lunch) and since I love my dirty martinis, we tend to have a jar of Kalamata olives missing some juice in the fridge as well. So this Superbowl Sunday save yourself some stress and buy a few cheese pizzas from the freezer section and some toppings. You can even set up a pizza bar and let every one make their own half of a pizza.

Foodie Friday: Easy As Pie Frosting


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I know during the holiday season we all have traditions we follow. Ones that are years old and new ones started. One that my family carries on in tradition is the Christmas cookie. Not only, baking the sugar cookies from a 20 year old recipe, but the more important tradition is the decorating. We would spend hours icing and applying decorations to dozens and dozens of sugar cookies. Just like we use the 20 year old recipe; we also use the same icing recipe. It’s so simple it’s stupid. However, it comes with a warning- my kids hate it!

Holly, our elf on the shelf, used the same frosting recipe on some store bought slice and bake (don’t judge “she” had a really bad cold). The kids took one bite and spit it in the trash can. But I honesty believe that it was the cookie, not the icing, that was the cause. Also, remember my kids have ASD and they are not used to home made; rather Pillsbury pre-made nastyess.

So for your trial and error; here is our 20 year old icing recipe:

Water
Powdered sugar

Mix until peanut butter or toothpaste consistency. Then add food coloring to make desired colors.

Yea, it’s that easy. No super secret ingredient. No elusive ingredient. Just pure sugar rush on a cookie.

Foodie Friday…Anyone else stuffed?


Well, it’s good to be back.  This is my first post in over a month and a half, (thanks for picking up my slack, motherofchaos3), and I have  missed it.  There’s been lots going on, but that’s a story for another day.  For now, I’ll share my grandma’s cranberry salad recipe.  She was a farmer’s wife, and the mother of 13.  Nope, that wasn’t a typo 🙂 This recipe is easy, inexpensive, and adds lots of color to the table.  And it’s yummy, of course!

Grandma’s Cranberry Salad

16 oz. can of whole berry cranberry sauce

small can of crushed pineapple, drained

10 oz. bag of miniature marshmallows

one cup of cool whip (or more if you like!)

I also like this recipe because it can be made the night before a big meal.  Just mix together the cranberry sauce, pineapple, and marshmallows.  

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Put them in a covered container and refrigerate them overnight.  Just before you’re ready to serve your meal the next day, stir in the cool whip until well mixed.  

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That’s it!  So easy and delicious.  The cranberries make it a logical choice for Thanksgiving or the Christmas holiday meals, but the color makes it a great option for Valentine’s Day too.  

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Have a great day, I’m off for a tryptophan induced nap 🙂 

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