Thursday, April 28, 2011

Quickie Meatballs

This is one of those dishes that I know won't be winning any awards anytime soon but I wanted to post it anyway because I know my Uncle Dan will love it. What's great about it is how quickly it is to make and how few ingredients are involved. I put it together trying to use up some odds and ends in the pantry/fridge.

Katie's Quickie Meatballs~

1 dozen homestyle frozen meatballs
1 can golden mushroom soup ( I HATE regular mushroom soup but I am actually starting to like this golden mushroom soup stuff)
black pepper
dried onions

In a medium pot add frozen meatballs, golden mushroom soup, 1/2 can of water, a few dashes of black pepper, and about a teaspoon of dried onions. Allow to simmer on medium heat for about twenty to thirty minutes.

That's it, how much easier can it be? Now I realize it's not fancy but it was actually pretty good. I served ours with pierogies and mashed potatoes for Addison, hence the fact I had both on my plate. We had a lazy dinner night obviously...we watched the news and ate in the living room...Addie was served from my plate! HA

Speaking of watching the news, is anyone actually getting up at 4 a.m. to watch the big royal wedding? I am really tempted to do so but we'll see if I can drag this bag of bones outta bed when it comes times.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Here's another sweet treat for everyone and it's another one I found from the Recipe Shoebox blog. Both my Mom and Daniel really enjoyed this but even though I thought it was good I wasn't head over heels for it. Next time I may switch things up a bit by using graham crackers for the crust and strawberry pie filling instead of the ice cream topping.

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars
~Recipe Shoebox

1- 16oz. package of Pecan Sandies cookies, divided
1 1/2 tbsp. butter, melted
11 ounces cream cheese softened (I could only find the 12oz. container)
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
pinch salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 cups sour cream
1 1/4 cups strawberry ice cream filling or strawberry pie filling

1.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a food processor, process all but six of the pecan sandies. Mix with melted butter and lightly press onto the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
2.)In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, almond extract, and sour cream. Beat on high for 4-5 minutes.
3.) Spread half of the cheesecake batter over the pecan sandie crust. Pour 3/4 cups of the strawberry ice cream topping over the cheesecake batter.
4.) Spread remaining cheesecake batter over the strawberry layer and then spoon the 1/2 cup of strawberry ice cream topping over the batter.
5.) Being careful not to cut into the surface of the cookie crust, swirl the strawberry mixture with a butter knife.
6.) Bake for 25-35 minutes or until center is jiggly, but not liquid. While baking process remaining six cookies. During the last ten minutes of baking, sprinkle the cookies on top of the cheesecake. Chill for at least eight hours and cut into squares.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Creamy Chicken and Tomato Pasta

Have you all seen the commercials for the new Philadelphia Cooking Cremes?

I have and after a couple of weeks of deciding whether or not I was going to give them a try I finally decided I would give it go. I am so glad that I did. I pulled this meal together in less than a half an hour and what's more important, the hubby ate two helpings and what's even better, Addison ate all of hers without sharing any with the dogs...that right there is proof it must be good!

Creamy Chicken and Tomato Pasta~

Source: Yours truly


1 lb. rotini pasta, cooked

1 lb. chicken tenders, cut into bite size pieces

1 10 oz. Philadelphia Cooking Creme Italian Cheese & Herb

1 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomato



garlic powder


1.) In a large pot bring water to a boil and cook pasta accordingly.

2.) In a medium size skillet on medium to high heat add two tablespoons of butter and add chicken, season generously with salt and pepper and add two to three dashes of garlic powder. Cook until no longer pink in center.

3.) To the cooked chicken add cooking creme and tomatoes and allow to simmer until pasta is cooked.

4.) Add pasta to the chicken and creme mix and simmer for another few minutes.

I served ours with green beans and Pillsbury bread sticks...quick and easy, what more could you ask for?

And on a side note, I love green beans but when you make them out of the can they are so bland. I always add a beef bouillon cube to mine along with a couple teaspoons of dried chopped onions and I boil them until there is very little liquid left. Talk about yummy!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Triple Chocolate Cake

We have some serious sweet tooth's here in our house and it's to the point I think I bake more than I cook. Since I am sick of baking chocolate chip cookies and since it takes so much time to do so I decided to whip up this Triple Chocolate Cake. I found the recipe on this blog and found the recipe itself to be very vague. Being the intelligent person that I am I just whipped it up and hoped that I did it correctly. If you think about it how can you screw up anything that involves chocolate?

Triple Chocolate Cake~

Source: Recipe Shoebox


1 Chocolate Cake mix

1 3/4 cup milk or water, we both used milk

1- 4 oz. package instant chocolate pudding

1- 12 oz. bag chocolate chips

2 eggs


1.) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.) Mix together dry cake mix, instant pudding, chocolate chips, milk, and then eggs. Mix until incorporated.

3.) Prepare a 9 or 10 inch bundt pan with grease and flour.

4.) Add cake mix and bake for 45 to 50 minutes.

5.) Allow to cool for five minutes and gently ease it out of bundt pan. To complete cake sprinkle top with powdered sugar.

Enjoy all of this wonderful chocolaty goodness with a big glass of ice cold milk and you're all set for a scrumptious dessert.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dare Devil in the making!

Apparently my little Addison Grace enjoys climbing on things. What kills me is she has already taken a few tumbles and instead of learning from them she climbs right back up and usually tumbles again. It's hard to catch a thirteen month old from falling when your holding her six week old little sister. Thankfully we have not had to deal with any injuries so far...knock on wood, because the only injuries she seems to be receiving here lately are caused by her parents. Mommy accidentally tripping her, Mommy pushing her down, Daddy pulling her out of the hall closet by the straps on her jumper, her tripping over everything and anything, and not to be left out, the english bull dog of my Mom's who thinks he's a linebacker and she just happens to always seem to be in his path to the back door for his potty breaks. My poor child...please don't call children's services on us...I promise these are just accidents! The cooler has since been put up...still not sure why it was in the playroom other than the fact we're still emptying our house and moving into my Mom's. Things are everywhere right now.
Don't ask...the microwave is there temporarily until we move it to the garage. And yes the spoon wedged between the handles of the cabinet is to keep a certain little girl out. And yes I am aware they sells products to do just that.

Does she not look cute in her little jumper? And check out her $45 pair of Nike Shocks...I about died at how much a good pair of shoes cost for toddlers.

That would be Oliver the bulldog in his cage. He spends a lot of time in that cage for the safety of our entire family...the adults included. That dog has enough energy for about twelve others and I think we've all tripped over him a time or two.

And because it's funny even though it shouldn't be because now I have to break her of this little habit...Addison's new favorite word is shit. Where did she learn it you ask? Her Father that's where. And does he have a potty mouth? Oh no...he was just trying to teach her on purpose because he thought it would be funny. Well she finally learned and she's used it twice now. Both times being after she's fallen down. I guess if she's going to use it she's at least using it at the appropriate moments. Once again, please don't call children's services on