Apple Dumplings

A easy tasty pinterest dessert, with a different kind of ingredient. So easy to make, and small amount of ingredients.  When it comes out of the oven the sprite mixes with sugar mixture and makes it a goey tasty mixture. Thanks Southern Bite! 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 apple
  • 1 8-count tube of crescent rolls (8 oz)
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 6 oz Sprite

Instructions:

  1. Core and peel apple into eight slices.
  2. Open can of crescent rolls and unroll. Place one apple slice on the wide end of one crescent and roll it up in the crescent.
  3. Place into a greased 8×8 (or 9×9) pan.
  4. In a small bowl combine melted butter, sugar, cinnamon, and flour and mix until just combined.
  5. Spoon over each crescent
  6. Pour Sprite into empty space in the middle of pan (NOT over the crescents).
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes or until crescents are golden brown.
  8. Serve with ice cream!!

 

Portuguese Rice Pudding

Any recipe where you put milk on the stove, I tend to mess up. Rice pudding I have made in the past has not gone so well, so I tried this recipe and it actually worked!!! Rice pudding is a traditional Portuguese dessert sometimes called sweet rice. Its cheap to make and very tasty! Tjhanks Family Foodie!

4 cups of water
zest of one lemon
2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 tsp of Salt
2 cups of long grain white rice
2 cups of hot milk ( I used whole)
1 1/4 cup of sugar
5 egg yolks
Cinnamon to decorate top.

Instructions:
1. In large saucepan, bring water, lemon zest, butter and salt to a boil.
2. Add rice and reduce heat to a simmer.
3. Simmer for 30 minutes or until almost all the water has been absorbed. ( It only took 15 mins for me!)
4. Add Hot Milk
5. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
6. Add sugar until absorbed.
7. In separate bowl beat the egg yolks and add a few tablespoons of the rice mixture to temper eggs.
8. Add the egg mixture into sauce pan/
Let rice continue to simmer for about 10 minutes until thick.

Serve in a 9×13 pan and dust or design cinnamon on top!

Quejadas

For Tuesday night dinner I was making a Portuguese themed meal. I absolutely LOVE Cajadas and asked my best friends Mom for the recipe. I couldn’t believe how simple it was!!

2 Cups of milk
2 cups of sugar
3 eggs
1 cup of Flour
3 Tablespoons of Margarine
Lemon Zest from 2 Lemons

Mix all ingredients together, pour into muffins tins and bake at 325 for 45 minutes.
They flour sets at bottom, making a crust, and eggs cook in the middle making a custard. Its magic. The Zest rises to the top and makes an excellent crunch topping.

The key here is you have to grease the pans REALLY well. My best friends mom gave me what’s called “cake release” from Wilton. You can buy at like a Michaels or A.C. Moore. Which you brush into muffin tins with pasty brush. The cajadas slip right out this way. They are SO good especially right out of the oven!!!

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White Peach Sangria

I have been looking for a pitcher with a nozzle all summer. I wanted one with glass, that was pretty, and reasonably priced. Mid august I headed up to New Hampshire with my boyfriend and when shopping in Shaw’s he found a perfect one that was on sale for 11 dollars! Score! This called for a good sangria recipe. I knew I wanted a light refreshing summer one.  Everyone in NH enjoyed this recipe. It wasn’t exactly what I had in mind that I wanted it to taste like, I think I wanted a bit more light, maybe I used the wrong white wine, but for everyone else they said it was great.

  • 1/2 liter of Ginger Ale
  • 1/2 cup of Peach Schnapps
  • 1 bottle of White Wine
  • Peaches ( I used both kind of peaches)
  • Orange
  • Sugar 1/4 cup for 1/2 depending on taste preference.

We mixed it all together and let it sit for a little bit to make sure the fruit was marinaded and that everything would blend together.

Chocolate Crockpot Lava Cake

The is a recipe a I found on pinterest. I looked interesting to me because I had never made anything sweet in the crock pot. I figured tuesday night dinner was a good time to try it. I found these things called crock pot liners which will literally save you hours of scrubbing, and make it easy to pick up the liner and then store that in the fridge. Thanks Jamie! 

box chocolate cake mix
1 1/4 C milk
1/2 C vegetable or canola oil
3 eggs
1 (3.9 ounce) instant chocolate pudding
2 C milk

1. Grab a 3-4 quart crock pot and line it with parchment paper. Spray the inside of the paper with cooking spray. The parchment paper helps the cake cook without burning along the edges. You can make it without the paper, just be sure to watch it closely.

2. Find yourself a nice chocolate cake mix and pour it into your stand mixer or medium-sized mixing bowl.
3. Add 1 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup oil and 3 eggs. Beat on low-speed for 1 minutes. Scrape the bottom of the bowl and beat on medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until the batter in nice and glossy.

4. Pour the batter into the lined crock pot.

5.Pour one small box of chocolate pudding into your stand mixer or medium-sized mixing bowl. Add 2 cups cold milk and beat it until the pudding thickens. Should take about 3-4 minutes.

6. Pour the pudding over the top of the cake batter. Don’t stir it.

7. Grab a bag of milk chocolate chips and pour the pretty little things all over the top of the pudding. Again, please do not stir it.
8. Cover the crock and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours, or until the top of the cake is set.

This recipe is easy in the sense that before dinner you can throw everything into the crock pot and while your eating it will cook, and you don’t have to worry about it.

To the the truth I was not satisfied with the taste of it! To me it tasted like pudding and cake layered on one another. It didn’t have the lava cake consistency, and also didn’t have the taste. The cake would of been good in the crock pot without the pudding! My guests actually loved it. It just wasn’t my favorite, and I would make this recipe again. I am going to stick to conventional lava cake from now on.

Basic Waffles

This Recipe I made because I had left over fruit salsa. I googled waffle recipe and made the first one that popped up, because it had five stars.

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

  1. Preheat waffle iron. Beat eggs in large bowl with hand beater until fluffy. Beat in flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla, just until smooth.
  2. Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown. Serve hot. 

It was easy to make, and made about 5 waffles with my waffle iron.

The recipe its self wasn’t that tasty. I was unimpressed. The batter was the right consistency  but it just wasn’t that tasty. Thank goodness I had the fruit salsa to put on top. 

If your looking for a quick basic waffle recipe then this is it, but if your looking for an impressive waffle recipe, this isn’t it. haha!

Fruit Salsa

Fruit Salsa

This recipe is a great summer treat or a dish to bring to a summer party. I brought it to the beach for our annual end of the summer beach party. It is so easy to make, all your really need to do is chop everything up!!

1 pound of strawberries

2 granny smith apples

1 Lemon

1/2 pound Raspberries

2 kiwis

3 tablespoons of preserves (I skipped this part)

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

Chop everything up and add it together!  Except for the lemon, juice the lemon and add to mixture. I didn’t skin the apples, and I found I did not need the perserves what so ever, the fruit created a lot of juice on its own.

The recipe also comes with home made pita cinnamon chips. To be honest I like the store bought kind better, BUT I made these anyways.

Spread butter on some pita chips, throw them in the oven under a broil, until they are brown. You can add cinnamon and sugar before or after, I did both and didnt every discover what I liked better, maybe after better.

I found more ways to use the fruit salsa, because it makes such a huge batch! The next morning I made waffles,  & used this salsa as topping! It was much tastier than plain strawberries!!! I loved it!

The next day after that we took the rest and put in lemonade. This was so good too!! I am sure there are plenty more things you can do with it, its such a versatile dish. I even ate it with a spoon!

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Glazed Keilbasa Bites

I was heading to my boyfriends house for a Labor Day party and I wanted to make something quick and easy! I found this on pinterest then headed to the store to make these cute little apps. The kids call them “big hot dog things”. Thanks Real House Moms!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. kielbasa, sliced into ½ inch pieces
  • 14 oz can pineapple slices, in juice, quartered
  • 3 T teriyaki sauce
  • 1 T sweet chili sauce
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 T pineapple juice (from can)

Instructions:

  1. preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. place a piece of pineapple on top of a slice of kielbasa and stick a toothpick into them
  3. in a small bowl combine remaining ingredients
  4. line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray (don’t skip this step!!! ) 
  5. place kielbasa bites onto the baking sheet
  6. brush glaze over tops and sides of bites
  7. place in oven and cook for 15 to 20 min (keeping an eye on them)
  8. remove and enjoy hot!

Next time I would like to try with fresh pineapple. But they were great little party appetizers and easy to pop into your mouth! 

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BlueBerry Hand Pies

My BFFL messaged me on facebook one day and asked me to make her these. Me, being the good friend that I am invited her over and actually did :).  Thanks Yahoo for the recipe!  Ingredients: All-purpose flour (for dusting) 2 cups blueberries … Continue reading

Oreo Brownie Bites

I can’t believe I haven’t posted about these brownies before!!! There are gooey bites of heaven!! The concept is basically an Oreo Ball on top of a brownie!!!

Ingredients:

  • Brownie Mix (any ingredients the box calls for)
  • One package of Oreos ( I always use double stuffed)
  • One bag of chocolate chips ( I use milk, feel free to use whatever kind you prefer)
  • One block of cream cheese (Do yourself a favor don’t skimp on the cream cheese use name brand)

Make brownies according to package, however, use a tiny muffin tin to place batter in. Bake these until brownies are cooked through, I think around 12 minutes.

While brownies are baking it is time to make the Oreo Balls. I now do it a way a coworker told me about. I separate the cookie part from the creme. Add all cookies into food processor, grind them up then add Oreo cream, and then the block of cream cheese. Just makes for a nice texture. You can also do it crunchy and throw all the Oreos into a ziploc bag and hammer it until the cows come home. You can place this mixture into fridge until brownies are ready.

After brownies have come out of the oven, and are cooled. I take a scoop of Oreo balls and scoop it onto each brownie bite.

Here is tricky step, Take the newly scooped brownies and place them in the fridge. When you are dipping into chocolate it will be so much easier if the Oreo mixture is chilled onto brownie. If you don’t have time to refrigerate I would just drip chocolate over with a spoon.

So melt your chocolate, and dip each bite into making a chocolate layer over the whole brownie.

I like to eat them chilled, I think it tastes better but many people eat them at room temp too!

 

You could alter this recipe by making a normal pan of brownies, in 9X13 pan adding Oreo mixture on top and then chocolate, it would just be a messier cut, and messier to eat but would taste the same I’m sure!