Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cheesy Chicken Ranch Casserole

2 (12 oz) cans evaporated milk
1 (1 oz) pkg. dry ranch dressing mix (not the dip blend)
2 cans cooked chicken
1/8 tsp pepper
8 oz. penne pasta
1 1/2 to 2 C cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 to 2 C mozzarella cheese, grated

Combine evaporated milk and Ranch dressing and pepper in a 3 quart heavy saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring frequently until dry ingredients are dissolved. Simmer, uncovered, 25 minutes, stirring frequently. Sauce will thicken slightly.  Mix all ingredients and sauce together and pour into a in well-greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 for 15-25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.
I got this recipe from Pinterest and changed it up a bit!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Banana Split Pie

Banana Split Pie

2 cups crushed graham crackers
1 stick butter, melted
2 sticks butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup EggBeaters (these are homogenized eggs, or you could just use 2 eggs)
1 tsp. vanilla
5 bananas
8 oz. Cool Whip
Toppings of your choice

1.  Combine graham cracker crumbs wiht melted butter and toss until fully coated.  Press into a 9x13 pan (or two smaller pans).
2.  Beat the room temperature butter and sugar with electric mixer until smooth.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Beat at least 6 minutes, until thick and smooth.
3.  Gently spread the buttercream mixture over the graham cracker crust.
4.  Slice bananas long-ways and press into butter cream.
5.  Top with Cool Whip, then add toppings.  Refrigerate at least 3 hours, until ready to serve.

You can use any toppings you would like!  I used chopped peanuts, marshmallows, chocolate sundae sauce and caramel sundae sauce.  It would be yummy to add chopped candy bars, too!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Creamy Coconut Cupcakes

If you haven't noticed by the design on this page, I am slightly obsessed with cupcakes.  This is by far the best cupcake recipe I've ever tried!!!  I made these for my cousin's baby shower and they were a big hit.

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 & 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup shredded coconut

1 stick of soft butter
16 oz. cream cheese
2 lbs. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
4 oz. coconut cream instant Jell-O pudding

Cupcakes:  Cream butter, sugar and eggs until fluffy.  Add vanilla.  Mix.
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add half of that mixture to your first mixture. Stir.  Add milk and cream.  Add remaining dry mixture.  Fold shredded coconut in.  Bake 20-25 minutes at 350*.  Cool.

Frosting:  Cream the butter and cream cheese.  Slowly add powdered sugar.  Mix.  Add pudding mix.  Frost cupcakes and top with toasted coconut.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup finely chopped salted pretzels
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, melted

Combine peanut butter and pretzels.  Chill in freezer for 15 minutes.
Roll into small balls.  Freeze until very firm {about an hour}.
Roll in melted chocolate.  Sprinkle with pretzel pieces.
Refrigerate 45 minutes to keep chocolate from melting.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I am a pancake connoisseur.
These are hands down the BEST pancakes I have ever had!  I prefer mine with chocolate chips, but you can easily omit them if you'd like.  If you make these, I would love to hear what you think of them!

1 cup flour
1/8 cup sugar
1 TBSP. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/8 cup oil
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Combine first four ingredients in a medium bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine the egg, milk and oil.  Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Cook on a griddle!