Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Peant Butter Chocolate Cheesecake



So I love Reeses Peanut butter cups...The mix of chocolate and peanut butter is my top favorite. So I created this really good Peanut butter cheesecake :-)

Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Crust:
1 package of chocolate sandwich cookies smashed
5 T Butter Melted

In a bowl mix your smashed cookies and butter till combined. Pour into a greased Spring form pan. Put it in the freezer for a bit. 
Cheesecake Mixture
4  8 oz boxes of Cream cheese
1 C Sugar
1/2 C Flour
6 Eggs
2 C Sour Cream
2 Tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 C Creamy Peanut Butter
Drizzle on Top
Semi Sweet Chocolate chips melted

IN a bowl mix your cream cheese and peanut butter together. Next add your eggs. Beat till creamy. Add your flour, sugar, sour cream, vanilla. Mix till combined.  Pour into the spring form pan. Bake it at 350 for an hour and 15 minutes. You want the middle to be firm. Stick a knife in it and make sure it comes out clean. 
Set it out on a cooling rack for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes take a knife and go around the edges. Now release it from the spring form pan. Take a baggy or a piping bag and pour your chocolate in it. Drizzle the top with chocolate. Let it sit for 10 minutes before putting it in the fridge to cool. After the 10 minutes, put it in the fridge for an hour to cool.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Beef Stew Redone


Good Morning Everyone! My hubby and I started making this beef stew about 5 years ago!  We love it and its so easy. It can be cooked on the stove OR in the crock pot. I make it the night before so all I have to do is put it on the stove, or turn the crock pot on.  It is always better after hanging out in the fridge over night.

Beef Stew
2 packages of Stew meat and steak
(or you can just use stew meat)
4 C. Water
4 Cubes or 4 Tsp Beef Boulion 
1 Tsp Rosemary
1 T Parsley
1 Tsp Pepper
5 Potatoes Chopped
4 Celery stalks chopped
5 carrots chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
1 onion chopped

In a dutch oven or a skillet put in 3 T of canola oil. Next chop your stew meat and steak into smaller pieces. Salt and pepper them. Put flour in a baggy. Dump steak in and toss it around till coated. Turn your skillet or dutch oven on and make sure oil is nice and hot. Now take your steak pieces  and shake excess flour off. Put them in the hot oil. All you want to do is brown the outside. You don't want them fully cooked. Put steak on a plate and set aside. Dump out any excess oil. But DO NOT scrape the pan. You want the bits left behind.  In a bowl dump your water in it. Then add your beef bouillon(I use the powdered kind much easier and faster) till its dissolved.  Add your rosemary, pepper, parsley and stir. Now put it in your skillet and heat till boiling. Now grab a sauce pan or crock pot if you are not using it in a dutch oven. Dump your liquid in the sauce pan or crock pot. If your doing it all in a dutch oven then skip the pouring part. Now that your liquid is ready, you need to add your meat, and veggie mixture. Stir it. Now simmer it for an hour or if your using a crock pot put it on low. 
If your doing this the night before in your crock pot no need to simmer. Just put it in your fridge. If your doing this in a sauce pan or dutch oven simmer for an hour. Then let it cool down and put it in your fridge over night. Then the next day when you need it then cook it for a few hours on low. If in the crock pot cook it on low for about 6-8 hours.  If it's too liquidy then add 2 Tsp cornstarch and 2 tsp water. That'll thicken it. Its done when the veggies are soft, and the meat is tender. 
Eat and enjoy!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Thoughts from my heart-Child Hunger

I just recently watched a movie called " Place at the Table". It brought a lot of stuff to my mind that I hadn't really thought of before. One of the things that it mentions is that America doesn't have a lack of food...its a lack of education. We have all these resources but yet no one uses them right.  Can you imagine that one of the easiest ways to solve child hunger is to educate?!

It always angered me that we tended to focus on those in other countries that are starving, but yet chose to ignore those who maybe starving in your own backyard.  Do not get me wrong its sad who those in other countries are starving and dying. I hate that too.  I'm a firm believer in the fact that before we can help others, we have to help ourselves. How can we as America, help fight child hungry in other countries while those in our own country are dying from it? Its crazy.  As a parent I could not imagine the feeling of my kids going hungry and not being able to do anything about it.  It would rip my heart out.

So many kids are going to school starving...they are not wanting the latest video game, they are just wanting food. Why can't we step up and educate others? Why can't we step up and say " You know what, lets fix this problem in America". We tend to just ignore the problem, thinking it will go away. Guess what?! Its not going away, the problem is just growing bigger.

We can't ignore the problem, we can't just put a band aid on it. That will not help. There are food banks but a lot of them are running dry. Did you know that you can donate to Food banks? I mean do you really need the 20 boxes of mac n cheese? Donate 5 to the food bank. That would feed 5 people a meal or one person 5 meals.  Do you have a lot of soups hanging out in your pantry, and need more room? Donate them. Food banks need your help. Its something you can do to help fight child hunger.  Also you can donate to No Kid Hungry and they also help fight against Child hunger. So many ways you can help.

If you are in need of help contact your local food bank to see how they can help you. Please do not feel embarrassed. Everyone needs help!  If you are not sure of one, please contact me and I'll do what I can to help you out.

-Alyssa



Simple Supper Tuesday Linky Party






Welcome back to Simple Supper Tuesday, the party featuring QUICK, EASY recipes, perfect for those busy weeknights. So, please share your crock pot, 30 minutes or 5 ingredient recipes (easy desserts are also welcome)!!!

     

Its that time again!!! Simple Supper Tuesday!!! Make sure you come link up and maybe I'll feature you next week. Glad you could join us for this Simple Supper Linky Party. I look forward to seeing what you all have to show.

I am happy to be co-hosting with 2 other fantastic bloggers....

Cindy Hun Whats For Dinner

Nettie Moore Or Less Cooking Blog


The Party Rules

1.Please link up Crock Pot and/or EASY recipes only (simple desserts are also welcome) 
2.Please link back to THIS post on Hun... What's for Dinner? 
3.Please use link to direct recipe, not to your home page. 
4.Please visit others and leave comments if a recipe catches your eye 
5.Any post that DOES NOT contain a recipe or food tutorial, will be deleted.

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An InLinkz Link-up

Curious Chef Rolling Pin Review + Biscuit Pizza Recipe





Have you heard about Curious Chef?! If you haven't then your missing out. Curious Chef is all about kids in the kitchen.  What are they you might wonder? They create products for kids to help in the kitchen. Everything that you do in the kitchen, like chopping, mixing, stirring etc they provide safe kid products. My oldest loves to cook and we have a lot of their products. They recently sent me their rolling pin, to review.

My kids loved the rolling pin! It was very easy to use, and it was big enough that they could do it. We created these biscuit Pizza's by letting them use these rolling pins. They had fun doing it, and loved creating food. I love that Curious Chef allows kids to help in the kitchen and do things that normal kitchen utensils might be dangerous.  They have everything for a kid to use.





It is very important for kids to be allowed in the kitchen and Curious Chef allows that to happen. My kids give the rolling pins and all their other products 4 thumbs up!
 
To purchase your own Rolling Pin: Curious Chef- Rolling Pin:-) You know you want to! While your there check out their other products. We have their knives as well. My oldest loves to help cut items for dinner. They are safe but they actually cut food.
Biscuit Pizza

1 Tube Grand Biscuits
Pizza Sauce
Favorite Toppings
Cheese

*Let your kids do this one they will love it*
Take a biscuit and roll it out flat. Then put sauce and topping on it. Bake at 350 till its done. Let your kids be creative. They will enjoy it.


Cheezy Taco Dip


So, I've been really stressed lately, and when I am stressed I cook :-) However, this is very good for my blog! LOL So I created this super easy taco dip :-)  I hope you enjoy it. Sorry for the terrible picture but it was dark and I did the best I could.

Taco Dip
Jar of Cheez-Whiz
1 red pepper diced
2 lbs of Hamburger
Taco Seasoning
1 small container of sour cream

In a skillet brown your hamburger and fix according to the Taco seasoning packet. Drain excess liquid. Set aside.  In a sauce pan put in your cheez whiz, sour cream and red peppers. Mix it up. Then take your hamburger mixture and add it to the cheese mix. Heat it up till the dip is warm. Serve with Tortilla chips.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Copycat Wendys Cheddar Broccoli Baked Potato


Hello Everyone, today I bring you a Copy Cat Wendys Cheddar and Broccoli Baked Potato recipe. Years back when my mom was here for awhile we ate at Wendys. During that meal my daughter got a Cheddar Broccoli baked potato from Wendys. She fell in love with it. My mom also loves these and I think she ordered one with Meg. So Meg asked me to create my version of the Cheddar Broccoli Potato. My daughter asked me to dedicate this post to her Mamaw(my mom). 
This recipe is super easy and anyone can make it even on a tight budget.

4-5 Baked Potatoes
(or however many will fit your family)
1 Jar of Cheez Whiz
1 small container of Sour Cream
1 C  Fresh Broccoli
(or on a budget you can use frozen just chop it up)
1 Tsp Garlic Sea Salt

Bake your potatoes in your favorite method. While they are baking you'll work on the cheese sauce. Empty one jar of cheez whiz in a sauce pan. Add sour cream and mix it well. Next add your tsp of garlic sea salt. Mix till combined. Then take your fresh or frozen broccoli and chop it up into small pieces and add it to the cheese.. Now you need to heat this sauce till its all smooth and heated through. 
When your potatoes are done, take one out, slice it in the middle. Take all the potato and fluff it up. Add butter if you wish. Top with the broccoli cheese sauce. Eat and Enjoy! My daughter says it tastes exactly like Wendy's :-)