Monday, September 17, 2012

Banana Pudding

We had friends coming over so I had to find a easy last minute dessert to make
I came across this one on pinterest.
You can never go wrong with banana pudding, right??

1 box vanilla wafers
4-5 bananas (or more if you desire)
3 cups of milk
2 small boxes of french vanilla pudding (i just used regular vanilla and it was still amazing)
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 (14oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz.) container Cool Whip

Line the bottom of a 9x13 with vanilla wafers
slice your bananas and layer evenly on top of wafers
combine milk and pudding & blend with an electric mixer
In a separate bowl, mix together cream cheese & condensed milk until smooth.
Fold in whipped cream.
Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mix & stir until well blended.
Pour mixture evenly over bananas
Layer the remaining vanilla wafers on top
Serve right away or refrigerate.


beyond delicious! It was a total hit!

Crock pot cordon bleu

I've been trying to meal plan for the whole month, so I only have to go grocery shopping once and so I save money by sticking to my list and so I don't buy my pregnant self "treats" every single time I have to go to the store.
Yes, join the club...people think I am crazy.
We have only done it for 2 months now but I think we are doing pretty well.

Anywho, trying to plan 30 meals was a lot harder than I thought.
I started searching the WWW for new ideas when I came across this one.
We love Cordon Bleu so it was worth a shot.

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk
4 ounces sliced ham
4 ounces sliced Swiss cheese
1 (8 ounce) package herbed dry bread stuffing mix
1/4 cup butter, melted

Mix together the cream of chicken soup and milk in a small bowl.
Pour enough of the soup into the crock pot to cover the bottom.
Layer chicken breasts over the sauce.
Cover with slices of ham and then Swiss cheese.
Pour the remaining soup over the layers, stirring a little to distribute between layers.
Sprinkle the stuffing on top, and drizzle butter over stuffing.
Cover, and cook on Low for 4 to 6 hours, or 2 to 3 hours on High.

Sounds easy, right?
It is and it wasn't too bad either :)

Original recipe found here.

And again, no picture! :( I'm sorry!


A few years ago, I was about 19 or 20 years old, living at home, going to the local community college and working my tail off at a job I hated. We didn't live by any family and my dad being a collegiate level coach, we usually have his athletes over for Holiday dinners, etc.
This particular Holiday (Thanksgiving), my grandparents were flying in to spend the Holiday with us. Being older, I wanted to help my mom prepare Thanksgiving dinner instead of just sitting back watching football with the boys.
I found this recipe in a magazine during my lunch break at said job.
I was a little nervous to make it for a crowd but it was BEYOND AMAZING!!
It one of those things where you feel stuffed to the core, but it's so good you just want to keep eating it.
My grandma even asked me for the recipe.
That made me feel good seeing as I think she is a bomb cook!
Now that the Mr. and I live closer to my extended family, we got to spend Thanksgiving at my Grandparents house this past year and my grandma asked if I would make "My Cheesecake" again. So, I figured it's about time to share it with the rest of you.

2 cups Graham crackers (crushed)
1 1/4 cups sugar (divided)
6 tbsp butter (melted)
4 pkgs cream cheese
2 tsp. Vanilla
1 cup Sour Cream
4 Eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line 9x13 pan with tinfoil
mix crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and butter; press in bottom of pan.
bake 10 minutes

BEAT cream cheese, remaining sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended
Add sour cream-mix well.
Add eggs, ONE AT A TIME, beating on low after each until blended.
pour over crust.
Bake for 35 minutes (center should almost be set)
Cool completely
Put in fridge for 4 hours

Top with whatever your heart desires.
Caramel, nuts, fruit, etc.


Vodka Pasta

When Kyle and I were first married, we had some friends invite us over for dinner and they made Vodka Pasta.
Kyle absolutely LOVED it!
Now we make it at least once a month.

Side note:
The original recipe called for 1 jar/can of Vodka sauce but we have only been able to find it at Target..and it was a bit pricey so we mix 1 can/jar or Alfredo sauce with 1 can/jar of spaghetti sauce until we like the consistency of the sauce.

1 can of Alfredo Sauce
1 can of Spaghetti Sauce
1 pkg of diced ham (Kyle likes a lot of ham so we always add more)
1 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli (cut into small pieces)

Cook pasta and drain
Cook broccoli according to directions (I usually use the steamable bags because they are so easy) then cut up into tiny pieces
Mix in broccoli and ham
Then mix in sauces until you are comfortable with the consistency.

tada! that's it!


German Pancakes

I had never had these until Kyle and I were married. He loves them! and they are the easiest/fastest breakfast item ever!
And they are pretty good :)

6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat over to 400 degrees
Combine with electric blender until smooth
Melt 3 tbs of butter in 9x13 pan
pour batter into pan
bake for 20 minutes

You can top with whatever you want.
I've had syrup, jam, powdered sugar..
Whatever your heart desires!

Cheesy chicken broccoli over rice (Crockpot)

My sister has been staying with us and she wanted to invite this boy over that she is kind of dating for dinner.
It was short notice and because I am 38 weeks pregnant I wanted something easy, fast and yummy.

I searched and searched and finally came across this recipe.

We had all the ingredients, it's made in the crock pot, and it was delicious!

We also had family in town for a wedding, so we had to hurry and eat before they all showed up. Therefore, I didn't take a picture! so sorry! I totally spaced.

3-4 boneless chicken breasts
1 10oz can cream of chicken soup
1 10 oz can cheddar soup
1 14 oz can chicken broth
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon garlic salt seasoning
1 cup sour cream
6 cups broccoli florets, just fork tender (I just used one bag of steamable broccoli)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Place soups, chicken broth, salt, and garlic seasoning into a crock-pot over low heat.
Whisk until smooth.
Place chicken in, pressing to the bottom.
Cover lid and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours
After the 3 or 6 hours, shred chicken and stir in sour cream and broccoli
Serve over cooked rice and top with cheese


Original recipe found here

Tator tot Casserole with Chicken, broccoli & Cheese

I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided I would give it a try because we had the ingredients and it looked easy.

The picture doesn't do it justice.
It turned out a little bit runny..Not quite sure what I did wrong but it still tasted good.

2 small cans cream of chicken soup
2 small cans cheddar cheese soup
1 1/2 Cups milk
8-10 Cups broccoli florets
2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (bake or I throw mine in the pressure cooker)
1 teaspoon hot sauce (Tabasco or Chalula)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/8 teaspoon Lawry’s Garlic Salt with Parsley
1/2 bag Ore Ida Seasoned Tater Tots, frozen
1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place soup and milk into a large pot over medium heat. 
Whisk until smooth and heated through, about 5 minutes. 
Stir in broccoli and cook for 5 additional minutes to soften slightly. 
Stir in chicken, salt, pepper and garlic seasoning. 
Pour mixture into 11×7 inch baking dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray.
Top evenly with tater tots and cheese; bake for 20 minutes then cover with foil.
Bake for an additional 15 minutes with dish covered with foil. 
Remove from oven and serve. 

don't judge me  for using paper plates..I didn't want to do dishes that night ;)