March 28, 2012

Juice for Breakfast

I LOVE my  Jack LaLanne's PJEB Power Juicer Express, Black. I purchased it a few months ago and use it several times a week, mostly for breakfast. It's very quick and pretty easy to clean. Actually, very easy to clean except the blades. Even my 18 month old son gets excited when I bring out the juicer, fruits and veggies. 

Here is our most recent juice we made for breakfast...



2 Oranges (peeled)
1 Green Pepper (seeded)
1 Apple (cored) 
4 Carrots  

Our juicer says to put soft fruits, like oranges through first and then the harder ones like apples. The ingredients listed above is in the order I juice them. 

This juice was very good. You could taste the veggies a little more then some I have made, but not in a bad way! It made just over 16 ounces of juice. 

I did end up making my son his own with just 1 Orange and 2 Carrots. That was enough for 6 ounces and he loved every drop! 




Do you have a juicer? What's your favorite go to recipe?

March 25, 2012

Cake Cones

Cake Cones. Have you heard of them? Have you tasted them? They are yummy. I did not believe that you could bake cake in ice cream cones, but you can and it is good! Oh did I mention they are super easy?!

All you do is get a cake mix (or if you are one of those Betty Crocker types and can make your own like it's no body's business, then do that) and make it according to the box/recipe...


Line a 9x13 cake pan with 12 cones at a time. (*batter makes 24)
Then fill the cones 3/4 the way full with cake batter.



Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.


Let cool completely, then....


FROST, DECORATE and EAT!!




*Holly's beautiful cupcake!*

Now go bake a batch and enjoy!


You can also purchase a Ice Cream Cupcake baking sheet at Joy Cone Company. (Not an affiliate link)


Slow Cooker Sunday: Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Well, we made it to the second edition of Slow Cooker Sunday! Today my dear friend, Emily, from The Winking of an Eye is joining in on Slow Cooker Sunday! Make sure you stop by and see what she has cooking in the cooker today! Today's recipe was given to me by my college friend, Jen.

Here it is...

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup



2 cans condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (low fat works well)
2 c. Shredded Chicken**
1 package frozen mixed vegetables
1 tsp. Black Pepper
1 tsp. Garlic Salt
3 c. Wide Egg Noodles

**Canned works well. I also put in 2 frozen chicken breasts and then just broke them up with a fork after a few hours of cooking.

Combine soup with 5 cups water in the slow cooker. Mix well, so there are no chunks. Add chicken, frozen vegetables, pepper, and garlic salt. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Once the time is done add the egg noodles and cook on high for an additional 20-30 minutes. Serves 4-6 people.

Family friendly meal...


Enjoy!

March 18, 2012

Slow Cooker Sunday: Mama's Homemade Chili

Welcome to the FIRST edition of Slower Cooker Sunday! Sundays at our house are ALWAYS super busy with church in the mornings and small groups in the evenings, plus several things in between those two events. That's why I decided to start using my Slow Cooker on Sundays! I mean, who doesn't want an easier life, right?!?! 
So first up is...Mama's Homemade Chili!

My mom gave me a recipe for Homemade Chili and we loved it! One day I didn't have all the ingredients that my mom's called for and thus began my own recipe for chili. 

Mama's Homemade Chili


1 Jug of V8 Juice: Spicy
1 lb. Hamburger (browned)
1 can Kidney Beans (drained)
1 can Fat-free Re-fried Beans (*optional)
1 can Black Beans (drained/rinsed)
1 can of Corn (drained)

Brown the hamburger in a pan on the stove. After it is browned, drain grease and add the hamburger and all other ingredients into your crock-pot. Cook on high for 4 hours or low all day long.
Serve with cheese and sour cream on top. Enjoy!


*Linking Up: DIY Home Sweet Home, Newly Weds on a Budget, Not Just a Housewife, a bowl full of lemons,  Chef in Training, Tip Junkie, Junk in their Trunk, Grateful Belly

March 16, 2012

St.Patrick's Day Ideas

St.Patrick's day is tomorrow already! I thought I would share with you all some fun ideas I found via Pinterest!

First up...RECIPES!





I think I might try these tomorrow...










Next up...DECOR!





This is a FREE printable...just click on her site!




And last but not least...Things for the KIDS!!










Source: google.com via Daphne on Pinterest







We made the green pancakes today (yes a day early) for breakfast! How are you celebrating St.Patrick's Day? Are you trying any of these ideas?

March 12, 2012

Breakfast Quiche

I found a recipe for a Quiche on allrecipes.com the other day but of course didn't have all the ingredients, so I used the recipe and substituted my own ingredients. It turned out so yummy! 


Ingredients

  • 1 ounce bacon bits
  • 1/2-1 lb of Hamburger or Ground Sausage (drained)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (or Onion Onion from Tastefully Simple)
  • 6-8 ounces Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 (9 inch) deep dish frozen pie crust
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream*

*If you need a substitute for half-and-half use 3/4 c Whole Milk and 1/4 c Heavy Whipping Cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the bacon, hamburger, onions, and cheese. Place this mixture in the unthawed pie crust.
  3. Mix the eggs and half and half in a bowl. Pour the egg mixture over the cheese mixture.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake for an additional 35 minutes, until top of quiche begins to turn brown.
  5. Enjoy!



March 6, 2012

Happy 100th Birthday Oreo!!

Today is Oreo's 100th Birthday! That is something to celebrate! So...we did with a rendition of this OREO & Ice Cream Sandwich Cake! *I don't have a printer that has ink at the moment nor do I have a laptop with wireless so I was half doing this by memory and half with a "recipe" of jotted down notes! I apparently can't read though and missed the part about adding in the oreos! Ha ha! 

Here is what it should look like...



Here is what mine looked like...


The Recipe: (from Kraft)
1/2 cup hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
16 OREO Cookies, chopped (about 2 cups), divided
12 vanilla ice cream sandwiches


POUR fudge topping into medium bowl. Whisk in 1 cup COOL WHIP. Add dry pudding mix; stir 2 min. Stir in 1 cup chopped cookies. (I forgot this part so I added a layer in their of cookies)

   ARRANGE 4 ice cream sandwiches, side-by-side, on 24-inch-long piece of foil (I placed this on top of a pan); top with half the COOL WHIP mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining sandwiches. Frost top and sides with remaining COOL WHIP; press remaining chopped cookies into COOL WHIP on top and sides of cake. Bring up foil sides; double fold top and ends to loosely seal packet. (I don't know what double fold means...but I covered it at least)
FREEZE 4 hours. (It really needs 4 hours...we gave it like 1 hour)

It was enjoyed by all! 
Did you do anything to celebrate Oreo's birthday??

*My blogger hates me tonight and is messing up my post...sorry for the awkwardness of it*

March 4, 2012

Pinterest Night

On Sunday nights I co-host a Senior High Small Group of girls at my house. Tonight is PINTEREST NIGHT!! I am very excited!! Here is some of what's on the agenda to make and EAT...
















I will do an updated post with some pictures. If I can get pictures before the girls eat it all! :)