GIANT banana split cupcake!!! Monday, Jul 28 2014 

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Do you have a cabinet full of those cute little kitchen gadgets you never use? Ya I do. They are my weakness. Buy them use them once or twice and forget about them!! Here is one good example. The as seen on TV Magic Cupcake Maker. Why is it magic? Because after you buy it, it will disappear into the abyss of the never used again cabinet! OK brought it out today and whipped up this amazing GIANT Banana Split Cupcake!  Here’s the deal. The chocolate cake has pineapple in the cake. Filled with banana creme pudding, and sliced strawberries. Topped with caramel, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and a cherry on top!! Did I forget anything? Maybe nut, but the nuts in my house don’t care for them, so we left them off. Serve with a scoop of ice cream!!!

1 box Banana Cream Pudding (instant) pre make and have ready

caramel sauce

chocolate sauce

sliced strawberries

cherry for garnish

whipped cream

Chocolate Pineapple Cake Recipe

1/2 cup Butter softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup cocoa

1 3/4 flour

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 21 oz can crushed pineapple.

Preheat oven to 350. Spray magic cupcake silicone pan with non stick spray. you will need to spray all 3 pieces.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla beat well. Slowly mix in cocoa. Mix together flour baking soda and salt, slowly add to butter mixture. Stir in pineapple by hand. Pour half into top and half into bottom. Place the filling mold on the top of the bottom pan. Bake for 35 – 40 mins. Remove top piece first. Bake bottom additional 10 mins. Cool and remove from pans. Once cool fill with pudding place sliced strawberries on top of pudding. Place top  on. I sprinkled with powdered sugar, drizzle caramel and chocolate syrup, . Right before serving top with whipped cream drizzle more of the syrups and top off with a cherry!! Serve …If any left over refrigerate or freeze.

Crab Rangoon Friday, Jul 25 2014 

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Crab Rangoon is one of my absolute favorite appetizers! So much so, I can make it a meal 🙂 These bad  boys are amazing . They can be  a bit tricky to master at first. A little practice and you will be a pro 🙂 Ok so you need a pot of your choice of hot oil. Recipe itself is fairly simple. The trick is the pinching of the wontons and not letting them ooze out all that decadent cream filling!

Filling

1 Can crab meat drained

1 8oz pkg cream cheese.

3 or 4 green onion sliced

2 tsp soy sauce.

1/2 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients blend well.

Using 1 package wonton wrappers. Keep a small cup of water handy. Place small amount of filling on center of wrapper. dip tip of finger in water and run around the edge of wrapper. This will help adhere. Pinch each corner together on a diagonal all the way around until you have 4 points. I prepare all first then toss them in the oil a couple at a time.fry until they just start to golden. If left in too long the filling will cook out, They do require hands on supervision. Place on paper towels to drain and cool. Serve with sweet and sour sauce!

Chicken Waffle Taco Friday, Mar 7 2014 

chickenwaffletacoWe just love Chicken and Waffles. You can make them so many ways. Why not make them a taco?!?! If you are not up to making homemade Waffles or Chix tenders you can always use pre made. Ok heres’s the Chocolate Chip Waffle recipe

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

3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions
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. Stir in Chips
Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown.

Chicken Tenders

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast cut into strips

2 cups flour
salt
pepper
garlic powder all to taste
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk

Mix seasonings with flour set aside

Mix eggs and milk with whisk or fork.

I use a deep fryer with canola oil

Dip strips into egg mixture , then flour coat well
Return to egg bath and then again into flour
Once oil has reached 375 – 400 drop in until golden brown,, about 5 mins

Place strip in waffle fold top with Maple Syrup!

Hooters variation can also be used

Heres that recipe https://foodiessweetgoodies.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/my-version-of-hooters-fried-chicken-strips/

Minecraft Birthday Party theme Wednesday, Jan 29 2014 

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If you have kids under 12 in your house who like to play games online, there’s a pretty good chance you have heard of Minecraft. For my daughters recent party there was no other option. Now there’s not a lot to find in the way of party decor at the store. The good news is there are plenty of free printables to be found on the net. We kept it pretty simple. 

Creeper photo drop,, made out of paper napkins

Printed up Steves block head glued it on a box

Minecraft cake, from the game of course

And lots and lots of snacks!!!

It was some what of a challenge to find a snack to match every printable place card. Some you have to use your imagination for. Ok most but hey the kids loved it! 

Here are a few links to get you started.

Creeper (made mine from napkins lots of tape needed and tricky to tape on the back then flip over) http://domesticfemme.blogspot.com/2013/05/minecraft-birthday-party.html

Steves head ( lots more to use there also) http://www.fps-x-games.com/2013/06/free-minecraft-steve-head-printable-mask.html

http://www.pinterest.com/pattiestepp/minecraft/ Check out my pinterest for a ton of minecraft ideas! Now the pics!

 

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