January 29, 2013

Chubby Hubby Bars

As you all know, I am on a search for my perfect baked good.  These were so good, try them, you won't be disappointed.  Next time, I think I'll actually make chocolate chip cookie dough and add the Reese's Mini cups and pretzels to it, and then mix together peanut butter chips and chocolate chips to make the topping.  

Chubby Hubby Bars
adapted from cookieandcups.com

Ingredients
--2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
--1 teaspoon baking soda
--1 teaspoon sea salt
--2 sticks butter, room temp
--3/4 cup brown sugar
--3/4 cup white sugar
--2 eggs
--1 tsp vanilla
--1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pretzels
--1 (8 oz) bag of Reese's Mini cups
--1 (14 oz) bag of caramels, unwrapped
--2 tbsp water
--2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions
1.  Preheat oven to 375
2.  Spray a 9x13 pan lightly with cooking spray
3.  Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
4.  Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl unti creamy.
5.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
6.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.
7.  Slowly add in Reese's and pretzels, mixing until evenly distributed. (Next time I'll add 2 cups chocolate chips)
8.  Spread into prepared pan.
9.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
10.  Let cool completely.
11.  When cooled, melt your caramels and 2 tbsp water in a microwave safe bowl stirring every minute until melted.
12.  Pour melted caramel over bars.
13.  Chill in fridge for 15 minutes.
14.  Melt your chocolate chips in microwave and spread over caramel.  (Next time I'll do 1 cup peanut butter chips and 1 cups chocolate chips)
15.  Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes or until chocolate is set.
16.  Cut in squares when ready to serve.

Weekly Menu: Monday, January 28 - Sunday, February 3

This week is a mix of our family favorites and new recipes.  Any new recipe that we try and like, I add to the recipe tabs up on top.  Happy slow cooking!

Monday, January 28
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
Broccoli
Rice
This recipe is by far the best teriyaki chicken I have ever made, it was one of Momma Aimone's Top 10 for 2012 and a family favorite.

Tuesday, January 29
Chicken Taco Soup
This recipe is also a Momma Aimone's Top 10 for 2012 and it is so good, every person in my office now makes it on a regular basis.

Wednesday, January 30
Momma Aimone is enjoying a night at the theatre, so the boys are on their own!

Thursday, January 31
Hawaiian Chicken
Rice
This recipe is so good, it made my vegetarian best friend eat meat again.  I recommend it without the green pepper and onion.

Friday, February 1
Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Cheese Steak
Sweet potato fries
Steamed veggies
This is a new recipe I am excited about, I love chicken Philly cheese steak sandwiches!

Saturday, February 2
Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos

Sunday, February 3
Chili
Cornbread
It took me a long time to find the perfect chili, at least by my husband standards.  This is it.

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches
adapted from www.sixsisterstuff.com

Ingredients
--2 lbs. chicken
--1 green pepper, sliced thin
--1 medium onion, sliced thin
--1 can chicken broth
--1 envelope Italian dressing mix
--Hoagie buns
--Provolone cheese slices

Directions
1.  Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
2.  Place chicken breasts in slow cooker.
3.  Add green pepper, onion, broth and dressing mix to slow cooker.
4.  Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
5.  Remove chicken breasts from slow cooker and shred.
6.  Put shredded chicken back into the slow cooker and mix well.
7.  Spoon meat mixture onto hoagie buns and top with a slice of cheese.

January 16, 2013

Cake Batter Rice Krispy Treats

In 2013 I am in search of a lot of things.  My house wines, you know your go to wines that you always have in the house and you give out as hostess gifts.  You can follow my quest on Instagram and/or Facebook, or try the ones I like in the Wine and Bubbly tab above.  I'm also in search of our perfect family stationary, the kind that I can stock up on when its on sale and use for years to come.  As a young woman I work with said, I'm working on my brand.  So, it is only fitting that I'm also in search of my signature baked good.  The recipe that is my "go to" recipe whenever I need to bring a dessert to a party, a cookie exchange, etc.  So, my goal?  52 baked goods in 52 weeks.  Here is the first recipe - they are good, but definitely not my "signature" baked good.  I actually think these will be good for future birthday parties, what if you did a HUGE rice krispy treat bar?

Cake Batter Rice Krispy Treats
Adapted from GimmeSomeOven.com

Ingredients
--3 Tbsp. butter
-- 10 oz. bag of mini-marshmallows
-- 1/2 cup dry yellow cake mix
-- 5 cups rice cereal
-- 1.75 oz container of sprinkles

Directions
1.  Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows.
2.  Stir the marshmallows until they being to melt, and slowly add the dry cake mix one spoonful at a time until combined.
3.  Stir  in cereal until it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture.
4.  Sprinkle half of the sprinkles into the mix and combine.
5.  Press into a lightly greased baking dish or cake pan and to with remaining sprinkles.


January 14, 2013

Weekly Menu: January 14, 2013 - January 18, 2013

Last week got a little messed up because of my work travels and because I forgot to thaw our chicken breasts one day...oops!  So, we are using two recipes this week that we were supposed to have last week.  No big deal, that's life right?  And, I'm apologizing in advance because chicken was on sale last week so we are having a lot of chicken this week. 

Monday, January 14
Slow cooker Garlic Chicken with Couscous
Momma Aimone Note:  This was not a hit in our household.  I take that back, I liked it but my DH did not.  This dish will not be repeated and is not being added to the recipe list above.  

Tuesday, January 15 
Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
Momma Aimone Note:  This is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes to make in the winter.

Wednesday, January 16
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Corn
Slow Cooker Chili Chicken Tacos
Momma Aimone Note:  A favorite recipe at our house!

Thursday, January 17
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs
Rice
Momma Aimone Note:  New recipe.

Friday, January 18
Slow Cooker Chili Chicken Tacos
Spanish Rice with Diced Tomatoes
Momma Aimone Note:  New recipe.

Saturday, January 19
Slow Cooker Chicken Mole
Rice
Peas
Momma Aimone Note:  New recipe.

Sunday, January 20
Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew
Momma Aimone Note:  New recipe.


January 4, 2013

Weekly Menu: Monday, January 7 - Sunday, January 13

Back to work and back to real life this week!  I've actually planned our entire menu for January, so I'm excited to try out some new recipes.  Here is what what's for dinner!

Monday, January 7th
Slow Cooker Pork Ragu
Garlic Bread

Tuesday, January 8th
Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Barbeque Chicken
Rice Pilaf
Corn
Dinner rolls

Wednesday, January 9th
Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Thursday, January 10th
n/a

Friday, January 11th
Slow Cooker Asian Glazed Chicken
Steamed brocolli
Rice

Saturday, January 12th
Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
Quinoa and Black Beans
Corn Muffins

Sunday, January 13th
Slow cooker Garlic Chicken with Couscous

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings -
Prepped and Ready
Serves 4 
(adapted from allrecipes.com)

Ingredients
-2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
-1 tablespoon butter
-1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup
-1/2 onion (finely diced)
-1 cans mixed veggies (drained)
-1 can chicken broth
-1 (10 oz) package of refrigerated biscuits
-Dried parsley
-Poultry seasoning
-Seasoned salt
-Paprika
Finished Product
-Pepper

Directions
1.  Place chicken in slow cooker and season with parsley, poultry seasoning, seasoned salt, paprika and pepper.

2.  Add butter, cream of chicken soup, onion, mixed veggies and just enough chicken broth to cover.

3.  Flatten biscuits and cut into strips.  Add to the slow cooker, making sure they are covered by liquid.

4.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Forgotten Chicken

I'm not one for casseroles or for creamy chicken dishes.  In fact, I try to avoid both like the plague.  I have terrible memories of a brocolli, cheese and chicken casserole that my Mom used to make.  Everyone else in my family LOVED it, but it made me want to hurl.  But I digress...

So, when I saw this casserole dish on Pinterest, I was wary.  But it seemed to get amazing reviews.  So I caved, and we tried it.  To say it is awesome is an understatement.  It is so good.  Try it, you won't be dissappointed.  Just add a vegetable and maybe some rolls, and you have a satisying Sunday dinner. 

Enjoy!

Forgotten Chicken
From the blog Darling Doodles (darlingdoodles.blogspot.com)

Ingredients
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cups Minute Rice
1 package Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 can of Cream of Chicken soup
1 can of Cream of Celery soup
1 can of water

Instructions
1.  Butter a casserole dish.
2.  Mix together the Cream of Chicken soup, the Cream of Celery soup, water, and white rice (uncooked).
3.  Pour mixture into the casserole dish.
4.  Lay chicken breasts on top.
5.  Sprinkle the onion soup mix on tip.
6.  Cover with aluminum foil.
7.  Cook at 250-275 degrees for three hours or at 350-375 degrees for one to one and a half hours.