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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Shortcut Lemon and Blueberry Pound Cake with Blueberry Glaze

This cake it super simple. The blueberry and lemon combo is delicious, and poking holes in the cake lets the glaze soak into it making it very moist! The cake mix shortcut saves so much time and work. People will think you spent all day in the kitchen, but it was quick and easy!

Cake Mix:
Lemon Supreme Cake Mix
1 cup water
1/2 oil
3 eggs
1 cup blueberries
2 tablespoons flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan.

In a large bowl, mix the cake mix, water and oil. Add eggs one at the time. Mix until well combined. Toss blueberries in flour. (This keeps them from sinking in the batter.) Add them to the batter. Pour into the prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 

Blueberry and Lemon Glaze:
1½ cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup blueberries, mashed

In a small bowl mix the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice and zest together until well blended. Use a toothpick or skewer, poke holes in the cake for the glaze to soak into.
Using a large spoon, spoon the glaze onto the cake and spread it around using the back of the spoon.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

They may not be pretty, but they taste delicious.
Also, this is my husband's cupcake to frosting ratio! 

 Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

½ cup butter, softened 

8 oz cream cheese, softened  

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 ½ cups powdered sugar

½ cup cocoa powder 

Combine the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer or a stand mixer, beat until creamy.

Add vanilla extract and stir well to combine.

Whisk powdered sugar and cocoa powder together until combined.

Add the powder mixer into the cream cheese mixture and beat until well-incorporated into the frosting, being sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl so that all ingredients are well-combined.

Frost completely cooled cupcakes. I made 6 jumbo cupcakes and used way more frosting than usual for the hubby. LOL

Click here for the red velvet recipe... Red Velvet Cake

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Neapolitan Icebox Cake

Retro back to the 70's with this Neapolitan Icebox Cake. Mine doesn't look all that pretty, but it tastes delicious! 

Neapolitan Icebox Cake

3 ~ 8oz bricks cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups whipped cream
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons strawberry milk syrup
12-14 chocolate sandwich cookies
Chocolate shavings and/or sprinkles, for garnish

Line a standard loaf pan with plastic wrap so that it covers the bottom and sides and there is a good amount of overhang. Set aside.

Place 1 1/2 cups of the cream cheese into a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer and whip with a whisk attachment until a little fluffy. Add in 1/2 cup of the confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla and whip. Add in1 cup of the whipped cream and fold it in with a spatula. Transfer to a separate bowl and set aside.

Using the original bowl and whisk attachment or beaters, whip the remaining cream cheese until a little fluffy. Add in 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla, as well as the freeze-dried strawberry powder or strawberry milk syrup and whip until smooth. Add the remaining 1 cup whipped cream and fold it in with a spatula.

Scoop about half of the vanilla mixture into the prepared loaf pan and spread into an even layer. Top with a layer of the cookies. Scoop about half of the strawberry whipped cream mixture onto the cookie layer and spread evenly, then top with more cookies. Repeat these layers once reserving some of the whipped cream mixtures for decorating if desired, ending with a layer of cookies.*

Wrap the overhanging plastic wrap over top, pressing down lightly to ensure that everything is tightly packed. Place the cake along with any remaining whipped filling in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours. (or up to 3 hours in the freezer for a quick set) ** This will ensure that the crunchy cookies become almost cake-like.

To unmold, unwrap the top of the cake and invert the pan onto a serving dish. Using the plastic wrap to assist, remove the pan then peel away the plastic wrap. Use any remaining whipped filling to decorate the cake then sprinkle with chocolate shavings or sprinkles. Slice with a warm sharp knife and serve.

*I was lazy and did just three layers: strawberry, chocolate cookies, and vanilla.

**I used a brownie cookie that was a soft cookie and did the quick set in the freezer.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Chicken in a Biskit Ranch Crackers

This recipe came about when I couldn't find the oyster crackers I usually use. My Dad likes to use captain's wafers, but the store was out of them too. I grabbed a box of Chicken in a Biskit Crackers. I figured what the heck. I'll try it. Well, the hubby was impressed. He wants them made like this from now on! I've made them twice this past weekend. They are that good! 

Chicken in a Biskit Crackers 7.5 oz box
1/4 cup oil
1 package Ranch Dip Mix*
1/4 tsp dill weed

Mix ingredients in a plastic container with an airtight lid. Shake crackers and flip container every 10 minutes or so. I make these a day ahead for the oil and flavors to set. No baking necessary, and they are still crunchy! 

*I use the big shaker bottle of ranch mix. 3 tablespoons for this recipe. You can use more for your taste. (or less) We like them coated well. 

Monday, January 15, 2024

Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs

I used my instant pot to cook the chicken. I set it on high for 30 minutes. The chicken thighs were frozen. Cooking them this way, they were totally cooked through. So quick and easy! This method ensures perfectly juicy chicken! *

Lemon-Garlic Chicken

4 Chicken Thighs

4 teaspoons minced garlic

2 lemons, 1 zested and juiced, 1 juiced

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon dark brown sugar

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, diced small **

1 cup chicken broth

Add chicken thighs to the instant pot. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over chicken.

Lock the lid. Set the power to high and the timer to 30 minutes if frozen or 15 minutes if thawed. Turn on and let the pot naturally vent until the valve has dropped. Remove from the instant pot and arrange the chicken pieces in a single layer in a baking dish.

Turn the oven broiler on low. Broil the chicken until it’s deep golden brown and slightly charred in spots, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the liquid in the pot to a saucepan and add 2 teaspoons of cornstarch mixed with enough water to create a slurry. Whisk and bring to a boil. 

I served the chicken with mashed potatoes and used the sauce as gravy.

* If you don’t have an instant pot, cook the chicken at 400 F degrees 45 minutes or until the chicken thighs have an internal temperature of 165 F degrees and the skin is crispy.

** You can use a half stick of butter if you need to cut back on the fat, but I will use the same amount next time. It really helps keep the chicken juicy!

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Sweet Potato Casserole with Sweet Maple Walnuts

This recipe got a twist when I saw Sweet Maple Walnuts a Dollar General. I made it for our family Thanksgiving, and it was a huge hit! By the way, the nuts are not burnt. They are dark from the maple glaze.

2 ~ 15oz cans sweet potatoes, or yams*

¼ cup butter

¼ cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

1 pinch black pepper, or more to taste

Mini Marshmallows

Sweet Maple Walnuts**

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place potatoes in a large bowl, and add butter, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper. Mix, using a stand mixer or hand mixer, until smooth and creamy. Place in an 8x8 casserole dish. Bake in the oven until warmed through, about 15-20 minutes. Top with marshmallows and then walnuts. Bake until marshmallows are toasted, about 5-10 minutes. Watch so they don't burn. 

*I also used 2 - 40oz for this 13x9 pan.

**I used Diamond brand candied walnuts.