Thursday, March 5, 2015

Éclair Dessert

Today for you a super easy dessert that is perfect for you to take to all the carry in dinners that will be coming up over the next few months. A few simple ingredients and into the fridge and you have dessert ready. I am not sure I would wait for a carry in dinner to make this I would just go ahead and do it. I have to say I was a little skeptical of the dessert at first but decided to give it a try; oh I am glad I did. The graham crackers soften slightly in between the pudding layers and then the thick chocolate layer on top will have you coming back for more. I think I may go have another piece right now. 

I am already thinking of the variations I can do with this. Like cheesecake flavored pudding, oh or slicing bananas up to put in between the layers, or oh maybe even strawberries, or both! YUM. The hubs would not be real happy with me about all those ideas, he says once I make something good I need not to mess with it, but hey what can I say! I can’t help myself! I sure hope you give this recipe a try! Plus this is a really kiddo in the kitchen friendly recipe to make, Charlot had a ball helping me. 

I took this to work for a luncheon, so I broke out my fancy new pan, isn't it just the cutest! I am thinking of doing a giveaway with these? What do you guys think?

Éclair Dessert
1 Box Graham Crackers
2 Boxes Instant Vanilla Pudding (3.5 oz)
3 ¼ Cups Milk (divided)
1 Carton Cool Whip
1 cup Sugar
1/3 Cup Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder
1 stick Butter
1 tsp Vanilla

 Mix pudding packages with 3 cups milk, allow setting up a bit, then folding in cool whip, set aside. In a 9x13 cake pan take one package of graham crackers and line the bottom. Pour ½ of the pudding mixture over the top. Layer another sleeve of graham crackers over the pudding, top with remaining pudding. Use the final sleeve of graham crackers to layer over the pudding. Set this aside. In a sauce pan over medium heat bring ¼ cup milk, sugar, and cocoa powder to a boil. Stirring constantly allow boiling for 1 minute. Remove from heat to cool for one minute then stir in butter and vanilla. Pour over the final layer of graham crackers. Refrigerate overnight! ENJOY!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Key lime pie...

I actually had a whole different post planned for today but I just needed to post about this pie. Basically because it has been so dreary and cold here the past few weeks. Who am I kidding it has been cold all over the country! I feel like I haven’t seen the sunshine in months. I long to feel the warm sun on my face and a nice spring breeze in the air, if I close my eye really tight I can almost feel it!... Oh I guess I should wake up and get back to the pie.
This pie just looks like sunshine. With its bright colors and bursting with citrus flavors, it screams warm weather. And maybe just maybe if it screams it loud enough and wake mother nature up to the fact that some warmth would be appreciated.

Key Lime pie is one of my big brothers favorite pies, and I have making this particular one for him for a long time. Last week happened to be his birthday and when my momma said she was cooking his favorite meal for him I knew a key lime pie was in order. This seriously is one of the easiest pies you can make. I even took a from the store short cut last week when I made it, I bought the graham cracker crust. OH the HORROR!!! HA! I typically make my own but it was a busy week and the bought crust gets this pie to your mouth even quicker. I have included my curst recipe but feel free to purchase, there will be no judgment here! Also key limes can be difficult to find at times, so you can use regular limes then add the juice of a clementine or tangerine to the mix, flavors will be as close as you can get!
Key Lime Pie
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tbsp sugar
 6 tbsp butter melted
Mix all ingredients together until you get a wet sand look. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a deep dish pie plate. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, set aside to cool

1 cup key lime juice
2  tbsp key lime zest
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
8 egg yolks
Mix all ingredients together until smooth and pour into cooled pie crust. Bake at 325 for 16 minutes or until set.  Top pie with fresh whipped cream. ENJOY!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Black and Gold Bridal Shower...

Yesterday I helped host a beautiful black and gold bridal shower for my future sister-in-law. My Aunts and I kept it a pretty simple shower with simple food and decorations, we wanted the focus to be on celebrating Lauren and her upcoming marriage to my big bro Zach.

The food area decorated with a lovely black and gold square (my aunt has great taste in fabric). Food and drink consisted of goat cheese ball rolled in bacon and pistachios, monterey jack and pepper jack cheese cubes, crackers, and mini chocolate cupcakes, with punch and wine to drink.

Below are the super cute favors that all of the hostesses created for our sweet guests.

The below pictures I cannot take credit for. But I will give credit where credit is due, Lauren's wonderful Aunt Jane loves to take pictures and she captured the day just perfectly. So thank you Jane!

I am pretty sure this is the best picture of the day! 
I am so thankful that Lauren is a very patient person she had two pretty stinkin cute helpers yesterday when it came time for presents.
Grandma Jones and her girls

All the Jones Girls with their girls and boy. Love you Dexter! 
The bride with her Aunt, Grandma, and Mom beautiful women right there. 

Oh gosh they are cute. 
So are these ladies
The bride and the hostesses 
Pap are you sure you should leave me at this shower! 
Thank you so much to my Aunts for helping me make this such a special day for Lauren. And Lauren thank you for agreeing to marry my brother,haha. No seriously I am so glad to have you officially become my sister.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Stuffed Pepper Skillet...

I have shared with you guys many times my love for a one pot or one skillet. One dish to clean up YES PLEASE! Today’s recipe fits right into that skillet stuffed peppers, I guess it would be like unstuffed peppers, or stuffed peppers unstuffed or well let’s not worry about the naming of this. Let’s just talk about flavor, flavor, and ease of getting to eat! 

A long time ago I shared my first experience with you guys about making traditional stuffed peppers, you can read about it here . I love my version of stuffed peppers but at times they can be a bit daunting with scraping out the pepper and having to parboil it then stuffing it, just a lot of steps. Steps that Monday through Friday I don’t really have time for. But getting the same flavor without the steps I've got time for that! Let’s do this!

Stuffed Pepper Skillet


1 lb ground Pork, Beef, Turkey (whatever suits you)
½ onion diced
2 bell peppers diced (any color we used red and green Charlot’s choice)
1 box Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice (the kind that takes 20 minutes or so)
1 can Tomato Sauce
1 TBSP Butter
2 Cups Chicken Stock (or Vegetable)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese (shredded)


In a large skillet brown your meat with the onion and bell pepper, season with salt and pepper. Drain. Add all remaining ingredients except the cheese and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Turn off the heat and stir in the cheese. Allow mixture to set for 5 minutes or so to thicken. Serve with crusty bread YUMMY! Enjoy! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Gift that ALWAYS Fits...Food!!!

Well my itty bitty baby sister-in-law is having a big birthday this week. How is it possible that she is 23, because when she and I met I was only 19 so if she’s 23 that makes me…well let’s not discuss that. Regardless of how old she is or how young I once was she definitely deserves to be celebrated. And we did just that is past weekend! I am one who always tries to create gifts that are really going to be loved and appreciated. That was no different for RaRa’s birthday!

 RaRa teaches agriculture education in Northeast Missouri, she is in her first year teach so I know how crazy busy she is. I also know that on those long nights at school coming home to a quick and easy home cooked meal is amazing. So for her present I created a whole basket of joy for her! Wine included, wine always needs to be included. Unless a gift is for a child then it would be different. Ok I’ll just stop now. I just thought a nice bottle of wine went well in this basket. Let me step away from the wine, I found some disposable pans at the dollar tree that were the perfect size for a meal for two people or two meals for one person. They worked perfectly for my lasagna roll ups! 

If you are looking for a quick and easy gift idea think the gift of food it is always well received!
In the basket:
3 pans of lasagna roll ups (enough for two people) (I'll post a recipe for these soon!)
Loaf of French bread
Garlic Herb Compound Butter
Knock You Naked Brownies (Recipe found here)
Bottle of Wine
Wine Glasses
Cheese Grater
Lemon Juicer
Ice Cream Scoop
Kitchen Shears
Fridge Chip Clips (you can never have enough of these)