Fiesta Chicken Pasta Bake

Fiesta Chicken Pasta Bake

Fiesta Chicken Pasta Bake

Finally had a day off from work and vacation to get in the kitchen and make some dinner, felt good, tasted even better!

Fiesta Chicken Pasta Bake

Fiesta Chicken Pasta Bake

16 oz pasta, I used rotini

1 cup salsa

1 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon taco seasoning

1 (15 oz) can corn, drained

1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 (12.5 oz) can chicken, drained and flaked

2 cups Mexican cheese blend

1  Preheat oven to 350.  Cook pasta according to package directions.

2  Drain pasta then add all ingredients to the pot, reserving 1 cup of cheese, and stir until combined.

3  Pour pasta mixture into a 9 x 13″ pan and top with reserved 1 cup cheese.  Cover with foil.

4 Bake 20 minutes, remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes.

recipe adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

I have another monster cookie recipe on the blog which is a flourless one but this time I wanted to try one with flour.  They smelled great but I realize as I’m typing this that I didn’t even try one and now they are on their way to a scout campout with the hubs so I won’t get one.  Guess I’ll have to make another batch.

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cornstartch

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/4 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup Reeses Pieces

1/2 cup mini M&M’s

1/2 cup peanuts

1  Preheat oven to 350.

2  Cream together butter and peanut butter until smooth.  Add brown sugar and sugar and cream until fluffy.  Add in eggs and vanilla and beat well.

3  Mix together baking soda, salt, cornstarch and flour with a whisk then add to ingredients in mixing bowl and beat until combined.

4  Stir in oats, Reeses Pieces, M&M’s and peanuts until combined.

5  Scoop onto cookie sheets using a cookie scoop.

6  Bake 12 – 14 minutes.  Let cool on sheets 5 minutes before removing.

recipe adapted from Don’t Sweat the Recipe

M&M Kit Kat Funfetti Birthday Cake

M&M Kit Kat Funfetti Birthday Cake

M&M Kit Kat Funfetti Birthday Cake

OK, here is my tip for the day – If you ever make a layer cake and the layers don’t turn out great for whatever reason, DO NOT THROW THEM AWAY!!!  You can find a way to still use them and pictured above is one of the ways.

I baked some funfetti layers of cake for a birthday cake and they came out a little uneven, they weren’t level so I frosted them anyway and hid the uneveness with Kit Kat’s and M&M’s and no one knew or cared because it looked cute and I’m sure tasted good too!  And think of the possibilities to cover a cake with, the different candies you could use, the different cookies you could use, the possibilities are endless and suddenly your uneven cake is perfect!

M&M Kit Kat Funfetti Birthday Cake

M&M Kit Kat Funfetti Birthday Cake

If your cake is really a mess, like it’s broken into pieces from trying to get it out of the pan, then why not make cake pops!

Smores Cake Pops

Smores Cake Pops

So the moral of the story is – Don’t throw the cake away!  Be creative, go on Pinterest if you have to and find a way to save the cake!

 

Butterbeer Cupcakes

Butterbeer Cupcakes

Butterbeer Cupcakes

I made my friend Tami these Butterbeer Cupcakes for her birthday.  I’ve only had butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood one time and it was divine!  These cupcakes were really good and were similar to what I remember the butterbeer tasting like.  Might have to try some other recipes to taste test.

cupcakes

1 box yellow cake mix

3 eggs

1/2 cup oil

1 cup vanilla creme soda

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 small box butterscotch instant pudding mix

frosting

2 sticks of butter, softened

1/4 cup butterscotch ice cream topping

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon butter extract

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 (2 pound) bag powdered sugar

1/4 – 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

additional butterscotch topping for drizzling

1  For the cupcakes, preheat oven to 350.  Line 2 muffin pans with paper liners.

2  Beat all cupcake ingredients for about 2 minutes or until combined.  Scoop batter into cupcake liners.

3  Bake cupcakes for 15 – 17 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Let cool completely.

4  For the frosting, beat butter, butterscotch topping, brown sugar, butter and vanilla extracts until creamy, about 30 seconds.  Gradually add in powdered sugar, adding heavy whipping cream as needed to achieve desired texture.

5  Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes then drizzle with butterscotch topping.

recipe from The Domestic Rebel

Doughnut Hole Kabobs

Doughnut Hole Kabobs

Doughnut Hole Kabobs

I just have to share this super cute idea that I saw all over on Pinterest and decided to make for the bridal shower.  Aren’t they so cute and easy and yummy?  Who doesn’t love doughnut holes?

premade doughnut holes from the grocery store, whatever flavor you like and however many you need to feed your party

paper straws, kabob sticks, lollipop sticks, bamboo skewers, whatever you want to use

I used paper straws and had to cut them in half.  Push 2 doughnut holes or how ever many you like onto your skewer of choice, do it carefully and slowly so the doughnut holes don’t fall apart.

Ta da!  Done!

Blue Ombre Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake

Blue Ombre Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake

Blue Ombre Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake

My first attempt at an ombre style cake and it turned out pretty good.  This is a wedding cake for my friend Sam who I’ve known since she was a little girl.  It was so fun to make this cake for her and to be a part of her wedding day.

The cake was a Funfetti cake from this recipe here.

The frosting was my favorite buttercream from this recipe here.

The frosting was colored with the Wilton Performance Color System which you can check out here.

Here’s another look at the cake so you can see the ombre better on the top tier but you can also see the crack from traveling or decorating, I’m not sure.

Blue Ombre Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake

Blue Ombre Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake

Congratulations to Sam and Jonah!