Friday, June 15, 2018

Chicken Verde Casserole

Today I'm sharing a quick and tasty recipe for Chicken Verde Casserole that my family loves. Only 5 ingredients and 30 minutes! 

I serve it with chips and salsa on the side, and lots of toppings to choose from. It's fun for company,too. Be careful choosing the Salsa Verde as some can be VERY spicy. Unless you like it that way like we do!

Chicken Verde Casserole

1 1/2 c. to 2 cups cooked chicken,cubed
16 oz. bottle of Salsa Verde 
3/4 c. sour cream
3 large 10" flour tortillas
2 to 3 c. of shredded cheddar (I used Monterrey Jack)
cilantro and extra sour cream for toppings

Spray a 9" casserole dish or pie plate. Mix the chicken, Salsa Verde and sour cream. Set a tortilla inside, and layer with the mixture and cheese. Top all with cheese and bake about 20 to 30 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted. Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting, and top with sour cream and cilantro.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Peach Dump Cake...Pinned it and tried it

What an awesome dessert, and SO quick to make!

Just a cake mix, a can of peaches and a few other ingredients.

I added a bunch of chopped pecans,too.

I pinned it, tried it and LOVED it! I saw several different variations of this recipe on Pinterest, so I combined a few. I will definitely make this again!

Peach Dump Cake

29 oz. can of sliced peaches, in heavy syrup
1 white cake mix
1 stick of butter
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
nuts, coconut, etc. if desired

Pour the peaches into a 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix and cinnamon on top. Drizzle butter over all and sprinkle nuts on top. Bake at 350 for about 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Heath Peanut Clusters

I've been busy cleaning my pantry and trying to use up bits and pieces of things. I keep everything, even a few tablespoons of rice in a bag! It got to a point I couldn't see what I had.

 I also buy new and forget about what's in the back. So I cleaned and sorted and checked dates. I need to make sure I rotate better and not be in such a hurry. What a mess!

It's been fun though, coming up with recipes to use up things before expiration dates. I think it is anyway..not so sure about Brent. But he usually eats whatever I make!  I had half a jar of dry roasted peanuts and half a bag of Heath bits, so I made half a batch of Heath Peanut Clusters. I KNEW he would like these!

I melted some chocolate and just dumped the nuts and bits in. Then I dropped spoonfuls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet until they were set.

He loved them, but said next time.... add even more Heath bits!

Heath Peanut Clusters

1 1/2 lb. Chocolate candy coating ( I use Ghirardelli melts)
16 oz. jar dry roasted peanuts
8 oz. package of Heath Toffee Bits

Melt chocolate in microwave and stir in peanuts and toffee bits. Drop onto parchment paper until set. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Patriotic Snack Mix

Happy Memorial Day!
Our pontoon and dock are in, the lawn furniture is out, flowers are blooming...... it's been sunny and warm.... and we are ready for summer!

I decided to make a quick snack to take out on the boat....complete with patriotic colors to celebrate the day. I went into my cupboard and grabbed some snacks I thought would taste great together....both sweet and salty. I took a large Ziploc bag and put in a cup each of red Australian Style licorice,butter pretzels, patriotic M&M's, mini marshmallows, and peanuts.

I also grabbed some cups I found at the dollar store to make snacking easier on the boat. Besides being convenient, they are also festive and fun!

Patriotic Snack Mix

red licorice
patriotic M & M's
mini marshmallows

Mix according to amount needed. I usually do about a cup of each, then store in a Ziploc bag.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Broccoli Cranberry Slaw

I just can't seem to get enough of this salad!
 It has such a perfect combo of ingredients that I can stir together in just a minute.

I like to keep it in the frig for a quick side with a sandwich for my lunch. It's nice and crunchy and pairs well with my fave deli meat...mesquite turkey breast.  I also have served it for Christmas with ham and turkey. I love the bright colors!

Broccoli Cranberry Slaw

1 package broccoli coleslaw mix
1  (3 oz.) pkg. dried cranberries
4 green onions, chopped
1/4 c. sliced almonds
1/4 to 1/2 c. bottled coleslaw salad dressing

Mix and serve.

Dressing I use:
3 Tbsp. sugar (or Splenda)
1/2 c. light mayo
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar

Mix well.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Marshmallow Fruit Dip

Lot's of people make fun of "two ingredient" recipes, but I'm a big fan of any RECIPE that tastes great! This is an oldie but goodie.

 Just mix the cream cheese and marshmallow creme together and you have a wonderful dip. Sometimes I make it when I have some fruit that's a bit sour that I need to use grapes or's a perfect match!

Marshmallow Fruit Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
7 oz. jar Marshmallow creme

Beat together with mixer until smooth. Serve with fruit.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Chocolate Fudge Cake.... better than sex cake

Chocolate Fudge cake...aka.... Better than Sex a great dessert to take to a potluck. It's super EZ, and you usually come home with a clean pan. And let's not forget it's chocolate and sinfully delicious!

I've been craving this cake, and haven't made it for SO long. It's way too much for only 2 people, so I have to wait for an occasion. It just so happens in the last few weeks I had 3 potlucks....and yes, I made it for each one! LOL!

It's an easy dessert to make, and can be made a day ahead. I usually put the topping on right before serving, but you don't have too. It tastes great either way.

Brent's been a pretty happy camper this month, as Heath bars are his favorite candy bar!

Chocolate Fudge Cake
(better than sex cake)

1 chocolate cake mix
1 can sweetened condensed milk
12 oz. jar of caramel sauce ( I use about half of a jar or so)
crushed heath bars ( I use about 4 or 5)
8 oz. Cool Whip

Bake the cake according to package directions. Cool about 10 minutes. Mix the condensed milk and caramel sauce together. Poke holes all over the cake with the back of a wooden spoon. Pour the caramel mixture over the entire cake. Sprinkle 2 or 3 crushed heath bars on top. Refrigerate until serving. Top with Cool whip and 2 or 3 more crushed Heath bars. (you can also drizzle with caramel or chocolate topping if desired) Store in refrigerator.