Lasagna Cupcakes

These were a surprising hit at my house.  Even my kids liked them.  My hubby suggested we make them with taco ingredients.  They turned out great too.  That recipe will be posted soon.  These can be great for dinner or an appetizer.
1 jar of spaghetti sauce, any kind that you like
3/4 pound ground beef, browned and drained
12 wonton wrappers
shredded Italian blend cheese
Parmesan cheese
Ricotta cheese

12 cup muffin pan (not mini pan)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Start layering your lasagna cupcakes. Use around 1 teaspoon of all the ingredients.  Begin with a wonton wrapper and press it into the bottom of each muffin tin. (Do not use non-stick spray.  It made my first batch soggy).  Spoon in Parmesan cheese, Ricotta cheese, meat, and then sauce. Top with Italian blend cheese.  
  3. Bake for 14-18 minutes or until edges are brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. To remove use a knife to loosen the edges then pop each lasagna out.  Place on plate with paper towel to absorb any grease.  Remove paper towel and serve.
source: + my own tweeks

Green Beans and New Potatoes

After going to the farmer's market this weekend it inspired me to make this dish.  My grandma used to cook green beans and potatoes together...Yummy!!  So, I came up with this recipe.  This one is for you Grandma Webb!!

2 Tbsp. butter
1 small onion, largely diced
4 cans green beans, half drained
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. lite salt
1 c. chicken broth, I like low sodium from Whole Foods
5 c. new potatoes, largely diced

Melt butter in medium skillet, cook onions until clear in color.  Stir onions into large pot with all other ingredients.  Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.  Boil for 10 minutes.  Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 30 minutes, still stirring occasionally.

Source:  my own recipe

Broccoli Rice Cheese Crockpot Casserole

This is my crockpot twist on a normal 9x13 pan casserole.  I found it much easier to keep warm and prepare while going to family gatherings and camping trips.  I always use a crockpot liner for easy clean up too.

2 bags frozen broccoli florets (or 1 lg bag)
4 c. Minute Rice
1/2 block Velveeta, cut into cubes
2 large cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 c. milk

Mix all ingredients together.  Cook on HIGH in crockpot for 2 hours.  Stir occasionally.

* another 1/2 cup of milk may be stirred in before serving to keep casserole from drying out.

Source: my own recipe

Apple Cake

This is a recipe that my mom used to make while we were growing up.  It was requested at all of the family gatherings.  It can be made with apples or pears.  And it is the best tasting cake batter ever!!

Apple Cake
1 1/2 c.vegetable oil
2 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
3 c. flour
3 c. sliced and diced apples (can also use pears)

1/2 stick butter or margarine
1 c. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. milk

Mix oil, sugar, and eggs; add vanilla.  Mix in cinnamon, soda, salt, and flour.  Add apples and mix by hand.  Put in greased 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes.  Drizzle topping over cake while warm.  Serve warm or cooled.

Source: a passed down family recipe from my mom

Crockpot Fiesta Chicken

This is a simple recipe that I came up with yesterday.  I was trying to figure out what to do with some frozen chicken in the crockpot.  My whole family enjoyed it!!

Crockpot Fiesta Chicken
4 frozen chicken breasts
1 cup light sour cream
2 cups salsa (any kind)
1 package taco seasoning
1 can corn
1 pkg. Lipton Fiesta Sides Spanish Rice
shredded cheese

Put chicken in crockpot.  Stir together sour cream, salsa, and seasoning.  Pour over chicken.  Cook on high for 4-6 hours.  Make rice as directed on package.  Heat corn in microwave and add to rice.  Serve chicken over the rice and top with cheese.

Source:  my own recipe
Looking for something new to do with BBQ leftovers?  How about BBQ nachos!!  This quick treat is a nice twist by combining BBQ and Mexican food.  Two of my favorites!!

BBQ Nachos

tortilla chips
shredded cheese
sour cream
BBQ sauce (whatever you like)
BBQ meat (leftover, I used pulled pork)

Heat meat in a bowl with sauce, stir.  Top chips with all ingredients adding or taking away whatever you may like.  Heat in microwave until cheese it melted.  Enjoy!!

Source:  my own recipe

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Crunch Cake

This is my new favorite cake recipe.  Make this cake and see who can possibly resist the peanut butter and chocolate combination.  It is super easy and super yummy.  Enjoy!!

(printable recipe) 

1 package yellow cake mix
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup water
3 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped peanuts
2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. milk

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9 inch pan.
2.  In a mixing bowl beat cake mix, peanut butter, and brown sugar on low speed until crumbly. Set aside 1/2 cup of mixture. To the remainder add water, eggs, and oil, and beat on high for 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup each of the chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan.
3. Combine peanuts, remainder of dough mix, and rest of the chips; sprinkle over batter.
4.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool completely. Drizzle with glaze when served.

Source:  "mooched" and adapted from + my own recipe for glaze