Cooking Day

Spring Dirt Cups Recipe

by Katie on April 7, 2015

Since I was on the dessert committee for Easter this year, I tried to make several kid-friendly springtime desserts.  One of our kids’ favorite desserts is the dirt cake that I often make at Halloween time.

Using the same basic recipe, I made a few modifications to change it from a ghostly cake to a springtime surprise.  Instead of using a 9×13 pan, I spooned the dessert in individual plastic cups.  I also traded out the ghosts and pumpkins for fun gummy worms in a variety of different colors.

I actually doubled the recipe below which made 20 individual servings….all of which were gone within five minutes of sounding the dessert bell on Easter!

Dirt Cups Recipe

1 package Jell-O instant chocolate pudding (3.9 oz. each)
2 cups milk
1 tub of thawed Cool Whip (8 oz.)
1/2 package of Oreo Cookies, finely crushed
Gummy worms

Beat pudding and milk in a large bowl with a hand mixer for 2 minutes.  Let mixture stand for five minutes.  Stir in Cool Whip and half of the cookies.

Spoon mixture evenly into 10 plastic cups.  Top with remaining cookies and refrigerate.  Before serving, add a gummy worm (or two!) on top.

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Boston Cream Pie Cake Recipe

by Katie on March 26, 2015

While I’ve cut most sources of refined sugar out of my diet, I have to admit I did splurge and try this Boston Cream Pie Cake.  My mom brought the cake over a few weeks back, and it was an instant hit with our whole family.

As an added bonus, this recipe is incredibly simple to make even though it tastes like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen preparing it.  Of course, you can always let people think you spent hours making dessert!

The recipe calls for a 9×13 pan which works fine for this dessert.  However, if you want to dress the cake up a little bit, you could also prepare it in two 9-inch rounds instead.

In addition to the ingredients I’ve listed below, you’ll also need eggs, vegetable oil, water, and milk to make the cake mix and pudding according to package directions.  The amounts will vary based on the brand you’ve purchased.

Boston Cream Pie Cake

1 yellow cake mix
2 small boxes of vanilla pudding
1 container of chocolate icing

Prepare yellow cake mix according to package directions.  Bake in 9×13 pan.  Allow cake to cool.  Once cooled, poke holes in the cake.

Prepare vanilla pudding according to package directions.  Spread pudding over the cake and refrigerate for one hour.

Microwave the chocolate icing for 15-20 seconds or until of pouring consistency.  Pour icing over the cake.  Refrigerate until ready to be served.

Enjoy!

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Lemon Garlic Tilapia Recipe

by Katie on February 19, 2015

Tilapia is definitely one of our family’s favorite seafood dishes.  It’s a mild fish and can be prepared in variety of different ways.  This lemon garlic tilapia recipe is my personal favorite.

Lemon Garlic Tilapia

1 lb. tilapia fillets
fresh ground pepper to taste
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. butter, melted
1 garlic clove, minced
1-1/2 tsp. parsley flakes

Place tilapia in a 9×13 pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.   Pour lemon juice over the fish and drizzle the melted butter on top.  Season with fresh ground pepper to taste.  Sprinkle with minced garlic and parsley flakes.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until fish is white and flaky.

Served with fresh steamed broccoli and a spinach salad, this meal is as delicious as it is healthy.

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on February 18, 2015

With Lent officially beginning today, I’m on the hunt for new meatless recipes for the upcoming weeks.  While we love tilapia and salmon, it’s my goal to venture out of my comfort zone and try some new seafood dishes.

This week’s menu plan is pretty simple since I was rather unprepared for the snow and sub-zero temperatures that have landed in the Ohio valley.  I made a quick run to the store Tuesday afternoon between snowfalls to pick up the essentials for the week.  It’s my hope that I didn’t forget anything in my rush to get back home before the snow started again!

Anyhow, here’s our menu plan for this week:

Monday – marinated chicken, peas, fresh fruit

Tuesday – build-your-own omelets, fresh fruit

Wednesday – lemon garlic tilapia, snap beans, spinach salad

Thursday – Italian chicken, flatbreads, spinach salad

Friday – meatless spaghetti, garlic bread, spinach salad

Saturday – marinated pork loin, brown rice, spinach salad

Sunday – leftovers

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on February 10, 2015

After three nights of leftovers last week, we finally managed to start out this week with a mostly empty refrigerator.  This upcoming weekend will be busy for our family with both Valentine’s Day as well as our youngest son’s birthday, so I tried to choose simple meals throughout the majority of the week.

Here’s what I have planned for this week:

Monday – cilantro lime tilapia, brown rice, steamed broccoli

Tuesday – build-your-own tacos, raw veggies and hummus, fresh fruit

Wednesday – sesame ginger chicken, spinach salad, fresh fruit

Thursday – turkey noodle soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, fresh fruit

Friday – glazed pork loin, green beans, brown rice

Saturdayheart-shaped pizzas, spinach salad, Valentine’s Day cookies

Sunday – dinner out for our youngest son’s birthday

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on February 3, 2015

Like many households this weekend, ours was full of people rooting for either the Seahawks or the Patriots during Superbowl Sunday.  We had an extra half dozen teenage boys at our house, so I planned accordingly by making sure I had plenty of food for snacks and dinner (because honestly, one teenage boy can put away a fair amount of food, but by the time the game started, I had 8 teenage boys and one pre-teen boy all crowded around watching the game…..we’re talking about the potential for serious food consumption here!).

However, they filled up on snacks before dinner and brownies afterwards, leaving me with far more Skyline remaining than I had anticipated.  So, I’m planning for several nights of leftovers simply to clean out our refrigerator:

Monday – leftovers

Tuesday – leftovers

Wednesday – marinated chicken, spinach salad, fresh fruit

Thursday – fish tacos, brown rice, veggies and hummus

Friday – chicken and mushrooms, steamed broccoli, fresh fruit

Saturday – omelet bar, pancakes, fresh fruit

Sunday – new pork recipe (yet to be determined!), spinach salad, spiced apples

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on January 27, 2015

I switched around the theme days for our menu plan this week since we had a refrigerator full of leftovers by the end of the weekend.  We hosted a Family Game Day on Saturday in honor of my Dad’s birthday (he would have been 80 on January 8th).

We chose a Mexican theme for the meal, and had a phenomenal taco bar with the option of seasoned pork, chicken, or beef.  Since there were 25 of us at game day and we all made something for the event, there were plenty of leftovers.  (As a side note, although it looks like a big crowd, there are actually 20 people missing…and that’s just my brothers and sisters and their families!).

So, we’re eating our way through tacos of every variety this week, along with a few other meals:

Monday – leftovers

Tuesday – build your own tacos, veggies and hummus

Wednesday – spaghetti, spinach salad, fresh fruit

Thursday – white bean chicken chili, spinach salad

Friday – ginger chicken, flatbreads, fresh fruit

Saturday – omelets, pancakes, fresh fruit

Sunday – chili cook-off for the Super Bowl

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