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Cooking Craze

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Something amazing happened this week.  I made dinner TWO nights in a row!  AND the dinners were new recipes!  Yep.  It’s Ok.  I’ll wait while you catch your breath.

Are you breathing again?  Good.  My family is still in shock. 😉

Maybe you do this too? – Pin a ton of yummy recipes to your Pinterest boards and never make anything.  That’s me.  You’d think I like to cook if you saw my food boards.  The truth is I hate to cook.  Hate it.  It’s not really the effort to cook, it’s thinking about what to cook.

So what did I cook you ask?  Sunday night I made this…

TWO TIMIN’ PASTA BAKE

1 box penne pasta

1 (15 oz.) jar Alfredo sauce

1 (24 oz.) jar Marinara sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

You can get the directions here.  It’s super easy and very yummy.

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Monday night I made this…

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup in a Slow Cooker

You can get the recipe and directions here.  (Please forgive me if this is not the original source.  I’ve seen this recipe in so many places.)

The soup was a definite hit because my son said “This is pretty good”.  A true miracle, believe me!

I know my friends and family are thinking right now “WHO ARE YOU?”  Well, I like to shake things up a bit.  I can be wild and crazy.  But I do think cooking for the third night in a row might be going a little too bonkers.  I will have to see if I think the family can handle it. 😉

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Pineapple Cheese Casserole Recipe

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Happy Friday!  Today I’m sharing another favorite recipe.  But before I do, I’m just going to say this once again…  I’m not a foodie.  I don’t like to cook.  Sometimes I don’t even like to eat.  So the recipes you see on my blog are so absolutely fabulous that I feel compelled to come out of my non-domestic shell and spread the recipe love.   Here we go…

This recipe came from my BFF’s mother-in-Law.  The first time I heard about this recipe, I was less than thrilled to give it a try.  I mean, cheese and pineapple together?  Really?  And hot??  But I put my big girl pants on and gave it a try.

OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!  It’s unbelievably delicious!  I personally would eat this for a meal.  I need nothing else.

This casserole is a staple for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dinners.  But don’t wait for a holiday to try it.  It’s an anytime dish.  You will thank me. 😉

(I don’t have a picture of the casserole.  There are pictures of the web if you want to see what it looks like.)
INGREDIENTS

3 (15 ounce) cans pineapple chunks
2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
8 tablespoons pineapple juice
8 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
30 buttery round crackers, crushed (I use Ritz)
1/2 cup butter, sliced
DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl combine pineapple chunks, cheese, pineapple juice, flour and sugar. Spoon into a 9×13 inch baking dish.
Top with crushed crackers and butter slices.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.

Cake Secrets

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Yesterday was my son’s birthday.  That means a few things.  1.  He is getting older.  2.  I’m still not.  3.  I baked him a birthday cake.

I make the best cakes ever (so I’m told).  My son’s favorite is chocolate cake with vanilla frosting.  I’m not a “make from scratch” kind of girl.  I buy Devils Food from Duncan Hines and creamy vanilla from Duncan Hines.  But I’m going to share a little secret with you…  If you follow the directions on the box, it turns out moist and amazing!  Who knew, right?  Ha!  Seriously though, the box says mix on low for 30 seconds then beat at medium for 2 minutes.  TURN ON THE TIMER FOR THOSE TWO MINUTES.  You will be amazed how inaccurate you are at estimating 2 minutes.  You won’t even be close.  That’s my trick.  My oven cooks fast, so I always bake at the minimum time it says.  To all my peeps who can’t get over how yummy my cakes are, now you know my secret. 🙂  It’s on the box!

Here is another fabulous thing I discovered.  When I was young and my mom made a cake, she would buy 1 box of cake and 1 can of frosting to go with it.  Guess what?  Now that I’m a grown up, I buy TWO cans of frosting for one cake!  I know!  I didn’t know it was allowed.  It’s one of those great grown up moments.  Like moving out on your own and realizing YOU are the one in control of the thermostat now! 🙂  It’s empowering!

 

 

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