Friday, December 7, 2012

Butter Pecan Cupcakes and Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting

I made these cupcakes for my husband to take to work for a co-worker retirement party. 
Butter Pecan Cupcakes with a Cream Cheese Frosting and Caramel Drizzle
Chocolate Coffee Cake with Mocha Frosting



Saturday, November 17, 2012

John Deere Girls First Birthday Party (Cake & Cupcakes)

I had an order for a John Deere Girls 1st Birthday

8 inch round cake with White and Chocolate Cupcakes


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll Ups

I made this for supper and served it with a side salad and garlic bread.  It was really good!  I made the homemade Alfredo Sauce I think that's what made the meal so special.

Chicken Alfredo Roll-ups
9 lasagna noodles
2 ½ cups alfredo sauce (optional homemade recipe below)
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
garlic salt
3 cups shredded Mozzarella, or cheese of your choice

Spray an 8x8 pan with non-stick spray and pour ½ cup alfredo sauce, or just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Boil 8-10 cups water in a large pan, cook lasagna noodles until al dente. (I usually cook 1 or 2 extra just because lasagna noodles always seem to break on me when I am stirring them.)
Now this is the important part! Drain and rinse the noodles with cold water to prevent them from sticking to each other. Then, lay out each noodle individually and blot dry with a paper towel.

Spread about 2 Tbs. alfredo sauce over each noodle. (if there is too much sauce you will have a big mess on your hands!) Sprinkle oregano and garlic salt on top of sauce. Take 1/9 of the shredded chicken and spread it out evenly over each noodle. Add approx. 3 Tbs. cheese. To roll up, start at one end and roll the noodle over the toppings. You will need to lift the noodle a little to prevent squishing out the inside ingredients while rolling.

Place the roll-ups in the pan, one by one, seam-side down so they don't come undone. Once they are all in the pan, pour the remaining alfredo sauce over the top. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted on top.

Serves 3, 3 roll-ups each

The Best Garlic Alfredo Sauce
½ cup butter
2 ounces cream cheese
2 cups heavy cream (or substitute half and half)
2 teaspoon garlic powder
½  tsp. fresh minced garlic
salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp dried oregano
⅔ cup Parmesan cheese

In a medium to large saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Add fresh minced garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the cream cheese and whisk to smooth and melted. Whisk in the heavy cream.
Season with the garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and whisk frequently until sauce thickens, around 15 minutes. Stir in the cheese and when melted, remove from heat and serve.
Makes 2 ½ cups

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

To-Die-For Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

2-3 chicken breasts, shredded {OR rotisserie chicken}
1 {8 oz.} pkg. cream cheese
1 28 oz. can green enchilada sauce {I used Las Palmas}
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
2 cups cooked rice {I used boil in a bag because I can't cook rice to save my life!!!}
Tortillas {I used Mission flour tortillas, but homemade would be muy delicioso!}
1-2 cups shredded monterrey & colby cheese
Cook chicken and shred; boil rice. Mix the shredded chicken, cream cheese, and 2 cups of the enchilada sauce together. This mix makes A TON!!!!
Pour half a cup of the enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. 
Layer the rice & black beans to your taste and top with the chicken mixture in each tortilla.
Roll up each of the tortillas and place them in the baking dish seam side down.
Top with 1 cup of the enchilada sauce and 1-2 cups of shredded cheese. The more, the merrier so we piled on the full two cups :)
Cover the baking dish with foil and bake at 375 for about 25 minutes.
Uncover the enchiladas, turn on the broiler, and broil for about 3-5 minutes uncovered...just long enough to brown the cheese.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Pepperoni Rolls


Pepperoni Rolls

Frozen Bread Dough (Rhodes)
Sandwich Pepperoni (from the deli)
Shredded Mozzarella
Shredded Parmesan
Italian Seasoning
Garlic Salt or Garlic Powder
Pizza Sauce (optional for dipping)

Loosely cover the frozen bread dough with plastic wrap. Allow dough to thaw for a few hours at room temperature.

Here's a tip: spray the plastic wrap with cooking oil, or brush with cooking oil and lay it, oiled side down on the bread dough. This allows the bread dough to rise and move easily under the plastic wrap without it sticking or holding back the dough.

When dough is completely thawed it will be puffed up a bit.

Roll dough out to approximately 11 x 11 square.

One frozen dough log makes one pepperoni roll.
Brush dough with olive oil or whatever cooking oil you prefer.

Lay pepperoni on dough covering entire surface. I like to use sandwich pepperoni from the deli.

Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Next, sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese. You can use grated from a can if that is what you already have on hand...but you can buy the shredded Parmesan in a bag.

Lightly sprinkle with Italian herbs...basically, some dried oregano, parsley and basil. Be careful, not too much....oregano can be very strong and you don't want too much!

Add a sprinkling of garlic powder.

Roll up dough starting at one edge of square.

Place rolls on baking sheet, leaving space between.

Brush some melted butter on top of uncooked pepperoni roll.

You do not need to let rise. Bake it right away. It will rise up in the oven perfectly.

Bake at 375 degrees for approx. 15 to 25 minutes.
Oven temps. and times may vary.
When done, top of roll should be golden brown and you should be able to make a tapping sound on the crust with your fingernail...just the same as when baking bread.
Make sure you allow pepperoni roll to cool completely before serving.

As with any baking, keep an eye on your roll. This is just an estimated time. You'll know it's done when the roll is golden and makes a hard tapping sound when you tap it with your fingernail...just like when baking a loaf of bread.

**Make sure you allow your pepperoni roll to cool completely before slicing!
Serve with Pizza Sauce for dipping!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Happy 30th Birthday To Me (Cakes)

To celebrate my 30th birthday we had family over.  The only thing I wanted to do was bake the cake....but I couldn't decide on one flavor of cake so I made 4 different flavors and displayed them on cake stands that belonged to my family.  I labeled each cake, it helped so I didn't have to repeat myself 3,000 times!  The cake decorated with the "30" on it was decorated by my Husband!  He did it all by himself!
Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Filling and Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
White Cake with Red Raspberry Filling and Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Pumpkin Spice Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Filling and Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
Butter Pecan Cake with Caramel Filling and  Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Monday, October 8, 2012

Dana's Perfect Salmon Patties

Dana's Perfect Salmon Patties 
Makes 4-5 patties

They stay moist,
They freeze beautifully,
They make a great Salmon Patty sandwich to pack in a lunch,
so make plenty for left-overs!

1 (14 3/4 ounce) canned salmon
1/4 cup onion, minced
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup flour
1 egg
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
dash salt
dash pepper
2-3 Tablespoons oil for pan frying.

Drain salmon thoroughly, flake it with a fork in a large bowl.
Add remaining ingredients (except oil) and mix well.
Form into patties.
Add oil to a frying pan and heat to med-high heat.
Fry patties until golden brown, turning once during cooking.
Serve with Secret Sauce

Dana's Secret Sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard (or to taste)
Mix together well and serve as a dipping sauce or spread.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

90th Birthday Cake

4 Tier Birthday Cake for Mikes Grandmas 90th Birthday. 
Each layer was a different flavor: 
Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Filling
Lemon Cake with Lemon Filling
Orange Cream Cake with Buttercream Filling
White Cake with Red Raspberry Filling

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Tinkerbell Cake

A Quick put together cake for my grandma's birthday!  My daughters thought she needed a tinkerbell candle on top.  (We found out later that was the first time my grandma had ever had a candle on a cake and been sang to....I was so happy we could brighten her day!)
Orange Cream Cake
Peanut Butter Cake.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Fall Theme Bridal Shower Cake and Cupcakes

A fall themed Bridal Shower Cake
White cake with strawberry filling and buttercream frosting
and chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting.
The decorations were made out of homemade fondant.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!!! (Cake and Cupcakes)

6 Layered Red White and Blue Cake
An Anniversary/Birthday Cake for My Parents

A Cupcake Flag I sent to work with my husband!


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

White Cupcakes With Red Raspberry Filling

White cupcakes with red raspberry filling and buttercream frosting and buttercream flowers.