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Crab Enchiladas

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What does "rich" mean to you? I mean rich as in "rich tasting food". The husband says it means "dense", and I say "heavy"..so we're on the same page. Either way these enchiladas were dang good..but really rich..oh..and it's what we had for dinner tonight. :) Crab Enchiladas (originally recipe from Cooks.com as Shrimp-Crab Delight Enchiladas-but I made significant changes) 4 T butter 1 small white onion-diced 1 cup salsa 4 oz cream cheese 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp dried italian seasoning 1lb imitation crab meat 5 small flour tortillas 1 1/2 cup Taco Blend shredded cheese Melt the butter in a large pan and added diced onions-once those are softened up, turn heat to low and add seasonings, cream cheese, 1/4 cup salsa, sour cream and crab meat and mix together. I like my enchiladas super full, so I filled these babies well, super full-placed them seam side down in a greased 9x9 baking dish. Top with remaining salsa and shr…

Lion house rolls and friends...

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By friends I mean cinnamon rolls. :) The recipe for these wonderful rolls tells you to divide the dough into thirds. With the first two I made cresent shaped rolls, and with the last third I made cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning. Now I've never had much luck with bread making..unless it's actually in my bread maker and it's just a dump the ingredients and close the lid deal. So when I decided to make rolls for Christmas Eve dinner...I was nervous. But I'd been eyeing these babies on a blog I stalk (My Kitchen Cafe .. trust me..you'll become addicted too) and she makes it look so easy. Bread lesson that is important to learn. BE PATIENT. Not my forte. I was seriously peeking under the towel to see if the dough had risen about ever 15 minutes. I even updated my facebook status to "praying the dough will rise". It did rise...and the rolls turned out wonderfully. As did the cinnamon rolls the next morning! Since I did these directly from her blog and didn'…

Leftover ham and cheese omelets

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Pretty self explanatory. My favorite AFTER Christmas meal is the omelet I make out of the left over Honeybaked Ham the next morning. The trick is to dice up the ham really fine and slowly heat it up in some of the ham broth. Generally I add teeny tiny diced potatoes to this as well, but I'm pregnant and lazy this year. :) You can use whatever kind of cheese you like w/this...I love cheddar and eggs..I'm also on a big eggs/cheese/and sour cream kick..hence the healthy dollop! So..what did YOU make out of your leftovers?

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

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I can't remember what blog I saw these on first (if you let me know I'll credit them, I promise)-but the title of the recipe alone told me I HAD to make them. You see..I LOVE oatmeal cookies..but I'm a fair weather raisin fan...oh and I'm out of butterscotch chips...so I didn't have a good reason to make just oatmeal cookies. Until now. These are awesome. Just chocolatey enough. Just chewy enough. I loved them! Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (Hershey's originally with adaptations by me!) 1 cup (2 sticks)) butter-softened 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup packed light brown sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 1-1/2 cups ap flour 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cups quick cooking oats 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I omitted these) Heat oven to 350 Beat butter and sugars together until nice and fluffy-blend in eggs and vanilla. Stir together flour, cocoa, soda and salt and add gradually to butter mixturee. Stir in oats-the batter will be R…

Beer Battered Fish and Homemade Tartar Sauce

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Yum, seriously. I love some battered fish done well...but I'd yet to be able to do it. I think if I said I was an avid tv watcher, that puts it mildly..if it's on my food channel..I'm watching it, and I'm generally taping it and rewatching it a couple times. I'm THAT obsessed. So when Robin Miller came up with this one for Beer Battered Fish...and I had JUST thought to myself "You know Suze, you've got some tilapia in the freezer you REALLY need to use..." Viola! Match made! Ingredients: -Vegetable oil (for frying) -3/4 cup AP flour, divided -2/3 cup Beer -1 egg, lightly beaten -1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder -4 tilapia filets You'll fill your frying pan just shallow...so maybe 3/4 inch of oil in the pan on medium heat (you want it hot enough to fry, but NOT hot enough to splash all over you) In shallow dish whisk together 1/2 cup of the flour, beer, egg, and baking powder. Put the rest of the flour in another shallow dish with a little salt and …

Manicotti, my way.

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Well basically "my way" is 90% of the way it says on the back of the Manicotti box- Has anyone other than me noticed how ridiculously expensive Ricotta cheese has gotten? Unless I get it at a wholesale store I'm spending almost $4 on a little container...sooo...the other day when I decided that this would be dinner soon, I happened upon a "3 for $5" sale on cottage cheese (true italians might want to leave the blog at this point)- So how did I make this meal? This meal that my husband is taking for lunch tomorrow (it's a win when that happens)... Oven at 350 Cook the manicotti noodles in boiling water for about 7 minutes-take them out-they should still be VERY al dente (they'll continue cooking in the oven) pour cold water over them to cool them off. Filling: 1 container of small curd cottage cheese (I dumped this into a strainer to get excess liquid out of it) 2 eggs 1 package of frozen chopped spinach (thawed and squeeze the water out of it) 1 packa…

New Moon cupcakes

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I have never professed to be a decorator. Ever. In fact even after this I STILL don't call myself that...but I think these did come out cute! When my Aunt got me Hello Cupcake and I saw the "wolves and moons" and with New Moon coming out just around the corner..I knew I had to make these for my standing date with my best friend! The cake part was Chocolate Almond (it was a doctored mix, but I'll be happy to post it soon) The icing was from a can. So I did something new. I loved my bestie's reaction to the cupcakes, and we had a great time at what I thought was a GREAT movie..WAY better than the first!

Orange-Almond Cupcakes

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TWLOHA is why I have it written on MY arm..check out the link if you want to know more. In my hand...is a delicious cupcake! You see I'm suffering from something OTHER than just being pregnant...my sweet tooth is broken. Yes...it's sad, but it seems that this new kid that I'm growing just doesn't have a fondness for it like I do. But I have a cupcake rule....I have to try at least ONE of whatever new cupcake I make. If I've made it tons of times, I can skip..but new recipes require me to eat at least ONE (and I try to shoot for ONLY one)....I've stuck with the only one rule with these, but if I let myself I could probably inhale a whole dozen! Onto the recipe! Orange-Almond Cupcakes (recipe from Cupcakes! From the Cake Doctor-Anne Byrn) Almond Filling:1/2 tube (or can in my case) almond paste1 bag sliced almonds (that was kinda vauge..I didn't have a "bag" well I had a ziploc but I think I used like 2/3 of a cup)Cupcakes:1 yellow cake mi…

Twice Baked Tuna Melt Potatoes

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Wait what? How many times did you read the title of the post? But that's what it is..honestly! And in my humble (and pregnant) opinion...delicious. So how did I come up with this baby? Well... back in HS my favorite lunch day of the month was the Tuna or Bologna day. No really...I never got the bologna (for the record I don't do bologna unless it's a) a certain brand-Eckrich, and b) fried..moving on...) The kicker to this day was you got a baked potato with your choice of sandwich...AND a cup of cheese...eh? See where I'm going with this? I LOVED dunking the tuna sandwich on it's soft white bread into the hot cheese. Whatever cheese was left was put on the baked potato. Out of HS and no school lunches later my good friend Marcy (who is almost like a second Mom) started making me (I say me, I think I just happened to come over one day when she'd made them for lunch and decided from then on they were mine) Tuna Melts. Her Tuna Melts are perfect..although she do…

Cupcake voting!

is now open! So if you'd be so kind...vote for "Suzy of Cup-tin creations"!VOTE HERE

Cupcake Hero October: Pumpkin!

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So I actually made it this time...I think that part of the deal this month was that we're supposed to give the cupcakes some sort of neat Halloweeny decoration..to make them "Boo-tiful"..but I opted to just make it yummy looking! Pumpkin Poundcake with Butter Pecan Glaze (adapted from southernfood.about.com) Cake: 3 cups ap flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp ground cloves 2 sticks butter 1 cup sugar (white granulated) 3/4 cup brown sugar 4 large eggs 1/4 cup veg oil 1 can (15oz) pumpkin 1 tsp good mexican vanilla Preheat oven to 325 Mix first 8 ingredients in a separate bowl...whisk to combine Cream butter and sugars, add eggs one at a time, add oil, pumpkin and vanilla Add flour mixture (I took three scoops to incorporate)-mix until smooth and blended. Put into cup liners, put in the oven... and here by my own admission is where I messed up. I adapted this from a bundt cake recipe that you are supposed to…

It's chili time

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While the husband thinks it was little early...I could eat chili all year round! Also the husband was just mildy impressed with this chili, but the in-laws called it "the best ever"....not really a big deal from my Mother in Law (b/c she complements alot of stuff that way)-but even my Father in Law raved about this chili....they took all the leftovers home! Spicy Chili (recipe from Pillsbury Pot Pie and Casseroles book)-for the Crockpot! 1lb lean ground beef 1/2lb bulk italian pork sausage 1 medium onion, chopped 1 can (28oz) whole tomatoes, undrained, cut up 1 can (15oz) tomato sauce 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves 1 can (15oz) spicy chili beans, undrained 1 can (15oz) chick peas, drained, rinsed Sour cream (if desired) Cook beef, sausage, and onion over medium-high heat 5-7 minutes, stirring occassionally , until beef and sausage are thoroughly cooked, drain. Spray 3-4 qt slow cooker with cook…

So this is love...

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I recently stalked, erm...discovered a new blog that I'm obsessed with Everybody Loves Sandwiches -she's got alot of recipes that I'm convinced that I'm in love with before I've even tried them...but when I saw Pina Colada Fruit Salad...I knew it would have to be my first... and ooooh what a first. I love fruit salads...and I'm always verbally commiting to 'eat' healthier...more fruits...more veggies....if fruit is this...I have NO problem whatsoever. Pina Colada Fruit Salad (her original recipe-my changes set off by asterix) 1 small pineapple, diced *one large can of diced pineapple-I can't use fresh b/c the acid messes up my mouth big time! 1 basket of strawberries, sliced *about 3/4s of a container of strawberries, diced 3T unsweetened angel flaked coconut *I used sweetened 3T honey 4T amber rum *I used 1T Bacardi, 1T dark rum, and 2T pineapple juice (from the can)-I've got an alcohol allergy (lame I know)-so I couldn't add too much 1t vanilla ext…

a little bit of funny

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I love NatalieDee I go there for my morning comic fix,and I can't help but giggle when she busts out a cupcake related one!

Caribbean Lime Coolers

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Where has the summer gone? Really? I heard on the news that some kids even went back to school today...I guess I just remember summers being ALOT longer.. One of the things I openly admit that I love about baking-it can transport you....so even as the summer draws to a close...if you want a little bite of sunshine and summer time when the leaves turn and it gets all snowy...bust out this recipe and you are bound to be bikini clad again....er um..ok..maybe not outside, and maybe not even literally...but this cookie is so summer to me! I can't give you too much of a familial/work review b/c Husband thinks they are too "frou-frou" and he also doesn't like sugar cookies (how is it possible for a human NOT to like sugar cookies?) and two of my generally most reliable testers are anti coconut texture so they opted out. My take on them..again...summery. BC's sugar cookie mix is a must in my pantry. Really do heed the instruction to wait until they've totally cool…

I'd like to thank the academy...

Anyone remember this? Well last week I got this: Hi Suzy- I know it's a year later, but I just wanted to let you know that your jalapeno jelly cupcake from last August's Cupcake Hero Jalapeno contest was the overwhelming favorite of my taste testers. I'm not sure what happened with the contest. I tested my half of the recipes and my tasters picked your cupcake as their favorite. I did not hear back from R* about her half of the recipes. It always bothered me that a winner was never posted so I decided to make your cupcakes again and do my own anniversary post about your winning recipe. they are delicious and I loved the story about how you used your dad's homemade jalapeno jelly! Anyway, belated Congratulations to you! :) ~Teri (90/10) Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!!! Seriously?! So exciting to me!! Oh..and now..I'm totally obsessed with Teri's website! I miss Cupcake Hero..whatever happened to it? As much as I love Iron Cupcake...Cupcake Hero will …

Whetzel Nut Cookies

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What's a Whetzel Nut you ask? Well...this recipe was originally for "Gone Fishin'" cookies (out of the new Betty Crocker cookies and bars booklet)-however ....the cover says.."Save $$ Bake it from scratch"- I also took that to mean "Save $$ and if you already have pretzels at home, don't go out and buy the little fish shaped ones just b/c it would make a cute cookie"- So I took these to work and had my coworkers help me...The Big Boss actually dubbed these Whetzel Nut Cookies...and he came to that name from White (baking chips)+Pretzel+(pea)Nut..I thought it was kitchy and cute...so I present to you...Whetzel Nut cookies...seriously..say it..it's fun! 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup butter/margarine softened 1/2 cup shortening 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup white baking chips 1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts 1/2 cup pretzel pie…

New Title..New Look..New stuff!

I promise I'll be back soon with lots of yummy goodies! Along with trying to launch my side business of making cupcakes, I've also started to sell Partylite candles! I'll continue to blog about my cupcake and cooking adventures very soon! I've actually been hired to do a cupcake WEDDING this month (Holy Socks!)!!! On a candle note..if you love to burn them as much as I do! Let me know! I know for you out of staters...we could do a book party..OR I'm going to be doing a 'no attendance necessary "party" ' monthly for people who just want to order! Stay tuned! I've got lots to share with you!

Many minis!

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A good friend of mine asked me to make cupcakes for her soon to be sister in law's Bridal shower! And boy oh boy did I! 10 dozen minis! And mighty pretty minis if I do say so myself. Here is the line up- Carrot cake w/cream cheese frosting Strawberry cake w/cream cheese frosting (double duty there!) Chocolate w/chocolate ganache Almond w/sweet cherry ganache I heard they were a hit!

Cookies and Cream cake

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This little cake was for her 'official' birthday night...I guess since I've baked since (and before) I had her, and let her taste little bits of frosting and cake she didn't got nuts like other kids might. This was a good cake though! It's a 'add to the box', but it's really good! Cookies and Cream cake: (from Taste of Home: The Baking Book) 1 package white cake mix 1-1/4 cup water 1/3 cup oil 3 eggs 1 cup crushed Oreos -combine first 4 ingredients...fold in crushed cookies Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes Cool! Frosting- 4 to 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1/2 cup shortening 1/4 cup milk 1 t vanilla extra crushed Oreos for garnish

It's a Birthday!

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My little girl just turned one..and to celebrate..we had a couple parties! Dip: seriously...the easiest..yummiest dip ever- 1 block of cream cheese 3 green onions (scallions) chopped 1/2 cup (that's a guesstimate) crushed pineapple blend blend blend...and just TRY to stop yourself from eating it. It's wonderful on buttery Ritz crackers! We also had Carol Cups- Take a muffin in and spray with Pam-put won ton wrappers in to make little 'cups' and bake at 350 for about 5 minutes or until they hold the cup form. In the meantime cook, brown, and drain about a pound of sausage-cool Add 8 oz of shredded Monterey Jack cheese, and enough Ranch dressing to make it moist-put that mix into your Wonton cups..and bake another 10 minutes (or until the tops of the cups start to brown and the cheese is all melty) You can also add black olives to this if that's your thing..it's not mine...so I left them out. Her cupcakes were a Barefoot Contessa tweak- 1 stick of butter-softened 1 cup of sug…

Chinese take out..at home!

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Sweet and Sour Chicken..deeeelish! I'm not even gonna copy and paste the recipe on here, b/c I have to give the blog that I found it on full credit...she's amazing! I'm addicted to lurking her! The recipe is seriously so easy, albeit a little time consuming...but SO worth it. I think I found the recipe on her site last month, and we've had it three times! Recipe here!