“Fancy” Ham and Cheese Sliders (Using Easter Leftovers)

This was a really fun meal for the family. It was quick and easy, and relatively inexpensive. Everyone likes sliders and finger food. These would be great to serve at a get together or a party.  This is also a great meal for something for a midweek meal when you need something fast.  I have seen a lot of recipe on the web that is similar to this one that uses a lot more brown sugar. I made the heavy brown sugar recipe once, but it was a little too sweet for us. I like this recipe much better because it’s a little milder! 
 
Ingredients: 
  • 12 good white dinner rolls
  • 12 pieces good honey ham
  • 12 small slices Swiss cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • miracle whip
Poppy seed sauce 
  • 1/2 Tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon brown sugar
Directions:
  1. Spread onto both sides of the center of each roll may or miracle whip. Place a slice of ham and a slice of Swiss inside of each roll. Close rolls and place them into a large baking dish or heavy cookie sheet. Place very close together.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the poppy seed sauce ingredients. Pour evenly over all of the sandwiches. You do not have to use all of the sauce! Just use enough to cover the tops. Let sit 10 minutes or until butter sets slightly. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for 2 additional minutes or until tops are slightly brown and crispy. Serve warm. 

Serendipity’s Frozen Hot Chocolate

 

A few years ago I found this recipe on Good Morning American’s website. I fell in love and knew that if I was ever anywhere near a Serendipity that I would have to try the authentic Frozen Hot Chocolate. They have one in Las Vegas near Cesar’s Palace (of course the original one is in NYC), and it’s just amazing. I think Disney World is the greatest place on earth, and Serendipity is the second greatest place on earth!!

This recipe is super simple, and the best thing I think I have ever had to drink. I don’t use “best-quality chocolate” I just use whatever I have laying around that no one will eat. You know that bowl with a few Hershey Kisses, a few Hershey bars, and so on.

Remember it’s just plan chocolate nothing with nuts, or caramel.  You certainly could use better quality chocolate, but don’t let that stop you from making this.  I have used chocolate bark and it was amazing.  Don’t skimp on the heavy cream that is the deal breaker in this recipe. It’s where the decadence comes from.

 
Ingredients:
  • 3 ounces best-quality chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons store-bought hot chocolate mix
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 cups ice
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings

Whipped Cream Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream, very cold
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
Directions:
  1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and melt chocolate in a small heavy saucepan or in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted. 
  2. Add the hot chocolate mix and sugar, stirring constantly until blended.
  3. Remove from heat, slowly add half a cup of the milk, and stir until smooth. 
  4. Cool to room temperature. 
  5. In a blender, place the remaining cup of milk, the chocolate mixture, and the ice. 
  6. Blend on high speed until smooth and the consistency of a frozen daiquiri. 
  7. Pour into a giant goblet and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Enjoy!!
Whipped Cream:
  1. Combine the cream and vanilla and mix well. With an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, start whipping the cream on medium speed. Add the corn syrup slowly while beating. Whip until the cream holds soft peaks.
  2. Slather, drop and dollop onto whatever your heart desires. Makes 2 to 2 1/2 cups, enough for 1 to 5 persons, depending on if you feel like sharing.

Oven Fried Bacon

I love bacon, but I hate the mess that comes with frying bacon. I decided there had to be an easier way. I decided to figure out how to “fry” bacon in the oven, and now that’s the only way I do it. First off I don’t have to scrub down my kitchen after making bacon now, and I don’t smell like fried bacon after cooking it! That’s a huge plus! This is simple and fantastic!
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 pound of bacon
  • 1 jelly roll pan
  • Heavy foil
  • Optional oven safe cookie cooling racks

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with heavy foil. This will make your cleanup much easier. I like to use the heavy foil to insure that the grease doesn’t get on my pan. Yep it’s called lazy.
  2.  Arrange your bacon on the foil. I put my bacon on cookie cooling racks in the middle of my foil lined pan. This helps the grease drip off your bacon.Place the baking sheet in a cold oven. Turn you oven on to 400°F. 
  3. Check your bacon within 15 to 20 minutes. This will vary based on the thickness of your bacon. Check back often you don’t want burnt bacon. Let your nose be the guide. As soon as the bacon is golden brown, but not excessively crisp, it’s done. 
  4. Remove pan from the oven and remove your bacon from the pan. Place bacon on paper towels to allow the excess grease to drip off. 

Microwave Potato Chips

This is a fun recipe, but it is time consuming. You can only put so many chips in the microwave at the same time, or they will take forever to cook. Also make sure that your rounds are cut the same thickness, if not some will be over cooked, and some will be under cook. This recipe is great, but it take a long time to make enough for a family to eat.
 
Ingredients:
  • 3-4 medium potatoes
  • No stick cooking spray
  • Season Salt, or you choice of seasoning
Directions:
  1. Scrub potatoes and cut into 1/16-in.-thick slices.
  2. Spray the slices on both sides with no stick cooking spray and lightly sprinkle season salt.
  3. Arrange on a microwave safe plate, or the plate inside your microwave (do not overlap).
  4. Microwave on high for 3 minutes; turn and microwave 3 minutes longer or until chips are dry and brittle. If you have a turning tray in your microwave then cook for 6 minutes total without flipping the chips
  5. Repeat with remaining potatoes, oil and seasonings.
  6. Let chips cool for at least 1 minute before serving.
Store in an airtight container

Super Fluffy Pancakes

Stand back when I make these because my husband is going to come running. He loves these fluffy cakes, and to be honest so do I. They are fantastic and better yet easy to make. I think they are just as good as any restaurant. Sometimes I add a little more sugar to the recipe just to give them a sweeter flavor but that will vary depending on what I am serving over the top. If you are adding syrup you probably won’t need the extra sugar but fresh berry and cream you might.

This is my favorite pancake recipe. I looked and looked for a fluffy pancake recipe, and this was the winner. I tried many recipe until I found the perfect one. The pancakes come up large and supper fluffy.
Ingredients:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Directions:
  1. Beat egg until fluffy.
  2. Add milk and melted margarine.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Heat a heavy griddle or fry pan which is greased with a little butter on a paper towel.
  5. The pan is hot enough when a drop of water breaks into several smaller balls which ‘dance’ around the pan.
  6. Pour a small amount of batter (approx 1/4 cup) into pan and tip to spread out or spread with spoon.
  7. When bubbles appear on surface and begin to break, turn over and cook the other side.
Thank you Ellen Brody!!

Poblano Cheesy Chicken And Rice

 
After perusing the Southern Plate I came across a recipe that caught my eye. I ended up bookmarking it for future use. A few days ago I decided I was going to make it but I forgot to put it in the crockpot and I forgot to pull the chicken breast out of the freezer. Needless to say I wasn’t going to make it…
 
At the last minute I decided to make an adapted version with the things I had on hand. Instead of making it in the crock pot I made it on the stove top. In the end I realized my recipe wasn’t even close to the Southern Plate’s but it did turn out fantastic. She was certainly my inspiration. This is just incredible!! It’s so easy to make and the flavor is fantastic. I am using the leftover to make enchiladas with!
 
I highly recommend this recipe for a quick easy inexpensive week night meal. I literally made the entire meal in 30 minutes.
 
 
Ingredients: 
  • 1-13oz can of chicken drained
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 -8 ounce box  Zatarain’s Yellow Rice Mix,
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1- 10.5 ounce can cream of poblano soup
  • 1-15 ounce can whole kernel corn, drained

Directions: 

  1. In a large pot sauté onion until its tender, remove from pot and set aside. 
  2. In the same pot cook yellow rice according to package directions. 
  3. Once the rice is cooked about 20-25 minutes add onions back into the pot, add drained chicken, cheddar cheese, cream of poblano, and drained corn. 
  4. Mix well and heat all the way through. Once everything is heated through serve immediately.

Adapted from Original Recipe Source

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

 
I was looking for a good Sunday dinner recipe last week when I came across OrgJunkies Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe. It can’t get any easier than this recipe. You put all the ingredients in the crockpot and you let it cook. This recipe is super simple and super easy. Thanks for the great recipe Laura. CLICK HERE for the original recipe. 
 
Ingredients: 
  • 2 pounds beef chuck or stew meat, cut in 1″ cubes 
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper 
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 clove garlic 
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 4 carrots sliced or baby carrots 
  • 2 cans of potatoes
  • 2 onions, chopped 
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced

Directions:

  • Place meat in cooker (no need to brown first). 
  • Mix flour, salt and pepper and pour over meat; stir to coat meat with flour. 
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix well. 
  • Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours or high 4-6 hours. 
  • Stir stew thoroughly before serving.

Pan Fried Cabbage


If you don’t like cabbage this is a great way to eat it. Not only is it super easy, practically fail proof the flavor is really great. Simple, and excellent what more do you need? I am not much of a cabbage person, but my husband is so I am always looking for ways to make it eatable for me. This recipe is one of my favorites!

 
Ingredients: 
  • 8 oz of bagged cabbage (coleslaw is what I use then you get carrots too)
  • 4 ounces of bacon
  • Salt (if desired)
  • 1 onion

Directions: 

  1. Thinly slice 4 ounces of bacon. It’s easy to slice when it’s partially frozen, and on a medium high heat begin to pan fry the bacon.
  2. When the bacon is cooked through, but not crispy add thinly sliced onion once the onion is cooked add 8 ounces of bagged cabbage. Mix all together
  3. Cooked until cabbage becomes limp.
  4. Add salt as needed

Jalapeno Popper Pie


If you like quiche and you like jalapeno poppers you will love this pie. It’s a great combination of the two. I whipped this up a few nights ago for a quick and easy dinner. In the morning I took the pie crust and the cream cheese out of the freezer and let it warm up throughout the day. I threw it all together in the mixer and it was all done in under an hour.
 
Quick, and easy and great for any quiche lover!! I will say it doesn’t taste as much like a jalapeno popper as I was hoping for nor was it as spicy as I was hoping for that that varies based on the jalapeno. 
The next time I make this recipe I plan on adding more jalapeno and maybe some cheese the cream cheese to give it more of a popper flavor. I love jalapeno popper dip! I think you could go along more with the dip just adding eggs and get more of the popper flavor. Give it a try and tinker with the recipe yourself! I bet you can create something amazing!
 
 
Ingredients: 
  • 1 (9 inch) pie shell, pre-baked
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 jalapenos, diced (seed them is you prefer less heat)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
Directions: 
  1. Spread the cream cheese over the bottom of the pie crust and sprinkle on the diced jalapenos.
  2. Heat the milk and cream over medium heat until just before it boils, about 5 minutes and pour it into a large bowl.
  3. Pour the eggs into the heated cream while stirring constantly.
  4. Mix in the paprika and salt.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pie plate and bake in a preheated 350F oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, arrange the jalapeno slices on top, sprinkle with cheese and bake until the cheese has melted and turned golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Original Recipe Source 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (Under 100 Calories Each)

 
 
These are delicious! The flavor is incredible, they are inexpensive to make, and talk about easy. I stuck everything in the mixer and let it go. In under a half hour we had super delicious muffins!
 
The best part of these muffins is the fact that they are under 100 calories each! Holy Cow! You feel like you are getting away with something naughty eating these! Nope under 100 calories no matter what! Delicious!
 
Ingredients: 
  • 1 yellow cake mix (Any flavor will work) 15 oz (Pillsbury 1600 Calories)
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1 can of pure pumpkin (175 calories)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon,
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg,
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ginger.
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (Hersheys 560)
Directions:
Place all the ingredients in a mixer or a bowl. Mix until everything is well mixed together.  Fill 24 cupcake tins with fill. Follow the cake mix box baking directions.