Sunday, January 31, 2016

Nutella Mug Cake

D3 ingredients. 
2 Tablespoons of each. 
1 minute in the microwave. 

In a microwaveable mug, mix together:
2 Tablespoons of Bisquick mix 
2 Tablespoons of Nutella
2 Tablespoons of milk (I used skim)

Microwave on high for one minute. 



Version 2: for the peanut butter chocolate lover!!!

2 Tablespoons of Bisquick mix
2 Tablestoons of peanut butter
2 Tablespoons of Ovaltine
2 Tablespoons of milk. 

OMG! So good!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Caramel Apple Crock-Pot Cake

So, yum. Although maybe a tad too sweet!!!
I can't believe I said that. 

1. Dump the apple pie filling in the slow cooker. 
2. Throw in some caramels (or the whol bag, in my case).
3. Spread the cake mix on top. 
4. Slice up the butter into chunks and spread on top. 
5. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours. 
6. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Easy Taquito Casserole

This was so fast and easy to make for the family! It was yummy too! I put some olive oil in the bottom of a 9x13 baker. I put one single layer of frozen ready-to-heat-and-serve taquitos in the baker. I peeled apart 5 cheese sticks and layered those mostly in between the taquitos. I covered that with 3 slices of cheddar cheese. Put one more layer of taquitos, peeled cheese sticks, and cheddar cheese on top. Pour a can of enchilada sauce over the whole thing. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour. Cut and serve!
~24 frozen taquitos 
8-10 cheese sticks 
6 slices of cheddar cheese (or maybe something spicier!)
1 can of enchilada sauce

Monday, August 24, 2015

Bar Mitzvah party prep

This party is giving me a great excuse to try some crafts on my list, and some crafting fixes. Chalkboard paint was easy to use, and now I just have to be patient enough to see how it turns out. I have some fabric covered vases from my daughter's Bat Mitzvah reception four years ago. I removed the fabric and exposed the sticky adhesive residue. I really don't have the time to try to experiment with removing the adhesive, so I tried spray painting right over the adhesive with a hammered finish spray paint. Here's to progress!

Here are the paints I used:

I found glass milk jugs in the dollar aisle at Target:

I found 4x6 inch wooden picture frames in a dollar store. I used chalkboard paint on the glass, and purple paint on the frames:

Here is a before and after of the fabric covered vases that I painted:


Seat assignments: Bubble gum, aka paint ball ammo

clothespins were used to hold up sports ball labels for table labels

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Pinterest Microwave Cleaning Win!

This one really worked! I splashed some lemon juice into a small bowl of tap water and microwaved it on high for 8 minutes, until it was really boiling. Then I took the bowl out and the crud in the microwave wiped off easily with a damp paper towel - no chemicals necessary!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Problem Solving in the Lunchroom at School

Plastic cups from the dollar store, B for boys and G for girls, to be used as bathroom and water passes in the lunchroom. Kids will ask permission and then take the appropriate cup - NOT to the bathroom - to their lunch spot to effectively mark that a student at that table is out of the room. We tried clothespins, which got lost, and let's face it - ew, gross. We moved on to the famous red plastic disposable cups and were pleasantly surprised with the effectiveness of the method, although the cups didn't quite last. So here we go with sturdier, yet inexpensive plastic tumblers as passes. These cups came packaged four for one dollar - not bad! I bought the small apron from Home Depot for less than one dollar, to use for the ketchup that inevitably gets forgotten in the lunch line, along with utensils and napkins. It also works great for extra bandages. Once kids started asking me if I worked at Home Depot I knew I had to embellish it! I'll probably add some more to the apron tomorrow. Wish us luck with the plastic cup passes, and be sure to let me know if you try it out and how it goes at your school!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Passover Brisket Southern Girl Style

Sometimes it's just time to try something new.  This year, I wanted to make a brisket with a new recipe.  I found a great recipe here: Deep South Dish, and wanted to put my own spin on it.  I thought I could make it a little more easy, by not marinating it, but instead searing the meat first before prepping it for the oven.  I also took a closer look at the ingredients on the always popular you-know-who instant onion soup mix, and was dismayed to see hydrogenated oils, and even corn products in the way-more-expensive "Kosher for Passover" labelled box!  Ugh.  Not to mention that the "Kosher for Passover" version had less product at a much greater price!  Here's the breakdown:


Same brand.  Same aisle in my local grocery store.  The box on the left has 2.0 ounces and the Kosher for Passover box has 1.9 ounces.  The box on the left was marked $1.79 and the Kosher for Passover box was marked $2.79.  The Kosher for Passover box had corn flour listed in the ingredients, as well as hydrogenated oil!  Both versions were full of things you can't pronounce that you probably shouldn't ingest...

But I digress.  Mah nishtanah! Ha.

Back to the brisket y'all.

3 pound brisket
1 Tablespoon + a separate measurement of 1/4 cup dried minced onion
1 Tablespoon + a separate measurement of 1/4 cup organic no salt seasoning (I used the Kirkland brand from Costco)
1 - 10 ounce jar of chili sauce (if you are concerned about Kashrut, make sure you choose something with no corn syrup)
1 - 12 ounce can of Coca-Cola
1 teaspoon of liquid smoke

Heat the oven to 325 degrees.

Heat up a pan on medium-high heat, adding about 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, the 1 Tablespoon measurement of dried minced onion, and the 1 Tablespoon of organic no salt seasoning.

When the pan is hot and you start to smell the onions and seasonings, put the meat in the pan.  Put the meat in fat side down first.  I didn't notice that this particular cut had a pretty thick fat layer until it was too late; we'll see how that works out.  Sprinkle a little more dried minced onion and no salt seasoning on the lean side while the fat side is browning.  Brown it for about 5 minutes and then flip it to brown the other side for 5 minutes.

While you're browning the meat, you can line a roasting pan with heavy duty aluminum foil with enough hanging over the side to wrap around the brisket.

After browning, transfer the brisket into the roasting pan, fat side up.  Make a few knife slits into the fat layer.  Cover the brisket with the one can of Coca-Cola, one bottle of chili sauce, and then the 1/4 cup dried minced onion.  Sprinkle the one teaspoon of liquid smoke on top.  Loosely wrap the foil into a pouch around the brisket.

Roast the brisket for 3 hours (approximately one hour per pound).

Let brisket rest for 30 minutes before slicing on the bias, against the grain.