Sunday, April 24, 2011

Fruit Salad, Broccoli Salad and Jimmy Carter Cake

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I was out of town last weekend and this weekend was crazy busy. Hopefully things will start getting back to a normal routine this week.

First, this weekend I made a yummy fruit salad that was super easy to put together. This is one that can easily be adapted to your own tastes by adding more or less of a fruit or adding in different kinds of fruit. I think next time I will slice up a kiwi for the color.

Fruit Salad
1 lime
3 bananas
1 pint of strawberries
1 bag of grapes
1 large can of mandarin oranges
Squeeze the lime juice into a large bowl. Slice up the banana and thoroughly coat the bananas in the lime juice (to help with the browning). Then slice the strawberries and grapes and add to the bowl. Finally, drain the mandarin oranges and add. Toss the mix and refrigerate until ready to serve.

I also made Deep South Dish's Jimmy Carter Cake. It was delicious. It is a peanut butter chocolate layered dessert. I recommend if you make this you listen to her advice and make 1 and 1/2 times the crust mix it calls for. Also, when I made it I used Fisher's Nut Topping. Since half my family doesn't like nuts, I just pressed in a sprinkling of nuts on one side of the crust and then sprinkled nuts on the top of one side. That way I didn't have to chop any.

Lastly, I made Southern Plate's Broccoli Salad. It was really good, but I would cut the vinegar down to 1/3 of cup the next time I make it. I cut the amount of raisins in half, per her advice, and thought that was plenty.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Oreo Pie

  This is a quick and easy pie that tastes great.

Oreo Pie
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 container of cool whip
1 row of Oreos
1 pre-made chocolate pie crust
Use a mixer to combine the cream cheese and the milk until fully incorporated. Then add in the Oreos. Fold in the cool whip. Spread into the  crust and refrigerate until set. There will be some leftover filling. I put it in my empty cool whip container and have Oreo pudding for later.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Banana Split Cake, Potato Salad and Crock Pot Baked Beans

Today was BBQ Sunday. These are the fruits of my labors.

First, I love this cake. I guess it is not really a cake, it's a layered dessert, but whatever. It's really good.

Banana Split Cake
2 c. crushed graham crackers
3 sticks of butter, softened
2 eggs (Use pasteurized eggs if you are worried about Salmonella. I used 1/2 c. of egg beaters).
16 oz. box of powdered sugar
20 oz. can of crushed pineapple, drained really well
4 bananas sliced
12 oz. cool whip
maraschino cherries, drained
nut topping
Melt one stick of butter and mix with graham crackers. Press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan sprayed with Pam. Bake at 350 for 6 minutes. Let cool. Next, mix the butter, eggs and powdered sugar until fluffy. Spread over the crust. Layer pineapple on top. Then place the banana slices evenly over the pineapple layer. Frost with cool whip. Sprinkle nut topping, then put one cherry on each piece. Keep refrigerated.

Next, I have been craving homemade potato salad ever since that first day it warmed up to 70 degrees. Potato salad is such an individual thing. You really have to taste it and adjust it as you go. Think of this recipe as a base and add what you want to suit your tastes.

Potato Salad
4 large baking potatoes
1 1/3 c. real mayo (not miracle whip)
2 T. Dijon mustard
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 t. paprika
2 stalks of celery, chopped up
4 hard boiled eggs
1/4 c. relish
2 T. diced pimentos
Boil water in a large dutch oven. Peel and chop the potatoes. Cook the potatoes for 15 minutes. Drain and cool. In a large bowl, mix the mayo, mustard, seasonings, relish, pimentos and celery. Chop the eggs in big chunks and add to the bowl. Taste the mixture and see if you like it. If it is too sour, add more mayo. If it is not sour enough, add mustard. Then add in the potatoes, mixing well. Refrigerate.

The nice thing about crock pot baked beans is that you can take them with you and not have to worry about keeping them hot. I have a slightly better baked bean recipe, but it takes more ingredients and is more time consuming. This one is much easier and still tastes great. I know the bag in the picture is not attractive but I always use slow cooker liners now. They are so worth it.

Crock Pot Baked Beans
1 pkg. already cooked bacon, chopped up
2 cans of pork and beans
1/4 c. dried minced onions
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/8 c. apple cider vinegar
2 T. Dijon mustard
1/2 c. BBQ sauce
Mix it all together in a medium sized crock pot and cook on high if you only have a couple of hours, or low if you have longer. If you have all day, put it on warm.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Best Rice Krispy Treats Ever

These are so good! Be prepared to want to eat the whole pan.

Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats
6 Milky Way Bars (or 3 packages of 8 fun size bars)
1 stick of butter
6 c. Rice Krispies
Spray a 9 x 13 pan with Pam. In a large dutch oven, melt the candy bars and the butter on low. Stir until totally melted and smooth. Add in the cereal. Spread into the pan. Let cool.