6/22/11

Oreo Delight

Today's recipe is a re-post, but it's definitely worth repeating.
It's been awhile since I made this dessert, so I decided to make it last week.

 Everyone LOVED it!! They couldn't stop saying good things about this recipe, and couldn't stop eating it. haha
But seriously...oreos, chocolate puding, cool-whip, and a sugary cream cheese mixture...you can't go wrong with that.
I was left with only 2 pieces, so I decided to take some new pictures of this yummy dessert and re-post this recipe.

This is all that was left after my little 'photo shoot'. Sorry I couldn't help myself, it was just sitting there saying 'eat me!'.

Just make this dessert and you will totally understand. Enjoy!!


Oreo Delight


35 Oreo cookies (1 whole pkg.)
6 Tbsp. margarine, melted
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened1/4 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. milk
12 oz.) tub Cool Whip, thawed
3 1/4 c. cold milk
2 pkg. instant Jell-O pudding (small packages)
optional: more crushed Oreos or Andes Mint baking chips to sprinkle on top

Mix crushed cookies and butter in medium bowl. Press firmly onto bottom of 9" x 13" baking dish. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Beat cream cheese, sugar, and 2 Tbsp. milk in medium bowl with wire whisk until blended. Stir in 1 1/4 c. Cook Whip. Spread over crust. Pour 3 1/4 c. milk into bowl. Add both pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk for 2 minutes. Pour over cream cheese layer. Let stand 5 minutes. Drop remaining Cool Whip over pudding and spread. Sprinkle more crushed Oreos or Andes Mint baking chips on top. Refrigerate at least 4 hours.

You can also use mint oreos. Josh doesn't like mint, so I did plain oreos. It was delicious.

6/17/11

Friday Food Finds: Favorite Food Blogs

I love new recipes and most of the recipes I find are from fellow food bloggers. I have so many that foodie blogs that I read (well try to read), so I decided for this Friday Food Finds I would talk about one of the many blogs that I love:


If you haven't visited Jamie's Blog, then you should really stop on by. Here are a few recipes from her delicious blog.

1. Grilled Turkey & Swiss Sandwiches
We made these last Sunday & they were Amazing!!
We added a slice of avocado to each sandwich, yum!!

Oh Yeah!! That's all I have to say. 
This is on my menu for next week. Yummy!!

Another menu item for this week. :) Looks pretty yummy!

Since it's finally warming up around here it's time for summer treats.

Well, I could go on and on about all the delicous looking recipes on this blog, but I'll let you look for yourself. Thanks Jamie for the wonderful & delicious blog!!
Until next Friday!

6/10/11

Friday Food Finds: Ice Cream

***This was supposed to be posted on Friday, but due to technical difficulties (our internet) I am posting it today, yes 3 days late. Sorry.

I scream, YOU scream, WE all scream for ICE CREAM!!! I really do scream for ice cream, it's kind of a weakness of mine. :) I could eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I dreamed about ice cream during my second pregnancy. I always, yes always, have ice cream in my freezer, and no matter how much I've eaten there's always room for ice cream. My husband kind of knows about my obsession, and being the wonderful husband he is, bought me the Kitchen Aid ice cream attachment a couple years ago (yep he's pretty amazing). But I actually haven't used it as much as I would like, so I have made a goal to use it this summer.
And what perfect timing...did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? I had no idea, I think I just found my new favorite month. So, since July is just a few short weeks away I thought it appropriate for this week's Friday Food Finds to focus on ice cream. This is one month long holiday I will be sure to celebrate. Here's a few homemade ice cream recipes to get you started.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream from Brown Eyed Baker
I love chocolate ice cream with Peanut Butter cups, I am definitely giving this a try.

Peach Ice Cream from Homesick Texan
I actually made this recipe a few years ago for a family peach ice cream cook-off. No one wanted to hurt anyone's feelings, so a winner was never chosen, haha. But I remember this ice cream was delicious!!

Tin Roof Ice Cream from Brown Eyed Baker

You can't have an ice cream post without posting some Vanilla & Chocolate recipes, so here are some:
Serious Vanilla Ice Cream from Alton Brown of Food Network
This recipe contains no eggs and had rave reviews.
Chocolate Ice Cream from Alton Brown of Food Network
I'm pretty picky about my Chocolate ice cream, I want it chocolatey, but not overpowering chocolatey, and I want it nice and creamy. I love Alton Brown and he's pretty darn good at what he does, so I'll have to give this a try.

Don't have an ice cream maker....no problem. Here are some links that will solve that problem for you.

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Without a Machine from Kevin & Amanda

How to make Homemade Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker from Brown Eyed Baker

If you haven't noticed there are quite a few Brown Eyed Baker recipes on here. That's because she has a ton of delicous looking ice cream recipes: Strawberry (this one looks amazing), Chocolate (yum), Rocky Road, Blueberry Cheesecake, and so many more. If you're looking for some yummy ice cream recipes be sure to visit her site: Brown Eyed Baker Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts

And Stay Tuned for these recipes I plan on trying and sharing:
Oreo Cheesecake Ice Cream
(I've actually made this before and it is amazing!)

Double Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream
(my hubby is going to love this one)

Raspberry Truffle Ice Cream
(Raspberry and chocolate chunks, yum)

Banana Split Ice Cream
(Dairy Queen has a Banana Split Blizzard that I love,
so I would like to create something like the blizzard, but we'll see how that goes.)


What's your favorite ice cream flavor? Do you have a yummy homemade ice cream recipe?
I hope you enjoy your summer and some delicious homemade ice cream! :)
Enjoy!!

6/9/11

Chocolate Chip Cookie Fruit Pizza

A few days after I had our newest little baby my sister had a Pampered Chef party. Since my Mom was visiting she decided to go to the party. When she got home I saw her carrying a Ziploc bag with some goodies inside.
I asked her what she had, and being the nice Mother that she is, she told me she had brought home some dessert for me (awww, thanks Mom). I opened the bag to find a slice of this pizza and immediately devoured it.
Oh yes...that Chocolate Chip cookie fruit pizza didin't stand a chance. But since I only got one slice I knew I was going to have to make this soon, so I did. Don't worry...I didn't eat the whole thing myself, I was nice and shared. :)

 It's BBQ season and most likely you'll be invited to a BBQ and asked to bring something, right? Well, here's the perfect recipe for you to take. And believe me everyone will love you.
What's not to love? A huge Chocolate Chip cookie topped with a yummy cream cheese, powdered sugar, white chocolate mixture topped with fruit and to finish it...a chocolate drizzle. Oh My!
And for the 4th of July you could try using strawberries and blueberries for Red, White, and Blue.

The recipe asks for an 18 oz. pkg of refrigerated cookie dough, but I just used my sister's cookie recipe (included below) and measured 18 oz. (yep, used my scale). Or you could just split the dough in half and use the rest for yummy chocolate chip cookies and eat them all yourself. Well...I shared a few, and I might have eaten a few for breakfast.
OK back to the pizza...go to the store and buy what you need then get home and make this. Got it? Good, then I'm done. Enjoy!!



 
Chocolate Chip Cookie Fruit Pizza
From: The Pampered Chef 'All the Best' cookbook

Prep Time: 30 min.          Bake Time: 12-15 min.
Cool Time: 1 Hr.             Chill Time: 30 min.

1 pkg. (18 oz.) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough or 18 oz. of homemade cookie dough
2 squares (1 oz. each) white chocolate for baking or 2 oz. white choc. chips
2 tbsp. Milk
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. powdered sugar
1 C. thawed, Cool-Whip
12-16 strawberries, cut in half
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin orange segments, well drained
1/4 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. vegetable oil

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape cookie dough into a ball and place in center of a baking stone or a large cookie sheet (if using a cookie sheet, spray with Pam or line with parchment paper). Roll dough to a 12-in circle, about 1/4 inch thick. Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges are set. (Cookie will be soft. Do not overbake.)
Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Carefully loosen cookie from baking stone using a serrated knife; cool completely on baking stone or cookie sheet.
2. Place white chocolate and milk in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute; stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Microwave an additional 10-20 seconds if necessary. Cool slightly.
In another bowl combine cream cheese and powdered sugar; mix well. Gradually stir in white chocolate mixture and mix until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over cooled cookie.
3. Arrange strawberries and mandarin oranges over cream cheese mixture.
Place chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a small microwave safe bowl and microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds or until chocolate is melted and smooth. Drizzle over fruit. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
Cut into wedges and serve.
Yield: 16 servings.

Enjoy!!

6/3/11

Friday Food Finds: Doughnut Edition



In honor of National Doughnut Day, yep it's today, I decided it would be fun to do my Friday Food Finds all about doughnuts. My kids and husband...ok and me....love doughnuts. Every once in awhile we'll go to the store and get a dozen doughnut holes (they're only $1) and the kids go crazy, literally :). And sometimes my hubby will surprise us and bring home a big box of a dozen doughnuts and then the kids really go crazy.
I know they aren't the healthiest thing to eat, but they're so good. So here are some yummy doughnut recipes for you to celebrate National Doughnut Day. Enjoy!!

I have never been disappointed by her recipes. And looking at these doughnuts I don't think they'll disappoint.

I love Doughnut Holes, so when I saw these I had to add them to my list.
Doughnut Holes + Chocolate= yum!

If doughnuts aren't really your thing then at least give these doughnut muffins a try.





Alright that's all I've got to share today. Now go make some doughnuts!!
(Pictures from Microsoft Word)