Sunday, August 18, 2013

Adult Creamsicles

Here's a concoction my husband developed this weekend.  It's an adult creamsicle and it's so easy!  Literally just orange soda and vanilla/whipped cream flavored vodka. 

I recommend 1 part vodka to 2 parts soda, but most of our partiers were mixing with a bit more vodka.  Either way, it is delicious and easy!  Plus I love that they were using diet soda.  Since Jim (my husband) is diabetic it can difficult for him to find mixed drinks that he can enjoy.  Luckily, we were home, and we always have diet soda on hand.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Pudding Shots!

Yes, I'm trying to have a baby.  Yes, I shouldn't be drinking, and I'm not.  But that doesn't mean that life has stopped and the people around me aren't drinking!  Tomorrow is my husband's 32nd birthday and tonight we're having people over the house for a celebration.  When my aunt took me to the Bon Jovi concert last month a woman we were tailgating with brought pudding shots.  I was told that from now on I'm expected to bring these amazing treats to any of our family gatherings.  Tonight, is the first chance I've gotten.  These shots are super easy and oh so good!  I strongly suggest them to anyone as a great alternative to the typical jello shots.
Here's everything you'll need:

1 cup Bailey's (the lady we met used Rumchata and it had a great ginger bread flavor, she also suggested Kahula.  Basically this is what I had in the house so this is what I used!)
1 cup vodka (I used a flavored vodka but straight vodka is good too!)
1 cup milk
2 pudding packs (the lady we met used chocolate but I liked the idea of the vanilla flavor.  I also think mint would be awesome for these!)

Step 1:  Mix the pudding and the milk according to the package instructions

Step 2: Add in the alcohol

Step 3: Put in the shot cups.  I bought cups that are slightly larger than regular shots because I like to serve them with spoons so they're like little desserts.  It's easiest if you use a ice cream scooper to get the liquid into the cups, but you can use a spoon or a measuring cup.

Step 4:  Freeze!  Leave them in as long as you like.  Obviously, the longer you leave them in the harder they'll get, but they'll never be completely firm because of the alcohol.  I left mine in for about 2 hours.

Step 5:  ENJOY!

Mine are a little messy because I was rushing, but they were still delicious! 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Chicken and Stuffing Crockpot

They’ve changed my hours at work so now several days a week I don’t get home until 9pm.  I like to cook dinner and, honestly, I know that Jim would rather buy food than make dinner, so I try to leave a casserole or crock-pot for him to be able to pop in the oven or dig in to when he’s ready for dinner.  Plus it’s still warm for me when I get home.  This is one of his favorite recipes and it’s one that I basically modified after finding a bunch of recipes online that weren’t quite right for us.  It's very easy and super basic! 

  • Chicken breasts- use how much you need!  We are a family of 2 at the moment so we only need enough for us and I hate having left overs.  So I usually buy a family pack of chicken breasts and then use 2 or 3 at a time.  I use 2 for this, depending on the size.
  • Can of corn or a frozen pack would work too.  I honestly think mixed vegetables would be best because then it's more like a chicken pot pie, but Jim doesn't like that so we have corn.  You should use what your family likes.
  • Box of stuffing.  Any stuffing will do, I like the cheapest I can find!
  • 2 cans of cream of chicken soup, or 1 family size can.  I prefer to use Campbell's Soup but again you can use whatever brand works for you.  Generally, I'm not a name brand shopper, but I do feel like you taste a difference on this one.
Now you're ready to assemble!

Step 1- spray your crockpot with non stick spray, I hate it when things stick to the sides!

Step 2- cube the chicken and put it in the crockpot (sorry I didn't get a pic of the later.)

Step 3- put the vegetables in

Step 4- put the stuffing in, make sure to spread it out, this will serve as a "crust."

Step 5- cover the stuffing with the can(s) of soup.  I know I stink, I didn't get a pic of that!
Step 6- cook on low for 2-4 hours.  The stuffing should be a bit crispy but not burnt and it will be tasty goodness.  Sadly, Jim got to eat before I did, and I forgot to ask him to take a picture of what it looked like before so you'll just have to use your imagination based on the pics I could get.

I know it's not much to look at but I promise it tastes delicious!  Try it and let me know what you think!

Anyone have any favorite set and forget recipes that they'd like to share?