Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Autumn Chopped Salad, from Espresso and Cream

I recently caved to peer pressure and joined Pinterest. That's where I found a photo of a beautiful-looking salad from Espresso and Cream and decided to make it for dinner. Except for the addition of pomegranate seeds, I followed Madison's recipe to a T, so I'm not going to give you the blow-by-blow here. You can find the recipe here, but in case you want to know what's in it first, here are the ingredients:

Romaine lettuce
dried cranberries
chopped pecans
crumbled bacon!
feta cheese
poppy seed dressing
balsamic vinaigrette dressing

I fed this to myself, Mr.4444, and three young college guys who thought it was fantastic.  It's as delicious as it is pretty!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Dawn's Kick-Butt Cheesy Potatoes

My friend, Dawn, made these potatoes for our Halloween party, and they were a big hit. I don't have a photo (too busy that night), but I do want to share the recipe.

1 red onion, diced
1/2 stick butter
2 bags hash browns
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Vegetables (mushrooms, green pepper, broccoli) optional

Saute onions until soft. Put all in a crockpot and heat 4-6 hours on low (first hour on high) or bake in the oven.

If you bake it, add a topping.
Warning: This recipe is a beast on a crockpot (messy), but that's what dish soap and hot water are for, right?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Cake Pops

It's Christmas Eve day, so I don't have a lot of time, 
but I wanted to share my Christmas Cake Pops that I made this morning. 
Are these beautiful, or what?!

Dark Chocolate Cake (per box directions)
Milk Chocolate Frosting
Dark Chocolate Candy Coating
Mini M&Ms
Peppermint Candies
Green Melts 

I made the dough last night. I whipped these up this morning, in about two hours.
Cake bites are a lot faster to make than cake pops (which require a stick).

I got a real kick out of decorating these.

So simple, and yet so pretty.

If you're lucky, you'll receive this little collection as a present tonight.

Merry Christmas!