Monday, March 31, 2008


I know I need to post a new entry here...I'm just having a hard time with what to talk about. Our weekend was pretty uneventful, so no luck there. Didn't get much accomplished around the ole homestead either. How about a recipe review...or two? Sounds good and domestic, huh? Ok, here goes...

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
1/4 cup water 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 can (4 oz) mushroom stems and pieces
drained hot cooked rice or noodles

Place chicken in slowcooker. Combine salad dressing mix and water; pour over chicken. cover and cook on low for 3 hours. In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and soup until blended. Stir in mushrooms. Pour over chicken. Cook 1 hour longer or until chicken juices run clear. Serve over rice or noodles

We just had this last night. It was really easy, and very good! Missy's a big fan of rice, so we served it over rice rather than noodles, but I'm sure it would be great either way. We will definitely keep this recipe in the rotation, but it is a meal that we would only cook on a weekend since the crockpot cook-time is relatively short. When we use the crockpot during the week, we are cooking for 8-10 hours, but this would be great for you busy moms who are at home.

That was about another one? Mmm, dessert!

Too Much Chocolate Cake
1 (18.25 ounce) package devil's food cake mix
1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a well greased 12 cup bundt pan.
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake thoroughly in pan at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate If desired, dust the cake with powdered sugar.

This cake is absolutely delicious. I'm not a huge chocolate fan (I know...I'm bizarre), but I decided that any good cook needs a go-to chocolatey dessert. This is definitely mine now. It is really easy...mix it all together and pour it in a pan! It also looks pretty if you use a scalloped bundt pan and dust with powdered sugar. Top with fresh berries and you have a lovely cake that will be a hit with all your guests!

Well, there you have it. Two tried and true recipes from my kitchen to yours. I hope you enjoy these! Maybe I'll do this every week or so. I love finding new recipes and testing them out. This way, my family can be the guinea pigs, and you all can reap the benefits.

Until next time...

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