Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Creamy Peanut Butter Pie

I made this up last night for Family Home Evening treats. It was a great hit with everyone (kids and Doug included) telling me to write down the recipe. So here it is for you to try.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
1 prepared or homemade chocolate graham cracker crust
1 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cup whipping cream
Mix together the peanut butter, sugar, and 1/2 cup cream. Slowly add rest of cream, whipping until it is fluffy and holds a peak. Spoon into crust. I topped it with shaved chocolate, but you could use whipped topping or mini reeses peanut butter cups.
Variation: Spread favorite jelly on crust before the peanut butter filling to make a PB&J pie.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Easy Cheesy Chicken Strips

My children have got to be the pickiest eaters in the world. However, we have finally gotten them to branch away from mac n' cheese to try other things most importantly meat. I have so many cookbooks that I never use that I thought I should start using them. This recipe comes from Betty Crocker Easy family dinners and my children loved it last night even asking for more. I know I was shocked. Good thing I was sitting down. Hope your families like it as much as mine.
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders (if using breasts cut them into 1/2" strips)
2 cups cheese-flavored crackers, crushed
1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg
barbeque sauce, ketchup, or ranch dressing if desired
Heat oven to 400*F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Mix crushed crackers and cheese (best to use a ziplock bag). Beat egg in a seperate bowl. Coat chicken with egg and then with crackers. Place in single layer on pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes until no longer pink. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Carrot Cake

Somebody liked dessert. Fruit Pizza...Yum!
Speaking of dessert here is a pic of our Easter dessert. Christopher insisted on a bunny cake and tradition in my family is carrot cake for Easter. So...I made a bunny out of a carrot cake. This is the most awesome carrot cake ever. Recipe follows the picture and comes from my Grandma.
Carrot Cake

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 cups carrots, grated
20 ounces crushed pineapple in juice, 1 large can
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups oil
1 1/2 cups nuts, optional
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups coconut

Mix all dry ingredients. Add egg, oil, pineapple, and vanilla. Stir until moist. Add rest of ingredients. Bake in a 9x13" greased and floured pan at 350* for 1 hour. Cool. Frost with cream cheese frosting. I add coconut to the frosting as well for this.