Monday, April 28, 2008

Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle

So, this is definitely NOT part of my 8 week challenge. But, I saw it over on Amber's blog and knew I needed it for safe keeping on my blog. Jaysen is a huge peanut butter cup fan, so I know this is one dessert he won't be able to resist. :0)

1 chocolate cake mix
1 pkg. peanut butter chips
4 1/4 C. cold milk, divided
1/2 C. whipping cream
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
2 small pkgs. Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
1 small carton Cool Whip
8 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour the batter into a greased 13 x 9 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.In a heavy saucepan, combine chips, 1/4 C. milk and 1/2 C. cream. Cook and stir over low heat until chips are melted. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to room temperature. Place the remaining milk in a mixing bowl; beat in pudding mixes on low speed for 2 minutes. Place pudding in the fridge for 3-4 minutes to set up a bit.To assemble, crumble half of the cake into a 4 qt. Trifle bowl or large bowl. Layer with half of the peanut butter sauce, pudding, Cool Whip and ½ of the crumbled Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups; repeat layers ending with Cool Whip and remaining ½ of crumbled Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Cabbage Buns

I just got asked for this recipe, so I thought I'd pass it on to the rest of you. We grew up eating these babies. I'd totally make them if I knew my kid wouldn't freak out over the cabbage. Sigh.

1 head of cabbage, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 pound ground beef or turkey
salt and pepper
bread dough

Brown ground beef and onion. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add chopped cabbage and continue to saute. Cook until cabbage is soft.
Divide bread dough into small amounts and roll out. Put cabbage mix in center and pinch together dough on top. Will resemble a hot pocket. Bake on greased baking pan at 350 degrees until golden brown {about 20-25 minutes}.

Ashlee side note: It's like a stuffed burger. All the stuff on the inside of an enclosed round bun. Heck, you could even add cheese in there if you'd like to. We never did though. It's perfect as is. Promise. My sister just makes up the bread dough in her bread machine, but if you are short on time, just use a couple cans of those refrigerator biscuits. flatten each biscuit out, put some filling on top of one, and then put another one on top of that. Pinch the sides together to make your "hot pocket". I'd bake these according to the can directions though. Usually about 11 minutes, and then check on them until they become golden brown.
And...I know this may sound wierd, but I remember eating these with soy sauce. Added a nice salty/chinese flavor to it. Just a thought.....

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Cake pops

I just found this and they were so fun and cute! I just had to share them with you!
All you do is bake a regular cake mix (has to be cake mix, not homemade) in a 13x9 pan. Then once it has cooled, you crumble it into a bowl. Then mix in a can of frosting. Then roll the cake/frosting mixture into balls, and stick a sucker stick or toothpick {depending on how big the balls are} in them. Freeze until firm, then dip them in melted chocolate. Enjoy.