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Crockpot Mash Potatoes

This weekend was my family Christmas party!  My mom had asked for me to bring mash potatoes. We have about 40 people at our family Christmas so needless to say I was a little scared about how to do mash potatoes for that many.

I started out by looking online for how to keep the potatoes from drying out in the crockpot. Then I ended up stumbled on to recipes about how to do mash potatoes in the crockpot from start to finish. Here is what I came up with!

Ingredients:

10lbs potatoes

1 cup butter, cut into cubes (I used salted)

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups chicken broth

3 teaspoons salt (we are fancy and use Himalayan sea salt)

2 teaspoon black pepper

8 oz cream cheese, cut into cubes

2/3 cup sour cream

Directions:

Cut up the potatoes and fill the crockpot. I got all but 4 potatoes into
it. 

Then just right on top of the potatoes put the cubed butter, garlic and pour the broth all over the top. 
Cook on low for 12 hours (over night). Stir whenever you think about it. The ones on top will go a little brown over
night but that goes away.

Once they are soft enough – it will look like a lot of broth is left but that will get mashed into them – start mashing. 

Once they are pretty smooth add everything else (s&p, cream cheese and sour cream). Then mash away!

They turned out fantastic!  I was only doing the potatoes but it was so nice to have a clean kitchen. Also, if I had to do more things it would leave my stove open.  


Enjoy!
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Cake Box Cookies

Have you heard that you can make 4-5 dozen cookies in less then an hour?  And all you need are three ingredients; a box of cake mix, 2 eggs and a 1/2 cup of oil!  Then you are good to go!

If you have never tried making cookies out of a cake mix, this will change your life.  I know it has for me, for the better… maybe not so much for my hips but that’s what a kettlebell is for.

I’ve been making cookies like this for well over a year now.  They always turn out prefect, yummy, and everyone always enjoys them.

The Basics

Ingredients

1 box cake mix any flavor (any brand, I always just get what is on sale)
2 eggs
1/2c oil (anything will work – I prefer butter)
Directions 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix
ingredients in a bowl and drop by spoonful onto your cookie sheets.  I use a
cookie scoop and push mine down a little so they aren’t balls.  I also always cover my sheets with parchment paper.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool for about 5 minutes on sheets and
then transfer to a cooling rack.
Once you know the basics you can start to get fancy.  I’ve done all of the following and they turn out awesome every time:

roll the cookie is anything – sugar (white, brown, icing), cinnamon, other cookies (crushed Oreo and Chocolate Chip are my favs), etc.
add chocolate chips or skor bits
add vanilla extract, almond extract, peppermint extract, food colouring, etc. 
add orange or lemon juice (1T) and zest
add sprinkles!

Here are some combinations I’ve done in the past:

White cake mix with strawberry extract, red food colouring and chocolate chips
White cake mix with peppermint extract, green food colouring and chocolate chips
Yellow cake mix with 2t vanilla and rolled the cookies in cinnamon (2t) and sugar (1/2c)
Chocolate cake mix rolled in chocolate chip cookies
White cake mix rolled in Oreo cookies
Confetti cake mix with added sprinkles

I think you get the point.  The possibilities are endless.
Then one day I thought – cheese cake cookies!  I’m pregnant, so there is no surprise with the stuff you can come up with.  Did some poking around and reading of other cake mix recipes and came up with this!!
Soft Cookies/Cheese Cake Cookies
Ingredients
1 box yellow cake mix 
1/2c butter 
1t vanilla
1 8oz cream cheese (oh ya!  All of it!)
1 egg
icing sugar/powdered sugar
I recommend that the butter and cream cheese be at room temperature, it just make it easier.  Beat together everything but the cake mix and the sugar.  I mixed it really well.  Then add in the cake mix.  Put in the fridge for about 30 minutes or so.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Scoop out the mix and roll the cookies in the icing/powdered sugar and drop onto cookie sheets.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack.
These cookies where amazing!  I’m not joking, I actually won a potluck contest with them at work.  All I wanted was cheese cake cookies and I got these amazing soft cookies!!  They are SO GOOD!  I can’t wait to roll them in Oreos!  I’m sure they would be awesome with a chocolate cake mix and Irish Cream instead of vanilla (I would up it to a full T).  
Since I started making these cookies before I started the blog, I don’t have pics of them.  Sorry about that.  However, I will refer back to this posting and make sure to add pictures.  This will happen as early as this Friday, I turn the big 3-1 and will be bring in some goodies for all of my co-workers.  So stay tuned!
Enjoy!!
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Shower Recipe Cards – Haystacks

If you can melt butter, you can make these cookies!  I’m going to call them cookies because I’m not all that sure what else to call them.

They are the easiest cookie ever!  No oven was turned on for the making of these cookies (again not sure what to call them).
I had to do an edit on this post because I thought this was my aunts recipe but its not. It’s Dan’s aunts recipe!  He came home from work and knew the difference right away. After that I went through the recipe box to fine my aunts recipe. So I’ll have to make those next week. The battle of aunts haystacks/macaroons!  It could get ugly people!!
Ingredients:
3C oatmeal
1C coconut
6T coca powder 
1/2C butter
1/2C milk
1C sugar
1t vanilla 
Directions: 
Stir together oatmeal, coconut and coca powder.
In a sauce pan melt together butter, milk and sugar. Bring to a boil, boil for one minute and stand back and add the vanilla.
Then mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Scoop and place on wax paper.
Sorry I didn’t take progress pictures. It was all just happening so fast!
I used my teaspoon cookie scoop and got 56 cookies. 

Enjoy!
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Non-dairy Ice Cream

Have you ever tried putting a frozen banana in the food processor?  Well, if not, I’m about to change your life!
I give you a non-dairy banana raspberry ice cream…
Ingredients (makes two really good helpings, and I mean really):
2 frozen bananas
1C frozen raspberries
1T unsweeten coconut
1t honey
1/2C (ish) coconut milk (I use Coconut Dream)
Directions:
Put everything in the food processor and whip it all up together.
So easy!  
Please
note, that I have done this in the blender before but it takes a little
longer to get the creamy consistency.  I find it easier just to pull
out the food processor.  It makes for more dishes but that’s ok!  As you
all know, Dan’s the dish man!!!  Bee ba bop ba dop bop!

Enjoy!

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Shower Recipe Cards – Benne Wafers

For the second recipe I made “Benne Wafers”…  which I should have Googled before starting!  I had no idea what I was making.  Little did I know that in the end, I would get these delicious thin cookies.  They aren’t overly sweet, would be a good pairing for coffee or tea and a good book.
Ingredients (recipe said it makes 36 but I was able to get 54):
1C sesame seeds
3/4C melted butter
1 1/2C packed brown sugar (I ran out of brown sugar and had to use white sugar for the rest)
1 egg
1t vanilla extract
1C all purpose flour
1/4t salt
1/4 baking powder
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375f and place sesame seeds on an ungreased baking sheet. Toast for 10 minutes until lightly browned.  I must stress that sesame seeds burn really fast so watch these suckers or they will burn.  I thought I had over cooked them and when I pull them out of the oven transferred them to another cool baking sheet.
Mix brown sugar, melted butter, egg, flour, vanilla, salt, baking sugar and sesame seeds together.  
I was a little startled by browning the sesame seeds that I forgot to add them to the mixture at first and added them after.

Drop dough by 1/2t full 1 1/2 inches apart onto a lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake for 4-6 minutes until light brown.  
Let cool.

And enjoy!