Red/White/Blue Cupcake Poppers

Happy 4th of July to you all.

It’s going to be at least 100 degrees today with the heat factor.  So stay at home, turn up the air (hoping you have it) and bake!  Bake some red/white/blue cupcake poppers.

I’ll admit, I cheated big time with this.  My intent was not to stop at the store and buy the box cake or the can of frosting.  However, I have been so busy with kids, sports, and keeping up with house stuff that I just gave in and thought, what the heck.   These will look good no matter if they were home made or from a dang box!

I have to laugh because when Craig came home and tasted the cupcakes, he asked me what I did differently when I made these.  I had a little giggle inside as I listened to him tell me these were the best that I’ve made.  A little ego buster but nonetheless, a smile appeared on my face.  After he finished giving his praises I told him to open the cabinet and see the extra box of cake mix.  He laughed and called me a cheater.

No, I’m not a cheater, I just wanted to make something fun with the kids and post it in time for July 4th!!

What you need:

1 box of Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake mix

1 can of Betty Crocker Whipped Vanilla frosting

Red/Blue food coloring

How to:

Mix the cake batter according to the box.  Pour 1 tbs of batter (colored blue in one bowl and red in another and the vanilla in yet another bowl) into small muffin tin pans.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cool completely and cut off top off cupcakes.  Use the bottoms for snack time for another day!!  I piped the whipped frosting onto each top of the cupcake and add the other top to form a small little cake!!!  (I think the whipped frosting may not be as thick as I wanted).

These fun little things, if you get creative can be made for a bridal shower, a kids birthday or for the forth of July!

Be safe, have fun, enjoy the fireworks with your friends/family.  Stay cool.

Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue; and a nation will be great in both always in proportion as it is free – Thomas Jefferson

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker

Chicken & Vegetable Cheesy Pasta

Chicken Pasta

I was going to make this dinner one night that Craig was gone bowling.  But things changed and it just so happened he had to eat it!  He’s not a fan of carrots, which is why I said I was going to make it when he was gone.  I gave him the option to pick them out (and I think he did for the most part), but this was a hearty, close to comfort  food meal.  I also left out the onion because I’m the only fan of them in the house.  I think it would have had given it more flavor but it was still a good pasta dinner.

Easy to make, kids ate it, Craig ate it and there are left overs for me to have for lunch this week!

what you need

2 cups penne pasta, uncooked

1 Tbsp. oil, divided

1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips, divided

7 carrots (1/2 lb.), shredded (I bought a bag of shredded carrots)

1 onion, sliced (I left the onion out due to dislikes)

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 KRAFT Singles, chopped  – I used fat free

2 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

2 Tbsp.  chopped fresh parsley

make it

COOK pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt.

MEANWHILE, heat 1 tsp. oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add half the chicken; cook and stir 2 min. or until lightly browned. Remove from skillet; cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining chicken and 1 tsp. of the remaining oil. Add remaining oil. carrots, onions and garlic to skillet; cook and stir 3 min. Return chicken to skillet; cook 2 min. or until done, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; cover to keep warm.

DRAIN pasta, reserving 1-1/4 cups of the cooking water. Return pasta to pan. Stir in reserved water and Singles; cook and stir 1 min. or until Singles are completely melted. Add chicken mixture; cook and stir 2 min. or until heated through. Top with Parmesan and parsley.

It seems, lately, that every time I’m in the kitchen cooking, the kids come in and say “gross”.  Doesn’t matter what it is.  I’ve grown used to it at this point.  They have a choice.  They can eat what I make for dinner or they can make a sandwich to eat.  Brooklyn has only done that once.  Not sure if it’s because she doesn’t want to make it herself or because she actually likes what I make.  She did go back for 2 more helpings.

Have a great rest of the weekend.

I may have a good dessert for tomorrow depending on time!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking


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