Sunday, December 16, 2012

Easy Beef Tips and Noodles

When I say easy, I mean EASY! 

This is a great meal to make up when you want something comforting with out the hassle!


2 lb. - Stew Beef
1 - 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup
1 – packet brown gravy mix
1 - packet lipton dry onion soup mix
1 – 4 oz can mushrooms (totally optional, I personally HATE mushrooms!)
1 - cup water 

Add cubed meat to a 9 x 13 inch pan. Don't spray it just toss the meat in!

In a large bowl mix the remaining ingredients together and pour over the meat.

Add mushrooms (if you like fungus) and stir to coat. Cover with foil and bake at 300 degrees for 3 Hours.

Do not remove foil until done.

Serve over rice, mashed potatoes or egg noodles.

Servings: 6 - 8 

This is by far the best recipe for Beef Tips I have ever eaten! The meat is amazingly tender and the gravy is perfect!

I double the recipe and use the left overs for homemade hash!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The World's BEST Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I'm just saying now.... that this is the best Pineapple Upside Down cake EVER! Brought to you by the best southern cook of all time (IMO)....Christy Jordan at the Southern Plate!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a regular aound most southern dinner tables and when I was a girl, it was even a regular in the school cafeteria! The flavor of a buttery cake, topped with brown sugar and that glazed slice of pineapple on top with a cherry in the center – whats not to love?
The way I make this cake is as easy as they come and you can pull off a nostalgic showstopper in no time flat! Everyone whose had my pineapple upside down cake goes on and on about how moist it is and how they just don’t know what I do to get it so moist! Today, I’m going to share my secret with you – and the fact that it was a complete and total mistake that led me to having the reputation of making the moistest pineapple upside down cake around!
You’ll need: Cake mix (Yellow or Pineapple Supreme), cherries, pineapple slices, brown sugar, and margarine (not pictured).
Note: The only reason why I have name brand pineapple slices for this recipe is that I was at my mother’s earlier and raided her pantry for them :) . Y’all know I don’t buy name brand pineapple!
You’ll also need the ingredients your cake mix calls for.
Turn your oven on 350 and while we are mixing up the cake batter, place a stick of margarine in a 9×13 inch pan and place in preheating oven so it melts.
Now, we’re going to go by tbe box instructions on how to make our cake, with one exception.
Drain the juice from your pineapple and use that as part of the water.
My can of pineapple yielded just over 3/4 of a cup of juice so according to my package, I’m going to add enough water to make 1 1/3 cup of liquid (in place of plain water) to add.
Then we add the vegetable oil and eggs according to the box and mix it up well.
Adding in this juice is going to make our cake so flavorful!
Once your batter is mixed up, remove pan from oven. Your butter should be nice and melted like this.
Sprinkle about a cup of brown sugar over the butter in your pan.
Until it looks like this. If you need to use more than a cup you can.
Or if you eat half of it on the way to the pan….
Place your pineapple slices on top of the cake, putting a cherry in the center of each one. If you don’t have cherries, don’t feel like you need to go buy them special just for this, just make it pineapple only and it will still be delicious :) .
Thank goodness there is always a slice or two of pineapple left in the can!!! I’m eating that right now…
Gently pour your cake batter over the pineapple.
Until it looks like this. Now place this in your 350 degree oven for about forty five minutes.
I have cake boards which I cover in foil and use to turn my cakes out onto.
dscn4194Its just a thin piece of wood I had my dad cut for me.
I have them in all different sizes (I often like to make really big cakes!) and they come in so handy!
(This one was in my daughter’s room. I covered it in foil before the photo so you wouldn’t see all of the stick people she drew on it with her markers. We’re trying to look professional here ~laughs hysterically~)
Once your cake looks done, make sure you can press on the center and it springs back a bit before you remove it from the oven (or just use the toothpick trick. Insert a toothpick in the center, if it comes out clean your cake is done).
Let sit on the counter for ten minutes.
After about ten minutes, turn your cake pan upside down onto your cake board (or whatever you are turning it out onto).
I usually make a 13×18 inch pineapple upside down cake so thats why my board is so big.
Oh my lord. I am about to eat my computer.
Now here is how I accidentally made the moistest pineapple upside down cake ever.
I made one, was running late, and had to take it to dinner at someone’s house. In order to transport it, I stuck toothpicks in it all over, like in this picture (look closely to see toothpicks).
Then I covered it in cling wrap before actually letting it cool (running late, ya know…)
I tucked it in the back seat of my car and headed off while all of that lovely pineapple and brown sugar scented steam made a futile attempt to evaporate.
Kinda like this. Now everyone knows you’re supposed to let cakes cool completely before covering, right? Well off I went, traveling along while my poor cake oozed steam only to have it accumulate on the wrapping and drop back down into the cake as I hit bump after bump.
When I got there, my cling wrap was dry again and my cake…well…

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix (or Pineapple Supreme Cake Mix)
  • 1 can Pineapple Slices (make sure your can has at least six. I get the large so I can eat two!)
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 jar of cherries (optional)
  • 1 C Brown Sugar
In 9×13 inch pan, melt butter. Once butter is melted, sprinkle brown sugar all over bottom of pan. Place pineapple slices on top of brown sugar, reserving pineapple juice. Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple slice.
Prepare cake mix as directed on package, substituting pineapple juice for some of the water called for. Slowly pour cake mix over pineapple slices and cherries.
Bake at 350 for forty five minutes, or until toothpick insterted in cake comes out clean.
For moister cake, cover before it has cooled completely.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

View's from Utah

So lately I have found myself falling back in love with my camera. 
I have tried weddings, senior portraits, family portraits and maternity sessions...
Nothing compares to natures beauty.

 "A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words." — Ansel Adams.

My favorite photog of all time is Ansel Adams. 
He was certainly one of our best-known landscape photographers. He made so many iconic images of the American landscape that he, himself, became an icon. 
I will never be able to create the beauty of his images... but I sure have fun trying!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Salsa Chicken to Say Ole For

Does the photo make you hungry? It does for me! 
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
4 teaspoons taco seasoning mix
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons sour cream (optional)
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
2.Place chicken breasts in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle taco seasoning on both sides of chicken breasts, and pour salsa over all.
3.Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 25 to 35 minutes, or until chicken is tender and juicy and its juices run clear.
4.Sprinkle chicken evenly with cheese, and continue baking for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with sour cream if desired, and serve.

This is the best Salsa Chicken Recipe Evah!

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Free Printable Art by Your's Truly

Good Saturday morning to you all! I am in the process of cleaning out my hard drive and I thought I'd share these printables with you! :) You may download them, print them and enjoy them. They are for personal use only. Please don't take them to sell them :) They are formatted to be an 8x10 :) Here's just 4 to wet your whistle... more to come soon!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The ONLY Chocolate Cake Recipe You will EVER Need

Well, I am craving chocolate today... My sweet tooth is in hardcore overdrive. I'm not sure if it's because I am currently taking Midol or the result of the recent diet I have been on... but this's calling me and I have to answer.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 cup butter
1 cup water
5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tablespoons milk
5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9X13 inch pan.
2.Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Beat in the sour cream and eggs. Set aside. Melt the butter on low in a saucepan, add the water and 5 tablespoons cocoa. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly, then stir cocoa mixture into the egg mixture, mixing until blended.
3.Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
4.For the icing: In a large saucepan, combine the milk, 5 tablespoons cocoa and 1/2 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Stir in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla, then fold in the nuts, mixing until blended. Spread frosting over warm cake.

This is DIVINE.

Leave all other chocolate cake recipes behind.

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I go a text this week and it said:
Visit the nearest jcp salon in May and receive a complimentary quick hair touch up and OPI mini nail polish

I'm not sure what exactly a quick hair touch up entails, but I just asked for a the mini nail polish and got the choice of 2 colors!  If you're at JCP this month, stop by the salon and ask for one!