Sunday, December 30, 2012

Simple Cherry Cheesecake Dip

This is amazing, and so very easy! 1 8 oz package cream cheese, allow to soten to room temp 1 large container of Cool Whip 2 7 oz containers of marshmallow cream 2 cans of cherry pie filling 2 boxes honey flavored graham crackers Blend first 3 ingredients together with mixer until thoroughly blended. Transfer to a 13 x 9 pyrex or glass dish. Top and cover completely with cherry pie filling. Chill completely. Break graham crackers into pieces for dipping. This is great, and very light so you do not fill up snacking on it! My family loves it!

Paula Deen's Amazing Chocolate Chili

I have been looking for a new chili recipe for quite some time, but I was a bit skeptical about the chocolate part. I have total faith in Paula, and I loved the hot ans spicy aspect of the recipe, so I gave it a try, tweaking it slightly. I wasn't disappointed, but be warned that this is a very hot chili, and not for the faint of heart! 2 lbs ground chuck 1 large onion, diced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced Put these ingredients in a large Dutch oven and cook until ground chuck is browned and crumbled. Drain any remaining grease - there should not be much. Add the following: 2 TBS unsweetened cocoa 2 TBS and 1 tsp chili powder 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp oregano 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper 2 cans black beans 1 large can of your favorite ready made baked beans - I chose maple flavored 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes 2 14.5 oz cans tomato sauce 1 14.5 oz can beef broth Bring to boil and reduce heat. Simmer for one hour. I added a very small amount of thin spaghetti for the last 30 minutes. Serve with the following garnishes: Grated sharp cheddar Chopped scallions Sour cream Enjoy!
Long time away...So much has happened. Meet Cooper David Clark - the light of my life, born August 5th,2011. He has stolen my heart. Cooper is the happiest, most delightful child I have ever had the opportunity to know. He's so smart, just like his Mom. You will be hearing alot about him from now on out!