Posted in Cooking, family, Food

Yummy Lasagna Soup 👌🏽😋

Hi! It’s a new day & a new week ! I hope everyone is doing great. Not sure about you, but I tend to scroll through TikTok on my downtime, lol. I ended up finding this lasagna soup recipe and it looked so good I had to give it a try. I wanted to share it because it honestly came out so delicious. I enjoyed it & so did my youngest son even though he isn’t a fan of tomatoes! 🙌🏽

All Ingredients pictured except for heavy cream & spices

Ingredients:

  • Italian sausage or ground beef ( I used a pound of both to make it more meaty & I loved how it came out )
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese, Italian cheese blend, & parmesan
  • Pasta sauce ( which ever is your favorite)
  • Chicken & Beef broth
  • Diced tomatoes ( 1 can is fine unless you really like tomatoes 😉 )
  • Lasagna noodles
  • Spices ( Salt, pepper, tomato bouillon, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, oregano, basil )

Directions:

Brown your meat ; I used minced garlic and chopped onions and seasoned it with garlic salt & pepper

Drain meat

In a pot add your meat, add pasta sauce ( I used the whole bottle) , add 1 carton of chicken broth & only half of the beef broth ( save the other half for when you reheat because the soup will thicken) , add diced tomato’s & crushed up lasagna noodles. Cover and let it cook about 8-10 minutes.

Make ricotta mixture; ricotta cheese, both cheeses & seasonings of your choice.

Add ricotta mixture to soup and heavy whipping cream

Put heat on high and let it cook about 5 minutes. Check and make sure your noodles are soft and the taste is to your liking.

Then enjoy !!

Thanks for visiting my blog & if you make this before let me know in the comments below.

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For the chocolate lovers…easy Fudge!🍫😋

Is Fudge everywhere during the holidays or is it just me? I remember at my past jobs people would make fudge during potlucks or even make goodie bags with fudge to give out as little gifts. I love fudge, but I never made it before. I was at Michael’s the craft store the other day and ran across these Christmas theme candy molds & I thought they would be perfect for the fudge I wanted to make. They were very inexpensive & I was able to use a coupon , they don’t have the same one I bought online but they have this cute snowman one:

https://www.michaels.com/snowman-christmas-candy-mold-by-celebrate-it/10645901.html

There are so many different fudge recipes you could try, and so many add in’s you could really pick & choose. I wanted to do the simplest just in case I messed up.. since I never tried it before, lol. I had some walnuts at home so I added those into my fudge.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of semi- sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Any add ins; I did walnuts ( peanuts, coconut pieces, any candy pieces, etc )

Grab your saucepan , a lot of recipes say you use a broiler. I just put my heat to the lowest setting.. this is so your chocolate doesn’t burn. Place your condensed milk first, add your chocolate chips and then vanilla. Keep stirring and watch so it does not burn or bubble. Once it melts all the way put your add ins and stir then its ready to be put into your greased pan or candy molds. Put in the refrigerator for an 1 or 2. Your all done easy peazy!

The molds came out pretty well, I think the images could have came out a little better but all in all I thought it was going to be much harder or that I would burn the chocolate. Lol, it was a success and we all enjoyed it! It doesn’t taste to rich or chocolaty, its very smooth and the walnuts give it a little crunch. I definitely want to try to do peanut butter fudge next time 😊

Comment below if you like fudge or if you have maybe your own recipe. If you try this let me know how it comes out!

Posted in Baking, Holiday, Mom, Thanksgiving

A sweet Thanksgiving treat!

Is everyone ready for the holidays!? Lol, my youngest who is 9 has already started playing Christmas music in the car. I really have always enjoyed to cook & bake. I like to try new recipes & baking from scratch, I always like to get the kids involved. Now that my oldest is 15 I have to push him a little , lol but he isn’t too cool yet as he still participates. During the holidays I like to find fun, cute & festive desserts to we can try out. During my search I found these really cute apple hand pies which took me to this blog: https://www.livewellbakeoften.com/apple-hand-pies/

I decided to give these a try & they are very delish!

Finished pie ! I added caramel and vanilla bean ice cream and it was even better😋

I would definitely make sure you knead the dough really well, and make sure you have enough room to roll the dough evenly. The egg mixture also needs to be placed on top evenly so you can get that flaky brown consistency just like on a pie. I used Granny smith apples since I use those whenever I am cooking apples, but I think you can use any other apples. I also used more cinnamon than listed since we love cinnamon.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pie crusts
  • 2 cups chopped apples
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 -1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg , lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter ,cubed into small pieces (optional)

Instructions:

  • Combine the chopped apples, sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg in a mixing bowl. Then cook on stove top, add 2 Tbs of butter in saucepan and add apples. Cook for about 10 minutes or so until apples are tender, add 2 Tbs of flour to thicken.
  • Flour your surface, roll the pie crusts to about 1/8-inch thick. Use a circle cookie cutter (or cup) cut out as many circles from the pie crusts as you can, reroll any scrap pieces of dough as needed. Move to the refrigerator to chill while you make the filling. 
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and milk until well combined. Set aside.
  • Remove the pie crust circles from the refrigerator and evenly add the apple pie filling between half of them, leave some room at the edges.
  • Place the other half of the pie crust circles on top then crimp the edges with a fork. You can add slits with a knife before you put the other half on top if you decide to do that.
  • Brush the top of each pie with the egg wash.
  • Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until the pies are golden brown and the filling is bubbling.

I wanted to add some pictures of our previous Thanksgiving dessert, Oreo cookie Turkeys from a few years ago. I love to look back at old pictures of my boys. Really great memories and I am so Thankful to God for both of them. I know 2020 has been so crazy.. what are you Thankful for? Any desserts your trying this year? Let me know if you try this one out😁