Cupcakes are fun, easy desserts to make. These mini-cakes can cut back on the mess (or make it worse!) and make serving easier for everyone.
Our recipe this week takes a simple chocolate cake mix and makes it into something sophisticated and yummy with the addition of several ingredients. This delicious cupcake recipe can be used for birthdays, anniversaries, or for a sweet treat at home.
What is your favorite cupcake flavor?
1 package Chocolate Cake Mix
Brewed strong Coffee (enough to replace water on cake mix instructions)
Slow cooker meals are perfect for busy schedules. Throw your meal in before you leave for the day and have it ready to go by the time you get home. Many slow cooker meals can be used in a variety of ways, which can help when your pantry is bare.
This week’s recipe is a Slow Cooker Spicy Garlic Beef, which can be used for several meal options, including:
You can use the beef as a filling for tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, chimichangas, quesadillas, or as a nacho topping;
You can serve the beef on a bun, and add barbeque sauce, if desired;
You can serve the beef on a hoagie bun with sautéed onions & peppers, then top with cheese and broil the sandwich slightly to melt cheese; or
You can use the beef in your chili or stew.
However you decide to use it, you’re sure to love it!
Trim the fat from the beef roast.Rub all sides of the roast with the kosher salt.Mix the Spicy Garlic with 2 Tbsp olive oil, then rub all over the roast.
Place the roast in the slow cooker.Add the 1/2 cup water to the slow cooker.Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.The meat should be very tender when done.
Remove from the slow cooker, let cool slightly,then shred the beef using two forks, or slice the beef as desired.Skim off the fat from the juices remaining in the slow cooker, discard the fat, and pour the juices over the shredded beef.
Casseroles are stuffed full of so many flavors, just like our Veggie Patch dip. One of the best things about casseroles is the ability to bring many different foods into one dish. Vegetables, chicken, soup, pasta, breadcrumbs, and cheese — yummy!
Casseroles are also a great way to reuse leftovers! If you have leftover rotisserie chicken, you can substitute it for the chicken the recipe calls for. Or, if you have pasta or peas leftover from a previous meal, use those in your casserole!
However you choose to make it, our Veggie Patch Chicken Noodle Casserole is sure to be a hit!
We celebrated National Caramel Day this week, so let’s keep the caramel love going with some fun facts from CooksRecipes.com about this scrumptious candy!
1. People have enjoyed caramels for hundreds of years.
The first types of caramels were hard candies that date back to the 17th century. In America, the settlers cooked sugar and water together to make these sweet treats. Caramels were a candy staple for many years because the ingredients were affordable, they were easy to make at home and they had a long shelf life.
2. The word “caramel” is derived from “caramelo.”
The word caramel was first recorded in the English language in 1725. Its roots are from the French and Spanish word “caramelo.”
3. Before chocolate, Milton Hershey produced caramels.
In 1886, Milton Hershey began his first successful confectionery business. The Lancaster Caramel Company shipped caramels across the U.S. and to Europe, causing the candy’s popularity to skyrocket. The Lancaster Caramel Company established Hershey’s reputation in the confectionery industry and provided the foundation for the launch of The Hershey Company, which first produced sweet chocolate as a coating for the caramels before creating the iconic Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar. Fast forward over a century, and the original recipe is reimagined with new Lancaster Caramel Soft Cremes. These new caramels are carefully crafted to ensure a rich, creamy, melt-in-your mouth sensation. Available in caramel, caramel and vanilla, and raspberry and vanilla flavors, these new confections offer a modern twist on a classic and timeless treat.
4. Caramel’s main ingredients are surprisingly simple.
Today, caramel has two main ingredients: milk and sugar. When heated together to a high temperature, the milk helps make the caramel soft and creamy.
What’s the best way to enjoy caramel? How about a Sea Salt Caramel Cheesecake? Yum!