Friday, April 18, 2014

Oreo Pudding Poke Cake

I'd like to introduce you guys to one of my new favorite cakes. Or maybe my favorite cake since I can't really think of any other favorites...Anyway, I have always been obsessed with cookies 'n cream anything so this cake is right up my alley.

My little boy turned 2 a couple of weeks ago and this is the cake I made for his family birthday party.
It is moist, creamy and has the perfect amount of cookie crunch on top. It's SO easy to put together, too. Definitely a winner in my book.

Oreo Pudding Poke Cake
Source: The Country Cook
1 box chocolate cake mix (plus ingredients needed to make cake)
2 (4 oz.) packages of instant Oreo pudding (I was only able to find this at Wal-Mart)
4 cups milk
2-3 cups of Oreo cookies, crushed

1. Combine cake mix according to box instructions and pour into a well-greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake as instructed on box.
2. Just before the cake is done, combine the pudding and milk in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk for about 2 minutes until lumps are gone. Let mixture sit for about 2 minutes more. (You'll want the pudding to slightly thicken.)
3. When cake is done and still warm, remove from oven and poke holes about 1 inch apart using a wooden spoon handle or straw.
4. Pour pudding mixture over warm cake until it is completely covered. Spread pudding with a spatula to make an even layer.
5. Place the cake in the refrigerator for about an hour until completely cooled. (Make sure to place on hot pads.)
6. Once cooled, top with crushed Oreos and enjoy!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Oven Baked Steak Fries

This is one of those recipes that I have been making for a few years now and can't believe I've never shared it before. 

I am a fry girl through and through, but "fried" fries usually make me sick and well, aren't good for you.

This is my sure-fire way to indulge in some fries and not feel bad if I almost eat the entire pan, which is usually the case.

Anyway, be sure to use these as a side the next time you make a burger or grill some chicken and you'll have yourself the perfect "summer" meal. Also, don't forget to serve them with a side of fry sauce aka ketchup + mayo for those of you who live outside of Utah. ;)

Oven Baked Steak Fries
2 large russet potatoes, washed
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Mix spices in a medium-sized bowl. Pour in olive oil and combine well.
3. Cut each potato into wedges/fries. (I usually get about 16 fries out of each potato.)
4. Add potato wedges into seasoning/oil bowl and toss until coated.
5. Pour wedges into a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
6. Bake for 40 minutes.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Double Chocolate Brownie Mix Cookies

First off, I did not plan on making/didn't even really know about these cookies until a week ago. I needed to make some cookies for a party and planned on making some simple cake mix cookies, but later realized that what I thought was a cake mix in my pantry was a brownie mix.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Light and Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

This recipe is supposedly a Panera copycat, but since I've never been to Panera, I didn't want to lie by telling you it is similar by any means. Although I do have to say that it is by far my favorite broccoli soup recipe I have ever tried. And my husband concurs.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Life Lately - Spring Fever

So lately I've been thinking about the food blogs I enjoy reading the most and they're the ones that include a peak into their personal life. Not too personal, but enough to get to know the person behind the website I'm constantly looking at.