Why this blog??

Why this blog?? I often find myself stressing over what to make for my family for dinner. We live a busy life and some meals need time to prep, cook and let's not forget shopping for everything you need. I love cookbooks and websites, but there are so many recipe's at times it is overwhelming. The recipe's I will be posting are things I actually made. I will tell you if they are easy or more time consuming. I will also tell you if they are good. Most of these are recipe's I have made for years and continue to make because they are easy or quick and my family loves them and i know yours will too! I will also try to at least once in a whlie try a new recipe I've found on line or in a book and honestly rate it. I always encourage others to send me their favorite recipe's as well! I am a mom... not a chef. But I am a mom who enjoys cooking for her family and making a somewhat healthy meal (some days more healthy than others:) ) In each recipe I will share how I recommend serving it, any substitutions I can think of that are also good, or ways to prepare ahead of time to make the cooking part seem quicker! I am not a photographer, as you can see... most of these pictures are taken from my phone camera, so may not be the best! I love to hear from others who have made these recipes and what they have done to change the recipe... please post comments! Thank you! To "like" me on facebook, go to this link... It's What's Cookin

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ice Cream Cake?

I'm not sure exactly what to call this dessert or where the recipe originated. My friend made it for us after we had our second child and we LOVE it!!! It's heavenly! 

*1 box of ice cream sandwiches (12 sandwiches)
*1 lg tub cool whip
*1 bag oreo cookies (or you can use Crushed up heath bars, butterfingers...) Pound the oreos, or candy bars, with a meat pounder in a plastic bag. 

1. Mix 3/4 of the crushed up cookies or candy in with the cool whip. 
2. Layer the pan with a layer of ice cream sandwiches tightly.  You may have to cut some in half to make it fit.
3. Then put a layer of the whipped cream mixture. 
4. Repeat these steps again an sprinkle remaining crumbles on top to finish it off. (or in my picture, I topped with whole oreos and I only crushed up 3/4 of the oreos and mixed all crushed with cool whip. 
5. Then put in freezer for at least a half hour to an hour to form up the whipped cream again.

Cut into squares and ENJOY!!
Put down your first layer of sandwiches, top with layer of the cool whip/cookie mixture

Here is the mixture of the cool whip and crushed oreos mixed together well

Fully cover sandwich layer with half of the coolwhip mixture

add your second layer of sandwiches... packed in tightly

Add the rest of your coolwhip/cookie mixture

Top with your crushed cookies (candies) or as I did, I topped with whole oreos!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fudgy Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars- By Pillsbury

My friend Lindsay and I take turns hosting dinner a few times a month. Who ever is hosting makes the meal and the other one brings a dessert.  She made these the other day and I LOVED them! I ended up making them to serve at a Christmas party too and they were a hit. They aren't too hard to make (take it from me... I am NOT a baker!!) She got the recipe from Pillsbury.

1/2 C butter, melted
2 C graham cracker crumbs (32 squares)
1 8 oz. bag toffee bits
1 roll refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
1 12oz. bag chocolate chips
1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 T butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Grease 13x9 baking dish and heat oven to 350.

Have the roll of cookie dough sitting out for around 10 minutes to soften up.

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the 1/2 cup of melted butter, 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs and 3/4 cup of toffee bits. Pour mixture into the greased pan and press evenly until mixture covers bottom of pan. Refrigerate for around 15 minutes.

In a 2 qt saucepan, heat the milk, chocolate chips and the tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Stir frequently until the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Spread the mixture over the graham cracker crumb mixture.

In another medium mixing bowl, break up the cookie dough and stir in the remaining 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs until blended. Crumble the mixture evenly over the chocolate layer and then sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup toffee bits on top.

Bake for about 25-35 minutes or until it's golden brown. Cool completely before cutting, probably around 2 or more hours.
After mixing melted butter, grahams and toffee chips, pat down in baking pan. Make sure to put in fridge for about 15 mins to harden 
While above is in fridge, melt chocolate chips, butter and condensed milk in a sauce pan over medium heat... stirring till smooth

Take cookie dough (that is room temp) and mix with remaining graham crumbs

spread melted chocolate mixture on top of crust 

crumble the cookie dough/graham crumbs mixture over top of chocolate

Top by sprinkling remaining toffee chips over the top

Bake till golden and let cool (about 2 hours in fridge)

cut into squares and serve. YUM

Great for breakfast as well with coffee:)