Thursday, April 29, 2010

Layered Bananas Foster Pudding

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Layered Bananas Foster Pudding

2 1/2 c. finely crushed graham crackers (could use animal crackers or nilla wafers)
1 c. butter or margarine, divided
1 c. brown sugar
3 bananas, sliced
2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 box instant banana cream pudding
2 c. milk
1 8oz container cool whip, thawed

Melt 1/2 c. butter/margarine and stir together with crushed crackers. Press into the bottom of a greased 13x9 pan. Bake at 350 for 8-10 min. Cool completely.

While the crust cools, melt remaining 1/2 c. butter in a small skillet. Stir in the brown sugar and cook for 3-5 min., until brown sugar is completely dissolved. Add sliced bananas and continue cooking another 3-5 min., until syrupy in consistency. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and nutmeg. Pour and spread evenly on top of crust. Let cool completely.

Whisk together pudding mix and milk according to pkg directions. Pour on top of the cooled bananas foster layer. Top with cool whip and refrigerate at least an hour before serving.

Our Review: Yummy! We shared this one with Grammy & Papa and everyone liked it very much!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Strawberry Upside Down Cake

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Strawberry Upside Down Cake

Yellow cake mix (and ingred. listed on pkg)
2 cups crushed strawberries (I used a potato masher)
6 oz. pkg of strawberry jello powder
3 cups mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350. Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray. Crush strawberries in a 13x9 pan with a potato masher, distribute evenly. Sprinkle jello powder over strawberries evenly. Add marshmallows to top. Mix cake mix as directed on package. Pour over marshmallows evenly. Bake for about 40-50 min. until toothpick in center comes out clean. The recipe calls to turn this out on a plate after 10 min. (to turn it right side up) but we just left it in the pan and served it out like that.

Our Review: This is excellent!!! Everyone had seconds and then the next day Brooke finished it off. I didn't even get a picture b/c it was all gone so quickly! Brooke even asked for this for her b-day instead of her normal ice cream cake from DQ! We served this warm...a scoop of ice cream or cool whip on top would be especially yummy!!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Strawberry Freezer Jam

This is the recipe from the Sure Jell packaging.

Strawberry Freezer Jam

2 cups mashed strawberries (with potato masher)
4 cups sugar
1 package Sure Jell Premium Fruit Pectin
3/4 cups water

Mash up the strawberries with a potato masher, leaving some small pieces of strawberry. Add sugar and stir, let sit for 10 min. In saucepan put Sure Jell and water together and bring to boil, boil for 1 minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add to strawberries. Stir for about 3 minutes. Pour mixture into freezer containers. Makes about 5 cups. Let sit on counter for 24 hours to set. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks or freeze for up to a year. Thaw in fridge.

Our Review: This is a memory from my childhood when my great grandma Koppes would always have this jam on hand. Yummy on biscuits, bread, pancakes, etc.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Crockpot Italian Chicken Alfredo

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Crockpot Italian Chicken Alfredo

4 (4oz) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup water
1 pkg dry italian-style salad dressing mix
1 clove garlic, pressed (I just used minced garlic)
1 (8 oz.) pkg cream cheese, softened
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can chopped canned mushrooms (optional, I did not use)
1 (8 oz) package spaghetti or fettucine noodles
1 T chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Spray crockpot with non-stick spray. Place chicken breasts in (I put mine in frozen). Combine Italian dressing mix and water in a small bowl and pour over chicken. Sprinkle with garlic, cover and cook on low for 4 hours.

After 4 hours, shred chicken Whisk softened cream cheese and cream of chicken soup together in a bowl. Pour over chicken, add mushrooms (optional) and stir. Cover and cook on low for 1 additional hour.

Cook noodles according to package directions and drain.

To serve, spoon chicken and sauce over hot cooked pasta and sprinkle with parsley (optional).

We served this with garlic bread sticks and a salad.

Our Review: This was great. I've tried a few different alfredo recipes and have been disappointed in each, this one is SO yummy! Definately will make this one again!