I'm a 20-something new mommy who recently left my gig in the science industry to become a SAHM. I'm enjoying every second of my life here in Ohio with my husband and my sweet baby girl. Come along for the ride!
In lieu of a formal Menu Monday post, I thought I would instead share with you some of the recipes I have made over the last few weeks. Be sure to stick around. There's dessert!
Probably the best meal I made was this 3 Meat Pizza Casserole. I fixed it when my sister was here and it's a good thing. Matt and I would've never finished it by ourselves. Well, maybe if we ate it all week. Which come to think of it would not have been a bad thing.
It says to use a 9 X 13 dish, which is what I did, and it was practically overflowing. In fact, when I came down from putting Natalie to bed I thought I smelled something burning in the oven and sure enough it had leaked all over the place. As an aside, hello family members that were sitting right there the whole time? Get with it! My house is practically catching on fire and you're just sitting there watching T.V.?
I did make a few changes to the recipe. I left out the ham because I'm more of a pepperoni and sausage only kind of girl. So technically I made a 2 Meat Pizza Casserole. Also, the recipe called for 1/2-1 lb. of pepperoni. I had an 8 oz. bag and didn't have nearly enough room to use all of it. The recipe instructed you to only put it on the top of the casserole. Next time I would use it all but also include more within the actual dish.
But y'all. This was fantastic. Not good for you by any means. Not at all. But if you're looking for a dish to feed to a hungry crowd, this would definitely do the trick. It could feed at least 8 no problem.
Next up, Bubble Up Enchiladas. These were also quite delicious. I have no idea why they are called enchiladas when they're made with biscuits and not tortillas...but hey...I didn't name the recipe so I just went with it. Fantastic. It's supposed to be all healthy but I didn't go that route. I used regular biscuits and ground beef. Oh yes I did.
I made some cupcakes for a former co-worker and decided on Annie's Cookies and Cream Cupcakes. I did sneak one before I gave them away and I'm so glad I did. The cream cheese icing was to die for. And the cake was so moist and yummy. Totally worth the 11 points. Yes. You read that right. I wasted 11 points on a freaking cupcake. It was that good.
Another main dish we tried was Chili & Cheese Macaroni. It was pretty good. Nothing blew me away about the dish...but worth a shot. I'm not sure I'd make it again but it was alright. Have I sold you on it yet?
When my sister was here I felt the urge to bake. Perhaps it was the bottle of champagne we were drinking? Or the wine we had later? Not sure. But I was taking requests. My BIL wanted something red velvet and cream filled. Hm. Strange combo I thought. But I remembered these beauties and whipped them right up.
These Red Velvet Whoopie Pies were fantastic. They were also 11 points but I think I made them too big. You definitely could make them smaller for less of a diet buster. Next time I think I will add some milk to the icing though. It was way too think to use in a pastry bag and pipe on to make it look pretty. But this wasn't a "let's make something that looks pretty" occasion. It was more of a "let's make something that tastes delicious and sugary" occasion. Done.
Lastly, I threw together some Chunky Peanut Butter Cookies the other day for a friend. We were finally able to get over to see her beautiful baby girl and I didn't want to show up empty handed. I decided on these as my darling husband gave me zero notice (as in maybe 3 hours beforehand) and it was the only recipe I could find where I had all of the ingredients. I thought they were super yummy and I would definitely make them again. In fact, I'm wishing I would've saved myself some. Hm. Fail.