Beef & Cabbage Soup

Sunday, October 23, 2016

My husband has dinner duty every once in awhile and I love not having to come up with dinner. I get burned out more often than I care to admit trying to feed everyone day in and day out and keep it interesting. So when he offers to make dinner, I happily agree.  He is a great cook in his own right, and this soup was awesome. Homey and satisfying on a cold autumn  night.

Beef & Cabbage Soup
1 pound ground beef
1/2 large onion, chopped
5 cups chopped cabbage
1 (16 ounce) can cannelini beans,
3 cups water
1 can rotel tomatoes, undrained
4 beef bouillon cubes
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium high heat.
Add ground beef and onion, and cook until beef is well browned and crumbled. Drain fat, and transfer beef to a slow cooker.
Add cabbage, cannelini beans, water, tomatoes, beef bouillon, cumin,garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir to dissolve bouillon, and cover.

Simmer over medium high heat for about an hour and a half. Stir occasionally.

Chocolate Cream Cake

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Have you ever had a recipe that you request over an over, and cannot get enough of? This cake is one of those recipes for me. My nana made this cake for as long as I can remember for birthdays. Every year this is the birthday cake of choice. Nothing fancy. Most of the time not even a candle. Just the cake, sitting on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator, waiting to be devoured ! I must admit that I cheat. I do not make the chocolate cake homemade. It is semi homemade. From a box. but the frosting is what makes the cake, so I don't mind the cake part. I use a good devil's food cake and it is the best cake . Perfect for all occasions!

Swiss Chocolate Cake

1 box devil's food cake mix
1 box vanilla instant pudding
3/4 cup oil
1 c milk
4 eggs

Mix ingredients together and beat well. Pour into two greased and floured cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-38 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.When slightly cooled, turn onto a cooling rack and cool cake completely.

1 8oz cream cheese, softened
1 c powdered sugar
1/2 c granulated sugar
12 oz container of cool whip
3 Hershey bars, shaved ( I use Dark)

Mix all together well. Place one cake on a plate and cover with icing. Place second cake on top and frost the rest of the cake. Keep refrigerated.

Caramel Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Saturday, October 8, 2016

These cookies are easy to make from a boxed cake mix. I have been making these for a few years

now and they are a hit with everyone who tries them. You can mix up the flavor of Hershey Kisses

and the sugars that the cookies are dipped in before baking. These I chose pumpkin spice sugar and

caramel Hershey Kisses. You could also use Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses and regular granulated

sugar. Lots of options!

Caramel  Pumpkin Spice Cookies

1 box Spice Cake Mix

1/3 c vegetable or canola oil

2 eggs

Pumpkin Spice Sugar ( recipe follows)

Caramel Hershey Kisses

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.

2. In a medium  mixing bowl, mix together the cake mix, oil and eggs  until completely blended.

3.Roll into quarter sized balls. Roll each ball into the pumpkin spice sugar and place on the cookie

sheet. Slightly flatten each cookie with the bottom of a glass.

4.Bake at 350 degrees for 10-11 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about a minute. Place a

Hersheys Kiss on top of each cookie. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack to let cool.

Pumpkin Spice Sugar

1/2 c granulated sugar

1 T pumpkin pie spice

Mix the sugar and the pumpkin pie spice in a bowl.