OREO Cookies 'n Creme Cookies

These are most definitely one of my favorite cookies!

OREO Cookies 'n Creme Cookies
Adapted from {See Jane Cook}

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 pkg OREO Cookies 'n Creme pudding mix
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups white chocolate chips
12 OREO sandwich cookies, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F
In a mixer blend together butter and sugar
Stir in eggs and vanilla
Add flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt and mix until combined
Stir in white chocolate chips
Fold in chopped cookies
Use cookie scoop and place on an ungreased cookie sheet
Bake for 8-10 minutes

Three Cheese Lasagna Rolls

This is a yummy dinner that doesn't take much effort at all but looks impressive.

Three Cheese Lasagna Rolls

1 box lasagna noodles
1 (15oz) container ricotta cheese
2 cups mozzarella, shredded and divided
1/2 cup parmesan, grated
1 tsp garlic, minced
1/2 tsp oregano
2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
1 jar pasta sauce

In a large pot boil noodles according to package directions and drain
Preheat oven to 350°F
In a medium size bowl combine ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella and parmesan
Sprinkle in garlic, oregano, parsley and salt
Stir in egg and combine all ingredients completely
Take a lasagna noodle and spread approximately 2 Tbl of mixture the length of the noodle
Tightly roll up noodle and place in a greased 9x9 pan
Repeat until pan is full
Cover noodles with sauce and top with reserved 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese
Bake for 30 minutes

Peanut Butter Pound Cake

This recipe is from my grandmother.  She passed away last year and I had heard stories of this cake and my mom was kind enough to share it with me.  It was so good!  We loved it.  It would have only been better if I could have shared a piece with her.

Peanut Butter Pound Cake
Courtesy of {Mallie Shockley}

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 box yellow cake mix
1 small box vanilla instant pudding
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup water
1 Tbl vanilla

1/2 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 Tbl vanilla
1 box confectioners sugar
3-4 Tbl milk

Preheat oven to 350°F
In a large bowl blend butter and peanut butter together
Add the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water and vanilla
Batter will be thick
Place batter in a greased bundt pan smoothing the top
Bake for 50-60 minutes
Cool completely

For Icing
In a bowl blend together butter and peanut butter
Stir in vanilla and confectioners sugar
Icing will be thick
Add milk 1 Tbl at a time until desired consistency
You may add even more milk if necessary

Spread icing over cooled cake

Crockpot Chicken Gyros

A few years ago (ok...more than a few) my parents took me and my husband to their favorite little Italian place in Virginia and they recommended their Gyros.  It was my first time trying one, and since then I have been obsessed.  They are such a yummy fresh mix of flavors.  So I finally got brave and decided to make them at home.  Turns out they are not difficult to make at all!

Crockpot Chicken Gyros

3-4 Chicken Breasts
1 bottle Girard's Greek Feta Vinaigrette

Greek Pita Wraps

Suggested Toppings
Tzatziki Sauce
Sliced Cucumber
Diced Tomato
Red Onion
Black Olives
Sliced Romaine lettuce
Crumbled Feta Cheese

Tzatziki Sauce
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
2 heaping Tbl cucumber (peeled, seeded and shredded)
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp dried dill
1/4 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
pinch of black pepper

Place chicken and vinaigrette in the crockpot
Cook on high for 3 hours
Remove chicken and cut into chunks
Remove excess vinaigrette from crockpot reserving 2-3 Tbl
Return chicken to crockpot with reserved dressing
Keep crockpot on warm to serve

For the sauce
In a small bowl mix together all ingredients
Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve

For the gyro
On one side of the pita place chicken as desired
Place toppings of your choice on top of chicken
Fold over and serve

Lasagna Skillet

I love lasagna...but during the week I am too busy/lazy to make it.  So I decided to take all the flavors that I love in lasagna and make it an easy weekday dish to prepare!

Lasagna Skillet

1 lb ground beef
1 jar (approx 3 cups) pasta sauce
2 cups beef broth
2 heaping cups rotini pasta (or pasta of your choice)
1/3 cup cottage cheese (or ricotta)
2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided

In a large skillet brown ground beef until no longer pink and drain off excess fat
Add pasta sauce and beef broth
Bring to a  simmer and add dry pasta
Simmer for approx 20 minutes or until pasta is cooked as desired, stirring occasionally
Stir in cottage cheese and 1 cup mozzarella cheese
Sprinkle remaining 1 cup mozzarella on top
Allow cheese to melt and serve

Texas Sheet Cake

Here is another recipe from my childhood I fondly remember my mother making often.  Yep, I was a really lucky kid!

I always like a recipe (especially a dessert) that I usually already have all the ingredients for, and this is one of those.

Texas Sheet Cake
Recipe Courtesy of {Linda Sackett}

2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 Tbl butter
4 Tbl cocoa powder
1 cup water
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup butter (one stick)
4 Tbl cocoa powder
6 Tbl milk
1 lb (16 oz) box powdered sugar

1/2 cup pecans, for garnish

Preheat oven to 375°F
Grease a 18x13 sheet pan
In a large bowl stir together sugar, flour, salt and baking soda
In a pot bring butter, cocoa and water to a boil
Combine with flour mixture
Stir in eggs and sour cream
Pour onto sheet pan and bake for 20-25 minutes
While cake is baking, in a pot, slowly bring icing ingredients to a boil
After cake is done baking spread icing on cake while it is warm
Sprinkle pecans on top

Crockpot Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta

So I tried this new crockpot meal for our family and it got two thumbs up from even my pickiest eater.  I don't know about you, but that's how I know something is a keeper around here.

Crockpot Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta
Adapted from {Betty Crocker}

3 chicken breasts, thawed
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
8 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
3 cloves of garlic
1 pkg buttermilk ranch seasoning mix
pasta of your choice
green onion for garnish

Spray crockpot with nonstick spray
Place chicken in crockpot
Sprinkle paprika, salt and pepper over the chicken
In a bowl stir together soup, sour cream and milk
Then add to the mixture the bacon, garlic and ranch seasoning
Pour over chicken in the crockpot
Cook on high for 3 hours (4 if chicken is frozen)
Prepare desired pasta according to package directions
Remove chicken to shred or chop and then replace in crockpot with sauce
To serve, either toss with pasta or serve chicken and sauce over pasta
Garnish with green onion

Zuppa Toscana Soup

This is such a really delicious soup.  It has pretty simple prep but is big on flavor!

Zuppa Toscana Soup

1 lb ground Italian Sausage
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper (or to taste)
1 large onion, diced
6 slices bacon, diced
2 tsp garlic
5 tsp chicken bouillon
8 cups water
1 cup heavy cream
1 (15oz) can diced potatoes, drained
1/4 bunch kale, roughly chopped
Parmesan (for garnish)

In a large pot brown sausage and crushed red pepper until no longer pink
Remove sausage from pot and drain off fat
In the same pot, cook bacon, onion and garlic until onions are soft
Stir in chicken bouillon, water and cream and bring to a simmer
Add potatoes, sausage and kale
Cook for 15-20 minutes
Garnish with grated Parmesan

Crockpot Spaghetti Meat Sauce

I have a love/hate relationship with spaghetti sauce in a jar.  I love the convenience, but it is lacking in the taste department (at least the ones I have tried).  So imagine my excitement when I found a recipe to cook spaghetti sauce in the crockpot...genius!  It tasted so good, and even better, made my house smell amazing in the process.

Crockpot Spaghetti Meat Sauce
Adapted from {Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen}

1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves or 3 tsp garlic, minced
2 (14.5 oz) cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp basil
2 bay leaves
1 tsp salt
2 Tbl brown sugar
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

In a large skillet brown ground beef and drain
Add beef into the crockpot and all remaining ingredients
Stir together and cook on low for 8 hours