Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Creamy Center Cupcakes

1 pkg. devil’s food (or your choice flavor) cake mix
¾ cup shortening
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 cup marshmallow crème
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cans chocolate frosting

Prepare and bake cake according to pkg. directions for cupcakes, using paper-lined cups. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add marshmallow crème and vanilla; mix well. Insert a very small pastry tip into a pastry or plastic bag; fill with cream filling. Insert tip halfway into the center of each cupcake and fill with a small amount. Frost with chocolate (or choice) frosting. Yield 2 dozen

***Use chocolate cake mix to get homemade HoHo’s
***Use yellow cake mix to get homemade Twinkies.
***I use my Pampered Chef Easy Decorator, using the slanted pointed tip. Also it will not take a full squeeze of the trigger to fill the cupcakes with filling.
***You want to hold each cupcake as you fill them with filling to “feel” the amount of filling in each one.

Jello Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
1 3oz. pkg. DRY jello (I usually use a red, or orange or yellow)
3/4 cup water
4 eggs
3/4 cup canola oil

Beat first 4 ingredients together about 4 minutes. Add oil and beat one more minute. Grease lightly a bundt pan.Bake at 350° about 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

**I make the color of the cake to match either a holiday or season. Like for Valentine's Day, I make a red one. For Fall, I make an orange one. You can even drizzle a powdered sugar and water or orange juice glaze on the cake but personally I think that it makes the cake too sweet and it also makes to difficult to slice and freeze. However, having a slice with a scoop of ice cream makes a very nice treat!**

Monday, September 17, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

**This is just a plan and plans have the ability to change at the cook's discretion! Last week's menus seemed to go off without too much changing around! Granted I didn't have too many dinner meals that I had to cook for as it was a big birthday week at our house. As for this week, dh is tired of pork(other than leftovers this week) so it is either beef or chicken all week for dinners! We have another birthday this week but I am cooking birthday boy's favorite meal rather than hitting up a restauraut. Lunches listed below are for the kids and I, dh's lunches are not included as he normally will just take what leftovers are available. A special thanks to Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday!**

Breakfast: pancakes, eggs, bacon and hashbrowns
Lunch: pizza rolls and chips
Dinner: Wendy's (Kids Christmas musical practice and AWANA in one night around the dinner hour tends to make it difficult to cook. Hopefully I can utilize my crockpot so that we are not eating out every Sunday night between now and Dec. 2nd!)
Snack: sandwiches between practice and AWANA

Breakfast: cream of wheat or cold cereal, banana muffins, milk
Lunch: sandwiches, leftover boiled potato made into fried pototoes
Dinner:Skillet Salisbury Steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, and homemade bread
Snack: popsicles

Breakfast: waffles, fruit
Lunch: leftovers(pork chops and rice)
Dinner: Oven Fried Chicken, Augratin Potatoes(adding cheese to the recipe), peas
Snack:"snack basket"

Breakfast: bagels, fruit and go-gurt
Lunch: leftover Pizza Hut pizza
Dinner: Chicken club sandwiches, fries, corn
Snack: "snack basket"

Thursday(9-20) HAPPY 9th BIRTHDAY D!!
Breakfast: french toast and sausage
Lunch: hot dogs or sandwiches, chips
Dinner: spaghetti and garlic toast(for the kids, dh and I have a dinner/meeting at church)
Snack: cake and ice cream

Breakfast: cereal and toast
Lunch: chicken nuggets, chips
Dinner: grilled lemon pepper chicken, rice, corn, and rolls
Snack: homemade chocolate shakes

Breakfast: "Cook's Choice"
Lunch: not sure what the weekend lunch will hold! :-)
Dinner: (@friends') burgers, hotdogs, shrimp, chips, and veggie tray
Snack: popcorn

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Singing Sunday

Sweetly Broken
Artist:Jeremy Riddle

To the cross I look, to the cross I cling
Of its suffering I do drink
Of its work I do sing
For on it my Savior both bruised and crushed
Showed that God is love
And God is just

At the cross You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees,
and I am Lost for words, so lost in love,
I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered

What a priceless gift, undeserved life
Have I been given
Through Christ crucified
You’ve called me out of death
You’ve called me into life
And I was under Your wrath
Now through the cross
I’m reconciled

At the cross You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees,
and I am Lost for words, so lost in love,
I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered

In awe of the cross
I must confess
How wondrous
Your redeeming love and
How great is Your faithfulness

(2x’s) Chorus