Monday, June 21, 2010

Chocolate and Cheese Tunnel Cake

I made this dessert for Father's Day. We are HUGE cheesecake lovers and I thought this was a nice twist on it. I copied straight from my email and now I don't remember where I saw the original recipe. The pictures came with the original recipe. Hope you enjoy!!

Chocolate and Cheese Tunnel Cake

1 cake mix, two-layer chocolate with pudding (I don't see why you couldn't use any flavor cake you'd like-I went with the chocolate this time but may try something else the next time around!)
1/3 c butter
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp butter, melted
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate
2 tsp corn syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, substituting butter for oil; reserve 1 cup of batter.
Pour remaining batter into a 12 cup greased and floured fluted tube pan.
Combine cream cheese and sugar, mixing well at medium speed on an electric mixer until well blended; blend in eggs, one at a time.
Pour over batter in the pan; spoon reserved batter over cream cheese mixture and bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes; remove to a wire rack.
Combine melted butter, chocolate and corn syrup in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat until chocolate is melted.
Pour over cooled cake.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Corn dog muffins

This is lunch for today. I got this recipe from a Relief Society meeting. They showed a bunch of camping type recipes that kids could help with. These were really good and everyone seemed to like them!! So I figured I'd give them a shot today. The boys have a friend over and so I whipped these little gems up!

Corn Dog Mini Muffins

1 pkg golden corn muffin mix
1/3 C +1tbsp milk
cooked hot dogs

Mix corn dog mix as directed on package.
Once the hot dogs are cooked, cut into thirds (I ended up cutting my last one into quarters).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Using a mini muffin pan spray and then put a coating of flour in each of the holes.
Fill each hole about 1/3 full. Place a hot dog piece vertically in each muffin.
Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly before removing from pan or they'll break apart.


Funeral Potates

I had honestly never heard of funeral potatoes until we moved to Utah. Apparently this dish is something people take for the meal after a funeral (hince the name). If you've heard of it and you don't live in UT, well then you get out more than I do! :) But after living in Ut for 4 years I'd never even tried them, much less tried to make them. So I figured now was a good time to try it. I'm ssssooo glad that I did. This is a really good meal. Most traditional versions of this meal do not include the meat or the veggies. I wanted to add some substance to it and make it the main dish. The pepperoni for us was a big hit, but you could absolutely change it for whatever your family likes. Isn't that what this recipe thing is all about anyway? Make how you like it. We loved it and plan on making it again in the near future!!!

Funeral Potatoes

6 c. frozen grated potatoes (I used a mixture of fresh cut potatoes and frozen ones)
½ c. margarine
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 pkg turkey pepperoni
1/2 bag frozen peas
1 ½ c grated cheddar cheese
¼ c very finely chopped onion
2 c sour cream
¾ c corn flakes
¼ c melted butter

Mix ingredients in bowl and transfer to a casserole dish. I placed everything in the bowl except pepperoni and then placed half the mixture into dish, topped with pepperoni and then topped off with rest of mixture.
Mix cornflakes/crakers and melted butter, sprinkle over top.
Bake, covered with foil @ 350 for 45 min, uncovering last 15 min. (i cooked mine for 40 minutes covered and then 15 covered-ovens will vary, so just keep and eye on it)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


i wanted to apologize for my absence lately. morning sickness has taken a big hold on me and i'm not doing much cooking. because of this pregnancy i'm now completely lactose intolerant and it's horrible because one of my favorite foods is cheese. i'm looking forward to not being sick anymore!

so please bear with me as I hope to soon have some more recipes for ya!!!
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