Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sick of the Snow? Make a Snowball Cake.

I made this Snowball Cake for Christmas dinner. It is sooooo good and really lovely. And did I mention that it is so simple to make. Seriously, even the cooking challenged could make this cake! Ha! :)

So many of my friends in CT. are sick of the snow and so I figured they could make this Snowball Cake and maybe not hate it so much. I love the snow and it figures that I moved back home to PA. and then it snows a ton in CT.

So, first you mix a Devil's Food Cake according to the directions. I mix this in a glass mixing bowl and this is what I bake it in too. Make sure you have a bowl that you are able to put in the oven.

Next, mix together one block of 8-0z cream cheese and 1 egg and 2 tbsp. of sugar.

Then plop (yep, that's exactly what you do) it right in the center of the cake mixture and then put the bowl in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour and 5 minutes.

After baking take out of the oven and cool for about 10 minutes or so

and then turn over inverted and empty onto a wire rack. Let the cake cool completely.

For the icing, mix 1 package of Vanilla Instant Pudding, 1/4 cup of Powdered Sugar and 1 cup of milk. Stir in 2 cups of Cool Whip.

Once the cake has cooled completely, ice the cake and then sprinkle white coconut all over the cake. I probably used more than what was called for, but I think it looks so pretty with all of the coconut on top and on the platter too.

Beautiful right? Now, the snow is not so bad right. Make this cake and the snow will not seem so bad anymore. :)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Mac & Cheese in the Crock Pot

I love, love LOVE Macaroni & Cheese. No seriously, I really, really love Macaroni & Cheese. I have always loved it since I was a little girl. In fact, until two years ago, I've had homemade Baked Macaroni & Cheese every year for my birthday since I was about 7 probably. I can eat Macaroni & Cheese from the blue box, from the yellow box, at a restaurant, at home (okay, I am starting to sound like a Dr. Seuss story. Ha!) or anywhere. I really love the stuff. It is my FAVORITE!!!!! OMG! fab-u-lous. If it is on the menu at a restaurant then guaranteed I am trying it!

About three years ago my mom started making this Macaroni & Cheese for picnics and it is to die for! And the best part is that is made in a crock pot! How cool is that? You add everything together and that's it! Presto, a couple of hours later and it's done!

Here's what's in it:

You first cook 7 ounces of macaroni on the stove and then add to a crock pot.

Then you take 1 cup of sour cream,

and then 2 cups of small curd cottage cheese,

and 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.

Mix that all together with 3/4 tsp. of salt, 1/4 tsp. of garlic salt, 1/4 tsp. of pepper and then let it cook. That's it! OMG!!! It is so stinkin' good. It is creamy and gooey and cheesy. Mmmmmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. If your family and kids love Macaroni & Cheese then you've got to make this one because they will LOVE it!