Friday, January 23, 2015

Boston Cream Pie Trifle



My brothers birthday was Jan 2nd but we were out of town oh yeah and he lives out of state ;) but he came for a visit! He loves Boston Cream Pie it is one of his all time favorite desserts so I knew I needed to make it for his birthday dinner we were doing for him. I saw this recipe
  http://www.chef-in-training.com/2014/07/boston-cream-pie-trifle/ 
and I knew this would be perfect for him same thing he loves just in a different form. 
It was super easy to make and it tastes Delicious!!! I will be making this again for sure!

Ingredients:
1 box of Yellow Cake mix and the ingredients it calls for!

Cream Filling Ingredients:
1 cup of Sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp of Corn Starch
3 cups of Whole Milk
9 Egg Yolks
2 Tsp of Vanilla
1 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream Whipped

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients:
2 cups of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
3/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Directions:

1. Make the Cake as package directs. Pour batter into a sprayed cookie sheet I used my sheet cake pan which worked perfect! Bake on 350 degrees for 16-20 minutes or until the cake springs back when you touch it. Set aside to cool and make your cream filling.

Cream Filling Directions:
1. Separate egg yolks in a small bowl. In a large saucepan over medium heat, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and milk. Stir constantly until the mixture begins to thicken, it usually will take about 5-7 minutes. Temper eggs with 1/2 cup of milk mixture. Slowly add the egg mixture back into the saucepan, stirring rapidly as you do. Cook for an additional minute. Remove from hear and stir in the vanilla. Transfer to a bowl and cool completely in the refrigerator for 2-3 hrs. Once cooled, gently fold in the whipped cream and return to the refrigerator while you do the next two steps.


You can now cut your cake into bite sized cubes and set aside.

Chocolate Ganache Directions:

1. In a microwave safe bowl melt the chocolate chips and heavy cream. Stir and set aside.

Assembly Directions:
1.Place 1/3 of the cake cubes in the bottom of a trifle bowl.
2.Spoon 1/3 of the pastry cream over the cake cubes.
3.Carefully drizzle 1/3 of the chocolate ganache over the pastry cream.
4. Repeat for two more layers.
5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hr before serving!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Serenity's Class Cupcakes

Today we brought cupcakes to class for Serenity's birthday. Her birthday was last week but we were in Disney World. She decided to stick with the Disney theme and we did Mickey Mouse birthday cupcakes. These are home made funfetti cupcakes with Chocolate butter cream frosting. The Mickey Mouses are made out of chocolate candy melts!! I put more sprinkles on the frosting to make them birthdayish!! 


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Doctored up Pinto Beans

Happy 2015! Another year flew by. We got to spend the New Year in Disney World. It was really nice but we all got the flu :( We just got back into town and my boyfriend was ready for a home cooked meal. I'm still feeling tired as I'm still taking medicine and I have so much to do around the house to get back on track...so I decided to do Pinto beans and cornbread and Dorito taco salad. Our favorite pinto beans are just doctored up from the can. One of my good friends Samantha taught me how to make these and we all love them.

Here's what you need:
Olive Oil
1 Onion
2 tomatoes
Big can of Pinto beans
Pinto bean seasoning
Gaelic Powder
Salt Pork

 First you need to chop your onion and Saute it until soft in olive oil this will take about 7 minutes. While you are waiting for the onion to soften chop your tomatoes.
 Next, you will add your chopped tomatoes and keep cooking for a minute or two.
 After that you will add the beans and salted pork. I put about 2 tsp of garlic powder and about 3-4 tbsp of Pinto bean seasoning!  Simmer for at least 30 minutes I always simmer for 2-3 hrs.
 I always add about a tbsp of pickled jalapeƱo juice too I add it around the last 20 minutes....if your not going to cook that long you can add this when you add the beans and the seasonings.
 We ate our beans over cornbread!!! These are always yummy!!!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Super Bowl 2014

We had a great Super bowl Sunday. We did just a small little get together with our neighbors and had a great time. It's too bad the Broncos lost and didn't really do much at all :(  The kids had fun playing on the Wii and coloring ....they weren't much into this whole super bowl thing which actually surprised me a bit since they really like watching the games with daddy....maybe because it was not the Cowboys so they weren't into it. 

 At the last minute I saw some snackadiums on pinterest and thought sure why not Ill do one but just a simple one. It wasn't much but I'm glad I did it because this is what I placed in the living room and it made a nice center piece. I did one a few years ago for Sele's Birthday party which was way more work than this one but like I said I wasn't actually planning to do one :)Very Last minute idea but came in handy!
 I made a pizza dip for the center just doubled my recipe. Then I put chips on all the sides and 4 more little dips on the corners. I put some of the queso on one corner,salsa on one corner, french onion dip on one corner, then Sele made some awesome Guaco and we put that in the last corner. I used almost 4 12 packs of soda for the outside. I had a few leftover so we just kept them in the kitchen. :)
Our neighbor Jenn brought over these amazing Buffalo wing sliders. These were soooo good.
Of course I had to make the Buffalo wing dip. This is a super easy dip but a must have at sports events. I just use a pack of softened cream cheese and spread on the bottom of a pie plate. I then get my cooked chicken and shred it which I do in my Kitchen Aid Mixer which makes it sooo easy. I throw that on top of the cream cheese pour some Blue Cheese dressing over the chicken ( you can also use Ranch dressing instead of Blue Cheese) Pour hot sauce or wing sauce on top of that and just top with shredded cheese. I bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes. Always such a big hit. 
The queso! I used a whole block of Velveeta cheese chopped it into small pieces and put a can and a half of Rotel Tomatoes in and microwaved it. I always start at a minute and a half than stir then go down to just a minute and stir and continue till its all melted. When it was all melted I moved it to my crock pot. I also put some in the corner of my snackadium :)
My chili.
 http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Boilermaker-Tailgate-Chili
I used that recipe but of course made a few changes. I always cook it the night before. It makes it taste sooo much better. 
I did my crock pot hot dogs. Yummy!!! As you see I'm still supporting my Cowboys!! We will make it to the Super bowl soon!!
Our Dessert Table!
My cupcake cake :) I made two dozen Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes. Super Yummy!!!
Football Brownies. I made a batch of brownies and cut them out and then just did the little decoration on them.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Best-Brownies
I used that recipe but doubled it!
I bought a cake on Saturday because I didn't actually know if I was going to have time to make any dessert. I had a super busy weekend. In the end I did make two desserts but can you ever go wrong with more dessert???

I also made cornbread which for some reason I did not get a picture of it and we ordered wings from Wing Stop!! My love always needs his wings. It was a great night with family and friends. 




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

30 day WalMart Challenge

I'm in for another challenge...a challenge I created for myself. I'm having so much fun with my other challenges :) I figured out I spend way too much money when I go to Walmart and I go way too often. I mean you go in for one thing and you see all this other stuff that you just "need" and you get it. I don't know how people go in just for one thing and come out with just one thing go them!! That's not me though :( I decided when I was in line the last time which was Friday Jan 17th I need to not come here for a while and I bet I would save money :) That's how my 30 Walmart Challenge came to be.  So there it is we will see if I can stick with this challenge as well. As of today I'm on my 5th day without Walmart. I'm very proud of myself ;) I know this is not something that I had to post but I figured it would make me stick with it more since I'm posting it and more people will know about it ;) 


I did it!!!! I actually did it more than just 30 days!! Im sooo proud of myself hehe. I did notice I made a few more trips to Target blahh but I think we saved some money and I sure saved time! Febuary 27th is when I broke my challenge and I went! It was crazy its like just in the time I was gone they got soooo much new stuff. I'm going to not go again for about a month just because I know I can do it now. We will see. I'm just so happy I stuck with one of my challenges.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Year New body???

Hey! Happy 2014!! I hope everyone had a great Christmas season. Its a new year and of course a big thing I have been wanting to do is loose this baby weight...my "baby" is 3 yrs old :) My girls were so easy on my body but my baby boy that's a different story it took me till this last October to finally get the scale to move but that was good because I was starting to think the scale would never move. :( I did so good during the Holidays. The last week for some reason the weight just keep going up and I don't like that and I don't know why?!?! I'm not eating out as much, I'm working out more and I'm drinking more water so wouldn't that be the perfect recipe for loosing weight :(  I think its stress again though blahhhh now its back to normal life no happy holidays hehe. Anyways to hopefully kick start my butt back into gear I joined a dietbet :) and I'm doing the 90 day FREE challenge on https://www.facebook.com/BikiniBodyMommy . It is HARD people and I'm only on my 2nd day but who knows maybe I will finish it and maybe it will help me loose weight I'm hoping. I'm back on http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ tracking everything again too. I hope all of this will help me. I would like to say for the past 2 days Ive been doing a drastic eating thing and I don't like it at all. Its making me cranky haha so I think I might need to not be soooo drastic on the food I mean come on I love my food :) I'm going to use this to update you guys how I'm doing with everything and hopefully this will be the year that I can get to my goal weight :) I do have good reasoning behind this all too. I want to be healthy and have more energy and another big reason I want to be in pictures with my family my sweet kids and boyfriend look perfect in all the pictures duhh....because they are and I look like flubber haha :) 

Here's to the new year and hopefully reaching our goals for this year. Happy 2014. 

By the way......another big goal of mine is to post more which I think Ive been saying that for the past few years but again hopefully this will be the year :)


My biggest goal of all is to be a better mother and person in general. I want to do way more with and for my kids and do more family stuff :) 

Thanks for reading ♥




Day 15: This is a day I didn't do the workout and I ate sooo bad :(  Other than that so far I have done all the workouts and ate well... better than I normally do ;) 

I finished my Diet Bet and I made it :) That's a good thing I'm very Happy. I like this Diet Bet thing it puts my butt into gear. I've only done it twice but both times I've made my Goal! Go me :)


Update: Its March 3rd and I have been out of my Bikini Body Mommy challenge for a while now. :( I did about a month which is still very good for me but no where near 90 days. I'm still working out so hopefully I will get to my goal weight soon. I'm 6 pounds away now!!! :)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Smurfs Movie Night

I was born in Belgium so Smurfs are BIG to me :) We never did anything or even watched the whole Smurfs fully. So I knew we had to make an event out of Smurfs 2 coming out :) So we did. We went to build a bear the day before the movie came out and both the kids made a smurf....Serenity named hers (Smurfette) Kitty. Tru named his (Papa Smurf) Egg yep Egg :) Then we went home and got ready for our Movie night to watch the Smurfs :)

 We just did two fun eats :) For this movie since we had a regular dinner. 

 Smurf Cupcakes :) 
Smurf Punch
Sprite and a drop or two of Blue food coloring then I put a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream in each cup. I topped it with some Spray Cool whip and a Fresh Cherry. We used Blue fun straws just to make a little more fun. 
 Here is my Tired Serenity with her cupcake and Kitty :)
Here is Tru with his cupcake and and his Egg :) 

The next day we went nice and early to see the Smurfs 2. They were giving out lots of fun free stuff. The kids got Smurf posters,coloring pages,and cute Smurf tattoos. They got their little fun packs with a smurf cup and straw and popcorn and a small candy. We had a fun couple of days :)