Friday, January 29, 2010

Cream Cheese Chicken

Thank you to Kelly for the recipe!

This was my win for yesterday. I had it all planned out to have a nice dinner waiting after I went to pick up Patrick from work... but of course his work had other plans and so he ended up eating his out of a tupperware container sitting in the parking lot and dear daughter smeared it all over her tray. I loved it though, and Patrick thought it was fantastic as well. The more sauce you glob on it when you eat it the better because it's SO good!

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I just used a pack because who sells packs of 4?)
2 tablespoons butter melted
1 can cream of chicken soup
8oz cream cheese cut into cubes (I didn't cut it because I was in a hurry, and it was fine)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1 dash paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

Wash and dry chicken breasts and place them evenly in crock pot. Sprinkle paprika and package of ranch dressing mix over chicken. Drizzle chicken with 1 tablespoon butter. Cover and cook on low for 4 hrs. Melt remaining butter in saucepan, add garlic and saute. Add cream cheese, chicken soup, chicken broth, oregano and parsley stir until smooth on medium heat. Pour over chicken, cover, and continue to cook on low for 1.5-2hrs.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cupcake Brownies

So I wanted brownies, but yet I wanted something cute like cupcakes. So voila, an idea popped into my head. It's nothing original. I googled and found a million recipes but didn't really have time to make them from scratch yesterday (I know, shame on me). After a lot of finger crossing I actually got it right-and on the first try!

What I did was get the yummiest looking box of brownies the store had to offer... hey what can I say, I'm a sucker for packaging and it showed Hershey's syrup on the box... as well as a claim that the brownies are bigger! So Betty Crocker was the winner.
I split it up between 12 cupcake liners and baked it at 300 degrees for 45 minutes, until a toothpick came out crummy but not runny.
As for the frosting, I saw a picture of really pretty brownies and knew I could recreate it... so I grabbed some chocolate buttercream, stuck it in my Pampered Chef accent decorator tool, it was done. I was going to put mini M&M's on them-I did it with two but didn't like how they looked.
Maya was my little taste tester before the frosting. I honestly don't know what she thought of it, she gave me some funny looks (though she's never had a brownie before) but she ate the whole thing!
Sugar daze... then we put her to bed :)