Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Apple Toffee Dip

This is one of my favorite fruit dips of all time. It is so delicious. I could easily eat it with a spoon! I love that it's easy to throw together too. I made it for a get together I had, and someone accidentally dipped a chip in it and ate it. I laughed and said it was an apple dip, but they kept eating it with chips. So there you go... it's so good you can dip anything in it!

Apple Toffee Dip


2 - 8oz cream cheese (softened)
3/4 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 pkg heath toffee bits with chocolate

Mix everything together and refrigerate until firm. Serve with apple slices!


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Chicken Artichoke Casserole

My sister likes to send me recipe cards she finds out of magazines, and I can never resist trying them out. This recipe came from a Taste of Home magazine, and I was a tiny bit hesitant to try it just because I wasn't sure I wanted an artichoke dip flavor for a casserole dinner. I don't know, it seemed weird to me. I'm glad I decided to give it a try because it was delicious and my family slicked it right up. Yum.

Chicken Artichoke Casserole

2 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained, and chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup milk (2 %)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup onion and garlic salad croutons, coarsely crushed

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the chicken, artichokes, soup, cheese, mayo, milk, garlic, onion powder, and pepper. Drain pasta; add to chicken mixture.
Transfer to a greased 2 qt baking dish. Sprinkle with crushed croutons. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes or until heated through.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

Another hopelessly bad picture, but at least there is a picture. I think this was leftover lunch the day after we had it. I make a lot of dishes and simply forget to snap a picture, so at least I remembered the next day with this one. It turned out to be a great dinner that was simple and a fun twist on regular spaghetti. My kids love spaghetti so I try to find different dishes that incorporate the same basic ingredients. This was another Pinterest find. Love that site!

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti

12 oz spaghetti
1 (28 ounce) jar prepared spaghetti sauce
1 lb lean ground beef
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 clove garlic, minced
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
In a skillet, brown the ground beef until cooked through; drain fat and stir in spaghetti sauce.  Set aside.
Cook spaghetti according to directions on packet.  Drain and place cooked spaghetti in bowl.  Add cream cheese, Italian Seasoning and minced garlic.  Stir until cream cheese is melted and the spaghetti is thoroughly coated. 
Lightly grease a 9x13" pan.  Spread a small amount of meat sauce in the bottom of the dish.  Put spaghetti on top of sauce and top with remaining meat sauce.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
Bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly.