Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mike Wazowski Cookies - Monsters University Birthday

My little guy turned 4 recently, and he loves Monsters Inc and Monsters University. On his birthday, he helped me whip up a bunch of these Mike cookies. I would show you the Mike cake I made to go along with them, but I accidentally dropped it on the floor before the party. It was a tragedy. Thank goodness for local bakeries that already have cakes made and frosted.

Mike Wazowski Cookies

Green Candy Melts (or white with green food color)
Candy eyeballs (found with the baking supplies)

Just melt the chocolate, dip the oreos, and stick on an eyeball.

It's so easy, and a perfect recipe to let the kids help in the kitchen.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Caprese Pasta

Simple, delicious, and full of my favorite things. You just can't go wrong with Caprese anything. The combination of basil, tomato, and fresh mozzarella is always a treat to the tastebuds.

Caprese Pasta

1 lb rigatoni pasta
1 tsp kosher salt
1 TB olive oil
2 cups prego spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 ounces mozzarella
1 cup grape tomatoes
3-5 fresh basil leaves

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook pasta according to package in a large pot of water with salt. Once pasta is fully cooked, drain and drizzle with olive oil.
In a large pan warm spaghetti sauce over medium heat. One the sauce is heated, add in heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Once cheese is melted pour sauce over noodles.
Cut grape tomatoes in half and mozzarella in 1/2 inch cubes. Then combine the mozzarella (save about 1/4 cup) and tomatoes with the pasta. Pour into a 9x9 baking dish. Top with remaining cheese.
Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Top with fresh basil. 

*Found on I heart Naptime via Pinterest

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Yum

I had to bring a dessert to a dinner and I decided on this one. I knew it would be rich and decadent. The best part about this dessert is that a little goes a long way. It is rich and peanut buttery, but smooth and cool also. I ate some for lunch the next day and it was even better than the first day I made it. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Yum

Recipe from Taste of Home

20 Oreo cookies, divided
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
20 miniature peanut butter cups, chopped
1 cup cold milk
1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate fudge pudding mix


Crush 16 cookies; toss with the butter. Press into an ungreased 9-in. square dish; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter and 1 cup confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold in half of the whipped topping. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with peanut butter cups.
In another large bowl, beat the milk, pudding mix and remaining confectioners' sugar on low speed for 2 minutes Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in remaining whipped topping.
Spread over peanut butter cups. Crush remaining cookies; sprinkle over the top. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours. Yield: 12-16 servings.