Thursday, January 29, 2009

Getting Over My Rant...

Sorry to subject you all to that...worked out my frustration and anger by cooking and baking. (Maybe I should change my name to Betty O'Crocker?) Thought everything turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. Nothing fancy, just playing around with some of my Tastefully Simple goodies. This stuff is so incredibly easy to work with and really makes me feel so creative in the kitchen!

Let's see what did I make...

Savory Wheat Beer Bread

This was so easy. There were 3 ingredients...the Savory Wheat Beer Bread mix, a 12 oz. bottle of beer, and 3 tbsp. of melted butter. Just whipped the mix and the beer quickly together, poured it in a loaf pan, poured the melted butter on top, and plopped it in the oven for 55 minutes. The house smelled fantastic!


Cheery Cherry Crisp Mix

I made things a bit more complicated with this item. Tried out the Chocolate Cherry Crisp recipe that was also printed on the box. Just this mix, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal, 6 tbsp. butter that was melted, and 2 tbsp. water.

I just opened the cherry filling mix and spread it in a greased baking dish. Covered that with the chocolate chips and followed that with the oatmeal and the dry crisp topping mix. Then I combined the melted butter and the water and drizzled that over the top of the oatmeal mixture.

Popped that delicious looking concoction into the oven and ended up eating almost all of that by myself! Wicked goodness, I tell you!


Cheesy Nacho Beef Hash Brown Casserole

I really went a bit crazy with this one. Just needed some comfort food. So, I used some ground beef and crumbled that on the bottom of a baking dish. Covered that with some Onion Onion Seasoning Blend,

some Garlic Garlic Seasoning Blend,

and some Seasoned Salt.

Then I covered that with some diced fresh onion, a can of Nacho Cheese Soup, some shredded Colby jack cheese, and frozen hash brown potatoes. Put that into the oven and baked it for an hour.

Can I just say that Bry ate two helpings! That girl loves her meat and potatoes!


I also made another dessert

Sliced Almond Bundt Cake With English Toffee Mocha Cream

Another really easy goodie. Just mixed the Absolutely Almond Pound Cake Mix

with 1 1/2 sticks of butter that was melted, a cup of water, and 1/2 of sliced almonds. Poured that into a bundt pan and baked it for 55 minutes.

While that was cooling, I mixed some whipped cream with some English Toffee Mocha mix.

Put a nice "plop" of that on top of a slice of the warm cake...

Maybe this isn't such a good idea for me to sell this stuff. I am going to gain too much weigh! Maybe I need to find a personal trainer for a client, then I can trade product for service?


Preppy 101 said...

I would love some of the Cherry Crisp!! Yummy!!!

Laura said...

Yum! i think I just blew my entire diet looking and reading about all these wonderful item! Loved the "O'Crocker" thing, too!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

My fave products are the Apple Cake, Choc Ugly Cake & the steak sauce.

Pink Lemonade and Peonies said...

This post is making me very hungry!

Jaina said...

And me in stage one of South Beach. Lol.

Toni :O) said...

I'm a Tastefully Simple Consultant too up here in Michigan! Signed on in September 2008! I LOVE the Absolutely Almond Pound Cake, Nana's Apple Cake, Potato Cheddar Soup mix, Lasagna soup mix, Garlic Garlic, the Beer Breads...YUMMO! I made the Cheery Cherry Crisp mix the way you did and it's SO good! I also LOVE that English Toffee Mocha Drink Mix...OMG..HEAVEN! I'm actually leaving for the Tastefully Simple Rev it Up Conference in Chicago TODAY...I'm SO excited. This business is awesome and I have five shows coming up...WOOT WOOT! Good luck in FL with your business and bon appetite! :O)