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September 2, 2014

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

You all know I love a good slow cooker recipe. They are great in the summer because it gets too hot to turn the oven on and during the school year they are perfect because you come home to a finished dinner! I posted this Italian beef recipe years ago and it was one of the first recipes I ever shared here on Poofy Cheeks. I figured it could use an update!

Whenever I put these on to cook the smell is mouthwatering!

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe::

Ingredients

  • Roast (3-3.5 lbs.)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • Italian Seasoning packet
  • Minced garlic
  • 6-8 Pepperoncini (from a jar)
  • 1/2 cup pepperoncini juice
  • Buns
  • Mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • Chop the onions and green peppers.
  • Layer the ingredients into the slow cooker. Put the roast in first then add onion, green pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic, pepperoncini, and then add the juice over top. I cook mine on high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-8.
  • Shred the meat and serve on a bun with cheese. Get real fancy and use toasted buns – yumm!!!

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwich Recipe

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September 1, 2014

Seasoned Roasted Potatoes

Yay! I’m back to blogging! After taking most of August off from blogging I am so happy to be blogging again. The past month has been a whirlwind! We found out that my husband got a new job at the beginning of the month with the Florida Wildlife Commission and he would have to go away for an 8 week training starting August 25th. After his training is done we have to move to another county and since I couldn’t move everything by myself we decided to put all of our belongings in a storage unit and the kids and I would stay with my parents while he was gone. In the midst of moving and getting Mike off to his training the two oldest boys started school and we bought a new car. I am now  a member of the mini van club because the jeep we had only fit five people and we are now a family of six!

Throughout the whirlwind Mike had to prepare himself for the eight week training and physical training he was about to endure. He was running a little over three miles every other day and trying his best to fill his diet with more fruits and vegetables. We started eating a lot of sweet potatoes and fruit salads as our sides with dinner.


Seasoned Roasted Potatoes

I came up with a savory way to make roasted potatoes using red and sweet potatoes and it became one of our favorite summer side dishes.

Seasoned Roasted Potatoes

Seasoned Roasted Potato Recipe

Ingredients::

  • 1-2 sweet potatoes – peeled
  • 5-6 red potatoes
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Italian Dressing Seasoning Packet

Directions:

  • Cut potatoes into 1/4-1/2 inch slices and toss in a medium bowl with olive oil and half of the contents of an Italian Dressing seasoning packet.
  • Place the potatoes in a baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 35-45 minutes. When potatoes are fork tender they are ready.

Notes-

  • I used the Good Seasons brand of Italian dressing seasoning.
  • This dish is very versatile. A few times we used sweet potatoes and asparagus so feel free to switch things up!

Seasoned Roasted Potatoes

Seasoned Roasted Potatoes

What are some of your families favorite side dishes?
 
Enjoy,

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August 27, 2014

Party Like It's Your Birthday Giveaway - $950 in Prizes

Ready to party like it's your birthday? It's a special day today! We're celebrating blogger birthdays this week with The Cards We Drew and we've rounded up a great group of bloggers and vendors to throw the ultimate birthday bash and party like it's YOUR birthday! We're giving away over $950 worth of prizes for three lucky winner (U.S. residents only--sorry). You can enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below, but first check out the great prizes and bloggers involved and please be sure to read the fine print!

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July 31, 2014

Homemade Cannoli Filling



My first job was a waitress at an Italian restaurant where I was introduced to desserts such as Tiramisu and the Cannoli. I can’t leave an Italian restaurant these days without ordering one or the other. A few months ago a new pizza and wings place opened up down the road from our house and we found ourselves eating there once a week during my pregnancy. Each visit would end with me ordering a cannoli to go. Their cannolis are so amazing.
Fast forward to today and I am not making very many trips out because I haven’t quite figured out how to balance all four kids at a restaurant yet. There are too many kids saying ‘mommy’ or crying and I get overwhelmed. I had not forgotten about all those cannolis though – and I had been craving them like crazy! I figured there had to be a cheaper and easier way to get my cannoli fix so I decided to test out my own idea for a cannoli filling using Coffee Mate French Vanilla creamer and it turned out so yummy.

Homemade Cannoli Filling

I took a poll on the Poofy Cheeks facebook page to see which recipe I should share (tiramisu or cannoli) and cannoli won! I used Coffee Mate French Vanilla creamer which kept the recipe down to four ingredients and added the perfect amount of classic vanilla flavor.

Homemade Cannoli Filling - only four ingredients

Homemade Cannoli Filling:
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1/2 cup Coffee Mate French Vanilla creamer
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions:
  • In a medium bowl add ricotta cheese and whip with a spatula until it is smooth and creamy.
  • Stir in powdered sugar and Coffee Mate French Vanilla until well blended.
  • Add chocolate chips and stir.
***I then put the filling into a pastry bag and snipped the end to easily fill the cannoli shells. I bought the cannoli shells at my local Publix bakery for $.60 each.

Homemade Cannoli Filling - only four ingredients

Homemade Cannoli Filling - only four ingredients

With only four ingredients you can’t go wrong with this recipe – plus it saves so much money over buying them at a restaurant!

Homemade Cannoli Filling - only four ingredients

Homemade Cannoli Filling - only four ingredients

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July 29, 2014

Confetti Cupcake in a Mug

I’m a cupcake girl – I could eat cupcakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I would pass up a chocolate bar or slice of cheesecake for a cupcake any day! Sometimes I open my pantry just hoping the cupcake fairy has left me a batch of cupcakes but no such luck. There are days when all I want is a cupcake but I just don’t have the time or energy to make a whole batch. On top of that – sometimes I want to sneak off to my bedroom and enjoy a cupcake all by myself without having to feed them to my kids and pick up their mess!

A few weeks ago I kept going to the pantry – opening it like there was going to be something different than the time before. By the third time I was determined to come up with something. There she was – a box cake mix starring at me. I knew if I made a whole batch I would have to pull out the mixer, the cupcake pan and cupcake liners. The kids would drag the dining table chairs over and want to help then when they were finished the kids would want to eat them and the crumbs would fall onto my just-mopped floors. It was then that I came up with the Cupcake in a Mug and because every now and then we all deserve a little confetti I added sprinkles!

Confetti Cupcake in a Mug - Dessert in a Mug

Confetti Cupcake in a Mug Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cake mix (from a box)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons Jimmy Sprinkles

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients in an oven safe mug and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. (Baking time may vary depending on your mug and oven – it is finished when you insert a toothpick in the middle and remove it without any batter on it.)

Confetti Cupcake in a Mug - Dessert in a Mug

Confetti Cupcake in a Mug - Dessert in a Mug

These are just a reminder that everyday should be a celebration! Lately I have had a case of the baby blues so just celebrating the fact that I can make it from one day to the next is reason enough!
 
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