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Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup


So, here’s the thing. Have you ever heard me complain about something being cheesy? The answer is NOPE. NEVER. But I don’t know what it was, but this just didn’t do it for me. My guess is the pound of Velveeta. I’ve never had anything against it, but the taste just lingered and was too much. I couldn’t finish it and it actually made my stomach upset.

So, this was kind of a fail? But it’s odd because I didn’t screw it up, it just didn’t work. Maybe one of you can have better luck.

Recipe: https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/broccoli-cheese-soup-for-the-crock-pot-348190

Circus Animal Cookie Truffles


So, this was my entry into my family’s annual holiday bake off. I wanted to make these because those circus cookies remind me of my childhood.

Firstly, getting the cookies into crumbs was an adventure in itself. The post says 3 cups of cookies. The bags of cookies I got said they were 13 oz a piece, so I thought, “Great I’ll just use a little less than both of these bags.” But 3 cups of cookies, per the post, was literally only half of one bag. So, I determined that maybe it was 3 cups of crumbs? This led to me asking my family every two minutes if the bowl I was pouring the crumbs in looked like it had 3 cups in it. Eventually, I used almost two full bags, which is what I thought in the first place. So.

Next, freezing for three hours. I did it, but then the recipe said to use a fork to dip it into the chocolate. But they were frozen. So I couldn’t put a fork in them. I used a spoon, but then it led to them being kind of chunky, because the chocolate couldn’t drip off.

But oh well, people were still a fan of them!

Recipe: http://www.unicornlove.com/blog/2012/8/9/circus-animal-cookie-truffles-recipe.html

“Weight Watchers” Chicken Pot Pie


So, I put “Weight Watchers” in quotes because all of the recommended ingredients were like low fat this and reduced fat that and I didn’t have the time or money to go buy skim milk when I had perfectly good 2% in the fridge. So, I just used normal stuff, like 1 egg instead of egg substitute, etc. The post wasn’t specific about what kind of frozen mixed vegetables, so I went with a broccoli/cauliflower/carrot mix.

Overall, this is is pretty simple. Mix the stuff, layer it, bake it. The post says to bake for 30 minutes, it took about 45 to get the golden brown in the picture, and I wish it was actually a little more golden brown.

Overall, this wasn’t bad, but I found it a bit bland. Which probably comes from trying to make it “healthy”. But, this is a pretty quick chicken pot pie if you’re in a bind.

Recipe: https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/weight-watchers-chicken-pot-pie-167202

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Last night I was in a new play workshop reading that was also a potluck. So, perfect excuse to try out this dip recipe. It’s one of those recipes that is so simple. Literally, put everything in a bowl and mix. Throw it in the oven. Done. It’s also really tasty and throwing in a dash (or two) of cayenne pepper gives it just a little bit extra. When you’re mixing, just make sure that the cream cheese is fully incorporated. I didn’t check and said some cream cheese chunks in the bottom. Not totally complaining about it, it still tasted great, but just something to watch out for. Everyone at the reading seemed to like it to, there is only a tiny corner left!



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