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Frozen Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie


So this is technically a Weight Watchers recipe. I did not follow the Weight Watchers route. You totally could, but I wasn’t going to buy skim milk when I had perfectly good 2% in the fridge.

So, I realized I did not own an 8×8 pan. I had already bought everything, so I said screw it, I’ll put the crust in the actual pie tin. It all just kind of fell apart and when all was said and done, was less of a crust, more of an Oreo layer on the bottom.

Making the actual pie part is pretty straightforward, just mixing stuff together.

Now, here’s my question. The title says “Frozen” pie. But the directions just say “Chill”. To me, chill means put it in the fridge, not the freezer. So that’s what I did. And I think it was fine. It could have been firmer, sure, but I thought it was pretty good. It didn’t blow me away or anything, but I didn’t hate it. And my roommates didn’t either!

Recipe: https://dashingdish.com/recipe/frozen-reeses-peanut-butter-pie/


Bayou Brownies


So, I don’t really know what constitutes these desserts as either brownies nor from the bayou, but I thought they looked good so I went for it.

A pretty simple two layer bar recipe, with the bottom layer being a cake mix/pecan mixture, and the top a cheesecake-y type concoction.

I wish the bottom layer had a little more flavor, and I didn’t really care for the pecans/didn’t think they added anything. Like maybe some vanilla or something would have given it a little more?

The top layer was pretty good. I ended up just eating mostly that of the second bar I ate.

Also, as you can probably see from the picture, they fell apart pretty easily when I was cutting them.

So, even though I was a little disappointed, one of my roommates really liked them. So, different things for different people I guess!

Recipe: https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/bayou-brownies-43350

Cinnamon Sugar Pizza


Ya’ll, this was stupid easy. Make the crumb topping, unroll some crescents, pop it all in the oven, make the glaze, done.

I realized while making the crumb topping that I was actually using my pastry cutter for its intended purpose – cutting the cold butter into the cinnamon sugar mix. Normally I used it as a mashed potato masher hah.

Also, this recipe says to put the crescents onto an ungreased baking sheet. Lie. Put some Pam on that shit. I lost a crescent and a half because it stuck to the pan.

I also would have doubled the glaze recipe, it didn’t make quite enough to make a huge difference. You can’t even really see it in the above picture.

Also, while these are pretty yummy, I feel like its missing something. My roommate said he put some ice cream on top of his, and it was awesome. So, I think this is a dessert side, or a part of a dessert dish, rather than the main event. If that makes sense.

Recipe: http://thesweetestpear.blogspot.com/2011/12/cinnamon-sugar-pizza.html



Well, this was supposed to be Meatloaf Muffins. But two of my roommates moved out and took the muffin pan with them. And I didn’t realize it until I was already making this. So I decided to go a more traditional route.

Also, I have made meatloaf muffins before. (https://jeleff2014.wordpress.com/?s=meat+loaf) But, that was a barbecue meatloaf, and this was a more traditional one.

So, call me Betty Crocker.

Anyway, along with a muffin pan, the roommates also took the knife set. Which was good for chopping vegetables. So, I was at the grocery store buying ingredients and I also picked up a paring knife and one of those slap chop things. I forgot how convenient those were. Stuff is chopped and minced in like two minutes. Except the carrots. That did not go according to plan. They just got stuck, whole, to the blade. So I had to cut those by hand. I also had to mix all the ingredients together with my hands, which was kinda gross.

So, once it was in the oven, I thought I was done. I failed to realize that cooking for 25 minutes was for the muffins, not for a whole loaf pan. That’s why there’s a weird divot thing in the middle, that was me digging through the meatloaf trying to figure out if it was done. All in all, it cooked for about a hour.

And once it was done it was pretty good. I think at the end of the day, I personally prefer barbecue meatloaf, but this was still a solid recipe.

Recipe: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/diner-meat-loaf-muffins

Sugar Cookies


So, two of my roommates are moving out this week. I didn’t realize how much of the kitchen utensils belonged to them…

So, I had to do all mixing by hand, which was annoying but doable. I also had to roll out the dough with a tea tin and use a wine glass as a cookie cutter. (Although I don’t think I had any cookie cutters to begin with honestly.)

Then, the dough was honestly quite hard to work with. It stuck to every surface, even after I floured it. It took quite some time to get 30 cookies and I ended up throwing a bit away because I just didn’t want to deal with it anymore.

Also, it said to bake for 7-8 minutes, and that it would still not look done. But after 7 minutes they were still clearly not baked. 10 minutes was what worked.

Then, the frosting happened. It came out very grainy and gross consistency wise. Didn’t really like it. Also, found out my food coloring expired this past December.

So, I’m going to buy some frosting in a jar, do that, and then bring them to my meeting tomorrow.

So, these were kind of a fail. Oh well, better luck next time I guess.

Recipe: http://peppermintplum.blogspot.com/2011/03/thick-soft-sugar-cookies.html

Mashed Potato Cakes


It should be no secret at this point how much I love me some mashed potatoes.

So, for starters, I did not have leftover mashed potatoes. Leftover mashed potatoes don’t exist in my fridge. So I made my time tested and perfected microwave mashed potatoes with plenty of butter, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.

The only bump I really ran into with this recipe was that the desired consistency after adding cornstarch never happened. Maybe it was because they were still warm? But it was a sight. Cornstarch everywhere. Mashed potatoes all over my hands. I made it work though.

Cooking them: Only got burned by the hot oil crackling into my face once! Victory. It did take less than five minutes a side to get them to look like that though. Perhaps mine were smaller?

Either way, these are pretty good, I threw some more sour cream on top as a little garnish. Plus I love sour cream.


This recipe is me and roommate approved!

Recipe: https://www.npr.org/2011/11/22/142661574/mashed-potato-cakes

Parmesan Tilapia


So, I’ve never made fish that wasn’t shellfish before, so this was an exciting adventure.

It was all pretty straightforward, I just didn’t really know what I was doing. Like the instructions said “Bake until the fish just starts to flake” Didn’t know what that meant. Also, double that parmesan mix. There wasn’t nearly enough.

So, like this was pretty simple, and it wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t fabulous.

Also, the next day I tried to make leftovers and something congealed in the tupperware? Like it was gross enough that I threw all of it out.

So, a little bit of a fail. Better luck next time I guess!

Recipe: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/mamas-supper-club-tilapia-parmesan-53914

Edamame Fried Rice


If you like prep, this is the recipe for you.

I don’t love prep. So I got bored. Endless chopping.

But at least the end product was good.

Admittedly, I cheated hard core on the rice. It was ready rice you make in the bag in the microwave. I also did a big saucepan, because I don’t own a wok.

And overall, it turned out pretty good! I will say, it doesn’t reheat as well, so eat it all in the first sitting.

Recipe: https://www.skinnytaste.com/asian-edamame-fried-rice/#more

“Crack” Potatoes


You all know what these are. These are “those” potatoes. Those potatoes your relative brings to holidays and you eat by the pound.

Just me? Okay.

Anyway, turns out the recipe is pretty damn easy. I just wish I had a slightly bigger bowl, because mixing was an adventure.

But yeah, super easy, pretty quick, and really delicious. Bring it to your next gathering.

They’re so good I ate some before I took a picture!

BONUS: Also reheats super well! I’ve been bringing it to work as my lunch all week.

Recipe: http://www.plainchicken.com/2011/01/crack-potatoes.html

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, and Tater Tot Crock Pot Bake

Guys. I forgot to take a picture.

I am so incredibly sorry.

I have failed you.

Although, tbh, it wouldn’t have been a pretty picture.

This recipe is extremely straightforward, as most crock pot recipes are. Layer, bake, eat.

Once everything is in there, you’re supposed to cook on high for 3-4 hours. It ended up needing 4.5 hours. Granted, I had huge chicken breasts, which may have contributed to it. But because of that, the tater tots were reduced to practically mush.

Overall, I found the recipe a tad bland. With only salt and pepper seasoning the chicken, there’s not a whole lot going on there. Plus, colby and Monterey jack cheeses are not the strongest of flavors.

So, I would maybe try this again, with some alterations.

And yes, I would take a picture.

Recipe: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/cheesy-chicken-bacon-tater-tot-crock-pot-bake-403520

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