Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

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Who doesn’t like macaroni and cheese? This recipe takes the comfort food classic to your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
 
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The comfort food classic prepared in the slow cooker.
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Recipe type: Main - Slow Cooker
Ingredients
  • 1 Box of Macaroni Noodles
  • 1 can Evaporated Milk
  • 3 Eggs
  • ½Stick of Butter
  • 2 Bags of Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • Milk
Instructions
  1. Cook the noodles according to the directions on the box and strain.
  2. Then, place half of the cooked noodles in the slow cooker and half of the cheese on top, then place the other half of the noodles and the remaining cheese on top.
  3. Next, in a bowl combine the evaporated milk, eggs and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour over noodles and cheese.
  5. Finally, slice the butter and place around the top of the noodles and cheese then add a small amount of milk (about ½- 3/4 cup).
  6. Cook on low for approximately three hours.

 

Slow Cooker Beef Fajitas

Yummy, yummy. Here is a delicious beef fajita recipe just for the slow cooker. My mouth is watering.

Slow Cooker Beef Fajitas
 
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If you love using your slow cooker, then I'm sure you will enjoy this fajita recipe.
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Recipe type: Main - Slow Cooker
Ingredients
  • 3 lb. Roast
  • Chili Powder
  • 1 Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 small cans Rotel
  • 1 small can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • ½ tsp. Oregano
  • 1 can chopped Green Chilis
  • 2 C. Red Beans, uncooked
  • 1½ T. Salt
  • 1 C. Water
Instructions
  1. Take an appropriate amount of chili powder and rub it on all sides of the roast thoroughly.
  2. Next, place the roast in the bottom of your slow cooker. Combine the remaining ingredients together in a mixing bowl and slowly pour into the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on medium-high or until the beans and meat are cooked through. This shouldn’t take longer than 8-10 hours, depending on how your slow cooker cooks.
  4. When the meat is done, shred it and serve on tortillas with sour cream, cheese, guacamole and the beans sauce from the slow cooker.

 

Spooky Halloween Cupcakes

Spooky Halloween Cupcakes

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Kids love Halloween. It gives them a chance to dress up and make gooey, spooky treats. If you are planning on hosting a Halloween party, here are some ideas for spooky Halloween cupcakes that will satisfy young guests with scary delight.

Even if you are on a budget, you can create ooey-gooey Halloween treats for your kids. Today, we are going to talk about cupcakes. You and your kids can get as creative as you want with cupcake ideas.

The Cupcake

When it comes to making a spooky cupcake, it is the topping and not so much the cupcake that is important. Most recipes will tell you to use your favorite cupcake. To save time, use a box mix. No one will see the cake until they bite into it. Start crafting your ideas with a colorful cupcake cup – try purple, brown, black or white.

Topping Ideas

Here is where the real fun begins. Try these topping ideas for scary fare at your next party.

  1. The Brain – This is one of the easiest decorating ideas. Start with a smooth frosting like butter cream. Add a few drops of red food coloring to add a pinkish hue to the mix. A little bit of green can give you a hue similar to many brains we have seen in pictures. Place the frosting in a pastry bag and pipe it onto the tops of the cupcakes in a zigzag design.
  2. The Spider – These creatures can be scary even when it is not Halloween. For dark spiders, melt some chocolate blocks and milk in the microwave. Once melted, add chow mien noodles and mix well. Arrange the coated noodles to resemble spiders on wax paper on a cookie sheet. Use a white icing to top the cupcakes. Then, add your spooky spiders.
  3. The Tombstone – Top your cupcakes with a chocolate icing. Use crumbled chocolate cookies as dirt on the top of the icing. Take an elongated cookie like a Nutter Butter or a Ladyfinger. Cut off the bottom so it will sit flat on top of the cupcake. Coat the cookie with white icing. Use black icing to write the initials “R.I.P.” on each one.
  4. The Bat – Turn your entire cupcake into a bat with Thin Mint cookies and M&Ms. Use dark chocolate icing for the top of your cupcake. Divide a thin mint in half. Position on each side of the cupcake to create the bat wings. Use two mini M&Ms as the eyes. Try red or yellow for effect. Use icing to draw a mouth and fangs on the cupcake. Use extra mint cookies to create pointed bat ears for each cupcake.
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Breakfast Muffins Recipe: Warm Hearty Muffins for Autumn

Breakfast Muffins Recipe

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What can be better than a warm hearty breakfast in the morning? When the weather is getting cooler like in the fall, it can really hit the spot. Try our breakfast muffins recipe to satisfy your hungry stomach.

In the fall, what fits the bill for breakfast is something warm and filling. When you are in a hurry, it can be hard to do. One example of a nutritious meal is a breakfast muffin. Keep reading to find out about different ideas for muffin combinations that will satisfy your family’s needs in the morning.

Muffins are easier than breads in the morning because you don’t need yeast. You can mix up a batch the night before and have them ready in time for the alarm clock to sound the next morning.

Basic Bran Muffin Recipe
 
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To keep your recipe healthy, start with a basic bran muffin recipe. From there add different combinations of add-ins depending on what your family likes.
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 1 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup bran
  • 1-1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk (use low-fat or skim to lower calories)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • One egg beaten
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • Dash of salt
Instructions
  1. Stir dry ingredients together.
  2. Mix wet ingredients until well blended.
  3. Combine both mixtures together
  4. Spoon into muffin tins until ⅔ of the way full.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Making your Breakfast Muffins

Now that you have a basic recipe, it’s time to work your magic. Try these add-ins. Remember; you may have to adjust cooking time depending on what you add. Try not to dry your muffins out. If you substitute applesauce for the oil in the basic bran recipe or any recipe, cook for less time.

    1. Cinnamon Pumpkin muffins – Bring the flavors of the season into your home. Add a cup of canned pumpkin, pureed and half a teaspoon of cinnamon.

 

    1. Apple Cranberry Cinnamon muffins – Apples are one of the best fruits of the fall season. They provide fiber and are good for your heart. For this recipe, add about half a cup of chopped red apple skinned. Add ½ cup of brown sugar instead of regular cane sugar. A teaspoon of cinnamon and ¼ cup cranberries are needed. Once you mix the dry and wet ingredients, fold in the apple pieces and the cranberries. Fill six large muffin tins. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or toothpick comes out clean.

 

  1. Blueberry Orange muffins – Load up your bran recipe with antioxidant-rich blueberries and orange zest. Fold both ingredients into the mixture before scooping into muffin tins.
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Do you have other additions that you would like to see in your breakfast muffins? There are as many different combinations as there are ingredients to add. Fill your family up with warm nutritious muffins this fall season.

Frozen Fruit Drinks

Frozen Fruit Drinks

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Want to drink your fruit? It can be done if you know who to talk to. Here, we will help you with ideas for using your favorite fruit in a frozen drink.

Technically frozen drinks aren’t always frozen. They are made with frozen fruit and other ingredients that help you to enjoy them cold. Some are thick like smoothies; others are slushy like frozen lemonade but most are chilled. With that in mind, we will talk about a variety of ways that you can create a frozen drink for yourself, your family or a special gathering.

Smoothies

Smoothies are created as a nutritious fruit drink but you can also jazz it up as a party-type frozen drink. When making it, use ice cubes to make your frozen drink. To complete the drink, add a splash of carbonated soda or seltzer for the fizz effect. Kids will love it. For the adults, add a splash of rum to kick the drink up a notch for them.

Frozen Tea

Tea is great iced or hot but what about frozen? It is easy to do. Take a fresh pitcher of your favorite tea like green or peach tea. Let it come to room temperature. Add a couple scoops of fruit sherbet to a blender. Cover with your favorite tea and some fresh fruit. Blend until mixed. There may be chunks of fruit still visible.

Fruity Lemonade

Start with some frozen lemonade from concentrate in a pitcher. Add some fruit juice like pineapple or orange and enough water to reconstitute the lemonade (according to can directions). Puree some of your favorite fruit in a blender and also add to your pitcher. Mix well and chill in the fridge until ready to serve. Garnish with a mint leaf and some leftover fruit.

Fruity Slush

You can create a frozen drink that looks like it is thawing by using frozen fruits and ice cubes and some fruit juice. Pineapple juice is sweet enough that it can flavor your drink without adding sugar. Combine frozen fruit, the juice and ice cubes in a blender.

Mix until you get the slush consistency that you like. There will be fruit pieces in the drink so be aware of that when drinking through a straw. Pour into a pitcher and chill until ready. Before serving add a splash of lemon-lime soda for fizz.

What to Use

The most common fruits used for frozen drinks are berries, peaches, pineapple and more exotic fruits like guava and papaya. Melons can work for slushy drinks. If you have extra summer fruit left, slice it and freeze it. Now, you can create frozen fruit drinks any time of year with fruit that is at the height of freshness.

Frozen drinks aren’t technically frozen but they are cool to drink when the weather is warm.