Category Archives: Andrea’s bites

Cheesy Hot Dog Roll-ups

We’ve been neglecting this blog. Sorry about that. Sometimes life gets busy, you know?

Anyway, the other day I wanted to make something quick and easy. Our son requested pizza rolls but we’d had a lot of pizza type things recently so I thought I’d try something different. I’m sure I’m not the first person to think of this but I thought of it on my own so I’m kind of proud of myself. It’s along the same concept as the pizza rolls but with hot dogs and cheddar cheese.  –Andrea



1 roll of crescent rolls

4 cheddar cheese sticks (or whatever kind of cheese you prefer) cut in half

4 hot dogs cut in half


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the crescent rolls. On one crescent roll, place 1/2 a hot dog and a 1/2 a cheese stick in the center. Roll up. Make sure the cheese is covered to prevent it oozing out. Place seam side down on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown. Eat with your favorite dipping sauce.

Cheesy Hot Dog Roll-ups


Chicken Junk

ImageGrowing up this was one of the staples that my mom made. I think it was orginally called Chicken Supreme in the receipe she based it on but my sister called it Chicken Junk because of all the vegetables that are in it. It tastes a bit like a chicken pot pie without the bread. But you can eat it over biscuits if you want. My dad and sometimes Ben will eat it that way.  –Andrea


1 lb of chicken

1 cans cream of chicken and mushroom soup

1 can mixed vegetables (drained)

milk to thicken


In a skillet, brown the chicken til cooked all the way through. Once the chicken is cooked added in the cans of cream of chicken and mushroom soup and about a 1/4 of milk. Add the drained mixed vegetables Simmer uncovered until it is a thick stew-like consistency.  Serve over rice or biscuits.

Best Brownies {from scratch}

Best Brownies

My mother-in-law makes these brownies and they are pretty much the best I’ve ever had. His entire family loves it when she makes them so when Ben asked me to make dessert for Mother’s Day I decided I would make these for my family. They turned out great!


4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup shortening
2 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
nuts or chocolate chips (about 1 1/2 cup) (I used chocolate chunks in mine)


Heat oven to 350. Grease a 13x9x2 pan. Melt chocolate and shortening in large saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat. Mix in sugar and vanilla then add eggs. Stir in remaining ingredients then fold in chocolate chips if using. Spread in pan. Sprinkle with more nuts or chocolate chips.

Bake 30 minutes or until brownies start to pull away from sides of pan. Do not over bake. Cool and cut.

These are seriously the best brownies and they were a great dessert for our holiday.


Chocolate Chip Strawberry Soda Cupcakes


Yesterday I was inspired to make some cupcakes since my birthday was coming up (today actually) and I already has some whipped vanilla frosting at home. I bought some strawberry cake mix but when I got home I found we were out of oil. I remembered seeing about mixing cake mix and soda before on Pinterest. Good thing we had just bought some soda the day before. I folded in some chocolate chips once it was all mixed up and they turned out pretty good, very light and fluffy.


1 box of cake mix (with pudding already in it is best) (I used strawberry this time)

1 can of soda (diet ginger ale in this case)

2/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)


Preheat oven to 350. Spray muffin pan or cupcake liners. Mix soda and cake mix together. Divide evenly about 2/3 full in prepared cups. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool then frost.


This was a really sweet treat just in time for my birthday. I was surprised at how good the cake mix and the soda came out and I’m already planning my next flavor combinations.


Turkey Chili Dog Casserole

Turkey Chili Dog Casserole

Since our son is playing tee ball right now, I thought this would be a good game day recipe. And it is pretty good if you like chili dogs. I’m the only one in our family who does so it was a great recipe for me, but not for my family. I have the pickiest kids and the boy is the pickiest of the two so he was not feeling this one. But like I said it is great if you do like chili dogs. I tried to make it a little “healthier” but then I added sour cream and corn chips so I don’t know if it worked out quite like I had intended.


2 -15 oz cans turkey chili (I used no beans but you can add get the kind with beansif you prefer)
1 – 16 oz package turkey frankfurters
10 – 8 inch whole wheat tortillas
1 – 8 oz package Cheddar cheese, shredded

if desired

sour cream
corn chips


Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Spread 1 can of chili in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Roll up hot dogs inside tortillas and place in baking dish, seam side down, on top of chili. Top with remaining can of chili remaining cheese.

Cover baking dish with aluminum foil, and bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.

Top with sour cream and corn chips.

Turkey Chili Dog Casserole


Adapted from Peace, Love & Understanding


Brinner (Easy Blueberry Pancakes)

cooking pancakesI like to having breakfast for dinner. It was always a treat when I was growing up because it didn’t happen often. It probably won’t be for our kids since we have it quite a bit. Often brinner consists of scrambled eggs with grits, toast, and fruit. The other night I decided to have blueberry pancakes with fruit, something easy and light. I used the Betty Crocker blueberry muffin mix and cooked them on the Griddler. Our kids loved them.


1 pouch blueberry muffin mix (I used Betty Crocker)

1 tbsp flour

2/3 cup water

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 egg


Heat griddle to 300 or skillet on medium heat. Mix all ingredients together. Using about 1/4 of batter on the griddle or skillet cook until batter begins to bubble up. Flip and cook til golden brown. Makes about 6-9 pancakes.

I doubled the recipe and made about a dozen and a half pancakes and froze what we didn’t eat. In the morning I put a couple in the toaster oven and heat them up for our son’s breakfast.



Italian Sausage Pasta Pie

Italian Sausage Pasta Pie

One of my favorite Pinterest recipes comes from A Muse in My Kitchen’s Spaghetti Pie. It’s something I’ve made several times and our 6 year old son loves it. Anything that gets him to eat is good in my book. That version is a meatless one and I’ve been wanting to try adding sausage to it. I bought ground Italian sausage and mixed it with the spaghetti sauce and used radiatore pasta instead of spaghetti so it would be easy for our 1 year old daughter to pick up.

1 lb. of ground meat (I used Italian Sausage)
4 1/2 cups of pasta
2 tbsp. butter
⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, well beaten
12 oz. cottage cheese
4 cups of spaghetti sauce
½ cup mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 10-inch pie pan. Brown ground meat until done. Cook and drain pasta according according to directions. Stir butter into hot pasta. Add Parmesan cheese and eggs.  Form pasta into a crust in the pie pan. Spread cottage cheese over pasta crust. Mixed 3 cups of spaghetti sauce with ground meat and top cottage cheese with meat mixture. Add another cup of spahetti sauce on top of meat mixture. Bake, uncovered for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top and bake for 5 more minutes.

Surprisingly enough both kids ate quite a bit of it. So it was a big hit. I served it with a salad and some green beans. I also think that pepperoni would also be a good meat to add.


Opened Italian Sausage Pie

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