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Chocolate Chip Strawberry Soda Cupcakes

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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.

Ingredients

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)

Method

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.

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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.

–Andrea

No oven, no problem

Our oven was broken for a long while, at least 6 months for a few reasons but mostly because we were lazy and also didn’t know how much is was going to cost to fix it. But we finally got it fixed and it was pretty exciting to have it back. You may be saying to yourself, How do you survive that long without an oven? Well, let me tell you how.

1. The Waffle Maker. Yes the waffle maker. Quickly I discovered that you can make a lot of things with a waffle makers. Muffins, cornbread, cookies, brownies, biscuits. Basically any bread type thing with a thick mix will work. I had a harder time with cookies, but muffin waffles are a new morning staple around my house and will remind so even after the oven is fixed.

2. The Toaster Oven. This is sort of a no brainer since oven is in the name. But there are many things that can be cooked in a toaster oven as many college kids can tell you. It’s not an exact substitute for a full size oven because it is small and not everything is safe in a toaster oven. But if you want some cookies or biscuits, it’s a good thing to have around.

3. The Griddler. Specifically the Cuisinart Griddler/Panini Maker. Ben got one for Christmas and it is pretty awesome. Now I can make delicious sandwiches on it. I also made pancakes the other night and it is super easy to use and to clean up. BT is a little more creative with its use but I stick with the basics.

4. The Slow Cooker. I got a new Crock-Pot for Christmas and it has been great so far! Ben puts the meals together for me before he leaves for work so when I get home the kids and I have a meal all ready to go. I just have to fix some veggies. We’ve had some hits and misses so far with our crock-pot meals but Pinterest, as always, is a great place to find new things to try. As long as it doesn’t have cream cheese. So far that hasn’t really worked out.

5. The Stovetop. This is actually something that we couldn’t live without. The microwave is a great thing to have around but a large portion of food is cooked on the stove and if that had been the thing that broke we probably would have it fixed sooner. Maybe we could get away without having one, but probably not.

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.

Ingredients
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
Method
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.

–Andrea

Opened Italian Sausage Pie

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