Friday, September 28, 2012

Preschool Kitchen Counter: Making Whoopie Pies (& Recipe)

This month my son was absolutely thrilled by the book Jimmy Zangwow's Out of this World Moon Pie Adventure

Of course after reading it he wanted only one thing: to eat one (or more). Problem was I didn't wan't to go buy a moon pie at the supermarket. I've never cared for the pre packaged type. So I set out with faithful Google on a search for a recipe we could make.

I found more Whoopie pie recipes than moon pies. A moon pie would have the cake/cookie layer made of a graham flour based dough, and be dipped in chocolate. I realized though they are close enough to make do. Then I found a super simple Whoopie pie recipe using cake mix. Great!

 T chose the flavors he wanted and we set to work. They turned out delicious. You can find the recipe here

First, dump the cake mix into a bowl.

Add your eggs, water, and oil.

Mix. I recommend by hand because then your preschooler can enjoy this part!

Drop a couple tablespoons of a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until puffy and toothpick comes out clean.

Make a filling of butter, marshmallow fluff, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and just a pinch of salt. Spoon onto one of the inverted "moon pies"
Top with another moon pie cookie. T loved smashing them together!

Finished "moon pie" whoopie pies. If you want to make these a little more moon pie like, I recommend melting some dipping chocolate and dipping the pies at this stage to coat them. Let the chocolate coating harden before serving (put them on wire racks since they'll drip!). T made strawberry and banana whoopie pies.

They were so good. I think I'll make these again, for his birthday. Make a nice change from cupcakes!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Doughnut Muffins

I just love these doughnut muffins! yum!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: Chicken Spinach Dip Casserole Recipe

It's a new week, and time for a new round of menus! Linking up to Org Junkie's Menu Plan Monday blog hop.

 Last week was crazy. My husband's grandpa's death meant being out of state, which really changed the tastes of the the week. Then over the weekend I developed a pain in my abdomen. The nurse said to come in this morning. I had blood drawn to make sure it's not my appendix, and was told to rest, rest, rest, apply ice, and take it easy this week, so we'll see.

Monday: Pot Pie

Tuesday: Arroz Tapado

Wednesday: Chicken Piccata 

Thursday: Chicken Tikka Masala

Friday: Malay satay

Now, here is a favorite new recipe. It's rich. We like it enough to make again, just not all the time. It takes like spinach dip, so my family calls it Spinach Dip Casserole. I got the recipe from the board Cooking For Your Family.


1 whole cooked chicken (or 2 large b/s breasts)
1 can diced green chilies, drained
1 clove garlic, minced
1 med. onion, chopped
2 tbsp. cooking oil
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/2 tsp. salt
12-16 oz sour cream
8 oz. corn or tortilla chips
2 c. grated cheese (your choice)
Saute garlic, onions and chilies (until onions are translucent); add cumin - cook 1 minute. Add soup, then defrosted spinach (squeezed dry). Add salt; simmer. Add chicken and sour cream. Heat thoroughly. Layer chips, chicken mixture and cheese (2 times) in a 9x13 casserole dish and cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. This can also be cooked in the microwave on HIGH for approximately 15 minutes.