Monday, March 25, 2013

Bunny Tales

In Easters past I cooked lunch after rushing home from church.  I would at least have dessert ready to go and since Mr. Non-Stop loves fun stuff I would try to be creative and make a something fun.

Here are the previous year's attempts.  Nothing for this year, my family was invited to go out to eat and I said yes, any thing so I don't have to cook!

 This was my first bunny cake!  I'm pretty sure I saw this cutie on a magazine cover while checking out at the grocery store.  A quick internet search gave me numerous options (this was before I found Pinterest!).  I know I settled on the Betty Crocker version, but I can guarantee you it wasn't carrot cake! (pretty sure it was chocolate). 

I wish I could remember where I found the original picture for these super cute chicks, but it was about 3 years ago so there is no chance of me giving credit to the right person (sorry).  However, the Betty Crocker version looks pretty close and the directions sound very familiar!

These fun little cake pops were my own creation.  While I looked at tons of photos, I just kind of made it up with whatever I had in the house! These were made the same year as the chick cup cakes, so I used half the cake batter for cupcake and the other half for cake-pops!  These ears were made out of marshmallows, cut at an angle, slightly dampened with water then dipped in pink sugar.

My favorite!!!  My mom ALWAYS, and I do mean ALWAYS made us a Bunny Cake growing up.  I didn't even need to look up anything on the internet for this one.  I knew it was 2 round cake pans and then you cut the ears and bow-tie out of one of the pans.  I love chocolate cake with chocolate icing, so a chocolate bunny for Easter was perfect!  Mr Non-Stop's favorite color is green so the bow tie was green with coordinating M&M's.  For a little texture I added chocolate sprinkles to the bunny.  The first piece we cut was the ear! :)

Happy Easter and be creative!

The Chop Haus

Monday, March 18, 2013

Cilantro Lime Chicken

As always, I am looking for something different for dinner.  On occasion I try to "pass one by" my hubby.  Needless to say, this one didn't get to far.  I already knew I was pushing my luck, black beans AND corn.  I should have known better!

First let me say, the recipe is good, the food cooked great and I LOVED it.  Hubby and Mr. Non-Stop apparently disagreed with my conclusion.  So while I won't give up trying new recipes, this one did not make it into our rotation, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try it!

Cilantro Lime Chicken w/ Corn and Black Beans


1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts
Juice from 2 limes
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
1 (16 oz) bag frozen corn
2 minced garlic cloves
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp cumin 

salt and pepper to taste


Place all ingredients in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Mix together and zip bag closed.

When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on LOW for 8 hours (or HIGH for 4 hours). 

Serve with tortillas and toppings such as with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and cheese.

Recipe from Six Sisters' Stuff adapted from Over the Big Moon
Don't give up, keep trying and just because some one else didn't like it, doesn't mean you won't!
The Chop Haus