REPOST: Homemade, No Sugar Added Fruit Rollups!

REPOST: Homemade, No Sugar Added Fruit Rollups!

These look awesome and according to the author, can be made from pretty much any fruit! Great alternative to the sugary, store bought ones.


HOMEMADE Creamy Chicken and Dumpling Soup in the Crock Pot! (it’s possible?!)

Today, I was looking online for a nice recipe for creamy chicken and dumpling soup to make in the crock pot…. yeah right. You know what I found? “Mix 2 cans of creamy chicken soup and water, then add in pop-n-fresh biscuits, broken into pieces and cook for an hour or two” WHAT THE CRAP?! I was pissed. Like, thanks guys, I’m so glad that’s a recipe. Now, if that’s how you cook, that’s totally cool… but that’s just not what I was expecting when I searched for an actual recipe. I’m talking from scratch, mothereffers, FROM SCRATCH. What’s good about this is that it is relatively low-carb (you can leave out the roux and make it not creamy and it would still be delicious).

So here it is… I actually made this recipe up! It’s totes mine and I love it. Even my hubby said it’s some the the best soup he’s ever had. (it’s a lot easier than it looks, I REALLY didn’t want to leave anyone stranded not knowing what to do, so I spelled it all out.) Make this and you will never love another soup like this one again…. never. ever.

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken and Dumpling Soup


  • 1 – 2 lbs chicken (I used the leg quarters because they are so tender in soup and fall right off the bone – and they’re usually cheap)
  • 62.5 oz chicken broth + 14.5 oz water (1- 48oz College In Low sodium chicken broth + 1 – 14.5 oz can of chicken broth + 1 can full of water. Feel free to chance this up, but make sure you cover the chicken with liquid in the crock pot!)
  • 2 large (3 small) carrots, diced medium
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced medium – large (you want the onions to still be onions after sitting in the crock pot all day!)
  • Spices! Try thyme, sage, parsley, oregano, rosemary, lemon pepper, garlic powder, and a little salt.
  • 5 Tablespoons flour
  • 5 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Cup milk

For the dumplings:

  • 2 Cups flower
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 – 1 Cup COLD water 


  • Place Chicken quarters, broth, water, veggies, and spices in the crock pot and turn to high.
  • Cook on high for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Turn the crock pot down to low and let it cook for another 1 – 1.5 hours, or until the chicken in cooked and falling off the bone. (You can also leave this on low for about 6 hours or so, instead of starting it off at high)
  • Take the chicken out of the crock pot and separate all the bones out. You can also shred up the chicken and cut pieces that are a little big.
  • In a saucepan, combine the butter and flour together, and stir the whole time (this ensures you cook the flower without burning it)
  • Add in the cup of milk and STIR, STIR, STIR! (you will end up with something that kind of looks like mashed potatoes)
  • Add some of the chicken broth from the crock pot to the roux (this is called tempering) until it is nice and creamy, then add the whole thing into the crock pot and stir it around.
  • Let this cook on high while you mix up the dumplings.
  • To prepare the dumplings: Mix the flour, salt, and spices together in a bowl and make a well in the middle. Slowly add in a little bit of the water, mix, and then a little more, mix, then the rest of it. (Don’t kid yourselves here; you need to be using those hands for this!) Finally knead the dough out on a clean, floured surface. Let the dough rest for a few minutes so it can breathe and get ready to be yummy. Finally grab little, 1 inch pieces and roll them into a ball-like shape and you’re good to go!
  • Drop the dumplings into the soup but MAKE SURE you stir the soup up before you add the dumplings because if you do it after ,you will just break them up into mush.
  • Let this whole thing cook for about another 45 minutes to an hour (depending on the size of the dumplings)
  • Serve
  • Happy dance.

Please do me a solid and if you post this someplace else, let me know or link back to me. It would be awesome. 🙂

A not-so-great picture of my soup!

A not-so-great picture of my soup!

Eat This! (a recipe!)

Okay, so I found an awesome recipe on Betty Crocker’s website for Baked BLT Dip and I need to tell you that it’s effing amazing! I am going to post it here (ctrl+C, crtl+V, anyone?) but I will also post the link to it so that if it’s easier for you to view it on the site OR you want to troll for other delicious things, you can.

I will also note that I made this for the first time on Tuesday afternoon for Bunco Tuesday night and it was such a hit that I’m making it again for a birthday party in a few weeks. (yeah, it’s THAT good.)

Here’s the recipe from Betty Crocker Online.

For those of you that love me so much you couldn’t bear to look at another page (which is like, all of you… it’s okay, I don’t blame you), Here’s some fancy cut and paste work (see how much I love you?!)


Baked BLT Dip

Baked BLT Dip

Blogger Christy Denney from The Girl Who Ate Everything shares a favorite dip recipe.

  • PREP TIME 20 Min
  • TOTAL TIME 40 Min


1 pound bacon, cooked
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
1 tomato, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup chopped green onions
Additional green onions, cooked bacon, tomato, and lettuce for garnish, if desired

STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.

STEP 2: Mix mayonnaise, sour cream, and cream cheese in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Crumble bacon into mixture and stir. Add cheddar cheese, green onions, and tomato and mix well. Pour into a shallow dish or pie pan and bake for 20 minutes or until bubbling. Garnish with additional green onions, tomato, and crumbled bacon. Serve with corn chips.


Impossible Pie Recipe

Impossible pie is impossibly easy, versatile, and delicious.

The recipe came from my aunt Helen, who got it from a Bisquick box! Here are a bunch of impossibly easy pie recipes from Betty Crocker!

Here’s my recipe for Impossible Pie (as we call it) made with turkey, broccoli, and cheese:


1 pkg (a little over a pound) of ground turkey
1 -2 cloves or 1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 bag of steamable broccoli with cheese sauce
1/2 C. Bisquick dry mix
1 C. milk
2 eggs
Salt, and pepper to taste


  • Drizzle a bit of olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the minced garlic for a minute or two, to open the flavors
  • Add the ground turkey, salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you want the meat to have (you can also hold the S&P until the egg part if you want.
  • While the turkey is cooking, throw the bag of broccoli in the microwave, as per the directions on the bag
  • Drain the turkey, toss the cheesy broccoli in the pan, and toss everything around to mix it well.
  • Spray a 8×8 or 9×9 pan with cooking spray and put the turkey, broccoli, cheese mix in there.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the Bisquick mix, the milk, eggs, and the S&P if you were waiting until this stage to add them, and mix it well
  • Pour the mix over the turkey and broccoli (you can sprinkle some extra shredded cheese in top, f you have it lying around…. I didn’t)
  • Bake at 400° for about 35 – 40 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean from the center.


GoGo Squeez Me! (food for thought)

I fully support, and am a little jealous of, moms who make all their baby food and do the all-natural, organic, clean eating thing for their families (come feed mine?).  On the other hand, that’s just not me. At least most of it isn’t.

My kids love these GoGo Squeez applesauce pouches. Harper uses them and doesn’t squeeze them all over the house, Haley loves them, and they are a great way to get my kids to have healthy snack without a fight (and on the go!) The problem? They are SO expensive. MY solution?  I bought a box of them and a jar of applesauce and refilled them. It worked okay, but I couldn’t see through the case, so I couldn’t be sure they were clean (not a good idea).  Then, I went out looking for reusable pouches thinking they were going to be cheap. WRONG. Wal-Mart wanted over 7 dollars for ONE pouch, I don’t think so, Wal-Mart.

Then I found this. Infantino’s Fresh Squeezed refillable pouches. They actually have an entire line out for people who make their baby food. The line comes with the steamer, grinder/processor, the pouches, and the pouch filler station. Since I am done with the baby food stage, I didn’t really need all that, I just bought the pouches. Now let’s be clear here…. The pouches clearly say not to refill them so I’m pretty sure I can’t tell you to do that. I can tell you that I refill them. I can tell you that it works great. I can also tell you that I have yet to have a problem refilling them. But, I can also tell you that a box of 50 was only 16.99 at Target, so not refilling them isn’t really going to kill you.

The other thing that I like about doing this is that I can be as ambitious or lazy as I want. I have made both fruity and veggie batches of applesauce in the pouches. I actually used some sweet potato, carrot, and squash stage 2 baby food that I had left over and mixed it 50/50 with the applesauce and loaded the pouches with that. The kids loved it and didn’t even notice that thy were eating veggies! (win) I also just made a batch the other day with 1 part applesauce, 1 part thawed frozen mixed berries, and a little splash or orange juice, all blended up. Even I enjoyed that! If I’m feeling lazy, I can just use plain applesauce in there and call it a day. I usually make like 10 at a time for them and they go pretty quickly. You obviously don’t HAVE to use applesauce, you can do blended yogurt, smoothie, or if your kid likes veggies unlike mine, some other kinds of puree.

The time they can be out depends on what’s in them. I take them with me in the diaper bag when I’m out for the day. If where I’m going has a fridge, like a friend or family member’s house, then I stick it in there, if not, then so be it. I wouldn’t leave these out overnight since they aren’t sealed like the applesauce pouches you buy from the store.

If anyone has any ideas for veggie or other mixes, or if anyone has tried/uses/tries this, leave a comment and some feedback!

Birthday (mis)Happenings.

There has been SO much going on lately that I’m not quite sure which way is up and which way is out the freakin’ door.

Harper’s first birthday just passed on Wednesday. Yay! She was sick with a fever for 103.8 and we spent it at the doctor’s. Boo. And there I am, freaking out thinking, “you WOULD spike a fever on the anniversary of the day you did the scariest thing ever to me. NO MORE BIRTHDAYS.” Back in the real world, it was only a fever. No symptoms. No helicopter ride to CHOP in Philly. No nothing. Just a fever. A fever that she happens to still have, day later, but a fever nonetheless. Her party was supposed to be tomorrow. Was. I had to cancel it today due to the fact that she is a limp pile of whiney with a temperature hovering around 103 still. So, happy first birthday, Harper. On the plus side, I definitely nailed the Cheerio cake is was setting out to make for her party (she might be sick, and she might have no party, but damnit the kid will still have her Cheerio cake!) Here’s the recipe if you’re interested. I didn’t have round cake pans, so (at my husband’s suggestion) I used a monkey bread (also known as a bundt pan with a higher price tag) and the Cheerio cake now is the shape of a Cheerio; BRILLIANT!

My take on the Cheerio First Birthday cake from Betty Crocker.

My take on the Cheerio First Birthday cake from Betty Crocker.

Cheerio cake shaped like a Cheerio; Cheerioception.

Cheerio cake shaped like a Cheerio; Cheerioception.

The Cheerio cake from an artsy point of view. Because I can.

The Cheerio cake from an artsy point of view. Because I can.

Also, it took almost an hour to place all those Cheerios.

In place of her party, my parents and brother are stopping by for some of this cake and some coffee in the morning and we’ll all just wish her a happy birthday and to feel better.

Am I rescheduling the party? Well. I don’t know. I kind of feel like a jerk for asking people to set aside time for me twice. Maybe I’ll do something small with some friends/family next weekend, if they are around. What would you do? Reschedule the party last-minute, or just say “F it” and plan for next year?


An Excused Absence and A Peace Offering.

Okay blog readers, I definitely DIDN’T abandon you! I have had SO much going on lately, I haven’t had time for much at all, much less stuff on the computer, even LESS, blogging.

Harper has, since she started teething, crying all day. Still doing the baby bath salts thing (chewing on everyone’s hands) though, so that’s… fun. Oh, also, she learned to SCREAM (fun!). So yeah…

Haley has regressed (finally) and started with accidents in the hallway, whining A LOT, not dressing herself, etc. It’s REALLY been a pain in the ass, not to mention time-consuming.

My mother in law is staying with us for a little while visiting, so I have been busy getting some things done while I have a hand, for a change. Also, we have been hanging out with the kiddies a lot (even though they are terrorists right now) and some other various family time.

My dog is sick on top of all this, so that is also sort of taking up a lot of time and attention from the family.

Don’t forget all the things that have to be done around the house regularly and whatnot! Add all the above to the daily, mundane crap that has to happen around a home, and you end up with one stressed out, spare-time-less, frazzled Mama! It’s all part of life though.

Now, for my peace offering: THE BEST APPLE PIE RECIPE EVER. Sorry diabetics, this one is full of sugar…. I’m sure that you could sub out some of the sugar for Splenda if you wanted to, I know I used the Splenda brown sugar blend instead of regular brown sugar and the change was unnoticeable. But anyway, here it is!