Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cake Mix Cookie Bars

Have you ever been desperate for a quick and easy dessert? So desperate that you'd throw out your halfhearted vow to cook only real, unprocessed foods. Yeah I'm guilty of that. I used box cake mix and pudding to make some chocolate chip cookie bars to take to a friend's house. They were good and so easy! 

What you need:
  • 1 box cake mix. I used white
  • 1 small box (3.4oz) instant pudding mix. I used vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1  1/2 cup chocolate chips or any add-in you'd like.
What you do:
Mix the first six ingredients together.

Fold the chocolate chips into the mixture.

Spread the mixture in a 9x14 greased baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes in a preheated oven.

Let cool completely before cutting.
This recipe is quite flexible, any flavor cake mix, any flavor pudding, any add-ins. The flavor combination possibilities are endless...
Strawberry cake with white chocolate chips,
Chocolate cake with peanut butter chips,
Cherry Chip cake with chocolate chips,
Butter Pecan cake with pecans,
you get the idea!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Refrigerator Pickles

I’ve had a love affair with pickles this summer. It all started when someone brought a big jar of sour pickles to the beach. They were the perfect snack for a hot Texas day. After eating countless jars of store bought pickles I decided that it was time to make my own.

What you need:
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon pickling salt
  • 2 cups ice
  • 3-4 cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion (red, white, yellow, whatever), thinly sliced
What to do:
Bring vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper flakes to a boil.

Boil until the sugar dissolves, then remove from heat. Toss 2 cups of ice in the pot and let the ice melt.

Pack the cucumbers and onion tightly in a jar. They are just regular, not special at all, cucumbers.

I used my mandolin to slice the cucumbers and onion super thin. (I love my mandolin slicer!)

Pour the vinegar liquid over the cucumber mixture and store in the fridge. They will be ready to eat tomorrow!

These sweet and spicy addictive little babies should keep for a couple months as long as they are kept in the refrigerator.

PS- These guys are quite spicy... and I love 'em! If you are not a fan of spice, use less red pepper flakes.

Here's a link to my mandolin.