Another snow day, another round of baking. I got my pumpkin fix with these pumpkin gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. They were delicious, so to keep myself from eating them all, I gave several out as Valentine’s gifts to various folks. Although my daughter ate one, the boys didn’t like them (shocking).
The hearts are outlined with red gel and filled in with red sugar. I went into a Zen state trying to get the heart shapes right — it’s not as easy as you would think. Meanwhile I gave the two little kids a couple cupcakes to decorate; that kept them busy for quite a while.
I had Christmas cupcake papers that worked quite nicely because the Christmas part was only on the bottom.
Dinner was pork chops, mashed potatoes and corn. The next day (Friday), I made what I’ll call “fast n dirty chicken n dumplings” in the Crock Pot. I’m not sure the recipe exists on the Internet anymore, so I’ll provide it:
4 cans of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup
2 chicken bouillon cubes
3 cans of canned chicken
2 cans of homestyle biscuits (like Grands)
Carrots, canned corns, peas, etc. (optional)
Combine all ingredients except biscuits in Crock Pot. Cut biscuits into quarters and place on top of the mixture. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours (or until biscuits are browned). Do not stir until the end.
So the biscuits end up tasting like dumplings. It’s like chicken soup on crack. It is super duper chicken-y. Great on a cold night. I had it Saturday for dinner too. I got the recipe from a friend of mine several years ago. There are many other versions floating around that use fresh chicken, but this is the way to go if you want to keep it extremely easy.
More later on my weekend of birthday parties and even more baking.