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Super Cute Halloween Cupcake Ideas – BHG.com

7 Oct



I LOVE Cupcakes.  Not only to eat them but they are just a perfectly cute additions to any party or occassion, they are small enough to decorate without being overwhelming.  With Halloween coming up there are so many great, creative ways to decorate cupcakes and this article has a great gallery with instructions on how to do any of their 25 cupcake designs.

Some look really easy and would be sure to get you noticed at your party or make you look like Super Mom.  Have fun making these cupcakes and please e-mail me photos if you decide to make any of them.

-Drama mama out

Happy Holidays! Recipes, Decorations, Holiday Traditions, Party Ideas – BHG.com.


One Pot Shepard’s Pie Recipe

13 Sep

Well now that its Monday and I am back on track I decided to cook tonight.  Just becuase I am watching my weight doesn’t mean that I don’t want or can’t have ooey gooey cheesy dishes that make you all warm and cozy inside.  I decided to make shepard’s pie becuase I had all of the stuff that I needed and I had a lb of ground turkey that I needed to cook.

So here goes

1lb of 93/7 ground turkey.  I used Honeysuckle
1/2 a small onion diced
Instant Mashed Potato Flakes ( I used Hungry Jack Redskin & Yukon Gold left over from my Wisdom Teeth fiasco)
2% cheddar Cheese
Garlic Powder

In a deep skillet ( I used Rachael Ray 6-qt. Saute Pan in green) brown the onion until tender. Add in the ground turkey to brown.  Season meat and onion mixture to your liking.  Make sure that the meat is broken up nicely and crumbly so that it covers the bottom of the pan….drain if you have excess water or fat.

Prepare instant mashed potatoes.  Your instant mashed potatoes will have a “recipe” with measurements.  If you are not counting Weight Watchers points follow the directions on your box for the 6 serving option.  If you want lighter potatoes follow the 6 serving recipe leaving out the milk and opting for low fat margarine instead.  If you have homemade mashed potatoes to use up that’s fine too, you will need about 2 1/2 cups.  Note: This is a great recipe to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

This is the way that I prepare my potatoes (this may differ depending on what type you buy) Microwave 1 3/4 cups of water, salt, garlic powder and 3 tablespoons of margarine.  Microwave until butter is melted. Add in potato flakes and stir.  Add more water if potatoes are too thick.

Layer the prepared mashed potatoes over the layer of meat in the skillet.  Top with the cheddar cheese and bake on 400 until cheese is melted and bubbly.

If you use low fat margarine, 2% cheese and omit the milk from your potatoes 1/4 of the entire skillet is about 6 points.  It’s a pretty large portion and also gives you that “cheating” feeling without going over your points budget for the day.

Any side dishes work well with this.  Green Beans, Broccoli, Garlic Bread a side salad, etc the sky’s the limit. Also this is a real crowd pleaser…Even picker eaters will eat this 🙂


-Drama mama out

Tastespotting.com: a Visual Potluck

7 Sep

I came across a site tastespotting.com on stumbleupon.com.  This site is a beautiful collection of food images that link to other blogs, recipes, resturant sites etc.

Here is the site’s explanation of themselves:

Founded in January 2007 on the idea that we eat first with our eyes, TasteSpotting is our obsessive, compulsive collection of eye-catching images that link to something deliciously interesting on the other side. Think of TasteSpotting as a highly visual potluck of recipes, references, experiences, stories, articles, products, and anything else that inspires exquisite taste.

We don’t use the term “potluck” for the hell of it. Everyone brings something to the party here: the user community submits images/links from around the web and the editorial team reviews the submissions. What finally gets served up on the site is a beautifully refined set of the community’s contributions.

If nothing else is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL site that makes me hungry 🙂 You can also submit your own food information for posting on the site.  Next time I come across something delicious I may have to post to see if my entry makes it in.  All in all cool site that I could spend hours on…probably not good for my weight loss self control but photos can make me gain weight…can they?

-Drama mama out

Potato Soup Recipe

27 Aug

I had my wisdom teeth out this week so we made potato soup so that I could actually eat a substantial meal.  This recipe is a variation on a Paula Dean recipe and it is DELICIOUS!

1/2 stick of butter
1 small onion diced
2 tbsp flour
8 russet potatoes peeled and chopped into chunks
2 chuck bouillion cubes
4 1/2 cups milk
1 cup half and half
6 slices or turkey bacon
Garlic Powder
Cheddar Cheese for Garnish
Green onions for garnish

Saute bacon in pot and remove.  Add butter to bacon drippings until melted.  Sweat the onions in the bacon drippings and butter mixture until translucent.  Add in the flour and cook for 1 minute until combined.  Add in the milk, potatoes and chicken bouillion cubes and bring to a boil.  Once the soup boils turn it down to a simmer and let cook until potatoes are tender.  Mash some of hte potatoes with the back of the spoon.Add in the 1/2 and 1/2.

Garnish with cheese, bacon and green onions.

If you use skim milk, fat free 1/2 and 1/2 and light cheese it will be 6 points per cup without bacon.


-Drama mama out

Steak Enchiladas….Yum

29 Jun

Since my husband is obsessed with his new grill we always have left over grilled food.  So I decided to use some of the many left over steaks from this weekend to make Steak Enchiladas.  Enchiladas are one of our faves but I rarely make them b/c they take a lot of time.  Hope you like the recipe.  Keep in mind that you can always substitute chicken or ground beef for teh steak.

8 oz of steak cooked and sliced thin
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 can Rotel drained
1 can corn drained
1 can black beans drained
1 can FF refried beans
2 cups shredded mexican cheese divided (I use 2%)
12-14 small tortillas (fajita size)
1 can enchilada sauce your choice of flavor

Slice cooked steak into thin strips.  In a bowl combine steak, corn, rotel, black beans, refried beans, cheese and taco seasoning.  Stir until it comes together and the refried beans makes everything stick to each other.  Spray casserole dishes or deep pans with spray and spread a thin layer of enchilada sauce onto the bottom of the pan.  Fill each tortilla with a litle bit of the mixture.  Close teh tortilla and place it into the pan seam side down.  Once the pan is full pour enchilda sauce ofer the top adn top with the additional cheese.  Back on 400 to 450 for about 30  minutes until hot and bubbly.  Add hot sauce, jalapenos etc to your liking.

Note – you will probably need 2 pans.

Also if you are following weight watchers these are normally in the 3 to 5 point range depending on the ingredients that you choose

-Drama mama out

Basil Tomato Pizza!

16 May

So tonight I made the best tomato basil pizza.  I thought I would share the recipe.  I didn’t get a photo of it because it was eaten before I could get my camera out 🙂 but it was amazing.  Let me know how it goes if you decide to make it.

1 can of refrigerated pizza crust
2 medium roma tomatoes
1 1/2 cup of mozzerella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
3/4 cup tomato sauce
10 basil leaves
1 tbsp of minced garlic
garlic powder

Roll dough out on a sheet pan as thin as it will go.  Brush on olive oil if you wish and sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Pre Bake dough as directed on teh package.  Once prebaked spoon on tomato sauce of your choice and then place minced garlic then mozzarella cheese.  Sprinkle the basil on top of the cheese and then sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top.  Bake as directed on the package and enjoy.

If you use reduced fat dough, and cheese this pizza will be 3 Weight Watchers points per slice if you cut the pizza into 10 peices.