Gluten Free Enchilada Lasagna

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This is one of our family favorites. About a year and a half ago we took my oldest son gluten free. At first it was so hard to adjust, but this is one of the recipes we’ve been able to come up with so he could still enjoy his favorite mexican food dish. If your not gluten free, then you can interchange the red sauce for green sauce, but the green sauce does have wheat so if you’re gluten free stay away from that. Other then that, this is a pretty simple straight forward delicious dish. Hope you like it! Enjoy.

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Gluten Free Enchilada Lasagna

1 1/2 – 2 lbs ground beef

Garlic salt and pepper

28 ounce can diced tomatoes

10 ounce can of red enchilada sauce

about 18 corn tortillas

30 ounce can refried beans

1/4 to 1/2 onion, chopped

1 1/2 cups cheddar or mexican cheese

2.25 ounce can sliced black olives

In a medium saucepan add ground beef. Season with garlic salt and pepper. Brown till meat is completely cooked through. Turn off heat. With a slotted spoon scoop cooked meat onto a plate lined with paper towels.

Drain liquid from diced tomatoes. Combined 2/3 can of tomatoes with the cooked meat. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a 9×13 inch pan, pour about 1/4 can of red sauce into bottom of pan. Add a layer of corn tortillas, breaking some in half to cover the edges so as to cover the entire surface.

Spread cooked meat mixture evenly over corn tortillas. Cover with another layer of tortillas.

Spread refried beans evenly over tortilla layer. Sprinkle onions over beans. Quantity depends on your person preference. I like onions so I did 1/2 an onion. Cover with another layer of tortillas.

Evenly cover last tortilla layer with the remaining 1/3 can of diced tomatoes. Pour remaining sauce over tomatoes.

Top with cheese and olives.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes until cheese is completely melted and enchilada dish is completely heated throughout.

Let cool a couple minutes and then serve.

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Brown Sugar Glazed Banana Bread

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Banana Bread

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

3 overripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Brandy Brown Sugar Glaze

1/3 cup butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp water

2 tsp Brandy liquor (optional)

1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combined butter, eggs, and brown sugar.

Mix on medium speed until mixture is creamy and well incorporated. Add oil and vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter mixture.

Mix until texture in consistent.

Add mashed bananas and mix well.

Fold in walnuts. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan.

Bake bread for 20 minutes, then cover loosely with tinfoil. Continue baking for 30 to 40 more minutes until a toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out moist but not gooey.

10 minutes before bread has finished baking add all glaze ingredients into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes until sugar has dissolved. Set aside.

When bread comes out of the oven, poke the top several times with a toothpick.

While the loaf is still in the pan, pour warm glaze over the bread.

Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes before removing loaf from pan. Slice and serve.

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Double Berry Vanilla Fluff Cake

First, I wanted to throw a couple more 4th ideas your way since it’s coming up in a couple days!!! We’ll be headed up north to my parents cabin in a little town called Springerville. I don’t know why, but the valley really doesn’t do anything for the 4th except for fireworks. So we try to go up north every year since Springerville does a parade, rodeo, fireworks, and 4th of July dance. It’s just really a “down home” “small town” fun experience.

Last Minute 4th Ideas!!

I also have a confession. I don’t know why, but I’m in love with sucking the color out of my pictures these days. I feel like it makes them look old and kind of vintage. I just love it. Is there anyone out there with this same compulsive habit? Seriously, every single picture I have to fight the urge to remove some or most of the color out of it.

Anyways, back to this cake. It kind of just popped into my head and I had to see if I couldn’t make it turn out. I have this firm belief that all cakes should be super moist and melt in your mouth. I also feel like anything containing sweetened condensed milk turns out amazing. And, I really don’t know where the marshmallow fluff came into play, but the combination of it all made a moist fluffy cake that literally melts in your mouth. Hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as my hubby and kids did!!

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Vanilla Fluff Cake
1 16.25 ounce box white cake mix
1 7 ounce container marshmallow fluff
2 eggs
1 cup water
1 cup all-purpose flour

Topping
1 1/2 heaping cup dice strawberries
1 heaping cup blackberries
1/2 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup white chocolate chips

Vanilla Almond Glaze
1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl combine white cake mix.

Marshmallow Fluff.

Eggs and water.

Mix together on low speed until well incorporated.

Add flour.

Mix on low until batter is smooth.

Spread batter into a greased 9×13 inch pan.

I just couldn’t resist. Had to take a close up of these gorgeous blackberries.

Evenly space first blackberries over batter. Then evenly space strawberries over batter around blackberries. Press down on berries slightly.

Pour half a can of sweetened condensed milk over berries.

Top with white chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes until edges turn golden brown and center springs back to the touch. Set aside and let cool for a couple minutes.

In a small bowl combine glaze ingredients and mix until smooth.

Drizzle over warm cake and serve.

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4th of July Line Up!!!

I can’t believe today is already Wednesday. I have absolutely had no time to catch up since getting back from California. I think I need a vacation from the work that accumulated while I was on vacation. I really can’t complain though. It was a gorgeous weekend on the beach. We also visited an amazing spot called Sunset Cliffs. I have been to San Diego more times then I can count and have never heard of this place. It was breathtaking.


Definitely a little crowded. And one of those spots that if you go without a partner, you feel a little left out. But worth the drive to see. My poor sitter was such a good sport though as I said repeatedly, “Oh!! I have to just get one more picture.”
We had lots of fun, but it seems as if everything in my life has to hit all at once. So just a forewarning, I’m taking the rest of the week off and will be posting again Monday. Which is why I’m giving you all this yummy line up of amazing 4th recipes to try until I come back. My Momma got a hysterectomy yesterday and I will be spending some much needed time tending to her. Take care!!
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Patriotic Desserts

Cherry Almond Amaretto Dessert Rolls

I can not find motivation for today. I’m suppose to be leaving for the airport in 5 hours and I’m not packed, I don’t have my daughter packed, still need to finish up some of my house work and for sure the dishes at the very least, but I just don’t want to. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so excited to go on this trip and spend a well needed break on the beach sunbathing, but man I need some caffeine or something to get me going. No doubt I’m probably going to have a panic attack right before I’m suppose to leave and wonder why I put all of it off till the last minute, but for now, I’m going to just relax in my sheer procrastination.

Random question, but have you had gelato? I’ve had gelato before. Never was really a fan. Yeah it was good. Not amazing but good. Honestly though, if I’m going to have a cold dessert, give me ice cream. Not this weird sorbet stuff.

 

Oh my gosh, I don’t feel that way anymore!! I’m just gonna come clean and say it. I am a Frost addict. The problem started about a year ago, and I fear I will never recover. Seriously!! You peeps in Phoenix, Chicago, Tucson, Albuquerque. Make it a priority. Schedule it in your day-planner, and go. But be prepared. Your life will never be the same.

Long story short, that is where I got inspiration for this dessert. They just came out with a new seasonal flavor, Amaretto, and I’m hooked. It’s amazing. As I reflected, while eating my creamy goodness, on what I could make using this amazing flavor combination, this popped into my head. I’m actually in love with how it all came together. Hope you like it! And now, I really do need to go pack!! Housework? Not so much. Have an awesome weekend 🙂

Quick Tip: Make sure to read though this recipe before preparing. I put the Amaretto Cream Cheese Frosting together in 2 separate steps, because you have to let sauce mixture cool to room temperature before adding it to the softened cream cheese.

P.S. I am completely aware that “peeps”and “gonna” is not grammatically correct. Please do not leave me a comment about it. I did it on purpose. Thanks!

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Amaretto Cream Cheese Frosting
3 tablespoons Amaretto Liquore
2 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon cherry extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
4 oz cream cheese, (half block) softened

Almond Dessert Rolls Dough
6 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup sugar, + 2 tablespoons, divided
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1 .75 oz fast rise yeast packet
3 cups Flour, + 1/2 cup as needed
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons almond extract

For Rolls Center
18oz jar of Cherry Preserve
3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks
1/2 cup sliced almonds, + additional for garnish (optional)

Start making frosting by combining Amaretto, butter, water, sugar, and extracts in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat. Stir until butter is melted, and mixture comes to a bubble. Let bubble for about a minute.

Add dark chocolate chips and stir until chocolate has completely melted and sauce is smooth. Set aside, and let cool to room temperature, for about an hour while you make dough.

Start on dough by combining butter, 2 tbsp. sugar, milk and water in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 30 second intervals until butter is almost melted completely. Stir mixture to help butter to finish melting and set aside to allow mixture to cool for about 5 minutes.

After mixture has cooled slightly, add yeast and stir to incorporate into butter mixture. Set aside.

In mixer, add 3 cups flour and remaining 1/4 cup sugar.

Seriously, what is it about falling sugar that I love so much?

Stir yeast mixture and add to flour mixture.

Also add beaten eggs and extracts. Mix on low speed until dough starts to come together. Slowly add remaining 1/2 cup flour as needed if dough seem too sticky. Just until dough starts to ball up.

Lightly flour flat surface and roll dough onto flour. Lightly flour top of dough and hands. Knead dough for a couple minutes until dough feels evenly textured throughout.
Place dough in a buttered or greased bowl and roll dough to coat surface. Cover loosely with plastic wrap  and place in a warm place to rise for about an hour and a half or until dough has doubled in size.

While dough is rising place cream cheese in mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Add cooled chocolate frosting mixture and beat until mixture is completely incorporated and smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator until rolls are finished.

After dough has risen, roll out on a floured surface. Roll dough about 12 inches wide by 18 inches long.

Evenly spread cherry preserve onto dough surface.

Sprinkle dark chocolate chunks evenly over cherry preserve layer.

Finish rolls center by sprinkling sliced almonds evenly over cherry and chocolate chunk layer.

Roll dough over cherry layer longways until dough has completely enclosed cherry center. Using unflavored dental floss, cut dough about every 2 1/2 inches to create 7 rolls (discard ends). Place in a 9 inch round cake pan and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Set in a warm place to rise again for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cook rolls for 30 to 35 minutes. Set pan on cooling rack until rolls have cooled slightly and frost with Amaretto Cream Cheese Frosting. Garnish as desired and serve.

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Recipe Yields: 7 Rolls.

Frost Pictures from Google Images.

Three C Stuffies

Okay, first off I have to say you guys sure know how to make a girl feel loved. I though that some might notice I’d stopped posting, but I never thought I would receive such a warm welcome coming back and posting to my blog. Honestly, it’s been a really nice surprise being that I felt a little sheepish coming back after so long of not posting. But I just wanted to say thanks to everyone that has given me such a warm welcome back.
This week should be fun and hectic. Me and a couple other girls are headed to California Friday, with our little girls for a kind of “No Boys Aloud” getaway on the beach. So I’ll be packing and catching up on things before then. I’ve also been playing with an idea for a recipe. Chocolate Chunk Amaretto Dessert Rolls. Hopefully I’ll be creating and posting that recipe before I go. Depending on how the “creating” part goes that is :).

A couple of hints for this recipe before I go. You can get caramel extract at either Walmart, or from time to time I’ve seen it at Bashas’. I’ve never seen it anywhere else, but it really gives the cookie dough just that little bit extra caramel flavor so don’t just go without. Also, yes I know there is not salt in the dough recipe. I don’t know if it’s the nuts that does it, but if you add salt to the dough, it makes the cookies just a little too salty so that’s why I left it out. Other then that, Enjoy!!
Caramel Cookie Dough
1 cup of butter, 2 sticks
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon caramel extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Chocolate, Caramel, Coconut & Walnut Stuffing
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup roughly chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons ice cream topping caramel
1 tablespoon melted butter
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, separated
In a large mixing bowl add butter and sugars. 
Cream together on medium speed.
Add eggs, vanilla, and caramel extract.
Mix together well.
In a sperate bowl mix together dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix together on low speed.
Take dough and place in refrigerator while preparing cookie stuffing.
Start preparing cookie stuffing by combining flour, coconut, caramel, walnuts and butter in a medium bowl.
After all this time, I have to admit, I’m still addicted to pouring pictures.
I substituted plain caramel for this butterscotch caramel. I love the flavor, but either will do.
Using a fork stir all ingredients together.
Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and fold in to coconut mixture. Remove dough from fridge and heat oven to 350 degrees.
Take a small ball of dough, a little bit smaller then a golfball, and shape into a bowl. Place coconut stuffing in the center and massage dough over the top of stuffing.
Once center is completely covered by dough, roll cookie between hands to round cookie and place on cookie sheet about 1/2 inch apart.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes until cookies have flattened out some and the bottom edges touching the cookie sheet start to brown slightly. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes.
Place 1/4 cup chocolate chips into a glass bowl and heat in microwave for 30 second intervals until chocolate is smooth with no unmelted chunks. Stir in between intervals. Pipe or drizzle chocolate over tops of cookies.

Extreme BLT

Hey Guys, Just thought I’d quickly shoot one more recipe your way before Father’s Day tomorrow. My man is in love with all things spicy, so the thought hit me to put a little spin on one of our all time favorite sandwiches. I resisted the urge to throw some jalapenos on there, being that it’s kind of a breakfast sandwich, and I felt that might have been a little too much. But the pepper jack cheese and spicy ranch does give a really yummy kick to this traditional favorite.

Let me know what you think!! Enjoy your Saturday and Happy Father’s Day!!

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Extreme BLT
serving size: 1 large sandwich

2 pieces of Sheepherder Bread or bread of your choice
Mayo
Spicy Ranch Dressing
1 tomato, sliced
1/2 an avocado, sliced
3 or 4 leafs of iceberg lettuce
2 slices of pepper jack cheese
6 pieces of bacon
ground black pepper

Prepare and slice tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and pepper jack cheese. Set aside.

Coat 1 side of each slice of bread with first a thin layer of mayo, and then a little bit thicker layer of spicy ranch.

Here is about what you want to aim for. Thicker then the mayo, but just enough to give your sandwich some pop. Probably about 1 tablespoon of mayo to 2 or 3 tablespoons of spicy ranch per slice. Set aside.

Begin to brown bacon over medium to medium high heat, seasoning each side with ground black pepper. Flip as needed.

As bacon is cooking, start assembling sandwich by first layering lettuce over the bottom slice of bread. Then topping with sliced avocado. Set aside.

Place cooked bacon onto a plate lined with paper towels. Pat off access grease then immediately place onto avocado slices and top with pepper jack cheese.

Top cheese with tomato slices and add final slice of bread. Serve immediately while bacon is still hot.

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