Saturday, August 27, 2011

Lasagne Cupcakes!

"MOM!!! I want lasagne!" Usually the answer to that would be,"No. It takes too much time." Well not anymore. With these lasagne "cupcakes" there is always enough time to satisfy your hankerings for lasagne. They are a perfect serving size, only take 20 min. to bake, AND  taste DEEEE-lish!!!
Serve with a big green salad and maybe some garlic bread for a hearty Italian dinner. 

Prepare the meat sauce first, let cool.

Time to assemble the ingredients

Grease the muffin tins

Begin assembly by placing 1 wonton wrapper in the tin

Next add meat sauce

Add a layer of shredded cheese, then repeat the layers again.

Then pop in the oven until golden and bubbly

Lasagna Cupcakes, adapted from

Two cups of your favorite pasta (red) sauce

1 lb sweet italian sausage (you can also use ground turkey or hamburger meat)

24 wonton wrappers  

8 ounces monterey jack cheese, grated (or you can use mozzarella if you prefer)

fresh basil leaves for garnish
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray 12 serving muffin tin with Pam
  1. Cook sausage, drain, add pasta sauce to pan, and simmer about 5 minutes.
  2. Set the sauce aside to cool abit. About 10 minutes makes it easier to work with.
  3. Start assembling the lasagnas. Line each cupcake mold with a wonton wrapper. Layer a spoonful of sauce/meat mixture (not too much). Top with a sprinkling of cheese. Repeat once more.
  4. Bake until the lasagnas are bubbly and golden about 18-20 minutes.
  5. Let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. Run a knife around the edges and remove from pan.
  6. Enjoy!!  Makes 12 individual lasagne (1 serving will be 1-2 "cupcakes")

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Gooey Flourless Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Gooey Chocolate Deliciousness

Hey Guys, yesterday, my mom and I discovered what could become a go-to dessert recipe for ages to come!

This is a flourless chocolate cake, so simple and quick it's amazing.  It is made with 3 ingredients we all have in our kitchens, and is delicious.  What more can you ask for??  So buckle your seatbelts, cuz here we go!
Gooey Flourless Chocolate Cake in a Mug
serves one

1 egg
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2Tbsp Cocoa Powder

Place all ingredients in a standard sized microwave-safe mug, whisk together w/ a small whisk or fork, until well-combined
Microwave full power for 50-60 seconds.  It should be moist, and cakey.
To serve, top with whipped cream or ice cream, or whatever you'd like.


Whisk together all ingredients

It should look like this before you put it into the microwave.

60 Seconds Later--Pure JOY

This Recipe is a Keeper (and easy to remember)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Have a Hootenanny this Weekend.

 My mom first found the recipe for a Hootenanny in a cookbook called Worldwide Ward by Deanna Buxton. We made a few changes, and we gave it a try.  Who knew something with such a funny name would taste so good?
It's basically a giant puff pancake that tastes just like french toast. It is super buttery and sweet when you add maple syrup.  My mom loves it because it's so fast to make, and we can all sit down together to eat together (instead of her staying behind to flip pancakes).  It's perfect for a quick weekend breakfast!



Heres our adaptation of the Recipe.  It's super quick and easy.  The most difficult thing is to remember to use a potholder when grabbing the skillet handle, because it will be hot coming out of the oven.  My mom burned herself because she's so used to grabbing the handle of a skillet when cooking on the stovetop.  Be careful!

1/4 cup butter
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla,
1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Melt the butter on the stovetop in a large ovenproof frying pan. Blend all the remaining ingredients in a blender to combine. Pour batter into the frying pan containing the melted butter.   and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

While it's baking, it will puff up a LOT.  Us kids enjoy watching it through the oven window.  When it's golden and puffy and ready to serve, you can cut it into wedges to serve.  Do it quickly because it will begin to deflate.

Feel free to serve with whatever topping you like--berries, jam, syrup, or honey.  Use your imagination--and have fun with the hootenanny!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

BellaBits Needs Your Help!!

Have you heard of Ebates?  It's awesome for families like mine that like to shop online.
 All you do is sign up (for free) and the next time you want to shop online, you go to ebates, look up the store you want (there are tons, like Macys, Nordstrom, Old Navy, Gap, Toys R Us, Travelocity, and for foodies like me, Godiva, and Food Network), and click the link.  Everytime you shop, you earn a cash rebate from Ebates.  My Mom earns some pretty good money!!

 I have a goal for signing up 50 people to Ebates through the link on my site.  If I do, I will be able to get a free IPad2!!  This would be my dream! Just think of all the blogging I can do on-the-go!

 If you do sign up, you will be able to refer 50 people and get your own IPad2  also. YAY!!! It is free to join, and if you're a kid, be sure to ask your parents. It is Totally Free to Sign Up.

If you like BellaBits and want to help me reach my goal, please sign up for Ebates through my blog by clicking the link below, or on the right side of my blog. Thanks!

                                       Keep the cupcakes comin'   :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Refreshing Summer Memories: Yosemite Waterfalls and Watermelon

My brother Nick and I in Yosemite this Summer
                       HEYYY!!! I'm back!! This has been an amazing summer. We visited Yosemite National Park for the first time and enjoyed the beautiful mountains, redwoods, animals, and waterfalls. But thats not the only water we enjoyed. After a long day of hiking, while we chatted outside of our cabin with our family, all of us nibbled on refreshing watermelon.

Yosemite Falls with my brother.

!!So misty at the base of Yosemite Falls!!

I cut my first watermelon...

... with help. :)
I tried my watermelon in a new fashion too. We blended cubed watermelon in a blender with water. It tasted super good but next time I might want to add a bit more sugar otherwise it is too thin and watery.
BEEEE-UTIFUL Watermelon!!!

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