Mar 6 2011

espresso chocolate cake w/orange whipping cream

Crock Pot Chocolate Cake

1/4 cup espresso (or you can use regular coffee instead)
1 box of Devils Food Chocolate Cake mix
3.8 oz. package of devils food instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup chocolate chips
8 oz sour cream
3 eggs
3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup water

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a lightly greased crock pot and cook on high for 3 hours.

Orange Whipping Cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 Tablespoon sour cream
1 Tablespoon orange oil
1 Tablespoon powdered sugar

Beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Add sour cream, orange oil and powdered sugar and mix until combined.

Serve orange whipping cream on top of warm cake.

Jan 20 2011

crockpot black bean soup

“We love black beans and this soup always hits the spot. My husband usually has 2 huge bowls and the kids all but lick their bowls clean.”

Makes 8 servings
Active Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 8 hours on low

1 red onion – chopped and divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic – minced
1 tablespoon flour
1 lb black beans
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup cilantro – chopped
Sour cream – for garnish
Monterey Jack cheese – for garnish

1) Set aside 1/4 of the chopped onion for garnish. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium – high heat. Add 3/4 of the chopped onion. Cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic. Cook another minute. Add flour, continue cooking and stirring until slightly brown – about 5 more minutes. Add 2 Tablespoons of water and scrape up any bits of browned bits from the pan. Transfer to the crockpot.

2) Add beans, spices, and 8 cups of water to crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Before serving, remove 2 cups of beans and blend in a blender until smooth. Return to pot.

3) Serve garnished with red onion, cilantro, cheese, and sour cream.

Dawn Billesbach is a meal planning mom and the founder and creator of Menu For The Week. Dawn lives in Denver, CO with her husband and 2 girls. She began to help busy moms get through the trenches of motherhood one planned meal at a time.”