Mommy's Kitchen - Home Cooking & Family Friendly Recipes

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Candy Corn Jell-O Poke Cake

A fun candy corn inspired poke cake flavored with orange and lemon Jell-O, and topped with a whipped cream frosting. This is the perfect cake for Halloween!
October is here, which means Halloween is just around the corner. We have about 3 weeks left until Halloween, so it's time to start thinking about all things spooky and fun! Now that my kids are older they don't go trick or treating anymore, but that doesn't mean we still can't enjoy the fun of Halloween. 

For my kids instead of trick or treating now it's all about dressing up, being scary, and handing out candy to the neighborhood kids. I always plan something festive for dinner to kick off Halloween, and making a yummy dessert to end the night is always a must. It's usually something easy and Halloween themed. 

A couple days ago I decided to treat my family to an early Halloween treat with this yummy Candy Corn Poke Cake. I love a good poke cake because they're super simple to make and the flavor possibilities are endless. If you love candy corn or even if you don't, you'll still love this cake, because it tastes nothing like candy corn.

Most candy corn cakes I've seen call for straight food coloring, but I wanted to go with something a little different. I decided on using orange and lemon Jell-O to to represent the candy corn colors, as well as flavor the cake. I have to say the orange and lemon flavor combination combined with the white cake blended together deliciously.     

If you're looking for a quick and impressive dessert for your upcoming Halloween or fall celebration I think this is it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  All of the ingredients you will need are simple and available at your local  Walmart

Friday, October 2, 2015

October Menu - Menu Plan Monthly

The following meals will get us through most of the month. I have left a few spots open for last minute recipes or for eating out. Any recipe noted with {New} are recipes I plan to make and will post in the near future. I hope y'all find something you like.

October Menu Plan 

Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie, Rolls & Garden Salad 

Pork Chops & Rice O'le {New} & California Blend Veggies 
30 Minute Pumpkin Chili & Cornbread
Salisbury Steak W/Gravy, Whole Grain Pasta & Baked Acorn Squash
Taco French Bread Pizza  {Pizza Night}
Chicken Fajitas, Mexican Rice & Refried Beans 
Creamy Chicken & Noodles 
Honey Barbecue Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes & Steamed Carrots
Copy Kat Taco Casa Chilada's {New} 
Mummy Dogs, Skillet Macaroni & Cheese & Fruit {Halloween}
Breakfast Night - Pumpkin Patch Pancakes, Sausage & Eggs 
Crock Pot Beef & Broccoli, Brown Rice & Egg Rolls 
Grilled Chicken Alfredo Casserole & Garden Salad 
Barbecue Pork Roast, French Bread Rolls, Roasted Asparagus, Fresh Fruit 
Crock Pot Roast W/Gravy, Potatoes & Carrots 
Rotisserie Chicken Soup {New} & Honey Wheat Rolls 
Smoked Sausage W/Apples, Skillet Potatoes & Roasted Broccoli 
Creamy Italian Parmesan Subs & Yogurt Fruit Salad
Skillet Lasagna, TX Garlic Toast & Garden Salad
Crock Pot Chicken & Dressing, Sauteed Green Beans & Baked Sweet Potatoes 
Taco Cups & Sopa de Conchas 
Copy Kat Pizza Hut Pan Pizza  {Pizza Night}
Easy Peasy Chicken Legs, Rice Pilaf Grilled Zucchini 
Franks & Beans, Kenny Rogers Corn Muffins, & Fruit Salad 
Barbecue Chicken & Bacon Pizza  & Pepperoni Pizza Bread  {Pizza Night}
Red Beans & Rice W/Smoked Sausage  
Greek Chicken & Potatoes & Yellow Squash & Green Beans {New}

Crock Pot Pumpkin Apple Cake 
Candy Corn Cake {New}
Lunch Lady Brownies 

Minnie's Chocolate Pie {New}

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Chicken & Black Bean Burrito Bowls

Quick and easy burrito bowls consisting of brown rice, seasoned chicken, black beans, and a variety of taco toppings. #sponsored

If you've ever been to Chipotles chances are you've ordered one their famous burrito bowls. I know I've enjoyed my share of them a time of two, but having them too often can be an expensive habit. Basically a burrito bowl is just a regular burrito without all the fuss. I guess you can say it's really an deconstructed burrito in a bowl minus the tortilla.  

To make a burrito bowl you start by choosing a meat, chicken, beef or pork carnitas. Pick a rice (brown, white or cilantro lime), choose a bean variety, and finally add all your favorite taco style toppings. There are so many delicious toppings to choose from at Chipotles that it doesn't take much to go overboard. To maintain a little more control over my meal I love recreating my favorite restaurant dishes at home.