Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Not to worry, dear Hutchinson friends!  I've only moved my blog:

I had wordpress before (on my previous blog) and I just really like it more than blogger.  So, I'll no longer be at this address.

If you don't have facebook or twitter, please send me you email at sharacampbell(at)gmail(dot)com so I can add you to my blog email list.  OR there's also a link on the right side of my new blog to sign up to receive updated posts.

Hope to see you there!!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dark Chocolate Cake

Well, Friends...I've offically been recipe blogging for a month now and I love it.  This isn't a long time  compared to most bloggers out there, but I'm pretty proud of myself!  I started out with blogger because of it's simplicity but I'm ready to move to another site - for good.  So, starting tomorrow, Feb 1, I will be moving to another site.  I'll let you know then......

Now on to the good stuff! I've been craving something chocolatey for the past several days.  I let Reagan pick and she decided she wanted chocolate cake.  mmmmmmm...this is heavenly!
Dark Chocolate Cake
2 c boiling water
1 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c butter
2 1/4 c sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 3/4 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heavily grease a 9 inch bundt pan.  In medium bowl, mix boiling water and cocoa powder.  Stir together very well and let cool.  Meanwhile, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in another medium bowl.  Set aside.  In your mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar well - at least 2 minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix well again.  Add half of the flour mixture and mix. Slowly poor in cocoa/water mixture and make sure everything is mixed well.  Add the last half of the flour mixture and combine well for the last time.  Make sure to mix all the way to the bottom.  Pour into bundt pan and bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool.  Frost with you favorite frosting.
In the words of my fantastic Uncle Ron:
"Well, that'll just jerk the pounds right off ya!"

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Fried Chicken Stips & Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I missed my first post yesterday....I have a good reason though.  I was doing our taxes....ugh.  It would be a lot more simple if I'd be a lot more organized.

Just to let you know. I know how to be organized.  I even like to be organized.  You should have seen my room my senior year in high school when I finally had my own room: everything had it's place and it stayed in it's place. (I shared a room with my sis all 17 years prior to this - she's 5 years younger and had a creative streak much like my lil' Reagan - who always has her creative stuff everywhere :D  I love ya, Katrina!)  BUT then I had 3 kids and I've lost my organization's probably under the boys' bed...yikes!

So back to my taxes....I started gathering the paperwork around 2:30pm and finally finished up at 10:45pm.  I stopped only long enough to fix dinner: Fried Chicken Strips, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, gravy, and carrots.  Crazy - I know.  Especially on the day I decide to do taxes, but I'd already promised Mike I'd make this before I got the motivation to do our taxes.

Fried Chicken Strips
3 skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
30 saltines, crushed finely (or your favorite cracker!)
1/4 c instant potato flakes
2 Tbsp flour
2 tsp Shara's House Seasoning
1/4 c flour
2 eggs
2 Tbsp milk
oil for frying

Heat oil over medium-high heat.  Combine saltines, potato flakes, 2 Tbsp flour, and house seasoning in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, beat eggs and milk.  In another small bowl, add the 1/4 cup of flour.  First, dip the strips in the flour, then the egg mixture, then the saltine mixture.  Fry each batch for about 8-9 minutes - turning once - until chicken is cooked through and the outside coating is golden brown.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
3-4 large potatoes
1 stick of butter (1/2 c)
2 tsp Shara's House Seasoning
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano
5 Tbsp Romano or parmesan cheese

Clean and dice the potatoes.  Cover with water and bring to a boil.  Boil until potatoes become fork-tender - about 30 minutes.  Drain off water.  Place all the ingredients in your mixer and mix well.

It was all worth it though!  Mike did the dishes :D  I love him.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

English Muffin Bread

We've made it to Thursday!  It's Pizza Night!! Yeah!!

However, since I've already posted my pizza dough recipe, I'll just post a recipe for this yummy English Muffin Bread - it's wonderful for breakfast or toasted sandwiches because it toasts up so well.

English Muffin Bread
6 c flour
2 pkg instant yeast
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 c warm milk
1/2 c warm water

Mix 1 cup of flour with yeast, sugar, salt, and baking soda.  Add milk and water.  Mix well for about 5 minutes.  Add rest of flour, 1/2 cup at a time to make sticky dough.  Form into 2 loaves and place in greased loaf pans, sprinkled with cornmeal.  Spray top of dough loaves with cooking spray and sprinkle with cornmeal.  Let rise for 45 minute and then bake in a 400 degree oven for 25-35 minutes.

Here's one of the loaves before it began rising.

The loaves in this picture are small because my mixer won't hold any recipe that requires 6 cups of flour.  I halved the recipe to make two small loaves. You could also make 1 large loaf.