8 Recipes To Fool Your Family Into Thinking You Can 'Adult'

8 Recipes To Fool Your Family Into Thinking You Can 'Adult'

With the holidays coming up soon, here are ten recipes to bring to use as agonizing conversation escape plans. So when your great aunt asks "Do you have a boyfriend yet?" you can answer "Did you try my dip yet?"

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This is probably my greatest hack I've ever discovered in life. Last Thanksgiving, I was able to dodge all the cringe-worthy conversation that involves interrogating love and school life by bringing a delicious appetizer to the party.

I can't even explain how much more pleasant it was to share my recipe and cooking tips than explain why there are no grandchildren yet. They aren't expecting you, the college student, to show up with a dish in hand, so take control of the conversation this year!

1. 3 Ingredient Queso 

This recipe is always such a hit whenever I make it. Last Thanksgiving, the crockpot was completely empty before dinner was even ready! I've also included a meatless alternative with white cheese and spinach, instead of original and hamburger meat.

Ingredients:

1 block of Velveeta Original OR Queso Blanco (I wont lie, knock off brands like Great Value taste the exact same and cost a few dollars less)

2 cans of Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chiles (I use mild)

1 lb of ground beef OR 9 oz frozen spinach

Cooking Instructions:

1. Dump into the crock-pot* your block of cheese and cans of Rotel and set to high. It helps to cut the block of cheese into smaller pieces.

2. Brown the hamburger meat in a pan and drain the grease.

3. Once your meat is cooked, add it to the crock-pot and set to low.

It takes a few hours to melt altogether, and I recommend stirring every 45 minutes to avoid cheese burning to the bottom.

*this recipe can be made in a large pot on the stove, it just requires a little more attentiveness and time*

2. Fancy Crescent Rolls

Sorry I don't have a better name for this, I kind of just made up the recipe recently by experimenting a little. I was making dinner and knew I wanted a roll, but a roll with flavor packed in it. So, here we are.

Ingredients:

1 can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

3 tablespoons of butter

Shredded Cheese (any kind will work, and the amount needed is really up to you) (I use mozzarella)

3 teaspoon Parsley Flakes

3 teaspoon Basil Leaves

2 teaspoon Garlic Powder

Cooking Instructions:

1. For easy clean-up, lay foil over a baking sheet.

2. Place your unrolled dough out on the foil, leaving you 8 triangles.

3. Melt the butter down in a little bowl. Add garlic powder, parsley, and basil to melted butter to create a sauce we will spread on the dough before baking.

5. On the widest part of the dough, place your desirable amount of cheese in small pile.

6. Once all your dough has cheese on it, fold over the dough like you normally would a crescent roll. (Take the top of the triangle of dough and tuck it under the base)

7. Use a spoon to spread your butter sauce over all the crescent rolls, sprinkle more parsley and basil on the tops if you would like.

8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, but because all ovens vary keep your eye on them so they don't burn!

3. Blueberry Lemon Bread

This recipe was so yummy but a little messy to make! The two flavors really compliment each other, and the dish itself looks very adult-y.

Ingredients:

2 boxes of blueberry muffin mix

1 can of lemon frosting

Cooking Instructions:

1. Follow the prep instructions of your blueberry muffin mix to get the batter ready.

2. Pour your batter into a bread-loaf pan instead of muffins.

3. Follow your muffin baking instructions, it may take a little longer than your instructions say because it is in loaf form.

4. Lay out some wax paper beneath a cooling rack, because this frosting part gets messy.

5. Remove your fully cooked blueberry "bread" from the oven. Take it out of the pan and place on the cooling rack.

6. While the loaf is still warm, spoon out your lemon frosting atop the loaf. It will melt down and drip off, hence why we put wax paper underneath!

It looks fancy, it tastes delicious, and is not a very common dessert. Hello conversation starter!!

4. Easy-Bake Sliders

So for this you can really mix it up with what kind you want to make! It's so easy and so yummy, it honestly makes you wonder why you haven't thought of it before. Unfortunately, despite the name of the recipe the iconic easy-bake oven is not a part of this one.... my apologies.

Ingredients:

1 package of King's Hawaiian Dinner Rolls

Sliced ham and swiss OR seasoned meatballs, spaghetti sauce, and mozzarella OR sliced corned beef, sauerkraut, and swiss

4 tablespoons of butter, melted

Play around with spices like basil, parsely, and oregano to make your own butter sauce.

Cooking Instructions:

1. DO NOT pull apart the rolls, leave them as a large block and use a big knife to cut the entire thing in half, so there is a top and bottom piece. (Pro-tip: King's Hawaiian sells these rolls in sub sandwich form where they are already pre-cut in half)

2. With the bottom half on a baking sheet, cover the roll with whichever meat you are choosing to use.

3. Top the meat layer with cheese (and sauce if applicable)

4. Put your top piece on the cheese and spoon out a coating of the butter sauce you made.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, or however long it takes for the cheese to melt and the tops to be golden brown.

6. After they're done baking, you can leave them as a whole large piece and allow guests to pull apart as they please, or use a knife and cut the rolls into individual squares.

5. Candied Bacon 

This is probably one of the best but trickiest recipes of the list. It can burn really easily so take caution and PAY ATTENTION when making this recipe!! ( I usually almost ALWAYS burn at least a piece or two so don't feel bad).

Ingredients:

Thick-cut bacon

Maple Syrup

Brown Sugar

Cooking Instructions:

1. Cover a baking sheet in foil because if it burns its near impossible to clean off.

2. Set aside a bowl of brown sugar and a bowl of maple syrup, you will be dipping the bacon in the syrup so take that into consideration of bowl choice.

3. Coat your bacon in the syrup and lay on the foil.

4. Sprinkle brown sugar on each side of the bacon.

5. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes but seriously peek every 2 minutes or so as burning can happen within seconds!!!

6. Let the bacon cool for a while and it will harden up and be super yummy and crispy.

6. Stuffed Mini Peppers

These are a colorful addition to any snack spread at any gathering.

Ingredients:

6 mini peppers, cut in half long-ways and seeds removed

Roughly 4 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped up

4 oz cream cheese

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cooking Instructions:

1. In a bowl, mix together cream cheese, bacon, garlic, and cheddar until it is a smooth mixture.

2. Fill each half of the peppers with desired amount of the mixture.

3. Use leftover shredded cheese to sprinkle on top.

4. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.

7. Jalapeno Popper Dip

Don't let the jalapenos scare you, this can be a non-spicy dip by just adding less of them! This dip is best served with crackers though, not tortilla chips.

Ingredients:

8 oz cream cheese

4 oz can of diced jalapenos, drained

1 cup sour cream

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup bread crumbs

4 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon parsley flakes

Cooking Instructions:

1. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, garlic powder, and sour cream.

2. Mix in the jalapenos, shredded cheddar cheese, and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese.

3. Spread the mixture into an 8x8 pan.

4. In another bowl, mix together the butter, bread crumbs, parsley, and remaining Parmesan cheese. Spread this mixture over the top of the dip.

5. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until the top is crispy brown.

8. Baked Potato Rounds

This one is probably the easiest, so I saved it for last.

Ingredients:

4 medium sized potatoes

5 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped

Shredded cheddar cheese

Garlic salt

Cooking Instructions:

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.

2. Slice the potatoes into 1/4 in ch thick slices and boil for 3-4 minutes.

3. Spread the potatoes out onto a foil-covered baking sheet, sprinkle with garlic salt.

4. Pile on cheese and bacon pieces.

5. Bake for 12-14 minutes and serve with sour cream to dip!

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13 Signs You're Turning Into Your Mother

The older you get, the more you wonder how she can possibly do it all.
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We may think that we’re so different from our mothers, but let’s face it… we know that we’re going to end up just like them. (And that’s definitely not a bad thing!!) Yes, your mom probably made you get awful bangs at some point, but she told you that you were beautiful through your awkward stage and she continues to show you unconditional love every single day. So in honor of Mother’s Day coming up, I decided to reflect on some things that make you think, “I’m turning into my mother”...

1. You have a new found love for HGTV.

Thanks mom for introducing me to the show Fixer Upper, now we can both obsess over Chip and Joanna together. #shiplapforeve r

2. You say "text me when you're home" to your friends.

This may be something very mom-like to say, but hey better safe than sorry!

3. You bring a jacket with you everywhere.

You’re the friend that will always bring a jacket to an event due to the chance that it could get chilly. Or even better, you’ve been the one to remind others to bring their jackets too.

4. You aren't as up to date with pop culture.

Who sings this song again?? Wait, they broke up??

5. You feel a deep obligation to clean before guests come over.

If you’ve recently felt stressed or panicked because your place is a mess and you have company coming over, you may be experiencing the universal “crazy mom cleaning mode.”

6. You always have tissues.

Because you never know when someone’s going to spill or sneeze, and you might as well be prepared amiright?

7. You enjoy giving gifts.

The older you get, the more joy you find in making others happy with finding that perfect gift.

8. You use your email frequently.

Suddenly you actually use and check your email multiple times each day like a functioning adult. Why can’t we go back to the times when you only needed your email to make a club penguin account??

9. You get excited about sales, deals, and coupons.

Admit it, the occasional coupon here and there is thrilling.

10. You cook her recipes.

But let’s be real, you usually have to call your mom at least 5 times because you have questions about how to successfully cook something without burning it.

11. You use a planner to organize your life.

How else are you going to keep track of all of your assignments, appointments, and social events??

12. You have an obscene amount of Tupperware.

Bonus points if you use old containers from other foods as your “Tupperware."

13. You appreciate your mom for everything she does.

The older you get, the more you wonder how she can possibly do it all. You’re forever thankful to have such a strong and fabulous woman to look up to in your life!

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My Life Has Not Been The Same Since I Met My Father

He showed me angels, and told me I could put my weapons down because I've got protectors.

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I rang in 2019 with sexual sin and instead of being convicted, I felt condemnation (see previous blog post). This, coupled with isolation and watching my fellow seniors have future plans while I didn't have any for post-undergrad, caused me to be in a dark place from January to the first week of April. I honestly didn't want to live anymore, convinced there was no point to my life. Three months, 1 week, and 3 days later, I went on my first A Life Retreat from April 11th to the 14th.

We arrived at the retreat site on the 11th at night so I was just expectant for the next day, but I was trying not to be excited because I didn't want to be brokenhearted if Jesus passed me by. On the 12th, during the last session for the day, many of my peers were getting delivered. I was praying for their deliverance while hoping for my encounter with Christ. However, something shifted in me and I became jealous. I remember thinking I wish I had some demons in me so that God will finally pay me some attention (we could unpack another day so this post isn't 5 pages long). I began to doubt God, I stopped praying and was looking around with a cynical smile on my face.

After the leadership team dismissed us, I went to sit down, angry and dejected. Someone asked me if I was okay. I lied, answering yes. Another person asked me; I lied again. A third person asked, and I finally told the truth saying, "no, but it's whatever". She asked if she could pray for me and I said, "you can do what you want but it's not going to change anything". I reasoned, if God won't show up for me when I prayed for myself, why would He show up when someone else does. With persistence, she began to pray for me, but I wasn't paying attention. I was just thinking she will be done soon and go her way.

She didn't end quickly so I began hearing the words of her prayer. She was saying, "God loves you." I was chuckling, thinking yeah, right. As she continued to pray those sweet words over me, telling me what God was saying and thinking about me, I began to speak out loud what was in mind, telling her that she was lying. After some back and forth, some A Life leaders came over and began to pray for me and after a good fight, deliverance took place. I became free from the stronghold of the spirit of doubt.

The next day, I was hypersensitive to the voice of God. At the beginning of the first session, I heard Him tell me to put my shield down and what I saw behind it was incredible. I had detached a part of myself that was much younger than the current me and I would transfer all the blame of my past onto her. Everything I hated about myself I put on her (this younger version of me). God told me I was supposed to unite with her, but I didn't want to. I told myself I was shielding her to protect her, but actually, I was trying to hide her in order to hate myself less or to avoid judgment. I couldn't move forward until we became one. After another deliverance session in which I was able to forgive myself and reconcile all parts of me, I felt empty, but in a good way. While on break for the day, I remember thanking God for freeing me and asking Him to fill me back up.

Throughout the last session on the 13th, He showed up and showed out for His little girl. I saw multiple visions of how much God loves me. I don't really have an intimate relationship with my natural father so what happened that night was pivotal in my life.

In my first vision, while I was praising and worshipping Him, God told me to rest my head on His shoulder while He told me how much He loves me.

Then He told me to lay my head on his lap and at this point, I'm crying because He's also telling me how He feels about me and how beautiful I am.

He showed me angels, multitudes, and told me I could put my weapons away because I've got protectors and defenders.

He told me that they had always been there even when I could not see them and He did all this while hugging me.

There was so much more that God told me and showed me, but I'm focusing on these few because it tackled the daddy issues and brother issues I had.

My life has literally not been the same ever since April 13th, 2019. I don't even know how to put into words how my life has been, how I have felt, how much love I have in my life. I just want everyone else in the world to feel what I feel, to know what I know, to encounter WHO I encountered. I also want to thank the A Life leadership team. Just in case any of you are reading this, "thank you. I can only imagine the amount of time you had to spend in your secret place with The Most High so that you were able to war for me, and the other A Lifers with Him in the open. May our Father replenish and reward you for being dedicated to people to see them saved and FREE. I love you all."

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