Chicken cordon bleu bubble up

Ok now I have been hearing about bubble ups for a while now. When I see them on Pinterest I think they look good but I am always so distracted by other recipes that I don’t ever make any of the recipes. Well Big Daddy has been out of town this week and I have been looking for quick and easy recipes. I searched for bubble up casseroles and found this little gem. I am now a total and complete bubble up concert. I cannot wait to try all of them! I love anything cordon bleu. I like the name cordon bleu. It sounds fancy even though it usually just means with ham and Swiss cheese. But I often wonder…the Cordon Bleu cooking schools…do they cook lots of stuff with ham and Swiss cheese? Where does that name come from? I will have to google it. I found the recipe on Pinterest and it is from the Plain Chicken blog. Anyhow, I adored this recipe. My sweet sugar cookie aka Kayla Ann loved it too. The other kids just were not interested but they did not hate it. I sent the leftovers to the kids’ teachers and they all liked it and rated it “yummy”. So it’s a safe bet that unless you hate ham and Swiss cheese (bless your heart) then you will likely love it. Give it a whirl friends! Jump on this bubble up train. I am now obsessed with finding new bubble ups and creating my own. Have you tried bubble ups before? Let me know. Now let’s get this bubble up…bubbling, shall we?~AMB

Chicken cordon bleu bubble up (from plain chicken blog)

serves 6

Stuff you need~

1 can Pillsbury Grands jr. Biscuits, quartered
2 cups Swiss cheese, divided
1 (15 ounce) jar Alfredo sauce (I used Bertolli)
2 cups cooked chicken (to make it crazy easy just get a rotisserie chicken)
1 cup diced ham (I bought the packaged diced ham but this is a great way to use leftover holiday ham or Sunday ham)

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stuff you need

What to do with the stuff~

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.

In a medium mixing bowl, add the quartered biscuits. Just cut them into 4 pieces using kitchen shears. Like this…

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Ok now, just pour in your Alfredo sauce, ham and 1 cup of Swiss cheese.

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lovely pictures just for you. My lovely assistant, Madame Toot, helped me out

Now, just gently fold the biscuits and sauce/cheese/ham together. You want to coat the biscuits. Ok, now, add in your chicken.

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Now pour all of this deliciousness into your prepared baking dish. Sprinkle remainder of Swiss cheese over the finished product. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until the cheese is all melty, the biscuits done and the casserole is all bubbly.

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bubbly…cheesy…delicious (not the best pic but you get the point right?)

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Lisa’s elegant beef tips, bringing home a baby and and a fairy godmother

I have told y’all about my good friend Lisa. She is the mother of my babysitters, April and Alaina. Now, these girls rarely babysit for us anymore as they are both away at college. These days, when they babysit it is more like spending time with my kids because they miss them and cannot take not seeing them another minute. We have been together so long that it supersedes any definition. We are family. We spend holidays together. We love each other. And Lisa is at the helm of our ship. She is the most fabulous. She is an excellent cook and southern woman extraordinaire.
Back in the day, when I was a mom of 3 little kids and pregnant with baby Lucas as we called him…April and Alaina babysat for us a lot. I was a needy person if there ever was one. I was tired, pregnant, and just likely a hot mess. Big Daddy worked all the time and I needed help. So no wonder, those sweet girl and their mama were there. Sometimes daily. Thank God. So when I went into labor with Lucas a month early, they were right there during the following days, taking care of kiddos, cleaning the house, and waiting for us when we got home from the hospital. And the house smelled so wonderful because these beef tips were cooking away in the crockpot. I still have the piece of paper the girls had written the recipe on as Lisa called it out over the phone, I suppose. I pulled it out yesterday to make these beef tips and I just smiled. I will never forget when Lisa was leaving my house that day we got home from the hospital. She came to get some baby Lucas snuggles and pick up the girls (so long ago they could not drive yet…crazy business folks). She was walking to her car and I said “thank you so much for everything” and she said and I quote “well Mrs. Aimee (that is what the girls call me and she does too…even now…) everyone needs a fairy godmother and I may as well be yours.” I knew then that woman would be my friend for life. I was not wrong. Her recipes are divine and these beef tips are no exception. Try them. But I have to say, her friendship is the best. ~AMB

Lisa’s elegant beef tips

serves 8

Stuff you need~

1 (3 pound) chuck roast, cut into chunks, fat removed
1 cup sherry cooking wine
1 cup chopped celery
1 can sliced mushrooms, drained (I used the larger sized jar)
2 packets of beefy mushroom soup mix
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 soup can of water
Cooked rice

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ready to go

What to do with the stuff~

Whisk together the soup, water, soup mix and cooking together. Stir in the celery and mushrooms. Finally, stir in the cubed up beef. Cook on low for 6 hours or until beef is cooked through. I will be honest and say I put mine on around 11 and they were cooked by 3:30 when I got home from picking the kids up. It depends on your crockpot and anywhere between 4 and 6 hours is normal. Just check them if you don’t know.

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cutting into that roast (it is more economical to do it this way but stew meat is convenient so do what works for you)

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whisking the soups and wine together

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add the celery

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it’s go time

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so good

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my two angels several years ago with baby Lucas(that was their baby and he still is)

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my fairy godmother and 3 year old Lucas