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A vacation of a lifetime

I believe that I have mentioned this before, but as some of you know, I am a big fan of the Food Network’s The Pioneer Woman also known as Ree Drummond. I love to watch her show and try her recipes.

For my birthday gift at the end of the month my mom, grandparents and I are going to go see her store and restaurant that’s located in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. I am so very excited about this trip! I will take some pictures and post them after I get back home.

In honor of my all time favorite celebrity chef I want to share with you this delicious bow tie lasagna recipe! You totally should make this recipe. Seriously, make this now.  Even if you’ve never cooked before in your life, you can make this pasta.

PIONEER WOMAN BOWTIE LASAGNA

Ingredients

1 lb bowtie pasta

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 lb ground chuck beef

1/2 C. onion

1 jar spaghetti sauce (or 3 cups homemade)

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 heaping teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 C. shredded mozzarella

1 C. sour cream

Directions

1. Boil the pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente, drain.  In a large skillet, brown and crumble ground chuck until fully cooked, drain fat and return to the skillet.

3. Pour the cooked pasta on top of meat, then drizzle on olive oil.  Pour the jar of sauce, salt, garlic powder and Italian seasonings.  Stir.  Add cheese and sour cream.  Stir over low heat until cheese is melted and all ingredients are combined.  Taste and add salt and pepper, if necessary.  Serve with parmesan or additional mozzarella, if desired.

Source Katie Cooks Dinner

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Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Soup

I cannot believe that this post is my one-hundredth blog post. It seems like yesterday I was writing my first, second and third posts earlier this spring. I think it’s incredibly impressive on how far I’ve come with my confidence in cooking, not to mention I’m a pretty good food blogger. I am extremely proud of myself.

Chicken + Soup + Buffalo sauce = A Buffalo fanatic’s
dream come true lol. 😀 But no seriously this soup is savory, creamy and cheesy, that I promise you will be immediately addicted to it when you finish your first bowl. Enjoy! 🙂

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Soup

Ingredients

I Tbsp. Coconut or olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

3 stalks celery, diced

2 or 3 C. cooked chicken, diced

1/4 C. butter

1/4 C. flour

1 C. chicken broth

2 C. milk

1 tsp. garlic salt

1 C. bottle buffalo wing sauce (mild or hot) (I used Frank’s)

4 oz shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add onion and celery and sauté for about five minutes, scrape veggies into the slow cooker. Add cooked chicken to the slow cooker. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat just until foamy. Whisk in the flour to make a roux, stirring well to incorporate all the flour. Cook for about two minutes, or until the roux is slightly golden. Scrape into your crockpot. Stir in chicken broth and milk. Combine the garlic salt and wing sauce. Stir well. However and cook on low for six to eight hours or on high for three to four hours. Stir in cheese about 20 minutes before serving.

Source The Crockin Girls Slow Cookin Companion

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Homemade Chicken Taquitos

My brother and dad love eating taquitos. Whenever they make a trip to the grocery store one of the things they will buy is frozen taquitos, heat them up in the oven and eat them like their nothing lol. No offense to those who loves these things because I confess I enjoy eating them too. 🙂 However, I am going to have to admit though that these Homemade Taquitos are the BOMB.com and beats the frozen ones by 1000 lol.

Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos

Ingredients

3 C. chicken, cooked and shredded 

6 oz cream cheese, softened

⅓ C. sour cream

½ C. Salsa

1 ½ C. Colby jack cheese

1 ½ C. chopped baby spinach, stems removed

Salt and pepper, to taste

12 6 inch corn or flour tortillas (I used Mission Foods)

canola oil, for frying

Instructions

Heat ½” of oil in a skillet over medium heat. In a large bowl combine the chicken, cream cheese, sour cream, salsa, Colby jack, and spinach. Add salt and pepper to taste. Once the oil is hot enough (place your hand over the pan, above oil, to feel the heat), add a few tablespoons of chicken/cream cheese mixture to the center of a tortilla and spread it out using a spatula. Roll up and set seam side down in oil using tongs. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Repeat the process until all the tortillas is stuffed, rolled and fried. Set on paper towels to drain. Serve warm and ENJOY!

Source Lilluna

Rocky Road Milkshake

Do you love milkshakes? Lol, I know I do! They are one of the easiest and delectable desserts on the planet. You never need more than a few of ingredients, and they only take a few minutes to make. My preferred flavors are cookies and cream and chocolate.

However, I wanted to try the flavor Rocky Road. And since I recently learned from Google that National Rocky Road day is on June 2nd and understand that I’m somewhat late. I still wanted to honor this national food holiday by making a Rocky Road milkshake. And I am happy that I did because Rocky Road is my new favorite.

Here’s how to make your own.

 

Rocky Road milkshake

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp. Nestle Carnation Malted Milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 C. cup milk
2 C. rocky road ice cream

Optional:
toasted marshmallow sprinkles
Whipped cream
Chocolate syrup

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and or a milkshake maker and mix until the desired consistency is reached (only took about thirty seconds in my blender, but each mixer is a little different).

Not a huge rocky road enthusiast? No worries, the ice cream flavor can easily be changed out for any type you love…cookies and cream, strawberry, vanilla, mint chocolate chip, you name it. I have a strange feeling I’ll be experimenting with more than a few of these flavors over the summer. What about you?

And if you are milkshake fanatic, what’s your favorite flavor?

Source Paper and Stitch 

 

Crockpot Baked Potato soup

As some of you probably already know, I am a soup fanatic. One of my all-time favorites is Loaded Baked Potato Soup. I enjoy it so much that whenever my family and I go out to eat to one of our preferred restaurants Panera Bread, I order it regularly lol sometimes with a soup bread bowl. It’s so creamy and delicious!! However, I’m going to have to acknowledge that it doesn’t beat homemade.

This Crockpot Baked Potato Soup is savory, filling and relatively easy to prepare. My family and I enjoyed it!

Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Ingredients

Six large potatoes

1 large onion

1 qt. of chicken broth

three garlic cloves

1/4 C. butter

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper or more to taste

1 C. Half-and-Half or 2% milk

1 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Optional:

Bacon
Chives
Sour cream
Cheese
Crackers

Directions

1. Peel and cut all six potatoes into cubes. Next, dice onion, and garlic using a food processor and or a knife. Next, combine in your crockpot the potatoes, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, chicken broth, and butter. Stir well. Save the milk and cheese for later.

2. Cook on HIGH for four hours or on LOW for eight hours. (potatoes should be soft) About an hour before serving mash the potatoes until coarsely chopped and soup is slightly thickened. Next, stir in milk and cheese. Garnish with toppings.

Notes: I understand some of you might be dreading of doing the slow, and time-consuming process of peeling and cutting the potatoes into cubes. Either because your schedule might be jammed packed with stuff. If so, peel and cut the taters into cubes the night before and put them in an airtight container and place them in the fridge. And or for those of you who find it more challenging, please be patient with yourself. You can do it! 🙂

Recipe adapted from The Crockin’ Girls Slow Cookin’ Companion

Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops

Southern comfort food is mouth-watering. Lol, if I could I would eat it every day. I mean come on who wouldn’t? It’s fattening, savory and last but not least it’s delightful. Some of my favorites are; chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes with gravy on top. Yum, yum! Haha! 😀

I also LOVE slowly cooked pork chops smothered in gravy. And it just so happened that I needed a comfort food fix lol. So on Thursday morning, I prepared this Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops recipe. It’s incredibly easy, you think people might not look twice at it because the ingredients are very simple, but man, it is so good! Like lip-smackin’, call yo Momma good!

 What is your go-to comfort food for dinner?

Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops

Ingredients:

4 bone-in pork chops (or boneless)

1 envelope onion soup mix (1 oz. packet)

1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth

1 can (10.5 oz.) cream of chicken soup 

1 envelope dry pork gravy mix (1 oz. packet)

1 tsp. garlic powder

Directions:

1. In a small mixing bowl combine onion soup mix, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and pork gravy mix and stir well. Pour mixture into your crockpot. (I recommend a 4 or 6 Qt.)

 

2. Rinse and pat dry pork chops. Next, sprinkle both sides of the chops with a little bit of garlic powder.

3. And place them into your slow cooker. Do your best to spread them out and cover with the gravy mixture. Cover and cook on low about 6-8 hours.

 

4. After cooking, you can serve right away with the gravy that the chops cook in, or you can thicken the sauce up some.

Optional: In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter (don’t walk away while doing this, butter can melt and then burn quickly.) Then combine three large tablespoons of flour. Continue mixing uil it forms a thick paste.

After it forms a heavy paste, and you’ve mixed it until smooth, pour in two cups of the pork gravy into the pot. What I did is getting a ladle and carefully scooping the sauce into a measuring cup.

Stir mixture constantly for another minute. The mixture will begin to thicken very quickly. Once it has thickened, remove from heat. Then combined thickened gravy with any remaining sauce in the pot. Stir well. Serve gravy over pork chops with taters (mashed potatoes). Yummy!!!!! 😀 

Recipe adapted from The Country Cook

 

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For Peanut butter & Chocolate lovers

I absolutely love smoothies. They are a great treat to have for breakfast or as a snack in the afternoon for when you have a sugar craving and before or after workouts. I too am a HUGE fan of chocolate and peanut butter and love adding both of these sweet companions to my smoothie.

This smoothie consists of six healthy essential ingredients you likely always keep on hand and it can be ready in no time. Chocolate for breakfast or as a snack, include me in! How could this not be great, though? It has three of the excellent flavors, banana, peanut butter, and chocolate all together in one decadent anytime of the day treat.

This is one creamy, protein-rich smoothie you are going to admire!

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Shake

Two large overripe bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen*
1 cup original almond milk or regular milk (or more to thin as desired)
3/4 cup ice
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp honey (optional)

Directions

Add all ingredients to a blender a process until well pureed. Serve immediately.

Notes: that the sweetness of this smoothie comes from the ripeness of the bananas so be sure to use some that are well ripened. If you still would like it a little bit sweeter you could add in a little honey or cut back a touch on the cocoa powder.

Recipe source: adapted from Cooking Classy

Coming up next week:

Parmesan Ranch Chicken Tenders

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Pinwheels

It’s a surprise!!!

Then coming up in two weeks:

5-minute Peanut butter cookie in a mug

How are you doing with your confidence in cooking?

Thank you so much for reading and have a fantastic weekend! 🙂

Million dollar chicken dinner

 I know that I’ve mentioned this in one of my last week’s posts that I would not be able to cook crockpot recipes for awhile due to the glass lid shattering. But, I ended up changing my mind and decided to be productive and made a homemade crockpot lid, so I could make the recipe I originally planned on cooking. How did I accomplish this task you might ask??? I covered the stoneware with foil extremely well, put a flat baking sheet on top of the foil next I placed two mason jars on top of the layer. Lol. The result of this crazy idea worked well. 🙂

Now on to talking about today’s recipe.

Your chicken dinner is seriously about to become fabulous!
Make dinner the highlight of your week when you create this insanely delicious Crock Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken Recipe! This recipe couldn’t be simpler, and the flavor is off-the-charts delicious!
Not to mention it’s super rich, creamy and ridiculously yummy!
You really can’t go wrong with Garlic and Parmesan… so grab your Crock Pot and let’s begin!

Crock Pot Garlic Parmesan Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, thawed
1 C (2 sticks) of Butter, softened
1 C Duke’s Real Mayonnaise
1 C. shredded Parmesan Cheese
12 Garlic Cloves, finely minced
½ tsp Oregano
½ tsp Basil
Optional: 1 tsp fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
Optional: pinch of Salt

Instructions

1. Grease crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.

2. Prepare the chicken by getting a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter. Rinse each breast with water then place them on the wax paper. Pat them dry. Add Chicken to Crock Pot

3. Cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours {covered}

4. After 3 hours on HIGH or 6 hours on LOW, drain juices from Crock Pot.
In small mixing bowl, combine Butter, Mayo, Parmesan, Garlic, Oregano, Basil & Salt and stir well. Pour mixture over chicken. Cover, and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes more, or until done.

5. ENJOY!!

Recipe adapted The Frugal Girls