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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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Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies

In honor of my one hundredth blog post, I decided to do a little celebration by baking something luscious, and I also chose to cook something because I need to practice baking lol, for Thanksgiving and Christmas. So tonight I did just that by baking these amazing and not to mention huge brownies. My brother and sister helped me some, but I did most of the work lol. The result of my brownies turned out to be fantastic.

Have fun baking these delicious bad boys. 😀

Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies

One box brownie mix (not family sized) prepared according to package directions in a 9×9 pan
½ C chopped salted or honey roasted peanuts
12 Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped
2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp butter
1¼ C. creamy peanut butter
1¾ C. Rice Krispy cereal
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp Salt

Directions

Bake brownies according to package directions in a 9×9 pan lined with foil and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray. Then during the last five minutes of baking, remove from oven and spread the chopped peanut butter cups and chopped peanuts on top. Return to oven for remaining five minutes to melt the chocolate. Then as soon as you pull them out of the oven, spread the melty peanut butter cups/peanuts with an off-set spatula to smooth over the top.

Let brownies cool. Next in a microwave safe bowl combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Heat in microwave for one minute, stirring when done. If needed, continue heating in twenty-second increments until the chocolate chips has melted. Stir in cereal, vanilla and salt until evenly combined.Pour over brownies and smooth. Place brownies in the fridge and let them chill until chocolate is hardened, about two hours. Cut into squares to serve.

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Source Cookies and Cups

Coming up next week

One pan Ranch Pork Chops with potatoes & green beans

Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken Soup

It’s an experiment ( Lol so I don’t know)
Side Dish Sweet Garlic Balsamic Green Beans

Panera Bread Chicken Caesar Salad

Whenever my family and I go out to eat, we sometimes will go to one of our favorite restaurants Panera Bread. I usually get their Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, and I love it! Furthermore, thanks to the internet and my ways of how to work it lol and since I like it so much, I chose to do a web search for a copycat version of it. And low behold I found one lol.

Do you love Panera Bread’s Grilled Chicken Ceaser Salad, just as much as I do? Then I totally recommend you trying this copycat recipe.

 

Panera Bread Copycat Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Caesar Dressing 

Ingredients

1 tsp. soybean oil
1 egg yolk
1 Tbsp. Onion
2 tsp. celery
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. anchovy powder
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. yellow mustard
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. salt

Directions

1. Let’s begin by mincing the onion, celery, and garlic in a food processor. Then place them in a blender. Next, turn the mixer on medium speed, then gradually combine the soybean oil. Then add the egg yolk to your blender. Stop the mixer and scrape down clean the sides.

2. Return the blender to medium speed and add the red wine vinegar, anchovy powder, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and yellow mustard.
Blend until a thick, creamy consistency occurs. Add lemon juice slowly to prevent the mixture from separating. Use salt if necessary.
Immediately use or place it in the fridge.

 Ingredients for the salad

1 C. Romaine lettuce
1 C. chicken
1 Tbsp. Lemon juice
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1 C. Asiago Parmesan blend
1/4 C. Asiago croutons
1/4 C. Homemade Caesar dressing
1 Red Onion
Cherry tomatoes

Directions

1. Rinse the romaine lettuce with cool water and spin the lettuce using a salad spinner to remove the extra water, or pat dry with paper towels. Place the lettuce in a large mixing dish. Cut the chicken into strips and put it into a small bowl. Then add the lemon juice to the chicken and mix well.

2. Allow the chicken to marinate in the lemon juice for five minutes.
Next, combine the black pepper and salt to the chicken mixture and mix well. Then grill the chicken strips using a grill and or a grilling pan.
Place the cooked chicken on top of the Romaine lettuce.

3. Combine the Asiago Parmesan mixture, then toss.
Next, add the tomatoes and red onions on top of the salad.
Pour the caesar dressing lightly over the top of the mixture.
Top salad with Asiago croutons. Place into a salad bowl,                                                 then serve with a large slice of freshly baked bread. Yum!

Coming up next week

Barbecue Baked Salmon

Chicken Alfredo 

 

Thank you so very much for reading! It means a lot! 🙂

 

Source Copycat Recipe Guide

Potato Chip Chicken Tenders

 This past week I was in a small town called Weimar, Texas. While I was there, I had the pleasure of dog sitting for a whole week for my Aunt and Grandparents. I had a fantastic time! 😀 While there I too picked out fourteen recipes and several more today, I want to cook and blog about within the next couple weeks after recently realizing that I only need thirty-nine more posts to make it to one hundred.

So to start this fun challenge of reaching 100 posts, I want to show you a very simple and quick recipe using Lay’s Wavy Hickory BBQ, which not only has their own seasoning but also has a little extra crunch because of the wavy style. However, if you’re not a BBQ fanatic, feel free to replace it with a different potato chip flavor like Lay’s Kettle Cooked Maui Onion or Lay’s Wavy Roasted Garlic and Sea Salt.

What is your favorite potato chip flavor?

 

Baked Potato Chip Chicken Tenders

Ingredients

2 lbs chicken tenders (Rinsed and pat dry)

2 1/2 C. (2 regular size bags) LAY’S Wavy Hickory BBQ Chips 

1 C. sour cream 

One large egg

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp. ground pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400º F

1. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside. Next, crush the chips into crumbs leaving the bag somewhat open to let air out and smashing the chips in the bag using a meat mallet and or you can use a food processor. Toss the chip crumbs into a shallow bowl.

2. Combine the sour cream, egg, salt and pepper in another large shallow bowl until mixed well. Dredge the chicken in the sour cream blend, let any extra sour cream drip off and then press the chicken strips into the chip bits. Place on the previously prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the leftover chicken.

3. Then bake in the oven for eighteen to twenty-five minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees and the outside crust has started to brown. Let cool and serve with your preferred dipping sauce.

 

Thank you very much for reading!

Coming up next week

Parmesan Pork Chops Veggie Medley

Crockpot Apple BBQ Pork Tenderloin and Garlic Parmesan Yellow Squash Chips

Philly Cheese Meatloaf and Baked Zucchini Fries

 

Source: Eat the love

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No bake energy bites

I want to share with you a recipe that I don’t usually prepare. But, I do plan on making this real soon 🙂 My sister will occasionally make these very yummy, filling and incredibly addicting energy bites. These guys will make the perfect snack before and after workouts, games, road trips and just pretty much any time of day munchie. The recipe is super easy to make, made with wholesome ingredients, and they taste like no bake cookies!

No bake energy bites

INGREDIENTS

1 C. (dry) oatmeal
2/3 C. toasted coconut flakes
1/2 C. peanut butter
1/2 C. ground flax seed
1/2 C. semisweet chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate chips)
1/3 C. honey or agave nectar
1 Tbsp. Chia seeds (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

1. Combine all ingredients together in a medium mixing dish until blended well. (Or if you get tired of using a spoon, just use your hands. My sister does!) Next, cover and place in the fridge, let it chill in there for half an hour.* Remove the bowl from the refrigerator.

2. Then form the mixture into balls of any size you would like. Enjoy! Eat as many as you want. I will eat about three lol. Store any remaining leftovers in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Makes about twenty to twenty-five.

Note: If you are allergic to peanuts, feel free to replace them with any other varieties of nut butter, like almond butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter.

Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven

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

Fancy Macaroni

I know that Sundays are typically not my blogging time, but I thought I’d share with you an amazing and incredibly creamy Fancy Macaroni & Cheese recipe created by one of my favorite chefs (Ree Drummond). You also might know her as The Pioneer Women that is featured on the Food Network Channel. And today the dish was prepared by my extremely sweet sister (Caylee).

Macaroni & Cheese has always been a childhood favorite of mine and not to mention it’s true comfort food. I can honestly say that this version to the favorite classic entree made it 1000x more heavenly lol. Thanks to The Pioneer Women.

Fancy Macaroni & Cheese

Ingredients

4 C. Macaroni
8 Tbsp. Salted Butter
Two whole Medium Onions, Cut In Half And Sliced Thin
Ten slices Regular Bacon
1 Tbsp. Bacon Grease (reserved From Bacon Slices)
1/4 C. All-purpose Flour
2 C. 2% Milk
1/2 C. Half-and-half
Two whole Egg Yolks, Beaten
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. Pepper
1/2 C. Grated Gruyere Cheese
1/2 C. Grated Fontina Cheese
1/2 C. Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
4 oz. Chevre (Soft Goat Cheese)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is heating up, line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. Next, In a large pot boil water and cook the macaroni for half the time of the package instructions. Drain and set aside. In a pan fry the bacon until slightly cooked, but not overly, crispy. Drain on a paper towel. Reserve grease.

2. In another pan, melt four tablespoons of butter and then saute onions over medium-low heat for ten to twelve minutes, or until golden brown and soft. Set aside.

3. In a medium pot, melt four tablespoons of butter (and add one tablespoon of the reserved bacon grease for good measure!). Add in flour and whisk to combine. Cook, constantly stirring, over medium heat for one minute. Pour in milk and half & half, then cook for three to five minutes or until heavy. Reduce heat to low. Add salt & pepper to taste. (Do not undersalt!)

4. Mix egg yolks and drop 1/4 cup hot mixture into the yolks, stirring constantly. Stir to combine. Empty egg mixture into sauce and cook for another minute. Next, add the cheeses and stir until melted. Add onions and bacon and stir. Taste for spices and continue to add more salt if needed. Then add cooked macaroni and stir to coat. Pour into previously prepared baking dish and bake for fifteen to twenty minutes or until sizzling and hot.

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Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Women

 

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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Peanut Butter lovers rejoice

I recently just discovered these fantastic single serve desserts. And a few weeks ago, I made my first one death by chocolate which turned out to be awesome. It inspired to make another one and I, of course, will make more in the future lol. Like the one, I’m about to show you.

Consuming cookies are very addicting! Here are a few of my favorites: sugar, chocolate chip, and snickerdoodles. As some of you might notice in my other post for peanut butter & chocolate lovers, I also am a big fan of peanut butter, and that certainly means I like peanut butter cookies. My enthusiasm for them wanted me to teach you how to make a cookie in a mug.

So…here’s some yummy goodness! 🙂

 

5 Minute Peanut Butter Cookie

Ingredients

1 Tbsp peanut butter

1 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp white sugar

1 Tbsp brown sugar

pinch vanilla

pinch salt

One egg yolk

3 tbsp flour

1 Tbsp salted peanuts, chopped
Directions

In a microwave safe bowl or mug, place peanut butter and butter together and microwave for about 30 seconds, until melted – or almost melted – and then stir to combine. Stir in sugars. Then stir in the pinch of vanilla and salt. Mix in egg yolk until well combined. Stir in 3 Tbsp flour. Sprinkle with peanut. Microwave for 35-50 seconds, until done. Start checking at 35 seconds to see if it’s done. (Mine took 50 seconds, but it will depend on the power of your microwave) Let cool for a minute or two and then enjoy!

Can you imagine how good this would be with a scoop of ice cream? Ooooh! Reece’s peanut butter cup ice cream!! I would be in peanut butter heaven.

Recipe adapted from Jo and Sue

Death by Chocolate

I’ve decided every other weekend; I would pick certain recipes to make and then I’ll write about them. These recipes will be simple, fun, very healthy, somewhat healthy and some that are not so much. Haha!!! 😀 Moreover, for the first few weeks of me beginning this new section, I will not be posting any that’ll include the oven, and you won’t have to bother about wrestling with it. And yes, believe it or not, there are no-baking-required desserts 🙂 I will be using other small appliances like a blender and a microwave though.

I want to share with you a single serve dessert recipe I tried a few months ago, and I loved it. I hope you’ll enjoy it too just as much as I did!!

Gooey Brownie/Cake In Mug

You’ll Need:

1/4 cup plain all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp mild vegetable oil or melted butter
2 Tbsp milk or water
1/4 tsp vanilla (Optional)

Optional:

Chocolate Chips

Directions

1. In your heatproof mug, mix all the dry ingredients together, so there are as little lumps as possible. Make sure you get right to the bottom. Then add your wet ingredients, mix, so you get a yummy chocolaty paste.

2. Double check to make sure no dry ingredients have been left out at the bottom of your mug. At this point, you can add some chocolate chips, whatever takes your fancy. Microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time. Each microwave varies. I find that after a minute mine is done to how I like it. It’s cakey on top with a gooey brownie mixture underneath. If you want, pure cake carry on for another 30 seconds until it’s how you like it. Just make sure it doesn’t get that burnt smell!

3. Enjoy! 🙂

I want to encourage you to feel more confident baking/cooking with an oven, but I also want to make sure that I make my blog fun and a great learning experience on food without making it incredibly overwhelming for you as much as possible.

Coming up in two weeks I’ll teach you how to make peanut butter chocolate smoothies. Yummy! 🙂

Thanks for reading 🙂 Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

 

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Recipe adapted from Musings of a Gem