Monday, May 21, 2018

Crockpot Italian Gold Chicken Wings

The BEST Crockpot Chicken Wings

Are you looking for the best chicken wing recipe? Look no further! And the best thing about these is that they are made in the crockpot.

Crockpot Italian Gold Chicken Wings

Ingredients:
2 lbs chicken wings (i use the frozen ones in the bag)
1 Tablespoon franks hot sauce (this is a kid friendly version if you want it spicer add more)
1 cup Trader Joes Carolina Gold Sauce (plus more for the end)

In a crockpot put the frozen chicken wings. Add the Franks hot sauce. Stir the chicken wings in the sauce. Then add the cup of Carolina gold sauce. Stir then Cook on low for 4-6 hours. 

Once they are done remove chicken wings and place in a baking dish. Turn the oven onto broil and then place the chicken wings in the oven until they are nice and crispy. Remove and brush some more carolina gold sauce on them and then put them back in the oven for a few minutes.

Serve with ranch or blue cheese!






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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The BEST French Dips

The BEST French Dips

French Dip Sandwiches are simple and easy for a weeknight meal in minutes




The other night I was in talking late with a few of my best friends.  The conversation morphed into talking about dinner and meal planning. I am huge on meal planning. It has become a habit of mine that now is just natural. I figure out my meals Sunday night. I look in the fridge to see if there is any meat or creams or vegetables that need to be used and then make my meals according to those. Then I order my groceries from Walmart Grocery Pick Up and every Monday at 9 am after I drop off my daughter at preschool I head to grab my groceries. I have my meal planning down to a science and I spend less than $150 a week. I cook dinner 5 nights a week (Sunday my mom cooks and the other night is date night), I cook breakfast 4 times a week, and lunches 3-4 times a week for my husband and I. I cook ALOT!

Once you have meal planning down to arrange different recipes that need the same type of cheese or creams or meat and you spread your ingredients out. The only thing with meal planning is I rarely buy extras. I buy and use what I need. Which my husband loves but sometimes I don't as much. If a craving hits I either go to the store or put it on the menu for the following week.

So back to the conversation I had with my friends the other night. We were taking about our go-to recipes that I have more often then others. French Dips were one of them. We probably have them twice a month. Which is a lot for me. I rotate meals almost monthly. Lets my kids try new foods and me try new recipes. It works great for us but would probably stress a lot of people out! haha

French Dips only have a few ingredients and I know my family will eat them. We also have them for lunch as well. My husband works from either the home or the office depending on how his work calls are. So I am serving him lunch about 3 times a week. So these get thrown into our lunch rotation as well! So here is the recipe. If you could really call "assembling" a recipe haha


The BEST French Dip Sandwiches


Ingredients:

1 loaf french bread (the one baked fresh daily at the grocery bakery)
butter, softened
1 pound Roast Beef (get a good quality one from the deli)
1/4 lb provolone cheese or about 10-12 slices
1 packet McCormick Au Jus Gravy 
3 cups water


Grab one loaf french bread and slice in half (long ways). Then take the softened butter and spread along the entire loaf all the way to the edges.

Take 3 cups of water and place in a saucepan over medium to high heat. Then slowly add the Au Jus Gravy packet. Whisking it.

Take the roast beef slices and dip each one in the Au ju. Then shake off the access liquid and lay on the loaf of bread. Complete until the entire loaf has a slice of roast beef on it. Then top with a slice of provolone cheese.

Turn the oven on broil and pop into the oven until cheese is bubbly and melted.

Pour the Au Jus Gravy in small bowls.

Remove french dip from the oven and put the two sides of the bread together to make a sandwich. Then since and serve with the bowl of au jus.



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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Top 10 MUST HAVE Kitchen Gadgets

Top 10 MUST HAVE Kitchen Gadgets

Do you want to know the BEST things to have in your kitchen as an at home cook?

Want to know the BEST Mother's Day Gifts?

Spending time in the kitchen can be fun but also frustrating if you don't have the right things. Not all things have to be "chef approved" but just normal things that anyone can operate out of their at home kitchen. 


I am a mom who loves to cook food! Not everything I was able to buy right when I wanted them. Some are more expensive than others and some I have used for 11+ years! So here are just a few of my absolute FAVORITE kitchen things!!

#1 Bosch

I got my Bosch when I was married from my grandma and aunts. I have used it since I got married and mine is still working great! It is an investment at first but will last you years! Buying quality pays off with these! 

I use a Bosch to make cookies for my food truck and I love the cookie paddles that this one comes with. The blender attachment and bread hook is also so of my very favorite, most used parts of it. 





#2- Pots and Pans

I will admit I have only used these pans for the past 2 years. My husband surprised me with this set that he bought at Williams Sonoma but for some reason I can't find the set from there on their website but I did find the exact one on Amazon

He got these for me for Christmas and I was in absolute shock! I had been wanting a nice set for years and he finally got them for me! I think he may have been sick of our old ones who would leave "black" traces of stuff from the bottom of the pan in his food haha. 

But I am obsessed with these! They are the non stick ones which makes it amazing to clean. You just wipe it right out with a paper towel and it comes perfectly clean. This is another investment. Buy them and use them for years! 


#3 Electric Griddle

I used my griddle every single week. And sometimes even more. To be honest I buy mine on black Friday every single year. I get a new one each year and usually my old one needs to be thrown away. I have never bought great quality of these electric griddles. Just light easy ones to use. Usually the brand they have is Black and Decker from Black Friday. So here is a link to a similar one


#4- Large Crockpot

Lately I have been on a huge crockpot kick. My kids are super busy after school and I am usually gone running carpools or going to sports games from 4-6 or 7. So I have been using my crockpots more then ever. I have a large one and a medium size one. I use them both together side by side a lot. The only reason I have two different sizes is because that is what I was given at my wedding 10 years ago. Man I have used them a long time and they are holding up for the most part. Here are the two that I have that have been amazing for me.



Medium sized one- (I have a white one though)

#5- Silpat Baking Liners 

I have about 8 of these. Each of my cookie sheets have them. I use them for pretty much everything. I like the way cookies bottoms get cooked with these. They are just one of those things that I just love but its hard to explain. I just use them almost every single day. So thats that. 



#6-Traeger Grill

So we recently joined the Traeger Fan Club. My parents gave each of the married couples a gift for Christmas for either a BBQ grill, smoker, or built in BBQ. 3 of the 4 of us chose to get a Traeger. We have used it probably twice a week since Christmas. We have loved ours and the flavor it gives our meats. Here is the Traeger that my husband and I chose to get. It is honestly the perfect size for our family of 6. 



#7-Weber igrill thermometer

For our Traeger this thermometer is life changing. You download an app and it syncs to your thermometer and you select the type of meat and the cut of meat and it tells you what temperature it is done at. You can select is you want rare or well done or whatever and it will give you alerts when your meat is done. Game Changer! 

#8 Non Stick Bread Pans 

I love to make bread. Well actually let me rewind. My husband loves me to make bread! I have a recipe that is on my blog under "Momma's White Bread" that makes 5 loaves. Honestly my family could go through all 5 of them in one week. They love them so much. But since the recipe makes 5 loaves I need 5 bread pans. When you have to buy 5 pans you need them to be affordable. So here is the ones that I have


#9- Spoon rest

Haha you may think this is ridiculous but it is true. I use my spoon rest all the time. Everyday all day practically. You just need a place to put that spoon as you cook! My mom always gets me cute ones as gifts bc she has the same love for spoon rests as me! The most recent one she got me was from Anthropologie and is the cutest! They don't have it for sale anymore but they always have fun ones!


#10 Scrapers


I have had a few different scrapers. But right now I have these cheap plastic ones. They did the job done. I used them to scrap off my counter after I roll out cinnamon rolls or just to clean off the counter or whatever. They are just one of those things that I probably use every week or every other week to make cleaning up a little easier.


So these are just my favorite things that I use. I do like to "grill" and bake so that is why there are those things in there. Some people decorate more or do cakes. These are just my personal favorites. 

I do have a Blendtec blender that I use. I will admit I am not a huge smoothie maker. My kids prefer "hot" breakfasts so that is why it did not make my TOP 10. I absolutely love it but I just don't use it as much.  But this is the exact one that I have.





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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

5 ingredient Lemon Curd Salmon

5 Ingredient Lemon Curd Salmon

Scared to try salmon? Afraid your kids won't touch fish? This recipe is how you get someone to try fish for the first time



Somehow at dinnertime the neighbor kids tend to flock towards my house. Its like they can smell it coming down the street or something. But to tell you the truth, serving a house full of people food in my love language. It honestly brings me so much joy. I tell my friends that and they think I have lost my mind. But honestly seeing a table full of my kids and their friends eating almost brings me to tears!

The best thing about it is that I have turned some of the pickiest eaters into not so picky. When I text their moms "hey so and so is eating dinner over here" they always ask what I made that night. And then they proceed to text me in shock how they kid ate that!


My oldest son turns 10 this week. He has had a best friend since he was born. They have been in school class every year but one together and he lives around the corner. He barely eats for his mom but when he comes over I have gotten him to eat salmon, trout, and halibut! I wonder if he has any idea haha Recipes like this can get kids to try new foods. It is sweet and tastey!

My sister in law Holly lives a few houses down from me. Our kids play daily and are living their best lives! She knew I was making salmon this week and text me this family favorite recipe of hers. Her family eats it all the time and they love it! So I had to give it a try! And we absolutely loved it!

I also had another person on Instagram message me and say that they use orange marmalade for their salmon like this! I can't wait to give that a try!


The BEST 5 ingredient Lemon Curd Salmon

Ingredients


1 salmon filet
1 (20 ounce) jar lemon curd
1/4 cup butter, sliced
2 lemons (1 sliced)
salt and pepper

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grab the salmon filet and place in a baking dish or a cookie sheet if you salmon is really long. Take the salt and pepper and season it. Then take the jar of lemon curd and spread on about half of it. Or until the salmon is covered. Then place the butter slices on top of the salmon. Then top with lemon slices. Take the other lemon and squeeze the juice on top of the lemon. Pop in the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes. Or until the salmon is done. This time depends on how thick your salmon is. If you have a more flat salmon it will be closer to 15 if it is thick it will be closer to 20 minutes. So keep an eye on it. Once salmon is done. Remove from oven and spread more lemon curd on top! 




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Simple Hootenanny or German Pancakes

Hootenanny Pancakes

These easy pancakes are called Hootenanny, German, Growing Pancakes or honestly whatever you want to call them. But my new name is Easy Blender Pancakes



On Sunday I was starting to make homemade biscuits when my 7 year old came in and requested pancakes instead! If you could see my little boys face you would pretty much do whatever he says! He is a little dreamboat I tell you. He also wanted to help make them. I had been wanting to make these pancakes for my family for a while and when I realized it was throw stuff in a blender, put in a pan and serve I was all about it! 

These blender pancakes are made with ingredients you have on hand! They are so fast to make. With very little clean up. The thing that took the longest was preheating the oven! So many sure you do that first or you will be waiting around like me! So here it goes! EASY Hootenanny Pancakes




Hootenanny Pancakes

Ingredients

6 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all together in a blender!

1/4 cup butter

Begin preheating oven to 450 degrees F.  While it is preheating grab a 9x13 baking dish and put the 1/4 cup butter in it. Pop in the oven (while it is still preheating) and let the butter melt.

Then pour the ingredients from the blender in the pan right on top of the melted butter and put in the preheated oven for 15 minutes!

Remove from oven and top with powdered sugar, berries, lemon juice, cinnamon, etc.

Buttermilk syrup

ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup sugar

Put in a saucepan over medium heat and stir. Heat until it is boiling then remove from stove.

Add:
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda

Then serve! 




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EASY Hawaiian Pork Tacos with Pineapple Mango Salsa

The BEST Crockpot Hawaiian Pork Tacos

With Pineapple Mango Salsa


My older 3 have been crazy busy with after school activities and sports. I know it will calm down during summer but in Spring all the activities and school programs are in full swing. My slow cooker or crockpot has saved my meal time lately! 

I have tried many "shredded meat" crockpot recipes. Whether is is BBQ meat, ranch, teriyaki, curry, etc there is a million versions out there! And trust me I have tried way too many of them! And a lot of them are OK. But just OK. It is hard to take it up a notch sometimes when it comes to the crockpot. But I have definitely been trying to lately. Most of the time it just takes a few more ingredients and only a few minutes and it was take it up way way more!

Hence this recipe. I have made similar taco recipes where I put in a pork roast and throw some sauce on top of it. Actually I have poured this exact Trader Joes sauce on a pork roast and made it. And it was good. But by adding a few more ingredients in the crockpot and using the same ones for a salsa it honestly made restaurant quality tacos! Where the meat has different dimensions and flavors and it just knocks it out of the park! And thankfully this recipe just happened to be just that!


EASY Hawaiian Pork Tacos

2-3 lb pork roast (you can substitute for beef roast if thats more your style)
1 cup pineapple juice (or the juice from 1 can of pineapples)
1/2 red bell pepper (de-seeded and diced)
1 jalapeno (de-seeded and diced)
1/2 medium purple onion (diced)


Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low from 7-8 hours in the crockpot. Then shred.

Other:
Corn tortillas
cheese

Use to assemble tacos

Pineapple Mango Salsa

1 can Pineapple chunk (you can use the same one you took the juice from above) or 1 fresh pineapple
1/2 red bell pepper (de-seeded and diced)
1 jalapeno (de-seeded and diced)
1/2 medium purple onion (diced)
1 mango (diced)
1/4 bunch of cilantro (chopped)
juice of 1 lime
salt to taste

Combine all ingredients and then serve on top of the tacos! 





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Friday, April 27, 2018

The best yogurt for your baby

The best yogurt for your baby

As a mother of 4 children I am always looking for the best things to feed my children 






Let me start by saying there is a few brands that I love watching them come out with new products and to see what amazing things they continue to do! Stonyfield is one of them!


When I was pregnant with my baby (which is in the pictures below) I was able to visit some of their dairy farms and learn more about their products. I fell even more in love with them!


Now this baby of mine is no longer growing in my belly like she was then and is now my little girl! Transitioning to feeding my babies has always been trial and error for me. Some of my kids liked certain foods and some of them hated them. When I heard about the new Yobaby Banana Mango yogurt made especially for babies 6 months to 2 years old I was so excited. I honestly wasn't surprised that Stonyfield had accomplished this because they always seem to have a way with accomplishing things like this! But was so excited to be one of the first to try this out! One of their goals for this year was also to remove added sweeteners so they did!

The YoBaby is also a great first food for your baby once they turn 6 months old! And not only is this the #1 recommended yogurt for babies by Pediatricians it is always #1 recommended by me! haha and come on you know that counts as something!



As a mom of a 2 year old that is constantly wanting to feed herself I was very excited to find out that the Yobaby Banana Mango was thick and creamy. Not runny like a lot of the other organic yogurts.



Springtime in Arizona means spending as much time as possible outside before the 100 degree temperatures hit! We have been outside at baseball games and practices as well as spending time at the park. The kids always need snacks! These little metal lunch boxes are my favorite for keeping things cold.



My kids are ALL lovers of the squeezable applesauces. And have been life changing for an on the go busy mom with a baby. So I always have them on hand. And lately we have been loving the Once Upon a Farm ones!



I also tossed in some hard boiled eggs, lunch meat, string cheese, and fruit. It was the perfect balance with all the things for my little girl!





If these photos don't tell you how much she loves them all especially the Stonyfield YoBaby then I don't know what to tell you!








*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Stonyfield and Once Upon a Farm. I have been compensated for this post. However all thoughts and opinions are my own*

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