Thursday, May 31, 2012

Teriyaki Bacon Wrapped Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs

On Memorial Day we spent the day swimming, picking peaches from a neighboring peach orchard, and then had a BBQ. Just our little family. It was great! The boys were busy playing in the playroom and my husband and I were able to enjoy almost the whole meal just us two. Talking about whatever we wanted without being interupted. It was great and relaxing!

I made these kabobs and my husband grilled them while I made the mini peach pies with the peaches we picked earlier in the day! I absolutely love my mini pie maker that I got from Williams Sonoma todays price is actually the cheapest I have seen it! I have used mine on countless occassions and I LOVE it! And I think my husband and friends love it even more because they are the ones enjoying the pies!

Try these kabobs out! They are easy and definatly a step up from your normal kabob without all the hardwork! Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!







Teriyaki Bacon Wrapped Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs

4 large chicken breasts
1 lb. Applewood smoked bacon (regular is better then thick)
1 large can of pineapple chunks, or fresh pineapples would be even better!
Kikkoman Teriyaki Baste and Glaze
Skewers

Cut bacon in half (up and down) stretch bacon out a little while still all together (lengthwise)
Trim off all the chicken fat and Cut it into cubes

Wrap piece of bacon around chicken, stick on skewer (with the bacon loose end first to secure the bacon), place two pieces of pineapple or 1 piece of fresh pineapple, repeat until all chicken is used up!

I had a few pieces of bacon left and a few pieces of pineapple. But depending on how big your chicken breasts are you could use up everything!

Place in a 9x13 pan. Poor glaze over whole kabobs. Make sure to get every single one! I did mine in layers. I did first row of kabobs, pour glaze, second row of kabobs, glaze.

Cover and refridgerate for as long as u can! The longer the better!

Then place on the grill and cook until the chicken is cooked all the way through. (My husband first had them on tin foil and they werent cooking fast enough {for him} so he took them off and just placed them directly on the grill)



Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Strawberry-Coconut Cupcakes

Man-O-Man these cupcakes are good! So moist and delicious! Definatly one of my favorites for sure. My mom and I made these for my son's 1st birthday bash, sisters 16th birthday, and recently for my sister-in-laws baby shower! I am definatly not a pro cupcake maker and defiantly not a pro cupcake decorater. But we all have our strengths right!? Its a work in progress for me to perfect cupcakes so its a good thing that I made 4 different kinds of cupcakes this week! Practice makes perfect right!?





Fabulous Strawberry Cupcakes
recipe from: Elizabeth Banks

1 box Duncan Heinz White Cake Mix
1 cup coconut, shredded
1 small box strawberry jell-o (reserve 1/2 teaspoon for frosting)
4 eggs
1 cup oil
1 cup strawberries, blended up (fresh or frozen works fine!)
1/2 cup milk

Mix all ingredients together, be sure to blend the strawberries in a blender before mixing them in.
Bake at 350 degrees. Check with a toothpick after 15 minutes.

Frosting:
1 pound powdered sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon strawberry Jell-O
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup coconut, shredded
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the butter, cream cheese,vanilla, and powdered sugar. Add the coconut and Jell-O.

Frost when cupcakes are cooled and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

I had spent the whole day swimming with my kids and realized when we got home at 3 that I needed to have dinner ready by 6:00 when the husband walked in the door. This dinner totally pulled through for me and my husband was shocked that I had made the sauce from scratch!


EASY Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken

4 chicken breasts
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
6 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 1/2 teaspoons corn starch
4 1/2 teaspoons water

Place chicken in slow cooker. Mix in a bowl sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, garlic, pepper. Once mixed together well pour over chicken. Cook on high for about 2 1/2 hours (or until chicken is cooked all the way through)

Remove chicken from crockpot and cut in slices (as pictured above)

Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl.

Put the remaining sauce in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture and continue to stir until sauce is thickened.

Put chicken over steamed rice and drizzle sauce over the top. And drizzle even more if you are addicted to sauces like I am!









Monday, May 28, 2012

Frosted Banana Bars

I occasionally bring different treats into my husband's work. I bring a variety of carmel chocolate pretzels and apples, cookies, popcorn mixes, cinnamon rolls, and many other things. But for some reason these banana bars seem to be their favorite! My husband always texts me within 30 minutes and says that they whole pan is already gone. They ae different from other banana bars I have tried. The sour cream in them makes them moist and perfect! I love them, but I think they love them even more then I do! They are my go-to bar recipe when I am trying to feed a crowd a easy dessert! Try them at your next bridal or baby shower or BBQ! They will be a HIT for sure!

Frosted Banana Bars
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 medium ripe bananas

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients in seperate bowl and gradually add in to creamed mixture. Spread evenly in a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes (or until lightly brown and when you stick a knife in only a little is left on it)

Frost when cool. Store in fridge.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup butter softened
3 3/4- 4 cups powdered sugar

Beat in cream cheese, vanilla, and butter until mixed well. Gradually add powdered sugar.

Friday, May 25, 2012

White Chicken Chili


About a month ago a couple of girls and I did a freezer meal swap. One of the girls brought this soup. We aren't big soup people in my house. Well...lets just say the husband isn't a big soup person. But I popped this in the crockpot to thaw out all day and ate it for dinner. My husband said "wow this soup is so good is it homeade?" I told him yes but just left it there. I wanted him to think that I made it myself! Later that night I felt guilty that I had pretended like I made it and told him it was one of the freezer meals.

I made it this week for dinner. Even though it is 105 degrees outside I told my husband that my pregancy tendencies took over and that I had to make it! And he didn't mind one bit!

Thanks Lauren for the great recipe! I will be making it year round!



Willis White Chili
recipe from: Lauren Willis

4 cans white beans
2 cans of white corn
3 cups chicken broth
2 can diced green chilies
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2 medium onions chopped
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon oregano
1 Tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
4 cups shredded chicken breasts
1 24 ounce sour cream

Combine broth and cubes. Add all spices. Simmer for a few minutes. Add green chilis, corn, chicken, beans, and onions. Cook for 15 minutes. Add sour cream and stir. Cook for another 5 minutes.



Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mini Fruit Pizzas

I use to ask for a large fruit pizza every year for my birthday dinner. My favorite cookie is sugar cookies and I love fruit so it was right up my alley! But recently I have been making them mini for my cousins wedding and my sister-in-laws baby shower. They were a hit and very delicious! You can put you favorite fruits on them but my favorites are strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, fresh pineapple, blueberries, and kiwi!

Sugar Cookie and Fruit Pizza Recipes:

Sugar Cookie
(This recipe is a great sugar cookie recipe that can be used for just making cookies or making them into fruit pizzas!)

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Crisco
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter

Mix all ingredients and chill. Roll out nice and thick. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes (or until the shine is off of the cookies)

These freeze really well. I made these the day before and then frosted and decorated them while they were defrosting so they were easy to handle without being worried that they would break.

Frosting:
10 ounce pkg vanilla milk chips
1/4 cup heavy cream
8 ounce cream cheese

Melt chips into cream. Beat in cream cheese. Ready to spread on cookies.

Glaze:
2 cups pineapple juice
2 Tablespoons corn starch
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup sugar (taste it to see if it sweet enough for you and add more sugar if you want to)

In saucepan add all ingredients. Stir over geat until it comes to a boil and starts to thicken. cool. Pour or drizzle over fruit.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Key Lime Cupcakes

These hands down might be my favorite cupcake out there! I think it might be because I rarely have anything that is key-lime. In fact as I sit here and type this blog post at 10:00 at night while my husband and boys are asleep in bed I am eating one of these cupcakes and enjoying every single bite!

Im not exactly sure if its the cupcake itself, the sweetened condensed milk filling, or the toasted coconut that is my favorite...but all I know is that when you put them all together it is divine!

Key Lime Cupcakes
recipe from: Jill McKee

1 large lime, scrubbed (1 tsp. zest and 2 T. juice)
4 large eggs
1 pkg (3.4) ounce vanilla pudding
1/3 cup oil
1 pkg. plain yellow cake mix
1 1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon coconut flavoring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 cupcake tins with pape liners. Seperate 3 eggs, just keep the yolks. Add the remaining egg, cake mix, pudding mix, water, oil, coconut flavoring, lime zest, and lime juice. Blend with electric mixer on low for 30 seconds. Scrape sides and increase speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes. Scoop 1/4 cup batter into each cup, filling 2/3 of the way full. Bake until lightly golden, about 18-22 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, then take out and let sit on wire racks and cool for another 10-15 minutes.

Filling:
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup key lime juice*

Place condensed milk and key lime juice in a bowl and stir until combined. Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag with a tip. Fill each cupcake with about 1 teaspoon of the filling.

Lime Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8 ounce) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 Tablespoon keylime juice
1 pound powdered sugar
Toasted coconut*

Mix all ingredients (except coconut) until well combined. Frost and them top with toasted coconut.
* to toast coconut: place on cookie sheet in the oven to Broil under lightly browned. Not all coconut needs to be brown the crunch of the toasted and the flavor of the white coconut makes it pefect!

* You can find key lime juice at most grocery stores next to the bottled lemon juice. It's in a tall bottle and is called "Key" lime juice.







Honey Lime Enchiladas

These enchiladas are a favorite in our house! And after I make them my husband takes the left overs to work the next day or two! They are yummy and even my little boys ask for seconds!

Honey-Lime Chicken Enchiladas

1/4 cup honey (heaping)
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
12 corn tortillas
1/4 cup lime juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups shredded mexican cheese
1 cup heavy cream
1 large can of green enchilada sauce (my favorite is macayo's)
1 Tablespoon cooking oil

Combine honey, lime juice, chili powder and garlic in a large sealed container. Add chicken and coat thoroghly. Place in refrigerator for atleast a few hours.

Mix enchilada sauce and cream in a bowl. Pour about 1/2 cup into the bottom of baking dish. Can use more then 1/2 of cup to cover the whole bottom of the pan evenly.  (Use a 9x13 or (2) 9x9 pans)

Prepare tortillas by heating on stove in oil for about 20 seconds on each side. Fill each tortilla with a couple tablespoons of chicken, some cheese, and a tablespoon of sauce. Roll up and place in baking dish, seam side down. Do this until chicken is gone and the pans are full. Cover entirely with enchilada/cream mixture and sprinkle with remaining cheese. (You will most likely have some sauce left over)

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Quick and Easy Biscuits and Gravy


Quick and Easy Biscuits and Gravy

1 bag Grand's Buttery Tastin' Biscuits (in the freezer section) or your favorite biscuits
2 Tablespoons Oil
1 lb. Jimmy Dean Sausage (in the tube)
1/4 cup Wondra (quick mixing flour for sauces and gravies)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Milk (enough to cover meat)


Bake biscuits, while baking put oil in saucepan, add sausage and brown; break into small pieces, when cooked add salt and pepper and sprinkle Wondra; mix (Wondra will clump around meat and absorb liquid, add milk (cover meat entirely) and stir constantly on medium until it boils. If gravy is too thick add more milk; if too thin add more Wondra and for a kick add some red pepper flakes.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bacon Carbonara



This dish was a step up from your regular ol' spagetti or alfredo from a jar pasta dish. But it totally a good week day meal. The sauce is creamy and extra delicious! I didn't add any chicken to mine, but I am sure it would be great with it too!


Bacon Carbonara

sauce:
4 eggs
1/2 cup cream
2/3 cup parmesan (plus extra to sprinkle on top!)
1 teaspoon died parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper flakes (be very careful with this one! I added too much my first time and it was almost unedible! If serving kids I would only do a little sprinkle of it in there)


1/2 pound bacon
1 small onion, diced
4 mushrooms sliced
1/2 pound pasta

Cook pasta as directed on back of box. Combine sauce in a bowl and whisk until combined. Fry the bacon, crumble and set aside. Leave a little bacon grease left in the pan. Saute the onions and mushrooms until onions are golden brown. Drain pasta and add to the mushrooms and onions. Poor in sauce and cook on LOW for 1-2 minutes. Continue to stir. If cooked too long the eggs with begin to scramble.

Top with parmesan cheese and bacon crumbles. Enjoy!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Baked Beans

This is my absolutely favorite thing to bring (and eat) at a BBQ, I can honestly eat a whole plate of these. And I do sometimes instead of eating a hamburger or steak. They are that good! Try them for your next BBQ!


Baked Beans

1 large can pork and beans
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can butter beans, drained
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and diced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 lb hamburger
1/2 lb. brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons vinegar

Brown hamburger and onions, then drain. Put everything in a greased casserole 9x13 dish. cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Over-The-Rainbow Macaroni & Cheese

There is just something about Homeade Macaroni and Cheese! First of all, this recipe pleases both children and adults! Which in my book is worth twice as much as just a good recipe that only adults enjoy! My 2 little boys eat a full plate of this in a matter of minutes! We love it around here and I am sure you will too!

**This recipe can be made ahead of time and then cooked. And it can also be used as a freezer meal! Just cover with Siran wrap and then tin foil. Thaw out then cook same as directions below.


Before:

After:

ENJOY!




Over the Rainbow Macaroni and Cheese
By: Patti LaBelle

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
8 Tablespoons, plus another 1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup shredded mild chedder cheese
1/2 cup shredded Montery Jack cheese
1 cup velveeta cut into small cubes
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 lb elbow macaroni
1/2 cup shredded Muenster cheese
1/2 cup shredded sharp chedder cheese
2 cups half and half
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper



Preheat oven to 350. Lightly butter dish (1 9x13 or 2-9x9).

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. add oil then macaroni, and cook until just tender about 7 minutes. (if freezing it cook pasta a little less time) drain well.

In a large pan melt 8 T butter. stir in pasta. in a large bowl mix the muenster, mild and sharp chedder, and montery cheesese. to the macaroni add the half and half, 1 1/2 cups of the mixed cheese, the velveeta, and the eggs. sprinkle with seasoned salt and pepper. transfer to buttered dishes. sprinkle with remaining cheese and dot with the last tablespoon of butter. bake until its bubbling around the edges, about 35 minutes.

serves 4-6 people as a main dish and 8-10 as a side dish.


***Sometimes I cant find muenster cheese shredded or in a block (only in slices) so i cut it in small pieces.
               



                                      
                                                  





    
                    


                         

   

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Crepe trio

Crepes aren't our usual Saturday or Sunday morning breakfast. Usually its french toast or pancakes. But these happen on occasion (usually when we have had breakfast for supper that week) and I love them! Fun and Classy!













Crepe Trio

Crepe Batter
1 cup flour
pinch of salt
3 eggs
1 to 1 1/3 cups milk
2 Tablespoons melted butter


Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and lump free. Let sit for a few minutes. Add more milk if the batter isnt really thin. (like the consisency of light cream), This can be made ahead up to 2 1/2 hours but may need to add a little more milk before you use it.

***For dessert crepes- add 1 Tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Banana Foster filling:
recipe by: Garrett Smith

4 bananas
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar

Chop bananas into 1/2 inch slices. (if cut too thin they wil fall apart when you add them to the sugar). Melt butter in large saute pan over medium heat. add brown sugar and allow to melt. Add bananas and cook over medium hear until tender. Place arund 5 sliced bananas and top with whipping cream. Fold up and top with a dollop of whipping cream and a couple slices of bananas.

Macerated Strawberries
1 pint of strawberries
1/3-1/2 cup sugar

remove strawberry stem and slice into thin slices. Add 1/2 of sugar. Taste and then add more if you like them sweeter. Refridgerate for 30 minutes. sugar will cause strawberries to give off juice and will create a syrup mixture to go along with the strawberries. Add about 5 sliced strawberries, whip cream, and a squirt of chocolate syrup. Roll up and top with a dollop of whip cream and a swirl of chocolate syrup.

Nutella Banana
Nutella
Bananas

place about a 1 inch spread of nutella across the center of the crepe. add slices of bananas and whip cream. roll up. spread a small amount of nutella down add a banana or two and a dollop of whipping cream!

Sweet and Sour Chicken




My husband is a fan of sweet and sour chicken so I thought I would try this recipe. It was a huge hit in our house and even the boys ate tons of it! Definatly a keeper for a easy go to dinner meal




Sweet and Sour Chicken

adapted from: Mels Kitchen Cafe

Chicken Breading:
3-5 chicken breast
salt and pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup canola oil

Rinse chicken, trim off fat or extras and then cut into 1 inch cubes. season with salt and pepper. Dip chicken into cornstarch and coat all the way and then into eggs. Heat oil in large skillet. Cook chicken until browned. Place in baking dish. 3 chicken breasts can be in a 9x9 but 5 chicken breasts fits better in a 9x13.

Sauce:
3/4 cups white sugar
4 Tablespoons ketchup
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt

Whisk until smooth. Then pour evenly over chicken. Turn chicken so the sauce gets on both sides and then put in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. turn chicken and then cook for 15 more minutes.








 






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