Monday, March 28, 2016

Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken

This sweet and sour chicken has been the most popular recipe on my blog since I posted it when I first started blogging! It was actually one of the reasons I started this food blog. I had posted food pictures on my personal social media and had people ask me over and over again for different recipes. So I decided to start posting recipes and pictures and have been doing my food blog ever since! 

So when I was approached by my childhood neighbor (who has a great YouTube channel here) to film my 1st YouTube video I knew exactly what recipe to do! And of course it was this one! So I hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed making it! So make sure you watch it below and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos of recipes and tips and tricks!






Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken

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


optional:
bell peppers, cut into 1 inch squares
fresh pineapple, cut into 1 inch squares
white onion, cut into 1 inch squares



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. Then place the optional fruit and veggies. Then make the sauce and pour it over the entire thing.



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.

post signature

Friday, March 25, 2016

Key Lime Pie Waffles


One of my favorite things about my food blog is creating new unique recipes using products that my family loves. That is why I always have so much fun creating recipes for Krusteaz. Especially when it is using their waffle or pancake mixes.



When the challenge was to create a spring time breakfast recipe for the month of March all these green were on my mind. So I decided on key lime waffles. Then add a little streusel topping because lets be honest who doesn't like streusel then top with a coconut syrup and these things knock it out of the park!



Key Lime Pie Waffles
3 1/2 cups Krusteaz Belgium Waffle Mix (save 1/2 cup for streusel)
1 1/3 cup water
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
Grated zest from 6 key limes
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup powdered sugar
4 Tablespoons melted butter
1 can (14 ounce) coconut milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon coconut extract

Head over HERE to find out the directions!





post signature

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies




Last year I went to a fun cookie decorating class at Petite Party Studio and learned a few tricks with making sugar cookies and decorating them. Ever since then I have been hooked on decorating cookies. Unfortunately it is one of those things that I like to do when my kids aren't around. Most of my cooking I do with music going and my kids running wild around me. Decorating sugar cookies I like to do in the quiet with no kids running wild around me. Maybe its a little therapeutic for me. Either way I love it! 

These bunny cookies are a good cookie to start with. There is only a few simple steps and the outcome is super cute! I only did flood frosting because I didn't want to make 2 different types for only 12 small cookies but the taste is better with 2 kinds of frosting. The tutorial for both those frostings is here

So you can either just make the Glaze Icing like I did or if you are doing more cookies then make the Flood and Royal Icing. Here are the steps for the bunny cookies. The shape of your cookie cutter will make the instructions defer slightly. But atleast you will get the main point.

First, outline all of the cookies with the glaze icing

Then fill them all in and let them dry for 30 minutes


For the rest of the tutorial head over



Glaze Icing: (base/flooding)
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup milk
4 cups powdered sugar
food coloring-optional

Mix all ingredients on low until incorporated. You may need to add more powdered sugar (1/4 cup at a time) if the consistency is too runny or if it is too thick add more milk a Tablespoon at a time.

Royal Icing:
2 egg whites
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
food coloring-optional

Mix all ingredients on low for 7 minutes. If the mixture is too thick add water a teaspoon at a time until it is a smooth paste consistency. Then you can add food coloring or divide is small bowls and add different colors to each bowl.


post signature

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Florentine Crepe Cups


Easter is only a few days away and my family always does a special brunch. I always like to do something more special than the normal pancakes, waffles, french toast or breakfast casserole. This brunch recipe is defiantly top notch and takes brunch up a step! 

I love savory breakfast items and these have always been a favorite of mine! Add yummy Honeysuckle White Italian turkey sausage  and these things are unreal! 

Honeysuckle White is my go-to turkey company because the price is great for an amazing product. I want to be able to feed my family a great product that has turkey that has been raised right without paying a premium. Also because I was able to visit one of their turkey farms and learned so much about their company and the great values that they have as a company, as farmers, and how their turkeys are raised overall! Support companies that have great values! 




These gems are packed with turkey sausage, mushrooms, spinach and cheese. Mixed with a creamy egg mixture served in a crepe cup! I don't know what else you need!


Prep these and pop them in the oven while you get the rest of your Easter brunch items ready. Serve these right out of the oven and watch your family and guests rave over them! 

So grab your Honeysuckle White turkey sausage from the nearest location 



Brown up the turkey sausage


Mix up the crepe batter and cook 12 (or more if you ruin a few like I do! haha) 



Either place crepes right into muffin tins or make them on and set them aside. (I like to put little sheets of parchment paper in between them) and gather all your ingredients!


In a bowl mix together the cheese and flour. Then add all the other ingredients and stir well.


Grab a small ice cream scooper and scoop about 1/4-1/3 cup into each crepe cup.


If you have extra of the mixture add it to whichever cups look sparse.


Pop them into a 350 degree F oven 


Bake for 40 minutes. But check them around 30 minutes to see how they are doing and remove if starting to brown and the egg mixture looks all the way cooked.


Then serve!


Florentine Crepe Cups

Crepes:
3 eggs
2/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

Filling:
1 1/2 cups Honeysuckle White Italian Turkey Sausage, cooked into small pieces
1 1/2 cups pepper jack cheese, shredded
3 Tablespoons flour
2/3 cup mayo
4 ounce can mushrooms
10 ounces spinach, chopped (fresh or frozen thawed a little is great)
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Beat together crepe ingredients until smooth. Let stand for 30 minutes. (This is when I like to cook my turkey sausage) Then put 2 Tablespoons butter into lightly greased hot skillet. Cook on one side until lightly browned. Then flip and cook on the other side until lightly browned. After they are cooked, fit into greased muffin tin; one crepe to every muffin hole, form a little cup for the mixture to go into. 

Then work on the filling by tossing together in a medium size bowl the cheese and flour. Then add the remaining ingredients and  mix well. Fill each cup with about 1/4 cup of the mixture until all 12 cups are full and the turkey egg mixture is gone. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until set. I check mine around 30 minutes and every minute or so after that until set. 



*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Honeysuckle White. However all thoughts and opinions are my own.










Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tie Dye Easter Cupcakes





One of my kids favorite things to do for Easter is dye Easter eggs. It is an absolute hot mess but they love it so it pretty much is a free for all! Some things I just have to let go and let them do it. Carving pumpkins, gingerbread houses, and easter eggs are those free for all messy activities. 

I thought that there was nothing more fitting then tie dye cupcakes for a treat while dying eggs. This recipe uses simple ingredients but are super fun! 

Make a a box of white cake mix according to the directions on back and then take about a cup of the mix and put it in a bowl and do that in 4 bowls. Add drops of the food coloring you want to use and mix it.



Take 1 color and using an cookie dough scoop add the first color


Then the second color


Followed by the third color


And then top with the final color



Take a knife and lightly swirl each cupcake making sure not to mix too much



Bake in the oven for 19-22 minutes (same as the cupcake info on the back of the white cake mix)



Let cupcakes cool and then top with frosting. 



And the birds nest with Gimbal's Jelly Beans inside of them


You can make a little bird face using food coloring



Or paint a little decoration on some of the Gimbal's jelly beans to look more like bird eggs






Slice in half or dig in and enjoy!



Tie Dye Easter Cupcakes
White Cake Mix (ingredients on back of cake mix)
4 colors of easter color food coloring

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lb powdered sugar

Mix ingredients all together and add milk a little at a time if needed!

Birds Nest
1/3 cup butter
2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
3 1/2 cups chow mein noodles

In a small saucepan melt butter. Add marshmallows and stir continually until all melted. Add in the chow mein noodles and stir. In a small muffin tin that has been lightly greased with butter make little birds nests. Place in freezer for 30 minutes. Then take out and pop out with a knife. Top with Gimbal's Jelly beans



Make a a box of white cake mix according to the directions on back and then take about a cup of the mix and put it in a bowl and do that in 4 bowls. Add drops of the food coloring you want to use and mix it. Take 1 color and using an cookie dough scoop add the first color, Then the second color, Followed by the third color, And then top with the final color. Take a knife and lightly swirl each cupcake making sure not to mix too much. Bake in the oven for 19-22 minutes (same as the cupcake info on the back of the white cake mix) Let cupcakes cool and then top with frosting. And the birds nest with Gimbal's Jelly Beans inside of them. You can make a little bird face using food coloring or  paint a little decoration on some of the Gimbal jelly beans to look more like bird eggs. Slice in half or dig in and enjoy!

post signature