Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Morning Oven Hashbrowns

 Hashbrowns are one of those things that I dreaded making from scratch.  You really have to watch them on the stove, so the outside doesn't burn while the inside is hard.  Plus, in the morning, I usually have too many things going at once, and haven't even fit in my morning coffee (Which I need!).

I decided to use my oven instead.  They were awesome.  And I was able to get Claire ready for the day, while Breakfast was on it's way.  In the last 5 minutes, I started the eggs, threw in some toast, and Breakfast was served. 
2 Potatoes, peeled and chopped into small bites
Olive Oil
Southwest Chipotle Seasoning by Mrs. Dash
Fresh Chives

Turn Oven to 400 F degrees.  Toss potatoes with olive oil and seasoning.  Spread on a greased pan and bake for 20 min or until golden brown, turning potatoes once after about 10 minutes.
Add some fresh Chives and Serve. 

 Sloppy Joe Pasta

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Creamy Chicken Vegetable Pasta

8 Oz cooked pasta
Frozen vegetables of your choice (I used corn, broccoli, and carrots)
2 Chicken breast cooked and sliced
4oz cream cheese, cubed
2Tbsp Butter
2Tbsp Flour
1 Cup of Milk
Salt/ Pepper

Once you have all of the above ingredients, start your sauce.  
Melt butter in a pan, then add flour and stir.  Slowing add in milk, whisking as you pour.  You want to make sure there are no lumps of flour. Cook for about 2 minutes or until bubbly, then add cream cheese.   Melt into the sauce.  Add to your pasta, chicken and veggies.  Salt and pepper to taste, and Viola! Dinner is served!

 Happy Memorial Day everyone!! 

Flower hair clip tutorial  

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Chicken Enchiladas Verdes

 These are soo good! Walmart had the Elpaso Green Chili sauce for $1.00 so I put this together.
 Try them if you can!  

2 Chicken Breasts Cooked and diced small
1/2 Orange pepper, diced
1/2 Onion, diced
4oz or 1/2 brick of cream cheese softened
2 Tbsp. or more of Taco Seasoning
1 Can Green Enchilada Sauce
1 1/2 Cups of Mozzarella Cheese
7 Corn tortillas
 Green onions for garnish

Inside mixture for Enchiladas Verdes
 Saute' the pepper and onion in a pan in olive oil until softened. In a bowl, add your cream cheese, onion and pepper.  Mix. 

Then add your chicken, taco seasoning, Mozzarella Cheese and a 1/3 of the can of green enchilada sauce and mix some more.

Heat your corn tortillas, and add filling.  Roll, and put in a sprayed non stick pyrex pan seam side down. 

Pour the rest of the green sauce on top and add more cheese.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 F for 30-35 Minutes. 

Add some green onions for garnish. Serve. Yum!

 Do you have your own recipe for this?  What do you do different?

Easy Chocolate Cake From Scratch

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Embellished T- Shirt Super Fast!

 I took a walk through Joann's and found this absolutely matching flower to go with my t shirt.

I just pinned and sewed it on. 

 It really churched it up, as they say. I'm sure I could make one of these myself, but I just haven't put the time in.  Clean the bathroom?...or Change her diaper...oh! or I could make this awesome bow.  In my case, I  did the first two...
 Hope everyone has had a good week thus far.  I've been keeping myself busy, and haven't gotten to the computer much.  Also, blogger lost some of my saved posts and you may have had an error this last weekend if you tried to get to a blogger page.  Their whole site was down.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Polish Kielbasa Sausage and Peppers

 Always looking for an easy recipe, I came across this.  My husband had grilled the onions, peppers and mushrooms in foil the day before, so these are the leftovers!

All you do is chop and add some olive oil.  Grill in a pouch of aluminum foil.  I think you could also try this in the oven...but I haven't done that yet. Make sure to close it up so it steams.

Saute up your precooked sausage and add your steamed onions, peppers and mushrooms. I really like the texture of these vegetables.

Coming this next week, I have recipes for a Thai Peanut pasta and some Creamed Spinach as well as some Shirt Refashions.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Quite a weather change we've had lately.  Back to jackets. What are you doing?

Roasted Potato Salad..BEST EVER!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Whoopie Pies!

I woke up today, sunny side up.  I'm not really sure why...
because I was especially exhausted.  I'm blaming the unusual heat we've been having. If not that, then it's because my daughter is working on 2 more teeth.  She wakes up crying every so often, and goes back to sleep. 

Poor baby.  Again at 5 this morning she was crying...I got all the way to her room and waited, and lo and behold, she stopped. Yea! I eagerly went back to bed.  The sheets never felt so good. I've never loved sleep as much as I do now after having a baby. It really makes you appreciate it.

Well, we celebrated our 6th Wedding Anniversary Saturday.  I made the Whoopie Pies! I'm so glad they turned out.  I can cook, but I'm the first to say that baking is not my strong point.

Whoopie Cookie 
1/2 cup Crisco 
1 cup sugar 
2 egg yolks (save whites for filling)
5 tablespoons cocoa
2 cups flour 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1 teaspoon soda 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1 cup milk

Cream Crisco and sugar together. Add other ingredients. Use a piping bag to squeeze out the batter into about 2” circles. 


 Bake for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.
 Now make the filling...

1 Cup of Crisco
4 Cups of Confectioners Sugar
4 Eggs Whites
Pinch of salt
2 Tsp. Vanilla
Beat all Ingredients until creamy, about 2-3 Minutes.  Cool the cookies, and then spoon this frosting on.  Add another cookies on top. Your Finished! Now go give your husband some whoopie...whoopie pie,,uh cookie!

 Roasted Broccoli

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Glass Redo Projects

I bought this brown glass (below) many years ago from a thrift shop.  My husband spray painted it red for me.  I love it.  He did do a base coat first which I think was a light brown or something.

What a difference a coat of paint makes!  This is now the coffee pod holder!
 He also painted some of my Ball jars too!  We wrapped newspaper around them and used some painters tape.  He sprayed the inside of the jars.  This one I put rocks in the bottom and then put some Crimson Flowers in it. This way the plant can drain.  I'm doubt putting holes in the bottom of these jars would work out very nicely.

This made a great Mother's day gift!
I hope all you Mother's out there had a great day Sunday!  I know I did!

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 Buffalo Chicken Salad

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Lemon Snowball Cookies

1 cup butter
½ cup sifted powered sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
2¼ cups sifted flour
⅛ teaspoon salt

Beat butter and sugar until creamy.
Stir in lemon juice and zest. Add flour and salt.
Chill dough for 1 hour.
Form into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet. Bake at 400° F for 10-12 minutes. While still warm, roll in powdered sugar. Cool and roll in sugar again.
I've got to work on my Whoopie Pie's now...We'll see how it goes!
Do'in Ballet in her sleep?..I wonder what she's dreamin about?

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Grilled Avocado Burger + Gift tutorial for Mother's Day

 So, has anyone ever heard of avocado actually grilled inside the burger? I hadn't.  My husband just came up with these. They are awesome. I didn't put the burger down the whole dinner. Bad manners, I know. But I didn't notice till the end! oops.

1lb. Ground beef
1 Avocado half, diced
Small Orange Pepper, diced; red and yellow will do good as well.
Adobe Seasoning to taste
2 Tbsp. Bourbon
2 Slices Chipotle Cheese

Mix all except the cheese.  Grill and top with the cheese. yum!

Tomorrow is our 6th Wedding Anniversary! I'm very excited!  I'm going to make Whoopie Pie's for our dessert.  We'll see if I can bake these up right!

I'll post the recipe next week.  What are you doing this weekend?  Plans for Mother's Day?

 I hot glued a ribbon to a clip.  Then glued that onto this mason jar.  Added a card in the clasp and some flowers.  Turned out pretty cute!
Happy Mother's Day to all you Mom's out there! You deserve something really special!!  Thanks again to Beth S. who hooked me up with a bunch of these mason jars!  I'll post what I did to some of the others soon!

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

BBQ Chicken Skewers

I loved these BBQ Chicken Skewers.  The sauce made them taste like I grilled them outside rather than sticking them under the broiler.

1/2 Cup of Ketchup
2 Tbsp. of Honey
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes or so of Liquid Smoke (Hickory)

Brush over raw chicken that you've skewed onto pre-soaked skewers.  This amount of sauce covered 3 chicken breasts worth. I broiled mine for 10-12 Minutes.  So good!
I think I'll make some for lunch.
Hope everyone is doing well.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Homemade Breadcrumbs

1 Loaf of Day old bread or remnants. I used a leftover half loaf that I put in the freezer and just brought out for this.  No waste here!
2 tablespoons dried oregano or thyme
2 tablespoons dried basil or parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste


Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.

Cut the bread into cubes, and process the cubes in a food processor to make coarse crumbs.

Spread the crumbs on a baking sheet – use two baking sheets if necessary – and dry the coarse crumbs in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring halfway through the baking time.

Let the crumbs cool completely and return them to the food processor, add the seasonings, and pulse until the crumbs are well-mixed with the seasoning.

Make sure seasoned bread crumbs are dry and cool before storing in an airtight container.  You can also store them in the fridge.They will last for up to 6 months!

Now you can bread anything you wish; vegetables, poultry, or fish. 

With the prices of food going up, as is everything else, this is a great way to save a little dough...get it? Oh well. It's too early in the morning. 

As promised, you can see the photos of Matt and Mandy Reynolds Wedding at Amy & Jeremiah Photography's Blog below

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bourbon Chicken

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red rice vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons good bourbon whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, or to taste (up to 4 tablespoons if desired)
  • 1 green onion, washed and cut into thirds
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
Place the chicken in a shallow 9 X 13-inch baking dish. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Turn the chicken occasionally to make sure they are entirely coated in the marinade.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Bake the chicken, uncovered, with the marinade, for 25-35 minutes, basting occasionally.

Dice the chicken and serve over hot rice or noodles. And some sliced green onion. Serve hot.

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