I saw this on Pinterest. So cute! Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love it. And I love decorating for it, especially now with a preschooler. You can find the kit here. I'm going to check out Michael's or look around Pinterest to see if I can do this another way too. What a fun thing to do with your kids!
I just saw a recipe on for Pioneer Woman's Pork Chops and Pineapple Fried Rice. It looked amazing so I had to give it a try. I changed up my recipe a bit for what I had available to me. I've made it twice and here is another one I did without the peas. The sauce is the amazing part. I just love it.
I used boneless pork chops that I brined( water, salt, brown sugar) overnight. I put mine in a pan and brown each side and then put in the oven for 10 minutes at 425 F degrees. I then bake my rice in the oven for 45 minutes and let it cool while I made the egg and such of the fried rice. I used canned Pineapple and tossed it into the rice mix in the pan to heat it. The sauce is also done in a separte pan and then I pour it over the pork chops in a separate dish with a cover. BEST EVER. While I was posting this, I've just decided we are having this tonight as well.
I really like Pinterest, and Etsy is very similar to me as they both suck me in for an hour.
I have some Pork recipes coming soon...! Summer is coming to a close sooner than we'd all probably like. Blueberries and strawberries are in season. I can't wait to make something with fruit to share with you.
Check out this healthier version of regular Rice Krispies. Great for a party!
2 Cups Banana Nut Crunch
4 Cups Rice Krispies
1/4 Cup Raisins
10.5 oz bag of mini marshmallows
3 Tbsp Butter or margarine
Melt butter and add marshmellows.
Melt on low to medium heat.
Once all melted turn off heat and add cereals and raisins and mix gently together.
Spray a spatula with non stick spray and also spray a 9" x 13" pan.
Put the mixture into the pan and flatten with the spatula.
Add Chocolate sprinkles and press again.
Let cool and cover with plastic wrap.
The raisins keep these from turning into rocks.
I love the banana taste!
My Mom gave me this recipe, and it is delicious! A great way to use Zucchini.
1 Cup Shredded Zucchini
1/4 Cup chopped Onion
2 Large Eggs
Salt and pepper
1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 Tsp Onion Powder
Coat frying pan with cooking spray.
Turn on medium heat.
Stir together all ingredients and add to the hot pan.
Cook for 3 minutes until it looks stable enough to flip.
Using your spatula, cut into 4 sections and flip over.
Cook an additional 2 minutes or until the egg is done.
I also added a tbsp of mozzarella shredded cheese to my mixture. This is a very tasty breakfast, or in my case today, brunch.
I'm roasting a chicken today, one of my favorite things to do...any thoughts on great side dishes?
I was just thinking of these today, as Walmart is having a great sale on blueberries!
In this dish, the chicken really absorbs the lemon for a fresh taste in this pasta.
8 oz Spaghetti
4-5 Pre cooked Chicken Tenderloins- Baked with salt and pepper
4 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 Tbsp Red Pepper flakes (or to taste)
1 Clove garlic, minced
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
1/3 Cup of Grated Parmesan Salt and Pepper
Cook Spaghetti to package instructions and drain. Slice tenderloins thinly (is that a word?) at an angle. In a pan, add oil, red pepper flakes, and garlic. Saute for 2 minutes on medium-low. Add the pasta and chicken and mix. Add lemon juice and Parmesan and toss together. Season to taste with S + P.
I will slowly have more posts to come. This summer has brought a good "busy" to my life and I'm working on organizing everything into the schedule. I have many posts about ready to go, but priorities have put these aside for the last couple months. So please stay with me, I hope to have something to help or inspire you.
Things I love....I recently stumbled upon e.l.f. makeup at Target. Prices starting at $1 they have some great stuff. I tried the stick blush, a lipstick and a foundation brush. Wonderful! I love this company. They have so many options to try. They also have a $3 and $5 lines of products. I just recently got the $1 concealer, which worked great under my eyes and smelled nice too.
Suave Professionals sleek conditioner. Wow. At $1.78, I like this more than the $6 Loreal Sleek I was using. I wouldn't even have considered trying it, but at my last haircut, I was told this is better than most things out there, even Matrix. The lady at Hair Cuttery said they did a recent study/test on shampoos and conditioners. Pantene (which I was also using) and Head and Shoulders scored the lowest. She said that there was floor polish in H & S and Pantene was the worst for leaving a residue on your scalp and hair. What? I'm not saying that I'm not still going to use it, however I did come out on top money wise as Suave Professionals exceeded my expectations. I'm a believer.
If you have a favorite product, please share! Word of mouth is the best.
Chicken is one of the most versatile meats out there. I'm always looking for new ways to serve it up.
Here's another I wanted to share with you.
2 Chicken Breast, butterflied
3 Tbsps. Olive Oil
1 1/2 Tsps Garlic Powder
1/4 Cup Rice Vinegar
1 Tsp of dried Thyme
Dash of pepper & Salt
3/4 Cup Breadcrumbs (+ or -)
1 Egg, beaten
In a resealable bag, combine 1 Tbsp Olive oil, garlic powder, rice vinegar, pepper, salt and thyme with the chicken.
Let marinate in the fridge for an hour.
Take out chicken, discard marinade.
Dip chicken pieces into egg then breadcrumbs (I made my own)
In a pan, add a couple of tbsps of oil and heat over medium.
Add chicken to the hot pan, turning halfway through cooking.
Let sit for 5 Minutes.
Slice at a diagonal and serve.
Full of flavor!
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Place seasonings and oil in a big ziplock bag and mix together. Then add pretzels and mix until well coated. Open onto a cookie sheet. Heat in the oven for 5 minutes, flipping the pretzels casually halfway through.
I have the luck of having red, yellow, and green peppers. I wanted to use them as a side, so I came up with this. Ingredients:
1/2 Cup of each pepper, sliced into strips
1/4 Cup of Onion, sliced into strips
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Dash of Salt
Fresh Ground pepper
1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
3 Tbsp Red Wine vinegar
Saute the Peppers and onions in olive oil for 7-10 Minutes over medium heat.
Add seasonings, and stir around for another minute.
Turn off the heat and add the red wine vinegar.
That's it, your done. Serve it up. I had mine with Sausage and Rice and a slice of bread I toasted on one side with butter, garlic and basil. Wonderful!
Ahh...spring. I just love that smell of fresh air. I also love garden fresh vegetables. Obviously it's too early for vegetables in the back yard, but I made these green beans the other day, and they hit the spot.
8 Oz Frozen Green beans
3 Tsp Brown Sugar
Pinch of Salt
Add frozen green beans to a tbsp or so of bacon drippings. Cover and let it heat up for 5 Minutes. Then add sugar and salt. Pepper is optional. Uncover and saute until cooked through.
Spring starts Tomorrow!
I've already been to a garage sale, I can't believe they were already ready. I got a purse for $1. Super cute. I went about transferring my things over, only to find 7 Pens & 3 Pencils, not to mention old receipts and bags of snacks for the little one. Anyone else collect so many of one thing? and not even know it?
I saw this cute Pinafore dress made for 6-12 month babes. The lady made the pattern but was using the dress as a shirt for her toddler girl.
I tried it, and it is an easy pattern. However I do wonder if it printed at 111% instead of 100%. She said there was an issue with it, and this fits my almost 2 year old perfect, even almost as a dress. Matched with some cute leggings this thing is super cute.
I used fabric I had on hand. I think I will make a pattern for a regular top without the pinafore back to save on fabric and extra long stitching.
Do you have a vice? or something you adore to do? If I had to name a couple, it would be cooking + sewing. I don't mind the dunkin donuts run either. That place just smells like happiness. You?
4 Medium Potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 Tbsp Honey
Pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 375 F Degrees. Mix honey, pepper, Dijon mustard and Olive oil in a bowl. Using a whisk works well. Then add potatoes and mix all together. Spray non stick spray on your baking pan, and add potatoes. Bake for 30-35 Minutes, until fork tender. We had it with fish sandwiches and corn. Very nice flavor.