Thursday, June 22, 2017

Who knows what's going on one day to the next?

SO much happening!


  • Hubby is still healing from his back surgery
  • The girl child just had her wisdom teeth out
  • I have a root canal coming up
  • My parents are coming into town
  • We might head out for a few nights at the beach
  • Hallmark Christmas in July starts 7/14 (OMG!)

It's chaos let me tell you!

That's OK though, I won't be too far from my computer.
Not sure how much I will be posting, if anything.

Just bear with me, I will be back soon!




Sunday, June 18, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #25

"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

Share with us everything you have been up to this week!

A few rules though:
1. Link directly to your post and not the main page of your blog
2. No etsy shops or products for sale
3. Click around and visit other people, that's what makes this a party!






Featured post from last week:
Crock Pot Ranch Chicken from Penny Pincher Jenny







Sunday, June 11, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #24

"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

Share with us everything you have been up to this week!

A few rules though:
1. Link directly to your post and not the main page of your blog
2. No etsy shops or products for sale
3. Click around and visit other people, that's what makes this a party!






Featured post from last week:
Homemade Creamsicles from See Lindsay








Monday, June 5, 2017

Reese's Puffy Cookies

I feel like the name of these cookies might be a bit deceiving.
I received a box of these cookies from my friend Jennay from A Day in the Life of Jennay and they were big, puffy, and delicious!

She sent me the recipe. I made them. They were delicious...but nowhere near big and puffy.

We talked the next day, I did nothing wrong as far as she can tell. Best we can come up with is the fact that it was yucky out here. Weather matters.

I will keep trying to make them puffy though, since hubby and the girl ate them all, we need more in the house!

Ingredients:
2 ¼ Cup all purpose flour
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp baking soda
1 Cup brown sugar
½ Cup sugar
1 Cup softened butter
1 Tsp vanilla
2 Large eggs
10.5 oz bag of Reese’s Pieces


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
3. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl
4. Combine brown sugar, sugar, butter, and vanilla until creamy
5. Add eggs to wet mixture and beat thoroughly
6. Add dry ingredients slowly, mix well
7. Add Reese’s Pieces and mix
8. Drop rounded tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheet
9. Bake 8-10 minutes

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Smell Good Sunday # 23

"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

Share with us everything you have been up to this week!

A few rules though:
1. Link directly to your post and not the main page of your blog
2. No etsy shops or products for sale
3. Click around and visit other people, that's what makes this a party!






Featured post from last week:
Just Divine Chicken Salad from:The Best of Long Island and Central Florida















Monday, May 29, 2017

Fiesta Nacho Casserole


I know I am a little late in posting today, sorry!
(sorry, I was eating a Milky Way)

We went away for the weekend with my aunt and uncle, it was very relaxing to do not much of anything!
Except get sunburn...in the shade...with no sun in the sky. Yup, that's my souvenir!

Came home last night as hubby was more than a little anxious about traffic today. I get it, with him still healing from the back surgery and all, I am lucky he was willing to go 2 hours away to begin with!
He loved it too though, it was nice for him to get out of the house and have a change of scenery too.

It was cold and rainy on Friday, so my aunt and I ran to the store and got stuff to make a big batch of Chili and a hunk of fresh bread.
Warm your bones!

We did manage some sun the next couple of days and temps in the low 60's. Doesn't quite feel like the un-official kick off to summer like it should!

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend.
What were your plans?





Ingredients:
3 Cups shredded chicken
2 Large tomatoes (chopped)
1 Cup Carrots (shredded)
1 Cup Corn kernels
½ Cup Salsa verde
2 Cloves garlic (pressed)
1 Tsp Chili powder
Tortilla Chips
½ Cup crumbled feta
Cilantro leaves
Hot sauce


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Spray 2 qt baking dish with cooking spray
3. In large bowl, combine chicken, tomato, carrots, corn, salsa, garlic, and chili powder
4. In baking dish, arrange a layer of chips
5. Top with half of the chicken mixture
6. Top with half of the feta
7. Repeat all layers
8. Arrange a layer of chips around the top of casserole
9. Bake 20 minutes or until hot
10. Top with cilantro and hot sauce

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Adapted from: Good Housekeeping



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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #22

"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

Share with us everything you have been up to this week!

A few rules though:
1. Link directly to your post and not the main page of your blog
2. No etsy shops or products for sale
3. Click around and visit other people, that's what makes this a party!






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Monday, May 22, 2017

Chicken Divan (Crock Pot)

We went to a 25th anniversary party this past weekend.
In a world where marriages seem so "disposable" sometimes
(not saying there are not genuine reasons for divorce...haters back away!)
it's refreshing to see a couple who have weathered the storms.

It has not always been easy, but marriage is a series of tests..good and bad. Strength and willingness to work create a successful union.

We had a bunch of family and friends in my aunt's backyard.
Auntie started saying how BAD we have been about taking pictures at functions (and she's right!)
Out comes the cameras...and the multiple MULTIPLE cries of "ok, now A and B stand with C and D"


I'm not sure who exactly came up the idea, but we have a much loved family picture that keeps popping up on Facebook. It's of my uncle and all his siblings (3 of whom are no longer with us) standing in a line by age.
They decided it would be a good idea to replicate it with the cousins who were there (some had escaped before picture time, and some were unable to attend the party) at the time.
Of course, we had to do it by age...and then realized we were backwards from them (whoops) but that's OK, it's the thought, right?

We had a ton of food...per usual.
Auntie had planned very well and there were not tons of leftovers (for once!)
All I had to bring was :
Chips
Deviled Eggs
Baked Beans

Love when there isn't tons of prep!




Ingredients:
3-4 Heads broccoli (chopped)
1 ½ Lb Chicken breast (cubed)
1 Onion (chopped)
2 Tbsp butter (cubed)
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Water
1 Chicken bouillon cube
¼ Cup Dry sherry
1 Tsp Garlic powder
Salt and Pepper
¼ Cup Italian bread crumbs
½ Cup Mozzarella cheese (shredded)


Directions:
1. Place broccoli on bottom of crock pot
2. Add chicken
3. Add butter, garlic, salt and pepper, and bouillon
4. Add onions
5. Sprinkle ¼ cup mozzarella
6. Sprinkle bread crumbs
7. Add water, milk, and sherry
8. Cook on low 7 hours, or high 5
9. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella
10. Cook an additional 30 minutes with the lid off

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Adapted from: Slow Cooker Adventures



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #21

"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

Share with us everything you have been up to this week!

A few rules though:
1. Link directly to your post and not the main page of your blog
2. No etsy shops or products for sale
3. Click around and visit other people, that's what makes this a party!






Featured post from last week:
Brownie Rice Krispie Surprise from Marilyn's Treats








Monday, May 15, 2017

Cherry Dream Pie

Hubby plans all sorts of "parties" all the time during each sport season. This translates into "Jay, can you do a ton of cooking and cleaning so that my friends can come over, eat, drink, and scratch things?"

(OK, in his defense, he does most of the cleaning for parties, but it makes my complaint sound better if I make him out to be caveman-ish)

So, maybe you have noticed that I exaggerate slightly here...
But we did have a handful of people over, and that meant food!
I made a huge pot of chili for everyone. Add in all the other yummies that people bring, we had some stuffed men folk.

Then I brought out this pie.
Every man's head swiveled. Like, as if a hot chick walked by.

Then you saw everyone grab their stomach, groan, and say how full they are. I had a piece, one of the men folk did, and that was about it. When it was time to leave, a couple of people took pieces home with them. Hubby made some comment about having a piece later in the evening.

Fast forward a couple of hours. I head off to fold some laundry, out of the room about 10 minutes.
I come back and there is hubby, looking like a kid caught cheating, with the whole remaining pie in his lap and a fork.
I am not exaggerating here, no matter what I said earlier.
He ate the whole remaining half a pie.

Glad I snagged a piece earlier! The girl child never had a chance.

Ingredients:
3 Egg yolks
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
⅓ Cup lemon juice
1 Ready made graham pie crust
1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling, chilled


Directions:
1. In medium bowl beat egg yolks
2. Stir in sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice
3. Pour into crust
4. Bake at 325 for 25 minutes
5. Cool for 1 hour
6. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or until set
7. Top with pie filling
8. Store in refrigerator
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Adapted from here

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Smell Good Sunday #20

"Smell Good Sunday" has been a running joke in my house as long as I have been married.

Hubby states it is his favorite day of the week as I am usually cooking up a storm and making the house smell good.

Share with us everything you have been up to this week!

A few rules though:
1. Link directly to your post and not the main page of your blog
2. No etsy shops or products for sale
3. Click around and visit other people, that's what makes this a party!






Featured post from last week:
Classic Cheesy Meatloaf from RCH Reviews












Monday, May 8, 2017

Outback Steakhouse Honey Wheat Bushman Bread (Bread Machine)

I know some people have strong, negative feelings about chain restaurants. That's O.K. everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Me, I happen to not mind some of them. One of my family's favorite go-to restaurants is the Outback.
We are suckers for a Bloomin Onion, (ranch on the side please!) and hubby LOVES their massive 22 oz whatever it is steak.

One perk to going is the bread they give you before every meal. It's always warm, crusty, and delicious. We need to be careful though, one could easily eat enough of just the bread that there is no room when the actual meal comes!

I spied this recipe on CD Kitchen and adapted it with some of the ideas in the comments.
All in all, this was yummy. I served it with honey butter to try to further replicate the in-restaurant flavor.

The bread isn't as dark as the original, I think I need to play with the food coloring amounts, but it's easy and tastes pretty similar.

Ingredients:
1 ½ Cup warm water
2 Tbsp butter (softened)
½ Cup honey
2 ½ Cups bread flour
2 ½ Cups wheat flour
1 Tbsp cocoa
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tsp instant coffee
1 Tsp salt
2 ¼ Tsp yeast
1 Tbsp molasses
¼ Cup dry milk
3 Tbsp cornmeal (for dusting)
1 ¼ tsp Red food coloring
1 Tsp Yellow food coloring
1 Tsp Blue food coloring


Directions:
1. Place all ingredients (except cornmeal) in bread machine and process on dough setting.
2. Let dough rise 1 hour
3. Punch down and divide into 8 portions
4. Form each portion into tubular loaves
5. Sprinkle entire surface of loaves with cornmeal
6. Place on cookie sheet, cover, and let rise for 1 hour

7. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes

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