Mar 27, 2014




I can’t express how delicious this recipe is. You will just have to try it for yourself to see how amazing this is. We made it to serve over pancakes, but it would be killer over ice cream which is what we are going to do with the left over.

I would advise you use any berries you have on hand. Frozen or fresh any berries will be amazing!

At first everyone looked at me like I was insane for having this over pancakes …that was until they took a bite. There are just really no words to express the incredible flavor of this compote.  I will be making this all the time.


The idea behind this for me was the IHop Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity and boy does this come through. I have never actually had the Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity but I bet this is less expensive and just as good if not better!



Ingredients:
  • 1 cups frozen strawberries, hulled, quartered
  • 1 cup frozen triple berries (blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries)
  • 1 cup frozen hulled black cherries
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter cubed
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
Directions:
  1. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, combine sugar and butter. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Cook 2 minutes, then add berries, and lemon juice and cook another 5 minutes.
  3. Removing a few tablespoons of the juice and add to a small bowl with the corn starch. Mix until the paste is smooth then add it back to the compote and mix well.
  4. Boil for one minute then remove from the stove and allow to cool for ten minutes to thicken up.
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Mar 26, 2014


There are certain things in life that I can guarantee will never happen and me winning a selfie contest is one of them!

My head looks miss shappened, my one eye looks like it has issues, and the way I have my head make me look like I have some weird eye wrinkle! Ha! 

As you can see I have terrible aim with the home brewed selfie. I have never had good aim when it comes to taking those very popular pictures of yourself. You know what I am talking about? The pictures where people stretch their arms out as far as they can to snap their own pictures.

Nope I am no expert and I can’t say that I ever will be. Here is too another horrible selfie!

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Mar 25, 2014



The original name of these potatoes is “the best breakfast potatoes ever” now I know why because they are the best breakfast potatoes ever! If you have ever bought O’Brien Potatoes in the grocery store these are very similar but better I mean over the top better.

Don’t fear making too many of these potatoes because it’s not possible. These would be awesome in a breakfast burrito or just simply with breakfast for dinner like we did. They even reheat well thank goodness!


I found these on the The Pioneer Woman’s site and as always they are great. Isn’t everything she makes awesome? Yes, I believe so!

You can’t beat this recipe because it’s wonderful and addicting.


Ingredients:
  • 2.5 Pounds Red Potatoes, Cut Into Chunks
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Onion, Peeled And Roughly Chopped
  • 1 whole Green Bell Pepper, Seeded And Roughly Chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 stick Butter, Melted
  • 1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the potatoes, garlic, onion, green bell pepper, oil, butter, seasoned salt, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour potatoes onto a lined (Parchment paper so it won’t stick) baking sheets. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, using a spatula rotate the potatoes around after 20 minutes.
  4. Raise the heat to 500 degrees and bake until crisp and brown, 15 to 20 minutes, once again flip the potatoes to get even browning this should done every 5 minutes at this point.
  5. Sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper before serving.
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Mar 22, 2014




I wanted a whipped cream for a topping on pancakes but I knew I wanted to use some heavy whipping cream I had in the refrigerator. I am not a huge fan of your premade whip toppings. I prefer to make my own. This recipe fit the bill! It’s creamy and delicious and better than anything you will find in a refrigerated or freezer case.

This sweet cream recipe is super easy to make and should be a crowd pleaser just adjust to exactly what you are needing. I only needed one serving but you can easily double and triple this recipe.



Ingredients:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
Directions:
  1. *Tip* Place heavy cream in the freezer for about 10 minutes before you are ready to use it. This will insure your cream is super cold and will form quickly.
  2. In a blender add all the ingredients and blend until the cream forms peaks. Don’t blend more than a minute at a time or you will make butter instead of sweet cream. 
  3. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
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Mar 20, 2014


I have been wanting to try this recipe for months! It’s one of those recipes that I found really intriguing. I think the idea of putting the Ramen Noodles in the slaw sounded cool. LOL I know it’s the little things right?

This recipe is very easy to put together and comes together very nicely. The Ramen Noodles are actually fantastic in the salad! Who knew?



The slaw has a nice flavor and makes a lovely presentation. I would recommend only using the amount of dressing you need. I wouldn’t pour the entire amount in the bowl. I think that would be over the top. Also do not add the Ramen, Sunflower seeds, or the almonds until you are just about to serve the slaw.

Easy and delicious! That’s perfect in my book!

Ingredients:
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages chicken flavor Ramen noodles
  • 16 ounce package bagged coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 1 cup sunflower seed toasted
  • ½ bunch green onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil (don’t use olive oil because it will change the flavor)
  • cup rice wine vinegar
Directions:
  1. In a small bowl add brown sugar, sesame oil, vegetable oil, the two packets of ramen seasoning mix and rice wine vinegar whisk all together until the sugar melts, then set aside.
  2. Before opening the ramen noodles, crush into 1 inch pieces and set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl add slaw, along with the dressing. I recommend adding just enough dressing to cover the salad well. I found that the recipe makes a bit too much dressing and I didn’t want my slaw dripping with dressing. You can always add more before serving. Cover and chill two hours. Reserve extra dressing.
  4. Once your slaw has chilled mix it well and decide if you need to add more dressing or not.
  5. About 10 minute before serving add ramen, almonds, and sunflower seeds and mix well. Again check to see if you need more dressing and serve.
  6. You will want to add your crunchy items just before serving or they will get mushy!
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Mar 19, 2014






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Mar 18, 2014




This recipe is fantastic I mean really fantastic! I had it ready in just minutes! While the ground beef was browning I was mixing up the sauce and while the entire thing was cooking together I was heating up the rice. I made the brown rice the day before to save on time meaning dinner came together fast! I combine this dish with a large bowl of Asian Ramen for a wonderful and filling dinner.

There are so many things to love about this recipe but the speed and cost are high on my list of reasons to love it.  The flavor is wonderful too! Simply wonderful!


The only thing negative I can say about this recipe is that it just doesn’t go far enough. For our family it fell a little short I might made another half recipe next time. Also, I might even use cabbage in place of rice to lower the calories. Now that sounds delicious! 


Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ¼+ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef (90/10 or better)
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Cooked rice, for serving
Directions:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and ginger.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. 
  3. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. 
  4. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat. 
  5. Stir in soy sauce mixture and green onions until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.
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Mar 14, 2014


If you are like us egg are either feast or famine in your house. We either go through them like water or they expire. Well lately it’s been expiration city. I found eggs for a sweet price at one store and I forgot I had already bought some at another store so then during the “no one’s eating eggs” season I had two dozen eggs that were expired.

I don’t know about you but I hate the idea of wasting food even eggs, and I hate eggs. But a chicken worked really hard to make the egg that are now expired and the money we spent is now wasted too! No one wins!

All of these Eggs were bad! Bummer!
The good news is even if the carton indicated that your eggs are expired they still might be good and maybe good for longer than you think!

Here is a good way to check if your eggs are expired or not.
  1. Fill up a large mixing bowl full of cool water and place a few eggs at a time in the bowl of water. Don’t overcrowd the bowl just a few will do. 
  2. If the eggs rise to the top of the bowl then they need to be thrown away. If the eggs sink they are still good. 
  3. Don’t judge the carton by one egg try them all out because you may have a few that are still good.
Bad Eggs! Bummer!
So how do you know the egg is bad because it rises to the top of the water? The reason the egg rises to the top of the water is because the white of the egg has started to evaporate which is leaving the egg hollow. The lighter the egg the quicker it rises to the top of the water. If the egg rises it needs to be thrown away. If it sinks you still have time, but I wouldn’t wait too long. 

Good Eggs!
Boil the older eggs or even fry them up if you are in a pinch.  Better yet have breakfast for dinner to use up those eggs. It’s an inexpensive meal and it’s a great way to get rid of eggs without them going to waste.

If you are still a little nervous about the egg let your nose be the judge! It probably won’t fail you, but I have found the bowl of water trick to work every time!

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Mar 13, 2014



Although I don’t use jarred spaghetti sauce very often when I do I like to add meatballs to the pot. I find that the meatballs help the dish go further and often they make the sauce taste better.

I don’t like using jarred sauce because (to me) it’s flavorless, but recently I found a jarred sauce which I think is fantastic and especially when I am short on time.
My new favorite jarred sauce is Bertolli Organic Olive Oil, Basil and Garlic. 

I have purchased the non-organic before and thought it was OK (better than most), but I bought the organic three pack at Sam’s Club and it’s fantastic for a jarred sauce. I had no idea the organic would taste so much better, but then again organic milk taste better than regular so I guess it makes sense.



I realized last night that we were out of pre-made meatballs so I threw these together quickly. Quickly is the keyword here. I had them resting within 3 minutes. These meatballs are fantastic and super easy to put together. I thought we were going to be meatball-less but this recipe saved the day. I just put what we had on hand together and came up with a really great meatball. 



Once I have more time I am going to make some extra and freeze them for subs or future spaghetti. Who needs to pay so much for meatballs that really don’t taste that great and often have that weird meat flavor when you can just make your own for a fraction of the price!

Below I have the recipe designed for either using the meatballs in a sauce right away or baking them in the oven for future use. Whatever makes you happy!!



Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. dry minced onion
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
Directions:
  1. To a mixing bowl add one egg and whisk until smooth, then to the bowl add milk, dry onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and pepper. Mix well. 
  2. Next add ground beef to the bowl and mix well. Using wet hand may work best. The ground beef mixture will be overly wet but don't panic because it will come together. 
  3. To the ground beef mixture add parmesan cheese and Italian bread crumbs and mix well.
  4.  Cover the bowl with Press'n Seal or plastic wrap and allow the meat to rest for 30 minutes or more. 
To a pot of sauce:
  1. After the resting period roll meat into one inch meatballs. 
  2. Add each ball to a pot of heated sauce. 
  3. Once the meatballs are in the sauce do not stir them for 20 minutes so that the meatballs can set (if you stir them before they start firming up they will break to pieces). 
  4. After 20 minutes you can stir them. 
  5. The meatballs should be completely cooked within another 10-15 minutes
To the Oven:
  1. After the resting period roll meat into one inch meatballs. 
  2. Preheat oven to form into meatballs and place on a pan. 
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until meatballs are no longer pink in center. 
  4. You can turn them after 15 minutes. 
  5. All to cool and freeze or use in some other fashion. 
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Mar 7, 2014




I have been looking for more ways to incorporate meatless meals into our menu. We are certainly carnivores but sadly I know we need to cut back on our meat consumption. I was looking around a great blog called the Garden Grazer and I must admit I found some recipe that are delicious looking and meatless too.



One in particular caught my eye which was a vegetarian taco salad with a chipotle cream sauce that dresses the taco salad. I knew this was a must try for me.
This recipe turned our fantastic! Even the doubters in my house were scarfing it down! I thought it was awesome and to tell you the truth there really isn’t much to the whole thing and you can truly do what makes you happy when it comes to the taco salad.



Ingredients:
  • Spanish rice (or brown rice if desired)
  • 1 can whole corn (drained)
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 can green chilies
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Black olives
Ingredient for Creamy Chipotle Sauce:
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons of adobo sauce (more or less depending on the heat
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • ½ tbsp. cumin
Directions:
  1. Make up Creamy Chipotle Sauce by simple putting everything in a blender and blending. 
  2. Make your favorite Spanish rice (Check out our favorite) or simply use cooked brown rice and set aside. 
  3. Heat beans, and corn and slice up veggies and set aside.  
  4. To plate your taco salad spread out a scoop of Spanish rice over your plate, then top the rice with beans, and corn. 
  5. Next, top the corn with cheese, green chilies, lettuce, tomato, and black olives. You can be generous with the veggies because they are low in calorie. 
  6. Then top the entire salad with the creamy chipotle sauce. Start with a small amount then add more as desired.
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Mar 6, 2014



This recipe is the answer to so many of my brown rice prayers. Normally my brown rice either comes our crunchy, or a big gloppy mess. I have never been able to find a happy middle for my brown rice until now. I found a recipe online that claimed to be the perfect brown rice. I seriously had my doubts. I haven’t found a perfect way to cook brown rice to date so why would I now? Who knew I would this time. 

This recipe turned out awesome!! I love anything that I can cook ahead and have it ready to go at any time and I love that I can make a large quantity of brown rice at the same time. In order to make a good fried rice you have to have odder cooked rice that has cooled. This is perfect!

If you want step by step directions you should go to where I found this wonderful recipe: www.ourbestbites.com this recipe is awesome and so are so many others! You could spend forever just looking around.


Ingredients:
  • 1 -1/2 cups brown rice
  • 2-1/3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions:
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Spread rice in an 8-inch square baking dish.
  3. Bring water and butter or oil to a boil, either in a saucepan or in the microwave.  Keep an eye on it and take it off heat immediately after it starts boiling.  
  4. Immediately stir in salt and pour water over rice in baking dish.  Cover baking dish tightly with 2 layers of foil, or heavy-duty foil.  
  5. Transfer baking dish to oven and bake rice until tender, about 1 hour.
  6. Remove baking dish from oven and uncover.  
  7. Fluff rice with fork, then cover dish with kitchen towel and let rice stand for 5 minutes.  
  8. Uncover and let rice stand 5 minutes longer.  Serve immediately.
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