Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Recipe Recap

I haven't posted here on my own blog in awhile because I've been busy sharing recipes over at Kids VT! Here are a few of my latest yummy creations....check out the Kids VT Blog for more!

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

 Homemade Shells & Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Soup

Smothered Burritos

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Recipe Link: Meat & Veggie Lasagna

Today's recipe creation I shared on Kids VT is for a tasty and healthy lasagna!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Recipe: Homemade Applesauce

I shared my Homemade Applesauce Recipe at Kids VT today! Easy and quick!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Recipe: Strawberry Banana Muffins

Hop on over to Kids VT where I posted this delicious and pretty healthy muffin recipe!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Recipe: Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

I've posted this Granola Bar Recipe before, here is another one. Similar, but a little less "healthy" and a little more like the kind in the box! A special treat!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

What I've Been Eating

I know I haven't posted many recipes here lately. My blog is mostly a place where I'm sharing links to all the other places where I write. That's ok for now. It's temporary. I hope you don't mind. In the mean time, here are a few recipes and food ideas that I have been trying. Inspired from Pinterest and from my brain. (Oh, and here are a couple more that I shared on BVT Moms Blog.)

One of my favorite breakfasts, whole grain waffle with dates and honey. It's also delicious with figs and/or ricotta cheese with a side of the internet via my laptop.

 Avocado Chicken Salad: Avocados mixed with chicken salad alongside some cheese and crackers. Delish!

 Oatmeal with honey, almonds, cranberries and cinnamon. Tasty and healthy!

These are meatballs and cheese wrapped up in a biscuit. Ummmm, yes, this is the weirdest most delicious little snack.

This was a delicious smoothie combo!

So there you have it! What have you been eating lately?

Monday, June 4, 2012

Homemade Self-Rising Flour

This is one of those recipes that I've had around forever and I'm not quite sure where it came from. It's nice to have when you need self-rising flour for a recipe but you just don't want to run out and buy some!

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

*Makes one cup

Fill a one cup measuring cup with all-purpose flour, leveling with a flat surface. Remove 2 teaspoons of the flour. Pour remaining flour into a bowl. Add baking powder and salt. Mix together.

I'm not sure how long this will keep but I imagine if it's in an air tight container it should be ok for a while. I usually just make a few cups worth and store for a couple of weeks or just make it as I need it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Liebster Award

I received a very sweet email yesterday from Sue of Cake Balls, Cookies and More that just made me smile! She nominated my blog for a Liebster Award!

A Liebster Blog Award is a fun way to recognize your fellow bloggers and get the word out about how much you love them! It's specifically for smaller blogs and those of us who are just getting started! Liebster is a German word that means favorite or dearest. It was very sweet for Sue to think of me and I'm blessed to be in included on her list! Thanks Sue!

So now it's my pleasure to pass it on by telling you about my favorite "smaller" blogs that maybe you haven't heard of yet.

Cake Balls, Cookies and More

Well I'm just going to go ahead and return the favor and start with Sue's blog! She posts some really great recipes and I love her creativity in the kitchen! This recipe for Salted Nutella Fudge is a great example!

The Hunger Girl Games

This blog was just started this week by my dear friend, Jennifer. She is posting health related articles, healthy recipes and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Jen and I are always sharing health info with each other (like this post about the right diet for kids with ADHD) and she has a lot of knowledge about all natural medicines and cures so I'm really excited that she can share it all with everyone now!

In Moms We Trust

This is another fairly new blog that I really love! Mauranda has big plans for In Moms We Trust and I'm anxious to see what she does next! She has Message Boards set up for Moms to have a place to go ask questions and chat with other Moms. Go over there and get some conversations started!

The Blessed Mom

Amy from The Blessed Mom blogs about parenting, recipes and being a Mom of faith. She shares great insights and I always smile when I read her blog! I found myself nodding along until my neck fell off when I read her post about being enough. Read along, you'll love her!

Whisk, Write, Repeat

Carolyn never disappoints with the recipes she shares. Check out her Holiday Roundup post and you'll see what I mean! I also love reading about all of her adventures!

Congratulations, ladies! You all deserve it! I can't wait to hear what your favorites are!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Favorites from around the web: Pizza!

Here are a few Pizza recipes from around the web that I want to try soon!

Homemade Pizza Sauce by Tasty Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Erica Lea/Tasty Kitchen

This recipe looks so quick and easy and gives me a great excuse to keep red wine on hand. At the bottom of the post is also a pizza dough recipe so you can make a whole meal of it! Shared by Erica Lea of Cooking for Seven

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza by Lauren's Kitchen (Originally by Stephanie Cooks)
Photo courtesy of Lauren's Kitchen

Chicken. Bacon. Ranch. Pizza. Enough said.

Grilled Pizza Margarita from Food Network by Mario Batali

Photo from Food Network
I mean, really. Look at it.

Do you have a favorite pizza recipe? I'd love to check out more!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Favorites from around the web...Cookies!

I still haven't decided on a name for this weekly post.

I am a bad decider.

For instance: Which if these cookie recipes will I try first?

This one for Oatmeal Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies by Let's Dish?

Photo Courtesy of Let's Dish

These Chocolate Toffee Cookies from Smitten Kitchen?

Photo courtesy of Smitten Kitchen

Toffee is my FAVORITE. I'll make them without the walnuts though.

S'mores Cookies from Giving Up On Perfect?

Photo courtesy of Giving Up On Perfect

(Thanks for telling me about these Amy!)

Too many decisions!  Don't make me choose!

I told you I'm no good at decisions!

Check out the links and let me know if you try any of these delicious cookies!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

My Favorite Recipes of the Week: Breakfast

I look online for A LOT. Most often I use them as ideas. I'm not very good at following directions. I like to make recipes my own. I decided though that since I find SO many great recipes in my online adventures, that I should start sharing them with you!

Sometimes I make the recipes I find and sometimes I just drool over them and then forget them. Matt is always telling me I need to "make a list" because I am constantly showing him recipes online or trying a new one and then a month later he's all, "Remember that one recipe with the chicken and the cheese..." Now I can keep better track for myself AND share them with all of you!

This week I had my eyes on breakfast treats. Here's what I found!

I love these Cinnamon Toast Rolls by Circle B Kitchen.
Photo Courtesy of Circle B Kitchen
 They look quick and easy to make as a weekend breakfast treat. I would probably use wheat bread just to pretend like it was healthy-ish. Or not.

I decided to make Stuffed French Toast for a church brunch last Sunday so I began scouring the internet for ideas. I came across this one and about died.

Banana Nutella Stuffed French Toast by 52 Sweet Treats

OH MY YUM. I tried it with strawberries and it was divine. Johnna's version is dairy and gluten free so that is a huge plus for those of you who follow those diets! I made my version very full of dairy and gluten. :)

The other recipe I found is Stuffed French Toast which I found through Tasty Kitchen (my new obsession). I made this one with blueberries but I think it would be equally amazing with strawberries as well! I guess I'll have to make it twice. Darn.

From Girli Chef, I present to you Cinnamon-Sugar Pull-Apart Ricotta Bread.

Photo courtesy of girlichef.
 There are so many words in that title that make me drool. This is a MUST try ASAP recipe for me and I will probably follow it exactly. I just can't risk it not coming out perfectly on the first try. My taste buds would never forgive me!

So there are some of my must try and eat right away favorites from around the web!

What are your thoughts about my fave recipes posts? Should I post on the same day every week? What should I call it? Let's give it a name!

Have a recipe you think I should share? Let me know! If you pass my rigorous standards of acceptance (makes me drool and lick the screen) then I'll share your recipes too!

Looking forward to sharing more and hearing your faves too!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pesto Tortellini with Chicken and Veggies

This dish is YUM. I just can't think of anything else to say about it!  It would be equally as good without the chicken for a meatless meal as well.  Unfortunately for me, my husband does not know that the words meatless and meal can be used together.  But anyway....

Pesto Tortellini with Chicken and Veggies

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup chicken broth (or more as needed)

1 package (9 ounces) of cheese filled tortellini (I also like to use the spinach filled kind)
2 zucchini, sliced
1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 cup basil pesto
freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a skillet or pot (you are going to need a decent sized pan!).  Cook chicken until brown then remove from skillet.  (OR use chicken from your freezer that you have already cooked to save time!)

Add broth and tortellini to pan, bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer about 8 minutes or until tortellini are tender.  You may need to add more broth as it simmers to keep the pasta moist.

Add in chicken, zucchini and bell pepper and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally and adding broth if needed until the vegetables are crisp-tender and chicken is no longer pink, about 3-4 minutes.

Toss with pesto and sprinkle with cheese.

Think, man that Tasha has some good recipes, I'm going to have to send her chocolate.


Check out Beauty and Bedlam for more Tasty Tuesday recipes! 

Also linked to Blessed with Grace Tempting Tummy Tuesday 


A Southern Fairytale

Because I like to share

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Recipe: Mexican Lasagna

This is one of my family's favorite meals.  If you have a small family, you can freeze the uneaten half.  We always end up wiping out the whole thing though!  Also can be prepared and frozen to be baked at a later time!

Mexican Lasagna

1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 cups salsa
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbs taco seasoning
6 soft shelled tortillas (8 inch) I like to use whole grain ones for a healthy oomph!
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded cheese

Grease 9x13 baking dish (I use my Pampered Chef stone that is really seasoned so I don't have to grease mine) You can also line the pan with foil instead.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Brown ground beef with onions in a large skillet.  Drain.  Add salsa, beans, seasoning; mix well.

Arrange three tortillas in a single layer on bottom of baking dish.  Cover with layers of half each of the meat mixture, sour cream and cheese.  Repeat all layers.  Cover with foil.

Bake, covered, for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes or until casserole is heated through and the cheese is melted.  Let stand 5 minutes before cutting to serve.

Top with shredded lettuce and tomatoes.


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Salsa Chicken

A quick and easy way to prepare chicken is to freeze it with a marinade and then on the day you need it, take it out in the morning and let thaw in the fridge. By dinner time the chicken will be thawed and soaked in the marinade! Just pour the chicken and sauce into a baking dish and bake at 375 degrees until cooked through (the time will depend on how thick your chicken breasts are).

 Here I froze chicken breasts in salsa and teriyaki sauce.

I use salsa, italian dressing and teriyaki sauce the most often for marinades. Here is the "recipe" I use for making Salsa Chicken.

I'll thaw the chicken and place in a baking dish at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes.  I'll then top the chicken with cheese and bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.  I'll serve with spanish rice (which is basically rice and salsa mixed together!) and a vegetable.  Because the chicken is baked and the salsa is full of veggies, it can actually be quite good for you! (assuming you don't overdo the cheese and smother it with sour cream as I sometimes do!)


Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cookbook Recommendations

Need a good cookbook?  There is nothing more valuable in a kitchen than a dependable cookbook.  Here are a few that I would recommend:

How to Cook Everything (Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition), Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman

The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook by Beth Hensperger

Fix-It And Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes by Phyllis Pellman Good 

Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food by Jessica Seinfeld 

 Betty Crocker old school cook books - look at the library or at yard sales.  I don't really like the newer ones because they use too many "pre-made" ingredients.  The older ones from back in the day are full of good old fashioned, made from scratch, but still simple recipes.

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One Pot Chicken, Veggies and Brown Rice

When I'm not using freezer meals for dinner and I have time to cook a more time consuming meal, this is a go-to recipe for me.  But when you read how easy this recipe actually is, you might call me a liar, because it's actually not time consuming at all, it just tastes like it!

One Pot Chicken, Veggies and Brown Rice
1 tbs olive oil
4 chicken breasts (you can also use bone-in pieces of chicken if you like!) cut in halves or thirds
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 large onion, 2 celery stalks, 2 medium carrots, cut into chucks
A little garlic for flava
About 1 cup chicken broth
1 cup cooked brown rice

Heat the oil in a deep pot. Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Place in hot oil.
Cook until golden brown on both sides, about 10-12 minutes.


Add the vegetables and broth.  You can use more or less broth depending on how you want this dish to turn out, soupish, chunky soupish or just veggies and rice.  Yes, soupish is a word.

Cover and let simmer over medium-low heat for about 15-20 minutes or until the veggies are soft enough for ya.

Serve over cooked brown rice and enjoy!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Chewy Granola Bars

My kids like to eat.  Often.  So snack time is a very big deal.  They love granola bars but the boxed ones can be filled with more sugar and preservatives than I care to feed my starving zoo animal boys. The ones that are organic and wholesome can cost you an arm and a leg and sometimes even an eyeball, so I decided a long time ago that homemade granola bars were the way to go!  I've tried a bazillion different recipes and this one is the result of many kitchen experiments and my family's favorite!

Chewy Granola Bars

3 cups oats
2 cups puffed wheat cereal (you can use rice krispies, but they puffed wheat cereal is a way healthier option)
(OR you can use 5 cups of just oats, no cereal)
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup honey
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup nuts, dried fruit, or chocolate chips (or a combination of any of them!)

Mix all dry ingredients together.

Mix all wet ingredients together.

Mix all together. Then add nuts, fruit, etc and fold in.

Pour onto cookie sheet(If you are using a regular cookie sheet, I would advise lining it with wax paper because these puppies are sticky! I use my nicely seasoned Pampered Chef Bar Pan and they come out perfect every time!).  Press down firmly until the entire pan is covered and the granola is packed down.

 Bake at 325 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.  That time is up for debate though because my oven is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get.  So just watch them carefully and remove when they are nice and golden brown, like this:

 Be careful not to overcook or they will not be chewy! And your husband who hates crunchy granola bars be will be severely disappointed and insist you use a timer next time instead of just "smelling for them."

Oh, is that just my husband?  OK, sorry.

Score the bars while warm and then let cool.  These can also be frozen if your family will not eat the whole batch before they go stale.  Which I haven't had to do in a good couple of years.

Check out Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays for more great recipes!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Homemade Waffles

Waffles:  Another great way to start the day!  Be sure to double the recipe so you have extras to freeze!

Homemade Waffles

2 Cups Homemade Biscuit Mix
1 1/3 cups milk (or more if needed)
1 tbs Milled Flaxseed
2 tbs water
1 egg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
splash of vanilla extract (optional)

This will make about 4-5 waffles, depending on the size of your waffle iron and how thick you make your waffles.  I doubled it and got 9 good sized waffles out of it.

Stir ingredients together until well blended.  Pour onto waffle iron.  (I have this one and it works great.)

Be careful not to pour too much batter or you will have this result:

Cook on waffle iron until done (about 4 minutes).  Some waffle irons have indicator lights for when they are done, mine is not fancy like that, but I can tell when it's done because it will steam and when you open it, nothing sticks and it looks nice and brown, like this:

Love these kid's dishes? 
I reviewed them here at Bellaziza's Favorite Things a super long time ago, but check them out of you like them!

To freeze your extras: Place on a cookie sheet or baking rack and freeze.  Once frozen, store in airtight, freezer safe container.  Stick in the toaster or microwave to warm up just like you would the boxed kind!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Applesauce Muffins

The original recipe for these muffins are from Deceptively Delicious, but I don't do very well with following recipes exactly, so here is my twist on it!

Applesauce Muffins

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup carrot puree
1/4 cup Agave Nectar
2 tbs milled flax seed
1/4 cup water
1 egg

Mix dry ingredients together.

Mix wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.

Mix all ingredients together.

(I know, this is hard, please try to follow along!)

Pour into muffin tins, it makes 12.  I usually use a heaping 1/4 cup measuring cup and it fills the muffin tins perfectly!

Crumbly Topping: (you know, the best part!)
2/3 cup oats
2 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp flax seed
2 tbs butter, melted

Mi topping ingredients together and sprinkle evenly over muffin dough.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 18-20 minutes.

Enjoy, knowing this muffin is actually good for you!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Heavenly Popcorn

This recipe has been floating around our family and always shows up at get-togethers.  If you haven't already read my Disclosure you should read that first and then come back to finish reading this recipe!

OK, now that you know of my love for junk food and understand that I will post some yummy not-so-good-for-you recipes here and there, let's get on to the recipe.

Heavenly Popcorn

3 bags of popcorn
24 ounces white chocolate or white bark
Misc yummy additions - mine include peanuts, toffee bits and M&Ms

Pop popcorn and cool.  Be sure to pick out any unpopped kernels.  Biting into one of those as you shove it down your mouth eat lady-like bites can break a tooth!

Melt white chocolate, stirring frequently. 

Coat popcorn with white chocolate until evenly covered.

Mix in yummy additions.  Lay wax paper down and spread out your delicious concoction onto it.  Let cool and harden.

This is perfectly acceptable, expected even.

Once hardened, break up into bite sized pieces and enjoy!