Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sheet Pan Ranch Chicken



I am loving this whole sheet pan dinner phase! I am been testing out a few here and there and this so far is my favorite. If you like ranch this will be your favorite too! With a slight crunch to the chicken it still melts in your mouth and also your ranch potatoes and carrots are to die for. This makes enough for your family of 5 and guests! So eat up right for a dinner tonight. 

That totally rhymed haha

Ingredients:

1 lb Chicken Breasts
2 Cups Baby Carrots
2 Cups Baby Reds in chunks
1 Dry Ranch Packet (seperated) 
2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Cup Miracle Whip
2 Cups Panko Crumbs (Plain)
1 Tablespoon Parsley 
Olive Oil

Directions: 

Pre-heat oven to 400*
Pound out your chicken breast to 1-1 1/2 inches thick and cut into halves. 
Take out 2 Tablespoons of Dry Ranch and set aside.
Place the rest of dry ranch and miracle whip into a bowl and mix well. Place chicken in mixture and stir around until chicken is covered. 
Place Panko Crumbs in the bowl and cover chicken with panko crumbs.
Place a tablespoon or two of olive oil at the bottom of the pan. Place potatoes and carrots around the side of the pan, sprinkle a few more tablespoon of olive oil on top of the veggies. Place chicken in the middle of the pan. Place salt, pepper, and the rest of the dry ranch on top of the veggies. Spray the chicken with PAM if want to add color. Sprinkle Parsley on top of chicken.

Place in oven for 25 minutes or until chicken reach 165*










Friday, March 3, 2017

Dirt Cake Cupcake


Guess who got a new oven? ME! As I stated in a post before the mystery still remains of how my old oven glass door got shattered but as a wonderful result I got my new oven on Wednesday and I couldn't be anymore in love. So break it in I had to see how well it did with baking cupcakes and let me tell you it did an amazing job. As for these cupcakes they are fluffy with superb texture and the perfect chocolate taste that will make this your new favorite chocolate cake recipe. The frosting is great because it is not overly sweet, it is light and fluffy. The frosting will make extra enough for you to put in some glasses and eat as an oreo pudding, your kids will love you a little extra for two desserts!

Makes 24

Ingredients: 

FROSTING:
2 Small boxes chocolate instant pudding
2 sleeves of Oreos (smashed)
3 Cups Milk
8 oz Cool Whip
1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar

CAKE:
1/2 Cup Butter (room temp)
1/4 Canola Oil
1 2/3 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Cocoa powder
1/3 Cup Chocolate syrup
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
3 Eggs
1/2 Cup Hot Coffee
1 3/4 Cup Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
3/4 Cup Milk

Directions: 

CAKE: 
Preheat oven to 350*
In a mixing bowl cream together butter, oil, and sugar; add in your cocoa powder and mix well. Add syrup, salt and eggs mix until combined; pour in hot coffee and mix well. In a separate bowl place flour, baking soda, and baking powder and sift. Place flour mixture into the chocolate min and mix until well combined. Slowly stir in the milk until creamy.

Place an ice cream scoop into your cupcake tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on rack for 30 minutes before frosting.

FROSTING: 
In a mixing bowl place in powdered sugar, pudding mix and milk and whisk until thick. Fold in cool whip and mix in half of your cookie crumbs as well. Chill for 30 minutes and frost when cupcakes are completely cooled. Top the cupcakes off with the rest of the crushed Oreos. 






Saturday, February 18, 2017

Easy Chocolate Mousse


Have you ever just had a string of bad luck? The last few weeks have been full of them. I am finally getting rid of a horribly cold that lasted three weeks, my slow cooker actually blew up with with black smoke and everything, my food processor went to crud and I woke up in the middle of the night to find black glass all over my kitchen floor from my oven; so for now I am out of a few cooking tools. 

So for Valentine's day it was hard since I have certain things I make every year. I made steak on the stove, twice baked potatoes out of the microwave, and since I couldn't make my strawberry chocolate heart cheesecakes I made this delicious chocolate mousse that actually turned out to be a huge hit. 

It is simple, creamy, just enough sweetness and chocolate to help your craving. This filled 5 large glasses or you could even put this into a pie if you would like. No matter how you eat it, you will enjoy every bite.

Ingredients:

2 Eggs
1/4 Cup Sugar 
2 1/2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream (Divided)
1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Instructions:

Beat eggs and sugar for three minutes
Next heat one cup of Heavy Whipping Cream in a small saucepan until hot but do not boil. Mix the hot heavy cream slow and low into the egg mixture until combined.
Place the egg mixture back into saucepan over low heat for five minutes or until thickened, do not boil
Remove from heat into bowl, stir in chocolate until melted and combined. Cover and place into fridge for two hours.
Take your whisk attachment and whip your remaining heavy cream until it reached stiff peaks. Take chilled and firm chocolate from fridge and fold your fresh whipping cream into chocolate mixture until smooth. 

Optional: Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentines Day Recipes 2017


Looking for some last minute Valentines Day Recipes? Here are some of our favorites that I hope you can enjoy as well.

Every year I draw up homemade cards for the girls, buy balloons and a box of chocolates for each. Tomorrow night is steak, baked potatoes and chocolate mousse. I get pretty excited for Valentines Day each year. I hope you all have an amazing day.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

PMS Cookies


These are simple, salty, chocolatey, peanut-buttery and full of marshmallow fluff; if this doesn't set your cravings I don't know what will! If you don't know I have three daughters only one is almost at that age but the P word so I know I will be making these a lot more often later and make a fun little tradition, you need to have fun with it right? So the next time you are craving something or if you just want to be nice to the rest of your family and share with them. These are wonderful non-baking sweets that will go fast.

Ingredients: 
1 Cup Creamy Peanut butter
1 Cup Marshmallow fluff 
2 sleeves of Ritz Crackers
2 Bags of Chocolate Chips, 12 oz each

Instructions: 
Spread peanut butter and fluff onto a cracker and place another cracker on top to turn it into a sandwich. Place them onto a pan with wax paper.  Melt your chocolate in a double boiler and place each cracker sandwich into chocolate, take out and place back onto wax paper. Let cool to room temp or set into freezer for 15 minutes.

Recipe adapted from 





Friday, January 27, 2017

Banana Oat Peanut Butter Pancakes



So these pancakes turned out to be pretty amazing and I cannot wait to make more. It is light, simple, and just sweet enough. It only This recipe only makes four, so if you are wanting to share with the family make sure to double. I kept eating egg whites and fruit every morning so I wanted to try to find something else healthy to eat in the mornings besides what I kept eating. So I googled and saw lots of recipes but thought why not create my own and as I stated above they turned out awesome.

Ingredients:
1 Banana (Mashed)
2 Tablespoons PB2 
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Oats
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon 

Instructions:
Mash banana in a bowl, mix in pb2, 2 eggs, oats, and cinnamon. Take 1/4 cup and scoop and place onto a griddle or pan and cook on each side for 2 minutes or until brown.








Monday, January 23, 2017

My Life #9


Hello all, Happy Monday! 

This Monday also means the second semester for me, back to school until May, 10 classes, basketball ball tournaments, ballet, housework and more; back to being 100% busy. That is okay though I enjoyed my small month break off of school. I got to do lots of things with the girls during that time. Speaking of tournaments, my oldest, Mallory, has had two the past two weekends and they are long. We are usually gone for 8 hours for the games but they have won two out of three games both times and we have our last one coming up soon. It has been a great season. Anna and Lauren are doing great in ballet, we have picked out their costumes for the recital and they are now learning their dances. The memory those two have are amazing, I don't think I could remember all the dance steps. 

As I have stated I am on a new health adventure of losing 31 pounds by my 31st birthday in June. I have cut out all bread and potatoes and I am happy so say I am doing great and that I actually do not miss them and that is huge because my favorite food is mashed potatoes. Changing my diet has been easy, now trying to find time to continue to work out between the night time rush and homework will be interesting. I have been avoiding the scale until it hits the first of the next month. I know 31 pounds is a big goal but even if I make it to 20 I will be happy. I am doing the best I can and hoping for amazing results. 

I have lots of recipes to share so be on the lookout for new ones! Remember if you have any questions or suggestions please e-mail me.

If you could also please keep us in your thoughts, Matt goes for his back surgery tomorrow, hoping all goes well and he heals up perfect.

Have a great week!