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Review: Dixie Stampede Ya’ll

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I don’t always get the chance to make completely from scratch recipes (hence the reviews!!)…The pasta is my creamy garlic noodles recipe. Sometimes I like to just make them with some kind of chicken or something and eat it like you would alfredo. Last April, we went to Pigeon Forge, TN. We ended up going to Dixie Stampede. Everyone loved their food. Especially their chicken and soup. We ended up buying the seasoning for the chicken rub and we bought the soup mix. You CAN purchase them both online. I love this rub. It’s really great. I can use it on any kind of chicken. It’s what was for dinner ya’ll~

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Classico Review

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Where to begin? As a kid, my cousin Mandy and I used to cook every Friday night for ourselves when we spent the night with my grandparents. We used to buy stuff like this. You know the thoughts, easy to make, teenager made easy type meals. We’d get the precooked chicken and make some mean pasta. Back then we thought we were the best cooks ever. I decided to buy this sauce, which is not the same sauce I used to buy. Normally, the sauce I buy is in the refrigerated section. This sauce wasn’t horrible, but it was definitely not cheesey tasting. It was like gravy. The plus is the kid liked it. However, I probably wont buy this product again. I was pretty unhappy with it. I guess there was a reason why I stopped purchasing it…What’s your experiences?

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Texas BBQ Chicken Sandwich

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I LOVE this recipe. However, I didn’t have any Texas Toast. Instead I used hamburger buns that I had left over from some cheeseburgers. My husband asks for this recipe from time to time. I think it’s pretty good myself. It has a lot of good flavor. Of course you can’t go wrong with bacon!

Lately, I’ve been pretty emotional. Probably because of hormone’s. A lot of people recently are learning I have autoimmune diseases. Not just one, but THREE of them. It deeply impacts my life. I have a hard time remembering to do things unless I write myself notes. It causes me to have anxiety, to lose myself, to lose my self esteem, I push people away, and I’m definitely hard on myself about all of these things. I am also very sensitive. Things really hurt my feelings, very easily. With that being said I’m also very hard headed, stubborn, you name it…it’s probably a description of me.

I figure life is what we make it to be. I can choose to be happy with the way things turn out, or I can resent it and be miserable. I’m learning now that I need to take up for myself more. I tend to just pull away from problems and not address them, because I’m just avoiding them. You can’t do this, because you’ll miss out on greatness. However, I still expect to be treated with respect and even care. I hope that things will get better. I feel like Cooper misses out on a lot of things with family because of unresolved issues. Ultimately, I love our family. While not all are reliable, most of them are.

I’ll tell you after all that emotional stuff, I’m going to go eat this sandwich. I need some good comfort food now.

4 pieces of chicken breasts, pounded to about 1/4 inch thickness

8 pieces of bacon, cooked, grease and dirty frying pan reserved

BBQ sauce

Salt and pepper

Bread for sandwich (texas toast is best!)

In the same pan you’ve fried your bacon in, put your chicken that you’ve seasoned with salt and pepper in. Brown both sides of the chicken. Once you are finished, put the chicken on a foil lined cookie sheet. Put bbq sauce on both sides of the chicken. Cook until the chicken is cooked through. Once finished, slice the chicken into strips. Place on  the bread and into another pan. Put cheese and bacon on the bread and put into oven until bubbling. Serve.

NOTE: Try adding sautéed onions. YUM.

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Sweet baby goodness!!! Hashbrown Casserole

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I’ve mentioned off and on that it’s been a crazy few months and today proved to be one of those days. I’ve learned a few things today! First off, cooking and frazzled doesn’t go hand in hand. I was so confused and so lost. Ya’ll just don’t even know….I had invited my mom over for dinner and Cooper kept on and on and on about hashbrown casserole, so I sent my husband out to get the ingredients. I forgot some of the ingredients while I was throwing it together…so I learned another thing. The other thing is, if you forget some of the ingredients, it still tastes good….but it is better with all the ingredients….UGH…I never do that!

I had gotten this recipe from a lady at cub scouts. She’s a nice lady. As was her husband. I really loved their child. He’s such a sweet and bright boy. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant for us to be friends. I really did try to show my best southern hospitality. Unfortunately, they were convinced that we did something we didn’t do….I still don’t understand that. Looking back, I know they thought I was guilty because I asked what was wrong on several occasions over the course of a week. Yes I knew where they lived, but that doesn’t automatically make a person guilty of something. I only asked because the older kid had already told me what was wrong, because their older kid had told him, and they were upset and it was very clear they were upset…All it really was, is I wanted to help. I should have just said yep, I already know. If I can help, then let me know.

It’s really impacted the younger kid. Their younger kid and my child are in school together. My kid says that after it happened the boy would point at him and talk about him. It really upset me, but I told him to let it go. No since in crying over spilled milk. However, the day came when we eventually just wanted to fix the issue, so that our kid could feel comfortable. Yeah that was a NIGHTMARE. I’ve realized now that no matter what you do you can’t change someone’s opinion of you. I hate that this person doesn’t like me, because I thought we could be great friends…however, I’m grateful that it’s done, because I didn’t then and don’t now deserve to have someone treat me horribly. Drama isn’t something I’m interested in, but I’m also not interested in being alone. In all my life and all my married life, and motherhood life, I’ve never had anyone accuse me of such crazy things. I still don’t understand why this particular family felt they were so special. Just crazy…However, in the end, I’m grateful for the lessons and the other things I left this friendship with…especially for hashbrown casserole. So to this woman, I call A….Thank you for everything you’ve given me. Ya’ll enjoy this recipe, it’s truly the best! A was amazing for giving me this!

 

1 bag frozen hashbrowns

2 cups sour cream

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup fine chopped onion

1/2 cup melted butter

1 cup cornflake crumbs

Mix all the ingredients except the butter and cornflakes. Spread the mixture into a glass baking dish.  Mix the cornflake crumbs and butter together and spread over the mixture. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes on 350 degrees.

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Review: Sam’s Choice Fettuccine Alfredo

I’ve seen things like this several times throughout making my way through the aisles. This is in the frozen food section. They have all sorts of stuff! I decided to grab this skillet meal, just to give it a try. I will say it isn’t a lot of food, but for the price, it’s a good deal. For 4 people, I need 2 bags, if the boys are all really hungry I might even consider doing 3. While it’s about the same cost to make it from scratch with some good sales, if you’re in a hurry and time is against you, this is worth it. I have a weird thing about chicken. It seems like a lot of the frozen food chicken has a weird texture or is fatty or fake feeling in my mouth. Nope, not the case with this stuff. I actually really liked it. I liked that the pasta tasted really fresh and homemade. I really, really like the texture and flavor of the pasta. It’s actually better than the dried pasta you buy. I’ve bought this particular item at least 3 times now. I am not compensated for reviewing these products and even if I was, I’d give my honest review. With that being said, maybe one day I can get compensated. That’d be pretty cool….but moving on, before I get myself side tracked….I review these products for a few reasons. First, I think a lot of times these random little products get overlooked and they’re not exactly popular because people get scared to try them. I’m always looking for inexpensive, easy meals. Mostly because my husband is home for lunch and I like to provide a meal that isn’t sandwich food. This is definitely a meal that I add to my list of lunch food. It actually gets added to my Monday night madness meals. Monday equals no time to cook..

Ya’ll keep an eye out for this meal kid. If you buy it, tell me how you like it!

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It’s a birthday!

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The cake isn’t the best….We bought it from Ingles here in town. I actually had to make them redo it, because it looked SOOOOO much worse. The décor isn’t centered, which drives me absolutely insane, because it’s not barely off, it’s huge off. I made a piñata for him in the design of a golden snitch. He seemed to have a lot of fun. I’m so sad my baby is now 11. Time has really flown by. I hope that one day he realizes that he is smart and funny. I want him to know that he is loved unconditionally. No matter what, he will forever be my baby.

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Parmesan Pork

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Folks, I’m not crazy about pork chops. I’ve never really liked them. Any recipe you see posted on here that is a pork chop, you will always know it’s something that has seriously caught my eye, or I’m desperate. In this case, I was desperately searching Pinterest for a recipe to use. I came across this and I was a little nervous it might be a little greasy, but it was actually really pleasant. If you want the original recipe head over to Lord Byron’s Kitchen to get your original.

Pork chops, thin sliced and boneless

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons dried chives

1/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated, plus more for garnish

4 cloves garlic, grated

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside. In a bowl, whisk together the butter, olive oil, chives, parmesan, and garlic. Set aside. Lightly salt and pepper both sides of the chops. Over medium-high heat, grill the pork chops for 2-3 minutes on each side – just until dark grill marks appear. Transfer the grilled pork chops to the baking sheet. Smear the top of the chops with half the butter mixture. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip the chops and smear with the remaining butter mixture. Return to oven and bake for another 15 minutes. Garnish with parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.