Uncategorized, Chicken

Chili BBQ Chicken

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A few years ago, my mother in law moved to NC. I’ve mentioned this before to ya’ll. Anyway, I was very lucky to receive all of her recipes, cookbooks, etc that she has collected through the years. Included is a 1979 Pillsbury Family Cookbook. Tonight I pulled out this book and decided I wanted to find something different. Generally, when I see recipes that use ketchup in BBQ sauce, I keep flipping, but I just thought, well why not?? Let’s just try it out. I’m SO happy I did. I did add an extra few splashes of Worcestershire sauce. I will say this is a keeper for our family. Not only is this recipe inexpensive to make, but the family ate every bit of it up. Even asked for seconds! That’s a winner in my book!

Chicken

1 cup ketchup

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

1 garlic clove, crushed

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon paprika

Mix everything together and dress the chicken. Grill. If you choose to use bone in chicken tightly cover chicken with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes and then grill until done.

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Noodles, Uncategorized

Basil Broccoli Pasta

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I sat today and reflected on the last 11 years of my life. It’s hard to believe I was pregnant with a little bit twelve years ago. Today I sat and watching him leave elementary school. My years are flying by so quickly and I’m not able to blink. Every time I do, another year or five is gone. I’ve also forced myself to come to terms with things that I can’t control. This is something I have struggled with for my whole entire life. I’ve always liked things to feel manageable, controlled, rounded. Some of this is doable, but not everything. Isn’t it funny how it takes a long time to be able to come to terms with things? Accept things…

I’ve known that Coop has had issues with one of his classes this year. I really thought it was because he rushes and he’s bored easily. I thought it was silly mistakes. Turns out he really is struggling. All the other subjects he does great in. He makes fantastic grades.  I just couldn’t understand. I’m slowly getting that he really just needs the extra help. I’ve been working on lining up a tutor for him. Hopefully this will help next year. I hate that I have to pay for one, but I don’t want him to fall behind.

6 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

4 cloves garlic, sliced

1 bunch broccoli florets

1 cup chicken broth

16 oz rigatoni pasta, cooked

1 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil

pepper to taste

grated parmesan

Cook Pasta according to directions on the package. Set aside. Heat oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic. Cook until lightly golden. Add broccoli. Increase heat. Cook and stir gently until broccoli is tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add broth. Reduce heat and simmer until broccoli is tender. Add cooked pasta to skillet. Mix thoroughly to allow pasta to absorb flavor. Transfer to a serving dish, top with remaining ingredients.

Reviews, Uncategorized

Review: Sam’s Choice Italia

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I had high hopes for this, because I LOVED the risotto that I made from the same brand. However, this isn’t the case. It tastes just like pasta roni.  I probably wont buy it again, my homemade alfredo is better. This seems to still have a powdery texture. It also doesn’t even have any kind of cheese taste that you get from the parmesan in regular alfredo sauce. In a pinch though, this is a more economical brand to buy. It would be the reason I purchased it. Sometimes you just need something and you’re running out of time. I really like to not let all the liquid out, because it becomes really dry if, really quick. It also helps to add a little parmesan into it. It is decently creamy if you do these steps. Like I said, if I’m in a pinch, I’ll make it again. Otherwise, it just wasn’t my favorite….I was a little disappointed.

Bread, Uncategorized

Dinner Rolls

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I’m hoping that bread making skill will come in time. I obviously am not a good bread maker and I have NO IDEA what I’m doing wrong. It’s not hard, it’s fluffy, but it’s definitely not airy and light. My research showed that I may have used too much flour. I’m trying to learn though. It’s not really that easy. I’ll keep trying.

My sister had a baby girl. She’s the sweetest, cutest, precious baby ever. My sister doesn’t live in my state currently. Her husband is in the military. I don’t know when he’ll leave, but my heart is sad, because I don’t get to see my Ada much…My husband used to be in the military and I guess this must be how my family felt when we were gone. I don’t know, but I just have very mixed feelings. Sometimes I feel like I’ve lost my sister…maybe forever. We’ve really struggled the last year to get along and have a good relationship. I just let her come to me to speak,  because she has to make that move. I figure one day she’ll rather spend her time with me than her friends and stuff. I remember what it’s like being 18. It’s one of those when it’s bad it’s bad, when it’s good it’s really good relationships. She is a lot younger than I am. I changed her diapers and loved on her when she was little, even up until now. I think that we both forget we’re both human and we both have feelings. It’s this way with my mother too. Sometimes she reads a text and jumps down my throat because she says I’m being bossy or whatever. The truth is I must just be a crappy texter haha. Honestly, I’m just laughing it off. You can’t dwell on sadness, or hurt feelings. You focus on the happy thoughts, the good things in life. All I want is for my sister’s husband to decide to come home. I miss my sister and I want my niece home so I can spoil her crazy rotten! Beware people, if my sister is ok with you, you might see some crazy amounts of Ada photos. I just can’t post the pictures without her permission…but you no idea how tempted I am! HAHA

This is a King Authur recipe!

  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 cups warm milk ( 100 – 110°F)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons yeast, instant preferred
  • 6 to 7 cups  All-Purpose Flour
  1. Combine the water, milk, butter, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer. Stir well and let sit for 6 to 8 minutes, or until you see the yeast begin to foam.
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    –> Add 5 cups of flour and mix by hand or with the paddle attachment until the dough forms a rough, shaggy mass. The dough will not form a ball at this point, but will be just shy of coming together.
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    –> Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time and blend with the dough hook until a smooth ball begins to form. Knead by hand for about 10 minutes, or by machine for 4 to 5 minutes until a soft, smooth ball of dough is formed. The dough should feel elastic and slightly tacky to the touch.
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    –> Lightly spray your work bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl. Spritz the top of the dough with spray as well and cover lightly with plastic wrap or a shower cap. Let rise for 20 minutes at room temperature or until the dough is full and puffy.
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    –> Gently deflate the dough and pat out to a rough rectangle about 8 inches by 12 inches. Cut the dough into 4 long strips, then cut each strip into 6 portions for a total of 24 dough balls. Shape into round balls as you would shape meatballs, using your cupped hands to roll the dough. Spritz your hands with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
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    –> You can place the rolls into any of the following pans, well greased or lined with parchment paper: One half-sheet baking pan or 2 quarter-sheet pans. Two 13″ x 9″ x 2″ pans. Four 8″ or 9″ round baking pans OR a combination of any of these pans.
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    –> After the rolls are in the pans, cover again with your plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for another 20 to 25 minutes, or until well rounded and full looking. If you are baking now, preheat the oven to 350°F.
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    –> Bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and an internal thermometer reads 190°F. You can brush the baked rolls with melted butter if desired. Serve warm, store leftovers in a plastic bag for up to 3 days.
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    –> If you want to freeze the unbaked buns, place in the pans as described in step 6 and allow to rise for 10 minutes. Wrap airtight and freeze for up to 4 weeks. To bake, thaw overnight in the fridge, then unwrap and bake as directed.
Soups and Stews, Uncategorized

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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I felt weary of this recipe. I’ve tried 100 potato soup and broccoli cheese recipes and I’ve just not found one I LOVE. It’s the same with French onion soup…none measure up to my high standards. I decided to go my own way. I looked at several different soup recipes for broccoli cheddar soup and just came up with my own. I did pretty good I must say!

I’ve finally seen the light at the end of the tunnel with wrapping up the cub scout year. I have some shopping to do, and a few loose ends to tie up! However, the most exciting thing happening is my niece, Ada will be born this week. It’s exciting! It’s my first blood born niece. It’s more special than any other niece or nephew I claim as mine. I love all of the one’s I have though. I don’t know when I’ll get to see her, but maybe soon.

 

Try this soup out ya’ll!

1/4 cup melted butter

1/4 cup flour

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup milk

2 cups chicken stock

1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli florets

1 cup matchstick cut carrots

1 stalk celery, thin sliced

1/2 a small onion fine chopped

2 1/2  cups sharp cheddar

Melt butter in stock pot, add onion and celery. Saute. Add flour. Cook for about a minute. Add chicken stock and cream. Add the broccoli and carrots. When cooked through, add cheese and stir until well mixed and melted. Add salt and pepper to taste. ENJOY!

 

Breakfast, Uncategorized

Breakfast Pizza

I’ve been trying to be a better mom lately. I’m reducing the take out, trying to do as little processed as possible, and actually waking up at a decent time to make an actual breakfast. I don’t always get the no processed things, but I generally am able to reduce the amount of processed foods in our life. I’ve made this a few times over the years. I probably found this recipe on some kind of random blog and then changed it to suit my own needs, but I am the worst to scribble down a recipe and not say “got it from here”.

It’s the end of the school year, which means the end of scout year for us. I’ve been so swamped that lately I think I have been doing more reviews of products than anything. What makes me so mad is that I just simply can’t keep up with my own needs. I’m having to take 5 minute showers, which ya’ll that’s hard work and getting clean too! Psssht…for the birds! I’ve been working from sun up to sun down cleaning house, cooking, organizing events, getting Coop ready for EOG time (I’m so against EOG..another story- another day though),  trying to get last minute ends tied up for summer planning, working to get the calendar ready for next year, and then that’s just half of it folks. It’s just very overwhelming. I look forward to the end of the school year. It means everything is going to be done and I can just rest! Right now, Coop and Michael are lucky to have clean underwear!

1 can of crescent rolls

gravy (Find it here)

5-6 eggs, scrambled until just set

Cheese (use own discretion)

Spray pizza pan with some pam. Spread out the crescent rolls and mash into a circle. Dot with a fork. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spread gravy on. Top with eggs and cheese. Bake another 5-10 minutes. Remove let and cut with a pizza cutter. Serve! ENJOY!

 

Dessert, Uncategorized

Review: Butter Cookies

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I think these cookies are good, but they just aren’t my style. I’ll say again, I’m not a huge sweets fan. I think my biggest issue with these cookies is they are hard. It makes me feel like they aren’t fresh, but they are. The cookies have a good taste. They aren’t incredibly sugary. There are two though that I do not like at all. This is the bottom cookie and the one shaped like a half moon. It’s just not my cup of tea. However, I LOVE the one with the fruit topping. The second one from the bottom is a close second place winner for me. Would I buy them again? Yes. I would. The cookies are pretty good and the one’s I do like, I really, really like. The downfall is I think that these cost a bit much for the amount you get. This is why this wouldn’t hold a permanent grocery list spot. Have you tried these? Tell me what you think!