Wow. It’s been awhile…

Sorry to say, it’s been awhile since I first got the itch to start writing a blog. I have a lot of catching up to do. Not only did a start a small business and have several more cute little kids to take care of daily, but I also have been meal planning, shopping within budgets, and cooking a lot of delicious grub. SO! With all that said, I’m going to try to make a post a day (or at least every other day.) Get ready for rants, recipes and a whole lot of me!

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Cookie Dough

I am a chocoholic. But even more than that, I’m a cookie-dough-aholic. I could eat cookie dough for every occasion, at every meal. And it doesn’t matter what kind. I just love it so much. And if I die of salmonella… well, so be it. At least, I’ll die happy. Probably in a cookie-dough coma. I usually don’t care about the eggs in them. My mom fed us cookie dough, she ate cookie dough when she was little, and nothing has happened yet. But I’m trying to be more health/germ conscious. So I found THIS. Yes. If you rolled over that, you read it right. It is a recipe for a single serving of chocolate chip cookie dough. And here’s the kicker: with NO eggs. No eggs, no salmonella. Single serving, so I don’t gain 10 lbs overnight from eating a whole bowl. I mean, there are no downsides to this. AND it whips up in like 2 seconds.

Go for it. Try it.

INDULGE YOURSELF ๐Ÿ™‚

Br-inner

I planned for one night this to be “Breakfast for Dinner.” Growing up, I always loved this. So, I thought, “Why not?” We have eggs, and a meat, and toast all the time. I wanted to spice it up and so I found this Breakfast Casserole (RECIPE). It had all out favorite things in it: bacon, hashbrowns, eggs, cheese. I mean, how could a person go wrong? Well, I made it for dinner, but my daughter and I were the only ones to eat that night, so we just had a little bit of it. The next day, my parents invited us to breakfast, instead I offered to bring over my casserole. It was even better the next day! And it was gone. I’m pretty sure someone licked the pan clean.

Next time, though, I think I’ll use sausage instead of bacon. We are sooooooooo picky about bacon at my house. Sausage? Not so much. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your Brinner!

Baked Ziti

Another delicious dinner we had last week was Baked Ziti. I’m a fan of anything Italian. I mean it, I L-O-V-E Italian food. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong country. That’s how much I love it.

We needed a fast, easy meal that everyone (meaning my family and my parents) would all love. We ate a lot together last week. Anyways, noodles are always a safe bet, because well… they are noodles. And so is anything spaghetti like. But with my daughter’s favorite meal being spaghetti, we get a LOT of spaghetti at our house. So, I decided to change it up a bit, and it was a hit! Here’s the recipe: RECIPE.

Chicken, Chicken

So, over the last two weeks I have made a couple of delicious chicken recipes.

First: Chicken Casserole. I made it because it seemed like it would keep us fed for a couple days. And it did. my husband even got to take some for lunch. However, when I made it,ย  it turned out a little dry. I’m not sure why. I added a teaspoon of minced garlic and a cup of mozzarella cheese to the mixture, and I think both added to it. It was yummy, and had a lot of different textures (like the slivered almonds!). However, I think to add to it so it wasn’t dry, next time I’ll add some sour cream or maybe some milk… We will see! Here’s the link the recipe I used: RECIPE

Second, we had BBQ Chicken sandwiches the other night. I made my chicken in the crockpot using this recipe: RECIPE. Who doesn’t love their crockpot? Well if you don’t, we can’t be friends. This recipe was so easy. I through my frozen chicken breasts in and forgot about it until we had the juiciest, best tasting BBQ chicken EVER. I honestly don’t think we will be using another recipe at our house. I think that they type of BBQ sauce you use probably depends on your taste, but I used KC Masterpiece Original Barbeque Sauce. Man, oh man, was it good. My mom used this on some ribs on Mother’s Day (Why was my mom cooking her own dinner on Mother’s Day? We still don’t know…) but those were amazing, too! So, give it a try.

Third, we made Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken at my husband’s request (he is picky). I know I found a recipe somewhere on Pinterest, but I can’t find it. So I’ll just tell you what we did.

  • Get as many chicken breasts as you have people (we did 5)
  • Get some garlic (we used freshed and minced it ourselves, but the pre-minced stuff works fine. Also, we will need as many cloves as you have chicken breasts.)
  • Get some brown sugar (As many tablespoons as chicken breasts)
  • Some oil (olive oil is great, but we used avocado oil

Then this is what we-because it was my mom and I cooking-did:

  1. Saute the garlic in the oil. I didn’t worry about measuring because I knew I was going to add more when I added the sugar. Just enough to get your garlic nice and golden. It doesn’t take too long and smells amazing.
  2. When it’s finished, I added the brown sugar to the pan and stirred it up. Adding oil as I went, until it was thoroughly mixed and a kind of thick slurry consistency.
  3. Place the chicken breasts in a single layer in a greased baking dish, then season with salt and pepper and pour your garlic-brown sugar mixture over the top, a little over each breast evenly.
  4. Bake at 400 for 30-40 min until the center is no longer pink.
  5. ENJOY!

No Heat Curls

For this you will need:

  • Paper towels
  • A damp head of hair

I ripped 2″ studios of paper towel. There’s no need to be perfect here. And you want to rip long-ways, so have enough to tie.

Then you pretty much use the paper towel as a hair roller and roll it up. Once at the top, ย tie the paper towel ends one time. It needs to be tight enough to hold but lose enough to get out in the morning.

Here’s a ย link to a tutorial: http://www.cutegirlshairstyles.com/hairstyles/curls/beachy/paper-towel-curls/

Here’s our results:

BEFORE
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AFTER

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Right when we took it out.

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After it settled.

Her hair is pretty fine still, but decently thick for a 3 year old. I think it turned out pretty good for her cousin’s birthday party today! ๐Ÿ™‚

Strawberries

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We’ve been buying strawberries at Costco. Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚ But there are are just to many for us to eat before all 4lbs goes bad.  So I have a bowl,  just a small mixing bowl,  and I fill that up. Those are the fresh ones that we eat during the week. The rest get washed, quartered, but on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and frozen. That way the are perfect for smoothies and we don’t waste 3.5lbs of strawberries! Once frozen, I divide then up into quart freezer bags and they are ready for use.

But the best thing about freezing them this way is that you don’t get a huge frozen strawberry chunk that you can’t do anything with!  Trust me, this is the way to do it!