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Creamy ranch chicken

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Are you seeing the trend of comfort food? Yeah, that's how it's been around here.
Healthy, not especially...but lately I've just been about what tastes good. What my family will eat. What makes me happy when I cook it.

Creamy Ranch Chicken

1 package (generally 3-4) boneless skinless chicken breasts
2-3 tablespoons ranch powder
1 stick of butter
1 block cream cheese-softened
1 can cream of mushroom soup
milk, if needed

I've done this in both the crockpot and the oven...so you pick which one you'd like to do. But it basically goes the same.
Crockpot-put chicken, butter, and ranch powder-cool high 4-5 hours or until chicken is cooked through.
Oven-same as above, oven on 350, probably 1-2 hours (or less, I have a phobia about undercooked chicken and I tend to overdo it probably)
Once the chicken is done, take the cooking liquid and mix it with the cream cheese, and soup-if it feels to thick for you add a splash of milk.
Add creamy mixture back to chicken-I generally cut…

Linguine Carbonara

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Please forgive me for the low quality of this picture...I realized as I was shoveling this down my gullet that if I didn't take a picture, there wouldn't BE a picture. So I snapped, then resumed shoveling.
My appetite has been 'meh' lately. Nothing sounds good. Nothing tastes really good. Even my favorite restaurant failed to whelm the last time I went. So when the husband said he wanted Carbonara, I wasn't in a rush to make it.
Then I did. It was like a giant hug on a plate, it was the most comforting pile on a styrofoam plate that there has ever been. It was amazing.

Linguine Carbonara (adapted from Anne Burrell)

1 box of linguine-cook in heavily salted water
1lb of thick sliced bacon, cut into approx 1 inch pieces
3/4 cup grated parm
4 eggs-room temperature.
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Boil your pasta until it's almost done. Al dente is what they call it. I call it-take a piece out, bite it and if it still feels a tiny bit not done it's where you want…

Sour Cream Butter Biscuits

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3 ingredients. That's it. Just 3. 3 little things, mixed in a bowl and then put in the oven..TOTAL game changers.
These little beauts show up on our table at least once a week, and there are rarely any left over.

Sour Cream Butter Biscuits (from Paula Deen)
2 cups self rising flour
1 cup butter-softened or melted
1 cup sour cream

Mix together all ingredients. Think to yourself "there is no way this bowl of paste can be biscuits". Grease a mini muffin tin and drop scant tablespoons full of 'paste' into the tin, then put the tin in a 400 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes-you want them nice and golden.
Remove and let cool-briefly.
Pop one in your mouth and be amazed at the complexity of those 3 little ingredients.

Try not to eat them all!!

Chex Party Mix-and a giveaway!

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Chex Mix...pretty much the go-to snack food. I can remember being on marching band trips, and when we'd make a 'pit stop'-grabbing Chex Mix and chocolate milk. So WHY did it take me SO long to make some myself??

 It's not hard to make. It's not time consuming. It's easy to share. It's VERY easy to eat! I've got a birthday party coming up that I'm doing the snacks for and here's what I made tonight!

Smokey Sweet Onion Party Mix
1 1/2 cups Rice Chex
1 1/2 cups Corn Chex
1 1/2 cups HoneyNut Chex
1 cup Wheat Chex
1 1/2 cups pretzels
3/4 cup dried minced onions
1/4 cup butter-melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp HotSalt
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp Liquid Smoke


Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl (large enough that you can get a spoon in there and mix it up-and make sure it's ok to microwave in)
Combine the butter, sugar, and oil in a microwave safe cup, and microwave for 2 minutes (stirring after e…

On top of ol' smokey...

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all covered with cheese....Sunday over spaghetti.
Tuesday night (leftovers) Meatball Sliders
Meatballs. Basically my Husband's Holy Grail food. And for 7 years (7 looooong years) I've been searching. Turning over every rock, peeking into every Italian kitchen, and trying over and over and over again.
Too tough.
Not enough breadcrumbs.
Not tender enough.
Too meaty.
Too bready.
It seemed a hopeless battle.
But I was determined to keep trying.
This past Sunday I made a meatball that surpassed all prior attempts...a meatball to which my Husband has bestowed the ULTIMATE honor. "Better than my Mom's".
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Finally.

It is a prep you probably haven't seen/used before-but it's what worked for me.

Meatballs (adapted from Jfolse)

1lb ground beef (80/20)
1lb ground pork
6 eggs
1 cup minced onion
1 cup minced celery
2 Tablespoons granulated garlic
1/4 cup chopped basil
6 slices bread (I had honey 7 grain wheat)

Creamed spinach and peas

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I'm no Popeye. Nope, can't do the straight spinach thing. I can do it in a cheesy dip with artichokes, I can do it snuck into a lasagna, heck, I can even blend it into a smoothie (Green Monsters!). And I'm the same way with peas. Just can't do them on their own. My old boss told me that "no good food is green"-he was even opposed to green jello. That's how hardcore he was. But I went through my freezer the other day and there was ALOT of green. My feeble attempt at healthy eating and incorporating more veggies into our meals staring blankly at me in the frozen tundra.
Last night's dinner needed something green...it was roast, with mashed potatoes. It needed another veggie...or at least I thought it needed another.

So..I took looked up creamed peas...I know that I've heard of it..couldn't find what I was looking for. And I had 4 bags of peas in the freezer. Then I looked up creamed spinach and it let me to The Pioneer Woman (who is awesome, as…

Homemade Ricotta

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I wanted something sweet after dinner...but nothing too sweet..I wanted something creamy...and I happened to have some homemade ricotta..so I slapped it on a One-Hour Roll with some blackberry jam. Yum.

I've got lasagna cupcakes on the menu this week (SO excited! Stay tuned!)-and the other day at the grocery I got the stuff I needed...I thought...I got home and had forgotten the ricotta.  Our local grocery is really just a bread and milk stop...and ricotta (which isn't cheap anyway) is generally 75 cents to a dollar more expensive. Thanks Rural Living!  *sigh* So I decided to channel my inner Donna Reed and just do it myself. I'd seen it done on tv. My Dad makes cheese from goat's milk (way better than commercial cheese)-so it CAN be done.

I'm never buying ricotta again. Making it at home you can control alot of things...the amount of moisture (do you want a looser, creamier, cheese or a tighter, spreadable, cheese) and salt content. And in a life where I generally…

Sweet potato jalapeno cornbread

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This stuff right here...yeah. Delicious. As in truly, lovely, divine.
I'll admit, it made me make inappropriate mouth noises. I couldn't help it. They were completely involuntary...but they came out anyway. In akward..mmmmmms, and ooohs, and maybe even a couple of oh yeeaaahs.

It paired perfectly with the ham I'd roasted and the mashed potatoes for dinner last night. It's got the sweetness and orange-ness of fall (which is upon us-yay!!), and the subtle spice and warmth of the peppers and cumin.


Sweet Potato Jalapeno Cornbread (adapted from Sweet Pea's Kitchen)
1 cup flour
1 cup corn meal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tsp cajun seasoning
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 packet instant mashed sweet potatoes (cooked and cooled)
6 jalapeno peppers-seeded and diced finely
2 eggs
1 tablespoon molasses
1/4 cup olive oil

Oven at 400
Grease an 8x8 pan
Whisk together dry ingredients
Combine wet ingredients and mix until incorporated.
Then com…

Italian Style Mac and Beef

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Ok, I know, I KNOW there isn't much appetizing about this picture. Well..maybe the clementines in the background? But this dinner was super easy, very fast, and the children INHALED it.
And it's from my new favorite cookbook...seriously 101 different recipes using mac and cheese. There is even a cake recipe in there. I kid you not!

Italian Style Mac and Beef (adapted from here)
1lb ground beef
1/2 onion-chopped
1 container sliced mushrooms
1 cup water
1 cup spaghetti sauce
1 box mac and cheese

Brown the beef, add the onions and mushrooms and cook until soft. Add water, spaghetti sauce, and cheese packet, stir. Bring to a simmer-add macaroni noodles, then simmer for 7 minutes or until noodles are done.

No really..that's it. And even though pictures don't do it justice...it's really good. And when the kids are eating it and asking for more and more...I'm not gonna complain!

CJane's 30 day bran muffins

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I won't go into in this post how much I love CJane. I won't go into depth on how I look forward to her blog daily. How she makes me laugh. How her vlog is the one of my favorite parts of the week. I truly think that if we lived closer, we'd be the best of friends. She'd bring her kids over and they'd play with mine, she'd gently chide me for my coffee habit (since Mormons generally don't drink coffee), and we'd go shopping for muu-muus. But since we do live so far away, and since our friendship is basically just in my head, I have to settle for these muffins. These muffins which she touted are 30 day muffins because that is "how long the covered batter can last in your fridge without going gloopy, glopy, or sprinkled with blackish green bumps." And with that phrase alone simultaneously made me pee my pants and challenged me culinarily. Now, we're addicted to them. These muffins are good. They are chock full of good for you bran and fiber (…

Scrabble tile pendants

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Quick little self promotion here...I've got Scrabble tile pendants that I made! These are Halloween themed-you can see them all on my Facebook page (link at the left). They are $3, plus $1 shipping if anyone is interested! Here are a few samples!



Simple Gazpacho

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Sippable Salsa seems more fitting.

Cold, refreshing, summery, good for you...it's all those things! You don't have to deal with chopping a bunch of water and seedy (blech!) tomatoes either. See me and tomatoes...we're not the best of friends. I can tolerate them on a taco, and once in a great while actually WANT a BLT...but other than that...they need to be in a sauce of some kind...marinara, salsa, ketchup..you get the gist.
And so I'm on a diet (big surprise right?) and I wanted something fresh tasting and low cal, and never having gazpacho, it seemed reasonable to make it (right). But all the recipes I found called for tomatoes...of which I had none. But I did have V8 and tomato soup...already in the form I prefer them!

Simple Gazpacho
1 can tomato soup (I used Progresso Reduced Sodium Tomato Parmesan)
1 can V8 (I used the empty soup can)
1 cucumber-peeled, seeded, and chopped (I used my mini chopper)
1/2 onion-chopped (again w…

Chicken Ranch Broccoli Tots

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Potato chips. Truly one of my two Achilles' heels. What? I've got two legs, that means two heels...don't question. So yes...potato chips are one..big time. Especially thin, crunchy, and covered with flavor chips-like the newest Frito Lay's Regionally Inspired chips!
These new flavors were specifically designed with specific regional flavor profiles! 1. Northeastern U.S. – Lay’s Honey Mustard
     2. Midwestern U.S. – Lay’s Creamy Garden Ranch

                             3. Northwestern U.S. – Lay’s Balsamic Sweet Onion

                             4. Southwestern U.S. – Lay’s Chipotle Ranch

                              5. Southeastern U.S. – Lay’s Cajun Herb & Spice
· All of the Lay's Regional Flavored potato chips are made with all natural ingredients and cooked in healthier oils, like corn and sunflower oils, which contain 80% or more of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat - the "good fats." They also contain 0 grams of trans fats per serving!

Summer Berry Crumble

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Even though we're experiencing blistering heat right now, we've got one thing that I always miss in the winter...berries. I mean, I know you can buy berries in the wintertime..but they are much more expensive! So with all these gorgeous summer berries--what do you make? I saw this recipe and knew it was right up my alley. And you know what? Even though it is awesome a few minutes after you pull it out of the oven..it's even better the next day cold out of the fridge.


Summer Berry Crumble (adapted from Gina's Skinny Recipes) Filling 1 cup strawberries-sliced 1 cup blueberries 1 cup blackberries 1/8 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp lemon zest 1/4 cup sugar 2 tsp cornstarch
                                                          Topping
1 cup old fashioned oats 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 brown sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon 5 Tbl butter-melted
Oven at 375 Combine first 6 ingredients, then dust with cornstarch-toss to coat. Place into greased baking dish (I used a 9x9). Mix the dry topping ingredients, then…

I now pronounce you Italian Beef Pizza

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Mawwige, mawwige is what bwings us togetha... Man, I love The Princess Bride!...and that quote perfectly sums up this pizza. Because it truly is the perfect union of two things that were destined for one another.
What you never thought that Italian Beef and Pizza should be combined? It seemed totally rational to me. They are both italian. *shrugs*
Let me tell you something first before I get to the recipe. Unless you are living in Antartica...you might have noticed..it's summertime and it's hot. And Missouri has a different kind of hot.  Sure..Arizona, you've got your 107. But it's a dry heat. Here in Missouri we've got humidity. LOTS of it. To the point that at 85 (which seems like it should be almost comfortable) you walk out the front door and feel like you've entered a steam room. Chokes you and soaks you..that's what our humidity does. On days like we've had lately I don't really feel like eating something with a fork, that is hot, and comforting…

Iced Oatmeal Cookies

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The cookie aisle is kinda like high school.  The cookies that are eye level are the popular ones. They wear BiG brand names and make you clip coupons to get a better deal on them.  They come in all sorts of different versions-double stuffed, chewy, mint, choc'full'o'chunks, their colors might even vary dependant on the holiday season.  Then you've got that bottom row. They aren't the misfits they are made out to be. They may not have the flashy labels or a huge price tag. They are stable, reliable, constant, dependable, these cookies never let you down. You can count on these cookies to stay the same time after time, season after season. I think there is something to be said for those cookies.
They are understated and awesome.
They are crunchy. They have warmth from the spices. The cookie isn't overly sweet and it allows the icing to guide your tastebuds to a very happy place.
Delicious. That's what they are.

Iced Oatmeal Cookies (adapted from SmittenKitchen

Ham and Mushroom Stuffed Manicotti

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And that little piggy cried "DANG that was good!"

Ok, so he probably didn't. But this dish...really good.

Ham & Mushroom Stuffed Manicotti (adapted from allrecipes.com)

Filling
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 package cremini mushrooms, chopped
couple pats of butter
couple turns of the pan of olive oil
2 cups ham-chopped
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Sauce
3 Tbl butter
3 Tbl olive oil
6 Tbl flour
3 Cups milk-room temp
1 1/2 cups swiss cheese-shredded
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese-shredded
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 box (14 tubes) manicotti-cooked as directed on the box


Got your tubes cooked and set aside? Good...preheat the oven to 350, would ya?

Working on the filling first-add your butter and oil to the pan, get them warm then add your veggies. Once those are softened up, add your chopped ham. I used my leftover ham from my roast (fyi..the recipe is a couple weeks old)-so mine was kinda sweet (still was awesome)-I'd think that those thick sli…

Meet Cotton

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Remember when my heart got broken back in March? You'd think I would have recovered by now. But my heart still ached for that silly dog. And even though we had 4 dogs already that keep me busy. 2 cats that keep me busy. 2 human kids that keep me busy. My heart was just NOT happy. And despite the fact that we did not NEED another pet/baby...It wasn't a phase or a random thought I could get to go away...

...Husband finally realized the reason I'd been so down WAS indeed dog related. So I'm pleased to introduce you to Cotton!

 She's my new little Labrador love. Please ignore the no make up and my freakishly large hands (I'd like to blame the angle of the shot, but my hands are kinda wide). We got her on Saturday and she's 7 weeks old. It's been 7 years since I had a puppy..I've forgotten how small they are, how sharp those teeth are, how much potty training sucks...but I'm remembering the love, that delicious puppy breath, that soft belly skin. We&…

Baked Banana Oatmeal

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Oatmeal for breakfast means you are eating healthy.
Let's ignore the drippy peanut butter and white chocolate topping. Yes, let's just pretend it's not there and really...you're eating healthy..it's ok.

Baked Banana Oatmeal (adapted from mostlyfoodandcraft.blogspot.com)

1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
dash of salt
3/4 cup of milk ( I used 2% )
1 egg
1/2 cup mashed banana ( I keep little containers of mashed nanners in the freezer )

Mix together dry
Whisk together wet
Combine.
Pour into greased baking dish (I used a 9x4-yes..weird-if you don't have one you could probably use a loaf ban, or just double everything and use a 9x9)
Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

You could be perfectly sensible and eat it as is. Or you could be completely ridiculous and melt 1/4 cup of peanut butter w/ a 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips and pour it over the top, like I did. I do ridiculous well. Also..since I forgot to add in the brown sugar from the original recipe,…

Quick pictureless post..

Just wanted to check in with you guys to assure you I'll be around soon with some really yummy recipes!
We recently took a family trip to IN (where my family is from)-20 hours total with the two kids was a bit exhausting. Then back in MO where I run our rental business we've had some goings..so I'm trying to get new people app'd up and moved in..blah blah.
New things-
Awesome camera (I think I already touched on that)
New flat screen tv for the bedroom
New puppy-whoa what? Yes...Husband finally caved and we got one..she'll get her own post with pictures soon. :)

Not so fond farewells-
My hair girl who was also a tenant who completely screwed us over and trashed the place, bailed on lease, rent, friendship, and *sob* my hair.
Our 52 inch projection screen and wait for it.....Dish network. I'm still adjusting to NOT having Food Network and *sobs* DVR. However we've got the new tv and Netflix through the Wii. Honestly I'm so tv obsessed that it might be he…

Half a hog

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We recently purchased half a hog. I'll just let that soak in for people who might think it's strange... It was Husband's idea, and admittedly not a 'bad' one. Other than the fact that I have NO room for anything else in my freezer right now. It's full of 23lbs of sausage, 15lbs of bacon, ribs, tenderloins, ham roasts, and pork fish (wth right? I have no clue either). This weekend when we were trying to figure out what to eat, we both concluded that it should probably be pork.
source True right? Well..unless you are adverse to pork, which we aren't. The 3 ham roasts take up the most space in the freezer, so I decided to take one on. However, even though I love ham..I'm not very experienced with it. Deli ham, Christmas/Easter ham, Granny's ham salad (which isn't even ham, it's bologna)..I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into. So I called up my Dad and he told me to just cook it like a roast, b/c it IS a roast. And I found out he was right…

Brazilian Lemonade

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SO refreshing...such is a vanity shot...and yes that is a HUGE lime.
But this-
 Yeah..that's how most of my drinks end up. In my cup with my straw..it tastes the same whatever it's in..but this glass is WAY more practical for me!
Hubby and I LOVE Fogo De Chao it's up there as probably the #1 fancy restaurant right now...so good...it's a Brazilian place and they have this amazing lemonade. Thing is though..it's not 'lemon'...it's lime. I love it so much that I really don't care what they call it...as long as they keep making it. And now thanks to a new blog I found -I can make it at home!

Brazilian Lemonade
1 lime, cut into eight pieces
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
1 cup of ice
1 cup of water
3/4 cup of lemon-lime beverage

Take your first 5 ingredients, put them in a blender and blend ( I got until I can't hear any ice)-then strain the mixture into a measuring cup to remove the rind.
Now the original…

BEST ever-Chewy Sugar Cookies

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I've long been on the quest for (in my mind) the "perfect" sugar cookie. Not crispy, but not powdery soft. Substantial but not heavy...and slathered in frosting doesn't hurt either. Since I'm so often disappointed in sugar cookies, I've shied away. Since I have no patience, I assumed to get that 'perfect' cookie you'd have to chill, and roll, and blah-blah-blah.
But a couple weeks ago I was watching PBS and one of my favorite cooking shows came on...sorry Food Network..I love you, but PBS..well it's awesome. *pushes glasses up on nose and adjusts pocket protector* America's Test Kitchen..I LOVE it! They've got teams of chefs that really break down a recipe and try it a zillion different ways, then they give you the recipe for which way turned out best for them. This chewy sugar cookie does NOT disappoint. Ah..and does NOT need to be put in the fridge or rolled...also..no creaming method..in fact I didn't even use my mixer. Just my G…

Giveaway! Fiber One 90 calorie brownies

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Brownies with ONLY 3g of fat, 90 calories, AND Fiber. Most important to me though? They taste FANTASTIC! There is no way I would ever think these babies only had 90 calories!
My husband is a bit of a fiber bar junkie. He eats at least 2 a day. I know right? He likes them b/c they fill him up at work, they are quick to eat, and hello...fiber. So when we got these in the mail...I knew I'd have to hide at least ONE box! Unfortunately..the kids found it and inhaled a few themselves....that's right..even my kids (3 and 1) LOVE these brownies!

 AND...that's right...the winner of this giveaway gets EVERYTHING pictured above! I got my goodies courtesy of MyBlogSpark! And you can too!
I'll pick the winner by random Saturday morning (the 25th of June). Make sure I have your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner!
Mandatory entry: How do you make sure you get enough fiber in your diet?? My answer: Beans...lots of beans!
Additional entries (not required)- Like Suzy…

Triple Citrus Cupcakes

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I'm all for giving credit where credit is due. And I know I've linked to her before here on Cuptin...but you all need to know...CB, well...she's my Cupcake Idol. My Cupcake Master. My Cupcake Martha. I think I just heard CB gasp all the way here in MO from CA. There...I said it. I'm not kidding. When I need a cupcake recipe...I'll flip through cookbooks first, and I might think about making one out of the book. But when push comes to shove...I check and see what kind of recipes CB has. True. Her red velvet...ROCKS my Husband's world. Her snickerdoodle cupcakes are requested again and again by my Ma and Brother. So a coworker of my husband asked me to make cupcakes for her daughter's 30th. And she asked for just vanilla and chocolate. Easy peasy. I'm all about trying to give fresh cupcakes...so I didn't bake them straight away...and she called last night and asked if she could change the order. Her daughter decided she wanted lemon. I lurve lemon. An…

Two layer Sprite jello

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See those lovely layers? Sheesh..I should have made this for St. Pat's day!
I pull ALOT of inspiration from other blogs. Each time I think I have an original idea...I search it and there ya go..10 blogs that have had the SAME idea...and MUCH better pictures than I have! *sigh*
A month or so ago...I found a Jello GENIUS. And her blog gave me the idea for this nummy jello treat!
Two layer Sprite jello
1 sm package lemon jello
1 sm package lime jello
1 container Cool Whip
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup sprite
8x8 pan

Add jello packets to the boiling water, whisk to dissolve. Add Sprite, add Cool Whip-and whisk until combined. The mix will be cloudy. It's supposed to look like that. Then magically when you pour it in a pan and put it in the fridge...it will separate!

It's cool, it's creamy, it's tart and sweet...it's Jello...but amped up a bit!

Kitchen Sink Chicken Salad

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Let's talk about chicken salad for a minute. Growing up I had chicken salad one way, and one way only. Canned chicken + miracle whip (alot of it)-the end. And I had/have no problem with that. When I was a teenager and worked with a lady to moonlighted (moonlit?) at a sandwich shop and was told of crazy things like grapes and apples being in chicken salad...I thought she was insane. Then I tried it. Wow. Not that I don't love my Ma's chicken salad...but the different textures really worked so well!
I had baked some chicken for dinner, and we hadn't eaten all of it-so I decided to give it a go..and I put EVERYTHING I could think of in it. Well..not EVERYTHING...but close to....
Baked chicken breasts (that I baked with salt,pepper, and granulated garlic)
Lemon pepper
Walnuts (chopped)
Dried berry blend (SO good..has dried sweet cherries, tart cherries, blueberries, cranberries and strawberries)
A Braeburn apple
Some celery
A couple jalapenos (seeded and diced finely)
A c…

Exhausted.

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Sometimes (more often than not) motherhood is NOT pretty (example above of no makeup/greasy ponytailed hair). I don't want to bust the bubble of anyone who has all these grand, wonderful, ideals of motherhood...b/c some of it is...but there are days *sigh*....there are dark days. There are days when you question yourself at every turn. There are days when you CAN'T do it yourself. There are days when you'll fight against a teething baby, and they'll fight against you...until they collapse against the sound of your heartbeat and surrender. You haven't won, this is not a victory. It's just a quiet reminder that you are the BEST thing in that baby's world. It's just hard to see it all the time.

Tomatillo chicken with stuffed jalapenos

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Our local supermarket isn't really 'known' for having good deals or foods of a different culture. I mean sure, we've got a little 'spanish' section where you can get salsa and taco shells...but when I saw tomatillos in the produce section, I about flipped! Had I ever cooked with them before? No..but I couldn't wait to try them out! The resulting dinner might not have been the prettiest, but it was VERY tasty!!
Cream cheese and chorizo stuffed jalapenos
Oven on 350
8 large jalapenos cut in half and seeds removed
1 block of cream cheese (8oz)
1 tube of pork chorizo (cooked/crumbled)

The heat of your cooked chorizo will melt the cream cheese, so just toss it on top, and then after about 5 minutes mix it together with a spoon to make a glorious cheese/chorizo paste. Then take about a tablespoon and put in to the little jalapenos. Bake 20-25 minutes, then let cool for a few minutes (that cream cheese get h.o.t.-you have been warned).

Tomatillo Chicken  (adapted fro…

Veggie pizza, but not what you are thinking...

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If you are wearing socks, you might want to slip them off before this recipe KNOCKS them off....

What? This isn't what you think of when you think of veggie pizza? Hrm...you're right..it does just look like your ordinary run of the mill thin crust Buffalo chicken pizza.
Oh, but it's not. It's a life preserver for all of us low-carbers out there! You see I stumbled upon this website a few weeks ago...and she had posted a Cauliflower pizza crust. Hrm....And um...Husband couldn't even tell. Honestly..if I hadn't have been the one that physically MADE the pizza...I wouldn't have known either. You can go to the linked site above for her original recipes..and you should b/c she rocks! The possibilities are ENDLESS! This is a prebaked pizza crust. So you make it up, bake it up, then top it with whatever, then just bake it until it's warm and bubbly. I'm soon going to try to make up a few of these bad boys to keep in my freezer! I made the crust in the morn…

Butteriness brownies

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One layer lovely, chocolate, butteriness
One layer dreamy, creamy, peanut-butteriness
and all in 6 little ingredients!
1-chocolate cake mix (I used Butter Fudge Recipe for that extra butter kick)
2-eggs
1-block of cream cheese (softened)
1-stick of butter (melted)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Oven at 350
Combine cake mix, 1 egg (beaten), and the entire stick of melted-this will get nice and pastey-and pat it into a greased 9x13*
In another bowl combine softened cream cheese, the other egg, the peanut butter, and the powdered sugar and beat relentlessly until combined. Then smooth that mix over the cake mix.
Bake 20-25 or until top layer doesn't jiggle.
Let cool (yes, sorry, you really do have to b/c that cream cheese layer is like lava right now). Cut and enjoy! I know the birthday boy did! And even though I'm restricting I did have a very small sliver...and I approve. The Butter fudge mix + the actual butter + oven heat gave the chocolate layer an awesome …

The magic veggie

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I'm talking about zucchini (which I'm always worried I spell wrong, btw). It might just be one of my FAVORITE veggies ever. So versatile, so pretty and green. I love you zucchini! No really...I ate two of them yesterday. Pre-marriage the ONLY time I had zucchini was in bread...and really the ONLY other veggies consumed in the maiden house were potatoes, corn and green beans. After I got married I became more accquainted with the magic veggie. My Mother in Law (who doesn't cook unless she HAS to) makes this dish that is zucchini, onions, tomatoes, and hamburger meat...it's really good. And it really got me hooked on zucchini! Yesterday's food:
 Zuc #1-zucchini and sausage coins with ranch dressing
1 smallish zuc cut into rounds and sauteed up with jalepeno/cheese sausage rounds -the sausage makes the fat, the fat cooks the zucchini
 Zuc #2 zucchini noodles topped with spaghetti sauce
1 smallish zucchini cut into ribbons on the mandoline slicer with the julienne blade. …