Sunday, May 1, 2016

Easy Candied Pecans

When a recipe calls for candied pecans and you've got to make some quick, this is for you! You toast the nuts on the stove top and then coat them with a syrup. Really easy, and they aren't like those super hard ones that'll crack your teeth! I listed a few of my recipes below that use candied pecans.

Easy Candied Pecans
1½ TBSPs packed brown sugar
1½ tsps water
⅛ tsp vanilla
⅛ tsp salt
1 cup pecan pieces

1. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, water, vanilla, and salt, stirring to combine (don't worry that the sugar and salt won't all be dissolved). Set this at-the-ready, next to your stove, as this recipe goes really quickly.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, toast pecans for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. When you begin to smell a lovely, nutty aroma, they're done.
3. Quickly drizzle the sugar mixture into the pan, on top of the pecans, stirring the nuts as you drizzle. Stir constantly for about 15 seconds, until the pecans are thoroughly coated in the sugar mixture. Immediately remove from heat so they don't burn.
4. Spread the pecans on a piece of parchment to cool. Once cooled, you can break the nuts apart, if needed.

Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container. The pecans will be slightly sticky at first, but the coating hardens further within a few hours.

Perfect for these recipes:
Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Gorgonzola Pear Toasts
Pear Pomegranate Salad

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

BBQ Chicken and Broccoli Cheese Baked Potato - Meal Idea

This meal once was a made up leftover idea all piled on top of a potato. I had leftover Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken and leftover Broccoli Cheese Soup during the week and decided they'd be good together. It didn't disappoint! Since then, it has become a real dinner, but I still use leftover BBQ chicken and leftover soup (which is thick like a sauce). I also tried cooking my potatoes in the slow cooker which worked really well. I like to put a little butter on my baked potato, top with the shredded chicken and then pour on the soup. A little salt and pepper never hurts either. 

Links to the soup and the chicken:
Broccoli Cheese Soup 
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Lucky Charms Treats

Here's an easy St. Patrick's Day treat that takes only 3 ingredients and about 5 minutes to make! 

Lucky Charms Treats

5 TBSPs butter
1 16oz bag marshmallows
1 11.5oz box Lucky Charms Cereal

1. In a large microwave safe bowl, microwave the butter and marshmallows on high for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir. If butter isn't completely melted, return to microwave for 1 more minute.
2. After the marshmallow and butter mixture has been mixed well, add the cereal. Stir making sure to coat all the cereal with the marshmallow mixture. It helps to coat your spoon with cooking spray so that it doesn't stick.
3. Spray a 9x13 in pan with cooking spray and dump the cereal mixture into the pan. Press down with your spoon or a spatula making sure to even it out.
4. Let cool and cut into squares. Best served the same day, but can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple of days.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Cake Mix Cookies

These cookies have endless possibilities! I made some for Valentine's Day with a strawberry cake mix and chocolate chips, but there are so many potential combinations! I got 30 cookies from this recipe and they were gone in 3 days. Can't tell you how many I ate...or won't. ;) One of the tricks with these is to shape the dough balls a little taller than normal on the pan, almost like a cylinder, before baking to make sure that they don't get too flat. I'm planning on trying some different cake mixes and I'll post more pics as I do.

Devil's Food and Mint Chips

Cake Mix Cookies
adapted from
1 box (18.25 oz) cake mix, I used Pillsbury
1 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder. Set aside.
3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and vanilla by hand.
4. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to form a dough. Continue mixing until egg mixture is incorporated and no dry cake mix remains. Gently mix in the chocolate chips.
5. Drop rounded balls of dough (about 2 TBSPs) onto prepared baking sheet, keeping the ball more tall than wide. Top with a few more chocolate chips, if desired.
6. Bake for 10 minutes. Do not let the cookies brown. Cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Strawberry and Semi Sweet Choc Chips

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Raspberry Butter

I made this raspberry butter because it's the perfect color to go with our Valentine's Day dinner. It's slightly sweetened with powdered sugar. Tastes amazing with these Bread Machine Rolls. My next plan is to have it on pancakes!

Raspberry Butter
1 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen (thawed, rinsed and drained)

Beat butter and powdered sugar in mixer until creamy. Scrape down the sides. Add raspberries and beat just until combined. Serve immediately or keep stored in refrigerator.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine's Day Treat Printables

No this isn't a recipe, but it's food related so it counts!! Here are a few tags that I created for Valentine's treats. I based my ideas off of other similar tags I've seen on Pinterest, but I created these myself using a digital scrapbooking program. Downloadable PDF file links are posted below each tag. Any pkg of Whoppers or brownie mix will work. Small packs of Extra gum can be found at Dollar Tree 4 to a pack.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Cheesy Basil Garlic Bread

I meant to post this awhile back and totally forgot. I went to make it last week and couldn't find the recipe on my blog anywhere. So here it is now! This uses an entire loaf of French bread, which feeds more than my family. So if you're good with half a loaf, then half the recipe, unless you REEEEALLY like cheese garlic bread. The other food items pictured on my plate are Perfect Chicken and Creamy Garlic Pasta.

Cheesy Basil Garlic Bread
adapted from
1 load of French bread
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Slice French bread in half lengthwise.
3. In a bowl, mix together garlic, salt, and butter. Stir until mixed well. Add cheeses and basil and stir until combined.
4. Spread butter mixture onto bread.
5. Place butter side up on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until bread is golden around the edges and cheese had melted.

If you want the top to be a bit toastier, then give the bread a quick trip to the broiler.