Archives for August 2013

Fresh Guacamole

I can’t believe it’s already Labor Day Weekend!!
I don’t know about you but this summer just flew on by for us.  I guess time really goes by fast when you’re having fun!
This is one of my favorite Holidays!  I love the time we can spend with family and friends.  I love the late nights hanging outside while all the kids chase and play around with each other in the dark.  There is just something about the summer air.  Then Labor Day comes and I know its going to be coming to end way to soon.
With Labor Day Weekend I don’t know about you but we always have some sort of barbecue to attend.  Personally there is nothing better than having tortilla chips and fresh guacamole to complete your barbecue menu! Heck we probably have guacamole at least 2 times a week.   We like to add guacamole to everything.  I really wish we could grow an avocado tree here in Utah I would be in heaven.

Co-hosting over at Best Blog Recipes!

I’m so excited to be helping Shauna over at Best Blog Recipes for the Weekend Retreat Link Party. I’m here every week and I love all the pins that she gets, I’m always drooling over all the yumminess that happens here. Hope everyone has a great Labor Day Weekend! 

Ok, we’re going to try something different this week… No rules for this party. Link up your posts, whatever they are just please make sure they are family friendly or I’ll have to delete them. Everyone is welcome and there is no link limits so go get your party on!

Healthy Copycat Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad

I was going through my recipe box and I just happen to have came across this recipe for Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad.  I don’t think I have made this recipe in years and I’m not sure why.   Every time we do happen to go to Applebee’s I always order the Oriental Chicken Salad.   In my efforts of trying to watch what we eat  I made a slight alteration to their version.  Instead of frying the chicken I simply baked it cutting back a lot of calories.  It’s amazing what a little modification can do to your waste line.   In doing this I still think this recipe had amazing flavor and my husband never even noticed that it was not fried.  Of course I made no huge altercation to the dressing because that would be sinful.  I love this salad dressing!!!   I actually just make the dressing often and toss it on salads, it’s that good.
Healthy Copycat Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad
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  • 1 head of romaine, chopped
  • ½ head cabbage, chopped
  • 2-3 carrots, shredded or julienne
  • Slivered Almonds
  • Chow Mein Noodles
  • Green Onion, Optional
  • This is were I made the alteration. You can either bake or fry the chicken, I baked
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 2-3 chicken breasts
  • ½ corn flakes, shhh I used bran flakes
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Honey
  • 1½ Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • ¼ cup light mayo
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • ⅛ tsp Sesame Oil
  1. Wash and chopped your lettuce, cabbage, carrots and green onion and place in a big bowl. Add your almonds and chow mein noodles, and set aside.
  2. Mix egg and milk together in a bowl. In a separate bowl add the flour, salt and pepper. On a plate lay out your flakes and crumble. I like to pound my chicken out so its even throughout. Dip your chicken in the egg, dip in flour and roll around in the bread crumbs. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until juices run clear. When done let the chicken rest for 3 minutes and the slice.
  3. While your chicken is cooking. In a small bowl add your honey, rice wine vinegar, mayo, mustard and sesame oil and whisk together until combined.
  4. Place the chicken and dressing with the bowl of lettuce and toss until evenly coated and enjoy!


Almond Joy Brownies

Hey Everyone!
Do I have scrumptious dessert for you today.   These brownies were delicious and
they are the perfect combo of chocolate, coconut-nutty, chewy and crunchy in one delicious bite!
So come on over to Best Blog Recipes to get my latest and greatest recipe!


Homemade Calzones with Pizza Sauce

Who doesn’t like pizza!!   I personally would like to have often but if I am lucky we have about once a month.   It is always nice on that nights just grab a Little Caesar’s or Domino’s.  I recent’y went out to Italian restaurant with my friends.   They ended up ordering Calzones.  I honestly have never had a calzone before.   I gave her’s a try and I fell in love them them
So I got to thinking why not give it a try and make my own homemade calzone.  I rocked it!!
The crust was perfect the veggies were the right amount of crispyness and the cheese was extra extra gooey!
The nice thing about making calzones you can personalize each one.  Which is perfect for those
 picky eaters.
Homemade Calzone

Homemade Calzones with Pizza Sauce

1 cup 2 Tbsp hot tap water
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
3 cups flour
1 tsp sugar
3 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp yeast

In a medium sized bowl add the hot water, yeast and sugar and lightly stir and let sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy.  Slowly add flour 1 cup at a time. Add salt after first cup of flour and continue with the rest.  Knead by hand until well combined and dough is soft and bouncy to touch.  Form dough into a ball and place in bowl.  Spread oil on top.  Cover and let rise for 2 hours or until doubles in size.
Makes about 4-8″ calzones.  Dough freezes well.

Here is my recipe for Pizza Sauce

Meat: Pepperoni, ham, chicken, bacon, sausage
Veggies: Peppers, onions, mushrooms, olives, tomatoes
Mozzarella Cheese
Spices. red peppers or italian seasoning

Split dough into 4 equal balls and roll dough out to about 8″ circle.  On half of the dough lay out your meat, top with cheese and then your veggies.  Fold the top over and pinch the sides together. Cut 3 small slits on the top.  Bake on the bottom shelf at 425 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.  Serve with warm pizza sauce and enjoy. If you have a pizza stone use it!  If don’t have one a baking sheet will be fine.


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Hosting Opportunity!

So for the past few weeks I have been contemplating on whether or not to start up a Blog Hop Party.  I was hoping there were a few more bloggers out there who were also interested in getting a blog hop started.

There are many great benefits of starting a blog hop.  
* We can make new friendships
* Find new blogs to stalk :)
* Build a better audience for our blog, Facebook, Google +, Pinterest, Twitter
* Plus all those great recipes, crafts, DIY projects we can look at.
Im pretty open to having the party start on any day of the week.  I was going to wait and see the response I got for each of you and then go from there with rest of the details.
So if you are interested, shoot me an email.

Pudding Snickerdoodle Cookies

I have been CRAVING some snickerdoodle cookies for months now!!
I remember eating these all the time when I was little girl, My favorite part was rolling them in the sugar and cinnamon.  I honestly can’t remember the last time I actually baked them let alone actually have one.
Now that I have finally discovered my new passion for pudding cookies!  I decided to try and find a recipe for Pudding Snickerdoodles.  I found this recipe and I knew right away it was winner.  So I got busy and started making these.
They were a big hit!  They tasted just how I remember them when I was a little girl.
And if you haven’t jumped on the cookie pudding wagon, then you must start now!
 Don’t they look gorgeous!  They are perfectly round, fluffy moist and every single bite you get blasted with yummy sugar and cinnamon.
Pudding Snickerdoodle Cookies
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  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 pkg vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
For the topping:
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Cream butter, sugar and eggs together until combined. Add the remaining ingredients together until well blended. Cover and place in fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl combine sugar and cinnamon. Roll cookie dough into 1? balls and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. On a greased cookie sheet bake for 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
  3. *Do not over cook, they are meant to be chewy and soft. They may not look done, but trust me they are done!

Cilantro Lime Rice

If you live in the western part of the United States you have probably heard of Cafe Rio or Costa Vida.  If you haven’t then you are seriously missing out!!  It’s what I would call, classy Americanized Mexican fast food.  It is so tasty and mouthwatering….oh and the creamy tomatillo salad dressing is to die for! im craving a Cafe Rio salad!
We love white rice in our house.  If my husband had it his way we would have rice with every meal.  Well I have been getting tired of the plain white rice.  So I thought I would give this recipe a try.  It was fantastic, there were a few different copy cat recipes that I found but they all had the same ingredients.  

Cilantro Lime Rice

1 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp fresh lime juice
1 can chicken broth
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp sugar
3 Tbsp chopped cilantro

In a saucepan or rice cooker combine rice, chicken broth, 1 tsp lime juice.  Cook until rice is tender.  In a small bowl combine remaining lime juice, sugar and cilantro.  Pour over rice and stir.

My Notes:
I actually used minute rice (I was starving and didn’t want to wait 20 minutes) I just adjust to the right liquid proportions    I also didn’t use a can of chicken broth.  I have a huge Costco container of Knorrs Chicken Boullion so I just added  1 Tbsp to the water.  Turned out PERFECT!!  I also think the more cilantro the better….im obsessed!

Vegetarian Pad Thai

I honestly don’t eat enough Thai food, maybe its because there are not very many good restaurants in our area.  But when I can I devour my entire plate. 
When I came across this recipe it seemed so simple and easy.  
This is actually my second time attempting to make this recipe.  I’m still learning on how to cook these noodles.  The soaking process is a little more complicating then you would think.  They either didn’t work or they went mushy.  So don’t give up if your noodles don’t work the first time.
I also made the mistake of getting my noodles at the Asian market, who knew the directions wouldn’t be in English.  So it helps to get them at a local grocery store :)

Vegetarian Pad Thai

8 ounces flat rice noodles (Pad Thai noodles)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp Sriracha or chili sauce
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp chopped serrano pepper
2 large eggs
1 garlic glove, minced
2 cups bean sprouts
1/4 cup green onion, chopped

Cook noodles according to package directions. In a bowl combine brown sugar, soy sauce, Sriracha, water and ginger mix together and set aside.  In a frying pan heat the oil and add the eggs and serrano pepper, cook until scrambled.  Add the noodles and sauce mixture, cook for 2 minutes.  Stir in bean sprouts and green onions and cook until thoroughly heated.

My Notes:
I thought this recipe was a little to sweet, next time I will lower the amount of brown sugar.  I might even add some chicken or tofu for some added flavor.