Patriotic Krispies {Rice Krispy Treats}

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I love these Patriotic Krispies! They are the perfect treat for patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. Most all kids love Rice Krispy treats which make them a great treat for a cookout or get together. Best of all for my family, it’s a safe dessert for my daughter’s nut allergies. They are also so easy to customize for most any holiday. I have to admit, no matter how old I am they are still one of my favorite desserts. In fact, I can’t be trusted with an entire pan of them. [Read more...]

Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe {So Easy and Delicious!}

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

While dad’s out grilling this 4th of July – prep and pop these sweet potatoes in the oven to bring a nice side dish to the table.  (Or make cheesy grilled potatoes in foil packets!)

Roasted Sweet Potatoes are so yummy and delicious! I used to make them all the time, I don’t know why I forgot about this recipe.

In my quest to continue to eat clean and healthy this recipe came to mind. It was super easy and my kids LOVED it! Looks like we will be adding Roasted Sweet Potatoes to the dinner rotation.

I made a pork tenderloin in the crock pot and served with a side of green beans and a salad.

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Homemade Pudding Pops in Paper Cups

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Homemade Pudding Pops in Paper Cups

My kids are going through the frozen treats like crazy now that the weather is warm – so I thought I’d make some Homemade Pudding Pops with them!  WhenFlavor-Ices and smoothies start to lose their appeal, try these easy, cheap, and delicious pudding pops using paper cups and a spoon.

You only need 5 things for this recipe – and it’s pretty inexpensive to make!  You can also use lowfat milk for a healthier version. [Read more...]

Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Recipe

 

Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Recipe

Jamie here! I really, really love barbecue and if given the choice – would eat it a couple times a week.  But my husband is not a big fan, so I don’t make it very often.  However today he ate a big lunch out, and that means he won’t want any dinner, and therefore friends – it’s Barbecue Night!

The kids and I have a really hectic day ahead of us – so this is going to be a perfect night for my crockpot barbecue chicken – this slow cooker recipe is easy and delicious!

Here’s the ingredients you’ll need!

Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Bottle of BBQ Sauce (I've got KC Masterpiece here, since it was in my stockpile)
  • 1/2 cup Coke, Pepsi, or Dr. Pepper (or a generic brand is fine)
  • 1 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp onion flakes

Instructions

  1. Put the chicken breasts in the crockpot for 4-6 hours on Low. Shred about an hour before it's finished and put it back in. Sooooo good!
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Normally I add vinegar and some brown sugar when I cook BBQ in the crockpot – but when I got out my bottle of vinegar it looked like this:

And that’s when I noticed it had expired in Feb. of 2012  (It’s now October).  Since Vinegar’s job is to break down the meat and make it more tender and easier to shred – I went for the next best meat-breaker-downer – Coke.  Actually – nix that – I didn’t have Coke either.  Pepsi will do in a pinch, although it’s less acidic and therefor a little less effective for our purposes.

And since Pepsi is full of sugar – we can leave out the brown sugar as well!  We killed two birds with one stone there!

So put the chicken breasts in the bottom of your crockpot and turn it on low.  Pour in 1/2 cup soda, 1 bottle of sauce*, then sprinkle the red pepper and onion on top.  Let cook for about 4-6 hours on Low.  Near the end, shred the chicken and return it to the crockpot until it’s finished.
*If you don’t like your BBQ very saucy, only put in half the bottle of sauce and reserve the rest for the end so you can eyeball it to perfection.

Now – when I run in the door tonight at 5 and have to turn around and leave again at 5:30 – all we’ll do is spoon BBQ Chicken onto our buns right out of the crockpot with a side of quickly microwaved corn and baked beans and voila!  Dinner is served!  Check out that yummy, saucy chicken….

Best Father’s Day Dessert Ideas

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Best Father’s Day Dessert Ideas

When I was combing through our dessert archives choosing our 10 best Father’s Day dessert ideas – I started wondering… what exactly makes a dessert good for Father’s Day?

Three things seem to fit the criteria best:

a) Anything with chocolate or peanut butter in abundance (preferably both!)

b) Anything nostalgic – if it’s like mom or grandma used to make, it’s probably going to tug on his heart strings

c) Anything that’scrazy-fattening

Even if dad isn’t a big dessert guy, Father’s Day is really just a perfect excuse to make a dessert you want to eat and then ask him how he likes his gift as you help yourself to seconds ;)
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Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

These Peanut Butter No-Bake cookies are one of our top-pinned recipes – and just perfect for the peanut butter lovin’ dad.  You won’t even have to heat up the kitchen to make these!

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Best Ever Mississippi Mud Pie Recipe

If dad has a sweet tooth, this will definitely not disappoint!  The combination of chocolate, nuts, marshmallows and butter equal heaven on a plate :)

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Double Chocolate Cake Recipe

Speaking of chocolate…. this double chocolate cake will NOT disappoint in the chocolate department!  Kasey made this cake for me before and oh-my-lanta was it awesome!

 

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Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Some dads just are not fans of chocolate.  I know – total crazy talk – but it’s true.  Satisfy a sweet tooth that leans toward something more refreshing and creamy with this Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting!  The kids can help line up the little white chocolate chips around the edges or sprinkle with lemon zest instead.

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Easy Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe

You don’t have to be from Kentucky to appreciate a pecan pie that invited chocolate chips to the party.  SO GOOD – but so EASY.

And a close cousin to Derby Pie recipe is Kasey’s mom’s German Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe!  It includes coconut, which is not my favorite but some dads love :)

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Best Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Speaking of pies – this Buttermilk Pie recipe is going to knock dad’s socks off.   It’s straight out of Kasey’s mom’s recipe book and bound to satisfy a southern sweet tooth ;)

 

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Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Speaking of nostalgic recipes, this cake is full of nuts and memories – this one is the MOST requested recipe at Southern Living for a reason.  We all want to travel back in time and taste those desserts our grandparents made again :)

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Giant Ice Cream Sandwich Cookie Cake

This one is  so simple and so yummy.  So yummy that everyone had half-finished theirs before I could whip my camera out for a pretty picture.  You’ll have to use your imagination on this one.  If you can stuff store-bought cookie dough into a cake pan and spread soft ice cream on it – you can do this!

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

We used heart-shaped pb cups for these Valentine’s Day desserts but you can just sub out normal peanut butter cups for Father’s Day

 

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Fish Cake

If dad is more of a cake guy – a theme cake is always fun for Father’s Day.  This fish cake would be cute for the angler dad!  For that matter, the Nascar dad might like a Racecar Cake – although it’s more fun for the kids to make probably ;)

Pool Party Fish Cake Recipe (Great for Father’s Day too!)

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UPDATE: This would be such a fun Father’s Day cake as well, for the fishing dad!

To celebrate summer break – the kids and I made this fun Pool Party Fish Cake and invited the neighborhood kids over for cake and water games!  Check out our post on 15 water games HERE!

It turned out super cute – and would be appropriate for any pool party, summertime soiree or even Father’s Day for the fishing dad.  Here’s how to make your own Pool Party Fish Cake.

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Skillet S’Mores: The Perfect Summer Dessert

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If you’ve been on Facebook at all this week, then you’ve probably seen a picture or the video
of the amazing skillet s’mores. I showed it to my kids and they begged me to make it for them. Since I get one cheat day a week, I couldn’t wait to try this as well.

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It’s so easy, my kids could probably make it!

I sprayed a skillet with Pam, covered the bottom of the pan with chocolate chips (you can use semi sweet or milk chocolate) then added jumbo marshmallows. I baked it in a 450 degree oven for 8-10 min, then served with graham crackers. It is truly “smack yo mama” amazing!!

You can find the original recipe and step by step video here.

Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders Recipe

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Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

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Cracker Barrel is one of this Southern Girls all time favorite restaurants. I have been looking for a good copycat Cracker Barrel grilled chicken tenders recipe. Whether served with veggies, on a sandwich or a big green salad the grilled chicken has a very distinct flavor. Since we changed our diet earlier this year (you can read about it here) I’ve been trying different recipes. Since I already knew how much my family loved Cracker Barrel’s grilled chicken, I was hoping that the copycat recipes I found online were going to be turn out much like the original. I changed up the recipe a little, most called for lime juice I substituted lemon and adjusted the amount of salad dressing and honey.  You can find various versions of this recipe online all over the web.  Some of my favorite versions can be found at mommyskitchen.net, food.comsouthernplate.com, ahensnest.com, and everydaysistersblog.com to name a few.

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Ingredients for Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

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Good Cook Measure From Above

 

My absolute favorite Good Cook product, the “Measure From Above” Liquid Measuring Cup.  This is genius I tell you, so much easier than having to look eye level at a measuring cup to determine the appropriate measurement.  Especially now that my daughter is getting older, she loves to be my little helper in the kitchen.  I can also slip in measurement lessons when we can both clearly see the measurements from above.

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marinate chicken

 

Here’s a tip for you if raw meat freaks you out like it does me.  I won’t touch it.  I go to great lengths during meal prep to only allow raw meat to touch surfaces that can be thrown away, like a zip lock bag.  I know you can marinate in a bowl, or tupperware dish but then I’ve got to make sure that I disinfect everything.  Since I am obviously a little  extremely OCD about germs from raw meat it just works out better if I use zip lock bags.  If you’ve ever tried to dump chicken and a marinade in a zip lock bag you know it can be a little challenging.  If I fold my zip lock bag over the rim of my 4 cup measuring cup like in the image above clean up is a breeze.  I don’t get any ooey goey chicken juice on the outside of the bag or my counter. Laugh if you want to, but I KNOW I can’t be the only one who is grossed out my raw meat.

My family LOVED this recipe.  They ate every single bite of chicken, and asked when I was going to make it again.  The clean up was minimal, I made with green beans and a fresh salad for a healthy low fat, low carb dinner.

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Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
  • 1 cup low fat zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon + an extra squirt of honey
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice(may substitute lime juice)

Instructions

  1. Combine Italian dressing, honey and lemon juice in a measuring cup. Whisk together until blended.
  2. Place chicken tenderloins in a gallon sized zip lock bag.
  3. Pour marinade over chicken, squeeze out excess air and seal.
  4. Turn bag over several times to make sure that the marinade covers chicken completely.
  5. Marinade at least an hour, or overnight in fridge.
  6. Pour all ingredients into a skillet (I used a cast iron skillet) and cook over medium heat.
  7. All of the extra liquid will evaporate, don't worry.
  8. Cook over medium heat for 40-45 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.
  9. I set my timer for 10 minute intervals so I wouldn't forget.
  10. Each time the timer goes off, stir then reset timer for another 10 minutes.
  11. After 40-45 minutes the liquid will have evaporated leaving a yummy browned caramelized coating on the chicken.
  12. Enjoy!
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