5 Ingredients to Perfect Pretzels: DIY Valentine’s Day Pretzels

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My family loves soft pretzels. So after looking for an easy to follow recipe online we decided to give it a shot. In keeping with this months blog theme of Valentine’s Day, we decided to make heart shaped pretzels. It is the perfect Valentine’s Day food and if you are looking for a yummy Valentine”s Day recipe, this is it! I was even able to sneak in a math lesson for my daughter on measurements, which is a mini review of this weeks math focus! It is a beautiful moment when you can enjoy some fun family baking together and make an educational lesson out of it! Five ingredients are all you need!

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Homemade Easy Cinnamon Rolls! YUMMY!

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Here is a fabulous recipe for homemade easy cinnamon rolls that I orgionally posted on  Father’s Day.  My kids have requested that we have cinnamon rolls this year on Christmas morning, in addition to my mom’s sausage strata casserole. So, it looks like we’ll have both this year.  I especially love that I can make this recipe the night before and pop in the oven in the morning.  I saw the recipe online at Kevin & Amanda, however I made a couple of adaptions.
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Christmas Dessert Recipe: Easy Fantasy Fudge Recipe!

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Jamie here, fudge was always something I loved but could not make properly for the life of me.  But to be fair, this fudge-failure gene is one I inherited from my mom (along with spider veins and droopy eyelids).  When I was a kid – she would make fudge at least once a month – chocoholics that we are – and she failed miserably every time.  It was always more chocolate goo than anything, and we had to keep it in the freezer just so it would stay a solid. [Read more...]

Browned Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe

I have never met a chocolate chip cookie I didn’t like.  But I’m telling you – in 32 years, I have never ever had a chocolate chip cookie this good.  Ever.  My friend Caitie made these for us on a recent visit down to Florida, and if I had been dieting to fit into my bathing suit before I got there, I decided to forget it when she put a plate of these in front of me.  They were almost worth me having muffin top in my beach photos.

Caitie used to work at a cup-cakery, so she knows her way around some sugar and butter, let me tell you.  She got this recipe from Cooks Illustrated, and altered it just a bit. These cookies are really chubby, moist, and they have that certain “heft” you want to feel in your hand when you pick it up off the plate.  And definitely go for the chunks vs. chips if you have the luxury.  The chocolate chunks can hold their own in these dense, nutty flavored cookies.  Chocolate chips would just get lost in there.

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Hummingbird Cake Recipe (Most Requested Recipe at Southern Living)


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Here it is, my absolute most favorite cake in the whole wide world.  It’s the most requested recipe at Southern Living, honestly it’s hard to describe in words just how good this cake is!!  If you are looking for the perfect cake recipe, here it is!!  Besides being unbelieveabley delicious, it’s super easy to make – literally just dump and stir the ingredients for the cake.  Only the frosting requires a mixer, if you make it homemade.

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Tyson Grilled & Ready: Grilled Chicken Broccoli and Cabbage Salad Recipe #mealstogether


Grilled Chicken Broccoli & Cabbage Salad

Grilled Chicken, Broccoli & Cabbage Salad

Recently, my family has made a commitment to eat healthier. We’ve been eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies and eating at home much more than usual. Since doing so, the biggest challenge has been finding ways to prepare food ahead of time on days when we are on the go. When I first heard about Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Breasts Strips I was excited to try out a new recipe. Especially considering that the chicken contains no preservatives and is carved from a real chicken breast. First, I went to Tyson’s recipe tab for inspiration, after about 10 days straight of regular grilled chicken and lettuce we needed a change. After perusing the recipes I decided to make up a recipe full of fresh veggies that didn’t include lettuce. I had recently seen a recipe on a friends facebook page of broccoli salad that inspired my creation.

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Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken

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My in-laws were in town for a couple of days so we enjoyed a date night out without the kiddos. First, dinner with my hubby then a quick trip to Walmart on the way home to grab the ingredients I needed for the Grilled Chicken Broccoli and Cabbage Salad.  While we were there I also picked up bone-in chicken breasts, boneless skinless chicken breasts, squash, and zucchini for a soup recipe I am trying to duplicate after my trip to Dallas last week.  I hope it turns out as delicious as this Grilled Chicken Broccoli and Cabbage Salad!

 

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The recipe was so easy to make, especially with a food processor.   Washing the vegetables took the most time by far, but I’m kind of picky about clean vegetables.  Although you could eat the Grilled Chicken Broccoli and Cabbage Salad right away, it’s much better served after the veggies have had a chance to soak in the salad dressing overnight.  It got the stamp of approval from both my hubby and the kiddos!  I’ll definitely be making it again.

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Tyson Grilled & Ready: Grilled Chicken, Broccoli and Cabbage Salad Recipe

Tyson Grilled & Ready: Grilled Chicken, Broccoli and Cabbage Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 packages Tyson Grilled & Ready Refrigerated Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cabbage
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 bunches fresh broccoli
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2/3 cup low fat Vinaigrette salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup low-fat Dijon
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash vegetables thoroughly.
  2. Either chop in food processor or chop finely by hand.
  3. Measure 2/3 cup Vinaigrette salad dressing and 1/3 cup Dijon salad dressing and add to chopped vegetables.
  4. Mix well to combine ingredients. I have found using a large bowl with a lid makes it much easier.
  5. Make sure lid is secure and shake until ingredients are mixed well.
  6. Pour veggies on serving dish, add Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breasts then garnish with seasoning.
  7. Best served after refrigerating overnight.
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Easter Deviled Eggs: So Cute and Easy!

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My friend Wilmari made these cute Easter Deviled Eggs.  As soon as I saw her picture, I asked if I could share with y’all.  I thought the idea was so cute, she said that she made them with her 5 year old daughter and they were super easy.  If you don’t already know the secret to boiling the perfect hard boiled egg, you can find Jamie’s post here (although she hates deviled eggs). [Read more...]