Friday, May 10, 2013

Sausage Biscuit Bites & Brown Sugar + Honey Banana Muffins

My husband's office rotates who brings breakfast in every Friday. 
I always enjoy trying new recipes when it's his turn in the rotation (which is this week).
This week, it was h

I've been eyeing Plain Chicken's Sausage Biscuit Bites on Pinterest for quite some time now, and this was the perfect opportunity to try them out (you know, so that I didn't eat all 40 bites by myself)!

Ingredients:
2 (10 count) cans flaky biscuits (Grands Jr)
1 lb sausage (Tennessee Pride)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 400.
-Mix uncooked sausage and cheese gently until well blended. Shape into 40 balls of equal size.
-Remove biscuits from cans and separate each biscuit into two layers, making 40 total biscuit layers. 
-Press one layer of biscuit into cup of lightly greased mini-cupcake pan. Repeat with remaining layers.
-Place sausage-cheese ball in each biscuit cup (make sure you press the sausage ball down into the biscuit cup vs. simply setting it on top). Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until biscuits are browned and sausage balls are bubbly.


And here's what you get.....

 
DELICIOUSNESS!!!

Thank you, Plain Chicken, for posting this recipe!

I also had some ripe bananas, so I decided to make these yummy banana muffins! 

Ingredients:
2 large ripe bananas, peeled
1/2 c (1 stick) butter
1 c brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions:
      Preheat the oven to 375. Line 12 cup muffin tin with liners. 
      Put the bananas in a large, microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Add the butter and microwave 20 seconds at a time until the butter is softened but not melted. (It is fine if a little bit of it melts).
      Using a potato masher to mash the bananas and butter together until there isn't a lot of lumpiness left.
      Thoroughly stir in the sugar, beaten egg, milk, vanilla extract, and salt.
      Place a sieve over the bowl and fill it with the flour, baking power and baking soda. Sift the contents into the wet ingredients, trying to stir the sieve as you go to distribute the leaveners. *I did not do this step! I went straight to the next one:)
      Fold the dry ingredients into the wet. Stop when they are just moistened to avoid tough muffins.
      Distribute the batter into the tins. *I topped batter-filled tins with drizzled honey and brown sugar! Bake until dark brown, and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out dry, rotating once about halfway through baking. Total baking time in my oven was about 15 minutes.

    And here's what you get...
    Yummy! The honey and brown sugar makes for a delicious sweet & crunchy top!

Thank you, PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers for sharing this recipe!


















And here's my husband's cute set-up at work...can you tell he's an architect?



















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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Skinny Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps

I love hamburgers! Unfortunately, they're usually not Weight Watchers/diet friendly. And, I'm a little burnt out on veggie burgers. So, I was super excited to find a recipe for a WW/diet friendly cheeseburger option! I loved it and, surprisingly, so did my husband and 19 month old son!


Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef (I used 93/7)
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes (I used fresh, chopped onion)
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 5 100 calorie wraps (I use Flatout Wraps)
  • 5 slices sharp american cheese (I used Sargento 40 calorie/slice Provolone)
  • 2 roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup of romaine lettuce (I used lettuce shreds)
  • Additional ketchup & mustard
Instructions
  1. In a medium skillet coated with cooking spray, cook the beef on medium until almost cooked through but still a little pink (about 7-10 minutes). 
  2. Add worcestershire, ketchup, grated parmesan, dried onion flakes, salt, and pepper to the beef. Mix together until thoroughly combined.
  3. Continue cooking until beef is cooked all the way through and is no longer pink.
  4. Turn on indoor grill to 350 (I used my Calphalon griddle pan on the stovetop)
  5. In the center of the wrap place a slice of cheese and ½ cup of the beef mixture. Add tomato and lettuce. Then, add some ketchup and mustard.                                                                                              
  6. Roll the wrap and place seam side down on grill (griddle). I added an additional piece of cheese to act as a "glue" to keep the wrap nice and sealed! Once there are nice grill marks turn over. Grill for another 2-3 minutes then remove.
  7. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the rest of the wraps.

YUM YUM YUM! I served with sweet potato fries (which I dip in a mixture of ketchup & mayo...ahh-mazing!) and fresh fruit!

**Weight Watchers: with two slices of cheese on my wrap plus the sweet potato fries, this meal was 9 points plus!

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Easy DIY Spring Wreath

To make this cute spring wreath you'll need: one wreath form (I bought a wooden one from Dollar Tree), yarn, ribbon, and any accessories you'd like on your wreath (I used a flower pin).


You'll just need to wrap your yarn around the entirety of the wreath form (patience is a virtue here, folks!) Then, tie your two ends of yarn (start & finish pieces) together on the back of the wreath. Attach any accessories/decorative pieces (again, mine is a floral pin). 


You can also decorate your wreath hanger with a fun, bright ribbon for an added pop of color! 

Voila! You're done! And your door is ready for Spring!



Happy Crafting!






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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Super Easy Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

Are you ready for a SUPER EASY and SUPER DELICIOUS 
recipe that requires less than 5 minutes of prep time?
Well, here you go!...

Start with a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. 
We love Sweet Baby Ray's and, BONUS, it's SUPER CHEAP at Wal Mart!


Place a bag of frozen chicken into your crock pot.
Pour entire bottle of BBQ sauce over the chicken.

Cook for 6-8 hours on low (mine is always done after 5-6 hours).

This is what you will see after 5-6 hours.

After the chicken is done, put it into a bowl, and...

...SHRED!



Place the shredded chicken back into the crock pot, stir it up to ensure it's nice and saucy! Warm it for 30+mins. Then, serve it on buns for sandwiches or over lettuce for a delicious salad!

We always eat it all before getting a final picture! :) It's that good!
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Super Sunday Savings

We all know how much I love a good sale. Well, let's be honest...I prefer a CLEARANCE!
 I happened to stumble upon these great deals while out for a Sunday stroll. Check them out!

This ruffled mint top was $12.99, but check out the Clearance price I paid: $3.88!
This scoop neck red top was $10, but I only paid $3!
That's 70% savings!

This orange, pink, and striped bottom color block tee retails for $78, sells for $29.99 at Loehmann's, was on sale for $24.98 and was on additional 70% clearance. 
How much did I pay for this fabulous top? Only $7.49!!
The white blouse with mint detailing retails for $68, sells for $29.99 at Loehmann's, was on sale for $21.98 and was on additional 50% clearance. So, I only paid $10.99!
The sleeveless cardigan (which I've already worn twice since Sunday), retails for $48, sells for $19.99 at Loehmann's, was on sale for $14.98 and was on additional 50% clearance. That's right, I got this super fabulous piece for $7.49!

The receipt doesn't lie...I saved $168.03 off department store prices!
*I hardly ever shop at Loehmann's..but when I see the RED Clearance signs, 
I know I can find a great bargain!

While Ross' prices are lower than department/big name stores, I hate paying "full price" for their clothing items. So, I keep a close eye on the clearance racks. I found this super comfy navy and gray sweater dress (perfect with leggings and boots!) It retails for $29, sells at Ross for $8.99 and was on clearance for $6.49! That's 78% savings off the retail price!

Although sale/clearance racks often appear overwhelming, they REALLY are worth the look! 
You never know what great deals you will find!


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Friday, February 1, 2013

DIY Greeting Card Box

So, I've seen a couple of these Greeting Card Boxes on Pinterest. Since my cards were in 4 or 5 different small boxes, I thought this would be a great way to consolidate. 



I started with a large photo storage box from WalMart (located by the computer paper and paper shredders). Then, I cut scrapbook paper to make the design you see. I spread one layer of mod podge on the cover of the box. I then placed my paper on top of that layer, followed by 2 more layers of mod podge. And...voila!




I have IMPORTANT DATES under the box top!




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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Easy Valentine's Decor

Well, I tried to wait until February 1 to put out my Valentine's decor. I FAILED! 
But, I was just so ready to have all of these cheerful hearts and goodies on display! 
Without further ado, I give you my easy Valentine's decor:

Kitchen Counter Decor
:::Candy hearts in Dollar Tree candle holders::: 
(and those fun hearts at the base are Dollar Tree bracelet party favors!) 
:::LOVE plate on Dollar Tree plate stand stacked on teal books:::
:::I LOVE YOU teddy bear (this was my son's 1st Valentine's gift!):::
:::Heart cookie cutter on felt heart cutout:::

Dining Room Table Decor
:::LOVE plate (Owen's Mimi bought me this!!!) on Dollar Tree plate stand stacked on black books:::
:::"Love is Patient" free printable in black and white frame:::
:::$1 candles in Dollar Tree vases:::
All sitting atop a black placemat

Guest Bathroom Decor
:::Love birds ornament hanging on a cylindrical vase 
(bought with 40% coupon at Hobby Lobby) filled with yarn balls:::
:::Bright Valentine's free printable in silver and white frame:::
:::LOVE ornament draped over soap dispenser:::
:::LOVE painting (this one has a special place in my heart as it is my son's first craft!):::
:::Candy conversation hearts in vase with candle:::

I hope you are feeling inspired to deck your halls with hearts and kisses!
February is quickly approaching...so what are you waiting for? Get to decorating!!!
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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Skinnytaste's Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

Thank you to my friend Christy for posting this delicious recipe on her Facebook page!
This was easy to put together, and the house smelled amazing all day!

This chopper from Pampered Chef is amazing!
 Perfect for chopping the cilantro for this dish!

Combine chicken broth, beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, garlic powder, 
onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper (didn't have, so I left it out) and salt in the crock pot.

Season chicken breast with salt and lay on top. 

Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours.
Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shredReturn chicken to slow cooker and stir in. 

Serve over rice or tortillas and your favorite toppings.
Here it is served over rice...pure deliciousness!!!

...and still delicious the next day served over a bed of lettuce!

Thank you to SkinnyTaste for posting this recipe!

Ingredients:
  • 24 oz (1 1/2) lbs chicken breast (I used frozen! Who has time to thaw chicken?)
  • 14.4 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies (Rotel)
  • 15 oz can black beans (be sure to drain really well!)
  • 8 oz frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 14.4 oz can fat free chicken broth (I used regular)
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste) (I didn't have, so I left this out)
  • salt to taste

Directions: 

    Combine chicken broth, beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt in the crock potSeason chicken breast with salt and lay on top.  

    Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shredReturn chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Adjust salt and seasoning to taste. Serve over rice or tortillas and your favorite toppings.
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    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    Easy French Dip Crescents

    Here is a super easy recipe for French Dip Crescents!


    INGREDIENTS
    1/2 lb deli roast beef, thinly sliced
    4 slices provolone cheese
    4 tsp horseradish sauce or ranch dressing
    1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
    1 packet Au Jus gravy mix

    DIRECTIONS
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    Separate crescent rolls into 8 triangles.
    Spread 1/2 tsp horseradish or ranch dressing on each crescent.
    Top each crescent with 1/2 slice provolone cheese and roast beef.
    Roll up crescents and place on baking sheet.
    Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown.
    While crescents are baking, make Au Jus according to directions on packet. Serve with warm crescents.

    I served these yummy rolls with sweet potato fries!


    Thanks to the fabulous PlainChicken for posting this recipe!
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