P.S. HELLO!!! Have you seen that my NEW cookbook is out???? WOO! Get your copy now!
P.S. HELLO!!! Have you seen that my NEW cookbook is out???? WOO! Get your copy now!
Happy Fun Friday!
I posted a picture of my Green Chile Cheesy Rice Bake recipe on Instagram and asked if you’d like to see it for Fun Friday. The answer was an overwhelming yes! This is a recipe that my husband and I have been making forever. I haven’t shared it because it’s just one of those recipe that we make when don’t know what else to make. With only 5 ingredients, we all love it and it’s just a last minute type of recipe. You can make it all in a skillet or if you prefer to make it as a casserole in a 9×13 pan.
This picture was just snapped with my phone so excuse the lack of artistry. This is a great recipe to make when you have cooked rice left over from a previous meal. Even if you don’t have cooked rice you can easily make minute rice in 10 minutes. We always use the minute brown rice for a little extra nutrition.
Happy 4th of July and Fun Friday!
I hope you’re out doing something super fun today and eating really good food. Maybe these bars could even be part of your picnic?? If you love peanut butter you will love these treats. They are sticky and chewy and can be made in about 10 minutes! Don’t you just love easy dessert recipes? I added Reese’s Pieces to these bars to make them even better but in the past I’ve also used M&Ms too. Both ways are good. Don’t force me to tell you which one I like better! I love them both. And another cool trick I learned…when you’re storing these bars in an airtight container put a piece of bread in with it. The bread keeps the treats ultra soft. I had to make these a day early for a family reunion last week and they were so soft because of the bread. I even had someone ask me how I kept them so soft!
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|*This is an updated post from last summer…it needed a little more time in the lime light.*|
Welcome back to Fun Friday! I’ve been loving my decision to write a post each Friday that goes beyond slow cooker stuff. It’s fun to share other parts of my life with you and one of the biggest parts of my life is dessert. I love it. I love to think about it. I love to plan it. I love to make it. I love to eat it. I love to review it after I’m done eating it. This dessert is definitely worth making and eating. I think you will agree.
Do you love Girl Scout Cookies? Of course you do. How can you not? I guess the question should be which Girl Scout Cookie do you like the best?
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P.S. I found my son like this the other day. Nice, huh? If you follow me on Instagram, you would’ve already known that (hint, hint).
It’s another FUN FRIDAY! WOO! And today is extra fun because it’s Friday the 13th…wooooooo…spooky! And it’s my lovely husband’s birthday! In honor of him, I’m posting this recipe for banana bread. It’s his favorite banana bread ever and I think it’s probably the only banana bread that he eats. You can make this with or without a mixer. I know with the hot summer months the bananas go browner quicker so make sure to try this recipe soon!
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Welcome back to Fun Friday! Oh man, it’s the last day of school for my kids today. This year has gone by super fast! I cannot believe that my little guy will be in first grade next year. I’m so happy and so sad about it all at the same time. I keep telling myself how awesomely productive I’ll be…no interruptions from children. But my better sense tells me that I don’t need kids to get distracted, I can do that all by myself. Sigh. How are you able to stay on task? Sometimes as a mom I feel so ADD. My friend wrote this poem on her blog and I always think about it and laugh because it is sooooo true.
Anyhow, speaking of getting distracted, let’s get back to today’s awesome post! I’ve been wanting to write this post for quite some time now. Last summer I saw a picture of myself and thought, wow I look big (I won’t be sharing that photo). Sure enough when I stepped on the scale I weighed more than I ever had. My pants were a wee bit tight. Which was really weird for me because I’ve weighed the same for a very long time and don’t fluctuate outside of 2-3 pounds. I guess all the cookie making, food blogging and age is getting to me. So I decided to be really conscious of what I put in my mouth and write it down each day. I used the MyFitnessPal App which was very helpful! I was shocked to see how many calories were in the portions that I put on my plate. Now I’m pretty savvy (at least I like to think so) on nutrition and health because I graduated in health and worked in wellness for a few years before I had my first child. But there is nothing like forcing yourself to measure what you’re eating and being very honest with yourself on why the pants are getting smaller.
I figured out very quickly that I would rather eat lots of healthy, low calorie foods instead of a small amount of unhealthy, high calorie foods each day (although I really do love those high calorie foods). I also figured out what food were “worth it” for me and which foods were not. Everybody will have to come to their own conclusion on that one. For me a cookie that is soft and chewy is worth it, while a cupcake is not. A handful of M&Ms are worth it, while a piece of licorice is not. A soft pita bread with hummus is worth it, while a handful of nuts is not.
I also figured out some ways to eat snacks that made you feel happy and satisfied but did not bust the calorie budget for the day. The first one is Fage Greek Yogurt and the triple berries from Costco. I like Fage the best because it’s ultra creamy and thick. I just take a glass bowl and microwave half a cup of the berries for about 30 seconds. Then I add in 4 oz of yogurt. (I like to use this scale to measure my foods.) I stir it up all together and add in a little sweetener. It is a yummy treat that is almost like ice cream but without the guilt.
Snack number 4 is awesome. Take 1 banana and slice it up and freeze it. Once it’s frozen solid add it to a heavy duty blender like a BlendTec and add in 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder. You get a thick ice cream-like sweet snack. My kids and I really love this one. If you have bananas going bad just stick them in the freezer and have this for dessert. It’s so so chocolatey and yummy.
I cannot believe how many calories are in peanut butter. WAH! I love it and will still use it, but I won’t be eating it out of the jar with a spoon (at least not daily).
P.S. I hope you’re following me on Instagram! It’s my favorite social media platform lately. I love to post what I’m eating and cooking and all sorts of fun stuff.
Welcome back to Fun Friday! I’ve been wanting to share this tip of how to hem jeans and keep the original hem for months now. Months! My sewing machine had some issues and I couldn’t figure out how to fix it so my good post idea sat tucked away in my brain. Every single time I would put on a pair of jeans I would think to myself, “I need to tell my readers about this life-changing way to hem jeans!” Finally, my mom came to my house and fixed my sewing machine (she changed a bent needle…bahaha) and now I can show you this very helpful tutorial on how to hem jeans. For someone like me who is TOTALLY inept at most things sewing (as evidenced by my “broken sewing machine”) I know YOU CAN DO THIS too. I know you can. I’ve used this technique many many times. I am 5 foot 3 1/2 inches and if there isn’t a “short” option when I buy a pair of jeans I usually will need to hem them (or have them drag on the floor). Short people unite!
Important: When you are pinning the jeans make sure to carefully line up the stitching/seams on the sides of the jeans. You can see in the picture below that I pinned the jeans exactly lined up with the gold stitching.
Step 2: Sew!
This is going to feel weird. But trust me! You will place your needle next to the original hem. You will sew RIGHT NEXT to the original hem. Stitch on the RIGHT side of the hem (the farthest from the bottom of the jean). Sew all the way around the cuff. Repeat on the other leg of the jean. If you have trouble sewing over the seam with your machine try using a thicker needle. I choose to use my hand and turn the wheel on the side of the machine manually when I go over the thick seams on the sides of the jeans.
You can see the arrow pointing to the 1 1/8 inches that we hemmed.
Step 4: Press the jeans flat so they aren’t bulky or if you have hemmed a ton (like 5 inches or something) you can just cut off the excess portion. They may fray when washed if you do cut them off. That’s why I just iron them really well on the bottom.
P.S. Make sure to pin this tutorial on Pinterest so that you can save it for later!
This particular recipe is a spin-off of a favorite growing up from my Uncle Gary (who is an amazing cook). I added some more cocoa and a little more salt (I also nixed the walnuts–not my thang). I really like salted sweets lately…you know like peanut butter and chocolate or pretzels M&Ms or saltine crackers with Nutella spread on top. I love the contrast of the flavors. Now you’re probably wondering why I chose to keep the raisins in these cookies. And I actually have to tell you the raisins make these cookies better…not worse. I know, right?! Crazy town. To me raisins usually ruin recipes about 95% of the time. These cookies fall into the 5%. Because there is so much chocolate in these cookies the raisins kind of take on the flavor of Raisinets…which are a great candy (another odd case in that 5%). If you like chocolate-y, chewy cookies with lots of texture these are the cookies for you!
|Super fast and easy recipe for buffalo parmesan breadsticks. They are so addicting!|
Happy Fun Friday and happy Halloween! I love taking my kids trick-or-treaing and can’t wait to go tonight. I’m hoping for Mounds, Jr Mints, Heath Bars, Take 5 Bars, 100 Grand, peanut butter M&Ms, rolos…basically all the good stuff!! Can’t wait to go through their bags tonight 🙂
My sister-in-law told me about a restaurant in Florida that serves something called “Buffalo Breadsticks.” I’ve never been to the restaurant but the name of the appetizer alone got me thinking that I need to create some buffalo breadsticks of my own! These are super easy. The breadstick part of the recipe literally has 5 ingredients (water, yeast, honey, salt and flour). You don’t have to wait for anything to rise and they only have to cook for about 12 minutes! These are perfect for to go with your warm soup or serve them as a snack while watching football. They taste so yummy and aren’t too hot or spicy. I seriously can’t stop eating them. YUM-O!
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Happy Fun Friday! (the day of the week that I post about non-slow cooker stuff)
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