Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Honey-Hoisin Chicken with Rice

I came across this recipe in a Parents magazine. I must say, I have never cooked chicken this way before so I was kind of interested to see how it would turn out. I thought for sure that the marinade would just run off the chicken as soon as it hit the oil but it actually stayed on and flavored the oil a little bit as well.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

German Pancakes (Puffy Oven Pancakes)

Who doesn't love these things?! I don't know how many different ways there are to make this...but this is the recipe that I use and I seem to like it just fine. There are certain recipes of mine that I had growing up that I say "if it ain't broken don't fix it" This just happens to be one of those recipes.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Lime and Chili Rubbed Chicken

As the weather has started turning colder I have been trying to break out all the grilling recipes I can find so that we can survive the winter without the grill. I came across this recipe on the Betty Crocker website. This was sooooo incredibly easy to make and tasted really good.
This recipe does have a bit of a kick to it, so be warned. If you don't like it quite as spicy then just tone down some of the spices a bit.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Honey Mustard Pork

We have an abundance of pork chops in our freezer from the pig Sam shot and I've been getting tired of our same old pork chops. I started looking on the internet and came across this recipe that looked really yummy. And what do you just happens to be from the Our Best Bites website (this one is not in the book). Anywho, these are super duper yummy grilled up, although I didn't have the liquid smoke they still were VERY VERY good. In fact we have had them 2 times this week :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

This is a recipe that I got from my mother-in-law (who I must add is one of the most amazing cooks)
Sam would tell me about these muffins his mom would make ALL the time so I finally got around to getting the recipe from her a few years ago and....YUM! We have these all the time now and you know what...I don't get sick of them at all!

Yummy Breadsticks

So I love me some breadsticks. I think most people know this about me. If there is any type of breadstick or roll offered with a meal... I will have at least a dozen or more.
Since I don't have a Kitchenaid (YET) or a Bosch (YET) I don't really enjoy making homemade dough for anything. But I figured since I was venturing out this Sunday and making homemade lasagna (which I might add was pretty good as well) that I would top off the experience with some breadsticks.
~ The Lasagna recipe came from Our Best Bites. Their recipes are so yummy and usually not to complicated to make!
I got this recipe from my sister, but later reazlied that my sister-in-law had actually emailed out this same recipe a year or so ago. So thanks to both of u!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Spicy Honey Chicken

This is a new recipe that I tried at my in-laws house and I must say... YUMMY!!! If you haven't already become a major "Our Best Bites" addict like myself, then you should because this recipe came from their cookbook. I know grilling season is almost over, so you better hurry and try this one before you forget about it!

Sausage Potato Medley

You know what? I just love everything about casseroles. I came across this recipe a few years ago when I was trying to find something to make using sausage. The funny thing is, that in the book I got it from it didn't have a picture...and most of you know by now that I don't make recipes unless I have some kind of picture to look at. Anyway, I'm glad I decided to try this one out, because it has become one of mine and Sam's favorites.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Grilled London Broil

OH MY GOODNESS!!! So anybody who knows me knows that I LOVE me some London Broil. I came across this marinade recipe for one the other day and HAD to try it. Let me tell you....holy heavenly!! I would have eaten the entire roast if Sam would have let me. Enjoy!

Friday, August 19, 2011


Here is another classic...Meatloaf. This is also a recipe I got from my mom and ate all the time growing up. Normally it would be accompanied by the fabulous Onion Pie
The thing that makes this meatloaf a little different then normal ones, is the sauce that goes on the top. Most people just put ketchup on top, but this sauce adds a little more zip. Enjoy!

Chocolate Cake

This is one of my mom's recipes. She claims it is the only chocolate cake recipe that she will ever make, although, I know she will usually just use store bought mixes now ;) BUT I must admit this is one of my favorite chocolate cake recipes and frosting recipes.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Shepherds Pie

Shepherds pie is such a homey dish. I love it so much. This is one of my favorite cozy dishes to make. There is something about one pot wonders that just warms my belly and makes my heart happy. This dish is seriously fantastic. I know that everybody has their way of making it, so this is how I personally make mine.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Easy Eggs Florentine

After I had a great workout this morning I went to reach for my normal breakfast of cold cereal and thought to myself..hmmm theres got to be something a little better then this in my fridge. As I was rummaging through my fridge I came across some spinach and eggs and I remembered I had seen a Weight Watchers version of eggs florentine and I thought I would kind of try that. Kind of. The original recipe called for only egg whites and turning them into scrambled eggs with the spinach but I changed it up a tiny. Enjoy.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Orange Julius

I had forgotten how much I loved these until Sam whipped out the blender the other night and made some. Why go and buy them when they are plenty easy to make at home with ingredients that most people have?! Simple, refreshing, and just plain good.
I remember when I was a kid, every time I would go to the mall I would want to stop in the food court to get one of these. I also remember the day they took it out of the food court and filled in the area with another clothes was a sad day for many.

Sloppy Joes

Yes yes I know that most people love to open up a fresh can of Manwhich, throw it in the microwave and call it dinner...but...I love homemade sloppy joes. They don't take that much more effort and taste soooo much better (well at least in my opinion).

Italian Casserole

Another recipe from my moms recipe box (you know I don't know if I would call it a typcal recipe box...its an old shoe box all taped together from many years of use and stuffed so full its almost impossible to pull any recipes out of it)
Can you really have to many casserole recipes? I don't think so. This one includes most things that people will have at home. Yes I know my picture is very unappetizing to look at but really its an all in one casserole. It has the Italian spices of a spaghetti sauce and the bread right on with it.

Yummy Steak Marinade

I don't remember if this recipe came from one my mom gave me or if it came from online somewhere. (Does that happen to anybody else?) This one happened to be written on the back of an envelope so who knows?! I know some people get completely offended if they don't get "credit" for a recipe they have found, so in order to not make anybody mad..."thank you whoever I got it from :)"
In my opinion you can never have to many steak marinades. This is usually my go to marinade though. The vinegar helps to break down the steak making it more tender.

Baked Potato Soup

Since its snowing outside when it is supposed to be nice and sunny it got me wishing that I had a nice pot of my favorite homemade soup on the stove. This is pretty much the only soup that I make from scratch probably because its really easy. Hmm maybe I need to start branching out a little bit.

Polynesian Chicken

So right before I got married I grabbed my mom's recipe box and started copying recipes out of it that I liked. This recipe happened to be one of those recipes. Im usually not a huge sweet and sour person but I really like this recipe.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Creamy Cilantro Dressing

I can't believe that in my many rantings and ravings about me missing and loving my precious El Pollo Loco that I forgot to post the very very delicious recipe I found online for their creamy cilantro dressing. I'll tell you what...I could order their little itty bitty Loco Salads every single day (I feel like I'm repeating myself from a previous post?)and never EVER get tired of it. Anyway, this recipe isn't EXACT, its just one of those copycat recipes but its pretty close.
If anybody does happen to have the EXACT recipe they use and want to share it with me....I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER!

Cheesy Potatoes aka Mormon Funeral Potatoes

It must be like International Funeral Potato Day or something because as I went to get on my blog to type in the recipe from the cheesy potatoes I made a couple nights ago, I saw that 2 other blogs had also posted funeral potatoes...weird. Im going to claim that I thought of posting it first since I made them on Monday but just didn't get around to posting it until today. :)
These potatoes are famous in the LDS world. It seems like you can't go to a Christmas party, funeral, enrichment, nothing without seeing these wonderful bits of goodness on the table.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Overnight Caramel Sticky Buns

As I was trying to figure out what I was going to make for Conference Sunday I started looking through my new cookbook "Our Best Bites" and came across this recipe. As the title states its "overnight". After dinner was cleaned up on Saturday night I started mixing my ingredients together and Sam looked over and was soooo excited thinking I was making some kind of yummy dessert. When he asked what I was making I simply said "breakfast". He started laughing and said "don't you mean dessert?" and again I said "breakfast". After a little explaining he finally got it and wasn't very pleased until I pulled it out of the oven the next morning. We have decided that this recipe will have to become our family tradition for "big breakfasts".

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools Food

So Ive always wanted to do an April Fools Day gag that involved disguising all the foods and making them look like something else. I first saw some ideas and ripped them out of a magazine article and then I thought hmmm I should search around a find a few more and share them with all of you guys. (yes all 2 of you that read my blog faithfully lol). Anyway, enjoy and have fun. Maybe one of these years I will get around to actually making some of these. They are pretty darn cute if I say so!

Chicken Tacos

I've been missin me some El Pollo Loco! Like crazy missin it!! Why oh why oh why can't there be an El Pollo Loco up here?! Last night I decided to do an "Ode To El Pollo Loco". Okay maybe not that far but I was seriously craving me some of their Taco Al Carbone and that more the scrumptious Avacado Salsa. Mmm just thinking about it is making me want to drive a few hours to go pick up one of those Loco Salads. You know what, I think I could eat a Loco Salad, some Taco Al Carbones, the Avacado Salsa, and their Churros...every day and never EVER get sick of it. Im really hoping to get me some of this yummy deliciousness while we are in California in a few weeks. Until then I had to make due and put together something similar. So the chicken, sad to say, is not flame grilled (mmm my mouth is starting to drool), but its still good. A brother in law of mine gave me a couple of ideas on how to cook the chicken to get in some awesome flavor.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Roasted Garlic and Tomato Pasta

This is a pasta recipe I saw on one of the Rachel Ray shows. She used it as a side dish to go along with some steaks but I used it as the main dish. I thought it was awesome, Sam thought it was just okay. He thought it needed some meat. Whats your opinion?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cheesy Garlic Bread Swirls

Oh my goodness! I had a lot of time on my hands yesterday so I was flipping through my new cook book from the blog "Our Best Bites" and came across these really yummy looking rolls. They turned out amazing! (That last link for the rolls has step by step pictures of what you are doing!)
They have a cheesy filling that melts in your mouth as soon as you bite into them! Or have fun unrolling them and have cheesy deliciousness in every bite!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mexican Chicken Pizza

I was a little skeptical to try this pizza only for the fact that it didn't have any sauce on it. I'll tell you what though, the crust was soooo yummy. I will definitely use this crust as my "go-to" fast crust.
~Update~ I DO always use this as my go to crust now. Why you may ask...because it doesn't have to wait to rise for very long. Its a lot faster then most other recipes I have found. It isn't your typical bready crust. It is a lot more dense and crunchy, but I love it.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cream Puffs

I LOVE CREAM PUFFS!!!! I think I could eat an entire batch of these things by myself, easily. :)
They are so versatile to. You can fill them with chicken salad, tuna salad, egg salad, OR turn them into a dessert like I like to do and fill it with different flavors of pudding.

Chicken Merango

I decided to break out some of my older recipes that I haven't made in a while. Some of the classic recipes that my mom would make for me. This was one of those recipes that we would have as a go-to meal because we would normally have all these ingredients on hand. I've really been enjoying making some of these "my mamma used to make me" meals.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Onion Pie

Yes. It is a pie made of onions. AND you know what, I LOVE IT! I almost always end up eating this entire pie myself, which you know what, is FINE by me. If you love onions then you should give this a try. This is a recipe that I grew up with. My mom would make this every time we had meatloaf.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

We eat a lot of tilapia so this is a new recipe I found. It was sooooo yummy. Sam decided this was his new favorite way to eat tilapia. Which is kinda funny because thats what he said about the last tilapia recipe I found lol.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I think I could eat these mashed potatoes every day! Course, I am a huge garlic fan so I would just about eat the roasted garlic themselves if Sam wouldn't stop me every time. Mmmm okay just thinking about these is making me almost jump off my soft spot on the couch to make some, even though it is way past dinner time. Adding the roasted garlic to these potatoes gives it such a better flavor then simply boiling the garlic in with the potatoes while they are cooking.

Roasted Chicken Au Jus

I really enjoy trying out the recipes that are on the back of soup cans or soup mixes. So far I don't think I have come across one that I didn't like. I know I have a few from Cambells soup on here so I thought I should share a little Lipton as well :)

Golden Citris Broiled Chicken

As I was digging through my recipe box trying to find some more recipes to put on here (yes I am very bored today) I came across one that I haven't made in a while but I absolutely loved. How could I forget about this recipe?! I guess sometimes I get caught up in finding all these new recipes to try out that I forget about some of my older ones that are really good.

Strawberry Soup

In my bountiful baskets this week I had gotten a bin of strawberries and I was really looking forward to making this soup. Unfortunately, I won't get to experience it as soon as I had thought, because when I went to pull them out of my fridge they were all moldy. Slightly disappointed. But I will share the recipe anyway. This recipe actually came for the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. I served it at my wedding reception and it was a hit. Its such a refreshing dessert. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

More St. Patricks Day Fun

Here are a couple more last minute St. Patricks Day snack ideas.

Yummy Stuffed Burger with Onion Rings

So i had a lot of mushrooms in my fridge that needed to be used and one of my friends suggested mushroom burgers. YUMMY!!! The first thing I thought of was one of the burgers they have at Red Robin. So here is my thrown together version of their mushroom burger.
(I guess I should have cut my burger open so you could see how yummy it looked with the mushrooms all stuffed in there, but you can use your imagination!!)

Super Easy Chicken and Rice

First of all I am well aware that my picture taking abilities are pretty much amazing and I take pictures of food in such an artistic way. LOL. This is a recipe that one of my friends shared with me while living in California. It is just a basic basic basic recipe for chicken and rice. This is my go to chicken and rice recipe, for the fact that its fast, easy, doesn't cost very much money, and tastes great.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce

So I have officially become addicted to baked asparagus. All growing up I had always had boiled asparagus, which is fine, but I wanted to try something different. I love how the flavor of baking your vegetables completely changes how it tastes.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fun St. Patricks Day Ideas

Shamrock Pretzel Snacks

So I thought this was a really cute idea for some kind of St. Patricks day snack. Definitely something kids would think was fun and they could easily help make it as well.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spring Shells and Cheese

So this recipe was neither quick nor easy. The prep, took a really long time, but you know what?! The end product is really good. So I would save this for maybe a weekend dinner that you have time to stand in the kitchen for a couple of hours! This is a healthier and jazzed up version of your mac-n-cheese. Healthier in the sense that you have fresh herbs, spinach and fresh cheese...rather then that pre-packaged stuff.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Vegetable LoMein

I don't know why I don't make this more often. It really isn't difficult at all and its really yummy. I got this recipe from my mom, but I think she got it from my sister?! Anywho...I got it, and thats the point :)
A fantastic dish, that's what this is. It's jam packed with vegetables and guess what, you don't even miss the fact that there is no meat in it. I usually serve this up as a main dish. Its plenty filling and tastes absolutely fantastic!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Chicken Pasta Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Dressing

VERY EASY!! I was getting kind of tired of fixing the same old Chicken Alfredo so I went in search of a new recipe and came across this one on the Betty Crocker website. You serve this pasta salad cold, and I'll tell you what, this is a really light and yummy version rather then the normal really heavy, thick, stick to your everythings pasta.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lobster Ravioli in Tomato Cream Sauce with Shrimp

This recipe was sooooo good. I made this for my sweetie for our special Valentines Day dinner and I'll tell you tasted like something you would get from any seafood or Italian place...well to us anyway. It is a little more complicated then my normal fast and easy, but hey, sometimes I do enjoy doing a little more then quick fix meals :)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Crunchy Chicken with Sesame Rice and Green Beans

So here is just another take on fried chicken. The thing I liked the most about this recipe was the sauce. It tastes soooo good. It is such a basic sauce but it adds so much to the dish. And we all know how big of a sesame seed lover I am so of course this recipe gets the big ol' thumbs up from me!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentines Sugar Cookies

I kept going back and forth about whether to post this or not because some of you may not find this quite as cute and funny as I do. But I decided that I just had to. Here are some really cute (and I think hilarious) ways of decorating some heart shaped sugar cookies for valentines day. There are G rated ones, PG rated ones, and PG 13 rated ones. Now, mind you, I don't think I would decorate the PG or PG13 ones when children are around but I think you sweetie pie will find them pretty darn funny and perfect for Valentines day.

Oreo Balls

I had this recipe at my aunts house on Christmas Eve one year, and it has been a tradition of mine every year since then to make them every Christmas. I know its not Christmas time, but I did say I was going to add a whole bunch of sweet foods so here is another.

Creamy Frosted Brownies

So normally I don't frost my brownies, but when I really need MORE chocolate, I like to use this recipe.
The frosting recipe is fantastic and has one ingredient that I had never thought to add to a frosting. Corn syrup! I know what your thinking, oh yum...uhhh corn syrup. But really I don't know what it does to that frosting but it is fantastic. Not to mention that the brownies are moist and delish.

My favorite lemon bars

I know everybody has their favorite lemon bar recipe and everybody claims that theirs is the best...but...THIS is my favorite recipe and I will claim it as the best.
I make these at least once a month and never get tired of them. In fact, I crave them almost constantly and so does my family.
As of late I have been adding a nice giant raspberry on top of each piece for decoration but I also love the flavor with it.

Doubly Chocolate Cookies

Im having a bit of a sweet tooth today and thankfully don't have anything lying around. So Im hoping that by posting dessert recipes that it will cover up my need for chocolate :)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chocolate Dipped Straweberries

So I was just on one of my favorite blogs, Be Different...Act Normal and came across this really fun idea. I am totally going to bring these for our Super Bowl Party this year. Who says you have to have eat fattening, greasy, unhealthy food. Not me. So this year I am putting aside the buffalo wings and pizza, and going to bring sushi and chocolate dipped strawberries. Yeah they probably won't taste that good together, but I don't really care. How can you pass up these cute little things?! Oh man, I am so excited to make these.

Banana Cookies

Yesterday after I put away all of the items from my Bountiful Basket, I realized that I had 18 bananas sitting in my kitchen. No they didn't all come in the basket, but the day before I had gone to Costco and bought some. Yeah smart move I know, but I hope Im not the only one who goes into a store at times and just starts aimlessly wandering around throwing things in the cart.
ANYWAY, so this morning I decided that I need to think of something I could do with some of these bananas. I didn't want to make more banana bread (cuz I just made some last week) and I didn't want to make a pie...but I was having a sweet tooth. So I started searching online and came across this recipe at
To be honest I had never, ever, thought of making a banana cookie...a banana cookie...really?! So I thought I would give it a try. They turned out really good.
They look like a cookie, but have the consistency of a banana bread or muffin.

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