My Take: Sports Team Wreath

September 28, 2014

I follow a blog called, Repeat Crafter Me. Last month I saved a blog post of how to make a wreath for your favorite sports team. Check out her post here: Football Team Wreath

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Today I finally had a chance to put ours together and hang it on our front door. I did mine a little bit differently, no glue, tape or sewing involved! I used a wreath form I had on hand, as well as leftover Green Bay Packers fabric I had. It was a pretty quick craft and the family likes it. Now to see how it holds up on our front door.

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World’s Best Chicken

September 8, 2014

I don’t know if I’d call this the World’s Best Chicken but it is pretty good. I found this recipe on Pinterest, originally made at Cooking Pinterest. Check out her page for photo of the meal.

Ingredients
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt & pepper
Rosemary

Instructions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a small bowl, mix together mustard, syrup, and vinegar.
Place chicken breasts into 9×13 greased baking dish.
Season with salt & lots of pepper.
Pour mustard mixture over chicken.
Make sure each breast is coated.
Bake for about 30-40 minutes.
Season with chopped rosemary.

Enjoy!


Mini Baked Ham Sandwiches

August 31, 2014

These little baked sandwiches are a staple food item at the beach house. Easy to make and a crowd pleaser!

From King’s Hawaiian

Mini Baked Sandwiches
Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 20 min

Ingredients
1 pound Deli ham shaved
1 pound Swiss cheese thinly sliced
1 1/2 sticks Butter
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Minced onion dried
1 12-pack KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls

Preparation

Melt butter and mix in mustard, sauce and onion.
Cut the entire pack of rolls in half, horizontally (keeping all top and bottom halves separately in tact).
In a 9×13 inch pan, place bottom half of rolls and cover with ham and cheese.
Cover ham and cheese stacks with top half of rolls.
Drizzle butter mixture over top of rolls, making sure onion is evenly distributed.
Refrigerate over night. (Not necessary)
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes and, once finished, separate for serving.


Homemade Granola Bars- Second Type

August 2, 2014

Another ‘pinned’ recipe, that I have now made twice. I like these better than the other Homemade Granola Bars I made.
This recipe was originally posted at Saving with Shellie.

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I have made them with both Rice Krispies and Puffed Rice. I think they are better with Rice Krispies.

Ingredients
2 Cups Quick Oats
1 Cup Rice Krispies Cereal
½ Cup Flax Seed
¾ Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
½ Cup Honey
¼ Cup Brown Sugar
½ tsp Vanilla Extract
Mini chocolate chips

Instructions
Line an 8×8 baking dish with aluminum foil and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine Oats, Rice Krispies Cereal and Flax Seed.
In a microwave safe bowl combine Peanut Butter, Vanilla and Brown Sugar. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Add in Honey.
Using a spatula, combine the peanut butter mixture with the dry ingredients.
Press into the 8×8 baking dish. Press mini chocolate chips into the top. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Cut into small squares or skinny bars. I store them in the refrigerator but the originally poster said that isn’t necessary. They seemed to hold together better that way.


Chicken Fried Rice and Yum Yum Sauce

April 17, 2014

This is another recipe I discovered through Pinterest. It can be found at A Whole Awful Lot

Make the Yum Yum sauce ahead of time because it needs to chill for a re hours to get the best taste.

Yum Yum Sauce-
1 cup Mayonnaise
3 Tbsp White Sugar
3 Tbsp Rice vinegar
2 Tbsp Butter, Melted
¾ tsp. Paprika
½ tsp garlic powder
Cayenne pepper, to taste

Mix together. Refrigerate 4-5 hours for optimal flavor.
I mixed ours together in the Magic Bullet and then also just stored it in the mixing container in the fridge.

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Not the best picture….but it did taste pretty good!

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken, cut into small pieces If you like other meats, you can use them instead.
3-4 C. cooked fried rice Make sure you cook the rice ahead of time! Even day old rice is great.
3 tbsp Sesame oil
1 tbsp. Butter
¾ – 1 c. frozen peas & carrots
1 onion, chopped
2-3 Eggs, scrambled
2 tsp. minced garlic
1/3 c soy sauce

1-In large skillet cook meat, seasoned to taste, set aside.
2-Heat butter & oil in skillet.
3-Sauté Garlic, onion, peas & carrots until tender.
4-While vegetables are cooking, scramble eggs in a separate skillet.
5-Add eggs, rice, soy sauce & meat to vegetables and mix together.
6-Stir fry until heated through.

Add yum yum sauce to serve and enjoy.


Oven Hard Boiled Eggs

April 12, 2014

It’s true. You can hard boiled your eggs in the oven.
Set oven to 325*
Place one egg in each section of a muffin tin.
Bake for 25-30 min.
Remove from oven and place eggs in a bowl of cold water to cool them.
Once cool to the touch, enjoy or return to the fridge to use later.

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Turned out great and tasted good. Might be my new method of hard boiling eggs!


Homemade Granola Bars

April 9, 2014

A few weeks ago I ‘pinned’ a few granola bar type recipes. I finally got all the ingredients and decided to try out one of them.
This recipe came from Bless This Mess

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars
Makes:16-20 granola bars
Ingredients
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups old-fashioned or quick oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal
2 cup chopped pretzels
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions
Cut out a piece of parchment paper the width of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Place the paper in the bottom of the dish.
In a small sauce pan combine the butter, sugar, honey, peanut butter, and vanilla. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring often, until it starts to bubble.
Once it starts to bubble let the mixture cook for 2 minutes.
In a large bowl combine the oats, rice cereal, and broken pretzels. After the butter mixture cooks for 2 minutes, pour the hot liquid over the oat mixture and stir well to combine.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press the mixture evenly into the pan.
Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top of the granola bars and gently press them into place. Put the pan in the fridge to cool before cutting.
To cut into bars remove from the pan. Place on a cutting board and cut with a sharp knife.
Store in the fridge or they get too sticky.

Notes
You can easily half this recipe and put it in an 8×8 pan if you like.

I made the full recipe but put them in two 8×8 pans because my 13×9 pan was in use for dinner!

These granola bars were very tasty and easy to make. The downside was needing to store them in the fridge. Not a deal breaker but an inconvenience. I would probably make them again if I could find something to add to make them bind together better. They tended to come apart pretty quickly once they were out of the fridge.
This isn’t the best picture but they were yummy.

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