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.

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.


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
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

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.

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.


Mexican Stuffed Shells

February 28, 2014

I found this recipe on Pinterest and we have made it a couple of times so far. It was originally posted at The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Yield: 16 shells

1 pound ground turkey
1 package low-sodium taco seasoning or homemade taco seasoning
4 ounces cream cheese
16 jumbo pasta shells
1 1/2 cups salsa
1 cup taco sauce
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup Monterrey jack cheese

For toppings:
3 green onions
Sour cream

Preheat oven to 350°.
In a pan brown the ground beef; add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions. Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Stir together and mix well. Set aside and cool completely.
While ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to package directions; drain. Set shells out individually on cutting board or baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.
Pour salsa on bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Stuff each shell with 1-2 tablespoons of the meat mixture. Place shells in 9×13 pan open side up. Evenly cover shells with taco sauce. Cover dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, add shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes with the foil removed. Top with green onions or olives if desired. Serve with sour cream and/or more salsa.

Million Dollar Spaghetti

February 8, 2014

Another recipe from Pinterest that we love is Million Dollar Spaghetti.

Originally pinned from someone who didn’t have a link-They just posted a picture of the typed recipe.

1lb ground beef (We use ground turkey.)
1 jar spaghetti sauce
8oz cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2lb cottage cheese
1 stick butter
1lb spaghetti (or rotini, elbows, etc)
Grated cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350*.
Boil pasta noodles until cooked.
Drain noodles and set aside for later.
Combine cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese until well blended, easiest to do in your stand mixer.
Brown ground beef, drain well.
Add spaghetti sauce to ground beef.

Now to assemble the dish:
Put some slices of butter in a 13×9 pan.
Pour half your pasta noodles on top.
Pour cream cheese mixture on top of pasta and spread evenly.
Pour remaining pasta on top of cream cheese mixture.
Add more sides of butter on top of pasta.
Pour meat and spaghetti sauce on top of pasta.

Place in the oven for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, add grated cheddar cheese on top and return to the oven for 15 minutes.

This is a great dish to have with company. You can assemble it before hand and then just cook when needed. It’s very yummy!!

Tilapia Recipe

February 7, 2014

I know I know…..I haven’t written in a LONG time. But I was thinking….I’ve got all these things pinned on Pinterest. What if something happens to Pinterest or if the blog I ‘pinned’ disappears? So I thought I would start posting some items here so I can always come back and find them.

I made this recipe for dinner tonight. (We’ve had it before too.) It’s yummy.
I pinned this recipe from Committed to Getting Fit.


• 1/4 cup / 60 ml best-quality olive oil
• 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
• 1 tsp / 5 ml paprika
• 1 tsp / 5 ml ginger
• 1 tsp / 5 ml fresh ground black pepper
• 1 tsp / 5 ml dried mustard
• 1 tsp / 5 ml oregano
• 1 tsp / 5 ml chili powder
• 1 pinch cayenne pepper
• 4 tilapia filets, thawed

Preheat your oven to 400ºF/ 205ºC. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium sized bowl combine olive oil, garlic and seasonings.
Dip each filet into the seasoning and place it on the baking sheet.
Pour any remaining seasoning over the filets on the sheet and place the baking sheet in the oven.
Bake for 10 minutes.

Back To School Teacher Gift

August 23, 2012

We thought it would be a nice gesture to start the school year off with a gift for the teacher. Unfortunately, I started thinking about what it would be a little too late, so I didn’t do what I really wanted to. We did buy a bottle of hand sanitizer and decided to add the teacher’s initial and Little Monkey picked out a flower to add to it. A little bit of cutting on the Cricut and the gift was done. Nice and quick and we know it will get used! The teacher was grateful for the gift and surprised at the personal touch.

Personalized bottle of hand sanitizer