Thursday, November 20, 2014

Knock your socks off Mashed potatoes

I am in this awesome group with a great set of girls. They have become my close friends. This theme though this month is From our Thanksgiving Table to Yours. All about Thanksgiving.  I wanted to make something not sweet for this month! So I created these amazing mashed potatoes. Seriously addicting, and I wanted to eat the whole bowl.

Knock your socks off Mashed Potatoes

6 Potatoes Diced, cooked and mashed
1 8oz block of Cream Cheese chopped
1/3 C Milk
3 T Butter
2 Cups of Cheddar Shredded
1 1/2 C Crumbled Bacon
2 Cups of French Fried Onions
1 C Diced Green onions
1 T Salt
Sprinkle of Pepper

Boil your potatoes and mash them with butter, and milk. Add your cream cheese, butter and milk. Whip till combined and smooth. Add in 1 Cup of cheddar, 1 Cup of bacon, 1 cup of french fried onions, salt and pepper. Mix till combined. Take a glass dish and pour in your mashed potatoes. Smooth flat. Then sprinkle with leftover green onions, french fried onions, cheese and bacon. Bake at 350 till Cheese is melted and bubbly. Eat and Enjoy.....These are amazing. You'll thank me later promise.
 



Monday, November 17, 2014

Simple Supper Tuesday Linky Party

Welcome back to Simple Supper Tuesday, the party featuring QUICK, EASY recipes, perfect for those busy weeknights. So, please share your crock pot, 30 minutes or 5 ingredient recipes (easy desserts are also welcome)!!!

     

Its that time again!!! Simple Supper Tuesday!!! Make sure you come link up and maybe I'll feature you next week. 

I am happy to be co-hosting with 2 other fantastic bloggers....

Cindy Hun Whats For Dinner

Nettie Moore Or Less Cooking Blog


The Party Rules

1.Please link up Crock Pot and/or EASY recipes only (simple desserts are also welcome) 
2.Please link back to THIS post on Hun... What's for Dinner? 
3.Please use link to direct recipe, not to your home page. 
4.Please visit others and leave comments if a recipe catches your eye 
5.Any post that DOES NOT contain a recipe or food tutorial, will be deleted

Recipes that caught my eye:

Basically Easy Eats- PASTA

Hello and welcome to the third edition of Basically Easy Eats. I am so sorry that it was delayed. I had intended to post it on Friday but things came up, my fingers hurt etc. Anyhow, I am back and I hope you enjoy!
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Pasta!! Well I love Pasta and its cheap. Face it I can get a thing of spaghetti or elbow mac for about a dollar. I generally always have pasta around and I'm sure you do as well. So what can you do with it? I like to think of Pasta as a blank canvas....

Pancetta mac N Cheese- Pancetta is sooo good but it can be expensive. So you can use bacon.
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Bruschetta Pasta Salad is a great recipe that my oldest and I love....Its a great way to use up leftover Elbow Mac.
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Baked Ziti is another great recipe using leftover noodles.
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Garlic Olive Oil Pasta w/ chicken is a great recipe!
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You can also make a great American chop suey! Just add spaghetti sauce, elbow mac and hamburger. Most call it Goulash. When I moved to Mass they call it American Chop Suey!! 

I love Pasta, and realized I don't have a ton of recipes using it. I need to work on that!! I hope you enjoy these few recipes. 

Till next time!!!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Simple Supper Tuesday Linky Party

Welcome back to Simple Supper Tuesday, the party featuring QUICK, EASY recipes, perfect for those busy weeknights. So, please share your crock pot, 30 minutes or 5 ingredient recipes (easy desserts are also welcome)!!!

     

Its that time again!!! Simple Supper Tuesday!!! Make sure you come link up and maybe I'll feature you next week. 

I am happy to be co-hosting with 2 other fantastic bloggers....

Cindy Hun Whats For Dinner

Nettie Moore Or Less Cooking Blog


The Party Rules

1.Please link up Crock Pot and/or EASY recipes only (simple desserts are also welcome) 
2.Please link back to THIS post on Hun... What's for Dinner? 
3.Please use link to direct recipe, not to your home page. 
4.Please visit others and leave comments if a recipe catches your eye 
5.Any post that DOES NOT contain a recipe or food tutorial, will be deleted

Recipes that caught my eye:


Cajun Chipolte Ranch Chex Mix



I love Chex mix, and wanted to create a different version!!! So today I bring you Cajun Chipolte Ranch Chex Mix :-) 

Cajun Chipolte Ranch Chex Mix
2 Cups Rice Chex
2 Cups Corn Chex
2 Cups Nuts
2 Cups Cheez Its
1 Cup Bagel Chips
2 Packages of Pretzel Sticks

Ranch Mixture
2 packets Ranch Dressing Mix
1 Stick of butter melted
3 T Cajun 

In a pan melt your butter. Then add in your ranch dressing mix and cajun. Stir. Mix the mixture in with the  chex mix. Stir it so that everything is coated.  Pour into a 9x13 Glass dish and bake at 250 for an hour. Stir it every 15 minutes. Then after an hour, pour it out on the table covered in aluminum foil and let it cool. Eat and enjoy!!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Basically Easy Eats- CHICKEN

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to our second post  of Basically Easy Eats. This will come out every Friday! You maybe wondering what it is.  Basically Easy Eats is a series that I'm doing, that will focus on Basic ingredients that can make easy meals. Lets face it ground beef, flour, butter etc are things we generally have on hand. A lot of times we have ground beef hanging around with no idea what to do with it. Some days when your stressed and not sure what is for dinner, its awesome to have ideas on Easy recipes. So this week I am focusing on Chicken.

I have been around chicken all my life, both live and dead. Growing up my family raised chickens. It was my job to feed, water and collect the eggs. I also help butcher them when time came. Honestly it was great for me but I can't say I miss it now that I'm grown up! I honestly don't really wanna feed or water chickens unless I absolutely have to! That being said I'd probably let my kids do it because its a learning experience. Now my view is that the only chicken that I'll handle is a dead one. That brings me to our ingredient today...CHICKEN! Growing up with chickens has never stopped me from loving to eat chicken. Its one of my top favorite meats.  It is so versetile.  Our local grocery store has what they call "Big Buy".  When I have freezer room, I buy one or two of the packs. It comes with 7-8 boneless skinless chicken breasts. I will freeze them in baggies of course. That way I have stock in chicken. I like to think of boneless skinless chicken breasts as a blank canvas. You can do so much with it. One thing I have discovered is that I cut the chicken breasts in half lenghth wise. That makes two breasts go into FOUR! Thats a big difference. Another way is to cut it in strips! Do you know how many strips 2 chicken breasts make? :-) I also will buy a big pack and plan two chicken meals for the week. Which means I'm only buying one thing of chicken not two.
Another thing that I enjoy doing is buying a whole chicken. Yes it can be expensive but I have found that whole chickens do go on sale. I buy one and I make 2 meals out of one. Yes I said two meals.   I will cook the chicken, and we will have a chicken dinner, then I will shred the rest. Then I will make a meal with the shredded chicken. So again your making two meals out of one.

Now lets discuss things to do with cooked chicken! Who knew I had so much to say about chicken ;-) I sure didn't haha!
This is a big tip! Tired of shredding chicken by hand?  Do you have a kitchen aid mixer? Just throw your chicken in the mixer and BAM! You have shredded Chicken.
Tip number 2. Cook your chicken in the crock pot!! It cooks for 4 hours and  its DONE. You don't have to turn your oven on either.
Now here are some easy recipes for chicken:
Chicken Pot Pie is so good and comforting. Its so easy. I use Pillsbury pre made crust. It comes with two in pack. The veggies are mixed frozen veggies.
Chicken Pot Pie 
Next up is Chicken Casserole. This recipe is soo good and easy! Its in 5 ingredients....
Chicken Casserole
Chicken Nachos....What can I say about these? These are soo good and use boneless skinless chicken breasts.
Chicken Nachos
These skillet chicken nuggets are my kids favorite and they are easy!
Skillet Chicken Nuggets
Here are some easy but good BBQ Chicken Cheddar Melt Sandwiches
BBQ Chicken Cheddar Melt
BBQ Chicken Wings are a favorite! Here is an easy but good recipe!
BBQ Chicken Wings
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Easy parm Chicken
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Roasted Whole Chicken

I truly hope that you have enjoyed these recipes!!!! These are easy meals that you can make using chicken!



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

No Kid Hungry!


During the Holidays is when we start to suddenly think about all the kids, families going hungry. I often wonder, do people not realize that people go hungry on more then just Christmas or Thanksgiving.  Every day of year hundreds, millions kids go hungry. There are 365 days in a year...that is a lot of kids if you think about it. Most are going to school hungry, going to bed hungry. We need to stop focusing on ourselves and focusing on others. We need to bring attention that there are kids going without food....Families who are having to starve. That is not right!!! 

People should not be hungry in America. Why can't we do something about this?! Little kids are not asking to go without food. They do not deserve this. They do not deserve to go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep. I often look at my kids and think " I can't imagine if they were hungry...". We need to step up and do something. Do not just stand by thinking if you ignore it that it will go away!  Everyone can do something....even down to small kids.
Please watch the video.

First of all you can go to No Kid Hungry and take the pledge. Go do it! Your just saying that your going to help fight child hunger.
Go to No Kid Hungry Call for Action and enter your state and town to find organizations that you can help...Bring your kids along with you! Kids need to know that child hunger is a REAL problem! Let them help! Can you imagine if ALL the kids stood up for No Kid Hungry?  Don't hide it from your kids! Stand up along with them and MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Only YOU and ONLY YOU can make a difference.  Here is a message from me!