Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Brown Sugar Caramel Glazed Pound Cake

Oh pound cake, how I love thee! I was super excited to make this recipe and see how it all turned out, it was amazing! The icing was so good and the cake was super tender! 

1 1/4 cups butter (room temperature)
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
5 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup butter 
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar

Heat the oven to 350. Grease and flour the pound cake pan then set to the side. In your stand mixer beat together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat in one egg at a time, scrapping down in between eggs. Stir in the vanilla extract. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour and baking powder. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture then alternate with the buttermilk mixture until it is all added and incorporated. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 65-75 minutes. Remove cake from oven and let it sit for 15 minutes before flipping out of the pan to continue to cool. Once the pound cake has cooled make the glaze. In a pot melt the butter then stir in the brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil and let boil for 2 minutes. Remove from stove top and allow to cool for 5-8 minutes. Whisk in the vanilla extract and the powdered sugar until smooth then pour over the pound cake.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Chicken Noodle Skillet

Okay, let’s see if this works, I’ve been having so many blogger issues. Thought they were resolved...well not resolved but that I had figured out a way to get around them but I’m having trouble again. So frustrating! Yay it appears this is working though! And I;m so happy to share this delicious recipe with you! This recipe was adapted from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp granulated chicken bouillon 
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 cups chicken broth
4 cups egg noodles
1 rotisserie chicken (deboned and shredded)
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen peas and carrots

Melt the butter in a large skillet and saute the onion until translucent. Stir in the garlic for 1 minute. Then stir in the the chicken bouillon, salt and pepper then pour in the chicken broth and stir in the egg noddles and chicken. Turn the heat up and cover. Let cook for 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the cream and reduce the heat to medium low. Stir in the corn, peas and carrots and cook until the mixture thickens.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Easy Crescent Danishes

I love cheese danishes. One of my favorite things to find at little bakeries. These are a super easy way to make them and they are delicious! They would be wonderful for a midmorning bridal or baby shower or brunch with friends!

2 cans crescent rolls (not unrolled)
8 oz cream cheese (room temp)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp sour cream

1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp melted butter

Heat oven to 350. Slice the rolled up crescents into 1/3 inch pieces. Place the sliced on a sheet pan then press a hole into the center. Place the cream cheese into a mixing bowl then add the remaining ingredients and mix with an electric mixer until smooth. Spoon 1 tbsp of cream cheese mixture into each danish. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let the danishes cool for 15 minutes then whisk the glaze together. Drizzle the glaze over the danishes. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Quick and Easy Beer Chili

Chili!!!! Chili is always always always a hit with everyone in my family! It's my oldest's absolute favorite food! And my little ones seems to really love it too! Out of all the many chili recipes I've made I think this might be my favorite! This recipe is adapted from Simply Whisked.

2lbs ground beef
1 onion (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1/2 tsp salt
5 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tbsp paprika
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
28oz diced tomatoes
1 cup IPA beer
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
2 cans black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)

In a large pot brown the ground beef then drain off the grease. Add the onion and garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Lower heat and stir in the salt, chili powder, paprika, cumin and oregano then stir well. Add the diced tomatoes and beer. Bring to a simmer and stir in the worcestershire sauce and all of the beans. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Cheddar Bacon Grits Casserole

So this year of blogging has obviously gotten off to a rocky start! At first it was just the busyness of the start of the year. And then I couldn't get any of my pictures to upload on to the blog. Days and days spent trying to figure it all out. Finally it's figured out. I have to do a few extra steps but it's fine, whatever. I'm back! And hopefully this won't happen again! Also grits. So good!

5 slices bacon
4 cups water
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups quick cooking grits
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups cheddar cheese (divided)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
4 eggs

Heat oven to 350. Cook bacon in a large pan. Crumble the bacon. Leave 2 tbsp of bacon grease in the pan. Stir in the water and chicken broth then bring to a boil. Carefully stir in the grits then add the garlic powder, black pepper and salt. Reduce heat and stir frequently. Once the grits have thickened, stir in 2 cups of cheddar cheese. Stir in the butter, milk and eggs. Then stir in the crumbled bacon. Pour into a 9x13 baking pan then top with the remaining cheddar. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Ranch Beef Tacos

This is such an easy taco recipe but with a fun twist from the normal! Tacos are always a hit at my little ones and happy kids at dinner time make for a happy mama. I love serve tacos with a big bowl of black beans and some chips and salsa.

1.5 lbs ground beef
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 pkg ranch seasoning mix
1 cup water
shredded cheese
toppings: salsa, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce

Brown the ground beef in a medium skillet.  When the beef is browned, turn down the heat and drain off the grease. Stir in the taco seasoning, ranch seasoning and water. Stir for several minutes until it thickens up. Remove from heat and serve on tortillas with desired toppings.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Skillet Biscuit Pot Pie

Well, after an untended break, I'm back! Christmas got crazy then the start of the new year got even crazier but I'm finally sitting down to blog and hopeful that I can stay on top of it!  I made this recipe several weeks ago and it instantly became a favorite! I made it in my small skillet but next time I'll double it and put it in my big skillet because there wasn't a single bite left and everyone wanted more! This recipe was adapted from Kylee Cooks.

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1 cup onion (chopped)
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/4 cup flour
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup half and half
1 lb chicken breast (cooked and cubed)
1 1/2 cups frozen peas and carrots
8 refrigerated canned biscuits
1 egg

Heat oven to 400. In a cast iron skillet heat the oil and butter. Saute the onion until soft and stir in the thyme, let cook for another minutes. Stir in the garlic then season with salt and pepper. Whisk in the flour. Cook for two to three minutes. Whisk in the chicken stock them the half and half. When the mixture begins to thicken stir in the chicken and let simmer for 5 minutes then stir in the frozen peas and carrots. Top with the biscuits. Whisk the egg in a bowl then brush over the biscuits. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the biscuits are browned on top. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-8 minutes before serving.

Friday, December 29, 2017

A's Top 12 Recipes of 2017

Last year my son, A, put together a post with his top recipes from the year and he's back at it again this year! A is 10 years old and as you will see he's not a big fan of sweets.  Little sister is all about the sweets though so one day I'm sure she will be putting together a post that consists of desserts only! We had fun going through my blog and seeing what he loved most! I was actually surprised by a few of his choices but could have picked several of them with no help at all! So here it is, his top 12 recipes:


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My Top 12 of 2017

It's hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close. I can't say that I hate to see this year ending. There have been many wonderful moments but many hard ones too. I have a feeling 2018 is going to be a great year for our family and I'm excited! Now here are my top 12 recipes from 2017!


Monday, December 11, 2017

Cinnamon Chip Scones

I love scones. I love anything cinnamon flavored. And these little cinnamon chips, while hard to find, are awesome. These scones were the perfect for a snowy Saturday morning.

3 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar plus 2 tbsp for sprinkling
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup cold butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 package cinnamon chips

Heart oven to 425. In a large bowl combine the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse sand mixture. Stir in the buttermilk then the cinnamon chips. On a floured surface, knead the dough several times. Divide in half and form two circles. Sprinkle with sugar and gently press into the dough. Cut each circle into 6 triangles. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10-13 minutes.