Monday, July 27, 2015

Chicken Spaghetti

We are FINALLY on vacation this year!

Hubby and I both started new jobs this year, so getting away has been a little more difficult than in years past...but we finally managed a loooong weekend! Started Thurs, doesn't end until Monday.

It has been just so relaxing!

We are spending time with some BFF's....at our fave beach...over our wedding anniversary... How much nicer can it get?

We have already watched fireworks on the beach, eaten some of our fave "bad for you" food, done a cook out, gone out to dinner, checked out some new shops, swam in the pool, spent a day on the sand, and done some touristy shopping.
In between all of that, we did a fire and smores, I have read 4 books, the guys napped some, and we have just stayed up late chit chatting and just being together.

LOVING LIFE!

What did you do this summer?

Adapted from Tasty Kitchen

Ingredients:
2 Cups Cooked chicken
3 Cups dry spaghetti (broken)
2 Cans Cream of mushroom soup
3 Cups Cheddar cheese (grated)
¼ Cup Green pepper (finely chopped)
¼ Cup Onion (finely diced)
4 oz Diced pimentos (drained)
2 Cups Chicken broth
1 Tsp Seasoned salt
⅛ Tsp Cayenne pepper
Salt and Pepper


Directions:
1. Cook spaghetti in chicken broth until al dente (do not drain)
2. Mix all ingredients, keeping 1 cup cheese separate
3. Place mixture into casserole dish
4. Top with remaining 1 cup cheddar
5. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Happiness is Homemade Link Party #82

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Sticky Buns

We have an abnormal amount of grocery stores very close to us.
We have 2 Stop and Shop's, Market Basket, Shaw's, Price Chopper, Wegman's and two Hannaford's! On top of those we have a Super Wal Mart and a Super Target.
Not to mention the 3 BJ's in our close vicinity.

This is great for us, I am able to price compare and it really is no big deal for us to go to more than one store at a time.
I keep a running spreadsheet that shows each product and the normal price.
It does come in handy when the weekly flyers come in!

I know, I know, I over plan...but it's FUN!

Ingredients:
Dough:
6 ½ Tbsp sugar
5 ½ Tbsp shortening
1 Tsp salt
1 Egg (slightly beaten)
1 Tsp lemon extract
3 ½ Cups bread flour
2 Tsp instant yeast
1 Cup + 2 Tbsp whole milk


Cinnamon Sugar Mix:
6 ½ Tbsp sugar
1 ½ Tbsp ground cinnamon


Caramel Glaze
1 Cup unsalted butter (softened)
½ Cup granulated sugar
½ Cup light brown sugar
½ Tsp salt
½ Cup light corn syrup
1 Tsp vanilla extract
½ Cup coarsely chopped pecans

Directions:
1. Cream together the sugar, shortening, and salt
2. Whip in egg and lemon extract until smooth.
3. Add flour, yeast, and milk
4. Mix until dough forms a ball
5. Knead for 12-15 minutes
6. Lightly oil a large bowl and transfer dough, rolling it around to coat the dough
7. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for 2 hours, or until dough doubles in size
8. Make caramel glaze: Combine butter, sugars, salt for 2 minutes in high
9. Add corn syrup and vanilla extract. Cream until light and fluffy.
10. Roll out dough with a rolling pin until a 14 x 12 rectangle
11. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar all over dough
12. Roll the dough, long side facing you, creating a cinnamon-sugar spiral
13. With seam side down, cut the dough into 8-12 even pieces
14. Coat the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan with the caramel glaze and pecans
15. Lay pieces of dough over caramel sauce
16. Mist dough lightly with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap
17. Proof at room temperature for 75-90 minutes, or until doubled
NOTE: Instead of the second rise, you can place in fridge overnight and pull the pans out
3-4 hours before cooking
18. Preheat oven to 350 and adjust rack to lowest shelf
19. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Cool in pan for 5-10 minutes
20. Serve by flipping bun over and spooning warm glaze over the top


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Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker







Sunday, July 19, 2015

Happiness is Homemade Link Party #81

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Bean and Bacon Soup

I got out of work a little on the early side today, the girl child had the day of school, and we had a few errands to run.
Sounds like a plan to me!

I went home and picked her up. Our first stop was for a slice of pizza for lunch.
Gah!
We forgot how HUGE the take-out slices are at this particular restaurant. It is the equivalent of 2 large slices.
Needless to say, we didn't finish. Got a box and brought them home.

Next stop was our local Marshall's. We have the fortune/misfortune (depending on if you are asking us or hubby) of having one right at the end of our street. We are there all the freaking time! On our list was birthday present(s) for a cute little cousin and a couple of things the girl child needed.
Score on both counts!

We did spy a really spiffy pair of boots.
Hmmm.
Debating running back over there tomorrow.
Should really try them on. I might hate them.
Only one way to find out.

Boring stops came next. Nothing you want to hear about.
Hubby was home when we got there...and was oh-so-very psyched to see left over pizza. Apparently lunch wasn't on his agenda for the day.

Moments like that, with my girl, even doing mundane tasks, makes my heart sing.

Ingredients:
2-3 Slices of bacon, fried and chopped
½ Onion, diced and cooked
1 Can butter beans
1 Can kidney beans
1 Can pinto beans
1 Can diced tomato (not drained)
2 Cans chicken broth
½ Tsp oregano
Salt/Pepper to taste


Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients
2. Season to taste

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Happiness is Homemade Link Party #80



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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Blogging for Books: Milk Bar Life by Christina Tosi

I enjoyed flipping through this book.
Christina Tosi's writing style is very friendly, she makes you feel like you want to hang out with her and her friends because they are just having the BEST time.

This collection is more of her family/friends home recipes, not so much recipes from the store. This is OK by be as they were all approachable with ingredients that will be easy to find.
Lots of "semi homemade" items supplementing fresh ingredients with canned or pre-packaged.

Some of the recipes require a lot more time and planning, but some are classic examples of "I need something NOW" recipes. There is one for pretzels an bleu cheese....truly, those are the only ingredients!

I have tagged a bunch of the recipes in the book and will be trying them very soon!



**Note: I was provided a copy of this book to review from www.bloggingforbooks.com all opinions are my own.