Sunday, January 25, 2015

Baked Eggs

Every morning, by the time I've gotten myself dressed and all three of my kids ready for school, there isn't enough time for me to sit and eat breakfast.  I'm not about to start my day without something in my stomach, so I usually grab a breakfast bar or toast and English muffin that I can eat in the car.  

It gets a little old.  

Then I stumbled across this brilliant idea!  You can BAKE raw eggs in a muffin tin!  They come out looking like little patties.  

Refrigerate them and each morning, pop one in the microwave for 25 seconds and put between an English muffin for an instant breakfast egg sand which!

Baked Eggs


salt/pepper for seasoning
shredded cheese


Spray your muffin tin with cooking spray. Crack one egg in each muffin space (or as many as you'd like to bake), season with some salt and pepper and sprinkle in some cheese.  Stir if desired.

Bake for 15 minutes or s at 350º. 

Place between two toasted English muffins and douse with Tabasco Sauce.  

Eat in the car as you drive to work. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bread Sticks

I usually try to keep a box of frozen garlic bread in my freezer for the occasional spaghetti dinner that needs a little something extra.  But recently, for a family dinner, I decided to try my hand at homemade garlic bread sticks.  

I love the recipe because it was so easy and quick!

No more frozen garlic bread for this family!

Bread Sticks


1 1/2 cup warm water
1 tablespoon instant yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
 3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, melted
Parmesan cheese, grated


Mix all the ingredients (except the melted butter) in the bowl of your stand mixer.  Knead for three minutes.  Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. 

Heat oven to 375º.

Spread the melted butter onto an 11x17 baking sheet.  

Roll out the dough about 1/4 to 1/2 inch think and cut into strips.  Be careful not to make them too long.  Twist slightly and place about 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheet. 

Sprinkle with garlic salt and some other herbs of your choice (basil or thyme...or something finely crushed) and some grated Parmesan cheese. 

Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise for about 30 minutes. 

Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Bars

Each month, on the second Sunday of the month, my family gets together at my parents how for our monthly "Second Sunday" family dinner.  We decide on a meal and divide out the assignments.  Last month, my assignment was dessert.  Knowing my brother-in-law is a peanut butter fanatic, I stumbled upon this recipe and knew I had to try it out. 

I thought they were even better the next day!

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Bars

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup oats
8 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly grease a 9x13 baking pan and set aside. 

Mix together the flour, baking soda, salt and oats.  Set aside

In a large bowl (or stand mixer bowl) cream butter, peanut butter, and both sugars with the paddle attachment.  Mix in the vanilla, egg and egg yolk until combined. 

Stir in the dry ingredients, chocolate and peanut butter chips.  Mix until combined. 

Press the batter into the baking pan.  Bake for about 18-20 minutes until lightly browned on the edges.  
*Don't over bake or the bars will be dry!  Set pan aside to cool and let the bars cool in the pan before cutting into squares. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Peanut Noodles

A long time ago I went to the Cheesecake Factory and they had a peanut sauce noodle dish that I ordered.  

It was amazing. 

I went home and decided to make my own version, so I could eat it whenever I wanted.

  I'm glad I did, because now the Cheesecake Factory doesn't make that yummy dish anymore. 

Peanut Noodles


1 box of angel hair pasta, cooked
1 bag of broccoli slaw


In a frying pan, heat olive oil and toss the broccoli slaw until it is heated through.  Toss with the pasta. 

Serve with crushed peanuts and some of your favorite peanut sauce. 

Cheesy Rice, Corn and Chicken

This is such a comfort food meal. 

 It's warm and cheesy and full of rice.  It's filling and delicious.  

And it's so easy to make!  To make it even easier, you can cook the rice the day before!

Cheesy Rice, Corn and Chicken


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/8 cup of chopped onion (chopped very small)
1 box of yellow rice mix (Zatarain's is a yummy brand), cooked according to directions. 
1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 small bag of frozen corn


Place chicken in the crock pot and sprinkle onion over the top. 
Spoon the soup over the top of that the onion and chicken.
Cook on low until the chicken is cooked through

Shred chicken. 

Return it to the crock pot and add in the corn, rice and cheese.  Let cook until the cheese is melted and everything is heated through.  

Stir and serve.

Source:  Southern Plate

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Nilla Wafer Cheesecakes

I love these single serving little cheesecakes!  After you bake them, the Nilla Wafer gets so soft and....well, crust-like.  It's so tasty!

Nilla Wafer Cheesecakes

16 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Nilla wafers


With your stand mixer, beat the cream cheese with every ingredient except the wafers until smooth and cream.  

Lay out cupcake liners in a cupcake pan and put a Nilla Wafer in each liner.  Fill the liner half way with the cream cheese mixture. 

Bake at 350º for about 20 minutes. 

Let cool for one hour and top with your favorite fruit or even some whipped cream. 

Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mexican Pizza: Taco Bell Copycat

I don't eat a lot of fast food, but I think I could go to Taco Bell everyday of my life.  

I always order from the same three things on their menu.  A Mexican Pizza (no meat, because I was a vegetarian for 5 years, and I've never gone back to eating a Mexican Pizza with meat), a bean burrito, please add tomatoes or a Double Decker (with no meat).

As I was scrolling through Pintersest, I noticed a copy cat recipe for the Mexican Pizza.  

I made my shopping list and went to the store as soon as I could!  I even bought the bottled Fire Sauce because I was so excited to make my own Mexican Pizza!

It's so close to the real thing that I ate one every day until I ran out of tortillas. 

Mexican Pizza: Taco Bell Copycat


1 package of medium sized flour tortillas
1 can refried beans
1 can can of red enchilada sauce
shredded cheddar cheese
shredded pepper jack cheese
1 tomato, diced
1 small can olives
1 green onion, diced


 Preheat oven to 375º. 

Line a baking sheet with foil and place 2 tortillas on the foil. Bake in the oven for about 5 minutes.  Flip tortillas over and bake the other side for about 5 minutes or until they are browning and getting crisp.  Remove from oven and set aside. 

Spoon refried beans into a bowl and microwave until the are heated through. 

Spread the beans over one of the tortillas and place the other tortilla on top.  

Spread a few tablespoons of enchilada sauce over the top tortilla, and cover with pepper jack and cheddar cheese.  Add a few tomatoes, onion and olives. 

Place tortillas back on the baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted through. 

Remove from oven, slice in half both ways, smother with your favorite taco sauce and eat it up!