peanut ginger chicken

Jun 11, 2013 by

grilling season is my favorite.  i have a hubster that loves to grill, and does a fine job, i might add.  it is easy.  i whip up a marinade the day before and boom dinner is halfway done.  but i mostly love grilling because it means less dishes.  i’ve come a long ways from when i was little and would only eat hot dogs from the microwave.  even when we went camping.  (can you really count it as camping when you’ve got a microwave in the camper?) i am a sucker for peanut butter.  usually, i just eat it with a spoon… from the jar and never really imagined it in a marinade.  but it is very tasty.  you should give this recipe a try.  and definitely make the salsa to go with it!...

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strawberry pie

Jun 6, 2013 by

well, holy cow, blog, it has been a good long while!  things have been a tad bit busy around here… the most wonderful, exhausting and rewarding kind of busy.  meet ben! beautiful baby, you’re sweeter than strawberry pie! every day is a deeper shade of blue, when i’m with you. 🙂 i’m pretty sure that ben beats this strawberry pie, but it is pretty darn tasty.  give it a try this summer! source: my mom crust: i used the french crust, used in the chocolate mousse pie. i’m a bigger fan of my mom’s crust with this pie.  her recipe is as follows: 1 1/2 c flour 2 tbsp sugar pinch salt 1/2 c oil 2 tbsp milk mix together dry ingredients.  stir in oil and milk.  press in pie dish and bake at 350º...

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fiesta lime chicken

Jul 24, 2012 by

i love knockoff recipes.  most often, you can usually tweak them to be better than the original!  this is the case with fiesta lime chicken.  i’ve been making this dish for quite a long time (as in about the time tom and i started dating 9(!?!?) years ago).  it has evolved and changed several ways over the years.  it started as chicken breast, marinated in italian dressing, topped with queso and melted cheese, served over broken tortilla chips and mexican rice.  the only thing that has stayed the same is the cheese, chips and rice. slightly adapted from: america’s most wanted recipes for the marinade: 1 c water 1/3 c teriyaki sauce 1/2 lime juice (i used leftover nellie and joe’s from easter key lime pie, but usually use 4-5 freshly squeezed limes.) 3...

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zucchini bars

Jul 10, 2012 by

cravings are in full swing for this pregnant lady.  it started with anything peach, and then pickles, then to watermelon sorbet, then vernors, cream soda and my current craving is zucchini.  i was telling my mom about my cravings and she said, just plain zucchini??   no, not just straight-up zucchini, it needs to be covered in cheese or in bar form.  i don’t think there is any other way to eat zucchini!  well, maybe bread. this recipe was a summer staple in our house growing up.  at the end of summer, we’d have all kinds of vegetables coming out of our ears and mom would make this delicious treat.  it turned out just like i remembered and i feel a little less guilty about eating them, because they are full of veggies! source:...

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two-ingredient dog treats

May 30, 2012 by

ever since we brought lucy home, i’ve been eager to make her homemade dog treats.  i quickly purchased dog biscuit cutters from crate & barrel (below) and then stashed them away in the baking drawer.  i started looking online for recipes, and a lot of them seemed very labor intensive.  why go to all of that work for the dog who licks her butt? 🙂 fast forward to yesterday, lucy turned six months old!  it was better occasion as any to make her treats.  i found a very simple recipe on pinterest and was eager to try.  i also saw this pin, which brought my overly hormonal self to tears.  could the dog have looked anymore like my lucy goosey? this is probably the easiest recipe to make on shoebox.  it takes one bowl...

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cinnamon rolls

May 20, 2012 by

  back in our auburn hills days, we lived dangerously close to a cinnabon.  it was in the mall across the street, and it was a friday tradition to pick up cinnabon before a movie to bring them home for saturday morning breakfast.  ohhhhh, it was divine.  cinnabon cinnamon rolls are magical in every way.  gooey in the middle, perfect icing and they require no work! these are a close second.  they do require work, but i modified the original recipe to allow the rolls to rise in the fridge overnight.  that way, when you wake up in the morning, you just pop them in the oven and you’re good to go! you may notice that i didn’t include a frosted roll pic, which is because even though i did like the original frosting...

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chocolate muffins

Feb 19, 2012 by

valentine’s day week means chocolate finds its way into breakfast everyday.  this is a not-so-subtle way of getting your chocolate fix in.  i’m all for chocolate in the morning because it means you have all day to burn calories! source: bake at 350 1/2 c salted butter 1 3/4 c all purpose flour 2/3 c cocoa powder 1 1/4 c sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp salt 1 c semisweet chocolate chips 2 eggs 1 c milk 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp white vinegar line a muffin tin with 12 paper cups.  spray lightly with cooking spray.  pre-heat oven to 425º. melt the butter, set aside to cool. in a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips. in a separate...

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shish kabobs

Feb 12, 2012 by

it’s mid february and i’m ready for grilling season.  here in wa, we’ve only really had one week of true winter, and the rest could just be called late fall/early spring.  it. is. awesome.  our grill is in the garage for “winter”, but i am ready to bust out the patio furniture and get our porch ready for summer. think she’ll try to steal anything from the grill? also, i’m really excited for awesome sunlight to come pouring in through the kitchen skylights.  it will be awesome for blog pics.   this getting dark early business is for the birds.  c’mon summer nights! 🙂 source: food network – the source also has great ideas for shrimp and chicken! 1 lb. sirloin steak, cut into 1″ cubes bell peppers onions zucchini other veggies not pictured (mushrooms,...

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mexican shells

Feb 7, 2012 by

this dish is a hybrid of mexican food and italian.   it was another pinterest find and it has definitely found a permanent spot on our dinner rotation!  i originally halved the recipe (as shown in the pics below) but now make a full batch, because it is great for lunch leftovers. source: the way to his heart  1 lb. ground beef (or turkey) 1 pkg taco seasoning 6-8 oz. cream cheese 16 jumbo pasta shells 1 1/2 c salsa 1 c taco sauce 1 c cheddar cheese 1 c pepper jack cheese garnish (green onions, sour cream, olives, onions) preheat oven to 350°. in a large pot, bring water to a boil for shells. in a medium pan, brown the ground beef, drain and add taco seasoning.  cook according to package directions.  add...

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