Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Quick and Easy Caprese Chicken

When I took my fun trip to Des Moines for Allrecipes in September we were given the chance to watch an episode of Allrecipes' Dinner Spinner TV show before it aired on TV (the episode we saw featured my friend and fellow Allstar Angela, you should check her out at Dancing With My Father and Salt et Lux - she is one incredibly talented lady!).  One of the things that caught my eye right off the bat when we were watching that first episode was that the contestants were using a kitchen appliance I'd never seen before- the Panasonic Countertop Induction Oven.

 I was intrigued.
Ok, so this thing is crazy guys.  It combines direct induction and instant double-infrared heating.
Science, guys.  I had to Google it.

So according to Wikipedia, "Induction cooking heats a cooking vessel by magnetic induction, instead of by thermal conduction from a flame, or an electrical heating element. Because inductive heating directly heats the vessel, very rapid increases in temperature can be achieved."

Also according to another article I found, double-infrared heating means that it uses "dual quartz and ceramic elements so it heats up fast."

Friday, January 13, 2017

Sausage Breakfast Crescent Rolls

I know I just said yesterday that I was doing the low carb thing again.

I am.

In fact, that's the reason I found myself with extra breakfast sausage in the fridge that I didn't want to eat and didn't want to waste.

A couple of nights ago after a busy day of popcorn making and poor meal planning my husband and I decided to do breakfast for dinner.  We made up a big batch of thick cut bacon and breakfast sausage and he made me an omelet that would make most people weak in the knees.

Sadly, I'd take a scramble loaded with veggies over a heavy meat-loaded omelet any day of the week.  That's just me.

I just couldn't eat one more bite of breakfast meats and I spent the next two days staring at the leftovers and trying to figure out what I was going to do with them before I had to toss them.  My husband had moved on to other foods and neither of us really wanted to finish them off.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tex-Mex Migas Go Low Carb

Every time I get off of a low carb diet I kick myself.

I would never endorse one diet or another but I can tell you that for me, personally, it works.

When I stop watching my carb intake it's never long before I regret my decision and I kick myself for ever stopping.  Once I hit my low carb stride it's easy for me to keep it up, it's just finding that stride that is so frustrating.
I want all the foods.
All of them.

That first week or so of low carb I get a little hangry.  I think it's even more difficult for me then a lot of people because I'm quite content not eating meat at all most of the time.  I don't get excited about a steak or a thick pork chop or whatever like most people do and until I get in the swing of things I get pretty frustrated.

I found myself craving migas pretty hardcore a few days ago and I just couldn't get the craving out of my mind.  Eggs, peppers, onions, jalapeƱos...oh, and tortilla chips.  All served on warm tortillas- personally I like nice corn tortillas best, but that's kind of beside the point.

Migas are heaven on a plate.  A Tex-Mex meal that I could eat any time of day or night.
I didn't just want them, I needed them.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Crescent Pizza Rolls and Much Needed Kiddo Time

Guys, it's been such a wonderful Christmas break.

My shop has been on vacation for two weeks.

Two weeks.

That just doesn't happen.  But I've got to tell you...I needed the breather.
I needed to slow down and enjoy my kids.
I needed to tickle them and cuddle with them and watch Christmas movies with them.

It's so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day.
The frustrations of being pulled in a million directions at all times and trying to do it all well.

I have enjoyed every last second with my kids.
Haha just kidding.  Not every last second, I'm not quite that much of a super mom.  I try...and I fail.
But I did enjoy almost every second with my babies.  They're getting so big so quickly these days and I honestly try to savor every minute.
It's been a great couple of weeks.  :-)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Chicken Cornbread Casserole

I've so been enjoying this week guys, I've got to tell you.  I worked my rear end off filling box after box (after box after box after box...) with popcorn orders over the past couple of weeks leading up to Christmas.
Have I mentioned just how grateful I am for each and every one of your orders, by the way?
You guys are absolutely too kind.

 Anyway, I've been one busy girl.
I stay fairly occupied with popcorn orders most of the year, but these weeks leading up to Christmas always go a little nuts with orders for gifts and parties.  A few days ago I reached that point where there was very little chance that all but the most super-expensive-expedited shipping options would arrive before Christmas and I put the shop on vacation.  I hauled the last of the boxes off to ship and my daughter actually cheered.

I'm 100% my kids' for the rest of their Christmas break and it feels absolutely fabulous!
This never happens guys.  I'm so excited.

We've made spritz cookies and toffee.  We've hung festive paper chains.  We've wrapped presents.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Super Easy Sugar Coated Pecans


I did not expect these to be this good!

I am blessed to have a fairly steady source of pecans and I generally have some hanging out in the freezer.  Thank goodness, because I LOVE them.
I sub them for walnuts whenever possible.  I add them to salads.  I make cookies.

And now I've made these: Sugar Coated Pecans.
I'm not sure I can think of a better holiday treat or small gift.
They're addictive!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Spectacularly Simple Red Beans and Rice

Every once in a while you come across one of those spectacularly easy recipes that everyone loves.
This is one of those recipes, guys.  You're going to want to print it out or write it down or bookmark it or pin it or whatever you do when you find one of those keeper recipes.
I really don't think this is a traditional red beans and rice recipe since it doesn't have andouille in it- but I'd be lying if I said I was some kind of expert on red beans and rice!  My experience in Louisiana is pretty much limited to a couple of drives through the state on road trips and New Orleans.
I'm not exactly a connoisseur of cajun food.  I am however a bit of a lover of good food, and I can say with every degree of certainty that this is indeed very good food.