Food

Biscuit Pizza

Are you in need of something quick and easy to make for dinner tonight?  Well then you should try my biscuit pizza recipe!  Quick and easy to make and yummy to eat.

Here’s what you need:

  • Biscuits or English Muffins – I use the flaky biscuits and I usually use the smaller kind
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Pepperoni and/or other toppings
  • Italian cheese

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Here’s how you put it together:

Place the biscuits on the baking stone and make an indention in the middle of each one.  Fill with 1-2 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce.

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Add your toppings.  Can you tell I love pepperoni?

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Add cheese.  Again, can you tell I like cheese?  haha!!

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Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes and then get ready to enjoy some delicious biscuit pizza!

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It was so good and super quick and easy.  Great for those nights when you want something fast.  Let me know if you try it and how they turn out!

(((hugs)))  ~lisa

Food

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Zucchini

Y’all know when it comes to cooking, I like it fast and easy.  While cooking in a crock pot is not necessarily fast, it is definitely easy. 

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 or so zucchini
  • 9 or so small potatoes
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • seasonings to taste

Here’s what you do:

I start out with about 4 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  I put those in the crock pot first.

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I then cut up and added several (and yes I used all 6 pictured here) zucchini and lots of potatoes.  I would have put more potatoes in, but I was trying to control myself.

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I added some seasonings to taste and 2 cans of cream of chicken soup, not pictured.  This time I used reduced sodium (go me!!) soup and added several cans of water to fill up the crock pot. 

I cooked on low for 6 hours and the chicken was soooo tender!  The first night we usually just have it in a bowl as shown.  You can also serve this over rice or noodles.  It was yummy for my tummy!

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I do make more than we would eat for one meal as I love this as leftovers!  It reheats well. 

Let me know if you try it and what you thought!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Food

Easy Peach Cobbler

You’ve seen the pics on Pinterest of the easy peach cobbler, right?  Well I decided to try my hand at making them for dessert tonight.  We had just finished eating my easy crock pot pepper steak and I had high hopes for this cobbler. 

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 dash salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1 can peaches pie filling, diced
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Brown sugar to taste

The recipe I used actually called for 2 cans of peaches but I apparently didn’t read that closely when I was buying the ingredients so that’s how I ended up with the peach pie filling.  What can I say, things happen.  haha!!!

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Put 1 tsp of melted butter into each regular-sized muffin tin

Combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and milk by hand

Put 2 T of batter into each muffin tin on top of the melted butter

Next, put 1 T of the diced peaches on top of the batter in each tin

Sprinkle with the brown sugar and cinnamon to taste

Bake for 12 minutes

Now I must share a little secret.  I put too much butter in about 1/2 of the tins.  Again, I *thought* I had read the directions to say  1 T of butter when in fact, it is 1 tsp of butter.  I didn’t panic or start over.  I just went with it and followed the rest of the directions.

I put them in the oven and then I thought…well they aren’t looking *right*.  I didn’t have any pics to compare them to so I just had to hope for the best.

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Again, I apologize that my photography skills seem a little off lately.  I had the flash on and it made everything look so much brighter than it actually looked in person. 

Well I waited the 12 minutes and pulled them out.  They smelled so yummy and when we tried them I found out they turned out great!!! I was doing a ::happy dance:: I was so happy! 

Here’s the finished product.

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Yes that is correct.  There are three mini cobblers on my plate.  Don’t judge me!  haha!!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

 

Food

Easy Crock Pot Pepper Steak

Today I made a really delicious supper that was super quick and easy!

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb beef stew meat
  • 1/2 c chopped onion
  • 1 large green bell pepper, sliced into big strips
  • 3 T soy sauce
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • 1 large can stewed tomatoes with liquid

Now please remember that I “modify” my recipes and usually make them the same way each time.  But not always!  This is how I made it this time.

Here’s what you do:

I lightly coated the stew meat with cornstarch and put it in the bottom of the crock pot.

I then added the bell pepper and onion and then the stewed tomatoes.  I added about 1/2 a can of water. 

I poured the soy sauce on next and also sprinkled some garlic powder over it all.

I set the the crock pot on low for 6 hours, serve over a bed of rice and that’s it!  See?  Easy peasy!

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And yes, I know that this pic is not the best but by the time I realized it I had already eaten my meal!  It was that good! 🙂

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

 

Food

Chicken Nacho Bake

It’s what’s for dinner!  Tonight I made Chicken Nacho Bake and oh does it make the house smell yummy when it’s cooking!

This recipe is from Kraft Foods and is pretty easy to make.

Here’s what you need:

4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup salsa

1/4 cup sour cream

1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips

1/2 cup shredded cheese

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I like to pause and remind folks that I do not follow the recipe exactly as stated on the website.  I am far to creative than that!  Haha!  Not really, I just tend to mix it up a bit depending on what’s going on that day.  As you can see, I have five pieces of chicken and I didn’t use the measurements given on the website.  I like to think of the recipe as more of a guideline. 

Here’s how you put it all together:

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Place the chicken on a foil covered baking sheet.  I recommend also spraying it with no stick spray as once it bakes it sticks to the foil.  Slice three cuts on the top of each chicken breast. 

2.  Top each piece of chicken with sour cream, salsa and crushed tortilla chips.

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3.  Bake 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and top with cheese.  Bake an additional 10 minutes. 

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Here’s how my attempt turned out.

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The house sure smelled good while this was baking!  Let me know if you tried it and how it turned out! 

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Food

Mexican Wedding Cookies

I make these every year and they always turn out so yummy!  They are pretty easy to make but a little messy but definitely worth it. 

Here’s what you need: 

  • 1 c (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 c powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 c finely chopped pecans

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Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 350.  Beat butter, 1/2 c of the powdered sugar and the vanilla in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Gradually add flour and pecans, beating on low speed after each addition until well blended. 

Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Place, 1-1/2 inches apart, on ungreased baking sheet.  I line my baking sheet with parchment to make clean up easier.

Bake 14-15 minutes, or until bottoms of cookies are lightly browned.  Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets.  Roll warm cookies in remaining 1/2 c powdered sugar until evenly coated; place on wire racks.  Cool completely and store in tightly covered container at room temperature.

 

I always double the recipe as I usually am making them for a family cookie exchange.

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(((hugs))) ~lisa

Food

Brown Sugar Drops

Each year my mom, sister, sister-in-law, my sisters’ mother-in-law, my three nieces and I all get together and have what we call, Bake-N-Take.  We bring 4 containers worth of goodies to share, eat lunch and then make a couple of batches of chocolate chip cookies.  It’s a lot of fun girlie time!

Each year I make try to find some new recipes to try.  This recipe is actually one my grandmother sent to my mother in a letter. 

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It always makes me smile to see my gramma’s (that’s how we spell it) writing.  She was a very good cook and make the best chocolate chip cookies EVER!!  She actually passed away 24 years ago so all the recipes from her that I have are special.

To make Brown Sugar Drops you will need:

  • 1 c soft shortening (oleo)
  • 2 c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 sour milk or buttermilk
  • 3 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt

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Here’s what you do:

Pre-heat the oven to 400 and combine all the ingredients.  Now this is my kind of recipe!  No, set aside this or reserve that…just put it all in the bowl and mix!  You can either make balls or just drop the dough which is what I did.  Bake for 8-10 minutes and there ya go! 

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My number one tester (aka my hubby) said they were very soft on the inside and they were not “too sweet”.  I personally think they were a little bland and what I would call a coffee cookie, meaning that this would be good paired with a cup of coffee.  But I actually am not a coffee fan despite two of my daughters being baristas. 

I also only went with the original recipe and did not add any coconut or nuts to it which may alter the taste some.  My grandmother was an awesome cook and I have several of her recipes that I’ll be trying and sharing with y’all in the future. 

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Food

Chicken Zucchini

Are you looking for an easy to prepare meal for a busy night?  This can be quickly prepared and read to eat in just under an hour and a half or you can even make this a crock pot meal and it will be ready when you get home! 

Here’s what you need:

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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 4 zucchini
  • 2 cans cream of celery soup (you can use reduced fat)
  • 2 cans of water
  • *Optional – 4 large potatoes

Here’s what I did:

I set the oven to 350 and I sliced the zucchini into thin slices.  Next I placed the chicken breasts inside an oven bag and placed it in roasting pan.  I combined the soups, water and stirred until smooth and then added the zucchini.  I poured this mixture over the chicken in the bag and tied the bag up.  It baked for an hour and 15 minutes and it was so tender and yummy!!

Here’s how it turned out:

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An option to this recipe would be to add potatoes.  Of course you could also add less water and create more of a sauce for it.  I’ve also made this as shown and served it over rice.  If I’m going to get home a little later than normal, I sometimes toss all the ingredients in the crock pot and set it to low for 6-8 hours so it’s ready when I get home.  Several different options for you to try! 

What new recipes have you tried lately? 

Do you have any quick and easy meals that you utilize on busy days?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Food

Bacon and Eggs

Now this is a different type of bacon and eggs than you’re used to!  I actually got this recipe years ago when I worked at a Kwik Kopy (a franchise print shop).  A lady came in to make copies of this recipe to send to her relatives.  As I helped her make the copies, I asked her about it and she let me make a copy.  WoooHooo!!  And then, a few days later also brought me a sample…bonus!!  They were yummy and super easy to make and I wanted to share with all of y’all!

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To make your own very yummy bacon and eggs all you need is:

A bag of M&M’s (sorting out the yellow ones but of course other colors are fine too)

A bag of stick pretzels

Almond bark

Here’s how you make it:

Sort the M&M’s and put aside all the yellow ones.  You can also use the other colors too but for the “true bacon and eggs” I use yellow.

Arrange the pretzel sticks (this is the “bacon”) two by two on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Melt the almond bark (this represents the “egg whites”) and then spoon out teaspoonfuls onto the pretzel stick pairings/sets.  I usually do about 7-10 sets at a time so that the melted almond bark is still a little soft when I add the M&M’s.  

Next, add two yellow M&M’s (these are the “egg yolks”) onto the melted almond bark that is just beginning to firm up. 

You can put it in the fridge to set faster or just let them set naturally.  It’s a fun little treat that I hope you enjoy. 

I typically make this around Christmastime and no, I don’t have a reason for that it just seems to be when I do it. 

What fun things to eat have you made lately?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Food · Travel

The Dairy-ette Review

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9785 Ferguson Rd  Dallas, TX 75228     (214) 327-9983

Keep your eyes open when heading to the Dairy-ette.  It’s a small place that we actually missed the first time we passed it.  We quickly turned around and are so glad we did.

A trip to the Dairy-ette is like traveling back in time.  The history of the Dairy-ette began when a husband and wife team, Ed and Andy Prikryl, opened for business in October of 1956.  This original 50’s diner makes the freshest REAL French fries, homemade root beer (served in a frosty mug!!) and some of the best burgers you’ll find in the Dallas area. 

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I can’t even begin to tell you how yummy this is!!  Very creamy and smooth. 

If you’d like, you can eat in your car, under the red and white awning, where a friendly carhop will bring your food to you. 

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Or you can do like we did and go inside and sit in one of their comfy booths.

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Or you can even choose to sit at the counter.

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Whatever you decide just prepare yourself and your tummy for a real treat.

They still have the original soda fountain, cash register, car hop trays and their famous root beer keg.  This is so cool because it holds the home made root beer AND it says Coca-Cola on it!  Bonus!

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What would you like to try?

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I chose the burger and fries. 

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It was really good.  Had a tad too much mustard but I consider that my fault as I did not specify “easy on the mustard”.  Now about the fries. 

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Fries are a funny thing that many people have strong opinions on.  Do you have a favorite fry?  Some folks swear by crinkle cut fries.  Others say the hearty steak fry is definitely the best.  You also have the die-hard McD’s French fry fans…of which I am one.  How did these fries compare?  The only difference really, to me, were that they were a bit greasier.  Which is not necessarily a bad thing.  You need to go and try them and tell me what you think. 

(((hugs))) ~lisa