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Quick and Easy Biscuit Fiesta Foldover


I am all about making things easier on yourself in the kitchen. Although I love to cook, sometimes there just isn’t enough time and you. need quick reference recipes that can become your go-to meals. I also love recipes that are easily adaptable for any meal occasion.  It is great to have something in your recipe arsenal that you can reinvent over and over again. I love this Quick & easy biscuit fiesta rollover that I quickly created out of necessity. I needed a quick meal and this is a great addition. I hate, yes I said hate, boxed foods. They taste blah and they contain so many chemicals and preservatives that I don’t believe they actually qualify as food so I like to make my own versions.

My family loves hamburger helper so I made my own. Its super easy too! I will give that recipe in another post but I used this biscuit recipe with my homemade burger helper and had a super quick and tasty meal that did not allow for any leftovers because it was scarfed down, even by my 6-year-old grandson who loudly proclaimed to his mother, ” My nana cooks good”. Very high praise indeed~

This recipe can easily be changed up depending on the main course you choose and I will offer some ideas at the end 🙂

 

Quick & Easy Biscuit Fiesta Foldovers

 

Ingredients

1 can of buttermilk or flaky Grands biscuits or you can even get ambitious and make homemade biscuits but that makes them not so quick and easy.

1 stick butter ( I use unsalted)

1/4 cup to 1/2 cup diced onions ( depending how much you want each one filled)

1/4 cup to 1/2 cup  diced green pepper

2 stalks green onion diced

1/2 cup to 1 cup shredded mexican/taco cheese or even pepper jack

 

PLace a piece of parchment paper or spray really well a cookie baking sheet

press each biscuit out by hand til you smash it down a bit and make it larger.  Place a pat of butter on the biscuit followed by

some of the diced onion, diced green onion and diced pepper and some of the cheese. repeat for all of the biscuits.

once you have them filled fold over the biscuits making sure to keep the filling stuffed in. once you fold them crimp the edges

with your fingers to create a little pie.

place them on the baking sheet and sprinkle a bit more cheese on top if you desire. we love cheese so we load it up.

bake in preheated oven at 350 until biscuits are done in the middle and golden brown.  Serve with your main course or you can

eat these by themselves.

 

Other ideas

Add salsa to the above ingredients and even some queso cheese. a great addition is also ground beef prepared in taco seasonings

 

add diced ham, chicken or bacon different types of cheeses and peppers. add sweet or red onion

 

make it a breakfast item with bacon or sausage, scrambled egg and a little bit of salsa. or if you love to cook add some homemade sausage gravy.

 

use some sliced pepperoni, pizza or tomato sauce, mozzarella and Asiago cheese, fresh herbs like basil and parsley.

 

cook up some diced chicken in some teriyaki or soy sauce and put that, some cooked rice, and some chinese noodles.

 

Let me know what ideas you come up with too!!

 

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Posted by on December 4, 2015 in cooking, family, food

 

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Pinterest Recipe: Pass or Fail??


All of us have seen these amazing recipes, DIY and craft projects on Pinterest and have either been very intimidated by them or made them only to fail miserably. Often with the recipes mostly, I think it is errors on the posters part that causes these recipe epic fails. Ingredients are either left out or the wrong amounts listed, directions are unclear etc. I have even came across pins from very reputable blogs that I believe have intentionally sabotaged recipes etc so that they look superior. These bloggers are well-known for their recipes and crafts so to have as many “mistakes” in ingredients or directions as I have found does not lead one to believe they are accidents.

I have decided to put some of these recipes and DIY projects to the test over the coming months just to see how easy or difficult they are or if they are even attemptable by the instructions given. I am someone who loves to cook and knows my way around a kitchen and a recipe and even create my own recipes as well as upcycling furniture and decor pieces and I would never mislead someone on how to do a project or a recipe so I will give you my honest attempts and opinions on them.

Recently I came across this recipe for Ham and Swiss slider sandwiches that was popping up time and time again. I cannot even count how many times its been repinned or even various people putting their new spins on it. I decided to pick one of the recipes and try it myself. I will post the original recipe that I chose and my updated version of the recipe. I didn’t have the dried mustard on hand so I used yellow mustard and just adjusted the amount. I used polish ham instead of the ham suggested.I also did not use the poppy seeds. If you have to do any kind of drug testing for a new employment, a current job or anything else, stay away from the poppy seeds as they have been known to show up as opiates.  I have to say I don’t know about the original pinned recipe but  it is DELISH and was a huge hit in this house. It is a very easy recipe to make, one pan and a bowl is all you need and very simple ingredients so it’s perfect for hectic days where you just don’t feel like cooking a huge meal. The original recipe called for these sliders to marinate overnight in the fridge, I let mine marinate for just 2 hours in the fridge and they were perfect. The sweetness of the Hawaiian bread and the brown sugar in the marinade is awesome sauce!!! If you don’t like sweet then this recipe is probably not for you. It reminds me of a honey glazed ham taste and that’s huge in our house and I even make my own glaze recipe for that too.

Here is the original recipe I found on Pinterest:

Lucy’s Ham Sandwiches

Ingredients

1 stick butter

1 tbs dry mustard

1 tbs Worcestershire

2 tbs brown sugar

1 tbs poppy seeds ( optional)

small Hawaiian buns

deli ham

swiss cheese slices

Bring butter, mustard, Worcestershire, brown sugar and poppy seeds to a boil in a sauce pan whisk well and set aside.

Cut buns in half and layer the bottoms of the buns across a glass 9×13 pan touching each other. place on the ham and swiss and put tops of rolls on. Pour the sauce evenly over the sandwiches and place in the fridge overnight. Preheat oven to 325 bake for 10 in covered and 10 uncovered.

 

Now here is my version of the recipe!!

 

Ham and swiss Hawaiian sliders

 

Ingredients

1 stick butter

1 tbs yellow mustard

1 tbs Worcestershire

1 tbs and 1 tsp brown sugar ( i used splenda)

small Hawaiian rolls

polish deli ham’

40 calorie slice sargento swiss cheese

 

In a sauce pan heat butter, worcestershire, brown sugar in a med sauce pan over med heat. whisk so it does not burn. bring to a boil and set aside.

slice rolls in half and line a 9×13 glass baking dish with the bottoms. add the ham and swiss and the tops of the rolls. pour the mixture evenly over the top and place in fridge for 2 hours to marinate. place the dish on the counter to let warm back up to room temp before placing in oven as glass can break at extreme temp changes. bake at 325 for 15 minutes uncovered. serve hot.   Next I will try some variations on this recipe liking adding fresh, grated ginger, maybe some pineapple juice and garlic powder too!! Who knows I may even grill up a pineapple ring and add it to the sandwich 🙂

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Whether you make the original recipe or my version or both, come back and leave us a comment telling us what you thought and how they turned out!!

 

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in cooking, family, food, Recipes

 

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Dimples BBQ Sauce Ships free from North Carolina


Anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis knows that I love to cook and I am a huge fan of Dimples BBQ sauce!! I just love it! I must have sweet bbq sauce and Dimples delivers! If you have never had TRUE North Carolina BBQ then you just do not know what you are missing! The flavor can only be described as a party for the senses.

When I am cooking with Dimples, the aroma in my house makes you r mouth water. It has every member of my family casually strolling by the oven or BBQ to see if it is done yet. They pace around like expectant fathers and I laugh every time!  When I BBQ I make up a batch of my super secret and super famous dry rub. NO ONE has this recipe and they will have to find after I am no longer on this Earth. It is the one recipe that I do not share but let me say this, I have been asked for this recipe well over 100 times and the answer is always NO!

Whatever meat we are cooking I massage my rub onto the meat and let it sit for about an hour then I brush on a light coating of Dimples BBQ sauce and the cooking begins. As the meat cooks and the smells waft around the neighborhood and brings my neighbors by to ask what’s cooking, I lightly brush the BBQ sauce throughout the process several times.  By the time dinner is ready, the family is already at the table waiting with forks in hand.  I have never tasted better BBQ!

Right now Dimples is offering an amazing deal: FREE SHIPPING on any order now through the end of the year. Simply use code 2015 at checkout. In my case, this is a savings of over $12 because I buy it by the half case. I have to have at least 4 bottles on hand at all times and in fact I just placed an order today for 4 more bottles. It is a staple in my kitchen!  Make sure you head over and take advantage of this awesome deal. The Holidays are fast approaching and if you have someone on your shopping list that loves to cook, how cool would it be to add a couple of bottles of Dimples BBQ, some barbecuing tools and maybe a cookbook etc to a beautiful basket and give them a chef’s basket? I know I would love to get that gift!!

 
 

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Southern Breeze Sweet Tea: Southern Taste at It’s Finest


If you have never tried Sweet, Southern Ice Tea raise your hand. Now lower that hand to forehead level and give yourself a smack cause you just don’t know what you are missing. There is just no other flavor on the planet like an Ice cold glass of Southern Sweet Tea! I swear it should be a food group because I could do without a meal but not without a glass of sweet tea! There are not even words that I can use to describe the flavor, well, I could say it just tastes Southern but unless you have had REAL food and drinks from the South, you just won’t understand. It tastes like tradition, family and lazy days.

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Both sides of my family are from the South and I grew up on Southern Cooking and sweet tea and I thank God for that every day of my life. I grew up eating biscuits and gravy ( the real thing, not the stuff you find in the grocery store) , southern fried chicken that my mamaw slaved over a stove frying all day long, fresh picked green beans sizzled up in bacon grease, cobblers so good that they would make you slap your mama, and good ole Southern sweet tea! We didn’t just make it in a pitcher, oh no, that would never be good enough in my mamaw’s kitchen. Our sweet tea was made in an old, glass pickle jar that was so huge us kids could never lift it. It’s the kind of pickle jar that sits in old country stores and if sat on the ground, would reach a grown man’s knees!  She took great pride in her tea and that’s all we ever knew. Now what you find is the swill that fast food restaurants pass off as sweet tea and let me tell you, IT IS NOT!! Real Southern sweet tea is not made , oh no, it is crafted, it is lovingly prepared, it is a work of art.

Until now I have made do with making my own version since my mamaw is no longer with us and I do a pretty good job but it will never be just like hers. I fresh brew my own, sweeten it myself and I like it but have never loved it like hers. Recently I was given the opportunity to review Southern Breeze Sweet Tea bags that are already sweetened with Splenda! Yay! This is a double bonus for me because I get to try a real Southern Sweet Tea and since I only use Splenda, and not real Sugar due to health issues, it’s a huge win!! You can choose from Real Sweet tea, peach flavored and raspberry flavored and all of them have Splenda built right in for the perfect amount of sweetness. They sent me the Sweet tea and I immediately fell in love, so much so that I jumped on the computer and ordered 6 boxes of the Raspberry Sweet Tea bags and 3 boxes of the Sweet tea bags. Now I knew I couldn’t be greedy, even though I really wanted to be and gave my bestie a box of each since she loves sweet tea almost as much as I do. I had her hook, line and sinker baby! She is now as big a fan as I am. She has in turned shared it with her mom and dad and they love it, and so on and so on…..

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I like to make my tea on my stove and it’s so easy!! I put my water in a pan and boil. Once the water is boiling I turn off the heat and add 2 tea bags and steep it for about 5 minutes. I then let it sit for a bit to cool ( well I will admit I fill a big glass with ice and pour myself a glass while it is cooling, but I know you won’t tell anyone 🙂 )  I then add ice to my glass pitcher, because let’s face it, no self-respecting Southern Girl puts her ice tea in a plastic pitcher, ewwww yuck!  That’s it!! The sweetness and flavor are already there so I have nothing more to do than sit back and enjoy! There is no more perfect place than to sit on the front porch just as the sun is sinking low in the sky with a glass of sweet tea in hand. It’s the southern way of unwinding!

Now to say I was a little skeptical about trying a tea that claimed to be real Southern sweet tea would be an understatement. I have tried other products before and was always let down. But I have to say Southern Breeze sweet tea delivers on its promise, it is absolutely delicious and since my mamaw isn’t here to hear me say this, it tastes just as good as hers! ( Forgive me granny). It has just the perfect amount of sweetness married with an amazing tea flavor. Not all tea bags are alike so don’t be fooled. There are distinct differences in flavors in every one I have ever tried and believe me I have tried them all in search of a good glass of tea! I am now in the process of sharing my tea bags with friends and family and they have to know I love them if I am sharing tea this good! Did I also mention there is ZERO calories in this tea? Oh yeah that’s a reason to stand up and do your happy dance, just make sure you’ve closed your blinds so the neighbors won’t think you’ve lost your mind!

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I love that you can find amazing tea recipes on the Southern Breeze website. I know I will be trying all of them! Unfortunately Southern Breeze teas are not available at any store within 100 miles of me but I purchased some Southern Breeze on Amazon! You can also look up your city on their website to see if you are lucky enough to have it near you and you can print out a form to give to your local store to ask them to add Southern Breeze to their shelves. While you are on the site, make sure you print off a coupon too!

You can also find Southern Breeze on Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest and Instagram. Make sure you follow them to keep up to date with the latest products and promotions. I know once you try this tea, whether you are Southern or not, it will put you in a Southern state of mind!!

 

 

 

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9 One Bite Appetizers


 

I love to have people over and having enough appetizers that everyone will like is sometimes a very hard thing to do. You know you need variety but you don’t want something that takes as long to cook as the entrée or something you need to be a chef to prepare. Variety is the spice of life after all and the one bite recipes are perfect for any get together. You are sure to please all of your guests, even that one friend that is critical of everything and says she likes nothing you have prepared. Now you have an arsenal at your disposal to blow her away.

These recipes come from coupons.com and their Good Stuff blog. It is a great place for recipes and cooking tips and so much more.

 

Here’s a sample:

Buffalo chicken cheese balls

 

 

Ingredients Serves 15


1 store-bought rotisserie chicken
14 cup hot sauce
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 34 cup sharp cheddar cheese
14 cup scallion, freshly sliced
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 egg, lightly beaten
2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 vegetable oil, for frying
1 12 cup mayonnaise
12 cup packed blue cheese, broken up
12 tsp hot sauce
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
12 lemon, juiced
1 tsp garlic, chopped

Directions

  • Prep 20 min
  • Cook 10 min
  • Ready 30 min
  1. Heat oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Pick meat from the chicken and discard the skin. Place the chicken in a large bowl and add 1/4 cup hot sauce, pepper, cheese, and scallions and toss to combine. Roll the chicken into 2 ounce balls, about the size of a golf ball.
  3. Place flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in 3 separate bowls. Roll each ball in the flour, then the egg, and then the bread crumbs. Set aside.
  4. When the oil is hot, fry the chicken balls in batches. Cook for about 2 minutes per batch. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain the excess oil.
  5. To make blue cheese dip: combine mayonnaise, blue cheese, 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, lemon juice, and garlic in a large bowl. Adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve with chicken.
 
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Posted by on August 11, 2015 in cooking, food, Recipes

 

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9 Healthy Crock pot Dinners


 

I love my crock pot! Seriously it is a deep and lasting relationship that makes my life easier and tastier. I love puting all the ingredients in and locking that lid and going about my day. I will occasionally stroll into the kitchen just to tell my crock pot how grateful I am for him and what a good job he is doing. He likes the praise!!  I am always looking for new crock pot recipes to add to my ever-growing collection.

I found 9 great and healthy recipes for the crock pot lovers out there. These recipes are from The Good Stuff and all of them look mouth-watering!

 

How does crock pot chicken tacos sound? Or Weight Watcher approved hamburger soup? YUMMMMMMMMM

 

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Flirty Aprons weekly sale : Women’s Frosted Cupcake Apron just $9.99 shipped


Ya’ll know by now that I am a huge apron junkie and Flirty aprons is one of my favorite dealers, uh hem, I mean websites to feed my addiction. Every week or so they come out with a beautiful, sexy apron for just $9.99 shipped. No code is needed just place however many you want in your cart to get this price with free shipping! This week it is the frosted cupcake apron. I have an earlier version of this design but I am gonna have to get this one to update my collection, what? I gotta keep up to date!!

Make sure you get their emails and you too will be able to see these amazing deals before everyone else!  This sale ends Thursday Aug. 13th 2015.

 

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