Sunday, June 24, 2012

Chicken & Biscuit Bake

I love chicken. It is very versatile to cook with and you can make great comfort food with it. Mmmm...comfort food!!
This is one of those dishes for sure. The recipe is from justapinch.com and it is wonderful!
I never thought of using self-rising flour to make a biscuit quickly and it totally works.
I was worried Channa wouldn't like it since he isn't as much of a comfort food person as I am, but I'm slowly turning him with recipes like this!
It came together easily and the hardest part was just boiling the chicken and shredding it. (Which you could supplement a rotisserie chicken for this)
The biscuit has awesome flavor and I even had a second serving, which I normally don't do.


Chicken & Biscuit Bake

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 can cream of celery soup
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can (10.5oz size) chicken broth
3/4 tsp thyme
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour (must use)
1 1/2 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375°

Boil chicken in a large stockpot for 30-40 minutes; until tender.
Remove from water and let cool.
Meanwhile in a mixing bowl combine celery soup, sour cream, thyme and 2 cups of the chicken broth, reserving the rest in the can for later.
Shred chicken.
Melt the stick of butter and pour over the bottom of a 3qt baking dish.
Spread shredded chicken evenly over the butter.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the soup mixture over the chicken evenly.
In the bowl you used, or a different one, combine the self-rising flour and the milk. 
Mix well. It becomes stiff.
Drop over the chicken and soup...it bakes up well and evenly.
Bake in oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven, pour remaining chicken broth over the biscuit, let set a few minutes and serve!

Brown Sugar Marshmallow Popcorn


This is a recipe for a YUMMY popcorn I found floating around on Pinterest. It doesn't link back to a blog for a recipe, it was just a photo someone had taken with the directions in the description box.
Well, I pinned it, knowing that I would have to make it. I love all things caramel and all things popcorn. Check out my other posts on some things here and here.
I was craving something sweet the other night after baking 3 cakes for people, but didn't want cake :(
That's when this popped (no pun intended) into my head.
I loved it, my daughter loved it and so did my hubs. It is a definite quick, easy make again popcorn snack!

Brown Sugar Marshmallow Popcorn

10-12 cups popped plain popcorn
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup brown sugar
12 large marshmallows

Spread popcorn out in a large sheet pan or a foil-lined counter.
Combine butter, brown sugar and marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave with 30-second intervals until mixture is smooth and well melted.
Spread over the popcorn and fold the mixture around to coat.
Let set for 30 minutes (if you can stand it) and then break apart into a large container.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mongolian Beef

Yet another recipe I have tried to perfect after some tweaking with different recipes.
This turned out the best I've made and there were no leftovers! That's a win in my book.
It has great flavor, and isn't too "soy saucy". I'm not a huge fan of just soy sauce flavor, and I really enjoyed this! A quick Asian-inspired dish for sure :)


Mongolian Beef
{printable recipe}

1 1/2 - 2 lbs flank or round steak, sliced against the grain
1/4 cup cornstarch
3-4 tbsp oil for frying
1 tsp ground or minced ginger
3-4 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup brown sugar
4-5 scallions, cut into large pieces

Combine ginger, garlic, soy sauce, water and brown sugar in a saucepan and heat until mixture boils, then reduce heat and let simmer and reduce a little while browning the beef.
In a wok heat oil.
Meanwhile, dredge the sliced beef in the cornstarch.
Place beef in the wok and let cook in the oil; adding more if necessary to prevent sticking.
Cook beef until browned; I like mine to get a bit crispy.
Turn off heat to both the wok and the sauce, add sauce and scallions to the wok.
Coat beef well with the sauce.
Serve over rice.


Monday, June 18, 2012

How to Peel Peaches


Fresh peaches.
I love them in the summer. Pies. Tarts. Jam...I'm going to try that for the first time soon...and just eating them fresh. Love them all!
But if you are like me, trying to peel them in a pain the rear. I always use a knife or a potato peeler and get way messy, sticky, juicy, and lose all the great colored fruit right below the skin.
I was tired of it. I got to thinking about it and I remembered my grandma quick-boiling a fruit and did a little searching on the internet and realized it was peaches.
So that was that. This is the best way to lose the peel of the peach and keep all the fruit.

All you have to do is bring a saucepan of water to a rapid boil.
Pop the peaches into the boiling water for about 45 seconds to a minute (you are just cooking the outside, not the entire fruit) and using tongs place the peach in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.
You should then be able to use you thumb and finger to pinch the skin and peel it right off.
There you have it! Fresh peeled peaches ready for eating or any recipe!


Julep Maven Nail Polish Club

Nail polish club?
Yep, they exist.
After I subscribed to the Birchbox monthly deluxe sample club, and blogged about it, I had several emails asking if I knew of other beauty trial/sample clubs.
So I spent some time searching the internet and reading fashion magazines and came across several. I was surprised how many there are.
Well, needless to say I added myself to several waiting lists (like I had to do with Birchbox) and ordered from others. This way I can examine the pros and cons of each one and share with you which is the best for the money.
The first club I received their intro package too was Julep. Julep is a nail salon based in Seattle and their nail polish retails for $14 each.
The monthly box appears to include two nail polishes, coloring according to your "profile" and a beauty product. This box is more expensive, $19.99 a month. But the beauty product is full size, as well as the polishes.
Shipping is included and you get to preview your box each month and decide if you want it or not. You can skip, otherwise it charges to your card and is shipped on the 27th of the month.
This was my intro kit:




My profile came back as "Boho Glam". I was surprised by this assessment...but I really love the nail colors I received!
The polish I haven't ever used before, but I am very pleased with it! It is very creamy and was streak-free. It dried quickly also.
The Best Pedi Creme Ever! is really great. 
I live in flip-flops during the summer, and I'm not much of a sock person in the winter...so needless to say my feet are dry and pretty nasty. I used this creme after filing the dry skin and in the morning my feet felt amazingly smooth. After three nights of using this after filing the dead skin my feet are looking great.

I am on the fence about keeping this subscription, but I did forget to mention I got this intro kit for ONE CENT! ONE PENNY!
If you are interested in receiving the intro polishes and Pedi Creme go to:
and sign up for the Julep Maven box and in the promo code box enter COLORS4ONE and you should see the total drop to ONE CENT. Just be sure to choose free shipping!
Then you can decide to keep the subscription or not.
I'm glad we can preview the box each month to decide to get it or not. So who knows...you might see some more posts about this.
But anyways, get this for ONE CENT! and then cancel if you want :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Birchbox {June 2012}

It seemed like forever waiting for my June Birchbox to arrive!
After last month's post my sister signed up and she received her goods too!
Her's are different, which shows that Birchbox does match your deluxe samples to fit your profile.
This month I was so excited that I received Stila One Step Bronze! It is definitely my favorite item from June's box.
The best part is I received a 1oz tube of the bronze, which is FULL SIZE and retails for $36 alone, and I paid just the $10 for the entire box of samples! #winning
So here's my box:


My Birchbox included:
  • Stila One Step Bronze
  • theBalmStainiac Lip and Cheek Stain
  • CleanWell Hand Sanitizing Wipe
  • Julliette Has a Gun - Not a Perfume 
  • Tili Bag
This month's theme was "jet-setting" and easy products for travel.
The hand wipe made my hands feel refreshed and clean after using it.
Stila One Step Bronze is amazing! I've been looking for a new bronzer, as I'm tired of powder bronzers that sparkle too much. This is so light, and only takes one pump for my face. At first it looks too dark for my fair skin, but it smooths out well and doesn't leave a weird tint on my skin. It looks really natural. I will definitely be buying this!
The Lip Stain is a lot of fun. I haven't ever used a lip or cheek stain, and I can see why slipping this in your bag while traveling is perfect. A great little bit of color to add quickly. I will be taking this when we fly to Seattle next week!
The Not a Perfume is really amazing. I didn't know what to expect, since it is just a simple "note" that is used in many other perfumes. But it smells really good! It is definitely a scent I recognize from other perfumes, and I will be purchasing a bottle of this also! :)
The tila bag is perfect for travel, and I will be using it while we vacation next week also.

I am very happy with this month's selection for me.
You better sign up! https://www.birchbox.com?raf=rdnbl
It is only $10 a month and you will be eagerly awaiting it also!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Father's Day Magnet {sopurdy creations}


My newest favorite thing!
A handmade magnet made from a branch!
Of course while looking for a Father's Day gift for my daughter to give her dad I turned to Etsy. 
I came across these and thought it would be perfect. I showed it to Sophia and her face lit up and she said "Papa can take it to work" and that he did.
We received it yesterday, and the seller, SoPurdy Creations wrapped it in Father's Day tissue paper and tied it with a bow. 
I opened it to look at it, and it was obvious that Sophia wouldn't be able to wait until Sunday to give it to him on Father's Day, so he got it last night :)
They personalize their gifts, so it takes a bit longer for shipping, but it was worth it! 
This magnet is fairly large and was only $6 + shipping. 
SoPurdy Creations sells really neat wooden creations great for any home or for outdoor decorations.



Monday, June 11, 2012

Pork Roast {slow cooker}

My husband works 12 hour shifts.
He is working a 22 day straight rotation. (CRAZY)
Needless to say he is 6 days into the 22 days, then we are going on vacation...back to his hometown, Tacoma, Washington! YAY!
And he is tired and hungry when he gets home.
I knew I needed to prepare a hearty meal for him and I saw a pork roast hanging out in my freezer that I picked up randomly.
I haven't ever been able to make a great pork roast.
Usually I end up shredding it and squirting BBQ sauce on it and make sandwiches.
But I rummaged through my cupboard and found a can of cream of celery soup and thought it would work well with the pork.
I would have added baby carrots to it, but I didn't have any on hand, and I didn't want to go to the store just for those...
It smells great while it was cooking.
But best of all, Channa said it had an awesome slow cooked flavor and really filled him up! #winning



Pork Roast {slow cooker}


2 1/2 lb pork sirloin roast
1 tsp each salt and pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
5 red potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 good sized onion, quartered or cut into sixths
1-10oz can cream of celery soup

Place quartered potatoes in bottom of slow cooker.
Separate the onion and spread over the potatoes
Heat oil in a skillet on the stove.
Rub salt and pepper over all sides of pork roast.
Brown the sizes of the pork roast.
Place over the onions in the crock pot.
Spread can of celery soup over the pork roast.
Cover, set on low and cook 6-7 hours.

You will have a very tender and great tasting roast!
If wanting carrots, add a cup or so of baby carrots with the potatoes.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Chicken Salad


Hot weather to me always means trying to make meals that don't make the house super hot also. 
Grilling is a favorite, crock pots are great, and anything with minimal heat is my best friend.
I do not like to sweat. At all. Especially while cooking!
So that is why I love chicken salad sandwiches.
You can always cheat and get canned chicken...I've never done that, but I know plenty of people who do.
Or a rotisserie chicken and shred off the meat (one of my favorite ways).
But what I normally do is boil the random frozen chicken breasts floating around in my freezer.
I always have one or two left over from preparing other meals, and this is a way to use them up!
I have tried several chicken salad recipes over the past few years, and this is a combination of about four of them.

Chicken Salad

3 cups cooked, cubed chicken (I boil about 3 breasts to get this)
1 cup red grapes, halved
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 tsp Splenda or sugar
3/4 - 1 cup miracle whip or mayo (whatever your preference for taste and how creamy you want it)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped peanut or cashews
6 croissant rolls or other bread

Combine cubed chicken, grapes, celery, Splenda and miracle whip.
Toss to coat evenly. 
Fold in chopped nuts.
Serve on croissant rolls or other bread.
Refrigerate leftovers.



Monday, June 4, 2012

Habanero Pineapple Jam


Habanero peppers.
Ridiculously hot.
Nobody really wants to eat these just because they think they taste good.
I have come to the conclusion that it is a sport of men...so-to-speak. 
Who can eat the most without passing out?
Well my husband loves a spicy challenge.
He believes his stomach is made from steel (far from it...I mean like really far...miles far from it), and he has been begging me to buy him habanero jam.
Well I can't ever find any, and since I successfully canned Rhubarb Strawberry Jam, I figured I could give it a whirl and try canning hananero jam.
Thus the creation of Habanero Pineapple Jam!
I will admit that I haven't been brave enough to try this one.
It is colorful and beautiful though!

If you wanting to try a recipe with some kick to it, here it is. I created this over the weekend and it set up perfectly! Spread it out over a block of cream cheese, and enjoy with some butter crackers (like Ritz).
I used a lot of habaneros, so cut back if you wish, and be sure to take some precautions while preparing this jam:
Wear vinyl gloves while cutting and handling the peppers. AT ALL TIMES
Vent your kitchen. Turn on the hood range, open the windows, turn on the fans. It makes the air spicy!
Wash everything promptly after making the jam, so it doesn't spread the spiciness onto other surfaces.

Habanero Pineapple Jam
Makes 4 pints or 8 half-pints

1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
6 1/2 cups white sugar
30-35 habanero peppers, stems and membranes removed
20oz can of crushed pineapples, drained very well
12 tbsp powdered pectin

Sterilize jars and lids in simmering water.
In a large saucepan pour white sugar and apple cider vinegar together.
Cook over a medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved.
Bring to a boil; let boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While mixture is boiling, add habaneros to a food processor to finely mince.
Add minced peppers to the boiling sugar mixture.
Stir well; add the drained crushed pineapple.
Bring back to a rapid boil.
Boil for 3 minutes; stirring constantly.
Add powdered pectin one tablespoon at a time; mixing well after each addition.
Let boil for 2 minutes.
Pour into sterilized jars.
Seal and place ring on.
Let set for 10 minutes, turn upside down (I do this on a dish towel) and let set for half an hour, then turn right side up again.
This should vacuum seal the lids.
Let cool and serve as desired (with a glass of milk) :)


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