Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Cinco de Mayo! And a quick Salsa from one can of Rotel

Let the fiesta begin... Gotta say even the guys at work were looking forward to a margarita or two tonight! I decorated my tiered tray with a wink and nod to Cinco de Mayo. Lovin the happy little chicken planter Ma gave me, I added the faux succulent and reused the cute chick salt shaker from Easter:@)

Found this colorful runner on Ebay a couple years ago.

In case you're looking for a quick ~but very tasty snack~ I wanted to share a post for Salsa from One Can of Rotel HERE from a few OMG 5??? years ago. And if you happen to find some Herr's Tortilla Chips with a Hint of Lime (my Dollar Tree had them)... Well, that's a beautiful thing too!

 Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone, 
I hope your day is filled with good friends and good food-enjoy! 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Low Carb Coconut Berry Fat Bombs

While my sons are still doing the keto diet and have each lost about 15 pounds, they aren't following it as strictly as they were in the beginning. So I haven't done as much research and low carb cooking as anticipated... But we did try these Coconut Blueberry Fat Bombs. Gotta say they are very tasty, can be made with frozen fruit and there really is something to the idea that fats do help you feel fuller longer. Use any berry you have or that sounds good to you.

One thing I did notice is, it's difficult to gauge how big Fat Bombs should be. The few that do give a measurement say about 1 Tblsp. So that's what I ran with. If you're familiar with this type of diet and know they should be smaller please let me know in the comments and I'll correct this post-thanks:@)
I used a silicone Wilton Brownie Pop mold that was on clearance at Walmart for $2.

Coconut Berry Fat Bombs-from Whole Natural Life
1 C coconut oil-refined if you don't want a coconut taste, I used virgin coconut oil which was great with blueberries
1/2 C berries, frozen or fresh-I used frozen but did let them thaw a bit
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of half a lemon-optional and my contribution, would be good with the blueberries
liquid Stevia to taste-original post says 14 drops, my sweetener just kinda squirts out, I gave it one squeeze
  1. Add berries to food processor and give a whirl to break up. 
  2. Add vanilla and Stevia (adjust sweetener to taste).
  3. Melt coconut oil on stove. 
  4. Slowly pour into food processor, give it a whirl until smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
  5. Scoop into silicone molds, or drop onto wax/parchment paper or into small candy papers. Aim for about 1 Tblsp per treat.
  6. Freeze until solid, remove from molds, and store in air tight container in freezer.  
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Single Serving Homemade Strawberry Pancake Syrup

On today's episode of Frugal Living, Squeeze That Penny til It Squeals...

I had six large leftover store bought strawberries and decided to macerate them overnight to make a quick Single Serving of Homemade Strawberry Pancake Syrup. This made a very nice breakfast folks! The only prep and planning ahead was cutting the berries into 1/4" slices and sprinkling them with a little sugar. The next morning I mashed them with a fork and a little cornstarch thickened the mixture. Easy and very tasty:@) 
(Early morning pic, the natural light was a little wonky...)

Super simple and just a couple steps.

Easy Single Serving Homemade Strawberry Pancake Syrup
For each six large strawberries:
1 Tblsp sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla-optional, but good if not using extra sweet local berries
1 tsp cornstarch
1/8 C water
  1. Wash, dry and de-stem strawberries. Slice 1/4" thick.
  2. Place in bowl and mix with sugar. Cover and let sit in refrigerator overnight.
  3. The next morning, pour berries into small sauce pan and mash well with a fork (or run through food chopper is you want them very smooth). 
  4. Mix cornstarch with water, and vanilla if using, and pour into berries.
  5. Heat to light boil and thicken mixture. Taste, add a little more sugar if desired.
  6. Remove from heat and immediately pour over pancakes.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mint Julep Tea for The Kentucky Derby

Get your fancy hats ready folks, the Kentucky Derby is May 6th this year. In honor of that, this Mint Julep Tea would be a nice smooth drink to sip during the festivities. Had to chuckle, that's the lone survivor of the mint from the yard for now... I have a new lawn guy this year... Bet it smelled good while he was mowing:@) If you'd like to skip the alcohol, just add the mint and maybe a pretty slice of lemon.

If you're looking for a middle price point bourbon, my son recommends this brand...

And if your crowd is into a friendly little wager to add to the excitement, I posted simple block pool (with options) HERE.


Mint Julep Tea-from Kohl's advertisement July/Aug 2016
~Per glass: Add lots of ice, a touch of bourbon and few sprigs of fresh mint to your favorite sweet tea recipe.

Enjoy the race and have a happy day:@)

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Onion Soup Bread -A Bread Machine Recipe

This Onion Soup Bread was a fun little novelty bread to try. I always have Lipton's Onion Soup mix on hand for dips, sometimes I find it at Dollar Tree and Aldi just had their brand on sale for 69¢. This flavorful loaf was good with meatloaf for dinner and it made the house smell pretty darn good too:@) 
This recipe makes a 1 lb loaf of bread.
It's always a good idea to look at the dough as it's being mixed to make sure it's developing a smooth ball.
You may need to add a couple extra tsp of water or flour.

Onion Soup Bread-from War Eagle Mill
1 oz pack of dry onion soup mix (one envelope)
1 1/4 C warm water
1 1/2 C unbleached flour
3/4 C whole wheat flour
1 1/2 Tblsp butter, softened
1 tsp active dry yeast
~Add everything to pan in order. Press soft loaf and let 'er rip!

Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Orange Buffalo Boneless Chicken with Jalapeno

So I had some marmalade in the fridge and a rainy day off from work... Yep, Orange Buffalo Boneless Chicken with Jalapeno sounded kinda fun, and it was:@) This is a nice twist on my Guiltless Buffalo Chicken, although the addition of jam might make it a little more naughty-just sayin'. Serve this with cocktail picks as an appy/munchie for game day food or over rice and call it dinner-both are winners to me! Oh, and don't hesitate to add more jalapeno, you know, if your crowd's into that sort of thing... I'm thinking each bite of chicken should have some 'peno!

Orange Buffalo Boneless Chicken with Jalapeno
Approx 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cut across grain on bias into 1/2" thick slices and then into 1"cubes
1-2 large jalapenos cut into 1/8" circles-I cut the seeds and membrane out of mine, leave in if desired
drizzle of olive oil for pan
2 Tblsp hot sauce-I used Frank's Wing Sauce
2 Tblsp orange marmalade-I used Smuckers
  1. Mix hot sauce and marmalade, set aside.
  2. Add jalapenos to pan with drizzle of olive oil. Heat pan to medium stirring 'penos every once in a while.
  3. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan, cook for a few minutes until pink is just gone. 
  4. Add hot sauce mixture, cook until thick and bubbly, just a couple minutes. 
  5. Serve as is or over rice.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Recycled Minion Chive Planter from Easter Basket

I was hoping there would be one of these Minion Easter Baskets left on clearance at Walmart because I thought it would make a great chive planter:@) Lovin' it!!! All this quick project cost was $1.24... I dug up a little clump of chives from the old garden (they needed to be split anyway), used some stones from the yard for drainage and to add weight to the planter, and finally, mixed in a little potting soil. Ha-this mischievous little cutie just makes me smile!
 This planter is best suited for indoor use and you'll want a plate under it to catch drips from watering.

Stay out of trouble and have a happy day:@)