A favorite family classic in our home is a simple Italian dish made up of chicken cutlets with garlic and mushrooms in a sweet sauce. I think sometimes in another life I was Italian, because I cook so many Italian recipes at home. Having a variation of chicken recipes in my repertoire definitely gives me the ability to make different chicken dishes for my family. I mean dinner can get pretty boring if the same dish is being made every night. I like to use three chicken breasts, cut in half each one and then pounded to 1/4 inch. This not only stretches the meal but also helps with tenderizing and cooking time.
I love cooking Italian because you can make some of the delicious meals with such few ingredients. This classic Italian dish is truly one of the easiest recipes to make and will make all think you were in the kitchen for hours at a time. Trust me once you make this dish once you will find it become a staple in your home. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »
Did you know that you can make cookies out of a box of pudding mix? Well you can… pretty cool right!!!! Adding the pudding mix to the cookie batter makes the cookies soft and chewy just the way I think cookies should be. I’m not really a crunchy cookie type gal.
I also added vanilla and butter extract to the mix to give it that vanilla cake flavor also. Plus when you add sprinkles, who doesn’t like a little sprinkles to their cookies. It just makes it Fun and Pretty!
There is nothing sweeter then the smell or freshly brewed coffee in the morning. The excitement I get when I hear the my coffee machine turn on, it guarantees what I know to be the beginning of my day. As you can see I am a coffee lover! Having a 7 week old definitely gives me the need for coffee in the morning. Having a newborn definitely has been like starting parenting all over again. You see my oldest are 11 and 8, so its definitely taking me a little bit to get used to, but I am enjoying every minute of it… even the sleepless nights.
I think I have gotten my routine down now though which I think is one of the best things with a little one. Usually while Jacob is sleeping and the older ones are waking up to get ready for school I sneak in my kitchen, for 5 minutes and make my coffee. While I finish up making lunches, I have Jacobs bottle warming up and my coffee brewing.
Once my coffee is finished I add brown sugar to my cup and then sweet cream. I love my coffee with lots of cream and sugar. I love using Coffee-mate’s creamer, so you had to know how excited I was to see their new Extra Sweet and Creamy Creamer. They have some delicious flavors, like the Italian Sweet Cream Coffee-mate creamer. Sweet, smooth, adds great flavor and a perfect combination with my strong coffee. Read the rest of this entry »
Is there an appetizer that no matter where you go you always find yourself ordering? When my sisters, brother and I were little, and even up to this day when we go out to eat, we always get fried mozzarella, whether it be in the stick form or wedges, we always get it. I mean what is better then hot crispy fried cheese???? NOTHING, I know!!!!
There are so many variations to making mozzarella sticks. You can fry them. You can bake them. You can roll them in breadcrumbs or… you can roll them in Panko crumbs. Panko was the way I chose to go. I love using panko crumbs. It just gives your food such great texture and the crunch you get is pretty outstanding.
My mouth is starting to water just thinking of these mozzarella sticks…. Mmmmmm.
I’m always thinking of quick and easy recipes to make at home for dinner. Especially with a newborn now and the kids’ busy schedule life can get pretty hectic. When I was asked to create a recipe for Mardi Gras, using Johnsonville Kitchen’s new fully cooked sausage, I knew I wanted to make a rice dish that was easy, simple and very delicious. I mean who doesn’t like rice? But I didn’t want just any regular rice, I wanted to make yellow rice and incorporate it in my recipe with the Johnsonville’s fully cooked sausage. I mean who doesn’t think of some kind of jazzed up rice dish for Mardi Gras… I know I do. Especially if its packed with lots of flavor, which this one is.
I used the Johnsonville’s New Orleans Brand, Andouille Smoked Sausage of course, it went perfectly with my Mardi Gras-inspired recipe. These split rope sausages have such great flavor and they have NO Fillers, which is HUGE! Did you know that Johnsonville Sausages are proudly made using only premium cuts of pork to pack in the real flavor and is also available in other unique flavors. I also like these split rope sausages because it allows portion control and if a recipe doesn’t call for using all of the sausages then I can save them for another day, another recipe.
I also added a few touches of my own, such as chopped garlic, onions. green pepper, chicken stock for the rice to cook in, and a can of diced tomatoes. This is a perfect 30 minute meal for any day of the week, especially during a busy week.
Now I know that Mardi Gras isn’t for a few days but early planning is always the key to a great celebration. If your like me and you wont be finding yourself celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but still want to celebrate the planning ahead is exactly what you need to do. Invite some friends and neighbors over make a big pot of this delicious Yellow Rice dish and enjoy!
Just make sure you have some King Cake to end the night with!!!!!
Johnsonville Split Rope Sausage is packed with flavor to make your dinners easier and more delicious. Get ready for Mardi Gras with Johnsonville! Visit Johnsonville.com for great recipes!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville Sausage. The opinions and text are all mine.
Have you ever heard of the saying “everything but the kitchen sink?” That saying is used when you add so many ingredients to a dish but the only thing you excluded was literally the kitchen sink. In frittata’s you can add so many different ingredients, practically any vegetables or meats work beautifully in them.
For some of you, frittata might sound too fancy a word to say or even try to make, but the truth is that frittata’s are so easy and simple to make and they an be made for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If your ever in a bind and have no idea what to make for dinner, trust me frittata’s will save you.
If you know me you already know that I am a true lover of ALL things red velvet. I mean from Red Velvet Cake to cookies to brownies to pancakes. I think it not only has to do with the flavor but also the color is just so pretty, and you know you eat with your eyes first. SO what is better then bright red cookies or cake… NOTHING! Read the rest of this entry »
“Dad, how much do babies sleep, because Jacob sleeps a lot…” This is what our first born asked my husband just yesterday. My husband replied they sleep a lot because that’s how they grow, and also remember your brother came 5 weeks early too. So all the sleep he is doing he would be doing inside your mom’s tummy if he was still there, like he was suppose to be.
Do you guys remember me telling you all that I was feeling ready for Jacob to come. I mean I was 35 weeks and I was prepared for him to come two weeks early because that’s how early Julian and Kayla came. what I was not prepared for was for Jacob to make his appearance 5 weeks early.
At 1:15am on January 19th I was awoken from my bed with my water breaking. I mean I actually heard it POP! It was crazy, because I know what it felt like when you water breaks, due it breaking with my daughter but that was 8 years ago, so I was a little rusty. I rolled my husband over and said, “Uhhh I think my water just broke.” Next thing I know we are waking the kids up getting ready and driving to the hospital at 3:30am.
Brrrr….. Is all I can say right now!
You see I live in Florida and technically we are not supposed to be cold to the point that its 30 degrees outside, it’s just not normal. Last week we had a day that fell into the 20′s… can you believe that? the 20′s… I thought I was in the twilight zone, because two days after that it went all the way up to the 80′s.
I know this weather is CRAZY!
Monkey Bread made individually makes life so easy sometimes. I mean we all have at one time tried and eaten the re-known delicious sweet and sticky treat. To have the ability to make everyone their own, you see when it comes to desserts, or anything sweet we don’t like to share… LOL!
These babies use so little ingredients and are so kid-friendly to make. 30 minutes and you will have mini cinnamon sugary monkey breads for all to enjoy!
So the next time your little monkeys are wanting something sweet and tasty make them some of these… YUMMY!
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