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S’more cupcakes (my own recipe!)


So I took my “Little helper” to the store and we were both hungry (big mistake!) She talked me into buying a box of cake mix… once we got home I looked in my drawer at work to see if I could take a normal box cake and turn it into my own creation… that’s when I created this masterpiece. I’m sure others have made this but I’ve never had one and I didn’t snag this from anyone.

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Yay for Traditions!


 

Yesterday, we continued our tradition of carving pumpkins with one of my oldest, and one of our dearest friends, Thomas. It’s been 3 years now of us carving pumpkins together, and though other people have come and gone from the equation, and moved on with their lives, we’ve always managed to get the three of us together for a few awesome traditions.

I made chili, which I’ll post the EASY recipe at the bottom of this post, and my VERY first home made apple pie, made from scratch without any help! Yay! I haven’t tried it yet though, but I heard it was pretty good.

Onto the DELICIOUS chili recipe!

I made this up on my own, so you can always change it to however you think you’d like it best!!

1lb ground beef, ground turkey, chicken or tofu, or whatever you prefer
2 cans petite diced tomatoes
2 cans tomato SAUCE, the small cans.
2 cans Bushes CHILI beans, Medium trust me. I’m a wimp when it comes to spices and medium is the way to go, never get mild, at least get medium haha
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 package chili seasoning (or home made)
1 cup diced onion (I just use minced onion you buy in the seasoning section!)

Cook meat, until brown/done. Drain fat
toss meat, and all the other ingredients into a large pot.
heat until hot
top with cheese, sour cream, onions or whatever you prefer!
Eat then enjoy!

 

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Legend…. wait for it….


This week has been crazy…but in-between all the craziness, it was a pretty decent week. I made FOUR, yes FOUR batches of fruit roll-ups, and none of them lasted very long. The kids LOVED them. Today I made pink lemonade cupcakes, they were super delicious. I’m not here to talk about my lemonade cupcakes…nope. My mom’s super amazing home made Macaroni and cheese.

I’ve tried dozens of recipes…but still never found one that everyone enjoyed. So yesterday, Macaroni and Cheese was on the menu, I decided to call up my mom and ask for her recipe. As a kid I remember savoring every single bite of her Mac and cheese, she used shell pasta instead of elbow noodles, and the cheese would find its way into the shell pasta and every bite bursted with delicious cheeses!

The recipe was a HUGE hit (no photos though) everyone LOVED it (Except EverSoLightly, but I’m not sure he likes macaroni and cheese.) So I thought I’d share it with all of you! It’s SUPER easy, and really yummy.

Ingredients:
1 (or 2 depending on how much you’re making) can of Cheddar soup (Campbell’s)
2-3 cups of cheddar cheese
American Cheese
Ramano Cheese
1-2 cups milk
Noodles

Cook your noodles as directed. While your noodles are cooking mix all the ingredients above in a pot. Mix together until everything is melted remove from heat. Once your noodles are cooked and your cheeses are melted, strain your noodles, and add them to the pot of melted gooey cheese. Stir. Serve. Enjoy!

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Another delicious meal :)


So this morning I told K-toast that I was going to make a meal he really enjoyed. He glared at me and made a nasty face. That kinda sorta frustrated me, so I decided I wasn’t going to make something he loved that everyone else only felt so-so about. SO I went out on a limb and attempted a chinese-ish dish. (I made the kiddos home made chicken strips haha.)

Katie’s Ginger-Pineapple Chicken

What you’ll need:
1 package of chicken breast tenders, washed and cut into bite sized pieces
5-6 tablespoons of pineapple juice (I bought ours at Uwajimaya)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2-3 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger root (Safeway produce section, you will have to grate on your own) – DO NOT USE GROUND GINGER
2 tablespoons of honey
4 tablespoons soy sauce (I used Organic soy sauce from Uwajimaya)

Mix together all of the ingredients  and put in a bowl. Toss in bite sized chicken pieces and let marinate for 2-3 hours (or overnight, 1 hour works too.)

Once you’ve let the chicken marinate toss a tiny TINY bit of peanut, canola, or the oil of your choice in a skillet. Once it’s warmed then toss in the entire mixture. Cook until sauce changes color and chicken is cooked all the way through.

Serve over rice, with some wine & you have a delicious quick easy meal! Feel like maybe something should be added? Changed? Try it out and let me know!!

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theREALchef


I hope everyone had a great valentines day, we certainly did!

This year I made a BBQ beef casserole and a no bake cheesecake. They were both VERY delicious. I get e-mails with recipes each week. Last week this super delicious recipe popped up. You can find it here.

If you have a picky family member, I hate to say it but they probably won’t like this. Both the kids hated it. (I was actually surprised!) EverSoLightly loved it though!!