My Failed Drizzle Pretzel Rods Lesson

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Cooking and baking has taught me many lessons including that I love to try new foods, baking is therapeutic and that not everything I make needs to be perfect. This week’s Feed Me Friday is all about my failed drizzle pretzel rods and the lesson that not all short cuts are going to work and not everything I make is going to be perfect.

Danyella and I found these cool Candy Melt drizzle packs that we wanted to drizzle over pretzels to make chocolate covered pretzels. They were only $1.50 a pouch so we decided to try them out. I got pink and she got red. We had pretzel rods in the cabinet at home and decided to decorate with sprinkles. We were all set to make our drizzle rods.

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The directions stated to microwave the pouch on 50% heat starting at 1 minute, knead to encourage the melting process then continue to heat in 30 second intervals and knead the pouch. I kept doing this process for a total of 3 minutes. The pouch got hot and it felt like the contents were melted.

This is come up with the failed portion of this lesson…..

I begin to try to drizzle my rods with the melts and it just come out in globs! No drizzle to be found. Now that I opened the pouch, I can’t reheat it to melt more so I keep trying to drizzle my globs. Once the pouch is empty, I attempt to melt them more by heating the rods and globs in the microwave. After a total of 2 minutes worth of 30 second intervals, the globs just wouldn’t melt!

At this point I just transferred the rods and globs to a plate and sprinkle with red sprinkles. I ate one and they still tasted good just don’t look as pretty as I wanted them to be. I guess that is life, some moments are great and look ugly which is where you adjust your expectations and enjoy the sweet side.

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What cooking/baking fails have you had that still tasted wonderful?

 

 

 

 

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Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Crockpot Recipe with Printable #feedmefriday

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This is one of the easiest crockpot recipes you will come across because all you do is put all the ingredients in the crockpot and go! We prefer to pair it with pair but egg noodles is a nice alternative as well. The only thing that we do different then the recipe is our cream of chicken soup is actually cream of chicken and mushroom soup because we like mushrooms.

Creamy Chicken and Brocoli Crockpot Recipe

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Super Easy Crockpot meal for families on the Go.


Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds of boneless chicken tenderloin or breasts
  • 8 ounce can of Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 14 ounce can of Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream
  • 1 bag of frozen broccoli
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Pre-Heat the crockpot on high then add the soups. Whisk until the soup and broth are mixed. Add the chicken, onion and garlic. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  2. About a half hour before serving, add the cheese and sour cream and mix well to blend it in. Then add the broccoli.
  3. Make your rice or noodles.
  4. Serve your delicious, easy dinner!

Week of Eating Out #feedmefriday

bake breadWhen your week consists of being on the go between classes, mid-terms, doctors appointments, dance, family life and just life itself, being able to cook was not on the menu this week. We ended up eating out for most of our meals or eating the leftovers because we needed everything to be quick and easy.

So I will admit not all of our choices have been healthy ones…. Breakfast was between Dunkin Donuts or one of the two diners that we frequent. The diners are not as bad because I was able to order eggs BUT I had to have my crispy bacon with it which is not so healthy. Lunch was either a diner or fast food because we were on the go from one place to another and really didn’t have time sit for to long to eat. So this was a lot of sandwiches or burgers/fries. Not so healthy either. I did try to keep dinner a little healthier with salads and soup from Panera. I have been obsessed with the Fuji Apple salad and Chicken and Rice soup from Panera lately. The only downfall is that the soup is only available on specific days… that doesn’t work when a pregnant woman is craving something lol. My poor boyfriend has been stopping at Wawa for one of their bowls or ending up with late night cereal after a long day for dinner.

This just proves that I really need to start meal planning and meal prepping because when the baby comes, I won’t be able to just go out and pick up something for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Not to mention how much money we spent on eating out this week. It had to be twice as much as our typical grocery bill budget… that is scary!

With the holidays coming, it will get to easy to try to stop and eat out but I am determined to make meal plans and keep to them. Does anyone have any tips on easy meal planning?

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Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread with Printable Recipe #feedmefriday

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Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread Recipe 

This is a yummy recipe for easy breakfast mornings, especially in the fall and winter because it fills your home with the smell of delicious apples. Feeds 4-5 People

Ingredients:

-1 can of Pillsbury biscuits (we use regular Flaky biscuits or the Honey biscuits)

-2 apples

1/2 cup of white sugar

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

Baking dish of your choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Note on my recipe: I use my ceramic bread baking dish which measures 9″x5″. You can increase the recipe by doubling the ingredients and using a larger baking dish or a bundt pan. Also, I use a covered bowl to more evenly coat the pieces with less mess.

 

Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread Recipe

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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This is a yummy recipe for easy breakfast mornings, especially in the fall and winter because it fills your home with the smell of delicious apples.


Ingredients

    -1 can of Pillsbury biscuits (we use regular Flaky biscuits or the Honey biscuits)
  • 2 apples
  • -1/2 cup of white sugar

    -1/4 cup of brown sugar

    -1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon

    -1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

    -Baking Dish of your choice Preheat oven to 350 degrees

    Note on my recipe: I use my ceramic bread baking dish which measures 9″x5″. You can increase the recipe by doubling the ingredients and using a larger baking dish or a bundt pan. Also, I use a covered bowl to more evenly coat the pieces with less mess.

Directions

  1. Cut the Biscuits in Quarters
  2. Peel and dice the apples. Then add them to the biscuits bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg together.
  4. Add a little bit of the biscuits/apples into the sugar mix.
  5. Put the lid on the mix and shake, shake, shake (kids would love this part). Place the pieces in the baking pan. Keep going until all of the bits are covered with sugar.
  6. Once all of the pieces are in the baking dish, Bake for 40 mins or until all the pieces look golden brown. I place on the bottom rack for 30 minutes and top rack for the last 10 minutes. Let the dish cool 10-15 minutes before serving.

Cranberry Apple Porkchops Crockpot Printable Recipe #feedmefriday

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I just love fall and all the flavors that come with it. This baby is loving apple everything so I decided to make some pork chops with apples but wanted to add something else to it. Why not try some cranberries? Plus, I needed to make an easy recipe because Wednesday nights are dance nights which means it is crockpot night.

 

This recipe is super super simple with pork chops (I chose boneless but you can you bone-in), slices of apples, cranberries, apple cider, balsamic vinager, brown sugar and onions. This is how I made it…. I placed a layer of cranberries, then the pork chops, sprinkled Tastefully Simples Onion Onion (I am not a fan of chopping onions and making my hands smell), added the vinegar and cider and let it sit for 4 hours. About an hour before serving, I added the sliced apples and brown sugar. I served this with egg noodles and wow the pork chops were so moist and just pulled apart! The only thing that I am changing for the recipe is less balsamic vinegar and more brown sugar because the fresh cranberries were still quite tart when I bit into them but still very yummy!

Cranberry Apple Pork Chops Crockpot Recipe

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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An easy crockpot recipe full of Fall flavors.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork chops (boneless or bone-in)
  • 1 pound fresh cranberries (whole cranberries in a can work as well)
  • 5-6 apples (I used Golden apples because they were on sale)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (or more if you like a sweeter dish)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

Directions

  1. Place the crockpot on low and spray with non-stick spray (Easier clean up).
  2. Place a layer of onions, then cranberries, then pork chops.
  3. Add the balsamic vinegar and apple cider.
  4. One hour before you are ready to serve, add the brown sugar and apples. Mix the ingredients.
  5. When you are ready to serve, serve with noodles or rice and enjoy!

Rice Krispie Treat Monsters

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For my brother’s memorial BBQ, my mom is always looking for something that Danyella and the couple of other girls her age can do to keep them busy while the adult talk and watch the football game. This year we found some fun Halloween games at Target. At Walmart, we came across Rice Krispies Treat Monsters that I figured the kids could decorate them and it would add to the dessert table.

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Looking at the box, everything was basically included but to make it easier on the kids and less mess for the parents, we opted to get the bottles of pre-made, pre-colored frosting instead of making the frosting from scratch with the stuff from the box. Also, we decided to get 2 boxes to make sure there was enough for all the kids to participate in the decorating fun.

Inside the box, there is Rice Krispies, marshmallows, a mold for the monsters, mix for the frosting, coloring for the frosting, bags for the frosting and brown sprinkles. The mold that is included in the box could make a mummy, Frankenstein or a vampire. I had Halloween cookie cutters in a coffin and pumpkin so it added to the variety. ‘

Making Rice Krispies Treats are pretty simple with the cereal, marshmallows and butter. I made those and molded them the morning of the BBQ so they had time to harden as the mold for the kids to decorate. Between the molds and cutters, the 2 boxes made 20 different Halloween figures. One tip is to make sure you spray the molds with PAM spray before you put the Rice Krispies in them so they come out with ease.

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Time for decorating….

The girls had a blast decorating their monsters, pumpkins and coffins! The only downfall was that we were in a heat wave (90+ degrees at the end of September), so the frosting was a little to liquid-y for stay on the monsters. The frosting was basically running off and into the nooks and crannies of the treats. Despite the frosting downfall, they came out super cute and we have to admire the creativity of a few 9 and 10-year-old girls.

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Crockpot Buffalo and BBQ Wings for Sunday Games #feedmefriday

Crockpot Buffalo and BBQ Wing RecipeThis past Sunday was my brother’s annual memorial cookout and the big Eagles/Giants game! Since most of us were going to be inside watching the game and yelling at the tv like the players can hear us from an hour away… yes I am one of those crazy Eagles fans that think they can hear me from my couch, I decided to contribute wings to the food lineup of the day. I am not one to eat hot wings so I had to consult my boyfriend on what kinda hot sauce to get and was told ONLY FRANKS!  So it was buffalo wings and barbeque wings for the win!

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The way I make my wings is a step process but worth it because the meat just falls off the bone, super moist and just delicious. I received rave reviews for my wings and the hot wings were gone very fast! I start off by frying the wings in just a little oil, enough to crisp the skin. Then, I bake them for 10 minutes before setting them in my crockpot for 3 hours or an hour until I am ready to serve them up. At the hour to go mark, I take the wings out, place them on a pan, brush them with butter and bake for another 10-15 minutes. This is the key part to create the delicious skin. Then back into the crockpot they go to soak up the sauce and become the wings everyone wants!

Can I just say thank goodness for my toaster convection oven! Again my stove decided to stop working part way through this process so there I was baking the wings in my little toaster convection oven but an oven is oven and worked amazingly!

Crockpot Buffalo and BBQ Wings

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Buffalo Wings
  • 4 pound bag of wings
  • 1 bottle of Frank’s Buffalo Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • oil for frying
  • Barbecue Wings
  • 4 pound bag of wings
  • 1 bottle of barbecue sauce (18 oz or larger)
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • oil for frying

Directions

    Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  1. In the crockpot add the sauce. (For the Buffalo wings add the teaspoons of garlic and onion powders and mix well.) Set the crockpot on high and stir occasionally while you work on the wings.
  2. Fry the wing pieces in the oil until just browned.
  3. Bake the wing pieces for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the wings to the crockpot and mix until the pieces are coated with the sauce.
  5. Cook for 3 hours or until an hour before you are ready to serve.
  6. At the hour to go mark, take the wings out of the crockpot, place them on baking sheets, brush with the melted butter and bake for 10-15 minutes or until skin is crispy.
  7. Place the wings back into the crockpot, place the crockpot on low and get ready to serve! You can garnish with celery, blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing.