Friday, February 22, 2013

Homemade corn dogs

Oh corn dogs how I love thee. That I do! I just love corn-dogs but recently with Miss Shay and I moving and taking a rather large pay cut in the household I have just not been able to bring myself to be able to buy corn-dogs for 5-6 dollars for just 6 of them. I am just possibly sticker shocked and realize that while we were living in Colorado I was keen to prices but not as tightly as I am now. I have learned in the last two months that while I can make it on my own its darn sure hard. This is no news for those of you are single mothers and father and for that I give you mad props. I am not a single patent, however I am temporarily living apart from the hubs thanks to the Army.

Any who that is a whole separate post. Even before leaving Colorado we were trying to learn to live more budget friendly and since I was out of the Army I was trying to make more homemade foods and crafts to pass time and because of course homemade just taste better. Thanks to my mom, grandmother, and Pinterest I have cooked some pretty awesome meals. Last night I thought I would try a recipe well more of a picture that I seen and make it into my own little twist and the outcome was homemade corn dogs. Since last night was my first shot at it I plan to come back and update later with any changes that I make. Hope you enjoy

Homemade Corn-Dogs
1 bx of Jiffy cornbread (ingredients to make it)
1 pk of hot-dogs

Using a 6 cup muffin pan spray the pan with non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 400 F.
Make the Jiffy mix as directed
Fill muffin tin with mix
Cut up hot-dogs and place in the batter
Bake for directed time

So in doing this recipe I learn two things. 1st is to make sure you spray the pan I didn't and well the cornbread stuck. 2nd Before I put my hot-dogs in next time I will mix a little sugar in with my Jiffy. 3rd I will try different times and temps because while mine came out yummy the cornbread was crumbly.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Homemade Strawberry Triangles

So in my million cook books that I have I found this yummy recipe for strawberry french toast. On Monday I kept Miss Shay home from school because there was a monsoon outside and it was suppose to be bad weather all day was I had to go pick up my niece Miss A at daycare because they closed early. Like any other Monday it stared off slow. Since usually during the week I don't get to cook Miss Shay a lot of breakfast I thought that I would take full advantage of having her home on a rainy day. I found all the ingredients and a few extra I found and went to work making some yummy breakfast. It was definitively a hit with the kiddo and she asked if we could make it everyday, because that was all she wanted from now on :) Wanna know what to do?? Wait no longer......................................................................................................................................................................................................................Just Kidding

Strawberry French Toast

3 pieces of Texas toast
1/2 Strawberry Milk
1 Egg
1 tbs of butter melted
1/4 tsp of strawberry extract (optional) **I did not add this the first time and I thought it needed just a little bit more of a strawberry flavor**
powdered sugar (optional)

Heat oven to 400.
Lightly Grease baking pan
Mix together the milk egg and butter
Cut toast into triangles
Dip into mixture and place on baking pan.

Place in oven for approximately 15 mins. I would say flip over about half way through because I just didn't think they were brown enough for me on the top. Sift powdered sugar on top I had just bought some for 95 cents at wallgreens so I had some on had this is not a must but makes it look and taste even yummier. I was thinking you could probably use oter flavoring as well maybe strawberry banana using extracts  I would love to hear if you tried anything else and let me know how it turns out :) Happy cooking!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Stuffed Bell Peppers

So today as I am searching for what were eating for dinner I realized that  the bell peppers that I scored for 1.50 at winn-dixie was still not put in the freezer as I had plan and I already had hamburger meant laid out so I decided to try my hand at stuffed bell peppers. I have never made these before as my husband just hates bell peppers. Luck for Miss Shay and I he wasn't here tonight. I have seen these on pinterest but tonight I was lacking motivation to even Pinterest....I know shocking!!! I stared looking around the pantry to see what I could through together and this is what I came up with. Might I add that they were very delish..

Stuffed Bell Peppers
1 can white potatoes
1 lb hamburger meat
1 cup cheese
1 can of seasoned diced tomatoes
1 pack of yellow rice or white if you prefer
4 bell peppers

Start off by cutting the tops off the bell peppers and cleaning out the seeds . Set aside. Cook meat. I added minced onion and seasoning salt to mine... Your preference. While cooking the meat put on the rice. (if you have brown rice then you may want to put on before meat.) While all that yummyness is cooking in a medium sized bowl mix together some cheese the white potatoes and the diced tomatoes I didn't use the whole can but hey whatever you like! when the rice and meat were done I added them into the mix and mixed well. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and place bell peppers on the baking sheet stuff full of meat mix. Last but not least cover them in cheese and bake at 350 till tender.  I hope you enjoy!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Non Spicy Chili

I LOVE chili on a cold winter day its like the perfect ending and it always makes me happy I would say that besides homemade potato soup that this is my favorite "soup". I have made chili a million times it seems but something changed when I made this last batch it was Magical! It had all the yummy taste of chili but no spicyness to it. While I love good flavoring and spice I cannot have it for medical reasons :(. Anywho I thought I would share this awesomeness with you all.

Not so spicy slow cooker Chili
1/2 lb hamburger
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 onion
1 Tbsp of sugar
chili powder

In crock pot put diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, bell pepper and onions.Cook on low while you cook the hamburger. (I also put minced onion in with my hamburger as I cook it) Cook hamburger till done strain off grease and place in slow cooker. I cannot tell you how much chili powder to put because I just pour till my liking.Put lid on it and let cook for 3 hours and then add sugar. I honestly add this because it reduces the acid content in the tomatoes but it also lightens up the taste as well. I left the slow cooker on low over night and woke up to my house smelling yummy. We didn't eat this that day but it did well in the fridge for a day.

I love to hear your comments and if you have tried this recipe!


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Our New Home

We have officially moved and have now spent a few days in our new house. I am 99% unpacked which is freaking awesome since they delivered the stuff Friday. Basically the only boxes I have left are a few boxes of paperwork that I need to go through and to hang pictures and get a few key pieces of furniture such as a kitchen table and couches  Miss Shay is back in school and adjusting to the new house well, however school is a little different. Miss Shay is never had a problem with making new friends and talking to others but here it seems to not be going so well. She did however make a new friend on the bus yesterday and I think I am just as excited because the little girls mom is majoring in the same thing I am in college. It is amazing the things you get excited about when your a mom. So far I am adjusting at a mild pace after all it still seems like a crazy dream. School started yesterday and I am taking 4 classes with CSU. I already feel overwhelmed and crazy. Hopefully this will keep me pretty occupied along with getting grants and scholarships because my 4 books alone yesterday cost me nearly 500.00. Yes 500!!! I never knew books could be that expensive!! Now I totally understand how students get 1000.00++ of dollars in debt for an education. I have been slacking on the home cooking and my projects but I have a list going and will soon hopefully be posting some more post soon. I will be doing some post of decorating our older home with lots of charm. I love it. My one complaint is that all my windows are painted shut. I cannot wait to share with you all my plans, ideas and how they all come out! Until next time!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Monkeys Morning Breakfast Shake

Think about all those morning that you over slept and were in such a rush that you didn't eat breakfast or that the kids ate some junk food doughnut from the nearest 7-11. We have all done it and then feel guilty or sluggish because all those bad sugars gave us this "high" and then were crashing. When I was in the Army this was sadly a common breakfast for me along with a highly caffeinated soda. Now that I am a full time mom and student I wanted to find ways to combat that oh no running late breakfast. Here is a delicious favorite breakfast shake my daughter loves. It can be made ahead of time or really quick in the morning and its packed with goodness and only need 4 ingredients.

Monkey's Morning Breakfast Shake

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 cup white milk
  • 1/2 chocolate milk ( i just put some chocolate syrup into my white milk)
  • 2 TBSP of peanut butter
Put everything into the blender and blend for 30 seconds until smooth. Pour and go. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Top 5 Favorite Cookies for the Holidays

Tis the season for excessive goodies and yummy treats. I don't know if it is the cooler weather, clean smelling air, or the risk of possible cabin fever that makes fall and winter the most popular seasons to bake cookies. Whatever it is I am not complaining! I love cookies and during these months they taste even better. I must admit that I have not mastered the secret to the perfect cookie as mine usually turn hard not long after they leave the oven. I am much more talented in cakes and other baking endeavors. Frosting....don't even go there! My second arch kitchen enemy! This year is a special year for our family as it is the first time we have been able to spend 2 Christmas's together!!!!! (Blame the army) With another deployment approaching fast we are SUPER excited for the holidays we spend together. Here in Colorado we have a small group of us Army wives that get together at least once a month and do things such as lunch, crafts ect. Today we decided to do a cookie exchange. This made me think of my favorite cookies of all time

1. Cake Batter cookies from the Six Sisters Blog
2. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut from the blog Whipped
3. Chocolate Chip from the Savory Sweet Life
4. Peanut Butter Cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction 
5. Sugar Cookies from 2 Peas & their pod

*** As a fellow blogger I choose to use recipes from other bloggers instead of big name corporations. I do have my own but did not want to make a super long post with each. I hope you enjoy these I have chosen!***

Cake batter being my new favorite of course because these are the ones I used for the cookie exchange. I took a poll on facebook from my family and friends and white chocolate macadamia nut was the overall winner. I love these cookies but have never made them myself and now I know why! The Macadamia nuts are super expensive but I bought them anyways so that I could make them. Anything with peanut butter  and chocolate are sure to be a hit in my house and the beloved sugar cookie. For some reason I am not the biggest fan of sugar cookies throughout the year, but I love them during Christmas.