Honey Spiced Glazed Chicken

Chicken breasts are something I pretty much ALWAYS have on hand around my house. They’re so versatile, cheap, and (if you can find a good recipe) delicious! I’ve had quite a few hits and misses. If it doesn’t have enough flavor, I cannot bring myself to eat it. Plainness is the a no no in my kitchen, so glazes are always welcome.

For some reason we’ve been on a honey kick in this house lately. My oldest daughter is ALL about it. I think she would eat peanut butter and honey sandwiches every day for every meal if I would let her. Heck, maybe I should, its probably close to being one of the healthier food choices she makes.

Anyway, so because of this recent obsession with honey I just happened to have PLENTY on hand when I found this  recipe and I am so very glad I did because this one is a KEEPER. It kind of reminds me of my Sweet and Spicy Pork Chops recipe that I also adore. Sweet and spicy is def my “thing”. Anyway, I threw these together super fast and also got to use my broiler for the first time ever! It makes me sad I haven’t utilized it until now because I love it! it cooks the chicken so fast and it gives it a crispiness a regular oven wouldn’t. Most of these ingredients you probably have on hand, and the great thing about recipes like this is that they’re very customizable, luckily, the original recipe was perfect to me, but like I said, if spice isn’t your thing, leave out the chili powder and red pepper flakes.

Alright, now lets get down to it. Preheat your broiler (or oven if you don’t have a broiler in the top of your stove, I usually do 400 degrees for 20-30 min when I bake my chicken). Mix all those wonderful spices together and set them aside, then get your honey and apple cider vinegar and whisk them together nicely and set them aside as well. Now grab your chicken and and cover it in the spices mixture you threw together, get ‘em all good and covered nice and evenly. Line a baking pan with foil and put your chicken on there and pop it in your oven for about 7 minutes (unless you’re baking it, then just put it in there for the temp and times I recommended earlier) after its done, take it out, turn the chicken over and put it back under the broiler for another 7 minutes. After it’s all done on that side pull it out and brush the glaze over them veeeeery generously until it’s all gone. After that put it back in the oven for about 3-5 minutes to allow your glaze to warm up and get thicker (be careful not to leave it in there too long or the glaze will burn). After it’s all done pull it out of the oven and enjoy!

What you’ll need…

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  •  1 t. of salt
  • 1 t. of pepper
  • 1 t. of chili powder
  • 1 t. of red pepper flakes
  • 2 t. of garlic powder
  • 2. t. of paprika
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 2 T. of apple cider vinegar

How to make it…

  • Preheat broiler (or oven as directed above)
  • Mix together spices
  • Mix together honey and vinegar
  • Coat chicken in spices mixture
  • Place chicken on a foil lined baking pan and under the broiler for 7 minutes, then flip chicken over and cook for an additional 7 minutes on the opposite side.
  • After the chicken has cooked under the broiler for 7 minutes on each side remove from oven, brush on the honey/vinegar glaze (all of it) and return to oven for an additional 3-5 minutes
  • Remove from oven, enjoy!

Recipe via nutmegnanny.com

Mint Oreo Balls

Christmas before last my BIL and his girlfriend at the time made Oreo balls to give out as Christmas gifts. I was hesitant to try one because (get ready for this) I don’t like chocolate that much, but my husband INSISTED on me trying one and ohhhhhh my goodness I’m glad I did! This is chocolaty, but not too much. They’re perfect, in just about every way. I got the recipe from him with the intentions to make some but never got around to it and after awhile the thought was lost, UNTIL, I was (of course) scanning Pinterest and I ran across these. Not only where these the delicious Oreo balls that I had forgotten about Christmases ago, but these were MINT Oreo Balls (I looooove mint!).

So when the kiddies were somewhat focused on watching TV and eating a snack one day I decided to throw these together (I use the term “throw together” very loosely here, it actually took about an hour to an hour and a half from beginning to end) and they came out JUST as amazing as I expected! The hardest part about making these is probably setting them down once you dip them in the chocolate without making them look completely disheveled. I got the hang of it around the last five, but no matter what they looked like, they all tasted yummy!

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What you’ll need…

• One bag of mint Oreos
• One 8oz cube of cream cheese
• One 10oz bag of white chocolate morsels
• One teaspoon of peppermint extract
• 2-4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
• Green food coloring (optional, I didn’t use)

How to make it…

• Take 3-5 oreos and finely crush in food processor (I used my magic bullet) and set aside in a bowl for later.
• Take remainder or Oreos and crush to finest consistency in food processor (also used my magic bullet)
• Take softened cream cheese and mix thoroughly with the crushed oreos (minus the first 3-5 you set aside earlier) until it reaches a gooey sticky dough consistency. Roll dough into small half inch balls and place on parchment paper and set in fridge to chill until you are done melting chocolate.
• Melt white chocolate morsels either over a double boiler or in the microwave with desired amount of vegetable oil (I used two tablespoons and placed the entire bag of chocolate in a large microwave safe mixing bowl and heated/stirred in 30 sec intervals until completely melted). After melted add one teaspoon of peppermint extract and stir until well blended. Add food coloring to reach desired green color (optional)
• Take Oreo balls and dip in the melted chocolate and set on parchment paper. (I did this by dipping the balls in the chocolate one at a time by setting them on a fork and letting the excess drip off the bottom before setting them down on the paper. Half way through I also added about 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and put it back in the microwave for 30 seconds and stirring to thin out the chocolate because it was starting to clump up)
• Once you have finished coating all your balls in chocolate take the small bowl of crush Oreos and sprinkle desired amount on top.
• Set balls in fridge to chill and let chocolate harden and enjoy! 🙂

Recipe via amandeleine.com

Butterfinger Pie

Yes, you read that right, now roll up your tongue and put it back in your mouth.

Butterfingers are unquestionably my faaaaaavorite candy bar, however I’m not too fond of most pies.  You won’t catch me blogging about making too many unless I have some sort of change of heart. BUT this is the exception.

When I say I don’t like pie, I mainly am referring to the fruit filled pies. I’ve never been a cobbler fan either to be honest. I would much rather eat a cupcake (I think I would probably always rather eat a cupcake but that’s beside the point). Now I WILL jump on a whipped topping filled pie, maybe a pecan or peanut butter pie here or there (Pumpkin? Key Lime? Lemon Curd? No, thanks) but this pie takes the….cake? Hmmmm…

This is probably one of the easiest things I’ve ever made. I cannot for the life of me remember where I got this recipe from, but I can guarantee you they left out a very important detail when writing out this recipe that was KEY, but don’t fret, I will make sure you don’t become a victim like I did. I had to do one of the MOST heart breaking thing after I made this the first time…

Are you ready?

I had to throw it away! Yes, I know. Tragic, horrible, a “party fowl” if I may.

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This pie has 4 ingredients. Pie crust, cool whip, butterfingers, and cream cheese. That’s IT. You start out by crushing 6-7 (of course I recommend 7 😉 ) regular sized butterfingers. You can use a food processor, magic bullet, or, if you don’t have anything along those lines, a ziplock bag and a mallet will also work. Once they are crushed reserve about 3/4 a cup of your finely crushed butterfingers to use as a topping for your pie. Your next step is to mix your cool whip and cream cheese together until it is FINELY BLENDED. Remember back a second ago where I said the original recipe left out an important detail? Yeah, that was it. I mean I know it’s kind of a given, but seriously, make sure it’s softened, I recommend putting it in the microwave to make sure it blends with the cool whip REALLY well because there is nothing like having little chunks of cream cheese mixed in with your sweet cool whip and butterfingers. Gag. Anyway, once you have those two blended well, throw in your crushed butterfingers (sans the 3/4 cup you reserved) and mix them in all nice until your heart is content. Then, pour all the yummieness into your pie crust, get it looking all pretty and pie like, and then top it with the remaining butterfinger pieces! After that cover it and put it in the fridge overnight (or at least 4 hours, I know the temptation is STRONG).

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So there you have it, super delicious, super easy, sent from the heavens above, Butterfinger Pie. Thank you and you’re welcome. 🙂

What you’ll need…

  • 1 graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 12oz container of cool whip
  • 1 8oz block of cream cheese
  • 6-7 butterfingers

How to make it…

  • Crush butterfingers until they are almost at a powdery consistency (reserve 3/4 cup for topping)
  • Blend room temperature cream cheese and cool whip until FINELY BLENDED (I still strongly recommend microwaving it for about 30 seconds prior to mixing it with the cool whip)
  • Mix in crushed butterfingers and blend well
  • Pour mixture into pie crust and form
  • Top with remaining crushed butterfingers
  • Place in fridge overnight (minimum of 4 hours)
  • Enjoy!

Sweet and Spicy Pork Chops

I will admit, until recently, I loathed pork chops.

I had them a couple times at my MIL’s house and they were bearable, but when I tried to cook them at home the one and only time ever (before this recipe) they came out tough, no flavor, AND they messed up my sautéing pan by leaving black burn marks all over it (it totally wasn’t my fault…) so I had pretty much hung up my apron on trying to ever make any kind of pork chops ever again.

One day while browsing Pinterest I stumbled upon this recipe. Now there are a few things about recipes that catch my eye and make me want to try them. A few of those reason have to do with price, easiness, and how many of the actual ingredients I have on hand already, and this recipe met all those prerequisites!

Now before I get into talking about these delicious chops, I would like to say that I adore the blog this came from (link above andat end of post). We are a military family, one income, three kids, myself, and the husband. We are far from ballin’, so like I said above, price is KEY when I cook and pick out my recipes. The person who writes the blog this came from breaks down price in all her posts which I think is awesome. I know food prices aren’t the same everywhere, but they’re bound to be in the same ballpark, so like I said, I highly recommend checking her out!

Ok, now lets get down to it…

This is about as easy as it gets. Turn your oven on to 350 degrees. Grab you sugar and spices, mix them all up (brown sugar, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper) and cover you (thawed) pork cups with it until it is ALL gone (I’m not gonna lie, sometimes I make more and smother them with it, I adore it). Pull out your skillet and pour about 2 T. (or enough to cover the bottom of your skillet) of olive oil into it. Turn it on med-high heat and throw the chops in there for about 5min on each side.

Now grab a baking pan and line it with foil (because we’re lazy and hate scrubbing pans), place you chops on there and pop it in the oven for about 5-10 minutes (depending on how fast your oven cooks). Once you pull them out drag them in the glaze at the bottom of your skillet and enjoy!

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What you’ll need…

  • 4 thick cut pork chops
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. paprika
  • 1/2 t. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. pepper
  • ~2 T. olive oil (depending on the size of your skillet)

How to make it…

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix together sugar and spices
  • Coat chops in sugar/spice mixture
  • Heat oil in skillet on med/high heat and cook seasoned chops about 5 minutes on each side
  • Transfer to foil lined baking sheet and cook in oven for 5-10 minutes until cooked through (don’t cook too long or they will get tough)
  • Remove from oven and drag in glaze in the bottom of skillet.
  • Enjoy!

I would like to say that once you transfer your chops to the baking pan, TURN YOUR BURNER OFF! The glaze gets hard and is nearly impossible to get off after that. After you drag your chops in the glaze once they’re done cooking, fill your skillet with warm water and let it sit until you do dishes. TRUST ME, you’ll want to do this unless you enjoy scrubbing your pans. 🙂

Recipe via Budgetbytes

Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos

There are few foods I love more in the universe more than the ones used in this recipe…bacon…jalapenos…cream cheese…brown sugar…It’s like these things were MEANT to be together…like it’s God’s will that these foods be wed into some delicious concoction.

This is such a cheap party food to make, only 4 ingredients and you get to brag that it didn’t come from a box in the freezer section. It takes a bit to get all together and prepped, but it’s far worth the effort. I have some words of advice though -for those of you whom have never worked with jalapenos for any extensive period of time- wear some rubbers! Gloves that is…unless you like for your fingertips to burn for like 3 days

First thing you need to do is wash those fresh jalapenos, slice them down the middle lengthwise and clean out the membranes and seeds…although I usually leave a few in there because it gives them a little -more- heat…I usually cut the tippy top and stems off but…it’s more of a personal choice I guess. Next grab your cream cheese and completely fill them as full as you would like and then sprinkle a nice amount of brown sugar on top. I’ve found that the more, the merrier. I’m not saying put a mound of brown sugar on there, but maybe a pinch and a half -is that a real measurement?- per jalapeno half.

Then, grab your toothpicks and the cheapest, thinnest bacon you can buy and wrap them up all up in that delicious bacon blanket and use a toothpick to secure it in place. I stress the importance of using the cheapest bacon you can find (I usually pick up Gwantly brand…not sure if that spelling is correct) because otherwise you will be waiting for.ev.er for the bacon to cook all the way through. I’ve tried both and thin is the best way to go for these babies…

As for cooking these, I -and my father- firmly believe the grill gives them the best flavor, but make sure you put a piece of tin foil below them so they don’t turn black on the bottoms. My personal favorite thing to do is get a large metal bowl and make a little dome over them so the tops and bottoms cook at a more even rate.

You can also cook them in the oven, they still taste amazing but it always seems to take different amounts of time depending on the oven and how thick your bacon is…but if you have a grill…fire that thing up and use it! Grills give food such amazing flavor.

I have yet to find someone that doesn’t love these. People always ask me for the recipe and they seem to disappear in like 2.5 seconds…which is why the photo above is NOT my finished product. I pulled them off the grill and before I knew it they were gone…but the other pics were taken by me. Enjoy! 🙂

You’ll need…

  • Ten fresh jalapenos
  • One 8oz cube of cream cheese
  • One package of the cheapest, thinnest bacon you can find
  • Brown sugar to taste (I would guess I use about 3tbsp)

To make…

  • Slice jalapenos length wise and clean out seeds and membranes
  • Fill with cream cheese and sprinkle desired amount of brown sugar on top
  • Wrap bacon around halved jalapenos and secure with toothpick (I prefer to use half a slice of bacon per half jalapeno
  • Grill or bake until bacon is cooked through
  • Enjoy!

Oh hiiiii!

So if you’re reading this it’s probably because you clicked the link I posted on my Facebook! Thanks for checking my blog out! As you probably know I posted a little status on my FB the other day asking if I were to make a food blog if anyone would check it out. I was pretty surprised that I got such a good response!

I have people frequently ask me for my recipes and I’m always glad to share, but this is much easier then emailing/messaging 5 people the same thing, plus, I’m always losing recipes, having to go and search my hundreds of Pinterest pins to find one particular one, so maybe this will help me keep track of my faves!

I do want to say that I seldom EVER make up any of the things I cook, it is rare, but I do sometimes. I will always give kudos to the original blog from which I found it. Other than that I hope all my lovely friends enjoy all my cooking and baking adventures! 🙂