Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Ranch Beef Tacos


This is such an easy taco recipe but with a fun twist from the normal! Tacos are always a hit at my little ones and happy kids at dinner time make for a happy mama. I love serve tacos with a big bowl of black beans and some chips and salsa.

1.5 lbs ground beef
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 pkg ranch seasoning mix
1 cup water
tortillas
shredded cheese
toppings: salsa, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce

Brown the ground beef in a medium skillet.  When the beef is browned, turn down the heat and drain off the grease. Stir in the taco seasoning, ranch seasoning and water. Stir for several minutes until it thickens up. Remove from heat and serve on tortillas with desired toppings.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Skillet Biscuit Pot Pie


Well, after an untended break, I'm back! Christmas got crazy then the start of the new year got even crazier but I'm finally sitting down to blog and hopeful that I can stay on top of it!  I made this recipe several weeks ago and it instantly became a favorite! I made it in my small skillet but next time I'll double it and put it in my big skillet because there wasn't a single bite left and everyone wanted more! This recipe was adapted from Kylee Cooks.

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1 cup onion (chopped)
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/4 cup flour
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup half and half
1 lb chicken breast (cooked and cubed)
1 1/2 cups frozen peas and carrots
8 refrigerated canned biscuits
1 egg

Heat oven to 400. In a cast iron skillet heat the oil and butter. Saute the onion until soft and stir in the thyme, let cook for another minutes. Stir in the garlic then season with salt and pepper. Whisk in the flour. Cook for two to three minutes. Whisk in the chicken stock them the half and half. When the mixture begins to thicken stir in the chicken and let simmer for 5 minutes then stir in the frozen peas and carrots. Top with the biscuits. Whisk the egg in a bowl then brush over the biscuits. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the biscuits are browned on top. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-8 minutes before serving.

Friday, December 29, 2017

A's Top 12 Recipes of 2017

Last year my son, A, put together a post with his top recipes from the year and he's back at it again this year! A is 10 years old and as you will see he's not a big fan of sweets.  Little sister is all about the sweets though so one day I'm sure she will be putting together a post that consists of desserts only! We had fun going through my blog and seeing what he loved most! I was actually surprised by a few of his choices but could have picked several of them with no help at all! So here it is, his top 12 recipes:

 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My Top 12 of 2017

It's hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close. I can't say that I hate to see this year ending. There have been many wonderful moments but many hard ones too. I have a feeling 2018 is going to be a great year for our family and I'm excited! Now here are my top 12 recipes from 2017!

 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Cinnamon Chip Scones


I love scones. I love anything cinnamon flavored. And these little cinnamon chips, while hard to find, are awesome. These scones were the perfect for a snowy Saturday morning.

3 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar plus 2 tbsp for sprinkling
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup cold butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 package cinnamon chips

Heart oven to 425. In a large bowl combine the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse sand mixture. Stir in the buttermilk then the cinnamon chips. On a floured surface, knead the dough several times. Divide in half and form two circles. Sprinkle with sugar and gently press into the dough. Cut each circle into 6 triangles. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10-13 minutes.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge


This fudge is so simple to make and is absolutely delicious. I made it then took it to small group last night and everyone went crazy over it! It was the perfect treat to make with my younger who is 3, she could easily help me stir the butter and peanut butter. The process was also super quick so she didn't get distracted or frustrated.

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar

Line an 8x8 pan with parchment or wax paper. Place the butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second increments until it is melted and smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract.  Whisk the powdered sugar to break it up then stir it into the peanut butter mixture.  Keep stirring until it all comes together into one ball. Press into the pan and chill for 2 hours in the refrigerator. Cut and store in the fridge.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

White Chocolate Cinnamon Pretzels


I made a double batch of these pretzels then put them in snowman cellophane gift bags to pass out to our neighbors and they turned out so cute! I also took some to small group and everyone loved them! They have that salty sweet thing going on and are absolutely addicting. This recipe is from Life In The Lofthouse.

16oz pretzel twists
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup of cinnamon sugar mixture for sprinkling
1 bag white chocolate chips

Whisk together the vegetable oil, sugar and cinnamon. Place the pretzels in a large microwave safe bowl then toss with the vegetable oil mixture. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute then stir and heat for another 45 seconds. Spread out over parchment or wax paper. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave, in 30 second increments, stirring in between until fully melted. Drizzle over the pretzels and let sit until the white chocolate has set.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Almond Raspberry Thumbprints


These cookies are amazing. Like the best. I had to pass some of these along to our neighbors so that I didn't eat every single one. They were also way easier to make than I anticipated. This recipe is adapted from Cooking Classy.

Cookies:
2 cups plus 2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter (cold and cut into 1 tbsp pieces)
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup raspberry jam

Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-4 tsp water

In a bowl whisk together flour and salt. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer combine the butter and sugar using the paddle attachment. Scrap the bowl down. Mix in the almond extract then add the flour mixture. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Carefully make a small indention with your finger. Fill each indention with raspberry jam. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. While the cookies are chilling, preheat the oven to 350. Bake in the oven for 14-18 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 4-5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Once the cookies are cooled make the glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and water until it's smooth and easy to drizzle. Place the glaze in a small ziplock bag and cut the tip of the bag off. Drizzle the glaze over the cookies. 


Friday, December 1, 2017

Dilly Ranch Crackers


This crackers will forever make me think of my childhood and Christmastime. My mom would make these for a big Christmas party my parents hosted for years and years.  I would love eating these after their party was over and I got to munch on all the yummy leftovers! These are super easy and make a great gift in a cute little tin.

1 box oyster crackers
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 pkg ranch seasoning mix
3/4 dried dill weed
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Mix the oyster crackers with vegetable oil.  Add the seasonings and mix until all the crackers are coated well.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Old Fashion Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


Treat number 2 for 12 Days of Christmas Treats is this yummy spice cake! The cream cheese icing is a wonderful compliment to the spice cake! I loved this recipe because it wasn't a huge cake it was perfect if you want make it for a friend or for a dinner party. This recipe is from the Imperial Sugar website. 

Cake:
1 2/3 cups cake flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup salted butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs (room temperature)
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting:
6 tbsp salted butter (room temperature)
6oz cream cheese (room temperature)
3 cups powdered sugar 
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Heat oven to 350. Grease an 8x8 pan. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Set to the side. Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the oil.  Beat in eggs one at a time while scrapping down the sides between each egg.  Combine the buttermilk and vanilla extract. Alternate between adding buttermilk and the flour mixture until combined. Pour the batter until the greased pan. Bake fro 40 minutes or until the cake is cooked through. Beat together the butter and cream cheese until it is smooth. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and pinch of salt then beat until fluffy. Spread the frosting over the cake once it has cooled..