Homemade “Dole Whips”

One of my favorite treats at Walt Disney World is Dole Whip.  Actually it’s one of many favorite treats at Walt Disney World.

I didn’t find the exact recipe for Dole Whip but I found one that was close enough to satisfy the craving for Dole Whip.  There is a place 20 minutes from my house that sells Dole Whip so when I have the real urge to have some, I’ll go there and pretend I’m at WDW.

Homemade Dole Whip

Homemade “Dole Whip”

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 c. frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 c. milk, use more if needed (dairy or coconut)
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

Steps:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.  If needed, add more milk (1 Tbsp. at a time).
  3. Enjoy right away

 

French Bread in a Bread Machine

Okay the title of this blog is a little misleading.  You make the dough in the bread machine but then remove the dough to bake the bread.

I was able to start the dough before we left for church and then make it into a loaf when we got home.  Easy peasy!

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Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs

As I have said previously, there are a few items that I cannot cook to save my life.  Hard boiled eggs are one of those items.

I’ve shared my technique for making them in the oven.  This is my technique for making the hard boiled eggs in my pressure cooker.

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Updates

I’m not going to be posting any weekly menus for the next three weeks.  We are currently just eating out of the freezer because I have a lot of food stock piled in the freezer.  Hubby expressed his concern with the amount of food we have in there so I’m going to be use some of the food up.  Plus there is another reason I’m not going to menu plan but I won’t discuss it until a later time.

Hubby and I are having issues with using the slow cooker for our dinners because he is either forgetting to turn it on low when he’s been asked to do it by me or I make the mistake of turning it on high instead of low because I think I’m using one crock pot but I’m using another crock pot.  Don’t ask.

Anyway after our last issue with the crock pot, I went on Amazon and got us a new crock pot that is digital.  Sweet!  I already have one that has the automatic timer.  The problem is that it is huge and it only gives me two choices for the low temperature and two choices for the high temperature.  With this crock pot I can set the exact time I want and whether I want it to cook on low or high.
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Now I’m going to start looking for new crock pot recipes for the write 31 in October.  I’m going to do another 31 days of crock pot recipes.  I’ll type of the recipes on my Google Drive between now and then.  I’ll also upload the pictures of the recipes to the Drive.  Once October comes around, I’ll then share those recipes.  The recipes will be ready to go but not the blog posts.  Those blog posts will be fresh material so that I’m following the guidelines for the write 31.  (Although I may put some notes on the Google Drive when I’m typing up the recipe.)

Here is a link to my new crock pot.  I’ll share my impressions of it after using it for a while.

Happy eating,
Traci

Overnight Oatmeal

This is an easy recipe for breakfast.  You prepare it the night before and put in the fridge.  The next morning, you pull it out of the fridge and then set it on the counter to allow for the oats to warm up a bit.  That is unless you love the oats ice cold.

This is a versatile recipe.  You can change it up depending on your imagination.  I’m sharing you a version that uses blueberries and strawberries.  The oatmeal is then topped with pecans.

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adapted from Skinny Taste

Stars of the recipe:
  • 1/4 c. quick oats
  • 1/2 c. milk (skim, 2%, almond, soy, or coconut)
  • 1/2 c. blueberries
  • 1/4 c. cut strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp. or less honey
  • 1/2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon (more or less depending on your preferences)
  • 1 Tbsp. nuts

Steps:

  1. Combine the oats, milk, blueberries, strawberries, honey, chia seeds, and cinnamon in a jar.
  2. Place in the fridge overnight.
  3. Take out of the fridge and allow to take the chill off.
  4. Add nuts.
  5. Enjoy!  (If you want, add Greek yogurt.)

Happy Eating,
Traci

 

Apple Cider Ham (Slow Cooker)

Can you believe Easter is almost upon us?  Neither can I.

I decided I wanted ham the other day for dinner.  Instead of cooking it the typical way in the slow cooker, I decided to cook it it with apple cider.  The Wee One told me that the ham tasted like applesauce.  The Imaginative One took a huge slice and ate it all.  I believe that this recipe is a keeper.

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Apple Cider Ham (Slow Cooker)

Stars of the recipe:

  • 4 to 5 lb. boneless ham
  • 2 c. apple cider or apple juice
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon (You can add more if you like the taste of cinnamon.)
  • 2 tsp. cloves

Steps:

  1. Place the ham in the slow cooker.
  2. Pour apple cider or apple juice over the ham.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and cloves.  Pat the mixture on the ham.
  4. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  5. Enjoy!

Here are more Easter recipes:

Happy Eating,
Traci

Blueberry Almond Spinach Salad

Spring is upon us.  I crave more salads during spring.  Maybe it’s my body craving something healthy after the heaviness of winter dishes.

Anyway this is one yummy simple salad.  I dressed it with maple Dijon vinaigrette but it would be equally delicious with the blueberry vinaigrette or grapefruit vinaigrette.

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Blueberry Almond Spinach Salad

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1/4 c. fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 c. slivered almonds
  • 1/4 c. crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 c. fresh spinach
  • 1/4 c. cooked chicken, optional
  • 2 Tbsp. maple Dijon vinaigrette

Steps:

  1. Toss the spinach, blueberries, almonds, goat cheese, and chicken if you are using it.
  2. Top with the vinaigrette.
  3. Enjoy!

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

As I said, I’m trying to post more salad dressing recipes on my blog.  I went to Pinterest to see if I could find any ideas of salad dressings.

This one is yum!  Simple and delicious.  I could have licked the bowl after eating the salad.  However, that might have looked a little silly.

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Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

adapted from Simple Bites

Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple (not breakfast syrup)
  • 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar

Steps:

  1. Whisk all the ingredients together.  Or blend the ingredients using a blender or food processor.  (I used my blender cup.)
  2. Enjoy on your favorite salad!

Use within a week.

 

Lime Cashew Chicken

 

Instead of ordering Chinese food from our local restaurant, I decided to make us homemade Chinese food.  Whenever I do, Hubby tells me it’s better than the mall’s food court Chinese food.  He loves to go get lunch there on occasion.

It’s super easy to put together.  The flavor is phenomenal!  Hubby and the Wee One really enjoyed the dish.  In fact, in the middle of dinner, the Wee One announced dinner was “yummy.”  I’ll take that compliment.

I found frozen ginger cubes at Walmart a few weeks ago.  Each cube is worth 1 tsp. of minced ginger.  I used the minced ginger in this dish.  It made getting dinner on the table so much easier.

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I also use the already minced garlic.  We get a huge container at Sam’s Club.  As I said, it makes getting dinner on the table quicker.

Here’s another tip to help you with dinner:  I bought a big bag of frozen chicken tenderloins.  The frozen chicken tenderloins were cheaper than buying fresh chicken.  On the day I was going to use the chicken, I pulled out the amount of chicken needed for dinner.  I then put it into the fridge to thaw out for dinner.  Since it was not completely thawed out when I went to use it, it was so much easier to cut.

Lime Cashew Chicken

Lime Cashew Chicken

adapted from Robin Miller’s Quick Fix Meals

Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 2 tsp. minced ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 lbs. chicken breasts or tenderloins, cubed (about 1 to 1-1/2 inches pieces)
  • 1/2 c. Hoisin sauce
  • 1-1/2 c. chicken broth
  • 1 lime zested and juiced (I put my lime in the microwave for 10 secs. before juicing it.)
  • 1 c. salted cashew halves
  • 1/2 c. green onions

Steps:

  1. In a medium skillet, heat the oil.
  2. Add the ginger and garlic.  Heat for 1 minute.
  3. Add the chicken.  Cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is browned.
  4. Add the Hoisin sauce, chicken broth, lime zest, and lime juice to the chicken.
  5. Turn the heat up to high.  Allow the mixture to boil.
  6. Turn the heat to medium low.  Allow to simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked.
  7. Add the cashews and green onions.
  8. Serve!
  9. Enjoy over rice!

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Happy eating,
Traci

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of March 14, 2016

This is another weird week for our dinners.  Monday, Tuesday, and Friday are pretty normal dinnerwise.  However, Wednesday and Thursday are going to be different.  On Wednesday, we have Lenten soup supper at church so we are eating there.  On Thursday, we have pictures at church.  I won’t have time to go home and get supper on the table before Hubby has to go to work so we are planning to go out to dinner.

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Pressure Cooker Mashed Potatoes

As I have said in previous blogs, there are two food items that I seem to not to be able to make in the traditional manner.  Those are hard boiled eggs and mashed potatoes.  On Thanksgiving eve, I tried to make the mashed potatoes and then had to call my mother-in-law to ask her to make the mashed potatoes.

So on Valentine’s Day, I decided we were going to have oven fried chicken.  What goes great with the oven fried chicken?  Mashed potatoes.  I was a brave little soul and made them in the pressure cooker.  They were delicious!

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Copycat “Blimey Limey” (Tropical Smoothie)

My favorite smoothie from Tropical Smoothie is the Blimey Limey.  I decided to recreate it but there is a lack of recipes for copycat “Blimey Limey” recipes.  Eventually I found one recipe so I adapted the recipe a little bit by removing the sweetener.  I loved it without the sweetener.

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Cherry-Lime Infused Water

I love cherry limeades from Sonic.  Love, love, love them.  Actually I love almost anything cherry flavored.  Yum!

I was craving fresh cherries the other day. However it is not cherry season so there is no fresh cherries to be found or they are super expensive.  I opted to get frozen cherries instead.  So when I was deciding what type of infused water I wanted to take to work, I decided that cherry-lime would be a good flavor.

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St. Patrick’s Day Marshmallow Bars (2 Varieties)

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I have a few St. Patrick’s Day recipes on my blog.

This year  I decided I needed to have a few more recipes for St. Patrick’s Day.  My boys LOVE marshmallow bars.  I decided using Lucky Charms or Froot Loops instead of Rice Krispies would a great alternative.

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Mom, What’s For Dinner – Week of March 7

This weekend, I got a cool pan to make my baked pancakes in.  Instead of the pancake being in a rectangular shape, it makes little silver dollar pancakes.  Believe me it was so much easier to get a breakfast for dinner meal on the table.  I made up the batter of the pancakes and then filled each cavity.  After filling each cavity, I then baked the pancakes in the oven.  Meanwhile, I cooked bacon and scrambled eggs.  Yum!

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This pan makes 12 pancakes at a time.

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Pickled Beet Eggs

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One of my favorite ways to eat eggs is pickled beet eggs.  Yum!

They need to sit in the brine for enough time.  If they don’t, I won’t eat them.  My grandma B. used to just pass the hard boiled eggs in the brine and then pass them off as pickled beet eggs.  Yuck!

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A Week of Family Favorites

Three weeks ago, I shared a week of slow cooker meals.  Today I’m going to share a week of family favorites.

My family really enjoys 2 of the recipes.  Brown sugar ham causes the boys to run to the kitchen when it’s on the menu.  They really love that dish.  Since it’s close to Easter, ham should be going on sale.  I usually stock up on ham during the Easter season since I know the family would enjoy it.  If you do get a ham, you could put some of pieces of it in the potato soup.

The other meal that my family really likes is the breakfast for dinner.  I don’t make a hot breakfast so this is their chance to have pancakes, waffles, or French toast.

Hubby enjoys the other meals.  So I know with these meals, the family is going to be fed well.  They will also be happy with what I’ve served for dinner.

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So what about breakfast and lunches?  For breakfasts, I have two great resources on my blog.  You can visit 6 Easy Breakfast ideas or DIY Breakfast Edition.  If that doesn’t appeal to you, then toast and cereal are great options.

Lunch can be left overs or sandwiches such as peanut butter and jelly or ham and cheese.

What about dessert or a sweet treat for this week’s menu?  How about Homemade Shamrock Shake.  It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day so this is a good way to celebrate the holiday.  It’s one of the Imaginative’s One’s favorite sweet treats.  If you are looking for an alternative shamrock shake with less calories then check out Skinner Shamrock Shake.

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Happy Eating,
Traci

Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven

I have a confession.  No matter what, I cannot make hard boiled eggs the conventional way.  The eggs’ yolks don’t fully cook.

I have an egg cooker that I use at times.  However, I didn’t want to use the egg cooker when I was cooking up the eggs my sons were going to dye using Kool Aid.
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Aunt Missy’s Easy Skillet Chicken Parmesan

A few years ago, my aunt sent me a little stand up photo album with family favorite recipes.  When I was menu planning this week, I decided to check out those recipes.  I ended up choosing to make her chicken Parmesan.  It’s a one skillet recipe and done in less than 30 minutes.  Score!

I was so excited about the recipe that I’m already putting it on the blog!

Hubby loved it!  In fact, he had seconds.

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Aunt Missy’s Easy Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch. cubes
  • 1 (14 oz.) can or 1 & 3/4 c. chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 c. spaghetti sauce (Hubby suggests a spaghetti sauce that is cheesy flavored.)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 c. dried small cut pasta such as penne
  • 1 c. grated Parmesan (& more for serving)

Steps:

  1. Heat a skillet to medium high heat.
  2. Melt the butter in the skillet.
  3. Add the chicken.
  4. Cook until pink.
  5. Add the chicken broth, spaghetti sauce, basil, and oregano.
  6. Turn up heat to high.  Allow the spaghetti sauce and chicken broth to boil.
  7. Add the pasta.  Stirring until pasta is coated.
  8. Turn down heat to medium low.  Cover and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.  Stirring occasionally.
  9. Sprinkle cheese over the pasta.
  10. Enjoy!  Add more cheese to the pasta when serving if desired.

Thank you Aunt Missy for the recipe!

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Happy eating,
Traci