Posted in dinner, easy, ground beef, Recipes

Meaty Spaghetti Sauce (Wee One’s Sauce)

The other day I had to change our menu because we changed our plans for the week.  I had gone through our pantry and noticed we had a lot of spaghetti noodles.  So instead of barbecue chicken legs, I decided to have spaghetti.

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Posted in Chicken, easy, Main Dish, Recipes, Wee one

Orange Chicken

This post was originally posted in February 2011.  There was no photograph of the dish so I remedied that when we ate the meal last night.

The Wee One decided to help me make the dish.  I’m so happy that he is willing to help with the cooking of dinner.  I helped him with getting the popcorn chicken out of the oven and the temperature and time on the oven.  He helped with the majority of the rest of the dinner.  The Wee One was so proud of himself once the dinner was finished cooking.  He wanted everyone to try his rice.

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Posted in Dips, easy, Recipes, Snacks

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip and Cooking with Students part 2

So Tuesday was the third and final day of Skinnies.  My room was tore up because it was the second to last day of school.  I got it together enough for the group of students to have a place to eat.

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Posted in Chicken, easy, Pasta, Recipes

Sundried Tomato, Chicken, & Feta Cheese – One Pot Pasta Dish

Last weekend I found a blog that gave the exact portions to make a one pot pasta dish.  I decided to attempt to use the guidelines to make my own dish.

I’ve been loving sundried tomatoes lately.  So it was only logical that I used sundried tomatoes in this recipe.  Yum!

This dish would be good topped with Kalamata olives.  Or your favorite type of olive.  The rest of the family does not like olives so I didn’t top it with olives

IMG_0221Sundried Tomato, Chicken, & Feta Cheese
One Pot Pasta Dish

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. chicken breast, diced into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 c. small pasta (I used bow tie pasta.)
  • 1/2 c. sundried tomatoes, cut into smaller pieces
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 c. Feta cheese
  • 1/4 c. sliced Kalamata olives
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat up a large skillet.  Add the extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Add the chicken breast.  Brown the chicken for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic.  Cook for a minute.
  4. Add the milk, chicken broth, and pasta.  Turn up the heat up to high.  Allow to boil.
  5. Turn heat to medium low.  Cover.
  6. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes.  Remove the lid.
  7. Add the sundried tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper, and olives.
  8. Serve!
  9. Enjoy!

The blog I found out the correct portions for one dish pasta dishes.  Recipe Rebel

Happy eating,

Posted in Apples, easy, Recipes, side dish

“Baked” Apples

Hubby and I love the baked apples at Frisch’s Big Boy.  When we go to eat there, we usually will order the apples as one of our side dishes.

I also like fried apples.  However I don’t usually have fried apples properly so this is an easy alternative.

You need to use a good cooking apple when making the “baked” apple.  When I made it, I used jonagold apples which was a good apple to use for this recipe.

When I made these apples, I first cored the apples and then peeled the apple.  (It really doesn’t matter which order you do it in.)  Then I cut the apple in half and then each half into fourths.  So I ended up with 8 slices per apple.

“Baked” Apple

adapted from Simply Recipes

Stars of the recipe:

  • 3 to 4 baking apples, peeled and cored
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. of granulated sugar
  • 1 to 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup


  1. Slice the apples into 6 to 8 slices each.  (Depending on the size of the apple.)
  2. Place the apple slices in a microwavable bowl.
  3. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over the apples.
  4. Microwave for 5 minutes.  (Add more time if the apples are not tender.)
  5. Drizzle maple syrup over the cooked apples.
  6. Enjoy!

I ended up adding more cinnamon to my apples.  I love lots of cinnamon.

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Posted in Dessert, easy, Pineapple, Recipes, Snacks, Walt Disney World recipes

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


  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


Posted in Chicken, dinner, easy, Recipes

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.


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


  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!


Happy eating,

Posted in breakfast, Drinks, easy, Recipes, Smoothie

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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Posted in Dessert, easy, Recipes, Snacks, St. Patrick's Day

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


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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