Sunday, July 31, 2011

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

This was my first time doing homemade au gratin potatoes and it was so worth it! These were so much better than the ones out of the box and so delicious!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rosemary & Thyme Roasted Potatoes

I based this off a completely different recipe (Crispy baby potatoes with sour cream and bacon from Sandra Lee). I made it with chicken I marinaded in what I thought was McCormick's Baja Lime marinade, but now that I'm googling around, I think it's actually Mojito Lime. Who knows? I swear it was Baja Lime. Anyways, I marinaded my chicken breasts and baked them. It was an absolutely delicious meal! I left the skins on mine because I love potato skin. You don't have to though.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - #14

Powdered Donuts
Breakfast Burritos
Baked French Toast Sticks
Fried Egg & Toast

Dogs & Frogs
Chicken & Fries
Grilled Cheese with veggies and Hot Broccoli Dip

Sour Cream Noodle Bake and garlic bread

Coffee Smoothie
Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies
Deep Fried Pickles

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Slow Week

I'm doing a little clearing of my pantry and freezer in an attempt to make more room, save some money, and not use my oven this week. My a/c is broken and it's supposed to get hot this week here in Upstate NY.

Since there won't be many recipes this week, per a reader request, I'm going to be working on getting a printable feature up on all the recipes!

I hope y'all have a wonderful week!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Kyleigh!
Comment #6 (chosen through

These babies are all yours! 
Email me your address: and I will ship these out asap!


And a special thanks to everyone for your support of my blog! I cannot wait to do another giveaway! =]

Thursday, July 14, 2011

~Twisted Thursday - 7.14.2011~

From my friend Candace Crismon:
This is an Olive Garden copy cat that I absolutely love. And I serve with breadsticks or I sometimes buy bread bowls from Panera Bread!
                                          Zuppa Toscana Soup
 1lb italian sausage, crumbled  (you can also use the jimmy dean sausage rolls any flavor)
1/2lb Smoked bacon, chopped or (Oscar Meyer real bacon pieces)
4 cups water
2 14.5 cans broth(chicken,beef, or vegetable)
2 large Russet potatoes, cubed or(yellow or red use your judgment)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups chopped kale or swiss chard
1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 garlic cloves, crushed
salt and pepper to taste
  1.In a skillet over medium-high heat brown sausage breaking into small pieces as you fry. Drain and set aside.
  2.In a skillet over medium-high heat brown bacon breaking into small pieces as you fry. Drain annd set aside. (If using the real bacon pieces skip this step and put them in the soup at the end.)
  3.Place water,broth,potatoes,garlic,and onion in a pot simmer over medium heat until potatoes are tender.
  4.Add sausage and bacon to pot simmer for 10 minutes.
  5.Add kale and cream to pot, season with salt and pepper. Heat through.

Homemade Spaghetti-O's

So this is a lazy spin off of a recipe I found on Cooking with my Kid. I would have to say that this is much better than original Spaghetti-O's. I used to eat them every Saturday growing up and got a little sick of them, so I'm glad I found something similar, but not as gross.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cake Batter Pancakes addition to the Cinnamon Roll pancakes that I had been jones-ing to try...Cake Batter pancakes were next on my list. I love cake. I'm not really big on pancakes, but I will definitely be making this recipe and the cinnamon roll pancake recipe regularly! They are fantastic and make breakfast worth looking forward to!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Melt in Your Mouth Banana Bread and a Giveaway! member Mysterygirl wasn't kidding when she said melt in your mouth! This is only the second recipe for banana bread that I've tried because my other one is tried and true. This recipe is so moist and delicious! It's almost like cake!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Pepperoni Grilled Cheese

Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of this recipe in the rush of making lunch for two very starving children. But it will definitely be made again and I will update with pictures later. This was a great take on traditional grilled cheese and a big hit for my pizza-obsessed kids :)

Also...if you haven't heard...the first giveaway is just 3 followers away! 100 Followers will mark the very first Fantastical giveaway! Spread the word!

Friday, July 08, 2011

4 Followers Away!!

We are almost there!
In 4 followers, I will be doing the first Fantastical giveaway! 
Spread the word everyone!
I can't wait :)

Molasses Cookies

Molasses cookies are a staple of my childhood. I do love chocolate and anything with chocolate in it (well, mostly anything), but these were my very favorite cookies. They are crunchy on the outside and soft'n'gooey on the inside. They stay soft for many days. Not to mention, they are just plain good!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

BBQ Chicken Wraps

I love this recipe! This is my second time making it and I'm kicking myself for not making it more.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

French Toast Fingers

I'm a bit of a French toast-aholic. I love it! I love trying new recipes and new ways to make it. I used strawberry jam, although I wished I had blackberry jam because I think it would be phenomenal! My kids scarfed them down! You all have to try these!
French Toast Fingers | A kid-friendly breakfast treat featuring your choice of flavor for jelly. Add peanut butter for extra deliciousness #breakfast #recipe

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Petite Lasagnas

This may be my new favorite recipe! It was very simple, very cute, and very yummy!
Petite Lasagnas | Cute little lasagna cups you can devour in two bites! #recipePetite Lasagnas | Cute little lasagna cups you can devour in two bites! #recipe

Friday, July 01, 2011

3 Envelope Chicken

Update 12/14/12: This is still one of our favorite recipes. I hated that the chicken looked dry in the picture because it is anything BUT dry. It's moist, tender, and juicy. So here's a new, updated picture:
3 Envelope Chicken - 5 ingredients to a juicy, flavorful dinner! #chicken #crockpot

So I made this recipe completely unsuspecting of what exactly it would taste like. I snuck a bite while I was cutting up one of the pieces for my kids and I was blown away. My grandma used to make chicken just like this and it immediately made me think of 8 billion different memories I had at my grandparents house. The chicken itself is so moist and tender and it is jam-packed with flavor. I love the bite of the ranch mix.