Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July in Review

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It's that time again - to wrap up the month with a pretty little bow! I've revamped my look a little and changed things around a bit. There are now picture categories on the left sidebar, my header is full of social media icons and categories, and a few things are moved around. I will be updating my blog love page and bucket list pages soon! They are in dire need of updating :)


I am also utilizing Passionfruit Ads for sponsors - there are 3 large and 10 medium spots open. Annnd lastly of all "announcements" is that I am celebrating my TWO year blog birthday with a giveaway starting August 2nd. :)


 
The Recipes
Favorites are noted with an asterisk!

Breakfast
Desserts
Main Dishes
Side Dishes
Snacks

I participated in both the Crazy Cooking Challenge and Secret Recipe Club this month. I posted Pretzel Ranch Chicken for CCC and Grilled Chicken & Pasta with Basil-Cream Sauce for SRC.

I want to revisit my resolutions again and update on how well/awful I'm doing on them:
  • Eat more fruit - As long as I continue with my yogurt & granola with fresh fruit snacks - I'm good!
  • Get on a schedule - Getting in this month - again hope to continue next month and be able to cross off this tick!
  • Catch up on adding the printable feature to old recipes. - IN AUGUST! Swear.
  • Work on emptying bookmarked recipes. - this too.
  • Leave reviews {comments} for recipes I've tried where I got them. - Work on more of this.
  • Look for duplicate recipes in the ones I have in the binders - Still need to do this.
  • Update Blog Love page. - Doing this in August too.
  • Use breadmaker, cake pop maker, and KitchenAid pasta attachment. - I still need to get the missing piece for my breadmaker. I didn't use the pop maker or pasta attachment yet.
  • Organize kitchen cabinets. - Obliterated this one! I'm so happy about it too!
  • **NEW** Update Bucket List page.
If you missed them, you can find Sunday Social, Oh, How Pinteresting Weds., and Tasty Thursdays by scrolling all the way down and finding the little label cloud. Click on whichever you want to see :)

I really enjoy doing these monthly wrap ups - you can find January {here}, February {here}, March {here}, April {here}, May {here}, and June by clicking the links!
 

Pizza Braid

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It's time for another Pinterest Project linky party - you can find more info {here}. If you have a Pinterest Project you have made/done this week, go over to my other blog and link up! It can be a recipe, a DIY for the home, a nail design, a craft with your kids, a hair do, an outfit, etc. As long as you found it on Pinterest, it can be a great success or an epic fail, we don't care :)

This is actually one of the very first pins that I pinned and I was so excited to try it. It was very simple. The ratio of filling to bread was perfect. There wasn't any one flavor that overwhelmed any other - it was just the perfect balance of flavor!


In Tennessee, my mom-in-law had a freezer stocked with Italian sausage. My husband went crazy for it. I'm pretty sure that's all he ate while we were there :) I couldn't find pizza sauce at the commissary, but I was able to find the brand of my favorite pizza sauce in spaghetti sauce. I happened to have stumbled upon an Italian Sausage with Peppers & Onions sauce. I grabbed it up because the recipe didn't call for onions or peppers and I love onions and peppers in EVERYTHING.

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What you need:
  • 1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed completely
  • 1/2 lb to 1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
  • Pepperoni
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Dried oregano
Directions:

Press bread dough into a long rectangle on a baking sheet. (Make sure you grease it first!)

Spread sauce in the middle and then top with meats and cheese.

Slice 1-inch strips to the filling on both sides.
Take one strip from each side and braid, alternating between sides. Tuck the ends under.

Bake at 325* for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with dried oregano.

Return to oven and bake for 5 more minutes.
Recipe from Busy Mommy

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Monday, July 30, 2012

SRC: Grilled Chicken & Pasta with Basil-Cream Sauce

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My assignment for this month was Melanie of Fabulously Fun Food. I was really excited to discover she was living in Tennessee - yay! Tennessee! And I can't help but love that she is also a biologist :) The nerd is me just swoons! I also adore that she has a favorites section for herself and her husband - my husband can never remember which foods he loved a lot by just the titles, so maybe I need to do that for him!

Anyways... typically I choose an opposite course with what I chose last month. Last month I did burgers, so I really should've gone with a sweet or breakfast dish. But when I saw Grilled Chicken & Pasta with Basil-Cream Sauce, it was an instantaneous decision. I am a pasta-holic. I love anything and everything pasta. I knew my husband would be game as long as it had a meat in the dish.

I went in thinking this dish would be great and man alive, it blew me away. Blew me away! This is definitely one of the very best recipes I have ever made and will be made a lot more. My husband, like I said up there, is game when there is meat involved. He kind of gets annoyed when I make meatless dishes - he actually went back just for the pasta and sauce (didn't even get more grilled chicken!). So needless to say, this was a huge hit in my house! I also noticed this was on Melanie's husband's favorites list.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

**Sunday Social #73**

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{Fantastical Favorites}
The one where I share my favorites from my own blog...



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{Around the Web Favorites}
The one where I share my favorites from OTHER blogs. They have all been stumbled and pinned :) 
I do NOT own any rights to these photos!  

 
Mini Chocolate Chip Doughnut Pancake Dippers ~ Lauren's Latest

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Grilled Lemon & Herb Salmon Packs ~ Betty Crocker

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Blueberry Cobbler ~ Brown Eyed Baker

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S'mores Ice Cream Cake ~ Annie's Eats

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Chocolate Mint Brownie Bites ~ The Pioneer Woman

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DIY Mocha Frappuccino ~ Annie's Eats

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Cookie Dough Fondue ~ Cookies & Cups

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Giant Gooey Cinnamon Biscuits

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I have been eyeing these for such a long time and I utilized Pinterest to make my menu last week. I was reminded of these and immediately put them on the menu. I really liked the size of them. This recipe makes 4 biscuits. I couldn't find cinnamon chips though :( So I used toffee bits. I really want to get the cinnamon chips and make this recipe the right way!

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What you need:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon chips (I had to use toffee bits)
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar (I will use closer to 1 1/2 cups next time)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Directions:
Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.

Pour 1 1/2 cup cream and mix until combined.

On a lightly floured surface, pat into a long, thick rectangle.

Slice into 8 squares and place half the squares into a greased 8x8-inch pan.

Sprinkle half cinnamon chips over top, then cover with second square. Top with remaining squares.

Bake at 425* for 14 to 16 minutes.
Once out of the oven, spread the chips on top.
Whisk together 1/2 cup heavy cream with sugar and vanilla. Drizzle on top. 
Recipe from The Kitchn

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Bites

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This has all the classic elements of a bombtastic dish: bacon, jalapeno, chicken. I mean when you have those 3 ingredients, you are going to have a great dinner. No surprise here, we loved these little bites. We ate them as a main dish, but I think they would be suited better as an appetizer. The wheels are already turning for making this into a full-sized chicken breast recipe!


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What you need:
  • 8 chicken tenders, flattened and cut into 2
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 8 slices bacon, cut in half
Directions:

Dab cream cheese in the center of each tender. Add a few peppers.

Fold and wrap in bacon. Secure with a toothpick.

Grill until bacon is crispy and brown.
 
Recipe from Salad in a Jar

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Giveaway Announcement + Printable Freebie

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So Fantastical Sharing is about to turn TWO.

I cannot believe that I've been food blogging for two years now. It's been a lot of fun to start out with just sharing with my friends to being able to reach a larger audience. I'm always so happy to hear that one of the recipes I've shared is made all the time or that I've helped someone find a million new blogs to find recipes on :) As long as I'm sharing and making people happy, I'm happy.

So to celebrate...
...and keeping with the theme of two...
I'm throwing a giveaway {tackling Rafflecopter for the first time} starting August 2nd. Oh hai! I love that my 2nd birthday is on August 2nd. Yay for numbers! :)

Anyways, there will be TWO winners and each winner will get TWO prizes: a super-secret handmade gift and TWO cookbooks.

You can grab the button to spread the word! I'm having issues with text boxes lately, so to grab - just highlight, copy, and paste in rich text or compose mode. If you have any problems, shoot me an email and I'll try and help as much as possible.


Fantastical Sharing of Recipes



Also because my husband is out in the field for two weeks, I'm bored to tears and began messing around with blank pages for no reason at all and came up with this little diddy for menu planning. Just follow the link to download and be able to print [hopefully] - this should fit a standard 8x11-inch page. {HERE}

Sorry for the lack of recipe today! There will be one tomorrow. Swearsies!

~Tasty Thursday #70~

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Next week I will be combining my Tasty Thursday post with my Thursday recipe - I'm actually not sure why I haven't done that yet. I think a little blonde is showing...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Frozen Yogurt Berries

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Every weekday, Nick comes home from work and raids the fridge and cupboards for something to snack on before dinner. I was in a particularly "surprise-y" mood and knew he would probably be late coming home and exhausted, having just driven for 13 hours straight the day before. I had a little trouble with the blueberries, so I ended up putting them in my pop molds for a little blueberry yogurt popsicles snack. Our store also didn't have blackberries which I would have loved to have done.


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What you need:
  • Assorted fresh berries
  • Any flavor of yogurt

Directions:

Dip berries in yogurt.

Place on a lined baking sheet and freeze until hardened.

Recipe from Bringing Beauty

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Oh, How Pinteresting Weds. #52

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So I'm like 7 and watch Adventure Time. 
Thought I'd share with y'all a good line from Jake the Dog :)

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A Quick Little Tip about Buying Bread
Glad to have found this because I learned this when I worked at Kroger in high school, but could never remember what each color was.

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Cherry Beer-garita
I'm not sure how I feel about tequila or Corona..but we'll see.

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Freezing Fresh Herbs
I love the idea of doing this in oil or butter!

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Cookie Dough Pudding
Never had cookie dough pudding...yum!

Source: kitchenmeetsgirl.com via Sarah on Pinterest


Grilled Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Mmm. Lemon and rosemary is such a good combo!

Source: cookinginstilettos.com via Sarah on Pinterest


Frozen S'mores Cups
Don't these just look so cute and delicious?

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Peach Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake with Peach Syrup
Had to bookmark this one for my hubs - he loves peaches!

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Pretzel Hot Dog Buns
Saw this on Sandwich King - cannot WAIT to make them!

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Cinnabon Fudge
Oh. My. Gawd. The apocalypse is coming.

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Chocolate Cookie Dough Iced Latte
I may try and make these today. I have no creamer. We'll see.

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And a little garden love...
Replant Romaine Lettuce

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Regrow Garlic Cloves

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Growing Veggies Indoors

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