Tuesday, May 17, 2016

If Elvis Comes to Dinner

Want to take Breakfast for Dinner to a whole new level?  I've got just the ticket!

Try this Best Ever Peanut Butter Banana French Toast.  You will not be sorry.  Drizzle with a little syrup, throw on some whipped cream because whipped cream, and you are set!

One word of caution, don't let the bread camp out in egg mixture for any time at all.  It will disintegrate.  Also, you don not need anywhere near the amount of egg mixture given in the recipe.  I think I threw half away, so that's a real waste.

Add this to your menu soon!

The Start of an Obsession

Our little (not so much anymore) one has discovered Harry Potter.  She is nearly done with book five, and I expect the first part of her summer will be spent plowing through books six and seven.

For that reason, we've spent a lot of time recently talking about plot lines, trying to unravel mysteries, and generally talking about what if Harry did this, that, or the other thing.  When it came time to make some cookies, then, my eyes turned to these Harry Potter's Butterbeer Pudding Cookies.  They are a lovely soft cookie with a terrific caramelly flavor.  We enjoyed them so much.  And then we watched the third Harry Potter movie.  Yep, that sounds about right doesn't it?

The cookies followed this Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza.  CBR is becoming an obsession in and of itself, so not really a bad thing to make these two recipes in the same night.  This pizza is as good as you might expect.  I didn't add tomato to ours because the one I purchased to use went bad, and I'm the only one who really eats tomato anyway.

Two great installments of different current obsessions.  If you share either of them, we highly recommend!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Spring, Sunshine, and Sandwiches

We are slowly creeping toward summer.  The kids are getting antsy for school to finish, and I'm pulling out the grill just a little bit more.

I'm so glad we had a nice day for these Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwiches.  They are absolutely yummy!  It's a great combination of flavor that's perfect for everyday, not just when you are feeling Hawaiian.  I cut the hot sauce amount in half, but otherwise followed the recipe as is.  I decided to serve it on Hawaiian buns, because why not?!?

This is definitely making an appearance on the menu again in very short order.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Make It Happen

Summer activities are ramping up for us right now.  Which means some creative dinner plans to make sure we have something to eat!

This Salsa Verde Slow Cooker Pulled Pork was fantastic as the topping for our rice bowls!  I made the rice in the oven, and then topped each bowl with the pulled pork, cheese, sour cream, green onion, and cilantro.  Yum!  Hearty, filling, and fresh, a perfect start to a rainy week.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hot Brown!

I was a little out of touch with Kentucky Derby happening this year.  Nevertheless, I remembered to put these Hot Brown Sandwiches on the menu.

This recipe was pretty straightforward.  Just great flavors combined into one yummy dish.  I really loved the cheese sauce.  It was nothing exotic, but for some reason it was really good.  One modification I made that worked well--I used pre-cooked bacon crumbles (thank you, Costco) and just added them with a minute or two left to broil.

This is a great easy weeknight recipe.  Highly recommend, Derby or no.

Monday, May 9, 2016

So 'May'ny Things!

May is so full--celebrations, holidays, birthdays, school stuff, and on and on.

Of course we had to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  I chose to go back to a trusted fajita recipe from an old Kraft Friends and Family mag.  It's delicious and easy; it doesn't get better than that.

I decided to give these 3 Ingredient Crescent Churros a try since I already had the ingredients on hand.  They were simple and perfect with some vanilla ice cream.

Our dinner felt festive without being a lot of extra work and time.  Perfect.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tater Tot Heaven

Tater tot heaven.  Perhaps that's too strong, but I don't think so.  This Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Casserole is divine.  I only made a half of the recipe, and it's a good thing. I would eat a lot of this if I had the opportunity.

I followed the recipe as written where ingredients are concerned, but because of our frantic schedule, decided to use the crockpot instead of the oven.  It worked perfectly!  It cooked for around three hours on high, and was perfect, even the tater tots got crispy.  I might not make it any other way now.

Try this one, friends, you will NOT be sorry.