Thursday, June 23, 2016

For the Love of Kabobs and Butter Rice

For some reason my June menu was heavy on the kabob recipes.  I've had these Sweet Shrimp Kabobs pinned for quite some time, and after tasting them, I highly regret not trying them sooner!  Such a great sweet and savory flavor that doesn't overwhelm the shrimp.  Definitely making these again.

Then add this recipe for Lauren's Famous Butter Rice that's been popping up in all my feeds, and you have yourself an excellent meal.  This rice is amazing.  There's really nothing earth shattering here, but it was tasty, and I only used about 1/4 cup of butter instead of a 1/3.  Imagine the calorie savings. ;)

I love it when there are two yummy winners in one meal.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


This Easy Crockpot Lasagna sounded like a super fast path to yummy lasagna, but I'm not sure how I feel about the results.

First, heavy lasagna on a hot, humid 90+ degree day wasn't the best coincidence of menu planning.  Second, against my better judgement I used the Ragu as listed in the recipe.  I don't normally prefer Ragu as a jarred spaghetti sauce, and I kind of wished I'd gone with my gut feel and used Prego like I normally do.  Third, this is a big dish.  Now I have an endless supply of leftovers of a very mediocre dish.

And that's where I'm conflicted.  My kiddo loved it, and has eaten the leftovers for two lunches straight.  Plus, as easy recipes go, this is definitely a great candidate.  I'd say if you love lasagna, and choose your normal favorite pasta sauce, this is probably a good possibility.

I'm guessing this recipe gets lost for me, however.  I can't face this many leftovers again.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Creamy Dill Chicken Pasta with a Kit Kat Chaser

After several days out of the kitchen on vacation, it's been fun to be back cooking again.  So fun, in fact, that I'm willing to make multiple new recipes in one day!

I had already planned on this Creamy Dill Chicken Pasta.  It's really just Alfredo with a twist, but it's a tasty one.  I used dried dill because I didn't have fresh.

So then we needed 'zert.  We always need 'zert, but it was hot so I went looking through my recipes on Pinterest, that I sought out all the no-bake possibilities.  These Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit Kat Bars caught my eye.  They are an awful lot like the Scotcheroos that we love, but the Kit Kat is an added bonus, and it used up some of the random Kit Kats that have been sitting around in the cabinet.
The bars were good!  My kiddo said they set off her "sweet meter", but cut them smallish (I did 16 pieces out of an 8" square pan) and you'll be fine.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Meatball Kabobs

Meatballs.  They are a crowd favorite at our house, and this recipe for Meatball Kabobs couldn't be easier.

Simply chop your peppers and onions, thread them skewers with the meatballs, and brush with your favorite sauce (I used a combination of homemade and Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory and Brown Sugar.)  They are pretty and tasty too.  This would be a lovely main dish for a backyard barbecue, or you could make smaller versions and serve them as appetizers.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Banana Pudding to End All Banana Puddings

Here in the Midwest, banana pudding is not the thing it is in the south.  I find many people don't love it, or at least think they don't love it.  Either way, say you are bringing banana pudding to a gathering of friends and family, and you'll probably get a lukewarm "oooookaaaay". 

That ends now.  This The Best Banana Pudding Ever, really is.  The pudding layer is deliciously thick and substantial.  The cookies stand up to the pudding and don't disintegrate after a few hours, and there's just enough banana flavor to be scrumptious without being fake or obnoxious.  Perfect.

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!