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Honey Mustard Chicken

Hey all!  Sorry I’ve been MIA lately, I’ve actually been working on a lot of things in our crazy life! Winter sports have ended and soccer has begun, I am scrambling to get volunteer hours for our kids school, and we recently did a 5K that was kind of an eye opener for me. 

Guys- I am super out of shape!  

Like waaayyyy out of shape. 

So I’ve started to change my eating habits and exercising. 


Right now it’s new and fun, I’m losing weight and getting more energy…but check in with me in a few more weeks and see if I’m still as enthusiastic πŸ˜‰

Which brings me to today’s recipe! This is something I found a few years ago when I was trying to lose some baby weight. The hardest part of changing my diet is that I still have to eat with the rest of the family, so this recipe was (and is) a life saver! 

Honey Mustard Chicken

Ingredients 


2 lbs chicken breasts

1 cup of honey

1/4 cup yellow mustard

1/4 cup Dijon mustard 

1 tbs paprika 

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 tbs parsley
Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Combine all the ingredients except the chicken


Mix them well!

Lay out the chicken breasts in a greased pan and smother them in the sauce. 


Put in the oven for 25 minutes, pull them out, turn them, and put them in for another 25 minutes 


Check the center and make sure they’re done!

Enjoy!



Tomato-Basil Sandwich Wraps

I was recently asked by my good friend Hailie to be a bridesmaid! 

Me, Hailie, Kourtney, and Jacki

She is one of the sweetest and most genuine people I know, when my son had whooping cough at five weeks old she helped us so much with the other two kids!  I really don’t know what we would have done without her!  I met her through my oldest sons school about four years ago and she has been a good friend ever since. 

Since I’ve known her Hailie has talked about her wedding to Matt. This girl has binders and planners full of wedding ideas and has always talked about having an engagement party. Since we love her so much we bridesmaids decided to throw her a surprise one! 

As it turns out one of the other bridesmaids is practically a professional party planner!  How lucky could we get?  Paulina knew a perfect venue that Hailie would love that I had never even heard of, and she knew exactly how to arrange things to keep it shabby chic….definitely something I couldn’t have done!  If it’s not symmetrical I panic, but Paulina truly has a talent of making things look pretty!



My contribution was food, are you super shocked? πŸ˜‰. This week I will be sharing some of the recipes I used for Hailie surprise engagement party, starting with some Tomato-Basil Sandwich Roll Ups that I made!  

I had seen the Pioneer Woman make some sandwich roll ups on her show but when I made them for a picnic they were not a super hit. The main complaint being that they were too dry, you had to dip them in a sauce and no one was thrilled with that. So I decided to combine some aspects of the Holiday Roll Ups I made at Christmas with these sandwich roll ups and these definitely went over well!

Tomato-Basil Sandwich Wraps

ingredients


Sun dried tomato flavored wraps (got mine at Aldi!)

Shredded lettuce

8oz cream cheese

Pepper

1 pound turkey

1 pound ham

4 diced green onions

1 packet of ranch mix

1/2 tbs dried basil

Cheese slices

Start by combining the cream cheese, ranch mix,basil, and plenty of pepper


Lay out your wrap and spread the mixture over it evenly. I was pretty generous because I was worried about them being dry, and I still got 6 wraps out of this mixture 


Add you cheese slices, I recommend cheese slices over shredded cheese because it makes the wrap ups hardier. 


Add the meat, get crazy with it!  Just ham!  Just turkey!  A little of both!  Madness!

Top that with shredded lettuce and sprinkle some green onion on top. 


Roll them up!  Wrap them in clear wrap and put them in the fridge. 


You can make these a day ahead to save you some time on party day, I made them in the morning and let them chill until party time!

Cut them into inch to inch and a half pieces and serve!



Easter BrunchΒ 

Is anyone else like, super obsessed with brunch? I wish there was a cute little place in my small town to have brunch, I would be there every Saturday. But I’ll have to settle for my kitchen, with a mason jar full of coffee, some scones, and a bowl of strawberry soup. 

Yes, that does say strawberry soup. 

My cousin made this recipe for me after she went on a Disney cruise. I am not an adventurous eater, so I was pretty hesitant to try a cold, fruit flavored, soup, but it is so good!  And it would look gorgeous on your table for Easter breakfast or brunch!


Strawberry Soup

Ingredients

2 cups sliced strawberries

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup sour cream

1 1/5 cup heavy cream


This recipe is super simple !

Combine the sliced strawberries and sugar, stir until they’re all coated


Put the strawberries, heavy cream, and sour cream into the blender. 


Set the blender on purΓ©e until everything is liquid 


You can serve immediately or chill for a few hours prior. It would be an easy make ahead the night before. 


Just think of how pretty that would be at your Easter table!  


Easter Jiggles!

The kids have been back in school for three days now, and so I have been laying around, relaxing, eating bonbons…

Just kidding! πŸ˜‚ Somehow I’ve been more busy!  I’m sure after this week it will slow down…

Oh what’s that?  I thought it would slow down?  Better volunteer to coach my daughters soccer team. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

So I wanted to make a fun after school snack that I could make early (I am way more active in the morning. By 3pm I am running entirely on prayer and caffeine) and I wanted it to be Easter themed!  What better snack than some Jello-O jigglers like my mom used to make. 

Now my mom had the coolest jell-o molds, but I didn’t have time to ask her for them. So I used something I had already that you probably have too!

Easter Jell-O Jigglers

Ingredients

6 oz flavored jell-o

3 oz unflavored gelatin

3 cups boiling water


In a medium sized bowl combine the water and the jell-o. Stir well

Add the unflavored gelatin and whisk it all together


Pour the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish


Put in the fridge until firm, it took three hours for me. 


When the jell-o “jiggles” to the touch pull it out and grab some Easter cookie cutters!


I recommend laying them out like this to make your plan to cut out. With cookies you can just re-roll the dough,  but you can’t combine jell-o scraps. You can definitely eat them though…just saying πŸ˜‰

Press the cutters down gently, one at a time


Carefully use a spoon to pull out your jiggler!


These were also great because the kids could carry them to the car as we dashed to figure skating practice! 


Going Amish for Easter

Hey all!  Is everyone getting excited for the Easter holiday?  Church clothes bought? Bunny pictures taken? Baskets put together?

Then you are way better than me because I have none of that done 😳

We were so busy on spring break, the kids are back in school so I can “hop” off to the store and get all of these things checked off the list!

Although-I should probably take the kids for the bunny pictures. Might get weird if they aren’t there. 

On our last big trip for spring break we headed down to Bourbon Missouri where my dad and step-mom live. 


We went to Meramac Springs and got to see the fish. Which was way more fun than it sounds πŸ˜‰



We got to feed the fish and walk around the springs. It was really beautiful!  There are canoes and trails I’d love to explore some time, maybe this summer!


We usually make this trip on Easter and spend the weekend with my brothers and their families, but my husband new route didn’t make that possible. We did get to enjoy three days with grandparents though ❀️

So this Easter will be here at home, and I am trying out some dishes. I started with one of my favorites; Amish Macaroni Salad!  I seriously love this so much sometimes I make a big batch and just eat on it all week. 

Please don’t judge me πŸ˜‚

Amish Marcaroni Salad

Ingredients 

12 oz Elbow macaroni cooked

1 red pepper chopped

3 stalls chopped celery

4 hard boiled eggs diced

1/2 onion diced

Dressing Ingredients 

2 cups Miracle Whip

2 tbs dill pickle relish

3 tbs yellow mustard 

2 tsp white vinegar

1/4 cup sugar 

1 tsp celery seed

1/2 tsp salt


Combine all the dressing ingredients and mix well with a whisk


Gradually add the egg, celery, onion, pepper, and cooked noodles 


Add some salt and pepper to taste and refrigerate an hour before serving!



Tantalizing Tart

Week two of spring break is coming to an end!  By this time of fall break I was so ready for school to be back in, but thankfully we have been able to stay busy this break. 

We took a trip to Sky Zone, a trampoline park this week. The kids had so much fun and were worn out. So wonderfully worn out πŸ˜‰


There was dodgeball, a foam pit, two huge just jump areas, and basketball hoops!


The price was pretty reasonable as well, definitely something we will have to do again!

 They were pretty hungry after this adventure so we grabbed dinner on the way home, but when we got home I wanted to make something sweet for us to snack on. 

Spring Berry Tart

Ingredients 

1 package sugar cookie dough

8 oz cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

Your choice of fruits

Start by preheating the oven to 350

Spray a tart pan or springform pan with non-stick spray 

Flatten the cookie dough out to form the crust 



Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a tooth pick comes out clean

Set aside and let cool


Combine the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and salt


Spread out evenly over sugar cookie crust



Decorate with your fruit!  I used strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. In hindsight it looks a little Fourth of July, but I just used what I had. 


Chill for ten minutes to firm the cream cheese mixture back up and serve!




Beautiful Blackberry Pie

There are seriously berries all over my local grocery stores!  Strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are making the aisles so pretty and colorful. It makes shopping a little more fun for sure, and makes it easier to make better snack choices for the family!

Speaking of fun shopping, we recently took the kids to Build-A-Bear for another Spring break adventure!


The kids were so excited and so meticulous in their choices. 

I had never been there before and I didn’t realize they even stuff the bears! Or ponies, or tigers, or lions….


Then of course we had to give our new friends a bath after they’d been stuffed…


Troy got a Batman Bear he cleverly named…Bat Bear


And Kaelin got a tie-dyed bunny she name Lexi…and they got matching PJs


It was definitely a fun day!  And after dinner we enjoyed a dessert from my fun shopping trip…to the grocery store πŸ˜‰

Blackberry Pie

Ingredients 

Pie crust

3 cups of flour

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 sticks sliced butter

3/4 cup vegetable shortening 

1 tbs white distilled vinegar

1 egg

Filling

8 cups of blackberries

2 cups of sugar

1/4 cup corn starch

2 tbs vanilla
Start with the pie crust

Combine flour and salt in a bowl, then add the shortening and butter and work it into tiny pebbles


Add the vinegar and the egg



Take half the dough and form a disc, put it in a bag and refrigerate if you’re going to use it in the next couple days, or freeze it for later!


Pie Filling

Preheat your oven to 350 

Combine the blackberries and sugar in a large sauce pan and bring them to a boil. This will take a minute or two so don’t panic (like I did πŸ˜‰)


Combine the corn starch with 2 tbs water and add to the fruit. Simmer until thick 


Stir in the vanilla and remove from heat! 

Let this mixture cool while you roll out your dough…and if you’re me randomly decide to try a lattice top….


My pie crusts can be lovingnly described as “rustic”….that’s what I tell my family

Lay your pie crust into a greased 9 inch pie pan and fill it with your berry mixture. 


I don’t know what possessed me to try a lattice top…I could have at least maybe looked up a how-to….or cut my strips more evenly…πŸ˜‚

Anyway….

Brush with your egg wash (1 egg 2 tbs milk)

Bake for 25-35 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes. 


It turned out so good!  When we got home we tossed some pieces in the microwave and put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!


We had some left over pieces I may have snuck for a pre-breakfast snack before the big kids woke up