such a cute idea

such a cute idea

(via ale-jandra)

Just like Panera! Broccoli and Cheddar soup!



Ingredients: 

tablespoon melted butter

 1/2 medium chopped onion

 1/4 cup melted butter

1/4 cup flour

cups half-and-half cream

cups chicken stock

1/2 lb fresh broccoli

cup carrot, julienned

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese

salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Sauté onion in butter. Set aside.

2. Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and add the half & half.

3. Add the chicken stock. Simmer for 20 minutes.

4. Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat 20-25 minutes.

5. Add salt and pepper. Can be puréed in a blender but I don’t. Return to heat and add cheese. Stir in nutmeg.

**This sounds amazing, and as soon as i go grocery shopping, i’m making it :)**

Redbull Smoothie!
**I used to go to a local smoothie shop and get a redbull smoothie every morning before school. Ever since I moved away, I’ve been trying to recreate it. This is the closest I’ve gotten.**What you’ll need:
1 can redbull
1 banana, chopped up and frozen
1 1/2 cups strawberries, chopped up and frozen
1 packet peach flavored yogurt
How to make it:
Put all ingredients into a blender
Blend until smooth
Add ice if needed 
Thats it! And it’s soooo good. You can experiment with different flavored yogurts, or different frozen fruit, just make sure it always equals 2 cups. 

Redbull Smoothie!

**I used to go to a local smoothie shop and get a redbull smoothie every morning before school. Ever since I moved away, I’ve been trying to recreate it. This is the closest I’ve gotten.**

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can redbull
  • 1 banana, chopped up and frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, chopped up and frozen
  • 1 packet peach flavored yogurt

How to make it:

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Add ice if needed 

Thats it! And it’s soooo good. You can experiment with different flavored yogurts, or different frozen fruit, just make sure it always equals 2 cups. 

I made porkchops for dinner tonight

They cooked all day in the slow cooker, and smelt SO good.

But they came out terrible. I’m not even going to post the recipe. My husband I were NOT impressed. Hopefully I’ll come up with something better for tomorrow for you guys!

Stuffed shells

**This was submitted by esthermontanez**

What you’ll need!

  • 2 5 oz bag of hormel pepperoni minis
  • 1 box of jumbo shells (they last me about 2-3 “recipes”)
  • marinara sauce (i buy preggo, the mushroom one, and the big bottle because i make spaghetti and pasta too)
  • 1 can of mushrooms
  • 1-2 bags shredded mozzarella cheese

How to make it!:

Mix the pepperoni, mushrooms, some cheese, and some sauce while the shells are cooking (i usually make 10-12 shells for one meal) and preheat the over to 350. Then once the shells are cooked, run them under cold water a bit to cool them down for handling. Stuff the mixture into the shells and line them up on a baking tray. put sauce over them and a layer of cheese then put them in the oven for 15 mins until the cheese is bubbly. Enjoy!

Grilled Chicken
What you’ll need:
1 cup water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup worsteshire sauce
1/3 cup lemon juice
dash of salt and pepper
1 tbs minced garlic
2 tbs mustard
washed chicken pieces
How to make it:
Combine water, soy sauce, worsteshire sauce, lemon juice, salt & pepper, garlic, and mustard in a medium sized bowl. Whisk together and pour into large zipper bag.
Add your chicken, and refrigerate over night, or atleast 4 hours prior to grilling.
Put Chicken on heated grill for 7 minutes.
Flip chicken, baste with marinade, and grill for another 7-9 minutes.
Thats it!
I found this marinade online and Michael and I were very impressed with it. The lemon was kind of strong, so if you’re not a big fan of lemon flavor, reduce it a little bit. Our chicken came out perfectly cooked and very juicy! I made frozen corn and peas to go on the side. It was DELICIOUS.

Grilled Chicken

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup worsteshire sauce
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 2 tbs mustard
  • washed chicken pieces

How to make it:

  • Combine water, soy sauce, worsteshire sauce, lemon juice, salt & pepper, garlic, and mustard in a medium sized bowl. Whisk together and pour into large zipper bag.
  • Add your chicken, and refrigerate over night, or atleast 4 hours prior to grilling.
  • Put Chicken on heated grill for 7 minutes.
  • Flip chicken, baste with marinade, and grill for another 7-9 minutes.

Thats it!

I found this marinade online and Michael and I were very impressed with it. The lemon was kind of strong, so if you’re not a big fan of lemon flavor, reduce it a little bit. Our chicken came out perfectly cooked and very juicy! I made frozen corn and peas to go on the side. It was DELICIOUS.

**This recipe says it’s “Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits” but they’re not quite right. They’re still a little thick in the middle instead of light and airy like red lobsters. Still delicious though!
Cheddar Biscuits
What you’ll need:
4 cups bisquik mix
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup butter
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp parsley
dash of salt and pepper
How to make it!
Preheat oven to 375.
Mix  together bisquik, water, and cheese until dough-like.
Space evenly on a cookie sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes.
Melt butter in the microwave.
Add garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and parsley.
When biscuits come out of the oven, brush immediately with melted butter mixture.
Enjoy!
The original recipe said to cook for 10-12 minutes but when i checked them they looked exactly like they did when i put them in the oven. the first batch took 16 minutes, but i made them way too big. the second batch came out better. Like i said, they’re not red lobster’s, but they’re still pretty damn good :)

**This recipe says it’s “Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits” but they’re not quite right. They’re still a little thick in the middle instead of light and airy like red lobsters. Still delicious though!

Cheddar Biscuits

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups bisquik mix
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • dash of salt and pepper

How to make it!

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix  together bisquik, water, and cheese until dough-like.
  3. Space evenly on a cookie sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes.
  4. Melt butter in the microwave.
  5. Add garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and parsley.
  6. When biscuits come out of the oven, brush immediately with melted butter mixture.
  7. Enjoy!

The original recipe said to cook for 10-12 minutes but when i checked them they looked exactly like they did when i put them in the oven. the first batch took 16 minutes, but i made them way too big. the second batch came out better. Like i said, they’re not red lobster’s, but they’re still pretty damn good :)

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted..

We are waiting until our food stamps come through to go grocery shopping, so we’ve been living on ramen and chicken nuggets for the last few days. I promise, as soon as we get some money in, I’ll go grocery shopping and start cooking again. Thank you for your patience!

Mug Brownie! 
What you’ll need:
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
a dash of salt
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons water
How to make it!
Combine dry ingredients in a mug. mix well.
Stir in water and oil.
Microwave for 1 minute and 15 seconds.
Thats it! The brownie should look a little wet in the middle. Your brownie will be more cake-y than fudge-y.This is amazing for a quick dessert when you don’t want to make an entire pan of brownies. You can throw in a handful of chocolate chips, or top with a scoop of ice cream as well. It’ll cure any chocolate craving, and it’s sooo easy. The best part is, No egg! So you can eat a little bit before you throw it in the microwave. Just as good ;) Enjoy!

Mug Brownie! 

What you’ll need:

  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • a dash of salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

How to make it!

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a mug. mix well.
  2. Stir in water and oil.
  3. Microwave for 1 minute and 15 seconds.

Thats it! The brownie should look a little wet in the middle. Your brownie will be more cake-y than fudge-y.This is amazing for a quick dessert when you don’t want to make an entire pan of brownies. You can throw in a handful of chocolate chips, or top with a scoop of ice cream as well. It’ll cure any chocolate craving, and it’s sooo easy. The best part is, No egg! So you can eat a little bit before you throw it in the microwave. Just as good ;) Enjoy!

Beef and Tomato Sauce Pasta
What you’ll need:
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1/3 cup butter
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 lb ground beef
1 can mushrooms
egg noodles
pepper, italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, and worsteshire
How to make it!
Boil water. Add noodles and cook until tender. Drain.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a sauce pan and add tomato sauce. let simmer.
Brown ground beef and add minced garlic.
Pour ground breef, minced garlic, and can of mushrooms into sauce. 
Add pepper, italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, and worsteshire to taste. (I used salted butter, so there was no need to add any more salt)
Pour sauce over noodles and Enjoy!
I found this recipe online, and used it as a base. After reading over the comments, i decided to add ground beef, mushrooms, and garlic.  The sauce was still a little bland, so i grabbed some of my favorite spices, and just kept adding until it tasted how i wanted. The fun part of this recipe is you can make it a ton of different ways! 

Beef and Tomato Sauce Pasta

What you’ll need:

  1. 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  2. 1/3 cup butter
  3. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  4. 1/2 lb ground beef
  5. 1 can mushrooms
  6. egg noodles
  7. pepper, italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, and worsteshire

How to make it!

  1. Boil water. Add noodles and cook until tender. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a sauce pan and add tomato sauce. let simmer.
  3. Brown ground beef and add minced garlic.
  4. Pour ground breef, minced garlic, and can of mushrooms into sauce. 
  5. Add pepper, italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, and worsteshire to taste. (I used salted butter, so there was no need to add any more salt)
  6. Pour sauce over noodles and Enjoy!

I found this recipe online, and used it as a base. After reading over the comments, i decided to add ground beef, mushrooms, and garlic.  The sauce was still a little bland, so i grabbed some of my favorite spices, and just kept adding until it tasted how i wanted. The fun part of this recipe is you can make it a ton of different ways!