Monday, May 22, 2017

Last Minute Memorial Day Ideas


 

There is still time to get some recipes and crafts together for Memorial Day! Celebrate and have a fun holiday!


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tuscan Chicken Bites / #SundaySupper

Sometimes, inspiration for designing a recipe can come from unusual places. Such is the case for these Tuscan Chicken Bites! I was at a Wendy's restaurant grabbing lunch with my husband, and I decided to try a new product, their Tuscan Chicken Sandwich. It was wonderful and it had a flavor that I hadn't had in a while~pesto! So, while I was enjoying lunch, I came up with the idea of making these Tuscan Chicken Bites!
These bites are easy to put together, and everything can be made the day before serving, including the pesto. There is a lot of flavor going on in these little bites, but they go well together! They don't cancel one another out, but instead, they compliment each other, resulting in a tasty appetizer, begging to be enjoyed over and over again!
 
Tuscan Chicken Bites

( printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 4 and more)
Pesto
2 cups loosely packed Basil Leaves
1 ounce Pine Nuts
1 ounce Fresh Parmesan
1 teaspoon minced Garlic
pinch or two Salt
1/8 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 teaspoon Mayonnaise

Other ingredients
Chicken Breast
minced garlic
black pepper
Spring Mix
Roma Tomato~finely chopped and unseeded
Yellow Onion~finely chopped
Small Mozzarella Balls~aka mozzarella pearls
Balsamic Vinaigrette~recipe here



Make the pesto first. Place the basil leaves, pine nuts, and parmesan in the food processor. Pulse a couple times. Add the garlic and pinch or two of salt. Pulse a couple more times, then taste to check to see if you want more salt. Scrape down the sides of the processor. Keep the processor running and start slowly adding the olive oil in a steady stream. Don't add it all. Stop and scrape the sides again, and taste the pesto. Add more salt if needed. Add more olive oil if needed. Place pesto in a small bowl. Add mayo a teaspoon at a time, until you are happy with the consistency. Cover and refrigerate. Make balsamic vinaigrette and set aside. Follow the link to the recipe.
Pan fry the chicken breast. Sprinkle with black pepper and a 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic, but only on one side. Turn chicken over several times while cooking, until done. Remove from pan and cool.
Set up each plate with four pieces of spring mix. I liked using 2 green and 2 darker leaves for interesting visual appeal.
Add a dollop of pesto to the top of the lettuce.
Add a bite sized piece of chicken to each plate. Place the chicken on top of the pesto. Then add an additional dollop of pesto to the top of the chicken.
Add a couple pieces of the tomato and onion to the top of the pesto.
Top with a mozzarella pearl. Stick a fork to the side. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.
Serve and enjoy!
Much thanks to Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures for hosting today's yummy small bites!

Sunday Supper Small Bites Recipes for Entertaining

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Demi-Desserts

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Tuscan Chicken Bites

INGREDIENTS:

Pesto
  • 2 cups loosely packed Basil Leaves
  • 1 ounce Pine Nuts
  • 1 ounce Fresh Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon minced Garlic
  • pinch or two Salt
  • 1/8 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 teaspoon Mayonnaise
Other ingredients
  • Chicken Breast
  • minced garlic
  • black pepper
  • Spring Mix
  • Roma Tomato~finely chopped and unseeded
  • Yellow Onion~finely chopped
  • Small Mozzarella Balls~aka mozzarella pearls
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette~http://www.thefreshmancook.com/2017/04/bruschetta-di-pomodoro-sundaysupper.html

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Make the pesto first. Place the basil leaves, pine nuts, and parmesan in the food processor. Pulse a couple times. Add the garlic and pinch or two of salt. Pulse a couple more times, then taste to check to see if you want more salt. Scrape down the sides of the processor. Keep the processor running and start slowly adding the olive oil in a steady stream. Don't add it all. Stop and scrape the sides again, and taste the pesto. Add more salt if needed. Add more olive oil if needed. Place pesto in a small bowl. Add mayo a teaspoon at a time, until you are happy with the consistency. Cover and refrigerate. Make balsamic vinaigrette and set aside. Follow the link to the recipe.
  2. Pan fry the chicken breast. Sprinkle with black pepper and a 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic, but only on one side. Turn chicken over several times while cooking, until done. Remove from pan and cool.
  3. Set up each plate with four pieces of spring mix. I liked using 2 green and 2 darker leaves for interesting visual appeal.
  4. Add a dollop of pesto to the top of the lettuce.
  5. Add a bite sized piece of chicken to each plate. Place the chicken on top of the pesto. Then add an additional dollop of pesto to the top of the chicken.
  6. Add a couple pieces of the tomato and onion to the top of the pesto.
  7. Top with a mozzarella pearl. Stick a fork to the side. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Monster Trail Mix Hobo Sack / #15 Minute Friday

Welcome To 
15 Minute Friday!


When my son was younger, we celebrated every birthday with his friends. One year we held his party in the mountains, where we hiked, rode dirt bikes and 4 wheelers, and munched on this Monster trail mix! Everyone who came to the party had a great time, and each partier took home a Monster Trail Mix Hobo Sack! It's simply a bandanna tied on a stick for easy carrying while hiking!
Monster Trail Mix
(printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 1 sack)

1/4 cup lightly salted Peanuts
1/4 cup Red, White and Blue M+M's
1/4 cup Golden Raisins
1/4 cup Chocolate Chips
1/4 cup Peanut Butter Chips 
1 small ziplock bag
1 bandanna
1 long stick

Mix together all of the ingredients.
Go looking for sticks.
Mia was helping me find sticks, but she lost interest when I wouldn't throw them for her to chase!
Zip up the trail mix in a bag, then fold bandanna over the trail mix and tie to stick. Go for a hike, and have fun!
 Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed this 15 Minute Snack! Drop by anytime! 
Next weeks 15 Minute Friday  is all about chocolate! See you then!


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Monster Trail Mix Hobo Sack

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup lightly salted Peanuts
  • 1/4 cup Red, White and Blue M+M's
  • 1/4 cup Golden Raisins
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup Peanut Butter Chips

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix together all of the ingredients.
  2. Go looking for sticks.
  3. Zip up the trail mix in a bag, then fold bandanna over the trail mix and tie to stick. Go for a hike, and have fun!
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Triple Chocolate Strawberry Cake Truffles /#SundaySupper

Is there anything better than chocolate? OK. I know not everyone loves it like I do, but you have to admit, it's pretty good stuff! So, multiply it by three and you get my Triple Chocolate Strawberry Cake Truffles! Start with a deep, dark, chocolate cake, add a creamy homemade chocolate buttercream, toss in some beautiful, fresh, chopped strawberries and dip all of it in a rich, drizzly, milk chocolate ganache. Sprinkle with sprinkles for fun!
 Triple Chocolate Strawberry Cake Truffles  
(printable recipe at end of post)
Cake
1 cup Butter, softened
3 cups Sugar
4 eggs-divided
1 cup Cocoa
4 cups Flour
3 teaspoons Baking Soda
pinch of Salt
2 cups Buttermilk
2 teaspoon Vanilla


Chocolate Frosting 
1 cup Butter, softened
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
4 cups Confectioner's Sugar
3/4 cup Cocoa
3-5 tablespoons Milk
1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped  

Chocolate Ganache
12-16 ounces Milk Chocolate Bar
3-4 ounces Heavy Whipping Cream 
Decorative Sprinkles

Cream the butter until creamy. Add the sugar a little at a time, mixing after each addition.Separate the egg white and the yolks. Put the whites aside and add the yolks to the mix. Beat together. 
Place the cocoa in a 2 cup of larger measuring cup. Add just enough water to the cocoa to make a thick smooth paste. Mix until it is smooth. Then add water to the cup until you have 2 cups of cocoa mix. Add to the creamed mixture. It will no longer be thick.
Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add vanilla to the buttermilk. Add the dry mixture to the cocoa mix, alternating with the buttermilk. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites in to stiff peaks. Fold the whites into the batter.
Pour the batter in to a 13x9" greased and floured pan. Bake in a 350℉ oven for 15-20 minutes. This recipe only uses a little more than 1/2 of the cake batter. Refrigerate the remaining batter. Remove from oven and cool completely.
 
Make the frosting by mixing together the butter and vanilla. Add the confectioners sugar and cocoa a little at a time. 
 As the mix thickens, add milk a little at a time until you reach the consistency you want. Set aside.

Chop  strawberries into smaller than bite size pieces. Set aside.
Use your hands or a fork or knife and chop up the cake in to small pieces. 
Start adding the frosting to the crushed chocolate cake. Add a little at a time, until you have enough. You won't need all the frosting. The cake should be wet from the frosting.
Add the strawberries to the cake. Use a spatula or your hands to mix the strawberries into the cake and frosting.
Using a scoop, make balls of the mix and place on a tray. Refrigerate. Once the cake balls are cold, take them out of the fridge, and roll them into more compact balls if needed. Refrigerate.
To make the frosting, chop 12-16 ounces of milk chocolate.  Place in a double boiler and melt. Once melted, warm up a small amount of the heavy whipping cream. I like to use the microwave for this. Slowly add the warmed whipping cream to the melted chocolate, a little at a time until the chocolate is just slightly thinned. Dip cake balls in to the chocolate and keep refrigerated.
 Sprinkle with sprinkles and enjoy!

A big shout out to thank Amy, our host today, who blogs at  My World Simplified! Great job Amy!

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Entrees

Sides and Salads

Sweets

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Triple Chocolate Strawberry Cake Truffles

INGREDIENTS:

Cake
  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 4 eggs-divided
  • 1 cup Cocoa
  • 4 cups Flour
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • pinch of Salt
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups Confectioner's Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa
  • 3-5 tablespoons Milk
Chocolate Ganache
  • 12-16 ounces Milk Chocolate Bar
  • 3-4 ounces Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Decorative Sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cream the butter until creamy. Add the sugar a little at a time, mixing after each addition.Separate the egg white and the yolks. Put the whites aside and add the yolks to the mix. Beat together.
  2. Place the cocoa in a 2 cup of larger measuring cup. Add just enough water to the cocoa to make a thick smooth paste. Mix until it is smooth. Then add water to the cup until you have 2 cups of cocoa mix. Add to the creamed mixture. It will no longer be thick.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add vanilla to the buttermilk. Add the dry mixture to the cocoa mix, alternating with the buttermilk. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites in to stiff peaks. Fold the whites into the batter.
  4. Pour the batter in to a 13x9" greased and floured pan. Bake in a 350℉ oven for 15-20 minutes. This recipe only uses a little more than 1/2 of the cake batter. Refrigerate the remaining batter. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  5. Make the frosting by mixing together the butter and vanilla. Add the confectioners sugar and cocoa a little at a time.
  6. As the mix thickens, add milk a little at a time until you reach the consistency you want. Set aside.
  7. Chop strawberries into smaller than bite size pieces. Set aside.
  8. Use your hands or a fork or knife and chop up the cake in to small pieces.
  9. Start adding the frosting to the crushed chocolate cake. Add a little at a time, until you have enough. You won't need all the frosting. The cake should be wet from the frosting.
  10. Add the strawberries to the cake. Use a spatula or your hands to mix the strawberries into the cake and frosting.
  11. Using a scoop, make balls of the mix and place on a tray. Refrigerate. Once the cake balls are cold, take them out of the fridge, and roll them into more compact balls if needed. Refrigerate.
  12. To make the frosting, chop 12-16 ounces of milk chocolate. Place in a double boiler and melt. Once melted, warm up a small amount of the heavy whipping cream. I like to use the microwave for this. Slowly add the warmed whipping cream to the melted chocolate, a little at a time until the chocolate is just slightly thinned. Dip cake balls in to the chocolate and keep refrigerated.
  13. Sprinkle with sprinkles!
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Fruit and Graham Cracker Snacks~15 Minute Friday!

Welcome to 
15 Minute Friday!



(printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 4 snacks)
4 slices of Cream Cheese
2 Chocolate Graham Crackers (cut in half)
12 Fresh Blueberries
2 slices of Fresh Strawberries
1/2 Banana
Sprinkle of Confectioners Sugar


This is a very simple recipe, and you can easily change it to make it your own. I used a block of cream cheese, but I am sure that whipped cream cheese can be used just as easily. This recipe uses strawberries, blueberries and bananas, but any combination would work. I can see using pineapple chunks, orange segments, and mango for a tropical touch! I sprinkled the top of the crackers with a light dusting of confectioners sugar, but a drizzle of honey, or a sprinkle of coconut flakes would be awesome.
These tasty snacks came together so quickly! I cut the banana slices and strawberries into smaller pieces and used the blueberries whole. I covered each graham cracker with cream cheese, topped it with the fruit, and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.  I made all four of these pieces in about 8 minutes, well within the 15 minute time limit!  

 How 15 Minute Friday works~ 

Every Friday I plan to post a simple and quick recipe that can be made in 15 minutes or less. It might be a morning bite, or maybe an
afternoon snack, or evening treat to enjoy. The only rules I have set for myself is that the recipe has to be able to be made within 15 minutes. That time does not include getting the ingredients out of the pantry or fridge, but once they are gathered together, the clock begins! The point is to present to you, a quick, tasty, recipe that you will enjoy and won't take you all day to cook.

Thank you for joining me for the inaugural issue of 15 Minute  Friday! I hope you enjoyed it!
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Fruit and Graham Cracker Snacks

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 slices of Cream Cheese
  • 2 Chocolate Graham Crackers (cut in half)
  • 12 Fresh Blueberries
  • 2 slices of Fresh Strawberries
  • 1/2 Banana
  • Sprinkle of Confectioners Sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. These tasty snacks came together so quickly! I cut the banana slices and strawberries into smaller pieces and used the blueberries whole. I made all four of these pieces in about 8 minutes, well within the 15 minute time limit!
  2. These tasty snacks came together so quickly! I cut the banana slices and strawberries into smaller pieces and used the blueberries whole. I covered each graham cracker with cream cheese, topped it with the fruit, and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

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