Friday, December 2, 2016

Italian Hoagie


Well hello all long time no talk, finals are slowly happening and I have been busy doing homework and studying, where I have not been able to make anything new and it is also my worst time of year for photos because of the yellow overhead light and how it gets dark at 4 p.m., but I could not let you miss out on this one. My special guy's favorite subway sandwich "Italian BMT" so I decided to create my own and it turned out great. Just a little hit of spice, melted cheese, and a herb butter spread. If you are wanting to make something easy, quick, and delicious for lunch or supper and if you also love the Italian BMT. This sandwich is just for you

Ingredients:

6 Hoagie Buns
6 slices Mozzarella Cheese
Sliced thin: Ham
Sliced thin: Salami 
Sliced Pepperoni
1/4 Cup Pepperoncini Peppers, sliced
4 Tablespoons butter, soft
1 Teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

Directions: 
Preheat oven to 400
In a small bowl mixed together, butter, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Spread butter mixture on both top and bottom, inside of hoagie. Place ham, salami, pepperoni, cheese and pepperoncini onto hoagie in that order. Take a square of tin foil and roll and wrap your hoagie and place onto a pan and bake for 20 minutes. Unwrap and enjoy.










Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting


These melt in your mouth pumpkin cookies are amazing and the frosting just tops it off.  A simple warning there is butter overload which is probably why these cookies are so soft to begin with. Do not change anything with this recipe, you will not be let down

Cookie Ingedients:
2 Cups of butter (4 sticks), soft
2 Cups Sugar
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
2 Eggs
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
15-Ounce Can Pumpkin
4 Cups Flour

Frosting Ingrdients:
1/2 Cup (1 stick) butter, soft
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
3-4 Cups Powdered Sugar

Cookie Directions:
Preheat oven to 350*
Beat butter until soft, mix in butter, and mix in eggs one at a time until mixture is smooth.
stir in baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, Stir in the pumpkin until mixture is well mixed. Add in flour and vanilla and beat until fully mixed. 
Drop heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on a ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until tops are set. Transfer to wire racks

Frosting Directions: 
In a small sauce pan heat the 1/2 cup of butter and brown sugar until melted and smooth on a low heat. Transfer so a medim bowl. Stir in milk and vanilla. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth. Spread frosting on cool cookies.

Recipe from 













Friday, November 11, 2016

Slow Cooker Chicken Wild Rice Soup


Something comforting about soup, isn't there? Instead of having your original chicken noodle soup, have something a little different and try this chicken wild rice soup. You will probably never want to make noodle soup again, there is something so great about wild rice. The taste is delightful and is perfect for a fall or winter day. 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups Uncooked Wild Rice
1 LB Boneless Chicken Breasts or thighs (cut into bite sized)
1 Small Onion
1 Cup chopped carrots
3 Bay Leaves
2 Teaspoons Parsley
1 Teaspoon Thyme
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder 
1/2 teaspoon Salt and Pepper
4 Cups Chicken Stock
3 Cups of water
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream (Separate) 

Directions:
Place all ingredients into slow cooker except heavy cream.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours, remove bay leaves, place 1 cup of hot soup in a bowl and stir in heavy cream and pour back into slow cooker and stir again.

Add more salt and pepper to your taste and add more water if it is too thick.










Friday, November 4, 2016

Simple Egg Rolls


In this house we are obsessed with Chinese food and instead of going to the store and spending $9 on four egg rolls at the grocery store why not make our own very simple egg rolls. No chopping, cutting, just stirring and adding in ingredients. It has amazing flavor, crunchy and you will never want to buy egg rolls every again.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cups Coleslaw (bagged)
2 Tablespoons Soy sauce
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper
1 egg, beaten
12 egg roll wrappers

Instructions:
Place coleslaw, soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix.
Spread egg wash on all edges of your egg roll wonton wrappers.
Place 2-3 tablespoons of the filling into the egg roll wrapper.
Roll up your egg roll

Place in fryer or pan of vegetable oil for 1 minute or until a golden brown.
Place on paper towel to drain and enjoy




I had a great egg roll helper









Monday, October 24, 2016

Crockpot Chicken Gnocchi Soup


For this week's crockpot Saturday I made this gem. You all know that soup is my favorite so I am super excited to share this recipe with you all. This is one of our favorites, it is so flavorful, aromatic, creamy, and full of bacon. Yes, I said bacon so right there you know you will love this soup. Try it out the next time you need to throw something into your crockpot.

Ingredients:
1 pound Chicken Breast, cut into bite sized chunks
2 Carrots, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 Teaspoons Dried Basil
2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper
4 Cups Chicken Broth
2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
2 Tablespoons Water
2-12 ounce cans of Evaporated Milk
1 pound package of Gnocchi
6 slices of bacon, chopped
2 garlic, minced
3 handfuls of Fresh Spinach

Instructions: 
Place chicken, carrots, onion, basil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and broth into crockpot and place on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
Mix together the cornstarch and water
Place cornstarch mixture, milk, and gnocchi into crockpot (after cooking) place lid back on crockpot.
Cut bacon into bite-sized pieces and cook in pan, when done take out. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes and add in spinach until it wilts. 
Add bacon, garlic, and spinach into crock pot and mix. Place lid on for 15 minutes on high cooking level. 
Add salt and pepper to taste
Stir and Serve

Recipe adapted from:






Saturday, October 22, 2016

Review: UncommonGoods


The holidays are coming up and you know what that means? Shopping, whether you are an early shopper or a last minute shopper I have the perfect place for you to do it. If you haven't already checked out UncommonGoods you have to. If you are looking for something unique and different instead of buying the same old things then stop by here and have a look. Let me tell you more about this amazing company.

HRO: Uncommongoods makes all homemade, recycled and organic products. They are very committed to selling creative and exciting products from artists to small manufacturers. They do not sell products containing leather, feathers or fur. They make sure any product that they are selling do not harm animals or people. 

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC): They try their best to shift their focus on their online business and limiting how many catalogs they send out. With the catalogs, they do send out are from either recycled paper or paper sources from the FSC certified forests. 

Better To Give: Giving back is very important to Uncommongoods and they want to share this passion with their customers. Which is why they created the Better to Give Program in 2001, which allows you to select a non-profit organization to receive a $1 donation from us at checkout. UncommonGoods has donated over $1,000,000 since they created the program! Learn more here.

Looking for a gift for your husband, brother, father, or even your boss? They have many types of gifts for men, check out their selection here but I will also show you some of my favorites.

For the whiskey lover

For the computer nerd

For the nature lover



I don't know about you but I love personalized gifts, I think they have more meaning and the personalized gifts are a bit more special to someone. UncommonGoods has a great selection for personalized wedding gifts. Check them out here and here are a few of my own favorites.


A sweet remembrance

Something personalized for the kitchen

For the coffee lovers

Gifts for everyone and that means Birthday Gifts and birthday gifts can be hard to buy. Luckily there is UncommonGoods to help you with that. Check out their selection here but I will show you some of my favorites. 

Gorgeous jewelry for their birth month


For the photo fanatic 

For the foodie in your life














Monday, October 17, 2016

My Life #7


Happy Monday all! We actually had an amazing thunderstorm last night and for October that is surprising, I am happy with any kind of storm except for snow storms but I know soon those will be coming. It is gloomy today, the trees are almost bare and the colors are fading fast.
There wasn't much that happened this last week, it was just the usual homework, catching up on housework and the girl's school stuff.

Oh I did get a hair cut! You like? I like! It feels like I had 10 pounds lifted from my shoulder, not really 10 pounds but it does feel better and look healthier.

This week we made pumpkin bars, which are gone so that means that I have to make more because I didn't get a photo of them, I updated an old blog post from 2011, I actually have done a few in the last few weeks. I will post the link down below.

Can I get serious with you all, I am frustrated and not just kinda frustrated I am a lot. Between the kid's mess, my mess, homework, and the man of the house who goes to work when it is dark and comes back home when it is dark, I am exhausted. He tries to help but I don't expect much because he gets home at almost bedtime. I am tired, my house has never been this neglected, and suppers haven't been the best because I am in such a rush.

I usually tell my youngest who ends up crying herself to sleep some nights that I just cannot cuddle with you tonight because mommy has homework, she is four she does not understand that mommy has 2 hours until math is due or that I have to just read 3 chapters of psychology by tomorrow. I am trying to do my best in school and to pass so I can do the best for my family but I also feel like am failing as a parent in the meanwhile.

So tonight, I ignored the dishes in the sink and the pots and pans are still on the stove. While the girls played with each other, finished their homework and got ready for bed, I finished what I had to with my homework so I could cuddle with my sweet four-year-old who has been begging me to all last week.

I go lay with her, she tells me about her dreams, she tells me what she had for lunch today and what she did at school. Right before she kisses and hugs me goodnight she starts to giggle, she then tells me "Mommy you are laying next to the boogie wall! hahaha" I look behind me with a flashlight and there are buggers all over a spot on the wall.....

Just another thing to my "this house needs 10 maids" list

kids..