Monday, May 18, 2015

Weekend Eats and a New Kitchen Toy!

I can't believe it's Monday already but we definitely had a fun weekend with some yummy eats! Friday night started off with Teriyaki Sliders which I made even easier by using canned pineapple and coleslaw mix. I swear you can't go wrong with these Hawaiian Sweet Rolls! They're good with everything!

For some Saturday afternoon snacking, I decided to make Rachael Ray's Pepperoni Pizza Puffs. Mine were extra healthy using Turkey Pepperoni and Fat Fat Mozzarella. I'm not sure why she recommends serving red pepper slices alongside these muffins cuz they were perfect on their own dipped in some warm Marinara!

I couldn't resist picking up some Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies at the store and decided to make Cookie-Stuffed Crescents. Talk about total decadence! Seriously, whoever thought up this recipe should win an award!

Saving the best for last, I finally tested out my Babycakes Heart Waffle Maker! I am totally in LOVE with it! These are just basic waffles but I'm thinking of all kinds of yummy recipes to make! Chocolate Waffles anyone?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Weekend Eats and Bakes!

It's been a fun weekend with lots of baking and eating! I ended Saturday night after our Mother's Day dinner with some Cookie Chip Bars. These are made healthier with whole wheat flour and high fiber cereal but taste just like regular cookie bars. I did bump up the chocolate factor by adding more chocolate chips because I felt that 1/4 cup was just not enough!

We were feeling snacky Sunday afternoon so I made some Meatball Tortilla Cups. How cute are they right? No recipe required. I just filled Tostito's Scoops with pre-made meatballs, salsa, sour cream and cheese. Perfect bite-size nibbles!

For dinner, I made mini burgers inspired by Giada's Lamb Sliders. I used beef instead and added sliced tomatoes, which were hiding under all the cheese!

We had to end the weekend on a sweet note, so I made some mini Orange Cranberry Muffins. Super easy to make and super easy to eat!

Ingredients: (24 mini muffins)

1/2 c butter, softened
1/2 c granulated sugar
1 egg
1 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 c milk
1/4 c orange juice
1/4 c dried cranberries


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix until well combined. 
3. In a small bowl, stir together the flour and baking soda. Add to the stand mixer. 
4. In a measuring cup, stir together the milk and orange juice. Pour into the stand mixer. 
5. Add cranberries to the stand mixer and mix until everything is combined but don't over mix.
6. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the batter into the muffin pan, filling all the way to the top.
7. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes, until the muffins are light golden brown.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Perfect Breakfast Bites

If you haven't seen no-bake bites around the web, let me help you get out from that rock you're living under! (JK) I actually just started making them recently and now I'm totally hooked. These bites are perfect for breakfast because they're made with my favorite morning ingredients like oats, flax and PB. I've never added coconut to my oatmeal but I'm thinking that might be a great idea! My go-to oatmeal is the Simply Balanced Oat and Quinoa Blend from Target and I always add some Garden of Life Flax and Chia to it for extra nutrients. The measurements here don't have to be too precise since they're not baked. As long as the dough comes together, they're good to go!

Ingredients: (12 bites)

1 c oats
1 c coconut flakes
1/2 c flax seed
1/2 c PB
1/2 c honey
1 tsp vanilla extract


1. Mix all the ingredients together to form a dough.
2. Use a cookie scoop to portion out dough and form into balls.
3. Store in the refrigerator.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Muffins for Mommy!

Mother's Day is just around the corner and I've been baking up a storm for some treats to give my mommy! She doesn't bake but she sure loves baked goods! I thought I'd start off with something healthy and made some Banana Cranberry Spice Muffins with Fiber One Cereal in them. I also added chopped walnuts for some nice crunch and healthy fat. They came out great and make perfect little breakfast treats!

My mom LOVES pecans so I knew I wanted to make some Mini Pecan Pie Muffins for her. This was actually a complete fail the first time around because I followed the recipe and added the chopped pecans to the muffin cups before filling them with the batter. DO NOT DO THAT! It makes these muffins impossible to get out of the pan no matter how much cooking spray or butter you use. I was really sad to waste an entire pan but was determined to remake them. The next time around I left out the extra pecans on the bottom and they came out perfectly! They taste JUST like pecan pies but in cute little muffin form!

Super Stuffed Pork Chops!

My hubby LOVES pork chops so I'm always looking for new ways to make them. I came across this recipe for Stuffed Pork Chops and just knew it would be awesome! I had picked up a couple of HUGE thick pork chops over the weekend that were just perfect for stuffing. The only thing I changed was leaving out the ham because I thought it was just overkill. I mean...pork inside pork? Anyway, the pork chops came out really yummy! I served them with stuffing and it was a great meal to get over the hump of the week!

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