Monday, September 15, 2014

Zoodles : Zucchini Noodles

I loved using my new Bluelife Spiralizer to make zoodles.  I loved is because it tasted great -but I have to admit, I also really loved it just so could say the word, "Zoodles!"


It was such a happy mail day when I got this:



and then I used it to make this:



It was easy and also a bit fun to spiralize my zucchini.  The Blulife Spiralizer is easy to use and a cinch to clean . This comes with a little brush and it takes seconds to get the pieces of zucchini out.  

For my dish I went simple with these easy steps:
1. Clean and spiralize one large or two smaller zucchinis.
2. Heat a saute pan and add oil of your choice, I used Wildtree Roasted Garlic Infused Grapeseed Oil.
3. I then added my spices to the oil to toast and little and to release some flavor.  I used a garlic and herb blend for this.
4.  Add the Zoodles and saute until heated and cooked (it wont take long to cook these thin noodles.)
5. Salt and Pepper to taste.

This can be served as a side or a main dish.




For more great recipes and info about Bluelife Products, check out their FB page. 
You can order your Spiralizer here.

Have you "Spiralized" anything yet?

Other Vegetable recipes you may like:

Zucchini Chips


Simple Sauteed Cabbage


Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese and Sunflower Seeds


Last year at this time I made Mustard Garlic Roasted Potatoes.

Two years ago I made PB & J Bars.

Three years ago I made Slow Cooker Chicken Schwarma.

Four years ago  made Southwestern Pork Stew.

Linking up to these happening parties!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

What I Pinned This Week + Other Stuff

It's Saturday - time to share some of my recent "Pins" with you. These are recipes I want to try or projects that have inspired me. I have also thrown in a few things that made me laugh or caught my attention this week.

First off, I just want you guys to please take a minute and check out my new adventure, I have become a Wildtree rep because I believe in their products (all natural and certified organic) and I'm psyched to help people with some kitchen prep with our freezer workshops. Here's my link and my FB page.  Stop by and say Hi!




I need these because they are basically a combination of everything that is good in this world.

And this is my all time favorite cookie (if you replace the raisins with chocolate chips) in a dip form. 

I added this to my "cooking bucket list" Pinterest board.

I always have an oats post to share.

And a cocktail - this one definitely says, "welcome fall!"

Queso, anyone?

This needs to be on my dinner table for Rosh Hoshana.

For real!

Search results for 'crafting' Ecards from Free and Funny cards and hilarious Posts | someecards.com

So happy it's cooling off a bit - finally!

love my yoga pants and hoodies!

Love this birthday party idea (I know it is for a tween but I think it could totally work for a 39 year old too - right?)

Holy *&%$!  Am I really going to be 39?

This weeks Kitchen Love.

How fun is this fire pit?

Have a great weekend everyone and don't forget to stop by the Friday Food Frenzy and link up!  The Frenzy gives you a chance to showcase your recipes and crafts on 4 different blogs!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy - what did you make this week?


friday-frenzy-craft-recipe-link up





Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead  and Another Cent Saved would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY  FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on.  We want to see it all!

Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadrupel the exposure!  Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog.  The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


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Feel free to link up any recipes or crafts you've been working on this week!


Outside of following the hostesses, we would just love for you to show us what you have been working on. Be sure to tell your friends to stop by too. Thanks again for joining the Frenzy!


Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST.  We really appreciate your visit. Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers.  

Featured Links from last week

Our first featured link from last weeks party is this delicious Sausage and  Black Bean Paella from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.  
   easy paella recipe
How delicious is this Homemade Peach Coffee Cake Recipe from Swanky Recipes?  

peach coffe cake recipe

Decorate for Fall with this Easy Pumpkin wreath made with ribbon from Close to Home.  So simple and so cute!

  fall-wreath-ideas

My personal favorite, a Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake from Annies Home.



Here is what I made this week: Cereal Muffins




   Everything looked amazing, thanks again for linking up your Recipe and Crafts!


  Party Time!


   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   


Sunday, September 7, 2014

SRC - Cereal Muffins

Cereal and milk in a muffin - breakfast is served.



Its time for Secret Recipe Club again - I love being part of this fun club! My favorite part of the SRC is assignment day - I love when I get that e-mail in my inbox with the link to the blog that I get to choose my recipe from. I also love that most of my assignments have all come from blogs I have never been to before, it's really a great opportunity to find some fabulous bloggers out there and some delicious recipes. If you are not familiar with exactly how this club works, you can stop by the website and learn all about it - maybe even join in! Basically you are (secretly) assigned a blog to checkout, browse through their recipes, choose one to make and blog about it. It's a lot of fun!

This month my assignment was From Grandma Loy's Kitchen. I had way too much fun browsing through all the recipes on this great blog.  I am so glad I had promised my kids muffins the day I decided to look through the recipes. Otherwise, I never would have been able to decide what to make.  Brownies are my favorite dessert and I can not wait to try these Brownie Dream Bars. These 5 Spice Barbecue Mini Meatloaves sound great too. I also almost made these Coffeecake Muffins but I knew my kids would like the cereal muffins more.

The cereal I chose to use in our muffins was Raisin Bran, you will see in the measurements that it is easy to adapt this recipe to just about any cereal you have on hand.  I also added apples to my muffins, we have two apple trees outside and we have apples o'plenty already over here.  

These muffins were so good - I was very excited to try them because they were so different from anything I had made before.  The kids also loved them and it became their after school snack of choice for a while (and sometimes before as well.)  I love to have something homemade for them waiting when they get off the bus, these fit that need perfectly.



recipe from From Grandma Loy's Kitchen
Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup milk 
1 1/2 cups whole-bran cereal, or 2 cups Cheerios, or 3 cups flake cereal
1 1/2 cups AP flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used coconut oil)

1 apple, peeled, cored and finely diced tossed with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon.


Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease or line a  muffin pan.
Combine the milk and the cereal in a large bowl.
In a second bowl mix together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
Add the apple, beaten egg and the vegetable oil to the cereal and milk and mix well. 
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine only until moistened (mixture will  be lumpy.)
Pour into muffin tin until almost full and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Makes 12 muffins.




   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs


Welcome to the Friday Frenzy - what did you make this week?


friday-frenzy-craft-recipe-link up





Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead  and Another Cent Saved would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY  FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on.  We want to see it all!

Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadrupel the exposure!  Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog.  The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


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Feel free to link up any recipes or crafts you've been working on this week!


Outside of following the hostesses, we would just love for you to show us what you have been working on. Be sure to tell your friends to stop by too. Thanks again for joining the Frenzy!


Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST.  We really appreciate your visit. Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers.  

Featured Links from last week

 Our first featured link from last weeks party is this this tasty looking Cheddar Swirl Rolls from Our Eating Habits.  What a delicious side to any meal. 
homemade-bread-rolls  
 Pack up your kids lunch boxes with these Buffalo Chicken Avocado Wraps from The Best Blog Recipes.com and they wont ever want to eat at home again.   

 Indulge this fall with these Coconut Pecan Cheesecake Bars from Lou Lou Girls.  They look amazing.
pecan-cheesecake-bars

Everything looked amazing, thanks again for linking up your Recipe and Craft posts!



Monday, September 1, 2014

Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken

Easy and tasty slow cooker meal.  And kid-approved.



You guys, last week was total roller coaster ride!  My family said goodbye to my uncle - a great man who will be missed.  He is with my dad now and I know they are both watching over our family.



On the same day, we welcomed my niece Kallie Faye to the world - the circle of life.




A Roller coaster indeed.

I can not come up with any way to segway from all that to Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken - so let's just jump into it.

I have to admit, I was shocked to learn there was no actual bourbon in this dish - I did some research and found a few original recipes for bourbon chicken after I had already made this one.  They do have a marinade with bourbon as an ingredient.  I am going to try those recipes out next.  This recipe however was delicious and my kids loved it - that's always my ultimate goal.

For me, I am now entering that time of year when kids are back in school and after school activities are in full swing.  This is my slow-cooker season (otherwise we may not eat dinner.) I urge you all to break out those slow cookers and give this recipe a try.



What are your favorite go to slow cooker recipes?

recipe from Six Sisters Stuff
Ingredients:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (we use thighs for everything)
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup cornstarch

Directions:
Add the chicken to the slow cooker.  In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the minced garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, apple juice, brown sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, water and soy sauce.  After mixed, pour this sauce over chicken. Cover and cook 6-8 hours on low.  Remove the chicken and shred.  In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch with 1/4 cup of the slow cooker sauce.  Whisk together and then pour this mixture back into the crock pot to thicken the sauce.  Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and keep warm until ready to serve.  Serve over rice and top with red pepper flakes if you like a bit more heat.


Other slow cooker chicken recipes you may like:





Last year at this time I made Sweet Pepper Crostini.

Two years ago I made Lentil Salad.

Three years ago I made Thai Curried Fish.

Four years ago I made Etched Reward Jars.


Linking up to these happening parties!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What I Pinned This Week + Other Stuff

It's Saturday - time to share some of my recent "Pins" with you. These are recipes I want to try or projects that have inspired me. I have also thrown in a few things that made me laugh or caught my attention this week.

First off, I just want you guys to please take a minute and check out my new adventure, I have become a Wildtree rep because I believe in their products (all natural and certified organic) and I'm psyched to help people with some kitchen prep with our freezer workshops. Here's my link and my FB page.  Stop by and say Hi!



Last week I kind of went crazy with the Oats pins.  This week seems to be all about the smoothie. This one was awesome, I just had it for lunch.

And this one was yesterdays breakfast.

I am so ready to get my pumpkin on with this one.

And here's a yummy green one.

Here is my all time favorite cookie (kind of - it will be when I replace the raisins with some yummy dark chocolate chips) in a dip form.

Oh my goodness - brownie pie! 

I am loving this healthy snack idea.

Love this one wall in this bedroom.

And this wall in this bathroom.

And this wallpaper for a kids space (or my space.)

or eaten at my house!

 HAHA!

Fine - I give up!  Cheers and have a great weekend!!!

Have a great weekend everyone and don't forget to stop by the Friday Food Frenzy and link up!  The Frenzy gives you a chance to showcase your recipes and crafts on 4 different blogs!