28 January 2013

World's Best Chicken????

The caption on Pinterest said this is the World's Best Chicken....  not sure I agree, but it was pretty good.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

The World’s Best Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together mustard, syrup, and vinegar.  Place chicken breasts into 9×13 greased baking dish. Season with salt & pepper. Pour mustard mixture over chicken. Make sure each breast is fully coated. No need to marinate.  Bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until meat thermometer reads 165 degrees.  (Line your pan with foil to keep clean up easy!)  

24 January 2013

Ina's Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

When the episode of Food Network Magazine with this on the cover came, I knew I would be making it for dinner that week.  Ina's Easy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons

Ina Garten has been one of my favorite chefs a long time now.  The soup was delicious but I didn't love the grilled cheese on the panini press.  All of the cheese got pressed out.  They weren't oooey and goooey like I love.  Otherwise, great recipe.

17 January 2013

Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats

For our Halloween lunch at work, I promised a co-worker who follows me on Pinterest that I would make these.  They were a huge hit and very easy.

I pinned the post from Grin & Bake It

My tray of pumpkins
3 Tbsp. butter
5 cups Rice Krispies
1 bag (8 oz.) Kraft Pumpkin Marshmallows
Tootsie Roll
Orange or Red and Yellow Food Coloring
A can of green icing

Melt butter in a large saucepan.  Add marshmallows and stir until melted.  Remove from heat.  Add a few drops of food coloring and stir to combine.  Add rice krispies and stir thoroughly until coated.  Let sit 3-5 minutes.

Waiting for the mixture to cool enough to from balls.
To make pumpkins:  spray hands with Pam cooking spray and form the mixture into balls.  Insert a tootsie roll that your husband unpeeled for you into the ball and press mixture against it so that it sits firmly in place.  Once firm, use the appropriate tip to pipe icing for the stem.

14 January 2013


In September, B and I took a long weekend trip to New Orleans.  It was lots of fun, but UNGODLY hot and insanely humid.  We crammed a ton of things into 4 days.  If you are interested in our itinerary, I would be happy to email it to you!

Here are some of the highlights:

Checking out the Cemetery on our city tour our first afternoon.
Our first NOLA dinner at Deanie's Seafood:  A take on their famous BBQ Shrimp Pasta.

B had Crawfish Etouffee.  He loved it!

B's breakfast at The Ruby Slipper:  The Louisianan Omelet

My breakfast:  Eggs Blackstone

Transport Ships at the Naval Base.
These dudes can make it across the Atlantic fully loaded in 6 days.  It was interesting to see how they are loaded.

Algiers Ferry

At the Aquarium

On the Ghost and Vampire tour:  do you see what we see on the left?

My view for most of the trip....

B's first Oyster on the Half Shell.

On our Airboat Swamp Tour
One of the many gators we met.  They love marshmallows.

Finally made it to Cafe DuMonde.  
It was so very worth the wait.

Our last dinner in NOLA -  Coops Place - a little hole in the wall, but don't overlook this gem.

B's dinner at Coops:  Rabbit and Sausage Jambalaya
My dinner:  Red Fish Meuniere - AMAZING!
The family tomb of Marie LaVoie  VooDoo Queen of New Orleans
We stayed at the Sheraton on Canal.  It was a great location and we snagged one of the newly renovated rooms on the 40th floor.  We had a great view!

We could have dove right in to the pool.  But it was FREEZING.  Not even remotely refreshing.

Our last lunch.  I finally got my Shrimp & Grits.  Not my favorite, wish I would have tried it somewhere else.

B's Oyster Po-Boy.  Our favorite PoBoys on the trip were at our first lunch at Mena's Place.  Skip all the other PoBoy hotspots and go here.

Sad B.  His last bite of PoBoy.

10 January 2013

Homemade Laundry Soap

For the past year or so, I've been making my own laundry soap.  Since I like it so much I thought I would post about it...

I use Frugally Green's recipe and it always turns out great!  Here's what to do:

1/3 bar Naptha soap, found by the laundry soaps at WalMart 
 1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1/2  cupArm & Hammer Washing Soda NOT Baking Soda
At least a 2 gallon bucket to mix everything in

1)  Grate the 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha and toss it in a pot with 6 cups of water.  Heat on low until the soap melts but do not boil stir often.  Once the soap is melted add the 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax and 1/2 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.  Continue stirring until the mixture is almost thick as honey.  Remove from the heat.

These are the containers I use.  I can fit 2 and a half batches in each, and I can fit 2 batches in my pot.  I have three of these in rotation and will make 3 double batches once I have two empty.  This lasts a really long time.

2)  Add the soap to your bucket along with 4 cups hot water and stir thoroughly. Then add a gallon of water plus 6 cups and stir some more.  Let it sit over night.

3)  In the morning, you will have a lovely gelatinous glob in your bucket.  You may have globs of goo or it could be more watery.  It all depends on the weather, your water, or a million other things and it will work just fine no matter how it looks.  Promise...  You can use an immersion blender or a slotted spoon to mix it up if you want and put it in a cute container with a spigot.  I just use the cup off the last container of All that I bought and scoop it out.  1/2 cup per load.  I go with a bit for for things like towels or larger loads.

If you decide to give it a try, let me know what you think :)

07 January 2013

Discovering Skinny Taste

I recently discovered Skinny Taste.  Wow, is that addicting.  Just about as addicting as Pinterest.  Not long ago, we made the Carrot Ginger Soup.  It was delicious.  And please bear with me.  I got a new laptop from my hubby for Christmas and in the transfer, I can't find all of my pictures, this one included...  Some of it is because of Windows 8 which I am getting used too and some of it is finding everything that was transferred.

I highly recommend that you give it a try.