Wednesday, June 25, 2014

take my word for it wednesday... these orange sherbert mimosas are a must this summer!!

it's wednesday again and i am going to ask you to take my word it.. take my word that these are outrageously delicious.. {and excuse the photos i took them inside and well didn't think to take any when i was outside.. doh.. *eyeroll*}  ooohhheeemmmggeeee people! this is so simple but ohh so yummy!! this past saturday we had planned to take our boat out and put on the water and dock it for the summer.. i say planned because that's not what happened.. i got up early went to the store and got chicken to make chicken salad, i got cheese tortellini, salami, pepperoni, pepperoncini's, olives and balsamic vinaigrette to make a pasta salad.. i got pineapple, grapes and cherries to have a summer fruit salad.. i got orange sherbert and champagne for a morning mimosa!! i got home from the store and made all the food and pete decided he didn't want to put the boat on the water because he wasn't finished cleaning and waxing it and it was to hot to do it then.. really?? *sigh*

sooo we all end up sitting in the garage trying to decide what to do..

sam and i decided we've got the sherbert and we have the champagne.. let's have our mimosas anyway!! and ohh my garsh are they good!!! towards the end when the sherbert is mostly melted.. yummy!! and oh soo refreshing.. 

these would be perfect for a brunch wedding shower.. and if you do make them for a baby shower {or for kids} just offer a non alcoholic version!!
these are soo getting made again this summer..
sheesh it was 109 on saturday and expected to be 112 today.. that's fricken HOT people!!! but with a cool summery drink it makes it a little more bearable!!

orange sherbert mimosa


sherbert {any flavor will do}
champagne {you don't have to go crazy and get real expensive champagne since the fruitiness of the sherbert takes over} *if making the pg version use lemon lime soda like sprite or 7-up*


put 2 scoops of sherbert into your glass, fill with champage or soda and enjoy!!!!! and in case you were wondering mimosa naps are awesome!!

enjoy and get drink'n!! ha ha *wink* 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

throwback thursday.. chicken cacciatiore

  this dish was one of my first recipes posted.. you can see it here.. it's also one of the first dishes i ever made umpteen years ago.. if you've been reading this blog for any amount of time or read the "about" section you know i was taught to cook at an early age and it actually became my "chore" where i would get paid to shop and cook for our meals.. at the time i thought ohh lawdy this is child abuse but now i think it was ingenious!! i would get $5.00 for a simple meal and if it was more complicated with more prep time and ingredients, like todays dish, i would get $15.00.. some weeks i made bank! ha the rule was i had to make at least 2 meals a week.. but if i wanted more money i could make more meals.. so sometimes it was a week of complicated yet i hope delicious meals..
this recipe it amazing.. it's one of my mom and dad's favorite.. they just loves it.. it's so rich and flavorful.. if you try any recipe on this blog, please try this one.. you won't be disappointed i promise!!

chicken cacciatiore

prep time: 15 minutes
cooking time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
servings: 6


1 package boneless, skinless chicken thighs {roughly about 8-10 thighs} {we prefer dark meat but breasts are fine too}
kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
2 turns around the pan with extra-virgin olive oil
1 large green bell pepper, chopped {any color will due}
1 onions, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
12 ounces sliced mushrooms {white or crimini}
1/2 cup beef broth or stock {yes beef not chicken it works very well with the mushrooms and gives it that cooked all day taste}
1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1 6 oz.  can of tomato paste
a handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
fresh thyme
1 pound pasta we used pappardelle {it's our new favorite kind}
grated parmesan or ramano cheese {optional}
chopped parsley {optional garnish}

preheat your oven to 375 degrees (f).  salt and pepper both sides of your chicken.  heat olive oil in a dutch oven {or other oven proof skillet} on the stove over medium-high heat, brown chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side... transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.  add bell pepper, onion and garlic to the same pan and sauté over medium heat for 1-2 minutes then add mushrooms and season with salt {salt will draw out their liquid} and sauté for another 5 minutes or until mushrooms are dark, tender and have given off their juices... add 1/2 cup of beef broth and simmer for about 3 minutes scraping the bottom of the pan to get all the bits and pieces off {those are the yummy parts} then stir in tomatoes, 1/2 the can of tomato paste {reserving the rest for later}, pepper, parsley and thyme.  stir for about 2-3 minutes then add chicken back in, cover and put in the oven for 30-40 minutes, remove lid and cook another 15 minutes... {you want the chicken falling apart} while the chicken is in the oven cook your pasta or noodles according to package directions then put in a big serving bowl. when chicken is done remove pot from oven.. then remove chicken and veggies using a slotted spoon from pot and place in your serving bowl over pasta..  return pot with the sauce in it to stove and turn heat to medium-high add remaining can of tomato paste... cook and reduce sauce for a 10-15 minutes until it thickens and becomes luscious... if any excess fat {which is likely if you use thighs} spoon from atop the sauce and discard... spoon or pour sauce over the chicken, veggies and pasta and sprinkle with parsley and cheese if desired.. it goes wonderful with crusty bread.. {you can also serve over mashed taters.. it's devine}

enjoy and get cook'n!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

take my word for it wednesday.. these baked "fried" green tomatoes are delish!!

i am so excited this year my garden is doing great!! i had some large green tomatoes and thought "fried" green tomatoes!! growing up my great aunt {which is mommabell's sister} nezzi always wanted to go to a restaurant called the hush puppy for her birthday.. there was a buffet and it always had fried green tomatoes.. I love love them.. and i loved those dinners.. one time i went to dinner there with my parents.. pete was out of town so it was just us 3.. i got up and went to the restroom and my dad ordered for me.. yumm this is good are they chicken wings?? umm no FROG LEGS!!!! gag, spit..huh? what? really? no way.. hmm ok.. taste like chicken.. gobble gobble.. ok these are really good.. my dad's been known to traumatize me this way before with food so i was not surprised.. he he
this recipe is simple.. they are not fried in oil but baked in the oven yet they come out crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside.. in a word?? delish.. ok i know that's not a word but it's fitting..

baked green tomatoes

prep time: 15 minutes
cooking time: 12-14 minutes
servings: 2


2 large green tomatoes 
olive oil
1 cup panko or regular breadcrumbs
1 tsp. cayenne
salt and pepper

cut tomatoes in slices about a 1/4  inch thick.. in a flat pie dish or plate mix cayenne, salt and pepper with the panko or breadcrumbs and set aside.. spray a lined baking sheet with pam and heat your oven to 400 degrees (f).. brush each tomato slice with olive oil then dredge through the panko and place your tomato slice on the baking sheet.. once they are all panko'd/breadcrumb'd spray them with pam and put in the oven for about 30-40 minutes.. be sure to flip over half way through.. pay attention you want them crispy.. serve immediately... or on a blt.. yummy

enjoy and get cook'n!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

tip trick tuesday!! diy backyard fire pit..

this is what our backyard looked like last memorial day weekend.. see to the right the grassy area and tree.. well the tree died so we decided to have it pulled out, the area cleared of grass and leveled off and then concrete poured and we put in an outdoor fire pit!! we love it..
 we had to have a landscaper come and pull out the tree and level the area because of existing concrete to the side of it and there were so many tree roots.. once he did that we decided where the fire it would go..
we had concrete poured.. to achieve the round opening they used whats called sonotube concrete forms and poured the concrete around it.. once it was set we pulled out the sonotube out and had a perfect round hole in the concrete..
we dug the hole down about foot and half.. {it's not dug down yet in the photo}
pete got this steel ring from work..

we used landscaping blocks that the same ones we had used for the planters and thought it would complete the look..

after the hole was dug down pete using a rolling cart dolly thing {love my technical terms here} rolled the steel ring over to the hole and put it in in.. he then surrounded the bottom with medium size landscaping blocks and then filled the gaps with fine sand/gravel .. he kept pouring it in and i kept sweeping it away until it was filled and packed down good.. he then began stacking the next size smaller of block in a staggered pattern around the steel ring.. we dry stacked them, meaning we didn't use any cement or adhesive.

he thought he was done and didn't want to put an additional ring around the top.. {note i said thought..}

almost done.. but not yet..

we had a party and the boys all hung out by the fire.. {and yes we had s'mores!! i think the kids dipped the marshmallows in irish cream.. more on that later}
{see that chain link fence there?? i bought 3-4 more jasmine and tied the vines to the fence it's growing pretty good and blocking the fence now..}

they complained their feet got hot where there was no blocks.. but the other blocks surrounding the steel ring barely get hot at all.. it's actually pretty neat..

so we added one more top layer of block.. we are going to build benches but in the mean time have these old vintage metal seats. i cleaned up the corner and added a wooden ladder i picked up at a yardsale for 3 bucks.. we have been collecting vintage wood pieces and old wood so that pete can build an entertainment center of sorts along our side wall which will hold a tv, extra fire wood on the bottom and to the side a drink station for parties.. {yeah i know your thinking what in the world.. but i have it visualized but just need to convey it to pete ha ha i'll keep you posted!!} and remember to
enjoy and get diy'ing!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

take my word for it wednesday..this "crunchy" bbq chicken is the best chicken ever!!

today is another day of take my word for it wednesday.. and like any other take my word for it wednesday i am asking you to forgive my shorting comings {and i don't mean because I am only 4" 11" he he}it's because the photos are awful and because i have been absent these past few weeks.. it's been crazy busy around here and i've been doing a lot of diy home projects that have taken my attention.. but i must confess the major reason **hanging head in shame** is i got a smart tv and for the first time in 30 years i have a tv in my bedroom and well i find I don't want to leave it and well holy moly i am loving me some netflix.. but i promise the newness of it all will fade and i will be back posting 4-5 times a week.. so with that out of the way let's get to this chicken.. oohheeemmmmggg was it good.. now you usually don't want the word "crunchy" in the title of bbq chicken.. it might, kinda, sorda imply burnt to a crisp.. but fear not my friends that is not the implication here!! this chicken is juicy, crunchy, sweet, spicy.. ohh so delicious!! and it's so simple you're going to think why in the world have i never made this before!! these are the new revolution of chicken fingers!!

crunchy bbq chicken

prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 30 minutes
servings: 4
2 lbs boneless/skinless chicken tenders, thighs or breasts {i only had breasts so i used them and they were outstanding}
about a cup of honey bbq sauce {or whatever kind you like best, i used sweet baby rays}

3 cups panko breadcrumbs
1 tsbl. smokey paprika
2 tsp. cayenne {more if you like more heat}
salt and pepper
extra bbq sauce for dipping and blue cheese or ranch dressing
in a flat pie dish or plate mix paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper with the panko bread crumbs and set aside.. spray a lined baking sheet with pam and heat your oven to 375 degrees (f).. brush each piece of chicken with a healthy amount of the bbq sauce then dredge through the panko and place your chicken on the baking sheet.. once they are all panko'd spray them with pam and put in the oven for about 30-40 minutes {depends on what type chicken you use and the chicken's thickness}.. be sure to flip over half way through.. pay attention you want them crispy but not rubbery.. serve immediately with extra bbq sauce and either blue cheese or ranch for dipping.. for lunch the next day i put it on little hawaiian slider rolls with extra bbq sauce.. very good..
enjoy and get cook'n!!