Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Olive Garden Breadsticks

Quick, easy, and delicious!  Finishes off any meal.  Soup, pasta, pizza, etc...

Recipe is from Full Bellies, Happy Kids Blog

1 1/2 cups warm water (between 110 - 120 degrees F)
1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt 

In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes, covered. Mixture should be frothy.

In separate bowl, combine flour and salt. 

Add to yeast mixture. Add melted butter. Mix with paddle attachment of stand mixer or wooden spoon until fully combined. 

Knead dough for a few minutes just until dough is smooth. Do not overknead!

Grease a cookie sheet. Pull off pieces of dough and roll out into strips.

Now, I tend to make pretty thick breadsticks so I normally end with around 10 or so, but I'm sure that if you rolled yours out more thinly you'd have at least a dozen.

Cover the dough and let sit in a warm place for 45 minutes to an hour.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and once heated, pop in the bread sticks. In microwave, combine the following:

1 stick unsalted butter (or 1/2 cup margarine)
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt

After 6 or 7 minutes, brush the bread sticks with half the butter mixture. 

Then continue to bake. Honestly, I almost never leave them in there for an entire 15 minutes - normally it's closer to 12 because I like them softer and less crisp on the outside, but to each their own. Either way, immediately upon removal from the oven brush the other half of the butter on the sticks.

Allow them to cool for a minute or two, and enjoy! 

Chicken Corn Chowder

I have done my fair share of chowders and cream soups, but I loved this one.  It was also really easy with minimal dishes.  The Jalapeno gave it such a great flavor, but didn't add heat.  Also I didn't add the ham and i always substitute the veggies with what i have on hand (ZUCCHINI, asparagus, squash, potatoes, etc...).  The cream flavor was awesome though.  Topping it off with bacon would be perfection.
this recipe is from Mel's kitchen cafe.
I am not yelling, I can't get the typing out of caps...?...
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped 
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped, seeds and membrane removed (this is important for flavor – but doesn’t add heat because the seeds and membranes are removed and it is cooked with the other veggies)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced or cooked chopped ham
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14-oz.) cans chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 ears of fresh corn kernels or 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 4 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Place olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute celery, bell pepper, onion and jalapeno until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and ham; cook for another 3 minutes. Whisk the broth with the flour in a liquid measuring cup or bowl and then stir into the soup. Stir in the corn and chicken. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat.
  2. Whisk together the cream cheese and milk in a large bowl until smooth (I had a difficult time getting my cream cheese to completely whisk into the milk so my soup had some minor small lumps but next time, I’ll soften the cream cheese until almost melted in the microwave).
  3. Whisk the cream cheese/milk mixture into the soup along with the salt, pepper and cheddar cheese. Simmer on low until ready to serve.

Monday, June 17, 2013

German Chocolate Cake


1 package white or yellow cake mix
1 chocolate instant pudding mix
¼ cup flour
2 cups milk
3 egg whites, beaten stiff


3 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
½ cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ⅓ cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour three 8-inch or two 9-inch round cake pans.  Set aside.

For cake:  Combine cake and pudding mixes, flour, and milk and beat according to cake package directions.  Fold in egg whites.  Pour into the prepared pans and bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Remove from pans and cool on wire rack.

For frosting:  Combine egg yolks, sugar, evaporated milk, and butter or margarine in a medium saucepan.  Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened, 12-15 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add vanilla, coconut, and pecans.  Beat until thick. Spread over cake.

Sunday, May 12, 2013


I took a nap after church instead of starting rolls and woke up in a pinch needing to satisfy my carb desire.  I found this recipe on Sisters Cafe.  Husband, kids, and mother approved.  They are great, especially for the time and ingredients they take.  Sorry for my pathetic picture...

Our Favorite Breadsticks 

Submitted by Melanie~The Sisters Cafe

1 ½ cup warm water
1 Tablespoon yeast
2 Tablespoons sugar
3 ½ cup flour
½ tsp salt
4 Tablespoons butter  
Mix the yeast and sugar together then add it to warm water.  Let it sit and bubble for a few minutes.  Add the salt and flour.  Knead for 3 minutes then let the dough rest for 10 minutes.  Melt the butter and pour most of it onto a cookie sheet.  Roll out dough to fit the cookie sheet.  Then flip all the dough over to coat both sides in butter.  Cut the dough to desired width, then twist and lay on the cookie sheet. Brush remainder of butter on breadsticks and sprinkle with garlic salt, parmesan cheese, and parsley (or whatever seasonings you like). Raise for 10-20 minutes. Preheat your oven to 375 and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Belgian Waffles

This has become mine and Jev's favorite Belgian waffle recipe. It doesn't use yeast like most other recipes I've found in my waffle book so it is quick and easy. And if you've been looking for a super awesome Belgian Waffle maker, I have the Waring Pro Double-Belgian Waffle Maker and I love it.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1/2 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a blender for a minute or two.

Pour into waffle iron.

*When you put the eggs in a blender it makes them really puffy so your waffle iron may pop open like mine does. Just mix everything with a wisk instead if you don't want
this to happen.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Coconut Chicken w/ Apricot Sauce

Coconut Chicken 
{recipe and picture from Seeded at the Table}

1 egg
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup apricot preserves
*2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Preheat the oven to 400˚F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Lightly beat the egg in a medium bowl; set aside.  Mix the coconut, flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl.  Working with one chicken breast at a time, dip the chicken in the bowl with the beaten egg and then coat with the coconut mixture.  Place on the baking sheet.  Once all chicken breasts are coated and on the baking sheet, evenly drizzle with the melted butter.  Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, flipping once halfway.

To prepare the apricot sauce, mix the apricot preserves and the Dijon mustard in a small bowl.  Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Freezer Friendly:  After baking the chicken, let cool completely then freeze in a freezer bag for up to 1 month.  To reheat, bake in a preheated oven at 400˚F for 20 minutes.

* I didn't have Dijon mustard {plus, my husband doesn't like it}, so I just used regular mustard.  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


So I know a lot of you have smoothie recipes you love already but I thought I'd share one I like.  A friend shared it with me and I believe she got it from the book Eat to Live but I could be wrong.  Anyways here is the recipe.

2 cups spinach
1 banana frozen (Peel them, toss in ziplock, then freeze)
1 cup frozen fruit (I like 1/2 cup blueberries and 1/2 cup strawberries)
1/2 cup OJ
1/2 almond milk

Blend and enjoy! It's seriously like Jamba Juice good and my kids love it! I'd love to hear your favorite smoothie recipes so please share them :)