Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Apple Pie Apples

My husband loves apple pie, but I am not a fan. I know. How un-American. So when he was really wanting an apple pie last night, I didn't want to disappoint just because I don't like them. I also didn't want to make an entire pie. So I came up with an individual serving of apple pie that is just a fun to look at as it is delicious!

I cut the top off of an apple and scooped out the insides, just like if you were carving a pumpkin. Keep the filling and get rid of the seeds and core pieces. Combine the filling with some cinnamon and sugar. Put it back inside the apple. 

Cut a small round piece of pie crust and cover the opening. Bake according to crust directions until the crust is golden. I baked mine at 400 for 10 minutes. It is very hot when it comes out, so let it sit for a while. My husband really enjoyed his single serve apple pie!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake

2 chicken breasts, cubed 
1 large zucchini, cubed
1/2 c bacon bits
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Salt and pepper
2 tbs butter, divided
2 and a half c Colby jack cheese
1 and a half c milk
1/2 c ranch dressing
8 oz pasta, cooked

Sauté chicken in 1 tbs butter, seasoning with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Once cooked, add the zucchini, bacon, and other tbs of butter. Add more seasonings to taste. Combine with cooked pasta. For the sauce, combine milk, ranch dressing, and 2 cups of cheese. Heat until melted and creamy. Combine into chicken and pasta. Pour into greased 9x13 casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Broil for two minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Chicken and Biscuit Bake

This is a perfect meal to get ready for fall, even if it is still 95 degrees outside (which it is here)! It also makes a TON of food with very little effort and ingredients. 

2 sticks of butter, melted and separated (hey; I never said this was good for you!)
Garlic powder, salt, and pepper
4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
2 C chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
2.5 C bisquick
2 C milk. 

Preheat oven to 350. Pour one of the melted sticks of butter into the bottom of an 11x14" casserole dish. Place the chicken into the dish, spreading evenly across the bottom. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Combine bisquick with milk. Pour over chicken. Combine soup with chicken broth. Pour over bisquick. Do not stir. Pour the rest of the melted butter over the bisquick. Do not stir. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Bake for 40 minutes until bisquick is golden brown. 

You could also top this with shredded cheese for a "cheddar bay" style biscuit (like they serve at Red Lobster). 

This recipe made enough for me and my husband, plus my in-laws, plus my lunch the next day. And we still have enough for two or three more servings. It was delicious and filling. Definitely a keeper!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Creamy Cajun Tilapia

3/4 C Mayonnaise
1/4 C Mustard
2 tbs Tony's creole seasoning (more or less to taste)
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp each of garlic powder and onion powder (more or less to taste)
1/2 C Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients except fillets, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Set aside. 
Salt and pepper both sides of the tilapia fillets. Broil for three minutes. Turn fillets over. Carefully spoon mixture over the fillets. Broil an additional three minutes. Fish should be white when cooked. The Parmesan mixture will be bubbly and golden. 

I served this with green beans from my in-laws' garden and a side of yellow rice. Delicious!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Gray Foyer Table

This piece belonged to my husband before we got married. Once I moved in, and we got new furniture, it went into storage. I pulled it out recently to give it a makeover. 

I used some "oops" paint from Lowe's to give it a coat of a nice gray color. I dry brushed some dark gray over the top and distressed it heavily. Then I blended some timetable glaze with some of the dark gray and antiqued it, really focusing on the crevices. 

I found a buyer within a week, and she will be picking it up on Labor Day! I joked with my husband that perhaps if I had done this sooner, we would have used the piece ourselves when we first got married! It's a pretty piece, and I'm glad it will be going to a new home!

Flat Jacks

My students have been learning about the Flat Stanley book series this week. We are going to make a Flat Stanley of our very own to mail out next week. He will be traveling to Japan, Germany, and Brazil, in addition to many different states! In honor of Flat Stanley, we made "Flat Jacks" this morning for breakfast! They were a huge hit and very easy to make. We used peach slices for ears and a mouth, banana slices for eyes and nose, chocolate chips for pupils, and syrup for hair.  I made one as an example, and the kids used their following-directions skills to make their pancakes look like mine. They did an awesome job matching the toppings and enjoyed eating their creations!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Parmesan Pork Chops with Cream of Mushroom Sauce

This recipe was a bit of a surprise. I never cook pork chops. However...

I am so sick of chicken. 

I must make some kind if chicken 5 nights a week. It's quick. It's versatile. I'm sick of it. 

So today, while finishing grocery shopping, I grabbed a couple pounds of thin cut pork chops. I had no idea what to do with it, but I'm pretty good at making things up. So here is my recipe for the pork chops. 

Panko breadcrumbs
Parmesan cheese
Italian seasoning
Garlic powder
Onion powder
4 thin cut pork chops
Olive oil

Combine the first 6 ingredients and coat the pork chops well on both sides. 

Pan fry chops in olive oil over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes on each side. I like to cover mine while they cook. 

Once they are golden brown, bake them at 350 for 30 minutes. 

While the chops are baking, boil noodles and make your sauce. 

I make sauces like my mom does- throw stuff together until it tastes good. For this sauce I used a can of cream of mushroom as a base. I added a tbs of butter, a big scoop of sour cream, a splash of hot sauce, and seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste. You can add or leave out whatever you want. I also added a few small splashes of milk to make it thinner. It was delicious over the chops and noodles! 

I will make this easy, yummy recipe again soon!