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Monday, July 25, 2016

Chicken Carpese'




A friend of mine posted this on Facebook and when I saw the video I knew I had to try it.  First it's so simple to make, goes together very quickly and is really delicious.  There was no leftovers with this meal.  I made a side salad and sauteed onion, red and yellow peppers in olive oil with garlic.  The meal was really great.



Ingredients:
5-6 boneless chicken breast
1 1/2 container of cherry tomatoes *I used yellow and red*
3-4 TBL balsamic vinegar
5-6 cloves garlic
Fresh Basil
Provolone Cheese or Mozzarella  *original called for Mozzarella I used Provolone*
salt and pepper
olive oil

In a large sauce pan heat olive oil, salt and pepper both sides of chicken breast add to heated pan.  Cook about 6-8 minutes on each side, set aside.  In same pan add balsamic vinegar then the garlic, cook for a minutes or so...be careful and watch the garlic you don't want it to burn.  Add the tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes, add chopped basis then add the chicken back to pan place cheese on top of each piece and then  cover and let cook until the cheese melts.  Just before serving add some more fresh basil.
Serve on a large platter and place tomatoes on top of chicken pieces.
Enjoy
Hope you try this recipe it's great.  Have a great week and always remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things Y♥u L♥ve.
Donna

Monday, July 18, 2016

Jalapeno Popper Chicken *low carb*


My grandson and son in law love hot spicy things so this one is  a perfect dish for them.  I made mine without the jalapeno's and my daughters without the bacon.  I also made brocolli  and  rice for the boys.  I've been trying low carb again to try and get some weight off.  It's been hard trying to walk with working and my hip.   This is a great low carb recipe so hope you give it a try.







without Jalapeno

adapted from here


Ingredients


5 Slices bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
4-6 boneless chicken breasts, trimmed of excess fat (If thick, flatten a bit with mallet)
1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
8 Ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 Cup mayo
1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
4-6 fresh jalapeno peppers, finely chopped (seeds and ribs removed)
cilantro sprigs for garnish

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Cook bacon to crispy, set aside.

Season chicken breasts with a little salt and pepper and cook over medium-high heat either in the same pan you used for the bacon (pour off all but 1 Tablespoon of grease) or use a different skillet and add about a tablespoon of olive oil.

Depending on the size of the breasts, cook each side 3-4 minutes, or until juices run clear.

While chicken is cooking, remove seeds/ribs from jalapenos. Chop peppers finely.

Once chicken is done, move to plate and set aside.

Add chopped jalapenos to pan and saute briefly. Turn off heat.

In medium bowl, mix cream cheese, mayo, a little salt and pepper to taste, garlic powder.

Add cheddar and Parmesan cheeses (I reserve a little for topping before baking), sauteed jalapenos, crumbled bacon.

Place chicken back into skillet (or other ovenproof dish), top with cream cheese mixture, sprinkle a little additional cheddar and Parmesan if desired.

Bake in oven until well heated (about 20 minutes).

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things You L♥ve.
Donna

Monday, July 11, 2016

oatmeal peanut butter chocholate chip cookies





     I made these for work and made the and increased it by another 1/2  because the guys would eat them all and then there would not be any left for the rest of the co-workers.  If you want to make them as follows you'll get about 32 cookies using the small ice cream scoop.  These are really good so will be making them again for sure.  The guys loved them and with making a batch and a half they were able to have cookies two days in row.  (Of course I had to hide them and portion them out or they would have eaten them all the 1st day.  :)


     ½ cup butter
    ½ cup white sugar
    ⅔ cup unpacked brown sugar
    ½ cup smooth peanut butter (chunky can be used also)
    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 egg
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ½ cup rolled oats
    ¾ cup chopped milk chocolate 
    ¾ cup chopped dark chocolate
    1/4 cup reeses pieces
    1/4 cup caramel pieces
    1/4 cup roasted peanuts


    Instructions:
      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
      2. Cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the peanut butter, vanilla and egg until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir until just moistened. Mix in the oats and chocolate chips, peanuts, reeses peices and caramel peices until evenly distributed. Drop by tablespoonfuls on to lightly greased cookie sheets.
      3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges start to brown. Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
      Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things You L♥ve.
      Donna

      Monday, July 4, 2016

      carmelitas carmel choc bars


      These are really good, but a bit time consuming putting it all together.  I made these for work and they were a big hit.  I've never made them before but I will for sure make them again.  They would be great during the holidays or if you're having a semi large gathering.



       adapted from here

      Ingredients
      • 1 3/4 cups (210 grams) AP Flour
      • 2 cups quick oats (if using rolled oats, pulse them for few seconds in the food processor)
      • 1 1/2 cups (300 grams) Imperial Sugar® brown sugar
      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1/4 teaspoon salt
      • 1 cup butter, melted
      • 11 ounces vanilla caramels, unwrapped *1 bag*
      • 1/3 cup heavy cream
      • 2 cups (12 ounces) semi sweet morsels
      • 1 cup (6 ounces) dark chocolate, chopped *I used large Hersey bar special dark*
      • 1 cup chopped pecans
      • 5-6 caramels
      • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
      Instructions
      1. Heat the oven to 350F. Line a 13x9  with parchment paper, leaving about 1 inch of paper hanging on the sides. Set aside.
      2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, soda, and salt. Stir in the melted butter and mix until crumbly.
      3. Press 2/3 of the mixture on the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the chopped pecans and chocolate (both the chips and chopped one) over the crust.
      4. In a small saucepan, combine caramels and heavy cream. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until melted and smooth.
      5. Pour the caramel in the pan, over the chocolate and pecans.
      6. Crumble the reserved oatmeal cookie dough over the caramel layer.
      7. Bake for 23 minutes or until light golden brown.
      8. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
      9. Once cooled cut into bars.
      10. Optional, melt both the remaining caramels and chocolate chips and drizzle over the bars. 
      Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things You L♥ve.
      Donna

      Monday, June 27, 2016

      Cordial Cherry Banana Bread



      This looks funky but was really tasty.  I had some Hersey cordial cherry's and wanted to get them out of the house so I wouldn't be tempted to eat them....so what better way then to put them into something I'd be baking.  I thought it would have a much stronger cherry taste but actually it was just a hint, but did change the flavor just a bit.


      1 3/4 cup flour
      1/2 tsp salt
      1tsp baking soda
      1 stick butter  (melted)
      1 tsp vanilla
      3/4 cup brown sugar
      2 eggs
      3 ripe bananas
      16 Hersey cordial cherry's plus 10 more for top
      1/2 cup walnuts (optional -- I didn't use them this time)

      pre heat own 350 ° and spray a loaf pan, set aside.
      In a bowl mix dry ingredients
      In another bowl melt the butter, then add the banana and cook in microwave for about a  minute.  Mash banana in butter, add brown sugar, vanilla and the two eggs.  Mix well with a fork or whisk.
      Add the 16 hersey kisses and microwave for about a minute.  Stir.  Add dry ingredients to banana mixture pour into prepared pan.  Bake for 55-60 minutes, until tester comes out clean.  Half way through baking put the other 10 kisses on top they will melt.    When done let cool for about 10 minutes on wire rack then remove.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  Enjoy!
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  Have a wonderful week and always Remember to Find the Time to DO ALL the thing You L♥ve.
      Donna

      Monday, June 20, 2016

      Chocolate muffins




      Another work treat as you can see I've been on a chocolate kick.  Everyone at works loves chocolate so it's really a no brainer when baking for Monday's.  These were very good and nice and moist.  They were a big hit.  I will probably make them again.


      Double Chocolate Muffins
       adapted from here    via Barbara Bakes
      1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
      1 cup sugar
      2 teaspoons vanilla
      2 teaspoons baking powder
      2/3 cup cocoa mix
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      2 eggs
      1 cup milk (skim, 1%, 2%, whatever you have works)
      1/3 cup sour cream
      2 cups all-purpose flour
      1 large Hersey special dark chocolate bar

      1) Preheat oven to 350F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners to make 24 muffins.

      2) Cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt until light and fluffy- about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until incorporated between each addition. Add the milk and sour cream. Add the flour and chocolate chips and mix just until all ingredients are combined.

      3) Divide batter between 12 muffin cups and bake 25-27 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean (a little melted chocolate is fine - the toothpick may hit a melty chocolate chip).


      In the future:
      Change amount of milk to 1 cup

      1) Preheat oven to 350F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners to make 12 muffins.

      2) Cream together the butter, sugar, sour cream, and vanilla until light and fluffy - about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated between each addition.

      3) Stir together the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with the milk, in 2-3 additions each (so add a third of the flour, half of the milk, another third of the flour, etc.).

      4) Divide batter between 12 muffin cups and bake 25-27 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean (a little melted chocolate is fine - the toothpick may hit a melty chocolate chip).

      thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things YOU L♥ve.
      Donna

      Monday, June 13, 2016

      Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

      Monday work treat, not much to say about this other than it was really good.





      Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
      Prep Time: 10 minutes
      Cook Time: 20 minutes
      Total Time: 30 minutes
      Yield: 16 bars
      Ingredients

      2 C flour

      1 tsp baking soda

      1 tsp baking powder
      1 tsp salt
      1/2 tsp cinnamon
      2 1/2 C old fashioned oats
      1 1/2 C brown sugar
      1 1/4 C butter, melted
      2 eggs
      1 Tb vanilla
      2 1/2 C milk chocolate chips

      Instructions

      1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

      2. Into your stand mixer or large mixing bowl place 2 C flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Toss them together with a fork to combine.

      3. Grab 2 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats and add them to the mixing bowl.
      4. Add 1 1/2 C brown sugar and toss everything together to mix.
      5. Melt 1 1/4 C butter and pour it into the bowl. Mix for one minute.
      6. Add 2 eggs and 1 Tb vanilla.
      7. Mix until the dough has combined. It will be crumbly.
      8. Add 2 1/2 C chocolate chips. I used milk chocolate, but semi sweet, butterscotch or cinnamon chips would also be fabulous. Mix the chips in.
      9. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and press the dough into it.
      10. Bake for 20 minutes. Stick a butter knife or toothpick into the center. When it comes out clean the bars are done. Don't worry if they look a little bit underdone. They should. :) This will help them stay nice and moist.
      11. Allow them to cool completely and then cut into bars, or eat them warm from the pan...whatever suits your fancy.

      thanks for stopping by, have a great week and Remember to Find the time to Do ALL the thing YOU L♥ve.
      Donna
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