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Easy Chicken Nuggets

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Easy to make chicken nuggets that taste so much better than those greasy fast food ones! Kids love these!

 

Easy Chicken Nuggets
Serves 4
Easy Chicken Nuggets that Kids Love!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 chicken breasts, defrosted and cut into large cubes or strips
  2. 1 cup bread crumbs (I used Italian bread crumbs)
  3. 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  4. 1 egg
  5. salt, pepper, Italian seasonings
  6. 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus a little more to spray on top
  7. 2 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. In a bowl, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Combine melted butter to 2 tablespoons of olive oil and pour into baking pan, making sure to coat the whole pan. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  4. Cut defrosted chicken breasts into approx 1 inch wide cubes or strips.
  5. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings over the chicken cubes.
  6. Crack an egg over the chicken cubes and rub it throughout all of your chicken pieces, making sure to coat a little over each piece.
  7. Dip the chicken pieces, one at a time, into the breadcrumb/parmesan cheese mixture and place them into the pan. Avoid stacking them onto one another.
  8. If you have an oil sprayer, lightly spray the top of each chicken piece. If you do not have a sprayer, just drizzle a few drops of olive oil over each piece.
  9. Place your baking pan into the oven and bake at 425° for 25 - 30 minutes.
  10. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. I use stoneware pans that are easy to clean. If you are not using a stoneware baking pan, I recommend lining your pan with a little aluminum foil before adding the olive oil and butter (for easier cleanup).
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10 Minute Pizza

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A quick and easy pizza recipe. It cooks in less than 10 minutes!

 

10 Minute Pizza
Serves 4
A quick and easy pizza recipe
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large loaf of Italian bread, cut in half horizontally
  2. 2 cups of pasta sauce (canned or homemade)
  3. 2 cups shredded cheese (I used a pizza mix, but mozzarella or other mixes can work here as well)
  4. 40-50 pepperoni slices
  5. 2 cups of diced vegetables (bell peppers, onions, olives etc.) if so desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to broil
  2. Lay out the two pieces of the bread loaf (placing them on a baking sheet now will save you time)
  3. Spread the pasta sauce evenly across both halves of bread
  4. Sprinkle the cheese evenly across both halves of bread
  5. Layer the pepperoni slices evenly across both halves of bread
  6. Spread the vegetables evenly across both halves of bread
  7. Place your pizza slices on a baking sheet and cook in the oven on broil for 8 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. For added flavor, try sprinkling a little garlic or Italian seasoning over the pizza before baking
  2. Try other toppings as you like, ground Italian sausage (cooked before placed as a topping) and tomatoes are two of my favorites.
  3. For a Hawaiian style pizza, top with Canadian Bacon and pineapple chunks
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Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs

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Here is an easy to make meal that takes less than 10 minutes to prep for. Since it cooks in the slow cooker, all you need to do is simply prep your meat, turn your slow cooker on and go. What could be better than that?

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs
Serves 4
An easy to make slow cooker recipe that everyone will love!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Ingredients
  1. 4 lbs. pork ribs
Dry Seasonings as follows
  1. 1 Teaspoon Cajun Seasonings (can substitute with 1/4 tsp each: salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper)
  2. 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  3. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
BBQ Sauce as follows
  1. 1 Cup Ketchup
  2. 1/2 Cup Honey
  3. 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  4. 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
  5. 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  6. 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  7. 1 Teaspoon Salt
  8. 1 Teaspoon Cajun Seasonings (can substitute with 1/4 tsp each: salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper)
Instructions
  1. Mix the dry seasonings together and then, spread them all over the meaty part of your ribs.
  2. Mix all of the BBQ sauce ingredients together, making sure to eliminate any large clumps. Set aside.
  3. Place ribs in slow cooker as flat as possible. If you need to, layer them one on top of another.
  4. Liberally pour the BBQ sauce all over the ribs, making sure to cover the meat in between layers.
  5. Place the lid on your slowcooker/crockpot.
  6. Cook on HIGH 1 hour, then cook on LOW 5 hours
Notes
  1. You can always use a ready-made dry rub instead of making one.
  2. You can substitute the BBQ sauce here, with your favorite store bought kind.
  3. You can also cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours OR on LOW for 8-9 hours.
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Easy Lunch Pinwheels

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Here is an easy, six-ingredient recipe that you’ll love! These are perfect for a quick lunch on the run, camping trips or in the summer, when it is just too hot to turn on the oven. Sandwich Wraps are easy to make and require no stove to make. Pinwheels are also kid-friendly! For a list of more Sandwich Wrap Recipes click here.

Easy Lunch Pinwheels
Serves 1
An easy, six-ingredient recipe that you'll love!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Flour or Wheat Tortilla (pictured: flour)
  2. Sliced lunchmeat of your choice (pictured: turkey)
  3. Sliced cheese of your choice (pictured: mild cheddar)
  4. Lettuce
  5. Tomato (sliced)
  6. Yogurt or Dressing of your choice (pictured: honey Greek yogurt)
Instructions
  1. Lay out your tortilla
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of your favorite dressing or yogurt and spread it out a little (try: light ranch, caesar, regular or greek yogurt)
  3. Add a layer of lettuce
  4. Add a layer of cheese
  5. Add a layer of lunchmeat
  6. Add a layer of thinly sliced tomato
  7. Roll your tortilla into a wrap shape
  8. Slice into 1 inch sections
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Another fun thing to try: Add a little yogurt on the side for dipping. Kids love it!
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Sandwich Wraps

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These are perfect for a quick lunch on the run, camping trips or in the summer, when it is just too hot to turn on the oven. Sandwich Wraps are easy to make and require no stove to make. Ingredients can vary. Here is a list of a few of my favorite Recipes (I will continue to add to this list throughout the summer) 

Easy Lunch Pinwheels

The Turkey Wrap

The Salami Wrap

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The BEST Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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When I was younger, I used to work at a Red Robin Restaurant. They had the most delicious Tortilla Soup I had ever tasted up to that point. Here is my own version of that tortilla soup that I used to love so much, but with a few additions that I believe make this even better than Red Robbin’s. This soup is so good, you’ll want to eat it all winter long.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Serves 16
The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe you will ever find.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cans chicken broth
  2. 1 can diced tomatoes
  3. 1 can diced tomatoes w/jalapeños
  4. 1 can sweet kernel corn
  5. 1 can black beans
  6. 1 packet taco seasoning
  7. 10-15 corn tortillas (I use 12, add more if you want thicker)
  8. 1 cup carrots, diced
  9. 1 cup celery, diced
  10. 1 cup onion, diced (I use yellow or white onion)
  11. 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  12. 2-3 chicken breasts or thighs (boneless, skinless meat)
  13. Salt and pepper
  14. Corn oil
  15. 2 ½ cups shredded cheese (I use Mexican blend or 4 cheese blend)
  16. 1 cup milk
  17. Sour cream
  18. Tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. Defrost chicken meat & cut meat into cubes (I use kitchen shears – much easier).
  2. Add salt and pepper and half the garlic to the chicken. Then, cook the cubes in a lightly oiled pan.
  3. Pour the cans of broth, tomatoes, corn, beans and taco seasoning into a large pot. Start to bring the soup to a boil.
  4. Dice the carrots, celery, onion and mince the garlic. Then, sauté them in a bit of corn oil until they are soft (about 10 minutes).
  5. Cut up the tortillas, and throw them in with the vegetable mix after you have sautéd them (this step helps the tortillas absorb all the remaining oil and it also softens the tortillas a little bit).
  6. Add the veggies and tortillas to the broth mix. Bring to a boil. Then, reduce to medium.
  7. Boil the soup for about 20 minutes, stirring about every 5 minutes, to keep the vegetables and tortillas from burning at the bottom of pot. (WATCH OUT: When you stir and scrape the bottom of the pot, sometimes pent up pressure will cause the mix to POP up, so be careful to stir slowly and don't lean over the pot so you don’t get burnt).
  8. After about 20 minutes, bring the boiling soup down to a simmer.
  9. Add 2 cups of shredded cheese to soup (saving about ½ cup to top the finished soup with) and simmer another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent anything from burning the bottom of the pot).
  10. WARNING: After the cheese is added, the soup is prone to burn at the bottom, so stir it often.
  11. Add 1 cup milk and stir. Then, simmer another 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes to keep the bottom from burning.
  12. Turn off the Stove. Your Chicken Tortilla Soup is done!
  13. Serve in a bowl w/a dollop of sour cream, some shredded cheese and broken up tortilla chips.
  14. Enjoy!
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How To Create A Harlequin Pattern On A Wall

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Here is an easy to follow picture tutorial on how to paint a harlequin pattern on a bedroom wall.

 

The Before and After:

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Step 1:

First, paint the wall with your basecoat color. I used a lighter paint color as my base color (I used Behr Premium with Primer in the Paint – Expedition Khaki) and I chose a slightly darker shade for the lines (I used Behr Premium with Primer in the Paint – Beachwalk). Here, I measured left to right and top to bottom and found the center of the wall. Mark this point with a pencil.

Wall step 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2:

Use a pencil so you can erase your grid lines with a wall eraser or Mr. Clean eraser later. I used a long level and drew a line strait across, horizontally. I wanted the diamonds to be 9 in wide, so i marked 4.5 inches to the left and then 4.5 inches to the right of my center mark (I marked on the line I drew with the level, so it would be exact). Then, I did the same thing, only top to bottom, except, since I wanted the diamond shape to be 18 inches, I measured 9 inches above the center mark and 9 inches below it (again, I marked on the lines I drew with the level). 

Wall step 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Center mark. Then, left at 4.5 inches, right at 4.5 inches (to make the diamond 9 inches wide), and 9 inches top and 9 inches bottom of center mark (to make the diamond 18 inches tall).

Wall step 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Start creating your grid. You are going to erase all of your pencil lines later, so don’t draw your lines too dark if you can help it.

Wall step 5

 
  

 

 

 

 

 

 Here is a better idea of what your grid will look like all across the wall. 

Wall step 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Step 4: Start connecting the points for the the diamond.

Wall step 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Just keep following your grid lines to create the same pattern across the entire wall. After you have drawn out all of your lines with a pencil, go over just the diamond pattern with your secondary paint color, using a small paint brush. Again, only paint the lines that create your pattern. The grid is just to keep everything straight and even.

Wall step 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6: Erase the pencil lines. I used a Mr. Clean Eraser. Then, I went over the lines I had pained one more time, so they completely covered the pencil marks. I also used my base paint color to go back and fill in any areas that I thought looked crooked or the lines appeared too thick. Enjoy!

Wall step 8

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Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Simply the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies you will ever experience.

If you like this recipe, you might like to check out these other tips and tricks in the kitchen to help you be the best baker in town.

Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 36
Simply the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies you will ever experience
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Dry Ingredients
  1. 3 ½ c. flour
  2. 2 c. dark brown sugar
  3. ½ c. granulated sugar
  4. 1 tsp. baking soda
  5. 1 tsp. baking powder
  6. ¼ tsp. salt
  7. 2 tbsp. instant espresso powder (finely ground)
  8. 3 c. semisweet chocolate chips
Wet Ingredients
  1. 2 lg. eggs
  2. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  3. 1 c. unsalted butter, softened
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together flour, sugars and instant espresso powder.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the salt, baking soda and baking powder to activate. Then, add this mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix in thoroughly.
  4. Add slightly softened butter to the dry ingredients and begin to incorporate into the dry ingredients.
  5. In another bowl, slightly whisk the eggs and vanilla extract together. Then, add the eggs/vanilla mixture to the dry ingredients, further incorporating into the mixture.
  6. Add the chocolate chips into the batter and gently mix until all of the chocolate chips are thoroughly mixed throughout the batter.
  7. Drop large (slightly bigger than a golf ball) sized dough onto baking sheets.
  8. Bake at 325°F for 18-20 minutes.
  9. approx. 36 large cookies
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