Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken parmesaen Sandwiches

I was inspired to make this when I saw my good friend and bloggers chicken parm sandwich! So I decided I would create this Crock Pot Shredded chicken parm sandwich!  Its so easy and great for everyone :-) 

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Sandwiches:

3 Chicken breasts
Package of Wishbone Garlic and Herb Dry Dressing Mix
Olive oil for rubbing on chicken
1/4 C Water
1 Jar of Garlic and basil Spaghetti Sauce
1/4 C Shredded Parm
1/3 C of Shaky Parm
1 T Basil
1 Tsp Oregano
1 Tsp Parsley

1/4 C Softened butter
4 T of Shaky Parm
1 Tsp Garlic Sea Salt
Shredded Parm
Favorite rolls or bread

In the crock pot rub down three chicken breasts with olive oil, salt and pepper just a sprinkle. Then top with the dry dressing mix. Cook on high for 4-6 hours till chicken falls apart.Take chicken out and shred it. Drain the liquid out of the crock pot. Now add your sauce, parm, basil, oregano and parsley. Then add chicken. Cook until heated through.

Take your bread and spread your softened butter mixture and cook until golden brown on the bottom. Add your shredded parm, chicken mixture and top with a slice of mozzarella. Put the top on and cook until cheese is melted in a skillet.

I served this with cucumber salad.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Patriotic Pie

Today we are celebrating Red White and BLUE! So in this round up I bring you my  Patriotic Pie! 

Patriotic Pie

2 Boxes of Graham Crackers crushed
1 stick of butter melted.
1 T of Sugar.

1 Box of French Vanilla Pudding
1 Can of Blueberry Pie Filling
1 Can of Strawberry Pie Filling

Homemade Whipping Cream:
1 carton of Whipping Cream
1 T of Sugar
2 Tsp Vanilla

Puff Pastry Sheet
Star Cookie Cutter

This recipe makes two pies!

Crush your Graham crackers into crumbs, and add your butter and sugar. Mix till combined. Put it in 2 pie plates evenly.  Bake for 10 minutes at 350. Take it out and let it cool. Next take your thawed pastry puff sheet and cut out 2 stars. Save the pastry dough for other uses. Bake till golden. Take out and let it cool.  Now make your pudding according to directions and put it in the fridge to chill. While its chilling you will start the Whip cream. In a mixer bowl add your whipping cream, sugar and vanilla and whip till its a stiff peak. 
Now take out your pudding and take about a 1 cup of whipping cream and fold it in the pudding. Now to assemble the pies. When the crust is cool add about 3 spoonfuls of pudding. Then add about 1/4 Cup of blueberry pie filling and spread it. Add mroe pudding, and then add strawberry. Top it with your Star pastry puff. Next you can either spoon it or pipe the whipping cream on top. Chill till ready to eat. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Cups, Sticks and Nibbles Cookbook Review

*Please know that I was not paid to do this, I was given the cookbook to review. All thoughts are my own.**
*These pictures are not my own. They are owned by Nibbles by Nic*

The one thing I love about being a blogger is that I meet all kinds of food bloggers.  When they get a cookbook I love to support them. When I had the opportunity to review Cups, Sticks and Nibbles I jumped at the chance. When I got the cookbook in the mail I was so excited to sit down and read it :-) So many recipes caught my attention, and next week I plan on making one of them. I will include the recipe and a link to buy the cookbook. 

The recipes are great if you are hosting a party, or just having a fun meal. I would recommend this cookbook to anyone. They have cool recipes like Pizza Meatloaf Cupcakes and Stuffed Almond Butter Strawberry Jam French Toast Skewers.  You will want to add this to your cookbook collection. 

I'll give you one to the recipes and then a link to purchase your own Cups Sticks and Nibbles.
Stuffed Almond Butter Strawberry Jam French Toast Skewers

8 Slices of Challah bread (about 1 inch thick)
1/2 C Fresh Almond butter
1/3 C Strawberry jam
1 C thinly sliced strawberries(more for garnish)
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 C Low-fat milk
7 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 C Maple pancake syrup
(more for drizzling)
2 to 3 T light butter

1. Lay out bread slices on a flat surface. Spread four slices with almond butter and four slices with jam. 
2. Layer strawberries evenly on the jam slices. Sprinkle the strawberries with cinnamon and place, and then place the other bread slices on top, creating sandwiches. (You will have four sandwiches in all)
3. In a shallow bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla and syrup. Place the sandwiches in the egg mixture, pressing down to saturate the bread as much as possible. Flip over to douse both sides thoroughly. 
4 Heat a large skillet and melt the butter over medium heat.  Cook the sandwiches three to four minutes per side until golden brown. 
(Press down with a spatula to seal the sandwiches)
5 Remove the sandwiches from the pan and place on a cutting board. While the sandwiches are still warm, use a pastry brush to drizzle each sandwich with maple syrup. 
6. Cut the sandwiches into even-sized squares and thread them onto skewers. Drizzle with more warm maple syrup and serve.

To see this recipe and more please go here:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How to store your cookbooks: Guest Post from Modernize.com

Today's guest post is from Modernize.
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 Creative Ways to Display Your Cookbooks

You love your cookbook collection. From your copy of Skinny Taste to your vintage edition of Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners, you cherish every page and have allowed these books to lead you in your culinary adventures. The only problem is, you’re not sure where to put them in your kitchen. Don’t hide your collection away! Try these fun creative ways to display your cookbooks for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

Add A Corner Shelf

If you don’t have a space for your cookbooks in your cabinets or on your countertops, add a corner shelf. A corner shelf is designed to fit perfectly into small spaces and it has a curve that keeps your from bumping into it while navigating your kitchen quarters. This type of shelf doesn’t need to be too tall and you can paint it any color to match your decor. Place your cookbooks on the different levels and add kitchen tools for fun accents. In this image, you can see the owner added a jar for loose change and on the bottom shelf added pretty nesting bowls.

Showcase Them on a Hanging Pot Rack

One of my favorite places to display cookbooks is by stacking them on a hanging pot rack. Whether your pot rack is situated above your kitchen island or it’s hung on a side wall, you can add a few brightly colored cookbooks to add variety. A lot of pot racks even have spaces designated to hold your collection of books. By displaying them on a pot rack, you get them out of the way, but they’re still easy to find. If you’d really like to decorate vertically, consider placing an herb plant (real or fake) on top of a stack of books or beside them on the pot rack.

Place Them Above a Kitchen Desk

A lot of kitchens have built-in desks for bookkeeping and other tasks. Since this space in your room is already designated for papers and other like-items, why not display your cookbooks above it? In this picture, you can see that there are shelves right above the kitchen desk. Instead of placing kitchen items on them, place your books. A great trick to break up the space is to add a decorative item on one shelf like a plate or an aesthetic kitchen item, like a teapot. You can also organize the cookbooks by color.

Use the Book Covers Like Art
Do you remember when you were a kid and the library displayed children’s books with the covers facing you? You can use this method of showcasing your cookbooks! All you need are shelves incorporated into your cabinets that are relatively shallow. Instead of placing the books in sideways, place them with the cover facing out, like a propped up piece of art. You can play with the look and change it up. I like to place a few books with their covers out and a few books horizontally like usual. The shelves in this picture are just waiting for a few brightly colored cookbooks to be placed facing out in some of the negative spaces!

Grab a Basket
A basket is a clever option for creatively displaying your cookbooks. Choose one that matches your kitchen style. It can be a wire basket, a wooden basket, or a metal bin with a chalkboard tag on it. Make sure it’s large enough to hold your books and that it is easy to move around. You can keep this basket on a kitchen counter or you can place it on the floor, in an empty corner of your kitchen, for some added decoration.

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Stack Them On Shelves
If you’re lucky enough to have a large kitchen island with shelves, this is the perfect place to display your cookbooks! Shelving in an island is usually deep enough to hold your entire collection and it keeps your books out of the spill zone. Take a styling cue from this image and add bookends for a sophisticated look. Agate bookends and white vases make for great displays and also keep you cookbooks from toppling over.
For more ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com.