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Sunday, December 30, 2012

mangia mondays 95: crockpot fiesta chicken

howdy, ya'll!
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week with
lisa from shine your light.

this week,
i'm sharing one of the easiest meals ever:
crockpot fiesta chicken

8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
{i used frozen!}
8 oz cream cheese
16 oz salsa
{i used green chile salsa}
1, 15 oz can black beans
12 oz chopped onions
{i used a bag of the "works-already-done-for-you" frozen onions!}
1, 15 oz can whole kernel corn
dash of ancho chile powder
dash of chipotle chile powder

1. put everything in the crockpot. cook on low for 8 hours. DONE!
{seriously, i loved how easy this was!}


we served ours over wild rice
& it was AWESOME.
the leftover "sauce" would be great over broccoli,
with potatoes, hamburger meat & cheese...
or with some bread for dipping
{i know from experience... don't judge}.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

mangia mondays 94: last minute foodie gift guide

hiya, friends!
happy holidays &
merry-almost-christmas!
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week
with my dear blog-friend, the amazing
lisa from shine your light!

are you in a bind?
still looking for that
*a*w*e*s*o*m*e*
last minute foodie gift?!
i'm here to help!

check out my
on pinterest!


if you're willing to brave
the madness that is christmas eve shopping,
there are neat things to get at
OR
if you want to do some online shopping
(my favorite!)
there are some wonderful food & drink clubs
that i've pinned!

these gifts are great year-round,
& i'll continue to pin awesome gadgets i find!

and now, this sweet baby of mine
wishes you a very merry christmas!


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Sunday, December 9, 2012

mangia mondays 92: christmas cookies

howdy, folks!
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host
with the sweet-as-sugar-cookies
lisa from shine your light!

this week i'm sharing my
christmas cookies

for cookies:
1 1/3 C shortening
1 1/2 C sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 TBS + 2 tsp milk
4 C all-purpose flour
1 TBS baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

1. using the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, cream together the shortening, sugar, lemon zest & vanilla.

2. add the eggs and milk to the sugar & mix well.

3. sift together the flour, baking powder & salt. add to the liquid ingredients & mix just to combine.

4. divide the dough in half, wrap & chill for 1 hour.

5. preheat oven to 375 f.

6. roll out to 1/4" thickness on a well-floured surface. use cookie cutters to cut the desired shapes. place on parchment lined sheet pans & bake 6-8 minutes. remove from sheet & cool on a wire rack.

for royal icing:
2 lbs. powdered sugar
1.5 oz. meringue powder
8 oz. cool water

1. use an electric mixer with a whip attachment to mix ingredients until shiny, thick & fluffy. store covered when not in use as it will dry out almost immediately.

helpful decorating tips:
- i used #1 & #2 tips from wilton... even the 2's were a little large!
- have things handy: a damp paper towel, toothpicks, a place to set your decorated cookies, etc.
- have fun & go nuts! :D


first, this is my grandma's sugar cookie recipe.
it rocks.
i love decorating cookies
& can't wait to do it again when my mom gets here in a week!
:D
i think i'll go for more traditional colors next time.
santa will appreciate it. ;)

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

mangia mondays 91: christmas pinspiration

howdy, ya'll!
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week
with the ever-so-lovely
lisa from shine your light!

can you believe it's already december?!
i'm so excited for christmas
& all of the goodies the season brings!
next week i'll be posting my decorated sugar cookies,
so this week, i'm sharing my 
christmas cookie pinspiration








i can't wait to decorate! :D

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

mangia mondays 90: sweet dinner rolls

hello, friends!
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week
with lisa from shine your light.

this week, i'm sharing
sweet dinner rolls
{that your family will go ga-ga for}

yield: 25-ish rolls

1 1/3 C hot water
3 C bread flour
1/4 C brown sugar
1 tsp salt
2 TBS dried milk
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
3 TBS shortening
---
1 stick of butter, melted
1/2 C granulated sugar

1. add ingredients to bread machine in order of manufacturer's instructions.
this is the order i put mine in:
water, flour combined with sugar, salt & dried milk.
i make a well for the yeast & drop the shortening in the corners.

ALTERNATELY, you could activate the yeast in the hot water with the sugar & mix all of your ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer with the dough hook attachment.

2. set to the dough setting on your bread machine & let it do its thing!

ALTERNATELY, mix on the mixer for 8 minutes, or until the dough is just sticking to the bump in the bottom of the bowl. remove from bowl to floured sheet pan. let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. make sure you loosely cover so the dough doesn't dry out.

3. when the dough is done, punch it down & roll it into golf ball sized pieces. place in an ungreased pie tin, cover & allow to rise until almost doubled in size.

4. combine the melted butter and sugar in a small bowl. spoon a little of the mixture over every roll. divide excess butter equally between the pie tins.

5. bake at 350 f. for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.

these rolls are like crack...
they're SO good!
i cannot be held accountable if you stand in your kitchen
& eat an entire pan of rolls.
just sayin'.
:)

did you see that

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

so thankful

this year brought a big change.
little miss charlotte has been such an incredible blessing.
being able to watch her grow every day,
learn new things,
smile, giggle, eat her toes, suck her thumb...
it's been amazing.








i'm so thankful for my family.
:)

happy thanksgiving everyone!

-k

Sunday, November 18, 2012

mangia mondays 89: stuffin' muffins

gobble, gobble!
{that's turkey-speak for hello!}
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week
with the incredibly fabulous
lisa from shine your light.

this week, i'm sharing
stuffin' muffins

yield - 28 portions
- 1 loaf of bread, diced into bite-sized cubes
{i used homemade whole wheat,
but you could definitely use your favorite bread
or even a stuffing mix. just omit the herbs later. :) }
- olive oil
- 1 TBS italian seasoning
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp thyme, dried
- 1 tsp rosemary, dried
- salt & pepper
- 1 lb. regular jimmy dean sausage
{you could totally use turkey or
chicken sausage here!}
- 4 TBS butter
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 5 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 qt. chicken stock

1. preheat oven to 400 f.

2. in a large bowl, combine bread, a few drizzles of olive oil, italian seasoning, onion powder, thyme, rosemary, & salt & pepper to taste. pour onto a baking sheet in one even layer. bake for 10 minutes, toss, & continue baking in 5 minute increments, tossing each time you check, until crispy {like a crouton}. mine took 25-30 minutes.

3. cook sausage until done. set aside. in the same pan {with the drippings from the sausage} add the butter & saute the celery & onion. season to taste with salt & pepper. {you can also add mushrooms, or green chile like i did! yum!} cook until the onions are translucent.

4. pour the bread crumbs into a large bowl. add the sausage & the celery/onion mixture. pour in enough chicken stock to moisten the bread crumbs.

5. using a 1/4 C measure, spoon the stuffing into a prepared muffin tin. bake for 10 minutes & serve OR you can cool & freeze! perfect to prep for the holidays or just a quick side!


the key to a good stuffing is lots of seasoning
& flavor!
...the sausage doesn't hurt, either! ;)
i  love these little stuffin' muffins
because they can be prepped ahead of time
& stored in the freezer for quick & easy access.
just one little thing to make your turkey day
run a little smoother!

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

mangia mondays 88: pumpkin sponge cake

hiya, friends.
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host every week
with my dear friend,
lisa from shine your light.

this week,
as an alternative to pumpkin pie,
i'm sharing
pumpkin sponge cake

yield: 2 jelly roll pans 
for the cake:
9 eggs, separated
3 oz. sugar
19 oz. brown sugar
13.5 oz. pumpkin
11.25 oz. cake flour
1.5 tsp baking soda
1.5 tsp baking powder
.75 tsp salt
1.5 tsp cinnamon
.75 tsp ground cloves

1. prepare pans with a sheet of parchment paper sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. don't spray the sides of the pan - you want the sponge cake to cling to the sides when it bakes! {or it'll fall flat}

2. preheat oven to 365 f.

3. whip egg whites until slightly foamy. slowly add the sugar & continue mixing until very soft peaks form. scrape into another bowl.

3. using the same whip & mixing bowl, cream together the brown sugar & egg yolks until light yellow in color. add the pumpkin & mix until evenly blended. scrape as needed.

4. sift the dry ingredients to evenly distribute the spices & leaveners. set aside.

5. gently fold the whipped egg whites into the pumpkin mixture alternately with the sifted dry ingredients.

6. divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans & level. this cake does not level itself & will bake up how you leave it in the pan.

7. bake about 10 minutes, or until it springs back when pressed lightly.allow to cool briefly, then loosen the paper liner, but do not remove.

8. allow to cool to room temperature then ice & stack.

cream cheese icing:
1 lb., 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
2 lbs. powdered sugar
12 oz. butter, room temperature
1 TBS vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice

1. using a paddle, soften the cream cheese & mix until creamy - no lumps!

2. add the powdered sugar & blend thoroughly.

3. add the butter slowly, mixing & scraping down between additions.

4. add the vanilla & lemon juice. mix until creamy & store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

i coated the outside of my cake with a spiced whipped cream -
delicious!
just add some ground cinnamon, nutmeg & ginger
to whipped cream.
it tastes like fall!
such a great alternative to traditional pumpkin pie!

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

mangia mondays 87: pumpkin pie

howdy folks.
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week with
the absolutely stellar
lisa from shine your light.

since we learned how to make
pie crust last week, how about we make:
pumpkin pie

{for 2 9" pies}
2, 15 oz. cans of pumpkin
2, 14 oz. cans of sweetened condensed milk
4 eggs
1 TBS ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp salt
2, 9" unbaked pie crusts

1. preheat oven to 425 f.

2. whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices & salt in a medium bowl until smooth. pour into crusts.

3. bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 f & continue baking 35-40 minutes or until knife inserted 1" from crust comes out clean. cool & serve.

perfect for the upcoming holiday season!

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

mangia mondays 86: pie crust

hi there!
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week
with my very favorite lisa,
lisa from shine your light.

this week i'm sharing
pie crust

{for 2, 9" single crust pies or 1, 9" double crust}
11.75 oz pastry flour
8.25 oz shortening
3 oz water
.25 oz salt

1. combine water & salt. set aside in freezer until it gets icy/slushy.

2. in a large casserole dish, combine flour & shortening with a bowl scraper until it resembles a coarse cornmeal in texture. the color of the flour will turn from white to tan-ish.
**do NOT use your hands/fingers! this will melt the shortening!**

3. once the water is icy, give it a stir to incorporate all of the salt. start by adding half of the water to the flour/shortening mixture & mixing the pie dough by hand. you can always add more, but you can't take it out!  be careful not to overmix as you don't want too much gluten development.
{this is what makes for a flaky pie crust!}

 4. chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

5. divide in half & roll out to about 1/8"-1/4" thick. lay in the bottom of your ungreased pie tin. 

6. if making a single-crust pie, trim excess dough from sides, tuck edges under themselves {but not under the lip of the tin!}, & crimp. pre-bake if making a cream pie, or follow normal baking guidelines for baked pies!
 if making a double-crust pie, fill after putting down the first layer, then top with a vented second crust. trim edges of extra dough, tuck edges under themselves & crimp.

i've always been intimidated by pie crust...
but it's seriously SO simple
& it makes such a difference!


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Sunday, October 21, 2012

mangia mondays 85: cream pies

howdy, ya'll!
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host with
lisa from shine your light!

this week i'm sharing
cream pies

pre-made pie shells
{or you can make your own like i did!
i can post the recipe for the most delicious,
easiest pie crust, if you'd like!}

for the basic vanilla filling:
{enough for 1, 9" pie}
1 pt. milk
2 oz. sugar
--
1.5 oz. egg yolks
2 oz. whole eggs
1.25 oz. cornstarch
2 oz. sugar
--
1 oz. butter
.25 oz vanilla extract

1. in a heavy saucepan, dissolve the sugar in the milk and bring just to a boil.

2. with a whisk, beat the egg yolks and whole eggs.

3. sift the starch and sugar into the eggs. beat with the whisk until perfectly smooth.

4. temper the egg mixture by slowly beating in the hot milk in a thin stream.

5. return the mixture to the heat and bring it to a boil, stirring constantly.

6. when the mixture comes to a boil and thicken, remove it from the heat.

7. stir in the butter and vanilla. mix until the butter is melted and completely blended in.

8. pour into baked, cooled pie shells. cool, then keep chilled. if desired, decorate chilled pies with whipped cream using a pastry bag.

variations:
mocha cream:
add .25 oz. coffee extract and 2 oz. melted chocolate when you add the butter.
top with shaved chocolate.

coconut cream:
add 2 oz. toasted, unsweetened coconut to the basic filling.
garnish with extra coconut.

banana cream:
add .5 oz. banana extract with the vanilla.
top with banana slices, then a layer of whipped cream.
garnish with vanilla wafers.



these pies are pretty simple to put together...
and REALLY delicious
{especially the mocha cream! :D}

you can also use this filling for eclairs!
yum, yum, yum!

how about charli's 4 month pictures?!
{can you believe she's 4 months already?
where has time gone?!}























she's trying so hard to sit up!
ah... such a big girl already!

annnnyway -
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