Friday, October 14, 2011

Fun With Sugar Cookies

Made these chalkboard cookies for Haylie's teacher for Back-to-School Night.  Made the fondant using this recipe - it is marshmallow fondant!  Easy to use and delicious too!!! (The idea for the cookie came from here.  Don't compare too closely!)

Had lots of fondant left over so we (my friend Erin and I) decided to have some Halloween fun too! These projects were very time-consuming and somewhat tedious, but, in my mind it was worth it - something fun to do every so often.  :-) 

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken - Crock Pot

Here's another yummy crock pot recipe:

Chicken breasts (mine were frozen)
1 Jar Archer Farms Hawaiian Barbecue Sauce (from Target)
1 can pineapple chunks

Dump all ingredients in crock pot.  Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8.  Serve over rice.

I used 1 chicken breast and 2 thighs, half a jar of BBQ sauce, and a small can of crushed pineapple.  Super easy and very delicious.  The girls really liked it too. :-)  Reminded me of sweet 'n' sour chicken.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cinnamon Rolls

I made cinnamon rolls for the very first time on Sunday.  I used Eric's Mom's recipe:

They turned out beautifully!  Just pay attention to the beginning of the recipe where it says "Begin 4 hours before you want to eat them"!  It takes a time-investment, but it is really easy otherwise.  :-) Enjoy!

Taco Pizza

I have recently instituted what I call "Taco Tuesday" in our house.  Tuesdays are going to be dedicated to some form of Taco-y/Mexican food goodness.  Last night it was Taco Pizza...another recipe I found on Pinterest.

After it was cooked, I also added fresh lettuce, avocados, sour cream, and Cotija cheese.  Cotija is my new favorite cheese to use when cooking Mexican food.  It is a hard, crumbly cheese that just adds so much flavor to your food.  Good recipe - kids liked it, and most importantly, it was EASY!  ;-) 


I just discovered Pinterest.  If you haven't yet...proceed with caution.  I avoided it as long as possible because people kept talking about how addicting it is.  They were right.  But it has also reignited a flame within me for all things homey.  I've been cooking more because I've seen so many new recipes on there that I want to try.  I've been crafting more because they have so many fun ideas!  So, I urge you to check it out - but just know that it will suck you in!!  ;-)

Monday I tried a recipe I found for homemade calzone.  Calzone is like pizza but it's all wrapped up kind of like a giant burrito.  The recipe looked easy and my kids love pizza so we tried it.  It was great!  I bought a refrigerated pizza crust in a tube (Pillsbury) but you can also make your own - she provides a link to a recipe.  Very very yummy, and EASY!