Monday, July 25, 2011

These are a Few of my Favorite Things....Food

Trevor and I pride ourselves on being a bit of foodies! We both LOVE to cook and try new things as well as go to new restaurants and critique our meals. Lately, we've been working really hard to save money. One way we can save money is by eating at home. Y'all saw my menu board that I made recently and my new couponing adventure. I really think the menu board is going to help me to buy exactly what we need and not much else.

Here are a few of my favorite foods right now:

  • Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse's Barbeque Brisket Quesadillas 
  • Sushi Cafe Denton's Tempura and Lobster sushi rolls (I could go for a roll right now!)
  • #9 Tacos from Tin Star
  • And a Berry Pecan cupcake from Sugar Queen Cupcakes
These all seem a bit silly, but they all are so amazing. I highly suggest trying them at some point.

I've had a lot of people lately asking for some of the recipes I use when cooking at home. I'm kind of shocked, because I mostly just play around with food until it tastes good. I've been asked so much for recipes lately that I am now going to start including my new creations on here!

Here are a few that have been requested the most:

Pizza Bubbles (an all time favorite for Trevor and I)

  • 2 cans of Pillsbury biscuits
  • Pepperoni (I use turkey pepperoni)
  • Approximately 1 pound of sausage (I use Jenny O Italian Turkey Sausage)
  • 16-20 oz. of Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 jar Marinara sauce (or homemade if you prefer)
  • 1 stick of butter or Margarine 
  • 2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • Garlic (I can't give you a precise measurement here...we like our garlic!)
  1. First, brown the sausage and cut the mozzarella into approximately 1 inch chunks.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  3. Open the crescent rolls and smash into large, round circles. 
  4. Take a small amount of garlic and rub in the center of each biscuit. Place 5-6 pepperoni slices and a scoop full of sausage in the center of the biscuit. Place 2-3 chunks of mozzarella in with the pepperoni and sausage. 
  5. Melt your butter and mix with 2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning and approximately 1 Tbsp. of garlic (you can add as much or as little of garlic as you prefer). 
  6. Create a "bubble" with each biscuit by pinching the edges together at the top. 
  7. Dip each "bubble" in the butter sauce and place in a greased baking stone. 
  8. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (what we call "shaker cheese").
  9. Bake on 350F for 30-40 minutes.
  10. Use the marinara sauce to dip the pizza bubbles in or spread it on top of the pizza bubbles. (I prefer to dip my pizza bubbles)
  11. Enjoy!!! 
Here's another one of our favorites: Stuffed Peppers!

I have a few variations of this recipe, but I'll just stick to the basics! (For variation, I will add Mexican corn or black beans to the stuffing.)
  • 5-6 Green Peppers
  • 1 pound of ground beef (I also use leen ground turkey to be a little healthier)
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese
  • 1 package of 90 second microwave Mexican rice (do not microwave!)
  • 1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes with jalapenos 
  • Mexican corn or black beans if you'd like
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F. 
  2. Clean and cut the centers out of the green peppers. Once you have done this, make sure you have removed all of the seeds (otherwise, you are in for a spicy surprise!!!)
  3. Brown 1 pound of ground beef (or turkey)
  4. After meat is browned, pour in 1 package of 90 second microwave Mexican rice, 1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes with jalapenos, and corn and black beans if desired. 
  5. Once you have mixed this all together, pour 2 cups of shredded cheese.
  6. After your cheese has melted. Stuff each pepper to the brim with the mixture. You can add a slice of cheese on top if you like a lot of cheese! 
  7. Bake in the oven on 400F for 30-45 minutes or until the stuffing browns. 
  8. Enjoy!!! 
 Chicken Spaghetti (this is a new favorite for us, but it is WONDERFUL!)

  • 3-4 large boneless chicken breasts (I use a large rotisserie chicken breast-it's easier)
  • 1 can (10 3/4 oz) Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1 can (10 oz) Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder 
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. margarine or butter
  • 1 (8 oz) Velveeta cheese-cubed
  • 8 oz. spaghetti noodles or angel hair noodles, cooked and drained
  • Shredded cheese (optional)
  1. Pull the chicken apart into small pieces (or dice the raw chicken breasts into small chunks). 
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. In a large skillet, melt your margarine or butter. Add your garlic and onion powder. Also add your raw chicken chunks (if you use a rotisserie chicken like me, wait to put the chicken in until the sauce is ready).
  4. In the skillet, stir in the Velveeta chunks, Cream of Chicken soup, and Rotel tomatoes. Once the Velveeta cubes are melted, add the rotisserie chicken. 
  5. Stir in 8 oz. of cooked and drained spaghetti or angel hair noodles. 
  6. Once it is all mixed together, pour into a lightly greased 13 x 9 pan (lasagna pan)
  7. Spread a thin layer of grated cheese of the mixture (optional)
  8. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!! 
I have more recipes to share, but this is plenty for now!! Be watching for my Lemon cupcakes with Blackberry and Raspberry icings, Blackberry/Raspberry Cobbler, and Twice Baked Caramel Apple Crisp!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Monthly Menu Board

I love to cook for my sweet husband! I do not like the stress of planning out the meals however. With my decision to try couponing, I wanted to do something for meal planning that would make it a bit easier on me and save us some money!! This was my idea:
With this new magnetic menu calendar, I can plan a month in advance, AND I can see when coupons come out that apply to my meal plans! Similar ideas that I had seen were smaller and seemed A LOT more difficult. I did decide that I wanted to do more than just the main course. I printed out all of my main course items, side items, and desserts and then put them on cute scrapbook paper. I LOVE how it turned out and Trevor likes it too! :)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Reasons I Love Him!!

I love crafting!! I just completed my newest project! I found this from pinterest and loved the idea. Here was the original picture I found and pinned:

I love this idea, because as we slip into the routine of our daily lives, it can become hectic! We don't take the time to tell our spouse why exactly we love them!! Trevor has been working A LOT lately so I thought this would be great for us! I had the perfect frame and the perfect place between our vanity mirrors for this! I did mine a little different, but it still works the same! Here is my final product:

We have teal, black, silver, and white in our bathroom. For this project, I really wanted to accent the teal color. Tonight when Trevor gets home from work, I'll have a note for him waiting! :) I think this frame is going to be a great thing for us! :) Plus, it really gets you coming up with all the reasons you love your spouse!!