Saturday, April 19, 2014

Roasted beef ribs

                                   Roasted Beef Ribs

    I love pork ribs, they are one of my favorite summer treats. If you were to search pork ribs you would never run out of different ways to cook them. My husband and I like to break from the normal occasionally by doing beef ribs. I think these are not as popular or maybe not as easily found. Either way when cooked correctly these are outstanding. We generally put these on the barbeque but we wanted to try them in the oven. My sister is always making these in the oven and they practically melt in your mouth! 

2 racks of beef ribs 
Garlic powder
Chili powder


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove ribs from package and cut the racks in half. Take your roasting pan remove the lid and fill it 3/4 with water. Season your ribs with the garlic powder, salt, pepper and chili powder (to taste). Be liberal with the seasoning so that your ribs are evenly coated. Place ribs on your roasting pan, meat side up and cover with foil. Make sure the foil is snug so that the steam from the water stays in. 

The ribs will stay in the oven at 350 for 2 hours - then remove the ribs and baste with your favorite barbeque sauce. Place back in the oven at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. This will crisp up the ribs a little and finish roasting. 

Once ribs are done, cut into individual bones andserve immediately with additional sauce for dipping! 


Friday, April 11, 2014

My EPIC Pinterest fails

                                               My Epic Pinterest Fail

    I had stumbled across a site that was dedicated to recipes from Pinterest that people had tried and failed. I laughed so hard at some of these pictures because I have totally made these mistakes. See below my hard work that made me puzzled..

I found these beautiful and unique cupcakes from one of my favorite sites. when I saw them I knew I wanted to make these immediately..I also wanted to bake with my toddler for the first time and this looked easy enough! See the picture below and the recipe from Chef In training.

Rice Krispie Treat Frosting from ...This frosting is AMAZING! If you love Rice Krispie Treats, you'll LOVE this!

Now see my pathetic attempt at this cupcake and frosting- It looks like melted wax..I could barely convince my family to try them- The taste was great but not sure what happened to the frosting..

I tried and tried to get this frosting to look nice and stand up but to no avail..these cupcakes were a MESS.

I didn't let this get me down, I tried again with what looked like an easy but yummy recipe.

                                         White Fudgy bars

White Chocolate Brownies - INCREDIBLE!  #whitechocolate #blondies #brownierecipe

Here is what I ended up making- The sad part is this had like 3 steps and 5 ingredients and I came out with White fudge jerky- they were so chewy and disgusting..This was really disappointing. Also, when I tried to cut them out of the pan I bent a knife.. GOOD GRIEF. 

I am not a baker, I say it over and over. I still waste time on trying because that day my little helper had fun. It was the first time baking with my daughter and even if we NEVER make anything edible I will keep trying because when sister got her first taste of Marshmallow she was a big fan.. I may have bombed these two delicious and easy recipes but this face was totally worth it!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Golden Honey Shrimp

 Golden Honey Shrimp

    I have been on a shrimp kick lately and I love most to try anything new. To my surprise not only was this easy but it was FANTASTIC. The Shrimp was cooked to perfection and the light sauce gave it that perfect texture. I made this over bow tie pasta noodles and even though we loved it. My husband has requested this over rice for the next round. 
  My mom watches our daughters and I love to send her leftovers of anything new that I make. I honestly had to stop myself from polishing this off and put some aside for my mom. My husband joked that she would be lucky if this made it to her house the next day.  Here is the recipe, please Enjoy!

1 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup of walnuts
3 tablespoons of mayo
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons of condensed milk
1 pound of shrimp (peeled and de-veined)
1 large egg (beaten)
1 cup or more of cornstarch ( I used more)
1 green onion for garnish


In a small bowl whisk together mayo, condensed milk and honey.

Heat your oil in a large skillet

Heat 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Add sugar and stir constantly. This will start to turn color and thicken. Add walnuts and gently toss to combine. Transfer to a parchment lined plate.
Season the shrimp with salt and pepper to taste ( I use very light salt)

In two separate bowls, one with the egg (beaten) and one with the cornstarch.
Dredge the pieces of shrimp in the egg and then the cornstarch - make sure shrimp is well coated.

Add the shrimp to the skillet (do not overcrowd) and fry until evenly coated. This will only take about 1-2 minutes. You may have to do a couple of batches. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.

In a large bowl combine the shrimp and the sauce mixture and walnuts- Toss to combine. Garnish with green onions and serve immediately.

You can serve over noodles, rice or on the side with something else. This is so good that it won't matter what you serve it with!

NOTE: I over cooked my walnuts, they were still delicious but I did them about 20 seconds too long. this process is quick so keep an eye on them! 


Adapted from Damn delicious

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sausage and Egg - breakfast burritos

    Sausage and Egg breakfast burritos

   This is by far one of my favorite recipes and my most requested. I haven't shared this one yet and when I was making up a batch of these for my co-workers I knew it was time to share. These are easy and I have only ever made them 12 or more at a time so I don't know what the measurements would be for less. I do know you can freeze these and heat them back up so this would be a great freezer meal for quick breakfasts. 

Ingredients *(makes 8-12)

Eggs (1 Dozen)

1 roll of sausage (I ALWAYS use Bob Evans Zesty Hot)

2 small cans of diced green chiles 

2 packs of large tortillas (I use Mission)         


1 large bag of Colby Jack shredded cheese 

1/4 cup of skim milk *(you can use what ever percent of milk you have in the fridge)

1 tsp of salt and pepper

1/2 tbsp of butter or margarine


Brown the sausage and drain, place in a mixing bowl to cool. Add both cans of green chiles. 


Put the eggs into a bowl and scramble them with a fork or a whisk-You want to make sure your egg yolks are broken. Add 1/4 of milk and the 1/2 tsp of salt and pepper. In the same pan you cooked the sausage melt the 1/2 tbsp of butter.

 Keep mixing the eggs until they are scrambled and cooked well. Add the eggs to the bowl with the sausage and chiles. Toss so all three ingredients are well mixed. You don't want big chunks of either ingredient so make sure it breaks up as you mix.



Tear off foil ahead of time so that you can wrap the burritos as you make them. 

Step 1: Take a pinch of cheese and place on the tortilla (Not in the middle but not to close to an edge)

Step 2: I use a large serving spoon to measure the amount of mix in each tortilla. You don't want to overfill or the tortilla will tear.

Step 3:  Fold in the edges and roll until burrito is wrapped tightly. 


Step 4 : Wrap in piece of foil and either freeze it, put in fridge or heat for breakfast.

This is a very easy recipe and depending on your love of spicy you may want to use normal Bob Evan's sausage. The zesty hot is perfect in that it adds a kick to your breakfast without it being to hot. 

Make these for your next family event and people will love them. I make these for Christmas morning and have made them for work many times. Its also nice to have them to grab and go when you are in a hurry.

You can make these healthy by using egg whites, whole wheat tortillas and turkey sausage!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Freshly Squeezed Cards - Etsy shop

Freshly Squeezed Cards

    I have been using ETSY more and more for all of my upcoming birthday plans and have really found some great items. You could search forever on the site because there are so many fantastic products and owners that I have found myself constantly delighted at the price and items that would add that extra touch to any party. 

    I am throwing a double birthday bash for my sweet girls and was searching and searching for the perfect invitation. When I found Freshly Squeezed Cards I knew I had found what I was searching for. This ETSY shop has fantastic announcements, invitations and plenty of extra items. Amy Lovell is the ETSY shop owner and she is really great to work with. Amy is also from Mesa, AZ and that is even better. I was born in Arizona and during this endless OH winter I have been wishing for some desert warmth. The best part about Freshly Squeezed Cards is that you can customize your order. Amy helped me customize my invitations and I know that when I send them out to our guest they will be professional and beautiful.

Here is just a little of what she offers: 

Reply/RSVP Card or Insert to match any design, printable digital file
Boy/Girl Twin Onesie Baby shower Invitation, pink and blue Digital, Printable file

Move over Shutterfly- Amy does photo cards and the price is fantastic.

Photo Christmas card, holiday card, photo card, digital printable file, we are Abel, homemade hope charity card

My choice for invitations:

Vintage Circus Birthday Invitation, Circus Party, Digital Printable File

I would like to add that this is a must see on Etsy. Amy responds quickly to requests and questions and she understood exactly what I was needing and sent an example. I can't wait to use the invitation for the party and one to keep to remind me of the day! 

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