Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Creamy Butterfinger Pie

This was Gray's choice for his Father's Day dessert and it was an excellent choice! This pie was so creamy and the butterfinger gave the perfect little crunch! A new family favorite for sure. This recipe was adapted from Brown Eyed Baker.

24 oreos
4 tbsp melted butter

8oz cream cheese (room temperature)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
8oz cool whip
8 fun sized butterfinger bars (crushed)

4oz cool whip
2 fun sized butterfinger bars (crushed)

Using a food processor, make the oreos into oreo crumbs for the crust. Combine the crumbs with butter and and press evenly into a greased 9 inch pie plate.  Beat together the cream cheese and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Fold in the cool whip until fully combined. Fold in the butterfinger pieces. Spread into the pie crust. Top with the remaining cool whip and butterfinger pieces Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Grilled Garlic Green Beans

Any recipe that I just have to quickly throw together and put on the grill is a total win for me! These green beans on the grill turned out so well. They were the perfect side dish to some chicken we grilled.

1lb fresh green beans (cleaned and snapped)
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves (minced)
salt and pepper

Toss the green beans with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.  Wrap in a foil packet and grill for 6 minutes. Flip and grill for another 6 minutes. Remove and serve.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hot Broccoli Dip

This dip is so so good! I love anything broccoli and cheese so I loved it. And served with buttery crackers.  Oh my! I doubled it when I made it for our small group. This recipe was adapted from Damn Delicious.

8oz cream cheese (room temperature)
2 1/2 cup chopped fresh broccoli
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tbsp creole seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper

Heat oven to 375. Grease a 9x9 baking dish. In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, 1 cup cheddar cheese, sour cream, parmesan cheese, milk, creole seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Stir in the broccoli. Spread evenly into the baking dish. Top with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and serve with buttery crackers. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Glazed Blueberry Biscuits

Yep, these are a copycat of those delicious blueberry biscuits from that wonderful southern friend chicken fast food chain. You know the one. I love their sweet biscuits and these turned out great!

2 cups flour
1 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
5 tbsp butter + 1 tbsp butter
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 tbsp milk

Place 5tbsp butter in the freezer for 10 minutes. Heat oven to 450. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in the milk. Using a grater, grate the butter into the mixture and stir well. Knead the dough for 1 minutes then fold in the blueberries. Spread the biscuit dough out on a floured surface and cut the biscuits. Place on sheet pan and bake for 8-11 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with 1 tbsp of melted butter.  Whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Glaze the biscuits and serve.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

This recipe was a great dinner, it was easy to make and had great flavor.  It was filling and while my kids weren't thrilled with the broccoli they were happy with everything else. This recipe is from Dinner at the Zoo.

3 tbsp olive oil
1 cup sliced carrots
2 cups chopped broccoli
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite size pieces)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tbsp honey
2 tsp cornstarch
salt and pepper

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a skillet. Saute the broccoli and carrots for 4 minutes or until tender. Remove from skillet and place in a bowl and cover. Add the remaining oil to the pan and saute the chicken until it is cooked through. Stir the garlic into the chicken then stir the vegetables back in. In a small bowl whisk together the chicken broth, soy sauce and honey.  In a separate bowl whisk together the cornstarch with 1 tbsp cold water. Pour the soy sauce mixture over the chicken and vegetables then stir well. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and let heat until the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat and serve over rice.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies

I made these cookies a few weeks ago when we got together with friends then I made them again this week for our big 4th of July neighborhood celebration.  The sweet and salty combo in these is perfect and everyone raved about this. This recipe is from Cookies and Cups.

1 cup butter
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely chopped pretzels

Melt the butter in medium sauce pan over high heat. Once the butter begins to boil swirl the pan constantly. The butter will foam and then begin to change colors, once it reaches an amber color remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes. In large mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda and sea salt. Once the butter has cooled, whisk in the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Pour the butter mixture into the flour and stir.  Add in the butterscotch chips, chocolate chips and pretzels. Heat oven to 350.  Place 1 1/2 tbsp scoops on the a greased or lined sheet pan and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 3 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Grilled Ranch Red Potatoes

We love to grill potatoes. It's such an easy side dish when grilling and this recipe just came out of having some ranch seasoning in the pantry and wanting to use it up! They were delicious!

8-10 red potatoes 
3 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp ranch seasoning

Wash the red potatoes. Cut each potato in half. Toss the potatoes with olive oil and ranch seasoning. Grill on each side until fork tender.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Kentucky Butter Crunch Cake

When I first read the recipe for this cake I knew that I had to try it! It's everything that I love! And it was a huge hit, the cake itself was so perfect and the topping was sweet and crunchy and just perfect! This recipe was slightly adapted from Creole Contessa.

3 cups flour
2 stick butter (room temperature)
4oz cream cheese (room temperature)
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
4 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt

1 stick butter (room temperature)
8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
3 cup powdered sugar
2 cups sweetened coconut
2 cups sliced almonds
1 tsp vanilla extract
milk as needed

Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour a pound cake pan.  In a stand mixer cream the butter, sugars and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time until each is fully combined. Add the vanilla extract.  In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Alternate adding the flour mixture then the buttermilk to the butter mixture starting and ending with the flour. Pour into the cake pan and bake for 1 hour.  While cake is baking mix together the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Thin out with 3-4 tablespoons of milk. Microwave the glaze for 15 seconds. Remove 1 cup of glaze and set to the side. Fold in the coconut and sliced almonds to the remaining glaze. Remove the cake from oven and let cool for 10 minutes then flip to remove from pan. Poke holes all over the cake and pour over the plain glaze. Cool for 10 minute the top with the coconut almond glaze and let cool.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Grilled Garlic Lime Taco Chicken

Chicken legs are not my favorite but my people just love them so I make them.  This recipe was really flavorful and so easy!

10-12 chicken legs
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp lime juice
2 tsp minced garlic
1 packet taco seasoning

Whisk together the olive oil, lime juice and garlic. Pour over the chicken legs then toss in taco seasoning. Grill over medium high heat for 12-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

1 Hour Skillet Focaccia Bread

I had been wanting to make focaccia bread for a while, I love the texture and taste of it but so many recipes are time consuming, I'm not good at time consuming. When I stumbled across this recipe on Crunchy Creamy Sweet, I had to try it, and I'm so glad I did! It's a new family favorite.

3/4 cup warm water
1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp dry active yeast
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp butter
1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp italian seasoning

Grease the skillet if necessary. In the bottom of a mixer, stir warm water and sugar together until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the yeast and let sit for 5 minutes or until foamy.  On low speed add 1 cup of flour and salt and mix until combined. Gradually add in the remaining cup of flour until the dough begins to pull away from the sides. Heat the oven to 220. Once the oven is preheated turn it off but keep the door closed. Roll the dough out on a floured surface and fold over several times until it is smooth. Shape back into a ball then place in the skillet and stretch to the sides. Cover with a towel and place in the oven for 20  minutes. Remove from oven and heat the oven to 400. Make indentions in the dough with fingers. In a bowl melt the butter then stir in the grated parmesan cheese and italian seasoning.  Brush half of the mixture over the dough.  Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with the remaining butter.