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Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce

So the other day I wrote about the delicious buttered parsley noodles. And while they were amazing the show stopper was definitely the chicken. The amount of flavour in this chicken dish was amazing. Just by tasting it you would think it would be a complex process to achieve the flavours, but I am here to tell you that’s not the case. You can have a gourmet meal on the dinner table and you won’t be slaving in the kitchen for hours to get it. In the cookbook See mentions that you’ll want to slurp up the sauce and she was right. Next time we might even serve the sauce with mashed potatoes so we don’t loose any of it. I’ve written about quite a few of the recipes I’ve made from The Pioneer Woman’s cookbooks and what I really like is with a quick google search you can find similar or even the exact recipe from the book. So here’s a link if you want to give this chicken a try. And here’s how we plated ours up 🙂

Buttered Parsley Noodles

Have you ever overlooked a recipe then for whatever reason you decide to give it a try and you think why on earth did I wait so long to make this recipe. Well that’s what happened with me. I was browsing thru my pioneer woman cookbook and stumbled upon the noodle recipe I knew my kids would eat as a side dish to our main course. I managed to find a very similar recipe online so I’ll post it here. Trust me it’s a simple yet delicious side dish. Everyone enjoyed it and the kids have requested I make them again soon! Stay tuned for my next post to see the amazing chicken dish I made to accompany these noodles.

Sourdough Banana Muffins

I’m here again with yet another Pioneer Woman recipe. This time it’s sourdough chocolate chip muffins. Now hopefully Ree wouldn’t be mad but I changed this up a bit. In stead of using only chocolate chips I used both chocolate and vanilla chips just make these muffins that much more extra lol. The kids gobbled these up quick and the one I got to taste was divine. Here’s the link to the recipe. And with homeschooling or even traditional school starting back up these would be great to make in a giant batch and freeze. That is if you can keep the kids away and you don’t indulge in them before getting them in the freezer.

Just like Ma Ingalls

As some of you may know I homeschool my three kiddos. We love to read and have been working our way thru The Little House On The Prairie series. Recently we finished reading By The Shore Of Silver Lake. There’s one chapter that describes Caroline making some sourdough Biscuits and sausage gravy. They described it so well that the kids asked if we could please look in our Little House cookbooks and make a batch. But their requests didn’t end there. They wanted to make it a challenge as well. They wanted to compare store bough canned biscuits to Ma Ingalls biscuits. And it’s no surprise that the from scratch sourdough biscuits won the challenge. Here’s an amazon link to the cookbook I found the recipe in. I’m sure now that we’ve dipped our toes into cooking like Ma Ingalls we will definitely be trying more recipes in the cookbook.

The more I homeschool (we are going on year 8 this year), the more I realize that schooling varies from day to day. We have our bookwork and written assignments to do for sure. But if you instil a little bit of fun with making a read a loud book come to life thru art projects and cooking, you will be teaching them many skills without them even realizing it. How to measure flour, how to measure liquids, how to measure butter etc just a few skills they picked up by making these biscuits and they get to enjoy the fruits of their labor in the process.

These are the sourdough Biscuits with sausage gravy on top.

Raspberry Muffins

I had another YouTube made me do it moment lol. It’s both a curse and a blessing to watch these YouTube channels. I have to say this one was quite a blessing, bakery style muffins made at home for a fraction of the price. Score! I’ll be trying these muffins again possibly with other berries as well. Here’s a link to the recipe that was shared on YouTube. Seriously look at these muffins and tell me you don’t want to make them right now.

Breakfast for Dinner

I am a huge fan of breakfast foods. However I am far from being a morning person lol. So what better way to enjoy the foods you like then to make Breakfast for Dinner. I also had my youngest asking me for some Greek yogurt pancakes I had made previously. The kid has taste as these pancakes come from my Pioneer Woman cookbook. Don’t worry here’s a link I found to the recipe we used. These pancakes are delicious and fluffy and we may have added a few chocolate chips when cooking them.

I wanted to have something besides pancakes so I decided to make a breakfast Casserole. It was delicious and more then enough to feed us for a few day. So leftovers for breakfast lol. This recipe couldn’t be any easier to make come together. I used some frozen potatoes that had bacon bits, onions and bell peppers already in it, some shredded cheese, some cottage cheese and some eggs. Don’t worry I’ll give you the measurements down below in the recipe card. But if you’re comfortable in the kitchen you can pretty much add whatever you want to this casserole.

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Breakfast Casserole

Course Breakfast, Main Course
Servings 15

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • 9×13 baking dish
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • whisk or mixing spoon

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 4 cups Frozen potatoes O'Brian this dish will cook faster if you defrost your potatoes first but if you forget just a longer cook time
  • 1 cup Shredded cheese of your choice
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup Bacon bits or cooked diced bacon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a large mixing bowl stir all the ingredients together. Pour into the greased 9×13 baking dish
  • Cook for 40-60 minutes or until eggs are set and everything is cooked thru.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe reheats well and freezes well if you want to meal prep. 

Pizza Roll Ups

The other day my friend was gracious enough to keep two of the kids overnight. I was headed into surgery the next day and had a bunch of nervous energy. What better way to channel that energy then to bake some pizza rolls ups to send along with the kids. I used my basic pizza dough recipe but instead of flattening it out into a round I made it a rectangle and cut into rolls. The best part about this recipe is the dough is made in the bread machine so there’s not much hands on needed but it’s definitely a crowd pleaser. This recipe is so versatile as you can add whatever you want into this dough… today it’s pizza maybe tomorrow it will be BBQ chicken roll ups the possibilities are endless. I hope you try and enjoy these.

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Pizza Roll Ups

A handheld twist on pizza.
Servings 15

Equipment

  • Bread machine
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 9×13 baking dish
  • knife

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Pizza toppings of your choice I used a bit of pizza sauce, pepperoni and cheese

Instructions

  • In bread machine add all ingredients except toppings. Press dough cycle.
  • Once dough cycle is done roll dough on lightly floured surface into a rectangle.
  • Put a thin layer of pizza sauce and top with toppings.
  • Roll away from you from the long side(like you would cinnamon rolls).
  • Slice into 15 rolls. Put in greased 9×13 pan and allow to rise for 40 minutes.
  • Bakes at 400 for about 15-20 minutes. Serve with a side of pizza sauce to dip.

Oatmeal Banana muffins

Do you ever have the urge to bake with your kids but then suddenly change your mind because you don’t want all the dishes that go with baking? Well then this recipe is for you. You throw all the ingredients in the blender and blend on high to combine. The best part of this besides not having a bunch of dishes is you can let the kids make these on their own and sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee. The kids will feel proud and you can enjoy the fruits of their labor 🙂

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Oatmeal Banana Muffins

Easy and delicious recipe that even kids can make on their own!
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • muffin tin

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar You can use white sugar if that's what you have on hand or a sugar substitute
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 very ripe bananas if your bananas are very ripe you won't need to cut into chunks but feel free to do so
  • 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 Degrees.
  • Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in blender and blend till smooth. If using chocolate chips stir in them in by hand now.
  • Pour muffin batter into greased or silicone lined muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted come out clean.

Tacos Tuesday!!!

Well as most parents that had toddlers when the Lego Movie came out the Taco Tuesday craziness lol. My oldest is in his teens and still refers to Tuesday as Taco Tuesday. It’s a fun little spin on things and can make a themed meal plan a little simpler. The thing is I’ve discovered Tacos don’t always mean the traditional ground beef tacos most of us have grown up with there’s a whole variety of to choose from from chicken ranch to ground beef to pork. Tonight we went will pork and man these were phenomenal.

Tuesday’s we usually have a homeschool outing so I decided to make the meat in the crockpot so we avoided hitting the drive thru on the way home. The best part of this recipe is it makes enough to eat tonight and throw some in the freezer for another meal.

Here’s the recipe

4 lbs Pork Shoulder Roast

1 Onion diced

4-6 Garlic cloves minced

Seasonings of choice(I used chicken and rib rub, salt and pepper)

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup orange juice

4 tbsp Lime juice

Put the onion, garlic, chicken broth, orange juice and lime juice in the crockpot. Season pork and add to crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Remove roast to a cookie sheet lined with foil and shred the pork. Place in oven under broiler till crispy bits form on the top of the meat. Use the meat to make tacos to your preference. We warmed tortillas topped it with the meat, diced raw onions, cheese, salsa, sour cream and avocado.

How do you like your Tacos?

Air Fried Oreos

Yes you read that title properly. We are making Air Fried Oreos. We’ve made these several times and they always hit the spot. And you most likely have the ingredients on hand. You will need an 8 count of canned crescent rolls, 8 Oreos and some powdered sugar.

To make these delicious treats you will need to unroll your crescent dough. Separate the triangles. Wrap each Oreo into the dough making sure the cookie is covered and the edges are sealed. Preheat your Air fried to 320 degrees. Once your air fryer is preheated place crescent wrapped cookies in the air fryer and cook at 320 for 5-8 minutes. FYI this recipe will also work with mini chocolate bars in place of the the cookie. Once the Oreos are cooked remove to a dish dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!