Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Review by Lyndee:

Are you looking for the perfect way to use up some brown bananas?  Love banana bread but not all the fuss?  Try this simple and delicious way to make banana bread!  It turned out moist and yummy!

1 box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
3-4 overripe bananas
1 cup chocolate chips
Nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray loaf pan with cooking spray.  Smash bananas in a large bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean in the middle. If you do mini loaves or jars, bake for 45 minutes. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Honey Garlic Alfredo Pizza

Honey Garlic Alfredo Pizza

Review by Lyndee:
If you’ve ever been to Fong’s Pizza in downtown Des Moines, IA and tried their honey garlic alfredo pizza, you know it’s amazing! My friends and I love it so much I decided to take a stab at making a version we can have at home anytime we like.  I must admit, it turned out pretty spectacular.  I even went so far as to add a little something, something to one and continue the creation.

2 pack of pizza crust
1 jar Classico light Asiago Romano Alfredo
3 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp honey
2 packages Kraft 5 cheese Italian (shredded)

In a bowl, combine alfredo, garlic, honey, seasoning and cheese.  Drizzle crusts with honey. Spread on your alfredo mixture. Top with shredded cheese.  Drizzle with honey and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. 
This is your basic pizza.  Now for the second one I added chopped spinach and chunks of chicken breast.  It was amazing!! You could also add bacon crumbles or diced tomatoes too.  Use your imagination. Get crazy.  Next time I will try a whole wheat pizza crust and see how that melds with the honey and  garlic flavors.  Yum!!! 

UV Cherry

Looking for an easy and fun, refreshing drink?

UV Cherry

Fill a cup with crushed ice. Pour half full with UV Cherry.  Top off with lemonade and a splash of 7-Up. Stir and enjoy.  

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pulled BBQ Pork Sliders

Review by Lyndee:

What do you do when you have a couple pounds of pulled pork leftover from a BBQ?  Well find new ways to use it up, of course. 

Dinner rolls, halved
Mozzarella cheese slices

Warm up pork in skillet or microwave. Half your dinner rolls and butter them.  Sprinkle with garlic.  Bake a few minutes in the oven or on the pizazz until they are soft and butter begins to melt.  Top with pork and half a slice of cheese.  Bake or broil until the cheese becomes golden brown.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Corn dip

Review by Audra:

2 cans mexi corn
1 can green chili
Green onions, chopped
2 jalapenos, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayo

Dice green onions, green pepper and jalapenos.  Mix all ingredients together and chill in the fridge for one hour.  Serve with tortilla chips. 

Potato bites

Review by Audra:

Potatoes, sliced
Bacon bits
Green onions, chopped
Shredded cheese

Cut potato into fairly thick slices. Place on baking sheet, brushing each side with butter.  Cook at 350 for 30-40 min, until crisp. Sprinkle with cheese, green onions and bacon bits. Continue baking until cheese is melted. Salt & pepper to taste.  Can be eaten plain, with sour cream or ranch.  

Can you say yum? Easy to make, easy on the tastebuds and the kids loved them.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Audra’s Awesome Veggie Dip

Review by Lyndee: 

I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical the first time my best friend made this dip.  Water chestnuts? Spinach? Huh?  But it is hands down one of my favorite dips now.  So easy to make and it’s like a crack addiction.  You just can’t stop eating it once you start. 

1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, squeezed dry
16 oz. sour cream
1 cup real mayonnaise
1 package Knorr® Vegetable recipe mix (Lipton or another brand works too)
1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
3 green onions, chopped (optional)


Combine all ingredients and chill about 2 hours. Serve with chunks of French bread, crackers, pretzels or whatever your heart desires.  

3-ingredient pulled pork in the crockpot

Review by Lyndee:

2 pounds pork tenderloin (pork shoulder or butt can also be used)
12 ounce can of root beer
18 ounce bottle of barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s)
8 hamburger buns

Place the pork tenderloin in a slow cooker and pour the can of root beer over the meat. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until pork shreds easily with a fork. After pork has cooked, drain and discard the root beer. Shred the pork and place it back in the slow cooker. Pour the barbecue sauce over the pork and stir to combine. Serve immediately or keep warm in slow cooker until ready to serve. Serve on hamburger buns.

This was simple to make.  I did 6 pounds of pork loin and tripled all the other ingredients.  I also made sure to add some salt, pepper and garlic to the pork loin before adding the root beer.  

Rumchata & Salted Caramel

Review by Lyndee:

Do you like Rumchata? Salted Caramel? I know, silly question.  Who the heck doesn't?  My friend Jen brought us this combo for our housewarming party this weekend and it was awesome! 

1 part Salted Caramel vodka
2 parts Rumchata

Chill on ice and serve as a shot.  Delicious! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Bacon wrapped little wieners

Review by Lyndee:

This appetizer is sure to be a hit at your next party!

1 package little wieners (Lil’ Smokies)
1 pound bacon
1 cup brown sugar
Cayenne pepper


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cut the bacon into three chunks so that each piece is now three pieces.  Roll a wiener in a 1/3 a piece of bacon.  Secure with a toothpick.  Dip into a zip lock bag of brown sugar.  Place on an aluminum foil lined cookie sheet.  Repeat.  Once the cookie sheet is full, sprinkle with cayenne.  Bake for 30 minutes until sugar is caramelized and bacon is beginning to crisp. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ritz Chicken

Review by Lyndee:

Want a fast and easy chicken recipe that tastes heavenly?  Look no further! I found it last night.  Thanks Six Sisters Stuff!

4 chicken breasts
1 cup Ritz crackers, crushed (I used bacon flavored)
½ teaspoon garlic salt
black pepper to taste
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together crackers, garlic salt, and black pepper. Dip each chicken breast in the beaten eggs, and then dredge in the cracker mixture, coating it completely.
Place each coated chicken breast in a 9x13 pan.  Cut the butter up into small pieces, and put them over the top of the chicken breasts. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.

The verdict

My chicken breasts were in a garlic marinade.  I did not use ½ cup butter. Instead, I just put a tiny pat on each breast.  If you want a crispier texture, more like fried chicken, then use the full amount of butter.  The only Ritz crackers I had in the house were bacon flavored. I’m not sure if it was the garlic, the bacon or the combo but this chicken was out of this world! Super easy to make.  We whipped it together, put it in the oven and went for a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood.  When we returned, it was done perfectly.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bacon wrapped stuffed sweet peppers

Review by Lyndee:

My friend Bob is one of the best cooks I know.  The recipe he came up with for these stuffed peppers was to die for! I usually don’t even like peppers but I could’ve eaten this entire batch. 

1 pkg cream cheese
1 lb bacon
16 mini sweet peppers
1 tbsp of fresh parsley
1 tbsp of fresh basil
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire
pinch of salt and
big pinch of cracked black pepper

Mix all ingredients together except for peppers and bacon.  Slice peppers open, scoop out and then stuff with the cream cheese mixture.  Wrap with a piece of bacon.  Cook at 425 for 25 minutes.  Turn oven off and let sit for another 25 minutes.  Serve.