Monday, May 13, 2013

Lemon Squares

Incredibly easy with just the right amount of zest

This recipe is from Taste of Home

Ingredients for Crust:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

Ingredients for Filling:

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
Additional confectioners' sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350. Combine crust ingredients until it looks like small crumbs.

2. Press dough into a pan, I chose 9 x 13 but if you want your squares thicker then use a smaller pan. I would suggest glass.

3. Bake crust for 20 minutes.

4. Combine all the filling ingredients except the confectioners sugar (powdered sugar). *(Note: I normally put in more than the recommended amount of grated lemon peel or lemon zest).

5. Pour over the hot crust and bake for 25 minutes or until lightly brown on top. *(Note: cook time will vary based on what size pan you choose, the bigger the pan the shorter the cook time).

6. Cool them on a wire rack the dust with the powdered sugar. If you don't have a fancy duster you can just use a fine wire strainer.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spice Tea

Spice tea is a hot orange flavored drink. Wonderful for sipping by the fire on a cold winter night or when gathering with loved ones during the holiday season. My husband first introduced this to me when we were dating and I have fond memories of this comforting and delicious tea.

Keep in mind, the amounts of these ingredients are all about the desired flavor and can all be modified to suit your taste. If you want more orange flavor you can add more tang, of you want it sweeter then use more sugar, for a more sour flavor use more lemon etc etc.


2 cups tang
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened instant tea
3 packets true lemon flavor (NOT lemonade, there is a huge difference)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves


Simply mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, then transfer to a jar or container with a lid as moisture in the air will cause the tea to become hardened.

Depending on how flavorful you want your tea, mix a couple spoonfuls into a cup of hot water and enjoy.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Cheesy chicken rolls

This recipe is incredibly tasty and affordable to make...did I mention easy?

My dear friend Brianne shared this recipe with me and I've only changed it ever so slightly to our taste. Thanks girl, it's quickly become a go-to staple in our weekly menu.


1 tube pillsbury crescent rolls
1 large can of chicken
cream cheese
shredded cheddar cheese
packet of chicken gravy mix
salt to taste


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Unroll the crescents two at a time. (Note* leave the two triangles together so they form a rectangle)

2. Spread on a layer of cream cheese. Sprinkle salt on. Put on a layer of chicken and shredded cheddar. Roll it up carefully while pinching the ends together so filling doesn't leak out.

3. Place on greased cooking sheet. Spoon some of the juice from the can of chicken onto the rolls then bake until golden brown. (Note* they may be soggy from all the juice so I usually bake them longer than the crescents call for, I think around 20 minutes. If you want it more or less done then just monitor it)

4. Prepare the gravy using packet instructions, normally it's just adding hot water and simmering.
Pour gravy over rolls and serve. It's That Easy!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Chicken Carbonara

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for checking out my recipes.

This is our family's version of Chicken Carbonara. Instead of serving it over pasta we serve it over gnocchi. Also some versions use peas, we don't. It is by no means a healthy low fat dinner but it is really good and I have NEVER had one guest that didn't love it.


1lb chicken breast
1 package of gnocchi
4 slices of bacon
Green onions
2 cloves of garlic
1 jar of Alfredo sauce
1 packet of carbonara mix


1. Cut chicken into strips or cubes and cooking in a skillet with a bit of butter, salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. Chop bacon into bits. Cook on medium in a skillet until partially cooked then add chopped green onions and garlic. Cook until bacon is crispy but try not to over cook green onions. Scrape the brown buildup (otherwise known as flavor) off the bottom of the pan.

3. In a separate sauce pan prepare the carbonara mix, it usually just requires butter and water.

4. Combine the chicken and both sauces to the skillet and heat on a low to medium flame till sauce gets to a simmer. Mix to incorporate all the flavor from the bottom of the pan. (Note* sauce should take on a slightly bown color) do not over cook as your chicken may become tough.

5. The gnocchi is the last and easiest step. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Collect each piece as it floats to the top and put into a big bowl. (Note* gnocchi cooks very quickly, as soon as it floats to the top of the water it's done) once all your gnocchi is in the bowl pour in the sauce and meat mixture, your done!

We always serve this dish with Garlic bread, Enjoy!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Save Your Carpet From Your Cats

Anyone who has cats knows their pee is the worst!

Well my friends, no more will I waste tears over the devastation of ruined carpet and neither will you.

Here's the solution, Natures Miracle just for cats formula.

All I did was 'the sniff test' to detect where the urine was. Then I roped off the offensive area with some tape. Simply pour the Natures Miracle onto the carpet, enough to get down to the padding. I let it sit there for 15 minutes then I vacuum it up. (*Note, I use my rainbow vacuum since it can suck up water, but most shop vacuums can do this)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Coffee Find

I have always loved my coffee, but I've also been pretty particular about which coffee I like. I suppose I would usually go for a light or blond roast.

Recently I took a trip to Vermont with my son to see my parents. It was beautiful. It snowed almost everyday which made staying inside their cozy mountain home all the better. My mother introduced me to this delicious Ugandan blend of Green Mountain Coffee called 'Mountain Of The Moon'.

mmmmm mmmmm tasty, definitely a must try.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Fish Tacos done right

This dish is certain to impress your company, this recipe is 100% worth the effort!
This is my version of some amazing fish tacos from a restaurant in my town. They have exceptional food but as far as service goes, let just say its not so good. So after my last experience there I decided I would just make the dish myself. From taste-bud memory this is what I came up with.

This recipe makes 4 tacos, most adults can eat 2 each.
Double all ingredients if you wish for more servings


Battered Fish -
2 tilapia filets (one will make 2 tacos)
bottle of lager beer
2 cups flour

Fixins -
4 flour tortillas (medium sized)
1 avocado
1 cup shredded cabbage
1 lime
pico de gallo
jalapeño aioli

Pico de Gallo -
1 tomato
1/2 onion
1/2 cup shredded cilantro
1 clove of garlic minced
salt to taste
lime juice to taste

Jalapeño Aioli -
1 roasted jalapeño
1/3 cup mayo
1 glove garlic
Lime juice from 1/2 lime

Instructions for fish:

1. Heat some vegetable oil in a large pan, this is for frying the fish so it should be a 1/4 inch deep. While that is heating, prepare the batter by simply mixing 1 cup of the flour with 1/2 a bottle of beer. If the batter is too thin just add more flour.

2. Rinse your fish with water then coat in flour, then coat in the beer batter.

3. Immediated place fish into the heated pan to fry. Fry till golden brown about 2-4 minutes on each side. (Note* I prefer really crispy so I usually fry twice on each side)

Instructions for pico de gallo:

1. Chop all ingredients into salsa sized bits. (Note* a good processor usually works well but be careful not to over process into slush)

2. Add salt and lime juice, mix well.

Instructions for jalapeño aioli:

1. Heat pan and roast the jalapeño until it gets blackened on the outside on all sides. (Note* it looks burned but this is perfect)

2. Slice open and scrape all the seeds out, discard them.

3. Combine mayo, garlic, jalapeño, lime juice and salt into food processor, process until completely incorporated and green.

Instructions for tacos:

Each taco gets 1/2 a filet, pico, shredded cabbage, aioli, and sliced avocado.