Put a smile on it!

My husband came up with a rather genius idea for chocolate chip snickerdoodles, a few days ago. I was intrigued, but  a little too busy with my own things to take time for something like cookies.

Then, not to wax all political on here, but suffice it to say, I was a little bummed about the election results. So I thought some delicious cookies were just the thing. 🙂

I heard good things from this snickerdoodle recipe, and I must say, it did NOT disappoint. So good!
My only change was that before I rolled the balls in cinnamon sugar (mine were about 1-1&1/2    inch balls) I pressed chocolate chips into them in the shape of a cute little smiley face. Then you just roll then in the cinnamon sugar, and make sure they get onto the pan face-up.

Bake exactly as directed, and give them at least a minute or two to firm up. They’re excellent both hot and cold.

See, what a cute little smile! And it’s made of chocolate. Bonus. <3

I’d recommend using 4-ish chips for the smile, if you do the cute faces,  since the dough flattens very evenly, you can really pack the chips in, and they’ll come out very nice.

These are probably my new favorite cookie! I’d have process pictures and everything, but it really was that simple. (Plus, we only had this cookie, plus half of one of his buddies left when I thought to snap a picture of it! They went fast.)

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Easy dinner & announcements

Sorry I’ve been so absent! The morning sickness for my first trimester was unspeakably awful. O_O

That’s right, I’m pregnant! And since I’ve been staving off the craft-for-baby instinct for a couple of months, now, it’s entirely likely that I’ll cave soon, and you lovely people of the interwebs will see some baby stuff up on here.

Anyway, dinner last night, I asked my mom to send me her chicken & rice recipe. (Because, you know… I had a craving.)

 

Trust my husband to nab a serving before I thought to photograph it. 🙂

It’s absolutely simple, just one of those dinners you can put together and leave in the oven until it’s done. AND, it’s easily changeable, so you can do different styles, culture influences, etc.

Chicken & Rice:

  • In a buttered 8×8 pan, pour in 1 cup raw rice. (It’s nice if you mix in some dry wheat, too.)
  • Pour 1 – 1&1/2 cups chicken stock (or cream of mushroom soup, pineapple juice, coconut milk, etc. Any kind of flavoring liquid that isn’t offensive to eat ____-flavored rice with your chicken, basically.) If you use a can of cream of mushroom soup, like I did, you’ll want to thin out the goop with a can full of milk/water.
  • Place seasoned (I used a mix of paprika, garlic, and basil) raw chicken (about 4 pieces is good) , skin side up, if you have it, on top, and cover with foil. (Especially if your chicken has skin, you’ll want to spray the foil with some cooking spray, so you don’t have to fight the foil for your dinner.) *The amount of pieces you need isn’t really an issue just space them out so that they won’t touch.
  • bake at 400* for 1 hour, and check it 15 minutes before it’s done. If the rice is too dry for your taste, (I like mine extra saucy) then add some water, or milk, pineapple juice, stock, if you have some left. This is more about the rice, so water will usually do just fine.
  • ***Make sure to stab at least one piece of chicken straight to the center, and check for blood. If there is ANY, put it back in for at least another 15 minutes.
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    And there it is! Pretty simple, highly adaptable, and yummy. The chicken comes out so perfectly moist, and the rice so good, every single time.

    So, dig in! 😀

    It’s that good. 😉

     

    Coming soon: RETURN TO “DIVINE BERET” MOUNTAIN

    oooooohhhh… O_O Spooky.

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Blueberry Strata Pie!

So. Delicious.

My husband’s birthday was the other day, and the man loves blueberries.

So, I made some blueberry strata pie. (Never had the stuff before, but it sounded easy as well as delicious)

MY Blueberry Strata Pie consists of 4 layers:

1. Graham Cracker Crust

2. Cheesecake

3. Blueberry Syrup

4. Streusel Topping

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1: mix:

  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted (you could substitute this with margarine, OR coconut oil, fyi)
  • mix together, press into your pan (8 or 9 inch) and bake at 375* for 7 minutes.

2: Blend together:

  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Mix thoroughly, then spread over the graham cracker crust.

3: Spread out 1 can’s worth of blueberry syrup (the kind with whole berries), or you could use 1 to 2 cups homemade syrup.

4: Cut together:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened (this really has to be butter or margarine)
  • just cut together until crumbly chunks, not until powdery.

Spread on top of the blueberry layer. Toast in oven for 5 minutes, if desired.

Chill, and serve. Makes a super delicious, super easy treat!

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