flavored water.

Honor her for all that her hands have done,  and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. vs. 31

Spring is right around the corner. Which means…summer is soon! Well, soon enough. By the way, I LOVE warm weather. This is one of the best times of the year. Recently, I have been wanting to drink summertime drinks. You know…. smoothies, flavored water, lemonades, etc…

I found something on Pinterest that inspired me. Nancy Creative posted about a dozen different recipes for flavored water. I decided to make the lemon, lime, and orange water.

I wanted a neat-looking pitcher to put it in…so I went to the Thift Shop and found one…

Doesn’t it look refreshing?!

Here are some other flavored water recipes you can try…

Frozen Fruit Water

apple chunks, grapes, berries

Citrus Cucumber Water

lemon, lime, orange, cucumber

Orange-Mint Water

oranges and mint leaves

What are some of your favorite summertime drinks?

* This is part of the Somewhat Simple link party.

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rise and shine casserole.

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. vs. 11

Rise and shine readers! Today I’m going to share with you a recipe that is great whenever you open up your cupboard on Saturday morning and think, “Oh my gosh, I need to go grocery shopping because I don’t have anything to eat this morning!” (or evening if breakfast for dinner tickles your fancy).

There won’t be as many step-by-step photos with this recipe because it’s really about utilizing the food you have (whatever that may be) and making it into a delicious casserole.

Here are some important ingredients:

-Milk

-Eggs

-Bread

-Cheese

-Salt/Pepper

(most people normally have these in their home on any typical day).

Here are some extra ingredients that will make this even more tasty:

-Cooked bacon

-Green peppers

-Mushrooms

-Onions

-Ham

-Sausage

-Basil, Rosemary, Thyme

-Brocolli

-Corn

Here are the basics to make this casserole: (I halved all of this so it would save me some ingredients).

(for a 13 X 9 casserole dish)

1. Oven should be on 350 degrees.

2. 6-10 eggs beaten

3. 6 slices of bread in cubes

4.  2-3 cups cheese (I used cheddar).

5. 2 cups milk

5. dashes of salt/pepper

* Mix all of these ingredients together. Add more cheese for the top. Cook in the oven for about 50 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

Nothing special really. Just a mixture of foods that taste good together. The Mister really liked this meal.

*This is part of the Homestead Barn Hop.

*This is part of Fingerprints on the Fridge link party.

 

monkey bread.

She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household… vs. 15a

A few nights ago I decided to make baked bananas for my two roommates. Well, I had just bought a bag of bananas. They were neon green in color. They weren’t quite ripe enough. But I thought, surely if I bake them, they will still taste okay. Basically, I was too impatient to wait a few days because I really wanted to eat bananas with honey and cinnamon on top THAT INSTANT. Let’s just say: bad idea. Whenever I went to peel it, the peeling looked like a corn stalk. Still yet I thought: it probably doesn’t taste that bad. One bite into it changed my mind about that too.

At this point, my two roommates and I could practically taste sweet goodness in our mouth. We all three had been so excited to eat a little dessert that night. So, I thought…what should we make instead?

As I shared with you in my post yesterday, there’s this website called My Fridge Food. You can here about how awesome it is here.

Anyway, we put in the items that we had in our pantry, freezer, and refrigerator and then narrowed it down to “dessert.”

Monkey bread came up…and we had all of the ingredients! Sounds like it was meant to be.

So monkey bread is what we made.

I would definitely recommend making this. For 3 reasons: It takes very little ingredients, it is really really delicious, and it seems like you spent hours on it when really it was about 30 minutes.

Here are the ingredients…

Step 1: Cut the biscuits in half (if they are small) or in quarter pieces (if they are big).

Step 2: Mold the pieces in little balls and roll them in a sugar/cinnamon mixture. (about 1/2 cup sugar with a few dashes of cinnamon).

Step 3:  Form balls into pan (a bundt pan is best, but we didn’t have one) to create the bread. Then pour a boiling mixture of butter and brown sugar  (about 1/2 cup butter and a couple tablespoons of brown sugar) over the bread.

Step 4:  Smash the balls together so they aren’t so uniform looking.

Step 5: Bake on 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (or until brown) and let cool before you dig in. It should look something like this…

Serve and enjoy!

* This is part of the Blue Cricket Design link party.

what’s in your fridge?

She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household… vs. 15a

So last night my roommates shared with me this wonderful website that solves all of my problems! Well, kinda.

I love to plan weekly meal menus. However, whenever I do that, I find myself wanting to get recipes that require ingredients that I do not currently have. Well, I often want to do those recipes so badly, that I can’t stop thinking about it. So I just buy the ingredients (which in turn means I spend more money than I need to, when I have food in my refrigerator/pantry/freezer already!).

This website is called My Fridge Food. On the home page, you can do a “quick find,” where you just put main items that you have. Or you can click on “Use detailed kitchen” and put in pretty much any item you can think of that you have in your home. Then whenever you click the magical “Search for recipes” button it will bring up all the recipes that you can make with the food you already have! It will also pull up recipes that you have most of the ingredients for and let you know the one you are missing (in case you think you can substitute or for something or leave that ingredient out). Is that a miracle or what? Okay, maybe I’m a little too excited about this. However, there are SO many benefits to this:

Benefit #1: If you didn’t have time to make a menu for the week yet, simply put in your ingredients and quickly find something to make for your meal.

Benefit #2: You can actually utilize the items you have in your home.

Benefit #3: You can learn new ways to cook. You may think something like, “I didn’t know I could make that using that!”

Benefit #4: It’s organized. And you all know how much I appreciate that.

Benefit #5: It’s suspenseful. Okay, yeah this seems kinda silly. But as I was putting in all the food I had, I found myself getting impatient and excited all at the same time wanting to know what the magical search button would come up with.

Benefit #6: It’s free! I mean, what more could you want?

So props to whoever made My Fridge Food. I wish I would have patented it myself.

Let me know if you try it and if you like it!

Coming soon: Monkey Bread post….a recipe spontaneously found on My Fridge Food!

 

homemade mozzarella sticks: skinny style.

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. vs. 27

I did it. I finally made homemade mozzarella cheese sticks. About a month ago, I found this recipe on Skinny Taste: baked mozzarella cheese sticks. Baked= healthy. Well, they are semi-healthy. They are even called “skinny mozzarella sticks.” Needless to say, I’ve been swooning over these.

Well, these turned out surprisingly well! However, it did take a long time. The assembly part and baking part, not so much. The freezing part was time consuming. Oh well, it was worth it when I had that first warm, cheesy bite.

Here are the cast of characters:

Breaking it down:

  • 12 sticks mozzarella string cheese (I recommend skim-milk cheese for a healthier version)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 5 tbsp Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 5 tbsp panko crumbs
  • 2 tsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • olive oil cooking spray

Here’s how you make it:

Step 1: Cut the 12 mozzarella sticks in half (to make 24 sticks).

Step 2: Freeze em’ (don’t skip this step!).

Step 3: Set up assembly station.

Put beaten egg in one bowl, flour in another bowl, and italian bread crumbs, panko crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and parsley in another bowl.

Step 4: Take sticks out of freezer, and dip them in flour first, egg second, and crumbs third.

Step 5: Put the assembled sticks back in the freezer.

Make yourself some hot tea while you wait and watch a short tv show. Or go to Sarah’s blog and leave her a nice comment. Both options are good.

Step 6: Put foil on a baking pan and spray with the olive oil mist.

Step 7: Lightly spray the mozzarella sticks with the olive oil too.

Step 8: Cook on 400 degrees. Cook them on one side for 5 minutes. Turn them over and cook the other side for 5 minutes. Take out of the oven. And smile at your cheesy creation.

Step 9: If you’re feeling it, serve with marinara.

So let me know if you make these and how they turn out! Also, what are other homemade recipes you like to make?

*This is part of Fingerprints on the Fridge link party.

*This is part of Homestead Barn Hop.

*This is part of The Girl Creative link party.

lemon breaded chicken.

She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family vs. 15a

Need something quick and easy for dinner tonight? This is the perfect meal!

Lemon Breaded Chicken.

I added roasted potatoes and steamed garlic brussel sprouts with it. It was a good relationship.

I got this recipe from Tasty Kitchen.

I modified it slightly based off of what I had in my kitchen.

The cast of characters are…

(for two servings)

  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Pepper
  • ¼ cups Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • ¼ cups Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 pinch Onion Powder
  • 2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

In a bowl, combine the melted butter, a clove of garlic minced, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

On a plate, combine the italian bread crumbs, panko crumbs, and a dash of onion powder

Then set up a little dipping station with your chicken, buttery bowl of goodness, and crumbs…

Dip your chicken in the butter bowl, then the crumb bowl…
Bake in the oven on 350 degrees. The recipe says 25 minutes, but I actually left it in about 35 minutes. Add some parsley for a nice look.
Serve and enjoy! What are you cooking for dinner tonight? Maybe you can add this simple meal to your menu!
*This is part of Slightly Indulgent link party.

good ol’ homestyle chili.

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. vs. 11

As soon as the sun doesn’t shine quite as bright and you need to carry a light jacket around, it’s time for chili. Fall, winter, and a little bit of spring…all of those times are chili-eating-seasons.

I like to make it in the crock pot. For two reasons:

1. It tastes really good.

2. It makes your house smell delicious whenever you come home after a long day.

Here’s my recipe for chili:

(I think you will like it. Mister Cook is my biggest fan with this meal.)

1. Brown some ground beef. Notice it is in big chunks? Leave it like that. It makes for a nice hearty soup.

2. Dice up a fresh tomato.

3. Put the ground beef and these ingredients in the crock pot.

(dash of chili powder, tomato sauce, halfway drained kidney beans, parsley, pepper, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder)

4. Let it cook or low for about 5-8 hours or high for 2-4 hours. And enjoy!

free ebook: 15 slow cooker favorites.

She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. vs. 18

Family Circle is a magazine that I have seen on our coffee table for years. My mom has always liked it. Today I found a FREE ebook from them called 15 Slow Cooker Favorites. You can get yourself a copy too! Who doesn’t like free, crock-pot recipes?

First: Go to this link and “like” them on facebook.

Second: Click on the big picture that says “Get your FREE Printable Cookbook.” It will download a PDF onto your computer.

Third: Save it on your computer.

Fourth: Read, enjoy, and cook up something delicious! Oh, and don’t forget to tell me about it.

Fifth: Subscribe to my blog via email or RSS on the right side of the homepage…..sorry, that’s not REALLY part of this free ebook thing. Just wanted to throw that out there!

Also, I found this deal from Money Saving Mom. She has amazing money-saving resources. Check her out!

 

zucchini/squash meal.

She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household vs. 15a

I like eating steaks. Medium rare to be exact. My whole life I grew up eating meat. Meat with every meal. That’s not really by my mom’s preferences; however, my dad enjoys meat with every meal. I think I assumed that dinner always consisted of a meal with some kind of meat/poultry/fish being the main course. I went to college in the hippie-organic-eating-town of Southern Illinois and had some healthy friends show me that there are lots of great, filling meals you can have for dinner that are meatless. My friend Jordan was one of those people. I went to her house the other day, and she made this meal. It’s really delicious and simple. (perfect meal after a long day on campus).

1. Chop up some fresh zucchini, squash, and tomatoes.

2. Sauté them in olive oil and add garlic and onion powder. Or salt and pepper, whatever tickles your fancy. They should get real soft, and I like to burn them a little.

3. While those are on the stovetop, make your rice.

4. Once the rice is cooked and the veggies are done, put in in a bowl or on plate. (I like using a plate because I’m one of those picky people who like my food to be fairly separate.) I know..weird right? Oh! And melt cheese on top! That’s the best part.

So there you have it! What are some meatless meals you like to make?

* This is part of the Somewhat Simple link party.

pie in mason jar.

She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household…vs. 15a

This recipe is called Last Minute Oh-My-Gosh We Have Visitors Banana Cream Pie. There are two reasons I LOVE this: Number 1: it is quick and easy. Number 2: it’s delicious and unique. Okay, that was actually like four reasons. Clearly, it’s quite a treat. Basically, it is just banana cream pie, in a mason jar. Brilliant? I’d say so.

So this is what’s up…

I modified the recipe slightly. So you may want to follow my directions versus the link above. Also, I fit the ingredients into 4 mason regular sized mason jars.

Ingredients…

1. Whip together two boxes of banana pudding. (4 cups of milk) Let is set for 5 minutes at room temperature.

2. Melt butter in microwave (about 1/2 cups).

3. In bowl, combine 1 cup graham cracker crumbs and the butter. Please don’t use a spoon. Get your hands in there. It’s way more fun.

4. Take the soaking-wet-packed-together crust (graham cracker crumbs and butter) and spread them evenly into your mason jars. Pack em’ on the bottom of each jar.

5. Chop up some bananas and place them in the jars next.

6. Spoon the pudding on top of the bananas.

7. Pretend you work at dairy queen and make a beautiful whipped topping design on top.

8. Top with a banana slice. A small one so it won’t weigh down your topping creation.

Ta da!

This is a really quick and easy dessert, when you have unexpected guests. Or it’s midnight and your sweet tooth is talking.

* This is part of The Girl Creative link party.

* This is part of Cozy Home link party.