Pintrest success (kind-of) – Zucchini Bites

In my desperate need to lose some baby weight (my kid is almost 1!) I pinned this recipe for Zucchini Bites.

Check out the recipe HERE.   Thanks to the Curious Country Cook for the recipe.

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Did mine turn out? Let’s see!

Ingredients:
1 cups zucchini
1 egg
1/4 onion
1/4 cup cheese (I used what ever grated cheese I had in my fridge – it was ‘mexican’ style)
1/4 cup bread crumbsSalt and Pepper

Step 1 – Grate 1 big zucchini. Let’s face it, grating things is a huge pain. Thankfully, zucchini is SUPER EASY to grate. It only took me a few seconds to grate the entire thing.

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In hindsight, I think I’ll grate them using the smaller holes next time.
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Step 2 – Put all your zucchini shavings on a towel or rag, and soak up as much liquid as possible. Turns out zucchini are super liquidy, and you don’t want mushy zucchini bites.

I made a rag/zucchini taco!
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Step 3 – Notice you’ll need 1/4 of an onion. I was too lazy to chop that up, so I just grated it, since I already had a dirty grater on my hands.

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I didn’t measure anything. I just grated maybe 1/3 of the onion.

Step 4 – mix your ‘dried’ zucchini, your grated onion, and all the other ingredients into a bowl. Mix.

Of course, I added in some flax seed. I throw that stuff in everything.

Step 5 – Spray those muffin cups with Pam (or generic Wal-mart Pam). Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full. Press down on the zucchini mixture.

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Bake at 400 for 20 minutes. Then broil for a few minutes to get the tops all crispy.

Now, here’s where the wheels fall off of my zucchini. I forgot to turn off the broiler! Little Bubba was going nuts!
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They looked horrible:
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Oddly enough, they still tasted pretty good though.
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Shredded Chicken Tacos

Easiest. Meal. Ever!

All you need are 3 ingredients:
chicken (I used 2 chicken breasts since it’s just me and my husband)
jar of salsa
can of beer

I saw this recipe on buzzfeed, so I figured it was legit!

Just toss chicken, salsa and beer in the crockpot. I used a ‘fancy’ salsa I bought at Aldi. Ooooo – Aldi!

And instead of beer, I used a small can of Lime-a-rita

Cook for the classic 4 hours of high or 8 hours on low.

Shred using 2 forks, add to a taco shell (or nachos or whatever!) and enjoy!
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Pintrest success – crock pot bread

It worked!! I can’t believe it, and it sounds a little unbelievable, but you CAN make bread in a mini crock pot (I guess it would work in a big crock pot too if you doubled the recipe??? Don’t quote me on that.)

I found this recipe on pintrest and it was a total success.
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Next time I’m going to attempt to add some spices or maybe even cinnamon and raisins.

But let’s get back to the basics.

You’ll only need these ingredients:
Package of yeast
1 tsp. salt
3 C. Flour
2 TBSP Sugar (or honey – I used sugar because that’s less expensive)
1 c. warm water (but not “hot” – that’s what the recipe said. I was scared I was using water that was too hot, because yeast is so darn sensitive.)
2 TSBP oil

Step 1: Mix dry ingredients

Step 2: Add oil and water

Step 3: Stir with spoon a short time until it’s ball like.

Step 4: Mix with your hands to really get it into a ball. I added another TBSP of floor to my hands so it wasn’t too sticky.

Step 5: Put dough ball on countertop and kneed for about 3 minutes. Once again, I added about a TBSP of flour to the countertop and to my hands.

Click HERE for a YouTube video on kneeding dough. It’s super easy, but hard to explain.

Step 6: The pintrest recipe said to use parchment paper because you’ll need to lift the bread out of the crockpot. Parchment paper is way too fancy for me, so I just poured some oil in my crockpot and used a paper towel to spread it around the bottom and all the sides. Don’t skimp on “oiling” up the crockpot, because getting food stuck in things is super annoying.

Step 7: Put your dough ball in the crock pot and cook on HIGH for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Here’s the weird thing. Your bread will rise like crazy, but it won’t change color. So it’s really hard to tell if it’s done or not. In fact, you CAN’T tell if it’s done, you just have to trust the 1 hour and 15 minute cook time. Now, that was my crock pot, so maybe yours will be a tad different.

Since I wasn’t using parchment paper, I just picked up my crock pot base (with pot holders) and dumped it out. The bottom was brown! That’s how you know it’s done.

To get the top brown and crusty, put it in the oven on BROIL for about 5 minutes (just watch it and take it out when it gets to a pretty color).

That’s it! It only took about an hour and a half with prep & cook time.

I can’t wait to experiment with different flavors.

Horrible photo, but yummy results!
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Pintrest Win: Meatball Sub Casserole

When my husband mentions something to do, you know he’s excited about it. (he doesn’t talk much). So when he said he saw this on somebody’s Facebook page, I immediately went to Pintrest and got busy.

Pintrest:
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Ingredients:
biscuits
spaghetti sauce
meatballs
mozzarella cheese
That’s it! And the best part, I bought everything at Aldi, so you know it didn’t cost much at all.

Step 1:  Pop the biscuit tube and scare your self.

Step 2:  Cut the biscuits into 1/8 and toss them into a pan (I used a small casserole dish).  I didn’t grease the pan.
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Step 3:  Pour sauce all over the biscuits (just guess) and lay the meatballs on top.  (side note – I wish I had put the sauce on the meatballs … I’ll do this next time)
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Step 4:  Sprinkle with cheese!
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Step 5:  Cook for 35-40 minutes in a 374 oven.

Step 6:  Yum!!!

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Easy crockpot chili

Nothing says “Super Bowl party” like a big old pot of chili.

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This is the only thing that I’ve made so many times that I have the recipe memorized!  And it’s super easy to make.  No fancy or weird ingredients.  Most of the stuff can be purchased at Aldi for a low price.

Simple Crockpot Chili
1lb ground chuck (or I always use ground turkey)
2 15oz cans tomato sauce (Walmart has a 29oz giant can that I normally buy)
15oz. can diced tomatoes
2 15oz can chili beans
1 pkg chili seasoning
1 small onion finely chopped (I’m lazy and just use a dried onion spice)
garlic powder, chili powder, pepper and salt to taste

Step 1:
Brown the meat with the onion

Step 2:
Dump everything into a big crock pot. Sprinkle the garlic, chili, pepper and salt on top randomly.

Step 3:
Add meat and stir

Step 4: Cook on low for 8 hours. If your in a rush you can cook on high for 4 hours.

Step 5: Pig out!

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DIY – apron!

Well … maybe I can’t really call this a “DIY” since I did use a pattern.  Although I guess I did DO IT MYSELF, so I’m going to count it.

Is it just me, or are patterns written in greek?  Maybe I just need to learn more sewing lingo.

I bought this pattern at Walmart for $1!  I figured I could just wing it without a pattern, but for something large, I assumed it was worth the splurge.  I was totally right! I’m getting my moneys worth out of this baby!

Apron #1:
I made it for me! I found this polka dot fabric at Walmart and the coordinating pink as well. It’s a little bold for my regular style, so I figured it would be perfect for an apron.
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Apron #2:
I made this for my roomate for her b-day. She’s on a cruise right now with no internet connection, so hopefully she doesn’t see this post until she gets back on Saturday. 🙂 She doesn’t cook much, but maybe this will give her some motivation! It’s the pinkest thing in the entire world. Notice the pink ruffle on the pocket? ❤ And that green stuff … it's an old SHOWER curtain!
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Her’s is a size bigger than mine (another plus for the pattern) since she’s got boobs and I don’t.
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Apron #3:
Superman apron for Max’s birthday. What 32 year old boy (or maybe 33?) doesn’t want a Superman apron. Name one …

I’m sure he’ll use it alllllllllll the time.
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Recipe: Pumpkin Stuff

My ‘signature’ dish for all work pot lucks is PUMPKIN STUFF.

It’s actually called pumpkin ‘crisp’, but it’s not very similar to apple crisp, so I’ve renamed it STUFF!

It’s AMAZINGLY delicious.  Even if you’re not a huge pumpkin fan, I encourage you to try it.

It’s also INSANELY easy to make!  Just dump stuff into a pan and BOOM!
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Pumpkin Stuff
1 (15oz) can pumpkin
1 c. evaporated milk
1 c. sugar ßI’ve been using a little less, because 1 cup sugar is a lot!!
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp cinnamon
1 (18.25oz) package yellow cake mix
1 c. chopped pecans
1 c. butter (melted) ß wow, this is a lot of butter!  I think the last time I only tossed some of it down the drain
Whipped cream (optional)

Step 1:  Stir together the first 5 ingredients (pumpkin, evap milk, sugar, vanilla & cinnamon).  Pour into a greased 9X13 pan.  (Note – I’ve used smaller pans too.  It just makes the stuff thicker)
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Step 2:  Sprinkle dry cake mix over mixture
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Step 3:  Sprinkle evenly with pecans.  (Note – the last time I did this I couldn’t find pecans for a reasonable price at the store, so I just skipped them)

Step 4:  Drizzle melted butter evenly over mixture.  Feel your heart closing as you play with a full cup of melted butter!
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Step 5:  Bake uncovered at 350 F for 45 minutes.  Dish is done when the top is golden brown.

Serve with whipped cream, because everything is better with whipped cream!

Dish can be stored at room temperature.  Actually, don’t worry about storing it, because there will be no leftovers!