One of my favorite desserts…

I have always had a love affair with Special K bars but never knew how to make them until I ate them one night while visiting a girlfriend at school in Milwaukee.  Her roommate had made some and I seriously could NOT get enough!!

This is also the ONLY dessert I make that the hubs eats (aside from my cupcake cookies but that’s another story!).  Normally, I’ll make cupcakes or cookies or other bars and he doesn’t even though them! #hesnotasweetsguy #savoryonlyforhim

So I love to make these because we both enjoy them and I love to make things that we both can eat!  Check below for the recipe if you love these little bad boys too!

Special K Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 1/2 cups peanut butter

6 cups Special K cereal

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup butterscotch chips

Directions:

Pour Special K into a large bowl. Put aside.

Mix sugar and corn syrup in a large saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat.

Add peanut butter to mixture and stir until melted.  Pour mixture over cereal until fully coated.  Pour into an ungreased 13×9 baking pan and pat down evenly.

Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together over a double boiler over simmering water (you can microwave if easier- i’m just always afraid to burn them!).  Stir continuously until melted.

Pour over cereal mixture in pan and spread evenly.

Let bars cool (either on the counter or if you’re too anxious to eat one, in the fridge for 10 minutes!).  Cut and enjoy! 🙂

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Crockpot Cuban Beef Recipe

Happy Friday!

It’s almost the weekend, finally and instead of sharing some favorites on here – I thought I’d share a super good recipe we made this week!

Normally, I’m the worst at picking recipes… I mean, they are just plain ol’ NOT good! But this one… oh my! Even Logan said it tasted SO good!

He actually said the beef tasted so much like Chipotle’s Barbacoa (whatever that is?!). AND it’s Paleo, gluten free and pretty healthy so I’ll take it as a win!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb beef chuck roast
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1 poblano pepper (chopped)
  • 1 medium white onion (one half thinly sliced, and the other half chopped)
  • 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T cumin
  • 1 T oregano
  • 1 T garlic
  • 1 T smoked paprika
  • ½ cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 lime (cut into wedges)

Instructions:

  • Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Once olive oil is shimmering hot, sear chuck roast for 2 minutes on each side.
  • Place chuck roast (with oil and drippings from pan) in crock-pot. Add poblano pepper and sliced onion. Pour in beef broth and tomato paste. Add cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, and garlic. Stir ingredients. Place lid on crock-pot, and heat on low 6-8 hours.
  • Once beef is fork-tender, shred on a large plate, using two forks. Return to crock-pot for 30 minutes.
  • Serve over cauliflower rice with chopped onion, cilantro, and a lime wedge. Pan-fried plantain slices would also compliment this Cuban dish.

The instructions and ingredients are from the original recipe.  Logan made this today and a few notes for what he did in addition to the recipe:

 The Chef’s Logan’s Notes:

  • Add seasoning to the beef roast before searing it – he added Montreal Seasoning and salt/pepper
  • Add an additional tablespoon of garlic
  • Add 1 T salt
  • Add 1 T pepper
  • Add 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped cilantro to the crock pot (versus just garnish)

 

For some reason, I didn’t take a picture of it while we ate last night #bloggerfail BUT you won’t be disappointed if you give it a try!! 🙂

Let me know if you like my “meal planning Monday” posts and I’ll show the recipes that are total wins throughout the weeks if so!

Have a fabulous Friday!

aKristi

Meal Planning Monday!

Hello! Happy let’s hope this work day goes quickly! It is Monday after all…

Our weekend looked a whole lot like a blank blog post… no joke! The Mr. started feeling under the weather on Thursday and spiraled a bit this weekend with a cold so he stayed in bed ALL weekend! In turn… I didn’t do a whole lot either – mainly because it was -2 degrees and snowy!

I did, however, squeeze in a quick coffee and nail date with this girl – which was my highlight for sure!

I’m trying to stick to some goals (I guess you could say, goals!) of the new year while it lasts and therefore I’m sharing a few meals we’ll be enjoying this week!

 Monday – BLTs

Tuesday – Crock pot Cuban Beef

Wednesday – leftovers

Thursday – Chicken Gyros

Friday – leftovers 

As you can tell – nothing earth shattering about these recipes but I’m happy that I went to the store yesterday to get prepped for them.  It really does make the days/nights easier when I’m not thinking “what can we have for dinner…” all week!

Well.. time to get to work and finish out this Monday!

Please share what you’re having this week!! I need all the ideas as usual 🙂

aKristi

Monday Meal Planning!

Happy Monday!

I am sharing some goals for the new year this week and one of them is to meal plan! This is something I’m terrible at and seriously dread. But I’m vowing to come up with 3 meals a week – that the Mr will approve of, of course!

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It’s hard when two people have such different taste buds – he wants ALL the flavor and I like all the bland plainer foods. No joke.

So as to way to hold myself accountable – and in hopes that maybe I help someone else out with meals for the week – I’m going to share our tentative menu every Monday!  Sound like a plan?! I’d love to hear other people’s too as I ALWAYS need ideas 🙂

Last night, we made Mongolian Beef with Jasmine Rice… pretty good, actually so I’m counting that as a meal for the week!

Monday – leftovers (Mongolian Beef)

Tuesday – Beef Stroganoff 

Wednesday – leftovers!

Thursday – Crock Pot Chicken Tortellini Soup

Friday – BLTs ( or something pizza!)

A few things to note: We’ve never actually made Stroganoff but we have some sliced mushrooms in the fridge we need to use so we’re going to give this a try! I’m really excited to try the soup.. it’s been so cold here the last few weeks (think highs in the negatives!) so soup always warms us up!

This is just a start.. I’m hoping to pick healthier meals of course along the way but I’m just proud of myself for coming up with three meals in one week… #itsthelittlethings

We took our Christmas tree down yesterday, finally and y’all… we had a real tree and it was SO dead and sad! We had pine needles in piles and piles behind it.  I’m always sad to see it go but I’m happy to have a cleaner area over there now!

How was your weekend?! Do you like this little meal planning Monday idea?

aKristi

Turkey Dumpling Soup

Oh my… we Logan smoked a turkey this past week and clearly we had a lot of leftovers.  We debated between Turkey Pot Pies (my pick) and Turkey Dumpling Soup (Logan’s pick) and eventually the soup won out.  And I’m not mad about it…

I was a little weary  how it would turn out since neither of us had made dumplings before but I should know not to doubt my husband when it comes to cooking 🙂

We liked the soup so much that I had to share it immediately with Jess (and give her some left over turkey) and guess what?! She made it the same day and loved it too!

Ingredients:

3 TBSPs butter

2 garlic cloves

2 large carrots, diced

2 celery stalks, diced

2 TBSPs all purpose flour

4 cups chicken stock

1 tsp sage rub

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp salt (see note)

1/4 tsp pepper

2 bay leaves

2 cups cooked turkey, cubed

1 cup frozen corn

8 oz heavy cream

For Dumplings

1 cup all purpose flour

2 tsps baking powder

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 TBSP butter

1/2 cup skim milk

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large stock pot.
  2. Add the carrots, celery, and garlic and cook until soft, about five minutes.
  3. Whisk in the flour until fully combined. Very very slowly add the chicken stock. Begin by adding only about a tablespoon at a time, only adding more stock once the stock you just added is combined. Towards the end you will be able to add it a little more quickly. This should take about two minutes.
  4. Add the sage, thyme, salt, and pepper and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer for five minutes.
  5. While the soup is cooking, whisk together 1 cup of flour, 2 tsps of baking powder, 1 tsp of sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt. Cut in 1 TBSP cold butter. Gently mix in 1/2 cup skim milk until just combined and there are no more streaks of flour. Gently drop about a tablespoon of the dough at a time into the soup. Boil until just cooked through over medium heat. About four minutes uncovered.
  6. Finally, gently stir in the cooked turkey, frozen corn, and heavy cream, stirring to combine and cooking about one minute more until combined.

 

I know this recipe comes a little early since it’s not Turkey Day for another month but even if you don’t make it this week (um, why wouldn’t you?!) then table it for those left overs for sure!

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Mango Strawberry Mojito

Happy Monday!

I thought I’d start the week off right with sharing a fun drink that many have you asked about!

It’s no surprise that these Mojitos are going to be my new “go to” summer drink after seeing our friends a few weeks ago.. I mean, I’ve only mentioned it approximately 1,205 times 🙂

Full disclaimer: I dont usually like Mojitos but these are the bomb.com! 😂

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PSA: I don’t know measurements at all so basically I’m giving you the ingredients and you make the drink to your liking!

First, cut up your strawberries (I used three!)…

And put those right in the glass!

Next, you’ll add your mint leaves to the strawberries!

Add sugar!

Don’t forget the mango rum!

And then you’re going to… muddle muddle muddle!

I forgot to add ice to this before I muddled so it was a little hard muddling those leaves!

Then add a bit of Sprite.

And a splash of sparkling water!

Put in a fancy straw (and ice!!) and mix it up!

Lastly… Enjoy it on a patio or deck in the sun 🙂

For real though… I’m no expert but i’m sure you can finagle the ingredients and create the perfect drink!

Let me know if you give it a try!  Is it Friday yet?!

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Waffle Wednesday: Pizza Edition!

Happy Wednesday!

I had plans to share a fun outfit today but then life happened aka L wanted to get 2 pork butts ready to smoke tomorrow and that seemed to take FOREVER!  I helped with the rub and everything else 😉

Onto today’s recipe….

Logan and I have made these fun waffle pizzas a few times and I keep forgetting to share them! They’re so easy and are great for kids (hello, fun little dinner they can help with) or for adults!

Ingredients:

Waffle Maker

1 pack Pillsbury crescent rolls

1 jar pizza sauce

mozzarella cheese (or cheese of your choice)

Toppings of your choice (pepperoni, sausage, veggies)

First, you’re going to roll out the rolls and separate.  Put your toppings of choice on first (sausage, veggie, pepperoni, etc). Make sure you turn on your waffle iron to get it heated too while you’re preparing the waffles.  I add a bit of non-stick spray on it as well to help!

Next, put on your cheese of choice – we used Mozzarella and a little bit of Italian Seasoning.

After you have your toppings on, you’re going to fold it over (or you can put another crescent roll over it) and place it in the bottom part of the waffle maker.

Close the waffle maker and flip (if yours does that!).

Once it’s done, the light will go off and you’ll be almost ready for dinner!

Heat up your sauce and you’re set to get dunking!

A few tips:

Make sure you pile on the toppings and cheese, otherwise there isn’t a ton of the pizza flavor!

Adding the Italian Seasoning on the waffle added a little extra flair as well 🙂

These are seriously so easy and I love them because they taste good and you can’t mess them up!

Have you ever made these or something similar?! I’m always looking for more (easy) recipes!

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The BEST Margarita Recipe EVER!

Happy almost Friday!  I’m linking up with Holly over at Osborn Extravaganza for another edition of Happy Hour and today, I have the perfect recipe for you….

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the BEST margarita you will ever try!

It’s no surprise to anyone around here that I love Margaritas.. I mean, I could have one every night along with queso!

I even had it last night for a quick happy hour with girlfriends! 😍

Now, if you don’t have time or the ambition, these pre-made ones are a huge favorite -I legit buy these all the time during summer for a quick drink over ice BUT if you have ambition then you need to make these ones below!

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Have you ever heard of Paula’s Texas Spirits? It’s located in Austin, TX but you can order it online or check your local liquor store to see if it’s distributed by you!  I tried this recipe after reading all about it on the Fancy Ashley blog.  She’s the cutest thing and her drink recipes never disappoint!

If you don’t have Paula’s near you… and don’t have an interest in ordering it, you can substitute it with any comparable orange liqueur and you’re set!

Paula’s Margarita Recipe *recipe from the back of the bottle

1 oz. Premium Tequlia

1 oz. Paula’s Texas Orange (or a comparable orange liqueur)

1/2 oz. Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

1/2 oz. Water

Add ice and shake, shake, shake!

*Recipe makes one margarita.

If you’re making these for a party ahead of time, I totally loved Ashley’s tip on using mason jars!  Again, no surprise I’m sure since I use mason jars for everything BUT she recommended pouring all the ingredients into a half pint ball jar  and cover with a lid.  You do not need to refrigerate them after putting them together.

When guests arrive, just add some ice to each mason jar, cover and shake it up!  Add a lime with a festive straw and you’re set! 🙂

I should have taken pictures while making mine but since I didn’t know if I’d like it, I skipped those. Next time, I’ll document my mixing!

So, if you’re getting ready for a fun Cinco de Mayo party, you should definitely give these a try!  And if you do, let me know how you like them!

What’s your favorite Cinco de mayo or margarita recipe?! I’m always looking for a good margarita 🙂

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Fancy S’mores!

One of my favorite things about summer and fall are s’mores!  I’m not kidding.. I ask my husband weekly if we can have a quick fire just so I can make s’mores and his response is always “you’re crazy”.  My response is usually – “fine, I’ll do it myself!” in hopes that will make him jump right up! Ha!  He doesn’t love hearing that since I’m ridiculous and don’t know how to actually start the bonfire.. I mean, you just put some paper in it and light it on fire with wood too right?!

Let’s be real now..

So after searching on Pinterest (because duh) I finally found the perfect recipe (thanks ABD!) for s’mores (in the kitchen sans fire) and it even included my favorite; SPRINKLES!  And to make it even better.. they literally take just a few minutes to make!




Let’s get this party started!!

Ingredients
  1. Dipping Chocolate
  2. Marshmallows
  3. Sprinkles
  4. Graham crackers
Instructions
  1. Spray down a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and set the oven to broil.
  2. Place all of the marshmallows on the pan and pop them in an oven for about 1 minute on each side (Make sure you watch the oven… these things brown FAST!!)
  3. Once you’ve pulled the marshmallows out of the oven, let them cool down while you prep the graham crackers.
  4. Get the melting chocolate ready by heating it in 30 second intervals in the microwave until the chocolate is smooth and melty. Then put a little dollop of chocolate on each graham cracker to hold the marshmallow in place.
  5. Next, place the slightly cooled marshmallow on the graham cracker.
  6. Place the other side of the graham cracker on top and smoooosh.
  7. Then dip one side of the s’more into the chocolate..
  8. Immediately dip into the sprinkles!!
  9. Place them on a surface to cool
  10. ENJOY!!!!
Enjoy your Monday!! 🙂
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Valentine Candy Popcorn

While visiting my nieces a few weekends ago, we thought it would be fun to make a fun Valentine’s treat! Since I don’t see them as often as I’d like – it was fun being able to do this ❤ love these not-so-little girls!!

How many Valentine things can I have on the blog this month, you ask?! Oh not many.. 😂

Ingredients:

20 cups of popcorn (you can use regular microwave popcorn but we used Skinny Pop!)

White chocolate (to melt)

Pink chocolate (to melt)

Valentine Sprinkles

Valentine M&Ms

First, put 20 cups of popcorn into a large bowl.

Next, melt the white chocolate and pour over the popcorn.

Make sure all the popcorn is coated with the white chocolate!

After the popcorn is coated, spread the chocolate covered popcorn onto a baking sheet.

Now is the fun part – start coating the popcorn with the sprinkles.  If you’re making this with kids, you might need a bit of wine as well 🙂

Not that I didn’t enjoy the “I want to do it! No, I want to do it!”

Then add the M&Ms…

Lastly, you’ll add the pink chocolate all over the toppings!

Then, of course, you need more sprinkles and M&Ms to go over the pink chocolate, right?!

Viola!  The final product 🙂 It’s so festive AND so yummy!

I got this idea over here and she has some cute printables to use these as Valentine’s for your kiddos school 🙂

I love being able to do these things with my nieces – pretty soon they’re going to be too old (almost there :() so I’ll take any time I can get!

What are your favorite Valentine treats?

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