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Heat Wavy Easy Meal

I have a super easy supper idea for those who are struggling with this ugly heat wave?

This idea is a great idea for an easy meal to prepare without heating up the house to do so.

Grab a meat of your choice, some shrimp and your grill. Then barbecue away. It does not take long for this to cook and you kept your house cooler as well. I call that a double win.

Well, actually a triple win because I was put on grill restriction a long time ago, so I personally did not even have to go outside to cook it either.

Now our house is still cool, supper is done, and the kitchen was an easy clean up.

Enjoy your easy grilled idea if you chose to make it too.

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Fun and Easy Cake Balls

Are you looking for a fun and easy finger dessert food to serve at a gathering or party?

I made these personally requested cake balls and chocolate covered pretzels for my nieces baby shower.

You can easily makes these as well.

All you need are these few ingredients…

    Your favorite cake mix
    1 tub of frosting (vanilla works best with most cake flavors)
    3 packages of flavored and colored melting chocolate

Directions

Make and bake your cake according to the directions on the package.

When complete, remove from the oven and tear the cake apart into crumbles.

Mix in a tub of frosting and blend together until the crumbles corn a huge ball of cake.

Form into small balls and place on wax paper.

Place in a freezer to coat with chocolate later.

When you are ready to coat in chocolate, melt the chocolate for 30 second intervals, while stirring between melting cycles.

*To make chocolate thinner, add a tsp of coconut oil and mix well.

Lastly, remove the cake balls from the freezer and add one at a time to the chocolate. Tap off extra chocolate and place on wax paper to dry.

If you wish to add pretty topping, be sure to add before the chocolate dries.

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Ribs and Veggies

Here is another simple, yet healthy meal to consider this summer.

Grab a package of ribs, grill them and add simple vegetables such as tomato and cucumber and blueberries.

You will walk away satisfied, while skipping the full feeling.

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Summer Burger

Do you need a fresh supper idea?

Try this one. Grilled angus burger topped with cheese. Place it on a bed of lettuce and add a fresh tomato to the side.

Do not be afraid to add a few baked fries seasoned with garlic salt, onion powder, and basil.

Lastly, add a few slices of fresh watermelon.

It is a filling meal, but not as bad as a traditional hamburger and French fries.

Enjoy this lighter twist to a traditional summer meal.

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Homemade Steak Nachos

Healthy Steak Nachos.

I made with sautéed onion, peppers of every color, kale, and steak. Topped with diced tomatoes, queso cheese, sour cream. Serve on a bed of lettuce, tortilla chips, or on soft taco shells.

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Bacon and Spinach Dip

Delicious Bacon and Spinach Appetizer

Are you looking for an easy and delicious appetizer and you love bacon? Try this one. I made it for my family and they loved it.

Ingredients

    • 1 package of bacon
    • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
    • 3 tablespoons flour
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • 1 cup almond milk
    • 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella & Parmesan cheese, divided
    • 1 1/2 cup shredded Queso Quesadilla cheese, divided
    • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
    • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese
    • Fresh parsley
    • 1 Roma tomato
  • 1-2 Fresh Baguettes

Directions

  • Preheat oven at 365 degrees.
  • Place package of bacon on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt coconut oil. Whisk in flour until smooth.
  • Add salt, dried parsley, cook for 1 minute or until smooth.
  • (When bacon is cooked, remove from oven and pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.)
  • Add chicken broth and almond milk to skillet, whisk until combined.
  • Cook over medium heat, whisking often until thick and smooth.
  • Stir in 1 cup of mozzarella and fresh Parmesan cheese and 1 cup Queso Quessadilla until melted.
  • In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add Alfredo sauce and beat until combined.
  • Break up cooked bacon and mix until blended.
  • Add remaining cheeses and mix until blended.
  • Add 2 cups of cut up spinach and mix until blended.
  • Place mixture in an oven safe baking dish.
  • Top with fresh parsley.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with cut up Roma tomato.
  • Cut and serve with fresh baguette.
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Gingerbread House

25 Day Christmas Countdown

Day 23

Amazing Gingerbread Houses 
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I didn’t get one made this year, but we made this one last year. My daughter and a sweet adopted family friend made an amazing one that I am very proud of. I will add the directions to make it from scratch, The directions I will share will give you the recipe (which I will add as always), the house template, the supplies, and a royal icing recipe.

Happy baking and constructing! I hope the memories you make while doing this will be wonderful and happy in the years to come.

When you see my picture you will see it constructed in the shape of a log cabin. This was done on purpose. If you wish to do the same then roll your dough out in the form of a square or rectangle and when before baking use a ruler and pizza cutter and cut into blocks.

Ingredients

Note: This is a double batch to make an amazing house from.

1 c butter, softened

1 c brown sugar

1 1/3 c molasses

4 eggs

8 c all-purpose flour (divided)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground allspice

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

Frosting

2 lbs confectioners sugar

1 tsp cream of tarter

6 egg whites

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the molasses and eggs. Combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour, baking soda, salt, all spice, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger; beat into the molasses mixture. Gradually stir in the remaining flour by hand to form a stiff dough. Divide dough into 2 pieces.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes (if you want bricks, cut with your ruler and pizza cutter now. Place pieces 1 inch apart onto parchment lined cookie sheets.  Refrigerate for 15 mins.

Bake for 8-10 mins in a preheated oven. Cool on a baking sheet for 5 mins before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Icing

In a medium bowl, sift together confectioners sugar and cream of tartar . Blend in egg whites. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat for about 5 minutes, or until mixture is thick and stiff. Keep covered with a moist cloth and plastic wrap until ready to decorate.

Enjoy the fun of baking and making this amazing Gingerbread house!

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Hay Stacks

25 Day Christmas Countdown

Day 17

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This is a really easy recipe my neighbor shared with me. It is unique but tastes amazing.

Ingredients

1 small can salted peanuts

1 12 oz butterscotch morsels

1 medium can Chinese noodles

Directions

Melt butterscotch morsels in a microwave. Stir in noodles and peanut. Spoon out on wax paper and let cool.

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Gingersnap Dip

25 Days of Christmas 

Day 2

This is an amazing recipe to put together with your homemade gingersnaps from yesterday.

Ingredients

  • 1 Package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 package (16 ounces) gingersnaps

Directions

  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and pumpkin pie spice until fluffy. Beat in whipped topping until blended. Refrigerate until serving. Serve with gingersnaps.  Yield: 3 cups.