Apple Nachos

Okay this one came about because Hayleigh decided that she needed to enter the cooking contest. You have to come up with a healthy snack. You can’t have to much sugar and it does have to be considered healthy but a snack. It can’t be to easy or to hard. You can find a recipe online but make it your own.

Here is the recipe that we found.

http://myrecipemagic.com/recipe/recipedetail/caramel-apple-nachos

Because this one had caramel on top of it we decided to make it a little different.

What we did:

We got a LARGE apple, you could do a few small ones but we just happened to have the hugest apple in the world on our hands that day. We sliced it into thin apple slices and I think we got 12 to 15 pieces.

From there we spread peanut butter on each one.

Then we threw 2/3 cup walnuts and 1/3 cups mini chocolate chips into the food processor and chopped it until the walnuts were a small flaky consistency.

Sprinkle half of the mixture on top of the apples.

Drizzle honey on top of the apples

Then use the remaining mixture of nuts and chocolate on top.

You are done. These were so good. Not overly sweet and everyone in our family loved them…enough to do them fairly often now.

As always enjoy πŸ™‚

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Whew! December is over :)

Happy new year….a week late. 😦 Let me start by saying I love December but I am so happy it is over. With Three Birthdays, and Anniversary and Christmas we are all just done in my house. I feel like once January starts we all take a month off to recover. I realize it has been awhile sense my last post so I figured I would fill everyone in on our December.

So to start off our December we made our yearly sugar cookies. The girls love making these and just cant get enough…my dad can’t either πŸ™‚ Everyone has fun, there is always a huge mess but there are memories made.

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Once we were done with cookies that afternoon my oldest was in a parade so it was time to get dressed and fix our outfit for soccer so that we could watch the parade. Our town puts on a wonderful parade that they just started 2 years ago and it was great. I swear almost all of the school aged kids are in it for one thing or another.

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The next week end was my youngest’s birthday and she wanted a Maleficent cake…so I worked my best on a thorn wall and got sleeping beauty and Maleficent on her cake…..it was a hit and they loved eating the chocolate wall.Β IMG_9000 IMG_9001

Then we were headed to Oklahoma to visit grandparents and fish at the pond. Our Anniverssary passed while we were there but we decided to celebrate after we got home πŸ™‚

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We then headed back home to Texas and I did my last minute finishes on my wood burning projects that needed to be done by Christmas, and BOOM Christmas day was here and we had way to many gifts like usual πŸ™‚Β IMG_9232

In the middle of all of the Christmas activities we had to do a science experiment for my oldest science fair project.Β IMG_9273

Finally to round of December we had yet another maleficent birthday party for my oldest. Β IMG_9284 IMG_9305

When all of these things were done I was exhausted hence just getting back to my blog more than a week after January started. But in order to not just glaze over our Anniversary we went out New Years eve and had an amazing dinner in Austin and went to see a movie…..yep that’s right we brought in the new year watching a movie at an actual theater. I can’t tell you when the last time just my husband and I went to a movie but we did it new years eve and we loved it. So Goodbye to 2014 and welcome 2015…I know i’m late but i was sleeping!

Creamy Salad with Garlic and herb Chicken

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Last night I decided we needed to eat a large salad! It just felt like we needed more veggies than normal. So I set out to make a new kind of salad that we could all enjoy without feeling like we were compromising taste. I started by chopping up two heads of Romain lettuce, five Roma tomatoes, two avocados and threw it into a large bowl.

I chopped up a whole raw chicken and threw it in my cast iron pan with a tablespoon of butter. When it was done I threw in 1/8 cup of Garlic and herb seasoning and then added a cup and a half of milk. I got all of it incorporated together and then threw in 1/8th cup cornstarch to thicken it up. When it looked like it had thickened up enjoy to make a dressing, I then threw the chicken stuff over the lettuce mixture. It needed a little salt but it was very good and everyone had seconds!

As Always ENJOY!

New Projects

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I love finding a new thing that I can make my own and do for others. In saying that this year my new thing is wood burning. I am just loving it and as I was practicing we took pics with our Soccer team and I made Hayleigh this Plaque. I was so proud of myself and just couldn’t contain my excitement over the possibilities. I can’t post my other projects because some of the people who are getting them for Christmas will see it ;). So I bought a simple wood burning kit and it was 20 bucks…you can get it cheaper for around 10 bucks but I bought the kit that sent you two things of wood, colored pencils and some instructions. I then went online and found all of the things I wanted to put on the Soccer plaque, Printed it out and then used transfer paper and outlined it. After lots of time going over all of my lines this is what I ended up with. I absolutely love it. So find a new thing and surprise people for Christmas. Or have me do it hahahah. As always Enjoy and get out there and find a new hobby to enjoy and surprise people by giving them a home made gift that means something to them.

Hot pockets

Yesterday I tried my hand at hot pockets. They were very good but next time I will add more things inside. First you need to start off with a good bread recipe.

White Bread:

2 tsp Yeast

1 cup warm water

2 tbl Butter

1 cup milk

2 tbl sugar

1 tbl salt

6 cups flour

Throw all of this into a bread machine and set it on your dough setting. If you dont have a bread machine but do have a kitchen aid. First activate your yeast by placing the yeast, water and sugar in a bowl for 15 minutes until it becomes frothy and slowly add the rest of the ingredients starting with the wet and ending with the dry. You will need to mix it for about 10 minutes for the amount of time that it needs to be kneaded..or you can do it will good old fashion muscle. πŸ™‚

Once your dough is nice and smooth. Start tearing medium sized balls off. Flatten these out like you would a 6 inch pizza or personal pizza. And add what you would like on the inside. I chose cheddar and Honey ham. I would add more than this next time though as there was more dough than goodies.

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When everything that you want is in there push the inside down and pull up the sides in order to form the ball around the filling, then do a little twist so that when you flip it over it wont run out when it is being cooked.

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Place this on a pan lined with foil twist side down. I then melted butter and added about a teaspoon and a half of garlic salt and brushed the tops of all of the hot pockets. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown on top and serve immediately.

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We served them with mustard because they are like little sandwiches. As always enjoy.