Iced Coffee: My homemade version

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About three years ago whenever I was with Kelli and we’d pass a McDonalds we’d stop and get drinks…she’d get a strawberry-banana fruit smoothie and I’d get a chocolate chip frappe.  Well then I started reading the calorie count..UGH.  I compromised and started getting smalls then compromised even more and started getting caramel instead of chocolate chip.

Then one day I decided that I was ready to make the next compromise and try iced coffee.

I am not a coffee drinker.  I have tried to be but it gives me gut rot and I just don’t like it. I never thought I’d go so far as to drink iced coffee either..but alas, here I am.  I am an iced coffee drinker.  My favorite is McDonalds caramel iced coffee but Kwik Star has a mocha iced coffee that I really like too.

I have gotten to be enough of a drinker that I’d really like to make it at home…and so I have.  The key is this flavoring that I bought at Wal-mart.

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I’m still working and playing with what I make all the time but I’ve come to something along these lines… [Read more...]

Monster Cookies: THIS IS THE ONE

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Do you ever search and search for a recipe, try it only to be disappointed?  I’ve done that several times.  Well.  My search for the perfect Monster Cookie is completely and totally over.  I found the best.  The funny thing is that I wasn’t even searching for it.

Remember we participated in the Antiques in the Park over Labor Day weekend?  Well the people who were set up next to us had shared with us their homemade Monster Cookies.  Kelli and I were so amazed.  They were so chewy and completely delicious.  To die for…SO-SO good.

Kelli and I continued to rant over the cookies and I asked if they had a recipe.  She told me her husband makes them so often that he likely has the recipe memorized…happily he did and wrote it down for me.

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Another thing I love about this recipe is that it makes a normal batch of cookies.  I’ve always been frustrated with the recipes that call for a dozen eggs, etc. and I can’t fit the ingredients in the mixer.  This one has normal amounts…granted it doesn’t make as many but for me, that’s okay.

Notice it says bake at 350 for 15 minutes.  I figured that was a hoax but it’s completely true.  It made sense to me now why they told us that they were so happy to have two ovens to make the cookies.  Imagine only getting six cookies on a sheet and having to bake them for 15 minutes.  It ends up taking a bit of time to make them.

Look at how awesome they look….. [Read more...]

Chicken Enchilladas

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The bar and grill in town here always has Mexican night on Tuesdays.  I like Mexican food so it’s always tempting to go.  Finally I decided that why not try to have Mexican night here on Tuesdays a little more often.  So that’s what I did this week.

It was all made much easier with my my  Instant Pot  7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker.  I’ve told you I love it and use it all the time…I use it so much that I often don’t even realize I’m using it.

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Today I popped a whole chicken in the pressure cooker.  I wanted to cook it up good so that I could de-bone it easily.  I didn’t add spices as I just wanted the meat for a couple different dishes over the next week.  Pushing the meat button gets 30 minutes….I wanted the meat to fall off the bones so I set it for 45 minutes.  That was perfect.

Previous to the  Instant Pot  7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker I would have cooked the chicken on the stove and worried if there was enough water or if I needed to add more.  This is so easy.  I just put the lid on, set the timer and it shuts off itself.  I can be in the garden or taking care of the childcare kids and I don’t have to worry about being right there to shut it off.  I love that.
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Cabbage Sauteed with Chicken

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I’ve been trying to be a little better with my eating…well, not really.  I’ve just been trying to balance out a few of the “bad” meals with a few good meals.  I’m always looking for things that aren’t loaded with carbs.  As a diabetic carbs are something I’m suppose to limit.

I saw a recipe for Cabbage Sauteed with Chicken and thought to give it a try…only problem, Hubby does not like cabbage.  There are very few things he doesn’t like but cabbage happens to be one he doesn’t.

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Lucky for me I have a tribe of little ones that eat lunch at my house everyday.  Being I am part of the “food program”, one of the requirements is that I try new foods occasionally.  Well sauteed cabbage is something I don’t think my childcare kids eat at home on a regular basis so I thought I’d try it with the kids.

Here’s the recipe.
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