Sunday, April 24, 2016

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

My friend Brenda sent me a link to this recipe a couple weeks ago. I finally got around to whipping up a batch, man they are dangerously easy and so super awesome!

All you need is 4 simple ingredients that you probably already have in your house.

What you need,

1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
½ cup mini chocolate chips (now I realize adding these makes this 5 ingredient peanut butter cookie but I really like chocolate chips!)

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a silpat mat.

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients. Using an electric hand mixer beat until totally incorporated. Stir in the mini chocolate chips if you are using them.

Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Use a fork to cross hatch each cookie.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. I like my cookies a little crisp on the outside but always chewy in the middle so I did mine for 9-10 minutes.

Let the cookies cool on the pan for 4-5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Store the cookies in an airtight container for 3 days or in the freezer for a month.

I took some of these cookies to work and they got rave reviews!
So if you NEED a cookie, whip up a batch of these super easy, really quick amazingly tasty cookies.



Sunday, April 17, 2016

Some of My Favourite Grilling Recipes

Hello all! It has been so warm and spring like here in the last few weeks. Just check out these lilacs! They are my favourite, ever!

This weather has made me want to grill all the things, so I thought I might share a few of my all time favourite grilling recipes off the blog.

I can't wait to make all of these again this spring/summer.

First up is this Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
It is simple and beyond delicious! I love anything with peanut sauce.

How about these Barbeque Ribs. Oh man I am drooling over here. They do take a bit of prep but man are they worth it. Tender and crisp, and that sauce, oh that sauce!

This super quick Pork Chop Marinade is my summer go to. It adds so much flavour to a basic pork chop, I cook these chops a ton every summer!

If you are looking for a great side dish, to toss on the grill might i suggest these Tin Foil Potatoes. I have been eating them my whole life. They are perfection!

These Italian Grilled Sausages with Peppers & Onions are amazing, in fact I just made some the other night for dinner.  They always remind me of my Dad taking my sisters and me to the fair in the summer time.

If you want a slightly healthier option how about this Barbeque Chopped Chicken Salad. I am not sure it is really healthier but it does have lettuce in it! Serve it with a simple cheese quesadilla and it is a real treat!

This Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich is just delightful. Crispy chicken, melty cheese, Canadian bacon, I can't even...

This Barbeque Sauce is the best I have ever made, it is my go to. It is simple and tasty and great on chicken!

This Hoisin Grilled Chicken with Soba Noodles is my soul food. It is truly wonderful.

This last recipe isn't really barbequed but it does have barbeque sauce and really just look at it, it is a thing of beauty. Barbeque Pulled Chicken Sandwiches... I seriously have no words for its amazingness!
Make it, eat it, love it!

So there you have it, a few GREAT grilling recipes. I hope you try one or all of them soon, they are all really wonderful. I know they will all be making an appearance on my dinner table really soon.

Happy Spring!


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Steak & Mushroom Kebabs

It has felt more like summer than spring here this past week. I am totally not complaining, I will take all the warm sun I can get!

I decided to grill something for dinner last night but I wanted something a little different. I was just going to do steaks with sautéed mushrooms, which is always a summer favorite but then I thought why not turn it into a kebab, kebabs are fun!

I did a quick marinade for the beef and mushrooms, then grilled them hot and fast for a nice charred crust on the outside but the perfect tender medium inside. Man they were fantastic. These are going to be a summer staple for sure!

What you need,
For 2 people (4 kebabs)

1 large-ish strip steak, cut into 1½ inch pieces
8 medium white button mushrooms, stems trimmed
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup white wine vinegar
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
3-4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
½ tsp. season salt
½ tsp. fresh cracked black pepper

In a large zip top bag combine the olive oil, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, season salt and pepper. Give the bag a shake to combine.
Place the cut beef in the bag and massage it around well.
Let that marinate in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours.
Then, add the mushrooms and let that marinate again for another hour.

Thread the beef and the mushrooms onto the kebab holders, alternating the beef with the mushrooms; you will end up with about 3 pieces of beef and 2 mushrooms on each, depending on how big your kebab sticks are.

Heat the grill to high heat and brush the grate with a little oil.
Grill the kebabs for about 3-5 minutes per side depending on how well done you like your meat.

Let the kebabs rest for about 8 minutes before serving.

I served my lovely little kebabs with some boiled new potatoes with plenty of butter and dill, one of my all-time favourite summer sides!

Man, I hope this weather keeps up. I am so ready for summer!



Sunday, April 3, 2016

Keeping Basil Fresh

I learned a little trick recently that has saved so much basil from an untimely death. If you put your basil in the fridge it gets all brown and icky. No one wants brown icky basil.

All you have to do is make your basil its own little greenhouse!

Put a couple of inches of water in a small glass. Pop your basil in it, cover it over with a large zip top bag. Set it on the counter and let it be.

Just change the water every day or two and your basil will be perfect for a week or more!

This basil is a whole week old! It is really amazing how great it works.
I just wanted to share that little tip… 

Have a great week everyone!


Friday, March 25, 2016

No Bake Pineapple Dream

Happy Easter everyone! I am posting this a couple days early so that you will have time to go out and get the stuff you need to make this crazy awesome dessert for your Sunday Easter dinner.

It is a classic; I remember eating it as a kid. It is so perfect, light and fluffy, not too filling after a big heavy meal of Ham & Scalloped Potato Casserole!

I hope the Easter Bunny brings you all lots of chocolate!

What you need,

For the crust,
½ cup butter, melted
2½ cup graham cracker crumbs

For the middle layer,
4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup butter, at room temperature
2 cup icing sugar
1 tbsp. crushed pineapple

For the topping,
8oz. of Cool Whip topping
14oz. can crushed pineapple, drained (you will use 1 tbsp. in the middle layer)

Start by making the crust. In a small bowl melt the butter in the microwave. Stir in the graham crumbs until they are all coated in butter. Set the crumbs aside for a minute.

Now make the middle layer. In a large bowl beat the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.  Slowly add in the icing sugar until fully incorporated. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the crushed pineapple. Set the bowl aside.

Finally make the topping.  In a third large bowl stir together the Cool Whip and the rest of the crushed pineapple.

Now you can make one big dessert or 4-6 individual desserts. Choose your serving dish or dishes and build the dessert.

On the bottom of the serving dish layer on about ½ an inch of graham crumbs. Press them down with the back of a spoon.
Layer on about 1 inch of the cream cheese mixture; use an offset spatula to spread it out.
Then top with the Cool Whip topping. Spread the mixture evenly to coat.
Use any remaining graham cracker crumbs to sprinkle over the top of the dessert.

Chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours, overnight is even better to let the flavors meld.

Serve with a big old spoon!

This cute little dessert is a dream! It is light and fluffy and creamy. It is going to be the perfect thing to end a big Easter supper!
I hope you like this classic dessert as much as I do. 

I sure hope you all have a wonderful Easter filled with Family, food and chocolate bunnies!



Recipe from a little old recipe card I stole from home when I left! Sorry Mom!