Oatmeal Crispies (cooking with a two year old)

What little kid doesn’t love cookies? My mom made these for me when I was little and now I get to make them for my daughter. I have so many memories of my mom and I cooking together, mainly sweets! Now she lives just down the road so we get to enjoy cookies together all the time.

The best way to start is to either put your child in a costume or a apron so they feel special. We are going with superheroes today!

Oatmeal Crispies

Preheat oven to 350

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

1 cup shortening

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp salt

3 cups oatmeal

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

Cream together shortening, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Then add all the dry ingredients. Last add your oatmeal.

Let you child help with putting everything in. It gets a little messy but worth enjoying that time together.

Now place the dough in seran wrap making a long cylinder. This should make three or four depending on the size you like your cookies.

Put these in the fridge over night and bake them the next day. Of course I forgot to take a picture of the finished product because me and Lexi ate them so fast. I cut my cookies about an inch thick and they were the perfect size.

This is the kitchen aid mixer I use that is pretty much my favorite kitchen item I have ever owned.

Kitchen Aid

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It’s Party Time! Fried Wings, Kale Salad, Corn Dip

My go to when we have people over is some sort of dip and when it comes to having my husbands family over it is always fried wings as well. Whenever we eat really unhealthy things I feel like I must through a salad in there somewhere. So kale and sweet potato salad it is.

I cooked from two different Pioneer Woman cookbooks for this you can get them using this link they are absolutely amazing. Come and Get It and Dinnertime

I am going to start with my very favorite thing and what I could eat for every meal for the rest of my life. Haha just kidding! No, actually I’m not! I really could eat this for the rest of my life and never get sick of it.

Hot Corn Dip- page 74 of the Come and Get it cookbook

Delicious Scale- 10 out of 10

Family’s Delicious Scale- 10 out of 10

Prep Time- 35 minutes

This starts with grilling some corn and sautéing some very colorful bell peppers, jalapeño and onions.

The corn and peppers then get mixed with cream cheese, monterey jack cheese, mayo, sour cream, green onions, canned green chili, salt and pepper. Put this in a baking dish and cook at 350 for 20 minutes. This is such melty goodness, the spice from jalapeño’s and green chili with the sweet pop of corn makes this irresistible. This is served with tortilla chips but I just wanted to eat it by the spoon full.

Kale and Sweet Potato Salad- page 296 of the Dinnertime Cookbook

Delicious Scale- 6 out of 10 (probably because it was served with 10 out of 10 dishes)

Prep Time- 20 minutes

The recipe calls for butternut squash but I didn’t have any so I went with sweet potatoes instead. This is a simple recipe that you just saute the kale and sweet potatoes with butter, salt, pepper and chili powder. This allows the kale to shine through which I appreciate but most people are not in love with the taste of kale. Speaking of kale has anyone made kale chips? Totally worth a try because they are amazing!

My husband made his fried wings with multiple different sauces, which I can do another post about just let me know if your interested.

Finishing the night off with auntie cuddles makes for a perfect meal.

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Homemade Granola & Protein Balls

I jump at the chance to make little bites of something to take care of my sweet tooth. Trust me its one of the biggest sweet tooths you have ever seen so I have to keep it under control. I don’t know if any of you struggle with this as much as I do. Let me know what you guys do to control yours?

Homemade granola is a delicious snack or breakfast.

I love to put it on top of apples or with yogurt and strawberries

Its hard to say the recipe for this because I don’t measure but here goes nothing.

Around 1/4 cup brown sugar

1/8 cup molasses

1/8 cup honey

1 Tbsp butter

Heat this on the stove top just long enough until it all melts together.

This next part is your choice, you can put anything you would like in your granola; oats, chia seeds, any kind of nuts, raisins or sunflower seeds. The combinations go on and on. I only did oats and chia seeds because I like a plain granola.

Start with around 3-4 cups of granola and add the brown sugar mixture. Add more oats if need be. Cook this on a sheet pan for 20 minutes at 325. Let this cool and then break it apart. Don’t keep it in the oven longer if it doesn’t feel hard yet because it will burn pretty quickly. Trust me I am a pro at burning things.

Protein Balls

Another one that is hard to give you the recipe because I just add the ingredients until its the right consistency.

2 cups peanut butter

1 cup oats

3 Tbsp chia seeds

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1/4 cup honey

Mix this all together and make small balls. Place on a non stick pan and freeze for a few hours. Then I put them all in a zip lock bag and keep them in the freezer.

Tip for any breast feeding momma’s I eat these to keep up my breast milk supply. I also add some brewers yeast to them which also boosts your milk supply.

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Skillet Lasanga

My family has been so supportive of this blog and my cooking journey it has been fun to talk to them about everything I have cooked. My sister in law recently went to Kansas and brought this back for me.

She knows me so well :). She shares a love for cooking with me and we have decided to do a night of chopped (like the food network show). We will be competing against each other, so stay posted for a fun post about that.

I have a love hate relationship with lasagna. It is delicious but takes so long to make. This was the perfect alternative it was so fast. It is on page 194 of the Dinnertime Pioneer Woman Cookbook

Skillet Lasagna

Delicious Scale- 8 out of 10

Husband Delicious Scale- 8 out of 10

Prep Time- 25 minutes

Clean up- Easy 2 pans

The recipe calls for farfalle pasta and I am using mini farfalle because let’s face it, it’s adorable.

In a skillet start browning a pound of ground beef in garlic, salt and pepper. Drain the grease off and add a jar of marinara sauce and a tbsp of Italian seasoning. The interesting thing about this recipe is it has some sour cream instead of ricotta. This made a nice creaminess. Then you just add the pasta and some fresh mozzarella, which of course I can’t find in my small town.Mix this all together and that’s it. So easy!!

I’m also getting so much more organized compared to one of my first posts.

If you put the ingredients away right after you use them cooking goes much easier and cleaner. What do you guys do to stay organized and clean when cooking?

I just made some quick grilled corn on the side. Of course I had to put it in a Pioneer Woman bowl. I love her line, check them out with this link.Pioneer Woman Bowls

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Pan Fried Pork Chops With Risotto

Never thought I would say those words. I have heard risotto is hard to make and a lot of work so I have never even attempted it. So I have decided to give it a try and paired it with delicious pork chops. We are making pan fried pork chops on page 156 and risotto on page 328 of the Dinnertime Pioneer Woman cookbook. Dinnertime Cookbook

Risotto

Delicious Scale- 9 out of 10

Husband Delicious Scale- 7 out of 10 (it was to creamy for him, said no one ever?)

Prep Time- 30 uninterrupted minutes

Clean Up- between everything it was quite a few dishes

Risotto is basically a slow cooked rice that must be cooked by adding the liquid a little bit at a time. We are using Arborio rice which is quite expensive compared to just normal white or brown rice. It looks like a thick shorter grain. This started with carmelizing some onions and garlic in butter and then you add two cups of the Arborio rice. This calls for 6 cups of broth, I used chicken broth. So you add one cup at a time and don’t add another until all the liquid is absorbed. My husband last minute had to go help my family with something so I had the kids while I was trying to make risotto. So I’m holding my youngest Bailey and telling my two year old daughter to not come near the pan because she always wants to be up cooking with me.

Moms are multi taskers though right so this is no problem haha. Anyways at the end you add a little heavy cream, parmesan, salt and pepper. This was perfectly delicious! So creamy and such a different texture then normal white rice I had to go back for more.

Pan Fried Pork Chops

Delicious Scale- 8 out of 10

Husband Delicious Scale 7 out of 10

Prep Time- 15 minutes

I think these would have been ten times better if my pork chops didn’t have a little bit of freezer burn. Oh well this is what happens when you buy in bulk and also buy meat when its on sale and then it sits in the freezer for a while.

Whenever the pioneer woman fries anything she adds oil and butter because she thinks it gives it better flavor. I believe her!! If you are making this along side risotto you want to make sure everything is prepped ahead of time so you can just through the pork chops straight in when it comes time.

This recipe could not be easier! We are using boneless pork chops. You just dip your pork chops in flour mixed with your favorite spices and put them in the pan to fry. For spices we used salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder and season salt. Also its very important to flavor your meat as well with salt and pepper before you put it into the flour mixture.

Perfectly crispy and juicy on the inside. Just how I like it.Tada!! I paired this with a beautiful strawberry and spinach salad. Such a delicious meal. As far as clean up if any of you are like me and frying is a total mess you should invest in one of these covers. It just goes right over the top of your pan so none of the grease splashes out. Splatter Screen

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Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

As I was sitting here trying to think of what to do with my left over puff pastry. I stumbled upon cinnamon rolls. One of my favorite desserts, breakfasts, snacks, you could have it anytime of day.

Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

Delicious Scale- 9 out of 10

Husband Delicious Scale- 8 out of 10

Prep Time- 25 minutes

So we will start with a sheet of puff pastry. Lay it on your counter and drizzle 1 Tbsp of butter over the top. Then sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar to cover every inch of the top. I guess you could add nuts as well but why would you want to do that?

I cut these I would say about an inch to an inch and a half thick. Place these on parchment paper and cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 18-20 minutes.

Then I topped them with a quick cream cheese icing.

Four ounces softened cream cheese, 1/8 cup powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp milk. Add more or less powdered sugar based on your sweetness level.

This is so so delicious, just the sweet treat that I needed.

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Fashion

I am not very good at fashion but I am trying to improve that’s why I thought I would tell you guys about this site that helps me improve my style

For those of us that love new clothes but don’t have a decent place to shop within a three hour radius this is a great solution. I will be telling you about stitch fix. Use this link and you will get a discount for your first box. Stitch Fix

So this is for men and women of any size and almost any style. This can include undergarments, pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, dress attire for men, casual attire, jewelry, shoes and purses. What more could you possibly need.

Let’s start with the profile that you do. They ask you lots of questions to know everything you like about your look. This goes from style, what part of your body you like to show off, if your dressy or casual, if you like form fitting or loose and examples of the different styles they offer.

I was skeptical about this especially since I hate returning things and I’m terrible at it. Honestly I have received two boxes so far and I haven’t had to return a single thing. It is my perfect style and fit! It usually comes with 5-6 items and if there is anything you don’t like just send it back within three days and you won’t get charged for that.

Best part there is no subscription it’s free and you just order a box whenever you want one. Also I recently learned that if something is the wrong size just send it back and you can tell them you need another one. No charge. If you think this is expensive it is not because you can choose your price range.

Try it out!