Yummy Homemade Marinade

This is kinda random - but I made a really good homemade marinade for chicken tenders last night and thought, ehh...why not share? It's easy, quick, and very tasty. Chris was a big fan!
- 3 T soy sauce
- 2 T honey
- 2 T olive oil (or vegetable oil)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 T chopped cilantro
*Mix all together and place chicken tenders in baking dish. Cover with marinade and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, but the longer the better. Heat oven to 350 degrees, and cook for 15 minutes, turning half-way through. Enjoy!

 

Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

This weekend, Chris and I had an uninterrupted 72 hours together - which probably hasn't happened since our honeymoon last August - and it was pretty great. We were lazy bums around the apartment, watching basketball and eating delicious homemade creations. Sunday morning I figured I should go all out with a little homemade pancake action to cap off an amazing few days. I love the blog A Cozy Kitchen and highly recommend you to check it out for yummy breakfast, apps, dinner, etc ideas. 
The cinnamon bun pancakes are super yummy - the glaze, I would definitely tweak a little because I didn't die over it. I mean, it was good - but not great. With that said - they are definitely worth trying on a weekend/cheat day as a little treat!
Glaze:
1/2 c powdered sugar
1 T milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pancakes:
1 c flour
2 T sugar
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/4 c buttermilk
1 large egg
1 T unsalted butter, melted then cooled
Directions: Heat griddle or cast iron skillet and coat with cooking spray or butter.
Whisk together ingredients for glaze and set aside. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients and sift together. Separately mix together wet ingredients (buttermilk, egg, butter) and add to dry. Stir together gently - there should still be some lumps left over - DO NOT OVER MIX. Scoop the batter onto the skillet making the pancakes roughly the same size so they are stackable. (Helpful Hint: They are done when you see little bubbles forming all over) Flip and cook 1-2 minutes more. Transfer to plate and top with glaze - serve with warm maple syrup for that "little something extra!" Enjoy!

Christmas Cookies!

I spent yesterday afternoon baking cookies for the "cookie swap" at work and also to give to my parents and in-laws! I made a few different kinds of cookies that I had never made before and they came out great! I think lots of people have had the peanut butter cookies with the hershey kiss in the middle...so I will share my recipe for the other kind I made...peppermint chocolate crinkle cookies with hershey kisses! This recipe was amazing and I got it right from good ole Pinterest! 

Here's what you'll need:
- 1 & 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour - 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa (such as Hershey's Special Dark) - 1.5 teaspoon baking powder - 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt - 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, cut into chunks - 1 1/4 cup sugar - 3 eggs - 1/2 teaspoon vanilla - 1 teaspoon peppermint extract - 1/2 cup powdered sugar for rolling - Hershey's Kisses  
Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees. In separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cocoa, and salt. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and peppermint extract. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, continuously beating on low until combined.
Chill the dough in the refrigerator for an hour (at least 30 minutes if that's all you have!). Gently roll each heaping teaspoon of dough in powdered sugar before placing on cookie sheet LINED WITH PARCHMENT PAPER. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and immediately press hershey kisses in the center. Allow to cool thoroughly. Enjoy! 

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Weekends Are For Baking!

It was a blueberry muffin kind of morning! I had the Christmas tree lights on, music playing, candles lit - and just awaiting the arrival of my parents and sister. My sweet mother forgot her GPS at home, so they are using map quest... Lord help them!
I decided to have some homemade muffins set for when they got here - blueberry muffins are my Dad's fave! Here is the recipe we have been using for years...straight from Betty Crocker herself :)

3/4 c milk

1 large egg

1/4 c vegetable oil

2 c flour

1/2 c sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

Directions: Preheat over to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, and egg. Add the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder all together and stir. Add blueberries. Bake for 20-25 minutes (I set for 18, and check them then! They were perfect with 20). Serve warm with butter and enjoy!

*Note: batter will be lumpy :) 

 

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Usually on Sundays, I get on a roll with cooking/baking. Yesterday, Chris and I determined that Sundays are for the Four F's...Faith, Family, Food, and Football (Can I get an Amen?!) I had made BBQ pulled chicken in the crockpot for dinner, which was amazing (if I do say so myself) and then decided to make a treat for Chris and the coaching staff. What better fall treat than pumpkin chocolate chip cookies? The recipe is super easy, like 'dump everything in a bowl and stir' kind of easy...and the cookies came out very "cake-like" which I love...almost tasted like pumpkin bread! Anyway, Chris was a fan...so that's all that matters, right?! :)

Here's what you need:

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- 1 cup pumpkin

- 1/2 cup granulated sugar

- 1/2 cup brown sugar

- 1 egg

- 1/2 cup canola oil (I used vegetable oil, and they turned out just fine!)

- 2 cups flour

- 2 tsp baking powder

- 2 tsp cinnamon

- 1/2 tsp salt

- 1 tsp baking soda

- 1 tsp milk

- 1 T vanilla

- chocolate chips (however many you want!)

Directions:

Preheat over to 350. In small box, mix together the pumpkin, sugars, egg, and oil - set aside. In larger bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Dissolve the baking soda in the milk, then mix with wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined. Add vanilla and chocolate chips - stir well. Drop 1-2 tablespoons of cookie batter/dough on sheet lined with wax paper. Bake for 10 minutes (no more, no less - this was the perfect amount of time!)...and ENJOY! 

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The Best Biscuits You'll Ever Eat...

My Nana has the best homemade biscuit recipe that I've decided to share. I made them last night to go with dinner, and they just melt in your mouth! I like them best right out of the oven with butter on top...but you can also serve them with strawberries and whipped cream for a little shortcake action. So divine! You're welcome in advance! :)

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The recipe is as follows...

2 c flour 3 tsp baking powder 3-5 T sugar 1/2 c shortening 1 egg 1/2 c milk

* Mix all together in a bowl; heat your oven to 375 degrees and bake on a greased cookie sheet for 12 minutes. Recipe makes about 8-9 biscuits.