what’s for dinner? aug 6-10

What’s For Dinner is a weekly post that highlights the best & worst recipes I made for dinner over the last week.

 

Best things I made:

Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar Pan Sauce

I was desperate for some sort of sauce to serve over chicken breasts last night and was trying to avoid my standby of creamy lemon sauce. I found this one online and it was super simple and very good. I will definitely make it again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World’s Best Grilled Steak-

I’ve made this twice and it is definitely the best steak I have ever made. We are far from steak connoisseurs, but we love this. It makes a cheap sirloin taste like a much more expensive steak. I highly recommend trying it. Don’t be weirded out by the ketchup in it…seems odd to me, but trust me, it’s good.

 

 

Worst thing I made:

Vanilla Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

Let me say, these were not gross. They were good, but were pretty gooey for no bake cookies and sooooooo sweet. Like eating pure sugar with a few oats sprinkled in. I would cut back on the sugar next time and cook them on the stove for at least double the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roasted Frozen Veggies

We love roasted veggies, but we tried roasting carrots straight from the freezer and they just got soggy and blah. Stick to raw, defrosted carrots – they are much better.

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Chocolate Mint Bars w/ Truly Lovely

I’m blogging over at Truly Lovely today with some thrift store makeovers, but I can’t wait for you guys to hear from Kassi of Truly Lovely – she’s got a great recipe to share with you today…

Hello there lovelies!!!

My name is Kassi and I blog over at Truly Lovely, along with my sister Kayli. That’s Kayli on the left, me on the right… and this picture pretty much sums us up… Enjoying a delicious cupcake that we just whipped up all with paint on our hands from the current room makeover!!! ;)

I am thrilled to be swapping blogs with the lovely Paige today! If you’re seriously missing Miss Paige, and come on, why wouldn’t you be… she rocks! She’s over at our place sharing a post as this week’s Bloggie Bestie on Truly Lovely!

While you’re here I’m excited to share my newest recipe with you!!! Awhile back I shared a recipe for Reese’s Pieces Bars on our blog… When I did, I mentioned you could use other types of cake mix and candies to vary the recipe…
Well today, let’s whip up some super easy, super yummy….

Chocolate Mint Bars!!!

chocolate and mint dessert

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cake Mix (I used Devil’s Food)
1/3 Cup of Oil
2 Eggs
1 cup of York Peppermint Pieces!

making a chocolate and mint dessert

Mix all your ingredients together in a bowl.
The mixture will be fairly dry and hard to mix, but that’s what makes them bars, so don’t stress over that, just take your time. ;) Once the ingredients are all mixed together, I fold in the candy pieces carefully so as not to smash them.

making a mint and chocolate dessert

Press your mixture into a greased baking pan.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.

easy dessert recipe

Cut and serve! I like mine with a tall glass of milk! :)

Thanks SO much to Paige for having me over today! Again, don’t forget to visit her at my place!

Happy baking lovelies!!!!

Looks delish, right? Can’t wait to try it! Make sure you jump over to Truly Lovely and check out all of Kassi’s other terrific ideas!

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Creative Genius Link Party #32

It’s Week 32 of the Creative Genius Link Party! Here’s a fun, easy recipe for you to try this weekend.

Last night we tried a recipe I found over at Thrifty Decor Chick -

Avocado Banana Ice Cream!

I thought it sounded interesting and I had one avocado that I needed to use up – so we tried it and it was delicious! I think you could cut back on the sugar by about half, but it was yummy. We weren’t patient enough to let it harden up in the freezer – we just ate it like soft serve. It was even gobbled up by my 3-year-old. He was scraping the bowl clean!

 

And now, on to the party!

Remember, the link that gets the most clicks, will get their blog button displayed near the top of my homepage sidebar for the next week!

The top three most clicked links will be featured Monday after the link party ends!

Creative Genius Party

{every weekend here on The Creative Paige}

  • Stick to sharing free creative ideas/tutorials/crafts – no giveaways and nothing for sale, please.
  • Link back to my site or grab a button
  • Follow me if you don’t mind – it’s part of being a big, happy blog family
  • Click on at least 2 other links – leave a comment – make somebody’s day!

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Our DIY Mother’s Day Tea

My husband’s family has started a tradition the last few years of having a Mother’s Day Tea for all of the ladies in our family. This was the 3rd year that we’ve had it and I was so excited to be able to fly to Denver to be a part of it. My Mother-in-law hosted the tea at her house and I was able to help her out with lots of DIY projects to make the tea extra special.

The theme of the tea party was “pansies”, so we were all about flowers, flowers and more flowers. We had some terra cota pots that we wanted to use – so we spray painted the bottom of them with chalkboard paint and wrote each ladies’ name on the pot. They were able to take home their own pot with a pansy in it.

Mason Jar Salad, cloth napkin, Scone in a Pot & Name Card

Each lady also had a basket at their place setting (wire baskets from Dollar Tree). The baskets were filled with a cloth napkin, a mason jar salad (inspired by Pinterest) and a flowerpot scone. I didn’t get a great picture of the scone, but you can see it in the basket. The scones were absolutely delicious and baked really well in the pot.

Flowerpot Scones – How to

1. Soak the pots in water for 30+ minutes

2. Find your favorite scone recipe. (We used this incredible cream scone recipe from Savory Sweet Life)

3. Spray the pot with non-stick spray.

4. Drop the dough into the pot. They don’t raise very much so don’t be afraid to fill them pretty close to the top.

5. Bake as directed by the recipe, but expect that it will take 10-15 minutes longer. Watch to see when the top is slightly golden.

6. Serve with Devonshire Cream and preserve.

 

Oh, and we drank tea. You have to drink tea at a tea party, but it’s really all about the food. And we ate. a lot. of. food.

Mini Pie Bites // Cherry Coke Cupcakes // Scones

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Guest Post – Blissful and Domestic – Homemade Bread!

I’m so excited to have Danielle from Blissful & Domestic here today…
hope you enjoy her blog as much as I do! 
Hello Lovelies! I am so excited to be here at The Creative Paige! I am a follower of all of Paige’s cuteness and am excited to be a part of it today. Thanks for having me Paige!
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Before I get started…let me introduce myself. I am Danielle and my home is over at Blissful and Domestic. I love to blog about sewing, crafts, recipes,home-school, etc. Basically anything that allows me to use my creative gene. I love thrift stores and re-purposing, which is mainly what you will see from me. I love taking some one’s cast offs and make them into something fantastic. So in a nutshell I am a crafting Mom, who loves to blog and share with all my blogging friends.
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Today I am sharing a family favorite secret with you…
well maybe not so much a secret, but a family favorite.

 

This is seriously the yummiest bread ever! This is our go-to bread during the week. Last Thursday I was particularly in a baking bread kind of mood. I baked 2 loaves, which was good thing. We had company over and we all gobbled up one of the loaves. This is a bread machine recipe, which of course is always the easiest and yummiest.

 

Here Is What You Need:
1/3 cup Water
1 cup buttermilk
2 tbl of butter or vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 tbl brown sugar
3 cups flour
2 1/4 tsp yeast
4 tbl gluten (optional)

 

Here Is What You Do:
Put all ingredients in your bread machine, according to your manufacturers settings. Mine go in the exact order listed above.

 

Select dough setting. Mine takes about 1 hr 30mins

 

Once your dough cycle is finished, punch down the dough and place it in a greased loaf pan. I like to use Pam. I spray it all over the loaf pan, place in my bread dough and then spray the top with more Pam. I then put plastic wrap over the top and wait for it to rise. It should rise up and above the edges of the pan.

 

Once doubled in size, bake at 350′ for 15 minutes or until lightly brown on top.

 

Take out of the oven and immediately rub a cold stick of butter over the top.
I do enough so that my bread has a light coating of butter on top.

 

Let cool a few minutes and then remove from pan and onto a plate,
where it will completely cool.

 

This bread is so yummy, when served warm with butter and jelly. It also makes some of THE best sandwiches! You will not be sorry when you make this.

 

It is Divine!

 

Just seeing the picture above makes me want  to go get a slice.
Hey maybe I will…
Enjoy this bread!

 

Thanks again for having me Paige
Happy Baking!

 

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