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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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What’s for Dinner?

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:

Beer-battered Fish Tacos with Tomato & Avocado Salsa – I don’t like fish. Never have. But, we are trying to eat healthier, so I thought maybe in taco form I could handle it. These were delicious. I used White Asian Bass because they didn’t have tilapia at the fish market. I will definitely be making this again.

Rice Krispy Treats – Nothing special…just good ol’ Rice Krispy Treats! I haven’t seen regular Jet-Puffed Marshmallows here in the 8 months we’ve lived here (they have these weird tasting pink ones). I was walking down the aisle the other day and there they were! I decided to stock up so I could make s’mores, Rice Krispy treats and other marshmallow yummies, but they were $4/bag! That’s a lotta money for a bag of marshmallows, so I bought 1 and made a delicious pan of Rice Krispy Treats that we gobbled up quickly.

 

Worst thing I made:

Salad – I’ve mentioned that we are eating healthier…I mean trying to eat healthier. (the Rice Krispy Treats were us falling off the wagon). So, I’ve been trying to make salad one night a week for dinner. Problem is, I stink at making salads. I have no creativity. I end up with spinach leaves, tomatoes and some dressing. Pretty impressive, right? I’ve got to figure out how to diversify my salad arsenal without making them unhealthy. Got any good salad ideas? Let me know, I’ll try them and maybe your recipe will make it to the week’s best!

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What’s for Dinner?

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:

braised chicken in sun-dried tomato cream sauce

Braised Chicken in Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce – yummy! I served it over a little bit of pasta and it was super good. I was looking for ways to use up my jar of sun-dried tomatoes.

Grandma’s Mushroom Soup – This is from my family cookbook – it’s my grandmother’s recipe for mushroom soup and it is yummy. For the recipe, check out my guest post over at A Turtle’s Life for Me.

Italian Chicken Soup – One word – YUM. This soup is incredible. I didn’t have celery, so I threw in some squash, mushrooms and carrots. It was delish. I can’t wait to eat the leftovers.

Roasted Banana and Blueberry babyfood – ok, I know most people don’t taste babyfood, but this stuff smelled so good. It’s from the Tyler Florence book I reference in my babyfood post…I wanted to eat it. Yes, I wanted to eat babyfood and the baby gobbled it up.

 

Worst thing I made:

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Thingies – Ok, so these are not gross…they are amazing, but I could eat 1,000 of them and they are not the healthiest thing (bacon & cream cheese…yum)…that’s why they are the worst thing I made this week.

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I’m Guest Posting for the 1st Time Ever!

Can you tell I’m excited!?

I’m guest posting over at A Turtle’s Life for Me.

Natalie has had some serious flood damage to her home and was looking for people to guest post so she could focus on getting her house back into working condition.

Just looking at the pictures makes me sad…furniture and carpet can be repaired, but I hate the thought of losing photos and memories.

When she asked for guest bloggers, I had this crazy thought that maybe I should send her something. I stepped out and sent it and…she’s posting it today.

So, hurry, head over and read my guest post, “Grandma’s Mushroom Soup”!

 

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Also, don’t forget to enter my Custom Holiday Card Giveaway over at Our Military Home…it ends soon and there haven’t been too many entries. Your odds are looking pretty good!

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Friday Favorites – all things pumpkin!

Fall is coming and that means we can bring on the pumpkin! I love pumpkin…problem is…the pumpkins I found here in Puebla were $4/lb! Eek! That’s a whole lotta moolah! I’m hoping they’ll get cheaper as Halloween gets closer or maybe I can find some canned pumpkin (fingers crossed).

Here are my favorite pumpkin related posts:

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pumpkins from Bakingdom

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate from Closet Cooking

Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Pennies on a Platter

Mini Pumpkin Cakes from Southern Living

DIY Pumpkin Specimen Art from My Blessed Life

Lacy Pumpkin from Better Homes & Gardens

Paper pumpkins from It Happened Like This…

Do you have any favorite pumpkin recipes/ideas? I’d love to hear them…I can’t enjoy them right now, but I’m saving all these for when I do find some pumpkin!

food

What’s For Dinner?

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:

Tortilla Soup – so, I know all of my Arizona friends are not quite ready for soup yet (since it’s blazing there), but here in Puebla, it has been cold…and our concrete house with no heater has been freezing, so this soup was perfect. It’s a nice amount of spicy (from the chipotle chiles) and zing (from the limes). I loved it served with some warm tortillas.

 

Worst thing I made:

Oriental Chicken Salad Dressing – So this was supposed to be a knock-off of the delicious Applebee’s dressing…but it didn’t really taste like it. It had too much of a honey flavor. It was an ok dressing on its own, but it doesn’t hold a candle to that yummy deliciousness from Applebees.