Saturday, July 31, 2010

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Nuggets

So the other day I wanthed to have chicken nuggets for dinner, but I never like how when you buy them in store they are sponge like. Therefore, I decided I was going to make my own chicken nuggets. I am so glad I did because they came out absolutely delicious and they were very easy to make. I will definately be making these again in the near future. :)
Parmesan Crusted Chicken Nuggets
About 4 boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 egg beaten
About 4 Tbsp Herbs de Provence/ or Italian seasoning
4 Tbsp butter
In a large ziploc bag mix together the Italian bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and herb de Provence. In a shallow bowl beat egg. Dip chicken chunks in egg mixture then drop into the ziploc bag and shake until evenly coated. In a large skillet melt the butter on medium high heat. Add the chicken to the skillet. Cook the chicken for about 10 minutes or until cooked thoroughly and no longer pink. Serve while warm. Enjoy.
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls

After work the other day I wanted to make something yummy, but I had no idea what I wanted to make. Well I started to think about cake truffles, but I didn't want cake. So I started to wonder if there was some kind of cookie ball or truffle out there. While I was searching through recipes on I came across this simple and delicious recipe called Peanut Butter Cookie Balls. These little tasty treats are so easy to make they are also so good I ate quite a few when I was done. And as usual they didn't last long in my house because when I came home from work today, they were all gone. Well I hope you enjoy. :)
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls
1 cup crushed graham crackers
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup chocolate chips
In a bowl combine all ingredients with your hands. Roll into balls and enjoy
If you desire you can roll the balls in powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbs or whatever you would like. Also if the the the dough is too sticky to roll into balls, then refrigerate until in become a little more manageable.
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Honey Graham S'mores

I have been so exhausted this week since my boyfriend Tomas and I got back from Disneyland and California Adventure. We had such a great time it was hard to go back to work. I can't wait until we get to go again. Well anyways lately have have had an obsession with S'mores. Last time I posted a recipe last time for S'more Bars, this time I have a recipe for Honey Graham S'mores. I found this recipe on the side of my Sunny Select Honey Grahams cereal box. These squares came out really good. They definitely did not last long in our house. If I did not make myself a small bag to take to work then I would have lucked out because they were gone when I woke up. Well I hope you enjoy these as much as we did. :)

Honey Graham S'mores

5 tbsp butter or margine

6 cups miniature marshmallows, divided

1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1 tsp vanilla

8 cups honey graham cereal

Grease a 13x9inch pan and set aside. Measure out cereal into a large bowl and set aside. In a 2-quart saucepan, melt butter, 5 cups marshmallows, chocolate chips, and corn syrup over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; blend in vanilla. Add marshmallow mixture to the cereal, stir to coat evenly. Stir in remaining 1 cup marshmallows. Spread into the greased 13x9 inch pan. Cool completely; cut into bars and enjoy. :)

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

S'mores Bars

So back on the 4th of July I posted that I would be spending it alone at home. Well that did not happen because after work I loaded my puppies in to the car and we went to Atwater to spend time with my mom and sister for the night. When I got there not only did she have a lovely dinner prepared she also made a lovely desert called S'more Bars (which she had posted her her blog earlier that day). Most of it was gone, but I got lucky that there was some left. These bars were so delicious I could not control myself and I ate every last crumb. She told me that she found the recipe on the back of the Market Pantry Honey Graham Cracker box. Since I had so many marshmallows left over from when I made the Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes, I decided that I would make myself some of those s'mores bars. Once I was finished making them I could not stop eating them. And to my surprise they were all gone when I woke up in the morning. I will definitely be making these many more times because they are so delicious. Enjoy :)

S'mores Bars

12 (5x2 ½-inch) graham crackers
¾ cup butter
¾ cup packed brown sugar
3 cups miniature marshmallows
4 milk chocolate candy bars, broken into pieces (I used about ¾ cup chocolate chips instead)

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan with aluminum foil leaving a 1-inch overhang on the ends; spray foil with cooking spray. Place graham crackers onto foils with side touching. Melt the butter and brown sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and mixture just comes to a boil, about 5 minutes. Pour evenly over crackers. Bake 5-6 minutes or until bubbly. Remove pan from oven; sprinkle with marshmallows and chocolate pieces. Continue baking until marshmallows begin to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Cool completely. Cut into pieces and enjoy.
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Chili Cheese Enchiladas

This is a very fast and simple meal that you can make and all you need is 3 ingredients. My mom use to make this for us all the time and now I make it for my boyfriend. Unfortunately, he doesn't care for this too much, but that is only because he is not a fan of meat. When he eats this he will eat around the meat. You can use a can of vegetarian chili instead, I just can not tell you how it will taste because I haven't tried that myself. Now this was the first time I made these using flour tortillas and would have to say I prefer the with corn tortillas because to me it taste better and it is not as chewy. One more thing about this recipe is you can make as much as you like, the only thing is this recipe makes only eight enchiladas so if you want more you will have to buy more ingredients to double it. Well I hope you enjoy this recipe. :)

Chili Cheese Enchiladas

Chili Cheese Enchiladas
1 can Hormel Chili No Beans
8 corn tortillas

About 4 cups or more shredded cheddar cheese (or cheese of your choice)
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 8 x 11 ½ in (or bigger) casserole dish and set aside. Lay out one tortilla and make a row of cheese across the tortilla. Roll up and place in the greased casserole dish. Repeat until all 8 enchiladas are filled or until you cannot fit anymore enchiladas in the dish. Next pour the can of chili across the tops and spread until evenly coated. Sprinkle a little cheese on top. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

For some reason every time I buy bananas, they never get eaten fast enough. Every time I want bananas I buy a whole bunch of them thinking I will eat them all. Unfortunately they are not ripe enough for me when I first buy them, therefore I let them ripen on the counter for a few days until they are to my liking. But what always seems to happen is I never get around to eating them, so I always decide to turn them into banana bread. I got this recipe from my mom many years ago and it gets so many great reviews form our friends. My friend Jeni absolutely loves this banana bread, so when I make it I usually give her one of the loafs, which makes her very happy. Well I hope you enjoy this fabulous recipe. :)
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
6-7 bananas, mashed
2 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease 2 loaf pans and set aside. Cream the oil with the sugar. Add the eggs and beat well. Add the mashed bananas, stirring to blend. In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Fold the dry ingredients into the batter, mixing well. Add the chocolate chips (you can add nuts instead of chocolate chips or you can add a little of both). Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy
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Friday, July 9, 2010

Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes Revisted

This week has been a week of repeats for me. So that is why I am posting something I did over a month back. I would have rather posted something new, but I was to busy making cakes that I have already made. The first cake I had to repeat was the Star Wars cake. That was the third time I had to make that cake for someones birthday. That cake has now become one of the easiest cakes I have made since I have made it so many times. When it came to the marshmallow flower cupcakes, this would be the second time I made them. This time I made them for my manager's daughter's 1st birthday. I had to make a total of 72. To make it easier I we decided that we would have have of them as flowers and the other half just dipped in pink sanding sugar. After hours of cutting marshmallows the cupcakes came out cute. All in all everyone loved the cakes I made for them this week.

The flower's are really light pink, I just did not take a good photo of them. :)

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Fireworks Cupcakes

Happy 4th of July!!!!!

I hope everyone is having a great 4th of July. Unfortunately I have to work on this fun holiday. I do get off at around 4 today so one would think that I would still get to enjoy myself and spend time with my family and friends, however my family lives an hour away and my boyfriend is working until about midnight. Therefore, I will be spending this day with my puppies and cleaning my house. Well enough of that, let me get to the cupcakes. I found these candy stars at my job a few weeks back and I decided to hold on to them until the fourth of July so I could make cupcakes for my coworkers. The flavor I ended up choosing for the cake was peanut butter, which is very easy to make. All you need to do is take a yellow cake mix and follow the directions on the back on the box. When done mixing add a 1/3 cup of peanut butter and bake according to the directions. Well I hope my coworkers like this tasty surprise and I hope everyones has a Happy 4th of July. :)

These two pictures are just an up close look at the firework detail.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Lemon Cake Truffles

Let me start off by saying that these are the best cake truffles I have ever had. They were like little bites of heaven. This is the first time I made a different flavor then the chocolate cake truffles I have made before. I made this batch for my friend Jeni's birthday. Instead of making her a cake we she asked for cake truffles instead. We came up with making them lemon flavored and dip them in white chocolate. Then she decided that we should sprinkle the tops with the lemon flavored sugar crystals, which we were selling at our job. We were afraid that they were going to be too lemony, but they came out perfect. I will definitely be making these again, especially since I cant stop thinking about them.
Lemon Cake Truffles
1 lemon cake mix (and ingredients according to package)
1 can lemon frosting
2 packages white chocolate melting chips (I find mine at Michaels)
Lemon sugar or any sprinkle of your choice for decoration on top
Bake the cake as directed on the box. When the cake is done let it cool until it is cool enough to handle. Crumple up the cake completely. Add in the entire can of frosting and mix thoroughly. Roll the cake mixture into small balls, about 1 inch each. After making all the balls, melt the white chocolate melting chips according to package. Dip the cake balls into the chocolate one at a time. Shake off excess chocolate and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. While the chocolate is still melted sprinkle the tops with the sugar or sprinkles of your choice. Let the chocolate harden and then enjoy. :)


  1. If the cake truffles are too soft to handle for dipping in the chocolate, place in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes or until they are a little firmer.
  2. I found the best way for dipping the truffles in chocolate is to buy yourself some chocolate dipping tools. If you prefer not too a toothpick works just as well, but it is just a little harder to handle because the truffles falls off the toothpick.

This is how I gave my friend Jeni her truffles.
Happy Birthday Jeni!!!!!!!
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