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Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken July 24, 2012

Filed under: Food — mypinterestadventure @ 12:23 am

So, this is the most YUMMY recipe I’ve found yet!  Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken, I found this pin when I was browsing Pinterest on night, and I knew this one would be awesome.  I mean who can go wrong with chicken wrapped in bacon?!  Here is a link to the blog with the recipe I used.  The recipe I referred to used chicken breasts and cut them in strips, but I went ahead and bought chicken strips.  Also, I used turkey bacon instead of regular bacon.

So, here is what I used:  chicken, turkey bacon, chili powder, garlic powder, and brown sugar.

 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray an oven pan with non stick spray.  Sprinkle the chili powder and garlic powder on the chicken.

 

Then wrap the chicken in bacon.  On some of the chicken strips I used 2 pieces of bacon to get the chicken completely wrapped.  Then roll the chicken and bacon in the brown sugar.

            

Place on the oven pan and bake for 40 minutes.  Here is the finished product!

 

These were really good.  I think the quote I got from Glenn was “… these are fargin’ amazing.”  He said he loved them.  I WILL fix these again!  So easy, and you could make smaller ones for appetizers.

 

Craft Inspiration – Monogram Door Hanger July 23, 2012

Filed under: Crafts — mypinterestadventure @ 11:43 pm

Ok, so I saw this pin which inspired me to create my own monogram, with something that was more my style!  My style, well sparkles and feathers!  So, what I did was purchase a wooden monogram letter “C”, some glitter scrapbook paper, gems, and some feathers from Michael’s.  What I did was cut the glitter paper so it would lay directly over the C, and I hot glued the paper on the C.  Then, I hot glued gems all along the C.  When I was finished, I glued the feathers to the back of the C for some more decoration.  I love it!  And I’ve gotten so many compliments, in fact I’ve made some for some of my family.  I even made my own pin for Pinterest.

 

    

Finished product hanging on my front door!!!

 

Here are some of the others I did.

     It’s hard to tell, but the “M” is purple!

 

This was fun and easy!

 

 

 

Craft Inspiration – Shadow Box July 9, 2012

Filed under: Crafts — mypinterestadventure @ 12:44 am

Ok, so this time I thought I would post a craft instead of a recipe.  I saw this pin and knew I had to try this.  I’m pretty sure the pin was something professionally made, but I was determined to make something similar and more my style myself!  The pin is a picture of a shadow box that on the inside said “admit one” and had a little design to it, but the cool thing was on top of the box it had a slit where you could drop all your ticket stubs inside.  I though that this would be a cool display for my Reds tickets, concert tickets, movie tickets, etc.  Better then just having all that laying around.

So, I found a shadow box at Marshall’s for $15 I believe.  I spent around $10(maybe not even that much) on the decorations for the inside at Michael’s.

Here is what I started with: This is what I bought to start with.

The first thing I wanted to do was attempt to cut a slit in the top of the shadow box so I could easily drop my ticket stubs into the box.  I first measured and drew a where I wanted my opening to be.  You can see my pencil marking in the picture.  Next I took my drill and a small drill bit and drilled an opening big enough for a hacksaw blade to fit into.  Once I drilled the small opening, I took a hacksaw blade and sawed the rest of the opening.  I’m sure there are better tools out there to do this, but this is all I had at my disposal.    I know it’s kind of hard to see in the pic, but I promise it’s there.

Once I cleaned up the mess I decorated the inside of the shadow box.  I used some scrapbook black glitter paper for the background.  Since I go to a bunch of Reds games I wanted to incorporate baseball into my theme as well as the movie theme.  So, I used a Reds sticker and some baseball and movie scrapbooking stickers.

  Here is my decorations, I didn’t put much at the bottom because I knew my ticket stubs would fall there.

Lastly, I put in all my old ticket stubs that I could find!  I thought it turned out pretty cool!  I’m going to hang this in my office room with all my ball stuff.

 

Turkey Roll Up June 30, 2012

Filed under: Food — mypinterestadventure @ 4:02 am

Okay, so I found this pin and thought this would be great for a hot afternoon.  I don’t have a link to the pin right now because I can’t get the pinterest is being updated right now.  😦  However, this one is pretty simple.  All you need is lunch meat of your choice (turkey, ham, chicken, etc.), I decided to use turkey, Laughing Cow Cheese spread (any flavor will do, I’ve used swiss and chipotle flavor), cucumber, and flour tortilla (again use whatever size you want).  I also think it’s easier to use the thin sliced lunch meat.

All you do is take the flour tortilla and spread a slice of Laughing Cow Cheese (if you like extra cheese like I do, then use 2, or if you want to mix different types of Laughing Cow Cheese then use two), I used swiss and and chipotle flavor together, but my boyfriend just used swiss.  Then take a couple of slices of cucumber and dice it into smaller pieces and sprinkle it on top of the cheese.  Next place a few pieces of the lunch meat on top of the tortilla, and roll it up.  Now you have a nice summer lunch meal!  We’ve eaten these quite a bit and done quite a few variations.  Made one with ham and turkey.  Even made one with just cheese.  Nice to enjoy on a hot day.

                                                           

Spread the cheese and sprinkle with cucumber.              Add the meat.

 Roll it up and it’s ready to eat!  Yummy!

This is something I’ve fixed a lot this summer.

 

Toasted Ravioli June 22, 2012

Filed under: Food — mypinterestadventure @ 2:41 am

So, it’s been a while…  I was out of town this past weekend, and I was working a softball camp earlier this week, so I’ve been a little busy.  However, that still hasn’t stopped me to try at least one thing new off of Pinterest!  This week I found a pin with toasted ravioli.  As usual I did substitute some ingredients because of what I had in my pantry.  I’m also not big on frying stuff, but I was just in the mood for something really cheesy and yummy, and this sounded so good!

Ok, so here is what you need:

2 tablespoons whole milk (I didn’t have whole milk, so I used 2%)
1 egg
3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs (I didn’t have Italian seasoned bread crumbs, so I”ll explain what I did below)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 (25 ounce) package frozen cheese ravioli, thawed
2 cups vegetable oil for frying
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
Marinara sauce for dipping

Since I didn’t have italian seasoned bread crumbs I created my own.  I read somewhere that 4 pieces of bread is equal to 1 cup of bread crumbs.  So, I took 3 pieces of bread and crumbled them up and added some italian seasoning.  It worked out pretty well.  My bread crumbs just weren’t as fine as the crumbs used in the recipe.  This made it a little tougher when applying the crumbs to the ravioli, but it still worked.

First I mixed the breadcrumbs and most of the dry ingredients (garlic powder, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper) in a bowl.  In a seperate bowl I mixed the milk and egg,

   here are my breadcrumbs         here is the mixture

Next you just dip a piece of ravioli in the egg/milk and then cover it with the bread crumb mixture.  I had to kind of press the breadcrumbs against the ravioli to make it stick a little better where my breadcrumbs were made out of fresh bread.  I just kept this up until I used all of my mixture, which was about half of the bag of ravioli.

 here is the ravioli before frying

To prepare to cook, I took a skillet and filled it about 1 1/2 inches deep with cooking oil and heated it on medium heat.  I knew the oil was ready when I put some breadcrumbs in it and it browned.  Once the oil is heated place ravioli in skillet.  Let it cook for one minute, then flip.  Cook for one more minute, then remove.  I placed the finished ravioli on a plate with a paper towel on it so the ravioli could kind of drain the extra oil.

 I kind of got a system going.  Once I got going this was pretty easy.

Once finished I sprinkled Parmesan cheese over them, and served with marinara sauce.

  Here they are!  The breading looks different than the pin because of the breadcrumbs.

The verdict?  YUMMY!  Satisfied our need for something crunchy and cheesy!  I would make this again, especially for an appetizer.  They were good.

 

Pepperoni Roll Ups June 13, 2012

Filed under: Food — mypinterestadventure @ 2:05 am

Okay, so I know this is a lot like the Easy Pepperoni Rolls I made recently.  Let me explain.  I live by myself, and by boyfriend comes over everyday.  He doesn’t live with me, but he is always here for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.  Since I am usually cooking for just the two of us, we tend to eat a lot of leftovers, and I have to use what I have.  So, I bought the pepperoni to make the pepperoni rolls, and now the pepperoni needs to be used!  Okay, I’m done ranting, so I fixed pepperoni roll ups today.

Here is the pin and here is the link to the person where this originated.   The link sends you to someone’s cooking blog.  It’s pretty cool if you have a chance to look at it.

So, I used Crescent Rolls, Jalapeno String Cheese, Pepperonis, Butter Spray, and Italian Seasoning.  I added the butter spray and Italian Seasoning.  Just thought it would give it more flavor.  I’m sure you could use whatever kind of string cheese you want.

All I did was place 4 slices of pepperoni and a half piece of string cheese on a triangle of the crescent roll, then rolled it up.  Once all were done I put a little butter spray and sprinkled the Italian seasoning on top.  I even decided to sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on top as well (that was a last minute decision).  Then I baked them on 375 degrees for 12 minutes.  Served with tomato sauce and ranch dressing to dip in.


Yummy!!!!  This is something I will fix again.  Love it!  Quick and easy fix.

 

Red, White, and Blue Drink June 10, 2012

Filed under: Food — mypinterestadventure @ 2:01 am

This pin is one of my favorites!  Something quick and easy for the 4th of July, and the kids will love it!  All you need is some fruit punch (or some kind of other red juice), blue Gatorade, and 7up or sprite.  I used fruit punch, light blue gatorade, and diet 7up.  You’ll want to use a clear glass or cup of ice.  Take the red juice and pour it in the glass first, adding as much as you want (I filled a couple of inches high).  Then take the blue Gatorade and pour it in next, again I filled another few inches.  Finally, top off the rest of your glass with the 7up.  The pin states that the drink with the higher sugar content stays on the bottom.  It’s pretty cool.  Plus the flavors work well together.  I’ve actually fixed it a couple of times with dinner.

This isn’t the best pic.  There is a little bit of a glare and I should have used more blue!  The pic below if from the pin.  I promise mine looked very similar, and I’ve gotten better at getting the right amount in the glass to get the color to pop!  Oh, something else I’ve found that helps…  Use a big glass!

The last ones I made did look like this.  I guess practice makes perfect!  Too cute though!