Saturday, September 27, 2014

Caramelized Butternut Squash

Love this time of the year! We transcend from the hot summer months to the cooler temperatures and more vibrant colors of fall. Along with that are the wonderful fall veggies!! Do you love butternut squash? I didn't, but now I love it. Here is a quick and easy side dish that will have even your pickiest eaters asking for more!!
1 lb. butternut squash, cubed (I bought it pre-cut from Costco)
2 TBSP olive or coconut oil
pinch red pepper flakes
salt/pepper to taste
Heat oil in skillet over high heat, add remaining ingredients and stir. Cook 10-12 minutes, stirring only a couple times, until squash is tender and crisp-brown on the outside.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cream Cheese Delight

I pinned this recipe a while back to one of my Pinterest boards and then forgot about it. Then last week someone brought it to work and OMGosh...I will never forget it again. I happen to love cream cheese but I believe even if you are not a big fan, you will love this!! It is light and flaky and not at all heavy like I thought it would be. It is rich though, and a small piece is all you need!


2 can (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent roll dough,
2 package (8 ounces each) cream cheese,
1 cup white sugar,
1 tsp. vanilla extract,
12 cup margarine, melted
14 cup white sugar,
1 tsp ground cinnamon

1.       Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.

2.       Press one can of the crescent rolls into the bottom of the prepared pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Spread over the crescent layer. Unroll the second can of crescent rolls and lay them on top of the cream cheese layer. Do not press down. Pour the melted margarine over the entire pan. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the top.

3.       Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven or until the top is crisp and golden.


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Hippie Juice

Saw this recipe and started to laugh. I grew up in the HIPPIE era and a lot of people dank pink stuff out of mason jars. I never drank any, and I never asked what it was. Maybe it was Hippie Juice!!

Summer = Hippie Juice

1c. Smirnoff Watermelon Vodka 
1/3c. Triple Sec
1/3c. Malibu Coconut Rum
4 scoops Country Time Pink Lemonade Mix
Water, and Strawberries!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Budget Friendly Chicken Alfredo

My son loves Chicken Alfredo...and this recipe is so budget friendly I can make it once a week.

I start with these....

They are usually only .99 per package and I almost always have coupons.
I cook according to the package directions. It only has to cook for about 7 minutes. At minute 4 or 5 I add in the other things that make it so yummy. Like leftover chicken. I always have a bag of these frozen mesquite chicken breast from Sam's Club in my freezer. Three minutes in the microwave and they are all done. I cooked the chicken while the pasta was cooking. So the whole dinner only took me about 15 minutes!!

I also add in a handful of frozen peas. But you could add corn, mushrooms, asparagus or anything else you like. A whole bag of peas is usually a dollar or less.

The results is a plate full of yumminess. Add a piece of garlic bread and it's a wonderful meal that is fit for any budget.