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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Beef and Noodle Casserole

This beef and noodle casserole is an easy comfort meal that is also perfect for feeding a crowd. This beef and noodle casserole is a delicious blend of ground beef in a flavorful creamy sauce, tossed with egg noodles and topped with a blend of Italian cheeses! For sure a meal the whole family will love.

I love a good casserole and I love having casseroles as part of our meal plan. It's a simple recipe that is great to fit in our busy schedule, but yet still having a nice meal. Perfect for a busy weekend or school night.

The egg noodles can cook in one pot at the same time as browning the ground beef. Set them aside after they are done and begin to make the sauce mixture. The sauce mixture quickly goes together. Then the cooked beef and noodles go back into the sauce and it is poured into a baking dish and topped with the cheese blend. Bake and serve.

I love that this recipe is one that you can do different variations to change it up a bit too. Add mushrooms or peppers to incorporate some vegeteables.

Freezer meals are also great and so helpful in the busy season of life. Make up this casserole in the 9x13, cover with foil and place in the freezer for a later time.

Beef and Noodle Casserole


Ingredients for Beef and Noodle Casserole

8 oz egg noodles
2 tsp olive oil 
1 lb. ground beef, I used 85% lean
salt and pepper to taste
1 small onion, diced 
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp butter
2 1/2 cups beef broth
3/4 cup sour cream
2 cups Italian blend cheese 

Directions for Beef and Noodle Casserole 

1. In a large sauce pan, cook the egg noodles al dente, just a few minutes shorter than instructed on the package. Drain and set aside. 

2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until its browned and cook through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

3. Once the ground beef is cooked, remove it from the skillet, leaving the grease in the skillet. With 85% lean, there is just the right amount of grease left. Set aside the cooked beef. 

4. Add the diced onion and minced garlic to the pan to saute in the grease for about 5 minutes, until soft and translucent. 

5. Then add the butter in and stir around in the onion/garlic mixture until melted. 

6. Add in the Clabber Girl Cornstarch and using a fork, stir it in continuously for about 1 minute.

7. Add in the beef broth and in until the mixture is well combined. 

8. Mix in the sour cream and 1 cup of the cheese and stir continuoulsy until melted and well combined. Let simmer for 3 or 4 minutes and sauce will thicken. 

9. Add the cooked ground beef back into the skillet and stir together with the sauce mixture. 

10. Then add the cooked egg noodles, and stir in carefully until they are well coated. 

11. Pour into a 9x13 baking dish and spread evenly in the dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of cheese over top of the casserole. 

12. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes until cheese is melted. Then it is ready to serve.

This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own

Friday, July 12, 2019

Pizza Twist Sticks

These Pizza Twist Sticks make a great school lunch option for kiddos! They are such a fun idea and super simple to make. Plus they taste pretty darn good! Golden pizza crust with saucy, cheesy goodness inside, and topped with a cheesy/herb mix, you'll definitely want more than one.

It's time to start thinking about school lunches again! Summer is sadly nearing the end and back to school is fast approaching! Do your kiddos have favorites they liked packed in their lunchbox? We pack lunches everyday pretty much and always looking for different things to put in there. My kids love pizza, so this is a fun new way to enjoy it. And just like pizza, these taste great cold as well.

These Pizza Twist Sticks are pretty simple to make and in less than 20 minutes you can have almost a dozen ready. They can be served as an appetizer, a snack, part of dinner, or a tailgate party, along with also for school lunches. They are delicious with a side of your favorite marinara or pizza sauce for dipping!

So the kids love them, but I also love them too! There's not a lot of ingredients and they are simple and fast to make. Plus an added bonus is that there isn't really many dishes to clean up afterwards!

This is an easy recipe! Simply open up the pizza dough and lay it out flat shaping it into a rectangle the best you can. Then using a pizza cutter, slice the dough in half, long wise. Then add the pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni on one half of the dough.

Then cover all that pizza goodness with the other half of the pizza dough. Using a pizza cutter, slice the prepared pizza into 1 inch strips.

Next you'll want to pinch the ends of each pizza twist together. This will help the dough stay together when you twist. At this time you can also give each piece a little twist a few times and transfer to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Here is where the filling amount is important. Don't go too crazy with the filling, as it can make it harder to twist them at the end by the filling spilling out.

Then you'll give each twist stick a little coat of olive oil and sprinkle of the cheese/herb mixture for extra flavoring.

Bake at 425 Degrees F for 12 minutes and they're done. Pair with your favorite pizza or marinara sauce for dipping and enjoy!

Great for school lunches, game day, appetizers, or part of a meal! Good luck keeping yourself or your kiddos out of them until they are needed. They're so yummy and an easy on the go!

Pizza Twist Sticks

Ingredients for Pizza Twist Sticks

1 tube refrigerated Pizza Crust 
1/3 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded 
1 package sliced pepperoni
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese 
1/2 tsp garlic powder 
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
Pizza sauce or marinara sauce for dipping

Directions for Pizza Twist Sticks

1. Open the refrigerated can of pizza crust and roll it out onto a cutting board. Shape it into a rectangle the best you can.

2. Using a pizza cutter, slice the dough in half long ways, so you have two strips.

3. Spread out the pizza sauce in a think layer on one half of the pizza dough.

4. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the pizza sauce evenly.

5. Add the pepperoni slices on top of the cheese.

6. Take the other pizza dough half and place it over the one with the pizza filling.

7. Then slice it into 1 inch strips using the pizza cutter. You will get 10 to 12 strips depending on how big you got your pizza dough rectangle.

8. Pinch the ends of the strips closed. Give each strip a 2 twists and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

9. In a small bowl combine the Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, dried oregano, and dried basil and mix together well.

10. Brush a thin layer of olive oil over top of each twist. Then sprinkle the cheese/herb mixture over each twist stick so that is has a nice even topping.

11. Back the pizza twist sticks at 425 degrees F for 12 mintues or until golden brown.

12. Serve the pizza twist sticks with your favorite pizza or marinara sauce for dipping.

They are delicious and so easy to make. Have your kiddos jump in and help you make a batch! Make different variations, just cheese, sausage and cheese, supreme, etc.


This post is sponsored by the Glass Barn, Indiana Soybean and Corn Farmers but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken is such a great classic comfort food! It may be a Sunday dinner or a cookout with friends, you can never go wrong with fried chicken. Serve it with some of your favorite homestyle side dishes, vegetables, or salad for a complete meal. Pair it with a glass of delicious sweet tea!

This Fried Chicken recipe is super easy and results in delicious crispy fried chicken! For this recipe, the chicken pieces marinate in the buttermilk/hot sauce mixture overnight. Then you dip it in the batter mixture, then fry it.

Double or triple the batch, depending on what kind crowd you'll be serving to, as fried chicken never lasts long.

Fried chicken is a great dinnertime staple when your whole family loves them! It's a delicious and inexpensive main dish for a meal or a meat dish for a potluck carryin.

Fried Chicken 


Ingredients for Fried Chicken:

3 1/2 lbs chicken pieces (legs, thighs, breast, wings)
2 cups buttermilk
2 tsp hot sauce
vegetable oil, for frying
2 tsp seasoned salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper 
1 cup Clabber Girl Corn Starch 
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp Clabber Girl Baking Powder 
1 3/4 cups water

Directions for Fried Chicken:

1. Place chicken in a large plastic freezer bag. Add the buttermilk and hot sauce and seal shut. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. 

2. Remove chicken from buttermilk/hot sauce mixture in freezer bag and lay out on a baking sheet to prepare for frying. 

3. Fill a large skillet about 1/3 to 1/2 full with vegetable oil. Heat oil to 350 degrees F. 

4. In a small bowl, combine seasoned salt, garlic powder, and pepper together and mix. Sprinkle chicken with seasonings and set aside. 

5. Using an 9x13 dish, combine Clabber Girl Corn Starch, flour, Clabber Girl Baking Powder, and water. Mix until it is well combined into a batter. 

6. Dip chicken pieces into batter a few pieces at a time. Allow the excess batter to drip off. 

7. Using tongs, slowly place the chicken into the hot oil to fry. 

8. Cook in small batches turning often. Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until evenly browned and done. Use a meat themometer to check the internal temperature to be 165 degrees F. 

9. Remove fried chicken from oil and drain on a wire rack over paper towel before serving. 


This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own

Friday, May 31, 2019

General Tso Chicken

Do you have a favorite Chinese take-out? This General Tso Chicken is so yummy and SO easy to make at home! It's a crisp and tender chicken coated with a tangy sauce. A simple and flavorful meal that is ready in 20 minutes.


General Tso Chicken 


Ingredients for General Tso Chicken 

For the Chicken Batter: 
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast or tenderloin, cut into small cube pieces 
1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce 
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp pepper 
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup Clabber Girl Corn Starch 

For the sauce: 
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce 
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 chicken broth
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
3 1/2 Tbsp Clabber Girl Corn Starch 
5 Tbsp water 
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 

Directions for General Tso Chicken 

1. Prepare the chicken by cutting it into bite size cube pieces and place pieces in a mixing bowl. 

2. Add the low-sodium soy sauce, salt, pepper to the mixing bowl and mix well together. 

3. Add the beaten egg to the chicken mixture bowl and stir well so all pieces of chicken are coated in egg. 

4. Add the 2/3 cup Clabber Girl Corn Starch to the mixing bowl of chicken mixture. Stir together until mixed well and all pieces of chicken are coated with a layer of corn startch. Set aside and let chicken marinate for about 5 mintues. 

5. For the sauce, combine the low-sodium soy sauce, chicken broth, rice vinegar, and sugar into a medium size mixing bowl and stir together until well blended and set aside. 

6. Create a slurry but combining the Clabber Girl Corn Starch with the water. Using a whisk , stir it together until well blended and set aside. 

7. In a large sauce pan, heat 2 Tbsp olve oil. Add the garlic, ginger, and chilis and stir together. Once the sauce  Once you are able to smell ginger and the ginger, its time to move on. 

8. When sauce mixture boils, add the corn starch slurry and stir it in well. The sauce will thicken. 

9. In a large pan, add about 1 1/2 in. of oil. Heat on high. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken one on one to the the pan. 

10. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove chicken and drain and cool on a paper towel.

11. Add the fried chicken to the sauce mixture and toss until all the chicken pieces are well coated. 

12. Top with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve over cooked rice and with broccoli and/or carrots. 

This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Mixed Berry Shortcake

These Mixed Berry Shortcake are such a beautiful and delicious summer dessert. A fun way to enjoy all the summer berries in a dessert as a shortcake. A classic dessert that is prepared in a unique way, in the jelly jars, to have a whole summertime feel to it!

Shortcake desserts are one of my favorites! I love the combination of the fruit, the juices, shortcake and whipped topping all in one! For this recipe, Mixed Berry Shortcake, what a fun way to celebrate so many types of berries that are ready for picking in the summer!

I love taking my kids to local berry farms and picking fresh berries right from the plants. I think it sort of stems back to when I was growing up too, my mom and grandma took us kids to the berry farms to pick often. Of course its always fun to taste a few while you're picking!

For this recipe, I am using strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, for the mixed berries. They are mixed with just a little sugar and lemon juice to be slightly sweeter for our dessert.

The shortcake is made from scratch, dense with a sweet flavor, that really soaks up the delicious juices from the berries.

This Mixed Berry Shortcake is paired with whipped topping layers to really finish off the dessert!

Preparing these Mixed Berry Shortcakes in jelly jars really gives a fun unique feel to dessert and is perfect for summer picnics! Made to perfection showing all the delicious layers of the bright mixed berries, the dense shortcake, and the fluffy whipped topping. Your mouth will be watering just looking at them! So good!

Mixed Berry Shortcake

Ingredients for Mixed Berry Shortcake

1 1/2 cups flour 
1/4 cup sugar 
1 tsp Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Clabber Girl Baking Soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup butter, cold and cut into cubes
1/2 cup plain yogurt
3 Tbsp milk 
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla 
Coarse sugar sprinkled on top 

Mixed Berries: 
4 pints of each different berry, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cut and hulled. 
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

Whipped topping 

Directions for Mixed Berry Shortcake 

1. In a stand mixer, add the flour, sugar, Clabber Girl baking powder, Clabber Girl baking soda, and salt and mix together until well blended. 

2. Add the cubed butter to the mixer bowl and mix into the flour mixture. 

3. In a small bowl, add the plain yogurt, milk, egg, and vanilla. Mix the wet ingredients together until well blended. 

4. Add the yogurt mixture to the flour/butter mixture in the stand mixer gradually and mix together on low speed until everything is blended well together. 

5. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and using a large scoop, portion out the dough for the shortbread. One scoop of dough from the large scoop, make a nice size shortbread for jelly jars. 

6. Bake shortbread at 400 degrees F for 18 minutes or until golden. Remove and place on cooling rack to cool completely.

7. While the shortbread is baking, prepare the berries. Place the berries all together in a small bowl and add the sugar and lemon juice. Stir together well. Let sit until the shortbread is baked and completely cooled. The berry juices will come out. 

8. When the shortbread is cooled, it is time to prepare the mixed berry shortcakes in the jelly jars. 
Cut each shortcake in half. I did have to trim down each half slightly to fit better into the jar. I saved the trimmings for a middle layer of shortbread. 

9. Add the whipped topping to a piping bag to add it to the mason jar easily. You can also use a Ziplock bag and cut the tip off to pipe it out of the bag. 

10. Layer the shortcake, mixed berries, and whipped topping in the jelly jars and then add additional berries and whipped topping to the very top of the dessert. 

Recipe makes 10 Mixed Berry Shortcakes in jelly jar size jars. 

Now that they're all put together, let's enjoy!

This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sweet and Sour Chicken

This Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe brings Chinese take-out home! Sweet and Sour Chicken is a classic Chinese meal that so many people love. It's so easy to make and so delicious! Skip the take out and make this tasty recipe right at home. If you're looking for an easy Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe with delicious sticky, sweet, and sour sauce, you'll have to give this one a try! So good, even my pickiest eaters loved it! This recipe will definitely be one of our family favorites and get made often.

This Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe starts out with breading the chicken pieces. Simply coating each piece in a mixture of flour and corn starch. Then dipping each piece in the egg. Then frying it to perfection.

Adding a mixture of green bell pepper and crushed pineapple gives this recipe a nice combination of extra flavors.

The Sweet and Sour Sauce is whisked all together and is a perfect balance of sweet and sour! It's just the right amount of sauce for the breaded chicken pieces to be coated in and adding the amazing flavors to the chicken. The homemade sweet and sour sauce is what really takes this recipe over the top by adding all the amazing flavors it has.

This meal is a quick one if you're needing to get a meal prepared in a hurry. Of course, I am always a fan of those! Prepared and on the table in 30 minutes and the whole family will love it! Enjoy a favorite Chinese meal right at home!

Sweet and Sour Chicken 

Ingredients for Sweet and Sour Chicken 

For the Chicken: 

1 lb boneless chicken, tenderloin or breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 Tbsp olive Oil 
3 Tbsp flour 
1 egg
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/3 cup green bell pepper, diced 
1/4 cup crushed pineapple 

For the Sauce: 

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
1/3 cup ketchup 
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder

Serve over cooked rice and with steamed vegetables if desired for a complete meal. 

Directions for Sweet and Sour Chicken 

1. In a medium bowl, add the flour and Clabber Girl Corn Starch and stir to combine. 
2. Dip each piece of chicken into the flour/starch mixture so it is well coated. Repeat with all the chicken pieces so they are all coated. 
3. Meanwhile, in a pan, heat the olive oil 
4. In a small bowl, add the egg and pepper and stir to combine. 
5. Dip each flour/starch coated piece of chicken into the egg mixture so coated well. 
6. Add the coated chicken pieces into the pan of heated oil. Cook until each piece is crispy and golden brown, about 5 minutes or so. 
7. Once cooked, remove the chicken and drain on paper towels.
8. In the same pan, add the pineapple and diced green pepper and cook until pepper is cooked to softened and stir regularly. 
9. In the mean time, make the sauce. Add all the sauce ingredients to a medium mixing bowl and whisk together until well blended. 
10. Add mixed sauce to a medium sauce pan and bring to a low boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and let set a few minutes. 
11. Combine the cooked chicken, the sauce, and the peppers/pineapple mixture and mix together. Then it is ready to serve. 
12. Serve over cooked rice and with steamed vegetables for a compete meal. 

This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Sesame Chicken

This Sesame Chicken recipe is so flavorful and delicious, you'll want to add it to your meal plans. It's one of those take-out favorite meals, that can be made right at home. Pair with some vegetables and steamed rice or quinoa and you'll have a simple, complete, and tasty meal, that is budget friendly as well. You'll love adding this easy recipe to your weekly meal plans.

Easy Sesame Chicken

This Sesame Chicken starts with pieces of chicken, I generally use chicken tenderloins or breasts and cut into bite size pieces. The pieces are then simply coated with eggs and cornstarch/flour, then fried to crispy perfection and golden brown.

After the chicken is done, it is tossed in the delightful sesame sauce to create our dish and ready to serve. For best dish results, you'll want to serve the chicken immediately, as the crispy coating will start to soften after it has been coated in the sauce.

Enjoy the sesame chicken over steamed rice with some of your favorite vegetables.

Easy Sesame Chicken

Easy Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken 

Ingredients for Sesame Chicken 

For the chicken: 
1 lb boneless chicken, tenderloin or breast, cut into 1 inch pieces. 
2 Tbsp olive oil 
3 Tbsp flour
1 egg
1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp sesame seeds
1/2 cup chicken stock 
3 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce

Serve over steamed rice and with vegetables if desired.

Directions for Sesame Chicken 

1. In a small bowl, add the egg, and pepper and stir to combine. 
2. Add the flour and Clabber Girl corn starch into another bowl and stir to combine
3. Dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture, then roll into the flour mixture. Repeat with all the chicken pieces so they are all coated. 
4. In a pan, heat the olive oil. 
5. Add the coated chicken pieces to the pan. Cook until each piece is crispy and golden brown, for 5 minutes or so. 
6. Drain the chicken on paper towels to remove any excess oil, and remove any extra oil from the pan
7. While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce. Add all the sauce ingredients to a medium mixing bowl. Whisk in the corn starch until the mixture is well combined. 
8. Place the crispy chicken back into the pan and pour the sauce over top in the pan. Bring the mixture in the pan to a quick boil, and then simmer for 3 to 4 minute or until the sauce has just thickened. 
9. Served the sesame chicken over steamed rice with your favorite vegetables. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions and serve. 

Easy Sesame Chicken

This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own

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