Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spicy Chicken Bowtie Pasta Bake

Hello Country Cook Fans! I am so happy to be with ya'll today, sharing a tasty recipe from my kitchen! For those of you who don't know, I'm Krista and I'm the everyday mom in Everyday Mom's Meals. I blog family friendly, easy, yummy, recipes that will bring your loved ones around the table to make memories! 

Today I've got a delicious baked pasta supper that will make your taste buds sit up and take notice! With just a little hint of heat , but not so much you're going to cry while eating it! We love baked pasta dishes, and even though this one starts out stove top, it ends up in one dish in the oven, and can be eaten out of all night long. With our family's busy schedule (and I know yours is too) meals need to be able to be enjoyed over a few hours when we can't all sit down together. 

This is also a great one to keep in mind when chicken goes on sale at the grocery store! In our area, 99% of the time, boneless chicken breasts come three to a pack, which doesn't feed a crowd well. But if you take those same three pieces, cut them up, and add a bunch of other yummy things like pasta and veggies, you've now stretched a buck too! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mini Pie Bites

Hello there! This is Cris from GOODEness Gracious where we are cooking up all kinds of GOODe things with a side of life and Recipes That Crock where we are dedicated to all things slow cooking-- all year 'round! Brandie is such a great friend, so when she asked me to guest post because the Cook is without her kitchen, I immediately told her yes. Ya see I can totally relate to being without a kitchen after I went without my kitchen unexpectedly a few years ago for an eternity! Okay it was just from a week before Thanksgiving all the way until a week after Christmas but it felt like forever and it had surprise after surprise before we finally had to have a full kitchen remodel. So when Brandie asked about a guest post, I instantly started thinking through the things I could share with you today and I think I have just the thing: Mini Pie Bites! Mini-Pie-Bites-copy 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekend Potluck #131

I had a really hard time choosing which recipes to feature this week at Weekend Potluck. Oh my gracious! I was clearly craving sweets and bacon! Ha! I guess you can never go wrong with those!
I love that we're seeing a bit of fall foods being added to the potluck. It's always nice to see those apple and spice recipes again. But we've also had some amazing peach recipes being shared. And as it is peach season in much of the country, it is great timing. I hope y'all will find something you absolutely love in this week's potluck!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Spiced Wacky Cake

Well y'all, I thought I would have my kitchen back together by now. Turns out, this kitchen is just not ready to hatch yet. Yay for kitchen renovations! Oh, then a water pipe that leads from my house to the city water line decided to bust. Ya know, just to add the sprinkles on top of this yummy kitchen renovation cupcake. Anyhow, I'm doing my best to be Polly Positive here. It ain't easy but you gotta laugh about it all or you would cry, right? In the meantime (until I have running water again and a sink and an oven), I'm so thankful that some of my favorite food bloggers have volunteered to share some recipes with y'all until I can get back to cooking in my kitchen again. Now, I just need them to make all this yummy stuff and deliver it to me {hee, hee.} 

Mary from Sweet Little Bluebird is a regular at our Weekend Potluck, so many of y'all know her already. Mary has single-handedly brought back Depression-era cakes and made them a household name again. Also called Crazy Cakes, they were popular during a time when fresh staples like eggs, milk or butter were hard to come by. They are still relevant these days when so many folks are diagnosed with egg or dairy allergies and sensitivities. This is the perfect cake to make. Plus, it tastes so good, you don't even miss the eggs or milk. 
These cakes are the most popular recipes on Mary's blog. With over 2 million pageviews, you can bet these have been a huge hit with young and old alike! Today, Mary is sharing her Spiced Cake version (to get us all in a fall frame of mind!) Just like the original Chocolate Crazy Cake, this wonderful cake has no eggs, milk or butter - you don't even need a bowl! Moist and delicious! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Back to School Crock Pot Recipes

Hiya, friends! Holly here again from Life in the Lofthouse, bringing you a ton of delicious, and most importantly EASY, Crock Pot Meals! School is starting again soon for the kiddos (mine start today!) and I will be leaning on easy peasy Crock Pot meals for sure. 
Getting adjusted to a new schedule, homework and after-school activities keep us hoppin', so I love that I can rely on my good ole Crock Pot to cook dinner for us :)  Below is a list of some of Brandie and my favorite recipes!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Weekend Potluck #130

Happy Friday, friends! Hope this day kicks off an amazing weekend for you. I've taken some time off this week to put my toes in the sand and hang out in the sun and unplug some. You just gotta do that sometimes and it's taken me a long time to learn when to actually step away (when possible). It's not easy to leave your worries behind. But sometimes when you make up your mind to take a break, your body somehow learns to follow eventually.  I'm pretty sure I'm solar-powered. It's amazing how having your face in the sun everyday can lighten your mood and take the load off your shoulders for a while. I had almost forgotten how good that felt. And I'd almost forgotten how enjoyable it was just to watch my son being a kid and being playful with him. 
It's easy to get so caught up in providing for our families that we often become too exhausted to actually participate in the fun things. As an older Momma, I have mostly learned to let go of the bathing suit anxieties. I just put it on and get out there. It's more important to me that my son and I have these experiences together than for him to grow up just remembering his Mom always sitting on the sidelines. I've also kept the cooking down to a bare minimum. I love to cook (obviously) but when you're taking a break, that also means not spending hours in the kitchen to cook labor intensive food for every single meal. It means packing simple lunches of sandwiches and chips or eating out at fun little Mom & Pop places along the way or grilling up some burgers.  It's been a needed reminder that it's more about the time together than it is about the actual meal. So now that I got my mind and heart where it needs to be, let's get to some good grub and our potluck. Lots of great dishes here that I can't wait to make (as soon as I have an oven again.) Note: I'm also remodeling my kitchen which also explains why I needed to take a break for a while. 
Also, just a final reminder for those of you who are food bloggers. The Southern Food Blogger Retreat is almost full. This will be the best blogger conference you have ever attended! AND, it's not just for southerners!  You are going to learn so much in this intimate atmosphere that is all about encouraging each other. No big conferences. No getting lost in the crowd. Just hands-on learning and growing your relationships with others who do exactly what you do! So make sure to register now before it's too late! I'm going and I sure would love to see you there. 

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Banana Bread Crumb Cake

I'm not really sure what it is about crumb cake that I love so much. Wait, yes I do - it's the crumb. It really is the best part. The more crumb, the better. This particular crumb cake has double the crumb but it is added in a way that makes this cake so incredibly moist yet it tastes like a mixture between bread and cake.  It got a HUGE thumbs up in my house.
You could even add some chopped walnuts to this if you want to amp up the banana bread flavor. Take this to your next get-together and I promise you'll come home with an empty dish!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Weekend Potluck #129

Welcome to another Friday and another Weekend Potluck. What have y'all been up to this week? For those of you who might follow me on Instagram, you know I've had a lot of renovations happening at my house. One of those renovations includes my kitchen. I can't wait to get in there and cook again! I just keep telling myself it will all be worth it. And I'm just thankful I am able to make those updates to my little ole kitchen.
Also, just a reminder for those of you who are food bloggers. The Southern Food Blogger Retreat is almost full. This will be the best blogger conference you have ever attended! AND, it's not just for southerners! So make sure to register now before it's too late! I'm going and I sure would love to see YOU there! Seriously, DON'T miss out on this, you will love it!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Weekend Potluck #128

Happy Friday! Well, tomorrow starts the demolition of my kitchen! Part of a wall is coming down, cabinets and countertops are coming down and floors need to be sanded and a whole lot of painting will be happening. I'm tired just thinking about it. So, the next month or so is gonna be a bit hectic around here. It's still not gonna be a big kitchen but I'm hoping we're gonna make it a lot more user-friendly and bring it into the 21st century. If the next time you see me, I have a whole lot less hair, you can guess how it is all going. Hee Hee.  
Are you a Food Blogger? Check out this exclusive, one-of-a-kind food blogger experience.  The Southern Food Blogger Retreat. Spaces are VERY limited so get your request in now! It's not just for southerners. I'm going and I sure would love to see YOU there!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Easiest Tiramisu

As most of y'all know already, we just moved into a new home. Well, the home isn't new but it's new to us. This is the first time I've ever had a home with a deck. I can't tell you how excited I am about that. The deck needed some love though. It took us three days straight of cleaning and fixing and painting to make it useable. And now, I can actually sit outside and enjoy the summer! Just don't ask me about my kitchen, that's a whole other blog post! 
Anyhow, I sat outside on the deck the other morning, sipping on some International Delight Iced Coffee (Caramel Macchiato flavor!) and just sat back and listened to the birds and enjoyed the outside before it got too hot.
And I started thinking about dessert. Because, to be honest, I'm always thinking about dessert. And in the summer, I prefer no-bake desserts. I don't turn on the oven unless absolutely necessary. As I'm sipping on my iced coffee, I immediately thought of Tiramisu dessert. It's the perfect no-bake dessert for summer! Crunchy sweet cookies dunked in coffee and layered in a creamy, chocolate-y filling. Then I thought how awesome would it be to make Tiramisu with this iced coffee I was drinking. And that lead to figuring out how I could make it easier to make than traditional Tiramisu. So, here you have it. I love when ideas are inspired by something as simple as drinking some iced coffee. I gotta tell ya, it tasted pretty darn amazing. Loved the sweetened iced coffee in this. And yep, I totally ate this while hanging out on my newly restored deck!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Life's Good in the Kitchen!

You know, it kinda feels like I've been in the process of moving forever. It took a few months to find our new home, then it took us some time to figure out if we wanted to take on a home that needed some updating, then it took even more time to close on the sale. We were boxing things up, trying to clean out the old house, gathering items to donate, picking out new kitchen cabinets, flooring, new appliances and paint colors. And well, in between all that, life is happening. Summer is happening! Trying to squeeze in meal times and figuring how to cook while I was in between kitchens has been a challenge! But in the midst of all of that, I am so incredibly grateful. I'm grateful that I get to complain about all the challenges of moving because it means I have a home. I'm grateful that I have a job that is flexible and has allowed me to take care of my family and home first. And I'm grateful for new kitchen appliances. Hee Hee. Did I mention I am shopping for new kitchen appliances? I am over-the-moon giddy about that. Be sure to scroll down and see how you can enter to win some #LGKitchen appliances!
So this ended up being perfect timing as I was learning about the different appliances that were gonna work for me and my family. As for most things in my life, they need to be practical and functional to the core. I don't need anything flashy. I need it to work and I need it to work well. And they have to be appliances that were made for a cook who likes to cook and bake. My home revolves around the kitchen as it does in most homes. Life is good in the kitchen! And I've cooked and cleaned many kitchens in my day and it's where the heart of my home is! So enter LG appliances...