Saturday, July 30, 2016

Two Days in Los Angeles

Two Days in Los Angeles - must visit attractions and restaurants! Where to see celebrities too!
After we left San Francisco, we flew over to Los Angeles for a couple of days. I spoke at the IACP Conference one afternoon, but we still managed to pack a lot into our super quick trip.

We saw TONS of celebrities! I included some video for you!!!
We ate at a couple of the "must eat" places, did some shopping and a studio tour.

We had a blast! 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Frozen Lemon Ice Box Pie {Frozen Lemon Ice Cream Pie}

Frozen Lemon Ice Box Pie - only 4 ingredients! A store-bought graham cracker crust filled with a no churn lemon ice cream made with lemons, heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk. Only takes a minute to make and it tastes amazing! Fantastic lemon flavor! I made this for a party and it was gone in a flash! Everyone asked for the recipe!!

This Frozen Lemon Ice Box Pie is CRAZY good! AND it is crazy easy to make. There are only 4 ingredients, and it takes less than 5 minutes to whip together. The hardest part of this dessert is waiting on the pie to freeze! It takes a lot of willpower.

I needed a dessert for a party a few weeks ago. Chicken Legs suggested a lemon pie. I didn't want to make my usual lemon pie, so I decided to test out this Frozen Lemon Ice Box Pie. Well, it is really a Frozen Lemon Ice Cream Pie since the pie filling is a no-churn lemon ice cream.

Have you ever made no-churn ice cream? I love no-churn ice cream. It is made with whipped cream and sweetened condensed milk. I got to thinking that a lemon ice box pie is basically sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice. SO, why not make a Frozen Lemon Ice Box Pie?!?!

It turned out fantastic! The pie comes right out of the pan after it is frozen. Perfect slices every time. All you need is a little dollop of whipped cream and dessert is served! This is the best way to cool off in this brutal summer heat!

Frozen Lemon Ice Box Pie - only 4 ingredients! A store-bought graham cracker crust filled with a no churn lemon ice cream made with lemons, heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk. Only takes a minute to make and it tastes amazing! Fantastic lemon flavor! I made this for a party and it was gone in a flash! Everyone asked for the recipe!!


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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Green Chile Chicken Rice-A-Roni Casserole

Green Chile Chicken Rice-A-Roni Casserole - comfort food at its best! Chicken Rice-A-Roni, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, green chiles, cumin, pepper jack cheese and chicken. You can make this ahead of time and freeze for later. This is SO good! Our family gobbled this up. Everyone asked for seconds!

This Green Chile Chicken Rice-A-Roni Casserole was a HUGE hit in our house. We could not stop eating it! It was even great reheated for lunch the next day. Chicken Legs loved this so much that he had me make this two weeks in a row. It is that delicious! Chicken, rice, cheese, green chiles, cream of chicken soup and sour cream. So comforting!

This Green Chile Chicken Rice-A-Roni Casserole can be made ahead of time and even frozen for later. Such a convenient weeknight meal! I actually have one in the freezer right now!

Just a note on this recipe- I used a box of Chicken Rice-A-Roni for this casserole, but you could definitely use my homemade version of Chicken Rice-A-Roni in this dish. Either is great.

Green Chile Chicken Rice-A-Roni Casserole - comfort food at its best! Chicken Rice-A-Roni, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, green chiles, cumin, pepper jack cheese and chicken. You can make this ahead of time and freeze for later. This is SO good! Our family gobbled this up. Everyone asked for seconds!


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

World's Best Mac and Cheese

World's Best Mac and Cheese - so creamy, cheese and delicious! Just like the original at Beecher's in Seattle! Pasta tossed in a quick homemade cheese sauce with Jarlsberg and Jack cheese. We added pancetta - crazy good! Everyone cleaned their plate!

Earlier this year we took a trip to Seattle for a few days. We had the best time! Seattle is a great town. I could totally live there. We spent the better part of our first day in town down at Pike Place Market. If you've never been to Pike Place Market, you must go. It is great. They have to most beautiful flowers that I've ever seen. There are also TONS of fun places to eat. We ate our way down the street and back up again. One of our favorite spots was Beecher. They make their own cheese and claim to have the best Mac & Cheese in the World. We couldn't pass up the chance to try the World's Best Mac & Cheese!

The Mac & Cheese was really, really good. Super creamy and cheesy. We both really enjoyed it. I saw that they published the recipe on their website, so I whipped up a batch when we got home. I did make a couple of little changes. I didn't have the Beecher cheese, so I substituted Jarlsberg cheese. I also added some pancetta. We both LOVED this! Especially the yummy pancetta in the pasta. This can be served as a side dish or main dish. We ate it as a main dish with a side salad. SO good! Creamy, cheesy and delicious - just like the original.

World's Best Mac and Cheese - so creamy, cheese and delicious! Just like the original at Beecher's in Seattle! Pasta tossed in a quick homemade cheese sauce with Jarlsberg and Jack cheese. We added pancetta - crazy good! Everyone cleaned their plate!


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Maple Mustard Grilled Chicken

Maple Mustard Grilled Chicken - so simple! Only 6 ingredients - chicken, maple, dijon mustard, lemon juice, paprika and salt. Let the chicken marinate in the fridge and then grill. We LOVE this chicken. My husband asks me to make this at least once a week!

We grill chicken all the time, so I am always coming up with new ways to prepare the chicken. This recipe is adapted from one of our all-time favorite marinades. The original recipe uses honey. Chicken Legs said we should try the chicken with maple instead of honey. Brilliant idea!

OMG! SO good! We let the chicken marinate overnight in the fridge and threw it on the grill. If you want to kick this up a notch, throw some cooked bacon and cheese on top of the chicken before you take it off the grill. That is actually Chicken Legs preferred method of eating this chicken. He asks me to make this at least once a week! I'm not even joking. He loves this!

Don't forget my tip for perfectly grilled and juicy chicken - pound the chicken to an even thickness. We put the chicken in a ziplock bag and use a meat mallet to pound out the thicker hump. This helps the chicken cook evenly and not dry out. This eliminates the thinner part drying out while you are trying to get the thicker end cooked.

Maple Mustard Grilled Chicken - so simple! Only 6 ingredients - chicken, maple, dijon mustard, lemon juice, paprika and salt. Let the chicken marinate in the fridge and then grill. We LOVE this chicken. My husband asks me to make this at least once a week!


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Monday, July 25, 2016

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