Saturday, June 24, 2017

Top 25 4th of July Recipes

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Top 25 4th of July Recipes - 25 easy and delicious recipes for your holiday celebration! Appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and desserts. Something for everyone!
Top 25 4th of July Recipes - 25 easy and delicious recipes for your holiday celebration! Appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and desserts. Something for everyone!


The 4th of July is right around the corner. It is time to start buying those fireworks and planning your cookout! Today I am sharing 25 of our all-time favorite 4th of July recipes. I have appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and desserts. There is something for everyone!!! PLUS all the recipes are easy to make and lots can be made ahead of time too!!

I hope everyone has a delicious holiday!

We all LOVE the fireworks in the sky on the 4th of July, but we don't want in fireworks in our stomach!
Make sure to have a bottle of Pepto-Bismol on hand during your celebration to fight off any of the effects of overeating!



Friday, June 23, 2017

Peach and Blueberry Pound Cake

Peach and Blueberry Pound Cake - the perfect summer dessert! Can make ahead of time and serve a few days later. You can even freeze the cake!! 
Peach and Blueberry Pound Cake - the perfect summer dessert! Can make ahead of time and serve a few days later. You can even freeze the cake!! Butter, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, milk, flour, baking powder, salt, fresh peaches, fresh blueberries and peach preserves. This cake is CRAZY good! Everyone raves about ti when I take it to a potluck!!

I've had this recipe bookmarked just waiting for peach season to arrive! Well, peach season is finally upon us, and I couldn't be more excited!! This Peach and Blueberry Pound Cake was definitely worth the wait. Y'all, it is SO good!! All you need is some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and dessert is done!

This Peach and Blueberry Pound Cake is the perfect summer dessert. You can't beat juicy ripe peaches and fresh blueberries mixed with cream cheese. This cake actually gets better as it sits. I like to make this cake the day before I serve it so the fruits have time to set.

I used fresh blueberries and peaches, but you can definitely use frozen fruit as well. I like to buy peaches and blueberries when they go on sale at the grocery store and freeze them for later. Just thaw the fruit and proceed as directed. They will work just fine! I actually love to use frozen wild blueberries in this recipe. Just thaw and rinse the blueberries before folding them into the batter.

Peach and Blueberry Pound Cake - the perfect summer dessert! Can make ahead of time and serve a few days later. You can even freeze the cake!! Butter, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, milk, flour, baking powder, salt, fresh peaches, fresh blueberries and peach preserves. This cake is CRAZY good! Everyone raves about ti when I take it to a potluck!!

Peach and Blueberry Pound Cake - the perfect summer dessert! Can make ahead of time and serve a few days later. You can even freeze the cake!! Butter, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, milk, flour, baking powder, salt, fresh peaches, fresh blueberries and peach preserves. This cake is CRAZY good! Everyone raves about ti when I take it to a potluck!!

Peach and Blueberry Pound Cake - the perfect summer dessert! Can make ahead of time and serve a few days later. You can even freeze the cake!! Butter, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, milk, flour, baking powder, salt, fresh peaches, fresh blueberries and peach preserves. This cake is CRAZY good! Everyone raves about ti when I take it to a potluck!!


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Grilled Orange Fire Chicken

Orange Fire Chicken - seriously THE BEST grilled chicken breast recipe!his chicken is so tender and juicy. Tastes great leftover too!! We always double the recipe! Everyone asks for the recipe! 
Orange Fire Chicken - seriously THE BEST! Chicken marinated overnight in vegetable oil, orange juice, salt, paprika, oregano, onion powder, thyme and garlic. This chicken is so tender and juicy. Tastes great leftover too!! We always double the recipe! Everyone asks for the recipe! SO YUM!

Grilled chicken is a staple in our house. We grill year-round, but we grill at least 4 or 5 times a week during the summer months! This Orange Fire Chicken is an updated version of one of our all-time favorite chicken marinades. This is so easy and has TONS and TONS of amazing flavor!

The key to evenly cooked chicken is to pound the chicken to an even thickness. You want to pound the hump in the chicken. That way you won't have one cooked end and one dry end. I place the chicken in a ziplock back and whack it a few times with a meat mallet or rolling pin.

I like to let the chicken marinate overnight in the refrigerator. If you don't have all night, just let it hang out for as long as you can before grilling the chicken. This Orange Fire Chicken is one of the juiciest and most tender grilled chicken recipes we make.

Orange Fire Chicken - seriously THE BEST! Chicken marinated overnight in vegetable oil, orange juice, salt, paprika, oregano, onion powder, thyme and garlic. This chicken is so tender and juicy. Tastes great leftover too!! We always double the recipe! Everyone asks for the recipe! SO YUM!

Orange Fire Chicken - seriously THE BEST! Chicken marinated overnight in vegetable oil, orange juice, salt, paprika, oregano, onion powder, thyme and garlic. This chicken is so tender and juicy. Tastes great leftover too!! We always double the recipe! Everyone asks for the recipe! SO YUM!


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cracked Out Green Bean Casserole

Cracked Out Green Bean Casserole - THE BEST! OMG! SO good! Green bean casserole loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Everyone RAVES about this delicious side dish! Can make ahead and freeze for later. Great for holidays and potlucks!
Cracked Out Green Bean Casserole - THE BEST! OMG! SO good! Green bean casserole loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Everyone RAVES about this delicious side dish! Can make ahead and freeze for later. Great for holidays and potlucks!

This Cracked Out Green Bean Casserole is THE BEST! OMG! SO good! If you are new here and , don't know what "cracked out" means, it is a combination of cheddar, bacon and ranch. The flavor combination is totally addicting. I made a dip with these flavors way back in 2007, and I've been cracking out recipes ever since.

This Cracked Out Green Bean Casserole can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until you are ready to bake it. You could even freeze it for later! This make a lot of green beans. It would be great for a summer cookout, potluck and holiday meal. If you don't need to feed a crowd, you can cut the recipe in half or bake half and freeze half for later. We are both totally addicted to this easy casserole! We can't get enough of the yummy cheddar, bacon and ranch!! It is SO addictive!

Cracked Out Green Bean Casserole - THE BEST! OMG! SO good! Green bean casserole loaded with cheddar, bacon and ranch! Everyone RAVES about this delicious side dish! Can make ahead and freeze for later. Great for holidays and potlucks!


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Pulled Pork

SLOW COOKER 3-Ingredient Pulled Pork - slow cooked pork shoulder that is better than any restaurant! Great on hamburger buns, on top of a baked potato, nachos or a salad. All you need is some slaw and baked beans and you are all set.
3-Ingredient Pulled Pork - slow cooked pork shoulder that is better than any restaurant! Great on hamburger buns, on top of a baked potato, nachos or a salad. All you need is some slaw and baked beans and you are all set. Easy peasy party! You can also freeze the leftovers for later.

I'm knee deep into menu planning for our 4th of July party. We are going to have a few friends over for the holiday. I want to be able to enjoy the party and not spend the whole time cooking. This 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is definitely going on the menu! All of my favorite flavors in one dish! Not only is it super easy, it is CRAZY good!! BONUS -- I get to stay in the air conditioned house not sweat outside in the blazing heat all day!

This Pulled Pork is great on hamburger buns, on top of a baked potato, nachos or a salad. All you need is some slaw and baked beans and you are all set. Easy peasy party! This makes a lot of pork. It is great leftover. You can also freeze the leftovers for later.

3-Ingredient Pulled Pork - slow cooked pork shoulder that is better than any restaurant! Great on hamburger buns, on top of a baked potato, nachos or a salad. All you need is some slaw and baked beans and you are all set. Easy peasy party! You can also freeze the leftovers for later.

3-Ingredient Pulled Pork - slow cooked pork shoulder that is better than any restaurant! Great on hamburger buns, on top of a baked potato, nachos or a salad. All you need is some slaw and baked beans and you are all set. Easy peasy party! You can also freeze the leftovers for later.


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Meow Monday



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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan {What's For Dinner}

A quick and easy recipe for everyday of the week. Main dishes, side dishes and desserts! Something for everyone on this meal plan!
Good Morning! I hope you are all having a great Father's Day!
This week's menu has several of my all-time favorite grilling recipes.
I am counting down the days until we have the Grilled Huli Huli Chicken - OMG! SO good!!!

I hope you find a few new favorites!

Have a delicious week!!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Beautiful Brussels, Belgium

Beautiful Brussels, Belgium - things to see and the BEST places to eat in Brussels. Waffles and 5 star restaurants galore!
Beautiful Brussels, Belgium - things to see and the BEST places to eat in Brussels. Waffles and 5 star restaurants galore!

Our last stop on our Belgium trip was Brussels. We used our ACPrail tickets and took the 35 minutes train ride from Ghent straight to Brussels. We took a cab straight to Hotel Made in Louise and started exploring. 

Brussels is very different from Bruges and Ghent. 
First and foremost, it is a HUGE city! It is the capital of Belgium and the European Union.
There is TONS of security around. Armed military personnel at the train stations and other areas around the city.
Brussels feels a lot more European, and they speak French instead of Dutch.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Strawberry Bread

Strawberry Bread - a wonderful way to use up all those yummy summer strawberries. Ready for the oven in minutes! Freezes well too!
Strawberry Bread - a wonderful way to use up all those yummy summer strawberries. Ready for the oven in minutes! Flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, eggs, oil and strawberries. Freezes well too!

Strawberries are one of my all-time favorite fruits. I just love them! I especially love them in this delicious Strawberry Bread. 😍 I've been making this bread for years, and I just realized that I've never shared it on the blog! I had to rectify that oversight ASAP! This recipe is too good not to share!!!

This Strawberry Bread is so simple to make. It only takes about 5 minutes. The hardest part is chopping the strawberries. I usually have some chopped strawberries in the freezer just for this bread. I stock up on strawberries when they go on sale at the store!

This Strawberry Bread is great for a quick breakfast or dessert. It also makes a wonderful homemade gift! I love to give this as a thank you, hostess gift or house warming gift.

Strawberry Bread - a wonderful way to use up all those yummy summer strawberries. Ready for the oven in minutes! Flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, eggs, oil and strawberries. Freezes well too!


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Spicy Grilled Hamburgers

Spicy Hamburgers - CRAZY good burger! Hamburger meat seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, chili powder, cumin, cajun seasoning, pepper, red pepper flakes and hot sauce. SO much AMAZING flavor in each burger!! Top with your favorite cheese! YUM! We like to double the recipe and freeze extra patties for later.
Spicy Hamburgers - CRAZY good burger! Hamburger meat seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, chili powder, cumin, cajun seasoning, pepper, red pepper flakes and hot sauce. SO much AMAZING flavor in each burger!! Top with your favorite cheese! YUM! We like to double the recipe and freeze extra patties for later.

We love to grill burgers at home and these burgers are one of our favorites! The burgers are packed full of AMAZING flavor! The meat is seasoned with a little bit of everything - hot sauce, cajun seasoning, chili powder, cumin, pepper, red pepper flakes and BBQ sauce. They have a nice little kick to them from all the seasonings!

I usually double the recipe and freeze some of the hamburger patties for later. We typically grill the burgers, but you can also cook them in a skillet on the stove or broil them in the oven. We just love the smoky flavor that the grill gives the burgers. We love to top the burgers with cheese right before taking them off the grill! I always use American cheese on burgers because it melts beautifully. If you aren't a fan of American, fell free to use your favorite cheese. 🧀🍔🧀

Like I said, these burgers have a little spice to them from the hot sauce and red pepper flakes. You can definitely reduce or omit the hot spices if you are worried about the heat. Either way, these are in the top 5 of our all-time favorite burger recipes! Enjoy!!


Spicy Hamburgers - CRAZY good burger! Hamburger meat seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, chili powder, cumin, cajun seasoning, pepper, red pepper flakes and hot sauce. SO much AMAZING flavor in each burger!! Top with your favorite cheese! YUM! We like to double the recipe and freeze extra patties for later.

Spicy Hamburgers - CRAZY good burger! Hamburger meat seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, chili powder, cumin, cajun seasoning, pepper, red pepper flakes and hot sauce. SO much AMAZING flavor in each burger!! Top with your favorite cheese! YUM! We like to double the recipe and freeze extra patties for later.

Spicy Hamburgers - CRAZY good burger! Hamburger meat seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, chili powder, cumin, cajun seasoning, pepper, red pepper flakes and hot sauce. SO much AMAZING flavor in each burger!! Top with your favorite cheese! YUM! We like to double the recipe and freeze extra patties for later.


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Frito Corn Salad

Frito Corn Salad - packed full of great flavor! We could not stop eating it! Corn, bell peppers, onion, cheese tossed in mayonnaise, lime juice, vinegar and Chili Cheese Fritos. Great as a side dish or an appetizer. Can make ahead and refrigerate until ready to serve. Everyone LOVES this easy side dish. I never have any leftovers!
Frito Corn Salad - packed full of great flavor! We could not stop eating it! Corn, bell peppers, onion, cheese tossed in mayonnaise, lime juice, vinegar and Chili Cheese Fritos. Great as a side dish or an appetizer. Can make ahead and refrigerate until ready to serve. Everyone LOVES this easy side dish. I never have any leftovers!

This Frito Corn Salad was a HUGE hit in our house! I mean, how could it not be? Corn salad with Chili Cheese Fritos? Hello?!?!

This Frito Corn Salad is packed full of great flavor! We could not stop eating it! Corn, bell peppers, onion, cheese tossed in mayonnaise, lime juice, vinegar and Chili Cheese Fritos. YUM!

We served this Frito Corn Salad as a side dish with some burgers, but it could also be served as an appetizer. You can make this ahead of time and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. I would suggest not adding the Fritos until right before serving the salad so they don't get soggy.

This Frito Corn Salad is super easy to make and is always a hit. The hardest part about making this recipe was having the self control to not eat all of the Chili Cheese Fritos straight out of the bag! Seriously!

Frito Corn Salad - packed full of great flavor! We could not stop eating it! Corn, bell peppers, onion, cheese tossed in mayonnaise, lime juice, vinegar and Chili Cheese Fritos. Great as a side dish or an appetizer. Can make ahead and refrigerate until ready to serve. Everyone LOVES this easy side dish. I never have any leftovers!


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Grilled Beef Kabobs

Grilled Beef Kabobs - CRAZY good!! The flavor was fantastic!! Everyone RAVED about the kabobs! Feel free to use your favorite vegetables on the kabobs - onions, mushrooms, bell pepper, tomatoes, squash and zucchini. Tastes great leftover too!
Beef Kabobs - CRAZY good!! Steak and vegetables marinated in a combination of Italian dressing, Dale's Steak Seasoning, Greek Seasoning and Onion powder. The flavor was fantastic!! Everyone RAVED about the kabobs! Feel free to use your favorite vegetables on the kabobs - onions, mushrooms, bell pepper, tomatoes, squash and zucchini. Tastes great leftover too!

On our last trip to the butcher shop, we saw some filet tips in the case. They were the ends of the beef tenderloin that they couldn't slice into big fat filets. We decided to buy some and make some Beef Kabobs. We rarely do kabobs, so this was a fun twist to our steak night!

Beef Kabobs - CRAZY good!! Steak and vegetables marinated in a combination of Italian dressing, Dale's Steak Seasoning, Greek Seasoning and Onion powder. The flavor was fantastic!! Everyone RAVED about the kabobs! Feel free to use your favorite vegetables on the kabobs - onions, mushrooms, bell pepper, tomatoes, squash and zucchini. Tastes great leftover too!

We marinated the meat and vegetables in a combination of Italian dressing, Dale's Steak Seasoning, Greek Seasoning and onion powder. It was fan-freaking-tastic!!

If you can't find Dale's Steak Seasoning, you can use my All-Purpose Marinade recipe in its place - http://www.plainchicken.com/2014/07/all-purpose-marinade.html

Beef Kabobs - CRAZY good!! Steak and vegetables marinated in a combination of Italian dressing, Dale's Steak Seasoning, Greek Seasoning and Onion powder. The flavor was fantastic!! Everyone RAVED about the kabobs! Feel free to use your favorite vegetables on the kabobs - onions, mushrooms, bell pepper, tomatoes, squash and zucchini. Tastes great leftover too!

Once everything was marinated, we just threaded it onto some bamboo skewers and threw it on the grill. You aren't going to need to cook these very long. The meat cooks to medium-rare within minutes. Obviously, if you want the steak cooked to medium to medium well, just add a few minutes to the cooking time. 

Beef Kabobs - CRAZY good!! Steak and vegetables marinated in a combination of Italian dressing, Dale's Steak Seasoning, Greek Seasoning and Onion powder. The flavor was fantastic!! Everyone RAVED about the kabobs! Feel free to use your favorite vegetables on the kabobs - onions, mushrooms, bell pepper, tomatoes, squash and zucchini. Tastes great leftover too!

We ate these for dinner and leftover for lunch the next day. They were CRAZY good! We used mushrooms, bell pepper and onion on the skewers. Feel free to add your favorite vegetables to the mix. Tomatoes would be good. You could even use squash and zucchini.

Beef Kabobs - CRAZY good!! Steak and vegetables marinated in a combination of Italian dressing, Dale's Steak Seasoning, Greek Seasoning and Onion powder. The flavor was fantastic!! Everyone RAVED about the kabobs! Feel free to use your favorite vegetables on the kabobs - onions, mushrooms, bell pepper, tomatoes, squash and zucchini. Tastes great leftover too!


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Meow Monday




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Sunday, June 11, 2017

What's For Dinner? {Weekly Meal Plan}

A quick and easy recipe for everyday of the week. Main dishes, side dishes and desserts! Something for everyone on this meal plan!
A quick and easy recipe for everyday of the week. Main dishes, side dishes and desserts! Something for everyone on this meal plan!




Happy Sunday!! I hope everyone has been having a great weekend!

It's time to start planning the week ahead. This week's menu is packed full of easy weeknight meals.

We even included a special meal for Dad on Sunday!


Have a delicious week!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Foodie Heaven at Holy Food Market in Ghent, Belgium

Foodie Heaven at the Holy Food Market in Ghent, Belgium. A MUST when you visit Belgium. A quick train ride from Bruges and Brussels. Worth the trip to Ghent! 
Foodie Heaven at Holy Food Market in Ghent, Belgium - a MUST on your trip to Belgium. The Holy Food Market is an amazing food hall inside an old church. It is such a fun experience and the food was AMAZING!!! Ghent is a short train ride from Bruges and Brussels. Definitely add Ghent and the Holy Food Market to your bucket list!

I died and went to foodie heaven in Ghent, Belgium! 
We stumbled upon the newly opened Holy Food Market, and it was our absolute favorite place in town. 

The Holy Food Market is a food hall inside an old church. It was SO cool and the food was super delicious! We ate here two days in a row! We did our best to sample lots of different foods. I think we did a really good job. Pizza, hot dogs, nachos, chicken salad, wraps, and ice cream! Too much delicious food!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Sweet Heat Grilled Chicken

Sweet Heat Grilled Chicken - hot sauce and brown sugar marinated chicken that is totally ADDICTING! This is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy! 
Sweet Heat Chicken - hot sauce and brown sugar marinated chicken that is totally ADDICTING! This is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy! Hot sauce, vinegar, olive oil, onion, garlic, Worcestershire, brown sugar. AMAZING flavor combination! We ate this twice in one week! SO good!

Sweet and Spicy is one of my favorite flavor combinations. That being said, I am addicted to this Sweet Heat Chicken. It is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy!

The chicken is marinated in a combination of hot sauce,  brown sugar, Worcestershire and garlic. The base of the marinade is the hot sauce. Even though this is marinated in a lot of hot sauce, it didn't have a lot heat. I think the sweetness from the brown sugar balances out the heat in the hot sauce. It was incredibly delicious!

We served this chicken as a main dish for lunch and ate the leftovers in a wrap for dinner. SO good!!!

Just an FYI, I used Frank's Hot Sauce in the marinade. I LOVE Frank's! I always have a giant bottle in the fridge ready to use!

Sweet Heat Chicken - hot sauce and brown sugar marinated chicken that is totally ADDICTING! This is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy! Hot sauce, vinegar, olive oil, onion, garlic, Worcestershire, brown sugar. AMAZING flavor combination! We ate this twice in one week! SO good!

Sweet Heat Chicken - hot sauce and brown sugar marinated chicken that is totally ADDICTING! This is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy! Hot sauce, vinegar, olive oil, onion, garlic, Worcestershire, brown sugar. AMAZING flavor combination! We ate this twice in one week! SO good!


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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sausage and Ranch Quiche

Sausage and Ranch Quiche - so quick and easy. Everyone LOVED this recipe!! Can make ahead and freeze for later. 
Sausage and Ranch Quiche - so quick and easy. Everyone LOVED this recipe!! Can make ahead and freeze for later. Pie crust, sausage, ranch dressing, cheddar cheese, heavy cream, eggs, and pepper. Ready to eat in an hour. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. THE BEST!

I am totally addicted to this Sausage and Ranch Quiche. OMG! It is CRAZY good!! It was so good that I made it two days in a row. I'm not joking! We couldn't get enough of it!

Not only is this Sausage and Ranch Quiche super easy to make, you can also freeze the quiche! I actually have a couple in the freezer now. I freeze the quiche unbaked and thaw it before I bake it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

This Sausage and Ranch Quiche is perfect for Father's Day brunch! A word of waring - you might want to double the recipe. This never lasts long at our house!

Sausage and Ranch Quiche - so quick and easy. Everyone LOVED this recipe!! Can make ahead and freeze for later. Pie crust, sausage, ranch dressing, cheddar cheese, heavy cream, eggs, and pepper. Ready to eat in an hour. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. THE BEST!

Sausage and Ranch Quiche - so quick and easy. Everyone LOVED this recipe!! Can make ahead and freeze for later. Pie crust, sausage, ranch dressing, cheddar cheese, heavy cream, eggs, and pepper. Ready to eat in an hour. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. THE BEST!


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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Frozen Key Lime Pie

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

One of Chicken Legs' favorite desserts is Key Lime Pie. I found some key limes at the grocery store the other day and decided to make him his favorite dessert - with a twist. I made a Frozen Key Lime Pie! OMG! It was SOOOOO good!!

There are only 4 ingredients for the pie and it is ready to go in the freezer in about 5 minutes. SO easy! The hardest part about this recipe is waiting on it to set up in the freezer!

I used fresh key limes. If  you can find key limes, you can use a bottle of key lime juice or regular limes/lime juice. Either will be fine. I also used a store bought graham cracker crust. It works great in this recipe. If you don't like the store bought crusts, you can definitely make your own crust. I just took the easy way out on this recipe. 😊

The pie turned out fantastic! Don't worry about cutting the pie - it comes right out of the pan after it is frozen. Perfect slices every time. I like to run my knife under hot water before slicing - it makes it a little easier to cut when it is frozen. 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 Key Lime Box Pie - only 4 ingredients! A store-bought graham cracker crust filled with a no churn key lime ice cream made with key limes, heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk. Only takes a minute to make and it tastes amazing! Fantastic key lime flavor! I made this for a party and it was gone in a flash! Everyone asked for the recipe!!

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


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Pickle Juice Grilling Mop Sauce

Pickle Juice Grilling Mop Sauce - CRAZY good! Great on pork, chicken or steaks.
Pickle Juice Mop Sauce - CRAZY good! Great on pork, chicken or steaks. Butter, onion, dill pickle juice, cider vinegar, sugar, lemons, crushed red pepper, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Sweet with a little heat! Can make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to grill.

This Pickle Juice Mop Sauce might sound strange, but it is seriously good! I don't even like pickle juice, and I LOVED this sauce! We used the sauce on a pork tenderloin, but you could also use it on chicken and steak. The sauce can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until you are ready to grill. I actually have some in the fridge right now. We are planning on grilling with it again this weekend.

The Pickle Juice Mop Sauce starts with pickle juice. The sauce has a little kick from some crushed red pepper and cayenne pepper. We really liked the hint of heat. If you are concerned about the heat, you can certainly reduce or omit the peppers.

I really love this recipe because there isn't any big prep time. I just seasoned the pork tenderloins with some BBQ seasoning and threw it on the grill. We basted the pork with the Pickle Juice Mop Sauce during the last 5 minutes or so. You can serve the extra sauce on the side with the pork.

Pickle Juice Mop Sauce - CRAZY good! Great on pork, chicken or steaks. Butter, onion, dill pickle juice, cider vinegar, sugar, lemons, crushed red pepper, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Sweet with a little heat! Can make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to grill.

Pickle Juice Mop Sauce - CRAZY good! Great on pork, chicken or steaks. Butter, onion, dill pickle juice, cider vinegar, sugar, lemons, crushed red pepper, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Sweet with a little heat! Can make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to grill.



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Monday, June 5, 2017

Meow Monday


We recently bought a new home. One of the top requirements for the new house was that it had to have a screened porch for the cats. When we told our friends that we bought a new house, the first thing they asked was if it had a screened porch for the cats. LOL! Everyone knows that we are crazy cat people. Hey, it is what it is!


All of our cats are indoor cats, but they LOVE going outside on the screened porch. We created the ultimate “jungle” for our 3 “tigers”!  We call it the Catnip Kingdom. We have three large pots full of catnip. The cats love to sit in the pots and grab a snack and then take a nap.

Jack

Jack, of course, is the king of Catnip Kingdom (and he knows it).

Fluffy

Fluffy is the Queen of Catnip Kindgom


Squeaky
and little Squeaky is the Princess 


We wanted to make the screened porch a fun place for the cats to enjoy the day, watch the birds, play, or, in most cases, sleep. Who am I kidding, they always sleep out there.

For more cat friendly design ideas, check out these ideas from HGTV: https://goo.gl/NFw6G9


They have great edible vegetation to hide and pounce, but of course need the proper nutrition to keep them healthy, happy, and active.


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No ground corn, wheat, soy or poultry by-product meal.

Why not buy cat food with a cause?

Rachael’s Rescue® was created for all of the forgotten pets – the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve. A portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need through Rachael’s Rescue. Through December 2016, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $17.5 million dollars to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more for animals in need. Many more animals around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends.

This is a cause that is very near and dear to our hearts. Fluffy and Squeaky were both strays that adopted us. They were outside on their own, skinny, scared and declawed. They didn't have anyone to love and feed them until they found us. We are so thankful for our beautiful fur babies and are glad they are now safe and loved in our home.





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Sunday, June 4, 2017

What's For Dinner? {Weekly Meal Plan}

A quick and easy recipe for everyday of the week. Main dishes, side dishes and desserts! Something for everyone on this meal plan!

It's that time of the week again! Meal Planning time!
This week has lots of easy and delicious recipes!
I can't wait for Thursday! It is one of my all-time favorite meals!

Have a delicious week!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Discover Ghent, Belgium

Discover Ghent, Belgium - picturesque town 35 minutes from Brussels. A great day trip! The canals,  castles, graffiti street and don't miss the view from the Belfry!

After a few days in Bruges, we took the train to Ghent. We used our ACPrail tickets, and the train ride only took about 25 minutes. I absolutely LOVED Ghent. It is more of a real city than Bruges. Bruges is an historic tourist town. Ghent is a vibrant college town! There is still all of the Dutch charm of Bruges, but it has more restaurants and shopping than Bruges.

We stayed at the Marriott right in the heart of the historic district on the canal. The location couldn't have been any better. Just walk outside and you are in the thick of everything! Easy access to all the tourist attractions and waffles!! Oh, the waffles!!!

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