Friday, May 26, 2017

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken - CRAZY good!! Chicken marinated in an easy dry rub and grilled. Ready for the grill in 30 minutes! Brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, seasoned salt and chicken. We LOVE this chicken! SO much flavor!!! Great in wraps and on top of a salad too!! One of our favorite chicken recipes.

Sweet & Spicy is one of my favorite flavor combinations!! While I called this recipe Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken it isn't' really spicy per-say. It is more flavorful than spicy. The "spicy" comes from chili powder šŸŒ¶. I don't think regular chili powder is super spicy, but it does have a nice little bump of spice. If you are worried about the heat, you can certainly reduce the chili powder.

We let this Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken marinate in the dry rub overnight. You know our philosophy is the longer the better. I like to prep the chicken before I go to bed and grill it the next day. That ensures maximum flavor!

This Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken was a huge hit in our house. It had tons of great flavor and was super easy to make. We grilled extra chicken for leftovers. We actually loved this so much that we are making it again next week! We just can't seem to get enough of this yummy Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken! šŸ”

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken - CRAZY good!! Chicken marinated in an easy dry rub and grilled. Ready for the grill in 30 minutes! Brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, seasoned salt and chicken. We LOVE this chicken! SO much flavor!!! Great in wraps and on top of a salad too!! One of our favorite chicken recipes.

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken - CRAZY good!! Chicken marinated in an easy dry rub and grilled. Ready for the grill in 30 minutes! Brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, seasoned salt and chicken. We LOVE this chicken! SO much flavor!!! Great in wraps and on top of a salad too!! One of our favorite chicken recipes.


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Slow Cooker Bourbon Baked Beans

Slow Cooker Bourbon Baked Beans - seriously delicious! We love these easy baked beans! Great for potlucks and cookouts. Just dump everything in the slow cooker and let it work its magic! Northern beans, bourbon, tomato paste, molasses, mustard, Worcestershire, onion, garlic, bacon. Everyone RAVED about these beans and asked for the recipe. You can't go wrong with this easy slow cooker side dish recipe.

I think baked beans are a must for summer cookouts! Memorial Day & the 4th of July just aren't complete if I don't have some baked beans on my plate. These Slow Cooker Bourbon Baked Beans are definitely going to making an appearance at our table all summer long! SO good! I mean, BBQ and Bourbon. Enough said!!

I cooked these Slow Cooker Bourbon Baked Beans low and slow all day. If you are in a hurry, you can cook them on HIGH for a few hours and they will be good to go. To save time on the day I made these beans, I cooked the bacon the day before. It seriously took all of my self-control to not eat the bacon and save it for the baked beans. The smell of the bacon drove Fluffy nuts! I may have given her a piece. Just don't let Jack and Squeaky know! LOL!

Just a side note, I used Maker's 46 for the bourbon. That is Chicken Legs' bourbon of choice, so we always have some in the house. Use your favorite bourbon or whiskey for the beans. Just don't use something that you wouldn't drink. You can taste a hint of the bourbon, so you want to enjoy the flavor.

Slow Cooker Bourbon Baked Beans - seriously delicious! We love these easy baked beans! Great for potlucks and cookouts. Just dump everything in the slow cooker and let it work its magic! Northern beans, bourbon, tomato paste, molasses, mustard, Worcestershire, onion, garlic, bacon. Everyone RAVED about these beans and asked for the recipe. You can't go wrong with this easy slow cooker side dish recipe.


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Broccoli Cheddar Sour Cream Cornbread

Broccoli Cheddar Sour Cream Cornbread Recipe - only 7 ingredients! Ready in 30 minutes! This is seriously THE BEST cornbread recipe! SO delicious and super easy! Cornmeal, sour cream, creamed corn, eggs, oil, broccoli and cheddar. We love this easy cornbread recipe! Great for potlucks and cookouts. I could make a meal out of it!

I could make a meal out of this Broccoli Cheddar Sour Cream Cornbread. It is crazy good!! I usually make this cornbread in a 9x9-inch pan, but this time I put it in my iron skillet. Perfection!! The key to great cornbread in the iron skillet is to preheat the skillet in the oven with a little oil. It gives the cornbread a delicious crust!

You can use fresh or frozen broccoli florets in this Broccoli Cheddar Sour Cream Cornbread. I've used both and it turned out great both ways. I've only used full-fat sour cream in this recipe. I think light sour cream would be fine, but I would steer away from fat-free sour cream. I just don't think it holds up as well in baked breads like this. BUT you can do whatever you want. I'm not in the kitchen with you, and I'm not eating it with you.
We like to serve this with our favorite grilled recipes. It makes a lot for two people, so we usually eat it leftover the next day with lunch. It tastes great leftover smothered with butter too.

Broccoli Cheddar Sour Cream Cornbread Recipe - only 7 ingredients! Ready in 30 minutes! This is seriously THE BEST cornbread recipe! SO delicious and super easy! Cornmeal, sour cream, creamed corn, eggs, oil, broccoli and cheddar. We love this easy cornbread recipe! Great for potlucks and cookouts. I could make a meal out of it!


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lemon-Lime Grilled Chicken

Lemon-Lime Grilled Chicken - we are obsessed with this chicken! SO good!!! Chicken marinated in brown sugar, cider vinegar, dijon mustard, lime juice, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil. Can marinated overnight. We make this at least once a month! Packed full of AMAZING flavor!!! Great grilled chicken recipe!

This Lemon-Lime Grilled Chicken is seriously delicious. We both took one bite and said "this is good!". We loved it so much that we made it twice in the same week. It is one of the best grilled chicken recipes we've made. I'm not just saying that. It is truly wonderful.

This recipe uses the juice from fresh lemons and limes. Fresh is better, but you can definitely use the yellow and green bottles of juice too. We let the chicken hang out in the fridge in the marinade overnight. We are firm believers in the longer the better with marinated meats.

Don't forget my tip for grilling tender and juicy chicken! Pound the chicken to an even thickness before marinating. Basically, pound the hump out with a meat mallet or rolling pin. We put the chicken in a ziplock bag, pound it and then add the marinade. Perfectly cooked chicken every time!!

We have this Lemon-Lime Chicken on the menu for this upcoming weekend. We just can't seem to get enough of this yummy chicken!! šŸ”šŸ”„šŸ”

Lemon-Lime Grilled Chicken - we are obsessed with this chicken! SO good!!! Chicken marinated in brown sugar, cider vinegar, dijon mustard, lime juice, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil. Can marinated overnight. We make this at least once a month! Packed full of AMAZING flavor!!! Great grilled chicken recipe!

Lemon-Lime Grilled Chicken - we are obsessed with this chicken! SO good!!! Chicken marinated in brown sugar, cider vinegar, dijon mustard, lime juice, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil. Can marinated overnight. We make this at least once a month! Packed full of AMAZING flavor!!! Great grilled chicken recipe!


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Monday, May 22, 2017

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Sunday, May 21, 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!
Happy Sunday! It's that time again. Time to start planning for the week ahead.
Hopefully everyone is getting ready for a fun vacation next weekend!!

This week has lots of great recipes to choose from.
Sunday has our favorite burgers!
Wednesday we are doing breakfast for dinner. My favorite!!!

Have a delicious week!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Scenic Bruges, Belgium

Scenic Bruges, Belgium - these top things to do in Bruges will help you to spend the perfect day in one of Europe's most beautiful cities.

I just got back from an amazing week and a half in beautiful Belgium with my favorite travel buddy, Amanda (kevinandamanda.com)! This was my first time in Belgium, and I fell in love!

We flew into Brussels and used our ACPRail train tickets to take the train to Bruges. The train ride was a breeze. The train station is right in the airport. We took the escalator down to the train and found our way to Bruges. It took about an hour and a half. We took a cab straight to the Hotel Heritage and set off to explore!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Spicy BBQ Ranch Burgers

Spicy BBQ Ranch Burgers - seriously delicious! SO easy and they taste AMAZING!!! We grilled these for a party and everyone RAVED about them!! Ground Beef, Ranch mix, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon and Kingsford® Honey JalapeƱo Mesquite BBQ Sauce. Sweet and a little spicy! A new favorite!

Anyone else excited about the upcoming Memorial Day holiday? I can not wait for the holiday! It signals the unofficial start of Summer and the Summer grilling season. We grill all year, but we grill at least 4 or 5 times a week during the summer. It is our favorite time of year!!!

Spicy BBQ Ranch Burgers - seriously delicious! SO easy and they taste AMAZING!!! We grilled these for a party and everyone RAVED about them!! Ground Beef, Ranch mix, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon and Kingsford® Honey JalapeƱo Mesquite BBQ Sauce. Sweet and a little spicy! A new favorite!
We use a charcoal grill. Our charcoal of choice is Kingsford. Kingsford has been bringing Americans real barbecue flavors since 1920 with its charcoal and wood chips. I was excited to see that Kingsford now has a line of BBQ sauces available! I bought three of the new sauces - Original Smoked Hickory BBQ Sauce, Honey JalapeƱo Mesquite BBQ Sauce, and Brown Sugar Applewood BBQ Sauce.

We love burgers, so we whipped up a batch of our favorite Spicy BBQ Ranch Burgers with the Kingsford® Honey JalapeƱo Mesquite BBQ Sauce. OMG! Y'all. The burgers were out of this world delicious! Juicy and packed full of great flavor.

The burgers are loaded with our favorite flavor combination - cheddar, bacon and ranch. šŸ˜ They are super simple to make and the Kingsford® Honey JalapeƱo Mesquite BBQ Sauce really put them over the top. The sauce is sweet and a little spicy. The BBQ sauce gave the burgers that extra kick that made them totally irresistible!

Spicy BBQ Ranch Burgers - seriously delicious! SO easy and they taste AMAZING!!! We grilled these for a party and everyone RAVED about them!! Ground Beef, Ranch mix, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon and Kingsford® Honey JalapeƱo Mesquite BBQ Sauce. Sweet and a little spicy! A new favorite!

We grilled the burgers a few minutes on each side and then brushed them with the Kingsford® Honey JalapeƱo Mesquite BBQ Sauce.

Spicy BBQ Ranch Burgers - seriously delicious! SO easy and they taste AMAZING!!! We grilled these for a party and everyone RAVED about them!! Ground Beef, Ranch mix, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon and Kingsford® Honey JalapeƱo Mesquite BBQ Sauce. Sweet and a little spicy! A new favorite!

After brushing the burgers with the Kingsford® Honey JalapeƱo Mesquite BBQ Sauce, we topped them with some cheddar cheese slices.

Spicy BBQ Ranch Burgers - seriously delicious! SO easy and they taste AMAZING!!! We grilled these for a party and everyone RAVED about them!! Ground Beef, Ranch mix, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon and Kingsford® Honey JalapeƱo Mesquite BBQ Sauce. Sweet and a little spicy! A new favorite!

To assemble the burgers, we toasted the buns and placed some lettuce and tomato on the bottom bun, topped it with the cooked burger, bacon and more Kingsford® Honey JalapeƱo Mesquite BBQ Sauce. 

OMG! Heaven!!! These Spicy BBQ Ranch Burgers are definitely going on our Memorial Day menu. You can make the hamburger patties today and freeze them for the holiday. I actually have a batch in the freezer right now. I can not wait to eat these again!!! 

Head to the store and load up on the delicious new Kingsford® BBQ Sauces. They are the perfect summer grilling companion. They are great for burgers, chicken and pork! The Kingsford® Honey JalapeƱo Mesquite BBQ Sauce was crazy good! I can't wait to try the other flavors!!!

Spicy BBQ Ranch Burgers - seriously delicious! SO easy and they taste AMAZING!!! We grilled these for a party and everyone RAVED about them!! Ground Beef, Ranch mix, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon and Kingsford® Honey JalapeƱo Mesquite BBQ Sauce. Sweet and a little spicy! A new favorite!



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dirty Diet Coke Cake

Dirty Coke Cake - our favorite drink in cake form! Homemade buttermilk chocolate cake and fudge frosting spiked with coconut and lime. SO good! Great for a potluck and tailgate party! A CRAZY delicious cake recipe!

Have you ever heard of a Dirty Diet Coke? It's a thing, you know!?! In case you aren't' familiar with the wonderful Dirty DIet Coke, it is a Diet Coke with coconut syrup and lime. I heard about it from my friends that live in Utah. Swig N' Sweets is famous for their Dirty Diet Cokes (and their cookies are dang good too!). I love Diet Coke, and a Dirty Diet Coke is a fun way to jazz up my favorite beverage.

Coca-Cola Cake is one of our favorite desserts. Chocolate cake made with Coke - so good! I was thinking of desserts for our Memorial Day cookout and thought why not make a Dirty Diet Coke Cake!?!?! OMG! Y'all, this is SO good!!! We both ate WAY too much of this cake. Chocolate cake and Diet Coke - I can't think of many things better in this world!

I used coconut extract in the cake. I didn't think most people would have coconut syrup in their pantry, so I used the extract. It worked great. I used fresh lime juice and zested the limes. Perfect!!

You can make this cake a day in advance and store it in an air-tight container until you are ready to serve. I hope y'all enjoy it as much as we did!!

Dirty Coke Cake - our favorite drink in cake form! Homemade buttermilk chocolate cake and fudge frosting spiked with coconut and lime. SO good! Great for a potluck and tailgate party! A CRAZY delicious cake recipe!

Dirty Coke Cake - our favorite drink in cake form! Homemade buttermilk chocolate cake and fudge frosting spiked with coconut and lime. SO good! Great for a potluck and tailgate party! A CRAZY delicious cake recipe!


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Feta and Watermelon Salad


This recipe is from my dear friend, Becky. Funny story about how I met Becky. I like to say that she picked me up in a bar. LOL! What really happened is Becky was a Plain Chicken fan and recognized me in a restaurant. She came over and introduced herself and we've been friends ever since! That was over three years ago. The internet is a wonderful thing sometimes. Sometimes you get the crazies, but most of the time you find wonderful people. 

Back to the recipe! This Feta and Watermelon Salad is from Becky. She made when we ate at her parent's house for the 4th of July last year. We aren't watermelon fans, but we both devoured this salad. Becky used goat cheese in her salad. Goat cheese is probably the one cheese that I don't like, so I used feta. As we say in our house - "everything is betta with feta".

You can make the dressing ahead of time and assemble the salad right before serving. If you are doing that, I suggest putting the dressing in a mason jar so you can shake it up really good before serving. You want to make sure that the oil is mixed into the rest of the ingredients.

We are whipping this up on Memorial Day - you should too!


Feta and Watermelon Salad - CRAZY good salad recipe!!! I don't even like watermelon, and I LOVE this salad! You can make the dressing ahead of time and toss everything together when ready to serve. Great for dinner parties, potlucks and cookouts. One of my all-time favorite salad recipes! SO easy!!!

Feta and Watermelon Salad - CRAZY good salad recipe!!! I don't even like watermelon, and I LOVE this salad! You can make the dressing ahead of time and toss everything together when ready to serve. Great for dinner parties, potlucks and cookouts. One of my all-time favorite salad recipes! SO easy!!!


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Orange Buffalo Grilled Chicken

Orange Buffalo Grilled Chicken - chicken marinated in buffalo sauce and orange juice - grill, pan sear or bake for a quick weeknight meal. A little spicy, a little sweet and a whole lotta delicious! Ready to eat in 15 minutes!

This Orange Buffalo Grilled Chicken is a fun twist on regular buffalo wings. We have a sports bar that we frequent in town and they serve grilled chicken fingers. I LOVE to get the grilled chicken tenders tossed in buffalo sauce. It is my favorite! I like wings, but I definitely prefer grilled chicken.

This Orange Buffalo Grilled Chicken is becoming a favorite. The recipe only has a few simple ingredients and it tastes great. The orange juice helps to mellow out the buffalo sauce, so it isn't super spicy. I used Frank's Buffalo Wing Sauce (you can use just plain hot sauce if you prefer). I saved a little of the marinade to brush on the chicken as we were taking it off the grill.

This Orange Buffalo Grilled Chicken is great as a main dish or on top of a salad or in a sandwich wrap. We LOVE to make extra chicken for leftovers. My favorite is to heat it up in a tortilla with some cheddar cheese, mushrooms and a drizzle of Ranch. SO good!!

Orange Buffalo Grilled Chicken - chicken marinated in buffalo sauce and orange juice - grill, pan sear or bake for a quick weeknight meal. A little spicy, a little sweet and a whole lotta delicious! Ready to eat in 15 minutes!

Orange Buffalo Grilled Chicken - chicken marinated in buffalo sauce and orange juice - grill, pan sear or bake for a quick weeknight meal. A little spicy, a little sweet and a whole lotta delicious! Ready to eat in 15 minutes!


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Monday, May 15, 2017

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Sunday, May 14, 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! Time to start planning for the upcoming week.
This week's menu is full of delicious options.
I can't wait for Monday!! It is one of my favorite meals!
Double up on the chicken and use some of the leftovers for Thursday!
Cook once - use twice!!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!!

Have a delicious week!



Friday, May 12, 2017

Slow Cooker Texas BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Texas BBQ Beef Sandwiches - only 3 ingredients! Seriously delicious!! Serve beef on top of hamburger buns with a slice of cheese. Great for potlucks! We love this easy slow cooker beef recipe! Can freeze leftovers for a quick meal later!

My usual BBQ is pork, but I have to say that these Slow Cooker Texas BBQ Beef Sandwiches may have me switching sides! Y'all these were SO good! Not only were these sandwiches delicious, they were stupid easy to make. Only three ingredients for the meat. Just dump everything in the slow cooker and let it works its magic! No need to heat up the house or fire up the grill. Just a magical slow cooker doing its thang.

We served these Slow Cooker Texas BBQ Beef Sandwiches on some yummy french bread rolls from the grocery store. They would also be good on slider buns or even on top of nachos! I LOVE BBQ Nachos! I'm heading to Memphis this Fall, and you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be eating some BBQ Nachos at Rendezvous.

This recipe makes a lot of BBQ. It is great for parties or potlucks. You can also freeze the leftovers for later. We actually have some in the freezer right now that we are going to make some nachos with this weekend. YUM!

Slow Cooker Texas BBQ Beef Sandwiches - only 3 ingredients! Seriously delicious!! Serve beef on top of hamburger buns with a slice of cheese. Great for potlucks! We love this easy slow cooker beef recipe! Can freeze leftovers for a quick meal later!


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cornbread Crusted Squash Casserole

Cornbread Crusted Squash Casserole - so delicious!!! Easy homemade squash casserole topped with a cheddar and cornbread crust. Everyone went back for seconds. Onion, Squash, pimentos, bacon, cornbread and cheddar cheese. Can make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake. Great side dish recipe for potlucks and cookouts.

Squash Casseroles are one of our favorites. This squash casserole is over the top delicious with its yummy, cheesy cornbread crust! That's right - cheese AND cornbread. OMG! Not only does this have cheese and cornbread, it also has BACON!! You can't go wrong with a veggie side dish with bacon. Everything is better with bacon. Am I right?!?!?!

For the cornbread, you can use a packet/box of cornbread mix or use some of your leftover homemade cornbread. I have a couple of great homemade cornbread recipes on the blog if you want to use homemade. I just used a package of buttermilk cornbread mix since I had one in the pantry.

This Cornbread Crusted Squash Casserole recipes makes a ton. It would be great for a cookout, potluck and your upcoming Memorial Day celebration. You can assemble the casserole the day before serving and refrigerate it overnight. I love make ahead dishes! Especially for potlucks and parties. 

Cornbread Crusted Squash Casserole - so delicious!!! Easy homemade squash casserole topped with a cheddar and cornbread crust. Everyone went back for seconds. Onion, Squash, pimentos, bacon, cornbread and cheddar cheese. Can make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake. Great side dish recipe for potlucks and cookouts.

Cornbread Crusted Squash Casserole - so delicious!!! Easy homemade squash casserole topped with a cheddar and cornbread crust. Everyone went back for seconds. Onion, Squash, pimentos, bacon, cornbread and cheddar cheese. Can make ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake. Great side dish recipe for potlucks and cookouts.


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sriracha Pineapple Grilled Chicken

Sriracha Pineapple Grilled Chicken Recipe - chicken marinated in bbq sauce, mustard, Sriracha, honey and pineapple juice. Sweet, smokey and a tad bit spicy. SO good! Tons of great flavor and super juicy. We doubled the recipe for leftovers.

I'm a big fan of Sriracha, so I'm always trying to incorporate it into recipes. This Sriracha Pineapple Grilled Chicken is ridiculously good. It isn't really spicy despite having Sriracha in the marinade. I think the pineapple juice really mellows it out. You can adjust the Sriracha up or down according to your heat tolerance. I always air on the heavy side, much to Chicken Legs chagrin. That being said, he also really enjoyed the chicken. I actually made him a batch of this chicken to eat while I was in Belgium. He ate it all and loved it!

This Sriracha Pineapple Grilled Chicken is great as a main dish or chopped up on top of a salad or in a tortilla wrap. We are big into tortilla wraps right now. We like hot chicken wraps. I have a sandwich press that I use to make the wraps. We have been grilling extra chicken for our wraps. We are totally addicted!!

Don't forget to pound your chicken breasts to an even thickness (pound the hump out) so the chicken cooks evenly. You don't want dry chicken!!

Sriracha Pineapple Grilled Chicken Recipe - chicken marinated in bbq sauce, mustard, Sriracha, honey and pineapple juice. Sweet, smokey and a tad bit spicy. SO good! Tons of great flavor and super juicy. We doubled the recipe for leftovers.

Sriracha Pineapple Grilled Chicken Recipe - chicken marinated in bbq sauce, mustard, Sriracha, honey and pineapple juice. Sweet, smokey and a tad bit spicy. SO good! Tons of great flavor and super juicy. We doubled the recipe for leftovers.



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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Peanut Butter Krispie Brownies

Peanut Butter Krispie Brownies - these brownies are TO-DIE-FOR! Boxed brownie mix topped with marshmallow creme and peanut butter, chocolate chips and rice krispies! These things are dangerous! Great for potlucks!! Seriously THE BEST! Such a great and easy dessert recipe.
These Peanut Butter Kripsie Brownie are insane! OMG!! Brownies smothered in marshmallow cream and topped with a mixture of peanut butter, chocolate and Rice Krispies. Heaven in a pan! We had zero self-control around these brownies. I could hear them calling to me in the night - "Plain Chicken, Eat me!". LOL!

My biggest tip for making these brownies is to line your pan with parchment paper before baking the brownies. You want the parchment paper to hang over the edges a bit. This will help you when you go to get the brownies out of the pan. It is SO much easier to cut them on a cutting board than try to mangle them out of the pan.

These Peanut Butter Krispie Brownies are great for a cookout, potluck, tailgating or a Thursday. SO, basically they are perfect anytime! I plan on whipping up a batch for Memorial Day. I know everyone will LOVE them!

Peanut Butter Krispie Brownies - these brownies are TO-DIE-FOR! Boxed brownie mix topped with marshmallow creme and peanut butter, chocolate chips and rice krispies! These things are dangerous! Great for potlucks!! Seriously THE BEST! Such a great and easy dessert recipe.


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Monday, May 8, 2017

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Sunday, May 7, 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!


Happy Sunday! It is time to start planning the week ahead!
This week's menu is loaded with tons of great food!!
We are firing up the grill a lot this week. Do you grill? We absolutely LOVE it!!
We grill at least 3 times a week - year round.

I hope enjoy all the recipes that you try this week.
Don't miss the 3-Ingredient Fettuccine Alfredo!!

Have a delicious week!!


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Three Days in Washington DC

Three Days in Washington DC - what to see and do in the Nation's Capitol.

At the beginning of April, we took a trip to Washington DC. We haven't been to DC in AGES, so we were excited for the trip. We spent 4 nights in town and did our best to make the most of our time. We stopped at all the major tourist spots and even got a special behind-the-scenes tour of Congress!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Pepper Jack Pasta Salad

Pepper Jack Pasta Salad - seriously DELICIOUS! So simple, yet so amazing! Macaroni, pepper jack cheese, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, celery, green onions, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Can make ahead and refrigerate until ready to eat. Perfect for summer potluck! Such an easy side dish recipe!

This Pepper Jack Pasta Salad is really simple, but it tastes amazing. Chicken Legs took one bite and couldn't stop raving about it. I shared some with a friend, and the first thing she said to me the next time she saw me was "That pasta salad was delicious!". SO I think that says it all. You need to make this ASAP!

Like I said, this recipe is really simple. You can make it ahead of time and refrigerate it before serving. It will last several days in the fridge. This is a great side dish for your upcoming Memorial Day cookout!!! It makes a lot, so it is perfect for a crowd!

My favorite thing about this Pepper Jack Pasta Salad wast he little chunks of cheese through out the pasta. I cut up my block of pepper jack cheese into small chunks and tossed it into the salad. YUM! If you don't want the yummy chunks of cheese, you can grate the cheese. If you don't like pepper jack cheese, you can swap it for your favorite cheese. I've only made this with pepper jack cheese, so I can't attest to how it tastes with other cheeses. I'm sure it will be super delicious with any cheese.

Pepper Jack Pasta Salad - seriously DELICIOUS! So simple, yet so amazing! Macaroni, pepper jack cheese, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, celery, green onions, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Can make ahead and refrigerate until ready to eat. Perfect for summer potluck! Such an easy side dish recipe!


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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Greek Marinated Tomatoes

Greek Marinated Tomatoes - only 2 ingredients! Great way to use up all those yummy ripe tomatoes. Great as a side dish or on a sandwich! These make THE BEST BLT sandwich EVER! Whip up a batch today! Such an easy side dish recipe.

Last year we were invited over to my Becky's parent's house for the 4th of July. We had a big spread of ribs, baked beans, Watermelon salad and these Greek Marinated Tomatoes. OMG! Y'all these tomatoes are stupid easy and they taste incredible! You are looking at two ingredients and about 5 minutes of prep work. Slice the tomatoes, pour the dressing over them, and let them hang out in the fridge until you are ready to serve them. Easy Peasy!

We ate these Greek Marinated Tomatoes as a side dish with our grilled chicken. They are also super delicious on top of a BLT. YUM! You really need to try it on a sandwich - it takes to the next level! They will keep for several days in the refrigerator.

I used Ken's Greek Dressing. I love Ken's dressings and their Greek dressing is delicious. If you can't find Ken's any oil based Greek dressing will work just fine. Give these a try ASAP! They would be perfect for your Memorial Day cookout!

Greek Marinated Tomatoes - only 2 ingredients! Great way to use up all those yummy ripe tomatoes. Great as a side dish or on a sandwich! These make THE BEST BLT sandwich EVER! Whip up a batch today! Such an easy side dish recipe.


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Black Bean and Rice Casserole

Black Bean and Rice Casserole - a quick and easy Mexican side dish! Can make ahead and refrigerate until ready to bake. Black beans, diced tomatoes and green chiles, tomato sauce, salsa, rice, sour cream and cheddar cheese. Makes a ton!!! Can serve as a side dish or meatless main dish. Also great served with chips for a dip. We LOVE this easy side dish recipe!

I love Mexican food, but we rarely eat it out. I literally have ZERO self-control in the Mexican restaurant. I am knee deep in chips, salsa and queso before the main dish comes out. I eat way too much. I have to roll myself out of there! It also makes me super thirsty! I am drinking water for hours after I get home. SO much salt. It is safe to say that I have a love-hate relationship with Mexican restaurants.

Since we usually eat our Mexican food at home, I am always on the hunt for recipes. This Black Bean and Rice Casserole is a new favorite. SO easy and it tastes great. You could even add some chicken or taco meat to the dish and have a full meal. 

This Black Bean and Rice Casserole recipe makes a lot, so feel free to half the recipe or freeze half for later. This goes great with the grilled Taco Chicken recipe that I recently shared. It is also a favorite with tacos and fajitas! Heck, this would also be great served with chips as a dip. YUM!

Black Bean and Rice Casserole - a quick and easy Mexican side dish! Can make ahead and refrigerate until ready to bake. Black beans, diced tomatoes and green chiles, tomato sauce, salsa, rice, sour cream and cheddar cheese. Makes a ton!!! Can serve as a side dish or meatless main dish. Also great served with chips for a dip. We LOVE this easy side dish recipe!


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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Grilled Kansas City Pork Chops

Grilled Kansas City Pork Chops - THE BEST pork chops! Season pork chops with an easy dry rub and refrigerate until ready to grill. Brush with your favorite BBQ sauce before removing from grill! Pork chops, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. We make these pork chops at least once a month. We LOVE this easy grilling recipe.

We don't grill a lot of pork chops at our house. I'm really not sure why. Whenever we make them, we both really enjoy them. Pork chops were on sale at the grocery store last week, so I decided it was time to fire up the grill for some chops!

The pork chops are marinated in a dry rub and then brushed with some BBQ sauce right before we pulled them off the grill. I let the pork chops marinate all day. I am of the opinion the longer the better! These pork chops were seriously delicious! Nice and tender and full of great flavor!!! I made some extra pork chops and we ate them for lunch the next day. Just as delicious as the day before. Serve the pork chops with your favorite sides - we like Mac & Cheese and Baked Beans.

Make sure to use your favorite BBQ sauce to finish off the chops. I used Sweet Baby Ray's because that is what I had in the refrigerator. I also like some of the local BBQ sauces that the grocery store carries - Williams Bros. is one of my favorites! It isn't as thick as Sweet Baby Ray's and has a great flavor. 

Grilled Kansas City Pork Chops - THE BEST pork chops! Season pork chops with an easy dry rub and refrigerate until ready to grill. Brush with your favorite BBQ sauce before removing from grill! Pork chops, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. We make these pork chops at least once a month. We LOVE this easy grilling recipe.

Grilled Kansas City Pork Chops - THE BEST pork chops! Season pork chops with an easy dry rub and refrigerate until ready to grill. Brush with your favorite BBQ sauce before removing from grill! Pork chops, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. We make these pork chops at least once a month. We LOVE this easy grilling recipe.


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