Monday, December 23, 2013

Revising some recipes

As I've become more confident in my cooking and baking abilities, I've started to adapt recipes that I find -- mostly on Pinterest -- to better fit my family's taste buds and what I already have on-hand. Both of these were BIG winners, so I thought I'd share them.

The first is a dinner that my husband loves and is super simple. The original recipe is called Garlic-Lemon Double Stuffed Chicken. I generally don't have lemon products on hand so that was hurdle number one. I also generally don't have cream cheese, but I happened to have a tub of Philadelphia savory garlic cooking cream so this happened...

I apologize that it doesn't look great, but I'm not a photographer. How it tastes, on the other hand, is AMAZING. The chicken is crazy moist and it's loaded with garlic goodness!

Garlic and Cheese Stuffed Chicken


  • oil, for greasing pan
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 Tablespoons Philadelphia savory garlic cooking creme
  • 4 Cheddar cheese slices
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a shallow baking dish with oil.
  2. Slice each breast in half horizontally, careful to not cut all the way through.
  3. Place one T of cooking cream and 1 slice of cheese, folded in half in the center of each breast. Close each breast and set aside.
  4. Pour milk into a shallow bowl. In a separate bowl, combine bread crubs and Romano cheese.
  5. Dip each breast in milk and then bread crumb mixture, then place in baking dish.
  6. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic, garlic salt and paprika. Drizzle over chicken.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes of until no longer pink.

If you want a print-friendly recipe, click here.

The second recipe I took on is a dessert, another that I found on Pinterest called Better Than Sex Chex Mix. Unfortunately, I couldn't find two of the main ingredients at my grocery store, so I did some substituting and voila!

Another husband-approved dessert. The USMA Cadets we sponsor loved it and called it addicting. You've been warned!

Candy Crunch Chex Mix


  • 8 cups (approximately one box) Vanilla Chex cereal
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, mini size (not miniature -- mini don't have wrappers)
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup caramel bits
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate baking chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate baking chips


  1. Place cereal into a large microwavable bowl and set aside.
  2. Line cookie sheet with foil.
  3. In a separate microwavable bowl, place brown sugar, butter and corn syrup and heat on high 1 to 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until melted and smooth. Stir in baking soda until dissolved and pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
  4. Microwave cereal on high for 3 minutes, stirring every minute. Spread on cookie sheet and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Break cereal mixture into bite-sized pieces. DO NOT CONTINUE TO NEXT STEP UNLESS COMPLETELY COOL.
  6. Sprinkle mini peanut butter cups and marshmallows over Chex mixture.
  7. In a small microwavable bowl, microwave caramel bits and cream 1 Tablespoon cream uncovered on high for 1 minutes or until chips can be stirred smooth. Using a spoon or fork, drizzle over mixture.
  8. Microwave milk chocolate chips, in 20-second intervals, removing to stir, until completely smooth. Drizzle over mixture.
  9. Microwave white chocolate chips and 1 Tablespoon cream in 20-second intervals, removing to stir, until completely smooth. Drizzle over mixture.
  10. Refrigerate until set. Break apart and store in tightly covered container.

Get the print-friendly recipe here.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Baby Shower game

I helped with my sister-in-law's baby shower this weekend. After culling Pinterest and other sites for idea, I settled on a matching game of sorts. Since she is having a girl, we did match the daughter to her celebrity parents. Here it is in case anyone is looking for a game to use:

Follow this link to download it from Google docs:
Celebrity baby game

Arthur Ashe - 3 Camera
Beyonce - 2 Blue Ivy
Brad Pitt - 9 Shiloh Nouvel
Bruce Willis - 10 Tallulah Belle
Cher - 4 Chastity
David Beckham - 7 Harper Seven
Frank Zappa - 5 Diva Muffin
Gwyneth Paltrow - 1 Apple
Kim Kardashian - 8 North
Kurt Cobain - 6 Frances Bean