Strawberry and Feta Spinach Salad

strawberry salad

(Photo credit: Heather Quintal)

-Light and refreshing with a little crunch, a perfect salad!

Ingredients-

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white onion, minced
  • 10 oz fresh washed spinach
  • 1 quart strawberries, washed and cut in half
  • 1/4 cup slightly roasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions-

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk
    together the sugar, olive oil, vinegar,
    paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Cover, and chill for one hour.
  2. In a bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries, feta cheese, and pecans. Pour dressing over
    salad, toss. Refrigerate 10-15 minutes before serving

Grilled YellowFin Tuna

Grilled Tuna

Grilled Tuna (Photo credit: sheilaz413)

When I was 11, this sushi place was built 2 minutes away from my house. My family was and still is a huge sushi fans. We ordered so much food it wasn’t even funny.  Out of all of it, my favorite was tuna. After that I made a lot of tuna. I remember it tasting good but it could have just been because I made it. But I decided to make my own interpretation of the dish I made when I was 11. I used to just through a little garlic and some terriaki sauce on the tuna. But I changed it up. I used yellowfin tuna and added some ginger actually measured stuff out. It was way better then how I used to make it.

Okay so here is the deal. Since the marinade is salty from the teriyaki sauce, you need to be careful not too over marinate it. The most you should marinate it is 55 minutes, so start making this about an hour  before you want to serve dinner. I learned the hard way. I marinated it for hours and it fell apart in grains of salt. Teriyaki is stronger than soy sauce so you need o be careful not to over do it. That is why I only season the tuna with pepper. So marinate it for 45 minutes min and 55 max.

You know when school starts you start eating take out and frozen dinners because you are so busy? Well the good thing about tuna, it takes way less time to cook tuna then it does to find the place to order from, decide what you want to order, order, wait till its ready, pick it up, and bring it back. This take like 55 minutes in all but 45 minutes of it are just marinating it. The other 10 are cooking it. It really doesn’t take that long, about 3 minutes per side. Okay, well the  point is, this taste and is better for you!!! Except for maybe chick-fil-a!! Nothing beats that!!! YUM!!

I don’t know about you, about I’m not ready to go back. Well, it doesn’t affect me much but  I like having the whole family at home, just baking away! I’m trying to save quick and easy recipes so when school starts I can make these without my family getting sick of them!!

Guess we will wait and see!

Ingredients-

  • 4 fillets yellowfin tuna
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

Directions-

  1. In a large
    resealable plastic bag, combine the teriyaki sauce, oil, garlic, ginger, and
    pepper. 
  2. Put the tuna fillets in the bag.
  3. Marinate for 45 minutes in the refrigerator.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat
  5. Remove tuna
    from the marinade, and place on the grill. For rare tuna, grill for 3 to 5
    minutes on each side. For medium, grill 5 to 8 minutes per side. For
    well done, grill for 8 to 10 minutes per side.
  6. Enjoy!!

Birthday Funfetti Pancakes

Photo Credit- Ruth

Happy Birthday! I first made these fora girl who was turning 12. She has a late August birthday so she had to go back to school a few days later. When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she asked for makeup and clothes.  Talk about puberty!! She was so concerned on looking perfect at school and being all popular. She never card until then and I was like, what just happened to you??!!!! That is when I decided to make pretty pancakes!! If people want to look good, why can’t pancakes? I just made my normal favorite pancake mix then added sprinkles. I was nervous cause it was her birthday and if I messed this up it would be a waste of food and money. I like my pancakes fat, thick, and fluffy. That is just what these were!! They were amazing! Thick light and fluffy!!! It looked as good as it taste!! Oh and tip, when I say sprinkles, I mean sprinkles not sugar crystals.

She had no idea I was making these, I didn’t even until I saw her oufit that day. But it is the best surprise!! Any surprise on your birthday is good but breakfast starts your day great. Everything is better with sprinkles! confetti screams birthday to me. That is why confetti cupcakes are called birthday cake flavored cupcakes, not confetti

Now that school is coming closer, it is way harder to make breakfast for my family. My family eats cereal every morning. But people like me, with weekday birthdays every year, its gets annoying having cereal everyday. These are quick and easy and they are a life saver! They taste good, then they look birthday spirited. As much as I love my family, I also love my sleep and I don’t want to be waking up at 3am making pancakes. These take less then 5 minutes to prep and no more then 10 minutes to cook and cool all them!  So ba-bam perfect birthday breakfast!!

Pancakes with sprinkles, presents, birthday cake, and balloons!! What ca be better?

Ingredients-

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 egg, beaten lightly
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Rainbow sprinkles

Directions-

  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder,and salt in a bowl. Whisk in the milk, egg, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, and vanilla extract . Let the batter stand for 5 full minutes for extra fluffiness.
  2. Add in sprinkles
  3. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat, and brush with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. When the oil shimmers, slowly pour about 1/4 cup of batter into the hot pan. Cook until bottom is browned, about 2 minutes, then flip over and cook until the center of the pancake is set and the other side is browned, about 2-3 more minutes.

Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes (Photo credit: jpwbee)

Who can resist a pancake?? A light fluffy pancake warm pancake!! A great way to start off your day. There are so many pancake recipes you might ask ” what is different about this one?” Well I will tell you, I don’t know. I honestly don’t. I don’t know why, but they are so fluffy ans soft and taste amazing!  It so light. I hate blueberries, they have an annoying texture and I don’t think they taste that good. But I will say, I love an old fashion buttery fluffy pancake. But the blueberries taste great with the pancake. I am not gonna waste my time telling you how it taste cause everybody knows how a blueberry pancake taste.

So my nephew is going into middle school. He is the most shy person I have ever met!! Walks with his head down. Just kidding, he is loud and proud and is excited to get out of middle school. For 6 years he didn’t go with the flow of elementary school, but him and middle school mix well. Like pancakes and blueberries.

Something about the juicy blueberry goes so good with the fluffy buttery pancake. I wanted to make something when they came down to my house for a few days. I looked in the fridge and found 2 pints of blueberries. I wanted to make something with those cause nobody in my family likes blueberries. (I have no idea whey they were in the fridge) He loves pancakes so I just popped them into my homemade batter. The best batters are homemade. It always has a weird sourness when I make it from the box. So until I find a good box mix, Scratch it is!

If blueberry pancakes aren’t good enough for you, top it with whipped cream and fresh blueberries or maple syrup. personally, I think whip cream on pancakes is a must!! It just goes together, I don’t know who thought of whip cream on pancakes but their a hero! Like waffles, pancakes must have whipped cream!

I made these pancakes with a tablespoon of sugar. You can add more or less but it taste best with a tablespoon, perfect pairs

Like my nephew and middle school!

  • Makes 12 pancakes
  • Prep- 5 minutes
  • Cook- 20 minutes
  • 25 minutes in all

Ingredients-

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 pints blueberries
  • Cooking Spray

Directions-

  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk in melted butter, egg, and milk until combined.
  3. Add in Blueberries
  4. Let batter rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Spray with the cooking spray. Pour
    batter into the hot skillet( I did about 1/4 cup batter for each pancake) Cook for 2- 3 minutes, . Flip and cook until golden, about 1-3 minutes.

Mixed Berry Smoothie

Very Berry Smoothie, Commissary

(Photo credit: Jenn Larsen)

Summer is coming to an end so I am making shore I get all my smoothies in. My favorite smoothie is a plain fresh strawberry banana smoothie. But my second favorite smoothie is a mixed berry. As has, always will. I had my first one in Disney worlds when I was 4. I will never forget that day!! Drinking my first  smoothie with Mickey Mouse at my side, fun. I want to go back to Disney world with my family! I think we are going back to Mexico next year. Anyway, I don’t like drinking smoothies in the winter, that is hot
coco time!

This is fresh beyond compare! I don’t like adding a
lot of sugar to any of my smoothies. I like fresh natural ingredients.yogurt, fruit, and ice!! Makes a great smoothie.!

When ever I come home from work, I’m hungry. I am always hungry. This is beyong healthy with all that fresh fruit and its so filling. I am trying to only eat foods that are filling. Chips are good but not worth the calories. They don’t do anything to your body to fill it up. I am stuffed after drinking this!!

It hasn’t been hot here!! Its like 76 degrees right now. But its still nice to have a smoothie!! When I
was younger, I would put a strawberry,banana slice, and one of those cute mini umbrellas that they put in your drinks on vacation!

You can add or take things away from this. If you don’t like blueberries, take them out and add blackberries. Do what ever suits you. I follow this but my friend always adds blackberries!
I will never think any of my smoothies are as good as Jamba Juice or any smoothie place. They are pro smoothie makers. I don’t even have a smoothie place near my house, that is why I make smoothies so much.  But this is close! Here is a secret, take away the yogurt and put ice cream instead and put in like 1/2 cup milk, and a little more sugar. You can make a milkshake. But it is way better as a smoothie!!

Its cold and refreshing and every thing you want your smoothie!!! Are y’all bored? I am. So, um how has your day been going? I went to this new restaurant near my house and it was so good!!! I got  the best lobster mac and cheese!!! Better than mine, and I make good lobster mac and cheese. And though I was full, when I got home and started this post, I was craving a smoothie!!

What can be better?

Ingredients-

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 bananas, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogart

Directions-

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender on high speed
  2. Pour into cups and enjoy!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Simple Strawberry- Banana Smoothies

Simple Strawberry- Banana Smoothies (Photo credit: I Believe I Can Fry)

Summer is coming to an end so I am making shore I get all my smoothies in. My favorite smoothie is a plain fresh strawberry banana  smoothie. As has, always will. I had my first one in Disney worlds when I was 4. I will never forget that day!! Drinking my first strawberry Banana smoothie wit Mickey Mouse at my side, fun. I want to go back to Disney world with my family! I think we are going back to Mexico next year. Anyway, I don’t like drinking smoothies in the winter, that is hot coco time!

This is fresh beyond compare! I don’t like adding a lot of sugar to any of my smoothies. I like fresh natural ingredients. yogurt, fruit, and ice!! Makes a great smoothie.! This smoothie has about 110 calories and 16 grams of sugar per serving. You can adjust if you want. You can double the fruit with the same amount of sugar, it will give a fruit smoothie and you can’t even taste the sweetness. The way I’m posting it is the best!

It hasn’t been hot here!! Its like 76 degrees right now. But its still nice to have a smoothie!! When I was younger, I would put a strawberry,banana slice, and one of those cute mini umbrellas that they put in your drinks on vacation!

I will never think any of my smoothies are as good as Jamba Juice or any smoothie place. They are pro smoothie makers. I don’t even have a smoothie place near my house, that is why I make smoothies so much.  But this is close! Here is a secret, take away the yogurt and put ice cream instead and put in like 1/2 cup milk, and a little more sugar. You can make a milkshake. But it is way better as a smoothie!!

Its cold and refreshing and every thing you want your smoothie!!! Are y’all bored? I am. So, um how has your day been going? I went to this new restaurant near my house and it was so good!!! I got  the best lobster mac and cheese!!! Better than mine, and I make good lobster mac and cheese. And though I was full, when I got home and started this post, I was craving a smoothie!!

What can be better?

Ingredients-

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 tablespoons plus one tsp of sugar

Directions-

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender
  2. Mix on high speed till smooth
  3. Pour and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes

Baked Pork Chops with Sauteed Mushrooms

Picture adapted from RayCaty

Sorry I am never the one taking the pictures. I am the worst photographer ever!! I tried to take a picture of my puppy, it was soooo blurry!! Looked terrible!!! So I get others to take them for me!!

You see here is my problem, I have these good recipes, I make them and I can’t stop. Think about what is going on here, Sweet, juicy pork chops that are baked in the oven!! Serve with some mashed potatoes and gravy, best pork chop dinner you will ever have!! My mouth is freaking watering just talking about it. I have always been more of a beef fan then a pork fan. But after making this, I am finally taking my turn.  Pork has more of a juicy flavor and meaty texture. There is more fat on pork but it has a great flavor.

You know what is one of the best parts about this? The smell after you take it out of the oven. The meat is just cooking in its own fat and it smells so good!! If they made an air refresher for that smell, it would be the top seller 2013!!

This recipe goes the extra step! You dip it in this rub that has few seasonings but is great!! Then you fry  it!! Then bake it!!! You get a crunchy outside and a tender inside Like seriously!! You don’t get that recipe  every day!!

So, the number one used condensed soup used on pork chops is cream of mushroom. I thought it would be good if I sautéed some mushrooms and put them on top. You don’t believe how good it was!! That simple thing made a huge difference!!  I hate mushrooms. They taste terrible, in my opinion. But since I was only cooking for my family I decided to make them. I don’t know why, but they tasted delicious. I couldn’t believe it. I also served it with mashed potatoes. The juicy pork, and creamy potatoes, and mushrooms. God its good.

Yum. Mashed potatoes. I can eat them every day for the rest of my life if I had the option. If you make them how I make them, extra seasonings, milk, and butter. They are amazing!!With steak they are good. With pork chops, they are great. Alone, better than ice cream!! I know I am writing this whole thing on mashed potatoes when everybody has already eaten them, but I get carried away.

Ingredients-

  • 6 pork chops
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cups, Panko Japennese bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can condenced cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pack wild mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic, minced

Directions-

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Season chops with onion powder,salt,pepper, garlic powder, and dried parsley
  3. Beat 2 eggs in a bowl, dip chops in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs
  4. Heat the oil in a medium skillet to medium-high heat and fry 4 minutes per side, or until lightly browned
  5. Cook in preheated oven, for 1 hour, 30 minutes after being in oven, put on the mushroom soup
  6. Meanwhile, Saute mushrooms in olive oil,mushrooms, salt and pepper, over medium heat until tender, about 7 minutes
  7. Serve mushroom over pork.