Monday, October 27, 2014

Mini Chicken Pot Pie

Yesterday was my first time making mini chicken pot pies. It turned out beautifully! I found the recipe on Pinterest. Oh, how I love Pinterest! As you know... I don't follow instructions well. So I did it my way on the first go round. You would have thought that I would have learned from this mistake Beautiful but Dry Chocolate Disaster. I didn't learn too well.
 Here is the recipe I made up, lol:
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless organic chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1/4 of a zucchini cut thin and halved twice
  • 1 large potato – peeled and cubed
  • a few slices of fennel
  • 4 sticks of sliced celery
  • 1/3 c butter
  • 1/3 c chopped onion
  • 1/3 c all purpose flour
  • 1TSP. garlic lovers seasoning (FlavorGod)
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cans of chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 1 box of 8 tart shells (from WalMart)
  • 1 can of biscuits (I used croissants. They cook way too fast)

    ♦Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
    ♦In a saucepan combine chicken, and all the vegetables. Add  can of chicken broth fill with water to cover.See I didn't do any of this. Because I forgot! I'm so bad at reading instructions!!  Add 2 cans of chicken broth and bring to a boil for 15 minutes.
    ♦In another saucepan over medium heat melt butter then stir in flour. Add a cup of the chicken broth from chicken and veggies, then add milk, and stir. Simmer over medium heat until thick. Remove from heat and add cream of chicken soup.




     ♦Mix the chicken mixture with the sauce to create the filling and keep on low heat and stir.
     ♦Place small tart shell in cupcake pan and spoon over the chicken mixture. Then cover with the biscuits or pie crust, seal edges, and trim any excess.


    ♦ Seal edges with a fork
    ♦ Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes
    before serving.
    Adapted from Poofy Cheeks
    ♦Adding 2 cans of chicken broth to cook with the vegetables and garlic lovers seasoning gave this recipe SO much flavor!♦

    Monday, October 20, 2014

    Steel City Pops

    Friday night, I tried the most delicious Popsicle I've tasted so far in Dallas. I heard about this place from Dallas Foodie. She and Yelp are very helpful sources on what to try in Dallas. Anyway, back to the pops! I decided on a pumpkin pop way ahead of time. When I saw the list of flavors again; sweet potato pecan stood out. The pop is very creamy and full of flavor. They didn't hold back on the spices at all! The nutmeg, cinnamon, pecans, and creamy-ness..... Oh Lord, I want one now!

    They have a lot of flavors and you can request a flavor you like too! That is freaking awesome to let your customers pick something out!!!
    My friend bought the coffee pop and it taste like robust iced coffee. Bottom line, this place it a MUST TRY!
    Coffee Pop

    Sweet Potato Pecan

    The Fruity Pops



    Flavors I would like to see on the menu:
    Strawberry Cheesecake
    Lemon Pie
    Key Lime Pie
    & Mango-Lime

    30 Things to do Before I Turn 30 *UPDATE*

    I'm working towards the big 30! So I decide to do a search on some things that I might want to add to my list of things to do. I saw a lot of things that matched my list. I want to do some exciting, life changing things before 30 hits me! Here's my list....

    Read the Bible All the Way Through
    Something I want and need to do. 
     Run a 5K
    With or without a friend. This has been something I have been wanting to do for for a whole year! I will purchase my tickets I'll update this blog when I buy my ticket.
    Put Away the Electronics for Awhile
    I can stay on my phone for way too long. On Instagram, Pinterest, ect. Being on electronics can make the day pass so fast!!
    Stop Sleeping My Life Away
    I love to sleep! But I wont be able to get anything done while sleeping. I wont run myself ragged, but I need to move around and do more. I get on my own nerves wanting to nap all the time. When it is needed I will nap.
    Lose 30 Pounds
    I know I can do it! I've lost 13lbs before I went to Costa Rica and I can do it now!!! I know it! I'm going to try really hard to get this done, starting now!
    Travel to a Foreign Lane
    I will update you when I purchase my ticket to the land of my choice!
      Road Trip With Friends
      I need to get some reliable friends who will get on the road with me! I have plenty of friends so I hope I can get them together :).
      Change the Way I Dress/Style
      I dress way too old sometimes. Yes, i know it. I try and go thrift shopping to put a cute look together. But I end of looking like who did it and what for!!! I just need to shop at a store and not think so much about money. I need to stop being cheap with myself. I'm worth every penny I work for. This is how I want to dress
       back to schoolbright
       Untitled #4
      Be Okay With Doing Things By Yourself
      I really don't like to do things alone. I will but I don't like to. I like to have company, honey! I've started to be more loner like, but not really. Here is what is boils down too: Don't think that friends or family to will want to do what I want to do. Do it by yourself and move on! 
      Find My Dream Job and Go For It
      I quit this crappy job I had been at for five years. A wait of my life..ugh! You can find that story on my blog under I QUIT! After doing that, I know what I want to do in life. Finding it is the problem. I want to work in a bakery and intern with DMagazine, so bad! I will turn in another intern application for DMagazine this month. I hope I get it!!! As for the bakeries, I will never give up on it.
      Learn How to Place an Instrument
      I've always wanted to play the guitar. It's always so cool to see a chick playing a hardcore instrument. I like the fact that Beyonce has all girl band.

      Guess This One
      Can anyone tell me what I really wish I could do by watching this movie? 

      This is what I was supposed to do in my life, lol! That's why I must stop sleeping so much! I want to break dance all over the place!! There isn't ANY classes in Dallas to learn jack dilly squat about break dancing or hip hop dance. If any of you know of a class. Please, let me know!!!
      Visit Bethel
      I want to visit the one in New York, but any one of them will do!
      Successful Blog
      I want to attractive fabulous people to my blog! I want to to make it to 200 hits a day. If you like my blog, feel free to share! ☺
      Start Pay Off Debt
      UGH!!! Why did I do this to myself! I will work on this as soon as possible. 
      Start and Finish a 30 Day Fitness Challenge►Starting Nov 1st Jillian will help me loose 30lbs
      Don't eat out for a Week
      I still have to try the best restaurants in Dallas! (o-o)
    17.Stick to better eating habits (Bread and sweets are my weakness!!) I'm starting this now
    18. Recreate a smaller version of Noah's Ark with my kids.
    19. Have a cooking Channel on YouTube
    20. Make every recipe in my favorite food network magazine
    21. Try the best restaurants in Dallas
    22. Be Vegan for a day
    23. Cook a big meal for family or friend
    24. Get rid of clutter
    25. Sell my facial/hand scrubs and cookie mix in a jar on Instagram or to anyone!
    26. Have a garage sale/donate left over garage items to women's shelter 10/25/14
    27. Be in a Flash Mob! Peep This ↓
    I signed up with Flash Mob America and Dallas Flash Mobs
    28. Get a henna tattoo

    29. Have an 80's gathering or sleepover. Yes, I said sleepover. I'm still a kid at heart and I love the 80's. We are going to watch all 80's movies

    30.Take a Martial Arts class
    I took this one off but still wanted to share it. Get into a concert for free
    Finish this one on the 10/17. Went to American Authors Concert ☺


    Please share some of your thoughts on what I should do. I would love to hear them! I will update this post frequently with pictures of my accomplishments.

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Eat Me Glazed Donuts *Update*

    I have been eyeing this place everyday for the past week on my way to work. On yesterday I told my co-workers about the donut shop. They were like"Are you going to go?" I'm thinking I hate waking up earlier than I have to. I like to sleep to the last possible minute. Which means I'm always running late. It's not a good look, but I get to work on time! 
     
    I thought really hard about stopping at Glazed. Once I pulled up Yelp and looked at the reviews and donut pictures. I loved how creative they are with their flavors.They post the flavors they have for the day on Facebook Glazed Donut Works. They stay open very late. Which I love!!! Here are the names of the donuts I had 1. Vegan Raspberry 2. Pumpkin Cream Cheese 3. Chocolate Macadamia Nut 4. Pineapple Fritter. 1 & 2 where my FAVS! I didn't think a vegan donut could taste so good! The pumpkin was full of spices... Oh Lord it was good! The coconut I was good (I'm not too fond of coconut but still wanted to try) and the fritter was okay. One of my co-workers said her favorite was the coconut and the other the vegan. So to each is own....
    1. Vegan Raspberry $3.50 2. Pumpkin Cream Cheese $2.50 3. Chocolate Coconut Macadamia $3.50 4. Pineapple Fritter $3.50 
I put this is order from my favorites to least favorite. The Vegan and Pumpkin donut was Oh My Gosh Delicious! I guess, I wasn't expecting the Vegan to taste so good. More on my blog later today! #PhotoGrid #glazed #realtalkrealfood #tasty
    Look at the flavors!!! 


    DONUT GRILLED CHEESE w/BACON
    MAPLE BACON LONG JOHN
    CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE
    S'MORES
    SAIGON CINNAMON SUGAR
    PUMPKIN OLD FASHIONED

    PEANUT BUTTER OLD FASHIONED
    COCONUT ALMOND (vegan)...
    RASPBERRY (vegan)
    little BANANA PUDDING
    PEACH SCHNAPPS FRITTER
    mini BLUEBERRY MASCARPONE
    DONUT FRENCH TOAST
    DONUT ICE CREAM SANDWICH
     
     
     For my first visit and taste of the donuts *drum roll please* I give them a
    Isn't the box just SO cute!

    I didn't try this one... It looked interesting.

    I had to go back!!! 10/29/14


    My TOP Favorites are BOTH Vegan Donuts!

     Raspberry Vegan
    Biscoff Cookie Butter Vegan
    Cold Brew Chocolate Coffee Cake I didn't like this one too much and wont get it again. Just trying something new.

    Saigon Cinnamon was better than the coffee but I wouldn't get this one again either. Like I said earlier, this place is super creative and I should have gone simple this time!!! My fault! I like 2 1/2 out of 4. Not bad.

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Tasting Starfruit At Work

    This past weekend I went to the Asian Market in Plano. It's called Ranch 99 and it is full of different tasty foods. I had gone before and I saw the starfruit, but I was scared to try it. I came into work and asked my co-worker would she try it with me. She said "Of course"! Asking her to try it with me gave me the POWER!!!! *starts rapping and dancing to Snap I Got The Power*
     Ok, I'm done with my 3:50 for dancing! Back to the starfruit. Once I brought it to work I realized... Do I even know how to eat this fruit? Do I have to peel it? I got on YouTube and searched How to eat a starfruit. I found this lady who showed me how to peel and eat the fruit. Something about her reminds me of Mr. Furly from Three's Company. Anyway, watch it till the end. LOL, she starts dancing. LOVE IT!
    I noticed that startfuit comes in many colors. The reddish orange are the ripe ones. I wish I had waited till mine changed color. I was just so excited and didn't have knowledge about it. Now I DO!!!




    Below is the starfruit I purchased. Yes, this is my work desk. Yes, my desk has been sanitized. First you will wash your hands and then your fruit.
    Then you cut off the edges. I'm not sure what to call them. Look at the picture and the video and you will figure it out.
    Cut off the tail pieces. As soon as you do, you will see that beautiful star shape. It smells fresh and crisp!
    See all that juice!!! Fruit smoothies coming up next!

    Let's talk taste and then I'll leave you be! It was just like a gala/green apple without the sourness. It has a fresh after taste kind of like a cucumber. If you are in to fruit, different cultures, or just new tasty foods. This is a MUST TRY! And it is beautiful!










    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    Sweet Potato Teacakes

    I came across this recipe because I had a can of sweet potatoes and I wanted to make some cookies. So I did a search for sweet potato cookies and came to this website Sprinkle Some Sunshine. I'm so happy I found this site! As you can see in the original recipe it calls for pumpkin. Well, I didn't have pumpkin! To me pumpkin and sweet potato are interchangeable.

    Sweet Potato Teacakes

    1 cup softened butter
    3 cups granulated sugar
    2 eggs
    2 cups Sweet Potato (I used canned sweet potatoes)
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    A lot of cinnamon
    A lot of nutmeg
    5 cups CAKE flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    2 teaspoons baking soda


    Preheat oven to 375 degrees (original recipe preheats at 350)

    Beat butter and sugar together for about 2 minutes or until smooth. Add eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and spices. Continue beating for about 2 additional minutes. Add rest of ingredients to bowl and mix just until flour disappears and all ingredients are combined.
    Using a large cookie (or ice cream) scoop, place dough onto parchment lined baking sheets.
    Bake at 375 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely on baking sheet before transferring to plate.

    Using cake flour in place of all purpose makes the cookies more like cakes. That's why I changed the name to sweet potato teacakes. My grandma used to make teacakes all the time and this recipe reminds me of her delicious teacakes!

    Sorry about the terrible pictures! I made the last of the batter the night before and forgot to take pictures! This was at lunch to 10/27/14. I will definitely makes this recipe again.



     

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    56 Small Peach Cobblers

    A close friend  of mine is relocating to Taiwan. Her family had a going away party for her this past Saturday. I signed up for dessert. I've know about this party for months. I knew what I was going to make and I was happy about it. Cause I had a PLAN!

    How about I waited till the last possible minute (the night before) and made the peach filling. Anyone who bakes, knows how bad your feet get to hurting. My dogs were KILLING me! It was like I was walking on hot stones. When I sat down my feet begged my brain not to walk on them again. I was so over making that stuff! I wanted to tell my friend I couldn't come, lol. I was dog tired but it was my own fault. I had to suck it up and keep going.

    Saturday at 1 am, I finished 56 mini peach cobblers and 0 batches of cookies. At 9:36am I made the sweet potato teacake dough, and chocolate chip cookies. Went back to sleep after I made the dough. Woke up three hours before the party started and I had to go by my house to get dressed. By the way all this action took place at my sister's house. Anyway, I woke up and baked as many cookies as I could and brought the rest of the batter with me. It was an oven at the location.

    On to the recipes... This is by far the BEST peach cobbler /crust recipe I've made!

    Crust:
    I bought it from Wal-Mart! 4 Wal-Mart brand rolled pie sheets. Each patch has 2 pie sheets rolled in plastic. 9 cartons/boxes of (8) tarts shells.

    Filling:
    8 -10 cups fresh peaches (Sam's slice peach 106oz can)
    Juice of fresh lemon
    cinnamon (I don't measure)

    nutmeg (I don't measure, cause you can't go wrong with adding too much!)
    2 cups sugar
    ¼ cup cornstarch
    1 ½ cup cold water

    Sugar
    1 stick melted butter


    Filling:
    Place sliced peaches in large bowl and toss with lemon juice and 1 ½ cups of sugar.

    Whisk cornstarch with cold water and remaining ½ cup sugar. Cook over high heat until thickened and transparent. Mix with peaches and pour peach mixture in large rectangular baking dish. Drizzle peach mixture with one half of melted butter.

    Brush pastry top with all the melted butter or use egg wash. It will flow between cracks into filling. Then sprinkle top of pastry with plenty of sugar. Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes – 1 hour or until bubbly and crust is browned. You can do the final browning of crust under the broiler.
     
    I used a coffee cup to cut the pie sheets. The perfect size! I brushed the tops of the pies with egg wash and put small piece of butter in the middle. I used a fork to mash the pie tops to the bottom. This sealed them together.
     





     I use cupcake pans to bake the mini pies in. This was great for transporting to the part also.


    Doesn't this look beautiful!!! Here are more pictures from the party.




















    
    The recipes for the teacakes, and cookies...I will save for another day.