Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

Who doesn’t love the peanut butter and chocolate combination?  Reese’s peanut butter cups happen to be my favorite chocolate candy. 

While Kelsie and Kayla spent the night away from home last weekend, I set out to make Mounds Brownies because Kelsie can’t have coconut.  They were divine.  But sadly Zack and I couldn’t finish them all before they got home.  Kelsie was upset that we were enjoying something yummy that she couldn’t have.  Of course, I then promised her I would make something that she could have and she chose something with peanut butter and chocolate.  I first thought of peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, but then thought a blondie would be so much better.  My decision was spot on, because these were a HUGE hit!


What do you need?

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

What do you do?

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9X9 pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter and both sugars.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, combining.
  4. Add the vanilla.
  5. In another bowl mix together your flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  6. Slowly add this to your peanut butter mixture, until well combined.
  7. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  8. Spread batter into your baking dish.
  9. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes clean.
  10. Cool completely, cut into squares, and Enjoy!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Grandma’s Chicken and Rice Bake

Y’all remember the Stouffer’s brand frozen dinners?  They were a staple in our house for a quick week night dinner for as long as I can remember.  

So the frozen version, if you put it in the oven takes forever to bake, so why not just make it from scratch, almost, and make more of it, tastes way better, better for you, and it’s cheaper!


What do you need?

  • 1 box Chicken flavor Rice A Roni {working on recreating this}
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
  • 8oz sour cream
  • 1 cup cream of soup {recipe is coming up, but you can use a can of cream of chicken soup}
  • 1 can French’s fried onion {working on recreating this as well}
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder

What do you do?

  1. Boil your chicken and shred it all up.
  2. Make your Rice A Roni according to the directions on the box.  {I do this in the microwave while I’m working on getting everything else together}
  3. Mix together your rice, chicken, sour cream, cream of soup, and frozen peas and carrots.
  4. Pour the mixture into an 11x7 inch baking dish.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until heated through.
  6. Season generously with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder over the top.  Top with the fried onions and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the onions are brown and crispy.

We eat this at least once every two weeks.  It’s in regular rotation because it’s so easy to throw together on a weeknight and we all enjoy it!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Jim N’ Nick’s Sweet Cheesy Muffins

I ate at Jim N’ Nick’s Bbq the first time a couple of months ago when we made a trip over past Destin to a great little Zoo.  We were torn on where to eat.  It was either Cheeseburger in Paradise or Jim N’ Nick’s.  Bbq of course won.

The food was delicious, but the one thing that I didn’t ever want to leave behind was the muffins that they bring to the table for you to snack upon while you wait on your meal. 

I was on a mission to find that recipe!  As in the weekend after.  Lucky for me, there was a couple of different recipes floating around.  The thing that I then had to do was figure out which one was going to be the exact copy of that original.

Well, after a trial and error of a recipe that I found, I created the recipe.  The recipe with the perfect amount of cheese to sugar to muffin.  You’ll thank me after whipping up your very own Jim N’ Nick’s Sweet Cheesy Muffins yourself. :-)


What do you need?

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

What do you do?

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease your muffin tin very well.  I used a silicone one and didn’t grease it.  They popped right out.
  2. Mix together your flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl combine your egg, butter, milk, and vanilla.  Mix well.
  4. Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and combine, but don’t over mix.
  5. Add your cheese and stir until combined.
  6. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup and fill each muffin cup.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.  {mine was exactly 17 minutes}
  8. All to cool for about 5 minutes, pop out and enjoy with a little bit of butter or alone.

We serve these with a lot of things that I would normally make corn bread with.  And they would be yummy even for breakfast!