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Banana Surprise

April 12, 2013

Get ready for a cool summer treat!

Have you ever put something in your mouth and realized right away you were in trouble? It tastes so good that it might be something you have to eat EVERYDAY? Well sweet readers, I’m sorry and also not sorry for what I am about to introduce you to. Sorry, because I think I might have just introduced you to your new addiction but also not sorry because this recipe is also super healthy… that is in moderation, wink, wink.

Now, again, I can’t take credit for this recipe, but that doesn’t mean I can’t share it. Our friends, Helen and Jesse, introduced us to this sweet and simple treat and it has become a part of our daily diet. And with the days getting hotter and hotter in DC, it was around the 70s-80s this week, a cool treat is something that we just need to have on hand.

Are you drooling yet? Well let’s get you a banana surprise!

Banana Surprise[amd-zlrecipe-recipe:2]

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Lamb Burgers and Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

April 5, 2013

O So Good!

I just needed to share this recipe. While on the mission to learning how to cook, I am also trying to learn how to cook a little bit more healthy and good-for-you recipes. This one is just that and more. You will literally want to put this sauce on everything. I can’t take credit for this recipe though, I got it from my brother’s girlfriend after I heard him raving about it. When I hear of a recipe that a man is talking about, I know that Andy might like it to. If I haven’t mentioned it before, my husband is the world’s pickiest eater. He hates spaghetti (which happens to be my favorite food), tomatoes (which is in my favorite food), anything really good for you and green foods including but not limited to most veggies.

But I took a chance with this recipe and I am so glad I did. He devoured it and then some, so ladies, if you want a tasty dish and one that is man approved, look not further. Here is the recipe for Lamb Burgers and Homemade Tzatsiki (Ta-zeek-ee) Sauce.

Lamb Burgers

Tzatziki Sauce


Here is a little snap shot of our patties ready to be grilled.


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Kitchen Life Savers

April 2, 2013

Make life a little easier with these Kitchen Life Savers

One of the goals in my life is to flourish in the kitchen. Now, I know where my strengths and weaknesses are, and I already know that I will never be a master chef, but I would love to entertain others without having to disguise Safeway’s potato salad as my own. “O this?, I just whipped it up”, sorry friends, no it came from Sam’s club, but I probably told you because I felt guilty right afterward.

Moving on… in this discovering period of how to get down and dirty with baking, cooking, broiling and more, I have come across a few things that have made this journey a lot easier and it has made this weakness of mine so much more enjoyable. I hope you can find a few helpful hints here as well and if you have something that makes your life easier, please don’t hold it back! I am all ears.

KitchenLifeSaversKitchenLifeSavers21. Bella Cucina Blender/ 2. Crock Pot/ 3. Fred Measuring Cups/ 4. Garlic Zoom/ 5. Ginsu Knives/ 6. Fred Measuring Spoons/ 7. Leah Duncan Tea Towels/ 8. Belkin iPad Mount

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O Sweet Carolina BBQ Chicken

March 28, 2013

Get Ready to Drool!

I am going to tell you a secret. Well it’s not really a secret but I am not proud of it.

I am a horrible cook. Ok, maybe not horrible but I am not one of those girls who say “I’m not good at cooking” and then pull together a 3 course meal. Cooking can really be a struggle for me. I like to cook but the creative juices just don’t flow when I am ready to feed the hungry masses husband. But I found out something that has changed not just my life but my sweet husband Andy’s life as well because he actually enjoys this new discovery.

It’s simple math really. Any meat + any sauce + crockpot= genius! Now this does come with a caveat;  I did tell my friend Peter about this trick and he responded in his usual dry manner, “Really Emilie? How about Salmon and Queso?”. So please do use common sense and discretion.  Also, I would like to add that Peter not too long after this conversation, exclaimed he had tried this trick and made dinner magic, I tried his recipe and I do agree!

But one thing I love about life is you can always learn and I hope to learn how to cook better and with more ease plus the Crock Pot happens to be the best thing any kitchen challenged gal needs! Today I am going to share one of my favorite meat+sauce recipes that will have you saying O Sweet Mercy!

CarolinaBBQChickenThe Ingredients and supplies:

  • 2-3 Defrosted Boneless chicken breasts (I use hormone free because they are better for you and I think they taste fresher)
  • 1 Bottle of Archer Farms Carolina Style BBQ Sauce
  • 1-2 tbs. of Honey (optional but so good!)
  • 1/2 Sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 1 Can diced green chiles
  • Crock Pot

Place the thawed chicken breasts in the crock pot and pour the entire bottle of sauce over the chicken. We like our BBQ sauce just a little bit sweeter so we added the optional honey to give the sauce a tangy but sweet flavor. You can add as much or as little as you want. Add the diced green chiles and onions into the Crock Pot and stir to make sure the sauce covers all the chicken breasts. Place the Crock Pot on high for 4-6 hours and wait to drool over the smell.

When you are ready to eat, cook the whole wheat pasta shells with a 1 tbs. of olive oil. After cooking and draining the pasta, spoon onto plates and place chicken and sauce over shells. Holy Moly, please enjoy.


Here is Peter’s recipe as well:

  • Boneless chicken breasts
  • Archer Farms Hawaiian marinade
  • Red, Orange and Yellow Peppers
  • Pineapple chunks

Place chicken and sauce in the Crock Pot and cook for 4 hours on low, after 4 hours place place the peppers and pineapple chunks and cook for 2 more hours. So good. Thanks Peter for sharing, sarcasm and all.



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