Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Grape Chicken Salad Sandwhich

 Who want's a super fast and delicious lunch dish? I love sandwiches that have a variety of flavors and textures and this grape chicken salad sandwich is a perfect example. It's creamy and rich and I love getting the bites of texture from the pecans and celery! 


1 Can of Chicken Broth
2-3 Skinless Chicken Breast
2-3 Celery Stocks 
Handful of Purple Grapes, Sliced
Handful of Chopped Pecan's
1/2 Cup of Mayonnaise ( or more depending on the amount you prefer)
Croissants ( or any bread)


1. Pour the can of chicken broth into a saucepan and place the chicken inside. Boil the chicken for 10-15 minutes until fully cooked.
2. Drain the chicken and cut into extremely small slivers.
3. Chop the celery, grapes and pecans into small bite sizes.
4.) In a large bowl mix together the chicken, celery, grapes, and pecans. Scoop in the 1/2 cup of mayo and stir all of the ingredients thoroughly.
5.) Scoop the mixture onto your croissants. 

This recipe is great because you can add more or less of each ingredient just depending on your particular taste. Do y'all have a go-to sandwich recipe? 

Until our next dish, Rachel.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Brown Sugar Cookies with a Browned Butter Frosting

If you haven't already noticed I think I have a massive sweet tooth going on lately and I just want to bake everything! Sweet, salty, or savory I just wan't to bake them all. I think I may have Spring fever and I'm just going stir crazy. Regardless, these brown sugar cookies are a must any season.


  • 14 tablespoons (7 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Frosting Ingredients:
  •   1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  •   3 tablespoons butter
  •   1/4 cup milk
  •   2 cups sifted powdered sugar

                Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  1. Stir butter, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, and salt in a large bowl until combined. Stir in egg and vanilla until combined. Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda to bowl and stir until combined.
  2. Scoop 1/4 cup sized balls of dough onto baking sheets (7 to 8 per pan). .Bake until tops have puffed and cracked, and edges are golden, 9 to 11 minutes, rotating pans from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool.
  3. For Icing:
  1. Combine brown sugar and butter in small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and continue cooking 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes. Mixture will slightly thicken.
  3. With hand mixer beat in milk until smooth ( I just used a whisk). Slowly add in powdered sugar until spreadable consistency.
  4. Spread approx 1 teaspoon on each cookie.

They came out shaped kinda wonky but they taste fabulous so that's fine in my book!

Until our next dish, Rachel.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Homemade Grape Jelly

It's such a gorgeous day here I just wanted to make a bright and delicious dish. So I decided to make Grape Jelly! Why I really like making this dish is that I know exactly what components goes into it and there's a feeling of accomplishment when it's complete.

     Wanted to share the scenery while the grapes and apple simmered.


4 Pounds Concord Grapes
1 Granny Smith Apple
2 1/4 Cups Sugar


  1. Put the grapes and apple in a large pot and add 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer over low heat until very juicy, about 10 minutes. Strain the juice through a fine sieve set over a large bowl.
  2. Strain the juice again through several layers of dampened cheesecloth, without pressing or squeezing; you should have 3 cups.
  3. In a very large saucepan, boil the grape juice and sugar over moderate heat, stirring, until the jelly falls off a cool spoon in sheets and registers 220° on an instant-read thermometer, about 18 minutes.
  4. Pour the jelly into hot, sterilized canning jars to within 1/4 inch of the rims. Seal. Submerge the jars in a pot of water and boil for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the jars and let cool. Check the jar lids to make sure they are fully sealed; refrigerate any jars with imperfect seals.

Do y'all make any homemade jams or jellies?

Until our next dish, Rachel.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sweet Potato Muffins, Oh My!

I had a couple of sweet potato's and I didn't just want to do the boring sweet potato casserole or bread so I got onto Pintrest and found an auh-mazing recipe! Sweet Potato Muffins with a Pecan Streusel Topping. I opted the pecans on the topping because I didn't have time to run to the store for them, but they turned out fine even without them.

  • 3 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup sour cream (full or reduced fat)
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup baked sweet potato mash
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • For the Pecan Streusel Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup finely chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a standard muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl lightly beat the eggs. Add the sour cream, oil, and sweet potato mash and stir well. Mix in the brown sugar and vanilla. The batter will be frothy and kind of fluffy at this point.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Stir until just combined.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 prepared muffin cups.
  6. In a small bowl crumble together the softened butter, chopped pecans, flour, and sugar. Sprinkle the topping over all the muffins. Be liberal with it! Use it all up.
  7. Bake for 18 – 20 mins.

So, I had left over cupcake liners from Halloween so I figured what the heck let's not waste em'!

Until next time, Rachel.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Eggs Lorraine

A really quick and easy breakfast dish I like to prepare is Eggs Lorraine. I'm always in a hurry in the mornings to get to class on time so this dish is perfect for a hectic morning because you just layer the ingredients on top of each other. This dish is by Taste of Home and I swapped out the bacon and cheese for the types I prefer.

4 Slices Canadian Bacon ( I used Applewood Bacon)
2 Slices Swiss Chess (I used American)
4 Eggs ( I used only two since I only made a single serving)
1/8 Teaspoon Salt
1/8 Teaspoon Pepper
Optional: Chives, Minced

  1. Coat two shallow oval 1-1/2-cup baking dishes with cooking spray. ( I only used one oval baking dish) Line with Canadian bacon ; top with cheese. Carefully break two eggs into each dish.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream, salt and pepper until smooth; drop by teaspoonfuls onto eggs.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until eggs are completely set. Sprinkle with chives if desired. Yield: 2 servings.

This dish goes great with a cup of coffee or tea and it's such a tasty and easy-to-do dish everybody will enjoy. 

Tell me your easy to make breakfast dishes!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday Wishlist

Beautysets - Kitchen dreams

It can't hurt to dream about owning all of these fabulous items, is it? This is my first time doing a wishlist and it was so easy to put it together all thanks to the team at StyleSets. I love bright and colorful kitchen decor, utensils, and just plan fun knick-knacks!
1. Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer
This is my ultimate dream kitchen appliance! I love the variety of colors that they can come in and it's just a personal goal to be able to afford to purchase it myself. 

2.Williams and Sonoma Monogram Beverage Bucket 
The beverage bucket is such a cute and fun way to display your drinks at a party or game day. I love that you can personalize it with your initials and who doesn't like monogramming everything they own?

3.Anthropologie Apron
Being a huge fan of anything Anthropologie I absolutely adore their kitchen section and when I saw this adorable apron I knew I had to have it. The simple but flattering apron would suit my kitchen and I perfectly. (:

4.Kate Spade Salt and Pepper Shakers
How stinkin' cute are these salt and pepper shakers? I love that they're animals and not the traditional boring shakers. It would be a fun and quirky addition to anyone's kitchen.

5.Tory Burch Wine Opener
Who knew Tory Burch sold wine openers?!? I love that it has the Tory Burch logo on it and the bright gold color is just lovely. I could see many wines being opened with this cute opener.

So, that completes my very first Wednesday Wishlist! I hope to eventually have my hands on a couple of these items but until then I'll just have to keep daydreaming about them.

What's on your Wishlist?