K’s Keepers, Valentine’s Day Edition

So, it’s been a long while since I’ve had a K’s Keepers post.  I’ve been really bad at taking photos of my meals.  Plus, I haven’t made anything really exciting since K’s wisdom teeth have come out and he’s been on soft foods.  But, I did make some Valentine’s Day treats for K’s office, so I thought I would share these with you.

Remember the Brownie Dipped Oreo recipe?  Well, I made a little change to it and it turned out to be a-maz-ing. Just trust me.  So, instead of using Oreos, I used Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  Oh yeah!  You have to make these.
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So, follow the same recipe as the Brownie Dipped Oreos, but substitute the Oreos for Reese’s PB Cups.  And, you can thank me later!

 

Next, I made chocolate chip cookies.  Oh, you don’t think that’s very Valentiney?  Well, I dyed them PINK.  How’s that for festive?!  It was really funny watching everyone’s reaction to the color.  At first, they didn’t want to eat them.  Who wouldn’t want to eat a pink cookie?  What is wrong with you people?  It’s two of my favorite things, combined into a little ball of yumminess.

Anyways, I’m not ready to share my chocolate chip cookie recipe with you guys just yet, so make up your own batch of cookies and, before you add in the flour and chocolate chips (or basically before the batter becomes too thick), add in your pink food coloring.  I use the gel food coloring because it gives a better color.  You can find this at your craft store.  I buy mine at Michaels.

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The colors here look a little orange, but in person, they are bright pink.  The perfect Valentine’s Day pink, if I do say so.

Now, go bake yourself some pink chocolate chip cookies and some brownie dipped Reese’s Cups, and thank me later.  Note: I will not be held responsible for your weight gain.  It will happen.  This is just a fair warning.

 

Enjoy your cookies,
{d&k}

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K’s Keepers, Vol. 4

Welcome to another installment of K’s Keepers!  This time, dessert!  You.are.welcome.

This one is so easy, you really don’t even need a recipe.  But, I’ll make one up if it makes you feel better!

* I used reduced-fat brownie mix and reduced-fat oreos.  It makes me feel better about eating half the batch. In one sitting.  Don’t judge.  Wait until you make these…you’ll do the same thing.

   

Enjoy your new favorite snack!  And, they are so easy, you’ll be making these little puppies quite often!

 

If you enjoyed this, you might also like:
K’s Keepers, Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3

 

Enjoy your day,
{d&k}

K’s Keepers, Vol. 3

Last night we had an am.az.ing dinner.  I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you!!  {d&k} went to a burger restaurant and d ordered a BBQ chicken burger that just had to be recreated.  So, {d&k} created their own version:

Mother and Child Burger
Serves 2

Ingredients:

Ground Chicken
BBQ Sauce
2 Slices Cheese (we used American)
2 Eggs
Lettuce & any additional toppings
2 English Muffins (or buns)

1 – Form ground chicken into 2 patties and grill until cooked through and no longer pink.  Top with cheese and let melt.

2 – Fry egg/cook sunny side up, so that yolk is not too runny.

3 – Toast english muffins.  Add BBQ sauce to bottom of muffin.  Add chicken and top with fried egg.  Add lettuce and any additional toppings.
   
4 – Eat!  Enjoy this deliciousness of a sandwich and try not to make a mess. YUM!
   
So, k thinks it’s funny that it took me a little longer than most to catch onto the name, Mother and Child.  I just thought it was clever and didn’t associate it with what it really is….Mother = Chicken and Child = Egg.  Haha.  Now it’s even funnier!  Sometimes, I’m a little slow.

Let me know if you try this fantastic chicken burger and what you think of it!!

Enjoy your day,
{d&k}

K’s Keepers, Vol. 2

It’s that time again…
Time to share another recipe k loves!

This week’s recipe:

Fiesta Chicken (k said, “So it’s party chicken?”  Yes, k it is.  It’s like a little party in your mouth.  Enjoy.  This may be one of my favorite dishes I’ve ever made).

Ok, back to the recipe…

Fiesta Chicken
(Serves 4) 

4 Chicken Breasts
1 Can Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup
1 Can Mexicorn, drained (corn with peppers)
1 Can Black Beans, drained
1 c. Salsa
2 Tbsp. Taco Seasoning
2 c. Cooked Rice
Cheese to top

1 – Place chicken breast in bottom of slow cooker.  Top with soup.

2- Add mexicorn black beans, salsa, and taco seasoning and stir lightly.  (It will not look very appetizing at this point.  It slightly resembles cat food.  But trust me, it’s delicious!)
    

3 – Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.

4 – When ready to serve, stir in cooked rice.  Top with cheese.
 

* I made a few adjustments to this recipe, but I wanted to give you the original also.  Instead of cooked rice, I used uncooked Spanish rice.  I set the crock pot to high for 3 hours, then added the uncooked rice, and then turned the crock pot to low for another 3 hours.  I did this because there was a lot of liquid in the crock pot and I was worried the rice wouldn’t soak it up and I didn’t want this dish to be soupy.  It turned out great and I’m glad I added the uncooked rice.  

Cranberry Margaritas
(Serves 4)

1/2 c. Cranberry Juice
1/2 c. Tequila
1/4 c. Triple Sec
1/4 c. Lime Juice

1 – Mix all ingredients together and serve over ice.  Enjoy!!
  

Let me know what you think about the Party-In-Your-Mouth Chicken and Cranberry Margaritas.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Enjoy your dinner!
{d&k}

 

K’s Keepers, Vol. 1

So, k had a great idea!  Let’s post some of k’s favorite recipes that I make, so that others can enjoy these super simple dinners and treats too!  Good job, k!  After every new dinner I make, I ask k if it’s a “keeper,”  meaning, do we keep this recipe in rotation or get rid of it because it’s poo.  K always says “keeper.”  So, that’s where the blog title, K’s Keepers, comes from.  I’m hoping to make this a recurring post, featuring some of k’s favorites.

I took a few pictures last night while cooking, but only of the finished (and almost gone) product. Nothing of the prep, how-t0, or anything in between.  These recipes are super simple (that’s the only way I cook, people) but if you have a question, let me know!

Crockpot Mac ‘n Cheese

(Makes 6 – 8 servings)

8 oz. Dry Wheat Elbow Macaroni, cooked (I used Penne because that’s what I had)
3-4 c. Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided
1 can (12 oz.) Evaporated Milk
1 1/2 c. Milk
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Salt
Onion Powder to Taste

1 – Combine all ingredients, except 1 c. cheese, in greased crockpot.  Sprinkle 1 c. cheese on top.

2 – Cover.  Cook on high, 3-4 hours.  Do not remove lid or stir until finished cooking.  

3 – Enjoy!

      1 – Mac ‘n Cheese cooking in crockpot. Not opening the lid and taking a peek was the hardest part of this recipe!   2 – Finished product, after I stirred it.  3 – Almost gone!  It was a very yummy dish!

Cornbread

(Makes 12 in Muffin Tin)

1 c. Flour
1 c. Yellow Cornmeal
2/3 c. Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
3 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 egg
1 c. Milk
1/3 c. Vegetable Oil

*Can be made in cast iron skillet, muffin tins, or square baking dish.  (I used a square baking dish this time because I wanted extra-thick pieces).

1 – Preheat oven to 350*.

2 – In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients with a wire whisk.

3 – Grease pan and sprinkle cornmeal, making sure all side are coated.  Pour batter into pan.

4 – Bake 15 – 20 minutes, until top is golden brown.  (I had to add 10 minutes due to the thickness).

5 – Enjoy!

   

I love, love, love cornbread!  This recipe is super easy and very, very good!

Microwave Apple Crisp

(Serves 6)

4 Medium Tart Cooking Apples, peeled & sliced
2/3 c. Packed Brown Sugar
2/3 c. Quick Cooking or Old-Fashioned Oats
1/2 c. Original Bisquick Mix
3 tbsp. Butter, softened
3/4 tsp. Cinnamon
3/4 tsp. Nutmeg

1 – In an ungreased 2 qt. microwaveable casserole or 8 inch square dish, arrange apple slices, covering bottom of dish.

2 – In small bowl, stir remaining ingredients until crumbly.  Sprinkle over apples.

3 – Microwave uncovered on high, 7-10 minutes, until apples are tender.  Serve warm.

4 – Enjoy!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the first (of many) K’s Keepers post.  Let me know if you try these recipes and what you think!

Enjoy your day,
{d&k}