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Why You Should Get a Propane Fire Pit & The Best S’more Tip Ever

Let me start off by letting you know I live in the BEST neighborhood.  Seriously, I love my neighbors, their kids,  and the fun activities we do together.  A few years ago one of my neighbors started having "Monday's Marshmallow Movie Madness".  This was a great activity where in the summer our cul-de-sac would gather in their yard, the kids would watch a movie projected on the side of their garage while the adults roasted marshmallows and had hilarious conversations around their propane fire pit.  Those nights bonded us together as neighbors and friends and I loved them.  I also fell in love with their propane fire pit. Why You Should Get a Propane Fire Pit NO Smoke-no more moving from seat to seat depending on the way the smoke is blowing in the wind Easy to move around-It fits great on a deck, patio or I can Read more [...]
Apr 29, 2013 - Churchy Stuff, Recipe Book    12 Comments

Youth Group Waffle Bar Date Night

Recently our church youth group held a group date with a waffle bar.  I was lucky enough to be a part of it so I'll share how it all went down so you can recreate this really fun date night for any age.  We started with long tables covered in brown craft paper.  Then decorated the area around with some fabric pennants that I had made for another event.  Then we placed four waffle irons on the paper and all the toppings.  One of the young women wrote with a black sharpie instructions and labeled the syrups and toppings. Long tables were set up in a U shape.  We found these to work better than rounds since everyone was closer together and their dates sat right across from them.  The tables were also covered with brown craft paper and simple mason jars and flowers were added for decor.  Groups of sharpies of all colors Read more [...]
Apr 3, 2013 - Recipe Book    7 Comments

Mmmm, Avocados!

I love avocados!  I even went to an elementary school that was named after an avocado, "Fuerte".  That's what happens when you grow up in So.Cal.  There are avocado farms all over the hills in San Diego.  After making lots of guacamole, turkey sandwiches with avocado, and yummy salads topped with avocado, I thought I'd share a few tips for using these delicious treats of nature. I always slice my avocado lengthwise then slide the halves apart.  Then with a gentle squeeze pop out the seed.  If the avocado is not perfectly ripe, strike it with a knife blade and turn it slightly, then lift up the knife and the seed will be attached.  You can throw the seed away, or keep it and place it in the leftover guacamole to help preserve it's freshness (this is kind of a joke to me, since we NEVER have leftover guac!). Whether Read more [...]
Mar 26, 2013 - Recipe Book    3 Comments

NorNor’s Rich Moist Carrot Cakettes

It is almost Easter and nothing says Easter dessert like carrot cake.  But this is not the dry icky carrot cake you pick up at the convenience store, nope!  This is my grandma NorNor's carrot cake recipe.  And it is moist, delicious and a piece of ...well cake to make!  (excuse the lame joke, I couldn't help myself)  You may be wondering about the "Cakette" reference in the title.  Well, I have realized that I am completely incapable of making it in a bundt form.  That was what the original recipe calls for, but after numberless fails at ANY type of bundt cake, I came up with this little "Cakette" gem that is a winner every time. Cake Ingredients: 2 cups sugar 2 cups flour 2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1 1/2 cup oil 2 1/2 cups grated carrots (I use about Read more [...]
Feb 28, 2013 - Recipe Book, Recomendations    8 Comments

BBQ Your Bacon for Crispy Smoky Goodness

Alright, I'm going to be completely honest here, I am not a bacon fan...I know, shocking right?  Who doesn't love bacon?  This lady, that's who.  Well, I am the only one in my family that doesn't adore the crispy greasy sizzilin' delight known as bacon.  It actually stopped me from making bacon for years.  I couldn't stand the mess of grease everywhere or the ever lasting linger of the cured smokey aroma.  That was when I found all of the pins on Pinterest about baking your bacon.  Perfect I thought!  Until I tried it.  It took a long time, it took a bunch of energy to heat up the oven, and never really came to the right consistency that my children and husband like.  Then one day my husband volunteered to try cooking it on the BBQ.  Brilliant!  All the stink, grease, and mess stayed outside while the bacon cooked Read more [...]
Dec 7, 2012 - Christmas, Recipe Book    17 Comments

Christmas Morning Caramelized Baked French Toast

Nothing says Christmas morning like Caramelized Baked French Toast.  It is a sweet sugar fest for the senses.  I also love that you can prep it the day before, pop it in the oven Christmas morning and enjoy a warm tasty breakfast together (unlike crepes where I'm standing over the griddle while the kids are crying "more" before I've even tasted one). Click HERE for the PRINTABLE RECIPE Ingredients: 1 Loaf of French Bread 6 Eggs 1 1/2 cups Milk 1 1/2 cups Half and Half 2 tsp Vanilla Extract 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon 3/4 cup Butter 1 1/3 cups Brown Sugar 3 tbls light Corn Syrup Start by cutting the french bread into 6 long strips.  Then with kitchen shears, snip off chunks of bread until the entire loaf is in a greased casserole dish.  Set aside (since I live in a dry climate, I leave it uncovered to allow the bread Read more [...]
Nov 1, 2012 - Recipe Book    4 Comments

Last Minute Chili Recipe

With the fall weather in full swing, I thought I'd share my easy Last Minute Chili.  Since it includes cans of chili beans and stewed mexican tomatoes, the rich deep flavor is built-in, even if it only simmers for five minutes.  Usually I make a recipe card for those that I share, but this is soooo easy I opted not to. Ingredients: 2 cans chili beans (I prefer S&W or Ranch Beans) 2 cans S&W Stewed Mexican Recipe tomatoes (these work the best) 1 lb ground beef 1 tsp garlic 1 tsp chili powder Start by heating up a dutch oven.  I got my Martha Stewart one two years ago from my in-laws and use it all the time, I LOVE this pan.  Brown the ground beef and add the chili powder and garlic. While the meat cooks, open up all four cans.  Use some cooking shears to cut the stewed tomatoes into smaller pieces (you Read more [...]
Jul 19, 2012 - Printables, Recipe Book, Travel    13 Comments

Road Trip Chex Mix

I have very specific things I like to take with me on trips.  One must have is my Road Trip Chex Mix.  It is full of everything yummy, chocolate, peanut butter, coconut and sugar!  I took the original recipe from the Chex box itself, but have modified it a bit.  This is a great recipe for all of you moms of Gluten intolerant kids since it is Gluten free! Alright, here are all of the ingredients necessary to make this delectable little treat. Ingredients: 8 cups Chocolate Chex (1 box) 1/2 medium bag M&Ms 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes 1 cup light corn syrup 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup chunky peanut butter 16 sandwich Ziploc bags   In a large bowl, mix Chocolate Chex, M&ms, and coconut together.  Set aside. In a medium sauce pan, heat corn syrup and sugar until barely bubbling.  (I Read more [...]
Jun 21, 2012 - Recipe Book    9 Comments

The Best Ever Tropical Berry Trifle

   When I asked Justin what dessert he wanted for Father's Day, he instantly said The Berry Trifle.  My mom concocted this about 10 years ago and it has been a family favorite ever since.  BEWARE: This dessert is very decadent and rich.  I've named it Tropical Berry Trifle because it is full of berries, as well has bananas, crushed pineapple, and coconut extract. Let's start off with the ingredients that make up this tasty treat. 2 8oz pkg. cream cheese 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar 8 oz sour cream 2 tsp coconut extract 2 cups Cool Whip 1 family size frozen Sara Lee pound cake 1 16 oz pkg of strawberries 16 oz. frozen mixed berries 2 bananas, sliced 20 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained Prep the fruit.  Drain the canned pineapple.  Strain the juice from the frozen berries.  Slice the strawberries Read more [...]
May 30, 2012 - Recipe Book    8 Comments

Southwest Lime Chicken Picnic Wraps

I was almost finished prepping dinner when my husband called and told me we had been invited to go boating with some friends.  We had to take our dinner and eat it on the run.  "But I made salad for dinner!" I thought.  Then I hit me, cook up a few tortillas and stuff the salad inside.  That was the start of my family's favorite dinner.  I'm not a huge recipe blogger, but I have had too many requests for the recipe for these, I figured this would be easiest done with a photo heavy post, so here goes. Southwest Chicken: 18 chicken tenders (1/2 Costco bag) 1 pkg chicken taco seasoning First for the chicken.  Dump raw chicken (mine was frozen) into slow cooker (no need to add water or anything else just yet).  Cook on low for 6 hours.  Remove chicken.  Measure 1/2 cup of the chicken water left behind in the Read more [...]

OCD Kitchen Organization

I'm not clinically OCD, but I do exhibit many obsessive compulsive disorders, especially in my kitchen.  I disclosed this in my pantry post (My Corner Market: Tips for an Organized Pantry) and since it has been pinned over 47,000 times on Pinterest as of today, I figured there was something about my crazy organization skills my followers liked.  Today I am sharing a few of my favorite organization tricks from the rest of my kitchen (to see the open house of my Midnight Beach Kitchen, click HERE). To start off, I like to keep everything in a handy place for where I might use it.  For example, my KitchenAid mixer sits in a corner with the flour close by.  In the drawer just below I have all of my measuring cups, spoons etc.  In the cupboard above are my baking supplies like salt, nuts, baking powder etc.  For my "wrap" Read more [...]
Feb 23, 2012 - Recipe Book    2 Comments

Chewy Coconut Meringue Bites

Chewy Meringues?  Yes, created by accident, loved by all!  These are my go to, easy, delish cookies!  The coconut extract adds a subtle background flavor. I've made these so many times, for baby showers, neighbor treats, parties etc., that I have these down to a science!   Ingredients: 6 egg whites (room temperature) 1/2 tsp cream of tarter 2 tsp vanilla 1/4 tsp coconut extract Dash of salt 2 cups sugar Directions: Add egg whites, cream of tarter, vanilla, coconut extract and salt to stand mixer (note: you can use a hand mixer, but it takes longer and is a lot of standing and mixing).   With whip attachment, whip for 2 minutes on level 6 of 10.  After the 2 minutes, slow down the whip to level 3 and slowly ad the sugar.  Turn whip back to level 6 for 4 additional minutes until stiff Read more [...]
Feb 6, 2012 - Recipe Book    4 Comments

Decadently Delicious Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnabon rolls used to be a treat I couldn't resist on a trip to the mall or just before catching a flight in an airport terminal.  Well with four kids I don't fly much and there aren't any Cinnabon kiosks in our malls anymore.  I have tweaked a few different recipes and come up with what I think is the best, most decadent and delicious cinnamon rolls.  These are a cinch to make in a bread maker (note: if you don't have a bread machine check your local thrift shop they usually run around $10). Dough Ingredients: 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees or 30 sec in microwave) 2 eggs room temperature 1/3 cup margarine, barely melted 4 cups all purpose flour (Lehi Roller Mills is my fave) 1/2 cup corn starch 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup white sugar 2 1/2 tsp yeast (instant or rapid rise)     Filling Ingredients: 1 Read more [...]