Sunday, March 30, 2014

Banana Bread Brownies

With a Browned Butter Frosting!

I made these scrumptious treats a few weeks ago,
and there is NO doubt that I will be making them again!
And probably soon!!!

I saw the recipe for these here and thought they sounded so good.
I love banana bread, so how could these be bad?

SPOILER: They weren't!
They were AMAZING!!!

And the best part is that they are so incredibly simple to make.
Take a look at the process below:

The Goods:
Yellow Cake Mix
Vegetable Oil
Sour Cream
Powdered Sugar

Mix up the first part of the batter.

Add the bananas, cinnamon and pecans.

Pour into greased 9x13 pan and cook for about 25 minutes.

While baking, make the brown butter frosting!

 Done baking and before and after frosting is added.

The finished product.

Like I said before, these were amazing!
My favorite part by far has to be the incredibly tasty brown butter frosting
Yum, yum, yum!!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

400th and Instagram!

Let me first star off by saying...


Wow! Wow! Wow!
Can you believe this is the 400th post on this blog!?!
I'll be the first to say I didn't see myself keeping this blog up,
but I'm SO happy I did.

I don't have tons of readers, 
and that's completely fine.
I do this blog for ME and I'm very thankful for the readers I do have!

Keep coming back and reading.
Let me know what you like and what don't.
What you want to see MORE of.

And for those of you that don't know yet...
I have an INSTAGRAM that's mostly for the blog.
I sometimes give previews to what I'll be posting about soon!

Follow me here if you aren't already!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Homemade Soup: Taco Soup

I saw this soup recipe on a blog I read and it sounded amazing!
I couldn't wait to make it and give it a try.
I did so not too long after spotting the recipe.

And I haven't blogged about a homemade soup in awhile,
so I thought it was time I shared another yummy soup on my blog.

This recipe is so easy to make and gives you quite a few servings. 
I made enough to eat for a few meals and then freeze some for later.
(Note: I've found that it's easier to freeze soup in individual servings.)

Take a look below at the process and then give it a try.
I'm pretty sure you'll like the outcome - I sure did!

The Goods:
 Ground Turkey (or Beef)
Taco Seasoning - Packet or Homemade
Bell Pepper
Black Beans
Kidney Beans
Pinto Beans
Rotel Tomatoes
Diced Tomatoes
Ranch Packet

Brown the meat, add the onions and bell pepper and sauté.
Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

Simmer at least 30 minutes - if not longer.

Garnish with Sour Cream, Cheese and Green Onions!

Dig in and ENJOY!!!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Have you signed up for Ebates yet???

If not, you need to!!!

Go here RIGHT NOW and sign up. 
You won't regret it! In fact, I think you'll thank me eventually!

In this post, I told you how I had just received my first check from Ebates and a few of you signed yourself up to start earning money too. 

My first check wasn't huge - in fact, it probably wouldn't even buy a meal at too many places.

But my second check was almost 10 times more! 
My Ebates check was partly from my own online shopping, but partly from referring people too. 
Yes, you read that right - you get money just for refereeing people once they make their first qualifying purchase.
So basally, it's FREE money! And who doesn't like free money? 

If you didn't sign up the first time I posted, you're just missing out on a little extra money in your wallet (or bank account really). Don't make that mistake again, so sign up here NOW!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Elina and Robyn Make...Gnocchi

It's been quite awhile since I posted about something delicious Elina and I made.
I'm sorry it's been so long, but I hope this amazing food makes up for it!

A few weeks ago, Elina and I were watching a show on the Food Network and they were making homemade Gnocchi. As soon as we saw this, we both looked at each other and had the same thought -

After doing a little research, we figured making gnocchi wouldn't be much more difficult than making homemade pasta and we've both done that numerous times before. The more difficult part was deciding what type of sauce to make with the gnocchi.

After each of us threw our a few ideas, we decided on ...

A Cheesy Garlic Cream Sauce!!!

Homemade Gnocchi with anything sounds great, but with a cheesy garlic cream sauce is sounds even better!
(Note: We didn't toss our broccoli with the gnocchi as this recipe indicates.)

The Goods - Part 1:

The Goods - Part 2 (AKA Things we forgot in Part 1...):
Chicken Broth
Fresh Parsley

Peel, cut up, cook, drain, cool off and finally rice your potatoes.

Arrange your potatoes in a dome and create a well in the middle.
Add your egg mixture and start combining with your hands.
Gradually mix in cheese and flour until dough is slightly sticky.

Divide dough in sixths, roll out into 1/2 inch thick, then slice in 1/2 inch pieces.
Create indentations on each piece using fork tines.

We put our gnocchi on cookies sheets, then stored them in the fridge while we made the delicious sauce!

Now time, to make the sauce!!!

Melt butter and cook the garlic.
Stir in Chicken Broth and combine.
Whisk in Cream and Milk until incorporated. 
Add the parmesan right before combining with the gnocchi.

Bring water to a slow boil, add gnocchi and cook until they rise to the surface.
Drain the gnocchi and combine with the sauce.
Finish off with Fresh Parsley.

Plate, add more fresh parm and serve with a crisp green salad!

The gnocchi and sauce were absolutely amazing!
After taking a few bites, we decided that the gnocchi were like little pillows of deliciousness.
And then we scarfed the rest down without saying another word to each other.
It was THAT good!

We were both very happy with the end result and knew we'd both be making this again.
In fact, we even had some uncooked gnocchi leftover that we were able to freeze for a later date.