Archives for January 2014

01.20.14

Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe

 

 

You’ll Need:

Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs
Cupcake liners
Chopped Pecans
Butter
Cream Cheese 8 oz.
14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Can Blueberry Pie Filling|
Frozen Whipped Topping
Cupcake pans

To Make The Graham Cracker Crust:

Mix 1 1/2 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs, 4 TBSP melted butter, 1/2 – 3/4 cup chopped pecans (depending on how many you like in there). Take spoon and smash the crust mixture in the bottom of your cupcake liners. If your mixture is too dry you can add more melted butter to it.

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To Make Filling:

Mix 8 oz packet of cream cheese and 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk. Once they are blended together add half the can of blueberry pie filling. Fold in 1 cup of frozen whipped topping.

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Spoon the filling into the cupcake pans and cover with foil. Freeze for 3 hours before serving. I like to take them out of the freezer 10 minutes before serving so they are soft.

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01.06.14

Sesame Chicken Recipe

When I was in college there was a Chinese restaurant called Old Peking. They had THE BEST sesame chicken. I used to order take out from them at least once a week. A lot of places have a really sweet sesame sauce and I prefer the more vinegar tasting sauces. After trying many recipes I decided to make my own and I’ve used this recipe for 6 years now.

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You’ll Need:

Green Onions
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
A Chicken Breast per person
Sesame Oil
Soy Sauce
Chicken Broth
Water
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Corn Starch
Flour
Rice Vinegar
Baking Powder

Start by chopping your green onions. Chop your chicken breasts into little cubes.

To make the batter get a medium size bowl and mix – 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp baking powder, add water until its a batter consistency. Coat the chicken in the batter and cook in a pot of hot vegetable oil. I like my oil to be 375 degrees.

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Cook the chicken until the pieces are a nice crispy brown.

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While the chicken is cooking you can start the sauce. In a medium sauce pan add 1 – 2 tsp sugar, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 rice vinegar, 1 Tbsp sesame oil, 1/2 cup chicken broth mixed with 1 Tbsp corn starch. Bring the sauce to a boil for 1 minute and then let it cool. The last step is to add a handful of shopped green onion. *******THIS SAUCE WILL BE NOT BE SWEET, IT WILL TASTE MORE LIKE VINEGAR. IF YOU WANT IT SWEET ADD EXTRA SUGAR*******

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I always serve my sesame chicken with brown rice. Top the chicken with sesame sauce and green onions. ENJOY!

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01.05.14

First Time Down The Slopes 2014!

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Yesterday we packed the car full and drove up to Breckenridge for the night. Tom and I planned to ski for a couple hours and then take everyone sledding. We rented a nice condo on the river walk for the night so we wouldn’t have to worry about the traffic down the mountain. We got to the lifts at around 1pm and Tom realized that he FORGOT his ski poles! I learned how to ski when I was 6, and they didn’t let you use poles when you started learning. Tom doesn’t know how to ski without poles though, so he ended up renting a pair.

We eventually made our way onto a lift. I’m always nervous the first run of the season because I’m usually a little rusty. But this year it didn’t take long for me to get used to my board again. It seems to get better every year. I also bought a new pair of boots and a new jacket……..so that helped. My boots hurt at first because they kept digging into my calf, but after about an hour they felt better. We skied for 2 hours and it was really fun. The snow was good and the sun was out. I’ll do a separate post about the gear I use while snowboarding.

At 3:30pm we started heading back to the condo, but we got on the wrong shuttle bus. That was a little bit of a headache. Audrey wasn’t a huge fan of sledding. I couldn’t figure out if it’s because she was FREEZING or if it was the spray of snow that hits your face on the way down. I ran her back to the car and turned the heat up so she could get warm. Her boots were wet and her poor feet were blue. Once the sun went down we headed back to our condo for dinner. The next morning we woke up to heavy snow. It was coming down hard so we packed quickly and headed out. Tom had to be home in time to make it to work at noon, but the snow really effects driving time down the mountain. We barely made it home in time for him to shower and head out. Well that was our trip up to the mountains. Hopefully there will be many this winter!