Colorful Chicken Alfredo

        It is Noon on Sunday and I am still chillin in my pajamas :)  The kiddos had a sleepover at their Aunt Mindas last night which meant Kale and I got to have a date night! We went and had dinner at the Gun Barrel and then went to see the new Harry Potter movie! It was so good! I laughed, cried and got the crap scared out of me! It was awesome :)
       Kale just left to go pick up the kids and I am just sitting here being a lazy bum doing a little bit of blog stalking :) Now that I am a proud member over at Tasty Kitchen I have made so many new blogging friends! It has been so fun meeting people like myself, who love food, love to cook and like to share with others awesome recipe ideas! So instead of cleaning my house or going grocery shopping like I should be doing right now, I thought I would share with you this amazing chicken alfredo recipe I have been making ever since I found it on kevinandamandas  amazing food/craft blog! Amanda is such an awesome, down to earth girl who has great food and craft ideas.. scarf tutorials and darling fonts for your blog! Her recipe of this Colorful Chicken Alfredo is one you need to make pronto!

Colorful Chicken Alfredo

2-3 chicken breasts, baked and then chopped into bite size pieces

1 quart water
1/2 pound of bowtie or farfalle noodles
1 tbs salt

1/2 cup canned chicken broth
3 tbs butter
1 cup half and half
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt and pepper each

1 tbs butter
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1/4 cup chicken broth

        Heat oven to 375 degrees. On a foil lined baking sheet, place your chicken breasts on top and bake for 35 minutes. When done baking, set aside and when cool enough to handle, chop into bite size pieces.

        Boil bowtie noodles in a large pot with the 1 quart water and 1 tbs salt. Boil for 11 minutes (or according to their package directions) When noodles are done boiling, drain and place back in pot and cover with a lid to keep noodles from drying out until their ready to be added to sauce.

       (While the noodles are boiling start on the sauce). In a small saucepan, heat the 1/2 cup chicken broth and 3 tbs butter over medium heat until butter is melted. Add 1 cup half and half, 1 clove garlic and 1/2 tsp salt and pepper each. Stir to combine, then slowly whisk in the 1/2 cup parmesen cheese. Let simmer on low heat and whisk occasionally.

        Slice both bell peppers into small pieces. Pour 1/4 cup chicken broth and 1 tbs butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Then saute bell peppers in butter and broth for about 6-8 minutes. Add in the chopped chicken pieces. Season with salt and pepper and stir to mix well. Turn heat down to low and now add your alfredo mixture. Stir to combine and let simmer for 10 minutes.
        Add the noodles to sauce and mix well! Place on plates and enjoy every heavenly bite with some garlic bread or a side salad :) YUM!!


Taco Braid

          I recieved so much positive feedback on the Chicken Fajita Braid I posted, that I figured I should play around more with these 'braids'. They are SO EASY to make and the varieties you could make are endless! For this one all I used was taco seasoned ground beef, refried beans, freshly grated cheddar cheese and salsa! That is it.. and that is all :)  You will love it!

Recipe By: Holly Lofthouse

1 lb ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
1 cup water
1 can refried beans
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup salsa
1 can Pillsbury Pizza Dough

       Unravel the Pizza Dough and let sit out on a greased cookie sheet while you brown the ground beef. Once beef is cooked, add the taco seasoning and 1 cup water. Mix well and let simmer for 5-10 minutes on low.
       Now that dough is room temp and easy to work with, shape out into a large rectangle. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut one inch strips down along sides of dough. In the center spread out the refried beans.
       Next spread the seasoned ground beef on top of the beans, and then drizzle the salsa over the meat. Last sprinkle the cheese evenly. Now start braiding the one inch strips over the top.
       Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown! Let cool 5 minutes, and then DIG IN baby :) 



Glazed Jelly Doughnuts

           I LOVE LOVE LOVE me some doughnuts :) Mmmmm..  I have fond memories of when I was growing up going to get Saturday morning doughnuts with my Mom and sisters. We would go to a local bakery called 'Curtis Bakery'. They have the most delicious doughnuts I have ever tasted! It is a very popular bakery here in St. George.
         Now that I am all grown up :( .. and a Mother myself, I have kind of started a tradition with my kids. Almost every Saturday morning, I go down to the local Lins Marketplace in Hurricane and get us doughnuts. Yeah, I know its not the healthiest tradition.. but we only do it on Saturdays and we love it! My girls always request a chocolate doughnut with lots of sprinkles :) and I usually get Kale and I either a maple or chocolate bar!
        Lately I have been on a search for a yummy, yet easy homemade doughnut recipe. Ive heard they are hard to make, and take a lot of practice. That didnt sound like fun to me. Im a busy Momma that likes easy, simple recipes so I looked at a bunch of different doughnut recipes, and came up with this one! They turned out AWESOME!! I used Pioneer Womans doughnut glaze and it finished them off soooo perfectly :)
        Kelsey asked me while we were eating them, "Mom are you going to put these on your blog?" ... I said "Yeah Kels, Why?"  and she said "Oh Good, cause they are SO GOOD and you need to tell the people on your blog that I ate TWO!" ... haha  Shes so cute, and she's right, she did eat two, and I ate two and Kale ate two!! ha Their HEAVEN! Try em out! 

Glazed Jelly Doughnuts
Recipe By: HollyL

2- (1/4 oz) packets of Active Dry Yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/3 cup warm milk
3 egg yolks
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
3+1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
Strawberry jelly
Oil for frying

The Glaze

3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup cold milk

        In a large bowl dissolve the yeast in the water. Let sit for 5 minutes. Then add butter, milk,  egg yolks, and salt. Mix Well.
       Then stir in the flour until dough forms. Place the dough in a greased bowl and let rise for an hour in a warm place in your house.
       After dough has risen, punch down. Knead for 2 minutes. On a clean, floured surface roll out dough into 1/4 inch thickness. With a 2 inch circle cookie cutter, cut out 40 circles. (Cut out as many circles as you can, and then re-roll out to get all 40.)
       With half (20) of the dough circles, scoop a 1/2 tbs of strawberry jelly in the center. Top with another dough circle and press edges to hold together. Place all on a greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise one hour.   
       In a large pot, heat oil to 375 degrees. (Do this while your doughnuts are rising, it will probably take the whole hour to heat up)
       Fry the doughnuts in the oil on each side for about 1 minute or until golden brown. Place cooked doughnuts on a large plate with paper towels to drain grease. In the meantime, stir together all of the GLAZE ingredients and drizzle over the top of the doughnuts!! SOOOO GOOD :)


Stuffed Pizza Rolls

          I am such a pizza fan, but who isn't? I'll eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.. I dont care. I could eat it any ol' time! Especially these Stuffed Pizza Rolls! They're fun to make and quite delicious! They're easy enough for the kiddos to help with, and are also perfect finger-food for parties! You can stuff them with anything you can think of. I chose to do ours with Pepperoni and Mozzarella, and also Canadian Bacon and Pineapple. Mmmmm

Stuffed Pizza Rolls

1 (11 oz) can refrigerated Pizza Dough ( I use Pillsbury Thin Crust)
8 ounces Mozzarella cheese, cut in small cubes
Pizza toppings of your choice (pepperoni, pineapple, ham, veggies)
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese

Pizza Sauce and/or Ranch dressing, for dipping


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9-inch glass pie plate or a square 8x8 glass baking dish. Set aside.
Take dough out of the can, and let sit out for a bit to get room temperature, so it's easy to work with.
Once dough is ready, grab a pizza cutter and cut out into 16 squares.
Take a square and fill it with the cheese and any other toppings you desire. (Be careful not to fill it too full. Eyeball this.)
Next, take each four corners of dough and pull over filling. Pinch together to seal, and then place the ball, seam side down into the glass dish. Repeat with all the other squares.
Once all stuffed balls are placed in dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle evenly with the garlic powder, italian seasoning and parmesen cheese. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before eating. Enjoy by dipping in pizza sauce, ranch dressing or whatever your heart desires!

Recipe adapted from: Our Best Bites



Pilgrim Hat Cookies

         How stinkin cute are these little guys?? What a fun idea for the kiddos for a Thanksgiving craft/ treat to make while your busy making the turkey dinner! Four little ingredients are all you need! A package of fudge striped cookies, miniature peanut butter cups, some vanilla frosting and orange food coloring! So easy, so cute :) Heres how ya do it:

Lay the cookies out on a plate and then unwrap the peanut butter cups.
Place a cup upside down on top of the cookie.

With either a icing decorative bag, or just a ziplock sandwich baggie
put some of the frosting inside. Snip a tiny hole at one of the corners of the sandwich baggie. Slowly squeeze a line of frosting around the cup to create the white band.

With the remaining frosting, dye orange. Place in another baggie to make the orange buckle on the hat!




I was looking through some old pictures of some fun cakes and treats I have made over the past few years. Before I got pregnant with Kallen I was asked to do a ton of cakes.. I LOVED doing it and happy I took pics.. Here are some of them:













Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

        Hmm.. where do I begin? How do I even start to describe how WONDERFUL and SINFULLY DELICIOUS these little guys are?!! When I tasted one last night after waiting for them to chill in the fridge, I devoured it in two seconds.. They are sooo good, and so different! I am a huge cheesecake fan and I love apple pie.. so the combination together I thought was such a genious idea!! When I saw this recipe I knew I had to make them as soon as possible!
        This recipe is from Paula Dean! She is on Food Network, as Im sure most of you know. She is just the cutest, funniest southern gal who makes awesome comfort food! I have made a bunch of her recipes. I totally fell inlove with this one! You have got to try it.. Trust me :)


2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened

3 (8 OZ) packages of cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup butter, softened

              Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9x13 inch glass baking dish with heavy duty tinfoil.
In a medium bowl combine your CRUST ingredients together with a pastry cutter or 2 forks ( Im no proffesional baker so I used 2 forks :)  until mixture turns crumbly. Press evenly into the baking dish. Bake crust for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

             In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with the 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixter at medium speed until smooth. Then add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over the warm crust.

             In a small bowl, stir together the chopped apples, remaining 2 TBS sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over the cream cheese filling.  Then combine all your STREUSEL TOPPING ingredients into a small bowl mixing well, and then pour all of the streusel topping over the apples.

             Bake for 45 minutes in 350 degree oven, or until filling is set. Let cool for 1 hour on countertop, then chill for a few hours or overnight in the fridge! ENJOY :)