Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Yummy Pasta Di Vinci!


  • Penne Pasta – Enough for 2 servings according to the box
  • 1/4 Red Onion – Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Button Mushrooms – quartered
  • 1 tsp Garlic – chopped, not minced or crushed
  • 1/2 lb Chicken Breast – Cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Madeira wine (red)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 Tbsp Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tbsp Parsley


  1. Follow the directions on the box for the pasta.  Make sure you cook them “al dente”.
  2. Saute onions, mushrooms and garlic in 1 Tbsp of the butter until tender.
  3. Remove the onions, mushrooms and garlic and set them aside until later.
  4. In the same pan, cook the chicken, stirring frequently.
  5. Remove the chicken and it aside until later.
  6. To the same pan, add 2 Tbsp butter and melt over a low-medium heat.
  7. Sprinkle the flour over the butter and stir to make a roux.
  8. Slowly add in the wine, water and heavy cream, stirring constantly.
  9. Cook over a medium-high heat until thickened – Stirring often to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  10. Add the parsley and let simmer for a few minutes.
  11. Add the chicken, mushrooms, garlic and onions back in and simmer for 2 more minutes.
  12. Pour over the pasta and server with Parmesan cheese.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Wingers Sticky Fingers!

Sorry No Pictures... My hubby and i downed these before i could get some pictures.
Winger's Sticky Fingers Recipe:
1 pkg. frozen breaded chicken strips (We use Tyson brand)
6 Tbl. Frank's Hot Sauce (It has to be Franks Hot Sauce, no other sauce will taste as good)
4 Tbl. water
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
 Prepare the chicken strips as directed on the back of the package.
 Heat hot sauce, water and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, until sugar is dissolved.
Pour sauce over chicken, and enjoy!  Serve with ranch dressing for dipping.
Serves 2-3 people.

We served ours with Sweet Potato Fries... when i find a Really good Sweet Potato Recipe i'll share it with ya... if any of you readers out there have one please let me know!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Photo Moto(vation)...

This is my Motivation to help me get my camera out so i can keep up with Tito man!.  Simple as that.. has so awesome printables & she has a check list for Every season & occasion. (I'm a check list person!) Check 'em out

Thursday, February 16, 2012

How I Spent my Valentines day...Chicken Parmesan

My hubby and I had a nice relaxing dinner at home. My Hubby helped me make dinner and The Tito man took a nap while we had dinner and just talked.
My Handsome Valentines. 
Tito Man did help clean up the house before Dad came home though..

Here is the Recipe for our Yummy meal.

Chicken Parmesan
1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper
3 large egg whites
1 tbsp. water
vegetable cooking spray
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, butterflied and cut into halves (4 pieces total)
2 cups marinara sauce, warmed
about 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp. minced fresh basil
Adjust an oven rack to the middle position.  Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.  Combine the breadcrumbs and oil in a 12-inch skillet and toast over medium heat until golden, stirring often, about 10 minutes.  Spread the breadcrumbs in a shallow dish and allow to cool slightly; when cool, stir in the Parmesan.
In a second shallow dish, combine the flour, garlic powder, 1 tablespoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper together.  In a third shallow dish whisk together the egg whites and water.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with vegetable oil spray.  Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, then season with salt and pepper.  Lightly dredge each chicken piece in the flour to coat completely, shaking off the excess.  Then dip into the egg whites and finally coat with the breadcrumb mixture.  Press on the breadcrumbs to make sure they adhere.  Place the chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake until the chicken is no longer pink and feels firm when pressed with a finger, about 15 minutes.  Remove the chicken from the oven.  Spoon 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce over the top of each piece of chicken and top with 2 tablespoons of the shredded mozzarella.  Return the chicken to the oven and continue to bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.  Sprinkle with the fresh basil and serve as desired, with extra Parmesan and marinara sauce.
 Student Housing doesn't have the best lighting so the picture is not the best.
 Candle light and everything.. Martinelli's has a great flavor: Apple Cranberry.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Yumminess: Traditional Chicken Noodle Soup & Dinner Rolls

Last night we had a Court Activity (in the complex we live in we have "courts" made up of 3 or 4 buildings.) that was a Bread and Soup night. I went all out and made Homemade Chicken Noodle soup (Rachael Ray Style) & Dinner rolls (Our best Bites)... Here are the Recipes! & My Pictures.

Traditional Chicken Noodle Soup
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
3 celery ribs, chopped
2 medium-size carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 bay leaf, use fresh if available
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 quarts chicken stock
1 pound wide egg noodles
1 pound chicken tenders or chicken cutlets, cut into bite-size pieces
Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat with EVOO. Add celery, carrots, onions and bay leaf, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 2-3 minutes then add chicken stock. Bring to a boil and add the egg noodles. Cook according to the package instructions, adding the chicken pieces during the last 4-5 minutes of cooking. Ladle a portion of noodles, chicken, vegetables and soup into a bowl & Enjoy!

Dinner Rolls
2 c. whole milk (if you’re in a pinch, you can use 2%, but whole is best. Don’t use 1% or skim)
½ c. + 1 Tbsp. sugar, divided
1/3 c. (5 1/3 Tbsp.) butter
2 tsp. Kosher salt
2 pkgs. active dry yeast (or 4 1/2 tsp.), preferably bread machine yeast
2/3 c. warm (105-115-degree) water
8-9 c. all-purpose flour
3 beaten eggs
Combine milk, 1/2 c. sugar, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until butter melts. It’s salty. It’s sweet. Yum.

Remove from heat. Allow to cool to lukewarm. I usually rub some ice cubes along the sides of the pan or pop the entire pan in a sink full of ice cubes to cool the mixture down because this step can take forever. This step is really important because if the mixture is too hot, it will kill the yeast.
 While the milk mixture is cooling, dissolve the yeast and 1 Tbsp. sugar in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes. If the yeast hasn’t bubbled, you’ll need to repeat this step–moving on with yeast that hasn’t been activated properly will only end in heartache for you and hate mail for us.
In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 c. flour and milk mixture. Beat on low for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Add yeast mixture and beat on high for 3 minutes.

Add beaten eggs. Why should you beat your eggs first? Same reason you should combine your dry ingredients before adding them to moist ingredients when making cookies and cakes–it ensures everything is well-mixed and can be evenly-distributed through your dough or batter. If you add the whole eggs, your dough may not be as consistent.
Stir in as much remaining flour as needed to make a soft dough. This dough should be very soft–it will be coming away from the sides of the bowl, but it will still stick to your finger when you touch it. Don’t worry, it will firm up during the rising process. Part of what makes these rolls so good is that they’re so soft and light; if you add too much flour, they will be heavy and dense. Place the bowl in a warm place and cover with a clean towel; allow to rise 1 hour.
Punch down dough. Lightly flour your work surface and turn dough out onto surface. Divide in half.

Spray 2 9×13 glass pans with cooking spray. Roll first portion of dough into a rectangle and then cut it into 12 equal-sized pieces. I like to use a pizza cutter because it has a blade on each side, so it cuts right through dough without sticking to the blade. This dough should be very easy to work with, almost like playdough. Shape each piece into a ball and place in prepared pan. Repeat with remaining dough in the second pan.

Cover with a clean cloth and allow to rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. When dough has about 15-20 minutes to go (depending on your oven), preheat oven to 375.

 Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden-brown.

When done, remove from oven. Rub a stick of cold butter over the tops of the rolls. You must now eat one. Now. While it’s hot.
 Then pop the rest into a bowl and no one will ever know that you cheated.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Good Reads: Matched!

I have started Reading "Matched" by Ally Condie. So far so good i'm only on page 20 but i am enjoying it. It's weird to read on kindle because you don't have the visual of how far you are in the book but it is nice when you are trying to feed a baby or put them to sleep. no need to turn a page just tap the screen.
I'll keep you updated on how the book goes. I have 21 days to read it thanks to the SLC lending library.

A good site to check out for books is

1 Year Ago..

One year ago today I Brought home this sweet boy!
Crazy how time flies.. 

here is the story!Introducing Titus! (sorry my other blog went weird with pictures)