Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tasty Tuesday Carmel Shortbread Squares & Link Up

Hi friends!  Welcome to another Tasty Tuesday, thanks so much for joining up!!

Sometimes you just need something more than a cookie.  Something with texture.  Depth.  Chewy and gooey-ness.  That is when you need this recipe.  It is a snap to make and will be devoured in less than a day if you're anything like my house.  Here's what you'll need...
2/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup milk chocolate chips

In a medium bowl mix together 2/3 cup butter, white sugar, and four until crumbly.  

Press into a 8 inch square baking dish and bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

In a saucepan combine 1/2 cup butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and condensed milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  

Let this boil for 5 minutes then remove from heat and stir vigorously with wooden spoon for 3 minutes, then pour onto the crust while it is still warm or cooled completely.
Side note-if you're like me and tend to get easily distracted and let the carmel sit so long that it's almost impossible to spread, simple "plop" it out onto the crust, and pop it into the microwave for a a few seconds until it is easier to spread.  Easy solution!  

Allow this to harden (this doesn't take long at all and can even be sped up even more by sticking it in the refrigerator). Then melt 1 cup milk chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 1 minute intervals stirring each time. Simply spread over carmel and refrigerate the whole thing to allow it to firm up.

Cut into squares and enjoy!  

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Tour Through Blogland

One of my favorite things about blogging is getting to find new favorite blogs to follow, and when I discovered Cathy from three kids and a fish I instantly knew she was a new favorite.  She has some of the very best recipes and the cutest family!  She graciously provided me with the next stop of the tour through blogland!

New Mrs. Adventures began as a way to document the Mr.'s and I first year of marriage.  I found myself a newlywed in the middle of one of the sweetest seasons of my life thus far, and I desperately wanted to remember every single little thing.  I never really intended to share my memories though.  I can't remember if I technically had the blog set to private or if I just figured nobody would stumble upon it and read it, but either way the real purpose was for me to have a place to write down all the special-to-me moments in our newlywed-hood.  But something happened then that's hard to explain except that God just had a bigger plan for me and for this blog.  He began to lead me into a new direction that wasn't so about me and my memories, but more about what God was wanting to do on this blog through me.  So I really gave it over to Him and He's taken it in a total different direction that just writing happy memories, though I still do that sometimes too. :)  

Make sure and check out Cathy's tour through blogland here, you will notice she even has pretty pictures to accompany her tour!  Sadly I do not!!  However I do have some really fun things coming up on the blog that I hope you stick around for.  

Right now I'm working through 2 amazing Bible studies that I'm sure you'll be hearing about very soon. When I decided to take on both of these studies at the same time I was unsure about how well I would juggle both of them, but just as God would see fit they have been incredible and have started my day in an area with God that I haven't been in a long time.  

There's a lot of fun recipes coming up geared for Fall and football parties, as well as big plans for the Holidays coming up!!  

Beatrice Lanes is about to see a lot of growth and I am so excited to introduce brand new products that have never been offered before.  

Some of my favorite New Mrs. Adventures posts so far...
Of Boats and Seas
part 1     part 2

part 1     part 2

Just as I was nominated by Cathy, whom I met through Tasty Tuesday, the lovely lady I'm nominating to be the next stop on this Tour through Blogland I met through Tasty Tuesday as well!  
Meet Karen, from To Work with My Hands

Karen gives some of the best recipes and DIY projects around.  Her blog is beautiful, encouraging, and one of my favorites!  Be sure to check our her site here!  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Top 10: Freezer Meals

Last Thursday I went over Freezer Cooking 101, going over all the tips, tricks, and steps to remember when freezer cooking.  This week I'm covering my personal favorite freezer cooker meals!!  These meals are musts when I plan a freezer cooking day. I always try to pick a few new meals to try for freezer cooking, but these are the staple must haves.  When you're ready to serve these meals put them in the refrigerator for 24 hours.  Also at the end of each recipe I have included "Reheating Instructions" that I would suggest you write on the freezer bag or container.  So without further ado, let's get started!!

#1)  Chili
My absolute favorite slow cooker chili recipe that just also happens to be the perfect freezer cooking chili recipe is from Six Sister's Stuff.  At the beginning of Fall I have to make sure my freezer is fully stocked with this stuff!!!  
Reheating Instructions:  Simmer until heated through in a medium saucepan or in the morning throw this in a crockpot on low if you want this to be ready for dinner.

#2)  Taco Meat
This particular recipe is for taco meat made with ground turkey, which you can absolutely do!  But I always make sure to put away a few bags of taco meat, either ground beef or ground turkey.  Just brown the meat and anything else you want to put in it, like chopped onion, taco seasoning, onions or peppers.  Then allow to cool completely before bagging in your freezer bag.  
Reheating Instructions:  Add a few drops of water and put in crockpot on low for 5-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours, or in a hurry use the same method but in a saucepan over medium high heat.

#3)  Chicken Tortilla Soup
This is an absolute favorite soup of ours that has to be in our freezer for sick days, rainy days or just any days!  We crave this soup a lot!  Simply let the onion/garlic mixture cool completely after sautéing it, then put everything in the freezer bag.  
Reheating Instructions:  Crock pot on high for 5-6 hours or until everything is heated through and the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
#4)  Queso
Queso is one of my favorite things to have on hand in the freezer.  After you've made your favorite queso recipe (I like this one) and allowed it to cool completely simply pour it in a freezer bag, or better yet pour it in smaller numerous freezer bags for smaller portions when you just need nachos or queso for a midnight snack.  Because seriously.  Sometimes you just need nachos.  This is also a great savings tip because Velveeta is so expensive!  Catch it when it's on sale and make up a big batch or so.  
Reheating Instructions:  Put in a medium saucepan over low heat, or let it warm up and stay warm all day in the crock pot. 

#5)  Baked Ziti
It's funny the first time I found this recipe I was hesitant to try it out as a freezer meal because it required a foil pan instead of a gallon bag and I was really trying to save space.  However it is SO delicious we don't care, and typically make a few pans of it at a time to freezer.  It's another Six Sisters' Stuff recipe and it's incredible, totally worth the extra space it takes up :).  
Reheating Instructions:  Since it has completely thawed in the refrigerator for 24 hours this will bake in a 350 oven for about 30 minutes, however if it is not completely thawed it will take longer.

#6 Sweet BBQ Meatballs
I love having these on hand in the freezer for their versatility.  We use these as appetizers or snacks when friends come over, or served over rice for a meal.  As easy as they are to put together they are even easier when all you have to do is grab them all ready to go from the freezer.
Reheating Instructions:  Crock pot on high for 1-2 hours or low for 3-4 hours.

#7)  Pepper Steak
This is a delicious meal by itself or over rice  Go ahead and slice the meat and then throw everything into the freezer bag.  
Reheating Instructions:  Crock pot on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

#8 Garlic & Brown Sugar Chicken
This is a delicious crock pot meal that is a favorite of my husband's.  Serve with a side of rice or noodles and enjoy!
Reheating Instructions:  Crock pot on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

#9)  Drip Beef Sandwiches
If I could eat this sandwich every single week I would, I absolutely love this one.  To make this a freezer meal go ahead and boil the broth with spices and then let it cool completely.
Reheating Instructions:  Crock pot on low for 10-12 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.  Then shred like normal.  

#10)  Breakfast Burritos
Mornings are hectic and not food friendly around our house.  We typically either don't want to eat or don't have time to eat breakfast, but we really need to!!  Enter delicious breakfast burritos.  These are delicious and only take a few minutes to fix up. plus you can put whatever you like in them.
Reheating Instructions:  Microwave for 1-2 minutes until thoroughly warmed up.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Tasty Tuesday Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Hi friends and welcome to another Tasty Tuesday!  Thanks for coming by!

There are some soups that do much more than taste good, they just make you feel good. This is one of them for me.  The first time I ever made it the Mr. and I were just engaged babies who had a weekly Tuesday night date with a strict budge (zero) and a strict rule (no talk of homework, work, or wedding planning).  Looking back it was typically always a hectic day with classes and so many times I wanted to just pick up food, but financially it wasn't an option.  And I'm so grateful for that.  It was a fun time of trying new slow cooker recipes that I could swing by the Mr.'s duplex in the morning and throw something in the slow cooker that his grandparents had blessed us with for Christmas.  When we met back there at the end of the day we had a yummy (most of the time) meal and would watch anything funny all evening and relax and reconnect.  This soup became a fast favorite.  The first night we tried it we ate on it all evening.  Just kept going back for bowl after bowl until we had such a small amount left we barely had lunch leftovers for the next day.  

Today this soup reminds me of our Tuesday night dates when we were engaged, and it doesn't hurt that the flavor is incredible and the prep time is next to nothing.  This is also a meal I make sure is always on hand in the freezer for a rainy or sick day.  Also quick note-if you're out of chicken breasts or if you have extra cooked chicken on hand it works perfectly in this dish.  Just replace the frozen chicken breasts  in it and don't cook it as long, we do this often when we just really want some of this soup!!  Rotisserie chicken is also great in a pinch here!  Here's what you'll need...

-4 frozen chicken breasts (or cooked chicken)
-2 onions, chopped
-2 tablespoons minced garlic
-1 1/2 packets of taco seasoning
-1 can whole kernel corn, drained
-1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
-1 can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
-3 cups chicken broth
-1 (8 oz.) tomato sauce
-1 can diced tomatoes, undrained 

Start by sautéing the onion and garlic in a little olive oil until softened.

Then toss everything in the slow cooker and turn it on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8 hours (or until chicken is cooked thoroughly)

Before serving shred chicken with forks, then enjoy!!

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