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Red Wine Spritzers

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With us HOPEFULLY moving next weekend we are trying to clear out and clean up everything in the house and that includes the pantry. We did this some-what a few months ago before the wedding since we knew we would be gone for 2 weeks but now we are taking it to the extreme because we really don't want to have to worry about moving any food. . . plus we don't have a fridge for the new place yet sooooo. . .  . This is what we came up with last night:

Red Wine Spritzers

Ingredients:
-Red Wine
-Sprite Zero
-Frozen Peaches

Directions:
1) Place two frozen peaches inside of glass
2) Fill half of the glass with red wine
3) Top with Sprite Zero

BEER-baque Chicken

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With me packing, cleaning up, getting ready for the move and Eddie working late plus wanting to go to the gym and do whatever else our hearts desire . . .cooking dinner lately has not been something we have much time for sooooooo I have pulled out the slower cooker to help out!!

Our latest creation is BEER-baque Chicken . . . YUP YUP I spelled that right BEER-baque chicken (lol) and it is super simple which is the best part!!! Throw everything in before work, then finish it up when I get home, and then let it sit on warm till Eddie gets home :)

BEER-baque Chicken Sandwiches
Ingredients: -Chicken Breast -Beer -Water -BBQ sauce -Sandwich Buns
Directions: 1) To CrockPot add 1 chicken breast per person (or more if you want left overs) 2) Cover with 1 part beer 1 part water 3) Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 4) Remove and shred Chicken Breasts 5) Drain Beer/Water Mix  6) Add chicken breast back into CrockPot and cover with BBQ (as much as you like) 7) Turn CrockPot to warm and let si…

Baked Mac and Cheese

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With summer coming up me and Eddie have cut cheese out of our daily diet but do give ourselves one cheat day per week and on "Cheat Day" we take it to the max. Tonight we are having Baked Mac and Cheese full of Buffalo Chicken, a ton of cheese, and topped with Bacon  . . . yup yup going all out!


Baked Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:
-Frank's Buffalo Sauce
-4 Chicken Breasts
-4 Slices of Bacon (chopped)
-1 box of Mac and Cheese
-1/3 cup pasta water
-splash of milk
-12oz Shredded Cheese
-Bread Crumbs

Directions:
1) Marinate Chicken Breasts in Franks Hot Sauce
         - I usually start this the night before or morning of
2) Preheat oven to 375 degrees and cook Chicken for 40 minutes
3) Turn oven down to 350 degrees
4) Cook the Bacon and let drain on a paper towel until ready to use
5) Boil Water and cook Macaroni for 7 minutes
6) While pasta is cooking cut chicken into bite size pieces
7) Before draining place 1/3 cup of the pasta water to the side then drain the rest of the w…

Fruit Smoothies

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Eddie Loves Breakfast Food while I on the other hand would rather just have a coffee, jamba juice, etc. I have been making coffee every morning but lately its getting a bit too hot and homemade iced coffee just doesn't taste the same. Fitness Magazine this month had a few ideas for adding fruit to your diet and these fruit smoothies were a part of that. Best part is with this recipe you can use whatever fruit you want just make sure you have on hand half a banana (to give it the creaminess) and some kind of milk (to bind it all together) . . . I plan on playing around with the liquid part in the future maybe green tea, fruit juice, etc but for now here is the basic recipe

Fruit Smoothies Ingredients:
-3/4 cup milk
-1/2 cup frozen fruit
-1/2 banana (fresh or frozen)

Directions:
1) Place all 3 ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

NOTES:
-I used vanilla soy milk but you can use whatever milk that you have on hand
-If you need some sweetness try adding agave nectar or splenda to …

Homemade Take-Out

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As much as me and Eddie love going out with the NBA playoffs we have been staying in ALOT. While playing around on our iPad the other day I found  this recipe for Honey Sesame Chicken and thought why not make some homemade Chinese Take out? Was a little iffy about it not knowing what Eddie would think but to my surprise it was quickly gone, made the house smell AMAZING!!!, and Eddie can't wait to have it again. . . WIN!!!

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken
Ingredients:
-3 pounds of Chicken Breast
-Salt and Pepper
-1 cup honey
-1/2 cup soy sauce
-1/4 cup ketchup
-2 tbsps oil
-2 cloves of minced garlic
-1 tbsp red pepper flakes
-4 tsps cornstarch
-6 tbsp water
-Sesame Seeds

Directions:
1) Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper then place in Crock Pot
2) Mix together honey, soy sauce, ketchup, oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes
3) Pour sauce on top of chicken
4) Cook in Crock Pot on low for 4 hours or high for 2
5) Remove Chicken from the Crock Pot
6) Dissolve cornstarch in water, sti…

Mother's Day 2012

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Eddie and Sabrina would like to say HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all 3 of our MOMS and 2 GRANDMAS. . .








Love you all, Happy Mothers Day!!!

Breakfast Cupcakes

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Being as Addicted to Pinterest as I am, a lot of the ideas I get for things come from the site. Recently, I have been seeing a lot of recipes for savory cupcakes, eggs cooked in muffin tins for breakfast sandwiches, edible serving cups, etc.

Rather then trying to make all of the different ideas I instead put them all together to make Eddie these breakfast cupcakes

Eddie's Breakfast Cupcakes

Ingredients: -Deli/Sandwich Ham -Bacon (Regular or Turkey) -Cheese -Eggs
Directions: 1) Pre-Heat oven to 375 degrees 2) Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray 3) Place 1 Piece of Ham in each cupcake hole 4) Roll Bacon into a circle (like a bracelet) and line in the inside of the ham with it 5) Place cheese in the bottom of your bacon ring 6) Crack one egg on top of the cheese or scramble eggs and pour mixture inside 7) Bake for 15-20 minutes 
NOTES/TIPS: -You don't need to fill the whole cupcake mold unless you want to. Just use as many as you want to make. I usually make about 2 per perso…

Cake Batter Cookies

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Last night Eddie was craving cookies . . . It was around 10pm, we were out of cookie dough, and making them from scratch was out of the question (LOL) However I did have cake mix and for whatever reason Pinterest has had a ton of cake batter recipes including cookies up lately so I thought why not?

I thought they turned out AWESOME!!! Totally tasted like cake batter with a cookie texture and cooked up in a snap . . . super easy late night cookies :)



CAKE BATTER COOKIES

Ingredients: -1 Box Cake Mix -2 eggs -1/3 cup Oil -Cookie Toppings (optional)
Directions: 1) Pre-Heat Oven to 375 degrees 2) Mix everything together until blended 3) Bake for 6 minutes 4) Top cookies with toppings (as you can see in the picture we used a little Bit of everything) 5) Let Cool
NOTES: -Vanilla cake mix can be made into any flavor you want. I only had funfetti cake mix on hand last night but Eddie wanted chocolate cookies so we just added chocolate syrup to the mix until it was chocolaty enough for him :)

Walmart Steaks?

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When Eddie and I think about buying meat at Walmart we are always a little iffy about it and it definitely depends on what type of meat it is. I don't about your home state but here in Utah we have been seeing the "Walmart Steak Over" Commercial 24/7!!!

If you haven't seen it click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blGTI0kRLqc

This got us wondering so we took the risk and purchased 2 types of their USDA Choice Steaks
1) Stew Meat: Cooked it in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours in taco marinade for burritos
2) Grilling Steaks: Done stove-top to medium well cooking on Medium-High heat for 7 minutes per side then sliced it up and used in a sandwich served with bar chips (of course!)

Surprisingly --> They weren't bad . . .They weren't the best steaks we have had and weren't the worst . . .However, we did prefer the stew meat we used in burritos a little better but would do grilling steaks again in a steak sandwich or salad and probably actually grill …

Cinco de Mayo

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Being from the Bay Area Eddie and I are used to being able to get GOOD Mexican food. . . However since moving to Utah we haven't found one Mexican restaurant that fits the flavor we are used to and looking for.

For Cinco de Mayo yesterday we both had high expectations of what we wanted and that's exactly what we got

The Aced's Cinco de Mayo Menu Appetizer - Homemade Chips with Salsa and Guacamole Main Dish - Chili Colorado Burritos Drink - Margaritas
Tortilla Chips

Ingredients
-Corn Tortillas
-Olive Oil
-Garlic Salt
-Chili Powder

Directions
1) Pre-Heat Oven to 350 degrees
2) spread out 4-5 Tortillas (depending on size of baking sheet)
3) brush with olive oil
4) stack on top of each other and cut into 8 pieces
5) Place on baking sheet being sure to not overlap
6) sprinkle with garlic salt and chili powder
7) Bake for 10 minutes

Fresh Margaritas

Ingredients
-2 oz Tequila
-1 oz Lime Juice
-1/2 oz Simple Syrup
-1/2 oz Grand Marnier

Directions
1) Pour all ingredients into a sh…

Bar Chips

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Since visiting Irena and Sheenan in Arizona after our honeymoon me and Eddie have been obsessed with BAR CHIPS!!! We stopped at a restaurant while we were out there visiting and this restaurant served what they called "bar chips" during happy hour. They were a mix between chips and french fries and gone quickly after hitting our side of the bar.

When we got home it was my mission to re-create the bar chips. Originally they are fried but since I am deathly afraid of frying ANYTHING!!! mine are "oven fried" and last night I think we FINALLY perfected them!!!

Sabrina's Oven "Fried" Bar Chips


Ingredients: -4-6 Small Potatoes -Olive Oil -Minced Garlic
-Seasoned Salt

Directions:
1) Pre-heat Oven to 425 degrees
2) Completely Cover the bottom of a high walled baking sheet with oil
3) Spoon a few spoonfuls of garlic directly into the oil and spread around until evenly throughout the whole baking sheet
4) Sprinkle seasoned salt on top of the garlic and oil
5) Wa…

Wedding Photos Part 2

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Of all the pictures we took before the wedding our favorites were taken at the red phone booth right when you walk into the Mirage. The first day we got there the phone booth caught my eye and I thought it would be a fun photo op just because let alone wedding pics and it totally worked!!







Cheesy Bites Pizza

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Quite Frequently Eddie sees commercials on TV and rather then thinking about ordering them he thinks "OOOOO Sabrina Needs to Make That!!!!"

The Newest thing that Sabrina needed to make is Cheesy Bites Pizza from the new Pizza Hut commercial (I think . . .don't quote me on that) but figured since I could do stuffed crust pizza this shouldn't be that hard and surprisingly it wasn't  . . .


Ingredients:
2 cans premade pizza crusts
1 Package of String Cheese
Pizza Toppings

Directions:
1) Open 1 Can of Pizza crust and lay out on a baking sheet or pizza stone making the crust as circular as you can
2) Open the second can of pizza crust and lay out on a cutting board keeping the rectangular shape
3) Lay 2 cheese sticks across the top and roll until the cheese in covered in dough
4) Cut the covered cheese stick off then cur each stick into 3-4 pieces (so you end up with 6-8 mini cheese bites) Then place these bites around your crust
5) Repeat until entire crust is covered…