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Margaritas!!

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It got into the mid 90s today so we busted out the blender today for Homemade Baja Blast Freezes
I added my new favorite beer Coors Light Summer Brew to mine and Eddie added Citron Vodka to his for an added kick

We then moved onto Margarita with Crystal Light Margarita mix to finish off the night

Ingredients
-Blender Full of Ice
-2 cups per made Crystal Light Margarita Mix
-1 cup tequila
-1/4 cup Tripe Sec

Directions
1) Put all ingredients in a blender and blend
2) Add more ice if needed

Red White and Blue Hot Dogs

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For a few years now I have participated in a program called BzzAgent where I am sent products then asked to review and spread the word on them

Recently I was sent Castello® Burger Blue cheese slices and one of the tasks was to create a new recipe using the Blue Cheese
In Honor of Memorial Day Here is what I came up with

Red White and Blue Hot Dogs Ingredients:
Hot Dogs
Hot Dog Buns
Castello® Burger Blue cheese
Ketchup

Directions:
1) Grill Hot Dogs
2) Place hot dogs in buns and top with blue cheese
3) Place back on Grill for a moment till cheese melts
4) Top with Ketchup

Chicken Poppers

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I haven't made chicken poppers in a while so when I decided to make them for dinner tonight I figured I'd kick them up a notch

I had chicken marinating in Franks Hot Sauce already so I chopped that up - threw in the spices - covered them in flour - then fried em up

Kicked Up Chicken Poppers
Ingredients
Frank's Hot Sauce
Chicken Tenders
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
Whole Wheat Flour
Oil

Directions
1) Marinade Chicken Tenders in Franks Hot Sauce for at least 1 hr
2) Remove Chicken Tenders from Hot Sauce and Chop into bite size pieces
3) Mix together salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, and garlic powder and sprinkle over tenders until they are all covered
4) Pre-Heat Fryer or Oil to 375 degrees
5) Coat Tenders in Whole Wheat Flour
6) Fry for 4 minutes

Grilled Chicken Club Sandwiches

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I LOVE sandwiches but know they are not Eddie's. Soooo when I do make them I have to mix it up a bit.

We do Paninis a lot but its been nice enough to grill and Eddie LOVES Bacon so i combined it all together for an awesome Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Grilled Chicken Club Sandwiches
Ingredients: -Sandwich Rolls -Grilled Chicken -Bacon -Cheese (I used Cheddar here but any kind works) -(optional) Sandwich Spread (mayo, mustard, pesto, you get the idea) -(optional) Some kind of green (lettuce, spinach, sprouts, etc)
NOTES: -toasted and untoasted both taste amazing -Serves well with Fries or Chips

Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce

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I LOVE Enchiladas and Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce is sooooooooo good - I made it once and never went back to the canned stuff.

Making your own sauce is actually super simple and easier than you would think and the flavor makes it totally worth it

I use Emeril Lagasse's recipe which can be found here with a few little twists including cayenne pepper to add a spicy kick

Enchilada Sauce
Ingredients:
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp flour
1/4 cup chili powder
2 cups chicken stock or Broth (both work)
12 oz can of tomato paste
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions: 1) In a saucepan combine oil and flour over medium heat for about 1 minute 2) Stir in chili powder  3) Mix in stock, tomato paste, oregano, and cumin  4) Bring to a boil 5) Reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minute
NOTES: -Makes about 2 batches  -You can use plain tomato sauce or half sauce half paste for a thinner sauce -1/2 cayenne gives it just a little kick feel free to add more …

COOKIES

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I have been using the basic cookie recipe that I have been using for my Reese's Pieces Egg Cookies To do a few different variations

Here is the basic recipe and below you will find some of the variations I have tried

Basic Cookie Recipe Ingredients:
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Directions:
1) Pre Heat oven to 350 degrees
2) Cream butter and sugars
3) Add Egg and vanilla
4) Add Flour  (1 cup at a time), baking soda, and salt
5) Spoon onto cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes

Variation 1 -  Mint Chip
Variation 2 -  M&Ms

Pretzel Bites Take 2

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I made Pretzel Bites over Easter without the Square Pretzels and they still came out just as good and just as cute


Chocolate Pretzel Bites 
Ingredients
Pretzels
Hershey Kisses
M&Ms

Directions
1) Pre-Heat Oven to 200 degrees
2) Place Pretzels on Cookie Sheet and top with a Hershey Kiss
3) Place in Oven until Chocolate melts (about 5 minutes)
4) Top each Kiss with a M&M

Homemade Ranch Seasoning

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I LOVE Ranch - - I don't eat it as much now like I did before I met Eddie (he hates ranch) but when I do I eat it by the spoonful Especially my Ranch Veggie Dip

Over Easter I made my ranch dip and the end of it was sitting in my fridge when I decided to go UnProcessed. While the dip itself consists of Greek Yogurt and Cottage Cheese it was the Ranch Dressing Packet that was killing it for me

HOWEVER after seeing a post on Gimme Some Oven it was actually super simple to make that little packet myself

Homemade Ranch Seasoning
Ingredients
2 Tbsp. dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. salt

Directions
1) Combine all ingredients

NOTES
-Use 1 tbsp mixed with 1 cup greek yogurt and 1 cup Cottage Cheese to make a dip
-Add about 1/4 cup milk to dip to make a dressing

Sabrina's Salsa Fresca

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With Vegas and Summer coming up I have decided to start eating a little bit healthier and rather than going low carb or no bread which works but doesn't last with me I figured I'd give the No Processed Food Diet another go around

The first thing I decided to change is something that we eat all the time at our house SALSA. While I do make my own salsa rather than buy it BUT I use canned tomatoes and canned jalapenos in the recipe.

It wasn't as easy as just swapping out the tomatoes and jalapenos for fresh -- I also had to adjust the seasoning a little bit . . . all and all I was pretty impressed with this salsa and will totally make it again!!!

Sabrina's Salsa Fresca
Ingredients: 1 1/2 Big or 2 Medium Tomatoes 1/2 Jalapeno 1/8 Onion 1 and 1/4 tsp Garlic Salt 1/4 tsp Salt 1 tsp Cumin 1/4 tsp Sugar 1 tsp Lime Juice
Directions: Place everything into a food processor (or blender) and blend till smooth