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Recipe Binder January 30, 2012

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My recipes are out of control and as I add to my collection, my current recipe binder is overflowing.  So, it’s time to upgrade!  This pin inspired my latest project.  Here is how I did it …


I bought a large binder and added a pretty cover.  The cover is an 11″x11″ piece of scrapbook paper.


I added a 11″x3″ piece of scrapbook paper to the side of the binder.  I used my cricut to add the letters “COOKBOOK”.


I created section dividers by cutting scrapbook paper to 8.5″x11″ and inserting them into the plastic sleeves.  I made divider labels by cutting light blue index cards to 1.5″ to 2.5″.  I folded them in half wrote in the title.  I used packing tape to affix the labels the dividers I’d created.


I created a template in Word to use for all my recipes.  I’m sharing my hard work with you and you get one of my Pinterest recipes (Cajun Shrimp Casserole).  I’ll be adding a post about this recipe very soon.  You will notice that next to each ingredient, I include the calories and fat.  At the end of my recipe, I calculate the calories and fat per serving.  Now, I’ve attached the word document below.  I’ve never done this before, so if the link doesn’t work, my apologies.

Recipes – Dinner


I also created a recipe index to place at the end of my binder.  Included just for you!  I used a page numbering sequence for each divider.  I have separate word files (that includes the recipes) for each section of my binder.




Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727877795544/



Monster Green Spinach Smoothie

I was skeptical of this recipe, but everyone says it’s good.  So, I gave it a try.  I blended all the ingredients listed.  This made one huge serving.  As you can see in the picture, I poured it into a huge glass, but there was still leftovers in the blender. It was good and sweet!  I couldn’t taste the spinach, but I could feel the texture of it, which wasn’t all that appealing to me.  I LOVE the idea of blending in the spinach for an extra serving or two of veggies.  I will make this again, but won’t eat it everyday for breakfast!


Tip:  I’ve started chopping up bananas that are going old and freezing them for my smoothies.  I’ve found this a great way not to waste those “going brown” bananas!


Time:  5 minutes.  Super fast recipe!

Substitutions:  I used 2 T. of peanut butter and I probably only added 2 cups of fresh spinach (all that would fit in my blender).

Pinterest Pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727877794710/

Recipe:  http://iowagirleats.com/2012/01/04/my-top-secret-diet-weapon/



Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate January 27, 2012

I’ve heard of this famous frozen hot chocolate before.  I think I may have even seen it in a movie.  When I saw this on Pinterest, I wanted it then and there.  The only problem was that I’d broken my blender a few days before.  Sigh!


Blender Shopping:  I recently broke my old, non ice crushing blender.  So, first things first …  I had to buy the perfect blender that would make a good smoothie and actually crush the ice.  The recipe tutorial shows a Blendtec blender.  I quickly searched for it on amazon and found it for $380!!  Yikes!  I’m not sure I want to spend that kind of money on a blender.  So, my search continued.  I saw the Vitamix, too and that one was $500.  I read all the reviews and everyone says the Vitamix is worth the money, etc, etc.  I was sold for a split second and then my senses kicked it.  No way am I going to spend that kind of money on a blender.  So, I asked my friends on facebook for suggestions and I was recommended the Ninja.  It was $120 at Costco ($160 on amazon), so I got that one and felt like I got a good deal buying at Costco.


This recipe was easy and delicious.  This is a good recipe for kids.  They can pour in the milk and hot chocolate packets, sprinkle the chocolate chips, scoop on the whipped cream.  Not only did I find a good new recipe, but I really got two recipes.  The recipe tells you how to make your own whipped cream (I’ve never made my own before).  It was sooo easy and sooo delicious.  I think from now on I will always make my own whipped cream.  Recipe:  1 cup of heavy whipping cream, 2 T. of sugar and whip until it looks like whipped cream.  This recipe makes probably 8 servings of this delicious treat.  I had to dump out a bunch.  I actually considered calling my neighbor to see if she wanted the leftovers because it was so good I didn’t want to dump it.


BTW, the Ninja worked awesome!  I can’t wait to try more recipes with it!


Time:  15 minutes!  Quick recipe, but I used my blender and my mixer, so there was a bit to clean up.

Substitutions:  None.

Pinterest Pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727877778717/

Recipe:  http://picky-palate.com/2012/01/12/frozen-hot-chocolate-serendipity-style/



Crock Pot Orange Chicken January 24, 2012

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I was a bit nervous trying this recipe.  There were many reviews on the website that said the orange flavor was too strong.  I followed the recipe exactly, and I didn’t think it was too “orangie” at all.  In fact, I thought it could use just a little more flavor.  The reviews also complained that the chicken was dry and the cook time was too long.  I did cook on high for 2 hours, but anymore would have been too much.  My family liked this recipe (not loved).  I served the chicken with white rice and some stir-fry veggies.  The next day for lunch, the chicken was dry (but my Chinese leftovers always are).  I will make it again, but change a few things next time.  I might double the sauce recipe.  I like to stir the sauce into my rice, but there wasn’t enough to do that.  Also, I will add some additional seasonings (maybe some garlic since it’s my favorite).


Time:  45 minutes to prep.  2 hours on high in crockpot.

Substitutions:  None.  The recipe doesn’t specify an amount of chicken breast.  I used 4 large chicken breasts!  Also, I used more than 1/3 cup of flour.

Pinterest Pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727877767896/

Recipe:  http://team-t-adventures.blogspot.com/2010/03/crock-pot-orange-chicken.html


Banana Walnut Muffins

Filed under: Baking — ipinnedit @ 11:13 pm
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Years ago, I had a Green Mountain coffee shop near my house.  Every Saturday I would get a hot chocolate and banana walnut muffin.  I was craving a banana walnut muffin and I had some bananas going old, so I sought out a recipe on Pinterest for banana walnut muffins.  These banana walnut muffins were so yummy and moist.  I did notice that the tops of my muffins sank a bit.  Not sure why.  This recipe was time-consuming, so plan for that!


Time:  40 minutes to get in the oven

Substitutions:  I added 1/4 t. of cinnamon since I didn’t have any cardamom.  I used 2 large bananas instead of 3 small bananas

Pinterest Pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727877767783/

Recipe:  http://sweetpeaskitchen.com/2011/09/20/banana-walnut-muffins/



Canned Biscuit Cinnamon Sugar Donuts! Yum!

Filed under: Baking,Cooking — ipinnedit @ 10:57 pm
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I love fall because all the pumpkin farms sell my favorite apple cider donuts.  I was drawn to this recipe because I thought these cinnamon sugar donuts looked similar to the apple cider donuts.  It turns out they don’t taste like them, but that was expected!  These donuts were soooo easy, sooo fast, and sooo delicious.  My two daughters and I love them.  We will see what my husband thinks when he gets home (if there are any left).  I should note that they cook pretty fast.  I cooked the second side a bit too long, so make sure to pay attention.  One great thing about this recipe is that the only thing I had to purchase was the biscuits.  The rest of the ingredients are staple items found in most families pantries!  Also, this is a fun recipe to make with kids.  My 4 year old had fun cutting the holes in the biscuits and dipping in the sugar!


Update:  My husband said they were the best donuts he’s ever had!


Time:  18 minutes total!  I should deduct a minute or two for the time spent getting my daughter up from her nap.

Substitutions:  None

Pinterest pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727877767720/

Recipe:  http://www.littlebitfunky.com/2011/11/what-i-made-for-monday-naughty-donuts.html



Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo January 15, 2012

My family splits holiday time with my family and my husband’s family.  At the age of 32, I still have not made a turkey, until yesterday!  I made my first turkey!!  I turned out moist and tasty; however, it took an extra hour to cook.  I pinned this recipe for turkey cranberry monte cristo sandwiches that I thought would be perfect for my leftover turkey.  I was somewhat disappointed!  I wanted to taste the turkey, but instead all I could taste was the french toast bread.  I think this recipe would be good if you are on day 3 of leftovers and want something different!  But, if you’re looking for a good ole fashion turkey leftover sandwich, this is not the right recipe!  I may try it again with the proper ingredients.  I did substitute two of the key ingredients (fontina cheese and arugula).


Time:  30 minutes total!

Substitutions:  I struck out at the store!  I couldn’t find Fontina cheese or arugula.  I substituted cheddar and spinach.

Pinterest Pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727877727036/

Recipe:  http://www.pauladeen.com/recipes/recipe_view/turkey_cranberry_monte_cristo/



Scooter’s Spaghetti January 10, 2012

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This is the second time I’ve made this recipe.  My family loves it!  I love everything about it .. spaghetti, ground beef, cream cheese, and fried onions!!!  The recipe makes enough for multiple meals!


Time:  It took me 45 minute prep time and 30 minutes to bake.

Substitutions:  I left out the chopped green peppers and added more onion (used one small onion).  I used 10 oz. of spaghetti instead of 8 oz.  The recipe doesn’t specify an amount of Parmesan.  I used 1/4 cup.

Pinterest pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727877500460/


Pictures to come!


Crockpot Chicken Fajitas January 9, 2012

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I made these Crockpot Chicken Fajitas for guests.  I was a bit nervous since I’d never made it before, but I love cooking in the crockpot when I have company so I don’t have to spent much time cooking and cleaning.  The recipe was easy to make and the chicken was very tender.  I thought the peppers and onions were too tender for my liking.  I prefer the traditional pan-fried chicken fajitas over the crockpot version, but this is a good alternative.


Time:  15 minutes to chop all the veggies and chicken.  The recipe cooked in the crockpot on high for 4 hours.

Substitutions:  I used bottled lime juice, not fresh.

Pinterest pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727877704823/

Recipe:  http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2005/08/chicken-fajitas-in-crockpot-from.html



Corn and Chicken Chowder

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I want to eat this everyday it was so good.  I think I will make a big batch and freeze individual portions for an easy lunch.  The crunchy bacon and cheddar cheese topping really made this recipe great!  It reminds me of Houlihan’s baked potato soup.  If you don’t like onion, leave it out!


Time:  Maybe 30 minutes.  Not 100% sure.  My mom actually made this for me while I worked at home.  I will update when I make this again.

Substitutions:  None.  I used canned corn and creamed corn and rotisserie chicken.

Pinterest pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727877704800/

Recipe:  http://bunsinmyoven.com/2011/02/18/corn-and-chicken-chowder/