homemade

Homemade Croutons

Saving that $2 for a bag of croutons adds up!

Saving that $2 for a bag of croutons adds up!

Ok so one thing that bothers me an oddly large amount is paying for croutons. Essentially you are paying money for stale bread that's been seasoned. I was especially peeved the other day when I spent money on croutons that were very obviously made from stale rye bread sooo I trashed them and made some myself!

I'm sure you have a couple o rolls in your freezer that you've forgotten about... Ample crouton making material!

I'm sure you have a couple o rolls in your freezer that you've forgotten about... Ample crouton making material!

You want those cubes to be bite size remember!

You want those cubes to be bite size remember!

You want that glorious golden finish

You want that glorious golden finish

Homemade Croutons

Store them in a cool dry place in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

I also want to take the time this week to make sure you're enjoying fall! Whatever you like, pumpkin spice, apple picking or pumpkin carving... Embrace it! This is such a great time of year!

Fall portraits

Here's also a great Ghostbusters cake! You can watch the creation here!

Ghostbusters cake

Homemade Tartar Sauce

Every Sunday morning at 8 am I recap the week, share what I learned and showcase some of my work!

Have you ever made yourself a mouth watering batch of fresh fish fillets and once it's too late you realize you have no tartar sauce?? This happens to me far too often.

Luckily tartar sauce is a combination of household ingredients that are easily located.

Here is my recipe for homemade tartar sauce! I'm a big fan of dill in anything, if you're not simply replace it with something of your taste!

Homemade Tartar Sauce

My latest creation was so much fun! I worked very closely with the mother to make sure Diya's 3rd birthday was perfect in every way!

Seseme street cake

Seseme street cake

Hosted at Hop Skip Jump!

Elmo side

Elmo side

Abby side

Abby side

Homemade Chicken Strips

Ever crave a chicken strip or a chicken tender but cringe at the thought of eating all that batter and preservatives? I do weekly so to curve that craving I started making homemade chicken strips! They are easy and tasty.

Start off with a chicken breast, cut it into desired strip size (you be the judge- but the smaller they are the faster they cook)

 

Next up is prepping your breading factory! Crack an egg and mix in a small dish (large enough to cater to your chicken) and a shallow plate full of bread crumbs. Here I used pre-season ones but if yours are plain, throw something in there! I recommend oregano, basil, cilantro... Something bold that you'll appreciate! Or even better grab the chipotle spice for a real kick! 

 

Dip each strip lightly in the egg mixture to coat and then lightly again in the bread crumbs to get a lovely (and manageable) coat of breading on your chicken. Once all the chicken is battered you can prep your pan, coat the bottom of a large frying pan with oil and let it warm up on med heat for 1-2 minutes, afterwards placing chicken strips into the heated pan.

 

Using a set of tongs, flip the pieces every 2-3 minutes to ensure an even cook. Chicken is done once you can cut open one of the larger strips and it's white and fluffy inside.

 

Once fully cooked, throw them on a piece of paper towel to soak up any excess oil (or don't- it's up to you) let them cool for a minute and enjoy!

They are great hot and fresh but they also hold up cold in a wrap or a salad!

They are great hot and fresh but they also hold up cold in a wrap or a salad!

Chicken Strips.jpg

Homemade Salsa

Simple and delicious! Also an excuse to pull out my food processor! (Legitimately my favorite appliance after my mixer) Sometimes I choose recipes based on the fact that I just want to use the food processor, also since finding out that Classico pasta is all bottled in mason jars I've been very excited to fill them back up as they get emptied out!

Getting the garlic content just right is important for the flavors get stronger as the salsa sits, so I recommend even the biggest garlic lovers go light on the garlic because it will get better with age.

This delicious salsa adds kick to any dish or appetizer! Alter it to the spiciness that you crave and cater your veggies if you want. I'm a sucker for peppers so I cram as many peppers into my recipe as I can!

Homemade Salsa