Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Crispy Coconut Chicken Tenders

Looking for a new way to change up those same ole' chicken tender recipe that you've been using - or just defrosting?! This recipe is amazing and fresh and nicely crisp! My kids loved them and preferred ketchup for this fancy orange sauce that I made to go with it. But this would be a great adult appetizer to make as well! Hope you try it out!

Crispy Coconut Chicken Tenders

- 1.5 lbs chicken tenders
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sweetened coconut shredded, pulsed in a blender/food processor to make smaller
- 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, or vegetable oil

1. Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl mix your bread crumbs and pulsed coconut.
3. In another bowl, whisk your eggs together.
4. In a medium bowl, mix your salt, pepper and flour together.
5. Heat a pan over medium heat and place your oil in it.
6. Take your raw chicken tender and dip it in the eggs, then the flour and then the bowl with the bread crumb mixture. Place chicken in the pan and fry for about 3-4 min on each side. Repeat for each chicken tender.
7. Place fried chicken on the baking sheet and place in the oven to finish cooking for 6-10 min.

Spicy Honey Orange Sauce

- 1/2 cup orange preserves
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- salt, to taste
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional

1. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.


Friday, May 20, 2016

How I Avocado Toast!

Avocados and eggs are so delicious when paired together! I visited my sister this past April in Savannah, GA and was introduced to Avocado Toast at a local brunch place. I loved it so much that I decided to make my own at home! Using my toaster oven, I toasted my artisan bread, mashed half of an avocado and placed it on top of my toast, sprinkled some salt and pepper and fried up an egg to place on top! You can even add some sliced tomato or sprinkle some cheese on it too! I think making avocado toast is fun and you can be even more creative with what you place on top as you wish. Yum!

Avocado Toast

- 1/2 avocado, mashed
- salt and pepper
- fried egg
- cheese
- slice of artisan bread, toasted
- sliced tomato


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Caprese Chicken Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinegarette

Summer is in the air here in Philly! Caprese Chicken Salad with a delicious dressing! My kids loved the simpleness of this chicken with the dressing to use as a dipping sauce. They even loved the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese pearls, and sliced avocado as well. Enjoy this simple salad outside during these Summer days with big slices of watermelon!

Balsamic Vinegarette

- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice

Salad Ingreidents

- mixed greens
- grilled/baked chicken breasts seasoned with salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup mozzarella balls/pearls
- 1 avocado sliced

1. Mix your balsamic vinegarette salad dressing and store in an air tight container. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
2. On a plate, place your mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, avocado and sliced grilled chicken on top.
3. Drizzle salad dressing on top.

 Balsamic Vinegar Dressing 

Caprese Chicken Salad


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Anniversary Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting

I've been married to my love for 6 years! So I made a homemade chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and it was oh so good... I have been seeing a lot of 'deconstructed' cakes on my Pinterest feed so I thought I'd try my hand at making one. It was very easy, and I think it helped that the frosting was pretty thick. I used an icing spatula, which allowed me to get the frosting smooth (like at a bakery) then once the spaces between the cake layers were filled, I just scraped some of the frosting away to expose the cake underneath - alas, you have a deconstructed cake! I melted some chocolate chips and dipped some strawberries for the top of the cake and ordered a gold glitter "Love" cake topper off Etsy to complete my Anniversary cake. And let me tell you... the leftovers are still just as good to eat the next day!

Chocolate Cake

- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. espresso powder, I used finely ground coffee
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup boiling water

1. Mix your dry ingredients: flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, espresso powder, together in your Kitchenaid Mixer.
2. Slowly add your milk, vegetable oil, 2 eggs (one at a time) and vanilla to your dry ingredients. 
3. Slowly add your boiling water and beat batter on medium for 1 minute. This will thin your batter.
4. Line the bottom of your cake pans with parchment paper and grease them. Divide your cake into thirds or halves in your cake pans, I made 3 layers. 
5. Bake cake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
6. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Buttercream Frosting

- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 cup milk

1. Beat your butter with whisk attachment in Kitchenaid Mixer until fluffy.
2. Slowly add your powdered sugar. The mixture will get very crumbly.
3. Add your vanilla and milk and mix until desired consistency. 

 Deconstructed Cake

I love you as much as chocolate cake... <3


Monday, April 4, 2016

Garlic Parmesan Wings

I bought some baby chicken drumsticks to make with this recipe and it turned out so well! I plan to make it with wings for our next party. The key was using the broiler at the end to get the chicken crispy without frying. I dipped mine in ranch dressing but I don't think you need to dip them into anything. Kid-friendly!

Garlic Parmesan Wings

- 2 dozen chicken wings
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 tbsp. olive oil
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 1 tbsp. garlic
- 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
2. Season your wings/drumsticks with salt and pepper and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes.
3. In a saucepan heat your butter and olive oil until butter has melts. Whisk in parsley, garlic and salt. Heat on low.
4. Turn broiler on after you take wings out of the oven and drain the excess liquids. Broil wings for 10 minutes. Flip wings over and broil for 10 more minutes.
5. Place wings in a bowl and pour sauce on top. Add parmesan cheese and toss wings to coat.

 Garlic parmesan sauce

Garlic and Parmesan Wings/Drumsticks


Friday, March 25, 2016

Easy Easter Bread

Happy (almost) Easter! I made this beautiful Easter bread last year and did not take pictures of it, so I repeated it this year and took pictures to share with you! We are traveling for Easter, so I will include the recipe for the powdered sugar glaze, although I will not be making mine until Easter morning to the bread travels nicely. Hope you all can celebrate with friends and family!


- 2 3/4 cup flour
- 1 packet rapid rise yeast
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp. butter, divided
- 4-5 dyed eggs


- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2-3 tbsp. milk
- sprinkles

1. Heat your milk and 2 tbsp. butter until butter has melted, allow to cool so it is warm milk.
2. Place 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast in your Kitchenaid mixer with dough hook attachment.
3. Slowly pour your milk in and mix the dough. Add your remaining flour slowly. Add your eggs.
4. Allow dough hook to mix dough into a ball.
5. Grease a large mixing bowl and place your dough ball inside. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place. I heated my oven to 180 degrees and turned it off before placing my bowl inside.
6. Allow bread to rise for an hour.
7. Punch out your dough on a floured surface and divide into two pieces. Make two ropes that are about 2 feet long. tuck the ends together on one side and twist ropes together. Pinch ends together.
8. Place bread on a greased baking sheet.
9. Gently brush your bread with the remaining tbsp. of melted butter.
10. Separate the twist and place your dyed eggs into the dough.
11. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30-35 min.
12. Allow bread to cool, once cooled you can pour your glaze and sprinkles on top.

 Bread twist before baking

Easter Bread before the powdered sugar glaze

Easter Bread with icing and sprinkles


Monday, March 21, 2016

Palmer's Superhero 3th Birthday Party

Our little superhero is turning 3 this week! I can't believe it! This year Palmer's actual birthday lands on Easter weekend, so we decided to celebrate early this past weekend. A few semi-homemade touches and a couple of friends, pizza and cake and he had the best time! I had a custom Spiderman shirt and cape made for him to wear at the party from Etsy. I had also ordered each kid a cape and mask to wear at the party. Hope you enjoy what I did!

The Cake - I wanted to make a fun cake that had different colored layers inside and used blue Sixlet candies to decorate the outside bottom of the cake. Found cute little superhero 'star' candles to place on top!

Three different colored cake layers

 Star candles and sixlet candies


The Decor - I made a city outline out of black foam board, chalk, and yellow construction paper. Turned out so cute! I bought the comic book birthday banner from Punch Bowl.

City outline and banner

 Table set for pizza and cake

Party Favors - wish I had taken a picture of all the kids wearing their capes but they ran around our house non-stop until it was time for food! Each kid got to pick out their own cape and take home 2 homemade cookies - a spiderman and the number "3."

 Royal icing sugar cookies

"Thanks for coming" tags

Palmer the Superhero!