Homemade Biscuit Mix

Whether you are needing biscuit mix for making pancakes, biscuits for dinner, or for a casserole dish, Homemade Biscuit Mix is easy to make and it’s always nice knowing exactly what you’re feeding your family.  Store bought mixes can contain so many added preservatives and ingredients that aren’t always good for us.  Another plus to making your own biscuit mix is being able to make a gluten free variation if you want or need to.

Homemade Biscuit Mix

Homemade Biscuit Mix

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp room temperature, salted butter

Instructions:

Sift together the dry ingredients.

Add butter to dry ingredients and mix together until it reaches a fine crumb consistency.

Store in an air tight container for up to 2 months.

Use this homemade biscuit mix in recipes that call for Bisquick as a substitute.  You should use the same amount of mix as you would if using Bisquick.

Do you have a favorite recipe that calls for Bisquick?

 

Mexican Chicken Wrap

Mexican Chicken Wraps

Today I’m sharing a recipe for Mexican Chicken Wraps adapted from allyou.com!

I love making recipes and crafts from allyou.com!  It doesn’t matter what meal or holiday it is, I can always find a great idea on the website or in All You Magazine.  I was recently looking for a quick dinner idea and like I so often do, I turned to their website and found the Mexican Chicken Wrap.  It was a hit with the whole family!

Mexican Chicken Wrap

 

Mexican Chicken Wrap

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound frozen fajita chicken
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 1/4 cup low fat shredded cheese
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce (I used buffalo wing sauce)
  • 2 cups finely chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 sups salsa
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing or Mayonnaise
  • 4 – 10″ tortilla shells

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine ranch dressing (or Mayonnaise) and salsa in medium size bowl and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.  Preparing this ahead gives this dipping sauce a more bold flavor.

Thaw chicken and cut into bite size pieces.  Heat in skillet coated with olive oil over medium heat.  When chicken is heated through, add hot sauce and remove from heat.

While chicken is cookikng, place tortilla shells on a baking sheet and sprinkle with shredded cheese.  Warm in preheated oven 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Remove shells from oven and top with chicken, lettuce, and tomato.  Roll into wraps and cut in half.

Pour a small amount of dipping sauce into individual bowls for serving with wraps.

Healthy Mexican Chicken Wrap

You can add the sauce as a dressing inside the wrap for less mess.

We often keep canned chicken breast on hand which would also be a great substitute for the fresh chicken breast from the original recipe.  The canned chicken breast combined with the hot sauce make a great cold version of this wrap!

As a side note, I am gluten free and made this wrap for myself with gluten free tortillas.  It was great to be able to enjoy this recipe with my family!

What’s your favorite chicken wrap recipe?

Visit AllYou.com for the original recipe for the Mexican Chicken Wrap.

 

 

4th of July Recipes – Red, White, and Blue Buffalo Chicken Dip

The 4th of July is just around the corner and we’ve been playing with some fun 4th of July Recipes for our annual 4th of July celebration.  This isn’t your typical bright red, white, and blue recipe but it has a fun patriotic feel!  The red buffalo sauce, the white cream cheese mixture, and the blue cheese give this dish color when served with blue corn tortillas!

4th of July Recipes - Red, White, and Blue Buffalo Chicken Dip

4th of July Recipes – Red, White, and Blue Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 can shredded chicken breast
  • 1 bottle of buffalo sauce
  • 4 oz fat free cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup fat free ranch dressing
  • 4.5 oz crumbled blue cheese
  • blue corn tortilla chips
  • 1 celery stalk

Instructions:

Open and drain the chicken breast well.  Use a fork to separate and break apart the meat.

Add approximately 1/2 cup of buffalo sauce the the chicken breast and mix well.  Spread the chicken mixture into the bottom of a glass serving dish.

Let the cream cheese come to room temperature so that it is softened.  Mix it with the ranch dressing until smooth.  Spread this over the top of the chicken in the serving dish.

Evenly cover the cream cheese mixture with a coating of buffalo sauce.

Sprinkle the crumbled blue cheese over the top of the dip.  If you do not like blue cheese, you could substitute a shredded white cheese or another crumbled cheese such as feta.

Cross cut 1 stalk of celery into 1/4″ slices place in the center of your prepared dip for not only garnish but added texture and flavor.

Serve this delicious dip warm or cold with blue corn tortilla chips for a festive snack at your 4th of July cook out or party!

4th of July Recipes - Red, White, and Blue Buffalo Chicken Dip

We absolutely love buffalo wings and this is a great dip for satisfying a wing craving, is healthier, and less mess to make and eat!

What snacks do you have planned for your 4th of July celebration?

 

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Gluten Free Asparagus & Egg Breakfast Quesadilla

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I am really not a big fan of breakfast.  My husband and I cook a big family breakfast every Sunday but during the week I often do not eat breakfast.  This week however, I am working to eliminate gluten from my diet or to at least reduce the amount of gluten I consume.  I’ve started making myself a “brunch” meal this week rather than breakfast and lunch since I’m not big on eating first thing in the morning.

Today I experimented with asparagus I had on hand and corn tortillas (which I’m teaching myself to like).  I absolutely LOVED the result!

Ingredients:

  • fresh asparagus
  • 6″ corn tortillas
  • provolone cheese
  • eggs
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste and other seasonings to preference
  • green salsa

Instructions:

In a medium skillet, saute the asparagus in olive oil and seasonings (2 asparagus per 1 tortilla quesadilla)

Over medium heat, season and scramble egg (1 egg per quesadilla)

Begin to brown the corn tortillas in a heated skillet.  Add 1 slice of provolone cheese to each tortilla and top with the asparagus and egg.

 

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Fold the tortillas over and flip to brown both sides, heating until cheese is melted.

Top with green salsa and serve hot!

These quesadillas were packed with flavor and texture.  They made a perfect gluten free brunch!  I hope you’ll try them and let me know what you think.

Spring and Easter Crafts

Spring is finally in the air!  We actually had temps in the high 40′s yesterday.  I’ll try to ignore the fact that it snowed again today.  I’ve been checking out some great Spring & Easter crafts to brighten up the house and get things really feeling like Spring around here.

Today, I want to share some great Spring and Easter crafts from my friend and fellow blogger, Courtney over at OptimisticMommy.  In addition to great crafts, you can find awesome giveaways, reviews, and so much more!

I’m totally in love with this Easter Banner and how incredibly easy and affordable it is!  Courtney explains how to make one for yourself.

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And do you see that adorable spring vase in the photo?!?!  It’s made from an upcycled wine bottle (I love wine), yarn, and buttons.  Again, so easy and really a cute addition to Spring decor!  Again, Courtney shows how to make this.

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So if the vase and banner weren’t enough, check out these adorable fabric bunnies!  I decided to make some with the kids and they LOVE them.  They really are easy to make and we’re going to make up several to give as Easter gifts for my little nieces and nephews.  My bigger kids want to try making BIG ones and I think we’ll give that a try!

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Have you seen or made any great Spring or Easter crafts recently?  I’d love to hear about them!  Share your ideas or what you love with me.

Butterflies Are Blooming – Cupcakes

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I keep seeing signs that Spring is coming and this week, the time change has certainly made it seem much closer.  However, the extreme swing in temperatures is a bit discouraging.  It was 40 something yesterday and this morning we woke up to 6 below zero!  A nearly 50 degree temperature difference in less than 24 hours.  Yes, that’s beautiful Northern Michigan for you.

One of our favorite things to do this year is visit Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the annual Butterflies Are Blooming Exhibition.  It is absolutely incredible and if you are within driving distance, it is really a must see.  It is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit in the nation.  The Gardens are beautiful year round and there is always so much to see but the exhibit from March 1st through April 30th is a great way to start the Spring season.

This cupcake tutorial posted on one of my favorite blogs, thismamaloves, says Butterflies Are Blooming to me!  Not only is there a great tutorial for decorating the cupcakes, there is also a delicious and easy to work with icing recipe you can find right from the tutorial.  Find this Butterfly Cupcake Tutorial and many other cake decorating ideas at www.thismamaloves.com!

 

Baking – Baby Shower Cakes

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This past weekend I was asked by a dear friend to create a very special baby shower cake.  She came to me with an overall idea and this is what the end result was.  It is probably one of my favorite cakes to date and certainly one of the most beautiful.  I love delivering cakes and seeing the reactions of happy clients and when I saw this client’s eyes fill with tears and she showed me the goose bumps, I knew I’d met her expectations.  It’s a great feeling to know you’ve added something extra special to an already very special occasion.

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Breakfast – French Toast Wrapped…everything!

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So, I’m not usually a big breakfast person.  As a kid, breakfast was typically a fairly basic thing in our house.  We’d have cereal or toast and on occasion something more.  Often if we were having something like a “big breakfast” (you know…pancakes, sausage, potatoes and such) it was as dinner rather than for breakfast.  As a teen and college student I fell into the habit of not eating breakfast at all.  Once I had kids of my own, we started somewhat of a tradition of having a really big breakfast on Sunday mornings.  Even if we are camping over the summer, big breakfast Sunday is a must in our family.  My kiddos look forward to this tradition and love helping in the kitchen Sunday mornings.

The problem with breakfast is that I’m not really a big pancake fan.  I have some homemade recipes I make for the family that they truly love but me, not so much.  I’ll have a taste or two but they aren’t my thing.  I love fried potatoes or sometimes we roast them for breakfast.  I love the sides like sausage or bacon but I’m always looking for something new to make with them.  Crepes are a family favorite as are breakfast burritos, breakfast pizza, breakfast sandwiches, and the occasional omelet.  When I saw these French Toast Wrapped Sausages on my friend Brett’s Blog, this mama loves, I knew right away that we’d be adding it to our list of favorites.  I’ve seen similar ideas with fruit filling but never with sausage!  We had to make it for dinner last night just to give it a try.  You’ll love her surprise ingredient too!  Click here for the link to the recipe and while you’re there, check out some of the other great things Brett has to share. Seriously great stuff!

I think you could really get creative with this concept and I plan to.  We’ll be trying this with other fillings as well.  French toast wrapped fruit or pie filling, french toast wrapped bacon, french toast wrapped everything!  We’ll even try this come summer over the campfire in our hobo pie makers!

Have you tried a similar recipe?  What’s your favorite breakfast recipe?

St. Patrick’s Day Treats

As I mentioned in another post, St. Patrick’s Day may be one of my favorite holidays.  Growing up (and certainly through college) it was the very best birthday to have!  Everyone, Irish or not, loves to celebrate and I have some really great memories through the years.  I remember my 4th Grade teacher (he was my 5th grade teacher as well) always wore a dark green suit for St. Patrick’s Day And one year he bent over to grab something and his pants ripped in front of the whole class.  Imagine the giggles from a classroom full of 10 year olds!  As a teenager, my brother in law would always give me a bag full of green gifts.  They were always the most random things he could find – a bag of green Jolly Ranchers, a bottle of green sports drink, a “Kiss me!  I’m not Irish, I just like to kiss” t-shirt, and so many other fun things.  When I turned 21 (in a college town) everyone I knew wanted to celebrate…for days before and after and while that was fun, the best part of that birthday was one of my best friends from high school flying in from Georgia to celebrate for the weekend.  Another birthday, somewhere in my late 20′s, while out celebrating I received a surprise phone call from a friend who was preparing to deploy to Iraq.  Little did I know when I got that call, that friend would become my husband a year and a half later.  So many special memories…

Because St. Patrick’s Day is my birthday, as a kid, I always got to bring a really cool birthday treat for school.  It was fun making treats with my mom and my kids and I love to just the same.  None of their birthdays are St. Patty’s Day but we like to make and share treats with their classmates anyway.  This year I was looking for something fun and unique and I just spotted this really great idea on a blog I love.  We will for sure make them!

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Head on over to themommynest.com to see how easy they are to make!  Or simply click on the picture and it will take you right to the tutorial!  Make sure to take some time checking out the rest of the blog while you’re there.

Do you have a favorite St. Patrick’s Day treat?  I’d love to hear about it!

I love making cakes and this past weekend I was asked to make a St. Patrick’s themed cake.  Since it was so close to Mardi Gras, I decided to add a few elements of that too!

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Share your love of St. Patrick’s Day with me!

Healthy Appetizer – Chicken Fajita Bites

I am am not sure how it happened but it seems as family we’ve decided that fajitas are just about our favorite food!  We’ve made just about every kind of  fajita and often make fajita seasoned chicken, pork, or steak and have over rice or even on a salad.  I’m always looking for more recipes that have the flavors of fajitas to try.

Recently I came across this great idea for a chicken fajita appetizer at mamaof3munchkins.com

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You can click here for the instructions!

These were so easy to make and absolutely delicious.  We had them on a Saturday night with a variety of other snacky type foods.  The kids love to have a “party” on Saturday nights with fun foods even if we aren’t entertaining company.  This is something we will definitely make again and will share next time we have guests!  You could also make this as an appetizer for a Mexican themed dinner party or even as a light meal.

I hope you try this out and enjoy it!