SHEET PAN BUFFALO CHICKEN QUESADILLA

 INGREDIENTS

  • 10 medium tortilla wraps
  • 4 chicken breasts, shredded
  • 1 cup hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella
  • 3/4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/360°F.
  2. Line your baking tray and brush with butter. Cut 3 of the tortillas in half and place the straight sides against the edge of the tray, then cover the remaining space in the sheet with whole tortillas. If you don’t have enough because your baking tray is too big then play around with cutting a few more to size.
  3. In a bowl mix together the shredded chicken with the hot sauce, cream cheese, mozzarella, spring onions, and seasoning.
  4. Spread this mix on the tortillas then top with more tortillas and spread again with butter. Top with a sheet of baking paper and another tray, then bake for around 10/15 minutes. Flip the tray and remove the bottom piece of paper and grill for a further 5 minutes until crispy.

Valentine’s Day

ideas for valentine’s day dates!

Dancing

A ghost tour

A scavenger hunt

Ice skating

Roller skating or BOwling

A themed dinner and movie night at home

Karaoke

A second first datE- rECREATE YOUR FIRST DATE

 

Make it unique to you! Sometimes it’s more the thought that counts.

PIZZA BAGELS

INGREDIENTS

  • bagels, cut into halves (can use any kind you desire)- We did asiago cheese bagels.
  • 1 can or jar of pizza sauce
  • pepperoni as many as you like
  • ounces mozzarella shredded cheese
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the bagels in half and lay on a baking sheet.
  2. On top of each bagel spread on pizza sauce, making sure to cover all spots.- we put a piece of pepperoni over the hole before putting the sauce down.
  3. Top with pepperoni and cheese and desired amount of garlic powder and onion powder is optional
  4. Put in oven at 375 degrees and bake approximately 10 minutes or until cheese and meat are bubbly.

COUNTRY STYLE PORK RIBS

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 -10 country-style pork ribs
  • tablespoons garlic powder
  • tablespoon salt
  • tablespoon pepper
  • cups of your favorite barbecue sauce

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Place ribs meaty side up in an ungreased baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 2 hours.
  5. Drain liquid.
  6. Brush ribs generously with BBQ sauce.
  7. Bake uncovered for an additional 30 minutes in the oven or on the BBQ.
  8. Add more sauce half-way through.

Enjoy plain or over rice.

 

Recipe adapted from geniuskitchen.com

All you early birds! Tomorrow is the day for the lunar eclipse/blue moon/super moon!

A total lunar eclipse is coming on Jan. 31, but that’s not all.

It’ll also be a blue moon and a supermoon, according to The Weather Channel.

 

What’s a blue moon?

It is a phenomenon whereby the moon appears bluish owing to smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere.

 

What’s a supermoon?

It is the phenomenon when the moon appears particularly large in the sky due to the coincidence of its closest approach to the earth (the perigee) with a full (or new) moon.

 

Mini Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Taco shells:

  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Franks red hot original sauce

Using circle cookie cutter or biscuit cutter, cut 5 circles out of each tortilla. Mix together ingredients above. Dip small circles in. Lay on an upside-down regular sized muffin pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 min.

Filling:

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1 sliced green onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup Franks red hot original sauce

    Mix all ingredients together. Fill tacos with filling. Stand up on cookie sheet. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley. Serve.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx5EbtMxk6c

 

CLEAN OUT YOUR INBOX WEEK (JANUARY 25-31)

Take advantage of Clean Out Your Inbox Week and go through old emails. Remember those emails you “starred” but likely never followed up on? If you’re like me, those are ideas that you sent to yourself while you were trying to fall asleep or names of people who you met and wanted to connect with at a later date.

It will feel really good to start the year out without 10,245 emails in your inbox!

Get Organized Month

January is Get Organized Month!!

The freshness of a new, un-scribbled calendar. The clean lines of household furniture, freed from December’s tinsel, trash, and clutter. The sweet silence of the second cup of coffee after the children mount the school bus. The delicious feeling of energy to spare, the energy released, but not expended, by December’s holiday frenzy.

I know we have been running around our house getting all the germs out and everything put together to have a clean house!

Here are a few helpful tips.

  • I am purging everything! Things that I have not used in 1 year are being thrown away or donated. Things that have not been used for 6 months are being put aside to be thrown away or donated in 6 more months.
  • Do one room at a time and start from the top to the bottom.

 

Storing Items according to organizedhome.com

Some items will always make the storage cut, and have a just and proper place in your storage plan:

  • Clothing (out-of-season clothing, children’s hand-me-down candidates, maternity clothes)
  • Seasonal décor items (Christmas trees and decorations, Easter baskets, Halloween costumes)
  • Household file archives (tax records, personal documents, family information and files)
  • Sentimental and keepsake items (old yearbooks, children’s’ schoolwork and report cards, photos)
  • Luggage
  • Sporting goods (bicycles, skis and snowboards, skates, camping equipment, outdoor game sets)
  • Children’s storage (outgrown baby equipment, toys, children’s keepsakes, boxes held for college-age or young adult children, grandma’s toy chest items)
  • Sewing, hobby and craft equipment and supplies (sewing machine, fabrics, hobby supplies)
  • Party and hospitality supplies (coffee urn, paper goods, extra glasses, punch bowl, seasonal tablecloths, card tables, extra chairs, extra beds and bedding used for houseguests)
  • Less-used cleaning equipment and supplies (carpet steam-cleaner, window cleaning poles and squeegees, automotive cleaning supplies)
  • Tools and hardware (hand tools, power tools, hardware items, ladder, garden tools, auto repair tools and supplies)
  • Original packaging for computer, audio and video components (keep boxes and packaging for newer components, as the manufacturer may condition warranty service on returning the item in original packaging; toss packaging for out-of-warranty items)

 

Have Fun Getting Organized!

 

 

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 store-bought pre-made oreo crust (save the lid) – graham cracker crust works too
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 12 oz . cream cheese (1 1/2 pkg.), softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 6 oz . white chocolate, chopped or 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a small saucepan, whisk together 1 Tbsp granulated sugar and cornstarch until well blended. Stir in cold water and add raspberries. Cook over medium heat whisking frequently, until mixture reaches a boil. Allow mixture to gently boil about 5 minutes whisking constantly and reducing temperature slightly if necessary to reduce splattering until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat and force sauce through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl to remove seeds, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese and granulated sugar until fluffy, about 1 minute. Mix in egg and egg white. Add vanilla and lemon juice. Set mixture aside.
  3. Melt white chocolate with cream in a double boiler until melted and smooth, or melt in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave on 50% power in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Add melted chocolate mixture to cream cheese mixture and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour 2/3 cup cheesecake mixture into the Oreo crust and spread evenly over bottom. Drizzle or spoon with 2 Tbsp raspberry sauce. Slowly ladle remaining cheesecake mixture over the drizzled raspberry sauce, covering all the raspberry sauce (you just don’t want it to show through). Swirl cheesecake with a toothpick or knife (you’re just swirling that inside layer of sauce, for now, be careful not to let the sauce show through). Carefully jiggle the pan to even out the top. Now, fill a clean medicine syringe with raspberry sauce and begin to pipe small circles in a swirl pattern over cheesecake. Take a toothpick or sharp pointy knife and beginning with the center circle, run the toothpick through the center of each heart (don’t lift the toothpick out until you finish the last circle).
  5. Bake cheesecake for 40 minutes, then turn oven off and leave cheesecake in the oven for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Cover with saved lid and refrigerate until fully set about 6 hours. Top slices with remaining raspberry sauce and optional sweetened whipped cream (for extra indulgence =).
Recipe and picture from cookingclassy.com

Shelter your Bill from the Cold!

 

Winter is upon us, and cold temperatures will remain in the region.

The low temperatures will put higher stress on equipment used to generate and deliver electricity.
In addition, energy bills can increase when temperatures plummet. Use these tips to help you use less energy.
 
Electric heating can be the biggest contributor to high winter bills. Select the lowest comfortable setting on your thermostat when you’re home. Lower the temperature a degree or two when you leave.
Inefficient electric heating can also add to monthly power bills during colder temperatures. Get regular service calls from a licensed technician to properly maintain your heating and cooling system.
Leave drapes or blinds open during sunny winter days to allow the sun’s rays to warm the house, but close them at night to help insulate your home.
One of the easiest things customers can do to support electric heating efficiency is to change air filters regularly. A dirty air filter makes an electric heating system work harder, which uses more energy.