Category: Recipes

Stephany’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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After being let down time and time again by many chocolate chip cookie recipes, I came up with my own! I hope you all enjoy my take on an awesome chocolate chip cookie!

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 tbsp Country Crock Original, melted, cooled until warm
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg + 1 yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 325 degreed

In medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Mix together butter and both sugars until well combined. Beat in egg (plus extra yolk) and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop dough by rounded spoonfulls onto cookie sheet. Add 3 or 4 extra chocolate chips to the top of each ball of dough. (More for visual appeal than anything else). Bake cookies for 12 minutes, and allow to cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet before moving to cooling rack to finish cooling.

Stephany’s Tamale Recipe

It has taken me a long time to expirement with seasonings to get my tamales just right. I figured I would share my recipe so you guys won’t have to go through so much trial and error. It has taken me a few years, but I think I’ve got it!

Here’s what you’ll need:
3 Cups MASECA Tamal
3 Cups of water or broth
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
1 cup lard
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground white pepper
2 tsp ground NM chili pepper
Corn husks
Meat
Cheese (optional)

Before you begin mixing, start soaking your corn husks in a large bowl of water to become pliable.

Place your Maseca, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and chili pepper in large bowl. Mix together with either warm broth from your meat you’ve cooked ( I use leftover roast! Save the broth for great seasoning, and you can reseason the meat after it’s shredded, and it comes out delicious!) or warm water until mixed well.

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At this point, you should have something that looks like this.

Put your lard in a small/medium mixing bowl, and beat with an electric mixer until white and fluffy.

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Here’s what your lard should look like when you’re done with the mixer.

Mix the lard into the dry/wet mixture you created earlier. Mixing with your hands is really the only way to go. When you’re done you want the masa to be spongy, but not stick to your hands.

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I don’t know if you can tell a difference between this picture and the previous one like it, but after the lard has been added the masa isn’t as crumbly. I forgot the lard one time and initially it tasted ok, but it was really dense and didn’t hold together well.

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Here is what my roast looks like after it’s been shredded and re-seasoned. I shock people when they find out what it is!

Once you’ve got everything all mixed, you’re ready to make your tamales!

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Put a good amount of masa on your corn husk and pat it into place.

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Fill with meat.

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If you feel like it, add cheese! This was the first time I did and it was yummy!

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Fold into traditional tamale, and steam for about 30-45 minutes.

This recipe usually makes about 2 dozen tamales. If you want the great taste of tamales without all the preparation…try making a tamale pie! Use a 9″ round cake pan. Fill the bottom and sides with the prepared masa. Then fill with meat, (cheese?) or any other toping you want. Top with more masa and pop it in the oven!

Thera Pearl Back Wrap Review and Giveaway

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Thera Pearl is an amazing company that I was unfortunately unaware of. I’m glad I found them! The Thera Pearl Back Wrap is an item I’m already wondering how I was living without it!

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As soon as I got my back wrap, I couldn’t wait to open it up and put it in the fridge. I’m really glad that I did! My oldest son is allergic to insect stings and has extreme swelling. Getting him to keep an ice pack on is impossible, so the swelling gets worse than it needs to. He was stung by a wasp on his shoulder while hunting for lizards and Thera Pearl came to the rescue!

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We got it around his shoulder with ease, and the cool pack stayed where we needed it!

My husband suffers from lower back pain from working, and he hates being plugged into a wall with a heating pad. Again Thera Pearl came to the rescue!

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I heated mine for about 50 seconds and it felt so amazing, I wanted to steal it and use it for no reason. Mother nature didn’t wait long to offer me a use for it. Ladies, that time of the month is uncomfortable, but you can wear Thera Pearl around your abdomen and not be stuck to an outlet. I was able to do my dishes while getting my heat to help the pain.

Everyone needs to own a Thera Pearl Back Wrap! These things are amazing!!

GIVEAWAY!!! Thera Pearl has also been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway! One lucky winner will receive their very own Thera Pearl Back Wrap! Giveaway will begin 7/4/13 at 12:00 am EST and end on 7/11/13 at 12:00 am EST. Winner will have 24 hours to claim prize or another winner will be chosen. All giveaway entries will be validated. Winner will be chosen randomly by rafflecopter.com. Click the link below to enter:

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***I did not receive any compensation from Thera Pearl, simply their product free to me in exchange for my honest opinion***

Stephany’s Lasagna Recipe

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Here’s what you need to make my delicious lasagna.

-1 box lasagna noodles (I prefer Barilla)
-1 lb ground country sausage
-1 lb ground beef
-15 oz ricotta cheese
-12 oz part-skim low moisture mozerella cheese
-48 oz traditional pasta sauce

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Brown your sausage

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Brown your ground beef

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Pour a small amount of sauce from jar into bottom of pan. This will keep the base noodles from burning and becoming hard. Mix remaining sauce with both sausage and ground beef after you have drained them of fat.

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Here’s how I like to layer it…noodles…

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Meat and sauce mixture…

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Mozerella that you’ve thinly sliced…

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Ricotta cheese, then repeat. I usually do 3 layers, and the top layer is finished off with remaining sauce.

Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and you’re good to go!

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Here it is fresh out of the oven…delicious!

Stephany’s Guacamole Recipe

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Here’s a recipe for super simple guacamole that’s always a crowd pleaser.

You need:
4 avacados
3 roma tomatos
1 small onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 lemon

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Chop tomatoes in quarters and throw them into the food processor until finely chopped like this.

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Place onion and garlic in food processor together until finely chopped.

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Place avacado chunks in food processor until smooth.

Mix avacado, tomato, onion/garlic and juice from half a lemon. Super simple and delicious!

I Want To Draw A Cat For You Review and Giveaway

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I was so happy when the wonderful Steve Gadlin said he was going to draw a cat for me! I first saw his pitch to the “sharks” on the TV show “Shark Tank”. My children were watching the show with me and went head-over-heels for the idea too! I have been wanting my very own custom drawing from Steve for quite a while now.

The idea is, you tell him what you want to see, and he draws it for you! I requested a depiction of something that happens on a daily basis here in my home. My sons (9 and 7 years old) having a pokemon battle, and my 1 1/2 year old daughter trying to get in the middle of everything. He was very spot on and the picture came out better than I expected it would. Each picture comes with a bonus digital image of your drawing so you can start sharing it before it even arrives in the mail!

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Here is my digital image. I included this because I just couldn’t get an awesome picture of it framed, but I assure you it does look awesome!

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As you can tell, lighting and everything wouldn’t cooperate, but I love it! So do my kids and all of my house guests, its a nice unique item to hang on the wall.

Every picture he has drawn is unique and creative. You can see every drawing he’s ever created in the gallery at I Want To Draw A Cat For You .

This is definatley a great idea for a gift as well. Its in the price range of what you would probably spend on a gift anyway, and it says a lot more to give a unique custom gift. I will be ordering one for my mother for Christmas this year 🙂

GIVEAWAY!!!
Steve has also been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway! One winner will receive a coupon code for one free custom drawing. Winner will have 24 hours to claim prize or another winner will be chosen. All giveaway entries will be validated. Giveaway will begin 5/29/13 at 12:00 am EST and end 6/5/13 at 12:00 am EST. Winner will be chosen randomly by rafflecopter.com. Click the link below to enter:

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***I did not receive any compensation from I Want To Draw A Cat for You, simply their product free to me in exchange for my honest opinion***

Crock Pot Chocolate Lava Cake

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First and foremost, let me inform you that I will never take credit for something that is not my own. I can not give credit where credit is due because I wrote down this recipe and did not write down what website I read it on. I believe it may have been eHow but don’t quote me on that.

That being said, this recipe blew my mind! I wasn’t expecting much from it, but it really turned out delicious and rich…I could only eat half of my serving.

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist devil’s food cake mix*
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 package Jell-O chocolate fudge instant pudding
2 cups cold milk
1 12 oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips

*you can use any brand of mix, but keep in mind your oil, water, and eggs will vary. Prepare as directed on package.

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Prepare cake mix and pour into crock pot that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

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Mix pudding package with milk and pour on top of cake batter.

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Top with entire package of chocolate chips.

Cook on high for 2 1/2 – 3 hours until cake is moist but doesn’t jiggle.

Should look like this:

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Hope you try and enjoy!

The Best Carne Asada

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Here’s what you’ll need:

3-4 lbs skirt/flap steak
3/4 cup lime juice
3/4 cup olive oil
2 jalapenos
3/4 bunch cilantro
12 cloves (6 tsp) garlic minced
6 tbsp vinegar
3 tbsp orange juice
3 tsp cumin
1 onion
Salt and pepper

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Not pretty, but this is the meat you start with. Cut off all the fat and cut into smaller and thinner pieces.

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This is what it looks like when I’m done with it.

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Put the meat in a bowl, salt and pepper generously, and set aside.

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Slice your onion however you prefer

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Slice both whole jalapenos

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Chop up the cliantro

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Throw onions, cilantro, and jalapeno on top of meat and set aside again.

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Gather up your olive oil, orange juice ( I prefer sunny d for the tang in this recipe), vinegar, lime juice, cumin, and garlic.

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Mix them all together in a small mixing bowl.

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Pour liquid mixture over meat and toss together with your hands.

Marinade at least 2 hour but I prefer over night. Cook however you desire (grill/skillet/pan) and enjoy!

Super Easy Banana Pie

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Haha, ok so the picture of the slice of pie is sloppy. I was really rushed and had no time. The pie is really delicious and only 5 ingredients.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Keebler ready made graham pie crust
2 bananas
1 1/2 small pkgs of instant banana pudding (or vanilla, peanut butter, chocolate, get creative!)
2 2/3 cups cold milk
1 8 oz tub of Cool Whip

Here’s how you do it:

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Slice bananas and spread to fill bottom of crust evenly.

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Mix the pudding and milk. Pour half of pudding mixture over bananas.

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Mix remaining pudding mixture and whole tub of cool whip and put on top of the pie.

Refrigerate at least 2 hours and enjoy!!!

Customize your recipe to your taste by playing with filling options and topping with something yummy like walnuts or chocolate chips!