A Picky Eater’s Scrambled Eggs

I am a picky egg eater.

Basically I don’t eat them unless I make them or my mom does.

I like them scrambled, fluffy, super flavorful, and cheesy just like my mom made them when I was growing up.

AKA not like my dad made them with chocolate chips. See this post for that story.

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A Picky Eater’s Scrambled Eggs

serves 2-3

  • 2 slices bacon, cut into small strips
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk or half and half
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese, cheddar or Monterrey jack
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • dash of garlic powder
  • dash of dried parsley

 

In a non-stick skillet over medium high heat fry the bacon strips. Once crispy, remove the bacon and most of the grease from the pan.

In a small bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients. Return the skillet with the remaining bacon grease to the heat, and pour in the egg mixture. Using a rubber spatula slowly fold the eggs until cooked through. Top with cooked bacon and serve.

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Meal Delivery Services: Are they worth it?

So a few weeks back I signed up for Hello Fresh, Plated, and Blue Apron.

Over kill much?

Well yes, but I wanted to really do my research on the best meal delivery service.

I rated them on a couple things.

Recipes.

Ingredients.

Organization.

Price.

If you are not sure what these companies offer I will give a quick synopses.

Basically, you sign-up for the service, pick the recipes you like that week(3 max), the frequency of ingredients delivery, pick your food preferences (vegetarian, gluten free, no seafood etc) and the day you prefer it to be delivered.

The ingredients and recipes come packed in a box with lots of freezer packs to keep everything super cold.

You unpack the box and cook the meals at your convenience. The only ingredients you are expected to have on hand are salt/pepper, butter and oil.

And you can cancel your subscription at any time. No extra fees etc.

Hello Fresh

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Plated

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Blue Apron

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And here is how they rated in my opinion.

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 So are they worth it?

I say yes, but with a few disclaimers.

If you are feeding yourself and one other person, this is for you! I throw out so much food that my husband and I never get around to eating. I love that they give me exactly the amount I need and no more.

If you would like to learn new cooking techniques or new recipes, this is for you.

If you would like to learn to cook lighter dishes, this is for you.

If you are single and don’t mind eating leftovers, this is for you. Or use it as an excuse to host someone for dinner!

If some weeks the thought of meal planning, grocery shopping and THEN cooking makes you want to cry, this is for you.

If you are feeding a bunch of hungry teenagers, this is not for you. The ratio of portion size to price is not worth it.

If you are a bargain or coupon grocery shopper, this is not for you.

If you are not much of a foodie, this is probably not for you.


So which service did I pick?

I really like Hello Fresh. It was also the first one I tried.

While some of the recipes are not my favorite it does get me in the kitchen rather than in a drive-thru line for dinner.

And for healthy convenience food it’s totally worth it.

I won’t do it every week because there are certain recipes that my family really enjoys that I still want to make, but as a filler for weeks when the thought of thinking through a grocery list makes me want to pluck my eyes out this meal delivery service is perfect!

If you want to try it out use my discount code 6QLT9N for $40 off  your first box from Hello Fresh.

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My sister gets photo credit for these hello fresh meals she prepared. :)

Recipe Index

I have had several people mention that they are having a hard time finding recipes on the blog.

And without paying a website developer to come in and revamp my blog, it’s quite difficult.

There is a search feature on the front page, but it still seems to cause issues.

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So I came up with an alternative.

I REVAMPED pinterest.

Or at least my pinterest boards.

All the recipes I recommend or review on the blog will be pinned.

Plus you will see extra recipes that are just my favorites.

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You all.

I have a board for just mac and cheese.

And a pizza board. It kinda makes me salivate just looking at it.

So go over to my boards and look around.

There is something for everyone.

Thanks for reading,

Rene’

My Favorite Fall Recipes plus a plaid shirt that you need!

Fall, Fall, Fall is here.

Or at least it’s almost here.

And that means lots of apples and pumpkins.

Here are a few of my favorite fall recipes.

click each photo for the recipe

Pork Chops with Apples and Cheese Grits
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Easy! Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls
Southern Living Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

This cake is divine. I think I leave out the pecans.

Apple Doozie

This dessert pizza is really easy. But I will be honest. I don’t use canned apple.

I just slice the fresh apples really thin, Then add some brown sugar, cinnamon and a couple tbsp of water in a large skillet.

Cook on medium heat until the water evaporates. Then proceed with the rest of the recipe.

Feel free to use canned apple. I won’t think less of you. :)

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Biscuit-Style Apple Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are my all time favorite. I may need to make a batch this weekend. Simple food is the best!

All Recipes.com Apple Crisp II

I love fruit crisps and have tried lots of recipes.

But I always come back to this stand-by. It’s great and just so simple.

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Scones
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

These⇑ are the best muffins I have ever made. I LOVE them


I was on the hunt for a couple plaid shirts for fall that didn’t gape at the chest and that were long enough to get away with wearing leggings.

Well I found the SHIRT. It’s a boyfriend cut which means its a little over-sized which is perfect if you have a larger chest like me.

click the photo for the link

Old Navy Women’s Boyfriend Plaid Pullover

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Entertaining: A Cuban-style Meal for $30, Serves 8-10

wpid-wp-1442096374706.jpegI have talked about my goal to entertain more this year.

Yall, I am overachiever with this goal this year.

I need to make more New Year’s resolutions involving food, because I EXCEED at them. :)

Anyway, I forgot how much I enjoy entertaining.

And our house is not even ideal for hosting many people because of our super small eating area, but we are making it happen anyway.

I have made this meal 3 times now, and it’s just so dang good.

Simple food at its finest.

The whole meal can be made a day in advance and reheated before serving.

It is dairy free, gluten free and can even be made for vegetarians/vegan if you leave out the chicken stock in the black beans/rice. 

A crowd-pleaser for sure. 

Cuban-Style Pulled Pork

  • 4-5 lb pork roast (fat trimmed)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • cumin

Place all the ingredients in a large bag and marinate in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours.

Then place the roast and marinade in a slow cooker for 8 hours on low. Let the roast cool on a cutting board and then shred pork with two forks. Remove the lime slices from the slow cooker and discard. Place the shredded pork in the cooking juices in the slow cooker. Re-heat in slow cooker when ready to serve.

Black Beans

  • 32-40 oz canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup salsa or Rotel
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • salt and pepper

In a large skillet cook black beans, salsa and stock in a skillet. Heat uncovered at med high until the liquid is reduced almost completely. Cover and set aside until ready to serve. Serve warm with hot sauce.

Rice

  • 3 cups rice
  • 2  12 cans coconut milk
  • 1  cup chicken stock
  • salt and pepper

In a large sauce pan or Dutch oven, combine all the ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 5 minutes or until boiling. Reduce to low and allow to cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and leave the cover on until ready to fluff and serve.

Mango salsa

  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3-4 cups diced mango (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • salt and pepper

Combine all the ingredients and serve cold or at room temperature.

Note: if you are not a fan of mango, pineapple will work too.

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Recipe Review: Peach Tomato Salad

I have been meaning to make this simple salad for 2 years.

It’s been sitting on my Sensation Salads pinterest board just waiting.

Thankfully I finally got around to it this weekend after a trip to the produce stand.

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Initially, I was not sure about the peach tomato combo, but it’s a match made in heaven.

It is delish!

I used fresh mozzarella for my salad b/c it’s easy to find.

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Balsamic reduction was my shortcut to the dressing. I also think it would be yummy with a white balsamic vinegar.

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I have a feeling I am going to making this a lot this summer.

Click here for the link to the recipe.

Enjoy!

A Turkey Burger Public Service Announcement

I have been a turkey burger naysayer for quite a while because I thought the grinding of poultry was a crime against nature.

But I must confess: I have been misguided.

These burgers are GREAT. Seriously. I have already made them twice this summer.

(click the photo for the recipe link)

They work great on the grill if you make the patties a few hours in advance and then refrigerate.

Each batch makes about 5-6 burgers.

Heat the grill to 500ºF and then turn it down to low before placing the burgers on the grates.

I would guess they take about 4 min on each side because I make mine pretty thin. Top with cheese and guacamole.

Monday Randomness: Monogrammed Key Chains, Chinese Takeout and a Built-in Pantry

I have a monogrammed key chain that I have owned for years and years.

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It’s huge and bulky which is great because it helps me find my keys in my huge bag.

But it still has my old monogram and its has been beaten to death.

So I decided it was finally time for an upgrade.

And this is the key chain I went with.

Lilly Pulitzer Monogrammed Keychain

So cute and fun.

Next up a new recipe I tried that tasted better than ANY Chinese takeout!

If your family is super sensitive to spicy food you might need to cut back on the Sriracha but it was perfect amount of spice for us.

Click on the photo for the link to the recipe from lecremedelacrumb.com. I literally whipped this up in 20 minutes.

I added roasted broccoli and steamed rice.

And last but not least I am finally getting my “built-in” pantry!

My husband helped me by getting the shelves cut this weekend.

And I finished painting it last night, and I will post the finished project next week!

A Food Storage Solution That Won’t Make You Lose Your Mind (or your paycheck)

Do you know what drives me nuts?

Garden hoses.

They get tangled and kinked.

And it causes me to want to be the kind of person who cusses(only slightly kidding).

Well the other thing that drives me nuts is plastic food storage containers with all the mismatched lids.

It is enough to drive a woman mad.

Seriously.

Anyway, recently I discovered the cheap solution- freezer safe, top shelf dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and BPA free.

And the BEST PART is that they all use the same size lids. Hallelujah!


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 The bonus is that when I take meals to new moms etc I don’t feel bad sending these containers because they are so cheap, and I can even write the instructions for serving on the lid- using a sharpie and masking tape.

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I recently made a huge batch of chicken stock using the 8oz containers.

The price and availability make them perfect to use in kids’ lunch boxes too.

Click each photo for the specific links on Amazon.

This is the size I use for chicken stock, wine for cooking and condiments.

The cost breakdown on this size is 35¢ each which is even cheaper than the dollar store brands.

16 oz- individual salads and pastas as well as leftovers
32 oz- this is the perfect size for big batches of salsa, soups and chilis

They also offer this super large 1/2 gal size, but it has a different sized lid to I opted out.

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