Friday, January 27

Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 Cups sugar
2/3 Cup butter
2 Eggs
2 TBS Milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/4 Cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Cream sugar and butter.  Add eggs, milk, and vanilla.  Sift dry ingredients together and beat into creamed mixture, combining thoroughly.  With hands, shape dough in a ball;  wrap and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight until easy to handle.  On lightly floured board, roll one-half or one third of the dough at one time, keeping the rest refrigerated.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes or until light brown.

Tuesday, January 10

My Favorite Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Recipe

The easiest, more flavorful chicken chili recipe. Let the slow cooker do all the work!


  • 2 (14 ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 (7 or 8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 large skinless boneless chicken breasts (about 1 and 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup (240ml) chicken broth (I use reduced sodium)
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (14 ounce) can corn (rinsed and drained) or 1 package of frozen corn
  • 1 (14 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small jalapeƱo, minced (remove seeds and ribs)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder (reduce to 1 teaspoon for less spicy chili)
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin (for that key chili taste!)
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 4 ounces brick-style light cream cheese (or full fat)


  1. Add all the ingredients except the cream cheese to a slow cooker. Give everything a stir as best you can to mix. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3 hours.
  2. Remove the chicken and chop into pieces or shred into pieces, then return chicken to the slow cooker and give everything a few stirs. Stir in the cream cheese until fully melted and combined. Taste and add more salt or add ground black pepper to taste. Cover the slow cooker and cook for about 10-15 more minutes.
  3. Serve warm topped with fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, or crackers. 
Recipe and photo by SO GOOD!!!

Tuesday, January 3



1 teaspoon active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water (105 degrees F)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup evaporated milk
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted, plus more for dusting
1/8 cup vegetable shortening, such as Crisco
8 cups peanut oil
Confectioners' sugar, for sprinkling


In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water. Stir to dissolve. Add the sugar, salt, eggs and evaporated milk. Beat until blended. Add 2 cups of the flour by big spoonfuls. Beat until smooth. Add the shortening, and then beat in the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours.

In a large electric fryer, preheat the oil to 360 degrees F.

Roll out the dough to a 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured work surface. Cut the dough into 2 1/2-inch squares.

In batches of 8, fry the squares in the hot oil until lightly browned on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle heavily with confectioners' sugar.

Boyfriend Cookie


Serves: 36 cookies
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1¼ old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate, frozen (I used 4 Hershey's Bars)
  • 1½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup M&M'S
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, optional
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix together the butter and both sugars for 2 minutes until fluffy on medium speed. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until just combined.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Place the oats in the blender and grind until fine. It's okay to have some larger pieces of oat left. Whisk the oats into the flour mixture and then with the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture into the sugar mixture.
  4. Place the frozen chocolate bars into the blender and pulse to grind. The chocolate should resemble small pebbles.
  5. With the mixer still on low add in the ground chocolate, chocolate chips, M&M'S and walnuts, if desired, mixing until just combined.
  6. Using a large cookie scoop (3 tablespoons) scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are lightly golden. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3-4 minutes and then transfer to a wore rack to cool completely.
  7. Store airtight for up to 3 days.
recipe from The I Heart Naptime Cookbook.

**Slight adaptation: I used 2¼ cups flour, as I prefer a slightly thicker cookie.

Blueberry Butter

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup plus one tablespoon fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
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  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl or food processor and pulse until smooth.
If you do not have a food processor, you may use the blade on an Immersion Blender, or soften the butter to room temperature and place the butter in a deep bowl. Using a mixer, beat the butter until smooth, add sugar and blueberries and beat until smooth.

Monday, January 2

Kale Chicken Salad

One package of Costco Kale Salad Mix
Grilled chicken cut into bite-size pieces
Pinches of goat cheese
Mandrin oranges

Poppy Seed Dressing