Best thing since sliced bread…

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I could have come up with a shorter title for this post, but nothing else would have fit. I found this gem of a recipe here at Recipe’s Happen (great blog btw), and I couldn’t wait to make it. My baby had an infestation of the pink eye yesterday, so that meant no school, and no work. I hate calling off my big girl job, and between strep and now pink eye, it’s been too much in my opinion. He better stay healthy the rest of the year! Lol. Since I was stuck at home with el-sicko, I decided to make it. And OH. EM. GEE- was it good! It’s ‘officially’ called Bacon, Egg and Cheese Ring, and it was AH-mazing!  All you need is

1 can crescent rolls
5 eggs, scrambled
1 cup shredded cheese
8 slices cooked bacon

Preheat oven to 375. While that’s heating up, scramble the eggs, and cook the bacon (I totally cheated and used already cooked bacon). It’s pretty self explanatory just looking at the pictures on how to set it up:

Set up the crescent rolls to look like a sun

Add a slice of bacon to each ray

Add some shredded cheese in a ring like fashion

Add the scrambled eggs on top of the cheese

Add more shredded cheese on top of the eggs, and close it up!

Bake for 13-16 minutes, and out comes PERFECTION!

YUM

Doesn’t that look delish??

I’m sure you could substitute and add anything additional you wanted to. Elijah is having a birthday party tonight (don’t worry moms- he is no longer contagious! Lol) and is having a couple of the boys sleep over. He has already asked if I would make this tomorrow morning for his friends- I have a feeling we will be making this a lot in our house!!

Chicken Nuggets

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I know that I had already previously posted a Chicken Bites recipe, but this is even better! Plus, that was more like a ‘shake-n-bake’ type thing, that made me feel like I was cheating calling it a recipe. I based this recipe on one I found here, but did make some changes, and I didn’t do the ‘special sauce’ (I use plain old ketchup or ranch dressing). Here is how I did the batter:

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup corn starch
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dill weed
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup buttermilk

I poured about 2 inches of oil in a large pot to fry the chicken in. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces (I got a pound and a half of tenderloin at Aldi’s for $3.76). After mixed the batter together I coated the chicken in it. Fry until chicken turns golden brown. Remove from oil and allow to drain on paper towels.

As the original recipe stated, I did put all the chicken back in the oil for a few minutes to make it a little crisper.

After the second run through in the oil

This was the second time making this in 3 days- another HUGE hit with Elijah. He requested I make these last night after making it Friday night as well. Although these are NOT one of the healthiest dinners, it really is delicious!

Chocolate Cookie Bars

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I made these this weekend, and I can’t remember where I got the recipe to credit, which I am very sorry about! These were super easy to make.

2 cups packed brown sugar
1 stick butter, melted
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 350* and grease 9×13 pan. In large bowl mix brown sugar and butter. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Add vanilla. Slowly add flour, baking powder and salt, mixing well. Add the chocolate chips. Spread into greased pan and bake for 25-35 minutes. Let cool, and cut into bars. My nephew spent the afternoon with us, and after they were cool, he literally stood with a knife by the pan and cut himself several helpings. (Which was less for me to eat, so that was awesome!)

I forgot to take pictures, because well, I just forgot. I didn’t get any until there was only about half left in the pan, because  they weren’t out of the oven for more than 5 minutes before they were being cut into. But here is one lone bar, and the deliciousness that it is:

(Please forgive me- the quality of the pictures are awful, and I was almost embarrassed to even put them up here. But, obviously  I did.  Just trust me- they are good!!) I may have under cooked it just a smidgen- I like it a little bit doughy. I was having a craving for chocolate chip cookies, and when I saw this recipe, I thought it’d be great substitute to the classic cookie.

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

World Famous Hamburgers

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According to Elijah, that is what I make. Considering he is one of the pickiest people I know, this is one of the highest compliments. Ever. They are ridiculously easy to make, consists of three extra ingredients, and they are gone in an instant. I have to credit my friend Steph for giving me this recipe, and here is what you’ll need:

1 lb ground beef
1/2 pkg of Ranch dressing (powdered)
Splash of barbecue sauce
Breadcrumbs

Ranch Dressing and BBQ sauce

I was out of breadcrumbs, so I didn’t even use them. Just the ranch and BBQ sauce. I had a pound of beef, and about 1/2 pkg of the dressing. You can use more or less depending on your taste-buds.  I used maybe 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce- I don’t measure, just guesstimate. Form them into patties and cook them. I always use my George Foreman grill, because I think it makes everything better 🙂

Love my George Foreman

Perhaps the most crucial step is to butter the buns and toast them in the oven.

350* for about 7 minutes or so

They really are good, but world famous- that’s debatable.

Mmmm- slight pickle and mustard overload

The first time I made them for my nephew he exclaimed that I needed to open up a restaurant and only sell the hamburgers and fries that I had ‘homemade’ (as in just cut the tators and fried them up). They are so easy, but the ranch and BBQ add just enough flavor to make them different from most, and even the pickiest of kids eat them.

If you try them, let me know how you liked them. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!!

 

Affect or Effect?

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I used to consider myself great in English, Language Arts; anything that had to do with writing. The older I get, the more I realize how much I just don’t know. Honestly what gets me more confused than anything is deciding to use ‘affect’ or ‘effect’. I will sometimes even change my whole sentence around because I’m not sure if I’m using the right one. It’s a little bit ridiculous, but it is what it is. Based on the amount of information out there and the articles written, I am clearly not the only one having this issue.

For starters, let’s start with the basic definition of the words (courtesy of Dictionary.com)

af·fect [v. uh-fekt; n. af-ekt]

Verb (used with object)
1. To act on; produce an effect or change in: Cold weather affected the crops.
2. To impress the mind or move the feelings of: The music affected him deeply.

Noun
4. Psychology. Feeling or emotion.

ef·fect   [ih-fekt]

Noun
1. Something that is produced by an agency or cause; result; consequence: Exposure to the sun had the effect of toughening his skin.
2. Power to produce results; efficacy; force; validity; influence: His protest had no effect.

Verb (used with object)
1. To produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish; make happen: The new machines finally effected the transition to computerized accounting last spring.

Think about it this way- if you need to use a verb, the majority of the time you will want to use affect. Weather affects our moods. Hours worked affect your paycheck amount. Exercise affects your health. If a noun is what you are looking for, generally speaking you’ll use effect. The effect of regular exercise is better health. The effect of working more hours is a larger paycheck.

I hope this can help someone. I know that I have often used the words as if they were interchangeable  and I have seen a lot of people use the words the wrong way; clearly this is a common error.

*Please feel free to add any additional tips in the comments, or any other commonly misused words 🙂