So you're thinking about getting an air fryer?
GET ONE!!! After reciving mine for christmas I can say with 100% accuracy that it was one of the best gifts I got this year! Other then the health benefits of cooking with less (umm- NO )oil, this little machine cooks foods quickly while leaving things like chicken crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, like fries? Get crunch fluffy fries without the added oils and fats of frying!
One of the first foods we tried was chicken wings, and truth be told, I don't think we'll be cooking them any other way from now on. One bag of wings took about 40 minutes, since we did them in 2 different batches, they couldn't have been easier to make. All I had to do was toss them in some wing breading (we used hooters plain wing breading) and then layer them in the cooking cavity of my new Air Fryer XL. I used the chicken setting and the timer was set for 20 minutes. About 10 minutes in I tossed the wings around a bit to allow them to cook and brown evenly, and cooked them the rest of the way. Then did the same with the 2nd batch. At this point they were ready to eat.
*Side note: you can toss your wings in any sauce you like, and them throw them back in the air fryer for a few moments to caramelize the sugars in your sauces.
I know some of you came looking for a recipe, so here it goes:
1. Toss wings in flour based breading of your choice.
2. Place wings in a single layer flat in the bottom of your air fryer cooking cavity.
3. Cook at 360* for about 20 minutes, tossing wings halfway through to get even browning.
4. pour into a bowl and toss with your favorite sauce if desired.
5. *Optional- place wings back in air fryer for about 5 minutes to caramelize sugars in sauce.
Yes it really is THAT easy!
Did you know you can make CHIPS in this thing??
Ok y'all, Florida finally got the memo that it's fall and I've been enjoying the weather this morning. Sitting on the deck with my tea, I got the grand idea to make breakfast, but if you know anything about me, I wouldn't be satisfied with something like scrambled eggs and toast. Looking through the pantry I found a can of apple pie filling and decided to whip up something delicious.
4 slices of white bread
2 Tablespoons country style apple pie filling
1 Teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 C White granulated Sugar
Butter or Oil for pan frying
With all the unicorn craziness going on, it's hard not to be inspired by these beautiful creatures. Why settle for boring old crispy rice treats when you can make them colored! Beautiful purples & pink make these some magical treats worthy of a princess (or prince)!
Divide ingredients into 3 and Follow steps 1-3 (3) times:
Ok ya'll so as you may have been able to tell, the mamas LOVE our pasta. And better then plain pasta is LASAGNA!! The only downside to lasagna is the fact that it can be expensive and time consuming, so one night out of desperation for a quick meal that was still packed with flavor, I came up with Lazy Mama Lasagna. With just 4 Simple ingredients, and about 35 minutes you can have a meal your family will ask for again and again. And the best part, it's a one pan dish! So super quick clean up!
1 Bag Square Beef Ravioli
1 Bag Square Cheese Ravioli
1 Jar Your Favorite Pasta Sauce
1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Layer all ingredients, except for cheese.
Top with Mozzarella and bake at 395* for 25 Minutes.
YES, IT'S THAT EASY!!!
Ok..So you forgot to make your menu plan. You don't want to dirty every pot in the house preparing dinner. You want something somewhat quick. Well have I got a meal for you! And your family will beg you to make it again and again! And it is soooo easy! And you may even have a lot of the ingredients on hand so here we go...
1 lb of your favorite pasta..Rotini, shells, penne your choice.
1 lb ground beef
1 onion chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 cans Campbell's Tomato Soup
1/2 cup water
1 cup Colby shredded cheese
1 cup Mozzerella shredded cheese
First step is to cook your pasta till it's just about done..(You'll know this by eating at least 8 pieces or more (J/K) Drain your water and pour it into a greased 9 X 15 baking dish..
While your waiting for your pasta to cook:
Our family is sick! Like the whole family, moms, dads, kids, everyone, Mama Dawn had some asthma complications and spent a few days in the hospital. Oddly enough mama carol has stayed well, So this evening she set out to make her family famous Pot of healing chicken noodle soup. It's funny because I could use the same ingredients to make a pot of soup for myself and it just doesn't taste the same.
I fully believe it's because Love has a flavor, though I use the same ingredients, I just don't make it with the love that she puts into it (this is also evident in her pancakes,and grilled cheese.) There is something about the heat, and the steam rising up to meet your face that helps to clear your mind, body, & soul. There is a healing that comes with moms pot of soup, I don't doubt that she puts some prayer in there as well, which contributes to the healing.
There is no real "recipe" but here is what Mama Carol usually puts in her Chicken Noodle Soup:
Chicken Breast (or she will boil chicken pieces and then strip it from the bones)
1 Carton Chicken Stock
1 Can Tomato Soup
1 Can Corn
1 Bag Wide Egg Noodles (cooked)
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
5 Stalks of Diced Celery
1 Large Onion
5 Sliced Carrots
8 Eggs (My sis & I's favorite part!)
Cook pasta and set aside
Combine other ingredients and allow veggies to cook through
Crack eggs into bowl and mix with for or whisk
Pour eggs by spoonful into boiling soup
UPDATE: Mama April & her son are doing much better today :) ( we have no doubt it was the soup.)
As I work on getting my coupons and shopping list together for Tuesday, I have to keep lunch and snacks in mind. For some reason we always have things for breakfast and always have things for dinner, but run low on lunch and snack supplies. This month we are going to try having hubby bring lunch to work, so I've got to work that into the plan. I also want to continue doing my own graze box style snack container. I prep it for about 3 days instead of one day at a time for both my son and I, so I simply reuse a cheese & apple tray we got from walmart a while back. It's got about 6 different compartments and a place for dip, so it works well for us. I just set it out on the table after breakfast and we graze through the day.
Hello Mason Jar Family!! Sorry I haven't been around much lately, I have been trying to get a new business venture off the ground and I didn't realize how much work is involved. Anywho Halloween parties and get togethers are upon us so here is a quick mix you can put together in a jiffy! Stop by your local scrapbook aisle and pick up a few pieces of Halloween paper, get a spool of organza ribbon and if your really feeling adventurous you can get a spider die cut at Joann's or Michael's with a 40% off coupon. Remember if you have a cell phone you can bring the coupon up on that. I got the app so now I always have my coupons..Got to love cell phones for that!
So here is the recipe and some pictures for you to check out..Enjoy your weekend! I made the mason jar lids from some scrapbook paper I had here. I just traced around the lid and cut them out. Added some orange organza ribbon a few spiders and voila! a beautiful gift! This is the ingredients I used:
5 cups of Rice Chex
2 cups of mini marshmallows
1 box of 1 oz Craisins ( They usually come 6 to a pack)
2 boxes of 1 oz raisins (they usually come 6 to a pack as well)
2 cups of candy corn
1 1/2 cups of m&m's
1 cup white chocolate chips
Of course feel free to add your own ideas. Coconut, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, ect.. The
recipe above made 2 quarts and 2 pint jars.
It's national dessert day and this little bite of peanutbuttery deliciousness had been on my mind for over a week now. It's a bit warm and rainy here today, and just not the kinda weather you want to go outside in, my 2 1/2 year old was getting restless, whats a mom to do?!? Make a snack! Mike & Sully had to help too.
1. In large mixer bowl combine peanut butter and butter. Beat on medium speed of electric mixer until well mixed. Add crushed KELLOGG’S JIF-Peanut Butter Cereal and powdered sugar. Beat until well mixed.
2. Place sprinkles in shallow dish. Shape peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll in sprinkles. Place on wax-paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.
Recipe taken from: Kelloggs Cereal Recipes
Last night was the season premiere of The Walking Dead. Here at Mama Aprils House we dig Zombies, so this was a big night for us. While dinner was cooking I prepped some Zombie Brain Popcorn, which is a wonderfully tasty candied popcorn that is easy and can be made in a variety of colors and flavors. But we had to eat dinner first. I was in the mood for some fall comfort flavors dancing on my tongue, so with a little bit of this, and a dash of that, I put together something delicious (so delicious in fact, that it's my lunch today!)
Cranberry Orange Chicken Bake
2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1/2 Can Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
1 Box Corn Bread Stuffing
1/4 C Dried Cranberries
1/2 Orange (Juice & Zest Only)
Prepare stuffing according to package directions mix in dried cranberries and layer on the bottom place chicken on top and pierce chicken with fork to create a few small holes squeeze orange on top of chicken. Cover chicken with cranberry sauce and zest orange on top, cover with foil and bake at 375 for about an hour. (Chicken cook times will vary according to size and thickness of chicken breast.) During last 20 minutes remove foil and let stuffing brown. Serve with maple brown sugar carrots.
Zombie Brain Candied Popcorn
1. In a saucepan, stir to combine the butter and corn syrup over medium heat. Once the butter is completely melted, add in the Jell-o powder and 1/2 cup sugar. Stir well to combine.
2. Turn the heat up slightly and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Immediately pour the jello syrup over the popcorn in a large mixing bowl. Stir to coat the popcorn.
4. Turn the popcorn onto a cookie sheet cover in parchment paper. With your stirring spoon, smooth into a single layer or popcorn.
5. Bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 10 minutes.
6. Allow the popcorn to cool until it reaches room temperature.
7. Break into bite size pieces and enjoy!
Recipe taken from: Cute As A Fox