I have been craving corn dogs. Must be a pregnancy thing. Because it’s usually my husband who is. But I decided to try making them myself.
I am now someone who will attempt to make it myself first. It’s cheaper!
Watching food videos with my daughter before bedtime has some perks. Even though it is evil to have to see delicious food before sleeping.
But first I had to gather all the ingredients…
Also the hubby wanted fries to go along with the dinner. Since I was already going to fry the corn dogs it wasn’t too much extra work.
Pat the hotdogs dry and skewer them! Death to the hotdogs!! Mwahahahahahaha!!
I double fry the fries. First round is for 6min. I did all the groups of fries. Since I use the bare minimum oil I have to do several rounds.
Let’s start the corn dogs!!
I had to add about 1 cup of oil…it seemed so wasteful…I think the most I used nowadays is 1/3 of a cup.
The recipe said I could do up to 3 at a time, but since it’s my first time; I decided to do 1.
Even I got input from the opinionated daughter…
Next was another round of fries. Then my own opinion…
Looks like Photo: maybe 8. The pictures make theirs look picture perfect. Mine were imperfect, but the taste was…
Taste: 10! At first… Then after one corn dog, my husband and I discovered they are extremely greasy. We don’t really eat super greasy foods anymore. They are too heavy. My fries are probably our limit. I’ll be trying an air frying recipe next time.
Easiness: 10! It was a super easy recipe. I’m bummed that I won’t be making it again, but if your stomach is not as sensitive; this is a perfect recipe. Hopefully the air fryer recipe is just as easy.
I’m currently munching on carrots to help settle my stomach. 😞
Overall: It was delicious as we ate it! Just the aftermath is hitting us. Elizabeth liked it though. Even though she probably would have filled herself up on carrots and ranch if we let her. Haha 😂
I’ve been on vacation. Blog posts were put on the back burner to fully enjoy my time off.
But…Another Pinterest recipe with a repetitive recipe. Onion rings and orange chicken.
Since I was already going to be frying the chicken, I decided to make some onion rings. The hubby has been craving onion rings for a while now.
I had high hopes for them. Since I’m picky about onion rings too.
I didn’t realize how much that would make…I cut up way too many. And I used sweet onions. It’s the bag that was opened in the cabinet.
Why does it always want to auto correct panko to Pablo…very annoying.
Yes. There is chocolate cake there too. The hubby wanted something chocolate at work the other day so I made some cake.
Don’t forget that the real dinner is orange chicken…
That’s only three chicken breast. I decided to do three so that there would be leftovers for the hubby’s next shifts.
But my sister gave me this thermometer for my birthday. This is my forever one!
The chicken will have to wait until the onion rings are done. I guess the onion rings are more of an appetizer to the orange chicken. Weird mix…
I turned to do something quickly. As I turned back to the cutting board I saw my baby climbing up towards it! I yelled for the hubby, and baby got startled and ran away. Better than her mess with raw chicken.
A rather sticky process but it is looking delicious!
The oil was heated to 350. It only took about 2min to completely cook the onion rings. They came out golden brown and crispy.
He devoured most of these onion rings. Haha! He said I’ve ruined another food for him. He will no longer be able to eat onion rings out. Mwahahahaha!
The hubby did feed my a couple bites as he eat the onion rings. I’m amazed…He shared his food. Haha
I don’t think I am going to be hungry for the orange chicken…
The oil was already filled with burnt panko crumbs from the onion rings. So occasionally as I pulled the chicken out I would get some burnt crumbs. Just some extra flavor!
I wish onion rings could be a meal!
The green beans must have been freezer burnt. None of us ate our greens. They were nasty.
It seemed never ending. But I decided to wait until after dinner to do the dishes. The hubby and baby would go watch a movie; while I do the dishes and listen to my book.
Look like photo: 10! They look identical to the picture. Crispy golden brown!
Taste: 10! The onion rings are awesome!! If I could rate it 1,000 I would!!!
Easiness: 9! I think because of the stickiness it is more difficult than fries, but the time quantity is way shorter than fries.
Overall… a definite yes to the recipe! Will try again soon. Maybe tomorrow! Also the cake gets a 10!
The bacon is done already from breakfast; and I have almost all the correct ingredients!
I’m actually not listening to music this time. I’ve been listening to DryBar YouTube comedy videos. They are my kind of humor. 😆
I’ve been wanting to snack all day…so I decided to have a yummy food for dinner. Also in the high hopes that my daughter would eat it.
I’ve become picky with pizza dough. Mine is delicious and I know what’s in it!
The recipe says ranch or Caesar dressing. I have ranch. I shall use ranch.
I’ve been trying to use less chicken in recipes and only make a smaller amount. I’ve come to find out I can stretch two chicken breasts pretty far.
You are probably wondering why I’m pointing out this amazing paper covered pan…because I didn’t read the next step and it said to oil the pan…😑
I’m saving that paper. Not so much for the being frugal… but because one day I’m going to use it correctly and when it is needed and I shall do a wonderful maniacal laugh!! Mwahahahahahaha!!
Back on topic…
I’ve always cooked chicken a solid 20min. No matter how it is chopped…so my chicken has been pretty dry, 8 times out of 10. So I looked up How long to cook cubed chicken? Google says 15min…I shall trust google…
Not the bowl of bacon…but the bowl of death… usually you only see about 1-2 TBSP in a salad… but not the cup amount in that bowl.
I always drain the chicken. Only when it is being added to something else.
Best part! I would totally sample some but I wouldn’t have enough.
Even though I’m using less chicken, I don’t skimp out of the serving size of the chicken!
Sandwich/ burrito…I now know how wraps were discovered…
Stupid greased pan…
I ran out of mozzarella cheese…like in the entire house. We just went to Costco too.
The recipe said to make 6…but let’s be honest I wanted a big one for dinner. Don’t worry I’ll be eating some celery later…
So that is an egg/ lite ranch/ pizza seasoning topping wash. It smells delicious!
I of course had let the kitchen go a little crazy because I’ve been drawing and painting. Moms out there… you understand, you give yourself some you time and the house falls apart…
For mine I used less ranch. I wanted to keep it a little healthier, but I wanted to eat all the delicious dough! So realistically not that much healthier…
Look Like Photo: 8. But who really cares about this part…you want to know about the taste…
Taste: 10!! So delicious! I will definitely be making this again. But probably not often because of the amount of calories I just devoured.
Easiness: 9. It wasn’t really hard. Quite simple if you have all the ingredients. Just the prep, before the oven, is what takes most of the time.
Overall a keeper!!
DryBar Video to watch:
Your Dumb Friend – Cam Bertrand
This was the video I watched. My hubby kept looking at me funny, as I busted up in laughter. Only I could hear it. Haha, I probably looked insane.
Well as I scrolled through Pinterest and I found this recipe!! Wow! I showed the hubby and it was decided that we should have this for dinner.
Since we decided upon this we had to go to the grocery store to get buttermilk, sriracha sauce, coleslaw, and buns. Yummy here I come!!
My luck of spicy is not the greatest so I decided to only do half the desired cayenne pepper. Hopefully it was still be yummy and not burn my face off.
The bacon will be cooked later. First I must deal with the chicken.
I decided to cut the breasts in half and do six smaller chickens. The recipe said to do a full breast for four breasts. I did three and made it into six-ish servings.
When doing the smashing I got out the smaller of my two rollers. The hubby was next to me and he said, “Use the bigger one.”
I said, “I want to use this smaller one, in case it breaks.”
Him: “You don’t have to worry about that, you won’t have that much force…”
Me: “SMASH! Smash! Smash!” -the hubby walked off. Since one of my hits, broke off a piece of chicken from its whole. 😂 haha!
We have gotten to the point that one pizza can feed all three of us. It should be able to feed another person but the hubby was hungry…one piece for Eli, two for me, and the rest to the crazy eating machine!
The recipe said to let it marinate for at least four hours. So I will be back in a bit to complete this blog…
Prepare the coleslaw and let it sit for a bit in the fridge.
I know some people are not a fan…I wasn’t either, but now I love it on certain foods!
🥵 wow! That sauce is killer…as in melt my head off!! I split the concoction in half and added way more honey!!
We got this pot from someone who was moving…best pot ever! Sturdy and free!!
That’s a lie!! Coat that chicken with the flour mixture, until you think it can no longer take anymore…then add more!!
That is for one sandwich… maybe next time I’ll cut the chicken breasts into thirds…
I also found out, that you should never place fried chicken on paper towels; it ruins the crunch. So I used my cookie rack.
Tunes are key to a successful dinner!! 😎
I know this is strange, but as I’m writing this post, the song, “Let’s Get It On,” came to my brain…haha 😅
It will be a challenge, but somehow this sandwich is going to fit in my mouth. 🤨
Looks Like Photo: 10! My sandwich is taller but that perfectly fine. Bigger is better!!
Taste: 10!!! 100!! Wow! It was amazing! Worth the wait and time! But for my sandwich I put the coleslaw on top of the chicken and bacon. My bun was not soggy!!
Easiness: 8…since there was lots to do and it did take some time. But I will say…it was easier than making orange chicken. Will definitely be making this again!!
I’m currently in a food coma… Enjoy your day! I will be trying to move…in the next hour…or more…🥱
Ramen… I was craving ramen and we did not have any of the prepackaged kind…I love that kind!!……..
Sorry. Just got distracted thinking of ramen, and the many ways to eat it!! So I decided to attempt to make some from scratch. I already am expecting this to be a fail, but I’m trying it anyways!!
Well I am just going to admit early. It will probably taste strange since I don’t have several of the ingredients. I will say, this recipe does not call for the many authentic ingredients…but I want ramen so I’m still going to make some!!
It called for green onions. I don’t have any. I was going to use a yellow onion…but I don’t have that either…so red onion it is…
At this point it is smelling similar to the instant ramen…maybe it will work!!?
Again a fail…it called for ramen noodles…I had egg noddles. I thought that would be better than spaghetti noodles…
Can you feel my uncertainty and lack of confidence as you read…haha! I know I can!
The recipe didn’t call for celery, but me, with my “extensive knowledge”, decide to try it. Probably since I thought this was going to be a flop I decided to go with the flow…
It smells delicious! I’m sure it would have been better with the right ingredients, but I must say it smells alright!
It said to garnish with some steak and green onions. I at least have the steak! I’m not a complete failure. I only was going to use a few pieces for my dinner. I’ll cook the rest up when I make leftover servings.
Still smells good. I’m not going to try it until it’s complete.
At least I know one part of the meal is going to be edible.
It would look prettier with the green onion garnish…but alas the time has come to see if it is a fail or not…
Wow! 🥵 Spicy! I only added 1/8 tsp of red pepper flakes…maybe when you cook red pepper flakes they increase in spiciness…well that’s a bummer.
The overall taste is not too bad, but the spiciness really hits you. The steak is a nice addition.
Look like photo: 2. Let’s be honest it looks nothing like the photo. I gave it a two: since there is broth, meat, and noodles…
Taste: …? 3…wow that’s a sad, sad score. Reading these scores you are going to be turned away. But I gave it a three because I could taste the instant ramen flavor under the the spiciness… 🥵 the spicy…wow. But I think it would have been better if I had the right ingredients.
Easiness: 9. It was pretty easy. It consisted of putting everything in a pot and cooking it. I just wish I had done a better job.
Thankfully the hubby was on a night shift. Meaning my complete failure was not for both of us… and Eli had Mac n cheese.
Well…I might try this again in the future…but I think I will just bite the bullet and buy the instant ramen when I want some! Ramen………❤️
We bought apple cider for a slab of meat on the fourth and we had loads of it left. So I went on a hunt to find apple cider recipes. And found…
The first picture is the start. I measured out 1 1/2 cups of cider and had to cook it down until there was only 1/2 cup remaining.
The dough looks way better than when I tried to make churros…I’ll have to try that recipe again…
Well my first mistake…I used one of our cheaper ziplock bags thinking I was being thrifty. But instead figured out too late that the bottom edge is not to a single point but to two…so when I cut the hole I made two smaller holes…😑
I don’t have a muffin pan. So I made one!! Mwhahahaha! I used tin foil and made the holes for the donuts. We shall see of it works…
It works…I think…
No! Be positive and confident!! It will work!!!
Well Eli put this hat on me when I was making dinner…and I am still wearing it!! I am the coolest mama ever!
The hubby couldn’t take it any longer and came to see what the delicious smell was…he helped me take all the foil inserts out.
The holes did not go through on each donut, but in a pinch the foil inserts did work!
Butter and a sugar cinnamon combination. What could be better?
Well another recipe finished!!
Look like photo: 10! Even without the muffin pan they look similar!
Taste: 9.9! Wow! They were so delicious and worth the wait!! I think I had two, Eli had two, but I have no idea how many the hubby had… I gave it a 9.9 because I think next time I am going to make a glaze frosting. I think it will go better with the texture of the muffin.
Easiness: hmm….maybe an 9! The longest part was waiting for the reduction of the cider…the recipe said it would take 30min, but for me it was closer to an hour.
Well hopefully this has helped you find another recipe to try!! It was so delicious! The recipe says they will last up to three days….I don’t think there will be any left by then…haha!
“I really want some spicy fried chicken!! But I’ll wait for when we go pick up my parents.”
“So any idea?”
So if you can tell by that statement…I choose a spicy recipe!
The picture looks delicious! But I wonder how spicy is spicy….
I didn’t realize I was “doing a new recipe” until I was beginning the frying of the beef…so I have no photos of the process beforehand.
To sum it up: I used round steak; because that’s what I had. I thawed and sliced it in strips along the grain. I marinated it in 1 TBsp of soy sauce for 10-ish min. I then added and coated the meat with 6 TBsp of flour. It called for cornstarch, but I never have cornstarch. Then I prepared the pan for frying.
I will say. I know understand why you use a wok. It’s tall, deep, and the oil that explodes won’t burn you. I got burned. Not bad, but wow did it make a mess. This was my solution…
I was pretty proud of myself coming up with this idea on the spot. I only had about 30sec to think of something. Since the meat was already cooking.
With the guard, mitt, and tongs, I probably looked like I was battling the stove.
Round steak is quite tough but it looks like it cooked correctly. We will have to see when we eat it. Soy sauce and flour made a thick goop that covered the meat before I cooked it. It really does look like I fried it. It has some crunchy spots!
The recipe called for red peppers. Which of course we don’t have and I don’t want to go to the store. Mostly because I am in my pjs already. So instead I used cayenne pepper. I only put 1/2-3/4 tsp. I didn’t really measure. I just sprinkled it; we will see how spicy I made it!
I started the rice when I was defrosting the meat. So it should be done here soon. Right around the perfect time, I might add. 😎
The sauce consisted of soy sauce, brown sugar, and oil. I believe since the spicy part needed to sauté, the sauce will just take on the flavors.
I realize this picture looks the same as the one above but I added the watered flour mixture. (Most people use cornstarch) but if you can see those small clumps in the top center…that is flour that cooked and formed a lump. I tried to whisk it in…it wouldn’t so I… just scooped them out and then…
Yep. I cheated! I decided to take out the imperfections instead of trying to make it work. Mwahahahaha!
Looks really yummy. I think I should have cut the meat up thinner, but since it is not the steak it really called for I wanted to make sure I didn’t make a texture similar to shoe.
I still don’t know if it’s too spicy. I didn’t taste it.
Well I finished the food, and I will say… WOW! That was a bit spicy. Good! Definitely still delicious, but spicy. So two and half glasses of milk later…
Taste: 8.5! I think I will measure out the cayenne pepper next time. And maybe stay between 1/4-1/2tsp. Just to be on the safe side. I give it an 8.5 because it was almost too spicy. I prefer spicy to be enough where I can still enjoy it.
Look like photo: 9.5! Just because their steak looks thinner.
Easiness: 8. It wasn’t the simplest recipe to follow. Since some steps were left out and I had to improvise. Also the exploding oil; which is considered my fault because I did not have the correct pot. To understand look at the next photo…
I don’t know if you can see all the oil splatters…but I will be cleaning this stove constantly these next few days. Because the burners are probably covered in oil splatter as well. 😑
It made a decent amount of leftovers. Two servings like this.
I might use this on some chicken. I think the flavor of the sauce will taste just as good on chicken.
This watermelon is from the 4th. I feel like I’ve been eating it everyday and it never seems to be making a dent…when will it be gone?
Enjoy your Thursday!! The week is more than halfway done. 😎
Only frying the tortilla and using ground beef. I wanted the crispy crunch from the tortilla but I didn’t want to eat something drenched in oil. The husband approved.
We are trying to eat better. I love food, but I am discovering I gain weight easily now as an adult…I miss the younger days…
I forgot I already used up all the tortillas…so I have to section some off so they defrost faster. Now it is definitely a good thing I am frying them or they would be super soggy. 😣
Normally I would probably add some oil, but instead I just went with what I had. It should be fine.
At this point I decided to add to my cooking preparation. Salsa. Homemade! I found a recipe a while ago and it was a big hit with the hubby and Eli! And me. But no one really cares. Haha 😂
We have a large food processor; I got it as a Christmas present. But sadly I never want to use it because I would rather not have more dishes. I know that is stupid and lazy, but I am that way occasionally.
So for the meat, I will say I did drain off all the excess fat off the meat. I didn’t want any extra calories. So didn’t add the spices and chilies until after.
The chips are just fried. I didn’t add any salt or lime juice. I wanted them to be a vessel for the salsa.
I was not about to fight the battle today. If she would eat…she ate some of daddy’s breakfast, all of her own, a big serving of Alfredo noodles, and some cookies today so far.
Back to the cooking. Now I know why to add more oil.
Because after I finished the chips I only had a thin layer of oil covering the bottom of the pot. Not good. Could have burned the pot…
The thought was…to cover the tortilla with the amount of sour cream you would normally top your taco. But let’s be honest. That dollup is huge…! I used way too much. Did I wipe the excess…no. I did that throughout the recipe but not now. Makes no sense.
It was delicious. We had planned to eat it flat like that, but as soon as we picked it up, it folded into a taco.
It is not really a recipe I can score. Since it was a mash up of ideas.