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…🥱
“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. 😎
I wish I could find a cookbook that is only ground beef recipes…
This recipe says it takes 45min…🤨 another easy dinner!! A mom’s happy plan.
When I initially brought the beef up, I thought I had already put it in water. But alas no, I did not. So now I have to wait the 30min.
Unless I am trying a new recipe I don’t listen to my iTunes. I usually just roll with my Spotify playlist. Mostly because I used to listen to wide range of music and I would rather Elizabeth’s first words be from an bad song.
Fears of a mama.
Back to cooking.
I forgot to take a picture of cooking the beef, but let’s be honest…you know what it looks like. It looks the same as always. And this is me draining the fat off.
Sorry. I am a little goofy today as I write this recipe up. No, my foot is not included into the food.
This recipe does not have pictures with the steps. Hopefully this is right…
Warming up the cast iron skillet. I like how the tortilla crisps. The meat mixture looks okay now.
I had to skip various songs. Some were too random for my brain. Also some had some colorful words.
I added the green onions. It was not in the list of ingredients, but green onions always add more delicious flavors.
Of course the night I choose to make a quesadilla, is the day when we are out of salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. 😞 it was still delicious but I was bummed about the lack of extras.
But to the scoring.
Look Like Picture: 9. Mostly because I used the cheese I had. It was the cheddar jack mix from Costco. Not really the right taste, but still worked.
Taste: 9. I think it worked. But I think it would better with some diced green chilies mixed in. I’ve been in a spicy mood. The hubby liked it. He gave it an 8, just because he wasn’t very hungry to begin with.
Easiness: 10! It was easy. Another easy peasy recipe for a baby brained mama. Meaning… “dumb moments”. I have those days occasionally often. 😂
Hope you enjoyed the post. But also my music playlist.
Another google ground beef recipe. We still have a lot of ground beef to go. My mother can attest to it; she has seen the goods. 🤩
I was given anniversary flowers/ Mother’s Day flowers. The hubby did good!
Back to the food…
Defrosting the beef…again imagine some calming music… Instead I had…
Browning the beef and cooking the curly-cue noodles!!
I tasted a few noodles just to make sure they were not poisonous. Not that I love noodles, but for the safety of my family 🤨
This recipe was not really what I expected. I grabbed the tomato sauce, but it didn’t really register in my mind. I thought this recipe was more of a cheesy Alfredo pasta…
I have gotten into the habit of trying to wash the dishes often throughout the day. Because then when it’s dinner time, all I have to do is dinner dishes. So I am probably in the kitchen, at the sink, about 70% of my day…
How could it be bad…? Three awesome ingredients will be added to meat. It already is delicious!
See how the google picture is so vibrant while mine is kind of boring. Probably because of the cheese type.
But it still tastes good. Yes. I tried it.
Have to have my healthy food… SALAD!! We also had some leftover Hawaiian rolls. It seems like I added a salad just for the refreshing green color. 😂
Overall another easy recipe. Especially since I got the ingredients measured out beforehand and I was able to just add as I needed. In total, it was only about 30min to make.
Look like picture: 6. The noodles are the same but the consistency and color are quite different. But I give it a 6 because compared to the photo only the color is different.
Taste: 8! A solid 8. Mostly because it was not what I expected. So my brain was a little shocked. Whereas the hubby and daughter loved it!! If you try this, there is a distinct tomato taste. Almost like a creamy tomato soup pasta. With meat. Can’t forget the meat!
Easiness: 10! Another easy, chill, calm recipe for a mom who is frazzled. I wasn’t frazzled today, but on a day where I am I will probably make this again.
So to sum this recipe up. Not what I expected. Still good however. And the family approved. So I’ll be adding it to my cookbook.
Thinking…I might make a secondary google inspired cookbook called: The Frazzled Mama. Then when I am uninspired to cook; I can find an easy recipe! 🤔 I like this plan!!