Homemade Chicken Tenders

Sometimes coming up with something that I want to make for this blog is really based on what I already have in the house. As I was racking my brain of what I could make and when I would have time to make it, I found Homemade Chicken Tenders. It was close to lunch time and Dad was coming over to fix my alarms. I knew I had all the ingredients so why not make these for lunch! Dad loves fried chicken, so this was the perfect time to give it a whirl! Warning: your house will smell like fried oil when this over. Recipe below!

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

1 Tbs Water

2 Cups Flour

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 Cups Vegetable or Canola oil

Chicken Tenderloins or Chicken Breasts cut into strips

Directions:

1. Fill a pot (I used a tall pot so there wouldn’t be so much oil splattering) with the oil. Heat the oil to 350 degrees, I put it between medium and hot and seemed to work out just fine. If you want to check if the oil is ready, drop some flour in and if it sizzles, you are good to go!

2, Mix the 2 eggs and water in a bowl.

3. Mix flour, salt, and pepper together on a plate.

4. Take a piece of chicken and dip it into the eggs, then coat in the flour, dip it in the eggs again, and then back to the flour.

5. Fry it up! 3 minutes on each side should do it.

 

Chicken Tenders

They are super easy to make and you don’t need a lot of ingredients. They don’t take long  to make, but your fingers get pretty messy while dipping. I baked up some fries to go with it (I know I could have just fried them) and we had a great lunch. I dipped my strips in honey mustard and it was so good!

Enjoy!

Easter Sunday

Happy Easter everyone!

Easter is one of my favorite holidays, probably because we get to eat ham and augratin potatoes (my favorite meal ever!). There are always a ton of different desserts you can make too! For our Easter, we made 3 different desserts. Dirt Cups, Carrot Cake, and a Twinkie/Peep thing (I don’t know if that has an official name).

The dirt cups is the easiest dessert to make and all ages will love it. I added a little twist to it by dipping strawberries in orange chocolate to act as the carrot. The dirt cups just consist of chocolate pudding and oreos. You can crush as many oreos as you would like to put on top of the pudding. For the “carrot” I bought orange chocolate and melted it in a double boiler on the stove. Make sure to keep stirring throughout the melting process so the chocolate does not burn. Once chocolate was melted, I dipped the strawberries in and coated the whole strawberry. I let the strawberries sit in the fridge overnight and assembled them into the “dirt” this morning. I also added a little chocolate bunny!

Dirt Cups

 

 

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The Carrot Cake is nothing special, but the affect I wanted to display is we used the left over orange chocolate to make the decoration on top of the cake. I used boxed carrot cake and following the directions on the box. For the carrot decoration on top of the cake, we used the leftover chocolate and formed it into a carrot shape. Once formed, we put it in the freezer for a few minutes before putting on the cake. We used green sprinkles to make the stem. By we, I mean Mom. I made the cake though, she decorated it!

Carrot Cake

 

For the final dessert, which we are using them as place settings. Peeps driving a Twinkie car. For this, you will need Peeps, Twinkies, Pretzels, Marshmallows, and M&Ms. Just assemble like the picture to make it look like the Peep is driving a car. Dad even helped make these (I think he just wants to eat the Twinkies).

Peeps

 

Easter is definitely a team sport, as it is a lot of work to make all these fun desserts. So grab your team and get to work! I hope everyone has a great day with their families!

 

Enjoy!

 

Cronuts

Today there will not be a recipe, but more of a public service announcement. The Cronut is probably the most amazing combination ever made in food history. It is a Croissant Donut that has a cinnamon sugar coating. I finally got to try this amazingness at Epcot in Disney World yesterday.

For all my Michiganders out there, this tastes just like an apple orchard donut! This made me very happy since now I can have a taste of home in Florida. You can get this donut 2 ways, plain or topped with ice cream. We got it both ways, and since I can’t have ice cream, I let Dad tackle that one. It is hard to eat with a fork or spoon though. Can’t really cut into the Cronut very easily. I would suggest just eating the ice cream first and then picking up the Cronut and eat it with your hands.

CronutCronut with ice cream

Both ways are super delicious and there were a lot of people ordering them when we were in line. This is a MUST try. It is perfect for breakfast, dessert, or if you just want a snack. This doesn’t weigh you down like a normal donut does. So go to Disney World now, or for those New Yorkers, go to the bakery that sells them. These need to be eaten by all!!

Enjoy!

Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

Happy Sunday everyone!! Hope everyone had a good weekend. This post is a little late because I needed to wait to serve it after dinner to get some opinions. I always have Disney on my brain and I have been looking at this recipe for weeks now and I figured it was time.

They serve this Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom. I have never had it so I can’t compare the taste of my outcome to theirs, but I imagine it comes pretty close. We had a big family dinner tonight so I had a few more mouths to please. Everyone said they really liked it and some even had seconds! It is a very easy dessert to make. Recipe below!

Cake Bottom

Serves: 5-6
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 10 min

Ingredients
1 box yellow cake mix
1 large egg
1 stick butter (softened)

Instructions
1. Mix ingredients.
2. Spread mixture evenly in greased baking pan.

Cake Top

Serves: 5-6
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 50 min

Ingredients
8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter
1 pound powdered sugar (sifted)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup Heath Bar pieces

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Mix cream cheese until smooth.
3. Slowly add eggs and vanilla.
4. Add butter and mix well.
5. Add powdered sugar, slowly.
6. Add chocolate chips and toffee pieces.
7. Mix until ingredients are all just incorporated evenly — do not overmix!
8. Put on top of Cake Bottom ingredients in pan. (Usually a large muffin pan can work well for this.)
9. Bake for 35 minutes. Inside should just be slightly gooey, but not liquid.

I used an 8×8 pan and I am thinking it wasn’t the best idea. It took a lot longer to bake (an hour and 40 minutes). I definitely suggest you all use the muffin pan. On the outside it doesn’t look good (I don’t want to talk about it).

Toffee Cake

It did actually come out and was delicious!

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I served mine with ice cream, and I am sure the Liberty Tree Tavern does as well. It is very rich, so I suggest using the muffin pan because then the size is a bit smaller. Everyone should definitely try it!

Toffee Cake

Enjoy!!