Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Root Beer Float Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches and the Chicken Barbacoa Wraps with Black beans, corn and avocados!
Oh Sunday how I’m so happy to see you. This past week has been A BEAR! So our realtor and drone/photography guy is scheduled to come to the house this Thursday to take aerial shots and also create 360 videos for our house and property to FINALLY LIST IT! Needless to say we’re in super crunch mode to tidy up the last bit of stuff which, well isn’t small. I spent hours planting/mulching/weeding, got 483 bites while working outside, moved rocks, ran a 100′ auger-thing (with Mr. Fantabulous) to unclog our pipe to our creek-fed pond, cleaned out several closets and worked almost all day in our pool house cleaning it. Today is all about cleaning the pool and capping off the water level.
Oh yeah – and work on 3 recipe shoots plus make us food! BUT… providing the weather holds, we will officially have pictures taken to put the house on the market! It’s almost surreal ya know? This has been such a long, LONG process for us. 9 years… 9 long, grueling, almost ended our marriage, years. Yes, it almost ended us to be honest. What we took on was no simple task and most definitely not small. It wasn’t a room or something small but it was literally the entire house plus 5 acres. But in the end, honestly, it made us stronger. We joke that every couple should go through what we did as it pushed us both to our limits but in the end, love prevailed.
So many of you email me or comment about how we’re doing so much work on the house, for so long only to sell it. That it just doesn’t make sense. I get what you’re saying and honestly the house wasn’t in bad shape at all. It was just dated downstairs with the half brick wall/half 18″ cedar walls in the media/billiard room, berber carpeting throughout and drop ceiling. It was just dark.
What started out as just a single room update and ‘just 3 months honey, that’s all it’ll take me!’ remark led to 9 years and almost an entire whole house remodel. We got in over our heads and once we took down the brick/cedar/ceiling did we realize just how exponential the project grew. I thank God every day I married the man I did because of his mastery and expertise we were able to do the work ourselves. Just a lot, A LOT, of blood, sweat, tears (many tears), arguments and even laughter went into make this house truly something magical for the next owner. ‘So why not stay?’ most will ask. Honestly, I’m ready for a change; we both are. We both want to start a new chapter in our lives elsewhere though I’ve told him repeatedly that he is not allowed to take a single tool when we move – he can have duct tape and a glue gun and that’s it! I will never, EVER go through this again.
This house, whomever buys it, will want for nothing and will have a dream house. Part of me wishes that when we sell, that we could take it with us as it’s that amazing but it’s time to close that chapter of our lives.
So… wanna buy a house? *smile*
Amazon Prime Day
Did many of you experience the pages of ‘oops!’ dogs on Prime day? It was terrible for me as that’s all I got the majority of the time. I actually felt bad for Amazon as I know what it’s like when your website gets so much traffic that the servers can’t handle it. For those that did get in, did you get any food finds? I’ll just save my money for “Black Friday” as that’s when their sales are amazing!
With us working on the house so much I doubt that we’ll take a vacation this summer. Did you go anywhere? I’ve been thinking a lot lately that this Fall/Winter that I’d like to maybe go to Iceland (have you been?) and maybe on a cruise. I know I have a few press trips coming up in the Fall but that’s work and while they are fun (so love them!), I think I need a real vacation.
Last week on Instagram
If you’re on Instagram let’s connect! I often post behind the scenes videos and food shots of stuff I’m working on plus I have lots of IGTV videos up there! I’m @thekitchenwhisperer
So last week I was busy in the house and honestly still have no clue how I found time to cook let alone create! I FINALLY took real photos of this dish so let me edit them and I’ll post the recipe soon! Just let me get through the last bit of house stuff first!
Let’s be honest, Tater Tots rock no matter what time of the day it is! Just pulled this Baked Ham & Cheese Brunch Tot Casserole out of the oven. Letting it cool for a bit while I cut the grass. Be here in an hour and I’ll share! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bareaders #hautecuisines #breakfast #brunch #beautifulcuisines #thekitchenwhisperer #chefsofinstagram #buzzfeedfood #huffposttaste #tastingtable #seriouseats #tatertots #casserole #food #foodies #gloobyfood #foodstagram #foodgasm
And then there’s this… when it’s cheat day and you just want to get downright nasty. Make sure your sound is on when you play the video!
When #cheatday gets down right nasty and swampy in the most delicious ways! Want a bite of the Peanut Butter Cookie Fudge Brownie Stuffed Chocolate Ice Cream topped with extra chocolate sauce dessert? 😍❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And yes it WAS WORTH EVERY SINGLE CALORIE! I don’t cheat often but when I do I go elbows deep! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bareaders #bakersgonnabake #hautecuisines #beautifulcuisines #foods #f52grams #feedfeed #foodporn #foodblogger #foodvideos #gloobyfood #seriouseats #thekitchenwhisperer #thebakefeed #brownies #peanutbutter #tastingtable #huffposttaste #buzzfeedfood #chocolate #foodnetwork #taste #seriouseats #spoonfeed #sin
You’ve Hasselbacked Potatoes most likely but have you hasselbacked your chicken? It’s DIVINE!!!
Still dreaming (yes I dream/lust food) about this AMAZING dinner I made last week! Roasted lemon garlic asparagus, potatoes from @sidedelights (so low be them!) and this hasselbacked @perduechicken chicken breast. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hasselback is just a fancy term for making slits into an ingredient but not slicing all the way through so when it bakes it fans out like an accordion. Most often we’ve seen them on potatoes. Only recently has it emerged to chicken and other meats. In this meal I stuffed it with bell pepper slivers, fresh basil and gruyere (you can totally use mozzarella or any other melty cheese). Baked it at 375F for about 25 minutes and voila! Dinner! I should mention that I did give it a good drizzle of an herbed oil prior to baking. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bareaders #hautecuisines #beautifulcuisines #chefsroll #yahoofood #chef #pittsburgh #foodnetwork #thrillist #thekitchenwhisperer #eeeeeats #foodstagram #eatingfortheinsta #chicken #seriouseats #taste #tastingtable #huffposttaste #buzzfeedfood #food #foodie #protein #potatoes #nomnom #getinmybelly
You’ll have to check out my profile to see the rest of the goodies I shared! And with that guys I need to get my butt in gear and get these recipes created! Have one fantabulously amazing week!
♥ Monday – Chicken Barbacoa Wraps with Black beans, corn and avocados
♥ Tuesday – Sheet Pan Smoked Kielbasa with Herbed Potatoes and Green Beans
♥ Wednesday – Pretzel Bun Philly Cheesesteak Bombs
♥ Thursday – Braised Beef Short Ribs – Ossu Buco Style
♥ Friday – BBQ Beef Shortrib and Bacon Pizza
♥ Saturday – One Pot Cheesy Chili Beef Pasta
♥ Sunday – Ultimate Pressure Cooker BBQ Coke Pulled Pork Sandwiches
♥ Dessert of the week – Root Beer Float Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches