Bio: Hey Honey Pies!! Hope you don't mind me calling you that. I'm Monique, the slightly crazy chick that's going to guide you through all of these tried and true recipes! We're gonna have fun, laugh a little, and create some downright delicious dishes! Grab a recipe and lets go!!

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    Funnel Cake Bites & 3 Dipping Sauces

    August 26th, 2015
    “Learn how to make easy funnel cake bites at home! Crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside. Even better than funnel cakes! Three awesome dippings sauces!”

    I hereby announce that funnel cake bites are way better than regular funnel cakes. Let it be done. Let it be written. Amen. Jesus wept.

    Easy Funnel Cake Bites

    In all seriousness though guys, funnel cake bites gave me life, hopes and dreams this weekend! I made up a big old batch of these golden, fluffy, goddess nuggets, blanketed them in powdered sugar and had to stop myself from eating more than ten. I only had twelve.

    Homemade Funnel Cake Bites Recipe

    I LOOOVE funnel cakes!  Especially when they are piping hot out the oil and still have that slight crisp to the outside. Somebody should seriously learn how to make these things healthy because they are losing money big time!  These funnel cake bites are so light and fluffy that it almost seems unfair.

    Homemade Funnel Cake Bite + Dipping Sauces

    And then I had the nerve to make three different dipping sauces to go with them. SMH. I knew better. I really did but I did it anyway.

    Funnel Cake Bites Topping

    So now I must share this with you all. It’s always better to get in trouble with somebody else.

    Funnel Cake Bites

    If you want to experience a little bit of joy then you have to make these. Pick a rainy day when you already feel ugly and bloated and just say to hell with it (I may or may not have done this). Make up the entire batch, find a good movie and sink your teeth into these amazing funnel cake bites. You deserve it, simply for being awesome.

    Funnel Cake Toppings

    You’ll probably wonder why you haven’t tried these sooner. And then you’ll probably wonder why they don’t sell these at the fair . They’re much easier to eat, portable, and so doggone cute!!

    Easy Funnel Cake Bites

    My boys were amazed that they turned into rubber duckies as they cooked and totally thought they were chicken nuggets lol. I kinda like that they just take on whatever shape they choose.  Once I brought out the dipping sauces my little guys was over the moon!  Kids LOVE to dip and I have to admit, it was kinda fun having a variety.

    Making Homemade Funnel Cake Bites

    These funnel cake bites taste AMAZING simply dusted with powdered sugar. But because I was feeling greedy  bored  creative, I decided to make up some yummy funnel cake dipping sauces.

    Funnel Cake Bites Recipe

    I made strawberries and cream, cinnamon roll glaze, and birthday cake batter. These are super simple and quick dips. Nothing fancy to take to a party or anything.

    Funnel Cake Bites & Sauce

    You could even do what they do at Carnivals and crack open a can of spiced apples, blueberries or strawberries to dunk them in. Or even melted chocolate. Oh or even Nutella. Omg  no I got it…sliced bananas with melted peanut butter and chocolate syrup!!! Sweet Geezus!!

    Easy Funnel Cake Bites

    Ok let me calm down before I find myself back in the kitchen with a another batch of funnel cake bites!


    Watch me make these Easy Funnel Cake Bites & 3 different dipping sauces from start to finish!

    Funnel Cake Bites
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 2 tablespoons canola oil
    • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (optional)
    • 2 cups milk ( I used almond milk)
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • Canola oil, for frying
    • powdered sugar
    1. In a large bowl whisk together egg, oil, butter, vanilla extract and sugar if using.
    2. Gently stir in flour, baking powder and salt.
    3. Stir until flour is combined. Batter will and should be a little bit lumpy.
    4. Heat oil on med-high in a deep skillet.
    5. When oil is hot, do a test by dropping a bit of batter into the oil. (The batter should begin to fry calmly instantly. If it smokes, sputters or browns quickly the oil is too hot)
    6. Use a mini ice cream scoop and scoop out the batter and drop it into the oil. (work quickly and be careful not to crowd the batter)
    7. Fry until golden on both sides.
    8. Removed from oil and place a paper-towel lined plate.
    9. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar.
    10. Eat immediately.

    Cinnamon Roll Glaze Dip
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1-2 tablespoons butter, melted
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    1. Add all ingredients to a bowl.
    2. Stir to combine.

    Strawberries & Cream Dip
    • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
    • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
    • 3 tablespoons fresh strawberries,finely mashed
    1. Freeze beater and glass mixing bowl until chilled
    2. Add heavy cream and powdered sugar to the chilled bowl.
    3. Beat until liquid turns into fluffy cream with stiff peaks.
    4. Gently fold in strawberries.

    Birthday Cake Dip
    • ½ cup whipped topping
    • ½ cup vanilla yogurt
    • ½ cup yellow cake mix
    • sprinkles
    1. Add whipped topping, vanilla yogurt and cake mix to a bowl.
    2. Stir vigorously to combine. (may need to use a mixer)
    3. Add in as many sprinkles as you like.


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    5 Easy Lunches Your Kids Will Actually Eat

    August 20th, 2015

    It’s that time of year again, kids are heading back to school! Sometimes I wish I could send mine! (Oh did I say that out loud?)

    I’ve been meaning to do a back to school lunch ideas video for years now and finally got around to recording some of my boys most requested lunches. All of these lunches are AMAZINGLY easy and downright DELICOUS!!!! You just wait and see, I’m almost certain that a few, if not ALL of them will become favorites at your house too.

    school Lunch Ideas For Kids

    There is no way I could pick a favorite and this line-up features a little bit for everyone. They travel well and keep a good texture whether you eat them immediately or later. Super important because soggy sandwiches are so not cool!

    We’ve got a lot to cover in this post but first let me give you a few of my favorite tips for making lunches for kiddies!

    A Few Lunch Making Tips For Ya

    • Make your kids lunch that morning. I know it’s super convenient to make lunch the night before, but it will taste much better if you make it that morning, well depending on what it is I guess. You can prep as many of the ingredients as possible the night before to make it quicker for you as well as adding the side items and drinks to the lunch box.
    • Throw it on a stick and/or add a dipping sauce. I’ve discovered most younger kids love food on a stick as well as dipping foods. My boys LOVE when I put fruit and vegetables on a skewer and add a dipping sauce with it. I’ve also found that they actually eat all or most of their fruits and vegetables when it’s on a stick.  Skewered broccoli with a cheese sauce goes over really well with my bunch. Crazy, but effective. Whatever works!
    • Stack it. If your lunch sandwiches are starting to look a little boring, simple add another layer or two. Ever had a 5 layer peanut butter and jelly sandwich?  Taste just like a regular peanut butter and jelly sandwich but looks much cooler. Kids love when foods are BIGGER than normal! Sometimes that’s all it takes to get them interested.
    • Use cookie cutters. Cookie cutters are amazing lunch-making tools! They really can make lunchtime more exciting. Make a sandwich and then use a cookie cookie to cut out different shapes or characters. The same can be done with slices of fruit.
    • Always, always ALWAYS add a message. Don’t forget to add some kind of message to go in your kids lunches. This doesn’t just go for younger kids, be sure to add a note in your high schoolers lunches too. It goes a long way, even if they think it’s corny. Deep down, they will love it.  It can be as simple as “I love you!”, “Have a fun day!” or keep them excited and curious throughout the day with my favorite,  “Guess what? I’ve got a cool surprise waiting for you when I pick you up!” Isaac likes it when I put jokes in his lunch box.
    • Hey, don’t feel guilty. If you can’t make your kids lunch every morning don’t feel guilty. Aim for once a week or once a month and make it extra  special with a card inside or an invitation to something that the two of you will do together.

    Ok let’s go!

    Here are 5 TRIED & TRUE school lunch recipe ideas to get you from Monday-Friday!!

    You can watch me prepare all of these easy school lunches on the video below and skip down to get the printable recipes.


    Kids School Lunch Idea #1: Easy Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups

    First up, Easy Buffalo Chicken Rolls w/Ranch Dipping Sauce! You aren’t going to believe how good these are to be so doggone easy! My boys aren’t big fans of spicy foods so these buffalo chicken roll-up are pretty mild but they still have a slight kick which is cooled down with the ranch dipping sauce and mozzarella cheese.  

    easy buffalo chicken rolls recipe

    The mozzarella cheese adds a nice touch to these buffalo chicken rolls and acts as a great glue to hold in all that spicy chicken yumminess so you don’t want to skip it. Throw on a side of ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping and you’re all set. And of course don’t forget the celery sticks. For this lunch I also made some strawberry cantaloupe fruit kabobs using toothpicks and threw in a peanut butter Z Bar and an Honest Kids watermelon juice.

    Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups
    Serves: 3 rolls
    • 1 cup shredded chicken, cooked
    • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
    • 2 tablespoon buffalo sauce (I used Franks)
    • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1.2 teaspoon parsley
    • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
    • ½ cup mozzerella cheese (can use more)
    • 3 flour tortilla shells (8 inch)
    • Ranch or blue cheese dressing, of dipping
    1. In a small bowl stir together butter, buffalo sauce, garlic powder, parsley and black pepper.
    2. Place shredded chicken in a large bowl and pour buffalo sauce mixture over chicken.
    3. Stir to combine. (add more seasonings if desired)
    4. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter or oil in a large skillet over medium.
    5. Prepare the rolls by placing a line of mozzarella cheese toward the end of the tortillas.
    6. Top the cheese with a line of the buffalo chicken.
    7. Roll each tortilla tightly.
    8. Place rolls into the hot skillet, seam side down and cook until golden and toasted. (Be sure to turn so that each side gets crisp).
    9. Place rolls on a plate and slice at a diagonal.
    10. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.


    Kids School Lunch Idea #2: Triple PB Nutella Banana Sandwich

    Moving right along to one of my favorite sandwiches of all times. Triple Peanut Butter Nutella Banana Sandwich!!! What’s better than a sandwich with two slices of bread? A sandwich with 3 slices of bread of course! My little Ethan LOVES this triple pb nutella banana sandwich so much!


    nutella banana sandwichI think he thinks it’s a dessert. It’s almost as good as a dessert with it’s crisp, buttery outside, that gooey peanut butter and nutella and those sweet bananas!  These flavors should be illegal. It’s an amazing sandwich that stays on repeat around here. And to be honest, I’m kinda wanting one right now with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and a tall glass of almond milk. Talk about comfort food! 

    nutella sandwich lunch

    Triple Stack PB Nutella Banana Sandwich
    Serves: 1
    • 3 slices of soft bread
    • Nutella spread
    • Peanut Butter
    • banana
    • butter, softened
    1. Cut the edges off of the bread.
    2. Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread.
    3. Spread nutella on the other slice of bread.
    4. Spread butter on the last slice of bread.
    5. Slice banana in half and then slice each half into thirds.
    6. Place three slices of banana on top of the peanut butter bread and three slices of banana on the Nutella bread.
    7. Heat a buttered skillet over medium heat.
    8. Place the bread on the skillet, being sure to place the buttered bread butter side down.
    9. When the bread is golden on the bottom, use a spatula to carefully stack the nutella bread on top of the peanut butter bread and then place the buttered bread on top (toasted side up).
    10. Press down on the sandwich gently with a spatula and place on a place.
    11. Let sandwich cool slightly and then slice at a diagonal.



    Kids School Lunch Idea #3: Cheeseburger Quesadillas

    I don’t know to many kids who don’t like cheeseburgers! These cheeseburger quesadillas are Isaac’s favorite! He says they taste just like Wendy’s cheeseburgers (which may or may not be a good thing to you) We all love them!

    cheeseburger-quesadilla-recipe-1024x682These little guys do a great job at packing in all the juicy flavors of a cheeseburger!!! With that buttery golden tortilla I almost prefer these cheeseburger quesadillas over a regular cheeseburger. Serve with some ketchup and mustard for dipping is a must for the full cheeseburger effect.

    cheeseburger quesadilla

    Cheeseburger Quesadillas
    Serves: 2
    • 8 oz ground turkey sausage, cooked & crumbled ( I cooked mine with diced onions)
    • 2 flour tortillas (8 inch)
    • ½ cup cheese, shredded (can use more)
    • ¼ cup lettuce, shredded
    • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes, diced
    • Mustard & ketchup
    1. Heat a buttered skillet over medium heat.
    2. Place a tortilla into the pan and cover tortilla with cheese.
    3. On one side of the tortilla, top with some of the turkey sausage, tomatoes and lettuce.
    4. When cheese begins to melt, fold the tortilla in half and cook until golden.
    5. Plate, slice and serve.
    6. Serve with mustard and ketchup for dipping.



    Kids School Lunch Idea #4 Mexican Fiesta Chicken Salad

    You can’t go wrong with this super quick and easy Mexican chicken salad.  My husband and Ethan LOVES this stuff. Isaac isn’t much of fan. He’s a visual eater and he says this “looks like slop”. Even after trying to convince him that it has some of favorite ingredients; chicken, cheese, mayo, he still wouldn’t budge.  It’s not the prettiest dish, but I don’t know many chicken salads that are. It’s full of flavor, easy and makes a filling lunch!

    easy mexican chicken salad recipe

    Eat it with Ritz crackers (my preference), wrapped up in a tortilla, or between bread. Either way it’s delicious and only gets better the next day. Ethan and I had this for lunch today while watching Bubble Guppies and I be doggone if we didn’t nearly eat the entire bowl. It’s really easy to do with this fiesta chicken salad.

    Mexican Chicken Salad
    • 1½ cups chicken, cooked and shredded
    • 2 tablespoons red onions, finely diced
    • ⅓ cup Rotel tomatoes (I used Lime & Cilantro flavor)
    • 2 tablespoons mayonaise (may need more or less)
    • 1 tablespoon Spicy Ranch dressing (may need more or less)
    • ¼ cup Monterey jack cheese (may need more or less)
    • 2 teaspoons sour cream (optional)
    • pinch of chili powder
    • pinch of garlic powder
    • pinch of oregano
    • Salt and Pepper to taste.
    • Ritz Crackers for dipping
    1. In a large bowl add chicken, red onions and rotel tomatoes.
    2. Add in enough mayo, spicy ranch and sour cream to reach a creamy consistency. (I add them a little at a time)
    3. Season with chili powder, garlic powder and oregano.
    4. Stir in cheese.
    5. Add salt and pepper to bring out the flavors.
    6. Serve with crackers



    Kids School Lunch Idea #5:  Taco Salad To-Go (Walking Taco Salad)

    Finally we have the epic Walking Tacos! I love this idea so much and I’ve been seeing it everywhere lately. Even saw a lady selling these at the park last week. A walking taco salad is simply your favorite taco ingredients thrown into a bag of corn chips. Like magic youinstantly have an amazing, portable taco salad. Genius to whoever  thought of this!

    walking taco salad recipe

    Another reason why I love it is because it’s so versatile and customizable. Instead of using ground turkey like I’m using, you could use chicken, beef, tofu or leave out the meat all together.

    Taco Salad To-Go (Walking Taco)
    Serves: 1
    • 1-2 tablespoons cup cooked ground turkey ( I used crumbled turkey breakfast sausage)
    • 1 snack-size bag corn chips
    • Possible Toppings; lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, salsa, taco sauce, avocado, black olives, etc
    1. To eat a walking taco, first open the bag of chips.
    2. Add in your favorite taco toppings and stir together.
    3. Enjoy


    And that completes my week of fast, easy and delicious school lunches! I hope I gave you some great ideas to try with you kiddos!

    What are some of your favorite school lunches to make for your kids, spouse or yourself?

    back to school lunches

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    Easy “Hamburger” Cupcakes

    August 14th, 2015
    “Learn how to make mini burger cupcakes that looks like little sliders! Made easy using box cake mix and cream cheese frosting! Fun food craft for kids!”

    Ok now you guys know I am not one to do many little “food craft” things on this blog. My patience is not set up correctly to handle such projects.  However Isaac begged me to make these little adorable burger cupcakes and he’s been doing so good in homeschool this week I couldn’t resist. Besides, look at them? Don’t you just wanna grab one and sink your teeth into them?

    hamburger cupcakes tutorial

    I couldn’t wait for that moment! After making these burger cupcakes I now have a  love-hate relationship with them. Something is really cruel about these little things and I’ll tell ya exactly what it is. It’s total mind fake-out! And I’m not sure I like it.

    cheeseburger cupcakes recipe tutorial

    Your eyes see these yummy looking burger cupcakes and you expect to be met with an explosion of epic flavors & textures just like with a real burger.

    Even though you know full well that it’s cake you still take that first bit hoping for a flavor mecca and then…it’s just cake and frosting.  Even my husband was like “Oh. Ok…it’s a cupcake with icing” which translates to “I’m not really that impressed”. Hahaha kinda funny.

    They’re good and all, don’t get me wrong…I mean…it’s a cupcake with frosting for crying out loud.

    These burger cupcakes were certainly a lot of fun to make and pretty doggone easy for my frosting challenged self. The boys LOVED them and thought they were so cool! So for that reason I’m posting them on this blog.  So now other parents can make them for their kids, only to get a little sad inside after that first bite while their kids jump for joy. 


    hamburger cupcake recipe easy

    Next time I make them I think I’ll use a sheet of brownies for the burger part (I wanted more texture) and I’ll go ahead and do the dyed green coconut for the lettuce (sorry hubby).

    Here are a few tips I’ve discovered while making these burger cupcakes:

    • Don’t use cupcake paper. Just spray muffin tins generously with baking spray (or grease and flour the muffin tin)
    • Cheat! To make this project easier you can totally cheat here by using a box cake mix or buying unfrosted cupcakes and also using frosting in a tube. These cupcakes are more about the cutesy factor than winning a blue ribbon. I have this theory though that if you’re using a box cake then at least make a homemade frosting and the other way around. But hey, that’s just me!
    • Brush the top of the buns lightly with sugar water and then sprinkle on some sesame seeds!! This make these burger cupcakes look so realistic! FYI: Sesame seeds are found in the spice aisle of most  grocery stores. I was too lazy to run out to the store to get some though.
    • Get creative!! If I was making this for some one besides my kids I’d definitely use homemade cakes and frosting. I’d also use squares of yellow fondant for the cheese and dyed coconut for the shredded lettuce for a more realistic presentation . And ditto to those sesame seed!
    • Have FUN!! These hamburger cupcakes really is a lot of fun to make and I totally see why so many folks are making them!

    cheeseburger cupcakes recipe

    Watch me make these burger cupcakes from start to finish!

    "Burger" Cupcakes
    Serves: 24
    • 1 box yellow cake mix, prepared cupcakes
    • 1 box chocolate cake mix, prepared cupcakes
    • Frosting, prepared (any kind. I used homemade cream cheese frosting. See recipe in post)
    • Food coloring (red, yellow, green)
    • Sesame seeds (optional but recommended)
    1. Prepare the yellow and chocolate cupcakes according to package but do not use baking paper. (simply spray the pans with non-stick baking spray)
    2. When cupcakes are done, remove from pan and place on a cooling rack.
    3. Slice the yellow cupcakes in half to create the bun.
    4. Slice the tops off of the chocolate cupcakes to create the burger.
    5. Divide the prepared frosting into 3 bowls.
    6. Add one food color to each bowl until desired color is reached. (yellow for the cheese, red for the ketchup and green for the lettuce)
    7. Place frosting in piping bags. ( I used a basket weave tip for the cheese, round tip for the ketchup and a flower tip for the lettuce)
    8. Place the bottom bun on a flat surface.
    9. Pipe on the yellow frosting along the rim of the bottom bun.
    10. Top with the burger.
    11. Drizzle ketchup along the outer edges of the burger.
    12. Pipe the lettuce around the outer edge of the burger.
    13. Top with the top bun.
    14. If desired, brush the top bun lightly with sugar water and sprinkle on sesame seeds.
    15. Serve!
    You'll have leftover cake from the chocolate cupcakes and maybe a few "rejects" from the yellow cupcakes. You'll also have some leftover frosting! All the ingredients needed to make cake pops!!!


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    Easy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

    August 12th, 2015

    Is it really back to school time already? Wow this summer is flying by which means it’s almost time for my annual backyard family luau!  My summer just wouldn’t be the same without celebrating with a big themed BBQ.

    pineapple chicken kabobs

    Over the years I’ve celebrated with many themes but the luau theme is always the best! I decorate the tables in grass skirts, line the driveway with tiki torches, greet my guest with laias and create a huge tropical spread!

    I try to use as much summer produce as I can when planning the menu. I mean that’s what summer is all about right? An abundance of  fresh foods, family and fun!

    pineapple chicken kabob

    I’ve teamed up with Crisco™ to bring you another one of my families favorite recipes, sweet and tangy pineapple chicken kabobs. I’ll be making these beauties for this years luau and I took full advantage of the gorgeous green bell peppers growing in the garden. I think it’s so cool to gather around with family and enjoy foods right from the garden.
    crisco coconut oil

    These kabobs are super easy! Marinating the chicken overnight in a tangy sauce of orange juice, Crisco Organic Coconut Oil, soy sauce, brown sugar and few other simple ingredients makes it super tender and full of tropical teriyaki flavors. I’ve been using this organic coconut oil as a replacement for butter and other oils in certain recipes lately.  It doesn’t leave a coconut flavor or aroma so it works perfectly.

    pineapple chicken kabob recipe

    I opted to grill them in a grill pan as opposed to the grill because these are best cooked slow and low to prevent burning. Using Crisco Professional Grill Master No-Stick Grilling Spray kept the kabobs from sticking to the pan like a champ! Love this stuff!

    pineapple chicken kabob


    If you decide to throw these on the grill be sure to soak your wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes prior to skewering and keep the heat low. The last thing you want to do is scorch them. Trust me, the smell and taste of burnt soy sauce and honey is not a beautiful thing.  Yeah I’m speaking from experience here. My last batch fell victim to me talking on the phone and forgetting all about them!

    pineapple chicken kabob

    Get Creative!

    I decided to go with green bell peppers since they were free but these kabobs would rock with some slices of red onion or even some mushrooms and red bell pepper!

    Garnish with fresh parsley, coconut flakes, or even some spicy red pepper flakes!

    Serve them as is or over a bed of rice.

    Watch me make these pineapple chicken kabobs from start to finish!

    Hawaiian Pineapple Coconut Chicken Kabobs
    • 1 cup honey
    • ½ cup soy sauce
    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • ¼ cup orange juice
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons Crisco Organic Coconut Oil
    • ½ teaspoon ginger, minced (optional)
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
    • smoked seasoning salt & black pepper
    • 1½ cups pineapple chunks
    • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • Crisco Professional No-Stick Grilling Spray
    1. In a large skillet over medium heat, combine honey, soy sauce, orange juice, lemon juice, rice wine vinegar, coconut oil, garlic and ginger.
    2. Bring to a light simmer while stirring. (Reduce heat if needed.)
    3. Let sauce simmer for 5-10 minutes.
    4. Remove from heat and let marinade cool completely.
    5. Reserve ¼-1/2 cup of marinade for basting and set aside.
    6. Place chicken pieces in a large plastic bag.
    7. Pour on the marinade and seal the bag.
    8. Place the bag in the fridge and let marinate for about 4-8 hours. (Overnight is best.)
    9. Remove chicken from marinade and discard remaining marinade.
    10. Sprinkle chicken with smoked seasoning salt and black pepper. (optional)
    11. Thread chicken, pineapple and bell pepper onto a wooden skewer.
    12. Spray grill pan with Crisco Professional No-Stick Grilling Spray and heat on medium-low heat.
    13. Grill kabobs until chicken is cooked through, turning kabobs once during cooking and basting lightly with reserved sauce before removing from the grill.
    14. Plate kabobs and garnish if desired.
    15. Serve immediately.
    If grilling with wood skewers be sure to soak them in water for 30 minutes to prevent the sticks from burning.

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    Monique…where the heck are the videos?

    August 11th, 2015

    “Hi guuuuuys!!! Today on Divas Can Cook we’re going to be making…. ” Ha! Just playing! I don’t have a video recipe for you today but I do want to update you all on what I’ve been up to and why the videos are super slow these days. Everyday I get at least one email asking “Monique where you at!” or “Are you going to post a new videos this week?” or “what’s up with all the video-less posts?”

    Well before I could blame my lack of posting on moving! We’ve been moving so much lately but now we are all settled in our house.

    To celebrate our new home we decided to finally get our dream dog, a big ol bullmastiff! Well…my dream dog anyway. Hubby wasn’t so thrilled with  getting a dog that was expected to exceed 130 lbs!


    Isn’t she  just a cutie pie? She was only 3 months old on this picture below and since the moment we brought her home in early March she has been such a sweet, quiet and calm little puppy. She really is the best breed of dog I’ve ever had.  All was going well until……


    I started to get a little tickle in my throat. Mainly at night. This little tickled turned into nightly hoarseness. By the end of the day my voice was pretty much a whisper.

    What the heck does this have to do with videos you ask? Well I normally record my voiceovers at night. It’s when the house is calm and quiet and I finally get my me time from my normal hectic schedule of homeschooling, running errands, working my business, my blog and a million other things I’ve got going on.


    This became a huge problem! My blog is one of my businesses and I NEED my voice to do voiceovers! I can’t be sounding all Barry White and “newportish” in these videos!! So not cute!

    So then I worked out a schedule with hubby so that I could start doing my voiceovers during the day and he’d take the kids out. That was working great until my night time hoarseness also became daytime hoarseness!


    I developed a severe cough, runny nose and just felt blah every single day! Typical allergy symptoms for me. Soon the entire family started to get this nagging cough. We figured it had to be something in the house because we felt fine when we left the house and didn’t feel this way until we moved in. We changed out the air filters, deep cleaned, checked for mold, everything!!


    I even started having heart palpations and chest pressure over the months and ended up in the ER hooked up to all kind of machines for 24 hours!  WTF! They didn’t find anything wrong with my heart thank God, but told me it could a number of things including a severe allergy to something.

    Hmm…I’d been having lots of allergy symptoms over the months but the house was checked thoroughly and we hadn’t tried any new detergents or anything like that. NOr have I been stressed. What was making us all cough!?


    Yep ZONKA!!!

    Turns out we are ALL allergic to our sweet little bullmastiff. I seem to be more sensitive to her though. Maybe because I spend the most time with her.


    After brushing her one day and going into a coughing fit is when I finally put two and two together. I moved her cage to the basement and away from the air vent recently and my cough slowly began to get better.

    I’m really at a lost right now because I’m not sure what to do. I’ve never been allergic to an animal before. She is not a breed that likes to be alone and we were told that she MUST always be with her pack (us) in order to keep from getting bored and/or becoming aggressive. So the basement is out and besides we really like having her around us. She’s so protective and gentle.


    What do people do when they are allergic to their pets?? *sigh*

    Well my voice is slowly getting back to normal and I’ll get back to posting videos soon. Just wanted to let you guys know where I’ve been.

    I’m still not sure what we’re going to do with our Zonka though : (