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    Roasted Chicken Bites

    March 23rd, 2015
    “Tender juicy chicken bites marinated in smokey spices, brushed with honey glaze and roasted to perfection. “

    OMG seriously, I can’t believe Spring is here already! What tha!?! Were we not just in the dead of Winter? I’m not complaining at all though…just crazy how it totally snuck up on me this year. Normally I’m counting down the days for warmer weather and baking all kind of summery dishes.

    homemade roasted chicken bites recipe

    The weather has been fabulous here in NC so I just knew I was gonna get to pull out the grill today.  Y’all I promise as soon as I went looking for the charcoal, here comes the thunder and rain!

    roasted chicken bites recipe

    There went our grilled hamburgers for lunch! Oh well, since I was due for a video I thought I’d make these delicious roasted chicken bites instead. Gosh I love these little cuties!

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    If you’re from the south then you know all about Bojangle’s fast food restaurant where they serve some pretty darn tasty (or at least I think so. Hubby not so much.) roasted chicken bites.

    roasted chicken bites recipe

    This is my take on those versatile roasted chicken bitesf. I normally make these chicken bites to throw in a salad, fried rice, chicken skewers, chicken fettucini, etc. but they are so good to just snack on as is.

    best roasted chicken bites recipe

    They are flavorful, tender and juicy! I use chicken thighs because I love how tender the meat is. And because chicken thighs are on the thinner side it doesn’t require a long marinating or cooking time.

    roasted chicken bites recipe

    I whipped these roasted chicken bites up for lunch and served them with a side of creamy mac & cheese and sweet peas. Oh yeah and of course some “swait” tea! I’m just now realizing I forgot the yeast rolls I had in the freezer! Dang those really would have set this meal off!

    roasted chicken bites recipe

    Watch me make these roasted chicken bites from start to finish!


    5.0 from 1 reviews
    Roasted Chicken Bites
     
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    Ingredients
    • 1.5 lbs boneless chicken thighs
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
    • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • ½ teaspoon ground sage
    • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 /12 teaspoons chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon smoked salt (can use a bit more if you prefer things a bit salty)
    • Liquid smoke (optional)
    • ½ cup honey
    • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
    • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    Instructions
    1. Cut chicken thighs into bite sized pieces.
    2. Toss chicken in olive oil until pieces are lightly coated.
    3. Mix together the spices.
    4. Sprinkle spices generously over chicken until well coated. (I never use all of this mixture)
    5. Place chicken in a plastic bag and let marinate in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight. (I've gotten away with only 1 hour but the longer the better)
    6. Arrange chicken bites on a grill pan.
    7. Sprinkle with liquid smoke.
    8. Preheat oven to 425 F.
    9. Mix together honey, worcestershire sauce and apple cider vinegar.
    10. Brush mixture over chicken.
    11. Roast for 5 minutes.
    12. Brush again with honey mixture.
    13. Roast for another 5-7 minutes and brush again with honey mixture.
    14. Turn the oven to broil and broil for a few minutes until chicken is done and the honey has caramelized a bit. (keep a close eye on it)
    15. Serve.

     

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    Glazed Lime Pound Cake

    March 12th, 2015
    “Homemade glazed lime pound cake recipe that bakes up moist, dense and so soft thanks to buttermilk and lime yogurt! Perfectly sweet and tart with a bold lime glaze”

    I’m back!! Have you missed me because gahhhh I really missed you guys!

    It’s been a few weeks since my last video recipe post because I’ve been insanely busy moving, cleaning, unpacking, decorating and preparing for end of year homeschool testing. And did I mention getting a new blog design!!! YAYYYYY! Look around don’t you just love it?!? I”ll talk more on that in a separate post.

    Oh yeah and I’ve also been taking care of a new puppy! What was I thinking getting a new puppy during such a hectic time? I’m EXHAUSTED but isn’t she so adorbs!?!

    zonka

    I’ve wanted a bullmastiff for over 12 years and I can’t believe I finally have her! I asked you guys for name suggestions on my Facebook page and boy did you all come through! Over 300 name suggestions. The name Diva and Cookie got the most votes I believe. Coincindently , I already have a chihuahua named Cookie.

    We decided to name her Zonka! I wanted a name that sounded BIG since she is expected to be in the 120 lb range. It fits her just fine and she already responds to it.

    Meanwhile, not much has been going on in the kitchen lately since I’m still pulling pot and pans out of boxes but I did have time to bake up this perfectly sweet and tart glazed lime pound cake! Just in time for St. Patricks Day!

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    I couldn’t understand why I’d been getting so many requests for key lime everything and then it finally dawned on me “duhhhh Monique! St. Patricks Day is coming up!” I’m telling you guys, my days have been a total sleep deprived blur.

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    I hope to be back into the kitchen and back on some kind of blogging schedule by next week. It felt so good to be baking a homemade cake in my new kitchen. Something about baking with lemons and limes make me happy!

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    I think this glazed lime pound cake will make you happy as well. It’s velvety soft with a light and fresh lime taste and a bold, sweet and tart glaze. My husband has been eating it for breakfast these past few days. Neither of us are real big lime dessert lovers but this cake was a nice change of pace.

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    It has a certain elegance about it when it’s all dressed up with glaze, fresh lime slices and lime zest. Throw on some vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream and you really got something good going on.

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    It’s light yellow in color but you can add in a drop of green food coloring to give it a green tint.

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    Watch me make this homemade glazed lime pound cake from start to finish!


    5.0 from 2 reviews
    Glazed Lime Poundcake
     
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    Ingredients
    • 3 cups all purpose flour
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ cup butter-flavored shortening
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 3 cups granulated sugar
    • 6 large eggs, room temperature
    • ½ cup buttermilk
    • 5 oz lime flavored yogurt
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (can also use half lime extract and half vanilla extract)
    • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
    • 2 teaspoons fresh lime zest
    • LIME GLAZE (double recipe if you want to glaze the entire cake)
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • ½ teaspoon lime zest
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
    2. Generously grease and flour a bundt pan. Set aside.
    3. In a medium bowl sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
    4. In a large bowl cream together shortening, butter and sugar.
    5. Beat in eggs one at a time until batter is fluffy.
    6. Mix in buttermilk and lime yogurt.
    7. Mix in vanilla extract, lime juice, and lime zest until well combined.
    8. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
    9. Bake for 1 hour and 15-20 minutes. (I check the center edges with a wooden skewer to make sure it is completely done)
    10. Let cake cool before gently removing from the pan.
    11. When cake has cooled completely drizzle with glaze.
    12. To make the glaze, mix together powdered sugar and enough lime juice to create a thick, yet pourable consistency (think Elmer's glue) Stir in lime zest.
    13. Serve cake garnished with lime slices, a sprinkling of lime zest, and vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

     

     

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    Easy Cocktails Three Ways

    February 25th, 2015

    Oh man, I can’t even tell you how excited I was to create this boozy post! I get reeeeal happy when things involve cocktails. Is it just me or do cocktails make everything “funner”? Especially when they are colorful, fruity and come in various forms.

    Today we are doing cocktails three ways baby, all inspired by Simply Beverages new line of juice drinks! We’re going to be whipping up Mixed Berry Margarita Jello Shots, Tropical Tequila Sunrise Popsicles and Fruit Punch Daiquiris. Heyyyy party over here!

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    When Simply Beverages asked if I’d like to sample and review their new juice drink flavors it was a no brainer. I was all like …”uhhh heck yeah!”  I’ve already told you guys how obsessed I am with that darn addictive Simply Blueberry Lemonade right? Well the new flavors are Tropical, Mixed Berry and Fruit Punch- all flavors are made with simple ingredients, real fruit juice with no preservatives, color, or artificial flavors. I was super anxious to be the first to get my paws on these.

    The juice drinks arrived at my doorstep already perfectly chilled and ready for sampling. My family and I gathered around for an impromptu juice tasting party! The winning flavor in our house: All of them!

    With that first sip I was expecting to be hit with the sweet, bold, POW, in your face type flavor that I’ve come to expect and love from Simply Beverages. Instead I was pleasantly surprised at just how light and crisp these new juice drinks were. They are perfect to throw into an afternoon/evening cocktail.

    Shall we? Let’s go!

    Tequila Sunrise Popsicles

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    First up is this recipe for Tropical Tequila Sunrise Popsicles using Simply Tropical. This flavor is my husband’s favorite which wasn’t surprising since he lives for the Simply Pineapple Orange. The Tropical flavor has a really nice pop of mango with hints of pineapple.

    Very light and refreshing. In this popsicle recipe it replaces regular orange juice, giving them a delicious tropical flavor. The texture of these popsicles are fantastic thanks to the frozen pineapple. Summer time can’t come quick enough because these bad boys will definitely be poolside this year.

    Tequila Sunrise Popsicles
     
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    Serves: (depend on size of molds)
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup pineapples chunk
    • 1 cup Simply Tropical Juice Drink
    • ¼ cup tequila
    • grenadine (1 tsp per each possible)
    Instructions
    1. Combine all ingredients except for the grenadine in a blender.
    2. Blend until smooth.
    3. Pour into popsicle molds.
    4. Add a teaspoon of grenadine into each popsicle mold. (Do not stir. The grenadine will slowly make its way to the bottom on its own)
    5. Freeze.
    6. When ready to eat, run popsicle mold under warm water.
    7. Enjoy.

    Mixed Berry Margarita Jello Shots

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    Next we have Mixed Berry Margarita Jello Shots using Simply Mixed Berry. This is my favorite flavor!! I had so many ideas flowing through my head on how to use this delicious juice in a cocktail. I ended up having to purchase two more bottles during my recipe testing because I kept drinking it all.  I made mixed berry spritzers and sangrias which were great but I decided to go with a fun jello shot!  I seriously could not stop eating these little cuties and wow do they pack a punch.  Be careful!  They are fun enough for a girls night in and classy enough for a bridal shower brunch!

    Mixed Berry Margarita Jello Shots
     
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    Serves: 24 shots
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup Simply Mixed Berry Juice Drink
    • 3 Tablespoons raspberry jello (could also use other berry flavors)
    • 3 Tablespoons lime jello
    • ½ cup triple sec
    • ¼ cup tequila (can cut back if desired)
    • ¼ cup club soda
    • Fresh raspberries and blackberries
    Instructions
    1. In a large bowl microwave juice until boiling.
    2. Stir in jello until completely dissolved.
    3. Let cool.
    4. Stir in triple sec, tequila and club soda.
    5. Pour mixture into portion cups. (It's easier to pour the mixture into a large glass measuring cup first)
    6. Place a blackberry and a raspberry into each portion cup.
    7. Refrigerate until firm.

    Fruit Punch Daiquiris

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    Last we have Fruit Punch Daiquiris using Simply Fruit Punch. This was Isaac & Ethan’s favorite.  I think all kids love fruit punch anything right? I can’t wait to use this juice in my classic fruit punch recipe in the future. It’s super fruity!  I decided to make some frosty fruit punch dairies with it this time. I omitted the rum so the boys could have some and they loved it!

    Frozen Fruit Punch Daiquiri
     
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    Serves: 2
    Ingredients
    • 3 cups frozen mixed fruit (I used peaches, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, mango, pineapple, raspberries and blackberries)
    • ¾ cup frozen limeade concentrate
    • ½ cup Simply Fruit Punch Juice Drink
    • ¼ cup rum
    • Powdered sugar, to sweeten if needed (I didn't need any since my fruit was really sweet)
    • 1-2 cups ice.
    Instructions
    1. Add all ingredients to a blender except for the ice.
    2. Puree until smooth.
    3. Add in ice and crush until you reach a slushy consistency.
    4. Pour into chilled glasses.
    5. Serve immediately.

    There you have it, an excuse to try out some delicious cocktail recipes and Simply Beverages new juice drinks! And when you do, feel free to invite me over!

    Cocktails 3 ways: Jello shots, Popsicles, daiquir

    Have you tried Simply’s new juice drinks yet? If so which is your favorite?

    This post was sponsored by Simply Beverages but all opinions are mine.

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    Sweet & Spicy Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

    February 20th, 2015
    “Sweet, smokey, spicy  pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches recipe that’s easy to make and comes together super quick! Great dinner for busy evenings!”

    Guess who’s moving this week?? Woop whoop!! Me….again. I think I have really set a record for how many times a broad can move in a years span. Unlike the other few moves, I’m actually really excited about this one since it involves Divas Can Cook getting it’s own studio and a lot of other cool changes. More on that later. Today it’s all about easy pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches.

      1/2 cup ketchup 3 T sugar 3 honey 3 T  apple vinegar 3 T mustard 1/4 c. broth (didn’t add) 4 T. butter 2 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 t. celery salt 2 teaspoon paprika 1 T. Worcestershire 1 teaspoon liquid smoke 1/4 cayenne pepper

    Needless to say I’ve been super busy with moving and a ton of other projects so dinner in my house lately has consisted of easy dishes like this one.

    The name of this BBQ sauce sums it up pretty darn well, sweet and spicy! But it’s also very vinegary thanks to the apple cider vinegar and mustard. It’s almost right up there with Carolina style BBQ sauce which I LOVE but my hubby hates. How are you gonna be from the Carolinas and not like the classic Carolina mustard based BBQ sauce? Huh hubby, huh?  I digress…

    sweet smokey pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches

    This BBQ sauce satisfies us both.  It’s plenty of sweet and spicy which it what he lives for ( I mean, helloooo he married me!) and it’s smokey and vinegary which is one of my favorite flavor combinations.

    Sweet & Smokey Pulled bbq chicken sandwiches

    Oh and let me just state this right off the bat, you MUST MUST MUST serve these pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches  topped with some good ol southern coleslaw. It’s a must ya hear me! The coleslaw really calms this sauce down to the right level. Serve it on some buttered and toasted potato buns with a a side of zesty fries and corn on the cob and you are in for one easy, quick and flavorful meal!

    sweet smokey pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches

     The flavors only magnify if you let this sauce simmer for a few minutes or if you let it sit overnight, which my grandmother says is mandatory. Whenever I make pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches though it’s usually because I need  a fast homemade dinner and so I never take the extra time to fool around with the BBQ sauce. I just mix it up, stir it in and eat.

    Watch me make these sweet & spicy pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches from start to finish!

     

    5.0 from 1 reviews
    Sweet & Spicy Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
     
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    Serves: 4 sandwiches
    Ingredients
    • 2 lbs seasoned bone-in chicken breast, cooked and shredded (see note)
    • HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE
    • ½ cup ketchup
    • 3 Tablespoons yellow mustard
    • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 3 Tablespoons honey
    • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
    • 1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
    • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
    • ¼ teaspoon smoked salt
    • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
    • 2 teaspoons chili powder
    • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • liquid smoke, several dashes
    • Buttered and toasted potato buns
    • Coleslaw (optional)
    Instructions
    1. In a large bowl combine all of the sauce ingredients.
    2. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. (Don't be alarmed at the bold flavor, it won't taste as strong once it's combined with the chicken)
    3. Heat the sauce on medium and let it barely simmer for about 5-10 minutes (optional)
    4. Mix sauce into shredded chicken a little at a time until your desired consistency is reached (I never use all the sauce since I just like my chicken to be lightly coated.
    5. Top the prepared potato buns with the BBQ chicken and then top with cole slaw (optional but recommended)
    6. Serve hot.
    Notes
    To really speed the process, you can use a rotisserie chicken. I brushed my bone-in chicken with a little olive oil and then sprinkle with a mixture of salt, pepper and garlic powder. Then I roasted them on 425 F. for about 35-45 minutes.

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    Chewy Red Velvet Brownies

    February 11th, 2015
    “A chewy, light, red velvet brownie full of that classic red velvet flavor. Drizzled with white chocolate or cream cheese and top with walnuts!”

    I was suppose to post these delicious, chewy homemade red velvet brownies around Christmas time and forgot all about them! Here it is almost Valentines day and they are finally making their appearance. Better late than never. I think it’s well worth the wait though.

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    Seriously these are the best red velvet brownies I’ve ever had in my entire 21 years of life! (Yes I’ve been 21 for many years) I’ve tried so many red  velvet brownie recipes.

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    Being from the south it’s kinda hard to avoid red velvet anything. I must say though I’ve been disappointed most of the time when it comes to red velvet brownies. Usually folks just make chocolate brownies and throw in some red food coloring and call it “red velvet”

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    Uhhhh no bueno man!!!! Red velvet is a very distinctive, delicate flavor. It has that slight cocoa flavor intertwined with a mild vanilla flavor and a very slight tartness from the buttermilk and vinegar. It’s the best flavor EVER when you get it right.

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    These red velvet brownies does an AMAZING job at capturing that perfect balance. Not to mention they are so soft and chewy with a slightly cake-like texture. I’m on a limited sweets diet so I’ve allowed myself one brownie a day. It’s the end of day 4 and I’ll be doggone if these red velvet brownies are not as soft as the day I made them! Usually I can never get homemade brownies to last more than 3 days without getting a tad bit dry.

    red velvet brownies recipe

    These brownies are  fantastic plain and even better drizzled with cream cheese glaze or white chocolate. I wanted the glaze to harden up so I used white chocolate and added chopped walnuts. They were so heavenly and light. Cutting them into bite sizes was the perfect amount of sweetness and made them so fun to eat.

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    Watch me make these chewy red velvet brownies from start to finish!

     

    5.0 from 9 reviews
    Red Velvet Brownies
     
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    Ingredients
    • 10 tablespoons butter, melted
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
    • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
    • ¼ cup buttermilk
    • ½ teaspoon white vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
    • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • ½ teaspoons salt
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
    2. Line an 8 x 8 glass dish with greased parchment paper.
    3. In a large bowl cream together butter, white sugar and brown sugar.
    4. Mix in egg.
    5. Mix in buttermilk, vinegar and vanilla. (Batter will be speckled).
    6. Add food coloring and mix to combine.
    7. Mix in unsweentened cocoa powder.
    8. Add flour and salt.
    9. Mix until smooth and well combined, being sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
    10. Pour batter into prepare pan.
    11. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until center is set and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
    12. Remove brownies and let cool. (I place mine in the fridge when they are warm to speed up cooling.)
    13. Cut brownies into small squares.
    14. Drizzled with melted white chocolate or cream cheese icing and sprinkle with walnuts (optional)
    15. Store in airtight container

     

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