Weenie Dogs

Today a FedEx envelope arrived. I just tossed it aside because I thought it was copies of our wills. When I finally decided to open it to file them, I was pleasantly surprised. All I saw when I opened the envelope was lots of leopard! My first thought was “Wow, I sure picked the right person to do our wills!” Then I realized it wasn’t paper, it was cloth. It was a chef’s hat!!…

No name or card, just addressed to me. Then my first thought was “Oh no! I’ve been shopping while on Ambien!” Then I realized I haven’t taken Ambien in months. Johnny was afraid I had a stalker. And I thought “Oh good, maybe the stalker will send me the leopard boots too!” Turns out it wasn’t a stalker, it was my sweet Mama! I’ll be stylin’ now while I cook. Thank you Mama! xoxo

I saw this on the Rhodes website and knew the girls would love it.

12 Frozen Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
4 Hot Dogs
White cheese and black beans for eyes and nose.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.

Combine two rolls and flatten into a rectangle large enough to place the hot dog on. Place a hot dog on the dough and roll the dough around it, leaving excess dough on one end to make the head. Pinch a small tail on the other end of the dog. Pinch the dough together behind the head to form the neck.

Cut another roll into three pieces. The first piece should be slightly larger than ½ of the roll. Half the remaining piece. Roll the largest piece into a 6-inch rope that is very thin in the center. Lay the rope over the pinched neck and flatten the ends to make the ears. Roll the other two pieces into 4-inch ropes that are thin in the center but have small balls on the ends. Place these under the dog to make the feet.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Use cheese and black beans for eyes and nose.

Servings: 4
Calories 400
Fat 14.5g
Carbohydrates 58.0g1
Fiber 3.0g
Nutrition Grade D

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Little Giraffe Hooded Towel …

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Wrap

The week was going so well! And then I had to do my least favorite household chore. :/ It had only been 4 months since the last time. I don’t think I want to do that 3 times a year. Although this time wasn’t nearly as bad as the first time. But I survived. Now if I can just survive the next few weeks of running the Book Fair at the school while trying to get ready for my cruise and the ball!

I’m trying to come up with some really easy meals to make these next few weeks. Thank goodness for crock pots. The best invention besides heated seats and leopard print.

3 lbs Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless
9 oz Buffalo Sauce
1 cup Ranch Dressing
1 cup Salsa
1 cup Colby Jack Cheese, shredded
8 Sun Dried Tomato Tortillas

Place chicken and buffalo sauce in crock pot. Cook on low for 6 hours. Shred chicken. Warm tortillas and top each with ranch dressing, chicken, cheese and salsa. Roll tightly.

Servings: 8
Calories 490
Fat 18.2g
Carbohydrates 22.3g
Fiber 2.6g
Nutrition Grade B-

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Knirps Umbrella …

Water with Lemon

I read that awhile back that Lauren Conrad starts each day with a glass of water and fresh squeezed lemon. So I decided to do some research on the benefits.

It’s good for your stomach – it aids in digestion, heartburn and nausea.

It helps to flush toxins out of the body.

It’s good for your health – it helps to fight colds, helps with weight loss, helps curb cravings, acts as a natural diuretic and boosts your immune system.

Makes you more attractive! – Clears skin and freshens breath.

Some other claims…helps to control high blood pressure, helps with respiratory disorders and arthritis.

So I figure it’s worth a try! Twice a day….

8 oz Water (hot or cold)1/2 Fresh Lemon Juice

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Cabinet Knobs …

Lawry’s Southwest Chicken Burrito

Well, I think I survived the first day of school. My babies started 4th grade. I only got a little teary eyed (and then cried when I got home).

The only one that didn’t quite survive was Lily…

When I came home from picking them up from school, Lily couldn’t walk. She has a hurt paw. I’m assuming she injured it jumping off the sofa. This happened with the first little dog I had. He just stopped walking one day. I waited until the next day to see if it was better. He would collapse anytime I sat him down. The next morning he was still the same. The vet didn’t have an appointment until late in the afternoon. So at that point it had been over 24 hours that he couldn’t walk. I opened my car door at the vet and out he ran. So $80 = the vet telling you that little dogs can tend to be kind of dramatic and once they hurt something they are a little neurotic and are afraid it will happen again.

I happened to see this at the grocery store and anything that says Southwest or Tex-Mex always catches my eye. This was really quick and easy to make. We made ours as burritos, or you can just follow the directions and eat it by itself.

1.15oz package Lawry’s Southwest Chicken Skillet
1 Tbs Vegetable Oil
1-1/4 lb Chicken, cubed
15oz Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
14.5oz Diced Tomatoes (undrained)
14.5oz Corn (undrained)
1 cup Instant Rice
3/4 cup Water
1 cup Colby Jack Cheese, shredded
8 Flour Tortillas

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 5 minutes or until lightly browned.

Stir in seasoning mix, beans, tomatoes, corn, rice and water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender. Remove from heat. Stir to mix well.

Spoon onto tortillas, top with cheese and fold.

Servings: 8
Calories: 443
Fat: 13.3g
Carbs: 51.5g
Fiber: 6.6g
Nutrition Grade: A-

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Baby Car Seat Cover

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

The girls start 4th grade today. It’s so hard to believe. I have promised Taylor that I won’t cry this year when I walk them to their classroom to drop them off. She has asked me to promise about 11 times “because last year all the kids laughed when I left”. :/ Hopefully I can keep my promise. I think I was the only 3rd grade mom crying last year. And I’ll probably be the only 4th grade mom crying this year if I had to guess. For their Back to School Breakfast they asked me to make donut holes. These put quite a kink in my cruise weight loss plan because they are so addictive.

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup milk
2 tsp baking powder
2 cups + 4 Tbs cake flour

For topping:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease top and bottom of cake pop pan. Mix the cup of sugar, butter and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add in the milk, baking powder and flour until just combined. Fill bottom part of cake pop pan and put on top of pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

For the topping: Melt butter in a small bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Dip each donut in the melted butter and then roll it in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Servings: 28 donuts
Calories: 141
Fat: 6.8g
Carbs: 19.0g
Fiber: 0
Nutritional Grade: C-

Today’s Leopard Find: Kuhn Rikon Knife Set

Pina Colada Smoothie

Yesterday my hubby got addicted to the Moonshiner’s marathon. Therefore, so did I. First of all, I would have guessed that Popcorn Sutton was about 102.







When I googled it and saw that he was only 62 I just about passed out. Moonshine and smoking apparently isn’t kind to you. I think I’ll stick to smoothies.

2 1/2 cups pineapple
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup coconut
1 cup ice cubes

Add to blender and blend until smooth.

Servings: 2
Calories: 306
Fat: 21.2
Carbs: 31.8
Fiber: 5.8
Nutritional Grade: B

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Sin in Linen Apron

Cake Ball Pops

The girls saw the Bake Pop pan at the grocery store and just had to have it! After finding the Wilton Pops! Sweets on a Stick! book, they have a list a mile long of ones they want to make. Baby steps though. I told them we had to start small and work our way up.

The balls themselves were pretty easy to make. The decorating is going to take some practice. They did pretty good for their first time though. They made monsters, caterpillars, chickens, owls and a chihuahua. Taking cake pops to Meet the Teacher Night. Unfortunately, I made them walk (despite all of their complaining) and the owl and the chicken started to melt on the way there. :/ They weren’t very happy with me.

1 (15.25 oz) Box Betty Crocker’s Super Moist Butter Recipe Yellow Cake Mix
4 Eggs
1/2 cup Milk
1/3 cup Butter, softened
1 small (3.4 oz) Vanilla Pudding Mix
2 (12 oz) Bags of Candy Melts
36 cookie sticks
Foam block

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray top and bottom pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Mix cake mix, eggs, milk, butter and pudding mix until combined.

Pour batter into bottom side of pan (about 3/4 full). Place top pan on bottom pan and secure with clips.

Bake for 18 minutes.

Let pans cool before removing top pan. If the cake starts to seep through the hole (which mine did both times) just scrape off the top.

Remove bake pops from pan and place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes (I found that this made them a little sturdier)

Melt 1/4 cup of candy coating in the microwave. Cook on 50% power for 1 minute, stir and cook on 50% power for 30 seconds. Repeat for another 30 seconds if needed, until completely melted.

Dip the end of the stick into the coating and then insert it into the cake ball. Place in freezer for 10 minutes to let the coating harden.

Heat remaining candy and dip the ball into the coating. Sprinkle on toppings or decorate.

Put stick into a foam block to let them harden.

If you are going to be walking them to someone in the Texas heat in the middle of August like I did, I would suggest putting them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before you deliver them.

Servings: 36 cake pops
Calories 197
Fat 11.3g
Carbohydrates 24.2g
Fiber 0.8g
Nutrition Grade D+

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Vans …

Ranchero Chicken Casserole

It’s not easy to blog while crammed in a bed with the hubby, both girls, both dogs, 2 MacBooks and an iPad while trying to get caught up on Big Brother 14. But Taylor begged and pleaded. She’s milking this “last week of summer” thing. She can’t decide what she wants to do for her last day of summer vacation….Six Flags, Hawaiian Falls, Main Event, or IKEA. Really, IKEA??? I blame the “dream” commercial.

10.75 oz can Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin seed
4 oz can chopped green chilies
15 oz canned black beans, rinsed and drained
6 oz can tomato paste
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
6 corn tortillas, cut into strips
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Stir soup, water, chili powder, cumin, chiles, beans, tomato paste, chicken and tortillas in a large bowl. Spoon the chicken mixture into an 8×8 baking dish. Top with cheese. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Servings: 6
Calories 477
Fat 9.4g
Carbohydrates 65.2g
Fiber 13.9g
Nutrition Grade A

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Tango Chef Hat (oh I need this!!) …

Baked Chicken Strips

According to Taylor, this meal was so good I “need to go work at the school cafeteria, because apparently they really need a lot of help”. I didn’t want to tell her that when I was in school my lunch consisted of an awesome roll (anyone know how to make those old school rolls???), Little Debbie’s Swiss Cake Rolls and chocolate milk. And of course pizza on Friday, which definitely isn’t the same as it used to be.

1 lb chicken, cut into 1/2″ strips
2/3 cup Bisquick
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt
3 Tbs butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. In gallon size ziploc bag, mix Bisquick, cheese, salt, pepper and paprika. Place chicken in another gallon size ziploc bag with egg and shake until coated. Transfer to bag with Bisquick mix and shake until coated. Place chicken on baking sheet. Drizzle butter over chicken. Bake for 7 minutes, flip each piece over and cook another 7 minutes. Serve with a side of cream gravy.

Servings: 4
Calories 403
Fat 19.9g
Carbohydrates 13.1g
Fiber 0.6g
Nutrition Grade C+

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Insulated Lunch Tote …

Chocolate Walnut Puffs

I have no idea why those chocolate chips look like chopped beef. Maybe I can blame it on the water. (except that these don’t have any water in them) We have a Rainsoft Water Softener System. We’ve had it for over 12 years. It even moved with us from Houston Spring to Dallas Frisco. I never really knew just how much I appreciated it until we went without it for a few days and my shower was suddenly coated with hard water stains that I had to scrub off daily. My skin got dry too. Thank goodness it’s fixed now! I barely survived!!! Unfortunately, the saltwater from the leak that we had killed 2 of my bushes, so guess who gets to try to dig up 12 year old bushes???

Top each triangle with 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of walnuts.

Roll up and seal edges.

I threw this together in about 5 minutes and according to Taylor, they are almost better than s’mores bars. She asked for them again tomorrow.

1 can Crescent Rolls
1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Walnuts, chopped
2 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Separate crescents into triangles. Top each triangle with 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of walnuts. Roll up and seal edges. Bake for 10 minutes. Sift powdered sugar on top.

Servings: 8
Calories 222
Fat 13.7g
Carbohydrates 20.0g
Fiber 0.9g
Nutrition Grade C-

Today’s Leopard Print Find: BCBGeneration Cross Body Handbag …