Cinnamon Homemade Applesauce {Crockpot}

Nothing says fall more than apples! I decided to kick the weekend off with some homemade applesauce. For my first time making it, it turned out pretty well. Rob’s Gramma was the More »

Georgia Aquarium {Staycation 2014}

We recently took a trip to Atlanta over the 4th of July weekend for a little staycation. We got the City Pass, which kept us busy the 3 days we were there More »

Cruise 2012 {Day 1}

~ Day 2 ~ Day 3 ~ Day 4 ~ Day 5:Part 1 ~ Day 5:Part 2 ~ Day 6 ~ Day 7 ~ Day 8 ~Here’s my first of probably at More »

Chimichangas

This is a recipe for one of my favorite Mexican dishes, Chimichangas. My kids love this recipe. Makes: 4-8 servings Prep Time: 35 min Cook Time: 15-20 min Ingredients 1 lb. ground More »

 

Weekly Menu {Sept. 15-19, 2014}

Magnolia Mom's Weekly Meal Plan

Monday: Homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup
I am eager for those cooler temps to head this way. We’ve had a few mornings and evenings that have cooled off and it has been amazing! This Broccoli Cheese Soup is another crockpot recipe that you will want to save for when those cool Fall nights that are headed our way.
Homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup

Tuesday: Chicken Pitas
With soccer season in full swing, there are some nights that I just need a quick, throw together meal. If you’re in the same boat as me, check out these Chicken Pitas!
Chicken Pitas

Wednesday: Mexican Stuffed Shells
I have really been wanting to increase my Mexican recipe repertoire, so be on the lookout for those in the coming weeks. Here’s one of my favorites: Mexican Stuffed Shells
Mexican Stuffed Shells

Thursday: Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups
This Thursday is going to be another busy night for me, so I wanted needed to plan something that wouldn’t take but a few minutes to whip up. I love these Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups and you will too.
Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups

Friday: Shredded BBQ Sliders and Beans
Ever since I discovered this BBQ pork recipe, it has been a go to recipe for me. Tonight I’m putting the pork on some small rolls for Spicy BBQ Sliders with Baked Beans.
Shredded BBQ Sliders and Beans

Side: Baked Cinnamon Apples
Couldn’t go this week without sharing another apple recipe. These Baked Cinnamon Apples are so easy and so tasty. Not to sweet, so they make the perfect side dish.
Baked Cinnamon Apples

Dessert: Mini Churros
This week after making the Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups, I had some left over dough. I decided to try my hand at some Mini Churros. YUM!
Mini Churros

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Up Recipe

Recently when I made the Bacon Cheeseburger Roll-Ups, I decided it was to good to limit to just that. I was having a craving for buffalo chicken. This buffalo chicken roll-up recipe is so easy, whether you use the refrigerated dough or pre-make the homemade dough in the bread machine. I love that they are good for a lunch or dinner on the go, which with our busy schedules is wonderful!

Buffalo Chicken Roll-Up RecipeServings: 6
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Atlanta Staycation 2014 Wrap Up

Well, it’s taken me forever to finally wrap up my Atlanta Staycation posts, but I’m finally getting to it. Yay!!

Atlanta Staycation 2014 Wrap Up

If you recall, this year instead of doing our typical mountain trip we decided to stay closer to home and just spend a couple days in Atlanta. We stayed busy the 2 and half days we were there.

Instead of spending $150 on a hotel, we went to VRBO.com and found a condo near many of the attractions. We stayed in the Peachtree Towers Condo, which was perfect.

Peachtree Towers Condo

Peachtree Towers Condo
I think it was about $120 plus we were able to cook many of our meals. I actually prepared waffle mix and Stuffed Shells as well as Poppy Seed Chicken (recipe coming soon) ahead of time, so that cooking time was minimal.

Here are the highlights of our trip:
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Georgia Aquarium

Skyview Atlanta
Skyview

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World of Coke

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CNN Studio Tour

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Zoo Atlanta

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Fernbank Natural History Museum

On the evening of the 4th, we walked down to Centennial Park to watch fireworks.
This picture doesn't even come close to doing the crowd justice. #centennialpark #atlanta #staycation2014 #july4th2014 #july4th

Taylor Hicks at Centennial Park

Seeing fireworks in a big city is amazing! If you’re near Atlanta, I highly recommend you go downtown next year. If you go to the one at Centennial park there is great live entertainment hours before. Taylor Hicks performed right before the fireworks started. All the fireworks were set to music. Awesome!

4th of July Fireworks at Centennial Park

Another great set of memories made not far from home! Look for more posts about our travels soon!

Mini Churros

Recently when I made some homemade dough in the bread machine, I had some dough left over. I didn’t want to waste it so Teenager and I decided to try our hand at making some Mini Churros. They turned out great, so I’m afraid every time I make homemade dough we’re going to find a way to have some left over dough! If you don’t have any homemade dough, this would work great with refrigerated croissants or biscuits as well.

Mini Churros

Servings:6-8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Kent-ography::Week 26

Kent-ography

Kent-ography is a weekly tribute to my Dad, who lost his battle with ALS in December 2013. I wanted to feature some of his awesome photography, or as I like to call it “pics my Dad took.”

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I thought this pic was cool. I think Dad took this in downtown Denver. My Dad was a huge Beatles fan, so this picture of John Lennon, I’m sure caught my Dad’s eye. Like me, he had to take multiple pics of it!

Cinnamon Pull Apart Monkey Bread Recipe

This is a great recipe for easy cinnamon pull apart monkey bread recipe that uses homemade dough made my in my bread machine. Whether you use homemade dough or refrigerator biscuit dough, this is an easy recipe that’s great for busy moms and families.

I’ve been really wanting an opportunity to make Monkey Bread and recently my Sunday School class had bring breakfast day. So I seized the moment and decided to make it! However, I wanted to make individual servings and when I found where people put the bread into muffin tins, I was all over that!

I used homemade dough recipe because I didn’t have 3 containers of biscuit dough. I thought this dough worked beautifully with this recipe. My younger son said they were amazing and that he loves that kind of food and I should make it everyday. Kid approved for sure!

Easy Pull Apart Monkey Bread RecipeServings: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Cake Decorating Kits {Review}

This week I’m reviewing My Cake Decorating Kits. I was given this opportunity because I’m part of the Alabama Women Bloggers Community. If you want to learn more about cake decorating, I highly recommend you check them out. It’s a monthly subscription system, where you receive a new kit each month. Each kit comes with a magazine with beautiful pictures and recipes, as well as all the materials needed to decorate cakes and cookies.

CCake Decorating Kits {Review}

The starter kit for month 1, which is only a $1.99 includes:
First Guide, Set of Two Butterfly Cutters, a Cupcake Stand, and bonus gift – Icing & Cookie Press Gun Set.

Cake Decorating

So I made the butterfly cookies and had intentions of decorating them the next night. Well, my kids got a hold of them and needless to say there were no cookies to be had to decorate.
Butterfly cookies

So that was a great excuse to make the yummy chocolate cake recipe with the chocolate butter cream icing. I have never been that great at cake decorating, but I’ll have to say that with My Cake Decorating Kits and a little practice, I could actually make some beautiful creations.
Chocolate Cake Decorating Attempt

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This Cake Decorating Kit was provided by Cake Decorating USA for testing purposes through ALWB. No other compensation was given.

{Tailgate Tuesday} BBQ Chicken Brining Recipe

Brined BBQ Chicken

I’m a bit overwhelmed this week and just too busy to even think straight. So I didn’t have a chance this past weekend to make the recipe for Tailgate Tuesday like I had hoped. I decided to share this amazing recipe for Brining BBQ Chicken. If you’ve never brined chicken before, I recommend you try it. Usually when we BBQ chicken on the grill, it tends to get dry and the only flavor you taste is the BBQ sauce on the skin. I really like the flavoring all the way through to the bone.

To use this for a tailgate, you would brine the chicken the night before and allow the chicken to soak in the brine for at least 5 hours.

Servings: 6-8 people
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Brine Time: 5 hours
Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Weekly Menu {Sept. 8-12}

I have to say this weekly menu is one that I am super excited about! All of them are kid friendly and will have your family smiling at dinner time each night.

Magnolia Mom's Weekly Menu

Monday: Pepper Steak {Crockpot}

Chili Citrus Spice Marinade Recipe

This recipe is called Chili Citrus Spice Maridinade that would be great with pork or chicken.  You could do like I did and cook it in the oven or even better yet you could cook it on the grill.

Chili Citrus Spice Marinade
Servings: 1/2 cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes + marinade time
Cooking Time:
depends on the size of the meat