Fantastic Thursday #104

Fantastic Thursday at #fantasticthursday

Welcome to Fantastic Thursday! I hope you are having a great summer. We only have 3 weeks with year round school so we are taking every opportunity to live it up! Thank you SO much for coming and linking up. I really appreciate your support! If you are looking for a great Chocolate Cake recipe check out Too Much Chocolate Cake, it is delicious! Let's get this party started..........Link up and have fun!!! An InLinkz Link-up … [Read more...]

Grilled Margarita Pizza

Grilled Margarita Pizza by Yummy grilled pizza perfecf for summer #margarita #pizza #for the grill

Funny thing - if I put a traditional pepperoni pizza and Grilled Margarita Pizza next to each other -  10 times out of 10 my Little Chefs would devour the Grilled Margarita Pizza! They love this pizza. What makes this pizza so delicious and fun for the Little Chefs - when they hear that we are having Grilled Pizza for dinner, they run outside to pick fresh Roma tomatoes and basil leaves from our garden! Oh so good. And... is it terrible that as I am writing this post, it made me hungry -  so I am eating left overs right now - as a late night snack!? We love to make this pizza because - Most the ingredients we use come straight from our garden It is super fast to make You don't … [Read more...]

Steak Challenge: Marinade vs Dry Rub

Steak Challenge: Marinade vs Dry Rub by - Which Steak came out on top #recipes #bbq #seasoning for #steak #marinade

Summer BBQ's are in full swing!!! And Sunday night dinners, for most families have the traditional post roast and potatoes, not at our house - We prefer STEAK! We have seasoned and prepared our steaks all different ways, some turned out better than others. We wanted to find out for ourselves which way we prefer our stakes. That is when the Steak Challenge: Marinade vs Dry Rub began! The Little Chefs started out with 2 identical steaks - well as close as identical as you can get, they both came from the same cow - and we know that because all our beef came from a quarter of a cow we bought. Little Chef E  and Little Chef K where in charge of the marinade steak and Little Chef B was in … [Read more...]

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Dutch Oven Baked Beans

Dutch Oven Baked Beans from #dutchoven #beans #recipe

Cooking in the dutch oven is something that has been Grandma and Grandpa's job. Recently we decided to let our Little Chefs help in the process. Today we are sharing Dutch Oven Baked Beans. We were all at their cabin for the weekend and let the Little Chefs each take a turn contributing to the entire menu. It was much easier having one Little Chef help at a time instead of all the Little Chefs in the kitchen doing their task all at the same time. I call this controlled chaos! Or...semi controlled chaos! When cooking with Dutch Ovens it is important to have all your prep work done before you start assembling anything. Little Chef A chopped the onions. Afterward Little Chef C chopped the … [Read more...]

Smoked Gouda Sliders


Memorial Day is all about grilling! To our family usually it is the beginning of a warm summer and school coming to an end. This year it still means the beginning of summer and grilling season, school however is another matter. This is a great hands on recipe for Little Chefs. Little Chef A was able to prepare the patties ALL by herself! Combine all the ingredients; ground chuck, kosher salt, pepper, onion powder, grated smoked gouda and worchestershire sauce.   Form the patties using your bread as a guide to the size.  Little Chef A had a GREAT time with this task! She was very careful and made sure each patty had an indentation in the middle so it didn't puff up as much when … [Read more...]

Pork Carnitas


Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner. While this recipe was not designed for that purpose, because I forgot, it is good timing though that I finally found a recipe I love for pork carnitas! The best thing I love about this recipe is everything goes into the slow cooker at night and by morning it is done. I can shred the pork before the day really gets crazy. It makes dinner super fast which is necessary on some nights! A pork shoulder (or pork butt roast) is necessary to use. Yes it has more fat but that is what gives the moisture and the flavor. (When I shred the pork later I take out all that fat and throw it away.) Pat dry the pork shoulder. Season with salt and pepper. Don't skimp … [Read more...]

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Fast & Fantastic Chicken Salad

Fast and Fantastic Chicken Salad from #kidscooking

This is a family recipe that's great to use up your left over chicken. We will purposely cook a couple extra pieces of chicken for a dinner earlier in the week so we will already have my chicken ready to make this Fast & Fantastic Chicken Salad! Or some days, if you are like us - it is 4pm and we are at the store wondering what to make for dinner, we will just pick up a cooked rotisserie chicken - it also makes a delicious chicken salad.  For this recipe, we had a couple extra leftover chicken breasts from a dinner the night before.  To reheat the leftover chicken, so it is not dry and rubbery, we just cover it in tinfoil, add a few tablespoons of chicken broth, and stick it in the oven … [Read more...]

Kahula Pork

Kahula Pork

Spring has come and we are starting to get very involved in after school activities. Kahula Pork is a good meal option because you prepare it the night before. When we come home from the activity of the night the house smells good. The rice is started right away and dinner can be on the table in the time it takes for everyone to wash up, set the table and cut some fruits and veggies. The first step is to poke holes in your 6 pound pork shoulder or pork butt roast. Don't worry about trying to avoid touching the pork because that is unavoidable in the next step. Rub the liquid smoke and the black hawaiian sea salt all over the pork. Place it in the slow cooker and now you can wash … [Read more...]

Quick Chicken Divan

Quick Chicken Divan

Quick Chicken Divan is a great recipe for leftover chicken or turkey. It started out as a fairly easy recipe that my Little Chefs would easily eat. Once they started helping me out in the kitchen I realized we need to simplify some of the steps to make it even easier for them to succeed. We changed it from a layered casserole which never stayed layered. Before serving we would stir it all up anyway to make sure all the "good stuff" was spread evenly around and shared by all. To simplify it we got rid of the layers and mixed it together from the beginning. We love that it uses cooked chicken breast. If you are planning your meals ahead (which we don't always do!) and cook two extra pieces … [Read more...]

Saint Patrick Day Personal Pizza

St. Patrick Day Personal Pizza

I try to get my Little Chefs to eat new things all the time, but when it comes to Celebrations and Parties, they hardly expect to eat  Corned Beef or Cabbage, maybe we will try that next year! So, for this Saint Patricks Day, they wanted PIZZA! I had to think, how can we put a St Patrick twist on Pizza?  As my Little Chefs pulled out all their favorite toppings to create their own personal pizza, out came the green pepper....and there was my answer -  how cute would a green pepper four leaf clover be on top of a Personal Pizza?! Since we make pizza quite frequently at our house, we have tweeked and created our favorite recipes for the dough and the pizza sauce.    The Little Chefs … [Read more...]