Smoky Ranchero Chicken Tacos




Smoky Ranchero Tacos

Smoky Ranchero Chicken Tacos

If you are like me and love tacos, then you should add these Smoky Ranchero Chicken Tacos to your grocery list this week. You are going to love how simple they are to make. I have been munching on these all week and I’m still not over them. Of course, you know I have been crushing on all kinds of tacos this month. If you caught me last week you witnessed my Honey Battered Chicken Tacos, weren’t they delish?! It’s hard to believe we are half way through taco month…

I have to admit, I’m going to be kind of sad when taco month is over. I’ve been having too much fun listening to Ricky Martin and eating tacos. I’m pretty sure my neighbor has overheard me singing Livin’ La Vida Loca in the shower a time or two this month. I’m certain she’s used to it by now. I think I broke her in back at Christmas time by singing Dean Marin’s it’s a Marshmallow world at the top of my lungs. I bring her food so I think that should make up for all the singing, at least that’s how I justify it.

It’s not her fault she moved in next to a fruitcake like me. I tried to be on my best behavior for a month or so, but eventually, the real me came out. Now I’m running around the yard swatting wasps with my new tennis racket bug zapper in my pajamas and she doesn’t even bat an eyelash. I guess it’s the norm now, “oh, that’s just Emily”. Hey, to each his own, am I right?

For more awesome recipes from Burlap Kitchen click here: Biscuit Dough Pizza SticksLasagna Sandwich on Texas Toast, Best Roast Beef Sandwich Ever.





Chili Cheese Dog Stuffed Biscuits




Chili dog biscuit dough

April, a month filled with baseball and lots of biscuit dough! 

Baseball season has officially started in the Dillman household. If you are like me, and also have kids starting baseball, you know that making fancy suppers on ball nights is next to impossible. Because of this, I am focusing the entire month of April on biscuit dough recipes starting with these Chili Cheese Dog Stuffed Biscuits. I need meals I know my family will eat and are a quick clean up so we can pack up and head to the ballfield!



Can I be real for a minute or two?

I know this is a way off topic and has nothing to do with Chili Cheese Dog Stuffed biscuits but I have been working on typing up posts all day. This is where I struggle. My grammar is crap and I’m not always good with my words but I’m trying. I feel like I have been climbing the same mountain for years. More like crawling, actually. But you know what? I’m going to keep climbing this Mountain because I feel this is where God wants me.

But He doesn’t want me to stay in the same place crawling and struggling nor does He want you to. He wants us to succeed and prosper (A few examples – Jeremiah 29:11, Job 36:11, Deuteronomy 29:9). And if we are going to succeed and prosper we have to step outside of our comfort zone and take risks; something I am not always good at. My struggles mainly come from fear and self-doubt. Sometimes I wish I could step outside of myself for a few seconds just to shake myself and say “it’s okay girl, God’s got you!” And then I would take a deep breath and everything would be fine.

I saw two quotes this week that really stuck with me. The first one was by Rachel Hollis  “Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business.” Whoa! I am in the middle of reading her book Girl, wash your Face and it is excellent! The second quote that really stuck with me this week was by Havilah Cunnington. She said, “If what you see in the mirror is an example of God’s Passion and Creativity, but you hate it, how can you really trust Him with your life? You are an example of His great work”.

Maybe your reading this thinking, I’m here for a recipe, not your life story lady. And that’s fine. But just maybe someone is going through this same thing and God brought them hear threw a recipe? Maybe it’s you? Maybe this is God’s way of shaking you and saying “It’s ok, girl. I got you!” So if this is you, why don’t you join me? We will all take a deep breath, eat chili cheese dog stuffed biscuits and keep climbing till we make it to the top. 😉

Chili dog biscuit dough 2




Best Roast Beef Sandwich Eva





Roast Beef 2

Best Roast Beef Sandwich Eva!

Guys, I did it! I made the worlds best roast beef sandwich! Okay, maybe not the “world’s” best but it’s good.. dang good. It’s sloppy, gooey, and warm,  with a hint of spice. Do not even get me started on the cheese. This is the kind of sandwich you want to make for your friends, you know, the ones who don’t judge you. The friends that don’t care that you ate 2 sandwiches in your jammies at noon while binge-watching the office. Because those are the friends that will join you in your shenanigans. And because THOSE are the friends who deserve to indulge in the world’s best roast beef sandwich with you!

It’s Friday!

You made it,  Friday is finally here! Reward yourself by adding the ingredients to this sandwich on your shopping list. You deserve an easy meal that your family will be drooling over. Easy clean up too, that’s a plus 😉  If this sandwich could talk in the words of Michael Scott I’m sure it would say something like “Would I rather be feared or loved?” Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” And that my friend is the Scuttlebutt on the Best Roast Beef Sandwich Eva!




Oven roasted Chicken Club on a Bagel

Roast Chicken sandwich

Brain Storming with Mom

If you read last weeks DIY post how to dye coffee filters, you know this months recipes will be all about sandwiches. Because baseball season’s upon us I wanted to focus on meals that were quick and easy. Sandwiches seemed to be the perfect fit. Although, I didn’t want your basic grilled cheese or Sweet Lebanon bologna with mustard and chips ( yes, that’s a thing here in PA). So I went to my moms and we came up with some pretty stellar ideas. Starting with this Oven Roasted Chicken Club on a Bagel. I explained to my mom that I had to have at least one bagel sandwich on the blog this month. There is just something about loading a bagels with lunch meats, cheeses, and sandwich toppings that I just absolutely LOVE!



Oven Roasted Chicken Club Sandwich on a bagel *(cool ranch) 

This entire sandwich is just one huge flavor bomb that which will leave your taste buds begging for more. The bottom half of the bagel is smothered with roasted red paper hummus, which leaves just the right amount of bite. A little spice but not too much. This sandwich is stuffed with all kinds of goodies such as Chicken  lunch meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and  bacon. We then decided it needed a big glob of one of our all time favorite dips on the top, spicy ranch dip. Adding the dip just adds a notably cool element to the sandwich that was much needed. This sandwich is definitely a keeper and I will be making it over, and over, and over again.

Roast Chicken Sandwich 2

* If you try this sandwich I’d love to hear your thoughts! Stay tuned for next weeks sandwich, it’s another keeper, I promise 😉

French Toast Bites


Christmas Meals

French Toast Bites 

For the past 4 years we have hosted Christmas dinner at our house. My family comes early Christmas morning and the house is instantly filled with laughter as we sip our coffee and open gifts . Normally, for breakfast, we just indulge in left over cookies and pie from the previous nights Christmas eve party. This is remarkably satisfying but I have always wanted to make Christmas breakfast for everyone to enjoy. Something they would look forward to Christmas morning. I want the house to smell like Christmas when they walk in.

Keep it Simple

Whatever I choose to make has to be something quick and easy considering I also have to prepare my turkey for Christmas Dinner. Thankfully, I found this recipe for cinnamon toast balls and have slightly adapted it into what I like to call French toast Bites. French toast bites are baked and it frees up my stove top so there is no need to hover over the stove watching them. Let’s face it, Christmas is for spending time with family not in front of a hot stove.




To make your own French toast bites follow these simple step by step instructions. (Recipe Below instructions)

First butter one side of the sandwich bread: 

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Sprinkle each bread slice generously with cinnamon sugar mixture: You can buy this already made or make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of cinnamon to 1/2 cup of sugar.

Bread 2

 Pull corners together and smush into a ball:

bread ball

Dip into egg wash and drain excess with fork: 

bread 5

 Place French Toast Bites on a greased cookie sheet: 

bread 3

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Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake




Potatoes and peas main

Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake

Listen, I’ll be honest with you, I am terrible at coming up with names for my recipes. I just call them as I see them. When I started this blog all I knew was that I could cook, I didn’t realize that there were so many different elements to blogging. Along with cooking I also had to learn photography & improve my semi non existing writing skills. So bare with me as I learn. I am currently reading a book by Anne Lamott called Bird By Bird. I will warn you there is some foul language in the book. I am not finished with the book yet but basically she is showing me how to break down my writing into one category at a time and quit the other voice’s in my head so I can deal with one voice at a time. In one particular part of the book she asks you to close your eyes and imagine all those voice in your head are mice. She then says to to put each mouse (voice) in a separate jar so you can sort through the voices one by one. I know that sounds confusing but it actually does help, a lot!

Ok, that’s enough about my writing skills. Lets talk about this Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake! So this recipe basically came to be out of pure laziness. My husband said he wanted a meatloaf and every time I think meatloaf I think scalloped potatoes as a side. In my mind they go together like Peanut butter and Jelly, like coffee and mornings, like me and burlap. You get it. I had everything ready to go, the potatoes laid out, hamburg thawed, oven preheated. But then I got lazy, really lazy. I thought, forget it. I wasn’t in the mood to make all that but now I was now craving scalloped potatoes and my husband still wanted something with ground beef. So I thought to myself, I know, I’ll just throw the ground beef in with the potatoes. Perfect, right? wrong. To feel good about myself as both a wife and a mother I knew I had to add a veggie. I thought about making a veggie on the side but that would mean another dirty dish and I just wasn’t having it. I found a bag of peas in the freezer tossed them in and called it a day.





Aunt Marry’s Apple Dumplings




Aunt Mary's Apple Dumplings

Aunt Mary’s Apple Dumplings 

Everyone says Aunt Mary’s Apple Dumplings are the best. I would have to agree but I have a confession to make, I don’t really like apples. Or any fruit for that matter. No, I am the girl who peels off the delicious warm outer layer of the apple dumpling and devours it with a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Some lucky soul next to me will get the “guts” or as you would probably call it, the apple, of my dumpling. If this were a perfect world I’d sit next to someone who didn’t like the warm flaky crust that has been drenched with a sticky butter and brown sugar sauce. They could have my apple and I could have  another serving of that warm flaky crust with sticky sauce. But this world is far from perfect and until then I will just have to deal…

In order for your apple dumpling making experience to be more enjoyable there are two things you are going to need.




  1. You are going to want a good apple corer. I didn’t have one and tried coring the apples with a knife and it was a mess, I don’t recommend doing it this way. Not to mention this was very dangerous, I cut myself twice while doing it this way. so learn from my mistake and buy an apple corer. I would actually recommend buying an all in one apple corer & peelers but I will leave a link to both.

Apple Corer & Peeler                                                    Apple Corer Only

                                                          

2. You are going to need some good baking apples. If you use a different type of apple they will not bake properly. Personally, I like using granny smith apples. They seem to bake very nice and everyone loves them.

Aunt Mary's Apple Dumplings - 2

 

Baked Italian Hoagie Sandwiches




Italian Sub

Baked Italian Hoagie Sandwiches

Make these Baked Italian Hoagie Sandwiches for your next family game night or party. Not only are they quick and easy to make but they are also delicious. I have been making these for awhile and they are always a huge hit!

Ingredients:

1  Loaf of Italian Bread

6-7 slices of Deli ham ( Thinly sliced)

8 slices of Hard Salami ( Thinly Sliced)

8 slices of provolone cheese

3-4 Tablespoons of butter

Mayo

Shredded lettuce ( 1 small bag)

1 tomato ( sliced)

1/2 onion ( sliced)

banana peppers ( optional)

Italian Dressing or Oil

Salt & Pepper

Garlic Powder

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Slice loaf of Italian bread in half but do not slice completely through. Spread the insides of the bread with butter and put on a cookie sheet buttered sides down. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until buttered sides are slightly toasted. Leaving the bread on the cookie sheet, flip the bread so buttered sides are facing up and add as much or as little mayo as you like. Then begin to evenly load the hoagie with ham, salami, and cheese ( in that order). Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Take it out of the oven and load it up with lettuce, tomato, onion, and banana peppers. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and drizzle with Italian dressing or oil. Cut into sandwich size pieces and serve.





Uncle Chuck’s Chicken on the Grill

Uncle Chuck's Chicken




Uncle Chuck’s Chicken on the Grill

When it comes to cooking on the Grill the struggle is REAL especially when it comes to meat. It seems I am either over-cooking it or undercooking it and, of course, you can’t serve under-cooked meat so it then goes back on the grill until I have achieved the polar opposite, a burnt slab of meat. So this year I have decided enough is enough and went to the pro, my brother. This guy can  seriously cook anything on the grill. His burgers alone are #drool worthy. So this year I am going to find out all of  his secrets starting with his Chicken on the Grill. In this particular recipe, my brother used chicken leg quarters but he has also used this method of cooking on legs & thighs and chicken breasts. The cooking times will vary depending on what cut of chicken you decide to use.

Uncle Chuck’s Chicken on the Grill  

Ingredients:

8-10 Chicken quarters

1 – stick Butter

2 (1/2) – 3 – Cups Vinegar

Garlic Powder to taste

salt & Pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Turn grill to high (or 500 degrees), once it reaches 500 degrees clean it off good with grill brush. Once the grill is cleaned turn the heat down to 350 degrees ( medium high). On the stovetop in a small/medium sized sauce pan, on medium heat, add butter, vinegar, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Cook till butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Once grill has reached the correct temperature of 350 degrees place raw chicken halves on the grill and baste them with vinegar & butter mixture. Close the lid to the grill and cook chicken for 1 to 1(1/2) hours or until chicken has reached a safe temperature of 170-F (77-C) degrees, basting every 15 minutes.




Make ahead Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burrito

Make ahead Breakfast Burritos

Keeping some of these easy Make ahead Breakfast Burritos on hand will make your mornings extra enjoyable. I love knowing that I only have one mess to clean up from breakfast, for the ENTIRE week! And the mess is really not that bad. Usually, it consists of 1 electric skillet, a cutting board, a bowl, and of course, a few utensils. See, easy peasy, not even enough to fully load the dishwasher 😉 Paper plates also help to keep the mess minimal.

Now, I know I said these are Make ahead Breakfast Burritos, and they are, but my mom also had another great idea. She suggested that if I had overnight company I could make these up the night before, place them seam-side down in a greased cake pan, and bake them in the morning. I’m not sure what temperature these would have to cook at because I have never tried it. If you googled it I am sure you would find something on it. Gotta love google, right!?

* I saw many different methods of wrapping and freezing the burritos but I liked the one I used int this recipe the best. I can not find the website where I saw this, I might even have seen it on youtube. But I want all my readers to know that the recipe is my own but the freezer method is not. If I happen to come across it again I will be sure to link it. If you choose to make these burritos for yourself do some research on the different freezer methods, you may find something you like better. For example, I saw some people wrap them in foil. This would be a nice method if you chose not to use microwaves, you could probably take them straight out of the freezer and bake them in the oven with the foil still on. =)


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