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Cheese Bacon Chicken Casserole
March 24, 2014, 4:35 am
Filed under: Dinner, Pasta, Weekday Meals


This was a Pinterest recipe. It looked quick and easy, and lived up to it’s expectations!


4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breats

6 stripes of quality bacon – cooked and crumbled

2 – 10 oz cans of cream of chicken soup

2 cups shredded Monteray Jack cheese

16 oz dried spiral pasta

2 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste


1. Cook and crumble bacon. While bacon is cooking, cut chicken into bite-sized chunks. Set cooked bacon aside for later use. In the same pan, cook chicken in bacon drippings. Add garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.

2. While chicken is cooking, prepare pasta according to the directions. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400.

3. Drain pasta and return to pot. Add chicken, both cans of cream of chicken soup, 1 cup of Monteray Jack cheese. Stir to mix well. Pour into prepared baking dish.

4. Top with crumbled bacon. Top with remaining cup of Monteray Jack cheese.

5. Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes, just until cheese is melted and beginning to brown on top.


The recipe suggests a number of ways to change it up and different flavors – add a packet of ranch dressing mix, green chilies, a favorite vegetable.

I used one can cream of mushroom and one can cream of chicken, just because like the flavor better and also added fresh mushrooms. The mushrooms were added to the meat just before it finished to give them a quick saute before baking. I’d also consider mixing the bacon in with the pasta and sauce, as it had a tendency to clump on top of the dish amongst the cheese (easy pickings for a toddler….and husband!). But, very good!

Our Home Rating? 5/5 bites

Source: (via Pinterest)


Easy Crumb Topped Banana Muffins
March 24, 2014, 12:58 am
Filed under: Breads and Muffins


This was a Pinterest recipe. It claims to be the “best” banana muffin recipe, but I already have that so I knew it couldn’t be true. Still, these were moist and delicious and the entire family enjoyed them.


1.5 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

t tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3 large ripe bananas

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1/3 cup melted butter


1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 tbsp flour

1/8 tsp cinnaomn

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1 tbsp cold butter



1. In large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

2. Mash up the bananas. Add the bananas, sugar, lightly beaten egg and melted butter to the flour mixture and mix up all the ingredients until just moistened (i.e. no dry spots showing).

3. Fill each lightly oiled muffin cup 3/4 of the way full.

4. Mix brown sugar, 1 tbsp flour, cinnamon and walnuts (optional) together. Cut tiny pieces of the cold butter into the mixture and mix until crumbly. spirnkle the crumb topping over your batter inside the cupcake pan.

5. Cook these muffins in the oven at 375 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Let them cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes, then enjoy!

Our Home Rating? 4/5 bites

Source: (via Pinterest)

Oven Baked Pork Chops with Rice
March 15, 2014, 1:56 am
Filed under: Dinner, Weekday Meals


So far, this is the easiest recipe I’ve found for this dish that I love.


1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 1/2 cups of ater

1 cup long grain rice

1/4 tsp pepper

4 pork chops

salt and pepper to taste


1. Mix first four ingredients together. Place in a casserole dish.

2. Add the pork, salt and peppering each side.

3. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/4 hour.

Our Home Rating? 3/5 bites

Source: Internet, forgot which site.