Saturday, August 3, 2013

Girls Night In, part 3

My friend is semi-obsessed with Nacho Cheese flavored Doritos, so when I saw this pin for Doritos crusted chicken, I knew I HAD to make it for our GNI!  I didn't actually try any of these, but NOT because they didn't look and smell ah-mazing!  I just filled up on pizza rollers (those will be in the next post)!

They are a little "brown" in some areas because I was busy talking and didn't get right to the oven when the timer went off.  They definitely weren't burnt, though, and there were no left overs!

Everyone tried them, and LOVED them.  I actually had to hide a couple of them for Hubbs to try when he got home (he loved them, also)!

Doritos Crusted Chicken Strips

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 large bag of Doritos, Nacho Cheese Flavor  (11.5 ounce)
2 cups flour
4 egg whites
1/2 Tablespoon of Garlic Salt

Cut the chicken into thin ½ inch strips.
Using a food processor, crush the Doritos so that they are a texture coarse like bread crumbs. Set aside in a large bowl. (If you don't have a food processor, make a small hole in the Doritos bag and get the air out of it. Then use a rolling pin and crush the chips in the bag).
Mix the flour and salt in one bowl and eggs in another. Whisk the eggs so that they are well scrambled.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Set up the four bowls in order: 1. bowl with the chicken, 2. bowl with the flour and salt, 3. bowl with the beaten eggs, 4. bowl with the crushed Doritos, and then the pan.
Lift out a few chicken strips and place them in the flour so they are all coated. Lift the chicken strips out of the flour and shake off any excess. Place them in the eggs and turn them so they are evenly coated. Lift them out of the egg and then place them in the crushed Doritos - again so they are even coated. Place the coated chicken strips on the baking sheet. Do this with the remaining chicken strips.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Mine is ranch and BBQ sauce!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Girls Night In, Part 2.

By far, the fav "dessert" goodie that I made were the Reese's PB Cup Cheesecakes (click here for original pin)!  There were only a couple left over when all the girls were gone!  They were delicious, and EASY!  Seriously, I'm not sure there is an easier, tastier "no-bake" dessert to be found!  ;)

Reese's PB Cup Cheesecakes w/graham crumbs and choc chips

Close up version, so you can see the PB Cup on bottom.....delicious!

My mom LOVES peanut butter/pb cups, so for her birthday, I used the same no-bake mix and made a full size cheesecake, and put chopped up pb cups on top (pic below) instead of making (or buying) a cake.  


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Girls Night In! Part One.

A few weeks ago, I decided to have a Girls Night IN.  A lot of my friends can't find sitters to go out on Fri/Sat nights, so I figured maybe staying in would work out better.  And, it did!  Everyone I invited showed up.  I sort of went "Pinterest happy" with the goodies, but it was sooooo yummy!  I'll post one thing now, then do a separate post for each item I made (with the exception of deviled eggs...I made those, but they're not a Pinterest find). 

Cute little sign I made for the event invite on Facebook

I thought it would be super cute to have a little present for all the girls, so I made these glitter wine glasses (click here to see the pin)!  They were surprisingly easy, and didn't cost a fortune.  Everyone loved them, and that they got to take them home!  

{Supplies Needed: Wine glasses, Glitter, Mod Podge, Glitter sealer, & foam brush.}
Don't feel like making them?  Email me (beachgirlheather @ for a price!  :)

Of course, there was plenty of wine to fill the glasses (and some non-alcoholic sparkly for my preggo friend)!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

DIY: Hand Scrub

I LOVE Bath and Body Works' 60 Second Manicure Hand Scrub.  No matter how many times I apply lotion my hands always seem dry, however, when I use this scrub followed by a nice hand cream, my hands are super hydrated and soft!!!!

Imagine my delight when I saw a "copycat recipe" for this on Pinterest (click here for the pin)!  So excited! 

As you can see, I just reused the Bath and Body Works container, but you can use any small container (mason jars, Rubbermaid containers, etc).  I used Palmolive's Soft Touch, but you can use any hand soap or body wash that you like the smell of an/or moisturization of.  There is no specific "formula", just add sugar and soap until you reach the desired consistency.  Nice and easy!  It worked just as well as the Bath and Body Works, but is sooo much cheaper!  I will definitely be using this "recipe" a lot!  


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tried it! Parmesan Honey Pork Roast

So, we had an early summer heat wave (4 days of 90+ degrees), and it reminded me that I needed to find some new crock pot recipes!  I LOVE the crock pot in the summer; you can still have home cooked meals, WITHOUT using the oven and making the whole house hot!  

I found quite a few recipes that look good, and I tried the Parmesan Honey Pork Roast first, as I had already taken a roast out of the freezer to thaw. 

I admit, I was pretty skeptical, as there wasn't much liquid in the crock pot to start, so I thought it would end up dry, but after a few hours, it was very "juicy", so no worries!  

After 6 hours, the pork shredded easily with just a fork!  Hey, that rhymed, and I didn't even plan it!  LOL!  Anyways.   It doesn't look "juicy", because I drained the juice to make a gravy (that is included in the recipe as well).  My guys loved this and I will definitely be making it again!  

1 (2-3 pound) boneless pork roast
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup honey
3 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp dried basil
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt

2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place roast in slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the cheese, honey, soy sauce, basil, garlic, oil and salt; pour over pork. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160°.

Remove meat to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Slice roast; serve with gravy (I also made mashed potatoes and the gravy was delicious on them!).

Notes: I didn't have minced garlic, so I used garlic powder.  I also used pre-shredded parm cheese.  My Hubby HATES honey, so I didn't tell him that there was any in here until he said he liked it.  He was surprised and said he didn't taste it at all! 


**Original recipe click here

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tried it! Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

I wanted a quick, easy dinner for the kiddo and I so when I came across this pin for Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake, I decided to give it a shot.  Kiddo LOVES buffalo/hot so much.  It's okay, but not my fav.

Well, I must say.....kiddo loved it, as I expected.  I....really liked it!  Wouldn't say I loved it, but I'll def make it again!  Next time though, I'll add a bit more ranch, or a bit less buffalo sauce.  

Here's the recipe:

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

1 16 oz. box Penne pasta, cooked and drained
*3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts; cubed and cooked
**1/2-1 C. Franks Hot Sauce
3/4 -1+ C. Ranch dressing
1-2 C. Shredded cheese (Colby Jack or Cheddar)

1. Preheat oven to 350* and prepare a deep baking dish.
2. Mix together hot sauce and ranch.  In separate bowl, mix chicken, pasta and cheese.  Pour sauce over all and mix well.
3. Pour everything into prepared baking dish, sprinkle with cheese (if desired) and bake for 20-25 min.

*Easy Cheat...I used canned chicken!  Already cooked and cut up!  I used 1 big can, & 1/2 of a small one.  There was PLENTY of chicken throughout the dish.
**I used "Red Hot" Buffalo/Wing sauce, not "Frank's Hot Sauce", so I'm thinking any hot/buffalo sauce is fine!  :)


Monday, April 1, 2013

Pan Seared Sea Scallops

Tonight the man and I couldn't decide on dinner, so I went wandering through the grocery store. I found a great deal on sea scallops, so my mind was made up. When I got home I searched through pinterest for a good seared scallop recipe and I came across this link
Of course I made my own slight changes (added a sprinkling of cayenne pepper and parsley, no shallots) but this was AMAZING.
So easy. Delicious. Great flavor. 
I served with cheesy rice and broccoli. 
I will definitely make this again!!