Pinterest Recipe Friday: Cake Mix Cookie Bars

Pinterest Recipe Friday: Cake Mix Cookie Bars

Let me start off this post with a short story. The morning before we lepton our trip I cooked like half a pound of bacon because we were going out of town and I didn’t want it to go bad while we were gone (priorities, ha). But then, as you might imagine, our whole house smelled like bacon. And we had people coming over soon to meet the animals. And not that bacon is a bad smell, but it’s not a great one after it’s a few hours old. So, how did I hide the smell of bacon? I bake cookie bars! (logic, right?). These cookies, specifically. I’ve been meaning to make them for awhile now, but I just keep forgetting. Also, I don’t usually keep the ingredients lying around, or I’ll eat them. It DID work to get out the smell of old-ish bacon. And it was delicious. Plus they provided much-needed snacks for our trip. I did, however, accidentally drop the mixing bowl into the baking pan as I was pouring. Oops. I do apologize for not doing a pinkest last week, things were just so crazy with cleaning and packing that I didn’t get a chance to post one! But we’ll get back to normal this week! These were also great to take long on the trip with us! I just tossed them in a tupperware and we were good to go! Here’s the original pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/559783428655900019/ From this website: http://parentpretty.com/cake-mix-cookie-bars-recipe/ One last thing before I go, these are best served right away while they’re still hot and the chocolate is still gooey. They’re good later too, but they’re phenomenal...
Austin, TX: Barton Springs Pool

Austin, TX: Barton Springs Pool

Finally, we are home! Austin was amazing, but after fighting with the traffic in Texas and a 14 hour drive, I am glad to be back in Omaha! I had planned to post these while we were in Austin, but unfortunately the wifi in our hotel was basically useless, so it had to wait until we got home. This is the first post of many, so enjoy! This is one of the two natural pools we went to while we were in Austin, TX. I think they both deserve their own post though because they were both equally awesome! This was Barton Springs Pool which is a natural spring averaging about 70 degrees F. When we went though, we did not get in, as it was about 40 degrees or so and only like 65 outside. Not warm enough to swim, haha. But it was still cool to visit and look at! It’s located about 15 minutes away from our hotel and is right by Chuy’s Mexican restaurant and Peter Pan Mini Golf, as well as the botanical gardens and a sculpture garden, super cool place! I will say though, that on the city government website it LOOKS like a developed pool, and it’s not. Or at least not all the way. It does have concrete sides and stairs as well as some lifeguards, however, you can tell in the above picture that it’s not a finished bottom. These are the rocks in the shallow end which are home to an endangered species of Salamander! Overall, in this half of the pool, it was nice and flat! I would have loved...
The Greatest Grilled Cheese There Ever Was

The Greatest Grilled Cheese There Ever Was

When I was a teenager and I lived alone with my dad there were many days where food didn’t really exist in the house. We always had orange juice, granola bars, peanut butter & jelly, and frozen pizza/burritos. Everything else was a toss up. So, when I got really hungry and didn’t want to drive the 30 minutes to town I had to get creative. So I started making buttered toast and adding spicy (or dijon) mustard and sharp cheddar cheese to it for breakfast. Everyone else was skeptical of it, but I seriously loved it. It was cheesy and crispy and tangy and just the right amount of gooey and saucy. I still love it even as an adult AND I actually keep my kitchen stocked with more food than I will ever need. Now though, I use Sriracha too, and I make it into a sandwich. It’s the best, and you need to try it ASAP! The sauces make it more flavorful and tangy and just add to it in general. Plus it keeps it from being dry which is a big plus if you’re out of tomato soup. I made this today for lunch. Even though it’s not gluten free. But after a trip, and our kitchen being totally empty (go figure), it was either this or canned soup, and this seemed like the lesser of two evils. So I made it! And now I am sharing it with you, so you can also make it! It’s so good, I didn’t even bother with a plate. I just devoured it. Here’s the printable recipe card! I...
A Traditional Diet Approach

A Traditional Diet Approach

I’ve been having some serious health issues, unfortunately. I’ve had tension headaches every other day, my joints have been aching to the point where I can barely walk when I get up in the morning, I’ve been super tired, my nose always seems stuffy, and in other words, I’m just not well. And as you can imagine, after a few weeks, it’s starting to get old. I finally cracked and went to the doctor to rule out an infection, and everything came back normal. So I went to an herbalist, and I’m now doing a bunch of herbal infusions and have an herbal tincture. Hopefully it starts to help. I’ve also decided to change up my diet. I’ve been trying to cut out processed foods slowly for a long time. But I’m going to get serious about it. And I’m going to cut down on grains and dairy as well and see if it helps me to feel any better. I bought the book Practical Paleo and so far I really like it. I don’t necessarily agree with everything about the Paleo diet, and I definitely don’t want to totally eliminate dairy. However, it has helped me to gather some ideas about a more whole foods/traditional diet and sort of gave me the push I needed. If you’re interested in learning more about the diet, I highly suggest you check it out. It’s got all kinds of information and charts, and then 30 day meal plans for different sorts of ailments or for weight loss or detox, and then even more recipes in the back half. I am going...
Taco Chili

Taco Chili

I tend to make things up as I go. It’s a refined skill, really. In life, I use the skill when I forgot to study for a test or get into an argument that I don’t know much about. And in the kitchen I use it every day. I never measure anything, ever. I just kind of spice it and taste it and then adjust. Sometimes when I’m looking for something to eat for dinner, I get really lazy and don’t bother to read recipes. So I just make it up as I go along. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. Thankfully this one worked out because I was super hungry. It usually works out. Otherwise nothing would be able to be posted on this blog because they’d all be filed in my kitchen failures file! I didn’t make it with meat, because I’m lazy and my ex-vegetarian self probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. However, if you’re a meat person, you could brown some meat before you add your onions and then follow the recipe from there! I will warn you that if you’re looking for something fancy, this is not the recipe for you. It’s super fast and simple, and perfect for a weeknight! Here’s the printable recipe card! Taco Chili Recipe Type: Soup and Stew Cuisine: American Author: Sam (Sizzling Mess) Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive or avocado oil 1- 28 oz can tomato sauce (or 2 regular cans) 1 package frozen corn 2 cans beans (any kind) 1 can white hominey 1 tomato, diced (or can of diced tomatoes) 1 small onion, diced 2...