Super Oatmeal Muffins

I've been meaning to share this recipe for months now, but things have been a little crazy around here with a new baby!

Anyway, I absolutely love this muffin recipe because you get to choose how healthy they are and can adjust flavors/add-ins as you please! 

My boys loved these and I loved that they were actually eating something healthy. And a few chocolate chips never hurt anybody, right? ;)


Super Oatmeal Muffins
Adapted from And Then We Saved
Yields: 12 muffins
1 cup milk
1 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1 egg (or 1/4 cup of mashed banana)
1/4 cup oil (or 1/4 cup oil)
1 cup flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup chocolate chips, optional

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
2. In a small bowl, combine milk and oats. Soak for 15 minutes.
3. In a separate bowl, beat together egg and oil; stir in oatmeal mixture.
4. In a third bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients, just until combined. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups until cups are 2/3 full.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.

Biscuits with Mushroom Gravy

 I'm a big fan of classic biscuits and gravy, but when I saw the idea of adding mushrooms to the sauce, I knew I had to try it!
This gravy is such a fun change for any mushroom lover, like me, and it will be a definite hit for your family!
The gravy is served on top of my absolute favorite biscuits that are so easy to make and the best crowd pleaser.
These biscuits with mushroom gravy would be perfect for Christmas morning breakfast and also for lunch or dinner! ;)

Biscuits with Mushroom Gravy
1 batch buttery drop biscuits
8 oz. mushrooms, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
salt to taste

1. Melt butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and stir to coat. Saute mushrooms for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until cooked and softened.
2. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in flour until dissolved. Gradually stir in milk. Cook gravy until thick and bubbly. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add more salt if desired. Serve over hot biscuits.

My Favorite Things: A Holiday Gift Guide 2016

I'm here to kick off another of my "favorite things" gift guide. I put one together last year and had a lot of fun doing it. Here are some things that I own and love and a few I'm putting on my wish list!

FOR THE FOODIE

1. Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker: If you haven't noticed by now, pressure cookers are making a major comeback! And they're not the scary, could-possibly-explode stovetop ones anymore. They're electric and so easy to use! I got one for my birthday and I've had so much fun trying it out. You can make ANYTHING in them and quickly, too. Soups, whole chickens, a roast, meat dishes, veggies, yogurt and even dessert! The Instapot seems to be the crowd favorite, but I got this one for $70 at Kohl's and love it.
2. OXO Good Grips Silicone Cookie Spatula: I got a couple of these as a wedding gift years ago and they are my favorite spatulas. Not only are they perfect for scooping cookies up off the baking sheet, but they work great to flip pancakes, french toast, eggs and are great with ceramic pans.
3. Tramontina Ceramic-Reinforced Nonstick Fry Pans: Speaking of ceramic pans, I've been wanting some forever now and at $30 for 3 pans, these are awesome! I've loved them so far because they are the easiest pans to clean and they cook food so evenly. Make sure to read the instructions on how to care for them to be sure they'll last!
4. Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons: I've recently switched over to using stainless steel cups and spoons for measuring and I love them! You get an even measure every time and they can't melt on the dishwasher drying element or break like the plastic ones. ;) Plus they're pretty. Win-win.

FOR THE ARTSY ONE
1. Citrus on Black Print: This is a print I had wanted forever and my husband finally bought it for me for my birthday. Isn't it the prettiest photograph? It looks perfect in our kitchen! It's a digital download and can be printed up to a 24x32" poster size. The artist also created one with a white backdrop. They're both so awesome!
2. Sharpie Pens: I got these for Christmas last year and love them. I use them primarily for journal writing and the best part is they don't bleed through the page! It's fun to use something other than a black pen to write with once in a while. And the price can't be beat!
3. Umbra Hangit Photo Display: This right here is my new favorite piece of artwork. I wanted something to hang 4x4" prints of my Instagram photos that I could rotate often and I found the perfect solution. It's now my favorite thing to look at in my home. You can connect your Instagram account on Walgreen's photo website and they'll print the 4x4" photos for you. And don't forget to check for a coupon, they always have 'em!
4. Chatbooks with Rifle Paper Co.: We all know by now that Chatbooks are the thing to have when it comes to making your Instagram account a keepsake, but this year, Rifle Paper Co. has collaborated with them and the books are GORGEOUS. Rifle is amazing every time. These would make the best gift, too!

FOR THE BEAUTY GURU
1. NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder: I like to keep things simple when it comes to makeup, but I couldn't believe how much I loved this stuff. I've never filled my eyebrows before, but a little bit of this powder gives them so much more definition. And not in an overdone way at all. It's crazy how spotty eyebrows seem without it. It stays on all day and comes off super easy at night. Love it!
2. NYX Eyeshadow Base: I saw this on a blog one day and was intrigued. It seems weird to put white on your eyelid before you put on eyeshadow, but man does it make your eyeshadow last so much longer. And the colors pop more, too! It only takes a little bit to do the job and you'll love the results.
3. NSPA Exotically Creamy Coconut Rich Body Butter: I got a little sample of this and am in love! It is so moisturizing and has the BEST smell ever. It is also sold on Amazon (for more than double the price), but you'll get it faster.
4. Tiny Letter Initial Ring: I bought a couple of these with my boy's initials on 'em and love the simplicity of them! There are 4 different finishes to choose from and you can't beat $13 for a custom sterling silver ring!

MY WISH LIST
1. Quarter Sheet Pans: I barely found out these existed and I'm so excited to get me some. There are so many times when I want to warm up or cook something small in the oven and all I need is a little pan. Enter these quarter sheet pans. Brilliant!
2. The I Heart Naptime Cookbook: I recently started following this blog and Jamielyn's cookbook looks amazing! So many family-friendly, easy and delicious looking meals! Can't wait to get my copy!
3. The Pioneer Woman Collection: I love the Pioneer Woman and her product line at Walmart is beautiful! So many pretty dishes, cookware, bakeware, etc. This floral one has always been a favorite and she comes out with a new line every few months. Be sure to check out her new holiday collection!
4. Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Round Dutch Oven: I have wanted an enameled dutch oven for years, but have never wanted to dish out the dough. Then the other day I was walking through Sam's Club and found this beauty. Only $40! And it comes in so many great colors. So excited to get this and start putting it to use!

And there you have it, another fun gift guide! Hope you can find something for your friends, family or even yourself!

*This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

Baked "Fried" Chicken

I have had this chicken recipe for a while now and now having made it several times, it is still one of my favorites. I'm not big into frying food at home so when I found this recipe for baked "fried" chicken, I had to try it. There are so many fun techniques to make this chicken seem "fried" and it tastes amazing!
The melted butter in the bottom of the pan is really what puts it over the edge. I've never had chicken quite like this and it goes perfect with any side, especially mashed potatoes. The best part is, you don't even need a sauce to dip it in. It's that good!

Baked “Fried” Chicken
Slightly Adapted from Carlsbad Cravings
10 chicken tenderloins
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup flour
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup cornmeal
3 Tbsp. butter
Spice Mixture
1 Tbsp. salt it won't taste salty
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. smoked or regular paprika
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder

1. Mix spices together in a small sealable bag. Add 1 tablespoon spices, 1 cup buttermilk and chicken to a large freezer bag and marinate 6-24 hours. Store remaining spices.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (foil will NOT work because the chicken sticks to it). Add butter to baking sheet and melt in oven while it preheats. Remove baking sheet once butter is melted.
3. Mix together flour, panko, cornmeal and remaining spices in a large bowl. Add half of this breading mixture to a large freezer bag.
4. Remove chicken tenders from buttermilk and allow excess marinade to drip off.
5. Add half of the chicken to the breadcrumb bag and shake until well coated, pressing the breadcrumbs into the chicken with your fingers through the bag. Lay breaded chicken in butter on baking sheet. Add remaining breadcrumb mixture to bag along with remaining chicken and repeat.

6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden then carefully flip chicken and bake another 5 minutes. Then broil to desired crispiness.

Mexican Street Corn Salsa

I know that this is more of a summer side dish, but this post is LONG overdue. We have honestly made this about 4 times in the past few months and it is a new family favorite. I tried a couple of different recipes and this one, with some tweaks, is the best. My husband requests that we make it all of the time and it is so easy to throw together!

While I've never had a Mexican-style corn on the cob, the flavor combination always sounded good to me so I decided to give it a try. Let's just say I was not disappointed! So much flavor and the best part is you could have this year round! It would be the perfect addition to any party and you won't even feel bad if you eat the entire bowl yourself!

Mexican Street Corn Salsa
Adapted from Chef in Training
3 cups fresh, canned or frozen corn
1 Tbsp. oil
15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 fresh small jalapeño, finely diced and seeds removed
3 Tbsp. chopped red onion
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbled cotija or feta cheese
1 cup avocado, cut into small cubes, optional

Dressing:
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3/4 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

1. Heat oil over medium heat, Add corn and cook until corn starts to char, stirring occasionally, about 8-10 minutes. Let cool.
2. Combine corn, black beans, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro and cheese in a large bowl and gently toss.
3. Combine all dressing ingredients and mix well. Pour over salad and gently toss. Serve room temperature or refrigerated with tortilla chips.