BBQ Chicken Sandwich & Homemade Potato Salad

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BBQ Chicken Sandwich Ingredients:

  • Package of thawed chicken (however much you want to make)
  • BBQ Sauce (Your favorite and however much will satisfy your BBQ taste buds)
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • Hamburger buns
  • Pickles (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a slow cooker, pour the chicken broth and cook the chicken in it on the 8 hour low setting. It will not take an entire 8 hours to cook, but probably 5 or 6.
  2. Once cooked, Remove any skin and bone if you did not use skinless and boneless chicken.
  3. Shred chicken using 2 forks.
  4. In a large bowl mix chicken with however much BBQ sauce you like. I will let you be the judge.
  5. Put a generous amount on your hamburger buns and eat away! I personally like to toast my bread and add pickles. But you make it however you like!

Potato Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • Mayo
  • Mustard
  • ½ onion
  • Handful dill pickle chips
  • 6-8 hard-boiled eggs
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Peel and dice the potatoes. The smaller the potato pieces the shorter time it takes for them to cook.
  2. Cook them in a pot of boiling salted water for about 10 minutes no longer. You want the potatoes to be soft but not too soft otherwise they will turn to mush.
  3. Boil eggs in pot of water for ten minutes after the water starts to boil.
  4. Drain potatoes and cool eggs before peeling.
  5. Chop the onion and pickles in a food processor. Then chop up the hard boiled eggs. You can remove the yolk if you like.
  6. Throw all ingredients in a large bowl. Add enough mustard and mayo to your liking and there you have it: homemade potato salad!
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Delicious BBQ Chicken Sandwich Lunch Served with Homemade Potato Salad & Sweet Tea ❤

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Brazilian Dessert <3

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This is my mom’s famous Brazilian Brigadeiro’s Recipe. It has been a traditional dessert custom from my mom’s side of the family in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are TOO DIE FOR. It only takes 4 simple ingredients and about an hour and a half to make. They are fattening but worth every calorie, I promise. (;

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  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 stick per can)
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder (or chocolate syrup)
  • Lots of sprinkles!
  • Candy/small cupcake wrappers

NOTE: This makes approximately 100 candies depending on the size you make them.

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, condensed milk and cocoa poweder or syrup. Cook over medium heat for about 20-25 minutes, turning the heat down to medium-low heat after about ten minutes or whenever the sauce starts to bubble vigorously.
  2. Stir consistently, the entire time, no breaks! To make sure you evenly cook the sauce mixture until it becomes a very thick paste. I suggest using a ceramic pot because then the mixture wont stick. But if you don’t have a ceramic pot, a regular one works just fine.
  3. After the sauce becomes a thick paste, remove from heat and let cool down for about 30-45 minutes. DO NOT cool in refrigerator. Let it cool down naturally.
  4. Now this step will take two people, one to make the balls and one to add the sprinkles. But this is totally capable of being a one man job. Just follow directions carefully! Separate all the candy wrappers and have them ready to insert the candies once they are sprinkled. You can set them on a large platter or plate, whatever you have that works.
  5. In a very large shallow bowl, pour all the sprinkles in it. Cover your hands with softened butter so you will be able to roll the mixture into balls. You can use and kind of greaser but butter works the best because its what you used to cook the candies with, so it wont change the flavor.
  6. After you butter your hands, use a small spoon to get a good amount of the dulce de leche mixture (that will fit in the candy wrapper) and roll it into a ball, then place it in the bowl of sprinkles. If you are doing this by yourself, do not start messing with the sprinkles until you have placed all of the candies in there, otherwise you will just make a big huge mess!
  7. Once you’ve finished rolling all the candies, cover them entirely with the sprinkles and place them in their designated wrapper. Then you’re done! I suggest putting them in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes to make them a little hard because they taste better in my opinion. Or if you just can’t wait then go ahead and eat them because they taste good regardless! (:

Happy Holidays 2012

This year, instead of the traditional seasonal greeting Card, my mother and I decided to
get all dressed up and pretty to make a Holiday Video to share with all  our friends and family.
We want to wish everybody a very happy holidays from us!

Merry Christmas (English), Feliz Natal (Portuguese), Feliz Navidad (Spanish), joyeux Noël (French),
frohe Weihnachten (German), buon Natale (Italian), merii kurisumasu (Japanese),
felix dies Nativitatis (Latin), vesele vianoce (Slovak), god jul (Swedish).

Bacon Grilled Cheese

Bacon Mozzarella Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup To Perfection.

Bacon Mozzarella Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup To Perfection.

It’s raining here in Lake City, FL. So I thought it was the perfect weather to eat a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. But I don’t want just a traditional “bread and cheese” grilled cheese, I’m looking for something with a little more “Ooomph”. Recipe research is something that I do quite often, therefore I looked online and came across the most satisfying-looking grilled cheese sandwich ever; It has bacon in it. EVERYBODY loves bacon, am I right? It’s supposed to have a sliced tomato on it too, but I left that out because I decided to make tomato soup instead. The recipe was not included, it was just a delicious looking picture that I saved. You don’t have to be a chef to know how to make grilled cheese! So here’s the recipe I made up on my own. I hope yours will be as appetizing as mine was.

Ingredients:

  • Softened Butter
  • 2 Slices of Bread
  • However much Cheese you Like (I used 4 pieces because I LOVE cheese)
  • However many Slices of Bacon you like (I didn’t use that much because I’m pregnant)
  • Small Can of Tomato Soup

Directions:

  1. Cook your bacon.
  2. Prepare the soup according to directions.
  3. Butter your bread.
  4. Put one piece of bread (buttered-side down) in frying pan on medium-high heat.
  5. Layer with cheese and cooked bacon.
  6. Put other piece of bread on top (buttered-side up).
  7. Flip sandwich.
  8. Cook until cheese is melted of bread is browned.

Halfway There!

FINALLY, I have finally finished half of the classes that I need to graduate! I feel so accomplished and motivated to continue my hard work so I can finish getting this diploma before Christmas (my personal due date). According to my transcript, I just need a half credit of English 3, a half credit of Liberal Arts Math, a half credit of Algebra 2, and a whole credit of Art Appreciation or any other elective. I chose Art appreciation because it sounds easy, I love art, and I’m not trying to make this difficult, I’m just trying to hurry up and graduate. I created a timeline document in Microsoft Excel to help me determine when I could expect to finish based on how many assignments I needed to do and how often I did them. I concluded that if I stay consistent with completing at least 10 assignments each week, I will be finished before Christmas! The feeling I have about getting my diploma is indescribable, especially because of everything that I’ve encountered in my young life and the situation as to why I did not graduate on time, which is very personal and prefer not to publicize. This has to be one of my greatest accomplishments so far in my life, and will continue to have accomplishments likewise to be proud of because I have BIG plans for my future.

Next after my diploma: Get a Federal Student Loan so I can attend college. I’m debating whether I want to do cosmetology right away, which I absolutely love and would have so much fun doing (and it would not take me more than a year to finish), or going ahead and getting a start on my graphic design degree. I have plenty of time between now and then to contemplate what I really want to do and what would be in my and my daughter’s best interest to do at that time. But again, I’m just brainstorming my options. I will get more detailed about it when I finish getting my diploma. I don’t want to overwhelm myself, and I need to focus on one task at a time because it is very easy for me to get side-tracked.

On another note, I was able to revive my garlic plants that (I thought) got demolished under the rocks that were thrown on them a few days ago. I moved the rocks out of the way and was able to find two that were buried; while one was successfully growing through the rocks and one was not growing at all. I talked to the plants that seemed a little withered because I know that plants are living cells that respond to us humans. So I talked to them to nurse them back to health and gave them water, so hopefully they will come back to life.

I’m really enjoying writing about my ideas, goals, and daily activities on a regular basis! This blogging has given me a new hobby and has helped me improve my writing skills as well as my vocabulary, which is helpful to me in many ways. I can apply this to my school, my work, and even in everyday life communicating with other people. I need to develop new writing skills anyways because ever since I have been out of school, I have not been doing so much reading and writing, which is a shame because I think it is very important to read and write, even outside of school. I can’t wait to bring my daughter into the world so I can teach her how to do all the amazing things that I know how to do that will help her in her future.

The next upcoming Holiday of the season is probably everybody’s favorite, Thanksgiving. I don’t really have any plans set in stone other than the traditional Turkey lunch and dinner. However, I might just do something a little different this year. I’m thinking about starting some kind of artsy project because I absolutely LOVE anything that has to do with art, drawing, writing, etc. I’m thinking of either starting a scrapbook for all the millions of pictures I have with no where to put them and the millions more to come, or making hair accessories for me and my little one; and maybe even other girls so I can make a little bit of money on the side. I’m not exactly sure yet, but I’m very excited about starting a project that will keep me occupied on days like this when I have nothing better to do.

I hope everybody has an amazing week and I will conclude this post with an inspirational quote. (:

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. -Lao Tzu