Buffalo Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

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Three out of all five of the recipes I’ve done have been Buffalo Chicken recipe’s. Clearly we enjoy Buffalo Chicken in this house and this one didn’t even start off as a Buffalo Chicken recipe, the original pin was for Ranch Chicken Pizza.

It looked fairly doable, even though I haven’t made my own pizza in years and this was a really easy recipe that doesn’t actually make you start from scratch. (that’s above and beyond my pizza making skills)

Ingredients:

1 tube Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust (I don’t think we have that in Canada, at least I couldn’t find it anywhere, so I just used a bag of pre-made dough from my local grocery store)

1/2 cup light ranch dressing

1 package of cream cheese (3oz) (it specifies “Neufchatel” cream cheese in the original recipe, but I’d never even heard of that brand so I bought some light Philly. I didn’t really know how much 3 oz was, so I just cut off 1/3 of the stick)

2 tbsp tomato paste

Chicken Breast cooked and shredded

3 green onions, sliced (I just cut up as much as I wanted, didn’t actually measure it)

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (I never measure cheese out. Ever)

Bacon bits (I actually cooked up my own bacon for this, it’s so worth the extra 10-15 mins of prep time)

Hot sauce (The original recipe doesn’t call for this, but everything is better with some RedHot and that’s what makes it a Buffalo Chicken pizza)

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray (I didn’t do this. I have a stone rectangular pizza tray that I just dusted with flour) Spread dough onto baking sheet and press down to form crust.

2. Bake for 8 minutes.

3. Mix up the ranch, tomato paste, cream cheese and hot sauce.

4. After the crust is done, spread with sauce and add the other toppings (chicken, bacon, green onions and cheese)

5. Bake for another 8 mins. (I had to bake it for another 25 mins. I think my dough was way too thick and I used a lot of toppings so it wasn’t cooking as thoroughly)

6. Slice and eat.

 

This was really really good.

It was a lot of prep making the bacon and cooking the chicken (because usually I would’ve been done making dinner after those steps), but it was worth it. It was a delicious pizza.
I’m not sure if the cream cheese was supposed to still be chunky in the sauce, but that’s how mine ended up. However, getting a little glob of cream cheese in a bite with bacon and bacon fried chicken was amazing. Even my toddler ate like 5 whole bites before throwing it across the room at the dogs. (That’s a positive dinner experience in our house)

In hindsight though I would cook the bacon less before putting it on the pizza because I definitely didn’t factor in the baking it would do in the oven, but burnt bacon is still bacon.

Anyways here’s the original link’s beautiful pizza:

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And here’s what we ate:

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Crockpot Cheesy Buffalo Chicken & Rice

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I haven’t done any groceries in about 2 weeks.
I’ve run to the store for milk like 3 times but I haven’t had enough motivation to do a full shop so my fridge and cupboards are pretty bare. I either had to go grocery shopping alone with my 16 month old today, or I had to find something to make out of the scarce amount of items I did have.

So I took to Pinterest and found a pin for this Crockpot Buffalo Chicken. It looked pretty good, but because I didn’t have a couple of the ingredients, I just used it as inspiration to create what I now call Crockpot Cheesy Buffalo Chicken & Rice.

That’s right. My own creation! Maybe I am turning into a domestic diva…

Ingredients

Chicken Breasts (Luckily I had two of these hanging out in the back of my freezer, I know they’re not that old because I feel like I just cleaned that thing out)

Hot Sauce (I used Franks Red Hot because, quite frankly, I do put that shit on everything and it’s always in my “sauce door”. I didn’t actually measure it, but if I had to eye it out I’d say it was probably 1/4 cup)

Ranch Dressing (I had about 1/3 of a bottle left so I just used the rest of it, again not sure of the measurement probably around 1/2 cup) 

Rice (You could use 1 cup of any kind of cooked rice but I used a package of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice in Creamy Cheddar Cheese)

Shredded Cheese (about 1/2 cup, but there’s really no limit to the amount of cheese a dish should have. Everything’s always better with cheese.)

Instructions

1. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the crockpot

2. Mix up ranch and hot sauce and pour over chicken

3. Cover and let the chicken cook on low for a few hours (I probably cooked it for about 6 but my chicken was frozen)

4. Shred the chicken once cooked

5. Add cooked rice (or the pre-packaged pre-cooked stuff like me) and shredded cheese and mix it up. Turn off the crockpot and let it sit for 2-3 mins.

5. Serve it up.

I didn’t take a picture of this one, wasn’t sure I was going to blog about it and by the time I had decided too, it had been devoured. This dish will definitely be made again and probably within a few weeks. I’ll update this post with a pic when I do.

If I can pull this one off without royally f’ing it up anyone can. Trust me.

Oh and it pairs well with a nice Cabernet Sauvignon 😉
(I don’t actually know this. It’s just pretty much all I ever have on hand)

Cheers!

The Lazy Domestic Diva

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So I really let myself go there…
I didn’t do anything Pinterest worthy for over a week. We ordered take out for 4 days in a row, went out for dinner twice, watched a few movies, caught up on a couple shows and drank a bunch of wine (tis the season).

I really suck at this domestic stuff, especially when I’m trying to blog about it.

This past weekend we pawned the tiny tyrant off on my in-laws and had a wonderful child-free weekend.
I thought I would get a lot done. There’s a lot of cleaning to do around here, plus I had some Pinterest projects in my head that I wanted to work on and I still haven’t finished my Christmas shopping.
Instead, we acted like a couple of teenagers whose parents were gone for the weekend. Stayed up way too late and drank way too much, but we had such a good time alone together that we’ve decided to do it once a month and the grandparents are more than happy to take our minion overnight.

So, because I’ve done next to nothing for over a week I thought I’d just put up a super simple post to get me back into the swing of things.

Since we have copious amounts of empty wine bottles around here (I do solemnly swear that we are not alcoholics or irresponsible parents – most of the time) and I just purchased chalkboard paint, I figured I’d put the two together.

I didn’t get this from a pin, it was born out of sheer laziness to attempt anything else and desperation to put up another post sooner rather than later.

Necessities:

Wine Bottles
Chalkboard Paint

Instructions:

1. Empty out wine bottles (you can always call on me if you need help with this step)

2. Wash bottles and let them dry

3. Apply a coat of chalkboard paint and let dry for an hour

4. Apply another coat and let dry for 24 hours before writing on the surface

5. Scribble away on your new chalkboard bottles

That’s it, probably doesn’t even need 5 steps, I’m just trying to make it look official.

I went on Pinterest after to see what other people were doing with wine bottles and chalkboard paint and most of them link up to cute ideas for centrepieces for weddings and stuff like that.

I made one up to include a menu, you could place it on the table if hosting a dinner or something…maybe…I don’t know.
I honestly have no idea what the hell I’m going to do with these now, but they were fun for a minute or two.

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Day 10: Chalkboard Chargers

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I had a list of items on my list for my craft run the other day and at the very top was chalkboard paint. There are like about a bajillion things you can do with chalkboard paint. Chalkboard walls, cupboards, tables, serving trays, old frames, glassware, the possibilities are endless!

I went into Michaels knowing I wanted chalkboard paint, not having the slightest clue what I was going to do with it, but something was going to turn into a chalkboard.
I had to check out their Christmas stuff, you know their stuff is overpriced when it’s always marked down. (Every time I go in there everything’s like 30-60% off but it doesn’t really seem like a deal because the regular price is ridiculous) I found a couple of chargers that happened to be on sale and reasonable ($3.50 each) and I knew I’d find a pin for something crafty to do with them (so I bought two).

I found a pin of a picture for inspiration, but didn’t really find a step by step tutorial. It seemed easy enough to attempt it by myself, and considering I usually make up or skip most of the steps anyways I thought I’d just make up my own.

Necessities

Charger of any colour or shape
Chalkboard Paint (I bought Martha Stewart’s brand. Figured it had to be good)
Paint Brush
Chalk
Plate stand (I got mine from the dollar store)

Instructions:

1. Paint the centre of the charger with the chalkboard paint. Do two coats but let dry for about an hour in between, after the second coat let it dry for 24 hours before attempting to draw on it. (As per the instructions on the bottle I used, which I didn’t really follow, I don’t think I let it dry enough in between coats and the end result was cracking chalkboard paint. Either that or the surface of the charger didn’t agree with it)

2. Chalk it up!

That’s it. That’s my big tutorial!

Here was the picture I used for inspiration because I bought the exact same charger (they did a Christmas countdown version):

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Here’s my masterpiece (I decided to forgo the bow because I have no idea how to tie one):

I used this picture for the quote inspiration.
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I made two, but the gold one’s blackboard surface came out a lot more crackly than the red one, so I let my little guy have it. He loves it. It’s not overly hideous so I can just leave it in the middle of the coffee table for him to play with as he pleases. (Thankfully chalk is a hell of a lot easier to get off other random surfaces than crayon or marker is.)

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There ya have it. Incredibly easy and not that time consuming.
I was even thinking about doing more of these to use as place settings since something possessed me to volunteer to host my family’s Christmas dinner this year…

This paint is an amazing invention. I can’t wait to find more shit to turn into chalkboards!

Day 8/9: DIY Christmas Decor: Noel Sign

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Honestly these Supermom bloggers that somehow find the time to cook amazing meals, keep the house completely impeccable, give their kids sensory and educational play time, make adorably crafty knickknacks, maintain a good relationship with their husbands AND blog about it all are full of it. I’m convinced there is no way anyone can keep this up unless they’re robots or on some good drugs.
I managed to do some crafty crap last night – just ran out of time to blog about it. I like to think I’m normal and not just a complete slacker because I chose to spend the last 2 hours of my night engorging myself on Peanut M&M’s and watching a hockey game with the hubby.

Anyways, I have a TON of Christmas crafts pinned. I really love this time of year and it seems like if you’re going to try to find your crafty side there’s no better time than now. I always go to craft sales and think “Why would I spend money on that when I could just make it”. I find people overvalue their “crafts”. They’re really just cashing in on our laziness. Usually these crafts don’t cost that much to make (unless you shop at Michael’s) and how hard can it really be (depending on what it is of course)…

I’ve seen a few of these types of signs at craft sales priced around $25 and apparently Pottery Barn had something similar one year (I can only imagine how overpriced that one was).
So I decided to try and recreate it with the help of this pin.

I trucked my toddler to Michael’s and two different Dollar Stores to find some craft supplies. I was buying for a couple of other crafty pins I have in mind and I didn’t want to buy stuff from Michael’s that I knew I could get for a buck or two (the mark up on their stuff is ridiculous!).
That errand run in itself was a chore, my kid is teething and bringing him anywhere right now is like going out with Jekyll and Hyde, you never know who you’re going to get. Plus he just wants to touch and grab everything. It’s exhausting.
Once I got home and tranquillized him put him to bed. I got to work.

Noel Sign Necessities:

Letters (I’m sure you can use wood, cardboard, MDF or anything else paintable. I found wood ones at the Dollar Store for a buck each. Obviously you need an N, an O, an E, and an L)
Acrylic Paint (Brown and Red) (You could use any colour or type you want but I would strongly recommend the acrylic. I messed that up because I thought I had some at home, however all I had was my son’s Tempra paint. Which looks like crap when it dries)
Glitter (This wasn’t called for in the original link but I think everything Christmasy looks better with some glitter tossed on it somewhere)
Paint Brushes

Instructions:

1. Paint the Letters first with the brown and while they are still tacky go over them with the red. (I didn’t do brown and red because at first I didn’t really care for the “faux wood” look or whatever. I chose red and then mixed in a bit of black to make it a darker shade)

2. Blend, add some more paint, smudge with a paper towel. Just mess around with it and let dry once complete.
(I didn’t do any of this, I just had one matte colour. Instead of following this step I added my bling to the O. I painted it, waited till it got tacky then sprinkled glitter all over it.)

3. Once your letters are completely dry, arrange them as you’d like and glue them together.
(I used awesome gold glitter hot glue that I found at the dollar store – because I’m super crafty like that – but it doesn’t matter because you can’t see it anyways)

4. Once your glue is set, put up a couple nails and you’re good to go.

Here is the original link’s beautiful version (which I now wish I had followed step by step):

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And here’s how mine turned out:

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It looks even worse because I didn’t use the right paint. I’m debating about picking up some acrylic and going over the letters again. I really don’t like the matte finish.
My letters are smaller because I got them at the dollar store, so it looks a little insignificant in the spot I currently have it:

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Overall I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. I know I couldn’t get $25 for it. (I take back what I said earlier, clearly this stuff takes a talent that I do not possess.)

Despite my lack of crafty skills, this week will be the week of Christmas crafts. I’ve decided.

Day 7: Closet Overhaul

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I didn’t cook dinner tonight and didn’t feel like doing anything crafty today so I was stuck for ideas on what to attempt for this blog – what can I say, it’s Monday.

This morning was spent entertaining my son and perusing my usual websites but this afternoon (during nap-time), I decided I’d try to tackle my closet. Hubby just purged a bunch of stuff from his this weekend, and it kind of made me feel guilty about my unruly side of the closet. I haven’t done a clothes purge in years, I still have things from high school in there and I’m almost 30.

So since I didn’t do a specific pin, I’m just making a last ditch attempt to make sure I don’t have an empty post! I also am beginning to think I completely overshot my abilities when I thought I could keep with this blog thing daily…

Anyways, I had this closet purge flow chart picture pinned, it’s really blunt and I always knew it would come in handy whenever I decided to try scale down my wardrobe. (I have enough clothes that I could put off doing laundry for a month)

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So that’s it. I cleaned out my closet. The picture definitely came in handy, I did manage to get rid of almost 40 items.
Hubby filled 5 big garbage bags of clothing to donate and I’ve only come up with one…so far.
I still have to tackle my dresser, the spare room closet, the 3 laundry baskets beside my bed, and two shelves and a row in my son’s walk in closet at some point…

Baby steps.

I found the Buzzfeed post titled “34 Ingenious Ways to De-clutter Your Life”, that this pic originally came from. It’s got some pretty good ideas in there. My whole house could use a Pinterest inspired organizational makeover, but that’s a lot of work and I never remember these ideas when the inspirational burst to do something productive hits me.

Well that’s it for Day 7.

I need bed.
And a better idea for tomorrow.

Day 6: Turkey Burgers

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In all honesty I didn’t really feel like doing a pin today. I had picked this one out this morning – when I had more energy – now that it’s dinnertime, I’d rather curl up on the couch and enjoy another night of takeout. However, that would leave me with another blank blog post and we can’t have that.
I know how lazy I am, I don’t need everyone else to know either.

I chose these Turkey Burgers because all I had for meat in the freezer was ground turkey, they didn’t seem too hard, and again, I try to choose recipes where I already have most of the ingredients.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp of butter (or canola oil)
1/2 C finely chopped celery
3 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and diced (I only used one and didn’t bother peeling it)
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
4 lbs ground turkey meat  (I only had 1 lb of ground meat, so I’m trying to tweak where I can to account for that, but my past experiences have me doubting my abilities…)
2 tbsp salt (I didn’t have any normal salt because I used all I had in my cupboard for my salt dough ornaments, so I just used ground rock sea salt)
1 tbsp pepper
2 tsp tabasco sauce (I used Franks RedHot Xtra Hot)
1 lemon juiced and zested (I didn’t have an actual lemon, just a bottle of lemon juice)
1/2 bunch parsely, chopped (I never have this stuff on hand so I just omitted it)
1/4 cup Major Grey’s Chutney (Didn’t have this either, instead I used peach jam…not sure how that’ll turn out)

Instructions:

1. Dice the celery, apple and green onions. (I need to add this step, I always forget to do the prep stuff for some reason)

2. Sauté the celery, apples and green onions in butter till tender. Let cool. (I accidentally ended up browning everything. I didn’t exactly let things cool either, but my meat was still half frozen so I figured they would cancel each other out. In hindsight, I really shouldn’t keep trying to write the posts as I’m actually trying to do the cooking or crafting. There’s too much of an opportunity for mishap)

3. Place the ground turkey in a large bowl and add the sauteed items and remaining ingredients. (I added about a cup of breadcrumbs to try and bind the meat a little better even though the recipe didn’t call for it. I also forgot the hot sauce until after I made the meat mix into patties. So I had to scrap them all, add the sauce, and redo them)

4. Refrigerate for 2 hours (Now I don’t know exactly how important this step is. The recipe says it’s pretty imperative to get the mix to firm up. However I neglected to read this step when I chose the pin. So now, because I left things till 7:00 to start, I don’t have time for that. I put them in the freezer for 20 mins instead…)

5. Season the turkey burgers with salt and pepper. (I added the S&P to the mix because that’s what I thought you were supposed to do when it said “add remaining ingredients”. Since it’s not super clear on that, I didn’t add any more. I learned about how terrible over-seasoning is when you don’t have enough meat, from my balsamic chicken fail)

6. Place on preheated, lightly oiled grill. Grill each side for 7 mins until meat is thoroughly cooked. (This is where my hubby comes in, the grill is his domain. I did give him specific instructions, but if this really goes sideways I’ll just blame him and his grilling techniques)

7. Let sit for 5 mins and serve on your favourite toasted bread, pita or hamburger bun, with your  chosen toppings. (We put ours on toasted hamburger buns. I topped mine with brie cheese, hubby went with marble, and we both had barbecue sauce) 

Honestly when I started dinner tonight I thought for sure we’d have to toss it and end up ordering out again. I was expecting the worst since there were a couple ingredients I omitted, my math on tweaking ingredients for the amount of meat I have doesn’t usually work out for me, and I didn’t follow the instructions to a T, but these were surprisingly delicious!
I’d attempt these again. Hubby really liked them too, but he wasn’t the biggest fan of the celery, so either I’d try to dice it a little more or just leave it out next time. (I enjoyed it for the added crunchy texture)

Here’s the beautiful burger from the original blog post:
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I’m really glad this one didn’t end up as a complete fail and that it was actually edible, otherwise I’d never hear the end of it from my smart-ass spouse.

Now…where’s that damn wine.