Messes & Successes…..

So on Sunday I decided to spend the afternoon in the kitchen, I had some very ambitious things laid out to do…….in hinds sight, when it is so hot that my house already can not seem to cool down below 77 until like 3am I would NOT recommend using the oven and the stove for like 4 hours! HAHA… kitchen thermometer said it was 84 in my kitchen…yikes!!!! There were some huge kitchen messes, 1 recipe that turned out to be a mess and some successes….so here we go!
Let’s start with the finale…….I made the Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Parm, which is always amazing! This slow cooked sauce has such a wonderful sweet flavor in the end! You can find her recipe HERE!

Next up I was in the kitchen so long we desperately needed a snack which gave me the opportunity to try out a recipe I have seen a few times. It is so easy it can not even be called a recipe…….
You need to make small piles on a greased sheet of Parmesan (2 tablespoons)

Then put this in a 350′ oven for 6 minutes, let these cool and you will have these rich, salty yummy crispy Parmesan appetizers! YUMM! You MUST try this today!

Moving on to dessert……I decided to combine 2 separate desserts and ultimately it did not work but all these components work great separately! I made these meringue cups from Melissa D’Arabian and they were so good!!!!! These are called Pavlova’s………Here is my shiny meringue…

This is the final product below and they do take awhile to bake. Overall this recipe took about 1 1/2 hours! To see her Food Network recipe click HERE!

Where did I go wrong? Well, instead of filling it with Berries like Melissa did on her show I saw a Pioneer Woman recipe for a Peach Basil sauce and I added that instead! It didn’t work (trust me)……………. you love my paper plates? Who wants to wash a million dishes? not me!

The Pioneer Woman made Peach Basil sauce this to go over Ice Cream and that is something I need to try! This was so unique and good you will love it! To see this recipe click HERE!

Lastly, I decided to make Homemade Orange Scones for breakfast and for Matt to take to work with him. Come to think of it, he hasn’t mentioned to me if anyone liked them?! I sure hope so!
I used yet another Pioneer Woman recipe for her Maple Scones but I instead added Orange Zest and made a homemade orange glaze!
For the Scones:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled
1/4 cup pecans, plus more for sprinkling if desired
1 large egg
3/4 cup heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

First, mix together your flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Then drop in your chilled butter, cut into small cubes. Then using a pastry cutter blend in the butter until it looks like sand. This is when I added 2 tablespoons of Orange Zest!

Next add your wet ingredients to this and mix well……….

Put the whole ball of dough onto your cutting board and roll it out until it looks similar to this. You will then cut it into 8 slices… pizza! You will bake these for 22-26 minutes….DO not let them get brown!

For my glaze I used about 2 cups powder sugar, 2 tablespoons of OJ and orange zest! Mix until it forms a glaze…….add more or less of the sugar and OJ to get to where you like it! Glaze them when cool!

They were yummy!! WHEW! I am tired just making this post! Hope you will enjoy some of these random recipes!


  1. Jodie
    July 19, 2011 / 3:08 pm

    I want to lick the screen, everything looks so good!! (haha) I'm so gonna try that snack idea!! Thanks!!

  2. Leah
    July 19, 2011 / 4:45 pm


  3. Becky
    July 19, 2011 / 4:47 pm

    You are so brave! I wish I had your abilities in the kitchen.

  4. You Can't Spell Practical Without Traci
    July 19, 2011 / 8:06 pm

    Looks delicious!

  5. Caroline
    July 19, 2011 / 9:21 pm

    1-I LOVE parmesan crisps!2- I made a pavlova for some culture assignment when I was in the 5th or 6th grade I think. I just remember hating it so much – I'm not a huge meringue fan – but it seems like something my boyfriend would really love, so maybe I out to give it another shot. 3- Those scones look delicious!! In Utah what they call scones are really fry bread – so if you're even in a restaurant hoping for a sweet biscuity treat you're more likely to end up with something more like an elephant ear/funnel cake!

  6. Mariel
    July 21, 2011 / 4:33 pm

    I love the parmesan Crisps!!!!

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