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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Frisco Breakfast Sandwich #BigBearintheKitchen

Frisco Breakfast Sandwich #BigBearintheKitchen






Happy Sunday Y'all! It's Super Bowl Sunday....which totally means nothing to me haha but I know that some of y'all are going crazy today! 

I've got something pretty awesome for y'all today (well, it's totally 100% awesome in my opinion!)! BigBear (my husband, Thomas) is going a guest post for me today! He made these Frisco Breakfast Sandwiches for us yesterday morning and wanted to share them with everyone! They were freakin' awesome! So I'm giving the blog over to him today! 
--Angie

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Good Morning Ya'll!  This is Big Bear doing a guest post, finally!!

Well I guess you can say that I've been apart of all aspects of the blog behind the scenes for the last six years, but this is my first attempt at the "hard part"..... what to say about food, other than "Look at the pictures"," they look awesome", "fix me and eat me".  

So that all being said, today's post is all about breakfast -- my first favorite meal followed by lunch and then dinner ha ha.  

Frisco Breakfast Sandwich #BigBearintheKitchen

These are a copy cat of the Frisco breakfast sandwiches that are sold by Hardee's. 

I remember when these were first released, my father and I would go get breakfast on the weekends and this was an instant favorite of mine.  Since they have been around forever it seems like it is a staple of mine for when I'm running late in the morning and need breakfast.  

Now as we all know, my darling wife is not a morning person, she never has and never will, except for when we're on vacation she's up before me.  After we were married I introduced this to her and it became an instant classic for her as well.



The other night, Angie and I were watching one of our recorded TV shows and a Hardee's commercial came on and she instantly said, "mmmm I want a Frisco breakfast sandwich."

Well that put a thought into my head, "man that sounds like a great idea."

Normally I work Saturday mornings however this week it was my weekend off and I decided that I would surprise Angie with breakfast.  After a few minutes of thought (well more like 30 seconds) I decided that I would make her breakfast instead of buying it!  

Frisco Breakfast Sandwich #BigBearintheKitchen

So like I said, I've been eating these for years and I know exactly what goes into one of these sandwiches!

 Off to the grocery store I went for my short list of ingredients since we actually already had most everything I needed to make these.  While at the grocery store I bumped into my dad who was doing his weekly grocery shopping on his way home from work.  

After we talked for a few minutes he asked what I was doing at the store this morning so I told him that I was making breakfast for Angie and what I was making; he was excited to see what I was coming up with!

Frisco Breakfast Sandwich #BigBearintheKitchen


These have to be one of the simplest things I have made in a long time.  These can be customized any way you like but I prefer the original.  

Sourdough bread, egg, cheese, and ham.  

I mean really, that's simple it all lays out and gets piled on top each other and BAM you're done.

Now lets talk about serving sizes for this awesome dish.  I used two slices of each type of cheese and a few slices of ham for each one.  I eat a lot of protein in my diet due to the excessive amount of physical activity I due each day at work and this is one reason I love this sandwich; It's packed with protein!

Frisco Breakfast Sandwich #BigBearintheKitchen

So all of those that follow us (Big Bear's Wife) on Facebook and Instagram may have already seen a sneak peak of this on our social media accounts!

Angie said it already (over on Instagram) but it was my idea to make an extra sandwich this morning for pictures so that I could finally get this delicious creation on the blog!

And here we go ladies and gentleman -- boys and girls of all ages may I present to you Big Bear's Frisco Breakfast sandwich.  

Enjoy and we look forward till the next time. 
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Frisco Breakfast Sandwich
 By: Angie Barrett - BigBearsWife.com
2/1/15
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Ingredients (For Each Sandwich)

2 slices sourdough bread
2 slices of sharp cheddar cheese
2 slices of thin sliced mozzarella cheese
2 oz honey smoked ham
2 eggs
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste

Directions 

First you need to toast the bread. I place a little butter in my frying pan on med/low heat and place the bread into the melted butter.  

This takes about 30-45 seconds so careful not to burn the toast.

Once the bread has toasted place it face down on your plate and place the cheese on to it.

I normally put one type on top and the other on the bottom of the sandwich. 

Now place the ham on top of these cheese.  The type of ham I used had a 2 oz serving size which was roughly 6 slices.

Now take the other tablespoon of butter and heat the skillet on med/low ( I used cast iron) so I was on the low side. 

Pour the eggs into the skillet like your going to make an omelet not like scrambled eggs.  

Once the eggs have firmed up around the edges start working it loose from the pan and flip. 

Now fold the eggs into a rectangle (or square) and place on top of the ham.

Add the 2nd piece of toasted bread to close the sandwich. 

The heat from the eggs should melt the cheese.  

I like to serve these with any type of hash brown or tater-tot.  



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I love it when BigBear gets excited about the blog and I love it when he surprises me with fantastic meals like this Frisco Breakfast Sandwich! Breakfast in bed is ALWAYS nice but a homemade Frisco Breakfast Sandwich breakfast in bed is even better! Hope y'all give Big Bear's Frisco Breakfast Sandwich a try! You're gonna love it!


Speaking of Big Bear... I HAD to share this photo of BigBear and our pup Jasper. haha I took it the other day when we were eating dinner and it was just perfect. Jasper loves to be our little "vulture". haha


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Friday, January 30, 2015

Ingredient Feature Friday: Chicken Wings - Chicken Wings 12 Different Ways

Ingredient Feature Friday: Chicken Wings -  Chicken Wings 12 Different Ways

Who are you cheering for? You do know that the Super Bowl is this weekend right? ;) Well, to be honest, I wouldn't have know it if it wasn't for Facebook. haha.

Ok, Ok, that's a lie but I'm totally not into it.

I don't keep up with sports and BigBear doesn't really watch too much Football so thankfully I don't have to suffer through endless games. ;)

This time last year we are were in Hawaii and we watched a tiny bit of the game after lunch (haha it was totally weird to be in a different time zone for the Super Bowl) but that at was about it.

However, even though I'm not into the whole sports part of the Super Bowl, it's a pretty good reason to eat. ;) And what's the best thing to have at a Football game, food wise? Chicken Wings!

Here are 12 pretty spectacular chicken wing recipes that you should probably definitely make this weekend! Ok, well maybe you shouldn't make them ALL but you should totally pick one of these recipes for Sunday!



Baked Buffalo Wings from The Kitchen is My Playground








Spicy Baked Hot Wings  from Muy Bueno Cookbook



Sticky Chicken Wings from Give Recipes


Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings  from Kiss My Smoke


Honey Sesame Chicken Wings from Give Recipes


Slow Cooker Chicken Wings from Cravings of a Lunatic


Sweet and Sour Garlic Chicken Wings  from Me (Big Bear's Wife)



Hope your favorite team wins! ;)


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Big Bear's Pizza Obsession and Pizza Hut's All New Flavors #flavorofnow

Pizza Hut's All New "Flavor of Now" Menu #flavorofnow


I may have won the battle of "Steak and Taters for Life" with BigBear and managed to somehow convince him that steamed spinach and chicken pineapple curry was just as scrumptious, but one thing that will never change is his love/obsession with pizza. And why would I want to change that. I mean come on, pizza is just plain good! Not to mention, I'm pretty sure that my husband has tomato sauce running through his veins. ;)

If I'm ever in question of what he wants for dinner, I can ALWAYS rely on "Pizza" being the correct answer.
He had pizza Saturday for dinner, he had pizza last night for dinner and he'll probably have pizza again tonight for dinner.

Now don't get me wrong, I love pizza too haha but he's got me beat!

Pizza Hut's All New "Flavor of Now" Menu #flavorofnow


When we lived out in the country (aka the middle of nowhere), we normally stocked up on frozen pizzas but since we've moved into the city we barely even see one of those anymore. Living in a "Pizza Delivery" area has opened the door wide open for my husband and he's not holding back!

When we first moved into our house it needed a bit of work done. We had to strip wallpaper, rip up old carpet, re-paint walls and refinish the floors. I was still in the process of packing up our old house and cleaning it up, so BigBear and his cousin were spending a lot of time at the new house working on walls and floors. What do they do when their wives aren't around to make dinner? They order pizza, lots and lots of pizza.  haha

I feel like for two weeks straight, when I'd go over to the new house or check up on him or to lend a hand with the wallpaper removal, I'd find at least one pizza box if not more. haha He was loving the fact that he could now pick up the phone and have a pizza delivered to our door.

Pizza Hut's All New "Flavor of Now" Menu #flavorofnow

And even though we've been in our house for about 3 years now and have had a wonderful (fully operational by the way) kitchen, I still catch my sweet BigBear pulling up the "Create Your Own Pizza" Menu on his phone some nights when we're deciding on what to have for dinner.

Pizza Hut's All New "Flavor of Now" Menu #flavorofnow


Now when it comes to Pizza, I don't normally offer any type of "advice". haha.

Big Bear's Pizza Order is his and his alone. He's in charge 100% and I don't even offer any "healthier ideas" or mention the fact that maybe he's over doing it on the bacon. Wait...is it even possible to over do the bacon? ;)

However, when we were invited to try out Pizza Hut's new "Flavor of Now" menu, that's packed with new topping options and crust ideas, I was more than willing to slip my advice into the ordering process.

Pizza Hut's All New "Flavor of Now" Menu #flavorofnow

What's new on this Pizza Hut "Flavor of Now" Menu? I'm so glad you asked. ;)

They've got 5 new toppings to choose from:

  • Peruvian Cherry Peppers
  • Classic Meatballs
  • Premium Salami
  • Sliced Banana Peppers
  • & Fresh Spinach (My Favorite!)

There are 6 Bold New Sauces to smoother your pizza masterpiece with:

  • Classic Marinara
  • Premium Crushed Tomato
  • Honey Sriracha
  • Barbecue
  • Buffalo
  • & Creamy Garlic Parmesan  

Pizza Hut's All New "Flavor of Now" Menu #flavorofnow


And check this out! New Crust Flavors are happening too!

  • Hut Favorite - A garlic buttery blend with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan and hint of Italian herbs.
  • Toasted Parmeshan - A sprinkle of all-natural Parmesan, toasted to perfection.
  • Salted Pretzel - Transforms your crust edge into a freshly baked soft pretzel.
  • Honey Sriracha - Glazes your crust edge with a sweet-heat fusion of real honey and intense red chilies.
  • Fiery Red Pepper - A seriously spicy blend of cayenne and crushed red pepper brushed onto the crust edge.
  • Toasted Cheddar - A dash of shredded cheddar baked on for a toasty finish.
  • Toasted Asiago - A touch of shredded, savory Asiago for a unique toasted flavor.
  • Garlic Buttery Blend - A garlic buttery blend with a hint of oregano, parsley and basil.

Pizza Hut's All New "Flavor of Now" Menu #flavorofnow

With all of those options you can literally create a pizza that everyone will love!

BigBear picked his favorite toppings and was ready to go but since my favorite pizza right now is mushroom and spinach pizza I needed to make sure that I got that too!

So what exactly did we end up ordering? Two Pizzas. Haha. We ordered Big Bear his manly pizza and then we got mine with lots of fresh spinach added to it!  haha I mean come on, it's not like two pizzas would last long in this house anyways. ;)

Big Bear's Pizza Order:

 Pan Pizza - Large
 Salted Pretzel Crust Flavor
 Premium Crushed Tomato
 Cheese
 Premium Salami
 Hardwood Smoked Bacon
 Fresh Mushrooms

Order your Pizza! Pizza Hut's All New "Flavor of Now" Menu #flavorofnow

Mine:

 Pan Pizza - Large
 Salted Pretzel Crust Flavor
 Premium Crushed Tomato
 Cheese
 Premium Salami
 Hardwood Smoked Bacon
 Fresh Mushrooms
 Fresh Spinach

I have to say, we BOTH loved our pizza choices.

Pizza Hut's All New "Flavor of Now" Menu #flavorofnow

So what would you put on your pizza? Are you loving the new topping and crust flavors?

Be sure to check out the new pizza options! So next time you need a quick and awesome dinner, give them a try! Want to order? Order here and let me know what kind of pizza you made!

Pizza Hut's All New "Flavor of Now" Menu #flavorofnow







Give Pizza Hut's all-new menu a try with 5 premium new ingredients, 6 bold new sauces and 10 amazing new crust flavors. Build your own creation now at PizzaHut.com.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Brown Butter Cookie Cake - Cookie Skillet - Happy 6th Blogiversary

Brown Butter Cookie Cake - Cookie Skillet

Who forgets their own blog anniversary? This girl! Ok well I didn't completely forget it. I did remember it a few weeks ago when I made this cookie cake. I wanted to make sure that I had this made and photographed and ready to go on the blog for my blog's 6th "Blogiversary". Oh and then POOF, Sunday came and went and the recipe sat in my archives and didn't even see the light of day.

But hey I did post an awesome pasta recipe for you on Sunday but as far as the birthday/blog anniversary celebrations... yeah... I spaced out on it.

Well at least I posted it for you today haha. Yep, so Sunday (Jan 25th) was my blog's 6th anniversary. I've been working on this little piece of the internet for 6 whole years. While I never imagined that I'd be a blogger, it's one of the best things that ever happened to me.

I remember sitting on my couch in NC and writing my very first little post. haha. Who knew that it would turn into this!

Brown Butter Cookie Cake - Cookie Skillet


I couldn't ask for a better career. I've made amazing friends through this blog, I've had amazing opportunities and jumped more hurdles than I can count. I'm so glad that I started this and I'm so glad you've been here to enjoy the ride with me.

So Thank you. Thank you for reading, Thank you for the comments, Thank you for the e-mails and the Social Media Shares.  If you were here right now I'd totally make you your very own Brown Butter Cookie Cake!

Brown Butter Cookie Cake - Cookie Skillet


Why a Brown Butter Cookie Cake? Um.. Cause it's a cookie cake and it's made with brown butter.

Need I say more?


Brown Butter Cookie Cake - Cookie Skillet

I don't know about you but I'd take a cookie cake over a regular cake any day. I'm pretty sure that when I was growing up that I went through a spell of like 4 years where I only wanted cookie cakes at my birthday parties haha.

They all came from The Great American Cookie Company and ALWAYS had a frog on them with green M&Ms... yeah don't ask.


Brown Butter Cookie Cake - Cookie Skillet

But why a Cookie Skillet? Because it's easy. That's why.

Back when Veterans' day came around, we were getting ready to take BigBear out to dinner (Corpsman UP!) and about 2 hours before dinner I realized "OH #&^#$ I'm a crappy wife, I didn't even make hubby a cake or special dessert or anything." I started texting my brother and after a few texts back and forth, I told him I'd figure something out.

So I jumped online and found a cookie cake recipe from OhNuts.com, pulled everything out onto the counter and crossed my fingers.

Brown Butter Cookie Cake - Cookie Skillet


It turned out great! Whoo, The day was saved.

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And then my brother's birthday came along.

I planned this one out so I'd have more time to toy with the recipes and switch out a few things for his cookie cake.

I changed out the regular butter for brown butter (omgeee it's so good), I added more brown sugar, more vanilla and more chocolate chips. I also didn't bake it for as long as I had before.

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Again, we had a winner. It was the talk of the evening. I do believe I heard some comments along the lines of "this is better than the mall cookie cakes" YES! I win! haha

Brown Butter Cookie Cake - Cookie Skillet


When I was thinking of what to make for my blog's birthday, I knew that I needed to share this Brown Butter Cookie Cake with y'all.

I just couldn't keep this all to myself.

Brown Butter Cookie Cake - Cookie Skillet


Oh and as far as the decorating... haha don't judge! I never claim to be a good decorator.

Brown Butter Cookie Cake - Cookie Skillet


So, what do ya say? Have a slice of cookie cake and help me celebrate my blog's anniversary? It'll mean the world to me! <3


oo and ps. Check below the recipe. There may be something down below to help you celebrate with me!

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Thanks for Celebrating with me! What's a Birthday or Anniversary without gifts? :)

So here is one for you. I'm giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card and a 11 inch Cast Iron Skillet (just like the one used for this recipe) ONE lucky winner will win both prizes!

Just enter for a chance to win below!


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sausage and Spinach Alfredo

Sausage and Spinach Alfredo

So we didn't go see American Sniper. I know I said we were going to but we decided to wait and rent it once it came out on DVD. I think that we were both a little hesitant and I personally think it would be better for BigBear to watch it at home anyways, you know instead of a huge, packed, crowed, loud theater. Yeah....totally waiting to watch it at home.

Other than that, hummm what's been going on around here...

Sausage and Spinach Alfredo

We've got about a month until we're headed to Disney! Our cousins are going on a Disney Cruise next week so that's got my Disney excitement pushed to the front of my mind! haha I literally think about our trip every day and since she's so excited about their cruise it's making me even more excited about our trip to Disney World!

That's how I am with travel. I decide to go on a trip and then I literally plan out details and think about it every SINGLE freakin day until we leave. It drives me insane but I love it. (I'm sure it also drives everyone else insane because I want to talk about it 24/7) Sorry...not sorry. ;)

Sausage and Spinach Alfredo


On to other things....

BigBear and I have developed an obsession with Vampire Diaries. We've pretty much been binge watching episodes in the evenings, on Netflix, after work. It's awesome but it also makes me want to rip my hair out.

Like the other night I literally had to tell BigBear to turn off the TV because my head was getting ready to explode from watching endless hours of Vampire Diaries every evening.

Thankfully we've broken it up a little bit over the past few evenings and watched a few episodes of Agent Carter, Sleepy Hollow and American Horror Story. But, Oh my word, y'all don't even understand. I am not a TV person, so this much TV is a crazy, insane amount for me. I'm loving the shows but sitting still that long to watch them is sending my anxiety into overdrive.

Sausage and Spinach Alfredo

You know what else has my anxiety up? Life! haha  Office work, blog work, events, dinners, gym time, tanning (yes, I NEED it so I don't burn in the sun), healthy eating, cooking healthy foods, drinking water, drinking enough water, drinking too much water, caving and eating junk, misery for eating junk, holidays coming up (Anniversary! woot woot), deadlines, trips coming up, bank accounts, bills, cleaning, housework, family and friend obligations....ahhhhhhh make it all stop or at least slow down. K?! haha Sometimes I totally feel like a hamster running on a wheel and getting nowhere. Please tell me I'm not the only one.


Oh and ps. I'm totally loving listening to my Spotify playlist of rap music from my high school days... don't judge me. I kind of miss being 16. Cool Cars, Awesome Music and No Responsibility. haha.

Sausage and Spinach Alfredo

Geez, after all of that you need some food right? Of course you do!

Notes about this Sausage and Spinach Alfredo:


  • The alfredo (in my opinion) is super rich but totally delicious. BigBear said it was perfect. 
  • After this sits in the fridge it does get rather thick. I find that a splash of milk or cream before re-heating helps!
  • The cajun andouille sausage that I buy is already cooked so I just have to heat it but if you buy sausage that isn't fully cooked, allow time to cook it throughout. 


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Sausage and Spinach Alfredo
By: Angie Barrett - BigBearsWife.com
1/25/14
Serves 4-6                                                                        (Click to Print)
Ingredients 

12 oz cajun andouille sausage
Olive Oil
16 oz shell pasta
2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
2 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons paprika
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 teaspoons white pepper (or black pepper)
2 cups freshly grated Parmesan 
2-3 large hand fulls of fresh spinach

Grated Parmesan for garnish (optional)

Directions 

Cook pasta in a large pot filled with salted water. Bring pasta to a boil and cook for 12-15 minutes or until pasta is done. Drain and pour back into pot. 

While the pasta is cooking, add the andouille sausage to a skillet with a little olive oil and cook over medium heat until browned and heated throughout. I cook mine for about 5-7 minutes.

Remove andouille sausage from pan and set aside. Once cool enough to handle, cut the andouille sausage into coins. 

For the Alfredo sauce, add the butter and heavy cream to a sauce pan or skillet. Add in the paprika, pepper and garlic. Whisk together. Heat over medium to high heat until hot. 

Add grated Parmesan and whisk until melted. Raise the heat until the sauce starts to boil and then turn the heat off. Whisk well. Sauce should thicken as the cheese melts but won't be super thick.

Add in the spinach and stir. Spinach will wilt due to the heat of the sauce. 

Add the sausage to the drained pasta. 

Once the spinach is wilted, pour the alfredo sauce into the pasta and toss to coat. 

Server Immediately. 





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