Monday, September 28, 2015

{Easy Steak Marinade}

I realize that grilling season is nearing a close, at least where I live. But we do love to grill, and we still have a few weeks left, maybe.
This marinade was super easy, and very yummy!
I hope you try it out!

1 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. Season Salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Amount of steak:
The amount can vary. I used this amount of marinade for 6 New York Strip Steaks.

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, and whisk until smooth.
Place steak in a gallon zip-lock bag. Pour soy sauce mixture over steak; remove as much air as possible from the bag and seal. Squish the steaks to get the marinade all rubbed in.
Place on a plate or in a pan, so that it won't accidentally leak all over the place!
Refrigerate for at least an hour, but the longer the better. 24 hours is ideal.
Place on pre-heated grill. Cook for 5 minutes on each side.
Place in serving dish, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

{No-Bake Chex Bars}

Inspired by a conversation about Chex cereal with my boyfriend
(who loves all things peanut butter and chocolate just about as much as I do),
I went on a quest to find this recipe.
Thankfully, I didn't have to look very long or far!
I stumbled across a similar recipe and knew I had to try it out!
Unfortunately, Bradley has not had the chance to taste them yet, but I absolutely loved them!
I wasn't sure what to think, but they turned out SO good and they really couldn't have been easier to make. They hold their shape beautifully, yet they are still nice and soft like a really good rice crispy treat. I don't know exactly how to describe them, so you should probably just make them and see for yourself!! If you are even the slightest fan of peanut butter and/or chocolate, I don't think you'll be disappointed! 

7 cups Chex cereal
1 cup brown sugar
1 cups light corn syrup
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips

Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil, and lightly coat with cooking spray; set aside.
Place cereal in a large bowl.
In a medium saucepan, whisk together brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for a full minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat; add peanut butter and vanilla. Mix until peanut butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over cereal. Mix until evenly coated, but gently so that the cereal doesn't get crushed.
Press mixture into prepared pan, again, being very gentle not to crush the cereal.
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate, stirring constantly, until smooth.
Drizzle over cereal mixture. Chill until firm. Remove from the pan and discard the foil. Cut into squares and serve!

-I used corn Chex, but you could use rice Chex, a mixture of both, or whatever you want. Just be sure not to use wheat Chex if you are making them gluten-free!

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Mounds Brownies:

Coconut is so good! I know, I know...lots of people don't like it. 
Believe me, coconut lovers are a minority in my house!
I don't mind a whole lot though, because that just means more for those of us who love it!
So if you are a fellow coconut lover, this recipe is for you!!!!
 I hope you give it a try!!!

1 batch (or box) brownies, see note
5 & 1/3 cups shredded coconut
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 & 1/2 cups powder sugar
2 cups milk chocolate chips

Prepare brownies according to directions. Bake in a jelly-roll style pan.
Allow to cool completely.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together coconut, milk, and sugar until thoroughly combined. The mixture will be very, very thick.
Drop by spoonfuls all over the brownies and spread evenly, being very careful not to tear the brownies.
Place chocolate in a microwave safe dish, and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. 
Drizzle over coconut mixture and chill until set.
Cut into squares and serve!

-You can click HERE to find my brownie recipe

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Products I love: 3 different Granola Bars:

Today, I'm sorry to say that I do not have a recipe to share with you.
However, I'm very excited to share several product recommendations with you!
I am not receiving anything or getting paid to write this post. 
These are not my pictures, but all the opinions are my own. 

I love granola bars. 
For breakfast, a snack, I could eat them any time of day. Surprisingly, there are precious few gluten-free options when it comes to granola bars. And even fewer options if you are not interested in eating the same kind of granola bar for the rest of your life.
We have been getting the Nature Valley Trail Mix bars for years, and whereas they are good, I personally am getting sick and tired of them, and would be perfectly content not to see another one for the rest of my life!!
Yes, I do make my own and all that sometimes. But I have been traveling a lot recently, and have encountered different situations where I needed those bars to be completely sealed 
(example: in the airport, camping/vacationing where it's very damp and humid, etc.)
Being in one of those situations recently, I randomly started reading every.single.lable of of granola bars in the grocery store. I have done this time, after time, only to find 2, maybe 3 bars that were gluten-free.  
However, this time I was SO excited to come across three very different bars, that were all gluten-free!! So of course I got all of them to try, and I ended up loving each and every one of them!
They were each very different and unique, yet delicious!
Both of the Nature Valley Bars are completely gluten-free. 
The milk&cereal bar, however, does have malt extract, which is derived from barley. This does not bother me, but for someone with extreme gluten sensitivity, or actual Celiac Disease, this may be a problem, so you have to use your own judgement.

I hope you will check your grocery and give some of these a try!!!
If you are a fellow granola bar lover, I don't think you'll be disappointed!

~Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate~

~Mixed Berry with Greek Yogurt~

~Honey Nut Cheerios Milk&Cereal Bars~

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