Thursday, July 23, 2015

Stuffed Prosciutto Chicken

Sometimes… Quite often actually I come up with my best food ideas at random or I just randomly start pulling stuff together from the fridge and it turns into a masterpiece.
That is how this chicken came to be.
I had just finished my Whole 30 and I wanted cheese and I had prosciutto and chicken on hand and thought hmm wouldn’t it be super tasty to include all of that into one thing?!
Well of course it would be and that is how the Stuffed Prosciutto chicken came to be! And now that it has come to be I cannot wait to try other variations with different stuffing ideas!

I used:
Chicken Breasts (butterflyed out… or you can pound them thin but I prefer to cut the breast into thin pieces)
Parmesan Cheese (or cheese of choice… mozzarella would be awesome)
Prosciutto
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder

When I cook chicken I like it to be thinner and well the breast I buy are super thick that normally 1 breast can be two meals for me so I cut them in half width wise to half two nice sized pieces of chicken.

I took my piece of chicken and laid them flat on a board. I seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic flavor god (garlic powder and Italian seasoning are a good substitute).
After the chicken was seasoned I put a stick of parmesan on the chicken and rolled the chicken together. I secured the chicken by wrapping it with a piece of prosciutto and placing it on the pan seam side down.
After I had all my chicken rolled I place the pan into a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. The chicken should be thin enough to be cooked in that amount of time, adjust time as necessary.
I served my chicken over a spaghetti squash pasta mixture aka Spaghetti squash cooked and mixed with pasta sauce and a little garlic and basil.
This chicken was so good… I cannot wait to try it again with different cheeses stuffed inside.
Hope you enjoy!
Stay Crafty!
-Jesika


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

DIY Customized Cups

I think I may of mentioned it before but in case I did not... I got a Cricut Explorer this last year and well I am obsessed. I have used it so much and it has seriously been the most used gift I have ever gotten.

I have been making a lot of DIY shirts using Iron- On Vinyl… but I am still testing which companies Iron- On I find to be the best, please leave any suggestions you have!

So what I am sharing today is a DIY Gift. Everyone drinks water and for me I find the reusable cups with the straws helps me to drink more water during the day. I also know I reuse these cups when I play softball tournaments for my “juice” So it was perfect when I had two birthdays coming up I needed to do something for and they are both people I play ball with.

I went to Costco to buy cups as I find they are the best deal… a 3pack for $21 instead of one for $12-14 is great. I have gotten so many reusable cups from Costco but this time they had these Contigo cups and OMG they are awesome. This cup is definitely my favorite and as an added bonus they are the shake and go tumblers and allow me to stir my juice without it leaking everywhere. Seriously the best tumbler I have found… but now that I got that rave out of the way I can get to what you are here for!

I have a stockpile of a lot of different craft supplies and my latest obsession with the cricut means I have all different types of vinyl, paper, etc. This included permanent vinyl. I felt permanent vinyl would stand up longer to dishwashing, wear and tear and just be the better option. So far I have washed my cups each about 5 cycles in the dishwasher and they still look brand new. (Top Shelf dishwasher safe cups)

All I did was cut out various shapes with my permanent vinyl and secured it to my cups and I had a super cute customized gift that everyone loves.

But if you want to make it even cooler you can add stuff into the cup… I included the mini shots of alcohol and mixers in a bag so you can have your cup and your drink but that is up to you and depends on what kind of occasion you are celebrating!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have questions!

Stay Crafty!

-Jesika

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes

I feel like a good recipe is one you come up with and everyone assumes it is from Pinterest.
That is exactly what happened with these cupcakes. See it all started when my friend and I did a crazy intense food cleanse and she had a craving for Reese’s, Oreos and chocolate cake. It also happened to be her birthday was right after we finished our cleanse and I was in a place to satisfy her cravings.

 First I started with the Hershey’s ChocolateCake Recipe because really it is so good and perfect I had to.  

I made a slight modification to the recipe below in adding coffee as well as boiling water to enhance the chocolate flavor. At least Ina Garten says it does.

Cake:
·         2 cups sugar
·         1 ¾ cup all –purpose flour
·         ¾ cup cocao powder
·         1 ½ tsp baking powder
·         1 ½ tsp baking soda
·         1 tsp salt
·         2 eggs
·         1 cup milk
·         ½ cup vegetable oil
·         2 tsp vanilla
·         ½ cup boiling water
·         ½ cup boiling coffee

I mixed the batter and filled cupcake liners 2/3 of the way up. Before baking I added a mini Reese’s to each cupcake liner and allowed the cupcake to bake around it.

Bake for 22-25 minutes at 350

I found the Reese’s mostly sunk and stuck to the bottom but it got a little crunchy and was so dang good.

Frosting:
·         1 cup (8oz) whipping cream
·         1 container cool whip (normal size)
·         1 row of crushed oreos
·         ¼ cup powdered sugar
·         1 tsp vanilla

I start by pulverizing the cookies in a food processor until they are a fine crumb. Then work on the cream by adding the whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla to a stand mixer and whip the cream. Once the cream is sufficiently whipped I fold in the cool whip and oreos. I pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and drizzle with melted peanut butter. To finish the look I place a mini oreo on top of the cupcake.
Now I have been making cupcakes for a while now and this was by far the most popular cupcake I have ever made.

I think that means it was liked, but it could mean something else.. the world may never know.

Stay Crafty!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BBQ Ranch Deviled Eggs

Anyone remember 3 years ago 3.5 years ago when I wrote about BBQ Ranch Deviled Eggs?

Oh good you don’t cause I don’t either :/ well clearly I wrote about them but the picture was just so appetizing I felt like I needed to do it again, so I did!

I mean I was just so excited to share stuff back then no matter what the picture quality was.. Is that so wrong? Maybe.

Anyhow eggs are a good go to snack for me. I can easily prep hard boiled eggs on a Sunday in my handy egg cooker (thanks Mom!) and be set all week. Normal deviled eggs are great but BBQ Ranch deviled eggs are awesome.

You will need:

·         Hard boiled Eggs
·         Ranch
·         Pepper
·         Chopped Chives
·         BBQ Sauce of Choice.

1.       Peel, slice and separate the eggs.
2.       Add ranch and a generous helping of pepper to the yolks, mix until you get the consistency you desire. *The amount of ranch all depends on the number of eggs. For a small batch 6 or so eggs I use a large spoonful of ranch so about 1/4cup.  I think it is best to start with less than start with too much*
3.       Spoon yolk mixture into a pastry bag and pipe into the eggs.
4.       Using a pastry bag, squirt bottle or spoon drizzle BBQ sauce over the eggs. Sprinkle with chives and serve (or you can mix the chives into the yolk mixture but they need to be thinly sliced)


Stay Crafty!
-Jesika

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Spring Rolls

Hey there!
I know it has been a while but if you were following me on Instagram (Craft GeekFit Foodie) either of my accounts you would now it has not been spent idly.

I have been cooking and crafting but I still work as well so I struggle in taking pictures of the projects that are pin worthy. I am working on taking better pictures but I failed, my bad.

But I do have an awesome recipe to share and hopefully once I get better at lighting pictures I will have more recipes to share!

I have been really trying to stick to a Paleo diet recently after completing a whole30 cleanse. I realized I felt much better during my cleanse and wanted to keep it up. However; I also am just a foodie and eat what I want.

I made spring rolls! It took me a long time to get around to making these because I was scared… a friend wrote a blog post about it and well she made it seem super simple so I gave it a go!
Guess what?! It is sooooooo easy. Like so easy it makes me laugh at myself for being scared to do it before.

The best part is you can make them with whatever you want.. I mean if you want to go more traditional there are traditional fillings but either way you can customize them.

I used:
·         Cooked Shrimp
·         Boston Lettuce
·         Cucumber (julienned)
·         Rainbow Carrots (julienned)
·         Cilantro (1 sprig)
·         Green Onion (green part length of spring roll)

Sauce:
·         2tbs Hoisin
·         1tbs melted peanut butter
·         1tsp Siracha

I found I had the most success if I used my Boston lettuce to wrap my julienned veggies first and then wrapped the spring rolls. The wrapping of the lettuce made it harder for the carrots to poke through the wrapper. Each shrimp I used was butterflied in half so one shrimp per roll.

The spring roll wrappers are just softened by sitting in water. I prepped a plate of water and a work area, while one softened I assembled the other. It was so easy and quick and just fun!

Place your wrapper on a plate, fill it and roll like a burrito. So quick and so easy.


I plan to make more spring rolls in my future and give different fillings a try. 

Until the next time, Stay Crafty!

Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 Culinary Bucketlist

I was inspired after reading Karla's Culinary Bucketlist.. she has this awesome blog called Foodologie.. you should check it out. I mean really the idea of a culinary bucket list is just awesome. 

So of course since she posted it I have been thinking of all the new things I want to try this year. 

Here goes nothing.. In 2015 I want to make:
  • Pretzels: because well they are pretzels and doing the whole twisty aspect sounds like fun
  • Bread: I have tried breadsticks in the past and they were ok.. but after talking it out with a few foodies I think I figured out what I need to do
  • Hummus: funny enough I have had this on my meal prep menu to make for the last month but I still haven't done it.. so this year I will get to it. 
  • Canning: I want to give canning a go. I am hoping this year is the year to have my first garden so canning could come in handy if I get an abundance of tomatoes and make my own sauce.. or if I just want to make some quick pickles.
  • Tamales: because yum
  • Cheese: My friends made mozzarella recently but I couldn't participate and I was so bummed to miss it
And because I craft as well my crafty bucket list is:
  • To make clothes using a pattern
  • Sew a scrap buster quilt because you know those scraps I have had for years need to be used sometime..
  • Wood burn something.. I mean I have had the tools for a while now so it would be nice to finally use them.
  • Finish crocheting the blanket I started in August... or was it before August...
I know there is more I wanted to try but right now I can't really remember it all.

So what about you? What do you want to try to make in 2015?

Stay Crafty
-Jesika

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan 9/29-10/3

Hey would you look at that, I am getting better about posting... :)

They may not be super fun posts but in planning my meals again I have been trying new recipes that I have also been making an effort to photograph so I can then share with you!

Baby steps here people... I mean we all know Rome was not built in a day!

So this week I start another Advocare 24 day challenge, I like to do the cleanse every three months if I can so it's been three months and since I am also doing a weight loss challenge through my gym I figured I might as well do the full 24 day challenge as well! I have talked about the challenge before but and I love to talk about so if you want to chat about it let me know.

This week on the Dinner menu we have:
Monday: Grilled Chicken with Bacon Shishito Peppers
Tuesday: Yellowtail with Mushroom & Kale Sautee
Wednesday: Turkey Meatballs with Squash Noodles
Thursday: Shrimp Skewers with Sauteed Beet Greens
Friday: Chicken with a Roasted Beet Salad

I am trying to incorporate heartier vegetables into my meals and my farm fresh to you boxes really help that. I also have issues with going to the store for veggies and buying a million other items that I don't need so having them deliver to my door has been amazing. They also made changes to their service recently that allows you to add or substitute your vegetables! The customization of the boxes is seriously my favorite!

*Note* I do not get compensated for my posts, I just love the products and love to share them when I can. All opinions are my own as a user of the products/services

This week for Lunches we have:
Squash Turkey Lasagna x2
Baked Chicken with Green Beans
Baked Chicken with Broccoli

My lunches tend to be a cook two things and split them up so not as fun but still tasty if you ask me!

Stay Crafty!
-Jesika
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