Four Cheese Bacon Alfredo

This is one of those recipes that just kind of happened.  I was looking in my fridge thinking I wanted to make Manicotti, realizing that I didn’t have the right ingredients to make it, when an unopened package of bacon on the bottom shelf started calling to me.  I pulled it out, grabbed some veggies and noodles and voila!  My husband rated this a 10 and I have to agree that it was pretty fantastic!  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Four Cheese Bacon Alfredo

8 slices of bacon
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 of a red pepper, chopped
1/4 of a large red onion, chopped
2 cups baby spinach, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 jar Classico Four Cheese Alfredo sauce
8 oz linguini
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook noodles according to package directions.
Fry bacon in a large skillet over med heat until crisp, remove and let cool.  Drain most of the bacon grease, leaving about 1 tablespoon in the pan.  Add garlic and saute about 1 minute until garlic is browned.  Add red pepper and red onion and saute 3 more minutes until peppers and onions are tender.  Reduce heat to med-low.  Add spinach and saute until just starting to wilt, about 1 minute.  Immediately add sauce (I usually put a little bit of milk in the empty jar, put the lid on and shake it to get all of the sauce out).  Add Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.  Let simmer for about 5 minutes and then toss in noodles.  Serve topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for extra tastiness!

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Ooey Gooey Dessert Pizza

Ok I have a confession…we all have guilty pleasures right? You know…things we probably (ok definitely) shouldn’t indulge in? But they are just so incredibly delicious …occasionally we throw up a white flag and joyfully surrender. Well girls this is one of those times!! So throw on your sweatpants, and pull your hair in a pony, Im about to introduce you to my frienemy (thats right…frienemy! We have a bit of a love hate relationship) Mr. OOey Gooey Dessert Pizza…by the way you’re gonna wanna wear your cute sweats for this!!

First make the easiest pizza dough ever! ( This easy yeastless dough recipe yields enough dough to make a gourmet pizza for dinner, and  this amazing dessert pizza for later…now thats CENTSIBLE!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2.5 cups flour

2.75 tsp baking powder

1tsp. salt

1 tbsp oil

1 cup water

Mix all the dry ingredients, then gradually add water and oil. Stir until it forms a ball, if dough is too stiff add more water. the dough should be soft not sticky..knead on floured surface for 2-3 minutes. Roll out to desired thickness, I like mine fairly thin. You can roll up edges to make it even prettier!

Place rolled dough on greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 6 minutes

Remove pizza dough from oven

Topping Ingredients:

Creamy peanut butter

Marshmallow cream

Nilla wafers (crushed)

Mini Chocolate chips

Jack cheese ( i know it sounds wierd..but trust me its the secret ingredient)

While crust is still hot spread a thin layer of peanut butter over entire crust, then drop small spoonfuls of marshmallow cream all over pizza, now sprinkle crushed Nilla wafers and mini chocolate chips evenly across dough, finish with a handful of jack cheese just scattered across the top. Place back in the oven and bake for 6-8 more minutes. When you see the chocolate chips melting and the cheese bubbling you’ll know your date with destiny has arrived!!  Image

Pizza Bagels

I was looking for a recipe that was cheap, easy to make, and would easily meet the criteria of my husband’s favorite foods.  He’s not really picky but his favorites always tend to be the same kind of food a ten year old would like, mac n cheese, hot dogs…you get the idea.  When I found the idea for pizza bagels on this website, I knew they would be a hit!

Pizza Bagels

Here’s what you need:

1 package plain bagels (or asiago, if you’re feeling adventurous and you can find them)
1 package shredded mozzarella
1 jar pizza sauce

Optional toppings:
Pepperoni (my husband’s personal favorite)
Mushrooms
Onions
Peppers
Ground Beef
Italian Sausage
Anything you can think of that will fit on a bagel

We used one bagel for each of us, so we each ended up with two slices of “pizza.”  Slice your bagels in half and lay the halves, flat side up, on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Spread the desired amount of pizza sauce on each bagel half…we used a heaping tablespoon for each.  Sprinkle mozzarella on top of sauce.  This is where it gets fun…if you’re a cheese fan, pile it on there.  Then place your toppings, as artfully as you like.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

The total cost of the ingredients was $7.61 and since it’s just the two of us, at least until baby girl sprouts some teeth, and we have enough to make this three times, this dinner came to a little over $2.54. I’d say that’s pretty CENTSIBLE!  The best part is they take less than 15 minutes to make!

 

 

Homemade Biscottis

       There are few things that make me feel more sophiscated and fabulous than dipping a biscotti in my favorite cup of coffee. Could it be because I know biscottis are completely Italian? The fact that they make me feel like I’m Sophia Loren? Or maybe it’s just because they are fantastically delicious?!! Whatever the reason one thing is certain ….I NEED biscottis in my life!! Buying them everyday at my favorite coffee shop just isn’t CENTSIBLE! So this girl began a search on behalf of broke biscotti lovers everywhere… what i found will have your kitchen smelling like a little “panifico” ( that’s italian for bakery…fun right?), your lips deliciously smiling, and your tummy exquisitely full! So, have your girlfriends over for coffee and watch them stare at you in amazement as they think to themselves “Wow, Ive never noticed how sophisticated and fabulous she is…come to think of it , she looks a lot like Sophia Loren”… then let them eat their biscotti and their hearts out!!! Have fun girls!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, plus 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1quarter tsp salt
  • 1 zest of orange
  • 1/2 cup whole blanched almonds, toasted
  • 3/4 cup dried berries  (I used cherries, cranberries and blackberries)
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Directions

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar and beat together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl periodically. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the vanilla.

Gently mix in the flour, baking powder, salt, and orange zest. Once the dry ingredients are incorporated, fold in the almonds and dried berries..

Divide the dough in half and roll the dough into 2 logs. If the dough is sticky, dust with a little flour. Roll the logs to the length of a sheet pan. Beat the egg white with a splash of water. Brush the logs with the egg white and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar. Transfer to a sheet pan and place at least 3 inches apart. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven let cool for 10 minutes. Remove logs to a cutting board and slice on the bias about 3/4 inch thick. Lay the biscotti back on the sheet pan and return to the oven for another 10 minutes. This will harden the biscotti. Cool completely on a rack.

If you want to make them even more amazing dip them in chocolate!!

Everything is better in chocolate!!! “Mangi” girls!!!Image

Chicken Lo Mein

I’ve been craving Chicken Lo Mein for awhile now and being on a budget, I knew the only way I was eating it was to make it myself.  So I used my best friend, Google, to do some research and I found a recipe that looked fantastic.  I made a few changes to the original, which you can find here, so I could use veggies that I had on hand.  My husband, who does not like Chicken Lo Mein, said it was fantastic!

Chicken Lo Mein

1 –  1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, sliced very thinly

Marinade:
1 Tb soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch

Sauce:
2 Tb oyster sauce
2 tsp soy sauce
4 Tb beef broth
1 Tb granulated sugar

8 ounces linguine, prepared to al dente
1 tsp olive oil

1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped red pepper
1 cup frozen broccoli florets
1 cup sliced mushrooms

Combine marinade ingredients with the chicken and allow to sit for 20 minutes.  While the chicken is marinating, prepare the remaining ingredients.

In a small bowl, combine the oyster sauce, soy sauce, beef broth, and sugar. Set aside.

Boil noodles as per package instructions.  Drain the noodles and toss with the sesame oil.

Heat a wok (or large, deep frying pan) over medium-highheat. Add the 1/4 cup of oil. Add the chicken. Stir fry chicken until cooked – about 5 minutes.  Remove from wok and set aside.

Add another 1 Tb of oil to the wok if needed. When the oil is hot, add the garlic. Stir-fry until garlic browns, then add the onions and red peppers. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes, then add the broccoli and mushrooms.  Cook for 4 more minutes. Add the noodles, the sauce, and the chicken.  Mix everything together and heat through.

COCONUT OIL AS A HAIR CONDITIONER

The other day, I found myself sitting in my much too beautiful hairdresser’s chair, listening to her as she chopped away at my somewhat exhausted locks. She said something similar to this “You have to buy this ridiculously expensive conditioner if you want your hair to look even remotely close to as fabulous as mine.” Ok, that’s not what she said but it’s close ….Alright, its not her fault she’s gorgeous, or that my hair is tired…or even that hair care products have become the pirates of our day!! So I gave her some lame story about how I’ll be getting it next time, left the salon and began my search for a CENTSIBLE way to handle this problem!

Here is the CENTSIBLE solution girls….organic coconut oil!

I bought a large jar of coconut oil at Walmart of all places!

It cost me $4.39 for 64oz …now that’s centsible!

Here’s how you do it:

1. Scoop 3-4 tablespoons of the oil into a bowl (its a solid below 77 degrees)

2. Microwave for 20 seconds ( just to make sure it won’t burn you)

3. Apply to damp hair ( I like doing it in the shower, its less messy)

4. Pin up, under a shower cap and leave it on for at least 1 hour (longer is even better)

5. Wash, rinse, repeat (wash it twice to get it all out)

6.Watch all the other girls be jealous of your gorgeous, shiny, soft, yet CENTSIBLE hair….shhhhhhhhhhhhh its our secret!

Hello world

We are just two girls like any girls you’d ever wanna meet. Girls just like you…we wanna know all the GOOD STUFF!! We want to have the best beauty products, eat the yummiest foods, wear the most fabulous clothes, and be surrounded by the coolest stuff! There’s just one little “situation” as we call it…we are just a bit low on the cash flow…unlike our Hollywood Idols no one is begging us to wear their latest design, endorse their skincare miracle, and i certainly dont see a celebrity chef in either of our kitchens! So whats a girl to do? Do we give up because of this “situation” and surrender to frumpville? NO! May it never be! Instead we must search for the CENTSIBLE solutions! We will blog about our search and share with you the secrets we uncover …afterall we are in this together right girls?? So grocery stores, craft stores and thrift stores beware…these chicks are about to get CENTSIBLE!!’