Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu….Magnifique!

I was so tired of my chicken recipes; and of course, I started searching Pinterest. Some recipes caught my eye, so I combined a few to make my own signature Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu.

Ingredients: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 2 eggs, swiss cheese, smoked deli ham, Italian breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese. Not pictured: dijon mustard, garlic/salt mix, pepper and toothpicks.

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Recipe:

1.  Pound chicken breasts until flat filets.

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2. Spread dijon mustard on filets.

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3. Place slices of ham and swiss cheese on filets.

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4. Roll filets and hold them in place with 2 or 3 toothpicks.

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5. In one bowl, beat 2 eggs and set aside. In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 1/2 breadcrumbs, salt/garlic, pepper. Then coat rolls in egg and then coat in breadcrumb mixture.

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6. Preheat oven to 375°. Place rolls on a greased baking dish and place in oven for 40 minutes. The turn broil on high for last 5 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Watch carefully!

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7. Remember to remove the toothpicks! (Also, the picture was not good, but the chicken did cook through.)

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Enjoy!

30A Is The Place To Stay!…….Beach Photos

One last 30A post! To remember this vacation, we had family photos taken on Rosemary Beach. The sunset and beach created the most breathtaking scenery; and a wonderful photographer and friend captured these beautiful moments for us.

If you are staying in the Florida Panhandle or South Alabama area, I highly recommend Micha Everett Photography for the most beautiful photos (family, engagement, wedding, etc.). Micha is an amazing and outgoing woman with tons of talent. Our photo session was a blast!

Here is a preview:

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I can’t wait to see the rest…..there were so many great poses and fun ideas! Visit Micha Everett Photography on Facebook too! Micha, you are wonderful and next time drinks are on me!

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I wish you all happy vacations!

 

 

 

30A Is The Place To Stay! Part III (Recreation)

30A (and the Destin area) is filled with so many fun-family activities. There’s never a boring moment, even when relaxing at the beach.

Beaches
-Water rentals: Each beach has paddle boarding and boat rentals (2-hour rental minimum).

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-Relaxing: Most beaches offer rental chairs and umbrellas (rent by the day or week).

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-Bring your own fun: Cornhole, Wiffle Ball, Boogie Boards, Rafting, Snorkeling

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Transportation
Along 30A, everyone either brings or rents bikes.

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Shopping
-Farmers’ Market (Every Sunday from 10am – 1pm at Rosemary Beach…and some Thursdays too)

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-Each 30A beach has it’s own shopping district (very high-end).

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-Seafood Markets (Goatfeathers)

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Kid Fun
-30A beaches will have afternoon children’s activities during the week. They also have evening camps posted too!

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Nightlife
Each 30A beach has free outdoor movies/concerts and firework displays.

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Destin
While we were in Destin, we enjoyed the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise for our lil buc.

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We also enjoyed more shopping and two restaurants.

Shopping:
-Silver Sands Premium Outlets
-Destin Commons
-Grand Boulevard

And a shopping trip to Destin would not be complete without a visit to Alvin’s Island for souvenirs.

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Eats:

To celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary, Mr. Modhousewife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Beach Walk Cafe. The food and the ocean view were incredible. I highly recommend this restaurant for a romantic getaway.

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And finally we enjoyed a great lunch at a well-known Destin establishment, Hog’s Breath.

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We really enjoyed 30A and Destin; and I believe your family would love this beautiful area of Florida too!

Happy Vacation!

30A Is The Place To Stay! Part II (Eateries)

My review of 30A continues today with the fantastic local eateries. What I first noticed about this area is the lack of commercial restaurants (no Starbucks, etc). Everything is unique; and the food could not be more fresh….especially the seafood.

So let’s take a restaurant tour by beach!

Inlet Beach:

Donut Hole
For a wonderful breakfast or just picking up donuts, this is a vacation must! The food and donuts are incredible; and the service is always friendly and fast. Warning: No reservations and you may have to wait a half hour to be seated…..but it’s worth the wait.
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Rosemary Beach: 

Amavida Coffee & Tea
Since Starbucks was not an option on 30A, my morning coffee worries where over when I found Amavida. It was just a 2 block walk from the rental house; and it’s in the center of Rosemary Beach’s shopping district. They have a variety of hot, cold and frozen coffees. Plus, you are able to enjoy chai, smoothies, juices and lots of pastries. (There is also a Seaside Beach location.)

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Cowgirl Kitchen
This western-style cafe is great casual spot for lunch or dinner (Seaside location only open until 3pm). We enjoyed their famous fish tacos, avocado BLT and the kid’s hot dog:) Plus, we ran into neighbors there….what a small world!

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Sugar Shak
When in Rome….. The Sugar Shak is a must when at Rosemary Beach. It’s like walking into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Candy from wall to ceiling; and the most usual to unusual candy ever seen (the chocolate covered bugs was interesting). Plus, enjoy all sorts of ice cream desserts….cones, sundaes and shakes. The kids will love this candy paradise.

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Seacrest Beach:

The Sweet Peddler
This is the Sugar Shak’s competition; and my preferred sweets shop! It was right outside our house community; and my daughter could have spent hours here!

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Alys Beach:

George’s
We were unable to eat here, but it’s on my “to-eat” list for our next visit!

Seagrove Beach: 

Angelina’s Pizzeria & Pasta
Sometimes you just want the old classics…..pizza and beer! One night driving home from Seaside Beach, I noticed Angelina’s and decided do to some investigating. After reviewing the menu, the family thought pizza and salad would be a great dinner. The thin pizza and salads were incredible (Breadsticks are to die for!). Plus, they had homemade comfort food such a chicken parmesan! Highly recommend Angelina’s.

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Seaside Beach:

Bud and Alley’s 
This was my favorite restaurant of the vacation. The ambiance and food is the best kept secret on the Emerald Coast. They are famous for their crab cakes; and I am already missing that buttery, crunchy taste….whole lump crab was melt in your mouth delicious. They take reservations!

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 Great Southern Cafe
If you love grits, this is your place! I tried grits for the first time at Great Southern; and I can’t wait to eat cheesy grits again (I will try to replicate the recipe soon). Their menu is filled with southern specialties; and if you don’t get there early, expect a 1 to 2 hour wait. Also, I got to eat dinner with my bestie Sheryl Crow at Great Southern.

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Pickles, Food Trucks, Bud and Alley’s Taco Bar/Pizza Bar, Shrimp Shack
For quick eats, try these seaside places at Seaside Beach.

Pickles: Best cheeseburgers and fries around.

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Food Trucks: The trucks carry all the foods you can imagine: drinks, bbq, grilled cheese, etc.

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Bud and Alley’s Taco & Pizza Bars: The fish tacos looked amazing; and I wish I had been able to try the pizza:(

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Shrimp Shak: Best Lobster Roll EVER!

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So if you were wondering if we ate are way through 30A, you would be correct. It was worth gaining 5 lbs.

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Happy Eating!

P.S. We did eat in a few nights; and I will be posting some fabulous new recipes very soon.

30A Is The Place To Stay!

My family just returned from a wonderful vacation; and stayed along the Florida Emerald Coast area most commonly referred to as 30A. Scenic Highway 30A is 30 miles of white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico coastline in Northwest Florida’s Walton County.

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Throughout this week, I will be blogging about the lodging, recreation and eateries on 30A (including a few Destin locations too). Today, I am writing on accommodations.

We stayed on the boarder of Seacrest/Rosemary Beaches in a rental housing community called, “The Water’s Edge at Seacrest Beach”. This area is filled with condos and houses that can accommodate small to even the largest families.

We stayed in this rental houseand my favorite amenities included the full kitchen, large bedrooms, easy beach access and private pool. Plus, the house came with beach rental chairs and umbrella.

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For other rental properties to review click here.

We were so happy with this location and housing that we plan to visit many more times in the future.

Loving Florida!

Easy Homemade Lasagna!

Lasagna is one of my favorite dishes to make. And this recipe is easy! Here is my step-by-step instructions!

Ingredients: Lasagna pan, 1 box of lasagna noodles, parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, 1 can tomato sauce, 1 large can tomato puree, 1 lb. Italian sausage, Italian seasoning, onion power, garlic powder and oregano.

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1. Start creating meat sauce by frying sweet Italian sausage (Found at the meat counter of your local grocery store).

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2. Combine tomato sauce, puree, fried sausage and spices to your liking into greased crock pot. Best to cook on low for all-day cooking.

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3. Boil lasagna noodles on high for 10 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water.

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4. Time to prepare lasagna. Grease pan and spread meat sauce on the bottom.

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5. Place noodles on the first layer of meat sauce. Then start layering in this order: noodles, meat sauce, ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.

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6. After layering is complete..add some oregano. It’s ready for a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes. If frozen, defrost for a few hours before placing in oven.

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7. Remove from oven, cool for 5 minutes and serve!

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Enjoy!

Beef Brisket for the Oven!

Brisket was a family favorite growing up. To this day, when I return to my hometown, I go to my favorite deli for a brisket on rye sandwich.

Having a craving, I searched for a simple oven brisket recipe and found this one! I used a 3 lb. brisket; and did not include the garlic salt. Also, for the first round of cooking, the brisket was only in the oven for 4 hours at 300º.

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I made the rub as instructed (without garlic salt). Then rubbed on brisket. Then with fat-side up, I tightly folded the brisket in greased foil, placed in greased pan and slowed cooked on 300º for 4 hours.

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I removed the brisket from the oven and removed the foil. I drained juice and collected 1 cup to mix with Worcestershire  sauce, Russian dressing, BBQ sauce and sugar. Then poured the new mixture over the brisket and cooked covered for 30 minutes at 300º.

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Then cooked uncovered for 30 minutes at 325º. Remove from heat, slice and then serve.

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Enjoy!

 

Salmon On The Grill

I love cooking fish on the grill! This time instead of tilapia, cod or shrimp, we grilled Atlantic Salmon. And I created a marinade with ingredients already in my pantry/refrigerator.

Ingredients: 1lb. Fresh Atlantic Salmon.  Marinade: 1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce, 2 tbsp. Dijon Mustard, 1/4 cup Brown Sugar (I also added parsley to give some color.)

Directions: Mix Marinade ingredients. Place salmon in air-tight container. Pour marinade over salmon, close container and refrigerate for a few hours.

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Remove from container and place on greased foil. Double foil the salmon before putting it on the grill.

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Place on grill (medium heat) for about 20-25 minutes or until salmon is pink and flakey.

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Serve and Enjoy!

Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans

I am a believer that during the summer, most cooking should be prepared on the grill…..Especially vegetables. Not only does the food have a terrific flavor, there’s less kitchen cleanup.

Here’s a simple and delicious green bean recipe for the grill.

1. Wash and cut ends of fresh green beans.

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2. Gather in bunches. Wrap each bunch with one slice of bacon and add salt/pepper. Then place on greased foil and wrap for the grill.

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3. Place on grill for 15-20 on the indirect heat. Then remove from grill and eat!

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Enjoy!

 

Funfetti Cake Batter Pancakes

Today is Miss Modhousewife’s birthday; and her favorite food is pancakes. So what better way to wake up on your birthday morning……eating Funfetti Cake Batter Pancakes.

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Ingredients: Plus add vanilla.

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I would add another cup of milk to this recipe. If not, the batter will be very thick. Also, these are more dessert pancakes. These pancakes maybe too sweet to eat first thing in the morning, but they are delicious!

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Enjoy!