Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Pork Chops

Dr Pepper Pork Chops

Who else feels like they have cooked about 743 meals this week? Yikes! I bet an easy dinner with little work from you would hit the spot, wouldn’t it? Let’s change things up a bit with this simple recipe that’s so easy even the kids can help: Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Pork Chops. Add some macaroni and cheese and I bet the kids will eat this with no fuss. Yay!

Dr Pepper Pork Chops

Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Pork Chops

Dr Pepper Pork Chops

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb Boneless Pork Chops
  • 1 Can Dr Pepper (Room Temperature)
  • BBQ Sauce
Dr Pepper Pork Chops

Instructions

  1. Place pork chops in slow cooker.
  2. Pour in the can of Dr Pepper.
  3. Cook on high for 3 hours. 
  4. Remove pork chops & drain slow cooker.
  5. Smother pork chops in BBQ sauce.
  6. Place smothered pork chops back in slow cooker and cook on high for 30 minutes.
  7. Serve & enjoy! 
Dr Pepper Pork Chops
Dr Pepper Pork Chops
Dr Pepper Pork Chops

Have you ever tried Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Pork Chops? If so, what did you think? How would you change this recipe up a bit? Let me know in the comments below or on social media.

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Mmmm… Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

I love a good baked potato, but who wants to heat up the kitchen during the summer?Not me! On this #TastyTuesday, we have the solution for you: Air Fryer Baked Potatoes! This recipe is super simple and easy and it’s faster than cooking a potato in a traditional oven. We recommend serving this potato bar style for a fun meal that the whole family is sure to love!

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Mmmm… Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Ingredients 

  • Medium Sized Potatoes 
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Green Onion
  • Bacon Bits
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Butter
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Instructions

  1. Coat potatoes in olive oil.
  2. Place in air fryer for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
  3. Flip and continue to fry for an additional 10 minutes.
  4. Slice open and top with cheese, green onion, bacon bits, butter, salt & pepper! 
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Have you ever tried making baked potatoes in the air fryer before? What do you like to top your potato with? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.

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Shelter In Place With Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Just because we are stuck at home for the time being, does not mean that it has to suck. With summer and those hot, summer days coming, Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots offer a perfectly refreshing pick me up. And don’t forget to check out our other #TastyTuesday recipes at the bottom of this post.

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots
Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Shelter In Place With Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Ingredients 

  • Strawberry Jello
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Tequila 
  • Salt
  • Condiment Plastic Cups 
  • Strawberries & Limes for Garnish
Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots
Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Instructions

  1. Boil 1 cup of water.
  2. Once water is boiling, pour in the strawberry Jello. 
  3. Mix well.
  4. Pour in 1 cup tequila.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Pour into condiment cups.
  7. Place in the refrigerator for several hours or until jello is solid.
  8. Once jello is solid, cover the cup edges with salt.
  9. Garnish with strawberries & limes & enjoy! 
Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots
Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots
Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

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The Best Banana Pudding: Prep In Just 10 Minutes

best banana pudding

Is your sweet tooth craving something different? Tired of the same old cookies and snack cakes? Make some banana pudding! I got this #TastyTuesday recipe for the best banana pudding I have ever tasted from my girl Pam Wattenbarger. She and her daughter, Brittany, are the authors of “The New Southern Cookbook,” where you can find more yummy recipes just like this to wow your friends with.

best banana pudding

The Best Banana Pudding In Just 10 Minutes

Ok, Pam’s recipe is just a smidge different than what I ended up making. With the current limited availability of certain groceries, I used what I was able to acquire and it still turned out fabulously. You can find her recipe here.

Ingredients

2 1oz packages vanilla pudding mix [I used sugar free & fat free]

1 8oz package frozen whipped topping

4 bananas [mine were a little ripe but not “banana bread” ripe]

2.5 cups regular almond milk [I used unsweetened]

1 cup sour cream [I would have preferred to have used fat free but it wasn’t available. I will try that next time and comment if there is a taste difference.]

Vanilla wafers

best banana pudding

Instructions

Pour both packs of pudding mix into a bowl and add the almond milk. Stir with a whisk until completely blended.

Next, add the sour cream and the whipped topping. This will be harder to stir because the whipped topping is frozen, but that’s ok, leave it frozen. I find that smashing it with a spoon against the side of the bowl will help break the whipped topping down faster and help you vent your frustrations in a healthy manner. Free therapy. 😉 Or thaw it some. Whichever.

Pour half of the pudding mixture into a 9″ by 9″ baking dish.

Cut up the bananas and add them to the dish, on top of the pudding mixture.

Next, add enough vanilla wafers to cover the bananas.

Pour the rest of the pudding mix over the dish and add a few vanilla wafers to garnish. Put the dish in the fridge and serve after it completely sets. I like to make it at night and serve it the next day. Enjoy!

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French Vanilla Dalgona Coffee Recipe

French Vanilla Dalgona Coffee Recipe

I have been seeing Dalgona Coffee recipes all over the internet lately. Have you? I think you guys know that I am all about my coffee so, naturally, I had to try this one, too. Yum! And I have to say, this French Vanilla Dalgona Coffee recipe is pretty easy to make. Impress your friends with this fine coffeehouse concoction that even novice coffee connoisseurs can master. With our easy to follow step by step guide below, don’t worry, you don’t have to be a barista to make this gorgeous drink. Enjoy!

French Vanilla Dalgona Coffee Recipe

French Vanilla Dalgona Coffee Recipe

Makes 2 Servings

French Vanilla Dalgona Coffee Recipe

Ingredients:

-2 tbsp of instant coffee

-2 tbsp sugar

-2 tbsp hot water

-French Vanilla syrup (We purchased Sebastiano’s at Marshalls, it can also be found at Winners, HomeSense, HomeGoods and TJ Maxx)

-Milk of choice (we used 1%)

-Ice cubes

Instructions:

French Vanilla Dalgona Coffee Recipe
French Vanilla Dalgona Coffee Recipe

-Whisk together instant coffee, sugar, and hot water until peaks are formed. (You can use a hand whisk, a hand mixer or a stand mixer. Your choice)

French Vanilla Dalgona Coffee Recipe

-Fill a glass with ice cubes and top with desired amount of French Vanilla Syrup. If you just want a little flavor go for a teaspoon, but if you’re looking for a big bunch of vanilla sweetness you might want to go with an ounce.

French Vanilla Dalgona Coffee Recipe

-Top the rest of your cup with milk of choice.

French Vanilla Dalgona Coffee Recipe

-Put one to three scoops of the whipped coffee mixture on top and serve! Enjoy!

French Vanilla Dalgona Coffee Recipe
French Vanilla Dalgona Coffee Recipe

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Liquor Easter Eggs – What Your Adult Friends Really Want This Year

Liquor Easter Eggs

We all know that Easter is going to look a little different this year. Ok, a lot different. But that doesn’t mean that we still can’t have a good time. After you have dyed all the eggs to hide for the kiddos and filled all the plastic eggs with chocolate goodies, now it’s time to think about a little something for yourself. You deserve something after all of that hard work. I have something that I think you and your buddies are really going to like – Liquor Easter Eggs.

Liquor Easter Eggs – What Your Adult Friends Really Want This Year

With lots of places currently closed, it might be hard to come up with a really good gift for your adult friends for Easter. That’s ok, we have done the thinking for you. And it’s a super simple crowd pleaser.

Supplies 

  • Medium Sized Plastic Eggs (you can find these at Dollar Tree, among other places)
  • Easter Grass
  • Mini Liquor Bottles 
Liquor Easter Eggs
Liquor Easter Eggs

This is going to be the easiest thing that you do for Easter this year unless you nap all day. First, add Easter grass to each plastic egg.

Liquor Easter Eggs

Next, add a small liquor bottle to each egg. Liquor stores are still open so you should be able to come across these pretty easy.

Liquor Easter Eggs

After that, close the egg and you are all done. I told you it would be easy! Now give this beautiful Easter Egg to one of your best friends or keep it for yourself! You know you deserve it. Be sure to sit back and enjoy the prize inside.

Liquor Easter Eggs

And try not to stress too much when you count the found portion of the kids’ Easter Eggs later and discover that 2 are missing. When those bad boys start smelling a couple days later, don’t call me. I can’t help you with that. That’s all you. 😉

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3 Hour Slow Cooker Beer Brats Recipe

beer brats

When you are trying to cook something at home without making a trip to the grocery store, it’s nice to use the items you have on hand and still have something tasty. Am I right? No stress, no frills, just some tasty comfort food. Well, grab a beer and get ready to feel like you are hanging out with your friends at the sports bar or a cookout. Today’s #TastyTuesday recipe is super simple 3 Hour Slow Cooker Beer Brats. Yum!

3 Hour Slow Cooker Beer Brats

Ingredients

•   1 Package Original Bratwurst 
•   4oz Beer
•   1/2 Stick Butter
•   1 Tsp Salt
•   1 Tsp Pepper
•   Rolls
•   2 Large Red Onions Sliced 
•   Mustard & Ketchup (Optional Toppings)

Instructions

Start by browning the bratwurst in a skillet.

beer brats
beer brats

Place bratwurst is the slow cooker. Sprinkle in the onion, salt & pepper. nd top with butter.

beer brats
beer brats

Pour in the beer and cook on high for 3 hrs. Serve these bad boys on buns & enjoy!

beer brats

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Easy Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks Recipe

Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks

I am all about an easily prepared meal. How about you? I am no chef, by any stretch of the imagination. My cooking skills can best be described as “adequate,” but this Easy Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks Recipe is something that even I can handle. You can put this #TastyTuesday recipe together in just minutes with only a few items that you probably already have on hand. And they are so good that I think your whole family will love them!

Easy Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks Recipe

Ingredients 

  • 6 Drumsticks 
  • 1 Ranch Packet
  • 1 Stick Butter (Melted)

Instructions

Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks

Make sure that the drumsticks are as dry as possible by patting them down with a towel. 

Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks

Coat each drumstick thoroughly in butter. Next, place drumsticks on air fryer basket without overcrowding. 

Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks

Cook at 375 degrees for 25 minutes and remove from air fryer. Next, coat drumsticks thoroughly and evenly with ranch powder.

Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks

Place drumsticks back in the air fryer for another 10 minutes. Remove from the air fryer and make sure that the drumsticks are well done or cook longer if needed. Enjoy!

Air Fryer Ranch Drumsticks

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5 Italian Restaurants Las Vegas Residents Love

italian restaurants las vegas

Las Vegas is a large city with a variety of restaurants, and it can be hard to choose one, especially if you are in the mood for Italian. If you are craving some of your favorite Italian dishes from lasagna, to risotto, to carbonara, to truffles, or looking for a traditional spaghetti, you can find it in Las Vegas.

Whether you are in the mood for northern, southern, family-style, or gourmet Italian cuisine, you can find a restaurant in Vegas. Below you will find five Italian restaurants that Las Vegas residents love.

5 Italian Restaurants Las Vegas Residents Love

1. Bottiglia

At  Henderson Italian Restaurant Bottiglia, customers can enjoy the bright and lively surroundings, that flows through to the menu. On the list, you will find a variety of antipasti, salads, fresh fish, and homemade pappardelle Bolognese. Henderson Italian Restaurant offers its visitors delicious Italian cuisine and a unique wine list with a variety of choices. Local residents enjoy the Tuscan-style food, as they enjoy the open atmosphere and view of the Las Vegas desert at Henderson Italian Restaurant.

2. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar Since 1985 Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar have been offering Las Vegas residents a unique and authentical Italian dining experience.  Chef Mimmo is a trained Italian chef, and the best ingredients are used in the restaurants homemade pasta, sausages, breads, and desserts. 

At Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, pastas, breads, and desserts are made daily on-premise. There are also whole-wheat and gluten-free pasta options available. Along with good food, you can complement your dinner with delicious wine from the extensive wine cellar at the Wine Bar.

3. Chicago Joe’s

If you are looking for a budget-friendly restaurant that has excellent food and reputation, then look no further then Chicago Joe’s. The vibe at Chicago Joe’s is a down-home Italian eatery, and on their website, they keep a picture gallery of visitors. It a popular spot with locals because they can enjoy authentic Italian food without breaking the wallet and get away from the hoopla of the strip.

 4. Scarpetta

The Scarpetta is an elegant restaurant located in The Cosmopolitan in the Boulevard Tower. Customers are treated to a remarkable view overlooking the Las Vegas strip. It’s a great spot that locals like to celebrate birthday or anniversaries at Scarpetta. The menu has lots of seafood, gluten-free, and vegetarian options available for customers to enjoy.

5. Capo’s Restaurant & Speakeasy

Capo’s Restaurant & Speakeasy is off the beaten path and is a place people love to visit for there mobster-style, speakeasy theme, with the restaurant itself dimly lit, and red booths to sit and enjoy your meal.  The food and service are excellent, making Capo’s Restaurant and Speakeasy a popular spot for Las Vegas locals. Enjoy a mobster themed meal, with all dishes being named in a mobster style, for example, “Sawed-off Sauage and Peppers” or  “Bust a Cap.” There’s a variety on the menu for customers to enjoy from traditional family specialties and modern adaptations.  You’ll never forget your eating experience at Capo’s Restaurant and Speakeasy.

Final Thoughts

If you are traveling to Las Vegas for the first time, make sure you relax and have a good time! Look for places that local residents enjoy eating at since locals help keep areas open, the restaurants must offer some pretty good food. If you are really in the mood for one of your favorite Italian dishes, such as carbonara, lasagna, traditional spaghetti, risotto, truffles, or focaccia, then definitely start by visiting one of the five restaurants listed above to get your fix on. You’ll find your favorites from pastas, seafood, breads, and desserts at one of these famous Italian restaurants: Henderson Italian Restaurant, Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, Chicago Joe’s, Scarpetta, and Capo’s Restaurant & Speakeasy.

Viva Chicken Opening In Winston-Salem 10/30

Viva Chicken
Viva Chicken: Arroz Chaufa & Sweet Potato Fries

Yesterday I took my nephews, Bradley and Preston, for a day out in Winston-Salem. We were heading there, specifically, for the soft opening/launch party of Viva Chicken, the new Peruvian Chicken restaurant that will be opening in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. I had never had Peruvian chicken before and neither had my nephews, so we were pretty excited to experience it for the first time.

Viva Chicken Opening In Winston-Salem 10/30

Viva Chicken is a Peruvian Rotisserie Joint specializing in Pollo a la Brasa. Their menu is fresh, flavorful, and packed with inspired recipes that will transport your taste buds to the streets of Peru. Viva Chicken is not only hip and healthy, it’s quick and convenient and a great spot for dine-in or takeout.

As I said, Bradley, Preston and I had never tried Peruvian food before, so ordering was an adventure. Viva Chicken’s menu is really descriptive, though, so even if you are a Peruvian novice, you still get a pretty good idea of what you are getting in advance.

Viva Chicken
Viva Chicken: Arroz Chaufa

I ordered the Arroz Chaufa [Peruvian Fried Rice] – Jasmine Rice, red peppers, green onions, red onions, egg, soy sauce and ginger. I also ordered Sweet Potato Fries. I really wanted to order one of their Signature Juices but couldn’t decide which, so I asked the cashier to decide for me. I ended up with the Chicha Morada [Peruvian purple corn, cinnamon, clove, pineapple, apple, lime], which we all agreed tasted a bit like pumpkin pie – I am thinking because of the cinnamon and cloves.

Viva Chicken
Viva Chicken: The Great & Cilantro Infused Rice

Bradley ordered a sandwich called The Great [Pulled rotisserie chicken, lettuce, tomato and onions, rocoto mayo]. He also added Jalapeno Bacon and he got it on ciabatta bread. For his side, he chose Cilantro Infused Rice. Everything we tried was great but the cilantro infused rice was my personal favorite thing of the whole meal, along with my Signature juice.

Viva Chicken
Viva Chicken: Cilantro Infused Rice

Preston also ordered The Great but he ordered French Fries for his side. Admittedly, I am not that big of a french fry person, but Viva Chicken‘s are really good. Viva Chicken has 3 sauces that you can choose from and we tried all 3 for the French Fries and the Sweet Potato Fries. I liked them all but my personal favorite one was Aji Amarillo [the yellow one]. The sandwiches are pretty big and Preston wasn’t able to finish all of his. Both boys also had Cheerwine with their meals. Even though Cheerwine is from North Carolina, it isn’t all that easy to find in restaurants, so they were pretty excited about this.

It was a beautiful day so we sat outside on the open air patio. Of course, there is lots of indoor dining space, too, for those days when the weather is not as inviting.

I feel like the prices are pretty cheap for the area and you get a nice portion of food that tastes great for your money. There are a few more expensive items on the menu but you could easily eat there for less than $10 a person.

I had leftovers and the boys argued over who got to eat the rest of my Arroz Chaufa. Um, what about me? Haha! I did let them take my leftovers, though, because I am as awesome aunt, naturally.

Viva Chicken

Viva Chicken is located at 3493 Burke Mill Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 and opens to the public on 10/30. Check out their full menu here! Try it out and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media!

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