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What’s cookin’?

All of my life I have been surrounded by a family that cooks a lot! My grandparents on my mom’s side would cook in the kitchen every day & also bake desserts as well. Helping was one of my favorite things to do with them when they were still alive.

Now that I am 22 years old going on 23, I feel like I should be learning how to cook my own meals and bake my own desserts! Although I know how to cook and bake the basics of things, (scrambled eggs, chicken & rice, pies etc.) I feel like I have the capability of learning how to cook larger meals and make excellent desserts.

One of my favorite dishes that my grandfather used to make was actually something he found in a magazine and it’s something that you can instantly find thanks to Google!

It is called King Ranch Chicken Casserole! I think the first time I had it was when my mom made it for me for my birthday and when she made it I thought it was a family recipe! *It probably was at some point but not with my family lol* When my mom told me it was actually just out of a cooking magazine I wasn’t necessarily disappointed, but more intrigued to look up more recipes online!

Today I will be writing out the recipe for King Ranch Chicken Casserole and showing you what it looks like! Let’s get ready!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can of Rotel tomatoes (Original) *found in canned foods aisle*
  • 1 can of Baked Beans 
  • 1 bag of Tostitos chips (another version of the recipe calls for tortillas but we enjoy Tostitos more because of the crunchiness)

Supplies:

  • Medium-sized Pyrex dish
  • Non-stick Pam Spray
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1 can of Rotel tomatoes mixed with 1 can of cream of chicken / cooked & diced chicken breast / 1 can of vegetarian baked beans / Pam sprayed, Medium-sized Pyrex dish

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One of the tips for being able to cut up the chicken easily is to either warm it up in a pan on the stove or put it in the microwave for a few minutes. This will allow the chicken to defrost a little bit and it will be easier to cut up and put into the pyrex dish.

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Once you cut up all of the chicken start layering in the pyrex dish. Chicken first, chips second and the Rotel tomato & cream of chicken mix last. Then once you have done it once re-layer it again until you are out of the mix and there’s enough to fill the dish to the top.

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Once you layer everything it should look something like this. Now keep in mind when you finish layering the main ingredients that’s when you add the cheese on top and voila! You are ready to put it in the oven!

You’re going to want to cook it at 350 degrees for about an hour with the top and without the top for the last 10 minutes. You can of course cook it to your liking so it can either be really cheesy with the top on or more crispy without the top.

Once you cook it and it’s done it should look something like this!

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Bon Appetit! It is SUPER DELICIOUS!

Hope you try making the recipe & enjoy it as well! Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this recipe.

Until next time!

– Katy

 

Happy Easter!

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Today has been a great day! We didn’t go out to any Easter festivities because most of our family was out of the house, working or were busy. So we decided to go and see a movie at Alamo Drafthouse! You guys have no idea how much we love the food there. And when I say that.. it’s not just ANY type of food. It’s the Brussels Sprouts, Smoked Bacon & Goat Cheese Pizza! IT IS SOOOOO GOOD! fullsizeoutput_af3We also ordered Loaded Fries which were amazing as well. They were cheesy and spicy and just simply delicious. I would highly recommend if you ever decide to go to Alamo Drafthouse. The movie that we saw was called “Your Name”. It’s a popular movie in Japan and we had to see it when we knew it was showing here in the U.S! It was amazing. I’ll be writing a separate blog post all about what I thought. I totally recommend for you all to see it! I am such a lover of anime and all things related! Anyway, during the movie we ordered some dessert! We both shared 3 chocolate chip cookies with ice cream which were super good too!

*Now to explain the picture up above with Kevin & the easter bunny*

We had gone to City Centre a while back to eat lunch and there happened to be an event going on while we were there. One of Kevin’s friends also happened to be in a Easter Bunny suit so I had to get a picture! It was probably the only picture I have of me with the Easter Bunny! I don’t even remember getting pictures taken when I was little, so this was a first for me! It wasn’t as traumatizing as it is for some younger kids though. LOL. So of course I had to post this picture of the three of us today in honor of the Easter holiday!

Happy Easter & I hope you enjoyed spending the day with your family and friends!

Until next time!

– Katy

Weekend Fun!

This weekend consisted of nothing but fun! For my best friend’s 21st birthday I decided that I would take her out to celebrate this past Saturday! I chose a local brewery that’s close by called Karbach and it was awesome! One of my favorite things about this brewery is that when you purchase an awesome glass you get tokens and you can pick whatever beer you want! It was just really nice to relax and have fun with my boyfriend and best friends. YUMMY-DOG-640x480
They have a restaurant there but we didn’t get food from them because it’s a bit expensive. I saw a food truck that served hotdogs on a pretzel bun which was really good too!  Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of my actual hotdog but it was definitely unique! One of our friends Meghan came along with us and got chili & cheese fries from them too!

My friend Zari was the one who I took out in celebration of her 21st birthday and she partied hard. By about three o’clock she was already asleep on Meghan’s bed at her house. She told me that she could handle her beer and she definitely did but she still ended up getting pretty wasted too. LOL I love her and Meghan so much! And I’m very thankful to Meghan for helping me out with everything. Anyways, later that afternoon Kevin and I went swimming in our pool at home which was ICE COLD by the way. So we weren’t in there for too long given the fact that we didn’t want to turn into popsicles. Later in the evening we decided to go to Tia Maria’s, a local Mexican restaurant, to eat food and drink margaritas! Mine was strawberry flavored which was honestly THE BEST FLAVOR! After we finished up eating we headed over to a small bar that was hosting a comedy night. One of Kevin’s friends was doing stand up and we went to go check it out. It was super hilarious and it was so worth going out to see him perform! I had never actually seen someone perform at a small venue like this so it was awesome. Although it was upstairs and they didn’t expect so many people to come so I was a littttttle nervous about the top floor falling to the bottom floor but it was all good.

Sunday was a pretty easygoing day too.
We decided to hit up some friends to go over to their house and swim in their heated pool which felt way better than the one at home. IMG_1486.JPGIt’s always so nice going over there. Kevin’s friends are always super nice to let us swim. Their parents always offer us drinks or food to eat while we are there. In the picture on the right you can see the hot tub and their swimming pool. Ah.. just looking at it makes me wanna go for another swim already. LOL.

After swimming and soaking for a few hours we finally decided to head on home. But all in all the entire weekend was pretty awesome! (Granted.. I probably should have been studying or doing some homework but it’s okay because I still have time to do it.)

Well anyways..

Until next time!

– Katy

National Beer Day!

Today Kevin and I went to one of our favorite bars/restaurants Petrol Station located in Houston, TX! We always have a great time going here to eat great food and drink beer either together or with friends. For one the food is AWESOME!
Processed with VSCO with c2 presetThe burger that we ordered was called the Rancor. It comes with nearly everything on it including an egg on top! It can get a little messy but is totally worth eating. The fries are super delicious & this burger is just to die for! Kevin ordered a beer called Southern Star Tropic Theory IPA & I ordered Live Oak Hefeweizen  *which is featured in the picture above at the top!* I have to state that Live Oak is MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE and every time I order it, it tastes better each and every time. I definitely recommend for everyone to try both of the beers we ordered. They are super good! All in all I had a great time today at this awesome place! Getting to spend time with Kevin is probably one of my favorite things to do. Especially when we go to cute little places like this too! If you ever find yourself in Houston, TX I would definitely recommend making a stop at Petrol Station so you can experience the great food & delicious beer!

Houston Rodeo 2017

Back in March I got to go to the Rodeo with Kevin and his friend to see Blink-182 perform at the Rodeo! Now I know what you’re thinking, I just went for Blink and nothing else. Not true! I actually wanted to try Fried Oreos for the first time so I did! They are probably the only deep fried food that I find acceptable and delicious. I would super-duper recommend for everyone to try it at least once in their lifetime. I also got the chance to try a Mac’ & Cheese baked potato which was SOOO good! fullsizeoutput_a28I am always up for a baked potato no matter where I am! LOL.

So this picture to the right is probably one of my favorites only because I usually never like it when people take pictures of me but when Kevin takes pictures of me (even when I’m eating) I seem to still like them! As you can tell he took it on Snapchat and posted it, but for once in my life I agreed that I looked really good! I love those sunglasses.
IMG_1230Before we headed inside I played a quarter game which we were doing terribly on until I tossed a quarter and it landed in the lines! I only got a small plush but it was a prize! Here’s a picture of it on the left. It’s a cute little ice cream! :3

Now getting onto the performance of Blink-182 at the Rodeo. They did a fantastic job! I personally had never listened to Blink-182 until I met Kevin and I am so glad that I gave them a listen because their music is actually AMAZING! They played from their old albums and also from the new album they recently put out. I was super excited to see them for the very first time so we got to our seats 2 hours early to make sure we didn’t miss anything.

Of course we sat through all of the Rodeo festivities including the broncos and bulls and everyone riding around on horses. Finally around 8:45-ish they came out and set up the stage and the show started! IMG_1256.JPGKevin knows every single song and sang along the entire time while I tried to keep up but it was fun nonetheless. Definitely something I will never forget and probably one of the most exciting Rodeo performances that I have ever seen! Can’t wait until next year!

Until next time!

– Katy