Thursday, March 31, 2016

Love Smoked Meat. Cave Tools Makes it Easy and Affordable.



My family loves smoked meat.  There is just something about the added flavor that makes the taste so incredible.  We have always wanted to buy a smoker, but couldn't find something that was in our budget.  I was so excited when Cave Tools asked me if I wanted to review a smoker box.  When it arrived I was surprised how small it was, but after using it I discovered it is the perfect size. It's made out of stainless steel.

It fits nicely under the grill grates.
We tried it with charcoal briquettes and it did not work very well, but when using the gas it worked brilliantly.
On the wood chip package it says to soak your chips before using them.  We discovered it worked much better with dry chips. We cooked hamburgers
BBQ Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

and my favorite just smoked chicken. 
We did not even season the chicken. It was flavored strictly by the smoke from the smoke box
and it was delicious.

You can buy the Smoker Box directly from Cave Tools Here or from Amazon Here.

You can tell we used it quite a bit and it's held up to the heat brilliantly.
It took a bit of trial and error to learn how to use the smoker box, but now that we know how to make it work it is an easy and affordable way to get that great smoked meat flavor.

Cave Tools has graciously offered a 15% off coupon code for you to purchase it from Amazon.
Use the Code TJ4VTYCS

I'm ready for Summer grilling season and can't wait to try the smoker box out some more!


The smoke box was provided by Cave Tools.  I was not paid to complete this review All opinions are my own!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St Patrick's Day and Keeping the Tradition Going!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day is one holiday that holds very special memories for me.   It was one of my Grandma McNee's favorite holidays.  I remember how much she loved it and how happy it would make her to celebrate the "green" day.  It was tradition that she always made her famous "Irish Cupcakes".  They were so fun and oh so delicious.  No matter how old we were we looked forward to them each St Patrick's Day.   I have attempted to keep this tradition up with my own kids, but as life got busier and with a full time job, I have become a slacker in this area.
Thankfully, my Sister Tayler took hold of the reins and kept the tradition going this year.
Not only are they adorable, but it brings back such tender and happy memories.  

You can find find this recipe for GRANDMA's IRISH CUPCAKES here.
Tayler used this recipe for the frosting. (My fave!!)

Thank you Tayler for the little reminder of our incredible, amazing Grandma and for keeping the tradition going!  




Sunday, March 6, 2016

Queso Taco Pasta

I am a HUGE Taco fan.  I could eat tacos all week and never get tired of them.  My family on the other hand think I make them too much (once or twice a month is not too often).  So this was a great find.  The family absolutely loved it.  It had great flavor and provided my taco fix while satisfying my whole family.  It is now my favorite dish and there were no leftovers.

Queso Taco Pasta

Queso Sauce
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup prepared mild salsa
Beef Mixture
1 cup finely chopped onions
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 pound ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon  black pepper
1 (10 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes, mild
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 Tablespoon lime juice

3/4 pound small pasta of your choice
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Place butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to melt. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper for about 30 seconds until bubbly. Slowly whisk in chicken broth until smooth. Increase heat to high while whisking until thickened. Takes 3-5 minutes. Stir in cheese and salsa, turn off heat and set aside.

Brown hamburger, garlic, onions, salt and pepper. Drain fat if necessary. Add tomatoes, cumin and lime juice, stir to combine.

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.

Place beef, noodles and queso in a large bowl.  Mix. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper to your liking. Transfer to prepared baking dish and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve warm.

So delicious!!
Enjoy!



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