Roasted Red Pepper, Mozzarella and Basil Stuffed Chicken

If you know the real me then you know that I am not a major fan of cooking.  You would think that with all the Food Network shows I watch I would have a home cooked meal on the table every night, I’m just not that type of woman.  Well after getting bashed and teased about how I’m not a ‘normal’ girl because I don’t like cooking I finally decided to make my man a meal.  Now I’m no Betty Crocker but if you give me a recipe then I can sure as heck follow that recipe to a T and make a great meal.  I was craving chicken that night so I searched and searched and searched for an easy meal because I knew that Ry was gonna be home within the next hour.  I finally found the perfect chicken to try.  It’s a roasted red pepper, mozzarella and basil stuffed chicken.  The picture is what sold me on the recipe, so I put my little invisible chef hat on and headed to Publix.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time:  35 minutes
Total Time:  50 minutes

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced into 8 slices
1 12 oz jar of roasted red peppers sliced into 1 inch pieces (about two whole red peppers if you roast your own)
1 bunch of basil, whole leaves
1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan
Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper for seasoning

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease a 9×12 casserole dish.  Butterfly chicken breasts by slicing into the long side of the breast, stopping just about 1/4 of an inch from the opposite side.  Lay chicken breast in casserole dish opened up.  Sprinkle the exposed insides of the chicken breast with 1/2 of the Italian seasoning and salt and pepper.  Stack the roasted red pepper, basil, and 1 slice of the mozzarella on the bottom side of the chicken.  Fold the top flap of the chicken over, tucking in the mozzarella, basil and roasted red pepper as necessary.  Sprinkle with the remaining Italian seasoning.  Bake chicken for 30-40 minutes (until chicken is no longer pink).  Pull chicken out of oven and turn the oven to a high broil.  Top chicken with remaining mozzarella slices and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Broil until cheese is browned and bubbly, about 5 minutes.
Now normally if I do attempt to cook Ry doesn’t normally like it (he is a VERY picky eater but won’t admit it), however, I will mark the day that I made this chicken because Ry actually admitted that he liked the chicken and would eat it again.  HALLELUJAH!  This is for all you ladies (or men) that get teased because they don’t cook, you CAN do it.  With Pinterest’s help, ANYTHING is possible.
xoxo, H

Pizza Balls

Pizza Ball

3 cans of Pillsbury Buttermilk Buscuits
60 pepperoni slices
Block of cheese
1 beaten egg
Parmesan cheese
Italian Seasoning
Garlic Powder
1 jar pizza sauce

Slice cheese into about 28 squares.  Flatten each biscuit and stack pepperoni and cheese on top.  Gather edges of biscuit and secure on top of the roll.  Line rolls in greased 9×13 pan.  Brush with beaten egg.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.  Bake at 425 degrees for 18-20 minutes.  Serve with warm pizza sauce for dipping.

Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon and Spinach

Good morning from beautiful Pensacola Florida!

Well fishing season is officially upon us, whoot whoot!!  So please be prepared for the fabulous recipes using fresh yellowfin tuna, blue wahoo and much more.  It won’t get much better than this ladies and gents.  I may even venture out on writing a blog on some of the best fishing gear and fashions while out on the open water.  So keep an eye out.

In my hometown, Scallop season is going to open up in about a month an a half which means some really yummy scallop recipes are about to head your way.  To start the Scallop trend here is a recipe for pan seared scallops with bacon and spinach.

Pan-Seared Scallops with Bacon and Spinach

3 center-cut bacon slices
1 1/2 pounds jumbo sea scallops (about 12)
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 cup chopped onion
6 garlic cloves, sliced
12 ounces fresh baby spinach
4 lemon wedges (optional)

1.  Cook bacon in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until crisp.  Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in pan; coarsely chop and set bacon aside.  Increase heat to high.
2.  Pat scallops dry with paper towels.  Sprinkle scallops evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.  Add scallops to drippings in pan; cook 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until done.  Transfer to a plate; keep warm.  Reduce heat to medium-high.  Add onion and garlic to pan; saute 3 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add half of spinach; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.  Add remaining half of spinach; cook 2 minutes or just until wilted, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Divide spinach mixture among 4 plates; top each serving evenly with crumbled bacon and 3 scallops. Serve immediately with lemon wedges, if desired.

I highly encourage the lemon wedges being added to this fabulous recipe.  Freshly squeezed lemons just add a little zest to fresh seafood.

xoxo, h

70 Cheap or FREE date ideas


Valentines Day is coming up, have you thought of a great date to take your man on?  Well you’re in luck because I have come up with some great ideas for you and the love of your life.

  1. Picnic – You can either do this in your living room, a place with a pretty view or in an interesting place (first place you met)
  2. Teach each other skills – How to play an instrument etc.
  3. Go to a free community event – There are usually free activities going on, give one a try!
  4. Have a movie night with a theme – Challenge each other to bring the worst movie, the best musical etc.
  5. If you have snow, play in it.
  6. Make a special dinner
  7. Have a culturally-themed date where you serve traditional food and learn about another culture and the way they celebrate or date!  Add in a movie that takes place in that specific country, or a documentary about the culture.
  8. Go to the bookstore.
  9. Go stargazing in the backyard or at a local conservatory.
  10. Have a Wii tournament.
  11. Have a movie night with one basic theme – Nacho Night: eating fancy nachos and watch Nacho Libre.
  12. Go Ice Blocking – slide down big hills on a large block of ice (bring towels to lay on the ice or your bum will get very cold!)
  13. Mystery date – Put three or four ideas for dinner, activities and dessert in unmarked envelopes and pick one at random each time you finish with the last task.
  14. Go for a walk or ride bikes.
  15. Make T-shirts – Get cheap, plain white tees from the store and decorate them with sharpies or paint.  Stencils are helpful or you can just wing it.
  16. Go to thrift stores and pick out an outfit for the other person, with $5 budget each.
  17. Make ice cream sculptures out of cheap, very frozen ice cream.  Add toppings for details and then eat them after you show off your creations.
  18. Rent a tandem bicycle, segways or a paddle boat and get outdoors.
  19. Take a dance class together.
  20. Make a blanket fort
  21. Go swimming or hot-tubbing.
  22. Go pick fruit in season at a local farm or orchard.
  23. Go see a local band or musician, or open-mic night.
  24. Visit  a factory in your area and take a tour.  Usually these include free samples.
  25. Go to costco, BJ’s, or Sam’s and have some samples, and buy $1.50 dinners.
  26. Go miniature golfing or to batting cages.
  27. Go roller skating on disco night at your local rink.  See who can do the best tricks by the end of the night.
  28. Go to the mountains or camp indoors, roast marshmallows and make banana boats.
  29. Play poker with peanuts, candy or cheap, fun items from the dollar store.
  30. Stay at home and play table tennis or go bowling.
  31. Go people watching at a crowded place.
  32. Visit antique shops and compete to find the funniest, rarest or oldest items.
  33. Buy flowers or balloons and give them to people on the street who look like they need cheering up.
  34. Race tin-foil boats in a stream or river.
  35. Finger paint together, try to create a masterpiece.
  36. Bake and decorate sugar cookies.
  37. Go to open houses and talk about your dream home.
  38. Do a puzzle.
  39. Go to the zoo or a petting zoo.
  40. Play ultimate frisbee or frisbee golf.
  41. Have a fondue night.
  42. Watch stand-up comedy specials together.
  43. Do touristy things – in the city you live in.
  44. Go fishing and cook your catch for dinner.
  45. Volunteer at a festival together, you do something good and get in for free!
  46. Go get pedicures together at a cosmetology school.
  47. Attend a book or poetry reading at your library.
  48. Dress up in your fanciest clothes and order dessert at a nice restaurant..
  49. Go to an art gallery, museum or exhibit in town.  Many of them have a local or student discount.
  50. Take your dog for a walk.
  51. Build something with legos.
  52. Make bucket lists together.
  53. Go to McDonald’s for dinner, then to the arcade.
  54. Feed the ducks at the park.
  55. Carve something out of a giant block of cheese.
  56. Support local teams.
  57. Go to a free movie screening at the library.
  58. Take an art class together.
  59. Make Valentines Day cards for each other.
  60. Go ice skating.
  61. Play darts at a local dive.
  62. Go see a play or show at a theater in your area, or even a high school.
  63. Learn how to love each other.
  64. Set a movie night up like a movie theater, complete with VIP curtain, movie theater candy, popcorn, and Italian sodas.
  65. TV show marathon.
  66. Go to the shooting range.
  67. Go to a drive-in movie.
  68. Test drive super nice cars.
  69. Go to an ice-cream or chocolate store and see what you can taste-test.
  70. Buy several brands of one food or drink, cover up the labels and have a blind tasting contest.

These are great ideas for Valentine’s Day or just a regular old day that you want to make your man feel special.