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I love to cook and try new recipes! I will also be bringing you recipes from my grandmother’s recipe box!

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We all love fried foods, right? I’m sure you have also been looking for a better way to fix them. Simple Living Products has just what you need!

About Simple Living Air Fryer

The SUPERHEATED RAPID AIR CIRCULATION TECHNOLOGY used throughout the cooking process of this Air Fryer ensures healthier and crispier food.

  • 80% LESS CALORIES – Enjoy delicious crispy foods without the guilt PLUS less calories than regular frying. Discover a Healthier Version of Fried Foods.
  • It rapidly circulates the oils throughout the entire cooking process to ensure crispy food. This ensures no oil, less fat and fewer calories.
  • Your calorie intake can be reduced by 80% every time you use your airfryer.
  • Prepare your favorite crispy foods with no added oil. This smart technology can ensure crispy food by itself.
  • Choose to Air Fry, Bake, Grill, or Roast your food.

FryerIn operation the air fryer is only warm to touch. It does not heat up its surroundings. Regardless of the temperatures you live in, this portable air fryer will not make your home any warmer. So, you can cook all summer long even if there’s a heatwave.

Unlike deep fryers you do not need to hover over the air fryer while in operation, with its many safety features including the automatic safety shut off and non-slip feet you can be rest assured. It does all the thinking for you with its 7 preset settings. Additionally you can set the time and temperature settings to your own personal preference also. When the timer is done, the automatic shut-off stops the cooking cycle so you never overcook or burn your meal. Additionally, if you pull the basket out during operation it automatically shuts off and resumes once the basket is out back in.

My Thoughts

fryerI have been looking to upgrade my existing air fryers, and this was the perfect solution. It had just what I was looking for, so it made sense to snag it. I love that it is digital. The other air fryers I have are manual, with a turn knob. If I am busy doing other things while cooking, it’s harder to glance over and see how much time is left. This air fryer is also a lot larger than my others. It also has an accessory pack with it, to allow me to make more dishes, like the one I made when I first got it! I made a delicious chicken dish, with ingredients I already had in my refrigerator.  I had never made it before, and I was just winging it. It was simple and there were only 4 ingredients:

  1. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  2. enough bacon to sufficiently cover each breast (as little or as much as you want)
  3. ranch dressing (I used a bottled dressing)
  4. shredded cheese (any that you like)

fryerFirst, I laid out the breast, then I squirted some ranch dressing on the chicken breast. There is no right or wrong amount here, it’s however much to your taste. I then laid out the bacon onto the breasts, again as much or as little as you want.  At this point, I started cooking the chicken.  I put the temp at 350 degrees, and cooked it for around 12 minutes or so. After that time, you the put the shredded cheese on top. This can be whatever cheese and however much you like. I cooked for another 3-5 minutes, until the cheese was to my liking.

I fell in love with this chicken! It was moist, tender and extremely delicious! We paired it with some peas and broccoli for a very fulfilling meal. The air fryer really cooked it to perfection, and it was so easy. The controls are super easy, with it being push button. There is a plus to increase and a minus to decrease. I love that this air fryer has the accessory set with it, so I don’t have to spend additional money on it. It allows me to cook more things, such as brownies and pie. This is seriously the best thing for summer time cooking! You don’t have to worry about it heating up the kitchen and making it hotter in your house.

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With the snowstorm in progress (8-10″+!!!!!) I decided that the day called for chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes and homemade bread 🙂

It is one of the best go-to meals on a cold, snowy day! What is your favorite go-to meal on cold, snowy days?
Ok, so the rest of this blog post is probably going to step on toes, and I apologize. No, never mind, I don’t apologize, because, well, you will understand when you read it….
This is in regards to a certain situation I witnessed.  A mother called her hair dresser to get her 3 year old son in for a haircut on Saturday. Picture this: the wind blowing very hard, near zero temps, with below zero wind chills. Why on earth would you willingly take a 3 year old out in that weather just to get a haircut??? A 3 year old does not NEED to go out in that weather just to get a hair cut! They don’t have that much hair to warrant getting them sick just to get a trim! And even if they did have enough hair to warrant a trim, is it really worth the health risk to your child to take them out in that weather just for a trim that could wait another week?
My boys are 11 and 13, and we won’t allow them to go out playing in that weather! I mean, come on, what are you thinking? I understand that there are situations such as weddings, etc, that might prompt the parents to want to get the hair all trimmed up, but again, the child was 3.  Sometimes I really worry about the intelligence of some parents 🙁
Thoughts? It’s ok to debate, just to let you know. As long as we are all adults about it, I think it would make the discussion much more interesting 🙂
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30 minute rolls :)

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These rolls are soooo good! And they don’t take long at all to make!

1 c plus 2 T warm water
1/3 c oil
2 T yeast
1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
3 1/2 c bread flour (all purpose will work, too)

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine water, oil, yeast and sugar in mixing bowl. Let rest for 15 minutes. Using the dough hook on your mixer, mix in the salt, egg and flour. Knead with hook until well incorporated and the dough is soft and smooth.

Form dough into 12 balls and place into greased 9×13 pan (or any pan, really) and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees or until golden brown.

Ok, I realize that this recipe is technically 35 minute rolls 😛 but they are still amazingly easy! I just made these this morning for the dinner after my Grandfathers funeral service. R.I.P. Grandpa Jenkins, we love and miss you! <3

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Garlic Pull-Apart Bread

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The other night we had spaghetti for dinner. Normally we have garlic bread with it. Well, since I have this Pinterest addiction, I decided to try something new to go with it. It was a huge hit!!! Austin kept coming back for more, and Russell ended up with a belly ache from eating so much..lol. Dustin, of course, didn’t touch it. That kid is so picky I am surprised he is growing at all..lol.

For this recipe I started with a bundt type pan ( I don’t have an actual bundt pan, so I used my Pampered Chef one that is a flatter version) and put a half stick of butter in it. Then I popped that into the oven and turned the oven to 350 degrees to pre-heat and melt the butter.

While that was melting, I put my garlic salt and Parmesan cheese into a small bowl and blended well.

Then I took my tube of Grands Biscuits and cut them each into quarters

Then I took the pan out of the oven, and took each quarter and rolled it around in the garlic salt/cheese mixture to coat it well.

Then I just threw them randomly into the pan. And baked them.

Admit it, you are drooling, aren’t you? This is so simple! And yummy goodness!!

1 tube Grands Biscuits (not flaky layer)
2 T garlic salt
1/2 c Parmesan cheese (the grated kind)
1/2 stick butter (I used unsalted since I was using garlic salt, but you can use whichever you like)

Place the 1/2 stick of butter into a bundt pan and place in the oven. Set the oven temp at 350 degrees.
While that is preheating/melting, cut your biscuits into quarters.
Place the garlic salt and parmesan cheese into a small bowl and blend well.
After the butter has melted, take pan out of the oven.
Take each quartered piece of biscuit and roll in the salt/cheese mixture until well coated.
Randomly throw them into the pan.
Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown on top.

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Scrumptious Potatoes

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These potatoes are awesome!! Russell says they taste like potato chips 🙂 He ate 2 of them for dinner and another in his lunch for work the next day!

Potatoes- as many as needed for your meal
pepper
salt
olive oil- enough to lightly drizzle over potatoes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and clean potatoes. Slice potatoes into thin slices, without actually slicing all of the way through. This is tedious, but well worth it!
Place in pan, and sprinkle liberally with pepper and salt (I used a pepper grinder and sea salt grinder, but regular salt and pepper work just fine, too!). Drizzle with olive oil.  Bake 30-40 minutes and viola!!! Yummy taters!!

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Corn Fritters…Yumm-o!!!

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Ok, I was skeptical at first! I mean seriously? Fried corn patties? Come on, who eats that?!? Well, apparently we do! These were super easy to make, and very yummy!!

Now, the recipe calls for freshly shucked corn. I didn’t have that on hand. I had my frozen corn in the freezer, so I used that. It worked just fine 🙂

6 ears corn (about 4 1/2 cups)
4 eggs
1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c vegetable oil for frying

Stir the corn, eggs, flour and salt together in a bowl, making a batter that is consistent with a thin pancake batter.
Heat oil to 325 degrees if using a larger pan, or electric skillet. Heat on med/high if using a regular skillet like I did.
Make 4 pancake sized fritters in a pan (as you can see, I didn’t do that..lol).
Fry about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Drain on paper towel.

Enjoy!!

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Mini Pancake Muffins

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These little things are yummy 🙂  Unfortunately, I didn’t have an oven at the time, since my ignitor was broken, so I was using a toaster oven and didn’t have a small mini muffin pan. I found a nice way around that. I have this really spiffy donut maker. Worked like a charm!!! We didn’t even dip these in syrup or anything, we just ate them fresh off of the donut maker..lol. 
Mini Pancake Muffins
1 c flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
2 T sugar
2/3 c buttermilk
1 egg
2 T maple syrup
2 T melted butter
½ c milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar in a medium bowl. Sift it together with a whisk.
In another bowl, stir buttermilk, egg, maple syrup and melted butter until combined.
Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Pour batter into mini muffin tin and bake for 8-9 minutes.
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Amazing Panacakes

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I am sorry, I do not have a picture for this post. I didn’t think to take pictures since, at the time I made these, I hadn’t thought about a blog yet.  But these pancakes were amazing!!! They were light, and fluffy, and so full of flavor!! Simply scrumptious! There was not a pancake left!

Amazing Pancakes

1 1/4 c flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 egg, beaten
1 1/4 c buttermilk
2 T. melted butter
1/4 c sugar
splash of vanilla

Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside. Mix the egg with the buttermilk and the vanilla and add to the flour mixture, stirring just until batter is smooth. Add the melted butter and sugar and stir until blended. Cook as you normally would.

Enjoy!!!

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