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Easy Weeknight Jambalaya Recipe

Hey yall! Hope you had a great weekend. I was able to get away with a few girlfriends for some dancin and laughing in Nashville. A short 3 hour trip south….and it’s like you’re in Vegas. That city does not sleep…dancing till all hours…bands playing…the music literally fills the air and you can’t help but feel like everyone is attending one large party. Very festive:) easy weeknight jambalaya@cleverlyinspired (8)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Pesto Pasta Salad

Hey all! How was your weekend? We had a great one here….laughing, and then laughing some more. My bff/sista-from-another-motha has been here with her family. They left out yesterday to go west….all the way to the Grand Canyon. It was such a fun visit…and it always goes too fast.

Today my bubs had some gum surgery. He has 2 baby teeth that have never fallen out…(and he’s 15 1/2) So his orthodontist had us look into getting them pulled so that the permanent canine teeth can fall into place. He was really nervous…but did so well. We are happy it is over…now onto ice cream!

Wanted to pop in and share this yummy cold pasta salad…make it this week:)

There’s some recipes but I have been making forever and I go to look it up on the blog and realize I have never shared it with you all! This is one of those recipes. I tore out this recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens magazine probably back in 1997ish and have been making it forever! It is a one dish meal…can’t go wrong there right:)  Adding in cooked chicken to it makes it a perfect meal for a hot summer night. I suggest putting it together the night before you’re going to eat it. The flavors come together really nicely overnight. Kids and adults love it! pesto pasta salad @cleverlyinspired (5)

This recipe is great for back to school time too….it keeps great for a few days….

Pesto Pasta Salad
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 8 oz ziti
  • 1 C spinach leaves
  • ¼ C basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic quartered
  • 2 T parmesan
  • ⅛ salt and pepper
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T water
  • ⅓ C mayo
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta and cool. Set aside.
  2. In food processor combine spinach, basil, cheese, salt and pepper.
  3. Add in oil and water and pulse.
  4. Place pesto mixture in large bowl and mix in mayo.
  5. Add in drained noodles.
  6. Add in chicken (optional)
  7. Place in fridge.

 

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Do yall start school soon? We are on the official count down. One week from tomorrow….kind of makes me sad. Not really ready for summer to end yet.

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Back tomorrow with a yummy homemade back to school snack:) Oh and I got our new chairs for the new table…will show you that this week too!

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Easy Grilled Steak Tacos

Hey! Weekend is here once again….hip hip hurray! I would love to hear from you all….what are you loving here on the blog…what are you not-liking…what would you like to see more of…anything really. I am feeling a little disconnect with you all…and in turn have lost my mojo. It is a challenge…trying to share freely while also entertaining the masses. When I first started out it seems that we had a lot more “conversations”…but now it is rare that I hear from you (other that of course my rockstar—number one reader Amanda :) So as I enter into this 6th year of blogging…I would love to know…what bothers you about blogs…what do you love…what should I consider as I move forward…please do tell!!!

For today I will share this easy grilled steak taco recipe…it marinates over night and makes the inexpensive flank steak tender and juicy:)

 

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I love that everyone can make their own…I served the steak up with lettuce, shredded cheese, salsa and guacamole and fresh lime wedges. The steak has so much flavor that you really don’t need much.

 

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Easy Grilled Steak Tacos
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • For the marinade:
  • 1 {2 lb} Flank Steak
  • ⅓ cup Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 1 Garlic Clove, smashed
  • A handful of Cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons of Honey
  • Course salt and black pepper to taste.
  • For the table (toppings)
  • flour tortillas
  • lettuce cut up
  • monteray jack cheese shredded
  • salsa
  • lime wedges
Instructions
  1. In a mini food processor; place the cilantro, garlic and lime juice and pulse quickly until chopped. Toss the remaining ingredients in with the cilantro/garlic and pulse until combined.
  2. Marinate flank steak for 30 minutes on the counter top, bringing the meat up to temp before grilling it.
  3. Grill the flank steak 3-5 minutes per side on medium-high heat.
  4. Let steak rest a minute and slice up.
  5. Serve on a platter with other toppings:)

 

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I let my steak marinate over night and just pulled it out 30 minutes before grilling….it was tender and flavorful:)

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Have a great weekend friends…and please consider giving me your 2 cents in the comments below:) Thanks!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Oven Fried Chicken Recipe

Hey yall! I’ve been working on a few things around the house before we take off for the beach next week. Wanted to pop in and share a yummy recipe to make this weekend….

Normally these kinds of recipe are a fail….a healthy version of a comfort food….but let me tell you…this oven fried chicken was a family favorite all around. The key is definitely the buttermilk soak over night….it yielded the juiciest oven baked chicken. Delicious! This recipe would be great for a picnic crowd for the 4th. It is great room temperature….so no need to keep hot. Just fix up a few large pans and let them eat!

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It is so flippin good….your whole family will enjoy this recipe…promise;) I have tried a few other similar recipes but they have come our soggy….not this one though. Coating the tops with a mist of olive oil is a great way to ensure crispy crunchy crust! To make it easy….when you combine the buttermilk bath…go ahead and prepare your coating and just cover…set it aside until the next day when you are ready to bake up the chicken.

 

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Oven Fried Chicken Recipe
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 C buttermilk
  • 1 T dijon mustard
  • 4 t course salt
  • ½ t black pepper
  • 8 drumsticks 2 chicken bone in breast
  • 8 cups cornflakes
  • ½ C flour
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Whisk together buttermilk, mustard, 2tsp salt and pepper. Place chicken in and toss.
  2. Cover with saran and place in fridge overnight.
  3. Pulse cornflakes in food processor.
  4. Combine in a foil pan cornflakes, 2 tsp, flour. Set aside.
  5. When ready to bake...Heat oven to 425.
  6. Beat eggs in a bowl.
  7. Using rubber gloves, remove chicken from buttermilk, dip in egg, roll in cornflakes.
  8. Place chicken on a oil coated wire rack on top of a cookie sheet. Mist with olive oil.
  9. Bake 35 minutes. (bake breast additional 5 minutes)

 

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finger…lickin….oh you know the rest….

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Perfect picnic food!

Be sure to stop back later for the Handmade Hangout link up!!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Bacon Wrapped Fries

Fabulous spring summer weekend here!. Our neighborhood had an art festival on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday got rained out a little bit but Sunday was beautiful for the most part. We worked outside a little bit. Had a nice relaxing weekend. I’m thinking of doing a container garden. Anybody have any luck with those? What would you suggest? I was thinking of maybe cherry tomatoes and basil but I’m open to suggestions if you have any. After I had so much luck with my tulips this year my gardening confidence has gone up.

We are in the thick of exam week for my kiddos. Summertime is within our grasp and we cannot wait! I will be splitting summer between the beach and home….Both of my kids got their first summer job so they will be working part time…I think we have a good balance of work and play…hopefully:)

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Thought I would start out Monday with a bacon wrapped steak fry….. I mean I cannot go wrong with that right? Bacon wrapped around a potato wedge? There’s just nothing wrong with that am I right or am I right!!?!? This recipe really is not a recipe it is so flipping easy! You could just serve these up with a large green salad and be done with dinner. Perfect summer meal!

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2 large Idaho potatoes will probably be plenty to feed a family of 4. These would also make perfect appetizers if you’re going to graduation party tailgate whatnot. They cook up in just 25 minutes and they are great at room temperature.

Bacon Wrapped Fries
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 8 slices of bacon cut in half
  • old bay to dust on top
Instructions
  1. Heat a cookie sheet in an oven to 475.
  2. Wash potatoes and dry.
  3. Slice potatoes lengthwise, then quarter. Each potato should yield 8 large fries.
  4. Wrap and stretch a slice of bacon around potato and place on a piece of parchment.
  5. Carefully remove baking sheet from oven place parchment with potatoes on top.
  6. Sprinkle with old bay.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes and flip potatoes
  8. Bake for another 12 minutes.

 

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I think the key to this recipe is to get the baking sheet piping hot. 1 potato will equal 8 wedges. Best served with some sour cream maybe some dipping cheese a little salt and pepper. This is a great side dish or appetizer….or heck a meal!

xo

 

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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