Dark Chocolate Buckeyes

Christmas ‘baking’ has begun… with a no bake candy recipe ;-)  I have made these buckeyes before, but opted this year to go to with a dark chocolate dip to see how it would come out!  The result is delicious, and I cannot wait to serve them to my friends.

Buckeyes @ All Recipes (I halved this recipe)

Dark Chocolate Buckeyes @ HappyWifey.net

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Pecan Baklava

This is a keeper recipe, folks!  I decided to make baklava for Thanksgiving and I am so glad I did.  I decided to use the following Pioneer Woman recipe… I am convinced everything that comes out of her kitchen is just perfect!  This baklava came out sweet, nicely browned, and delicious!  Ree suggests walnuts or pecans but I definitely went with the chopped pecan variety.  Delish!

Baklava @ Pioneer Woman

Pecan Baklava @ HappyWifey.net

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Marinated Pork Tenderloin

I find making meat of any kind very daunting! However, today I stepped up to the plate and made my first pork tenderloin (that didn’t end up as pulled pork!). It came out good! Here we go… Thanks for stopping by!

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Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack pork tenderloin (my package contained 2 pot tenderloins)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • canola oil

Directions:

Combine all ingredients (except oil) and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. When marinating, we use our Food Saver marinating bowl and suck the air out if it. It works great!

Heat oil in a heavy pan when you are ready to cook. Place the tenderloins in the hot pan and cook 3-5 minutes on each side. I started with high heat and had to put it in medium while turning. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Cook the pork for 15 more minutes in the oven (I used a glass Pyrex dish) until juices run clear.

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Gratitude and Grace

Hi friends!  I have renewed HappyWifey.net for the next year… I know I don’t post ALL the time, but I am anxious to make some new recipes and share them with you sometime in the future.

I recently started a hand-written gratitude journal… which just details my happy gratitude thoughts every few days.  Just like this blog, I will not task myself with writing in it every day.  I think it is the best practice to continue to be grateful for all that we have.  This weekend, I am especially grateful for great neighbors, wonderful family times, and the ability to provide and share good food and experiences with the people that I love.

I will continue to give myself grace in life and on this blog.  I WANT to post every week, but realize that I can still keep the things I love, even when I fall short.

I have been having a wonderful time working my Thirty-One business… I will be attending our conference this month!  I can’t believe the folks I have met and connected with because of 31.  I feel incredibly fortunate <3

Thanks for stoppin’ by!

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Speedy Mini Cornbread Loaves

You know me – I always love a made from scratch recipe.  BUT – there is a time and place for everything… and there is even a time and a place for shortcuts!  This is one of my favorite shortcuts.  All you need is 2 boxes of jiffy corn muffin mix, milk, sour cream (light will do), and two eggs!

HappyWifey.net - Speedy Mini Cornbread Loaves

Speedy Mini Cornbread Loaves

Makes 8 mini loaves

Ingredients:

  • Jiffy corn muffin mix (the blue box), 2 boxes
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup sour cream (I used light)
  • 2 eggs
  • shortening

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a mini loaf pan with shortening.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine mix, milk, sour cream, and eggs.  The batter will be slightly lumpy.
  • Fill each little pan up about 2/3 of the way.  Sometimes I have too much batter and make a few little muffins with my silicone cups.
  • Bake for 18 minutes!  If your loaves don’t look golden enough, rotate the pan and cook 2-4 more minutes.
  • Let them sit in the pan for just a few minutes, and then turn them out!  You can use a knife around the side of each well to help coax them out if they get stuck.

I served these for two dinners already!  I love whipping them up for BBQ season.. the boxes of mix are under 50 cents at ALDI and these are really a treat.  The addition of the sour cream helps make them more light and airy.

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