Diana Rambles

Happy Thursday!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Are you as hot and cranky as I am? If so, here is a cute pic of my dog to bring a smile to your face!
Keep cool and have a good day!

Sriracha Sweet Potato Ranch Chicken

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Here is a new low carb recipe that combines the flavors of Ranch and Sriracha.
Sriracha Sweet Potato Ranch Chicken Bake

Sriracha Sweet Potato Ranch Chicken Bake

by Diana Rambles
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45-60 minutes
Keywords: bake entree low-carb chicken
  • 2+ pounds sweet potatoes
  • small can tomato paste, 6 oz
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp ranch seasoning mix
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2+ pounds chicken
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup green onion, chopped

Peel and cube sweet potatoes.
Mix the tomato paste, Sriracha, mustard, ranch seasoning, garlic, and oil in a small bowl.
In a large bowl mix the sweet potatoes in with half of the tomato mixture. Place in a greased 9x13 baking dish and bake in a 425 degree oven for 25-35 minutes or until edges start to brown.
Cube the chicken and mix with the remaining tomato mixture. Spread on top of potatoes.
Top with the cheese and onions. Return to the oven for 20-30 more minutes or until golden brown.
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Sriracha Sweet Potato Ranch Chicken Recipe
Tasty & low carb!!
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Cubs Tie Dye Shirt

Monday, August 31, 2015

By now you probably know that I am a tie dye fan. I am also a Chicago Cubs fan and I've been wanting to combine my love of both. I have a light grey Cubs t-shirt that I did tie dye, but it's not great. It's an older shirt, so I basically just wear it when I exercise. I have been looking for a new white shirt with a big Cubs logo on it, but I haven't been able to find what I want. I just need to make one.
Cubs Tie Dye Shirt Tutorial
I decided that I am going to embroider a logo on a shirt and then do an alternating bulls eye dye around it. I picked up a new white v-neck shirt. After I machine washed and dried it, I embroidered the Chicago Cubs logo on the front of it.
After I removed the extra stabilizer, I tied the shirt. The technique is the same that used for the Minion Tie Dye shirt. I pinched the (wet) shirt in the middle of the logo. I didn't want any die on the logo at all, so I covered it with a plastic baggie held in place with a cable tie. I folded up the baggie along the bottom of the band and secured that with a rubber band. Then I wrapped rubber bands every few inches down the rest of the gathered shirt.
Then I liberally applied the dye, alternating the red and blue down the shirt. I made sure to leave a little gap between the dye and bands to avoid bleeding between the red and blue. I wrapped the shirt in a plastic bag and let it set on a flat surface for 24 hours. I died a pair of socks to match.
I have discovered that it's easier to rinse the dye outside with a hose. I left the ties on and rinsed until there was no more dye coming out. Then I cut off the ties and rinsed it more until the water ran clear.
I dry my dyed clothes before washing them to help set the color, although it seems like I still get fading. It does seem like the color is bolder if I use soda ash before dying. I use the Tulip kits, but I might need to try a different brand of dye. Any suggestions?
I'm so in love with my shirt. It's my new favorite!! I'll probably make another one with a long sleeved shirt. I will use a larger logo than on this one. Hopefully I'll have the need to wear it in October!!
I don't usually wear socks with capris (first photo), but I wanted you to see the cute matching socks. Love my bucket hat too!
**As I was editing photos for this post, Jake Arrieta pitched a no hitter for the Cubs. It's a lot of fun to be a Cubs fan this year!!**
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Pin Me Linky Party 152

Friday, August 28, 2015

How is it the end of August already? I think time just keeps speeding up. Please click through to party!

M&M's® Pecan Pie Praline Poke Cake

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With the cooler weather this week it feels like fall. That means it's time to bake. Here is a fantastic poke cake recipe made with M&M's® Pecan Pie.
You've probably heard the buzz online that there is a new Pecan Pie flavored M&M's® that just hit Walmart stores. I was so excited that I had to run out and pick some up. I love M&M's® and Pecan Pie, so I knew this was a winner. They did not disappoint!

While the kids and I could eat an entire bag, I started thinking of fun desserts that I could create with this new variety of candies. I love to create poke cakes, so why not a pecan pie flavored one? I thought I could make up the filling of a pecan pie to pour into the holes of a poke cake, but that wouldn't work because the filling needs to be baked. My brain filed through possibilities and I came up with butter pecan and pecan pralines. Bingo! I'm going to put butter pecans and pralines all together. Yum yum!!
I went to Walmart and picked up some great ingredients for this cake. Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme® Cake Mix has a Golden Butter variety, which I knew would be perfect for this. I love to mix it up, so I picked up some Mott's® Apple Sauce to use instead of vegetable oil. Nothing says fall like cream cheese frosting, so I grabbed some Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Cream Cheese Icing. Don't forget the M&M's® Pecan Pie! It can be found on an end cap or on the seasonal aisle. Right now you can save $1.00 off ANY TWO (2) M&M's® Chocolate Candies, 9.4oz or larger. This Walmart digital coupon is available in limited numbers, so get it here while supplies last.
This cake is beautiful and easy to make!
M&M's® Pecan Pie Praline Poke Cake

by Diana Rambles
Prep Time: 2-3 hours
Ingredients (24 servings)
  • Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme® Golden Butter Cake Mix
  • 1/3 cup Mott's® Apple Sauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans
  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Cream Cheese Icing
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • M&M's® Pecan Pie

1. Place the cake mix, apple sauce, eggs, water, spice, and pecans in a mixing bowl and mix for 2 minutes.
2. Pour into a greased 9x13 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
3. While the cake is cooling a little bit, make the pralines. Place the butter and brown sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Keep stirring and boil for 90 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and pecans.
4. Poke holes in the cake every inch or so with the end of a wooden spoon.
5. Slowly pour the pralines into the holes of the cake.
6. Cover the cake entirely with the pralines.
7. Put the cake in the refrigerator to cool and the pralines harden for 1-2 hours.
8. Carefully remove the foil from the top of the icing and microwave for 20-30 seconds. Add the spice.
9. Stir the spice into the icing.
10. Pour the icing over the entire cake. Some of it will go into the holes.
11. Smooth out the icing to cover the cake evenly.
12. Sprinkle the M&M's® on top of the cake.

Cover and store in refrigerator.
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This cake is divine! My daughter and I just loved the pralines and licked the sauce pan clean after it cooled off. I enjoyed a big piece with a bottle of Snapple® Apple. How is that for a little Fall in your mouth?
We took it to a weekly TV viewing party and our friend were very excited to try it. I brought home an empty dish. They complimented the spice cake and cream cheese combination and said it was perfect for this week's cooler weather!
Find more great Autumn inspired dessert recipes here. What is your favorite fall dessert?


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