EAT | Chicken and Dumplings

Hello! Today I am sharing a recipe for the ULTIMATE comfort food. What is it about cold weather and eating? It is really all there is to do! Haha. Anyway, here is my recipe for chicken and dumplings. They are delicious and savory, and will warm you up on a cold day. Maybe we will get there soon, it’s 87 degrees as I type this here in Texas!

What you need:

  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour

First off, add chicken broth and water to a big stock pot. Add in your seasonings and bring to a boil.

Add in your chicken, and continue boiling.

In a mixing bowl, beat up the eggs.

Slowly add in your flour and combine until soft dough forms.

Roll dough out onto a mat at about 1/4 in. thick. Cut into strips.

Add them into your pot, and continue to boil for about an hour.

As they cook, the dumplings will all start to float to the top.

Enjoy!!!

xx amy

EAT | The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

Out of all the things I love to bake, COOKIES are at the top. I have so many tried and true cookie recipes, and I love to perfect the ingredients to make them just right. Today I am sharing my perfect peanut butter cookie recipe. These cookies are soft and delicious (it’s the brown sugar), chock full of peanut butter, and rolled in sugar for that classic, peanut butter cookie flavor.

Here’s how to make them!

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter (I use unsalted)
  • 1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1 egg
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 tsp milk
    1 1/2 cup flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together your butter, peanut butter, and sugars.

Add your egg, milk, and vanilla, and combine.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.

Slowly add this mixture to the wet ingredients while mixing.

Form dough into about 1 1/2 inch balls and coat with sugar.

Smash down the cookies gently with a fork vertically and horizontally. Make a hashtag.

Bake for 11-12 minutes. Let sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes until you move them over to a cooling rack.

They melt. in. your. mouth.

Enjoy! 🙂

xx amy

EAT | One Pan Chicken + Asparagus

Hello! Having a family of four, I am always on the hunt for quick and easy meals, and especially meals that only require only one pan! Less dishes = happier me.

Today I am sharing my recipe for chicken and asparagus. My whole family loves this recipe (yes, even the girls- they love veggies!) and it’s really flavorful and semi-healthy (it has butter, lol).

Let’s get started.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

Season your chicken with salt and pepper.

Melt 1 tbsp butter in large skillet, and stir in your garlic and seasonings.

Add your chicken and sauté.

After chicken is cooked through, scoot to one side and melt the remaining tbsp of butter.

Add in your asparagus and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until tender.

How quick and easy was that? It tastes so good and everyone will love it!

Thanks for reading!

xx

EAT | 5 Ingredient S’mores Fudge

Hello! One of the most popular summertime desserts is S’mores. How can you go wrong with chocolate, grahams, and marshmallows? Today I am switching up the way S’mores are usually made and will show you my super quick and easy 5 ingredient S’MORES FUDGE.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 crumbled graham crackers

First off, grab an 8×8 baking pan and line it with foil and coconut oil spray.

Next, combine your chocolate chips and condensed milk into a saucepan on low heat and cook until melted. Make sure to keep stirring so it doesn’t burn.

Once melted, remove from heat and let cool.

After cooled, gently fold in your grahams and marshmallows.

Spread into your baking dish.

Refrigerate for one hour, and then cut into squares.

This fudge is so rich and delicious, and my girls and husband both love it! It is the epitome of summertime!

I hope you like it too!

xx amy

New Blog Name | Back to School Lunch and Snack Ideas!

Hello! Welcome to my new (ish) blog! I recently changed the name from Amy’s Beauty Diary to its new name, The Hustlin’ Homemaker. I did this because I want to create content that is not just exclusive to beauty. While I love doing beauty posts, I want to be able to post about anything, whether it be kids, home, books – things that I think you guys would be interested in! So, thanks for sticking w me 🙂 I also created a new Instagram page, so give me a follow at @thehustlinhomemaker! I’ll be posting on there a lot. 🙂

Alright, so let’s get on with today’s post.

My two girls just went back to school- today, just as I type this. My older daughter, Allie, has started 3rd grade, and my baby, Ashley, has just started kindergarten. While I am sad and will miss them, I am so proud of them and will always cherish these past years of them being with me. I haven’t been without a kid for about 8 years, so it’s a big change for me as well.

Anyway, this post is about school lunch! My girls love to bring their lunch, and also like to buy their lunch at school. I have a lot of ideas that I am excited to share with you all!

First off, their lunchboxes. These came with their backpacks as matching sets. I like the shape of these because they can fit the lunch containers perfectly.

I have two types of lunch containers, these bigger ones with 3 compartments and then the smaller ones with four compartments that look like the containers Lunchables come in. I love to use these because they save money and reduce waste- and I can actually see how much of their lunch they eat.

Here are some examples of what I pack in them.

A Lunchables type meal with pepperoni, cheese and crackers, blueberry skewers, celery, some goldfish crackers, and an Oreo for dessert.

A unicorn shaped pb&j, some strawberries, carrots, some vanilla yogurt that i put a few sprinkles on, and a rice krispy treat.

A turkey and cheese sandwich on a Hawaiian roll, some cherry tomatoes, strawberry applesauce, wheat thins, and a pink sugar cookie.

Here I have a ham and cheese sandwich on a crescent roll, some pineapple, pretzel sticks, an oatmeal raisin granola bar, and some Barbie fruit snacks. 🙂

The little containers are what I use for Ashley, as she can’t eat as much as Allie.

Some string cheese and crackers, a hard boiled egg, carrots, and some blueberries.

And lastly, we have some turkey and cheese roll ups, strawberries, a granola bar, and some goldfish crackers.

The biggest tip for lunch making is just to do it the night before so you don’t have to rush in the morning. It really doesn’t take long at all.

Some other things I like to use for their lunches are these little Thermos Jars.

You can pretty much pack anything in these, mac and cheese, soup, spaghetti, chicken and rice…any leftovers, and it keeps it hot in the lunchbox, even if there’s an ice pack inside.

Also, the Thermos cups. These are so durable and keep their water cold all day. We have a bunch of these.

These silicone baking cups and toothpicks add a little bit of a colorful touch and just something extra that I know makes the girls happy to eat their lunch. Also, cutting a sandwich out with a cookie cutter is really fun for them- we’ve got a drawer just for cookie cutters.

I got these super cute Lunch Notes for them just to put inside their lunch. These are thick cardstock and have cute little sayings and pictures on them, and there is space to write something. They will love these.

Lastly, just a few snack ideas. I made these cinnamon roll apples for them for the first day of school- they were super easy!

Make up some cinnamon rolls, and wait until they’re completely cooled.

Add some red food coloring to your icing. Count out 8 pretzel sticks for the stems, and cut up some sour candy belts to make the leaves. It’s ok if they’re not perfect; all leaves are different!

I leveled the cinnamon rolls to make them flat, and then iced them and stuck the pretzel and the leaf into the top.

How cute are these?!

Super quick and easy! I made them the night before the first day of school.

The next idea is a little pencil wafer cookie. Just cut the top of some sugar wafers into a point.

Add icing to the top and bottom, and add a mini chocolate chip to the top.

These are such a cute afternoon snack! I gave these to the girls when they got home from school, and they loved them.

I hope you liked these ideas and will try them! Thanks for reading!

xx amy