Pinterest Favorites and Fails {Series}

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Today is another recipe (but this time, a side dish) and it’s a FAVORITE!!!!  Cheesy Ranch Potatoes, from Mrs. Happy Homemaker

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These are just as good (dare I say better??) than they look.

I had about half a bag of red potatoes left over from something else I had made previously and had no idea what to do with them.  So I hit Pinterest and looked up potato recipes.  This one had me at “cheese” and “ranch”- what more could you want?  I ended up making a simple chicken dish with these as a side, and it was heaven.  Jon thought they were fantastic, too, so it was a hit all around.

One warning- these do take a while to cook… like an hour.  So make sure you factor that into your cooking time (i.e. Don’t wait until 30 minutes before you want to eat to start making these.  I DID check the instructions on these closely, so I knew the cook time and planned in advance, but I can’t say that I’ve always done this.  So, just, FYI).

If you decide to give these a shot, let me know what you think of them!  Happy pinning!

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Pinterest Favorites and Fails {Series}

Welcome to another edition of my series, Pinterest Favorites and Fails!

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Today, unfortunately, is a big fat FAIL. It’s another recipe (can you tell I like to pin food?? LOL)- Loaded Baked Potato Chicken Casserole, from Cook Lisa Cook.

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Sounds and looks delicious, right? I mean, just look at all that cheesy goodness.

The problem with this recipe is that it is INSANELY spicy. It’s not just a little hot…it’s burn your insides and make your stomach turn hot. (For the record, my husband likes spicy food and actually did enjoy this…I have no stomach for spicy so I took about 2 bites before deciding if I continued to eat I would surely die).

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Picture from Cook Lisa Cook

Perhaps these pictures of the chicken being coated in the red death should have tipped me off. But no where in the post or the comments (yes, I nearly always read comments before trying a recipe) did it mention just how blazin’ hot this would be.

I’m sure I could tweak this recipe to cut down on the heat, and I probably will since I like the concept and overall ingredient base. Perhaps I’ll try that and let you all know how it goes.

So, if you love spicy (like, really spicy), you may want to give this recipe a shot. Otherwise, steer clear unless you want your insides to burn out! Happy pinning!

Pinterest Favorites and Fails {Series}

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This week is another recipe, and it’s also a Pinterest Favorite: Chicken Spaghetti

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Photo from boomerbrief.com

I love love love this meal.  It has a little kick to it but it’s nice and creamy and oh so filling.  It’s also extremely easy and very forgiving. I’ve used a variety of noodles in this (spaghetti, angel hair, penne) and a variety of chicken (canned, bagged, breast I cooked myself). It’s an inexpensive meal and Ian really likes it (that’s reason enough right there to try this one out).  I love finding meals that the whole family eats together and enjoys.  I actually like this one so much that I printed it out and put it in my recipe binder- a coveted place of honor for a recipe!

So go ahead, check out the recipe and give it a try!