Pin Today, Eat Tonight

You know what Pinterest is really good at?  Giving me dinner ideas.

One of my friends had pinned a Buffalo Chicken Shells recipe yesterday and I just knew I had the basic ingredients for.  So I pinned it and then made it last night.

But before I get to the recipe, I want to show you all the easiest way to make shredded chicken (which I use in the recipe).

First bake your thawed chicken at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or so until its cooked through.  Then take that chicken, throw it in your mixer (we have a Kitchen Aid...aka THE BEST MIXER OUT THERE!) and whip it around a bunch.

Wa-la, shredded chicken.  I now only do it this way.  I used to buy the cans of chicken (to make the dip) but I realized that I was wasting my money!  Buy the frozen bags and shred away.

For the recipe, mix in with the chicken, oil, salt, sauce, dressing and cheeses.  Fill cook jumbo pasta shells and bake in oven.

Trust me.  If you like Buffalo Chicken Dip, you're going to love these.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells
1 pkg (12 oz) jumbo shells
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp vegetable oil *
1 tsp salt
2/3 C. hot sauce **
1/3 C. bleu cheese
1/3 C. Mozzarella cheese ***
1/3 C. Parmesan Romano Cheese ****
2 C. Ricotta Cheese*****

Prepare pasta according to directions on box.  Cook chicken to your liking.  In large bowl, combine all ingredients except for shells.  Stuff each shell with as much filling as it will hold.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes or until shells are heated through (when I heard bubbling, I took mine out).

*I used EVOO
**I used 1/3 C since husband doesn't do spicy
*** I used 1/2 C.
**** I used 1/2 C of pizza blend
***** I didn't have ricotta so I used 4 oz of cream cheese and 4 ounces of sour cream.
******I'm using way too many stars.

Use what you have instead of buying the exact ingredients listed on the recipe.  Many things can simply be substituted with bananas, applesauce, cream cheese or sour cream.  A few weeks ago, I made cookie dough using applesauce instead of eggs and it turned out perfect (and a touch healthier!).

So tell me, what is the most useful thing that you've found on Pinterest??  Besides the above, rolling up magazines inside of your boots when not wearing them is a game changer for me.  Plus it's keeping my entry way a little bit tidier.

Original source of recipe found here.

Linking up with Steph and Katie today.

A Debate Thought or Two

Ever wonder what the candidates would look like with their wives hair?  So fetch.

I like Mitt's tie.  Well that wraps up all the nice things I have to say about him.

Wipe that condescending smile off your face, Governer.

Al, no, no, Russia...I take that back, Al wait...MONEY!

"The 1980's are now calling asking for their foreign policy back".

Mr Romney how do you feel about ______ issue?  What day of the week is it?  Oh, okay, it's Monday then this is where I stand but don't quote me on that come Friday.

MOOOOOMMMMMYYY!!! He's attacking me!  I swear I haven't been doing to him every other debate.

Hold up traffic, are they actually agreeing on something?

The President has gotten better looking since the first debate.

Is Mitt's face made of plastic?  Why does he look so creepy all the time?

What decade is Romney living in?

There is no such thing as an apology tour.

Romney failed math.

"I think Governer Romeny maybe hasn't spent enough time looking at how our military works.  You mention the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916.  Well Governer, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our militarys changed.  We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them.  We have these ships that go under water, nuclear submarines, the question is not a game of battleship where we're counting ships it's what are our capabilities..." 
The President

One final note:  if I have to hear another Romney lover ask why everyone is still talking about the Bush Administration...I'm going to punch-a-size yo face for free through my computer screen.  Obama can't move forward and make the changes we need as a counry, if he's spent the last four years filling the crater sized hole that George Bush so graciously dug and left for him.





I could go on.

Summer Vacation

This summer Barney & I and 3 other couples dumped our chitlins with our parents and bounced are happy asses up to Harper's Ferry for a little peace and quiet.  Not that I don't love my child but sometimes, we have to get away.  This was the first time leaving her for more than just a night so by Sunday we were more than ready to pick her back up.  The vacation consisted mostly of drinking but we did sneak in a few non-drinking related activities.  I'm kidding.  It was really all about drinking and having a relaxing time without any children around.  We've decided it's going to be an annual trip.

Day 1: Driving, drinking, asshole, fishing and campfire.
Day 2: Pontoon, drinking & asshole.
Day 3: Shopping, winery, fishing & casino.  Oh and drinking
Day 4: Clean-up & home.