Luck of the Irish $1500 PayPal Cash Giveaway

I had SOO much fun with the Romantic Cash Giveaway last month that I decided to get together with the same group of bloggers and do it again! Three lucky winners will each win $500 in PayPal cash to spend on whatever you want! Try you luck and enter to win now!! #LuckOfTheIrishGiveaway “May your […]

Chicken with Mushroom Lemon Cream Sauce

I was in desperate need of a new recipe the other day.  You know those days… the ones when you have a full fridge and pantry but nothing really sounds good…? Or is that just me? In any case I found myself perusing through a few recipe sites looking for inspiration and I stumbled upon […]

Hearty Ham and Bean Soup

Lately I have been craving heavy filling soups. Soups that feel like a hug when you take a bite. I have always loved soups but I think part of this new found obsession comes from the lack of seasons where we live, Puerto Rico. I have been craving a trip “north” to Florida so that […]

5 Minute Mini Pizzas

This last summer I saw these delicious little pizza muffins all over Pinterest and just HAD to give them a try!! So I grabbed the ingredients next time I saw them at the store and tried my hand at them. They were really wonderful!! We loved them… except for one little thing. If you bake them long enough to cook the dough, the pizza sauce got so hot and it was hard to cool the center down before the outside go cold… The crust and dough made the prefect little insulator that, shy of eating them completely cold, you were alway biting into a molten pit of lava sauce each time. Ok, maybe that was a little dramatic but it was hot!! Although it is trendy to make thinks in cute little muffin tins, I started to think outside the box… What if, rather than making pizza in muffin tins, we laid them flat!!!! I know, it is kinda revolutionary thinking but just stick with me here. If you lay them flat, there is no little pool of molten sauce to attack you with every bit!!! The pizza and sauce cool off in about 5 minutes after removing them from the oven.

My First Giveaway and it is Cash!!! 3 winners get a total of $1450

Happy New Year!! Are you looking for a little extra cash to start your new year off right? Maybe you would like to spoil your special some with a fun stay-cation or a night on the town. Maybe you just need a little extra cash to cover the holiday spending. Use this cash prize (paid […]

2015: Our Best Year Yet!

With out going overboard on New Year resolutions I have a few things that I am committing myself to this year. It has been a crazy adventure since we got to Puerto Rico in 2012 and I have been giving myself a lot of “room” or leeway to not do things to my normal standards. For the last half of 2012, there were a lot of things happening and they all contributed to our lives being a little crazy:
Tavis changed jobs and it required 6 months of us living on the road and moving states every few months.
During that job training I was pregnant with our son, Aiden. He was born the last month of Tavis’s training and we moved states to the next training location when he was 3 days old.

Grandma’s Gingerbread Cookies

So this is Tavis writing… Normally my contribution to Leaving The Rut is editing some of Ashley’s pictures, taste testing, continually telling Ashey that she needs to get some “new content up” and generally being a supportive cheerleader :). Today however, I was compelled to sit down and actually make a physical contribution to “our” (mostly Ashley’s) growing blog… “Why?” you may ask, am I using my almost metaphysical powers of composition today? Especially for gingerbread cookies??? Well, simply stated… I got the look…
Ashley has had a lot of fun over the last year putting this blog together and the numbers are growing, I mean they are really growing…

Knife and Fork Chili Burgers

We left Puerto Rico two weeks ago and have been on the road since then. I spent four days in Washington, DC visiting with my sister and her family while Tavis was up there for business then we headed south to Florida and spent a week at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground with my other sister […]

Dark and Stormy at the Friday Afternoon Happy Hour

It was a Dark and Stormy night…. well not really but I always wanted to start a post like that. It is actually really sunny and bright out right now but I know this time of year the weather is much different for most of you so I thought I would share a new-to-me favorite […]

Caribbean Eggnog, aka Coquito at the Friday Afternoon Happy Hour!

It is hard to keep track of seasons when the high temperature in summer and winter only fluctuates 5 degrees… Summer high is 88-90ish and in winter the high is 83-85ish degrees. SO when I had the realization yesterday that Thanksgiving is in one week, I nearly had a heart attack!! I am not ready!!
Rather than panicking, I invited my friend Jenny over, and we mixed up a batch of Caribbean Eggnog, or better known here in Puerto Rico as coquito!! What better way to get in the Christmas spirit and get us ready for all the holiday craziness, than to mix up a yummy treat that is loaded with coconut, cinnamon and best of all… rum!!

Best Ever Game Day Chili

When I am in the mood for Chili, the last thing I want is a bland bowl of tomato and ground beef that someone decided to call Chili. I want slow simmered, layers of flavor, keeps you on your toes guessing what is in it until the last. delicious. bite. THAT is Chili! I have a recipe for you today that will set you well on your way to perfecting chili to exactly how you think it should be. This recipe has several “less-used” chili ingredients. They are not unheard-of but the are not usually commonplace in your grandmas chili recipe.

Parmesan Crusted Oven Baked Chicken aka “Frickin’ Chicken”

Soooo, if you were to ask anyone in my family if they like Parmesan Crusted Oven Baked Chicken you probably wouldn’t get a big reaction… that is not because they dislike this dish. On the contrary this is a family favorite in our house! The issue that you will run into is that everyone knows it by a different name. But, for the sake of this blog I figured that I would change the name to be a little more “user friendly”.
As a kid growing up, we would always come up with odd names for things, the more that my mom protested, the more my dad and us kids would use it! So at some point when I was about 10 years old, this dish got the name “Frickin Chicken”. My mom was not pleased but the more she frowned the more the name was cemented in and 25 years later everyone is still calling it that.

Dry Rub for Pork

Out of all the things that we cook on the Big Green Egg (BGE) there isn’t anything that Tavis gets more enjoyment out of than smoking a pork shoulder all. day. long.
He gets up much earlier than the usual to 6am makes sure the at the rub is perfectly applied. He painstakingly cleans out the old charcoal and makes sure that the place setter and other parts of the BGE are set up properly. He watches the temperature with the diligence of a nervous new parent who cannot leave the crib side as their baby sleeps, except he is usually sipping a beer as he watches the temperature… ok there were probably better analogies but lets move on.

Skinny Mai Tai – Friday Afternoon Happy Hour

We are back again for the Friday Afternoon Happy hour! I am currently in China, but I put together one of my favorite drinks last week to share with you all! If you want to follow along with us while we are in China, check us out on Instagram! If you google Mai Tai you […]

Pumpkin Pie Spice Puppy Chow

In the Fall spirit, I put together my own version of Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow to share with you guys today. I don’t normally experiment with recipes… I like things that I know work… but I tried this recipe out on a few friends and they loved it so I figured I would share it with you fine folks. Here is what you will need: 6 cups Chex Cereal… I think that the cinnamon version would be best but I used the plane stuff and it was great!!
1 Bag of white chocolate chips
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 box of powder sugar
2 Tbs pumpkin pie spice

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