Spring Break in Jenna’s Kitchen

I’m so glad we get two weeks for spring break because there was so much to do!  I had the honor of having lunch with Tony Rose for an interview about Jenna’s Kitchen.  Tony is a local radio personality on D93 and he is so much fun!  He is also a fellow Auburn Tiger! #auburnroars  If you missed it you can catch it on my Facebook Page or here at Lunch with Tony Rose.

Next Auburn Archery competed at the State Archery Tournament in Louisville!  I had a good score going but completely bombed my first round at 15 meters.  I finished with a decent score of 270.  One of my 7th-grade classmates won the middle school championship.  Congratulations, Isaac Stanley!  Our team shot well enough to make it to the National Tournament in May!

Happy Easter!  Rejoice that,”He is Risen!”  Enjoyed a great worship service, ate and rested.  My mom and I have been watching this series from the Hallmark Channel, “When Calls the Heart.”  It’s a great show!

We had a family fun day of bowling and Jump Air Zone!  I enjoyed the Southern Birdie Pizza at Azzip Pizza.  It had a pimento cheese base, cheese, fried chicken, sweet drop peppers and a sweet tea glaze.  Yum!  Then we went to the new cookie dough store in town and tried it.  It was sweet but wish my toppings were mixed into the cookie dough instead of just put on top of plain cookie dough.

Y’all I love watching cookie decorating videos and one decorator that is close to home is Brave Olive Cookies. Ladonna was nice enough to give me a private lesson and show me how to airbrush cookies with royal icing.  So much fun!  Now I still need lots of practice, so teachers, coaches, friends, and family….get ready for cookie explosions soon!  The icing on the cake, was we were able to do the class at Betsy Ann’s House and I got a few new Agnes & Dora outfits!

Then today I went on Midday Live on WBKO with Laura Rogers.  But y’all,  I had to improvise!  To get everything set up for the show, we arrive about an hour early.  I set my dough out and I guess it dried out and it did not want to cooperate at all!!  I said it was easy but it didn’t look easy today, but I promise it is!  You can go back and watch the YouTube Video I did on the soft pretzels as proof!  But if you need some comic relief, you can watch me sweat here.  I ran out of time to talk about my dipping sauce recipes so I thought I would post them here!  Hope you enjoy!

Nacho Cheese Dipping Sauce

2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 c milk
1/2 c cheddar cheese
4 dashes hot sauce

Melt butter in a medium saucepan

Add flour to make a roux

Add milk and constantly stir making sure it is on medium heat

Add cheese and hot sauce and stir until melted

Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce

2 oz softened cream cheese
1 Tbsp butter melted
1/2 c powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk

Cream all ingredients together!

Serve and Enjoy!

Fall Break 2017

It’s been a great first week of fall break!  We started the week off in Legoland.  It was a trip that my brother really wanted to go to, but I was excited to see what is was all about too!  The rides were fun and all the Lego models were cool.

My top 10 of the trip were

Me and Lego Albert
  1.  Spending time with family
  2. Trading mini figures
  3. Coastersaurus
  4. Project X
  5. Ninjago
  6. China
  7. The Lost Kingdom Adventure
  8. Flying School
  9. Driving School
  10. The Dragon

My mom put together a highlight video here.

The rest of the week has been filled with family game day, movie night, fishing, bonfires and s’mores and of course some cooking!  I wanted to share these simple apple treats, so good and so easy to make with kids!

Apple Pie Desserts

Also Uncle Ben’s Rice has a great contest that encourages kids to cook with their parents.  It’s been fun trying all the different flavors, but my favorite has to be this Shrimp Scampi with Paremesan Butter Rice!  It sounds fancy but it’s super simple!

Shrimp Scampi

I cannot wait for the 2nd week of fall break!  It’s grandparent time with a visit with Laura Rogers on Midday Live on Friday!  If you make either of these recipes let me know by posting a photo or a comment on how you liked it!




Chopped Jr Home Version: Mystery Basket 1

To say that I love the Food Network, would be an understatement!  One of my favorite shows is Chopped Jr.  Last year I got the opportunity to audition for the show and I got started practicing mystery baskets in preparation, just in case I got the call.  I’m going to share some of my mystery baskets!  Experimenting with mystery basket combinations has helped my creativity in the kitchen and expanded my knowledge of different food ingredients!

Entree Basket:  Okra, Bugles, Tilapia, and Dried Cherries….30 minutes….GO!


The first thing to pop in to my head was to make sure that the tilapia got cooked to perfection! So I run and get some aluminum foil and to place the tilapia on and season it up. So next I add some veggies to my tilapia to give it more flavor and color. Then wrap it up in my foil pouch and bake it! Then I get started on my salad! I cut up kale and throw it in the bowl, still checking on my tilapia ever now and then, I cut carrots,onion, and bell peppers! Then I get the fish out and it is PERFECT!!! So I have to make my vinaigrette with the dried cherries and crumble my Bugles for a crouton and then I hear 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,0!!! Time is up! I ended up with baked tilapia with veggies and a kale salad with a cherry vinaigrette and Bugle croutons! Sounds good to me!!! Let’s eat!


Be sure to watch for more Mystery Basket Mondays here on Jenna’s Kitchen.

Be sure to tune into Food Network August 29th at 7 pm central time to watch my Chopped Jr. episode!

Chopped Jr. Home Version

I'm overwhelmed by all the nice comments, t-shirt purchases and support I have received since my Chopped Jr announcement.

It's been a waiting game but is so worth it to be able to share all my experiences! On Monday's until air date I will be sharing my Mystery Basket Monday's!

After my interview, I created my Home Audition Video and I started practicing to sharpen my time management skills in the kitchen. My parents grocery store trips turned into a scavenger hunt to find the weird ingredients for my mystery basket creations! We made list of ingredients from past show to get an idea of patterns of how they put baskets together? We didn't solve the puzzle but got a lot of ideas for combinations and learned about new foods along the way! I had a lot of fun with my Chopped Jr Home Version. And most of the dishes were good or at least edible 😂!

Entrees were my favorite to practice! It was my mom's favorite too because she didn't have to cook supper!

I hope you enjoy my mystery basket creations and if you do your own version of mystery basket creation, I'd love to see them!

Be sure to tune in to Food Network for my episode of Chopped Jr. August 29 at 7pm central time!

4-H Talk Meet: Tips from My YouTube Journey

One of my favorite 4-H activities, is Talk Meet and Demonstrations!  This year for my speech I wrote about my YouTube Journey.

When you think of YouTube what do you think of? DIY's, tutorials, gamers, music, or cooking? That's me too! When you are little you always have that one thing that you really want to do right? Well mine was a YouTube channel ever since I saw a show on Food Network. The Rachel vs Guy kids cook off was my favorite because instead of the adults doing all the cooking the kids did everything!! My favorite contestant, Amber,  already had a YouTube channel before she was on the show! I thought how cool would it be if I had a YouTube channel? So I go ask mom and dad if I can have a YouTube channel and dad says, "We don't think you need to be on the internet at 8!" Mom goes more in depth saying," You just don't have enough food demo skills and camera experience." All that does is make me more determined to prove that I can do it! So I enter the 4-H junior food demonstration, and get a tv segment with Laura Rogers on WBKO! That's getting me some where with mom but dad still won't budge! So I do some research and find out about privacy settings and filters. Dad is starting to come around. The big snow storm of 2016 gets us stuck in the house for 4 days! I know now that this is my moment! I'm finally going to get the YouTube channel I have been wanting! I even have an idea for the fist video! My personal favorite recipe Eggless chocolate chip cookie dough! So here are some tips if you plan on starting a YouTube channel anytime soon!

Tip #1, have a catchy name! It's all in the name, but make sure you have checked all other social platforms before you decide. I didn't think we would be expanding Jenna's Kitchen to social media, but it turns out the name Jenna's Kitchen is very popular! Lesson learned!

Tip#2 have a nice neat schedule! When I first started I was posting videos all Willy Nilly all over the place, but all the professionals say that you need to have a schedule so your viewers know when to expect a video. It's like your favorite tv show you know it will come on Saturday night at 8.

Tip #3 have collab or collaboration videos with other youtubers or guests. My first collab was with my Best friend but I didn't know it was a collab at the time! I thought they were just with other youtubers! Turns out all you need for a collab video is a guest on your YouTube channel or you go on theirs and make a video.

Even though I'm still new to this whole YouTube thing I have learn a lot along the way. I have recently celebrated my first Youtubaversary! My YouTube channel has also helped me out quite a bit! It got me an audition for a show that found me via YouTube. My video skills also helped me win a heifer! This has been an amazing YouTube journey from making and editing videos, to making school projects on YouTube, to doing different demos, but having fun while I do it! So if your dream was ever a YouTube channel, Chase it!!

New Braces=New menu: Top 20 Things to Eat with Braces

I have known for a while that I would have to have braces and I was okay with that.  Until I read all the things I could not eat.  You can hardly eat anything! Or at least my favorites:  Cheetos, Doritos, Raw Vegetables, Oreos, Ribs, Corn on the Cob or Nuts…..AARGH!   It has certainly has changed our family’s menu! So since both my brother and I have braces, we have come up with the top 20 things that are within the braces rules that are good!!

  1. Smoothie- You can mix it up every day with your favorite fruits, veggies, yogurt, and protein powder! Great way to get nutrition for the day!  Mango smoothie has been my favorite so far.  Click here for the video Mango Smoothie
  2. Tuna- Tuna is very versatile, you can customize it to your own personal liking with endless flavor combinations! We like to go for Asian themed! Here a video tutorial on Tuna Sliders.Tuna Sliders
  3. Chicken Salad- Same goes for chicken salad, put your favorite flavors into it. We put chicken, grapes, mayo, sour cream, hot mustard, salt, and pepper!
  4. Stir-fry- An assortment of vegetables sautéed in butter until they are soft.
  5. Fro-yo- Bought or homemade it is smooth. Even with out the toppings it still tastes good!
  6. Corn Bread- Put in cheese, jalapenos, bacon, or anything you want to. You can make it different ever time!
  7. Muffins- Easy to eat, soft, and delicious! You can mix it up every time.
  8. Doughnuts-Bought or Homemade with glaze they melt in your mouth! Whether you change the flavor or the glaze they are always good!
  9. Squeezeable fruit pouches-These are a great snack for on the go, or just to eat!
  10. Tacos- The classic taco Tuesday shall be recurring a lot now! Filled with delicious filling, the taco is hard to beat.  Just have to eat with soft shells or no shell at all!
  11. Cucumber Kimchi- Not a typical side, but boy is it good! You can adjust the heat to how you like it!
  12. Pizza- A dish loved by all(that I know of) the pizza can be switched up every time!​ 

  13. Pancakes- A breakfast favorite that we love! You can customize it to your own personal liking! Fruits to chocolate chips!
  14. Fish- A delicious entrée that can be cooked many different ways! All you have to change is the way you cook it!
  15. Eggs and Bacon- Last but not least, by far my favorite breakfast! You can never go wrong with the classics!
  16. Soups-My brother doesn’t like soup but there are so many good options that fall under this category!
  17. Spaghetti or Ravioli-A go to favorite for most kids!
  18. Shrimp scampi- Noodles, butter and shrimp, YUM! Especially if paired with soft garlic bread.IMG_0829
  19. Meatballs-One of my family favorites that can be customized with your favorite sauces!  Full of good nutrition and flavor!IMG_1205
  20. Sushi-Now I know this isn’t always a kid favorite, but I think it can be!  Ever since I learned to make my own, my little brother and dad have become fans.  Well dad eats it…fan might be a little much, but I’m working on that!IMG_0188


Let me know in the comments below what your favorite menu items are/were with braces!

YouTube Anniversary:  Year in Review

A year ago, it was a snowy day and I finally convinced my parents to let me start a YouTube Channel.  Ever since I watched Guy and Rachel’s Kids Cookoff, I knew I wanted to pursue a cooking show.  Amber a contestant on the show had a Channel and I thought that was a great idea!  My dad has some reservations about me being on the internet so young but mom and I finally talked him into letting me try.

Jan 25, 2016 after several days of being stuck in the house due to snow, we had some time to tape and edit my first video!  I knew it had to be my go to “Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough” recipe.

My YouTube Channel has led to many cool opportunities this past year!  I’ve been able to share many of my favorite recipes and have heard feedback from many that have tried them!  I was invited to do live cooking demonstrations.  One in the gourmet garden at the KY State Fair with the KY Beef Council and at Gypsymoon Marketplace’s Barn Sale.  They were super fun and I realized I liked a live audience!

Miss Laura Rogers invited me to do Midday Live on WBKO-13 several times this year and it is always so much fun!

Just recently, I won a heifer through a video entry contest.  I’m sure my experience with my channel helped me win!

The coolest thing was a TV Show saw my meatloaf video and called my mom and asked if I would be interested in auditioning for the show!  Uh, YES!  I can’t wait to share more about all that at a later date!

My goal was to have 500 subscribers in my 1st year but then I realized how hard it was to grow a channel and lowered it to 200!  Thanks to Laura Rogers, I was able to achieve it!  This year I’m more organized with my topics and social media and hope to double my subscribers on YouTube and increase my Facebook reach.  If you haven’t subscribed, please go to my channel, check it out and if you like the videos, please subscribe.  It’s free and it will help me out a bunch!

Thank you to everyone that has supported me!  Thanks to my brother who is my taste tester and who even makes guest appearances in my videos.  A big thank you to my mom and dad who helps with the technical stuff and who sponsors all my food and demo materials.

As a thank you to all my supporters I have two giveaways!  Make sure to checkout my Facebook and YouTube Giveaways that will be posted Jan 25.  Make sure to enter before Jan 31st!

It’s been a great year and I look forward to 2017!

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