Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cookie Pancake in a jar

I have one more mix in a jar recipe to share....the last jar...that my daughter gave me for my Birthday.

It's Cookie Pancakes!

They were so good!

They were even better warmed up next day in the microwave. They DID taste like a pecan cookie! Every bite had pecans in it, which both Brent and I love. With butter and syrup, they were a perfect for brunch along side some scrambled eggs.

I will definitely be making these again, and SOON!

Cookie Pancake

2 c. original Bisquick
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 c. pecans, chopped fine
1 c. milk
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. butter, melted

Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl, and the wet in another, Add the wet to the dry and stir until just combined. Batter will be lumpy. Fry in greased skillet. Makes 4 servings.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Marinated Grilled Pork Chops..pinned it and tried it

We love this simple marinade for pork chops. I found it on Pinterest, pinned it and tried it. It's now become a go to recipe for me as it's just so quick and EZ.

The chops are so tender and moist, and very flavorful. It's so good!

In fact, I have some in the frig marinating for tonite. Looks like a perfect, sunny day for grilling.

Have a great day!

Marinated Pork Chops
Mels Kitchen

1/4 c. olive oil
1 tsp. Famous Dave's Steak Seasoning
2 1/2 Tbsp.  soy sauce

Mix and put in a Ziploc bag with 4 pork chops. Marinate overnight and grill.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Remember the gift jars my daughter gave me for my birthday? This recipe was in one of the jars,too. She found the recipe on line from Daphne Oz.

If you love the nutty flavor of whole wheat, like I do, you will love these! They are chock full of good for you ingredients. The cranberries and slight hint of orange were a delicious combination.

 I put a few pecans and some brown sugar on top of each muffin before I baked them. 

Warm out of the oven with some butter, they were a real treat!

Cranberry Orange Muffins
Daphne Oz

5 Tbsp. butter, softened
1/3 c. honey
3 large eggs
3/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp. orange zest
1 1/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 c. wheat germ
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 c. dried cranberries

Mix butter and honey, add egg, yogurt and orange zest. Add the dry ingredients, stir in the cranberries. Pour into greased muffin tins and bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Serves 12.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Love Soup Mix in a Jar

I'm a lucky gal!

Look what my daughter gave me for my birthday this spring...

Inside the basket are 3 green jars, filled with recipes to make. I made the the recipe for the soup the very next day. It was hard to open it up, as the layers were so pretty inside the jar. But I forced myself to do it..after all, I needed to try this soup! 

It was so fun..... and so easy to make. All I had to do was brown the stew meat, and dump the ingredients in.  The whole house smelled great with the rich savory smell of beef and veggies simmering on the stove.

 An hour later it was done, so I took a spoonful, to test it out. Winner! It tasted as good as it smelled!

My son gave me this along with a gift certificate, isn't it sweet?

As you can see, I had a great birthday this year!

You can find the soup recipe below, and I'll be posting the other two soon....

Love soup Mix in a Jar

1/3 c. bullion granules
1/4 c. dried minced onion
1/2 c. dried split peas
1/2 c. uncooked twist macaroni
1 c.uncooked tri color spiral pasta
1/3 c. long grain white rice
1/2 c. dry lentils
1/4 c. barley


In a large kettle brown 1 lb. hamburger or stew beef cut in bite sized pieces in olive oil. Remove the pasta from the jar and reserve. Add the rest of the jar contents to the kettle with 12 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes. Add pasta and simmer 15 minutes more. makes 12 servings.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blueberry pancakes

These are some awesome pancakes!

 They are light and fluffy, and the warm blueberries just burst with flavor. Add some butter and syrup and I am in heaven!

I often order pancakes when we go out to eat, as they are such a favorite of mine. I make them at home quite often too. I like to make a batch and freeze them, grabbing a few in the morning to pop in the microwave. It's a great way to start the day!

BUT..there aren't any left to freeze....Brent loved them too!

Blueberry Pancakes
T of H

1 1/4 c. flour
! Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
1 1/4 c. buttermilk
2 Tbsp. canola oil
1 c. blueberries

Mix the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients, add to dry and stir until blended. Add the blueberries and fry on a griddle. ( I don't add the blueberries to the batter, I put 1/4 c. batter in the frying pan, then drop berries on top. Cook until it bubbles, flip and cook other side until golden brown.)

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies..pinned it and tried it

One of my friends was telling me about how she had made cookies with coconut oil, and thought they were really good. I guess its supposed to be a healthy, good for you oil.  I was skeptical, but when I saw some on Pinterest, they looked pretty good. 

SO I pinned them and tried them!

We really liked them. I kind of expected to taste coconut, but I couldn't. They tasted pretty much like regular cookies, with a great texture and buttery taste. I was pleasantly surprised. Although, I do love coconut flavor, so if they did taste like it, I would have loved it.

I guess I'll do a little more research on baking and cooking with coconut oil, and try out a few more recipes!

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 c. coconut oil, room temp
1/2. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1 egg
 1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. chocolate chips

Cream the coconut oil and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well. Add the dry ingredients and stir in the chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for about 9 minutes, just until the edges start to turn light brown.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Oatmeal Scotchies

Every once in awhile I get a craving for Oatmeal Scotchies...the recipe is right off the bag. I used to make them often when I was a teenager, especially when I had friends coming over. We loved them! But it's been awhile, and I had a craving, so I made a batch.

I can't believe I'm saying this, as I'm such a chocolate lover, but it's kind of a nice change of pace from the usual chocolate chips. Sweet and chewy, with a bit of a crunch around the edges, they are irresistible!

Oatmeal Scotchies

3/4 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. quick rolled oats
1 1/2 c. butterscotch chips

Cream the butter and sugars. Add eggs and beat well. stir in vanilla. Add the dry ingredients mixing well. Stir in the butterscotch chips. Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes on parchment lined cookie sheets.