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
CulinaryCouture


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
Hershey's


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.

Monday, July 14, 2014

PW's caramel sauce


The other night I made some homemade vanilla ice cream, and thought some caramel sauce would be great on top. I couldn't find my recipe, so I tried Pioneer Woman's caramel sauce. You can find the recipe here.

It was so rich, creamy and well,  just plain sinful!

I ate it with my spoon....I didn't even wait for the ice cream!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Baked Teriyaki Chicken



I'm always looking for new ways to make chicken, so I'm glad I found this recipe at allrecipes. We really liked it!{I used chicken breasts, though, and the recipe calls for thighs.}

The flavor was excellent!

You can find the recipe here.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Orange Creamsicle Summer Fruit Dip...pinned it and tried it



Pinned it, tried it, and loved it!!

Brent said two thumbs up for this one, but then his favorite food it Cool whip. He has to have it on every dessert, and he makes a bee line to every salad made with it!

This dip was very light and refreshing, the orange juice gave it a nice flavor, complimenting the fruits well. It does remind me of a orange creamcicle, just like Shannon described it

Orange Creamsicle Summer Fruit Dip



Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday's with Mom...Potato Salad


Mom made the BEST potato salad!

But then again, I suppose everyone thinks their mom makes the best, haha!

It's just one of those everyday recipes that always tasted better when mom made it, you know? Like blueberry pie and fried chicken. I can never make them like she did, no matter how hard I try!

Mom made potato salad for every picnic. Our family went on lots of picnics, the lake was just a mile from town and had a great swim and picnic area, so we frequented it often.

Mom was very touchy about how she packed the salad. She never mixed the ingredients until she got out to the picnic. Everything was all on ice, chopped and ready to go. Then she would quickly throw it together right before we ate.

It was always so creamy, with just the right amounts of all the ingredients. She would taste it several times, adding a bit more salt, or maybe a splash more of milk to make it just the right consistency. 

She always used Miracle Whip, so did Brent's mom. I always use Hellman's real mayo in everything I make, but if I really want to make Mom's potato salad taste like hers, I buy a jar of Miracle Whip.

My friends and I were just having this conversation the other day...they all like Miracle Whip on sandwiches, but mayo in salads. We think it's because Miracle Whip has a slight tang to it. For years Brent would not touch anything with mayo, it had to be Miracle Whip. Now he likes both. Which ever you use, this is a great basic recipe for potato salad. Sometimes mom would add some chopped dill pickles,a sprinkle of dill, or even a squirt of sweet relish.
 It was always SO good!





Mom's Potato Salad 

6 good size medium potatoes
1 1/2 c. Miracle Whip or mayo
1 Tbsp. mustard
salt and pepper to taste
1 c. celery, chopped
1/2 c. onion, chopped
splash of milk
(chopped dill pickles, if desired)