Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Old Time Cookie Jar Cookies

When I was a kid, my mom would get a babysitter for me when she was substitute teaching at the high school. She didn't really enjoy substituting, but my dad was the principal, and in those days, he did the calling for subs early every morning. Many days he couldn't find anyone, so my mom had to go in. She would much rather stay home, but she never said no when dad needed her to help out. If you have ever done subbing, you can probably relate! Some days you can never pay a sub enough for what they go through!

 I, on the other hand, LOVED substitute days!

That was because mom would ask a neighbor who we all called, "Grandma S." to babysit. She and her husband lived down the street from us, and they were some of the nicest people I have ever known.

She was a big help to my parents at many difficult times in their lives. The time I remember most was when she came to stay with us when my mom had surgery. My mom almost died on the operating table, and was in the hospital for a long time recovering.( Back then, they were also very strict about visitors, and I was too young to see her. But don't Dad snuck me in! ) On top of Grandma S. taking care the house,meals, and laundry, I got sick with the flu. I was pretty little and running a fever. I remember sneaking in each of the 5 beds just to feel the cool sheets on my hot skin! She just shook her head, and made up the beds again! I never got a scolding.

Sometimes, I would be dropped off at their home, which was another treat for me. Grandpa S loved to tease, AND play cards. I can remember some fun days eating meals with them in their cozy kitchen and learning how to play Rummy.

There are so many things I loved about Grandma S. it's hard to list them all. I guess first of all, she was always happy, and gave the best hugs. She was rather plump, with glasses and gray hair, kind of the typically portrayed grandma figure. She and her husband had come over from Germany, and she had a VERY thick accent. She was always fun, and on the go! When she came to babysit, the house would be clean as a whistle, soup or German potato pancakes on the stove, and BEST of all, the cookie jar would be full.

 She was the best cook, often baking bread, rolls, cake, name it. I wish now that I had some of her recipes!

But the other day, I found an old cookie recipe in one of my moms cookbooks that I remember she often made. It's different. The first cookie you eat, you think," what's in this?" Then you eat another, and another. I think it's the unusual combo of cinnamon, ginger and Spanish peanuts that is just so old fashioned good. 

They are called Cookie Jar Cookies I suppose, because they keep so well in the jar, and actually taste even better a day or two after you make them. 

I had fun watching Brent taste the first one, then grab a second and third. They are just a good old time cookie, like their name implies!

Old Time Cookie Jar Cookies

Combine in a bowl:
1 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. rolled oats

Stir in:
1/4 c. oil
2 Tbsp. milk
1 egg

3/4 c. Spanish peanuts

Drop by rounded teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes, just until soft.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Peanut Butter DelightFulls

I've been trying out Nestle's DelightFulls...they come in several flavors. I chose the peanut butter filled ones to make some cookies with.

They are really good right out of the bag, and actually I had a hard time saving some for the cookies! 

I used the recipe right on the bag, but left out the nuts. It said to add 1 to 2 Tablespoons flour if you omitted them, but I found I didn't need to add any.

These were a fun alternative to regular chocolate chip cookies! Next on my list are the mint filled ones....

Peanut Butter Delightfulls Cookies

2 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 c. butter
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 package Peanut butter Delightfulls
1 c. chopped nuts

Cream the sugars and butter. Add the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in the PB Delightfulls. Drop onto greased cookie sheets and bake at 375 for about 10 minutes.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Chocolate Yummies

Good Morning!

Today I have some treats that I made for Valentines Day to share with you. Pretty simple, and a nice sweet treat for after a meal. They are also gluten free, which is a bonus for me!

Chocolate Yummies

1 c. chocolate chips
1/3 c. butter
16 large marshmallows
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. coconut
2 c. quick oats

Melt the chocolate chips, butter and marshmallows. Stir in the vanilla, coconut, and oats. Drop by tsp. onto wax paper, store in refrigerator.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Baked Pork Chops

Not too long ago someone asked me how I like to cook pork chops. I had to laugh, as the way I make them is so simple! I just stick them in  baking dish, add some water, sprinkle with seasoning, cover and bake. I throw in a couple of small potatoes to bake at the same time, and dinner is ready in an hour. I like to serve them with some BBQ sauce,too. Actually this is making me hungry just talking about it... I think I need to make this again soon!

Baked Pork Chops

4 boneless pork chops
salt and pepper
Lawry's salt
 about 1/4 c. water

Sprinkle the chops with seasonings and place in a glass baking dish. Pour water on top and bake at 400, covered with foil ... about 1 hour.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

KA GF Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi everyone!

I'm back with another Gluten free recipe!

This is a real winner in our book. No one could taste the difference between this and my regular recipe, and Brent LOVED them. I always under bake my cookies just a bit, so they stay soft and chewy, and I did the same with these.


But then again, when you use ANY King Arthur flour and recipes, you can NEVER go wrong!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
      King Arthur

1 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
2 1/3 c. King Arthur GF multi purpose flour
2 tsp. Xanthum gum
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 c. chocolate chips
1 1/2 c. chopped nuts, optional

Cream the butter with the sugars, add the eggs and vanilla. Whisk together the dry ingredients and mix well with the wet. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes on parchment lined baking sheets.Let rest a few minutes before removing to cool.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chex Marshmallow Treats

I've really been into Chex lately, especially as I'm trying to eat less gluten. I found a ton of recipes I want to try using them..and this is one.

Rice Krispie Bars have always been a favorite, so replacing them with Chex sounded like a good place to start. I've had them made with other cereals, but not with Chex before. They were really good! Much more crunchy,with the same great marshmallow coating...yum!

Brent is always eating my gluten free stuff, even though I bake regular cookies and desserts for him, he seems to like the gluten free options the best. I don't think this is fair, as he gets double treats that way!

Chex Marshmallow Treats
cup butter or margarine
bag (10 oz) large marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
cups Rice Chex cereal

Melt the butter and the marshmallows. Stir in the Chex and spread in a 9 x13 pan. ( from Chex Recipes)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

German Cucumber Salad..pinned it and tried it

Pinned it, tried it, and loved it!

I like to make recipes like this in the summer with fresh produce, nothing tastes better! But I noticed we had some pretty decent tomatoes and cukes in the store, so I bought some for this recipe I have been meaning to try. The one I usually make has vinegar, not lemon juice.

It was light and refreshing, a perfect side for our burgers. I loved the crunch of the cucumbers with the creamy dill dressing!

German Cucumber Salad

1/2 c. sour cream
1 cucumber, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
2 slices onion
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp dill
1/4 tsp. salt

Mix and serve.

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