Saturday, May 28, 2016

Swedish Raspberry Almond Bars

I love shortbread, and these bars have a wonderful shortbread crust..buttery and delicious!

Lots of texture,too with the smooth jelly,soft meringue, and crunchy almonds. So tasty!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Swedish Raspberry Almond Bars

3/4 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. confectioner's sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. seedless raspberry jam
3 egg whites
6 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. coconut
1 c. sliced almonds,divided

Cream the butter and confectioners sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour slowly, mixing well. Press onto a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes until lightly browned.

Spread jam over crust. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar on high until stiff peaks form. Fold in coconut and 1/2 c. sliced almonds. Spread on top of jam.Sprinkle with remaining sliced almonds. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes until lightly brown.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lemon Almond Poppy Seed Bread

Not too long ago, one of my friends gave us a loaf of lemon almond poppy seed bread. It was so was gone before I knew it!

I needed to make something for company coming, and thought about how good that bread was. But I didn't have time to get the recipe from my friend, so I found this one from Taste of Home. 

We loved it! 

I made 4 mini loaves, and froze 3 of them. I didn't add a glaze, and they were still very sweet and SO moist. Maybe next time I will try the glaze, as it does sound tasty!

Lemon Almond Poppy Seed Bread
(T of H)

2 1/4 c. sugar
1 c. plus 2 Tbsp. canolla oil
3 eggs
3 Tbsp. poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. milk

Mix the sugar, oil and eggs. Stir in the lemon juice,poppy seeds, and extracts. combine the dry ingredients and stir in alternately with the milk, just until moistened. Pour into greased loaf pans. (I used 4 mini, recipe calls for two 8x4" loaf pans) Bake at 350 for 55 to 60 minutes, (less for mini loaves) until toothpick comes out clean.

Glaze while warm. ( I did not put a glaze on)

3.4 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. orange juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Saturday, May 21, 2016

All American Brownies

Nothings better than a good ole rich and thick brownie! 

Some people slather them with frosting, and while I love that also, you can't beat them just plain straight from the pan.

One always leads to two....

Brent likes them with ice cream on top, drizzled with a bit of chocolate syrup, but I still say plain is best. I love the crackle tops with the rich chewy centers!


  • 1/2 cup  oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  2. Mix together the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt, stir into the egg mixture. Fold in in walnuts. Spread in a greased 9" square pan.
  3. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes, the edges pull away from the pan.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Paula's Honey BBQ sauce

Hi everyone! I have another quick recipe to share.

I like to try different BBQ sauce recipes from time to time, and decided to give this one from Paula a go. I spooned some over some baked chicken, and we loved the slightly tangy sauce!

Paula's Deen Honey BBQ sauce

1 c. ketchup
1/3 c. honey
2 tsp. Worchshire sauce
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. chili powder

Mix well.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Cilantro Cream Cheese Bruschetta

Hi everyone!

I found another recipe I forgot to share last summer when the garden tomatoes were so plentiful. Brent and I enjoyed this quite often along with some soup or salad. We are big cilantro fans, so this became a favorite quickly. I like the toasted bread with the warm cheese and cold tomato mixture..a nice combo of flavors and textures. Can't wait to make it this summer too!

Cilantro Cream Cheese Bruschetta

12 slices french bread
1/2 c. chopped tomato
2 Tbsp. green onions, sliced
1 Tbsp. chopped ripe olives
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped

Place bread on un greased baking sheet and broil 6-8 minutes until golden brown. Remove. Cream the cream cheese and cilantro. Combine the olives, onions, and tomatoes. Spread the cream cheese on top of the sliced bread, Broil 3 minutes longer until cheese is melted.Top with tomato mixture.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Lemon Pepper Marinated Pork Chops

I don't know about you,  but I sure have felt like grilling with all this warm weather lately. It was a long cold winter, and while I do grill then also, I didn't brave the cold as much as I used too. I'd look at the snowy deck and think..nope..I'm staying in!

So it's been a treat to grill this spring! This marinade is similar to many I have used but has the addition of lemon pepper, which I really like. The chops tasted wonderful and were so moist and tasty!

Marinated Pork Chops

6 boneless chops
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. oil
1/3 c. soy sauce
3 Tbsp. lemon pepper seasoning
minced garlic to taste ( I used 1 clove)

Mix and marinate at least 2 hours before grilling.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Granola Bar Bites

These lil granola bites sure are a fun snack! 
They would be fun to make with kids easy. There are only 4 ingredients and they take just minutes to make.

I like to grab a few for breakfast when I'm on my way out the door!

Granola Bar Bites
(adapted from Like Mother Like Daughter)

1 1/4 c. oats
1/2 c.peanut butter
1/4 c. honey
 1/3 c. mini chocolate chips

Mix and shape into balls. Store in refrigerator.