Tuesday, January 27, 2015

No bake Treats

These were amazing!

I thought I would make a quick treat to have on hand last weekend,and these bars took just a few minutes to stir together. Before I knew it they were in the frig ready to go!

The combo of peanut butter and butterscotch is SO good. I also liked the textures..the soft marshmallows with the crunch of the nuts....needless to say they didn't last long!

No Bake treats

11 oz. bag of butterscotch chips
3/4 c. peanut butter
5 Tbsp. butter
1 1/2 c. peanuts
3 1/2 c. mini marshmallows

Melt the chips, butter and peanut butter. Let sit a few minutes until slightly cool. Stir in the peanuts and marshmallows. Spoon into a foil lined 8" square pan and refrigerate.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Orange Sugar Spread

This is another one of those simple recipes I used to make when I was a kid...it's straight from the Betty Crocker cookbook for boys and girls.

My mom was always trying to get us to eat breakfast, and she would make just about anything we wanted every morning..pancakes, eggs, whatever! But we just weren't interested. It was usually a glass of juice on the way out the door.

That all changed when I started getting interested in cooking, and found a few recipes I liked to make. This was one of them, a quick and delicious spread for toast.

It's so fresh, sweet and delicious slathered on some warm toast. Makes you feel like summer is right around the corner! It's a real treat!

Orange Sugar Spread 

1 Tbsp. soft butter
3 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1 tsp. orange zest
1 tsp. orange juice

Mix well and spread on warm toast.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Giant Monster Cookie for one

Good morning! 
I found this recipe online, and thought it would be fun to make for Brent. He loved it warm out of the oven, and used a pizza cutter to cut it into wedges. 

 I snuck a bite, and it was great! The inside was soft, with lots of peanut butter flavor and the edges were a bit crispy. 
My favorite part was the chocolate...of course!

Have a great day!

One Giant Monster Cookie

2 Tbsp. butter, softened
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. beaten egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. peanut butter
6 tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. oats
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1/3 c. M and M's
2 tbsp. chocolate chips

Cream the butter and sugars. Add the egg, vanilla, and peanut butter, beat well. Stir in the flour, salt and baking powder. Stir in the chocolate chips. Make into a big ball and place on parchment paper, press down and add the M and M's on top.
Bake at 325 for 20 to 25 minutes. 

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Pretzel Heath Bars

This was new to me...well, new AND old I guess!

I've made Heath Bars for years,they are one of our favorites.  BUT I have never made them with pretzels, just soda crackers.

I decided to give them a try after a friend told me that's how she always makes them. I knew it would taste great, but would it be better than with the crackers?

The answer is they are BOTH delicious!

We couldn't decide. The only difference was really in the texture. The soda crackers are a bit softer and tend to melt in your mouth, while the pretzels are very crunchy. Both add that salt factor that is so irresistible with chocolate and caramel!

Heath Pretzel Bars

3 1/2 to 4 c. pretzels ( any shape is ok)
1 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 bag chocolate chips

Line a jelly roll pan with foil. Place pretzels on pan in single layer. Melt the butter and brown sugar, bring to a boil and boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour over the pretzels and bake at 400 for 5 minutes, it will bubble some. Take out and sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Return to oven for just a minute or less until the chips melt. Take out and spread evenly with a knife. Cool and place in refrigerate until hardened. Take out and break into pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

EZ oven roasted potatoes

Yum! These were great!

So quick and easy, and SO tasty. I've made them before with other seasonings, like Lawry's, and even just the salt and pepper, we love that too. But it was fun to try with the Italian!

EZ Oven Roasted Potatoes

2 large potatoes, scrubbed and cut in slices (about 1/4 " thick)
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning ( or what ever you prefer)
1 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese 

Put the sliced potatoes, olive oil, and seasonings in a Ziploc bag and toss to coat. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 450 about 15 minutes, turning once. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake another 5 minutes.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Yet another recipe for oatmeal cookies! I have so many that I have tried, and I can honestly say they are all good. This one is a bit different for me though, as it has no butter. It uses oil instead. It's a great recipe for those who want to watch their cholesterol.

The cookies have a rich flavor from the brown sugar, and are studded with good for you ingredients like oatmeal, walnuts and raisins. They also freeze well, so you can grab a few to add to your lunch.

When I bake cookies, I always under bake a pan for me, as I like them soft. I over bake a pan for Brent as he likes them crisp and a bit brown. Either way, they taste great!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  (made with oil)

1 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/3 c. oil
2/3 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. oatmeal
1/2 c. raisins
chopped walnuts, optional

Mix well and drop by tsp. onto parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes until lightly browned.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Baked Apple in a Bag

 I saw this in a magazine at the Dr's office. They always have the best magazines to read.

It was so much fun! I just dumped all the ingredients in the bag and 2 minutes later we were eating a warm delicious apple dessert!

I wondered about using a bag in the microwave, but I did check the box and it was FDA approved, so I gave it a try. If you are worried, though, you could always use a glass bowl. I liked the bag as clean up was so fun and easy.

Brent gave this two thumbs up when I asked him if he liked it, and he requested it again the next day!

Baked Apple in a Bag

1 apple, peeled and sliced
1 tsp. sugar ( or to taste)
1/4 tsp. corn starch
1/4 tsp. cinnamon ( I added more)
1 tsp. water
squirt of lemon juice

Put all in a safe Ziploc microwavable bag, leave open about 1 inch to allow steam to escape and microwave on high 2 minutes. Very hot!