Saturday, December 1, 2018

Chocolate covered cinnamon bears


Time to get going on some Christmas treats!

First up are some cinnamon bears....we buy them in bulk as they are Brent's favorite.....then I just melt some chocolate wafers and dip away!



Festive and fun!




Sunday, November 4, 2018

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread




Time to dig out this old tried and true recipe! I needed something for a pot luck, and this is quick, freezes well, and is SO moist and tasty.

I actually made four small loaves instead of the 2....they are such a nice size. Besides, then there's one to keep at home!




Lemon Poppy Seed Bread


1 lemon cake mix
4 eggs
1  (3 oz.)box instant lemon pudding
1/2 cup oil
1 cup water
1/4 cup poppy seeds

Mix all together and pour into 2 greased 8x4 inch bread pans. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, use the toothpick test to make sure  they are done.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Halloween Toffee with Graham Crackers



I haven't made these delicious treats in quite awhile, and there is a good reason for that. I eat the entire batch. Just ask Brent....he has to be quick to get any of these...lol!

I made them all the time when the kids were home. First...we all loved them...second I always had the ingredients on hand, and third...they are just SO quick and easy. I made them with soda crackers, and while I had tried them made with grahams (yum) I never made them that way myself. It was always soda crackers...I like the sweet and salty combo.

But I accidentally bought 2 boxes of grahams and needed to use some up. This recipe came to mind, and I talked myself into making a batch! (that didn't take long..lol)

I lined a cookie sheet with some parchment paper, and then added a layer of grahams. In a sauce pan I added a cup of brown sugar and a cup of butter, brought it to a boil and then simmered it for about 4 minutes. Then I poured it onto the grahams and baked them at 350 for 8 minutes. (The crackers move and bubble up, but don't worry) I took them out of the oven and dumped on about a cup and a half of chocolate chips. It takes a minute or two for them to melt. You can either kind of swirl them with a knife, of you can spread them out smooth. 

I always put them in the frig and let them set, them brake them apart into chunks. I also store them in the frig in a Ziploc bag.

Since I was serving them for a party, I added some Halloween candy google eyes and M & M's. 

Spooky!

AND SO TASTY!!!!

Whichever cracker you use, you will love them!

EZ Toffee with Graham Crackers

15 to 16 full size graham crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 -2 cups of chocolate chips

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Layer with graham crackers. In a saucepan, bring the butter and sugar to a boil and simmer for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour onto grahams and bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let sit a minute until melted and then spread. Let set and break into pieces. Store in frig.



Thursday, September 27, 2018

Apple Kuchen




Wow! This stuff is GOOD!

I'm glad I stumbled upon the recipe on Pinterest...yes it's another "Pinned it..tried it...and LOVED it!"

I could have used this recipe a LONG time ago. I'm thinking holidays...potlucks...it's so easy and feeds quite a few. I'll be putting it to good use in the future though, that's for sure.




It's basically an apple crumb pie in a  9 x 13 pan. First you make the crust....but NO ROLLING....yay! You bake that,and let it cool while you make the filling and the crumb topping.

It's amazing, and right in time for baking with all those apples that are around this fall!




Apple Kuchen

2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. cold butter

Mix with pastry bender until size of peas.

Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of cold water until crumbs are just moistened. Pat in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes until edges are just turning slightly brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, peal and slice 8 cups of apples. Mix with:

1 c. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

Place on top of the cooled crust.

Mix until coarse crumbs form:

1 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. cold butter

Sprinkle on top and bake at 350 for 60 to 70 minutes or until apples are soft and crust is lightly browned.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Halloween Smore Munch



My daughter has been talking about the new white chocolate M & M's and how hard they are to find. Her hubby loves white chocolate, so he was pretty excited when he found a package at a gas station on his way to work one day. Well of course I had to try to find some too!

I looked everywhere.

 Finally while Brent and I were out for breakfast the other day...there they were...right on the counter of a tiny restaurant in a tiny town.  It was the last place I'd think to look for them...lol!

I grabbed a pack and took them home thinking I would chop them up to add to my Halloween Munch.



Halloween Munch is for SERIOUS candy snackers. It's loaded with all sorts of fun things.

First, you layer a pan with parchment paper, then dump on a layer of Golden Grahams, mini marshmallows,candy corn,chocolate chips, and the new white chocolate M &M's. Then you melt some white chocolate and drizzle it all over.
 Nope...it's not done yet...then you melt some milk chocolate and drizzle that all over the top too.




Put it in the frig for awhile until it sets, and then break it into chunks. I like to store it in a ziploc bag.

You can pretty much add or delete anything you want, and make as much or as little as you want too!

It's addicting!


Monday, September 10, 2018

Blueberry Bars....... Monday's with Mom

                               
                                                       

I haven't had much time to give my blog some love this past year so I'm going to try to remedy that. Now that we have moved back into our home, I won't be doing as much traveling back and forth anymore. Brent will still be commuting to work though, but for the most part I am now in one place!

 I SHOULD have more time for lots of cookin' and posting.... that's the plan anyway!

Several people have asked me for more Monday's with Mom posts, so I dug out some of her recipes. I came across tons of them that she had cut out from newspapers and magazines. The ones she had tried, she always put the date she made it and maybe a note beside it. I still do the same. I always mark every recipe, so my cookbooks are kind of a mess...especially my fave ones.

 I also have the habit mom taught me of planning every holiday meal to the tee....with a final copy of my recipes written out on an index card. I keep them all, dated by year, so I know what I have served the year before, and also if the dish was a keeper or not. Yes...I do try new recipes on holidays or even for entertaining....I try new recipes ALL the time. Nobody seems to mind...even if one is a flop! I know I should test them before.... but that seldom happens!

It's alot of fun to come across a note about a meal that my mom planned....brings back so many good memories. It's also fun to see her collections....I'll find several recipes using garden produce....then several with no-sugar...Christmas...etc. Now I know what she was up to all those long cold northern winters when I was growing up! She always sat at the kitchen table, the warmest place in the house, while Dad and I watched TV in the living room. She was cutting out recipes! And reading her Bible. She did alot of that too.



The Blueberry Bars she had made for a church potluck, and had marked it as a keeper. I don't ever remember trying it, and I had some fresh blueberries in the frig, so I gave it a go.

The verdict is .....she was right! It's a keeper. It's really not too sweet, which was what I was expecting, and it tastes especially great warm....with a dab of ice cream on top. I LOVE the hint of cinnamon.

Mom would be pleased to know I have followed her footsteps collecting recipes...and that her granddaughter does too. In fact, my daughter probably has the most recipes of all 3 of us and is one of the best bakers I know. That would make mom really happy too!

Blueberry Bars

1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. flour
pinch of salt
1/8 tsp. cinnamon

Mix together., and add:

1 stick butter
1 egg

Mix until crumbly, and pat half the mix into a 9" greased pan.

Mix in another bowl:

2 c. blueberries
1/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch

Pour on top of  the crumb in the pan, and then sprinkle the rest of the reserved crumb mixture on top. Bake at 350 for 40 to 45 min. until lightly browned. 





Saturday, September 1, 2018

Apricot Chicken Wraps



I usually have a sandwich for lunch, but sometimes it's fun to switch it up and have wrap!

 I like to make these when I have some leftover chicken. The apricot jam really adds some great flavor. Sometimes I will throw on some chopped pecans too.



Here's the recipe:

Apricot Chicken Wraps

1/3 c. reduced fat Cream Cheese,softened
3 Tbsp. Apricot preserves
4 tortillas
1 c. chicken
2 c. spinach

Mix the cream cheese and apricot preserves. Spread on tortillas and add spinach and chicken. Roll and serve.


Have a great day!