Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Peppermint Chocolate Coffee

Peppermint Chocolate Coffee

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1 to 2 Tbl Chocolate Syrup*
1 to 2 Tbl Milk or 1/2 & 1/2 or Vanilla Creamer
1/2 Tsp Peppermint Syrup or Baking Chips, shredded*
1 Coffee Cup Fresh HOT coffee

Whip Cream
Chocolate Shavings

Mix Choc and peppermint into your coffee, top with whip cream and choc shavings.
*The amount of choc and peppermint you use is based on your taste preferences.

This is a holiday morning/breakfast treat and favorite in my house.

Fruity Breakfast Bread and Muffins

Fruity Breakfast Bread and Muffins also called Availability bread is a family favorite.  We make this for camping, healthy snacks, and any other time.  It's really quit moist and good.  The batch shown in the photos, was a double batch.  We always do double batches when making these, because it's so good.  The recipe below is a single batch. 

You need:
Dry Ingredients
2 C. Oats
3 C. Flour
1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Baking Soda
2 Tsp Cinnamon*
1 1/2 C. Sugar
1 C. Raisins (Optional)
1 C. Chopped Nuts (Optional)
Wet Ingredients
3 Eggs
1 C. Vegetable Oil
1 Tbl Vanilla
3 C. Fruit or Vegetable 
(Chopped/Grated/Mashed/or Pureed - We use Puree)

*You can use up to 2 Tbl cinnamon depending on your prefference for Cinnamon in your food. 

What to do:
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.
Mix all dry Ingredients, except Sugar, Raisins and Nuts, Set aside. 
Mix raisins and nuts in separate bowl, set aside.
Beat eggs and Sugar together, add oil, then add vanilla, then fruit/veg Puree.
Slowly add dry ingredients to your wet ingredients until blended.
Last add in your nuts and raisins.
Grease your bread pans, or line muffin tins with paper liners (I've found that a light mist of non stick spray helps even with the muffin pan liners).  This will on average make 3 9x5 bread pan loaves, or 3 dozen muffins.

Bake 1 hour for loaf pans, or until a tooth pic inserted in the middle comes out clean.  For muffin pans bake 1/2 hour, check at 20 min with tooth pic.

Allow to cool, serve and enjoy.

Mushroom Soup Porkchops

Mushroom Soup Pork chops are easy, and good.  Only I tend to use cream of chicken and mushroom soup.  In the photos on this post, I doubled the soup amount to have it as a gravy for mashed potatoes as well.

You need:

1 Tbl Veg Oil
4 Pork Chops (I use thick cut)
1/4 C. Water
1 can of Cream of Mushroom with Roasted Garlic Soup
1 can of Cream of Chicken and Mushroom soup with
1 Tbl  Minced Garlic

What to do:
In your skillet with medium high heat, heat your oil and add your chops.
Cook the chops on each side for 5 min, totalling 10 min cook time, OR until your chops are lightly browned.
Set chops aside
Pour off the fat (if you choose)
Pour water, and soup into your pan and mix, add chops back in with the soup, and heat to a boil.
Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until the chops are no longer pink in the middle.

Serve with veggies and side.  We usually do a mixed veggie and either mashed or cooked and cubed up potatoes, we double the soup so we can use it as gravy and have left overs. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Hamburger Layer Pie

A family favorite is Hamburger Layer Pie. Also similar too or known as Sheppard's Pie.

You Need:
Meat loaf fixings
Bag of frozen mixed veggies, thawed in cool water
Mashed potatoes
Shredded cheese.

It's very simple, you mix up a meat loaf and put it in a round deep casserole or pie pan, instead of a loaf pan.
Cook until there's only 10 minutes left on your meat loaf.
Place your veggies on your meat loaf layer and cook for 5 minutes.  
Then Place a layer of warm mashed potatoes and top with shredded cheese.
Finish cooking for the last 5 minutes, allowing the cheese to melt.

Slice it up like a pie, serve and enjoy with a big cold glass of milk.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Spaghetti Dogs

 Spaghetti Dogs

I found these online 4 years ago, and I have been making them since.  I wish I knew who was the original creator so I could give them credit!  It's SOOO easy and a fun simple fast dinner that everyone will love.

  • Take a pack of hot dogs, and a pack of spaghetti.
  • Cut the hot dogs into 1/4's (or 1/3's) depending on size of hot dogs.  (We prefer Kosher hot dogs for this)
  • Thread 5 raw pieces of spaghetti through the hot dog pieces, cook as you  normally would cook spaghetti, till noodles are done.
  • Serve on plate with any topping and veggie side, and enjoy!

**When we make these we go simple, and use premade spaghetti sauce in a jar.

Individual Cookie Cutter Cakes

 Cookie Cutter Cakes!  I am not sure where or when I came across this idea.  I had seen a photo of something similar, but nothing more.  So I just kinda winged it, to see how it would turn out.  Since it looked fairly simple.  And it was.  So, for valentines day, (two years in a row now), I've made these for my boys and their class rooms.  And as a personal treat to them and my hubby any time.  They are SO super easy to make!  So, here's what you do.

  • Pick out your cake (I usually use vanilla/white cake)*
  • Mix it as called for.
  • Get TWO 9x13 pans, grease them well so that the cake will come out easily.
  • Divide your mix and pour your cake into the 2 pans (should be thin)
  • Pick out your liquid food color(s)**
  • Dribble your coloring all over your cake mix and swirl it around

  •  Cook at the temp called for on recipe box, but KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE CAKE, it will take around 1/2 the time required to cook, since it's so thin.
  • Allow to cool for a bit but not completely.
  • Get our your cookie cutters, and press cut it into the cake as many times as you can, fitting the shapes together like a puzzle so you can get as many mini cakes as  possible out of this, with as little waste as possible.
  • Use a wide spatula, and "scoop" out your cut pieces, set them on a paper towel covered wire rack to cool and frost on...Don't forget to enjoy nibbling with your little ones on the extra "discard" pieces.

  • Frost and Sprinkle as desired

  • Serve as a surprise treat and enjoy the taste, compliments, and fun that goes along with these!
*If you do a dark colored cake like chocolate, you can omit the coloring since it most likely wont be visible.
**The only time I use liquid food coloring not gel is for this kind of treat.

Easy Pizza Dough and Peanut Butter Jelly Pizza

Yes, you read that title right.  Peanut Butter Jelly Pizza!  It was a spur of the moment idea I had, and it was a HUGE winner with my kids, and even with myself and my hubby.   I had made up some pizza dough, and realized I was out of some of the main ingredients for pizza.  I then remembered a discussion I'd had one time with my father in law, he puts chili on his pancakes...and was telling me it's no different than chili on bread.  So I though, what about putting pb&j on pizza.  It would be just like a one sided sandwich.  So I gave it a whirl and it was a winner.  And tasty.  Though all jelly works, I favor grape for this pizza.

So, here's what we need and do.

Easy Pizza Dough:
3 1/4 C. Flour
1 (.25oz) Pack of Active Dry Yeast
2 Tbl. + 1/2 Tsp Vegetable OR Olive Oil
1 Tsp. Salt
1 Tbl + 1/4 Tsp Sugar
1 C. + 1 Tbl Warm Water

To Do:
In Medium Bowl dissolve ALL sugar in ALL of the water, then add the yeast, let sit till creamy, approx 10 min.

Once Creamy, add all oil and salt
Add Flour a little at a time until mixed all together into a smooth ball
Roll or hand spread out onto your pizza round or flattened out on a jelly roll pan (like we use)
Bake @ 375 degrees for 20 or so minutes, until golden brown

For Pizza:
Make your dough, then allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes, do not let it cool completely, just a little bit.
Spread on your peanut butter, it will melt, and warm up, and smooth out well
Then spread or pour on your jelly, cut up, eat, and enjoy.