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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

some kids' recipes

Here's a good recipe for some easy granola. My kids enjoy this :-) and I do too!

Granola

Mix:
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup coconut
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup powdered milk
1 tsp cinnamon

Add:
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp vanilla

Mix well. Spread on cookies sheet and bake at 375 deg for 8-10 minutes. Watch carefully, as it can burn quickly! Cool on paper towels. Eat for a snack or with some milk for breakfast.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

a meat dish

I thought I'd post my recipe for meatballs. My kids say I make the best meatballs ever :-) That's probably because I don't have onion in them!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

meatballs:

1 lb ground beef
1/2 rolled oats
salt/pepper
onion powder

Mix all ingredients and then roll into 1" balls. Place on wire rack, on a cookie sheet and place in 350 deg. oven. Cook for 20 minutes or until browned.

Remove from oven and place meatballs in casserole dish or small roaster.

sauce:

1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup vinegar
juice from can of pineapple chunks (reserve the chunks)

Mix all ingredients in saucepan and heat until boiled and thickened.

Pour over meatballs. Add in pineapple chunks, some chopped onion and chopped peppers.

Cover and bake at 325 deg for 1 hour. Serve with rice and side of veggies.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A quick and easy salad....

Here's a salad that I make quite a bit, especially during bbq season :-)

Broccoli/Cauliflower Salad

1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup Miracle Whip (mayonnaise)
4 Tbsp vinegar
1/2 lb bacon (fried and chopped)
1/2 cup each of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses

Cut broccoli and cauliflower into small pieces. Mix above ingredients and stir into the veggies.

Note: I sometimes just buy the real bacon bits instead of frying bacon. Much quicker :-) Also, I often use Marble cheese as that is what I usually have on hand. Still tastes just as good. I have seen other additions, such as raisins, green apple and onion -- they all taste good, but I wouldn't get away with adding them in my salad!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Two more cakes....



Saturday, January 19, 2008

Chocolate chip cookies

I found this recipe in a "Top Secret Recipes" book. Apparently it's the recipe for Keebler Soft Batch chocolate chip cookies. Whatever it is, they are lovely! Nice and chewy -- just the way we like them.

This recipe makes 4 dozen cookies. I will often make a full batch of dough and freeze half of it. Then, whenever you feel like some home-made cookies, but have little time to make them, pull out the dough and you can have cookies in a few minutes! They don't taste quite the same after the dough is frozen, but are still good :-) You can also half this recipe.

Keebler Soft-Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 lb butter (2 cups)
2 eggs
2 Tbsp molasses
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
5 cups flour
1 1/2 packages semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream butter, eggs, molasses, vanilla, water and sugars. In separate bowl, mix the remainder of dry ingredients (except chocolate chips). Add gradually to creamed mixture.

Stir in chocolate chips by hand. Set aside in refrigerator for 1/2 hour. Shape and roll dough into 1" balls. Place about 1" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. You can also drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet, but the cookies don't look as nice as when you roll them.

Bake for 8 minutes at 375 deg. They may look like they're too soft and not completely cooked, but they will finish cooking on the sheet as they cool.

WARNING: These cookies are very addictive and won't last long!

BOILED RAISIN CAKE

Okay, now I know the name of this cake may turn some of you off -- you either have a love or hate relationship with raisins -- but this cake is delicious! Great at Christmastime when you have company drop by for tea/coffee.

This is my grandmother's recipe. She just turned 89 this past Christmas. She would often make this cake for me on my birthday. Sometimes, she iced it, but I'd much rather without icing.

GRAM'S BOILED RAISIN CAKE

Boil the following ingredients for 5 minutes:

2 cups water
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 cups raisins
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp cloves
2 tsp allspice

Let cool. Mix in separate bowl:

2 1/2-3 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda

Add cooled mixture to dry ingredients. Stir by hand. Pour into a greased/floured tube pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours at 300 deg.

I usually cut my cake in half and freeze part of it. It freezes well.

Enjoy :-)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

an apple dessert

Everyone who tastes my apple crisp, LOVES it! LOL! It's true :-)

Anyway, I got this recipe a long time ago in some magazine. I tweaked the ingredients a bit until I thought it was just right. In our home, we argue about the topping for apple crisp; some of us love ice-cream on top, others (dh) love just plain cream. Whatever you like, this is best served warm. You can cook supper and prepare the apple crisp. Pop it into the oven while you're eating, and it'll be ready when you finished supper. It's also a great dessert to bring to potluck meals.


APPLE CRISP

Bottom layer:

Peel, core and slice a bag of apples. Put them in a lightly greased baking dish (mine is 10x15" I think - a Pyrex glass dish). In a small cup, mix 3 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 Tbsp lemon juice and 1/2 cup water. Pour this over the layer of apple slices.

Crumb layer:

2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup flour
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/s tsp salt
2/3 cup butter (softened)

Mix this -- it may need to be mixed by hand. Add to the top of the apples. Bake at 375 deg for 30 minutes. Serve while warm and top with ice-cream. Delicious!

ENJOY!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Peanut Butter Cookies

These are my favorite peanut butter cookies ever! They are nice and chewy :-)

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp vanilla

Cream butter and sugars. Add egg. Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to creamed mixture.

If dough is too soft to roll, leave covered in refrigerator for about 20 minutes. Roll in 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet. They will flatten, so leave space between cookies. Bake at 350 deg for 8 minutes.

NOTE: You might think they are NOT baked enough, but they will finish baking on the cookie sheet when you take them out! Just place the sheet on a wire rack to cool before removing the cookies.

ENJOY!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Chocolate Brownies

CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

1/2 cup butter
6 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 eggs (well-beaten)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour

Mix all ingredients and pour into a greased 8" square pan. Bake at 350 deg. for 25-30 minutes. Do not overbake! Let cool and top with icing.

I think I may get one of my children to make these today. They don't last long around my house! LOL!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Chocolate Icing

This is the most delicious chocolate icing ever! It's tastes fabulous on brownies (I'll post that recipe tomorrow). I got this recipe from my aunt Bonnie (Dad's sister) way back when I boarded at her house while in college. She made the best desserts!

CHOCOLATE ICING

Cream 1/2 cup butter. Blend in 2 Tbsp cocoa powder, 2 Tbsp hot water and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Add 2-3 cups of icing sugar and just a touch of milk. Beat until creamy. YUM!

My Recipe Collection

Appetizers
Tasty Pinwheels
Bruchetta

Breakfast
Pancakes
Breakfast Sausage
Bagels

Buns/Muffins/Breads
Molasses Buns
Partridgeberry Muffins
Banana Bread
Lonna's Biscuits

Cakes
Cherry Cake
Boiled Raisin Cake
Carrot Cake


Casseroles
Hashbrown Casserole


Cookies
Keebler Soft-Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ginger Sparkles
Snowballs
Peanut Butter Cookies

Crafts
Cooked Playdoh

Desserts
Easy Cherry Cheesecake
Shrek's Dessert
Apple Crisp
Drumstick Dessert
Pineapple Dream Squares
Peanut Butter Pie

Frosting
Buttercream Icing
Chocolate Icing
Butter Icing


Kid Friendly
Microwave Popcorn
Tasty Pinwheels
Granola

Pasta
Chicken Fettuccine

Meat
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Fettuccine

Salads
Broccoli/Cauliflower Salad
Pasta Salad


Snacks
Granola
Microwave Popcorn
Apple Dip

Soups
Split Pea Soup
Potato Soup

Squares
Nanaimo Squares
Lonna's Lemon Squares

Saturday, January 12, 2008

First cake for this year.....

was a Shrek cake.


Yesterday, I did this butterfly cake:



And today, a cake for a little girl's sleepover party:

Why create another blog???

I have so many recipes scribbled on scraps of paper and stuff in a drawer in my kitchen, I figured it's time to get those written down somewhere! If I have to type them on my computer, might as well share them with others. I will try to post at least one recipe per day.

I also wanted a place to keep track of all the cakes I decorate this year.

I hope you'll enjoy my recipes -- most of them are "tried and true" and loved by my family. Some have been handed down from friends and family.