Sunday, January 29, 2017

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies just kind of happened as I was trying to salvage a recipe I started making on accident today.  They turned out great, so I thought I'd share the recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp milk
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips

Beat butter and peanut butter until fluffy.  Add sugars, vanilla, and eggs.  Beat for about 3 minutes.  Stir in dry ingredients.  Stir in the chips.  Using a medium cookie scoop, put the cookies on a baking pan and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

Mac and Cheese

Cheese.  Whenever anyone asks what my favourite food it, that's the answer.  Cheese.  Its no wonder I'm holding on to extra weight when I keep making things like this Mac and Cheese.  But my kids love it... as in, no one complains (as long as I keep some noodles out of the sauce for the one allergic to milk).  This is mostly just the same recipe I grew up eating, but I do add a few extra flavours to keep things interesting.

Mac & Cheese

12-16 oz pasta shape of choice (I know it says mac--as in macaroni but I usually use shells or penne)
3 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4-1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/4 tsp garlic powder
3 cups freshly grated medium cheddar cheese

Boil pasta as directed on package.  While the noodles cook, put butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat until melted.  Whisk in flour.  Slowly add the milk, whisking and making smooth as you add.  Stir in salt, pepper, ground mustard, and garlic powder.  Continue cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens.  Once thick, stir in cheese and keep stirring until melted (this is a great way to get kids involved.  They love to stir!).

When pasta is cooked, drain.  Put back into the cooking pot and add the cheese sauce.  Stir to combine.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Beef Stroganoff Sauce

Recently I've been directing my kids (and 25 others) in a children's play and we have rehearsal twice a week.  Dinner on those nights has proven to be difficult.  So in desperation last week I pulled some frozen meatballs from the freezer and whipped up this sauce.  I let them simmer in the crockpot while we were at rehearsal and then all we had to do once we were home was boil some egg noodles (which  took a lot longer that I expected, ugh!)  Anyway, I liked the sauce enough that I wanted to record the recipe, so here it is.

Beef Stroganoff Sauce

1 medium onion, sliced or diced whichever you prefer
8 oz fresh mushrooms (I didn't have these on hand and so, didn't use them)
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
3 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 tsp Beef Better Than Bouillon
salt & pepper
1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
1/4 cup flour, all purpose
1 cup sour cream

Saute onions and garlic in butter until translucent.  Add 1 cup water, Better Than Bouillon and Worchestershire.  Whisk the remaining 1/2 cup water with the flour, whisk into to boiling sauce.  Let thicken then add the sour cream.  Pour over beef of choice, it was delicious with meatballs and serve over egg noodles or rice... all 6 littles were happy with dinner!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Menu Nov. 26 Leftover Turkey Time

Yesterday we came home from church and the shelves were quite bare.  Finding something for everyone to eat for lunch was more of an ordeal than I anticipated.  See, grocery shopping has been at the bottom of my list lately.  But as my due date for baby #6 is this week I figured it was high time I get myself in gear and make a menu and do some serious shopping.  So, as a means for me to easily access the recipes I will be making in the upcoming weeks I am posting the plan here.  Hopefully it can help someone else out there to try something new.

Most (but not all) of the recipes we will be trying will actually be using up our turkey from Thanksgiving.  We ate very, very little of our 14 pounder... so we've got lots to use!

Broccoli & Chicken Pasta Salad by Disney
Tortellini Spinach Bake by Our Best Bites
Crispy Turkey Tostadas by Disney
Chicken Salad Curry Wraps by Favorite Family Recipes
Chicken Divan by Betty Crocker
Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas by Buns in My Oven
Chicken Alfredo Roll-ups by Table for Seven
Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Quesadillas by Kevin and Amanda
Easy Chicken & Couscous Skillet by Kevin and Amanda

Since I'm not on pinterest, I just bookmark recipes and have a separate folder for different types of meals.  These were all in my Dinner folder and it was simple to go through and choose some that would work!  And I've already been to the store to get the rest of the ingredients to make these scrumptious meals.

Knowing me, I will make minor adjustments to these recipes. If anything is super awesome I will be sure to post a review and any changes we make.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Grandma's Chocolate Cake

Since its my birthday today I thought I'd share my favorite cake recipe ever.  My grandma's chocolate cake.  I actually never had this cake when my grandma made it, but my mom shared it with me once I was old enough to appreciate a good recipe.  I've made it countless time and received nothing but praise.  It truly cannot be beat, in my opinion.  Its dense and moist and delicious.  Go make and celebrate my birthday with me. :)

Grandma's Chocolate Cake

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling

Heat oven to 350.  Prepare pans as needed*.  Sift dry ingredients together.  Blend in buttermilk, oil, and vanilla.  Add eggs one at a time.  Finally, add the boiling water.  You have to really mix it to get the water incorporated, but it should come together in just a couple minutes.  Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until the sides start to pull away from the side of the pan.

*I like to always use shortening and flour for my cake pans if I'm going to be taking the cake out of the pans.  Also, if I'm taking the cakes out of the pans (like to decorate, you know?) I almost always cut a piece of wax or parchment paper to the size of the bottom of the pan and do a little layer of shortening on the pan, then place the paper, then grease and flour the paper.  When I'm ready to flip my cake out of the pan I can easily get the bottom out and then gently pull the paper away for the cake to cool!  Easy!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Chips

I remember the first time I made this... it was for a baby shower for one of my favorite friends!  I made a lot and we ate... a lot!  Its so tasty, quite easy to make, but a favorite for sure.  You can really use whatever fruit you feel like using or that you have on hand, but this is my favorite combo I've tried.

Fruit Salsa

2 apples
4 kiwi
1 lb strawberries
6-8 oz raspberries
2 spoonfuls orange marmalade
2 tsp lemon juice

Chop the strawberries and kiwi, the raspberries just need to be kind of smushed and mixed in with the fruit mixture.  While chopping my apples I add about 1 tsp lemon juice with each apple to prevent browning.  Mix all the fruit together with the preserves and enjoy with cinnamon chips!

Cinnamon Chips

10 (8") flour tortillas
Cooking spray, butter flavor works well
Cinnamon sugar mixture~ I think we usually do about 3/4 cup sugar with 1 Tbsp cinnamon.

Heat oven to 350.  Spray one side of a tortilla with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Cut into 10 wedges (or whatever size you prefer).  Place the wedges sugar side down on cookie sheet.  Once the sheet is full, spray all the wedges with cooking spray again then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Serve with fruit salsa and let the compliments pour in.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Cheese Ball

Do you ever have to take an appetizer to a holiday party?  Do you want it to look impressive, but not take a ton of work?  No? I'm the only one... ha!  You're not fooling me.  Well, this cheese ball is awesome.  My mom created its awesomeness, so I can say that without being conceited. She uses cashews as the nuts around it, but due to allergies we use almonds.  Seriously, make it, but make it for a crowd its big and addicting.

Cheese Ball

1 package cream cheese
1 cup shredded cheese (I usually use medium cheddar, but pepper jack would be yummy)
1 can green chiles, diced
1/2 (14 oz) can olives, chopped
Sliced almonds

Mix the cream cheese, cheese, chiles, and olives.  Form into a ball.  I like to put it in plastic wrap to form its shape.  Smash the almonds into the sides of the ball.  Wrap it up tight in plastic wrap until you're ready to serve.  Serve with crackers.  So yummy!