Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies


I'm always looking for good gluten free recipes.  My niece's friend, Jenny, gave her this recipe and she shared it with me.  Actually, Jenny's mom makes these for my niece who is gluten free.  These cookies are absolutely, unbelievably DELICIOUS!  Everyone will love these--gluten free or not!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter (I used creamy)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder

Beat peanut butter and sugar with hand mixer.  Add egg and baking powder.  Roll into balls, then roll in some extra sugar. (You could use red or green sugar to make them for Christmas!)  Place on a cookie sheet.  Press each cookie with a fork.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
 
Hope you have a very 
MERRY  CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Monster Cookies


I don't know why these are called Monster Cookies  Maybe because they have a monster of a good taste.  Sounds like a Halloween cookie but would be great for that Christmas Cookie Swap using the red and green Christmas M&Ms..

Monster Cookies

12oz jar creamy peanut butter
4 ½ Cups of quick oats (not instant) oatmeal
1 Cup of granulated sugar
1 ¼ Cups of packed light brown sugar
3 eggs
1 stick of butter (softened)
1 Tsp of vanilla extract
½ Tsp salt
2 Tsp baking soda
¾ cup of chocolate chips
Approx. ½ cup of M&Ms

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (not essential, but helpful). In a large bowl combine eggs and sugars; add in salt, vanilla, butter, and peanut butter. Stir in chocolate chips, baking soda, and oatmeal.

Drop in heaping teaspoons onto cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Pull out of oven and while cookies are still piping hot press M&Ms into tops of cookies. Remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool.

Makes about 3 dozen.

Enjoy!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Honey Cake



My sister will admit that she hates to cook.  When she does, she makes sure it is easy to do.  Here is her simple Honey Cake that is so good, you'd think she slaved in the kitchen and made it from scratch. 

Honey Cake

1 box Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix
1 cup honey

Follow directions on cake box to make spice cake.  Add 1 cup of honey.  Mix and bake according to box directions. 

There you have it--Honey CakeDelicious!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Crock Pot Cinnamon Almonds




Looking for something to give your friends and neighbors during the holidays?  Try these cinnamon almonds.  They are delicious!  It was like eating candy and I couldn't stop eating them.  Hope there's some left for my friends and neighbors :-)

Crock Pot Cinnamon Almonds

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoons of cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups almonds
1/8 cup water

In a bowl, mix together sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.  Set aside.
 
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white and vanilla until it begins to get a little frothy.  Stir in the almonds until they are well coated in the egg white and vanilla mixture.  Add the almonds to the cinnamon mixture and toss until completely coated.

Spray your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.  Cook the almonds on high for 2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes.  After 2 hours, pour your water over the almond and mix well to make sure there are no clumps.

Reduce heat to low and cook for 1 more hour, again stirring every 20 minutes.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and evenly spread the almonds to cool and dry on the paper.

**Your house is going to smell delicious and you'll be tempted to eat some almonds before they even cool.  I say go ahead!  They're delicious hot, too.  Guess you know who fell into temptation :-)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Hearty Turkey Noodle Soup


Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  Leftover turkey?  Here is a delicious turkey noodle soup your family will love.  If you don't have any leftovers, just use chicken instead.  Of course, then it will be chicken noodle soup :-)

Hearty Turkey Noodle Soup

2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups chopped carrots
2 cups chopped celery
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 1/2 oz. (about 4 cups) cooked noodles
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup evaporated milk or 1/2 cup whole milk
2 -3 cups diced turkey (or chicken)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning (optional)
1 Tablespoon parsley (optional)

Heat chicken broth and bouillon together.  Add carrots celery and onions.  Simmer until vegetables are tender.  Mix cream of chicken soup and milk together, then add to soup mixture.  Add chicken and noodles.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Umm, Umm Good! 



Monday, November 24, 2014

Baked French Toast



This is a great recipe my daughter-in-law, Mandy, shared with me.  You have to make it ahead of time, so plan accordingly.  We made it last year for Thanksgiving morning because we knew we would be too busy to make breakfast.  I made it for Christmas morning and also made it for a covered dish with my breast cancer support group, Pink Posse.  Everyone loved it.  The best part is that you make it the night before and just put it in the oven the next morning.
Breakfast DONE!

Baked French Toast

1 ½ cups packed brown sugar

¾ cup butter

3 Tbsp light corn syrup

1-2 baguette's (depending on the length, Batter will be enough for 24-36 rounds) or 1 loaf French bread, cut into 1 inch thickness

8 eggs

2 ¼ cups milk (I use part milk and part half and half to equal 2 ¼ cups milk.)

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

Place first 3 ingredients in medium size saucepan and heat over medium heat, just to congeal (Do Not Boil). Spray baking dish (large foil pan) with nonstick vegetable oil, pour hot brown sugar mixture into baking dish. Place eggs, milk and vanilla into blender and blend until smooth. Pour milk mixture into a dish and dip bread slice (I do at least 5 at a time), making sure they really soak up the mixture. Place into pan with brown sugar mixture and scrunch pieces together (should get about 32-36 slices in the pan). Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees and place uncovered dish in oven for 30-45 minutes or until firm and slightly browned. Brown sugar mixture should be bubbling.  Serves 8 to 10 people.

**It usually takes 2-3 baguettes, especially if you scrunch them together. Also, I always turn over the slices about halfway through or towards the end so that it gets the entire slice covered in the sauce.  This seems to help cook each slice a little more evenly. But if you don't flip them it is still good.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pumpkin Bread

 
As Thanksgiving approaches, I reflect on all my many blessings.  Heavenly Father knows our needs and is always there for us.  I'm thankful for my wonderful husband and beautiful children and their spouses, for my grandchildren, for my health (I'm cancer free), for my extended family (especially for my sister who has given of her time and love so unselfishly).  I'm grateful for my friends and the opportunities I have to serve others.  With that in mind, here is a recipe for pumpkin bread that you can make for your family, friends and neighbors.  Let someone  know that you are thankful for them this Thanksgiving.  We should always have an attitude of gratitude! 

Pumpkin Bread
2 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil
4 eggs
16 oz. canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
3/4 cup water
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon (I just used 1 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice (If you don't have pumpkin spice use 1/4 teaspoon each of cloves, nutmeg, and allspice)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 2 standard loaf pans with non-stick spray.

In a bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin spice.  Set aside.

Using a stand or hand mixer, beat sugar and oil together.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition.  Add the pumpkin and the water and mix until well blended.  Add the flour mixture and mix until blended.  Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Loaves are done when inserted toothpick comes out clean. I used 8 mini pans and it only took 20 minutes to bake. So if you use smaller pans adjust time accordingly. 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
 .



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cabbage Soup with Meatballs



It's getting to be soup weather, so here is a great recipe to share with your family.  It is so good and I love the meatballs in it.  It has a little sweet and sour taste.  I have already made it three times.  My family loves it!

Cabbage Soup with Meatballs

3 lb. cabbage (one head)
1 (16 oz) can tomatoes
3 cups water
2 (8 oz) cans tomato paste
½ cup vinegar
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
large onion

Meatballs

1 ½ - 2  pounds ground beef
1 egg
¼ cup quick oats
1 small onion, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

Soak cabbage in hot water for about 5 minutes.  Slice onion and place in bottom of large pot (4-6 qt).  Shred cabbage and place in pot together with tomatoes, water, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, mix meat mixture and form into balls.  Place meatballs on top of cabbage soup and bring to a second boil.  Cover and simmer for 2 hours. 


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Banana Muffins

 
When I have too many ripe bananas, I always make banana Bread   That's because we love my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.  But I wanted to try something different.  I came across this banana muffin recipe that looked delicious, and I was in a baking mood.  So  I made it and we loved, loved, loved it!

Banana Muffins

1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
3 bananas mashed
¾ cup white sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup butter, melted
Topping:
1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon butter

In a small bowl, mix together the topping ingredients:  brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon.  Cut in 1 Tablespoon butter until mixture looks crumbly.  Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together 1 ½ cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, egg, bananas and melted butter. (I use a hand mixer)  Spoon into prepared muffin cups.
Sprinkle topping mixture over muffins.
Bake at 375 for 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean. 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Roasted Asparagus


Another easy vegetable dish--Roasted Asparagus!  My family loved them and I had everything I needed to make them.  I didn't have to run to the store and that's a plus!

Roasted Asparagus
Asparagus spears, trimmed
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder
Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded
Lemon Juice


 
Preheat oven to 425.  Place trimmed asparagus in a large bowl.  Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.  Drizzle olive oil over spears and toss.  Arrange spears in a single layer on a greased baking sheet.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake 12 – 15 minutes until tender.  Sprinkle with lemon juice and toss before serving.