Archives for July 2013

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

There is nothing better then a  Homemade Cinnamon Roll baking away in your kitchen!    The aroma alone makes me want to devour the entire pan to myself.    I don’t make Cinnamon Rolls very often but when I do make them they are gone way to fast!!
The great thing about this recipe is it is so easy to make.  So I don’t want anyone to be turned away thinking this recipe sounds to complicated to make.   Making any kind of bread is really quite simple and the end product is totally worth giving it a try.
  To me the hardest part is the waiting for the dough to rise.
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Omelette In A Bag

On the days I have to work im up and out of the house by 5 am.  I honestly can’t eat breakfast that early or I would be starving by 8 am.  
I bring the usual yogurt or some oatmeal to make at work or I go up stairs to the cafeteria, but sometimes I don’t want to spend the money in the cafeteria or im sick of eating the same thing over and over again.  I came across this recipe and tested it at home to see if eat really works and cooks my eggs properly.
Well folks it actually works and my eggs were so light and fluffy.  Now I can start taking this to work instead of the usual and have a nice fulfilling breakfast.
 
 

Omelette In A Bag

1 Ziplock Zip-n-Steam
2 whole eggs
1 Tbsp milk

Toppings you like:
cheese
peppers
onions
meat
veggies

Place all ingredients in the bag and shake and shake some more.  Follow the instructions on the bag and place the right side up.  Place in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes.  Remove from bag and cover in some more cheese and enjoy!
Another way of making this dish is to place all the ingredients in the bag.  Place bag in a pot of boiling water and cook for 10 minutes.

 

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

 
To say we love mashed potatoes is an under statement!  My husband would love to have them every week if I would let him!  When I came across this recipe I thought it would be a nice new twist to the usual mashed potatoes!  Plus I didn’t have anything to make gravy and you can’t eat mashed potatoes without gravy!
The great thing about this recipe you don’t need gravy cause there is so much flavor already.
It reminds me of twice baked potatoes but in a big casserole instead.
 

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

5-6 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp Milk
1 Ranch Dressing Packet
1/4 cup bacon
1-2 green onions, chopped
1/2-1 cup Cheddar Cheese

Peel potatoes and boil in a pot of water until soft, drain water and place in a bowl.  With a mixer cream potatoes together with the butter, milk and ranch packet until smooth.  Place potatoes in a sprayed casserole dish.   Add cheese, bacon and green onions on top of potatoes and place in oven and cook at 350 for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

My Notes:
You can also add cream cheese or use sweetened condensed milk to make your mash potatoes a little bit more creamy.

 

Roasted Parmesan Green Beans

My Grandma’s neighbor has one of yards and gardens that can make anyone jealous.  Her garden is literally the size of my backyard.  Every year she is always giving my grandma her fresh vegetables cause she has so much.  Which works out for me cause my grandma always gives me about half of it.  
So the other day I was given some fresh green beans.  I wanted to try something new and tasty to make with them.  I came across this recipe on Pinterest and I knew I needed to give them a try.
 
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Roasted Parmesan Green Beans
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, rinsed and ends removed
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Lay green beans out on cookie sheet; I lined mine with tin foil for easy clean up. Drizzle olive oil over the beans. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Place in oven at 425 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and lightly turn them over. Place back in oven for about 5-8 more minutes. Remove from oven again and sprinkle with cheese.
  2. Serve immediately

My homemade pizza sauce

We absolutely love pizza!  It is always my go to meal when im driving home late from work.  Well I decided one night that I was going to make pizza at home.  I thought I had some jarred sauce in the pantry but apparently not.  So thank heavens for Google to save the day!  This sauce was fantastic and quick, the best part is I had all the ingredients at home already.
 

Homemade Pizza Sauce

1 can tomato suace
1 can tomato paste
2 garlic gloves
1 Tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp sugar

My Notes:
This recipe makes a lot of sauce so I placed the extra sauce in ice cube trays and froze.  When frozen I popped out and placed in a ziploc bag.  Put in microwave for a few seconds to defrost when needed.  Stays fresh in air tight container for 2 weeks in fridge or 3 months in freezer.

 

Breakfast Crepes

I have been having these crepes since I was little girl. 
These are so fun to eat and absolutely kid friendly.
There many options you can add to these crepes.  You can roll them up or stack them up high.  Fill with fruit, Nutella, powder sugar, Cinnamon sugar or eat like a pancake cover in syrup.
 
 

Breakfast Crepes

4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup oil
7 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients together, will be slighlty lumpy.  In a frying pan lightly grease.  When heated add a little bit of the mixture.  Let cook until the edges start to fold up, then flip over.
Serve with fresh fruit, Nutella, roll in cinnamon sugar, or just plain syrup.

Chewy Coconut Chex Mix

During the summer we have lots of road trips and camp outs with friends and family.  Of course when you go out of town the diet goes out the window but who really cares is my motto!  We were getting ready to head down south for a family reunion and I just knew I needed to make this.
  I personally need to have all sorts of snacks in the car….I personally think it helps the drive go by faster.  Snacks are always great to be around when you sit outside and play cards, hang out at the fire or just relax and just eat a variety of snacks and have a good time with friends.
 

Chewy Coconut Chex Mix

1 large box chex mix, Corn or Rice
1 1/2 cups mixed nuts
1 1/2 cups coconut
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2cups sugar
1 1/2 cups corn syrup
 1/8 tsp baking soda

In  large bowl combine chex, nuts and coconut and combine.  In a sauce pan combine butter, sugar and corn syrup. Cook until sugar is dissolve about 5 minutes.  Cook on low for an additional 2 minutes, then add baking soda. Pour half on top of chex mixture and stir and then pour the rest on top and stir until well covered.  Lay out on cookie sheet to cool off.
Store in Ziploc bags or Tupperware container.

Homemade Scones with Honey Butter

First off the recipe is very far from being healthy…but hey sometimes you have to splurge and eat like crap to remember that you need to eat healthy..right?
Well this is recipe will make you forget about your diet!
These scones are nice and fluffy on the inside with lightly crisped on the outside.
Then the best part is drizzling them in homemade honey butter…yum yum!
Or even better with some Nutella, cinnamon sugar or even jam.
 

Homemade Scones with Honey Butter

1 Tbsp yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
1 cup warm water
1 egg
4 cups flour, plus a little extra to lay out

Combine yeast and 1/4 cup of warm water to together and let sit for 5 minutes. Next add the butter, salt, sugar, 1 cup water, egg and mix together with your mixer.  Slowly add in the flour until will incorporated.
When all mixed if your ready to eat soon, lightly flour your table top and roll out your dough. With a pizza cutter, cut the dough into squares.(I kept mine about 1/4-1/2 inch thick and made about 5 inch squares).  I covered mine with Saran Wrap and let rest for about 45 minutes so the dough can rise.  If you make it ahead of time cover the dough and place in the fridge, until ready to use.
I used a deep fryer to cook my scones, just watch until they are lightly brown flipping occasionally.  If you don’t have a deep fryer, use a frying pan with a enough oil to cook scones.
This recipe makes quite a bit, it all depends on how think you make you them.  But if your a small family I would either half the recipe or cut the dough in half and freeze

Honey Butter

1 stick butter, softened
3 Tablespoons Honey
1-2 tsp vanilla

Mix with mixer until well mixed.  This recipe is an estimate of how I make it.  I always taste it and a little more honey if its not sweet enough, its up to your liking.
Stays good in fridge for about a month.