Breakfast · Sweet Treats

Donut Muffins

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What you need:

1-¾ cup Flour

1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder

½ teaspoons Salt

½ teaspoons Nutmeg

½ teaspoons Cinnamon

⅓ cups veg oil

¾ cups White Sugar

1 whole Egg

¾ cups Milk

For The Topping:

1/2 cup Butter (melted)

2/3 cups White Sugar

2 Tablespoons Cinnamon

How to:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Lightly grease muffin tin
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg & cinnamon in a bowl.
In a separate bowl mix together, sugar, oil, egg and milk
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir only until combined
Divide evenly between muffin cups and bake for 12-15minutes
While the muffins bake combine the sugar & cinnamon for the topping. Melt butter in a separate bowl
Take the muffins out of the pan while still hot, roll in melted butter and cinnamon sugar.
Eat immediately, because they are SO GOOD!!!!!!
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Main Dishes

Taco Burger

What you need:

 2lbs ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning mix
2T dried onion flakes
1C chopped fresh cilantro
Pepper Jack Cheese (sliced)
Lettuce
Tomato
Bacon (optional)
Guacamole
2 ripe Haas avocado
1/8 C sour cream
1/8 C salsa
2T fresh lime juice
garlic salt (to taste)
How to:
Combine ground beef, seasoning mix, onion flakes & cilantro mix until evenly blended.
Divide meat into 6 patties.
Grill to desired doneness, about 7 minutes on each side for medium burgers.
While burgers are cooking, make the guacamole.
Mash avacado, add sour cream, salsa, lime juice & garlic salt.
Cover and refrigerate until ready for use.
Before taking the burgers off the grill place a slice or 2 of pepper jack cheese on each one and leave until slightly melted.
Top with lettuce, tomato & guacamole and a little cilantro. Enjoy!
Main Dishes

Ceasar Chicken Wrap

What you need:

1 large chicken breast

1t seasoning salt

1/2 medium onion chopped

Romaine lettuce

2T parmesan cheese shredded 

2 large wraps of your choice (we used Italian Herb Wraps) 

Caesar dressing.

How to:

Slice chicken into thin strips.

Season with seasoning salt.

Cook over med-high heat in medium skillet until juices run clear.

Combine lettuce, onion, cheese and chicken on to two individual wraps.

Drizzle with Ceasar dressing and roll up.

You may need toothpicks to hold roll in place depending on how much filling you end up with.

Enjoy!

Main Dishes

Fish Tacos

What you need:

Tacos:
2 pound white flaky fish such as cod, talapia or mahi mah
1/2 cup canola oil
2 limes, juiced
2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
2 jalapeno, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
16 flour tortillas
Garnish
Shredded white cabbage
Guacamole
Hot sauce
Sour Creamcream
Thinly sliced red onion
Thinly sliced green onion
Chopped cilantro leaves
How to:
Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
Place fish in a medium size dish.
Whisk together the oil, lime juice, ancho, jalapeno, and cilantro and pour over the fish.
Let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.
 Remove the fish from the marinade place onto a hot grill or pan with a little oil.
Grill the fish for 4 minutes on the first side and then flip for 30 seconds and remove.
Let rest for 5 minutes then flake the fish with a fork.
 Place the tortillas on the grill and grill for 20 seconds.
Divide the fish among the tortillas and garnish with any or all of the garnishes. Makes 6-8 servings

Breakfast · Homemade Gifts

Homemade Granola

What you need:

2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup flax seed
1/8 cup wheat germ (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
How To:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
In a large bowl, toss the oats, flax seed and wheat germ with the cinnamon and salt.
In a medium bowl, stir together the butter, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until completely combined.
Pour the honey mixture over the oats mixture and use your hands to combine them: Gather up some of the mixture in each hand and make a fist. Repeat until all of the oats are coated with the honey mixture.
Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread it out evenly, but leave a few clumps here and there for texture.
Bake for 15 minutes, then toss around the sheet, bake for an additional 5 minutes. Cool and enjoy!
Side Dishes

Twice Baked Mashed Potatoes

These are one of the most delicious things you will ever put in your mouth! Not for every day though 🙂

 

What you need:

5lbs potatoes
1C butter
1C half & half
1 8oz package cream cheese
2t Lawry’s or Johnny’s seasoning salt
1t salt

How to:

 Peel and chop potatoes. Boil in unsalted water until tender (about 15-20 minutes). Drain potatoes once tender and drop them while still hot in a large mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients and whip until smooth (about 3 minutes) I use my kitchen aid!

Homemade Gifts · Sweet Treats

Chocolate Raspberry Brownies

What you need:

2/3 cup raspberry jam
1 (21-ounce) box brownie mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup white chocolate chips, melted

How to:

Position a baking rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Butter and flour a 9 by 13-inch baking pan.
In a small saucepan, stir the jam constantly over low heat until pourable, about 1 minute. Set aside.
In a large bowl, blend together the brownie mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and water. Using an electric hand mixer beat for 1 minute on medium speed.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Spoon the jam over the top of the brownie batter.
Using a small spatula, swirl jam into the brownie batter.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted about 1-inch from the edge of the pan comes out clean.
Drizzle with the melted chocolate
Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool. Cut into 16 bars
Main Dishes

Chicken Enchiladas

Winner, winner chicken dinner! This is an awesome dish to assemble and keep in the freezer, or give as a gift. You should always have a meal on hand.

What you need:

1 whole cooked chicken (home roasted or rotisserie) or 4 cooked chicken breasts
2 10oz cans cream of chicken soup
16oz sour cream
7oz can chopped green chilies
10 taco size flour tortillas (whole wheat or white)
3 cups cheese (cheddar, Mexican blend or pepper jack)
How to:
Break chicken into bite sized pieces set aside
Combine soup, sour cream & green chilies
Add chicken to cream mixture and blend well
Lay out the tortillas, spoon about 1/4 cup of chicken mixture down middle of each tortilla, reserving about a cup for the top of the casserole. Sprinkle each with some cheese.
Spoon a little mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 pan to prevent enchiladas sticking
Roll up each tortilla and place side by side in pan.
Take remaining chicken mixture and spread over the top of the enchiladas.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Cover and bake at 350 for approximately 45 minutes.
Uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes until golden brown.
Let stand for a few minutes before serving.
Soups & Stews

Zuppa Toscana

Warm, comforting and delicious. Sausage, potatoes and cream, what’s not to love?!

What you need!

1 pound bulk Italian mild sausage
1 1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 large onion, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
10 cups chicken broth
6 potato, thinly sliced
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 bunch fresh spinach, tough stems removed
How to
  • Cook the Italian sausage and red pepper flakes in a dutch oven or heavy bottomed pan, over medium-high heat until crumbly, browned, and no longer pink, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Cook the bacon in the same Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain, leaving a few tablespoons of drippings with the bacon in the bottom of the Dutch oven.
  • Stir in the onions and garlic; cook until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour the chicken broth into the Dutch oven with the bacon and onion mixture; bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Add the potatoes, and boil until fork tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the heavy cream and the cooked sausage; heat through.
  • Mix the spinach into the soup just before serving
Homemaking · Uncategorized

A Little Goes a Long Way

cleaning-house-2Housework, laundry, cooking, kids, sports, church, work. As moms, wives and homemakers we are busy people. Life gets overwhelming, and it’s easy to fall behind on our daily tasks.

I have tried many systems over the years of trying to keep on top of everything, but none seem to work on a long term basis, because one size does not fit all.

There are some things however that I’ve learned over the years that are helpful in keeping things caught up. So when those busy days come I am able to feel like my head is at least above water.

Before Bed Pick Up – After the kids have gone to bed and right before my husband and I head that way, I do a quick pick up around the living room and kitchen. I fold throw blankets, pick up the odds and ends that have accumulated through out the evening and put them back where they belong. It’s a blessing to wake up to order in the morning.

Dishes – Load the dishwasher and run it before bed. Nobody wants to wake up to stinky, crusty dishes. Blech!

Laundry – A dirty word! But a necessity none the less. There are six of us in my family. That six includes three teenage boys and a husband that works a physical job. Laundry is my nemesis. BUT, I refuse to let it be my master. I used to have a laundry day every week, but I found that I would have so much it was overwhelming and would take me literally all day. I had no time for anything else. I also had to factor in the possibility of something ‘coming up’ on my laundry day and me not getting it all done, which meant carry over to the next week. Being a slave to the laundry room- no bueno! So, I now do a load or even two every day, and more often than not my laundry basket is empty by the end of the day.

Here’s how to get started. Designate a day to get all of your outstanding laundry done so you start with a clean slate. You need to enlist your kids! I have my kids bring their laundry to the basket every evening before they go to bed, and I put a load in right before I go to bed. First thing in the morning I switch it over and add another load if I have one. As soon as your dryer load is done, pull it out and fold it immediately, then take it to the appropriate room and put it away. Or if your kids are old enough have them put it away. It only takes a few minutes of your time, rather than letting it pile up and taking hours to sort. It takes discipline to establish a routine, but it is so worth it.

Bathrooms – Yuck! I hate cleaning bathrooms. Once again, it is necessary and if you have a desire to be hospitable and have people in your home, the last thing you want to offer them is a dirty bathroom. Gross. A great tip is to keep a toilet brush, cleaner and Clorox disinfecting wipes in the cabinet under every bathroom sink. Every morning, I do a quick wipe down of the toilet, sink and mirror so at least my bathrooms are guest worthy and the weekly deep clean I do doesn’t become a two hour job! I spend maybe five minutes on each bathroom every day. Easy!

Bedrooms – Make your bed! Sorry to break it to you, but grown ups make beds! Yes, ‘adulting’ is difficult, but really, it takes thirty seconds to make a bed. Do it. It will feel so much nicer and look way tidier. It’s a good habit to get your kids into also. How can you tell them to make their beds if you don’t.

The point of this post is this, it takes discipline and may involve getting up just a few minutes earlier. A little bit of work every day will bring peace of mind and much less stress to your every day.