Main Dishes · Uncategorized

Honey-Mustard Chicken

aussie chicken

Ingredients

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – pounded to 1/2 inch thickness

6 slices bacon, cut in half

1t seasoning salt

1/2 cup prepared yellow mustard
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
How to:
Rub the chicken breasts with the seasoning salt, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350F (175 degrees C).
Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until crisp. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the mustard, honey, corn syrup, mayonnaise and dried onion flakes.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the breasts in the skillet and saute for 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until browned.
Remove from skillet and place the breasts into a 9×13 inch baking dish.
Pour half of the honey mustard sauce over the chicken, then layer each breast with mushrooms and bacon.
Sprinkle top with shredded cheese, then pour the rest of the sauce over the whole dish.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and chicken juices run clear.
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Turning a Main Dish into Left-Overs

hamRecently I have been finding it super helpful to choose a main dish that I can turn into leftovers for either lunch or dinner for the following day or two.

This weekend we had company for Sunday lunch, so I purchased a 7lb bone-in ham to roast for a delicious ham dinner with mashed potatoes and veg on Sunday.

I used the left over ham to make my Ham & Egg Scramble for breakfast this week, and I still had enough left to make my delicious Crockpot Split Pea & Ham Soup. 

Both of these dishes are delicious and hearty and perfect for lunch or dinner. Planning your main protein ahead with leftovers in mind can save a lot of time and money. Three or four meals out of one meat is a pretty good deal I think!

I’ll be posting more leftover ideas over the next few weeks. If you have any recipes to share please let me know!

Crock Pot · Main Dishes

Crockpot Split Pea & Ham Soup

Split pea soupI LOVE soup! I LOVE my crock pot! To me soup and crock pots are a marriage made in heaven; a gift to us from God! Here is a delicious, no fuss soup for any night of the week.

Ingredients:

7-8 cups water (I use half water half chicken stock)
1 (16 ounce) package dried split peas, rinsed and sorted
salt & pepper to taste
1 bay leaf
pinch dried thyme
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4 inch slices (1 1/2 Cups)
2 stalks celery, finely chopped (1 Cup)
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
2T butter
1 ham bone or 1-2lbs cubed ham
1/2 – 1 cup half and half or heavy whipping cream (optional)

How to:
Mix all ingredients except the cream in 5qt crock pot.
Cover and cook on low heat 7-8 hrs or on high heat 5-6 hours until peas are tender. If using ham bone remove it from cooker; place on cutting board. Pull meat from bones, using 2 forks; discard bones and skin.
Stir ham into soup. Stir in cream
Stir well before serving.

Breakfast · Sweet Treats

Apple Rolls

These Apple Rolls are perfect for a breakfast or brunch. It’s ok to take a little help from the store! They are quick, easy and delicious!

apple rolls

Ingredients:
1 large Granny Smith apple (peeled and finely chopped)
3/4 C chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 C brown sugar
3 tubes 8 count cinnamon rolls
1/2 t cinnamon

How to:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 2 muffin tins

Peel and finely chop the apples.

In a medium bowl stir together the diced apples with the walnuts and brown sugar.

Divide the apple mixture evenly into the muffin tin. Put cinnamon buns, cinnamon side down, on top of the apple mixture. Put the muffin tin on a baking sheet and bake until the tops are golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Remove the muffin tin from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Put a clean baking sheet on top of the muffin tin and flip to remove the sticky buns.

In a small bowl, combine 2 containers of the vanilla frosting with the cinnamon 1 to 2 teaspoons of milk. Mix until very thick and of pourable consistency. Drizzle over buns and serve.

Main Dishes · Soups & Stews

Taco Soup

This is a family favorite and so easy and versatile. You can tweak the recipe to accommodate what you have on hand in the pantry. It freezes great too!

taco soup

What you need:

4-5 cups cooked chicken or ground beef (browned) or left over pot roast

1 -16oz can black beans or kidney beans

2 -10oz cans chopped tomatoes with green chilies

2 cups frozen corn

1 1/2 T cumin

1 1/2 T coriander

2T chili powder

ground red pepper (optional to taste)

salt & pepper to taste

6 cups chicken stock or beef stock (depending on what your protein is)

2T vegetable oil

masa or corn flour mixed with water to make a smooth paste

How To:

Pour the oil into a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Add the chicken and spices. Cook for 2 or 3 minutes until the spices are fragrant. Add the beans, tomatoes, corn and stock. Stir until it comes to a gentle boil. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Combine the masa or corn flour and water until it is a smooth paste. Stir into the soup stirring until the broth thickens a little. Ladle into bowls, and top with your choice of garnish. E.g. sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado or guacamole and cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips for scooping!

Breakfast · Sweet Treats

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This coffee cake has been in my arsenal for a LONG time!! I was making this before I had children. It is still a favorite today. My kids often ask for it as a Saturday breakfast treat. It’s moist and flavorful. There is never much left!

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Ingredients: Cake

  • 1C softened butter
  • 1C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3C flour
  • 1/2t salt
  • 3t baking powder
  • 1C milk
  • 1t vanilla

Cinnamon layer:

  • 1 1/3C brown sugar
  • 1/2 melted butter
  • 2t cinnamon

How to:

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. While mixer is running add flour and milk alternately. Mix until just combined. Spread into a 9×13 pan.

Cinnamon layer:

Melt butter, add to brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour over the surface of the batter. With a knife swirl in the cinnamon mixture until evenly distributed throughout the batter. Bake uncovered at 350 for 35-45 minutes. Until lightly golden and set.

Breakfast · Sweet Treats · Uncategorized

Strawberry Muffins

strawberry muffins

These muffins were the result of a strawberry picking trip the kids and I did last year! They are so, so, so GOOD!

INGREDIENTS
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream
1 stick butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 large eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries (you can substitute some of the strawberries with rhubarb if you like that combo)

Topping:
3 Tbs. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

HOW TO:
Put the rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400°F. Line a 12 -18 muffin tin with paper or foil baking cups.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt and whisk to blend.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Lightly stir the sour cream mixture into the dry ingredients with a spatula until the batter just comes together; do not overmix. Gently stir in the strawberries. The batter will be thick.

Divide the batter among the muffin cups, using the back of a spoon or a small spatula to settle the batter into the cups. The batter should mound a bit higher than the tops of the cups.

For the topping: In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Sprinkle a generous 1/2 tsp. of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over each muffin.

Bake the muffins until they’re golden brown, spring back most of the way when gently pressed, and a pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes.

Homemade Gifts · Sweet Treats

Saltine Toffee

One of the easiest, most delicious treat recipes ever!!! Perfect for movie night treat, family get together or last minute gift!! BEWARE!! They are addicting!

saltine toffee

What you need:

37 saltines cracker squares
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
Chopped nuts, sprinkles, any topping of your choice

How To:

Place crackers in a single layer in a foil-lined 15-in. x -10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
In a large saucepan, bring butter and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until mixture is thickened and sugar is completely dissolved.
Spread over crackers.
Bake at 350° for 7-8 minutes or until bubbly.
Sprinkle with chips.
Bake 3-5 minutes longer or until chips begin to melt; spread chocolate evenly over top.
Sprinkle with your desired toppings
Chill for 30 minutes or until set; break into pieces.

Sweet Treats · Uncategorized

The Best Scones Ever

scone

Often times scones can be dry and crumbly. Not these!! These are the best scones you’ll ever have. Great served with a real cup of British tea.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg

How To:

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in raisins.

In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.

Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)

Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles or you can use a biscuit cutter; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

Breakfast · Uncategorized

Ham & Egg Scramble

scramble

I am always looking for great ways to use all of those leftover meats that hang out in the fridge after the holidays. Here is a great, quick and easy breakfast!

Ingredients:

Ham diced into small pieces

Eggs (2 per person)

Splash of half & half or milk

Salt and pepper to taste

Cheese (optional)

How to:

In a small pan add a little butter and sauté the ham dices on medium low until slightly browned.

While ham browns whisk together the eggs, milk, salt & pepper.

When ham is browned add the egg mixture and let it set for a few seconds. Slowly fold the eggs until they reach your desired consistency. Sprinkle cheese and give one last fold.

Enjoy!