Wednesday, February 8, 2012

strawberry oatmeal bars

i must say....these are DIVINE!!!! oh so good! i used blackberry jam instead of strawberry. the recipe states you can use any kind of jam you would like.

1 3/4 sticks of butter
1 1/2 C. flour
1 1/2 C oats
1 C. brown sugar
1 Teaspoon baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon salt
10-12 oz jar of strawberry (or any flavor) jam

mix the first 6 ingrediants together. grease a 9x13 pan. press 1/2 the oatmeal mixture in the bottom. spread the jam on top. then top with the rest of oatmeal mixture.
bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

Revisions: i used blackberry jam. also, this recipe was alot more crumbly than i thought. it works better and clumps together if you mix by hand to finish. these are so so so good!!!!
recipe courtesy of PIONEERWOMAN, on the foodnetwork.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Peanut Butter Fudge

this is super good, granted you don't over cook it.. (like i think i did) i can't take credit for the recipe tho. i got it here. i tried it exactly like the recipe said, and in my opinion, it didn't set up as nice.. so i use peanut butter chips instead of peanut butter. I have also made it with mint chips and it is soooo delicious!! especially for christmas!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

pumpkin spice rolls

I made these amazing rolls over the weekend. they were/are very delicious..  you can find the recipe here. a couple things i would change next time... first make sure i have the dough hook in my mixer instead of the paddle... (no clue what i was thinkin, but whatever) i'm sure that would help a TON! they were good and turned out.. but if anyone know's me, then they know my obsession with perfection, especially when it comes to bread. i have to say.. i have made perfect bread/rolls before, and so when perfection isn't reached, then it just down right sux in my mind. these rolls turned out ok, but not perfect..
next, i would add my yeast to the flour and dry ingredients, instead of the milk, like the recipe calls. (there ya go, i just gave my perfect bread secret away)
this recipe also calls for cardamom, which i omitted. and they were just fine! with thanksgiving coming up, and just the plain fact that it's November.. you must try these!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

parmesean pork chops

so again.. no camera means no picture... but i promise it's worth it :)
i served this with my mac n cheese and green beans. nothin fancy, but it does taste good on a wednesday night :)

4 pork chops, (medium cut)
1 egg
equal parts of grated parm cheese and italian style bread crumbs.
( just guesstimate how much depending on the size of chops)

mix the parm and bread crumbs in one bowl. in another make an egg wash. (1 egg and a few drops of water) soak the chop in egg then dredge in the bread crumb mixture, then place on a foil lined and sprayed cookie sheet or baking tray. bake for about 45 to 55 minutes. just make sure the internal temp in 165. i know pork says to only cook till 155 but i am a very picky person and can never be too cautious when it comes to pork.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

wednesday dinner #4 (spaghetti)

In honor of my son's 6th birthday today, we are having spaghetti, of course! we have had spaghetti every year for his birthday since he's been old enough to say the word! usually i go the easy route, noodles and a jar of ragu... this year, i am being brave i am trying it all from scratch. if it worked you will see the recipe below, if it doesn't... then my recipe for this post is: 1lb spaghetti noodles.. 1 jar of chunky mushroom ragu :) this meal will also include rootbeer, and chocolate cupcakes, in honor of the birthday boy.. (cupcakes were just a cake mix, no need for a recipe there)

well surprisingly it worked!! this recipe however, made a TON!! seriously.. unless you want to feed an army i would suggest cutting this down to at least 1/2

spaghetti sauce

4 (14.5) cans diced tomato's

3 (6) tomato paste

1 green pepper

1 small onion

1 lb hamburger

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 TB oregano

1 TB basil

1 TB Italian seasoning.

1 ts garlic salt

finely chop the onion, pepper, garlic. cook with the ground beef until beef is brown. drain and rinse meat. put in a crock pot. add all the tomato's, 2 cans of water, and 3 cans of tomato paste. add the seasonings. along with 1 TB brown sugar, and 1 ts white sugar. let simmer in crock pot on high for about 3 hrs, then turn to low.

i used 2 cans of Italian style diced tomato's and Italian style tomato paste. you could cook this stove top for not as long, but i find something like this works great in the crock pot. i did have to add a few more of the spices towards the end of cooking. it's hard to give an exact measurement, it's just kind of based on taste.

thursday dinner #5 (sloppy joes)

i apologize is advance.. tonight we are having sloppy joes. so simple...

1 lb ground beef

1 can of manwhich

8 hamburger buns.

prepare according to can. i know go me! haha, but at least it's an idea, enjoy!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

banana bread

Whole wheat banana bread

I was visiting one of my "go to" sites and found this recipe for whole wheat banana bread. I thought to myself.. hmm this oughta be good. i mean whole wheat is super healthy and it's banana bread... so how could this not be good? WELL.... i made it, and was super excited to try it... and i did, and i didn't care for it. the whole wheat flavor was very prominent and there was hardly any banana flavor. so i will not be making this recipe again. Don't get me wrong.. it is a very good recipe if you like whole wheat flour and are not expecting a banana flavor. However, i do have my most very FAVORITE banana bread recipe and it is posted below. But i must say.. this recipe made me want banana bread, so before i make my favorite recipe i will have to go buy more banana's.. dang it all. :)

courtesy: deseret recipes
1 3/4 c sifted flour
1/4 tea. baking soda
2 tea. baking powder
1/2 tea. salt
sift these ingredients together and set aside.

1/3 c shortening
2/3 c granulated sugar
2 eggs well beaten.
cream these ingredients till fluffy.
1 c mashed banana's ( about 2-3)
add the banana's alternately with the flour and beat until smooth.
pour into a well greased bread pan and bake 1 hour @ 350 or until bread is done.
Revisions: i use butter instead of shortening because i rarely buy shortening and it works just fine. i also double this recipe. i don't sift the flour because i don't have a sifter, and again.. it works just fine.