Saturday, August 6, 2011

Banana Cookies

Holy Word, Me oh my, these are amazing and so easy.

Of course I doubled all of the ingredients.
3/4 C. shortening
3/4 C. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ripe bananas
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 c. flour

1. Cream shortening and sugar together. Add egg, vanilla and bananas.
In a separate bowl, combine salt, baking soda and flour and add to the mix.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
3 T. brown sugar
2 T. evaporated milk
4 T. butter
1 C. powdered sugar

1. Melt the butter, evaporated milk and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the powdered sugar (I would add half of it at a time - whisking it smooth before you add in the rest of the cup.) Now you want the frosting to be a very thick glaze, so if you need to add more powdered sugar, do so.
***totally forgot to read the recipe and did not do this step. Now I need to make them again to see if it makes a difference.

2. Frost each cookie. They definitely are the best fresh out of the oven, but are still delicious for a few days after.

I got this recipe from Envy My cooking. She has a ton of amazing recipes on her blog. I think I have a new addition.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Cowboy Cookies

For years my friend Melly has told me about her cowboy cookies. I have intended to try them for years. I finally got around to it. I will say they bake perfectly. There was no questioning rather they were done. Next time I think I will make them with raisins and nuts as she suggest.

1 c. butter, softened
2 egg
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. all purpose flour
2 c. uncooked old fashioned oats
1.5 c. chocolate chips
1 c. brown sugar
2 cups of your choice (raisins, nuts, chocolate chips. I used chocolate chips and peanut butter chips)

1/2 c. granulated sugar
4 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You could grease pans lightly or use parchment paper.
Beat butter, egg and vanilla in a bowl until blended . Add remaining ingredients and stir until well mixed.
Drop two inches apart in rounded spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes.
They freeze well.
Thank you Melly!

Oreo cupcakes

I saw this recipe on Tidy Mom. I fell in love. I am addicting to Oreo's right now. This recipe is super simple. Place one oreo in the bottom of each cupcake pan, fill with batter and bake as normal. I actually added oreo's to my cake batter and used oreo frosting.
Have you made anything with oreo's recently. I would love to try the recipe. Just please hurry because I am about to eat plain oreo's.

Oreo Cake

I know I saw this recipe on a blog but for the life of me I can not remember where. It is a super easy idea.
1 white cake mix
1 package of oreos (two rows at least, cut into four pieces each)
Mix cake according to box
stir in oreos
Bake according to box.
I made butter cream frosting and then added crushed oreos to it.
What a wonderful addiction to any cake. I will be honest and say I used Dollar General oreo's because I am frugal like that.
If you like this recipe you may love my
Oreo pancakes
Oreo fudge

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

Please tell me you do not see the drop of dried ketchup under the plate. Because surely my table was spotless before I took a picture on it.
I love baking. Even more I love trying new recipes. This recipe called for cake flour which I did not have. When I finally bought the cake batter I lost the recipe. So last weekend I made these amazing recipe and let me tell you they are truly amazing. I doubled the recipe and had no problem. I saw this recipe on My Baking Addiction. I caution you to be careful when visiting her blog because you will be stuck in the kitchen for days.

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons
(8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 pounds bittersweet disks or fèves, at least 60 percent cacao content (see note below)
*Sea salt (I used regular)
1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.
3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
4. Scoop onto pan and bake 18 to 20 minutes.

I had oreo buttercream frosting on the counter from a oreo cake I made a couple of days before so I decided to turn the cookies into sandwhiches. YUMMY!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Oven Omellete

I found this recipe on Lynne’s Kitchen Adventures. She posted it a couple of years ago and somehow I had the privilege of finding it.
I instantly thought this would be something I cooked regularly. It has ingredients I always had on hand. It looks amazing and would be great to take to a breakfast or to take someone for a meal. Can you imagine this instead of a bowl of scrambled eggs?
The directions are so simple.
1. Pull out your bar pan (mine is of course pampered chef) and lay parchment paper over it, making sure to cover the short sides with a couple extra inches. Grease the parchment paper.
2. Whisk together 1 cup milk and ¼ cup cornstarch. Add 10 eggs, 1 TBSP mustard (I skipped this part), 1 teaspoon salt, and teaspoon pepper (oops, skipped this part too); whisk until to combine. Pour into pan, making sure that the parchment lays (or is it lies) down in every corner. Sprinkle meat over top. I used about ¾ cup bacon and ham
3. Bake until edges of omelet are done, 15-18 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with 1 and ½ cup cheese; bake2 to4 more minutes or until cheese has melted.
4. As soon as you pull it out, pick up one of the short sides of the parchment paper and begin to roll it as tightly as you can.

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Breakfast muffins

My friend Becky gave me this reciepe. Take Grands buscuits and put in muffin pan, you will have to take a little from a couple to make 12 since only 10 biscuits come in a pack. scramble (not cook) 5 or 6 eggs, mix with half a pound of meat (we used sausage) pour the eggs and sausage over the biscuit, not quite to the top. sprinkle with cheese and bake for about 18 minutes. WOW they were good and I think they would freeze well. I will tell you I tried a second batch with the generic biscuits, you know the kind that come 4 packs together and put one biscuit in each one. It did not work, the egg was able to get to the bottom so you had to use a fork with it. my goal is things to eat on the way.

Potato Chips

These are so easy, I mean as in really easy!!!
1. Slice 2 potatoes super thin
2. spray a cookie sheet with Pam (haha)
3. spread potatoes out in a single layer
4. Bake at 450 for 8-10 minutes
5. turn after 5 minutes
6. Put sea salt on top of chips
7. Eat

Oh so yummy! My girls said these are the best ever. I really am trying to have less things at my house. If I can buy potatoes and make bake potatoes, mash potatoes, fries and potato chips then that is a ton of little things I do not need (boxed mash potatoes, frozen fries and potato chips).

Neapolitan cupcakes

I think I have found a new favorite cupcake. Have you heard of a Neapolitan cupcake? I learned about them at Hoosier Homemade. They were so easy to make. And it was neat watching people bite into them and discover what they were. I will definitely make them again. I think next time I will serve it with matching ice cream.
1. Mix a chocolate, white and strawberry cake mix in different bowls.

2. Pour some (maybe a tablespoon) of each into each pan.

3. bake according to box directions

Seriously it is that easy, now you can choose your topping. I think she reccomends cool whip which would have been better if I was not going to be outside.

Hoosier Homemade - Making Your House a Home

Chocolate Donuts

• 4 cups all-purpose flour (I used 3 cups white and one cup whole wheat)
• 1/2 cup cocoa powder
• 1.5 cups white sugar
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 2 teaspoon sea salt (I used regular salt)
• 2 cups buttermilk
• 4 eggs, beaten
• 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 4 tablespoon melted butter
Pre- heat oven to 450 and bake 8-10 minutes.
I got the recipe (that I doubled and changed a little) from Alli and Son she has some amazing ideas on other toppings. This will definitely be a new favorite one. I have several of these setting on he kitchen table waiting for breakfast.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Cake Pops

Have you ever heard of The Cake Doctor cook book? I love this book but have not used it in a while. Today I pulled out the book to make cake pops. These are so simple to make.
1 yellow cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 stick butter
¼ cup honey
2 large eggs
Colored sprinkles
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Mix all ingredients, it will seem rather thick but that is normal. Mix one minute and scrape down sides and mix another minute
3. Pour sprinkles into bowl.
4. Make round 2 inch balls (do you really need to say round and ball in the same sentence, I used the medium pampered chef scoop)
5. Roll each ball in sprinkles
6. Bake for 8-12 minutes
7. As soon as they are pulled from the oven, push a craft stick right into the middle and let cool off.
These are great for kids. It is days like this that I wish I could have made a cute little bouquet of flowers. In my case I am taking them to church tomorrow.

Boo Boo Friend

I got a minute to watch The Doctors this week. I learn so much from that show but it is in the middle of our school day. Anyways, they said a easy way to make a ice pack is to fill a ziploc with dish soap. It does not get super hard but stays chilled. I could not wait to try it.
Grace was a good sport, she even stuck her bottom lip out without me asking. I am curious what happens if I let it defrost all the way.

What do you do for ice packs? How do you cure a boo boo in your house?


Once a month we make cupcakes for the Airmen. This month I wanted to make the hot cocoa cupcakes I see all over blog world. I quickly realized that I did not know how to make the marshmallows stick to the icing. So my amazing husband thought the heat gun would work and it did. This heat has a funny story. I use to make cards and loved it. I loved embossing cards. That was until my heat gun broke. My hero decided to replace it with one that had "more power". This thing could strip wallpaper. Actually, it was probably made to strip wallpaper. I did not get a picture of the final product for some reason.
When I ran out of marshmallows I decided to decorate the rest of them with the leftover oreo's from my oreo fudge.

Monkey Bread

1. Four pack of biscuits, cut into quarters.
2. Dip the pieces into cinnamon/sugar
3. Spray the pan with Pam (haha, not me)
4. Pour the pieces of biscuit into a Bundt pan
5. Pour melted butter over pan
6. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. So easy and so easy to keep on hand.