Recipes

I have a few recipes I have shared in posts, so I'll try and put them all together on this page:


Oatmeal Muffins
Beat:
1 egg
Stir in:
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oil
Mix in:
1 cup quick oats
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fill muffin cups. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.
(I spooned in a little mixture into the muffin cup, added jam, then covered it with the rest of the mix.)

here is the Granola Bar recipe - so good that we don't buy them from the store anymore.
I'm going to post the Original Recipe first and then MY recipe 2nd.

2 cups oatmeal (old fashioned oats)
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
2/3 cup honey
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup hopped pitted dates
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350. Butter an 8x12 baking dish.
Toss oatmeal, almonds and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ.
Reduce oven temp to 300.
Place butter honey brown sugar vanilla and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oat mixture. Add dates, apricots and cranberries. Stir well.
Pour mixture into prepared pan. With wet fingers lightly press the mixture evenly in the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cut while still warm.
 
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Ok, now here is the way I did it - the directions are basically the same, the ingredients differ.
2 cups oats - quick kind
1 cup of whatever nuts I have on hand - walnuts, mixed, cashews,
1 cup coconut
(I leave out the wheat gem)
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter - found out it is very important to be UNsalted!
2/3 cup honey
(I leave out the brown sugar- too much sweetness)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup cranberries (sometimes)
1 cup or so of choc chips or mini m.n.ms (m/ms won't melt, choc chips will)

I find that 20 minutes of baking time is usually enough.

Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies - with peanut butter
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Mix these all together. Set aside

Cream together:
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup brown sugar
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp.
1 ripe banana
1 egg.
1/2 cup or more of peanut butter

Slowly blend the flour mixture into the creamy mixture. Fold in chocolate chips. Plop onto baking sheet and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Peanut Butter Cookies - no flour 
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup quick oats
1 egg.
Mix well. Drop spoonfuls on cookie sheet. bake at 350 for 6 to 8 minutes. 

My Stir-Fry
(chicken or beef)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup or so brown sugar
tablespoon or so of garlic
a few dashes of ginger

Cut the chicken into cubes, or the steak into thin slices. Cook in 2 tablespoon oil on high. Add vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, pea pods, onion; Mix together all the listed ingredients and pour over meat. Cook on medium about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over rice.

Easter Egg Bird Nest
12 oz package Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
8 oz White Chocolate Almond Bark
1 cup smooth Peanut Butter
12 oz package Chow Mein Noodles
10 oz package Whoppers Mini Robin Eggs (or something similar)

In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and white almond bark. Microwave for a minute at a time, stirring after each minute. Repeat the process until chocolate is melted and smooth. Then add the peanut butter and mix well. Next add the chow mein noodles and stir until all noodles are well coated.
Tear off 2 feet of waxed paper. Using a ¼ cup measure, scoop out some of the chocolate noodle mixture. Drop mixture onto the waxed paper. Use a spoon to finish shaping the nests.  Drop 3-4 malted eggs into each “bowl” of the nest.


Peanut Butter Fingers
Cream together:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Add in :
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup oats - instant or old fashioned
Mix well, Press into a 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and pour 1 cup of chocolate chips over top. Put bake in oven for a minute, then spread melted chocolate across the top.
Cool completely before cutting.

Breakfast pizza:
2 cups Bisquick,
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cups milk
Mix together well, pour into greased jelly roll pan (I use a cookie sheet)
To the top sprinkle on crushed bran cereal (or oatmeal or other cereal. Feel free to add raisins or dried apple bits also. )
Then sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar on next.
Bake at 400 for 15 minutes.
Now the fun part! Everyone gets to choose which toppings to put on their own slice. Suggestions: yogurt, applesauce, mini chocolate chips, coconut flakes, banana slices, syrup, jam .... Those are a few that we use regularly.

 Graham Crackers
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup margarine, melted

Mix together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl mix together the honey and margarine.
Blend the honey/margarine into the flour mixture and drop onto a greased baking sheet (like a cookie pan works well).
Roll it out to the corners or close to it - depends on how thick you want the end result.
Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees and then after cooling for a tiny bit, bite into a warm delicious snack. If you like milk, have some with it.

Carrot Bread
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 eggs
3/4 cup orange (or apple) juice
3/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups grated carrot
1 cup (6 oz) mini semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl mix the first eight ingredients. In a small bowl mix the eggs, juice, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients. Fold in the carrots and chocolate. Place in two greased bread loaf pans. Bake at 350 for an hour. Cool 10 minuted before removing from pan to wire racks.

Split Pea Soup
1 pound dried split green peas, picked and rinsed
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 med. onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves minced (I however wouldn't eat this much garlic! So i sprinkled in a little of my garlic powder)
2 ham hocks (I used a large ham bone with meat still on it)
3 large vegetable bouillon cubes (if I could sub something here I would - not crazy about the msg in this)
8 cups water
1 bay leaf (left this out, no biggie)
1/4 teaspoon salt (again, with the ham I used, I didn't need to add this)
3 small carrots (didn't have any, so I didn't put these in)
3 ribs celery, sliced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

Combine peas, potatoes onion garlic ham, bouillon, bay leaf and salt in slow cooker, stirring to break up b. cubes.
Cover and cook on High for 2 hours or Low for 3 hours.
Remove cover and stir in carrots, celery and thyme. Cover and cook about 2 hours on High or 3 hours on Low; peas and potatoes should be very tender.
Remove ham hocks and bay leaf from pot; discard (b/c I used ham on the bone, after I removed it, I chopped up the meat into small pieces and threw it back in the soup).
Soup is very hot so puree 1/2 of it carefully. Mix smooth soup with creamy/chunky soup.

Rice and Chicken
(the original recipe and my own version)
1 can cream of whatever soup
1 soup can of milk
1 1/4 cup uncooked rice
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon season salt
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon or so of oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon or so of basil
1 Tablespoon dry minced onion
Chicken breasts ((I like to chop my into bite size pieces))

Heat oven to 350. Mix soup and milk and all seasonings. Add rice. Pour into ungreased 13x9 baking dish. Place chicken on top and spoon mixture over it.Add chopped up bits of chicken. Cover with foil and bake 1 hour. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes. ((I also add in corn or peas or diced carrots, and sprinkle some type of cheese on top.))

The Best Sugar Cookies

From Linda G.

Ingredients:
3 cup flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup real butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon flavoring (lemon, almond, or vanilla)
1 cup sugar

Mix flour, soda, powder together. Cut in butter. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Add flavoring and sugar to the eggs. Mix well. Add egg/sugar mix to flour mixture. Mix well.
Chill dough for 1 hour.
Roll out on floured surface to about ¼ to 1/8 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake 6-8 minutes at 375. Cool immediately on wires. 
Frost when cooled.

Potato Casserole
2 lbs. frozen hashbrowns
2 cups sour cream
1 can cream of (chicken or celery) soup
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
2 cups crushed crackers, like Ritz
1/4 cup margarine, melted.
Mix the ingredients in a large bowl, except for the crackers and butter. Pour into ungreased 13x9 baking dish. Mix crackers and butter and spread on top of hashbrowns. Place in 350 oven and bake for an hour.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake
In a large bowl sift together:

1 cup flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa.
And then stir in:

1/2 cup milk
2 Tablespoons shortening, melted.
Blend in 1 cup of chopped nuts if you are so inclined. I was.
Spread this mixture in a 9" square pan. Sprinkle with a mixture of 1 cup brown sugar and 4 Tablespoons cocoa.
Then pour 1 3/4 cup HOT water over the entire batter.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
During baking the batter/cake rises to the top and the chocolate sauce to the bottom. When you dish it up, invert squares of pudding onto the plate and drizzle sauce over each. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

(some yet to come:)
English Muffin Bread
Loaded Cookies
Homemade Chips
Caramel Brownies