Friday, July 22, 2016

Raspberry Lime Popsicles

We are beating the summer heat with some homemade Popsicles. First on our list this year--Raspberry Lime, using fresh raspberry purée from the raspberries in our garden. They do have a strong lime flavor, which one of my kids did not like, but 4 outa 5 loved them. 

1/2 cup fresh lime juice
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 cups water
3/4 cup raspberry purée. (Twice strained because my kids didn't want ANY seeds) 
    1. In a medium size bowl, whisk together lime juice and granulated sugar until sugar is dissolved.
    2. Next stir in water and raspberry purée. 
    3. Pour into Popsicle molds and freeze for at least 5 or more hours then enjoy!

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016

    Strawberry Lemonade Greek Yogurt

    I've been making my own yogurt with my Instant Pot for a while now and have had fun making some different flavors.  This time I tried Smuckers Strawberry Lemonade Drink Mix (from Costco).  It was really good on its own, but I topped it with some crumbled graham crackers and chopped white chocolate and had a delicious treat! 
    So there isn't an exact recipe, you can make the strawberry lemonade flavor more of a hint of flavor using less, or more for a sweet treat.  For this sweet treat, I used one scoop for about a cup of yogurt.  Then it's as simple as mixing and serving. 

    Sunday, May 15, 2016

    Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

    These were really good warm out of the oven, but John really liked them made into sandwiches.
    John's Rating: 8 (rated them 9 for sandwich bread)

    Recipe from: A Recipe a Day

    1 tablespoon yeast
    1 cup warm water
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
    1 egg, beaten
    3 tablespoons oil
    3 cups flour

    Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt, rolled oats, egg, oil and 2 1/4 cups flour. Turn onto floured surface and knead in remaining flour. Knead for a few more minutes. Let rise in warm place for 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
    Shape dough into balls and place in greased pan. Let rise about one hour.
    Bake at 350º for 20-25 minutes. Butter tops while still warm.
    Makes 12-16 rolls depending on size.

    Sunday, April 24, 2016

    S'more Rice Krispies

    My kids love s'mores and the other day I made these no fire involved, cold lunch compatible s'more creation. So not a lot of Rice Krispies here, much more "s'more" ingredients, but served like a rice Krispy treat. 

    1 box Golden Grahams (12 oz)
    1 bag mini marshmallows (16 oz)
    1/4 cup butter
    2 Hershey bars
    1/4 cup of mini dried marshmallows
    2 (ish) cups Rice Krispies

    Melt butter in a large bowl.  Stir in marshmallows and coat the marshmallows with butter.  Microwave 2 minutes on power level 4.  Stir until smooth.  
    Pour over Golden Grahams and Rice Krispies stir until all are coated. Mold in a buttered 9x13 pan. Gently press mini marshmallows and chocolate Hershey bar chunks on top. Cool completely and serve. 

    Friday, April 15, 2016

    Copycat Chic-Fil-A Lemonade

    This is my favorite lemonade, and it turns out it is quite easy to make at home. I used a bag of lemons from Costco and had enough juice for 3 batches.

    1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1 cup sugar
    5 cups water 

    Mix all together until sugar is dissolved. Serve cold. 

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016

    Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats

    I used my instant pot to make steel cut oats. They turned out perfect! This coconut almond flavored recipe turns them into a treat.

    1 tablespoon coconut oil
    1 cup steel cut oats
    3 1/2 cups almond milk
    1/2 can coconut milk (around 3/4 cup)
    1 tsp  vanilla
    1/2 tsp coconut flavoring
    1/4 cup agave or sugar (I used agave)

    Add oil to pressure cooking pot, select Sauté.  When oil is melted add the oats and toast, stirring constantly, until they smell nutty, about 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir.

    Select high pressure and set 10 minutes cook time.

    When beep sounds, turn off pressure cooker and use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then do a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure.
    When valve drops carefully remove lid.

    Stir oats. Cover and let sit five minutes until oats are desired thickness.

    Top with shredded coconut, chocolate chips, sliced almonds, and splash of milk.

    Saturday, March 26, 2016

    Copycat Chic-Fil-A Sauce

    This sauce was a great copy of Chic-Fil-A sauce, but I need to try making copy cat chicken for a complete copy. 

    1/2 cup Mayo
    2 Tsp mustard
    1 tsp lemon juice
    2 Tbsp honey
    1 Tbsp smokey BBQ sauce (I used masterpiece)

    Mix all together and serve.