Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Muddy Buddies

Muddy Buddies with Peanut Butter M&Ms for an Easter treat.  Super easy, tasty and cute!

Recipe adapted from: Life, Love and Sugar

1 box Rice Chex cereal
10 oz chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (I used less) 
1 bag Peanut Butter M&Ms (or preferred Easter candy)

1. Put chex cereal into a large bowl.
2. Microwave chocolate chips, butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl for about 1 minute. Stir.
3. Heat 30 seconds to a minute longer until mixture is fully melted and smooth.
4. Add chocolate mixture to cereal and stir to coat evenly.
5. Add powdered sugar and stir until evenly coated. Have patience and stir carefully to not break up the chex cereal too much.
6. Add the bag of M&Ms and stir gently. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Sweet and Spicy Citrus Tilapia

I really enjoyed this fish.  It was a great balance of sweet and spicy.  I also like that tilapia has a mild fish taste and was moist. This was also an easy dinner to throw together!
John's Rating: 9
4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
1 orange, juiced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
2 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
1 pinch crushed red pepper
3 garlic cloves, crushed 

Combine orange juice and next 9 ingredients (through garlic); pour over fish. Let stand 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400.  Cook 10 minutes, turn fish over in marinade and cook an additional 10 minutes.  Drizzle sauce over fish before serving. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Lemon Meringue Pie

 John requested a lemon meringue pie....turns out it wasn't that bad to make and was quite tasty! 

Recipe from: Favorite Family Recipes

1 pre-baked pie crust
1 ½ c. sugar
½ c. cornstarch
¼ tsp. salt
2 ¼ c. water
1 Tbsp. grated lemon peel
4 egg yolks
3 Tbsp. butter
½ c. lemon juice

5 egg whites (at room temperature)
¼ tsp cream of tartar
½ c. sugar

In a medium-sized saucepot, bring sugar, cornstarch, salt, water, and lemon peel to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and mix in with wire whip 4 egg yolks. Return to heat for 1 minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in 3 T. butter, then ½ c. lemon juice. Pour into pie crust and cool.

Meringue topping: In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually add ½ c. sugar beating until stiff peaks form.

Top pie with meringue and bake at 325 about 10 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Chill until set.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Candy Cane Cookies

I was actually surprised at how good these turned out.  I found myself with a ton of extra candy canes this year, so I looked for a cookie recipe that used candy canes.  So glad I did, these were a great holiday treat.  (My kids liked them plain, so no chocolate and definitely not sprinkled with more candy cane, so if you want a simple cookie, they are also good without the chocolate)

Recipe from: My Baking Addiction

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 drops pure peppermint extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies
In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugars. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla, butter extract and peppermint extract.
Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in crushed candies.

Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Use a cookie scoop to form cookies.  Place the cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets, flatten dough a little. Bake at 375 degrees F for 6-8 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
If desired, dip the cooled cookies in melted chocolate and garnish with more crushed candy canes.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Reindeer Corn Dogs

This is another simple, fun idea I found on Pinterest that made lunch a little more fun this Christmas. 

Cheese slices for the eyes (with black edible food marker).  Pretzel antlers.  Ketchup noses. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Reindeer Pudding Cups

So this isn't really a recipe, but it's food :)  Fun food.  I packed these in my kiddos lunch boxes.  They were pleasantly surprised. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Great Harvest Cinnaburst Bread Copycat Bread

This bread is amazing!  And it made my house smell fantastic!  We enjoyed it warm out of the oven, toasted with some butter and we even made some into french toast--so good!


Recipe from: raegun Ramblings

1 cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp yeast
1/3 cup oil (I used veggie oil)
1/2 T salt
1 egg
4 1/2 to 5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cinnamon chips

In mixer combine yeast, sugar, and warm water and milk; let bubble for about 5 minutes.
Add in oil and egg.
Slowly add 2 cups flour, mix and then add salt.
Add 1/2 cup flour at a time until it comes away from side of bowl. Add the cinnamon chips when it gets close to the right consistency. The dough will be very sticky but the softer the dough the lighter the bread. So use the least amount of flour you can handle.
Let rise in mixing bowl for about 30 minutes.
Form into loaf (or whatever shape you want).
Let rise and additional 30 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.
* Makes 2 loaves