Friday, June 8, 2012

Mango Smoothie

This is a really good smoothie made with mango's.
2 cups frozen mango cubes
1 cup almond milk
1tbs vanilla
1/2 cup water

Mix all in your health master for 1 min. on 8 and enjoy

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Smoothie Time

We have picked up making smoothies this month in order to get more healthy. I will be posting about them as we go along. Also after the long break I took from posting recipes I hope to start posting regularly again.

Mixed Berry & Spinach Smoothie

1 cup almond milk
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 small green apple
1 kiwi peeled
1 cup frozen mango chunks
2 cups spinach
1tsp vanilla
1/2 cup water (use only if needed)

Put all ingredients into your healthmaster blender and blend 1 minute on 8. This is a really good smoothie and we enjoyed it. You really cannot taste the spinach so you could add more if you like, but since this is not a green smoothie I only used the two cups.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pumpkin Trifle

This is one of my favorite deserts to make and is really simple. I have two recipes for this one is all from scratch and one is made simple by using boxed items. This is the simple way. I will post the scratch method at a later date. This is so simple and so good.
 The Recipe:
1 Spice Cake mix
1 16 oz cool whip
1 box pumpkin pudding mix
2 cups half and half
1 pound walnuts or pecans roughly chopped
1 small can pumpkin
pumpkin pie spice mix

Cook spice cake according to package directions. Let cool. Once cake is cooled cut into one inch squares and set aside.

While cake is cooling make pudding according to directions only using half and half instead of reg. milk. Put in fridge to set up.

Take pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice and mix in a bowl. Add just enough spice mix to have a hint of the spice in the pumpkin. Do not put too much spice in the mix or it will be overpowering. I find that I use around 1 1/2 tsp. of the spice for the way we like it. Adjust according to how you like it. 

Mix pudding and cool whip together

Take a trifle dish or large glass bowl and put a layer of the spice cake for the first layer. 

Next add a layer of the pumpkin

Now add a layer of nuts

Now add a layer of the pudding mixture and add nuts on top of that.

Repeat this process until you fill the trifle dish ending with the nut layer on top.

Put in fridge until time to serve. You can top with a plain dollop of cool whip or eat as is. It is good either way you serve it. 

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Happy Eating!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings are a true comfort food....I have tried so many ways over the years to make dumplings and about 15yrs ago I came up with this recipe and it has been a favorite of the whole me dumplings should have some substance to them and not melt away in the pot or be a gooey mess.....I hate dough that is dropped from the spoon onto the chicken broth and goodies to make is always yucky to me and that is why I love making mine like this.....they are tender yet hold together very easy to make and yummy at the same time.....
Celery and onion cooking in butter.....
 Chicken and broth at boiling point......
 Flour waiting in bowl...this is probably 5cups of flour...
 Water added to flour to make dough......
 Dough rolled out and sliced with pizza cutter......
 Dumplings cooking away.........
 The final ingredient that makes these dumplings soooo good.....8 eggs......
 This is the final result.....yummy goodness!
 These are so good you will be glad you made them....
 Recipe: Wendy's Chicken and Dumplings 
1 whole roasting chicken, cooked and shredded
Broth from chicken or 2 large cans of broth
8 green onions, chopped
1 1/2 tbsp chopped garlic (we like a lot)
Morton's Season Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Garlic salt (just a smidgen)
8 eggs
5 cups self rising flour
2 sticks of butter

In a large stock pot or caldera (this is what I use) bring chicken broth and shredded chicken to a rolling boil...once it is boiling turn the heat down to med low....add 1 1/2 sticks of butter...

cut celery and onion and place in skillet with 1/2 stick of butter....cook until celery is tender crisp unless you like it onions will not get super soft so you may want to use regular onions...we just prefer the green onions...when ready put into the pot with broth and chicken.....

While chicken and celery/onion are blending make your dumplings....

Mix flour with enough water to make a can add herbs or seasonings to the mix now if you not use any oil or other additions other than just the herbs, water and flour.....when dough is ready put out on a surface that is dusted with flour.....sprinkle flour on the top of the dough and knead five or six times adding flour as kneaded to keep it from sticking to your hands......once kneaded re-dust the surface with flour if needed and roll out with a rolling pin to about 1/4 thickness....cut into strips with a pizza cutter both horizontal and vertically......drop dumplings into broth mixture one at a time until you use up your dough.....stir every few minutes to make sure everything is moving around well.....lower the heat to med low and allow to cook for roughly 4min...

Beat the eggs while  dumplings not add milk or water.....when dumplings are done slowing pour eggs into the pot stirring at the same time......remove from heat and enjoy! This recipe will serve a family of six......
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bread Cookbook Has Arrived

Yay! My bread cookbook that I won from here arrived in the mail on today.....I will be reading over it this week and collecting my week starting on Monday I will be making homemade bread! I am going to work through the book and post about the results here.....if you have time you should pay a visit to David his site has some great recipes that he shares over there and you will find some new favorites.....

Until next time,

Friday, October 28, 2011

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

I made this cake last night as it only takes a few ingredients and little time....when done there is no need for frosting.....also I think this should actually be called a cookie bar as that is what it is more like....this cake is really good but very rich in flavor.....I will be tweaking this to make a chocolate version soon....and this smells heavenly when will draw your family to the kitchen to find out what you are cooking....this recipe gets the thumbs up from us....

 Recipe:Cake Layer
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 yellow cake mix
1 egg
1stick butter

Mix these three ingredients together in a bowl to form a dough....pat into a 9x13 pan (I used a round springform pan) and it worked fine......make sure it goes to the edges well...set aside

Top Layer:
1 16oz box confectioners sugar
1teaspoon vanilla
1 16oz box cream cheese

Put all ingredients in a bowl and beat with mixer until smooth....pour onto first layer making sure you seal the edges.....bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes if you use a springform pan and 40 minutes for the 13x9 want it to be slightly gooey when you take it out of the oven....let cool completely and remove the sides of the pan if you use a springform.....dust with confectioners sugar and serve.....I left off the dusting and am glad that I did as it would have really been a sugar overload....

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fried Chicken

Still waiting on the Artisan Bread book to the meantime here is a family favorite.....fried chicken with smashed potatoes......
 This chicken is so good it will make your mouth water for bunch eat this without much talking while they dig in...
Fried Chicken:
12 legs
flour for coating about 3 cups
2 tbs cumin
2 tbs garlic salt
2 tbs garlic powder
oil for frying

Heat oil in large cast iron skillet....I use two to three inches of oil when frying chicken...while oil is heating add all dry ingredients together in a zip lock bag....start coating the chicken legs (they should be wet after washing them and this will help coat them) When oil is ready place legs (or whichever chicken part you are frying) into the hot oil....let cook on high heat until chicken starts to lightly brown on one side...turn chicken and reduce heat to medium to finish may want to rotate the chicken after the second side becomes a light brown so that it does not burn......when chicken is done let drain on paper towels and serve.....this is how I always fry up my chicken and it is always good.....I used to use a two step batter until I tried doing it the way my mom always made her chicken.....

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We also had smashed potatoes.....we love these much better than creamy mashed potatoes....there is more body to them....also my family does not like to eat the potatoes without the skins on....they love the skins, but you can remove them if you like.....

Smashed Potatoes:
5 lbs red potatoes cut into large chunks
garlic salt to taste
garlic powder to taste
3 heaping tbs mayo
milk or half and half
butter to taste

Cook potatoes in water until fork tender...drain....add garlic salt, garlic powder and the mayo to the potatoes and mash with a potato not whip them just mash up and down making sure to leave chunks...add a little milk to help chunk them up and add the butter to suite your taste....we like a lot of butter so we usually use about a stick and a half....

you can add bacon if you like which is really good....the leftovers can also be made into potato cakes the next day....very good for breakfast with eggs and toast...

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Until next time,