Saturday, February 21, 2009

Cinnamon Muffins


1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup oil


2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp flour
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp melted butter


Mix all muffin ingredients together and fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Mix topping ingredients in separate bowl and sprinkle on muffins. Bake at 400 degrees for 40* (see note below) minutes.

My notes: This is a combination of two recipes and I have never made it before -- they are in the oven as I type so I will post back after we have tried them! I ended up cooking them for only about 20 minutes, then they were done!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Honey Baked Lentils

I was over at Enchanted Dandelions and this very yummy recipe was posted, I am going to give it a try.


1 cup lentils
2 cups water
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp ginger
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
salt & pepper to taste


Combine the above in a baking dish, cover and bake at 350* until tender (~ 1.5 hours).

My Notes:

Just too easy to mess up, right? Wrong! Well as I was flinging around and apparently not paying attention I grabbed the bag of split peas instead of lentils. I did not realize this until everything had been cooking for awhile. It was still yummy but I am very interested to see how it tastes made right! I will try again soon!!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Reese's Peanut Butter Cheese Cake


1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar; divided

1/3 cup Hershey's cocoa

1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted

3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

1 2/3 cups (10 ounce package) Reese's Peanut Butter Chips, melted

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Heat over to 300o F. Combine graham cracker crumbs, 1/3 cup sugar, cocoa, and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.

2. Beat cream cheese and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk, then melted chips, until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Pour into prepared crust

3. Bake 60 - 70 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from oven. With knife, loosen cake from side of pan. Cool. Remove side of pan. Refrigerate until cold. Garnish with Chocolate Drizzle, whipped topping, Mini Kisses as desired. Store, covered, in refrigerator.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Corn Chowder


1# pound of bacon
1 large onion
4 cans (15 ounce) of corn - drained
8 large potatoes
1 quart heavy cream


Cut potatoes to bite size pieces and boil until just soft (not mushy).
Cook bacon until extra crispy, cut into small pieces.
Saute onion in some of the bacon grease.
Mix everything together in a large saucepan on low, until hot.

My Notes: I added a little more milk because it needed it! In the past I have also used a combination of cream corn and whole kernel corn. This time I used all frozen corn!

This also warms up great the next day!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Meat Loaf

This is a big batch for our large family - it fed all seven of us with left overs!


4#'s Hamburger
4 Eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
3 teaspoons Pepper
4 cups Oates
1 cup Ketchup
1 cup BBQ Sauce (this was suppose to be ketchup but I had some BBQ sauce thst I wanted to use up)
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
6 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
2 tablespoons Liquid Smoke

1 cup Ketchup
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons Mustard

Mix all ingredients, except glaze. Bake at 400 degrees in a 9 by 11 stone rectangle cake pan for 1 hour. Mix and add glaze and bake 15 more minutes!

This was not anything fancy but good! My one daughter who never eat meat loaf actually had some but my other daughter who usually likes meat loaf said it was "okay". The boys seem to love meat loaf no matter how I cook it!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Maple Sugar Pie

My mom sent me this, I am going to try it this weekend -- sounds really sweat! But a taste of Vermont!


1 cup maple syrup
1 cup light brown sugar (packed firmly)
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy cream
3/4 cup cornstarch
cold water

2 - Unbaked pie crusts


Cook first four ingredients in large sauce pan on medium heat. Let boil gently for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Place cornstarch in small bowl and add cold water.

Add to mixture, bring mixture back to a boil and boil gently for a full minute.

Should be a consistency of a thin pudding - add more cornstarch/water mixture if needed.

Place filling in uncooked pie crust, cover with slitted top crust and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 or until crust is golden brown.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Chocolate Oatmeal & Peanut Butter Bars

15 Minute Bars - Chocolate & Peanut Butter Bars


4 cups oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter, melted
1 package (6 ounce size) chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup peanut butter

Mix oatmeal, brown sugar, and butter until well blended. Pat into a large jelly roll pan. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter over hot water. Spread on the crust as soon as you take it out of the oven. May sprinkle some chopped peanuts over the top for garnish. Cool and slice.

Recipe Location:
Recipe ID: 36266

This recipe is from CDKitchen
© 1995-2008 CDKitchen, Inc.

My notes: Tonight we wanted to try something new so we made these, they are easy and yummy! One note is that I did not spread the chocolate well enough so I was only able to cover about 3/4 of the tray -- so next time I will make more chocolate!!! I used semi-sweet bakers chocolate instead of chips!