Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday's with Mom..... Cranberry Sauce


Cranberries...do you prefer from a can or homemade? 

It seems everyone has their favorite, and canned usually get bashed for being too jelly like and phony. My family has always preferred the canned though, including me!

But my mom usually made her own cranberry sauce for the holidays...she very seldom bought it from a can. (I didn't even know it came in a can for many years...LOL!)  I used to love to watch her make it. I liked to see the cranberries pop, and the bright red color was always so appealing. It looked so good, and smelled so good, but was always way TOO tart for me. I filled up on turkey and stuffing instead!
 But it wasn't Thanksgiving if mom didn't make it and I saw it sitting on the dining room table. She always had a lace tablecloth, and the red looked beautiful on the white lace. The dish was crystal, with a pedestal...so they looked pretty fancy to me!

This year as I was scrolling through recipes for the holidays, I found her recipe for cranberries. So I made a batch, and now as an adult, I can say I really LOVE them! Not too tart anymore, just right. I love the hint of orange, it adds such a bright, delicious flavor.

I wonder what my family will say? I plan to have a can on hand... just in case!!!


Cranberry Sauce

12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
1 c. sugar
1 c. orange juice

Combine all in a sauce pan and cook about 10 minutes until cranberries burst and pop. Sauce will thicken as it cools.






Thursday, November 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday Pumpkin French Toast



Throwback Thursday....here's a great recipe for any leftover pumpkin you may have after Thanksgiving!






Monday, October 7, 2013

Pumpkin French Toast ..pinned it and tried it



I pinned it and tried it and loved it!

I had some leftover pumpkin from another recipe, so I gave this a try.

 It was a good idea! Such a flavorful treat for breakfast. The warm buttery syrup
 with a slight hint of cinnamon really hit the spot. I will definitely make this
 again. Actually, I have several new pumpkin recipes I would like to try. You can
 check them out here.





Pumpkin French Toast

2 eggs
1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. pumpkin
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

 Mix well.

 butter
6-8 slices bread

Melt some butter in a nonstick pan. Dip the bread in the mixture and fry until
 lightly browned on both sides. 

Syrup
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. maple syrup

Heat and serve.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Old Fashioned Lemon Bars


Sometimes you just need an old fashioned lemon bar......packed with a bright,sweet lemon flavor....


so I made half a batch. 

I think my favorite part is the shortbread type crust...so rich and buttery. They just melt in your mouth!



Lemon Bars

1 c. butter
2 c. flour
1/2 c. powdered sugar

Mix together as for pie crust. Pack well in the bottom of a 9 x 13 glass pan. Bake 20 minutes at 350.

While baking the crust mix:

4 eggs
2 c. sugar
6 Tbsp. lemon juice
4 Tbsp. flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp. baking powder
grated rind of 1 lemon, optional

Pour on top of hot crust and bake another 20-25 minutes at 350. Remove and cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Witch Hat Treats


Here's another fun Halloween treat to make!

All you need is a bag of Oreo's, a can of frosting, a bag of Hershey Kisses and some sprinkles.

I added some orange food color and some green food color to the frosting, then spread a bit on top of the Oreo's. Then I plopped a kiss on top and sprinkled away!



The hardest part was opening up all the kisses..LOL!

Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dipped Halloween Chips


I've been dipping chips!

Sinful I know, but we love that sweet and salty combo.



Plus they are so festive for Halloween!



No matter how many I make, there are never any leftovers. People just keep eating them, they are so addictive!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Pretzel Ghosts...Pinned it and tried it


Don't these look fun?

Of course I saw them on Pinterest again, so I pinned it tried it, and LOVED it!


They were super easy, just dipping the pretzels in chocolate and adding some candy eyes. I suppose they would look more like ghosts if I had used white chocolate.


But you know me, I LOVE dark chocolate!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Throwback Thursday....Paula's Meatloaf

Thursday, March 7, 2013



           Throwback Thursday






Thursday, March 7, 2013



When I'm in the mood for meatloaf, I usually make my moms recipe.  But I 
decided to give Paula's a try and  we are both happy I did. YUM!

It was so moist and flavorful, and the topping put this meatloaf recipe OVER 
the top. I took Paula's advice and the next day I slathered some mayo on 
white bread and cut me a big ole slab of meatloaf to put inside.

It was a wonderful lunch!

Once again, Pinterest came through with another great pin!



Paula's Meat Loaf
Paula Deen

1 lb. burger
1 egg
1/2 c. quick cooking oats
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped green pepper
1/4 salt 
1/4 pepper
8 oz. diced tomatoes, no juice

Mix and put in a loaf pan. Add topping and bake at 375 for 1 hour.

Topping:
1/3 c. ketchup
1 Tbsp. mustard
2 tbsp. brown sugar