Looking for an easy no-bake snack that is full of iron and other goodness? Let me introduce you to these Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Squares. Continue reading
If you need a last minute dish to take, serve or eat, this Black Bean Salad is just the ticket. Made with mostly pantry staples, it’s a quick fix and a real crowd pleaser. Continue reading
I found chestnut flakes at Whole Foods and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Grain-free granola bars! These are similar to an energy bar, but no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy.
Do you live in a town that is big enough to have a food truck or two? Have you ever eaten at one? Even more likely, have you watched a show on television, be it crime or comedy and seen the actors raving over food bought at one? If you answered yes to any of these questions, have I got a cookbook (Food Truck Road Trip–A Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes Collected from the Best Street Food Vendors Coast to Coast)
for you! And while I am at it, have I got a pie for you, too!!
It’s Improv Cooking Challenge time again. I missed last month because I was on vacation sans computer or anything internet oriented. It was a glorious ten days of unplugging which gave me a chance to recharge and reorganize my life. I am back and rolling with this month’s theme, which is Peanuts and Popcorn. It’s summer, with baseball games and all that those bring, including the famous 7th inning stretch and the song “take me out to the ball game.” Well, I won’t be buying any peanuts and cracker jack, but these Chocolate Popcorn Squares, have peanut butter and popcorn in them, so it will do for the Improv.
With the number of school days left down to single digits, my efforts are focused not on making fancy gourmet dinners, but on just getting through. Luckily, I was asked to review Dairy Made Easy: Triple-Tested Recipes for Every Day which is full of easy, delicious meal ideas. For this review, I chose to make Sundae Pops, which have quickly become one of my favorite desserts to serve my family. Continue reading
No matter how old I get, I show no signs of outgrowing my love and adoration for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. These days they are served up on toasted gluten free bread with unsweetened peanut butter and all-fruit jam. As I was making up smoothies this week, I got to thinking that a Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie would taste pretty good. I was SO right!
How is that title for a delicious mouthful? I couldn’t shorten it because all of the flavors of honey and lemon and lime, plus the big bites of raspberry swimming in Greek yogurt all needed mentioning. These are some great snacks: healthy, full of protein and real fruit. I even got my harshest critic, The Thinker to enjoy them! Continue reading
This is one of those super easy candy recipes that anyone, even the most inexperienced candy makers, can make. Triple Delight Chocolate Marshmallow Squares are perfect for holiday plates and parties. Continue reading
Welcome to Day #1 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. With the big football game coming up, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25.
I have often said that I have cheese running through my veins instead of blood. I simply adore cheese in just about any form (stinky cheese, like Limburger, is the exception). So I have been very excited about this month’s Improv Challenge, cheese and crackers.
On a recent trip to my local Target, I was excited to find that KIND is now making gluten free granola. There are quite a few varieties. I chose to try the Maple Quinoa Clusters. And while they are great straight from the bag or in a bowl with milk, I was so pleased to find a reasonably prices gluten free treat that I had to make some other things with it, too. Continue reading
Welcome to Day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.
I have had this recipe written in my recipe journal since the early 1990s, waiting to be made. I am shocked that I waited so long to make it because this stuff is seriously amazing. I have been doling it out to my friends by the spoonful. It’s been like, “Oh, you have come by to visit me? Open your mouth, taste this.” No one has been disappointed. Continue reading
Welcome to Day #3 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.
I am back with more candy, because December seems to require it. Although this stuff is as wonderful as it gets, no one seems to make homemade candy any other time of year. If grocery stores put sugar, extracts and other baking supplies on sale in June, maybe the story would be different, but our waistlines can heave a sigh of relief. December is the only homemade sweet month. ..for now. Continue reading
I get tired just thinking about the holiday rush. We add so many things to our schedules: gift giving, buying, wrapping; decorating the inside and outside of our homes; parties at school, work, church and home; concerts or other musical festivals, recitals, etc. As we pile more and more into our already busy lives, we also feel guilt because we aren’t extra loving, charitable or kind 24/7 as we try to get everything done. Songs about good cheer simply add fuel to the fire. Continue reading
Welcome to Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th. Continue reading
Every year I make up treats for neighbors and friends. What I make changes a little every year, but the fun is in the planning and delivery of the plates. My kids get involved, arguing over who gets to take which plate to which family. We take an evening early in the month of December and instead of sitting in front of the television, we give. It may be wishful thinking on my part, but I like to think that that evening of sharing sweets with friends sets the tone for the month.
This year, I did my ingredient shopping at Dollar General, which has lower prices than most of my local stores. They have a full line up of ingredients for all of my holiday baking needs. I find that their Clover Valley brand is just as good as most name brands. They had a great big section all set up specifially for making treats.
I was able to get plates, candies, sugars, chocolate chips, nuts, crackers, and many other ingredients for less than $25. I came home and fired up my stove and microwave. I made homemade caramels, peanut brittle, fudge, chocolate covered Ritz sandwiches and English toffee and then filled 16 plates.
English Toffee has been a family favorite since I was a little girl when my mom started making it. It is really simple to make. I am not very good at making dipped candies, but because this recipe is broken into randomly sized pieces on purpose, there isn’t a lot of stress over whether it looks right or not.
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp water
- 2 Tbsp corn syrup
- 12 oz chocolate chips
- Melt butter in a medium sized saucepan.
- Add sugar, water and corn syrup to the pan.
- Cook over low heat to 290 degrees F, about 20 minutes.
- Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil.
- Pour hot mixture over foil.
- Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
- Wait a few minutes and then spread the chocolate evenly over the toffee.
- When cool, break into bite sized pieces.
The Dollar General Holiday holiday section can serve all of your needs. Not only are there foods and supplies for favorite holiday recipes, but there are decorations, lights, present wrapping supplies, stocking stuffers, and great ideas for presents from toys to electronics.
I have always wanted to learn to dip chocolates and make homemade candies. When we lived in the Seattle area, I had a friend who had mastered the art as a home cook. I looked forward each year to receiving a holiday plate filled with her creations. It takes skill and lots of patience to make candy and I am sadly, pitifully lacking in the patience department. Lucky for me, there are things like jars of marshmallow cream, peanut butter and quality dipping wafers like those from Ghirardelli. Continue reading
It’s Pepper Party time again!! I was so impressed with all of the amazing pepper recipes on October 3rd and 7th! Today will be our final day. Be sure to check out all of the links to recipes. It’s a veritable bell pepper cookbook in the making! Divemex is also sponsoring another giveaway for you wonderful readers: $200 worth of Food Magazine Subscriptions of the winners choice!!! The growers of Divemex specialize in greenhouse grown peppers in state of the art facilities that facilitate the production of the highest quality peppers in some of the safest facilities anywhere. But most importantly, as a Fair Trade Certified company, they have an unwavering commitment to social responsibility that puts workers first. Continue reading
There’s a new blog challenge in town headed up by Kita from Pass the Sushi. Inspired by her wall of yet to be used cookbooks, she has invited us to cook through her books. Each month she picks a new cookbook and a few of its recipes. We pick one (or more) that sound good and make it, giving it our own spin if desired. For our inaugural month, Kita chose Pioneer Woman: Food from my Frontier. You can participate, too, by joining this Facebook group. Continue reading