My family loves pie, but it’s gotten to be a bit of a chore for me to turn on the oven. You know, summer, heat, discomfort; I don’t care to mix the oven with the weather at all. However, once in a while, a storm blows through and the temperature doesn’t get up to the 90s. Then, I hurry to the kitchen and turn on the oven. After all, we might freeze with the AC cranked up and the wind howling outside. This last storm resulted in a Chocolate Cream Pie for the fam.
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.
When life gets busy, I often turn to baking mixes. There isn’t much quicker than a batch of brownies. Except, they get boring, says the lady who doesn’t even eat them. I hate making the same thing over and over again. So I add a little zip and zing. Sometimes I add chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate frosting. Sometimes I add chopped up candy bars. This time, I made them into chocolate cheesecake brownies.
I have long been a fan of Mediterranean cooking. I love fruit, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, nuts and yogurt. When the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to review Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. This series of books breaks the subjects down to the nitty gritty. I read the whole book while sitting by the community pool one afternoon. I knew the first recipe I wanted to make from it was Garlic Scrambled Eggs. They sounded like something my entire family would devour.
A recipe similar to this Cheesy Sausage Biscuit Skillet is pictured on my kitchen calendar. All month, fourth son has been staring at it and mentioning it as he walks by it. When I told him that I was actually going to be making it for dinner, he was a happy camper.
***ANNOUNCEMENT*** I have started a new blog that is called Just Me, Gluten Free. From now on, that is where all my gluten free recipes will live and where new ones will be published. Frugal Antics will be the home of any full gluten foods I make. Continue reading
I have never made a skillet cookie or brownie or cake before. I have seen many all over the internet. I have also seen little mini-skillets sold in stores attached to cookie and brownie mixes. While I have been tempted by these awesome looking treats, I have been reluctant to dig out my cast iron because it involves sitting on the kitchen floor and removing about ten pans that are kept in front of them. Continue reading
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!
Time is rushing on toward summer. It seems like we were complaining so much that winter wouldn’t leave and now there are only two weeks left until summer vacation starts! With time spinning crazily out of control, I turn to simple dinner recipes. I found a cookbook on clearance called Southern Living Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook (brought to you by Winn Dixie) a while ago. It is full of convenient recipes like this King’s Ranch Pasta and Cheese.
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
Have you noticed healthy foods sound more appealing if they have a dessert in the title? Case in point: would you rather drink something entitled Rabbit Food Healthy Drink or Carrot Cake Smoothie? Exactly. You will totally understand, then if for the next few weeks, I throw some healthy smoothies at you with desserts in their names like today’s Peach Cobbler Smoothie.
My brother was recently diagnosed with adult onset Type 1 Diabetes. It’s a bit of a shock, because I always thought it would be me or my other brother that got it, because our body types run more like my father’s side of the family and that’s where the Diabetes lurks. As he starts adjusting to what this means for him, I want to help make some of the transition easier for him. Continue reading
My son’s motto is “bury me in bacon.” He would eat it every day, if it weren’t for his mama. When he sees a package of bacon on the counter and me getting pots and pans out to make dinner, he asks if we are having bacon. He has learned, however, to follow that question up with, “is it going in something?” It is the bane of his existence that I use bacon as an ingredient instead of as a focal point. Continue reading