I have been trying to come up with an alternative to milk and sugar filled sweetened condensed milk. I think this Non-Dairy Sweetened Condensed Milk is a great substitute.
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.
With all of the pancake recipes I have on this blog, I was shocked to find out that I didn’t have this, my basic recipe, on here somewhere. In fact, I think I remember posting it when I started in 2008, but for some reason, it is gone. Perhaps the photos were terrible (which most pre-2011 are). However, this is a recipe that you must have. I have never met a breakfast eater that didn’t love them. Continue reading
I had a package of puffed pastry sheets in my freezer just calling to be made into turnovers. My family prefers Raspberry Pepperidge Farm Turnovers, but our local stores don’t carry that variety. Instead of giving up one of our favorite treats, I make my own. Continue reading
I recently joined a Facebook group dedicated to recipe round-ups. It’s a place to ask for and give recipe links for specific foods, like peaches or oatmeal. Recently a couple have gone through for S’mores. There are more s’mores recipe variations out there than you might think: cheesecake, donuts, tarts, cookies, ice cream, popcorn. The list goes on and on. My imagination was inspired, so there will be a few s’mores variations showing up here, starting with these poptarts. Continue reading
You cannot easily buy gluten-free dried onion soup mix….so of course, I made my own!! You must make sure that your bouillon powder is gluten free. Herb Ox is one such brand.
- ¾ cup dried chopped onions
- ¼ cup beef bouillon powder (Herb Ox brand)
- 4 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp crushed celery seed
- ½ tsp coconut palm sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- Combine all ingredients.
- Store in an air tight container.
Sometimes being gluten-free means giving up fun foods. Other times, it means adjusting; substituting one thing for another. This time, with this recipe, you don’t have to give up anything! These gluten-free hot pockets are wonderful.
- for the pastry:
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ¼ cup arrowroot powder
- ¾ cup millet flour
- ¾ cup rice flour
- 1 Tbsp xanthan gum
- 1 cup butter
- ½ cup cold water
- for the filling (per every 2 hot pockets)
- 1 scrambled egg (cooked)
- 2 slices cheese
- 1 Tbsp crumbled, cooked bacon
- In a food processor, combine all the pastry ingredients except the water.
- When the mixture is crumbly, slowly add the water and pulse until a dough forms.
- Roll out the dough and cut into 6-8 inch squares,
- Place half the filling on one square and fold under and pinch the ends of the dough.
- Place the other half of the filling on another square.
- Make enough filling for the amount of hot pockets you want.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until browned and puffy.
- Do not overbake.
We were given a can of Stephen’s Citrus and Spice Wassail mix for Christmas one year. All four of my boys adored the stuff. Every time I turned around, one of them was asking if they could have a cup of it. Needless to say, it didn’t last very long. Now, being the frugal person that I am, I will be making it from scratch. Continue reading
I am not sure I will ever get used to the humidity of the East. I think part of the trouble is air conditioning. I mean women wore thirty layers with corsets in the 1800s. Men wore long sleeves and ties. Here I am in shorts and a tee shirt and I am complaining. If there wasn’t such a huge difference between in the house and out of the house, in the car and out of the car, in the store and out of the store, maybe I’d get used to it. It’s a theory anyway. Continue reading
Is there a mother out there that doesn’t have to take a break once in a while? Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids…teenagers included. However, a day away, even a few hours away can do a lot to renew my parental enthusiasm.
I might just as well get the bad news over with….there’s no sense keeping you in suspense all the way through my ramblings.
I am discontinuing “Your Recipe, My Kitchen” as of right now. Because I participate in at least 5 monthly challenges, some of which are based on using recipes from other blogs, I am finding that I don’t have enough time each week to make and post the things I want to. I made a huge dent in my bookmarked recipe list. That will have to do. So thank you to all who have faithfully linked up each week. Luckily, in this blogging world, where one steps down, another usually comes up with something else to fill in. Continue reading
Am I the only one who adores(ed) Costco chocolate chip muffins? I could never buy a 12 pack of them because I’d end up eating all most of them. Well, here is a mini version that will take all of the guilt out of having them in the house (unless you start popping them like grapes and I am totally not responsible for that!) Continue reading
I love reveals. From HGTV to What Not To Wear, I love the “ta-da” factor. Today is Group B reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club and I think it is even more fun to be part of the reveal than to watch it. This month, I was given Patricia’s blog Butter Yum. I have enjoyed reading her blog for a long time, so it was especially nice to be given her blog from which to choose a recipe. I still need to make pizza using her 10 Secrets for making Pizzeria quality Pizza. I have had that page bookmarked since she posted it in May 2010. This time, however, I was short on time. We have been passing a nasty virus through our house since Thanksgiving week. Princess Pat is just finishing a course of antibiotics for an ear infection and the Thinker is home from school with “walking” pneumonia and another set of meds. What we needed was biscuits to go with some chicken soup!
The original recipe was baked by ButterYum Jr., Patricia’s daughter. I made just a few changes according to our tastes and what I had in the cupboard. Instead of parsley, I used chervil. Honestly, I am not sure where my parsley is. It’s bothering me a little that the bottle seems to have walked off. Anyhoo, I also added a bit more garlic and cheese. I ask you: Is there such thing as too much garlic and cheese? Not when it comes to biscuits.
(adapted from ButterYum’s delightful version)
- 2 cups biscuit mix
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ⅔-3/4 cups milk (start with the smaller amount)
- 3 Tbsp melted butter
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 Tbsp chervil (or parsley)
- In a bowl, mix together butter, cheese and ¼ tsp garlic powder with a pastry blender.
- Add milk and stir with a fork until a soft dough is formed.
- Using a small ice cream scoop, place in a greased 10 inch cake pan or on a greased baking sheet or a greased 9X9 pan.
- (If you want them to bake separately, use the baking sheet and leave space between them, if you like them all clumped together, use the smaller pans).
- Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- (it takes longer if the biscuits are touching).
- While the biscuits are baking, combine the melted butter, second ¼ tsp garlic powder, kosher salt and chervil (parsley).
- When the biscuits are done, remove from the oven, brush them with the butter mixture.
There are some days when I just don’t feel like cooking. Even a foodie can have an off day. However, the family still expects to be fed regardless of my level of enthusiasm. They even expect dessert! On such days, when I don’t have ice cream in the freezer, I turn to no-bake desserts. They whip together in less than five minutes and satisfy every sweet tooth in the family (and there are a lot of teeth in 7 mouths!!) Continue reading
My family has always loved Mexican food of all kinds. Our two years in Arizona only reinforced that love affair. Now that we are in Florida, there aren’t Mexican restaurants on every other corner. When I find myself craving South-of-the Border flavors, I have to head to my kitchen. Luckily, there are still good Latin sections in the grocery stores in this area. Continue reading
For my birthday, my mother-in-law gave me a gift card to the Olive Garden. It was a wonderful present because 1. it represented two dates for me and my husband, 2. it wasn’t something I was going to have to find a place to store and 3. it was an opportunity to go out and eat….for free. Remembering that I live in Small Town, AZ, with limited restaurants and that my in-laws live in a Seattle suburb so there were few options for gift cards.
This post is going to show you how to go from this (whole wheat berries):
Homemade candy has long been something I have wanted to master. As the holidays approach, I figured there was no better time than the present. Both of these candies are super easy. I have yet to attempt the molded chocolate type….but the year isn’t over and I have some fun recipes to try. Continue reading
Regardless of how many people across Blogland have made homemade candy corn, I had to jump on the wagon and make them, too. It is Halloween after all. And it’s a great activity to do with kids….I had four ready helpers (the fifth actually decided to take a nap….I love teenagers).