Sunday, December 21, 2008

Everyday Waffles

The boys wish I made these every day! I do make them quite often, but not that often. We really love these things. They are especially delicious with fresh strawberries and whipped cream! They are also good at Christmas time made with half egg nog.

1 3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
2 egg yolks

Mix well.

Add:

1 3/4 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Mix well. Fold in 2 stiff egg whites.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Cinnamon Crock Pot Punch

I found this recipe on a crock pot blog that I really like and decided that this would be the perfect day to try it. It was nice to have it sitting on the counter ready for whenever I wanted a warm drink on this snowy day.


Although it sounded a little weird, it was actually pretty good. I did make a change, but I think it would be good either way.

4 cups cranberry juice
4 cups pineapple juice
2 1/2 cups orange juice (optional)
1/3 cup cinnamon candies
1 cinnamon stick

Put in crock pot and heat on high for 2 hours or low for 4-6 hours.


Mock Egg Nog

I got this recipe last Christmas from my friend Megan. It is a wonderful hot spicy drink that tastes a lot like warm egg nog, only better. (It's not so thick) We had it last year on our annual Christmas lights tour.


4 eggs
1/2 tsp each of allspice and cloves
1 tsp each of cinnamon and nutmeg
2-4 cups of sifted powdered sugar

Mix well with wire whisk. Store in fridge.

Add 2 tablespoons per mug of hot milk.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Popcorn

What makes caramel popcorn even better??? The same thing that makes all caramel better… dark chocolate and salt!
dark chocolate salted caramel popcorn - The Backyard Farmwife This is a really easy recipe and is also delicious just the way it is!
16 cups of popped popcorn (1/2 cup unpopped)


Bring the following ingredients to a slow boil over medium heat.

1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt

Let boil for 3-4 minutes, stirring after every minute. Remove from heat.

Stir in 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp vanilla. The mixture will foam.

Pour slowly over popcorn in a large microwave safe bowl. Stir with spoon and mix well. Cover. Microwave for 1 minute.

Shake or stir well. Microwave for another 35 seconds.

Stir again and let it cool before eating. Be sure to stir and break it up while it cools or you will have a really HUGE popcorn ball!!! :o)
dark chocolate salted caramel popcorn - The Backyard FarmwifeRemove about half of the cooled caramel corn and spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
dark chocolate salted caramel popcorn - The Backyard Farmwife Melt 1 cup of dark chocolate chips and 1 Tablespoon of shortening for 1 minute in microwave. Stir well and microwave for another 15 seconds. Stir until smooth.
dark chocolate salted caramel popcorn - The Backyard Farmwife Pour chocolate over the popcorn on the baking sheet. Toss carefully to coat all the popcorn as evenly as possible.
dark chocolate salted caramel popcorn - The Backyard FarmwifeAfter the chocolate has set up for a few minutes but is still slightly melted, sprinkle with coarse salt.
caramel corn 05Place chocolate covered popcorn in fridge so it can harden.
Toss the two together and serve. Keep any leftovers in an airtight container. But it doesn’t save well and is better to eat right away! It shouldn’t be a problem…
 caramel corn 06
 



Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Baked Potato Soup

This thick and hearty soup is a favorite around our house. It is best served with hot biscuits from the oven and garnished with real crumbled bacon, cheddar, green onion and cracked black pepper.

3 -4 large potatoes, baked and removed from skins or boiled

3 tbsp sliced green onion

1/3 cup butter

1/3 cup flour

1/4 tsp dill weed

salt and pepper

4 cups milk


Cook green onion in butter. Stir in flour, dill weed, salt and pepper. Add milk all at once. Whisk until smooth. Cook and stir until thick and bubbly. Cook 1 minute more. Add potatoes and mash lightly.