Thursday, October 21, 2010
Thanks to my dear friend Kris, I found that recipe!
When I’m having One of Those Days, the last thing I often feel like doing is baking a complicated dessert or sharing. With this you don’t have to do either.
All it takes is a few simple ingredients, a coffee mug and a microwave…
First get out one standard sized (11 oz or larger) microwave safe coffee mug.
4 Tbsp flour
4 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
dash of salt
into the mug and whisk together with a spoon. You can even use the Tbsp, then you have fewer dishes to do! Bonus!!!
2 Tbsp oil
2 Tbsp cold water
splash of vanilla
and mix thoroughly. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom well.
Then fold in
a small handful of chocolate chips
Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes. Let sit for 1 minute in microwave.
Remove and let cool a bit before eating.
It is really hot and gooey (sort of reminds me of lava cake) and perfect with a cup of coffee or a glass of cold milk!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
4 eggs, 1 C oil, 2 C sugar, 15oz pumpkin puree
Mix ingredients well.
Add: 2 C flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp soda, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger and 1/2 tsp nutmeg. Pour into greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 25-30 min.
Frosting: 1 6oz pkg cream cheese, 3/4 stick of butter, 1 TBSP milk, 1 TBSP vanilla (or 1 tsp maple flavoring) and 4 C powdered sugar.
They’re even better with a cup of coffee!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I love pumpkin spice lattes on a cool crisp autumn day! Unfortunately they are just not usually in the budget. But my friend Kris in Taiwan sent me this recipe for crock pot lattes that have real pumpkin in them! The other bonus, unlike the coffee shop version, this one’s GF! This recipe makes enough for two. So invite a friend over and enjoy!
2 cups milk
2 Tbsp canned pumpkin
2 Tbsp white sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice or you can use: 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, and a teeny tiny pinch of ground ginger
1/2 cup brewed espresso or 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
Pour milk and coffee into crock pot. (A small one works best). Whisk in the rest of the ingredients.
Cook on high for 2 hours or until hot.
Whisk again before pouring into mugs. Top with whipped cream if desired.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Every October we buy 5 juicy tart Granny Smiths and make caramel apples. But we just don’t make plain caramel apples. Ours are little works of art! They look so pretty sitting on my little vintage plates! But not too pretty to eat… LOL
But here’s the recipe for the caramel.
1 can condensed milk
1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1/8 tsp salt
Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring very often to keep from burning, until it reaches 250. Remove from heat.
Stir in 1 tsp vanilla.
Place popsicle sticks into washed and dried apples.
Dip into caramel, covering completely.
Place on baking sheet lined with wax paper.
If you wish you may drizzle with melted chocolate or sprinkle with nuts, candies or sprinkles.
Place in fridge until firm.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I learned this trick several years ago and I LOVE it! Why grease and flour your pan when baking cakes or quick breads? Instead of flour use sugar… It gives your baked goods this yummy sweet crisp crust and everything you bake slips right out!
I really don’t like that we go through so much pancake syrup around here! All I can think about it how much high fructose corn syrup we are consuming. I would love to be able to afford real maple syrup but that would require a second mortgage on the house or for one of the boys to get a full-time job.
My friend Stephanie told me she makes her own pancake syrup from a recipe that was her mother in law’s. I was so excited to try it! Not only do I love making things myself but I have this really snazzy syrup container to put it in!
It’s really easy to make and you just store it in the fridge. And it’s perfect on pancakes and waffles!
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water.
Bring to a boil over med heat, stirring occasionally. Let boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let rest for 1 minute.
Stir in 1/2 tsp maple extract and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
Store in fridge. It will get thicker after it cools.
Monday, October 4, 2010
I have no idea what this salsa is really called but I know that we LOVED it last year! I am also thankful that although I lost it my friend Ann Marie still had the copy I gave her!
8 cups chopped tomatoes
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 1/2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped jalapenos
1 cup chopped bell peppers
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp pickling salt
2 1/2 tsp cumin seed
crushed red pepper to taste
Mix all this in a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in the juice from 1 lime and 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro.
Fill hot pint jars to 1/2” headspace and process for 20 minutes in boiling water bath. Let rest 5 minutes before removing from canner.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
This recipe for enchilada sauce is pretty tasty and easy to make, too. Pour it over whatever meat-stuffed tortillas you like, top with shredded cheese and you’re done! Oh, you should bake them before you eat them… :o)
Bring 4 cups water to a boil. While water is coming to a boil, whisk together 2/3 cup cold water and a scant 2/3 cup flour until smooth.
1/2 cup chili powder (I use a combo of regular and hot chili powder)
2 tsp ground cumin
4 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sugar
Boil and whisk for 3 minutes.
Stir water/flour mixture and slowly pour into boiling mixture. Whisk well to eliminate any lumps. Continue to boil and whisk for 1 minute.
Roll either flour or corn tortillas with the meat of your choice (shredded beef, chicken or pork or ground beef). Place into glass baking dish with a little sauce on the bottom. (I forgot this step in the picture… oops!)