Monday, October 20, 2014

Grilled Pineapple with Cinnamon Vanilla Yogurt Dip

Hubby and I ran to the grocery the other day to do our weekly shop. At one point I had forgotten something (shocker) and told him I would be right back.
I came right back, no hubby
Waited off to the side for awhile, no hubby

:::sigh:::

Decided it was time to wander and go find him.
Entered the freezer section and located the long lost man in my life. He had been hijacked by friends of ours.
We haven't seen them much due to crazy schedules, so it was nice to catch up for a minute.

During conversation, she pointed to her cart and made mention to trying to "be good" lately.
Then she turns around and says "our house, fire, drinks, Saturday, be there".
Okie dokie!

In the back of my head the whole "trying to be good" thing kept reverberating. I wasn't going to show up empty handed, but wanted to not tempt her with naughty yummies.

I dug through my recipe pile, and found this one by Hungry Girl.
Perfect! Sweet, but yet, not naughty!

Ingredients:
16 Pineapple rings
6 oz plain greek yogurt
1 Tbsp sugar
⅛ Tsp cinnamon
⅛ Tsp vanilla


Directions:
1. Lay pineapple on grill or grill pan flat
2. Cook until slightly blackened and caramelized
3. Flip and cook the other side
4. Combine all other ingredients
5. Chill dip for 10 minutes before serving

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Honey Date Muffins

I have been thinking about taking a vacation to NYC.
There is so much to see and do there, and I haven't been since I was 10 (or so).

We tried to do a day trip a few years back to see the Christmas decorations, but due to a medical emergency, we were unable to go.
Maybe I will try again this year...and hope for the best.

Have you been to NYC? Any suggestions as to what is a must see/do? Must eat?

Ingredients:
2 ½ Cups baking mix (like Jiffy)
2 Tbsp instant vanilla pudding
¼ Cup sugar
1 Tsp baking powder
¼ Cup butter (softened)
1 Egg
¼ Cup honey
¾ Cup dates (chopped)


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Grease a muffin pan
3. Combine all dry ingredients
4. Add butter and mix well
5. Add milk, egg, honey, and dates into the mixture
6. Fill prepared muffin cups
7. Bake 15-20 minutes

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Banana Chip Muffins

My daughter started driver's ed a couple summers ago
(oh how OLD I feel!)
There were two options for classes, 2 nights a week for 6 weeks or all day for 5 days straight.

Due to scheduling, the all day classes are what would work best for her.
The downfall to that is that she had to be at class for 9 am every day. Seriously? What do regular working parents do?

Luckily I have an auntie who starts work later in the day, so she was able to bring her for me.
(thank you thank you thank you)
Otherwise, I am not sure she would have been able to take the class.

I don't know what I would do without family! It really does take a village to raise a child!

Ingredients:
1 Pkg banana muffin mix
2 Tbsp quick oats
⅔ Cup mini chocolate chips
2 Banana (mashed)
2 Eggs
½ Cup milk


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Grease a muffin pan
3. Combine all ingredients until blended
4 Pour into prepared cups
5. Bake 12-14 minutes

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Saturday: What's Cooking with Ruthie, Six Sister's Stuff, Simply Gloria, Beauty Through Imperfection, Diary of a Recipe Collector
Sunday: A Peek into my Paradise, 3 Little Greenwoods, Denise Designed    

Monday, September 29, 2014

Autumn Soup

We have one of those self-serve frozen yogurt places just around the corner.
It's within walking distance, which makes you feel even less guilty.

I "liked" them on FB, which means I get weekly updates of the available flavors.

You walk in, go to the back of the store, there they have an assortment of cup sizes. Then you come into contact with about 8 different fro-yo machines. Serve yourself as much or as little as you want.
Oh-I should add, there are usually a couple of sorbet flavors as well.

Then you head over to the topping bars.
Yes, multiple.
All the typical ice cream toppings, plus tons of candies, cookies, cheesecake pieces, cookie dough
Oh my mind is spinning!
Next bar is all the fruits...mmmm
Then a little drawer set with all the crushed nuts.
Then there are sauces. Chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, peanut butter.

Its.So.Close.By,
Oh the temptation!

Good thing I just ate a bowl of this soup, or I would be heading down there now.

Ingredients:
1 LB ground beef
2 Small potato (cut to 1 inch dice)
½ Cup celery (sliced)
1 Small onion (diced)
1 Med tomato (diced)
2 Beef bouillon
1 Tsp basil
4 Cups water
Parmesan cheese


Directions:
1. Brown meat until cooked through
2. Drain and return to pan
3. Add 2 cups water and 1 bouillon
4. Add celery, onion, and potato
5. Simmer for 15 minutes (water should be about evaporated)
6. Add 1 bouillon and 2 cups water
7. Add tomato and basil
8. Simmer another 10-15 minutes
9. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Pumpkin Dip

I have a confession.
I feel very strongly about this.
Pumpkin is not a food!

I can't help it, it's just the way I am.
I have an aunt who feels the same way. At Thanksgiving, while everyone else is gobbling it down...we shiver in the corner.

That being said...
I really like this dip! There is enough spice between the dip and the cookies...and the sweet sugar, that masks the pumpkin taste for me.

My mother handed this recipe down to me. She made it all the time for functions. She was able to find cute little pumpkins to serve it in...me...not so lucky. OH WELL, a bowl will work!

This one time we were driving about an hour to friend's house.
Dad took a corner...and so did this dip.
Oh the mess!
Pumpkin everywhere!
That car smelled like pumpkin pie spice for the rest of it's "life".

Ingredients:
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese (softened)
1 Cup powdered sugar
1 Tsp vanilla
3 Tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients together
2. Serve with ginger snaps






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Monday, September 15, 2014

Corn Cake Muffins

I didn't think it was possible...but I did it.
Today should be marked on the calendar as a personal holiday.

Know what I did?
It required great strength and courage.

I went to Target.
I went with a list.
I only bought what was on the list and then left the store.

This has never happened to me before. I go in for a package of paper and leave $300 later.
How I managed such self control, I will never know.

Please, hold your applause!



Ingredients:
1 Pkg (8.5 oz) corn muffin mix
1 Pkg (9 oz) yellow cake mix
2 Eggs
⅓ Cup milk
½ Cup water


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Grease a muffin pan
3. Combine all ingredients until blended
4. FIll muffin tins ⅔ full
5. Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned

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Wednesday:  Buns in my Oven, Lemoine Family Kitchen , The Newlywed Pilgrimage , Crafty Allie , Dizzy Busy and Hungry, Recipes for our Daily Bread , Milk and Cuddles, Raising Homemakers, White Lights on Wednesday, A Peek into my Paradise, Gingersnap Crafts, Mom's Test Kitchen, Gooseberry Patch
Thursday: Sweet Bella Roos, Katherine's Corner , Miz Helen's Country Cottage , Lambert's Lately, Sweet Haute, What's Cooking Love , Think Tank Thursday , Embracing Change, The Nourishing Gourmet
Friday:  The Grits Blog , O Taste and See , Play Party Pin, Coffee with us 3, A Little Claireification, Marly's This and That, Endlessly Inspired, Diary of a Real Housewife, Love Bakes Good Cakes, The Country Cook, Craft Dictator, Thirty Handmade Days, City of Creative Dreams, Craft O Maniac, The Girl Creative, Morsels of Life
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