Sunday, January 25, 2009

Toffee Brownies

1 (17.6 oz) Brownie Mix Package with Walnuts
Vegetable Oil Cooking Spray
3 (6 oz) Candy Bars with Almond and Toffee (Blue Symphony Bars)

Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions.

Line a 13 by 9-inch cake pan with aluminum foil and spray with vegetable oil cooking spray. Spoon in half of the brownie batter and smooth with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Place the candy bars side by side on top of the batter. Cover with the remaining batter.

Bake according to package directions. Let cool completely, then lift from the pan using the edges of the foil. This makes it easy to cut the brownies into squares.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Yummy Brownies!

I made this for activity days and the girls really liked it.

Honestly I got this off the back of a brownie mix:)

1 Brownie mix
3 C marshmallows
1/2 C M&Ms
3/4 C Chocolate Frosting melted in microwave

1/3 C chopped walnuts optional (just add to brownie batter before baking)

Make brownie mix as directed. Pour into greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for 20 min remove and drop marshmallows on top and return to oven for 10 min more. When finished cooking pour M&Ms on top and drizzle with frosting. Cool completely before cutting.

Brownie tips:
Follow the boxes recipe for high altitude and cake like brownies.
Fold in 1/2 C sour cream. Jen B gave me this trick and it REALLY works well.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Whole Wheat Bread

2 3/4 C warm (almost hot) water
1/3 C olive oil
1/3 C Honey
2 T Brown Sugar
1 T salt
6-7 1/2 whole wheat flour
2 T yeast
1/2 C wheat germ
2 T flax seed
1 Heaping T wheat gluten
1 Heaping T dough enhancer

Place water, honey, and sugar in bowl then add yeast. Cover and let rest 5 min.
(It should be foamy now) Mix in olive oil, salt, wheat germ, flax seed, wheat gluten, and dough enhancer. Start adding flour until it gets hard to mix. At this point I place it on the counter and mix in the flour by hand and start kneading. During the kneading you may need to add more flour but not to much (I used 6 1/2 C all together). About 10 min. of kneading, it SHOULD be tacky when finished. Place in oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap and cloth. Let it rise for about 45 min. Punch down and cut into 2, shape into loaves. Place in greased bread pans and let rise until double about 45 min. Bake at 350 for 40 Min. When done turn out of pan and cool on rack.

Side notes... Next time I make this I will sprinkle with oats, flax seed and sunflower seeds. The recipe did NOT call for wheat germ, flax seed, wheat gluten or dough enhancer, you can change it how ever you like. The recipe called for molasses instead of brown sugar but I didn't have any, you could also use pure maple syurp (which I will do next time) I got a lot of info from A LOT of different people. Mostly reading from other blogs and the Internet. I heard it stores best in tinfoil on the counter I also place in zip lock bag, it has stayed REALLY moist this way. I also cut with electric knife after in cools and find that that works best for uniform slices. Oh yes I made this in 3 medium small loaf pans instead of 2 medium large pans.

For other tips go HERE Thanks Lisa

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Blender Wheat Pancakes

1 C. whole wheat kernels
1 C. milk
Blend wheat and milk for 3 minutes in blender.

½ C. milk
Blend for 2 more minutes.

2 eggs
½ tsp salt
½ C. oil
1 Tbsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. sugar
Blend only long enough to combine. Cook on hot griddle. The batter is very thin.

Buttermilk Syrup
½ cube butter
1 C. sugar
¾ C. buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. baking soda

In a small saucepan heat butter, sugar, and buttermilk. After sugar is dissolved remove from heat and stir in the soda and vanilla. Mixture will fizz. Let rest, stirring occasionally. Serve warm with pancakes or waffles.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Pork Stew

3 Pork Chops, cubed
1 Can Tomato Soup
1 Can Water
2 tsp. Cornstarch
3 C. Chicken Broth, or bouillon equivalent
2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 Bag of Mini Carrots, sliced into big pieces
About 5 Potatoes, peeled & cubed
1/2 an Onion, cut into large pieces
1 T. Butter
Salt & Pepper to taste

1. In stew pan melt butter & saute onion. Add cubed pork chops, salt and pepper the meat, & fry until browned.
2. Add chicken broth & boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and take out onion pieces. (My family doesn't like pieces of onion in things so this is how I get the flavor without the onion pieces...if you want onion in it you can dice it into small pieces and leave it in.)
3. Place back on medium heat & add tomato soup, can of water, worcestershire sauce, carrots, & potatoes.
4. Add cornstarch to a little bit of cold water & mix well until combined, then add all at once to stew to help thicken.
5. Let cook on medium to low heat until vegetables are tender. Serve with homemade bread or breadsticks. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Chicken Pasta Bake

Ingredients sound funny, but my family ranted & raved.

1 reg. sized bag rotini pasta (cooked & drained)
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
2 cans canned chicken (it called for 3 c. chicken shredded I chose to use canned for time)
2 c. mozzarella cheese grated
1 cube bullion (put in hot water)
1/4 c. hot water

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Mix chicken, cream cheese, mozzarella, hot water with bullion dissolved. Pour 1/3 bottle spaghetti sauce into 9X13 pan, to cover the bottom. Pour in noodles. Spoon on chicken mixture, pour remaining sauce on top. Sprinkle with a little mozzarella. Bake for 30- 45 minutes.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

White Chicken Chili (all cans)

I got this recipe from my mother in law and I really liked it. My kids loved it!!

1 large can Chicken
2 cans great northern beans rinsed and drained
1 can diced green chilies
1 14 oz can enchilada sauce
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can white hominy (white corn)
1 envelope taco seasoning

Combine everything in soup pan and heat thoroughly. Eat as is or with chips, cheese, and sour cream.


I use regular corn and don't drain it. You can also cook your own chicken.