Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Basic Waffles

Gray and I had a waffle maker when we first got married, there are waffle recipes on this blog that were made with that waffle maker but we both kinda hated it.  I've been wanting a new one for a while but just hadn't purchased one, especially since it's not really a necessity.  When my brother gave me a gift card for my birthday I knew that this was what I wanted to get with it. I'm so glad I did, everyone has been enjoying waffles and while I do LOVE this basic waffle recipe, I'm hoping I can get the kids to branch out a little.

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/3 cup butter (melted)

Heat your waffle iron. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. In a mediums bowl whisk together buttermilk, milk, vanilla extract, eggs and butter. Fold the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture. Using 1/2 - 3/4 cup batter, prepare waffles according to the waffle iron directions. Serve with butter and syrup.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Crock Pot Cube Steak and Gravy

I had a bunch of cube steak in the freezer and went in search for a good and easy recipe. This had great flavor and was so easy to throw together. This recipe is from The Country Cook.

1 1/2 -2lb cube steak
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can french onion soup
1/2 cup water
3tbsp cornstarch
2tbsp cold water

Place the cube steak in the bottom of the crock pot. Whisk together the chicken soup, french onion soup and water. Pour the mixture over the cube steak. Cook on low for 6 hours.  After 6 hours whisk together the cornstarch and water then stir into the gravy. Cook for 30 minutes to 1 hours. Serve the cube steak with the gravy over top.

Friday, June 16, 2017

BLT Chicken Salad

A friend shared this recipe with me and I flipped out over it! This chicken salad is amazing, the twist of it is perfection! It would be great on crackers or croissant but I served them on little slider buns to make them easy to pick up and eat! This recipe is from Lemon Tree Dwelling.

2 cups rotisserie chicken
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1/2 cup chopped arugula
1/3 cup diced grape tomatoes
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder

Mix together the rotisserie chicken, bacon, arugula and tomatoes. In a small bow whisk together the mayonnaise, milk, parsley, garlic powder and onion powder.  Toss the chicken mixture into the mayonnaise mixture. Refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Buttery Lemon Cupcakes

It's no secret that I love all things lemon.  I made these cupcakes for a party I was having and they were the perfect treat! They were so light and had great but not overwhelming lemon flavor.

1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 1/2 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 tbsp lemon zest
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tbsp lemon juice

Heat oven to 350.  Line 24 muffin wells with liners. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time then add the lemon zest. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture to the butter mixture making sure each is fully combined in between. Start and end with the flour mixture. Spoon the batter evenly into the liners. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes then remove from tin and let cool fully.  Whisk together the glaze and carefully dip the cupcakes into the glaze then let the glaze set up before serving.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Bruschetta Pizza

This pizza was amazing!  I used my thin crust pizza dough recipe, which makes two pizza, I made a regular cheese for my kids then made this for Gray and I.  It was so great and refreshing! This recipe was adapted from Naive Cook Cooks.

Thin Crust Pizza Dough or Store Bought Dough
2 Roma Tomatoes (diced)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
2 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
handful basil (chopped)
1-1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 cup ricotta cheese
extra olive oil for brushing dough

Heat oven to 425. Combine the diced tomato, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and basil. Set to the side. Roll out the pizza dough and bake for 4-6 minutes. Remove from oven then brush with olive oil. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese then place spoonfuls of the ricotta all over the dough. Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and spoon the tomato mixture over the pizza. Slice and serve.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Grilled Corn with Basil Butter

There is nothing better than good corn in the summertime! I love glamming up corn with something fancy and this basil butter gave it such great flavor and was very easy to make! This recipe is from adapted from Let's Dish.

1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic (minced)
1/4 cup fresh basil (chopped)
6 ears of corn (husked and washed)
2 tbsp vegetable oil

Mix together the butter, salt, pepper, garlic and basil. Place back in the refrigerator until ready to use. Rub the corn with the vegetable oil and place on the grill. Grill for 10-12 minutes, rotating often. Remove from grill and rub with basil butter. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Greek Quinoa Salad

This quinoa salad was really easy to put together and has made for a great lunch! It keeps for several days which is a plus but I thought it would also make a great addition to any summer cookout or picnic! This recipe is adapted from Wholefully

1 1/2 cups chicken or veggie broth
1 cup quinoa
1 cucumber (diced)
1 red pepper (diced)
1/2 red onion (diced)
3 roma tomatoes (diced)
3/4 cup kalamata olives (chopped)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Stir the broth and quinoa together and bring to a boil.  Turn the heat to low, cover and let cook for 20-25 minutes or until the liquid has absorbed. Remove from heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Toss the cucumber, red pepper, red onion, tomatoes and kalamata olives with the quinoa. In a bowl whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, lemon juice, dried parsley, dried dill, salt and pepper. Pour over the quinoa and toss. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hours before serving.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Hamburger Steaks with Grilled Onions

This is one of those recipes that came about because of a craving.  I was going to make something else with ground beef that night but then I was thinking about this local cafeteria we would go to after church or on Wednesday nights with my family. I would often get a hamburger steak with mashed potatoes and green beans. And a roll, oh their rolls were so good! I would share a slice of lemon meringue pie with my dad too.  It's one of those simple yet perfect memories.

1 lbs ground beef
1/2 onion (diced)
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 onions (sliced)

In a bowl combine the ground beef, onion, dried parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Form 4-5 patties.  Heat a skillet with canola oil in the bottom over medium heat.  Cook the patties on each side for 5-6 minutes or until cooked through. Remove to a plate. Add the onions to the skillet and saute until tender.  Top the steaks with the onions and serve.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Crock Pot Brown Sugar Baked Beans

These baked beans turned out so well! I wasn't really sure how they would be but I think everyone liked them and there weren't a lot of leftovers. This recipe was adapted from Sing For Your Supper

3 (28oz) can pork and beans
1 small onion (diced)
1/2 cup bbq sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp yellow mustard
5 slices bacon

Place the pork and beans in the crock pot. Mix in the onion, bbq sauce, ketchup, brown sugar and yellow mustard. Layer the bacon on top. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. Stir halfway through. Remove bacon pieces and serve.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Scotchie Bars

This is the bar version of my very favorite cookies! They most certainly did not disappoint and they were gone in a blink!

1 cup butter (room temperature)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups flour
2 cup oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

Heat oven to 350.  Grease a 9x13 baking dish. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugars. Add the eggs one egg at a time, mixing until full combined. Stir in the vanilla.  In a separate bowl whisk together the salt, baking soda, baking powder, flour and oats. Stir into the wet ingredients then stir in the chocolate and butterscotch chips. Press into mixture into the baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes then allow to cool before cutting.