Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Nutella Swirled Blondies


I made these one afternoon and they disappeared from my house way too quickly! Crazy easy recipe that will be a delight for any nutella lover! This recipe is from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts.

1/2 cup butter (melted)
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour
3 tbsp nutella

Heat oven to 350. Grease a 8x8 baking dish.  Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Stir in the egg and vanilla extract. Then stir in the salt and flour. Pour into the baking dish. Drop spoonfuls of nutella into the batter then swirl with a knife. Bake for 25-30 minutes then remove from oven and allow to cool. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Crock Pot Black Bean Soup


Black Beans are a big hit at our house and when I saw this easy crock pot recipe I had to try it! It was so good! We topped it with a little cheese and sour cream and it was delicious.  It was still pretty warm out on the night I made this but it's going to be great for cold winter nights or snow days! This recipe was adapted from The Country Cook.

3 cups vegetable or beef broth
28oz can crushed tomatoes
4 16oz cans black beans
1 small onion (diced)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup water
4 tbsp cornstarch

Place the broth, crushed tomatoes, black beans, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper in the crock pot.  Cook on low fro 5-8 hours. After cooking use a potato masher and mash some of the beans. In a small bowl whisk together the water and cornstarch then stir it into the soup and cook for another 30 minutes. Serve with cheese and sour cream.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Apple Brie and Honey Grilled Cheese


I love a yummy grilled cheese recipe and this is a copycat of one of my favorite sandwiches from one of my favorite food trucks, the big cheese.

2 slices of hearty bread
4-5 slices brie
4-5 thinly sliced granny smith apple
honey
1 tbsp butter

Place half the butter into a hot skillet then place one piece of bread down in the butter.  Place the brie on the bread then top with the apple and a drizzle of honey then the last slice of bread.  Let cook until the bread begins to brown then melt the remaining butter and flip the sandwich.  Cook until brown on both sides and the cheese is slightly melted.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Crock Pot Brown Sugar BBQ Chicken Sandwiches


I was going to make a different recipe this night but I couldn't get one of the ingredients I needed at the grocery store and I just didn't have it in me to go to another store. I created this on a whim and it was a great recipe. The kids loved the sweetness from the brown sugar.

3-4 chicken breasts
1 cup bbq sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar

Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of the crock pot. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pour the bbq sauce on top. Cook for 6-8 hours on low.  Shred the chicken in the sauce and serve on buns.

Monday, October 9, 2017

No Bake Cheesecake Pie


I needed an easy recipe to make for dessert one night when friends were coming over. I ended up doubling it which was perfect. I had an extra pie that I was able to give to some neighbors who had just had a baby.  This recipe is adapted from Life in the Lofthouse.

8oz cream cheese (softened)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 prepared pie cruse

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Slowly beat in the heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.  Pour into the pie crust. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cinnamon Apple Waffles


Waffles are always a good thing in our house! Both kids love it when they see the waffle maker come out.  This was a delicious fall recipe that everyone enjoyed.  The recipe is adapted from Cosmopolitan Cornbread.

1 3/4 cup flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup finely diced apple

In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a separate mixing bowl whisk the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and brown sugar together. Stir the flour mixture into the buttermilk mixture then fold in the finely diced apples.  Cook the waffles according to your waffle maker directions. serve with butter and syrup.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Greasy Rice


Growing up my grandmother made a recipe that we all called Greasy Rice. It was the BEST rice. Unfortunately no one every got her recipe from it but I've always wanted to try my hand at it and this recipe was it! It's so flavorful and reminds me so much of eating at her dining room table. My son said it was the best rice I've ever made and I absolutely agree. It's amazing.

1/3 cup butter
1/2 yellow onion (finely diced)
1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
3 cups chicken stock
salt and pepper

Melt the butter in a sauce pan. Saute the onion for 3-4 minutes or until soft. Stir in the rice and coat with butter. Pour in the chicken stock and season with salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook for 15-18 minutes. Turn off heat but do not remove the pan from the stove and let cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from stove top and serve. 


Monday, October 2, 2017

Sloppy Joe Sliders


I was going to make these when we were getting together with friends but at the last minute that got cancelled so I just made them for dinner for my family.  There wasn't a single one left! They devoured them them all and my son was sad there weren't more.  My 2 year old called them "fluffy joes" which kept us laughing all through dinner too.  This recipe was adapted from Valerie's Kitchen.

1lb ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
8oz can tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp mustard
2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
12 slider buns
1 cup cheddar cheese
2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp sesame seeds

Heat oven to 350. Cook the ground beef and onions in a skillet.  Drain off the grease. Stir in the tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar, garlic powder and cumin.  Let it simmer for 10 minutes. Place the bottom half of the buns in a 9x13 baking dish. Spoon the sloppy joe meat onto each bun. Sprinkle with cheese. Top with the other half of the bun then brush with butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Bread


Pumpkin season is upon us. While I am no fan of the PSL, I will take pumpkin baked goods all day every day. And this pumpkin bread was delicious.  My two year old wanted some of the "cake", I wasn't sure what she would think since it was pumpkin flavored but she loved it and probably ate half of it over the days that followed.  I'm sure the maple glaze had nothing to do that it...ha. This recipe is adapted from Six Sisters Stuff.

Bread
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

Glaze
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4-5 tbsp maple syrup
1-2 tbsp milk

Heat oven to 350.  Grease a standard size loaf pan. In a large mixing bowl whisk the eggs. Whisk in the pumpkin, oil, sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in the flour, salt and baking soda. Pour into the greased pan and bake for 50 minutes or until the bread is cooked through. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.  Let the bread fully cool off before making the glaze. To make the glaze whisk together the poured sugar, maple syrup and milk until it reaches the desired consistency. Pour the glaze over the bread.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Crunchy Roasted Broccoli


I'm always looking for a new but simple way to fix vegetables. This was a great way new way to make broccoli and the crunch just added a little something extra.

4 cups broccoli florets
1/4 cup butter (melted)
1 cup panko crumbs
1/2 tsp garlic salt

Heat oven to 400.  Lightly grease as sheet pan. Put the broccoli in a ziplock bag and add the melted butter. Coat the broccoli with butter then add the panko and garlic salt. Shake until the broccoli is coated. Remove to the sheet pan and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.