Tuesday, August 31, 2010

mini meatloaf muffins

so easy to make ,and so good ,making them for dinner tonight

enjoy everyone ,and have a great night

2 lbs. ground sirloin.

1 medium onion,

cut into chunks2 carrots, cut into chunks

1 green or red pepper, cut into chunks

1 egg, beaten

1 cup plain bread crumbs1 1/2 cup spaghetti or barbecue sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450F.Put ground sirloin into a big bowl. Finely chop vegetables in food processor and add to meat bowl. Add egg, bread crumbs, sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix it altogether with your hands. (Or, in my case, make the kids mix it with their hands.) Wash up and spray two muffin pans with Pam. Use an ice-cream scooper to fill each tin with meat mixture. Should be nicely rounded when you drop it in.I like to then top each mini-meatloaf with an extra spoonful of sauce.Bake for 20 minutes. To double check, just cut one open and make sure there is no pink.If you like cheesy meatloaf, top each meatloaf with cheese in the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ideal sugar free sweetner

I wanted to share with everyone this new sugar free sweetner,

i found this week at the super market,it tastes so much like sugar,i

add it too my beverages and to some of my baked desserts.

the link I'm going to share also has some coupons you can print

for this sweetner.Enjoy

German potato salad

German Potato Salad

such a easy side dish to have with dinner.enjoy

4 potatoes
4 slices bacon
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup chopped green onions
salt and pepper to taste
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes; cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool and chop.
Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. Reserve bacon fat.
Add the flour, sugar, water and vinegar to skillet and cook in reserved bacon fat over medium heat until dressing is thick.
Add bacon, potatoes and green onions to skillet and stir until coated. Cook until heated and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

old fashioned peanut butter pie

Sharing one of my favorite desserts,so easy to make ,and the family
will enjoy it so much ..I hope everyone is doing great and having
a nice weekend .

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Custard Pie
2 - egg yolks, beaten slightly
1 1/2 - cups of milk
3/4 - cups of sugar
5 - tablespoons of flour
1/4 - teaspoon of salt
1/2 - teaspoon of vanilla
¾ - cup of peanut butter
1/8 - teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 - teaspoon cayenne (optional) 1 - pie crust shell
Meringue ingredients:2 - egg whites1/8 - teaspoon of salt4 - tablespoons of sugar
In a pot, whisk together the egg yolks, milk, sugar, flour and salt. While stirring, cook on medium heat until it bubbles and thickens, about five to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, cayenne and peanut butter. Meanwhile, poke holes in your pie crust with a fork and bake it at 350 until it’s brown, about 20 minutes.Beat your egg whites with salt and when they start to get fluffy add the sugar. Pour the peanut butter custard into the baked pie shell and top with the meringue. Bake pie until peaks on the meringue are lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Friday, August 20, 2010

homemade oatmeal soap

I wanted to share one of my favorite homemade soap recipes.it is so easy

and makes such nice soap.enjoy

Oatmeal Soap
Things You'll Need:
Blender or food processor
5 tbsp. old fashioned oatmeal
1 large bar of castile soap, or other natural, mild soap ( I use Dove Soap)
Large microwaveable mixing bowl
1 tbsp. water
Wooden spoon
2 soap molds (can be cups or small bowls)
Put about 5 tbsp. of old fashioned oatmeal in a blender or food processor and grind it just until it's coarse, but not a powder.
Grate 1 large bar of castile soap, or other natural, mild soap, into a large microwaveable mixing bowl.
Add 1 tbsp. water and microwave the soap and water on high for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the mixture is warm and the soap dissolves. Don't let the mixture bubble over the edges of the mixing bowl. Stop the microwave once or twice to stir the mix and check its progress.
Stir the oatmeal gradually into the soap with a wooden spoon until the mixture reaches the consistency you want.
Pour the oatmeal soap into 2 soap molds and allow it to cool and set up.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

mini ham and cheese frittatas

One of my favorite breakfast meals to make for the family.enjoy they are so good :)
Mini ham and cheese frittatas

Cooking spray
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2/3 cup chopped reduced-fat ham (about 2 ounces)
1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
4 large egg whites
1 large egg
Preheat oven to 350°.
Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add ham; sauté 3 minutes. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add ham mixture, stirring with a whisk. Spoon mixture into 24 miniature muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until set

chocolate chip fresh mint cookies

these are such yummy cookies,i hope you enjoy them,the fresh mint in them is
so much like the Andes chocolate mint candies.Enjoy,they are so good :)

1/2 c. butter, at room temperature1/2 c. loosely packed dark brown sugar1/3 c. white sugar1 egg, beaten1 tsp. vanilla extract1-1/2 c. of all purpose flour1/2 tsp. of salt1/4 tsp. of baking soda1 c. of chopped chocolate (or substitute morsels)chopped fresh mint leaves — coarse or fine, your choice (I used only 2 tbsp.; I recommend that you double the amount)
Preheat the oven to 350oF.
Line a cookie sheet with baking paper.

Monday, August 16, 2010

This is such a easy recipe.great for breakfast or evening tea.enjoy :)

Cinnamon Raisin Scones
Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter or margarine 2/3 cup milk 1 beaten egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup Sun-Maid Natural Raisins
HEAT oven to 400 F.COMBINE flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.Using pastry blender or fork, CUT IN butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.COMBINE milk, egg and vanilla.ADD to flour mixture; stir until dry ingredients are moistened.STIR in raisins.With floured hands, SHAPE dough into 8-inch round on ungreased cookie sheet.SPRINKLE with additional sugar, if desired.CUT dough into 8 wedges; slightly separate wedges.BAKE at 400 F for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

southern buttermik mashed potatoes

One of my favorite side dishes,enjoy

Easy Southern Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes.
2 lbs of Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 tablespoon butter
1-1/4 cups non-fat buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepperCooking Instructions:
Place the potatoes in a large saucepan, then add enough water to cover by at least 1 inch.
Bring to a simmer and cook over medium heat, covered, until the potatoes are very tender, about 15 minutes.
meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.
Stir in the buttermilk and heat until just warm (the buttermilk will curdle if you overheat it).
When the potatoes are done, drain them in a colander and return them to the pan.
Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or electric blender.
Stir in enough of the warm buttermilk mixture to make the potatoes fluffy but not soupy.
Season with salt and pepper.For an extra kick add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives to your potatoes when you season them with salt and pepper. Easy Southern Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Saturday, August 7, 2010

low fat banana muffins

Low fat banana muffins

they are soo easy to make ,and so yummy .enjoy :)

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup canola oil
2/3 cup nonfat milk
1 egg lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
2 small ripe bananas, mashed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a nonstick 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray or line with paper cups.
In a large bowl, stir flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Make a well in the center.
In a medium bowl, combine canola oil milk, egg, vanilla. Add wet ingredient to dry mixture, followed by mashed bananas. Stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.
Fill muffins cups two-thirds full. Bake for 18-22 minutes

Optional extras to fold into the batter: 1/2 cup raisins, 1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

peach freezer jam

Peach freezer jam

one of the easiest ways too have homemade jam during the winter

this is one of my favorite freezer jam recipes.Enjoy

4 cups peeled, crushed fresh peaches
1/4 cup fresh strained lemon juice
1 package (1 3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
1 cup light corn syrup
5 1/2 cups sugar
Measure peaches into a large kettle; add lemon juice. While stirring with a wooden spoon, slowly add the pectin. Let stand 20 minutes; stir every 5 minutes to blend pectin with fruit. Add syrup and blend well; add sugar and blend well. Cook over low heat to about 100°, just warm to the touch. Do not allow mixture to become hot. Pour jam into jars to within 1/2-inch of top. Cover jars at once. Let stand until jelly consistency. Store in freezer until ready to use. Store in refrigerator once jar has been opened. Makes about 8 half-pint jars.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

oven baked corn on the cob

oven baked corn on the cob
such a easy way to enjoy this summer corn
enjoy :)


Corn on the cob, with husks left on
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Leave the husks on the corn. Place the corn on the cob directly on the oven racks. Bake for about 1 hr depending on size. When the husks have turned a light brown on outside they should be done. This is the best way to cook fresh corn on the cob.