Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gingerbread Cutouts

The cookies after being baked...

Preparing the table and making a mess...

The cookies iced and finished...

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Beat shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat till combined.
Beat in molasses, egg, and vinegar. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in the remaining flour.
Divide dough in half, cover, and chill for three hours, or until easy to handle.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface from 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch in thickness. Place 1 inch apart on greased sheet. Bake at 375 for 5 to 6 minutes.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Angel Lush

I made this cake for my dad's birthday. It's VERY good! It's good as it is beautiful!

1 package (4-serving-size) vanilla instant pudding
1 can (398 ml) no sugar added crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup thawed light cool whip topping
1 prepared (store-bought or homemade) angel food cake
10 fresh strawberries

Mix dry pudding mix and pineapple (with juice) in medium bowl. Gently stir in the whipped topping.
Cut the cake horizontally into 3 layers. Place bottom cake layer, cut side up, on serving plate; top with some of the pudding mixture. Cover with middle cake layer and spread on more of the pudding mixture.

Top with remaining cake layer; spread with remaining pudding mixture. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Top with strawberries just before serving.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cowboy Cookies

These cookies are VERY good! I love the crunch that the cereal adds! I have made them for my orchestra twice now, and everyone loved them!

1 cup margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups cereal (rice krispies, bran flakes)
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup coconut or chocolate chips (or peanuts)

Cream butter and sugars. Add dry ingredients. Then add the cereal, chocolate chips, coconut, and oats. Mix well, you may need to add some milk. Roll into balls and flatten with fork. Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mini Pizzas

These pizzas are a treat around our house. They're even better than regular pizzas!

Pizza sauce (recipe on my blog)
Your favourite pizza toppings

Preheat oven to 400.

Spread pizza sauce on the pitas. Sprinkle on the pizza toppings and then add cheese.
Put the pizzas in the oven and bake until the cheese on top is slightly toasted.

Banana Hazelnut Split Cake

This is such a good cake!
I made it for my grandma's birthday. I especially like it because I LOVE whip cream!

1 cup margarine or butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3-4 mashed bananas
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 tsp. salt
3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons sugar
Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
1 pint fresh strawberries

Mix butter and sugar.
Beat in eggs...and vanilla, bananas and buttermilk.
Combine flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
Add to banana mixture; stir until blended.
Pour into two well greased nine inch round cake pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes...or until set in centre.
Allow cakes to cool completely.

To assemble:

Whip cream, vanilla and sugar until stiff.
Split each cake layer in half horizontally.
Spread the bottom half of each cake with a generous layer of Nutella, and reassemble to form two cakes.
Create a flat top on one of the cakes by shaving off the rounded top.
Set this layer on a cake plate...and spread with whipped cream, sliced strawberries and more whipped cream.
Gently set remaining cake layer on top.
Frost with whipped cream. Garnish with strawberries.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hot Chocolate

For 4 servings you need:

1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup boiling water
4 cups of hot milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Serving for one:

1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tablespoon sugar
a bit of boiling water
1 cup hot milk
a drop of vanilla extract if you want, but is just fine without

Stir together the cocoa powder and sugar.
Add the boiling water to dissolve the cocoa and sugar.
Add the hot milk.
Top off the cocoa with your favorite toppings like, marshmallows, whipping cream, sprinkles, or a sprinkle of cinnamon

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Corn Muffins

These Corn Muffins are a staple at our house whenever we have chili! They are easy to make and delicious!

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup thick sour milk
1/4 cup oil.

Mix together dry ingredients.
Combine the eggs, sour milk, and oil together and then stir into the dry ingredients until just moistened.
Pour into greased muffin tins and bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve hot.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cranberry Orange Scones

These scones are delicious! When I made them we didn't have any orange zest so I used a few drops of orange essential oil, it worked really well!
I'm planning on making these for a tea party going on next month.

Ingredients for Scones:
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, chilled
3/4 cup fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel
1 egg, beaten with a fork
3/4 cup buttermilk

Combine the dry ingredients.
Cut in butter until the mixture resembles course meal.
Mix in the coarsely chopped cranberries and orange zest.
Combine the buttermilk and the egg; add to the dry ingredients and mix until the dough sticks together.
Drop by large spoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 400F for 15 minutes or until golden.
Cool slightly and then drizzle with glaze.

Ingredients for Glaze:
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
3 tablespoons orange juice

Combine the ingredients and stir until smooth. Using a spoon, drizzle the icing over the scones.

Monday, November 8, 2010


A note about the tortillas. The corn tortillas must be softened before they are rolled and boaked in the casserole. Frying them gently in a little oil greatly enhances the flavor of the tortillas.

Grapeseed oil (or another high smoke-point oil such as peanut or canola oil)
12 corn tortillas
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 cup salsa (Do not use salsa made with fresh, uncooked tomatoes)
3 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 cup water
1 cup of canned crushed tomatoes (preferably fire roasted)
Olive oil
1 lb of jack cheese, milk cheddar or longhorn or any mild yellow cheese, grated
A handful of cilantro
1 cup sour cream
Half a head of iceberg lettuce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

In a large frying pan at high heat add 3 tablespoons of grapeseed oil. Add a tortilla to the pan. Cook for 2-3 seconds, lift up the tortilla with a spatula, add another tortilla underneath. Cook for 2-3 seconds, lift again, both tortillas, and add another tortilla underneath. Repeat the process with all the tortillas, adding a little more oil if needed. This way you can brown and soften the tortillas with out using a lot of fat. You do this process to develop the flavor of the tortillas. As the tortillas brown a little, remove from the pan one by one to rest on a paper towel, which absorbs any excess fat.

Saute up the chopped onion and garlic, then turn off the heat. Add 1 cup salsa. Dissolve 3 tablespoons of tomato paste into 1 cup water, add to pan. Add 1 cup of crushed fire roasted canned tomatoes. Taste. If the sauce tastes to vinegary, add a teaspoon of sugar.

Put some olive oil on the bottom of a large casserole pan. Take a tortilla, cover 2/3of it lightly with the shredded cheese, then roll up the tortilla and place it in the casserale pan. Continue until all the tortillas are rolled and filled. Add sauce to the top of the tortillas in the casserole pan. Make sure all are covered with the sauce. If not, add a little water. Cover the whole thing with the rest of the grated cheese. Put the casserole in the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese melts.

Garnish with cilantro and sour cream. Serve with sliced iceberg lettuce that has been dressed only with vinegar and salt.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pizza Sauce

Easy, quick, and a lot better than the sauce in a can (and a lot cheaper)! It has a really nice italian flavour too.

1 can tomato paste
1 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced

Mix together and let sit for a couple hours.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

My family loved these cookies! They disappeared with in days.

1 1/2 cups butter or margarine
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups white flour
1 15oz can pure pumpkin (about 2 cups)
2 cups oatmeal
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups chocolate chips

Beat together butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla.
Alternately add flours and pumpkin and beat well.
Lastly, mix in chocolate chips.
Drop onto cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 15 to 18 minutes.
Remove immediately to cooling rack.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Meatball Subs

One word: Yum!


2 lb lean ground beef
1/4 cup BBQ sauce (your favorite)
1/2 cup grated onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs

For the sauce mix together in a casserole or roaster 2 cups of the same BBQ sauce and 2 cups tomato sauce. Once the meatballs are baked add them to this sauce.

1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment
2. Place all the ingredients in a bowl, get your hands in there and mix it up well
3. Form 1 1/2" meatballs and place on pan
4. Bake in 400º oven for 20 minutes
5. Take out and lean your pan on a bit of an angle so any fat runs off the meat
6. Transfer meatballs into the casserole with the sauce and give it a stir
7. Bake at 375º for 1/2 hour, or turn down and keep hot while you get the buns ready.

While the meatballs are baking, saute 1 large onion cut into rings in 1 tbsp butter
Slice open the sub buns and line with cheddar cheese.
Grill under the broiler of your oven until the cheese is melted and the buns are toasted.
Load each bun with meatballs and sauce, and top with onions.

Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix butter, icing sugar, and egg well in mixer.
Add milk and vanilla, then combined dry ingredients.
Chill in sealed container for a few hours or overnight.
Divide into two or three parts (working with small amounts
of pastry makes rolling easier).
Roll out dough on floured surface (sprinkling on top as well) to about 1/4 inch (or slightly less) thickness.
Cut shapes from the dough with cookie cutters. Sprinkle unbaked cookies with coloured sprinkles or coloured sugar. Bake at 375F for about 8 minutes or until edges just begin to look done. Be careful to not over-bake.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dinner Buns

2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups hot tap water
4 1/2 to 5 cups flour
2 tablespoons instant yeast

Mix in order given, mixing the yeast with a little flour and adding that while the dough is still soft. Add enough flour to make a dough that holds together in a ball shape and is not sticky if you handle it with floured hands.Cover.
Let rise until double, about 1/2 hour.
Grease hands and, using a small amount of dough at a time,
pinch off buns between index finger and thumb, curling
index finger in. Place buns on greased cookie sheets.
Let them rise until they are double in size.
Bake at 400F for about 20 minutes, or until golden.

Pancakes with Vanilla Custard Sauce

I love the custard and rasberry sauce! It's healthier than syrup and sooo much better! I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I did!

For Pancakes:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 3/4 cups thick sour milk or buttermilk
1/3 cup oil

Sift together all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Combine the eggs, the milk, and oil, then stir into the dry ingredients only until moistened.
Fry on hot griddle until browned on each side.

For Custard Sauce:
2 cups milk, divided
2 tablespoons flour, rounded
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
2 egg yolks

In a small pot, heat 1 cup milk until it begins to boil (medium heat). While this is happening:
Mix dry ingredients, add just a little of the second cup of milk, blend the egg yolks in well and then the rest of the milk. Just before the milk in the pot begins to boil up, stir in the sauce and stir with whisk until the sauce begins to cook and thicken. Take it off the heat and mix in the vanilla extract.

For Raspberry Sauce:
Boil together 4 cups raspberries and 1 cup water . Add sugar to taste. Simmer until thickened. Pour over pancakes with Custard.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Peach Pie

For crust:
Your favourite pie crust recipe

For filling:
3 cups fresh sliced peaches
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup melted margarine
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, optional

Have the pie crust ready.
Pour cut up peaches into pie crust.
Mix together egg, margarine, sugar, flour, and nutmeg thoroughly.
You can put crumbs on top if desired. Or you can put a second crust on top.Just roll out a piece of pie crust, about the same size as the first crust, and place it gently on top of the pie. Put the pie in the oven and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes until lightly brown.
To use up leftover pie dough you can roll it out and use a cookie cutter on it. You can place the shapes on the pie or sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on them and eat them by themselves.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins

These muffins are delicous! They are the best muffins EVER!

1 1/4 cups flour (you can use part whole wheat flour if you like)
1 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup ripe mashed bananas (approximately one banana)
1/2 cup buttermilk ( I think I used 1 cup by mistake but they still tasted fine)
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 cup fresh or unthawed frozen blueberries

For topping: Mix together 1/4 cup oatmeal and 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup chopped pecans if desired

Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Mix well. Beat together banana, buttermilk, egg, and melted butter until smooth. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just blended. Grease the muffin tins and fill 1/2 full. This is a fairly small recipe. It will make about a dozen muffins. Sprinkle with brown sugar and oatmeal topping. Bake at 375 F for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies (right) and Cherry Slice (left)

This is an easy, delicious cookie recipe. The first time me and my sister made it we put in 1 and 1/2 cups of cinnamon and nutmeg, not enough butter, and we made the oven smoke! The only person home was my uncle in the garage. My aunt came home just in time to find the oven smoking!

Ingredients for Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup margarine
1 egg, beaten
1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 medium)
1 3/4 cup quick oatmeal
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Cut in margarine until crumbly. Add egg, bananas, quick oatmeal, and chocolate chips, mixing well. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

This recipe is really good. I made it when my friend from Mexico came to visit.

Ingredients for Cherry Slice:
1/2 lb. soft margarine (1 cup)
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
4 large eggs
2 1/2 cups white flour
1 tin cherry pie filling (you can use any other pie filling if you want)

Cream margarine and sugar with an electric beater; add vanilla and almond extract. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Add flour one cup at a time and beat well after each.
Grease a 10 by 15 by 1 cookie sheet. Spread 2/3 of the batter over the bottom. Then drop pie filling here and there, spread lightly. Then drop the rest of the batter in by spoonfuls and just spread it very lightly. Bake at 350 F for 25 to 40 minutes until golden brown. You can drizzle on a thin icing over the cherry slice while still warm. This recipe is very good warm, but I prefer it cold.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rhubarb Pie


Filling: (enough for one pie)
4 cups Rhubarb, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
2 tablespoons butter

For pie crust:
Your favourite pie crust recipe

Crumb topping: (enough for one pie)
3/4 cup quick oatmeal
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup margarine

For filling, stir together sugar, flour, salt, and slightly beaten eggs. Add Rhubarb.
To make pie, roll out pie crust dough on lightly floured surface. With floured rolling pin, roll dough outward from center until dough is a circle one inch larger than pie plate. Transfer dough into pie plate without stretching and evenly trim around plate, or decorate edges however you want. Pour filling into pie crust.
For crumbs, mix until crumbly and sprinkle on top of the pie. Put the pie in the oven and bake at 425 for 10 minutes, then turn heat down to 350. Continue baking for 30 to 40 minutes , or until brown.
Freeze other half of pie crust for future use.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Snickerdoodle Cookies

1\2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1\4 teaspoon baking soda
1\4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 large egg
1\2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1\2 cups all purpose flour
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1\2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter on medium speed for 30seconds. Add the 1 cup sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well blended. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer, and stir in remaining flour. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for one hour. Combine the 4 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 1\2 teaspoons cinnamon in a separate bowl. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Place balls of dough 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes or until edges are beautifully golden. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies

This recipe took grand prize in my mom's favourite magazine.

3\4 cup baking cocoa
1\2 teaspoon baking soda
2\3 cup butter or margarine,melted,divided
1\2 cup boiling water
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1-1\3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1\4 teaspoon salt
1\2 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chunks

In a large bowl, combine cocoa and baking soda; blend in 1\3 cup melted butter. Add boiling water;stir until well blended. Stir in sugar,eggs and remaining butter. Add flour,vanilla and salt. Stir in the pecans and chocolate chunks. Pour into a greased 13-in. by 9-in. baking-pan. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Butterscotch Buns

Butterscotch Buns are a variation on cinnamon buns, that don't require rising time!

1\3 cup margarine or butter
3\4 cup packed brown sugar
1\3 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1\4 cup butter, chilled, or margarine
1 cup milk

1.Cream 1\3 cup butter or margarine and brown sugar together in a small bowl.
2.In large bowl, whisk together flour, white sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in 1\4 cup of butter or margarine until crumbly. Make a well in the center, and pour in milk. Stir to make a soft dough.
3.Knead dough 8 to 10 times. Pat or roll out on a lightly floured surface into a large square. Spread with brown sugar mixture that you made in step one. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Roll up the dough as you would do for a jelly roll, and pinch edge to seal. Cut into slices (about 12). Place into a greased 8 inch by 8 inch pan.
4.Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes. Invert over tray while hot, and serve.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Oreo Blitz Torte

We had this ice cream cake for my birthday, my brother's birthday, and my sister's birthday. It's delicious!

1 1\3 cups oreo baking crumbs
1\3 butter, melted

8 squares semi-sweet chocolate
1\2 cup unsalted butter
1 tbsp. hot coffee(optional)
2 eggs, separated
3\4 cup icing sugar
1 carton(500 ml) Oreo Vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

Topping: (optional)
4 squares semi sweet chocolate
3 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. corn syrup

For crust, combine Oreo Baking Crumbs and melted butter. Press into 9"(23cm) springform pan. For Filling, melt 8 semi-sweet chocolate squares and 1\2 cup butter over hot, not boiling water, stirring often. Beat egg yolks with hot coffee and icing sugar until light and fluffy. Beat egg whites until just stiff. (Do not over beat). Stir melted chocolate into the yolk mixture and then fold in the egg whites. pour over crust and freeze until firm (about 2 hours). Spoon ice cream over chocolate layer and spread evenly.Freeze until firm and unmold. If using topping, melt semi-sweet chocolate with butter and corn syrup.Pour over top and down sides of torte. Freeze for several hours or over night. Garnish with mini oreos and whipped cream. When ready to serve, slice carefully slice with a hot knife. For a thicker layer, use 1 Litre of ice cream.

Monster Cookies

The first time I made these cookies I sent them along with my dad and brother to a hockey game. One lady who tried them said they were the best cookies she'd ever had!

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1\2 cup soft margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. light corn syrup
1 1\2 cups peanut butter
2 tsp. baking soda
3 1\2 cups quick oatmeal
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup M&M's

Measure all ingredients in a large bowl in the order given. Mix thoroughly. Place onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 13 minutes. Don't overbake! These are flat, moist cookies! If you like, add 1 - 2 cups flour. These cookies are great without the flour, though. Instead of adding the M&M's to the dough, you can press them in the top of the cookies before baking.
Yield: About 25 monstrous cookies!

Variation: Spread the cookie dough on a pizza pan and sprinkle M&Ms on top or whatever else you want ( coconut, craisins, peanut butter chips...) to make a cookie pizza!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Favourite Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I have to say that I've never had a cookie that measured up to these! They've got peanut butter, chocolate, and oats in them! Some of my favourite things!

1 cup margarine
1 cup peanut butter
1\2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar

Cream together thoroughly

2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. water

Add, beating until fluffy


1 1\2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

Sift together and add


2 1\2 cups quick oatmeal
3\4 cup chocolate chips

Stir in

Drop onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

Yield: about 6 dozen

Pretzel Cereal Crunch

This recipe is sooo good! It makes a great gift too!

1 1\4 cups Golden Grahams (crushed graham crackers work too)
1 1\4 cups Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
1 1\4 cups pretzels
1 package of white of vanilla chips (10 to 12 ounces)
1\8 of a cup creamy peanut butter
1 1\2 cups peanuts (optional)
1 1\2 cups craisins (optional)
1 cup chopped, toasted pecans (also optional)

In a large bowl, combine the cereals, pretzels, pecans and other items. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chips; Stir until smooth. Stir in peanut butter. Drizzle over cereal mixture and toss to coat. Spread evenly on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Cool completely; break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
Yield: about nine cups

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Grandma's Honey Cookie Recipe

This is a large recipe. It makes about a hundred cookies! I usually half it.

2 cups honey
2 cups rogers syrup
2 cups brown sugar ( A little less is fine )
1 1\2 cups butter or margarine
3 eggs
1 1\2 cups cream
1 tablespoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1\2 teaspoons star anise ( This is optional )
13 cups flour

For the icing:
vanilla (a tiny bit)
icing sugar

Cream together butter, sugar, eggs, honey and syrup.
Add cream and sifted dry ingredients, but only put in 12 cups flour.
Add the last cup when batter is smooth.
Before you roll them out, it's best to chill the dough for about 30 minutes to an hour. Bake at 350 degrees for about ten minutes. Careful not to let them get dark!
To make the icing, put all the ingredients together and mix. Don't bother measuring! Be creative with the amounts!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Creamsicle Smoothie

1\2 a can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup milk
1 cup yogurt
1\4 teaspoon vanilla
1\2 cup sugar (I use honey. If you use sugar, you can half it)
10-15 ice cubes

Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into cups and enjoy!

Variation: Add a banana to make an orange banana smoothie!