Friday, January 17, 2020

Black and White Weekend

It is a very nasty snowy day today in Lincoln, NE. I thought I would share some black and white photos from my patio.

O.K. I never got rid of my dead flowers from the spring/ summer. I was wondering if they will come back to life in the spring.   Probably not.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Apple Butter Oatmeal Bites

I did not intend to make the apple butter version of these oatmeal bite.

I wanted to make the peanut butter oatmeal version I always make. There was just one problem, I was almost out of peanut butter. So I had to figure out a substitute. I had some apple butter left over from the Dreamy Apple Butter Pumpkin pie recipe (so good), so I tried it out as a substitute. I did also add a tablespoon of peanut butter. I also added more oatmeal because I thought the batter was still too loose to form into balls. the recipe worked out to be:

about 1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup apple butter
1 Tsp peanut butter.

I did not add any honey because I thought the apple butter would be sweet enough. It tasted alright, I was not use to the texture. Overall it worked out in a pinch. Next time I make the peanut butter version I might substitute the apple butter for the honey. I like the flavor of apple butter...and I need to used up the apple butter.

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Lemon Garlic Kale Salad

The original recipe for this salad can be found here. The actual You Tube video is here. The channel this video is on is Krocks in the Kitchen. The premise for their channel is that this couple has lost a combined total of about 300 pounds by going on a whole food plant based diet. I think it interesting that they have chosen this lifestyle and that they seem to be happy with it so far. I am not all in on a completely plant based diet, but I do need to get more veggies in my diet.

….and because I am not vegan, I added cheese and ham. When I presented this dish to my husband, he did not want any part of it. I guess he does not like kale.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Cinnamon Roll Wordless Wednesday

I asked my daughter for her cinnamon roll recipe, she sent me the ingredient list with no instructions.
The other two filling options look interesting.

I made these up for Christmas.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas

Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas. Under my tree I a couple of cook books from my daughter-in-law. I look forward to trying out recipes from the Pioneer Woman. Just looking over the recipes, it breaks it down step by step and has photos. I have already found an old favorite in ow of the books, that is the toffee squares. She calls the recipe Spreads because you spread the cookie batter in the pan and after the bars come out of the oven you immediately put the chocolate on top and spread it out once it is melted. I am ready to try this recipe out and compare it to the vintage Better Crocker recipe.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Linda's Chocolate Cake

What can I say about Linda and this delicious chocolate cake she had become known for. She had served as choir director at our church until she had been diagnosed with lung cancer a few years ago. She had fought hard and always had a positive attitude. She had recently lost this battle and is going to be greatly missed. I hope I can have a positive spirit like she had whenever I am face with an impossible situation.

So back to this cake.

She had been know to be a good cook. She had baked many cakes in her lifetime for special occasions.  Everyone's favorite was this chocolate cake. Unfortunately I could not enjoy this cake to the fullest because I am allergic to chocolate.  I can tolerate low amounts of chocolate, but for me this is definitely a Death by Chocolate Cake (it would not actually kill me, but I was feeling miserable after I at this cake at the funeral) The cake was served at the funeral and the recipe printed out for everyone. So here it is:

Cake recipe:

3 cups of flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup packed cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups water
2 Tbs white vinegar
1 cup oil

Mix dry ingredients together. add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat with a mixer for two minutes. bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes in 9x13 pan that is spray greased.

Fudge frosting:

1/3 cup sweetened condense milk
1 cup sugar
5 Tbs butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Bring the condensed milk, sugar, and butter to a boil in a heave sauce pan and boil for 1.5 minutes. Add the chocolate chips. Stir until chips are melted and frosting is smooth. Let cool slightly then frost the cake.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

One Pumpkin Recipe Lead to Another

 Previously I did a Pumpkin post and in it I mention I was likely going to make Dreamy Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie, and I did! It is not the best picture. However it is still very tasty.
In the process of making the pie I had leftover pumpkin and sweetened condense milk. That lead to Pumpkin Ice Cream. I found a recipe on Pinterest and can be found here. It was really good on top of some Rice Krispy Treats my husband made earlier.

However I had some leftover evaporated milk that went into macaroni and cheese.

The cycle can never end.
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