Monday, January 31, 2011

Chocolate Chips Dutch Baby

1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup half n' half
dash cinnamon
3 tbs butter

small bowl, combine chocolate chips and sugar. set aside.
Beat flour, eggs, cream, and cinnamon until smooth.
Place butter in 9'' pie plate. Heat oven 425ยบ for 4-6 minutes or until melted. Pour batter into hot pie plate. Sprinkle with sugar chocolate mixture. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Serve with butter, or syrup if desired.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Eggshell Chalk

4-5 egg shells
1 tsp. flour
1 tsp. very hot water
drops of food coloring

Wash and dry egg shells completely. Place clean and dry egg shells in a small bowl and grind into fine dust. When egg shells are almost completely ground, discard any larger pieces. In a separate bowl, place flour and hot water. Mix well and add 1 tablespoon of the egg shell powder, stirring until a paste forms. Add drops of color and continue to mix. Remove mixture from bowl and shape into a log. Wrap mixture tightly with a strip of paper towel. Set aside chalk piece and let dry for about 3 days, until hardened. Carefully unwrap paper towel to reveal chalk. Use on Sidewalks only.

Modeling Clay

1 cup bakingg soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup water
drops of food coloring

In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine baking soda and cornstarch. Mix well and add water. Continue to heat for 7-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture is the consistency of mashed potatoes. Continue to stir, as mixture will thicken very quickly. Cover a flat surface with additional cornstarch. Spread mixture over cornstarch and knead by hand until mixture turns into a workable clay. Divide clay into several sections. Make a hole in the center of each section and add a few drops of food coloring to the hole in each section. If desired, use a different color for each section. Knead the sections by hand until the color has distributed throughout. Use modeling clay to make fun sculptures and creations. For a permanent sculpture, let the modeled clay air dry over night. Place leftover clay in a ziplock bag and refrigerate. Use left over clay within 3 days.

Finger Paints

2 cups flour
2 tsp. salt
3 cups cold water
2 cups hot water
food coloring

in a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine flour and salt. Add cold water and using a whisk or hand mixer beat mixture until smooth. Add hot water and bring mixture to a boil, stirring until paint is glossy. Remove from heat and add drops of desired color food color. Stir until mixture is completely colored, adding more drops if needed. Let pain cool completely before using.

Homemade Bubbles & Wands

1 cup Water
2 tablespoons corn syrup
4 tablespoons liquid dishwashing soap

In large dish, combine water, corn syrup, and soap. Mix thoroughly.


Form wire clothes hangers or thin pieces of wire into various shapes.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Chocolate Fondue

Ghirardelli chocolate chips - or any really good chocolate you have-

We made this for 6 people and used a pound of chocolate. There was left overs. Start small and work your way to more depending on how much you eat.

This is how I would start
1/2 bag chocolate
1/4 cup cream
light sprinkle of cinnamon
light cap full of Vanilla

Heat until melted and combined.

Dip: strawberries, bananas, angel food cake, rice krispies, apples, oranges, pretzels, marshmallows, graham crackers, nut clusters.
Anything that is good with chocolate.

Change the flavor by changing the mix ins. Raspberry extract, orange extract, coconut extract, almond extract would all be good. You could also change your chocolate, White, milk, semi sweet, or bitter.

Friday, January 21, 2011

brownies galore

Mandy asked for some easy recipes to make as treats for her sunday class. Here are a few BROWNIE recipes. I have a baking cook book and there is a whole chapter on Brownies. They are the easiest recipes in the chapter and all sound delicious. I also have a cookie chapter, cake chapter, pie chapter. etc.
If any of you are interested in a recipe you know where to find me. There are so amazingly delicious looking brownies in here that are not as easy as these. BUT look well worth the time and effort. yum!

note: it is a very common thing to put walnuts in a brownie for the world. (All of these recipes have a nut in them.)
Except for us flukes who don't like them... just leave them out.

p.s. don't forget the amazing lemon bar recipe post found in MAY 2009!!

Strawberry Jam Bars

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2/3 cup strawberry jam
1/2 cup walnuts

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and honey. Combine the flour, baking powder, allspice, and nutmeg; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
Divide the dough in half; spread on portion into a lightly greased 9 inch square pan. SPread with jam. Drop remaining dough by teaspoonfuls over jam. Sprinkle with walnuts.
Bake 350 for 35-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Triple-Nut Brownies

1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold butter, divided
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup whipping cream
2/3 cups EACH of chopped walnuts, pecans, and almonds

Line greased 9 inch square pan with foil; grease the foil and set aside.
In a bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Cut in 1/4 cup butter until mixture is crumbly. Press into prepared pan. Bake 350 for 10 minutes.
In a sauce pan, heat the brown sugar, honey, and remaining butter until bubbly. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in cream and nuts. Pour over crust. Bake 16-20 minutes or until surface is bubbly.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Using foil lift bars out of the pan and cut into diamonds. **

** With a large knife, make a diagonal cut from one corner of the pan to the opposite corner. Make diagonal cuts at 1 1/2 inch intervals. parallel to the first cut.
Make a lengthwise cut through the middle of the pan. Make lengthwise cuts at 1 1/2 inch intervals parallel to the first lenthwise cut. Forming Diamonds.

Oatmeal Brownies

1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup m&m's
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 package (family size) fudge brownie mix

In a bowl, combine the oats, m&m's, flour, sugar, nuts, baking soda, and butter. Set aside 1 cup for topping.
Pat the remaining mixture into a greased cookie sheet. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture.
Bake 350 for 25-30 minutes. Or until toothpick is clean.

Triple-Layer Cookie Bar

1 1/4 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/4 packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter
2 eggs
1 package (7oz) coconut
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

In large mixing bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add eggs; mix well. Spread into greased 9x13.
Bake 350 for 8 min. Sprinkle with coconut over crust; drizzle with canned milk. Bake 20-25 minutes or longer just until lightly browned. In a heavy sauce pan or microwave melt chocolate chips and peanut butter; stir until smooth. Spread over top. Cool. cut into bars.

Polka- Dot Cookie Bars

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract- or just use vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package white chips- leave 1/4 cup aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract.
Combine in another bowl the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and white chips; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Spread into greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle top with 1/4 remaining chips.
Bake at 375 for 18-23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

I'm sure you could make this in a 9x13 for a more brownie like bar.

Fun Marshmallow Bars

1 package devil's food cake mix
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup water
1 egg
3 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup chocolate m&m's
1/2 cup chopped peanuts

In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry cake mix, butter, water, and egg; mix well. Press into a greased 9x13. Bake at 375 for 20-22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Sprinkle with marshmallows, m&m's and peanuts. Bake 2-3 minutes longer or until the marshmallows begin to melt. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars.

You could change this recipe up by changing the cake flavor and toppings.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

True Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Dressing

1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch
1 cup mayo
1 cup sour cream
1 cup buttermilk
3 Tomatillos
3 cloves garlic
1 cup cilantro
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 lime for juice

Blend until smooth.

tips: I used more lime juice and more cilantro for better flavor!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Creamy Ranch Pork Chops

Also from Campbell's Kitchen- Made this for some friends, we all loved it.  We ate it with some ranch mashed potatoes (smashers) and put the gravy over the potatoes.  Not how I originally planned it, but very tasty.

1 tbs vegetable oil
4 boneless pork chops (3/4 in thick)
1 can cream of chickens soup
3/4 cup of milk
1 pkg ranch salad dressing mix

Heat oil in a skillet over medium/high heat. Add the pork and cook until well browned on both sides.
Stir the soup, milk and 1/2 the ranch (1 oz) in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low.  Cover and cook for 10 mins or until pork is cooked through.  Sprinkle with paprika (i didnt).

** I actually took the pork out of the skillet, and put it on a plate covered with foil while I mixed up the gravy.  Then I put the pork back in at the end.  This was simply because I didnt have a big enough skillet at the time.

Inside-Out Pot Pie

I was really craving a pot pie, but didnt want to go to the hassle of the pie crusts.  So I found this on Campbell's Kitchen.

4- chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 (16oz) frozen veggie combo (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)
8 hot biscuits

Cook the chicken in a skillet over medium/high heat until well browned.
Stir the soup and veggies in the skillet. Reduce heat to low.  Cover and cook for 5 mins or until the chicken is done.  Serve the chicken and sauce over the biscuits.

**This was super tasty and SUPER easy.  I actually used fresh veggies but just steamed them a little first.  I also threw in peas.   You could easily change up the sauce for your tastes.  I added a little milk to make it go farther.  I added extra soup, too, now that I think about it.  Steve and I both liked it.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Peach Cobbler


Preheat: 350

1 can Peaches !!save the syrup!! ( a can big enough for 9x13)
3 TBS Butter
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 TBS peach syrup

Melt the butter, add the sugar and syrup and spread on bottom of 9x13 pan.
Next place the peaches on top.

my tip: I very lightly sprinkled my peaches with cinnamon. Nothing better than butter, brown sugar and cinnamon!!

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
mix together

then add:
1 cup flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup syrup from peaches.

Spread the batter on top of the Peaches and Bake 350 degree until Golden Brown! (15-20 min)