Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Cake

One of the recipes I love from my mother-in-law's house is her cinnamon bread. She would serve it for breakfast on Christmas morning or when we all got together for one of our large family gatherings. This cake reminds me of that but in much larger quantities.

I have made this for my family a few times and each times it disappeared very quickly. Once I over mixed the cinnamon topping into the cake, it still tasted good, but not as good, just a word to the wise.


Monday, May 7, 2012

Crockpot Chicken Soup

A good soup always makes a nice meal since it is an entire meal, in a bowl. This is a soup I like to make when we have some left over chicken (or turkey) from a previous meal. The other nice thing about a soup like this is that it doesn't take long to prepare, you throw everything into the crockpot, forget about it for about 6 hours and tada your supper is ready.

If you want, you can also serve with some nice fresh buns.  Enjoy.   :0)


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

The last time I made Skorr Cake, I found that my son had used up all my instant chocolate pudding. So I did quick Google search and found a way to make it from scratch.

The recipe I found turned out to be pretty good, especially when eaten warm, but after the pudding cooled it became a little rubbery because of the cornstarch. So I modified the recipe to use flour instead of corn starch. The result is a nice rich and creamy pudding that tastes good hot or cold.

My husband loves cooked pudding and this is a lot less expensive than the normal pudding mixes we used to buy. I think we will be eating a lot more pudding in the months to come.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Yorkshire Pudding

One of the best memories I have of eating at my grandmother's house is Yorkshire Pudding. We would have it with roast beef and mashed potatoes.

I have tried for years to find a way to make them like she did, big and fluffy. I only recently discovered this recipe and it works every time. The secret is to let the batter sit for at least half an hour to give it time to rise.

They are great with leftover gravy drizzled over them (or my children seem to think maple syrup on them is pretty tasty as well.)


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Chicken Hurry

I have never been sure why this dish is called Chicken Hurry, it might be because it is so quick and easy to make. At any rate it is a tasty meal, all my children will eat it, and it is easy to warm up the leftovers for later (plus I will show in another post how to make the leftovers into a completely different, and yummy, meal.)

To add a little bit of variety and balance to the meal it is probably best to serve some vegetables with it as well.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Waffles

My kids love waffles, I love waffles, my husband not so much. I often serve these as a treat after weekend swimming lessons for lunch. They like them with strawberry sauce and whip cream, but usually they get them with plain old margarine and syrup.

This is another recipe from my mother-in-law, but I add a touch of vanilla for a bit more flavor.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Brownies

Brownies, what a delectable treat. They are especially good with a little ice cream on top, and even better if you take a fork, mash them up, and stir them into your ice cream.

Another wonderful thing about brownies is that they are pretty easy to make -- other than when you leave out the sugar. (I have only done that once and they were pretty bad.)

Nathan and I were recently invited to a party and asked to bring a dessert. I wanted something simple but yummy to take. So I decided to take our brownie recipe and add something a little different. I took some chocolate squares I had laying around, chopped them up, and added the bits to the batter. My little experiment turned out very nicely.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Tinfoil Potatoes

I'm not one for side dishes. Usually when I make a meal it's all inclusive to avoid them, but this one I love. It's something my parents cooked on the BBQ when I was younger.

It's quick and easy to make, just do a little chopping. It also can easily be turned into a whole meal with some meat of your choice. These also make an easy dinner while out camping, you prepare them at home and then once you have a fire going just throw these into the coals until they are nicely cooked.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Chocolate Fudge Pudding

Oh, yummy fudgy cake. This is a great treat on top of ice cream, or all by itself. It has a nice spongy cake, with a runny chocolate sauce. It is best when it is still hot but it is still really good after it has been in the fridge for a couple of days. By that time the cake has absorbed more of the sauce and it is a little more fudgy.

This is another family favorite from my husband's family cookbook. It's slightly different than the original because Nathan and I have tweaked it over the years and we think it's better this way.



Friday, March 9, 2012

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

There isn't much in life as tasty as a nice, warm, chocolate chip cookie. This is a tried and true recipe that I have used many times, and came from my mother-in-law who made these when my husband was a child. You can also switch the chocolate chips for raisins if you really want, but my husband would think that was a horrible idea.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Buns (Rolls)

Please note:  I have corrected an error in this recipe. I forgot to tell you to let the buns rise again after you have rolled them out and before baking. I hope this didn't cause any confusion.

Fresh buns straight out of the oven! I can't think of a nicer thing to eat after a long day. You can just eat them with nothing on them, slowly picking them apart, or stuff them with a little butter and eat them as the butter is dripping out. Ack, now I want to go make some more...

Once they have cooled off they are great for serving at dinner, or just to eat with jam or honey or whatever else you want to put on them.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy


Mashed potatoes and gravy are a yummy part of our Sunday dinner. They are easy to make but it does take some practise to get them right. I'm still working on the potato part, I tend to add too much milk which obviously makes them a little less fluffy. My husband on the other hand is old hat at both the gravy and potatoes.

The other nice thing about potatoes and gravy is that they make good leftovers since they are easy to warm up later in the week, and you can even use them in other ways, such as shepherd's pie.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Crockpot Roast Beef

Not long after I began dating my husband sixteen years ago I was introduced to his family's tradition of Sunday roast beef dinner with all the fixings: (s)mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies (corn, peas, green beans, carrots, etc) and occasionally rolls. It took our family a number of years before we started to emulate this tradition, maybe because we weren't very good at cooking roasts, or maybe because it took work to make the potatoes, but somewhere along the way we have got into the habit of almost always making a roast beef dinner. Here is how I make the roast, it actually is pretty simple, and it is nice walking into the house after church to the smell of a wonderfully tasty roast cooking.


Most of the time our church meetings are fairly early so it's easiest to have something I can leave in the crock-pot to cook while we are gone for our three hour block. Plus I love how tender the meet is after cooking this way.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Snow Icecream


This is something me and the kids have done a few times. I got the idea from a friends blog Raising Memories. I have tried it two different ways and I like the condensed milk version much better. It was thicker, creamier and sweeter. On both occasions though my kids loved it and wanted more. Can't you tell?





This year I did something a little different. I let each child color their own so it was a bit more personal to them. It was a nice addition to the fun.


Friday, February 3, 2012

Crepes

So our children always love it when we make crepes. It normally means a tasty meal with lots of fruit and possibly some icing sugar as well. Sadly, in the past, we haven't made them very often since, with only one frying pan, it takes a while to make enough crepes for six children. That was the past though, now, armed with two frying pans, we will hopefully be able to keep up with the starving masses.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Grasshopper Fudge Cake

I love desserts, my family has a few favorites, but when Thanksgiving rolled around I decided to try a recipe I found on Pinterest. I made a number of modifications to it, and it turned out to be a big hit with the whole family. The second time I made it it disappears just as fast. And when my daughter saw me writing this blog post she was asking for it again.


Friday, January 13, 2012

Chocolate Fudge Sauce

For Thanksgiving this year (yes, I know that was along time ago) I tried a new grasshopper fudge cake recipe that I had found on Pinterest. The recipe for the Grasshopper Fudge Cake will be my next post.

The original recipe, which came from the Betty Crocker website, called for a couple of jars of hot fudge sauce which I wasn’t interested in paying 5 bucks each for. Instead, I managed to find a recipe for a thick chocolate fudge sauce from a family cookbook.

This chocolate fudge sauce is excellent on cake, ice cream, or whatever else you want a nice chocolate sauce on.