Peanut Butter Granola

Do Not Pass Go!  Do Not Collect $200!  AND Do Not Put on Your Skinny Jeans!

I came across this recipe from my pinterest board and needed a little sweet.  It was so easy, so quick and so good!

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My daughter did help me, until she decided it was too messy for her.  The recipe calls for 20-24 balls.  I am not sure as I  ate it straight out of the bowl by the spoonful.  Shhh..  Don’t tell.

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

busy in the kitchen

I have gotten busy cooking and baking in the kitchen!  Trying to get all the photos needed – recipes for Turkey BBQ loaves and Taco Pie are coming soon!

Exhausted tonight – picked another zucchini from the garden and make 3 1/2 dozen zucchini muffins.  Kids are in heaven – these are their favorites!

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Lyn

zucchini muffins

Today I picked our very first zucchini from the garden (sorry I forgot to take a picture).  And then we made these delicious muffins.

These always go very quickly in our house.  I have to freeze some when we get a double batch so that we can continue to enjoy muffins after the zucchini are gone.  I use the recipe from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book.  The kids love seeing the vegetables from the garden turn into their favorite muffins.

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

 

Mexican Rice And Beans

Another Mexican tasty treat!  I will be honest on the front end.  This was a little lacking.  I kept thinking some sour cream would help it all come together (but I didn’t have any)…  so next time.

  1. 2 cups cooked brown rice
  2. 1 can black beans
  3. 2 cans diced tomatoes
  4. 1 can mexican corn
  5. shredded mexican cheese

Mix the first four ingredients together.  place in a baking dish.  I sprinkled half of the cheese in the middle then topped with the remaining cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Mexican Rice and Beans

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

Enchiladas

Enchiladas are something my husband and I really enjoy and do not make often enough.  I alter the recipe slightly each time depending what I have on hand.

  1. 1 – 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef or turkey, cooked
  2. 1 can taco sauce
  3. shredded mexican cheese
  4. 8 soft tortilla

After you cook the meat, add 1/2 of the can of taco sauce and simmer until well mixed.   put some taco sauce onto each of the tortillas, add the meat mixture, sprinkle with cheese, wrap the tortilla and line up in a 9×13 baking dish.  Spread the remaining taco sauce over the tops of all the tortillas, sprinkle with cheese, bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until cheese on top is melted.

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

Chicken Pot Pie

This is my go to meal…  You know the kind.  The one you make for a neighbor who had a baby, the friend who had surgery, etc…  It is easy, quick, holds well.

  1. cooked chicken cubed (you can use canned chicken)
  2. two cans mixed vegetables
  3. one can cream of (mushroom, celery or chicken)
  4. pie crust (I buy the refrigerated ones)

Mix first three ingredients.  place in a pie dish (can also use an 8×8 or 9×9 pan).  Lay the pie crust on top slice to vent.  Bake 1 hour at 325.

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

chocolate chip cookies

Who doesn’t love a sweet!  I love baking chocolate chip cookies – I keep tweaking my recipe to try to make the perfect cookie.  I try to replicate my grandmothers – but I have given up.  She says she doesn’t add any secret ingredient or do anything special, but I cannot get them to be like hers.  So onward and upward finding “my” perfect chocolate chip cookie.  And I think this is it!  Crunchy and crisp on the outside, a little chewy on the inside.

  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • chocolate chips to taste (I used about 1 1/2 cups)

blend ingredients in mixer, adding in order listed above.  Spoon out dough onto a cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 11-13 minutes (depending on your oven).  Eat warm or let cool and enjoy!

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

 

Italian Chicken

Another super easy dinner!!! (my favorite kind)

  1. chicken breast
  2. your favorite pasta sauce
  3. mozerella cheese or another italian flavor

pour enough of the pasta sauce to cover the bottom of your pan (I used a 9×9).  place the chicken breast in.  Sprinkle the cheese on top (Kroger has an italian blend shredded cheese that works nicely), then pour the remaining pasta sauce on top.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour.  done!

I prefer the cheese under the sauce so it doesn’t get brown and crunchy.  You could also put it on top of the sauce and cover and bake.  Personal preference.

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

Baked BBQ Chicken

The first dinner I baked was our BBQ chicken. This is also the easiest.

  1. Chicken breasts
  2. BBQ sauce

Pour 1/4 of the bottle of BBQ sauce on the bottom of your baking dish.  Line with the chicken breasts.  Pour the remaining BBQ sauce over top, make sure to cover all the chicken.  Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  Done!

Talk to you soon,

Lyn

stocked freezer

After going to the grocery store this weekend, I had the menu for the week (plus some) and I thought that was that.  I was very surprised at what happened next.  I cooked all the meals, and our freezer and fridge are good to go.  The summer schedule starts tomorrow, and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t too scatter brained this week getting the kids to and from, working, feeding everyone, etc…  So, over the last two days I baked the following (recipes to follow this week)

  1. Baked BBQ chicken
  2. Italian Chicken
  3. Chicken Pot Pie
  4. Enchiladas (with left over meat for another meal)
  5. Mexican Rice and Beans
  6. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whew!  The kitchen has smelled great this weekend.  So what do we do after I have all the dinners prepared?  Order in.  Yep.  I was the crazy lady that did that.  Enchiladas is what I cooked last and I wasn’t in the mood for something that heavy, so we got salads to go!

Do you do freezer cooking?

Talk to you soon,

Lyn