Scottish Oat Scones

So on Tuesday we had a Scottish mystery, so I needed a Scottish recipe to go with it. The only problem is, I don’t like a lot of Scottish recipes. They are just not to my taste when I’m looking through the ingredients.

No thank you.

But my sister blog, JaneAustenRunsMyLife,¬†has recently posted a scone recipe so I’m going to just borrow from her. ūüôā

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of Flour
  • 2 Cups of Rolled or Steel Cut Oats
  • 1/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 4 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of salt
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 Cup of Unsalted Butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1/3 Cup of Milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and grease or line a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  4. In small bowl, beat the egg until frothy.
  5. Now add butter and milk to egg, and whisk to combine.
  6. Pour into dry ingredients and mix together until you have a soft dough.
  7. Shape and pat the dough into two 6-7 inch circles.
  8. Cut into 6-8 pie shaped wedges and bake 10-15 mins, or until golden brown.
  9. Let cool for a few minutes.
  10. Serve with butter and/or jam.

Thoughts After Reading:

These were extremely delicious! I saw that my sister blog had a trouble with it being a little dry, but I just added a little more milk and I was good to go.

For more Scone recipes, go to Irish Blueberry Scones

For more Scottish recipes, go to Scottish Oatcakes

For more recipes from my sister blog JaneAustenRunsMyLife, go to Ginger Cardamom Meyer Lemon Crinkle Cookies

For more oat recipes, go to Amish Baked Oatmeal

Ginger Cardamom Meyer Lemon Crinkle Cookies

So a Miss Marple mystery was on Tuesday,¬†we need something perfect for tea to go with it. Today’s recipe is borrowed from¬†JaneAustenRunsMyLife.

Ingredients:

Cookies:

  • 2 Cups + 2 Tbsps of Flour
  • 1.5 Tsp of Ground Ginger
  • 1.5 Tsp of Cardamom
  • 2 Tsp of Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Tsp of Salt
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp of Meyer Lemon’s Zest
  • 10 Tbsp of Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 2 Large Eggs, Room Temperature
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp of Meyer Lemon’s Juice

Topping:

  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Powdered Sugar (Confectioners Sugar)

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cardamom, ginger, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl combine sugar and lemon zest. Rub the zest between your fingers until it is fully mixed in with the sugar.
  3. Cream butter and sugar-zest mixture together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-4 mins.
  4. Add eggs in one at a tim, mixing well.
  5. Add in vanilla extract and lemon juice, and mix again.
  6. Add flour and mix slowly until combined, do not over mix.
  7. Chill dough 3-4 hours.
  8. Preheat the oven 350 degrees F.
  9. Place the sugar in one bowl and powdered sugar in the other.
  10. Take the chilled dough and roll into 1.5 Tbsp sized balls.
  11. Roll in sugar first, then roll in powdered sugar-making sure it is completely covered.
  12. Place dough on prepared sheets about two inches apart.
  13. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges are golden.

Thoughts After Baking:

These were delicious!!! I loved them and couldn’t stop eating them.

For more Crinkle Cookies, go to Chocolate Crinkles

For more from JaneAustenRunsMyLife, go to Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cake

For more cookies, go to King Arthur Fudgy Brownies

For more desserts, go to Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cake

For more lemon recipes, go to Creamy Sour Cream Lemon Pie

Irish Potato Pie

It is Pi[e] Day!

But not only that, with Saint Patrick’s Day being on Tuesday, I thought what better pie to make then an Irish pie.

I searched throughout Pinterest, and found this recipe which comes from A Spicy Perspective.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Sheet of Frozen Puff Pastry Thawed or Pie Crust
  • 4 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 7 Slices of Bacon, Chopped¬†(I omitted this)
  • 5 Potatoes-Peeled and Sliced Thin¬†(I used only three)
  • 1 Onion, Peeled and Sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Dill
  • 1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chives

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the thawed puff pastry or pie crust in a 8-9 in pan and crimp the edges.
  3. Remove the excess dough and piece it along the rim if needed to make the rim in some places.
  4. Refrigerate until it is ready to fill.
  5. Place butter and bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat and sauté until bacon is crispy and toss in the onions.
  6. Follow with potatoes and dill.
  7. Season with 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of pepper.
  8. Gently stir 3-5 mins.
  9. Spoon mixture into crust and drizzle with heavy cream.
  10. Bake on low rack for 35-45 mins-or until the potatoes are fork-tender and crust golden.
  11. Rest for 10 mins and then sprinkle with fresh chives.

Thoughts After Baking:

I omitted the bacon as I don’t like the way that bacon grease smells after cooking. Then after last year’s potato dish didn’t cook all the way through, I decided to use less potatoes this year. And I added all the chives as I didn’t want them to go bad.

This turned out really delicious, although it was missing one thing: cheese! I added a bit later and this made a great slice of pie-a slice that I will be eating on Saint Patrick’s Day too!

For more Pi[e] Day recipes, go to Creamy Sour Cream Lemon Pie

For more pie recipes, go to Hillshire Farm Crustless Quiche

For more Saint Patrick’s Day recipes, go to Easy Northumberland Pan Haggerty

For more potato recipes, go to Baked Garlic Parmesan Fries

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Heart Shaped Pizza with Homemade Pizza Dough

For more holiday recipes, go to Dao’s Egg Rolls

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Mason Jar

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Have you ever wanted to make cookies, but want the work to be mostly done for you? Have you ever loved those mason jar cookie dough starter gifts but don’t want to shell out $20 for something you can easily do at home? Well then, this recipe is great for you.

When I was eight I received one of those cookie dough in a jar starter and thought they were just so cool. Years later, I wanted to make them for my coworkers as they are easy and in expensive, and I thought I would share how to do it with you.

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This how-to comes from D***Delicious. 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Pint Sized Mason Jar
  • 3/4 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1/8 Tsp of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 1/3 Cup of M&Ms or Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 Cup of Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/4 Cup of Sugar

Directions:

  • In ¬†the mason jar, (using a funnel if you have one), layer flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats, M&Ms or chocolate chips, brown sugar, and sugar. Be sure to pack each layer down tightly.
  • Add a ribbon or cloth, or both.
  • Add a note or tag with the following instructions:
    • To Make Cookies
      • 1/4 Cup of Butter or Margarine, melted
      • 1 Beaten Egg
      • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla
    • Directions:
      • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
      • Empty jar of cookie mix into a large mixing bowl, mix well.
      • Add in butter, egg, vanilla, and mix until blended.
      • Roll into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
      • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
      • Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes and then transfer to wire rack.
      • Makes ~1 dozen cookies.

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Thoughts:

I love this. It is so easy to do and makes a cute gift, especially if you pair it with cocoa.

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For more cookie recipes, go to Crispy, Chewy, Matcha Green Tea Cookies

For more from  D***Delicious, go to Crock-Pot Sausage, Spinach, and White Bean Soup

For more Chocolate Chip Cookies, go to Eggless Cookie Dough

For more desserts, go to Glazed Sugar Cookies

Glazed Sugar Cookies

Merry Christmas!

For our first Christmas recipe we have a sugar cookie from the cookbook Christmas Cookies.

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Butter Softened
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 16-oz Package of Powdered Sugar
  • 4-6 Tablespoons of Hot Water

Royal Icing:

  • 1 16-oz Package of Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 6 Tablespoons Hot Water
  • Liquid Food Coloring (Optional)
  • Edible Gold Dust
  • Clear Vanilla Extract

Directions for Cookies:

  1. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  2. Add egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla, beating until blended.
  3. Gradually add flour and salt, beating just until blended.
  4. Divide dough in half; cover and chill for 1 hour.
  5. Roll each portion of dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.
  6. Cut dough into desired shapes with a 3.5 inch cutter, and place on lightly greased baking sheets.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
  8. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  9. Dip cookies in glaze; place on wax paper to dry.
  10. Decorate with Royal Icing.
  11. Combine 1/4 Teaspoon gold dust and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract with a small paintbrush.
  12. Working quickly, brush on gold accents, add 1 drop of clear vanilla extract at a time, as needed, to moisten gold dust.
  13. Sprinkle on more gold dust if desired.
  14. Yields about 16 cookies

Directions for Glaze:

  1. Whisk powdered sugar and hot water until smooth. Yields 1 1/3 cups.

Royal Icing:

  1. Stir together the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and hot water until smooth.
  2. Add in food coloring, if desired.
  3. Pour into a decorating bag or zip-top freezer bag.
  4. Snip a tiny hole in the corner of the bag and decorate if desired.
  5. Yields about 3 cups.

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Thoughts After Baking:

So first of all, I didn’t decorate these, I had 3-5 year olds do it so they don’t look as nice as they would have, if¬†I had done it. They were delicious, and the kids loved them.

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For more Christmas Cookies, go to Braided Candy Canes

For more Sugar Cookies, go to Sugar Puffs

For more cookie recipes, go to Eggless Cookie Dough

For more desserts, go to¬†The “Best” Brownies

Easy Tomato Soup

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So true, right? So I love tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches paired together. I have shared a few grilled cheese sandwich recipes, but now it is time to share a tomato soup recipe. I don’t know exactly where it comes from, but it was shared with me from my mother.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 Cups of Chicken Broth
  • 1 6-oz Can of Tomato Paste
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Cup of Half and Half
  • Chopped Fresh Tomatoes, Optional

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, saute garlic in butter for 1 minute.
  2. Stir in flour, until blended.
  3. Gradually add the chicken broth.
  4. Stir in tomato paste and cayenne until well blended.
  5. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 mins or until thickened.
  6. Reduce heat and gradually stir in cream. (Do not boil)
  7. Garnish with chopped tomatoes if desired.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I LOVED it! This soup was so good, especially with grilled cheese sandwiches. I recommend it.

For more soup recipes, go to Iron-Rich Black Bean Soup

For more tomato soup recipes, go to One-Pot Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

For more recipes, go to Hillshire Farm Crustless Quiche

Amish Baked Oatmeal

Who else thinks of these guys when they hear “Amish”.

So we had an Amish mystery on Tuesday, Blessings in Disguise, so we needed an Amish recipe. After searching on pinterest, I found Amish Baked Oatmeal from Cooking Classy. 

You know me, I don’t eat regular oatmeal-so any recipe I can find that uses it, I go for.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup of Light Brown Sugar
  • 1.5 Tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp of Cinnamon
  • 1.5 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Tsp of Salt
  • 1 1/4 Cup of Milk
  • 1/4 Cup of Butter, Melted
  • 3 Cups of Rolled Oats (Quick Oats work too)
  • Cinnamon Sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Butter an 8×8 inch baking dish, set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs.
  4. Add in brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Whisk until there are no lumps.
  5. Stir in milk and melted butter.
  6. Add oats and mix well.
  7. Pour into prepared baking dish and spread evenly. (At this point you can refridgerate overnight or bake immediately.)
  8. Bake in oven 30-40 mins until it is set.
  9. Cut into squares and serve warm with fresh nuts, milk, a little cream, half and half, maple syrup, or honey of desired.
  10. Top with a blend of cinnamon and sugar.

Thoughts After Baking:

It was good. A little bland until I put some cinnamon and sugar on top. Then it was KNOCKOUT delicious! I wanted to eat it all!

For more Cooking Classy recipes, go to Pumpkin French Toast

For more breakfast recipes, go to Scrambled Eggs in a Waffle Maker

For more oat recipes, go to Scottish Oatcakes

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Apple Pie Smoothie

“The Best” Brownies

My niece wanted to make brownies one day, so I pulled out my copy of¬†Hershey’s Cocoa Cookbook. Last year I was given a hardcover one, which is great, but when I think about this cookbook I always go to the image of the paperback featured above. We used to always make things out of my mom’s old ’70s copy when I was growing up, all battered-stained, and well-loved.

So these brownies do not photograph well, but I have to agree that they are pretty much the “best” brownies you will make.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Vegetable Oil or Melted Butter
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup of Unsifted All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 Cup of Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Nuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Blend oil, sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add eggs, beat well with spoon.
  3. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to egg mixture until well blended.
  4. Stir in nuts, if adding them.
  5. Spread in greased 9-inch square pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degree F for 20-25 minutes or until brownies begins to pull away from the edges of the pan.
  7. Cool in pan.
  8. Frost if desired; cut into squares.
  9. Makes about 16 brownies.

Thoughts After Reading:

We made these for ourselves and a potluck and they were gone like that! I was lucky enough to get one!

As I said they might photograph gorgeously, but they are fantastic!

For more “bar cookies”, go to Lemon Bars

For more cookies, go to Braided Candy Canes

For more dessert, go to Creamy Sour Cream Lemon Pie

Spinach Parmesan Pasta

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So I had a ton of spinach leftover and few ingredients to choose from and was trying to make something new. After a bit of searching on the internet, I found this recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Uncooked Pasta
  • 3 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 5-6 Cups of Packed Spinach
  • 1/2 Cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Boil water according to pasta instructions, cooking al dente.
  2. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of water.
  3. Set pasta aside.
  4. Using the same pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
  5. Add garlic, and cook 2-3 mins.
  6. Toss in pasta and spinach.
  7. Gently toss and cook until the spinach is wilted.
  8. If pasta starts to dry out, add the pasta water.
  9. Stir in 1/4 cup of cheese, and toss until combined.
  10. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Put in large bowl and garnish with cheese.
  12. Serve immediately.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It reminded me a lot of the Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta recipe I made. You make them almost exactly the same, just with different leafy greens. However, I thought this spinach one was much better.

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For more pasta recipes, go to Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta

For more spinach recipes, go to Crock-Pot Sausage, Spinach, and White Bean Soup

For more recipes, go to Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole

Easy Northumberland Pan Haggerty

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Thoughts Before Baking:

So every 17th I try to make an Irish recipe in honor of the day. Usually I make some Irish Soda Bread and something else to go with it. The last two years I have done sweeter recipes, so this year I decided to go with something savory and made out of an Irish staple: Potatoes.

I was planning on doing one recipe, but discovered I purchased the wrong potatoes. I scoured the internet and found this one on The Spruce Eats.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz of Butter, divided
  • 9 oz of Onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4-6 Potatoes, Peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces of Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Slice the onion.
  2. Peel and cut the potatoes.
  3. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. Over medium heat, melt 1 oz of butter in a large, oven safe, frying pan.
  5. Gently cook the onions until soft, but not browned.
  6. Melt half of the remaining butter.
  7. Remove pan from heat.
  8. In the pan, arrange a layer of potatoes.
  9. Add a layer of onion.
  10. Sprinkle on a layer of cheese.
  11. Season with salt and pepper.
  12. Repeat steps 8-11, until all ingredients are used and the top is layered with potatoes.
  13. Place the pan over medium heat and cook on stovetop for a few minutes, or until the bottom layer of the potatoes are brown.
  14. Dot the surface with the rest of the butter and place in the heated oven, baking for 30 mins.
  15. Remove from oven and increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F.
  16. When the oven’s temperature has risen, return the pan to the oven and cook for 15 more minutes.
  17. To serve, loosen the edges of the potato cake from the frying pan with a spatula.
  18. Flip the pan over onto a  plate or breadboard.
  19. Cut into wedges and enjoy.

Thoughts After Cooking:

So I didn’t have an oven safe pan, after cooking on the stove I flipped it into my pie pan. So I had mixed feelings about this. The potatoes on top and bottom cooked very well, and were delicious. However, the ones in the middle didn’t all cook through.

I sliced my potatoes extremely thin, so I don’t think that was the problem. If I were to do this again, I would do less potatoes; maybe 2 or 3. Or try it with the yukon gold or red potatoes.

But the parts that were cooked, were so good. Yummy:

For more Saint Patrick’s Day posts, go to Irish Blueberry Scones

For more potato recipes, go to Grilled Sausages, Potatoes, & Carrots with Salsa Verde

For more holiday posts, go to Creamy Sour Cream Lemon Pie

Creamy Sour Cream Lemon Pie

Happy Pi Day

Thoughts Before Baking:

As you see above, today is Pi day so I decided to post a pie recipe.

I’ve made a sour cream lemon pie before, but this is a new recipe. This one comes from The Chunky Chef.

Ingredients

Pie Crust:

  • 2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup of Shortening
  • Ice Water

Filling:

  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 2 Lemons Juiced (about 1/2 Cup)
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 3 Large Egg Yolks, Lightly Beaten
  • 4 Tbsp Cold Butter, Cubed
  • 1 Cup of Sour Cream
  • Whipped Cream (Optional)
  • Lemon Slices (Optional)

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix up the shortening and flour. Add in water a tablespoon at a time until dough is more malleable. If you add to much and it is too liquid-y, then just add a bit more flour to firm it up.
  2. Line crust with foil and place beans, rice, or pie weights (as pie dough will rise) and bake for 8 mins or until browned. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, add sugar and cornstarch. Whisk to combine.
  4. Slowly whisk in milk and lemon juice.
  5. Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until mixture is thickened and bubbly.
  6. Reduce to low, and cook 2 mins longer, stirring often.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Lightly beat eggs in a small mixing bowl. Whisking continuously, add a small amount of the hot lemon mixture, then add the mixture to the hot saucepan.
  9. Heat pan on medium heat until it comes to a gentle boil, and cook for 2 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat again and add lemon zest.
  11. Continue to cool, but don’t stir.
  12. Cool mixture for 30-40 mins and then fold in sour cream until no white streaks remain.
  13. Spoon mixture into the pie crust and spread out evenly.
  14. Cool in the refrigerator for 4 hours (or more). To serve, top with whipped cream and lemon slices.

Thoughts After Baking:

I made this for Thanksgiving last year and it was sooooo good! It was eaten immediately. I only got one slice! ūüė¶

For more on lemon pies, go to Sour Cream Lemon Pie

For more pie recipes, go to Blueberry Sour Cream Pie

For more pinterest recipes, go to Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

For more desserts, go to Braided Candy Canes

Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I love kale, so when I find a recipe I want to make it! I found this on Pinterest but it originally comes from Budget Bytes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bunch of Kale
  • 1/2 lb of Pasta
  • 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp of Butter
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 1/4 Cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes

Directions:

  1. Pull the kale leaves from the stems and tear them into small pieces.
  2. Rinse the kale in a colander under cool, running water; letting it dry.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  4. When water is boiling throw in pasta noodles, cooking al dente (about 7 mins).
  5. Drain the pasta in a colander.
  6. While pasta is cooking; add olive oil, butter, and minced garlic to another pot or skillet.
  7. Cook over medium heat for 1-2 mins or until garlic is soft and fragrant.
  8. Add the kale and continue to saute until kale has wilted and turned a deep green color (about 5-7 mins).
  9. Turn the heat off.
  10. Add the pasta to the pot with the kale.
  11. Toss pasta and kale together.
  12. Let them cool to the point that no steam is rising from the pot. You want the pasta hot but not hot enough to melt the Parmesan cheese.
  13. Season the pasta and kale with salt, black pepper, and red pepper.
  14. Add the grated cheese.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was really good.

I love kale and I love pasta and this was a great combo!

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie

For more Budget Bytes reccipes, go to Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta

For more pasta dishes, go to Creamy Parmesan Spaghetti

Waffle Maker Grilled Cheese

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I have a waffle maker and was interested in what else I can make in the waffle maker. I’m not sure where I found this, but I thought why not try it out?

Ingredients:

  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Cheese

Directions:

  1. Turn your waffle maker on.
  2. Butter one side of the bread.
  3. When waffle maker is ready, place a slice of bread, butter face down.
  4. Add cheese and top with bread, butter side up.
  5. Put top of waffle maker down.
  6. Let cheese melt then remove sandwich and eat.

Thoughts After Reading:

Yummy, easy, and a much faster clean up.

For more Grilled Cheese sandwiches, go to Garlic, Tomato, Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich

For more sandwiches, go to Cucumber Hummus Sandwich

For what else you cando with a waffle maker, go to Waffle Quesadilla

Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

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Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a blessed year!

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So it is time for our tradition of New Year’s Day breakfast food recipe!

Thoughts Before Baking:

So I don’t like the titular dessert and looked for something else to try in this book, settling on Carrot Oatmeal Muffins.

I hate eating oatmeal-like for breakfast with milk or hot water. Ugh, so gross. So any time I find a recipe that uses up oatmeal in baking or smoothies, I love to try it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 Cup of Flour
  • 1 Cup of Quick-Cooking or Old-Fashioned Dry Oatmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup of Finely Shredded Carrots
  • 1/2 Cup of Raisins (optional)-I didn’t do this as I hate cooked raisins
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Beaten Egg
  • 1/3 Cup of Melted Salted Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. Grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray a 12-cup muffin tin, set aside. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and oatmeal.
  3. Sprinkle the baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon on top. Mix them thoroughly.
  4. Stir in the brown sugar. Mix until until all is blended.
  5. Shred the carrots if you haven’t already done so. A fine shred is best. You want them to cook in the time it takes the muffins to bake and turn golden brown and delicious.
  6. Add the shredded carrots and raisins if adding them, to your bowl and mix them thoroughly.
  7. In a separate small bowl, combine the milk, beaten egg, melted butter, and vanilla. Give it a good stir so that everything is well combined.
  8. Dump the contents of the small bowl into the larger bowl. Gently stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened and no dry “pockets” remain.
  9. Fill the prepared muffin cups 3/4 full.
  10. Bake for 20-25 or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.
  11. Set the muffin pan on a cold burner or a wire rack for 10 mins. After they have cooled for 10 mins, put them on a rack to cool.
  12. Makes about 12 muffins.

Thoughts After Reading:

Fantastic. I loved them!

For more Hannah Swensen recipes, go to Christmas Lace Cookies

For more muffin recipes, go to Breakfast Puffin Muffins

For more breakfast recipes, go to P√£o de Queijo

For more Joanne Fluke recipes, go to Vanilla Crackle

For more New Year’s Day posts, go to¬†Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins

In other news, let’s have a quick year review.

So last year I published 124 posts!

Out of those 124 posts, I’ve reviewed 73 mysteries. Which you should definitely check out.

And the following stand alone mysteries: Alias Grace, The Andromeda Strain, Candy from a Stranger, Christina’s Ghost, Death Wears a Beauty Mask, The Mystery of Jessica Benson, The Night Sister, The President’s Daughter, Weak Flesh, The Wife, and Wuthering Heights

And the following nonfiction: The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town, Oscar Wilde’s Last Stand: Decadence, Conspiracy, and the Most Outrageous Trial of the Century, and Supernatural Horror in Literature

And the following short stories: The Black Velvet Ribbon, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, A Case of Identity, Conspiracy, Definitely, A Crime of Passion, The Hitchhiker, The Jigsaw Puzzle, Marionettes, Inc.,The Old Plantation, Punishment Without Crime, Stowaway, Voices in the Coalbin, and Zero Hour.

And the following Children’s books:¬†Garfield in The Case of the Mystery¬†Mail¬†and¬†High Sea Adventure¬†

And the following little extras: Archie Andrews: Not So Private Eye, He’s Dead, Jim, and Little Archie: Man of the House

That’s a lot!

With cooking I reviewed 49 different recipes:

Yum

Breakfast: Chorizo Breakfast Burrito, Eggs in Purgatory, and Pão de Queijo

Drinks: Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie, Blueberry Earl Grey Tea Smoothie, Blueberry Infused Water, Fresh & Frozen, Blueberry Muffin Smoothie, Cinnamon Roll Smoothie, Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, London Fog Fauxccino, London Fog Smoothie, Strawberry Infused Water, and Watermelon Infused Water.

Soup:Black Bean and Turkey Stew, Crock-Pot Potato & Kielbasa Chowder, Crock-Pot Sausage, Spinach, and White Bean Soup, French Onion Soup, Hearty Lasagna Soup, and Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

Entrees: Basic Chicken Salad, Basic Hamburger, Chilaquiles, Creamy Parmesan Spaghetti, Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta, Cucumber Hummus Sandwich, Fajitas, Garlic, Tomato, Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich, One Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies, Slow Cooker Pinto Beans, and Zucchini Boats

Side Dishes: Cheese Potato Crisps, Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos, Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes, and Hasselback Potatoes.

Desserts: Baked Apple Slices, Basic Shortbread, Braided Candy Canes, Chocolate Whoppers, Christmas Lace Cookies, Flag Cake, Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies, Irish Blueberry Scones, and Sugar Puffs.

Extras: Cottage Cheese Toast, Mock Clotted Cream, My Number One Comfort Food, Simple Charoset, Slow-Cooker Bread, Waffle Quesadilla, and What to Do When You Run Out of Cupcake Liners

This blog was viewed 20,314 times last year.

Thank you all who viewed my work

The busiest day of the year was November 24 with 551 views and the post One Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies

The top five posts of this year were:

5) Apple Orchard Bars from Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke (2016)

4) Spanakopita Penne Bake (2017)

3) Fries Quatro Queso Dos Fritos (2018)

2)”The Tell-Tale Heart” from¬†Ten Great Mysteries¬†by Edgar Allen Poe (2017)

1)”The October Game” from¬†Long After Midnight by Ray Bradbury (2016)

So what will the next year hold?

You’ll just have to follow me to find out!

Braided Candy Canes

Merry Christmas!

Instead of doing another Christmas mystery, as I had a hard time finding those this year-I decided to post a Christmas recipe!

This comes from the cookbook Christmas Cookies.

Another Way to Make It:

“You can shape this dough into wreaths and attach red cinnamon candies as berries.”

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup of Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of ¬†Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg White, Lightly Beaten
  • Red Decorator Crystals (Optional) or Cinnamon Sugar

Directions:

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  2. Gradually add 1 cup of sugar-beating well.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until blended.
  4. In a seperate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture to butter, beating at a low speed until blended.
  6. Divide dough into fourths.
  7. Divide each portion into 14 pieces.
  8. Shape each piece into a 9-inch rope. Fold ropes in half and twist,
  9. Shape twists into candy canes, brush with egg white, and sprinkle with crystals or cinnamon sugar.
  10. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 mins or until the edges begin to brown.
  12. Remove to wire racks and let cool.

Thoughts After Baking:

This was kind of hard and took a few tries before I got the hang out it. The smaller cookies tasted better, in my opinion, than the larger ones.

But delicious and a great cookie to have at Christmas or give to others.

For more Christmas Cookies, go to Basic Shortbread

For more cookie recipes, go to Christmas Lace Cookies

For more dessert recipes, go to Baked Apple Slices