Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal Smoothie

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Do any of you have Something Extra Raley’s Rewards? I do and I love it. Every three months you receive coupons to do with stuff you had bought; and for your birthday get a free cupcake, free box of cake mix, and a free birthday card.

FREE!!

Every now and then they give you a freebie item, and I got a free container of 1 lb of strawberries. I love starwberries, but they were very ripe and needed to be eaten ASAP. So what better way to do it then with a smoothie?

This comes from The Kitchen Paper.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Frozen Strawberries (I used fresh)
  • 1/2 Cup of Yogurt
  • 3/4 Cup of Milk
  • 1/2 Cup of Uncooked Oatmeal
  • 1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract (optional)
  • Strawberry slices to top the smoothie (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Top with strawberry slices or whipped cream.
  3. Drink immediately.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was delicious! I highly recommend it!

For more smoothie recipes, go to Apple Pie Smoothie

For more drink recipes, go to Matcha Latte (Hot or Cold)

For more strawberry recipes, go to Strawberry Infused Water

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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

Matcha Latte (Hot or Cold)

So Tuesday we reviewed The Key to Midnight, which is set in Japan, so I thought why not have a Japanese recipe? And of course one of my favorites, Matcha Tea!

This recipe comes from my sister blog, JaneAustenRunsMyLife, who LOVES tea.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tsp of Matcha Powder
  • 2 Tsps of Sugar
  • 3 Tbsps of Warm Water
  • 2 Cups of Milk (Hot or Cold)

Directions:

  1. Put the Matcha powder, sugar, and water in a cup or mug
  2. Whisk together to ensure no lumps (use a matcha whisk or electric stirrer.
  3. If doing hot, warm the milk and pour into the mug. If doing cold, just pour the milk in the mug.
  4. Use the whisk or electric stirrer to combine everything until it is a light green color.

Thoughts After Reading:

It was delicious!

For more Matcha recipes, go to Green Tea Frappuccino 

For more tea recipes, go to London Fog Smoothie

For more recipes from JaneAustenRunsMyLife, go to Scottish Oatcakes

For more drink recipes, go to Earl Grey Infused Blueberry Smoothie

For more Japanese dishes, go to C is for Chocolate Oat Crackles

Scrambled Eggs in a Waffle Maker

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I received a waffle maker as a gift, and after making a ton of waffles-I was interested in what else could be made in a waffle maker. This recipe comes from Snapguide.

Ingredients:

  • Eggs (Depends on how many you want to make)
  • Milk
  • Waffle Maker
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Turn your waffle maker on. It depends on the waffle maker the heat, with mine I do a two or three.
  2. While the waffle maker is heating up whisk your eggs with a bit of milk.
  3. Spray cooking spray in the waffle maker, or skip this step if you have a non-stick one.
  4. Add eggs, be careful not to overfill your waffle maker.
  5. Add salt and pepper.
  6. Cook for 1-3 mins.
  7. When cooked through, remove from waffle maker.
  8. Take out and enjoy.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought it was really good and so fast. It was done in no time.

For more ways to make eggs, go to Eggs in Purgatory

For more things to do with a waffle maker, go to Waffle Maker Grilled Cheese

For more breakfast foods, go to Scottish Oatcakes

 

Eggless Cookie Dough

So first off:

Now on to the recipe:

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I was in the mood for something sweet-like cookies, but I didn’t want to bake as it is too hot.

So I started searching for an eggless cookie dough recipe that I could just eat instead. I found this one on Like Mother Like Daughter. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsps of Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsps of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsps of Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsps of Vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp of Milk
  • 1/8 Tsp of Salt
  • 6 Tbsps of Flour
  • 1/4 Cup of Milk Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Microwave your flour for 30 seconds to 1 min to eliminate the risk of e.coli.
  2. In a small bowl, cream together butter and sugars until mixed.
  3. Add vanilla and milk, stir to combine.
  4. Add in salt and mix until combined.
  5. Enjoy.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I didn’t take a picture, sorry. Instead I ate it all up as it was super good.

It was delicious!

For more Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes, go to Chocolate Whoppers

For more summer recipes, go to Schooner’s Summertime-Only Strawberry-Raspberry Pie

For more cookie recipes, go to “The Best” Brownies

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

Earl Grey Infused Blueberry Smoothie

 

 

So we had an English mystery on Tuesday, we need a recipe to match. So I borrowed this from my sister blog JaneAustenRunsMyLife.wordpress.com

If you like Jane Austen, check it out.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Teabags or 2 Tsp of Loose leaf Earl Grey Tea.
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon of Oats (I use Quaker Oats)
  • 1 Cup of Frozen Blueberries
  • 1 Cup of Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon of Maple Syrup

Directions:

  1. Microwave the milk, or warm in a pan.
  2. Steep the tea in the warm milk for 5 mins.
  3. After tea has steeped, allow milk to cool.
  4. When milk has cooled, put in blender.
  5. Add oats, blueberries, yogurt, and maple syrup.
  6. Blend until smooth.
  7. Serve.

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!

 

IT WAS SOOOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!!!!!!!

 

It is one of the best smoothies I have ever, ever, ever had. It was soooo delicious I wished I had more.

For more Earl Grey Teago to Blueberry Earl Grey Tea Smoothie

For more smoothies, go to Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

For more drinks, go to Peanut Butter Banana Oat Smoothie

For more from my sister blog, JaneAustenRunsMyLife, go to Slow-Cooker Bread

 

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Smoothie

The recipe is actually Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, but as I have one that is almost the same title I added oats to this to distinguish it from the other.

I found this on Pinterest and it sounded good (you know me and smoothies) and I had the ingredients. The original site is Daily Smoothie,  I think with a name like that, the will be popping up again on my blog…

Ingredients:

  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1/2 Cup of Almond Milk (I don’t like almond so I use regular)
  • 3/4 Cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup of Oats
  • 1/2 Tsp of Cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp of Peanut Butter

Directions:

  1. Combine all in blender and mix well.
  2. Add a dash of oats on top.

Thoughts After Making:

It was delicious. I loved the peanut butter and I loved the smoothie. It was delicious and I recommend it.

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

For more from Daily Smoothie, go to Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

For more smoothies, go to Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie

For more peanut butter, go to Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

For more drinks, go to Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

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! 😦

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

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Thoughts Before Cooking:

You know me and smoothies! And I’m game for anything that uses up my big container of oatmeal. I found it from pinterest and it is from The Schmidty Wife.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup of Oatmeal
  • 3/4 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon of Peanut Butter
  • 1 Banana
  • 4-5 Ice Cubes

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients in the blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was good. What amazes me is that there is only a little bit of peanut butter but it is so overpowering. A yummy smoothie

For more smoothie recipes, go to Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Bark

For more breakfast recipes, go to Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

For more drinks, go to Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Another smoothie?

So yah, I drink a smoothie like every morning. There are going to be a lot of them being posted on here. This one I found online from Daily Smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1 Cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk or Other Milk of Your Choice
  • 1/4 Cup of Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tbsp of Jelly

Directions:

  1. Add milk to blender first.
  2. Follow with peanut butter, jelly, and banana.
  3. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was okay.

Not that good and to be honest I would never make it again.

For more smoothies, go to Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

For more drinks, go to Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie

Blueberry Banana Protein Smoothie

So another smoothie! Yay!

Yay!

This was found on Pinterest and comes from Amy’s Healthy Baking,

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Frozen Blueberries
  • 1/2 Frozen Banana, Sliced
  • 3/4 Cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 3/4 Cup of Vanilla Almond Milk (I use regular milk as I don’t like almond milk)
  • 2 Cups of Ice

Directions:

  • Blend all until smooth.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was delicious.

I love blueberries.

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

For more smoothies, go to Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

For more drinks, go to Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

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 Pão 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 GraceThe Andromeda Strain, Candy from a StrangerChristina’s Ghost, Death Wears a Beauty Mask, The Mystery of Jessica Benson, The Night SisterThe President’s DaughterWeak Flesh, The Wife, and Wuthering Heights

And the following nonfiction: The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small TownOscar 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 RibbonThe Boscombe Valley Mystery, A Case of Identity, Conspiracy, Definitely, A Crime of PassionThe Hitchhiker, The Jigsaw Puzzle, Marionettes, Inc.,The Old Plantation, Punishment Without CrimeStowaway, 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 EyeHe’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 BurritoEggs in Purgatory, and Pão de Queijo

Drinks: Banana Peanut Butter SmoothieBlueberry Earl Grey Tea SmoothieBlueberry Infused Water, Fresh & FrozenBlueberry Muffin SmoothieCinnamon Roll SmoothieHealthy Pumpkin Pie SmoothieLondon Fog FauxccinoLondon Fog SmoothieStrawberry Infused Water, and Watermelon Infused Water.

Soup:Black Bean and Turkey StewCrock-Pot Potato & Kielbasa ChowderCrock-Pot Sausage, Spinach, and White Bean SoupFrench Onion SoupHearty Lasagna Soup, and Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

Entrees: Basic Chicken SaladBasic HamburgerChilaquilesCreamy Parmesan SpaghettiCreamy Tomato Spinach Pasta, Cucumber Hummus Sandwich, FajitasGarlic, Tomato, Basil Grilled Cheese SandwichOne Pan Italian Sausage and VeggiesSlow Cooker Pinto Beans, and Zucchini Boats

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

Desserts: Baked Apple SlicesBasic ShortbreadBraided Candy CanesChocolate WhoppersChristmas Lace CookiesFlag CakeFresh Mint Chocolate Chip CookiesIrish Blueberry Scones, and Sugar Puffs.

Extras: Cottage Cheese ToastMock Clotted CreamMy Number One Comfort FoodSimple CharosetSlow-Cooker BreadWaffle 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!

Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

"Times Square's New Years Eve Ball - 1978 Technicians eye the new improved New Years ball. This version, which had halogen lamps for higher visibility, replaced a six-foot ball that had ordinary light bulbs. The lowering of the ball, which takes one minute, is down a 77-foot flagpole on top of One Times Square. (Photo by Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times Photo Archives)"

“Times Square’s New Years Eve Ball – 1978

So every year I post on New Year’s Eve, it being one tasty drink recipe.

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So here we go!

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

So you know you me and smoothies, I love them! Especially as I have some bananas that need to be used before they go bad.

I found this recipe on pinterest, but it originally comes from Gimmie Some Oven

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Banana, Peeled
  • 1 Cup of Ice Cubes
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 1/4 Cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp of Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Tsp of Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients.
  2. Blend until smooth and serve.

Thoughts After Cooking:

Great! A nice addition to our smoothie recipes.

For more drink recipes, go to Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

For more smoothies, go to Blueberry Earl Grey Tea Smoothie

For more pinterest recipes, go to Slow-Cooker Bread

For more holiday posts, go to Braided Candy Canes

For more New Year’s Eve posts, go to Festive Pink Lemonade

 

 

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Happy Thanksgiving!

With all the cooking and baking and everything you will be doing today, why don’t you take a few minutes and make this smoothie for breakfast. Or make tomorrow before you do Black Friday shopping. I found this recipe on pinterest, but it originally comes from Shugary Sweets.

Ingrdients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Large Banana
  • 6-8 Ice Cubes
  • 6 oz Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1/2 Tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 Tsp of Agave Nectar or Honey
  • 3 Tbsp of Milk
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • Whipped Cream

Directions:

  1. In a blender combine pumpkin, banana, ice, yogurt, pumpkin pie spice, nectar or honey, and milk.
  2. Pulse until smooth.
  3. Serve with Whipped Cream and a pinch of nutmeg.

Thoughts After Reading:

I did not like it.

Ugh!

It was not good with a weird aftertaste. Forget what I said in the beginning DO NOT make it.

For more holiday posts, go to Flag Cake

For more smoothies, go to Blueberry Earl Grey Tea Smoothie

For more pinterest recipes, go to Crock-Pot Potato & Kielbasa Chowder

For more pumpkin recipes, go to Harvest Pumpkin Scones

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I love smoothies! I love making them the night before and having them ready to go for when I head out to work. So whenever I spot one on pinterest, I put it on my board as a to-make. This is from Family Fresh Meals.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Vanilla Almond Milk (Or Milk + Vanilla Extract or Milk + Vanilla Creamer)
  • 1/2 Cup of Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup of Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 Frozen Banana

Directions:

  1. Blend all together in blender.

Thoughts after Cooking:

I thought it was really good. It didn’t make me think of cinnamon rolls, but it was good.

For more smoothie recipes, go to Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

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

For more drink recipes, go to Blueberry Infused Water, Fresh & Frozen