Apple Nachos Saturday, Jan 7 2012 

Apple Nachos

Apples
Peanut butter
Chocolate syrup
Coconut
Nuts
any other topping! 🙂

Wash and slice apples. Spread on a plate. Warm up peanut butter in microwave (not too long!), so that it drizzles easily. Drizzle chocolate syrup. Sprinkle with coconut and nuts. Voilà! Delicious! 🙂

Peppernuts Saturday, Dec 24 2011 

Peppernuts is a Mennonite Christmas cookie. I was only introduced to them last year, and liked their uniqueness! I googled online and found a wide variety of recipes. Instead, I called up my friend who had sent me some last year, and she willingly shared her recipe! Thanks, Melody!

By the way, isn’t that jar in the picture pretty? It belonged to my Grandmother. Whenever we went to visit, we’d sneak out candies from that jar. 😉 Now it’s mine and very special.

 

Peppernut

2 cups honey
½ cup butter
1 egg
¾ cup hot water
½ cup finely chopped nuts
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
¼ tsp cloves
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
4 cups wheat flour
4 cups white flour

Cream together honey, butter and egg. Mix in remaining ingredients. Roll out in rolls about 1/2″ in diameter. Slice in 1/2″ chunks (if too soft to cut well, freeze rolls first) and place in greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes. Depending how the size you made them, and whether you want them hard or soft, will affect how long you bake them.

Soft Pretzels Friday, Oct 21 2011 

This is a very fun project to do with young children, as they love to make their own shape, then eat their very unique pretzel once baked! (And yes, my son is wearing a bike helmet. He really likes wearing it around the house these days!)

Soft Pretzel

1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp instant yeast
1 cup white flour
3 cups wheat/spelt

Mix ingredients together and knead until you have a soft smooth dough. Cover and let rise 12 minutes. Shape into various shapes (great fun for children!). Dip pretzels in a bowl with 2 cups cold water and 4 tsp baking soda. Place on greased cookie sheet, and bake at 425F for 7-10 minutes. Eat fresh! You can eat them plain, dipped in salsa, or other anything else you want. 🙂

Pumpkin Bread Monday, Sep 5 2011 

I love pumpkin bread! I made a bunch of this bread to bring along as snacks when we went camping, and we really enjoyed it!

 

Pumpkin Bread

1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin, mashed
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cup spelt (or wheat)
3/4 cup white flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup nuts, chopped

Cream oil, sugar and eggs together. Add pumpkin and milk. Mix together dry ingredients, add to wet ingredients stirring only until moistened. Over stirring causes a dry bread. Pour into greased bread pan. Bake at 350F for 1hr or until a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

Let cool in pans for 10 minutes before taking out and placing on cooling racks. This is important, as the bread will break if taken out too soon. Not that I know. 😉

Homemade Hummus Wednesday, Aug 24 2011 

We love hummus, and it really is quite easy to make at home! Hummus is delicious on toast, with tortilla chips, pitas, or as a veggie dip. It’s versatile too, you can add caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, or tomato basil. The variations are endless. For us? We like just the way this recipe is: lemon-y and garlic-y!

Do you like hummus? What are your favourite hummus flavours?

Homemade Hummus

(Makes about 2 cups)

2 cups (or 1 15-oz can) chick peas/garbanzo beans
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 clove garlic, cut in half
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt

Drain chick peas, keeping the liquid. Place liquid, sesame seeds, and garlic in blender or food processor. Cover and blend on high speed until mixed. Add beans, lemon juice and salt. Cover and blend on high speed, stopping occasionally to scrape sides if necessary, until uniform consistency.

This can be frozen and thawed out for later use! We’re a small family, so I freeze half for later.

Cappuccino Muffins Tuesday, Jul 19 2011 

The original recipe is from A Joyful Handmaiden. I made it last year for the first time, after my friend Lindsey shared the link with me, and really enjoyed them! Except for how very sweet they were. A year later, I finally made them again to see if I could make them less sweet as they are really good! Well, it worked. They’re less sweet, yet still sweet enough, they taste great, and best of all? They’re made with whole grains! I made these with spelt. ‘Cause I love my spelt. But it would work with wheat. Or white. Or a mixture. 🙂  If you do 100% wheat, it will be denser. Spelt works better that way. So go ahead, indulge in these yummy muffins. They are whole grains, it’s easy to justify them. 😉  hehe

Cappuccino Muffins

(Makes 12 muffins)

2 cups flour (wheat, spelt, white, or mixture! I used spelt entirely.)
2 Tbsp white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp instant coffee
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix dry and wet ingredients separately, and combine until just blended. Add chocolate chips. Pour into greased or lined muffin tins, and top with topping:

Topping:

3 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp cold butter

Mix together, sprinkle over muffins. Bake 22-25 minutes at 375F.

Posted at Cast Party WednesdayHomemaker by Choice and Tempt my Tummy Tuesday!

Super Yummy Coffee Popsicles Thursday, Jul 7 2011 

Ooooooh yeah! These popsicles are delicious and a great way to cool off this summer! Even my 3-yr old likes them. 🙂  They taste like something you’d get at Tim Horton’s!

Coffee Popsicles

1/2 cup coffee (I use leftover from the morning pot)
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp sugar

Melt sugar in the coffee, add milk. Pour into popsicle moulds, freeze and enjoy!

This recipe makes 4 popsicles in my moulds, so adjust the amounts as necessary for the size of your moulds! I freeze them in the morning and enjoy them in the afternoon. 🙂

Of course, the amount of milk and sugar can also be tweaked to your own taste buds!

Shared at Cast Party Wednesday and Tempt my Tummy Tuesday!

Irish Soda Bread Wednesday, Jul 6 2011 

I love this soda bread! I make it at least every other month, and it’s gone in no time. Spread with butter, it makes for easy and delicious snacks and breakfast.

My kitchen helper! He’s adding raisins to the batter, before putting it in the greased cast iron to bake! By the way, I’m standing at the end of the kitchen. You’re seeing the only cupboard I currently have (other than 3 below the counter)! Tiny kitchen, but we’ve made it work for 5mths. I am looking forward to being back in my own big kitchen soon though! These past few months have helped me realize that I can still bake yummy foods even with an apartment size fridge, stove, and and only 3-4′ of counter space!!

 

Irish Soda Bread

3 cups wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar*
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
4 Tbsp crisco/butter/margarine
1 eg
2 cups buttermilk (or 2 Tbsp vinegar in regular milk)
2 cups raisins (or even blueberries!)

Mix all the ingredients together. Place in a greased cast iron pan (or, free-form on a cookie sheet). Bake at 350F for 40 minutes.

*The original recipe calls for 2/3 cup. We like to minimize our sugar intake, but it does taste great with the full amount of sugar! 😀

Note: I got this recipe from a blog online. I tried to find it to credit the recipe, but I can’t locate it. If/when I do, I’ll be sure to add it to this post for credit!

Double Chocolate Oatmeal Muffins Wednesday, Jun 22 2011 

This recipe was the result of wanting a healthy oatmeal muffin, yet craving chocolate! 😀  The muffin itself doesn’t taste all that sweet, but then you add the chocolate chips and YUM! Great combination! This is definitely a good muffin for breakfasts, or snacks.

Double Chocolate Oatmeal Muffins

(Makes 12 muffins)

1 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup flour*
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar (brown or white)
2 Tbsp cocoa
1 egg
3/4 cup buttermilk**
1/4 cup margarine/butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mix dry ingredients together. Combine egg and buttermilk, blend in margarine. Add to dry ingredients, stirring only until mixed. Gently fold in chocolate chips. Bake at 375F for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

* I used all wheat flour and it tasted great, although the muffin wasn’t as risen/fluffy as if you used some white flour. So it’s up to your preference! Wheat, white, or do a mixture of each. 🙂

** I simply added 1 Tbsp vinegar in regular milk, for a total of 3/4 cup.

Banana Chocolate Smoothie! Wednesday, Jun 15 2011 

It’s been HOT here lately, and smoothies have been our best friend! Well, other than the fan blowing the cool air up from the basement. 🙂  This one is delicious: banana chocolate! The above picture was one we made from fresh bananas, but it’s even better with frozen bananas! Simply put a banana or two in a blender, add some cocoa powder and milk and thoroughly mix! You can add peanut butter too, for a yummy twist!

Makes for a great snack, refreshing drink, or dessert. Our 3-year old thinks it’s ice cream. 🙂

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