Orange-Cranberry Spelt Muffins Thursday, Feb 7 2013 

My friend Sara made these and talked about it on facebook. Sounded so good to me that I had to make it the same day she shared the recipe! πŸ™‚

Orange-Cranberry Spelt Muffins

1 grated orange zest
3 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1 1/4 cup buttermilk*
1/2 cup honey
2 1/2 cups spelt flour (I used 1 3/4 spelt, and 3/4 white)
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
pinch allspice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Mix dry ingredients together, then combine with wet. Bake in muffin tins at 350F for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

*You can make your own by combining milk with 1 Tbsp vinegar for your total 1 1/4 cup “buttermilk”, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Or use kefir if you have that handy!

Lemon Cranberry Oatmeal Pancakes Wednesday, Oct 31 2012 

(I love my son’s expression: “Another picture, Mom??? I just wanna eat!” lol)

My friend Tammy has a blender pancake recipe for Cranberry Oatmeal Pancakes on her site:Β Tammy’s Recipes. We’ve been enjoying that recipe since getting our Vita-Mix, and I’ve been wanting to tweak it to involve lemon, as lemons and cranberries just seem to go together in my mind! πŸ™‚ Β So, here it is!

Lemon Cranberry Oatmeal Pancakes

1 1/4 cups milk
1 1/8 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
2 eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest

Beat together in mixing bowl, cook on a frying pan. Make sure to stir before pouring new pancakes, as the cranberries drop to the bottom of the batter.

Blender pancake instructions: Blend up 3/4 cup wheat berries with the 1 1/4 cup milk for 2 minutes in a Vita-Mix or 4 minutes in a regular blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend just a little bit until all mixed. Pour into griddle (but remember the cranberries since to the bottom, so give it a little stir before each time!).

Secret Recipe Club: Cranberry Chicken Salad Monday, May 28 2012 

It’s Secret Recipe Club time again! I didn’t participate last month since we were on the road for 2 weeks, and missed it! It’s fun to get assigned to a new blog, get to know the author, and browse around for a recipe. πŸ™‚ Β Usually I come up with several I want to try, and narrow it down to one that fits my fancy and cravings at that time. πŸ™‚

This month I was assigned to The Gingered Whisk! Jenni has a super cute daughter, and shares my love of being in the kitchen. I always browse the bread sections, since that is a bit of my “specialty”. Jenni really likes using sourdough! It’s not something I’ve experimented with very much, but I want to. It was neat to see how many different types of bread can be done with sourdough. Good job, Jenni! It’s inspiring! πŸ™‚

I received this assignment right after we got back home from 18 days on the road. I was exhausted, and my youngest was sick, so I looked for something quick. I decided on a very basic recipe, in hopes that some of you would benefit from it! What is better in these coming supper months than a yummy Chicken Salad sandwich?! You can eat it on crackers, buns, bread, or tortillas. It’s easy to bring on a picnic, or a day at the beach! It’s versatile too, you can add many different nuts and fruits to “spice it up”. πŸ™‚

Jenni’s recipe is super simple. I tweaked it a bit because I had just gotten a Vita-Mix and wanted to try it out in there (worked great!), and because I’ve been craving cranberries so I had to add some in. πŸ™‚

Cranberry Chicken Salad

2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded*
1 pickle, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Mayonnaise to taste
Handful dried cranberries, chopped**

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Serve on crackers, buns, bread, or tortilla wraps.

*Put mine through my Vita-Mix blender to shred! So quick! Would also work through a food processor, or chop finely with a knife.
** I put those through the Vita-Mix too!!

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Wednesday, May 9 2012 

We were recently on a trip for 18 days. Towards the end of the trip, I was getting pretty antsy to get back into my kitchen! I think I’m addicted to cooking and baking, is that bad? πŸ™‚ Β My birthday was right when we returned and I had no time or energy to make a cake. I still craved a homemade sweet though, and really wanted cranberries and chocolate, and these cookies were the result! Yum! I’ll be making these again! I thought there would be some left for potluck on Sunday… but I doubt it. πŸ˜‰ They are loaded, with yummy-ness!

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

(Makes 3 dozen small cookies)

1 cup butter/margarine
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cup wheat or white flour (I used 1 3/4 cups of spelt)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Cream together butter, brown sugar, and eggs. Mix together dry ingredients, and add in to the butter mixture. Finally, stir in cranberries and chocolate chip. Scoop unto greased cookie sheets, bake 12 minutes at 350F!

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