Thursday, September 25, 2014

Moist Banana Bread Muffins

I never let over ripe bananas go to waste....That generally means that there is
lots of baking happening at my house. I like to pack them for my daughters
snack at school and they're perfect with your morning coffee or tea.

Moist Banana Bread Muffins

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 ripe bananas - mashed
3/4 cups white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1/3 cup butter - melted

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin pan with non stick spray.
In a medium bowl, place flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and
cinnamon, mix well and set aside.

2) In another bowl, combine sugars and butter with a hand held mixer,
add egg, bananas and vanilla extract. Mix well. 

3) Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until incorporated. 
Place in muffin tin and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. 

                                 To me, these are the most perfectly moist and tender muffins.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

4 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
1 onion, diced
1 bell pepper,  diced
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 pint sour cream
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
1 ( 15 ounce ) can tomato sauce, divided
1 ( 8 ounce ) jar taco sauce, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
9 flour tortillas
3/4 cups cheese - for top
green onions for garnish

1) Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

2) In a skillet cook onion and bell pepper until almost done, add garlic.
Place cooked chicken on pan. Add sour cream, cheese, heat until cheese
begins to melt. Add half of the tomato sauce and half of the taco sauce.
Stir in all the spices. and stir until combined.

3) Roll even amounts of mixture into tortillas. Arrange into a 9 by 13 pan.
Mix the remaining tomato sauce and remaining taco sauce together and
pour over the rolled tortillas. Top with 3/4 cups of cheese. Bake uncovered
for 20 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes.

Note - I like to serve these with sour cream, green onions, rice and a 
side salad. Enjoy!!!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Potato Pancakes

I don't know about you, but when I make mashed potatoes, I always have
and ton of left overs - here is a great recipe to use them up for your morning
breakfast. It would be great served along side sausage and eggs.

Potato Pancakes

2 cups mashed potatoes
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup flour and more for rolling the potatoes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup cheddar cheese 
2 tablespoons fresh chives

1) Combine potatoes, egg, 1/4 cup flour, spices, cheese and chives in a bowl.

2) Heat skillet with oil over medium heat. Roll potatoes into little patties and
place them into a little dusting of flour and place in frying pan and cook on
each side until golden. Serve with sour cream and chives.

Note - I also like to serve mine with applesauce.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Beer Bread - 4 Ingredients

                I want you to make this bread very soon....Actually, run to the store and buy the
                ingredients and make it tonight, maybe tomorrow? Hehe. Can you tell how much
                I love this incredibly tasty and easy bread. The texture and flavor is awesome.

                I'm a self proclaimed bread addict and when I can make homemade bread with
                only 4 ingredients, it's pure heaven. Perfect alone or with Fall meals.

                                                                         Beer Bread

                                                                  3 cups of self rising flour
                                                                  1/3 cup sugar
                                                                  1 bottle of honey beer  ( or any beer of your choice)
                                                                  4 tablespoons melted butter

               Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl add flour, sugar and beer, Mix until
               well combined. Grease a loaf pan and place dough in pan. Let dough sit for 20
               minutes. Pour melted butter over dough and bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Classic Ambrosia

                      When it comes to ambrosia, I like to keep it simple and the way I grew up
                      eating it. Over the years I have made many versions from scratch and I
                      have to say my favorite and go to Ambrosia is the classic from the 50's.

                                It's retro food at it's finest. Quick, easy and great for a party.

                                                                      Classic Ambrosia

                                                                      1 ( 12 ounce ) container cool whip
                                                                      2 1/2 cups flaked sweetened coconut
                                                                      2 ( 8 ounce ) cans fruit cocktail, drained
                                                                      1 ( 11 ounce ) can mandarin oranges, drained
                                                                      1 ( 8 ounce ) can pineapple chunks, drained
                                                                      1 ( 10 ounce ) jar maraschino cherries, drained
                                                                      3 cups miniature marshmallows

                 1) In a large bowl mix everything together and chill for 1 hour before serving.

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