Saturday, July 14, 2012

Coffee Punch

At my niece's baby shower last weekend I made most of the food and beverage items.  The two punches, Pineapple Strawberry and Coffee, both went over very well.  The Pineapple Strawberry Punch is one I've made many times.  It is refreshing, very tasty and EASY!  (Search my blog by punch or beverage to find it.) This Coffee Punch was a new recipe.  I love coffee-flavored everything, so I knew it would be good.  It was delicious and very well received at the baby shower.  This will go into my "save" file for future parties.  

Coffee Punch (The Red Hat Society Cookbook)

1 cup boiling water
1 (2 oz) jar instant coffee (I used four single serve packets)
3 cups sugar
1 gallon milk
½ gallon chocolate ice cream (softened, but not soupy)
½ gallon vanilla ice cream (softened, but not soupy)

In a large saucepan boil the water and stir in the coffee and sugar.  Cool and refrigerate.  When ready to serve, transfer the coffee mixture to a punch bowl.  Stir in milk and ice creams.

Makes 60 servings.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I never tire of pumpkin.  If you've followed my blog for any amount of time you know that I have posted several pumpkin recipes.  Back in 2010 I posted a pumpkin cookie which had cranberries in it and it was NOT made with butter.  Of the two recipes I like this one better.  Maybe because of the butter...maybe because of the dark chocolate chips that I used.  Regardless these are quite tasty. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (Taste of Home 2011)

48 servings Prep: 10 min; Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling


1 cup butter, softened

¾ cup sugar (I used splenda)

¾ cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour (I used 1 cup white & 1 cup whole wheat)

1 cup quick-cooking oats

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate)


In a bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, baking soda and cinnamon; stir into creamed mixture alternately with pumpkin. Fold in chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoonfuls (I used a medium cookie scoop) onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-13 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 4 dozen

Nutrition Facts (original recipe): 2 cookies equals 112 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 68 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein

Time to get going....again....

One of my camping pals, Deb K., commented to me at one of our recent campouts that she keeps checking my blog and finds the maple bacon cookies still in the last post from LAST FALL!  Shameful isn't it?  It isn't that I'm not baking because I am!  I just need to take the time to get them typed up and posted on my blog.  I am going to make a conscious effort be better about it.  So if you are checking my blog periodically I hope you will find some new and delicious recipes to try!  Thanks for your patience!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Maple-Bacon Breakfast Cookies

Last weekend I opened up the newest Our Iowa Magazine, flipped through, read some articles and came up on the following recipe in the small recipe section that each magazine contains.  This recipe immediately sparked my interest.  It had many things in it that sounded delicious, yet not terribly bad for you.  "A hearty breakfast in the form of a portable snack", as shared by the submitter who happens to be a pediatric surgeon.

I made these on Saturday night so that I could take them to our "after the Especially for You 5K race" brunch at my in-laws.  They were quite tasty and very well received.  The recipe was moved into my favorite recipe's binder!

Maple-Bacon Breakfast Cookies
 (from Our Iowa Magazine Oct/Nov 2011 - Stephanie Kapfer, VA)

1 cup butter (can substitute a 50/50 butter blend such as Smart Balance)
1 ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 egg
½ cup pure maple syrup
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups quick-cooking oats
½ cup crumbled cooked thick-sliced bacon
½ cup chopped pecans

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar.  Add egg and syrup; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.  Stir in the oats, bacon and pecans until well blended.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto nonstick cookie sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 14-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove to brown paper or wire racks to cool.  Makes about 5 dozen.

To make about 2 dozen jumbo cookies: Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls and bake at 325 degrees for 16-18 minutes.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Red White & Blue Trifle

Is this not a beautiful dessert?  This is my own creation and it is as yummy as it is pretty!  The berries have been absolutely delicious this year.  The blueberries are big and juicy and the strawberries...what can I say!    Last year I made this for the first time and did it a little differently.  But this year's variation was the clear winner for taste.  It has moved into the "must haves" on our 4th of July party menu.

Red, White & Blue Trifle


Angel Food Cake (ready made, boxed and made at home, or made from scratch) - tear into bite size pieces
1 pound of blueberries - cleaned, stems removed
2 pounds of strawberries - cleaned, hulls removed, sliced
Cream cheese mixture - an 8 oz cream cheese, softened; mix with 1 cup powdered sugar, and an 8 oz container of cool whip, thawed

You are going to have to divide everything into thirds.  Layer the cake, cream cheese, berries, repeat.  I like to save back some of the strawberries for the top and instead of slices I cut them in half.  You can get as creative as you want on the top.

To make sure the berries are easily seen be sure to slide some blueberries and strawberries down the sides of the bowl as you layer.

Such a wonderful dessert.  Light, refreshing, and full of flavor.  Enjoy!!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Freaky Fast Meal - Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

Today we had a super fast, super easy lunch - Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches.  These are one of my all time favorite "comfort foods".  I had it in my head that I wanted to make these this weekend, so when we went to Sam's Friday night I picked up a package of sliced roast beef.  (Which by the way was Angus beef and it was wonderfully tender and tasty.)  The only real preparation to be done was making the mashed potatoes and gravy.  And to simplify the gravy I used Williams gravy mix.  (I use many of the Williams seasoning mixes for chili, white gravy, etc. - all are quite tasty.) 
So here is the rundown of what I did:
1) Make mashed potatoes
2) Make gravy
3) Heated sliced roast beef (in the microwave using low power - you don't want to "cook" it, just warm it)
4) Cook side vegetable
5)  Put roast beef sandwich together.  Slice in half and spread out on plate.
6)  Put mashed potatoes in between sandwich slices
7)  Pour gravy over the top of everything
8) Put vegetables on plate
9)  ENJOY!!!

This meal will be enjoyed at least twice more for lunches this next week.  It won't take any time at all to warm it up.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

What's up with you? Here is what is up with me!!!

Okay, I've been very lax in blogging lately.  The last one was in November, but things have been crazy busy - with the holidays and all.  I'll bring you up to date with what has been going on at our house.

We had our Custom Hose party the first weekend of December and that meant LOTS of cookies had to be baked!  Each employee has to make 24 dozen cookies which then go into the cookie buckets that we send out to our out-of-town customers.  Those took pretty much a whole weekend.

Another weekend went into baking my sweet breads.  I made some as gifts (for our pastor and neighbors) and then made LOTS of mini-loaves to be given away to the guests at our open house.  We had our semi-annual Christmas Open House the weekend before Christmas.  Suffice it to say that there are lots of preps that go with that.  I should mention that we call it "semi-annual", although we hadn't had one since 2007.  We were supposed to have it in 2009 but with Jim's cancer diagnosis we opted out last year.  We had lots to be thankful for and to celebrate this Christmas so it was all done with great joy in our hearts!  We had a great turnout and all went well. (Thanks Vicki, Cathy and Becca for all your help that day!)

Jim had his follow-up visit with Dr. Nabi the day before our Christmas Open House.  Everything looked good and he doesn't go back till April.  On April 13th he has a CT scan and then on April 15th he sees the doctor.  He feels great and is stronger then he has ever been!  He is working out doing cardio and strength exercises at least 5 days a week. 

We are really busy at work so we have had lots of long days there, occasionally going in on the weekends to play "catch up".  We are thankful to have good jobs so we are not complaining.

The Christian women's group I belong too has me busy also.  We have our annual seminar coming up on April 16th and due to the Crowne Plaza closing up for remodeling we had to find a new venue for this year.  It was finally decided to use The Hotel at Kirkwood.  This facility is new and just opened in 2010.  Seating will be limited to 500 so we will have to limit our ticket sales for the first time ever.  We have Angela Thomas as our speaker and Bebo Norman as our musician. Check out our website (thanks to Rachelle):

Speaking of Rachelle, she has been staying with us the last couple weeks while doing some software work at Custom Hose.  The other day we were talking about the many "quick" lunches that I put together each work day.  (Jim & I come home for lunch every day.)  She suggested that I share some of my quick meal ideas on the blog.  I am thinking I may do something on a weekly basis.  You'll need to check back to see how this comes along!

Well this enough for tonight.  I'll try to be better about getting my posts up.  I have been taking lots of pictures of the various foods I've made over the last couple months, I just haven't sat down to type up the recipes.  I guess I need to get busy!  LOL