Breakfast Biscuits with a Twist!

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My son has been taking early morning Driver’s Ed for the past five weeks. In order to make his busy schedule, we have been eating hot oatmeal every week day. One day, I could take NO more MUSH!! We finally had a morning where someone didn’t need to be somewhere by 6:15 a.m. I decided it was time for something different! I’ve heard of people taking refrigerated biscuits and trying something with cinnamon and sweetened condensed milk. I didn’t have any of that stuff, but I have my biscuit recipe, which I love.

I simply doubled my recipe. I took a muffin tin and put a drop of butter in the bottom of each one. I divided the dough into twenty four dough balls, (a normal batch would only make twelve) then I divided each ball into three more small balls. I took each little ball and dipped it in cinnamon sugar (the other set, I dipped in hot cocoa drink powder mix).  Each muffin got three little dough balls.  I then put a little bit of butter on the top of each biscuit muffin. I baked them in the oven at 375 for about 17 minutes or so. When they came out, I drizzled sweetened condensed milk all over the top of them…. They did NOT last long at our place!

I had children thanking me right and left….. not only where they happy to not have to eat another bowl of mush, but they absolutely loved this new breakfast twist!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake with Streusel Topping!

103_0947I am in serious trouble when it comes to breads…. that will undo my last years 40 lb weight loss if I am not careful!!  Good thing there are lots of mouths at our home, that way I am not inclined to eat it all!  I have found a lot of recipes for Chocolate Chip pumpkin bread.  Well, my bread pans were being used, so I thought I would just make a cake!  It worked out Wonderfully!!!  We cut up a hot slice for lunch yesterday, put it in a bowl, and poured some milk over the top of it, and it was out of this world!!

My recipe is slightly adapted from one I found on All Recipes… I don’t even know where I found it, so if it is yours, please take the credit!

3 C sugar

15 oz of canned pumpkin puree

1 c vegetable oil

2/3 C butter milk — I put about a tsp of lemon juice in with regular milk and give it about 5 to 10 minutes when I need buttermilk

4 eggs

3 C flour

1 Tb ground cinnamon

1 Tb nutmeg — I only had Allspice so I used about a 1/s Tb of Allspice

2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp salt

An entire bag of milk chocolate chips–fold these in with spoon.

Streusel Topping:

1/4 C of soft butter

1/2 C of brown sugar  — you want more sugar and flour than butter or else it will all sink to the bottom of the loaf

1/4 – 1/2 C of flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 – 1/2 C of oatmeal

Chopped nuts — as many or as little as you want

Mix it all together with a fork — You want it sort of on the dry side so that it will not sink…

Mix the cake ingredients together.  Grease and flour your pan really well…. or your bread loaves whichever you want to use.  I really like the cake method.  Spread it into the pans and sprinkle the Streusel topping over the top of it.  This topping is what makes this cake!!  Mine probably cooked about 45 minutes to an hour…. I started with 35 minutes, found out it wasn’t cooking thoroughly yet, so I turned my temperature down to 325 and it cooked for about maybe 15 or 20 minutes more.  So about an hour… I’m sorry I didn’t watch it more carefully.  My 14-yr old son begged and pleaded with me this morning that I would save him a piece for when he got home from school today… you have to understand that at our house, something like this usually doesn’t last too long!  I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Tasty Homemade Granola Cereal!

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I’ve decided it’s not too easy to take a good picture of cereal!  Luckily this recipe tastes so good, a good photo is not required!  Cereal, at our house, is a RARE treat!  It’s just too expensive to purchase.  We usually eat oatmeal, pancakes, cracked wheat, or grits for breakfast.  However, on occasion, WHEN I’M FEELING PARTICULARLY KIND, I like to make this cereal in a BIG batch!  I try to make it mostly for my husband…. He leaves for church on Sunday mornings around 6 in the morning, and usually doesn’t get home until well after lunch time.  He needs a little something to fill him up.  This cereal is the perfect Sunday solution… and yes… I do have to hide it or else it would disappear in no time!

It’s really easy to make, and it’s really customizable to what you like!  My kids only like chocolate chips, nuts, and dried and sweetened banana chips in it, but you could put anything you like into it!

In a small sauce pan, combine the following ingredients:

4 TB oil

3/4 C butter

8 T honey

1 1/3 C brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt (roughly)

2 tsp cinnamon

1 to 2 tsp vanilla

Cook and stir until all the sugar is dissolved.

Pour into a large bowl with 8 CUPS of oatmeal and a large handful or two of nuts.  I like to use walnuts, or almonds, whichever I have on hand.  Mix the sauce into the oatmeal until everything is coated completely.

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Stirring the sauce into the oatmeal

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Oatmeal mixture spread out on jelly-roll pans just before cooking.

Spray a large jelly-pan sheet with cooking spray.  (This recipe will do two pans worth)  Spread your oatmeal mixture out on the pans and cook them in a preheated  375 oven for 10 minutes.  Let it cool completely, and then break it up and store it into a container.  At this time you can add chocolate chips, or other tasty things, such as craisins, etc., if you would like to!  Let me know if you like it!

Deliciously Moist Blueberry Streusel Topped Cake

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Dang!  I wish I knew how to take pictures better than I do!!!  This picture doesn’t do this cake justice!  Well… I experimented… VERY SCARY…. I know!  HOWEVER, this time wasn’t too shabby!  I had a hankerin’ for some muffins, but I didn’t want the mess, nor did I want to take the time to do each individual muffin.  I came across this muffin recipe at allrecipes.com and I happened to read one of the reviewers comments about accidentally turning it into a cake.  So…. I decided to give it a go!  This recipe will be slightly adapted from the original.

I LOVE blueberry muffins.  However, the only thing I had on hand was one can of blueberry pie filling.  So, I drained the pie filling in a colander.  I saved all the wonderful glazing that came off from it and kept it in another bowl…. I had plans for it later!  I rinsed the remaining glaze off from the blueberries with some water while still in the colander.  When I had my dough prepared, I gently folded in the blueberries.  Fresh or frozen blueberries can be used …BUT NOT REQUIRED!   When the cake was all done and we were serving it up, I drizzled the remaining glaze over the top of the cake!  It was WONDERFUL!  My husband and kids LOVED it!  For this recipe alone, I may go and gather up all the canned blueberry pie filling cans I can get my hands on and keep it in my food storage!  I might even try a cherry pie filling next time!

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 9 x 13 glass baking dish.

First… Cream together the following ingredients:

1/2 C butter

1 C sugar

Then add 1 tsp vanilla and two eggs.  Mix some more!

Add the following dry ingredients:

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 C flour

Add 1 cup of milk.  At this point you should have a smooth cake consistency.  Fold in your prepared blueberries.

Mix, with a fork, the following Streusel topping and then sprinkle it over your uncooked cake:

4 Tb flour

4 Tb brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 TB butter

A handful of rolled oats.

Chopped nuts… optional!

Place that bad boy into a hot oven and cook for about 35 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.  When serving it up, drizzle your blueberry glaze over the top of it and enjoy!  You had better give some of it away, because if you are on a diet, like I am…. this could ruin EVERYTHING!!  This would be AWESOME for a brunch idea, or a Christmas morning type of recipe, OR, to just eat it whenever!!!  Let me know if you like it!

Monkey Bread!

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OK..  I am writing this one down before I forget it!  I usually don’t experiment too much.  I never have good results.  I usually stick to other people’s proven recipes; then, if it doesn’t work, I can blame it on the recipe…. ahem!

However, I don’t know what came over me last night… Oh!  I remember!  I hadn’t eaten anything since breakfast and I was STARVED!  Enter in “experiment!”  And, luckily for you, it turned out FANTABULOUS!

The night before I had made a double batch of bread sticks.  I thought that I would cook half up and then put the rest in the refrigerator for Saturday.  Well, we were cleaning all day and I forgot I had it in the refrigerator.  At 6 p.m. everyone was begging me for food…. not good!  We usually eat much earlier on a Saturday.  Eating that late interferes with getting everyone ready for church and all the heavy house cleaning that goes on.  I really wasn’t in the mood for bread sticks, either.  So, I took the dough out and divided it into small dough balls.  I sprayed a muffin tin with cooking spray.  I took each ball, placed about a tsp of chocolate chips in it, rolled it into a ball, then dipped it into some hot cocoa mix that I had on hand.  I put three cocoa covered balls into each muffin whole.  I took about a half a cube of butter and melted it, then I just kept adding brown sugar to the butter until I got a thick, gooey consistency, then I poured that over the bread.  I baked them at 350 for about 18 minutes or so, and they were GREAT!

HOWEVER!  DON’T STOP THERE!!!

Had I had the ingredients and the patience to finish these little bad boys, I would have gone a little bit further!  The flavors would have been fantastic!  When you roll the dough into little balls, place a few chocolate chips into each ball, then roll it up and dip it in the dry hot cocoa mix (similar to chicken pillows–only chocolate pillows!)  I would have sprinkled a few nuts on them as well had I had any.  Then when they are all done baking and still nice and warm, I would have DRIZZLED cream cheese frosting on them!   But, we’ll save that for another time.  My diet thanks me for not doing all that!

After they finished baking and we had enjoyed a couple of them, I let them finish cooling completely before I placed them in a plastic sack and put them in the refrigerator.  I warmed one up this morning and it was perfect for a Sunday morning quick breakfast!

Breadstick Dough Recipe:

3 cups of flour (more if needed)

1/2 tsp salt

2 T sugar

In a seperate bowl add and mix the following:

1 1/2 C warm water

1 T yeast

1 T sugar

When your yeast mixture is all bubbly, add it to the flour mixture and mix well until no flour is left on the side of the mixing bowl.  Allow it to rise for about a half an hour.

This batch will make only one dozen, so, if there is only one or two of you, then you’re good; however, if your family is the size of mine, you might want to double or even triple it.

UPDATE:  I added the chocolate chips and icing and it was F-A-NOM-I-N A L!!!!

Perfect “Pan” Cakes Makeover!

I have to say that there is a BRILLIANT poster on Pinterest!  However, I can’t remember who she is!!  We LOVE pancakes at our house, also!!   Anything that gives us a break from oatmeal is heaven sent!  However, it takes a HUGE amount of time to cook these babies up!  I found a pin a few weeks ago that talked about BAKING their pancakes!  Brilliant!  Of course!  Why didn’t I think of this!!!

So, this morning, I got BRAVE…. I took my Perfect Pancake recipe and mixed it up. I then poured it in a sprayed baking dish.  Popped it in the oven for 25 minutes at 350 degrees…. then I went to work getting Ed’s lunch ready and my laundry…. Let me just say this…. Oh Man!  They were FABULOUS!  They cooked while I did what I needed to do this morning!  So Simple!

Usually, on pancakes days, when we are reading our scriptures in the morning, I have to keep sneaking away to go flip a pancake that’s cooking on the griddle!  It takes so much time to make pancakes!!  This, however, was wonderful, they cooked up so nicely and my kids DEVOURED them!!

I guess it’s the same idea when you take an article of clothing or an old piece of furniture and give it a new look.  Looks totally new!  It’s Amazing!

Baked!  Who would have thought!!!

I hope you’ll give them a try!

Perfect Pancakes!

Alright!  Who doesn’t love to wake up to the smell of pancakes cookin’ on the stove and bacon in the oven!  At our house, “mush” or oatmeal is served four to five times a week.  However, we allow ourselves pancakes twice a week just to give ourselves a break from the oatmeal!  Wednesdays and Saturdays are  designated “pancake” days at our house and our children don’t like to let us forget it either!  Funny how much more they are willing to help set the table at 6 in the morning when there are pancakes a cookin’ compared to the oatmeal!

Anyways, after several years of making pancakes, I think I have finally gotten the recipe down to near perfection!  So, if you like to enjoy just a little bit of heaven, then get a writing utensil out!!  Please remember this recipe feeds my family of nine with a couple of leftovers!  You might want to half this recipe for a smaller family size!

3 Cups of Milk — Now don’t skimp!  You need the fatter milk to make these work:  2%, whole (my favorite), buttermilik, or sour milk (not curdled!)

3 eggs

3/4 C of oil

Mix your wet ingredients and then add the following dry ingredients:

1 1/5 tsp salt

1 1/5 tsp baking soda

3 tsp baking powder

3 Tbl sugar

3 C of flour

Now grease, butter, or spray your griddle before each batch.  My favorite way is to spread a little butter on the griddle so that when you cook your pancakes, it puts a nice little buttery crust on the edge of the pancake!  As I said before… a little peace of heaven in your mouth!  Trust me… you will NEVER want to buy the mix stuff again…. EVER!!!

Now, having southern roots in my family tree, what pancake is complete without a spread of peanut butter, jam, and syrup?  Ooooohhhhhh yah! that’s why we only have these twice a week!  Oh did I forget to mention that about once a year, we throw in some chocolate chips?  Yep!  That puts me in my happy place!    So, go and make yourself a batch in the morning, or if you haven’t had your dinner yet, pancakes make a great dinner as well!  Hope you enjoy!