Recipe Friday – Cranberry Date Bars

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Thought I would share another sweet recipe with you. I know too many sweets are not good for you but this recipe is actually a pretty good from a nutritional stand point. It is a wholesome energy packed bar that really does taste good. Enjoy!!

 

CRANBERRY DATE BARS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) chopped dates
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted

OPTIONAL GLAZE:

  • 1-1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Place cranberries, dates and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until berries pop, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  4. Mix flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt; stir in melted butter.
  5. Press half of the mixture into an ungreased 13×9-in. pan. Bake 8 minutes.
  6. Spoon cranberry mixture over crust.
  7. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture; pat down gently. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Mix glaze ingredients.
  10. Drizzle over top.
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Recipe Friday – Chicken Enchiladas

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Hi all!! Here’s another great recipe for Recipe Friday!!

There are a few dishes that can be fixed a few different ways. This one is no exception. I have fixed chicken enchiladas several different ways but seems like I keep coming back to this one. It is a really simple quick version and is an all around favorite. Enjoy!!

 

 

 

Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking dish.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the green onion until tender (about 3 to 4 minutes).
  3. Add the garlic powder, then stir in the green chiles, cream of mushroom soup and sour cream. Mix well.
  4. Reserve 3/4 of this sauce and set aside. To the remaining 1/4 of the sauce in the saucepan, add the chicken and 1/2 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese. Stir together.
  5. Fill each flour tortilla with the chicken mixture and roll up.
  6. Place seam side down in the prepared baking dish.
  7. In a small bowl combine the reserved 3/4 of the sauce with the milk.
  8. Spoon this mixture over the rolled tortillas and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.

 

 

Recipe Friday – Soft Oatmeal Cookies

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Hi everyone!! Hope your week has been going great!! I thought I would dig up another cookie recipe for this week because who doesn’t love cookies? I know I do 🙂

This is great oatmeal cookie recipe that I have use a few times and always get good results with it. The best thing about this recipe is you can add nuts, raisins, or even chocolate chips to it. It’s really good base recipe to get creative with. Enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

Soft Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in oats. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  4. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls, and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  5. Flatten each cookie with a large fork dipped in sugar.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven.
  7. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

 

Recipe Friday – Banana Cookies

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Happy Friday everyone!! Hope your week was amazing!! Today I decide on a sweet recipe I found a few months back but had never tried. I had never made Banana Cookies before and decided to try them and I was glad I did. They were really good…a lot better then I thought they would be. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did 🙂

 

 

Banana Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup of mashed bananas (about 2 ½ large bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 cups of flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground mace or nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 cup of pecans (walnuts and chocolate chips are fine alternatives)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and continue to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the mashed bananas and baking soda. Let sit for 2 minutes. The baking soda will react with the acid in the bananas which in turn will give the cookies their lift and rise
  3. Mix the banana mixture into the butter mixture.
  4. Whisk together the flour, salt, and spices. Add to the butter and banana mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Fold pecans or chocolate chips (if using) into the batter.
  6. Drop in dollops onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until nicely golden brown. Let cool on wire racks.

Recipe Friday – Roast Sticky Chicken: Rotisserie style

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Hi everyone!!! Hope your week has been great and you got everything done that needed to be done. I know it’s hard but hey we have to do our best and keep moving right? Right!! So for todays recipe I am going back to our old stand by: Chicken. I mean who can say they don’t like chicken? Not many if anyone at all. We all compare everything unknown to us to chicken and to be honest I think there are more chicken recipes out there then anything else. I guess really it’s because it is the most common cheap food out there next to eggs.

So anyway, this is a cool recipe I stumbled upon when trying to find something to do with my chicken. It is a really simple recipe and seems to go over very well with everyone in my family. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

 

 

Roast Sticky Chicken: Rotisserie Style

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together salt, paprika, onion powder, thyme, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. 
  2. Remove and discard giblets from chicken. Rinse chicken cavity, and pat dry with paper towel. Rub each chicken inside and out with spice mixture.
  3. Place 1 onion into the cavity of each chicken.
  4. Place chickens in a resealable bag or double wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 4 to 6 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  6. Place chickens in a roasting pan. Bake uncovered for 5 hours, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C).
  7. Let the chickens stand for 10 minutes before carving.

World Cup Appetizers Day 21

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Whoo Hoo!! Today is the World Cup Final!!!!! I am so excited for this game!! It should be the best of them all!! France vs Croatia….who would have ever thought these two teams would have made the finals!! Best of luck to both teams!!

 

Here is a good wing recipe for a great wing snack. They are really simple and turn out so tender. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!!

 

Restaurant Style Buffalo Chicken Wings

Ingredient

  •  1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 chicken wings
  • oil for deep frying
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  •  dash ground black pepper
  • 1 dash garlic powder

Directions

  1. In a small bowl mix together the flour, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt.
  2. Place chicken wings in a large nonporous glass dish or bowl and sprinkle flour mixture over them until they are evenly coated.
  3. Cover dish or bowl and refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5. The oil should be just enough to cover wings entirely, an inch or so deep.
  6. Combine the butter, hot sauce, pepper and garlic powder in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir together and heat until butter is melted and mixture is well blended.
  7. Remove from heat and reserve for serving.
  8. Fry coated wings in hot oil for 10 to 15 minutes, or until parts of wings begin to turn brown.
  9. Remove from heat, place wings in serving bowl, add hot sauce mixture and stir together. Serve.

World Cup Appetizers Day 20

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Today is one of the final games of the World Cup 😦   But I’m going to enjoy every minute of it!! Today is England vs. Belgium for the third place spot. Should be a really good game. They actually played earlier in the games and Belgium won. SO let’s see what happens!!

 

Since this game is first thing in the morning thought we could have a breakfast treat along with a nice cup of coffee. These are really good for a quick breakfast treat: Donut Muffins. Enjoy!!

 

 

Donut Muffins

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 24 mini-muffin cups.
  2. Mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup margarine, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the milk, then mix in the baking powder and flour until just combined.
  4. Fill the prepared mini muffin cups about half full.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. While muffins are baking, place 1/4 cup of melted margarine in a bowl.
  7. In a separate bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of sugar with the cinnamon.
  8. Remove muffins from their cups, dip each muffin in the melted margarine, and roll in the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Let cool and serve.