Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ella's Coconut Carrot Muffins

My niece made these while we were there and they are awesome! Also, she made the recipe up. These are so good, I can't wait to make them again.
Ps. She's 13!

2 1/4 cup flour
1 TB baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
2 sticks butter, melted
1/2 cup shortening or coconut oil
2 1/2 cup shredded carrot
2 cups shredded coconut
2 tsp vanilla

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a second bowl, mix sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and melted butter. Add dry mixture to the wet, along with shortening, carrot, coconut, and vanilla.

Fill 18 muffin cups and bake at 350' for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Thanks Ella!!!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Hashbrown waffles

Make your hashbrowns in the waffle iron! They were fantastic. Thank you serious eats.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas treats

Sugar cookies, oatmeal fudge bars, and lime meltaways.

Huge time saver this year ~ I shaped the sugar cookies into rolls of circles, triangles, and squares. Then I just sliced them to bake and decorated as ornaments, Christmas trees, and presents, respectively. No rolling out the dough!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fried rice

This is what I make when my fridge is empty.

Fry bacon. Scramble eggs. Saute random veggies from fridge or freezer. Saute leftover rice in bacon grease and soy sauce. When hot, add all the other ingredients. Finish with some sesame oil.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Freezer meals

One day batch cooking - I finally did it! And I have to say, it was awesome. I had something significant to show for my effort. And I am not going to have to worry about cooking for a while. Unintended bonus: I've already done the dinner dishes for 16 meals!

I made:

Salmon Patties (canned salmon, sauteed onion and green peppers, breadcrumbs, mustard, curry powder, salt, eggs. Mix and cook in pan like hamburger patties.)

Quinoa Cakes (cooked quinoa, eggs, parmesan, salt, breadcrumbs, garlic, minced onion, green onion. Mix and cook in pan for 5 minutes per side.)

Quinoa Cake Mix (same ingredients as above minus the eggs. when ready, thaw, add eggs, fry.)

Quinoa, Kale, Garlic Saute (cooked kale, frozen kale, garlic. to serve, saute frozen pkg 10-15 min.)

Rice Pilaf (saute onions and garlic, add jasmine and wild rice, add water and chicken stock. cook.)

Chicken Divan (using half of the rice pilaf)

Chicken Enchiladas (saute onions and peppers, then chicken, roll with cheese in corn tortillas, top with green salsa, top with cheese)

Roasted Brussels Sprouts (slice in half, add olive oil, salt and pepper. mix well. roast 400' for 40 minutes.)

Homefries (peel and cube potatoes. add olive oil, salt and pepper. mix well, roast 400' for 40 minutes, or until browned.)

Roasted Garbanzo beans with fennel (same as recipe, only use fresh fennel in place of the fennel seeds and omit broccolini)

This should be 16 meals for our family of 5. I'm also going to make some granola and I make fresh sourdough bread and yogurt weekly. I also have organic mac n cheese with hotdogs, udon, and egg scrambles, or pancakes to throw in last minute, as needed. 


Monday, November 3, 2014

Yogurt cups

I did some of my yogurt batch in little mason jars. The kids love them!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


1 quart milk
1tb plain yogurt

Heat milk to 180°, stirring often. Cool to 115°. Pour into mason jar, stir in yogurt. Cover. Incubate in Excalibur dehydrator for 5 hours at 115°.

Or you can incubate in a cooler or a crockpot, etc.

Yay! I finally have delicious yogurt that I can make at home. Thank you excalibur!