Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Strawberry Pie

This was one of my recipe finds from Pinterest and I must say it's pretty yummy! 
Just add some whipped cream on the top when you are ready to serve.
You can find the original recipe here.  I made one little change to it which I will note here, I just reduced the amount of sugar it called for.  The pie is plenty sweet even with the sugar reduction.
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
3 oz box strawberry Jell-O
2 cups sliced strawberries

Pre-bake a 10" pie shell.

Line bottom with the sliced strawberries

Combine cornstarch, sugar and water in small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened. Add the Jell-O and stir until dissolved. Pour over the strawberries and refrigerate until set.  Don't forget to top with whipped cream!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Harvest Bread

This bread has everything that reminds me of autumn: pumpkin, spice, and apples.  It made my house smell soooo good and it tasted just as good.

Harvest Bread

2 Cups flour
1/2 Cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
15 oz can pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 apples pealed, sliced and diced (or shredded)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

2 tsp white sugar
2 tsp light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease 3 small loaf pans.

Combine flour, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder and spices in a bowl.

In another bowl, cream sugar and butter.  Beat in eggs, pumpkin and vanilla.  Add the flour mixture, stirring until just moistened.  Stir in apples, raisins and walnuts. (I didn't add the walnuts in mine)  Spoon the batter into the prepared pans.

Bake the loaves for 45-50 min. or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Meanwhile, place all the topping ingredients in a small bowl and stir to blend.  Set aside.

When the bread comes out of the oven, sprinkle with the topping.

Let stand for 15 minutes, then remove from the pans and let cool on a wire rack.  Makes 12 servings

*This will also make 24 muffins.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Tongan Pie

 This is a yummy recipe from my friend and neighbor Gen.  Definitely worth making and super easy to make!  This actually makes a lot so I suggest you half the recipe unless you have a big group to feed.  Also, for the jam I used my home made strawberry freezer jam, but I don't see why you couldn't use any flavor.


6 c flour
6 tbsp baking powder
1 c sugar
3 sticks (1.5 cups) softened butter
Strawberry jam

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, add milk a little at a time until you get somewhat of a slightly sticky consistency (like pie dough).  Roll out dough into rectangles about a half inch thick (mine where pretty large over all, I had a lot of dough). Spread jam on top and fold.  The picture below gives you a better idea of how it was folded, but essentially all you are doing is bringing one side to the center, and then fold the other side on top of that.  Place pie on top of a lined cookie sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes at 365 degrees fahrenheit (edges should be light golden).  Let pie cool down for a bit and enjoy!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Upside Down Pineapple Mini Cakes [cupcakes]

My dad is a sucker for pineapple upside down cake, so when I found this recipe I was super excited! "They're yummier than a normal cake" quote from my dad - and he's picky! I added pecans, which was tricky because they had a tendency to stick to the pan, so after experimenting I found that by just adding a little more butter to the pan and crumbling the pecans rather than halved or chopped made for an easier removal from the pan! ENJOY!

6 tbs. butter (3/4 stick)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

6 tbs. butter (3/4 stick) [yes, again]  :)
3/4 cup of light or dark brown sugar - tightly packed
6 maraschino cherries
1 20 oz can pineapple rings


Heat oven to 350. Place the butter and milk for the batter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Warm the mixture, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts, then transfer the mixture to a small bowl to cool.

Meanwhile, prepare the pineapple topping. Into each cup of a 12-cup muffin pan, add 1/2 tbs. unmelted butter, then evenly sprinkle 1 tbs. brown sugar over the bottom. Place the pan in the oven until the butter melts, about 3 minutes.
Halve each maraschino cherry, then cut the pineapple rings into quarters. Place a cherry half, sliced side up, in the center of each cup and lay a pineapple quarter on each side. Press the fruit gently down into the butter-sugar mixture, then set the prepared pan aside.
Finish making the batter. In a medium size bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and stir the ingredients with a fork until they're evenly blended. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir until the flour is fully incorporated. Add the milk-butter mixture and stir well to combine the ingredients into a smooth batter.

Pour the batter in the muffin pan, dividing it evenly among all the cups. Bake the cupcakes until their lightly browned, dry around the edges, and pulling away a little - about 25 minutes.

Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for 5 minutes. Use a butter knife to carefully loosen each cupcake from the edges and bottom of the pan, then place a cookie sheet over the top. Invert the pan, turning the cupcakes out onto the cookie sheet. You can then transfer them back to the cookie sheet or platter to cool - served warm is the BEST!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Whole Wheat Bread

This recipe is my Mother-in-law's and it's really yummy.  I was not a fan of whole wheat bread, but this bread is delicious.  I've been grinding my own wheat whenever I make it to use fresh flour and this is becoming a weekly thing.  My girls and husband LOVE bread and this is turning out much cheaper than bread from the store.  Hope you like the recipe as much as we do.

Note:  I usually only make half of this recipe and make 5 small loaves

Mix together:
7 cups   whole wheat flour
2 tbsp yeast
5 cups warm water
1 1/2 cups powdered milk

Once those ingredients are mixed, cover your bowl and let rest for 10 minutes.  You'll see that the dough will start to rise up a bit.

After 10 minutes add the following to your mix:

2/3 cup oil
2/3 cup honey
2 tbsp dough enhancer
1 cup Vital Wheat Gluten
4 cups flour
2 tbsp salt

Mix for 10 minutes

Let rise, punch down.  Let rise.  Use oil instead of flour to make loaves.  Makes 5 large loaves or 10 small loaves.  Once you've rolled and placed your loaves in the pans, cover and let rise.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.  Enjoy!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

So the other day I was really craving some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  Unfortunately, I felt a little guilty making them after looking at the ingredients and seeing how much sugar it called for.  Since I really badly wanted the cookies, I went online to see if I could find a "healthier" version of these cookies.  Lucky for me I found a recipe and I LOVED the result.  The recipe called for very little sugar and whole wheat flour.  I had just made some whole wheat bread early that day, so I had freshly ground flour on hand. 

The recipe is from a blog called "a foodie stays fit: a tale of two loves" and the recipe can be found by clicking here HERE, or just scroll down below.

Healthy Pumpkin Cookies That Don’t Taste Healthy
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine pumpkin, sugar, applesauce, egg and vanilla and mix well (we’ll call this the WET mixture)
  3. Combine by whisking: flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a separate bowl (aka DRY mixture)
  4. Dissolve baking soda in milk, then add to WET mixture
  5. Gradually add DRY mixture to WET and mix until just combined
  6. Fold in chocolate chips
  7. Grease cookie sheet and use an ice cream scoop to measure out
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes until they no longer look wet
  9. Let sit on pan for 2 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool

They really are delicious and don't taste healthy at all!!!!!   Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Simple, easy and delicious!


Thinly sliced steak (Sirloin or chuck roast work great)

Corn tortillas

Cabbage, finely chopped

onion, finely chopped

cilantro, finely chopped

Green salsa/salsa verde (click on the name for recipe)

Olive oil

salt, pepper

Pearl onions (optional)

Season meat with salt and pepper and cook in a pan (I also like to add a little bit of minced garlic as it's cooking). When meat is cooked, cut steaks into small strips or squares.

Place a little bit of olive oil on a griddle and lightly rub the corn tortillas on the oil. I usually hold two tortillas together and then rub the outside sides on the oil and set them on the griddle to warm up and cook a bit. If you cooked the tortillas stacked in two's they'll stay softer. When the tortillas are ready, add the meat, cabbage, onions, cilantro and top with salsa. Serve with the pearl onions on the side. Enjoy!!

Note: To prepare the pearl onions, simply peel them and them put them in a pot with water. Let them cook and once they are ready, transfer them to your hot griddle for them to cook a bit more and get some nice color and extra flavor.