Showing posts with label experiments. Show all posts
Showing posts with label experiments. Show all posts

Saturday, September 17, 2011

a concoction: whole wheat pumpkin chocolate chip! muffins

it's not often i come up with a recipe all of my own. i'm not the original type, you know. and this recipe isn't completely my own either because i did follow a guide that instructed me how to make my own recipe. but i am calling it a success.

whole wheat pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. b. soda
1/4 t. salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 c. canned pumpkin
3/4 c. milk
2 T. melted butter
1/2  bag of chocolate chips

i mixed all my wet stuff + the sugar. in a seperate bowl i mixed all the dry ingredients and combined the two just a little at a time. the batter was a little stiff. mix in the chocolate chips and fill baking cups to the rim with batter. bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes.

next time i am going to add some oats. what is it about oats in the fall? is it just me? it totally might be me.

anyway, they are best served warm with a glass of icy-cold milk

now let's get to the good stuff.


my mother-in-law took this picture of nash on friday while she was babysitting for us. i am in love with this picture and i am in love with that face.

this role i have been gifted with, mothering, wow. well, it's a hard one. some days i don't feel fit enough to be a mother at all. but these boys. sometimes i get these little flashes and can envision them as the young men they will become. it is a sacred thing, i think. little glimpses that the lord provides to help guide us, as parents. or maybe it is to prepare us. either way, i am grateful. and am looking forward to the glimpses of what that little face will become, too.

ps. i am reading the help and i am in love with that book, too.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Flop to Hot...Fresh Blackberry Cobbler.


So I have this cobbler recipe that I can never get right. Ahem...couldn't ever get right.

It's really very simple. 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup self-rising flour, 1 stick of butter, and 1 cup of fresh blackberries. (And I add just a sprinkle of cinnamon over the top before putting it in the oven.)

I high-lighted the self-rising flour because that is the part I always screw up. As you can see in the first picture.....all-purpose flour doesn't rise by itself.

The second picture shows the kind of pan I was using was not working, either. It was very thin. (And I left it in the oven too long.) It is a 9 x 13 stoneware, and I was just informed this week that this recipe does best in a regular size loaf pan!  Who knew? It was my official Aha! moment.

Finally, this time I got it right. Finally! Right flour, right pan, right time in the oven.

Here's the recipe.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt 1 stick of butter in a regular size loaf pan. Mix together milk, flour, and sugar and pour into pan over the melted butter. Drop a handful (or more) of fresh blackberries (or really any kind of fruit you want) over the top. I add just a sprinkle of cinnamon, too. Let bake until browned on top, about 30 minutes.

And it was so good.

A little tip for you: If you have a recipe that calls for self-rising flour and you find that you are out, do this. Take one cup of all-purpose flour. Discard 2 tsp. of flour out of that one cup. Add 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. salt. Now you have flour that will work. It will rise and you will have a beautiful cobbler! You're welcome.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Greek-Week Wannabe

I totally wish I were a creative enough cook to come up with a week's worth of recipes using Stonyfield's Greek yogurt. But here's the thing: I actually hate Greek yogurt.

I tried to get on the bandwagon a couple of years ago, because it is so good for you, but I can't do it. It really just tastes awful.

But what I can do is use it as a base. Recently, I've begun swapping Greek yogurt for the mayo in recipes. Things like tuna fish, cole slaw, and potato salad or using it as a base for smoothies...all things that I love to eat, but don't like the extra calories.

So, does it taste the same? Kind of. I fed my "Greek tuna" to Travis - unbeknown to him, though. He will put a halt on anything healthy before it even reaches his mouth- He thought I used light mayo instead of regular. And thought it was pretty good. The change is subtle enough not to affect the taste or texture. 

Here's the thing: Greek yogurt packs 23 grams of protein per serving and only 130 calories. Awesome. Let's do some math.

Hellmann's real mayo has 90 calories in a 1 T. serving and 0 grams of protein (and we know protein is what keeps us full and energized, right?).
Stonyfield's Oikos Greek Yogurt has 8 calories in a 1 T. serving and 1 gram of protein.

Not a huge difference, if you really love mayo, you might go ahead and choose it. BUT, see what happens when the serving size goes up.

1 c. of mayo is 1440 calories (and still no protein) compared to the one serving of Greek yogurt I listed above. It's a big difference. Greek yogurt as the base of a recipe is actually changing potentially unhealthy food into a better choice.

So what about the taste of plain Greek yogurt? I don't know, it's just gross. I wouldn't eat it plain, but if you blend some strawberries or give it SOME kind of flavor, even just honey works wonders, it does taste better.

Anyone else have any purposes for Greek Yogurt?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Easy-Peasy Tuna Melts

*Adapted from Everyday Food

5 cans good quality tuna (I use Starkist Low Sodium)
mayo to mix
chopped purple onion
squeeze of lemon
salt and pepper
dried basil
crusty bread, sliced into 8 medium-thick slices
tomato slices
provolone cheese slices

Mix together the first six ingredients, using just enough mayo and lemon juice to make everything stick together. Scoop enough tuna salad to cover each slice of bread. Top with 2 tomato slices, followed by a slice of provolone cheese.

Arrange on a baking sheet and pop into the oven, set of BROIL, for about 10 minutes.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Saute de Poulet (Sauteed Chicken)

My french experiment. It was quite simple--I got it out of a French cookbook for kids. But, it was delightful. A recipe I will add to the rotation.

any kind of chicken (I used chicken breast cut in half)
1/2 c. flour
1 t. salt
1/2 t. thyme + extra for sprinkling
1/4 t. pepper
2 butter
olive oil
bay leaf, finely crumbled
crushed garlic
1 1/2 c. chicken broth
fresh mushrooms

Combine flour, salt, thyme, and pepper, mix well. Meanwhile, heat butter and oil together until melted. Roll chicken pieces in flour mixture and place into pan. Brown chicken and cook, covered, for 20 minutes. Sprinkle chicken pieces with thyme, bay leaf and garlic. Add chicken broth, gradually, and mushrooms to pan.

Stir and cover (with a slight opening so steam can escape). Reduce heat and let simmer for about 30 minutes. You will have a yummy extra tender chicken dinner. Spoon mixture over chicken upon serving. Yum.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Oh, My Experiment. I Almost Forgot...

Well, I didn't exactly stick to the plan. Almost, but I had to end up going to the store on Saturday. Only because it was the only day I could go, but I spent another 70 dollars. I pretty much stuck to the plan though, changing just a few things here and there. It was nice to not have to decide what to cook or hear an argument over what the kids want for a snack. I would just look at the list and say, "Well, it says here that it's time for.....". I never heard any complaints. BTW, the lentil casserole was so good. It is my favorite new recipe. Healthy, delicious, and cheap--you can't beat that. I'll post the recipe as soon as I download the picture.

Happy Eating!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

An Experiment

I'm a planner when it come to meals at our home. I try to plan a week's worth of dinners + a few just in case and I often buy extra items to have on hand. This saves me time and money. But, the last few weeks I have wondered if I could save even more time and money. (Emphasis on money) So for this week, I put together a calendar, if you will, of every meal we are going to eat in this house, snacks included. Of course, the snacks are really for the kids, as Travis and I don't eat them, so a little goes a long way with the little guys. Also, Travis and I don't really drink milk either, so 2 gallons lasts the whole week. As far as drinks, we all drink a lot of water. I only buy juice on occasion, so if it's not specified below, we are drinking water with that meal or snack.

My weekly bill for this week: $87. EIGHTY-SEVEN DOLLARS! So, I am trying my hardest to stick to it and I'll let you know results at the end of the week.**

**One irregularity: Travis' Mom and Dad graciously filled our freezer with beef from their Tennessee farm, in January. We don't eat red meat that much, so it is lasting. Also, I purchased a Pork Loin last week and didn't cook it, so I am using it for 2 meals this week. This allowed me a lower than normal grocery bill. Usual grocery bill is between $100-$120 per week.

Our Food Calendar

Breakfast: Oatmeal & O.J.
Snack: Mini-Oreos (at the store)
Lunch: Bean & Bacon soup & grapes & milk
Snack: Turkey roll-up & apple slices
Dinner: Pulled BBQ Pork & Cheesy Potatoes & Lima Beans & milk
Snack: Chocolate Pudding

B: Eggs & toast & milk
S: Banana
L: 1/2 turkey sandwiches & grapes & cucumber slices
S: Nutragrain Bar & cheese slices
D: Pork Fajitas (leftovers from last night) & rice & black beans & milk
S: Cereal

B: Oatmeal & banana & milk
S: Apple slices
L: Cheese quesidillas & cucumber slices
S: 1/2 peanut butter + honey sandwich & milk
D: Crock pot beans & fried potatoes & cornbread
S: buttered cornbread

B: Eggs + biscuit & gravy & O.J.
S: Muffin & 1/2 banana
L: Grilled cheese sandwich & Tomato soup & milk
S: Cinnamon Toast
D: Black Bean Tacos & Mexican rice & black beans & milk
S: jello

B: Chocolate chip pancakes & bacon & milk
S: Nutragrain bar
L: Leftovers from week or Peanut Butter & Jelly
S: Muffin
D: Homemade pizza and salad & milk
S: Cereal

B: Oatmeal & banana & milk
S: Goldfish & grapes (during church)
L: Leftovers or P.B. & J
S: Cottage Cheese & pineapple
D: Hash brown Casserole & green beans & milk

B:Oatmeal & cinnamon & sugar toast & milk
S: Apple slices & cottage cheese
L: Grilled cheese & Tomato soup
S: Goldfish
D: Lentil Casserole & corn & milk
S: Bakery Favorites Oatmeal (individual packages)

B: Eggs & fried hash browns & milk
S: Nutragrain bar & cheese slices
L: Pizza roll-ups & apple slices
S: Cinnamon Toast
D:Hamburger casserole & green beans & milk
S: Cereal

There you have it. Look for some of these recipes on the blog once they are made. I will post the results of this experiment sometime next week.

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