Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancake Mix

Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancake Mix
from the Mr Breakfast.com Collection

Shonda's note: You can use quick or regular oats. I usually use all whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.
  • 4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup non-fat dry milk
  • 3 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/4 Tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
Makes about 8 cups of mix. Combine all ingredients. Seal tightly and store in a cool place.

To prepare pancakes:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of mix above
  • 1 cup water
In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Beat in the vegetable oil. Next, mix in the mix alternately with the water. Scoop in heaping Tablespoon amounts per pancake onto a lightly greased skillet set at medium-high heat. Cook until the tops show broken bubbles (2 to 3 minutes). Turn and cook about 2 to 3 minutes more, until golden brown. Make 12 5-inch pancakes.

Dru's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 c brown sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 c. crisco
(*secret ingredient: 1 to 1 1/2 c. coconut)
1 stick butter
4-5 c. flour
3 c. choc. chips
(optional: 1 c. cocoa or chopped cashews)

Directions: Mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients separately then add dry ingredients slowly to wet mixture. Add chocolate chips last!

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Pot Roast Slow Cooker

I took this recipe from some other site....I think Crockpot Dinners, but altered it....so here's what I did. I loved it and will definitely make again! First time I made one that turned out well!

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1-2 cup baby carrots
  • 1 rib celery, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 3-4 potatoes cut in chunks (I didn't peel mine because I was too lazy)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 boneless chuck roast (about 3 pounds) (at Broulims and Albertsons any of the meats that says Pot Roast on them work)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 can beef broth (I only had one so I used a can of chicken broth as well)
  • 1 can of water ( I used the beef broth can)


1. In 5- to 5 1/2-quart slow cooker, layer onion, carrots, potatoes, celery and garlic. Rub the roast all over with the 1 teaspoon olive oil; season the roast with the salt and pepper. Place the chuck roast on top.

2. Add in broth and water. (Again I added extra liquid because my slow cooker tends to get dry and crusty on the edges when there's not enough liquid. It turns into more of a soup than a stew though)

3. Cover slow cooker; cook on high heat for 6 hours.

"Hawaiian" Chicken Slow Cooker

I kinda made this recipe up. It tasted pretty good, reminded me of Hawaiian Haystacks a little.

2 chicken breasts (whole)
10 oz orange marmalade jam (mango or apricot would work too)
1 sweet potato (round slices)
4 pieces of pineapple or 1 can pineapple (chunks)
1 small sweet onion
3 TBSP soy sauce
1/4 jar of sweet and sour
1-2 Cup water

Throw everything together in a slow cooker. I cooked on the 8 hour setting, but it was really done in 4 hours. I add water because in my slow cooker if there's not enough liquid, everything sticks and gets dry on the edges.

Tuna Dip

Have lots of tuna especially from WIC? Here's an easy recipe besides having tuna fish sandwiches.

2 cans of tuna
8 oz cream cheese
4 TBSP salsa
3 dashes onion powder
1 TBSP lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all together. Eat with crackers. Really like tuna, I would add another can of it then because this dip isn't very strong. I looked at some tuna dip recipes and kinda combined some. Plus I didn't really measure anything so you might want to add more salsa too.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cool Food Tips

Banana Knowledge
Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little 'stringy things' off of it. That's how the primates do it.
Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.
If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Store Cheese

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil.
It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

Selecting Peppers

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Reduced Grease Ground Beef

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.
It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

Enriched Scrambled Eggs

To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat
them up.

Cool Brownies

For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in
double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful
minty frosting.

Taste of Garlic

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste
Of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of

Leftover Snickers

Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply
chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples.
Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the
apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice
cream. Yummm!
I also make snickers salad where you chop up the apple cover in lemon
juice, chop up snickers and mix together with some cool whip! There is
no better fruit salad in the world! Thanks Betty!

Reheat Pizza

Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove & put a
lid on it, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust
crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it
really works.

Easy Deviled Eggs

Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all
broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up
mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg.
Just throw bag a way when done easy clean up.

Expanding Frosting

When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with
your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to
frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar
and calories per serving.

Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place
them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the
food moist and help it reheat faster.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Food Storage Made Easy Binders

They are giving a way a binder to several winners that will help you with food storage and make it easier! See how you can win or buy one later. It includes great recipes using food storage!

Help Please

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If you have cool recipes that you would like to share, please let me know.

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