Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Whole Grain Banana Bread - Crockpot

Hello readers!! 

Here is another Crock-Pot Tuesday recipe.  This bread is very moist and delicious!!  Enjoy!!


1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons wheat germ, divided
2/3 cup of butter,softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (2 to 3 bananas)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)


  1. Spray 1-quart casserole, souffle dish or other high-sided baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Sprinkle dish with  2 tablespoons wheat germ.
  2.  Beat butter and sugar in large owl with electric mixer until fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time; beat until blended.  Add bananas and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  3. Gradually stir in flours, remaining 1/4 cup wheat germ, baking soda and salt.  Stir in nuts, if desired.  Pour batter into prepared dish; lace in 4 1/2 quart crock pot.  Cover; cook on LOW 4 to 6 hours on HIGH for 2-3 hours or until edges begin to brown and toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean.
  4.  Remove dish from Crock Pot.  Cool n wire rack about 10 minutes. Remove bread from dish; cool completely on wire rack.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Chicken 'N' Dumplins - Crockpot

Good afternoon readers!! I hope you all are staying warm in this -20 weather!!  This delicious dinner is sure to warm your tummy's and your hearts!!  A pretty simplistic meal, which also is a good way to get rid of the already cooked chicken you might have in your freezer!!  (When I cook a whole chicken and I have left overs, I portion cut chicken into freezer bags so I have left overs for recipies such as this and pot pies)



2 cups cooked chicken
1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup - undiluted
1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup - undiluted
2 cans cup of water
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons chicken boullion granules
1/2 easpoon black pepper
1 can pillsbury biscuits (10 biscuits)


1. Mix all ingredients except biscuits in your crock pot.

2. Cut biscuits into quarters and gently stir into mixture.  Cover; cook on low 4-6 hours.

(While Cooking)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Melting Moment Cookies

The most easiest cookies ever!!!!   I've always loved these when visiting my mother in laws house!! She used to make them frequently when her son and I were dating.   Last month, I sat down at her kitchen table and copied some of her favorite dishes and managed to sneak this one in too!!!  You literally will be amazed at how easy this is!!  Five ingredients!!!


1 cup flour
2 table spoons of cornstarch
1/2 cup of sugar
1 cup softened butter or margarine
1 cup flaked, sweetened coconut


Stir flour, cornstarch, and sugar together.  Add in butter/margarine until mixture is smooth.  Cover and chill if needed to make dough more pliable to roll into balls.  Take dough and roll into small balls and roll in coconut.  Place on cookie sheet, and bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes or until they have a hint of golden brown.

Monday, January 7, 2013


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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Easy Peasy Meatloaf

I must admit, I have never in my life had I had meatloaf.  Growing up, I had only heard horror stories from my friends.  "We had meatloaf last night YUCK!" I started doing a bit of research on this dish.  Looking through recipe's on the web as well in some old dusty cook books.  Finding similarities in most I decided to try whipping up my own!


2 eggs beat lightly wit a fork
2/3 cup of milk
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tsp salt
3 slices fresh bread crumbled
1 onion chopped
1/2 raw carrot chopped fine
1/2 celery stalk chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef

SAUCE - this is what I thought might be gross but turned out AMAZING!

1/4 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup or chili sauce or both
1 tbsp prepared mustard


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1.  Beat eggs in large bowl, add milk, salt, pepper and crumbled bread.  Beat until bread is moist.
2. Add onion, carrot, celery, cheese and ground beef mixing well
3. Pack into 9 x 5" loaf pan
4. Combine brown sugar, ketchup, chili sauce & mustard, spread evenly over loaf
5. Bake for 1 hour (watch if smaller pans) and let stand for 10 minutes, remove from pan.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Cinnamon Chicken -Little House Style

Happy New Years to all my readers!!  Today was a very lazy day around the house.  So while I was watching a very serious episode of Little House on the Prairie.......(please do not laugh) where Laura makes cinnamon chicken for Nelly and Almonzo. I was looking in old cookbooks from my father's Aunt to see if there was any recipes that I could use.  What I found was amazing!  The result was remarkable, chicken was moist with a tangy skin.  Will definitely make this again.

1 1/2 cups apple juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3 lbs chicken pieces (8 pieces total)
2 tablespoons canola oil


Combine juice, honey, lemon juice, garlic, seasonings in large dish

Add chicken pieces and let sit for an hour

Heat oven to 350°F and have ready a large roasting pan, 9" x 13".
Remove chicken from the marinade, shake off the excess and set chicken aside on a plate.
Pour marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and boil until it has reduced to 1 cup and has begun to thicken (about 10-15 minutes).
Heat oil in a skillet and brown chicken parts over fairly high heat just a few minutes per side, lowering heat if needed to prevent from charring- you want the chicken to be evenly browned, but not fully cooked yet.
Place chicken in the roasting pan and pour the reduced marinade on top.
Bake 30-55 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and no no longer pink (will vary based on the chicken pieces you use).