Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars

Made these yummy bars again today with a nice cup of coffee! Perfect Fall breakfast!

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Hello everyone! It's been months since I have posted. Life has been very busy, and I have been missing posting my recipes. I am back and have some Fall recipes to share with you! I don't know about you, but when the air gets cooler, and Fall seems to be creeping up, I get in the mood for anything pumpkin! Those crisp mornings where you want a hot cup of coffee and a delicious treat to go alongside it. Well I made a granola bar that is full of Fall flavors, and scents. Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars to be exact. First let's talk about pumpkin. Most people use pumpkins for pies, breads, soups, or for spooky carvings at Halloween. Did you know that pumpkin provides us with vitamins A, C and E, is rich in minerals, and has powerful antioxidants? It has a high fiber content…

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Sesame Chicken With Brown Rice

Made this again today!

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Felt like sesame chicken tonight, but to be honest there aren’t any Chinese restaurants by my house that I absolutely have been impressed with. Then I thought, it’s easy, much cheaper, and much healthier to make my own sesame chicken right at home. I love Asian flavors, they are the perfect blend of sweet and savory, and that’s exactly how I like my sesame chicken. I did some researching online and found an easy, quick recipe from Marcus Samuelson. I’ve seen him a lot on Food Network, so how bad can the recipe be. I did lessen the amount of some ingredients, but will leave the original link to his recipe below. With my sesame chicken I will make some healthy brown rice as a bed for my chicken, and dinner will be set. Feel free to make a green salad or healthy side dish like my french green beans

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Bacon Egg and Cheese Breakfast Strata

Making this today for the family!

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Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast StrataIt’s lightly snowing today, I am off from work, and the baby is still sleeping. Wanted to make something comforting, so why not a bacon, egg and cheese strata! I have made stratas in the past and they are always a winner. Stratas are so simple to make.  You can even prepare them the night before, and pop them in your refrigerator to bake in the morning. Mine however will be baked as soon as I am done preparing it. I can’t wait! My house smells of bacon as I type this. Yum! Soon it will be time to slice up some strata for me and Julian. This strata is definitely not a diet food, however, there is broccoli involved, and that’s good ;o)

 Here is how my breakfast strata was made…

Ingredients

1 tbsp. butter

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 1/2 cup broccoli florets

1 small onion, diced

salt and pepper

grated nutmeg

1 1/2…

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Tres Leches ” Three Milk Custard”

An easy sweet treat perfect for New Years Eve!

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Tres Leches or Three Milks… ahhh so so good! I have eaten this a lot over the years because my husband introduced me to it, and I have grown to love it!  Tres Leches, is a rich, creamy, gelatin like milk flan or custard. It’s made up of only 4 ingredients, but three meaning three different types of milk products.  On my husband’s side of the family, we usually enjoy it holiday time, or at a family party, but I felt the need to make it this weekend. ;o) If you make this, I know you will love it, and it will be a big hit at your next gathering!

Ingredients

  • 2 packs plain gelatin
  • 1 cup water, boiled
  • 1- 7.6 ounce can Nestle Table Cream or Media Crema (I find this in stores that carry latin foods)
  • 1 – 14 ounce can Carnation sweetened condensed milk
  • 1- 8 ounce package…

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Hershey Peppermint Kiss Cookies

Plan on making these super delicious cookies this weekend!

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Back to holiday baking today, and had some Hershey’s peppermint chocolate kisses on hand. These cookies are sweet, minty, and oh so good! They are popular to make at Christmas time, and pretty easy to prepare.  As you can see in my picture, I have bundled them up in a cute cookie tin. I think these make a perfect sweet holiday gift to share with friends and family. Save some for yourself though, after all your the one making them, you must taste them before giving them away! Here’s the Hershey’s Kisses Christmas Cookie recipe I’ve come to love…

Ingredients

1 bag Hershey’s Kisses Candy Cane Kisses
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons milk
Red and Green colored sugar, optional

Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove wrappers from candies (approx. 35)

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White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Bringing back this very yummy cookie recipe for the Holidays!

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Ok so I love peppermint, I love peppermint and chocolate even more…
Today I made white chocolate peppermint cookies. It’s the first cookie on my Christmas cookie list, and they were a big hit! Both my husband and my little one loved them, and I even shared some with my good neighbor. I found this easy recipe on the back of my white Ghirardelli chocolate chips, and the only thing I really added was peppermint extract, red chocolate chips from Nestle, plus crushed candy canes for a minty topping. I know you will enjoy these, and perhaps you’ve already made them. I just wanted to share with you how I made them.

Ingredients

1 cup butter, (2 sticks) room temp
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tablespoons peppermint extract
3 cups unsifted flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

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Chocolate Graham Cracker Truffles

I am making these once again to bring to my sister’s house and wanted to share again!

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chocolategrahmacrackertruffles  So I’m getting into the spirit of the holiday season and to start it off, tomorrow is Thanksgiving! I can’t help but think of the holiday treats I want to make, there are so many. I was in charge of bringing a dessert to my sister’s house tomorrow, so I thought chocolate. After a big Thanksgiving meal, a luscious piece of chocolate in the form of a truffle would hit the spot. After all who doesn’t love chocolate? Well actually my husband, he’s nuts! My decadent chocolate graham cracker truffles are easy, and a dessert you can make ahead of time and store in your freezer until you need them. Mine will be in my fridge tonight for tomorrow’s feast!

Ingredients you will need…

3 cups confectioners sugar

3 cups chocolate chips, I used Ghirardeli

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

12 ounces cream cheese

1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs , plus more for coating truffles

zest of 1 orange

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Moist Banana Yogurt Loaf

Moist Banana Yogurt Loaf

We eat a lot of bananas in my home. They are healthy, delicious, and filling. I had some over ripe bananas on hand, and needed to use them before they ended up in the garbage. I made this moist banana yogurt loaf that my husband and son gobbled up! This recipe is extra tasty because the banana flavor is enhanced with banana yogurt. You can prepare this mixture, and make mini muffins, or regular sized muffins as well. This loaf is great on a Sunday morning, with a nice cup of coffee, or tea!

Ingredients

1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup banana yogurt, (I used Trader Joe’s)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Optional…you may add walnuts, pecans or an other nuts you like to the mix.

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F. Coat a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside. In a large bowl, add beaten egg, brown sugar, canola oil, yogurt, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk to combine. Next add mashed bananas and stir. Add your flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix until well combined. Baking can take anywhere from 40 to 50 minutes. You can insert a toothpick when you feel it looks ready. If the toothpick comes out clean, your banana loaf is ready to go. This loaf is very moist, and dense, so expect that. Hope you enjoy it!

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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes With Maple Pecan Syrup


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Loving the use of pumpkin lately. It's one of my all time favorite Fall ingredients. Pumpkin is a very versatile, and I love using it in soups, desserts, and breads. Today I am using it in whole wheat pancakes for the family with a sweet maple pecan syrup! Lately I've had an addiction to maple syrup, so these pancakes are just another great excuse to use it! Trying to limit the amount of white flour as well, so I swapped it out for whole wheat flour and added a little oatmeal for heart healthy nutrition. My almost two year old son will be eating these as well, and he can be a picky eater, so I try to sneak in good, wholesome ingredients when I can. He doesn't even taste the difference!

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oat flour (grind oats in food chopper)
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/4 cup milk ( your choice)
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (or make your own here)
1 egg beaten
butter for cooking

Maple Pecan Syrup

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 tbsp brown sugar

Directions for Pancakes

In a large mixing bowl add whole wheat flour, ground oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix together and set aside. In another bowl, add your sugar, beaten egg, pumpkin puree, and milk. Mix until blended. Next add your wet pumpkin mixture to your flour and oats. Blend until well mixed but not overly smooth. Let sit for 15 minutes. This will allow your pancakes to be fluffier.

Meanwhile for your Maple Pecan Syrup...

In a medium sauce pan, add butter, brown sugar and pecans, cook on medium low for 2-3 minutes an stir to coat. Next add your maple syrup, and cook just until warm. Set aside until ready to use.

Now that your pancake mix has been sitting, and your syrup is ready to go, you may start cooking your pancakes. Add some butter to a pan on medium, at least a teaspoons worth. Drop pancake mixture with a ladle or ice cream scoop and let cook until small bubbles appear. Flip over and cook until pancake is ready. This should only take a couple of minutes. You may also make them into silver dollars, or 8 large pancakes like I did. Serve right away and top with warm maple pecan syrup, Enjoy!

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Skillet Eggs in Fresh Tomato Sauce

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Summer is gone and Fall is here, although I still have some beef steak tomatoes growing in my garden. I thought I would put them to good use by making a special egg dish that my mother makes for dinner, yes that’s right dinner! I love breakfast for dinner , however this egg recipe feels more like a dinner then something you would eat at breakfast. I know I’m confusing you! It’s truly delicious, low carb, and once you make it, I promise you will make is again and again. My fresh garden tomatoes really made this dish pop with flavor, and of course a little cheese makes everything taste good!

Ingredients

2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small red onion, sliced thin
2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
3 large garden steak tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
6 eggs
fresh basil
extra Parmesan cheese for sprinkling

Directions

In a large pan add olive oil, red onion, and fresh garlic. Cook on medium low until onions are softened. Add chopped tomatoes, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Cook until tomatoes are broken down, and turning into a thick sauce. Lastly crack your 6 eggs right on top of your tomatoes and cover on low until eggs are done. Cooking time can vary. If you like your eggs softer, cook for less time. If you prefer your eggs completely cooked and harder, keep the lid on until you achieve that. It only takes a few minutes, so keep an eye out. Once your eggs are to your liking, top with some fresh basil and more Parmesan cheese! This egg dish pairs well with a savory waffle, some good bread, or even a side of rice. Enjoy! Serves 3.