Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Best Pancakes Ever!

Okay, so I guess now I can truly be called a "contributor" seeing as this is my first contribution. It is a simple one, but I must tell someone that right now..."There's a party in my tummy! There's a party in my tummy!"

Take any pancake recipe you want. They can be from scratch or a box. I made enough for 2 people.
1 TBSP vanilla
Zest of one orange

Cook pancakes and serve with strawberry preserves or fresh strawberries and coolwhip.

OH MY HEAVENS.......why have I never done this before!

Monday, June 9, 2008

My Tastebook

I've been meaning to post about this since Mother's Day....

For Mother's Day I ordered myself a Tastebook with recipes that I chose from this blog. Here are a couple of photos:

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It came 'wrapped' with a sticker on the outside with my name on it... aahhh how cute!

Drum roll please.....


I love it! It's so nice to just pull it off the shelf and it have all of my favorite recipes in it! Easy peasy!

When you purchase one you get 100 recipes for the price but I only used like 30 so I can still add more favorite recipes and continue to add them to my book!

Here's the link if you're interested: Tastebook

You can search for our blog recipes if you want to add them to your book. When you get to Tastebook they are under - Do We Have To Eat This.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Dutch Babies

Several years ago my good friend Tracy made this for us for dinner because Geoff went on a mission to the Netherlands. I've been meaning to get the recipe from her since then but never remember! Then Aspen spent the weekend with a friend and came home begging me to make German Pancakes because her friend's mom made them and they were sooo good. So this morning I thought I would make the pancakes and when I looked up a recipe I found that they are actually the Dutch Babies that Tracy made for us!! I made them for breakfast and the kids loved them so much that they wanted more for lunch! I guess we'll have to have salad for dinner!

FYI - I doubled it using 8 eggs and put it in a slightly bigger cake pan. And since I was out of white flour for the lunch batch I used half white/half wheat flour and they turned out great!
This is the link to the recipe that I found: German Pancakes

1/4 c butter
4-6 large eggs
1 c flour
1 c milk
1/4 t salt
Lemon juice, maple syrup, powdered sugar, for toppings

Preheat oven to 400*. Melt butter in 9x13 pan (glass seems to work best) in oven; swirl around so it covers the pan; In a blender add eggs, flour, milk and salt and blend just until mixed... do not overbeat. Pour into pan. Bake 20-30 minutes, until puffy and deep golden brown. Serve at once sprinkled with lemon juice and powdered sugar, or maple syrup or whatever you like on your pancakes.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Veggie Pasta

This may not be kid-friendly, because it is mostly veggies. We are trying to eat healthy in our home, so this is what I came up with for last night's dinner. After eating I immediately wrote down what I did so I could make it again sometime. My husband loved it!
I'll have to take a picture next time to post.

6 oz Pasta (such as penne or rigatoni)
Cooking Spray (such as Pam)
1/2 T butter
1 clove Garlic minced
Cayenne Pepper to taste (I use about 1/8 tsp)
1 tsp Chicken base
1 tsp basil
1/4 C water
1 small Zucchini
1 small Yellow Squash
1 Green Pepper
1 Tomato
1/2 Onion
2 T Olive Oil
1/4 C grated Parmesan Cheese

Cut Veggies (Zucchini, Squash, Onion, Pepper, Tomato) into narrow strips.
Cook Pasta according to directions on package.
Spray a pan with Cooking spray. add 1/2 T of butter. Saute Garlic. Add cayenne pepper, basil, chicken base. Add 1/4 C water. Add veggies and cook to crisp/tender.
Drain pasta. Pour in veggie mix. Mix in Olive Oil and shredded Parmesan Cheese.

Makes 4 servings