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Oatmeal Coconut Raisin Cookies ~ Great Grandma’s Recipe

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Family Time, For Dessert, Preparing for the Holidays, Recipes | 2 comments

Baking is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. Over the summer my grandma came to visit us for 2 months.  When she arrived she showered me with a little gift. This gift could not be bought in a store or purchased at any price. This gift was a family cookbook.  In this beautiful weathered gem are recipes my great-grandmother created herself, recipes she learned from cooking classes she attended and cut out recipes from magazines. The earliest recipe noted in this book is from 1921.

I never had the opportunity to meet my great-grandmother but this little gift she left behind is one way I  get to know her. She has some yummy dishes throughout her personal cookbook but what is most pronounced was her love for sweet treats. So, that’s where I my love for baking from! 😉

To enjoy a little piece of heritage yesterday, while my sweet little guy took a nap, I whipped up a cookie recipe from 1921. While the cookies were still warm, I enjoyed an afternoon cup of coffee served on china from my grandmothers wedding. It truly was a great way to spend an hour.

If you are looking for a cookie recipe for this holiday season, I hope you try this one!

Oatmeal Coconut Raisin Cookies ~ Great Grandma's Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, oats, coconut, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and set to the side.
  3. In a stand mixer, cream together shorting and sugar, once well incorporated add milk and eggs.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients, once cookie dough is mixed well, fold in raisins.
  5. On a lined cookie sheet, using a spoon, drop cookies on sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes.
  6. Let cool on a wire rack.
  7. Serve and enjoy.
Notes
Substitutions: Shortening - ¾ cup butter or ¾ cup of Palm shortening or ¾ cup coconut oil Granulated Sugar - 1 cup raw sugar

Do you have a family recipe you want to try? During this holiday season, if I can encourage you, try one recipe that is a family recipe. Take a picture of it and savor the memory of making that family dish. 

Have a great day friends!

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Fruit Smoothies – Family Time

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in Breakfast, Family Time, Recipes | 3 comments

This week I visited my family to celebrate my mom’s 12th birthday.  She is a leap-year baby.  When I peaked into her fridge this week to get a snack, I found a huge 5 pound box of strawberries and 2 pounds of blueberries.  She said she didn’t know if everyone would eat them before they went bad.  Well of course I found a great purpose for them: fruit smoothies.  Have you seen in the store the freezer smoothies that Yoplait has created?  You can easily make your own at home.  So today I’m going to show you how you can.

What You Need: This will make an estimate of 10 to 12 four ounce servings. 

3 pounds of stawberries, hulled and quartered

1 pound of blueberries

8 oz of plain yogurt

1/2 cup of milk

A blender or food processor

Muffin Pan

Aluminum Foil

Freezer Bags

 First hull and quarter all of the strawberries.

Next place strawberries, blueberries, yogurt and milk in the the food processor or blender.  You might have to do two batched in the blender or food processor depending on the size of your kitchen appliance.  (I forgot to take a picture of this step, but I’m sure its self explanatory.) :)

Blend all the ingredients together, until desired smoothie consistency.

Using a measuring cup, pour 4 oz (1/2 cup) into a ramekin or muffin pan.

Cover ramekins or muffin pan with aluminum foil.  Depending on the size of your freezer, place muffin pan or ramekins on a baking sheet or 9×13 casserole dish.  Place in freezer for at least 8 hours or until completely frozen.

Once frozen, get smoothies out of freezer, using a knife loosen the edges of the frozen smoothie to take out of pan.  Then place in freezer bags, date, label and return to freezer until later use.

When you a ready for your smoothie, take out 1 (4 oz) cube and place in a glass.  Microwave for 30 seconds or until smoothie starts to melt. It should still be cold and slushy like texture.  Then enjoy!

In the comments, share your best smoothie combinations. 

 

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Family Time – Granola

Posted by on Feb 26, 2012 in Breakfast, Family Time, Recipes | 1 comment

Granola is one thing I love having in the pantry.  It is great for breakfast or an afternoon snack with yogurt and fresh fruit. If it is on sale for less then 2 dollars a pound, I will buy it on occasion at the health food store. Although, I typically I make it at home  3 or 4 times a month.  The ingredients in my recipe are things I have on hand all the time.  Granola recipes have endless options; at the end of this post are some substitutes that you could use for making your own granola.

This past week, while my grandma was visiting we made this recipe together.  I’d love to share it with you today for Family Time.

Simply My Granola

First, we got out all the wet ingredients and a small saucepan.

Here is my very cute gram, measuring out all the wet ingredients and warmed them through.

Here is the the dry ingredients all measured out.

Then we poured the warm wet ingredients over the dry ingredients.

Time to go in the oven! :) It made the house smell so sweet and delicious!

Simply My Granola

1/2 cup grape seed oil or canola oil

3/4 cup honey

1/2 cup water

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

4 cups oatmeal

1/2 almonds, chopped

1/2 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup puffed wheat

1/2 cup puffed millet

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup of raisins or dried fruit (optional)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 300°F

1. In a small saucepan combine: oil, honey, water, vanilla and cinnamon.  On low heat warm these ingredients; the desired consistency should be thinner then when you first put them in the pan.

2. In a large bowl add all the dry ingredients.

3.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together well.

4. On a lined baking sheet, empty bowl onto sheet, spreading out the granola on the sheet.

5. Place in oven for 20 minutes, then stir ingredients and return to oven for an additional 15 minutes.

6. After 35 minutes, remove from oven, let cool and store in an airtight container.

Using my recipe you can substitute any of the ingredients.  Remember stretch yourself to use what you have on hand.  This saves you money and keeps you creative! Here is a list of dry ingredients you could use:

  • Any type of nuts would work: peanuts, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and pecans.  Just dice, chop or slice them.
  • Seeds: sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
  • Cereal: flaxseed (ground), wheat germ, puffed wheat, puffed millet, rice, oats, and barley. Just to name a few.
  • Dried fruit: cranberries, strawberries, blueberries and raisins.
  • Chocolate: chopped dark chocolate bar, chocolate chips, or Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Gluten, Dairy & Soy Free.  I was a little skeptical of these chocolate chips at first but honestly you can’t tell the difference.  Add chocolate to granola once the granola is cooked and cooled.

Here is a list of wet ingredients you can use:

  • Get creative with spices: cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice . Or try these: pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice.
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Orange juice (use in place of water in my recipe)
  • Organic Agave (I’ve found that amazon has the best price for organic agave when you subscribe and save.  Subscribe and save feature doesn’t not cost you anything and you can cancel anytime.)
  • Oil: coconut, grapeseed, or canola oil work best.

I hope this granola inspires you to make this recipe or make your own that your family will love!

Have you made granola before?  What are your favorite combinations to put in it?  Share them in the comments.  

 

 

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Family Time – Stromboli

Posted by on Feb 19, 2012 in Dinner, Family Time, Recipes | 4 comments

 

Stromboli is an Italian dish, similar to a calzone, but instead of folded pizza dough over the ingredients, it is rolled.  Our good friends Kristan and her husband made this amazing dish for us at a Christmas party we had in December.  It was definitely one of the most delicious dished I’ve ever had.  My husband has been wanting it for weeks now, so when the opportunity arose a few weeks ago while making marinara with Lisa, I tried Kristan’s Amazing Stromboli.

A few days later, I was getting ready to head out with little guy to visit my parents and decided to try making this stromboli again, but with some modifications.  Even though, I love sausage, pepperoni and lots of cheese;  I know it is not necessarily the most healthy or budget friendly.

I did a cost comparison of ingredients to make this dish, for me, it totaled $17.48 for one meal of stromboli.  I know that might not sound too high for some, but for me its more then I like to spend per meal.  So here are 3 things I did to lower the price of this meal and keep you fitting in your current jean size! :)

1. Make your own dough

It takes roughly 5 minutes to make and 2 hours to let it rise.  Planning ahead, you can make the dough in the morning and it will be ready in the evening for you to make your stromboli.   Typically, if you have yeast, flour and water on hand, you have all the necessary items to make your pizza dough and  saving you some “dough.”   The health benefit  here is there are no preservatives or additives, just simple wholesome ingredients you have in your pantry or refrigerator. I use a recipe from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day .

2. Use Less

If a recipe calls for large amounts of cheese, use one quarter to one half less then the recipe amount.  Using less makes its budget friendly and waist friendly. Who doesn’t like that idea?!

3.  Add Veggies

What a great way to add more vegetables to your diet by adding them in this stromboli.  I know they are  not classic ingredients, but using red or green bell pepper are perfect in this recipe, plus they are a great source of Vitamin C.  Although, I have seen the average price (not on sale) for red bell pepper is about 75 cents to 1 dollar each.  Which is a lot for such a small vegetable item.  Buy them when they  go on sale (usually 25 to 50 cents each) stock up on as little as 2 dollars worth, diced them up, and store them in the freezer.  I do this all the time; any time a future recipe calls for diced bell peppers, you already have them on hand.

How much did this meal makeover cost? Here is the breakdown: bell pepper $0.33, onion $0.50, cheese $1.00, homemade pizza dough $1.00: final cost $2.83.  I bought all of these items on sale at our local health food store.  My parents gave us some ground venison, that is why I didn’t add it into the cost.  If I had used 1 pound of chicken my cost would have been $3.83 or ground beef $5.83.

Venison and Red Bell Pepper Stromboli

After I cooked the ground venison and sautéed an onion.  I liberally placed flour on my large cutting board.   I rolled out pizza dough 1/4 inch thick. Place cheese first, then meat, and then add the bell pepper.

Then starting at the furthest side, I rolled the dough towards me like this.

I continued rolling it until it was in the shape of a log.  I closed off the sides of the dough and brushed with 1 tablespoon of melted butter and placed the stromboli on to a baking sheet lined with a silpat.  You could use parchement paper if you do not have a silpat.  Then I placed in the oven for 45 minutes.  ( I had a made a portion of the dough a little thin which resulted in a  small tear in the dough.   I added some dough over it.)

And there you have it, a delicious waist and budget friendly stromboli!   My family absolutely loved this recipe and I hope yours will too!!

Thank You Kristan for your inspiration! :)

What meal have you made recently that your family is raving about? 

 

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Family Time- Marinara Sauce

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in Dinner, Family Time, Recipes | 1 comment

Last Sunday, my husband, myself and our little guy drove to see our brother and sister-in-law.  My sister-in-law Lisa is an amazing cook and baker.  She has such a passion for it and everything she makes turns out great.  Since I have always made store-bought-marinara, I really wanted her to teach me how to make it from scratch.  Once we arrived to their house we enjoyed catching up and watching our sweet little ones run around outside. Shortly after enjoying our little ones, our husbands took over watching them and we  got to spend some quality sister time in the kitchen.

First, we got out everything we needed to make the sauce: 1 large pot, a food processor, and all the ingredients. We used the food processor to chop the onion and shred the carrots.  In the recipe below, it calls for ground beef, but when we made it last Sunday we opted to not add the ground beef because we were going to use the marinara sauce for pizza instead.  But after we made the sauce, I decided I was going to make my friend Kristan’s stromboli recipe, that my husband has been wanting for weeks now!  This marinara sauce was an awesome pare with the stromboli (join me next Sunday to get our new favorite stromboli recipe).

I made Lisa’s marinara recipe 2 more times this week.  I found it takes 25 minutes for prep and 45 minutes to simmer.  To make this as easy as possible for future meals, I will double the marinara sauce recipe and freeze it.   It will be as simple as taking it out of the cabinet.  I would suggest thawing it the night before you plan on using it.

Making a meal with your family every time you see them is not only fun, its a great way to learn a new recipe!

Have you made any new recipes with family or friends lately?  If so I would love to hear about it.  Share it in the comments below.  

Lisa’s Marinara Sauce Ingredients1 pound ground beef1 tablespoon olive oil1 small onion diced

2 carrots finely shredded

4-6 large garlic cloves minced

1 tablespoon salt

3 tablespoons of Italian seasoning

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 cup of water

1-15 oz can of diced tomatoes

1-15 oz can of tomato sauce

1- 12 oz can of tomato paste

Directions
1. In a large stockpot, over medium heat, cook ground beef.  After ground beef has cooked through, drain off excess grease (optional).2. Add onion and olive oil to ground beef.  Cook until onion is translucent.3. Add carrots and garlic to pot and cook for about 5 minutes or until garlic is aromatic and carrots are softened.4.  Stirring together, add salt, Italian seasoning, sugar, water, diced tomatoes, sauce and paste to pot.  Bring to a gentle boil and then reduce heat to low, cover for 45 minutes.5. After 45 minutes, taste, and adjust salt and Italian seasoning if necessary.6. To serve, simply ladle over the top of desired dish.

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