Share a Recipe Sunday — July 19

Potato Pancakes

We make this when we have left over mashed potatoes. They have become a family favorite.

2 cups mashed potatoes
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon butter

In a medium bowl mix potatoes, egg, salt and cheese. Melt butter on a large griddle at medium heat. Drop mixture onto griddle, about 1/4 cup at a time. Flatten with spatula to 1/2 inch thick. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side. Serve hot.

Enjoy!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Share a Recipe Sunday — June 12

Here is a quick, cheap soup that ALL of the children love surprisingly!

Lentil Soup

1 Tbsp Olive or Vegetable Oil
1 Chopped Onion
1 Cup Diced Carrots
4 Cups Canned Chicken Broth (I use Bouillon Cubes)
1 Cup Dry Lentils, rinsed
1/4 Cup Tomato Sauce
Salt and Pepper to Taste

In a large sauce pan saute the onion and carrots in oil for 5 minutes. Add the broth and bring mixture to a boil. Add the lentils and tomato sauce and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until lentils are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

I serve this with large hunks of my homemade bread for very satisfying lunch or dinner.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Share a Recipe Sunday

This has become a new favorite in our house. I double the batch and it is still gone within 3 days. We eat it with yogurt, as a snack or even in a bowl with milk.

Peanut Butter Granola

2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup natural peanut butter (to make it nut free double the honey)
1/3 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruits (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (if being used as a trail mix type of thing)

Preheat over to 375 degrees.

Begin by melting the margarine and peanut butter together in a 3-quart saucepan. Add the honey, vanilla and salt. Stir the mixture until it is smooth and hot throughout. It doesn’t need to boil. Add the oats. Stir until the oats are completely coated with the sticky gooey peanut butter mixture. It will be chunky. Turn the mixture into an ungreased cookie sheet, or a large 9 by 13-inch pan. Spread the granola out evenly and bake it for 10 minutes.

It will be brown and crispy. Now remove it from the oven and allow it to cool right there in the pan. Break it up into pieces after it is cooled. Transfer the granola to a clean coffee can or sealed canister. Add the raisins, fruits and or chocolate chips if you are using them, when the granola is cool.

Enjoy!

Share a Recipe Sunday — June 7

This is going to be an unusual recipe. This one is for a natural Essential Oil blend that helps control some of the bad germs around the house. It is call Thieves Oil. It is said that four perfumers would rob the bodies during the Plague in the 1400’s. They did not get sick because they would use this blend on their hands, ears and temples.

Thieves Oil

Clove Bud Oil 200 drops
Lemon Oil 275 drops
Cinnamon Bark Oil 100 drops
Eucalyptus Oil 75 drops
Rosemary Oil 50 drops

You can mix up this and then it to a carrier oil like almond oil and use it for a massage oil. Always test first to make sure you don’t have a reaction. You can also mix it with your home made cleaners to add an antibacterial property to the cleaner. (Not to mention it smells great!)

Share a Recipe Sunday — May 31

This another quick and simple recipe (can you tell I love quick and simple!). It goes to together fast, cooks fast and tastes like you spent hours slaving in the kitchen.

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Garlic powder (I use granulated garlic)
Brown Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 inch pan. Place chicken into pan. Generously sprinkle with garlic. Then top with brown sugar, as much or as little as you like.

Bake for 30 – 45 minutes, until done.

I serve with an herbed rice and broccoli.

Share a Recipe Sunday — May 24

It is Memorial Day Weekend! This past year my family has discovered something wonderful that we love to fix. I hope you enjoy it sometime this summer.

Teriyaki Garlic London Broil

2 pound London Broil
1/2 cup Teriyaki Sauce
3 Garlic Cloves, peeled and mined finely
Depending on how much you love Garlic, feel free to up this. I use the jarred version and add about 4 tablespoons.

Into a sturdy Ziploc Bag pour the Teriyaki Sauce and garlic. Zip up and shake well to mix. Add the London Broil to the bag and close. Coat the meat with the mixture and put into your refrigerator. Every couple of hours turn it over to marinate the meat. I marinate mine overnight. You can marinate it for as little as 2 hours.

We cook ours on the grill. Preheat to high, then turn town to medium once the meat goes on. Cook until done for your family, ours takes about 10 minutes on each side. When done remove to plate and let sit for about 10 minutes. Slice thinly and serve.

You can also broil in the oven, cooking and rest the same way as grilling. (But in the summer who wants to heat up the house?)

Enjoy!

Share a Recipe Sunday — May 17

It is Sunday and today we are going to make a Coffee Cake for brunch. This a tried and true one that I am sure you all have had at least once in your life. We make some changes to the recipe, because you know the topping is what makes the cake!

Dough
2 cups biscuit mix (homemade or store bought)
2/3 cups milk
1 egg
4 tablespoons sugar

Topping
2/3 cup biscuit mix
2/3 brown sugar
1/2 – 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4 Tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Grease an 8×8 or 9×9 square pan
Mix dough ingredients and put into baking dish
Mix topping ingredients with a fork or paster mixer until cumbly.
Spread topping over the dough and drag a butter knife across the top.
Bake for 30 minutes or unil a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Enjoy with a large cup of coffee or tea.