Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Easy Pancakes

As a busy, working mom, I am always trying to find quick and easy ways to make yummy food for my family. I have been trying to figure out how to make breakfast easier for a while. First, I bought pre-made pancakes and waffles, would heat them up, and serve, but I kept thinking there was something less expensive I could do. So, I decided to make my own. I bought the store brand pre-made pancake and waffle mix and added in blueberries.
When I got the mix ready, I was originally planning on making traditional pancakes. But, I quickly decided against it because I'm not the best pancake maker (they get burnt easily, or they stick to the pan). So then, I thought, "What if I bake them?" and I put them in my cupcake pan.
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. You will notice as the pancakes are baking that the sides start to turn brown, but the tops do not start to brown.
Once the pancakes cooled, I placed them in Tupperware and placed in the refrigerator to heat for the week.
Add syrup, head, and serve! These are so easy and so delicious! This is a must try for busy weekday mornings. Enjoy!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Roast Stew

As a full time career-woman and a full time mom, I don't have a lot of spare time. I love cooking, so I have found that during the week, crock-pot meals are a life saver...the crock-pot allows for a home-cooked meal, but a lot less hassle for me!

One of my favorite crock-pot meals to make is roast easy and so delicious!

Roast Stew:

2 lbs. stew meat
4-5 red potatoes
16 oz. baby carrots
1 packet onion soup mix
1 1/2 cups water
1 crock-pot liner (optional - this makes clean up SO easy)

Mix water with onion soup mix, pour into crock-pot. Rinse carrots, add to crock-pot. Clean, peel, and cut potatoes, add to crock-pot. Add meat to crock-pot. Make sure that as you add each ingredient into crock-pot that you are mixing the water and soup mixture so everything gets coated and seasoned. Turn crock-pot on low for 4-6 hours. Enjoy!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Pretzel Buttons

I made these pretzel buttons for Gage's class and teachers for Valentine's Day. They are SO good an SO easy - definitely something you should try.

Pretzel Buttons:
Square pretzels
Hershey Kisses

Preheat oven to 200. Line cookie sheet with foil. Lay pretzels on cookie sheet. Place unwrapped Hershey Kisses on top of pretzels. (Unwrapping each Kiss took the most time.)

Place pretzels in oven. Bake for 3-4 minutes. The chocolate will begin to look shiny. While the pretzels and chocolate are baking, count out your M&M's and have them ready to place on top of chocolate when you take them out of the oven. Once pretzels have baked for 3-4 minutes, take them out and place M&M's on top of each Hershey Kiss. Let cool - either leave out overnight or place in refrigerator. Enjoy!

When I packaged these, I put 5 pretzel buttons into a Valentine's cupcake liner, and then I put the cupcake liner with the pretzel buttons into a zip-lock bag so they would stay fresh. Then, I placed the zip log bag in a cellophane Valentine's Day bag with a card from my son tied to it for his classmates and teachers. I really hope you try these - they are so easy and so good! 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

S'Mores Sticks

I recently made S'Mores Sticks to show my love to the student employees I work with for Valentine's Day. They were a HUGE hit, to say the least. They were also pretty easy to make.

S'Mores Sticks:
Graham Crackers
Marshmallow Creme
Chocolate Bark

Break the graham crackers into 4ths. Spread marshmallow creme on graham cracker and top with another cracker - make a sandwich. Dip graham cracker sandwich into melted chocolate. Decorate with sprinkles. Let cool and enjoy!

(I still need to master the whole dipping something in's not as easy as it looks on TV!)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Crescent Roll Pizzas (updated)

So, I posted this before, and I made it again tonight, BUT, I changed the recipe up a little bit that makes it quicker & easier! Instead of using tomato sauce and spaghetti seasonings (which leaves you with extra sauce & seasonings left over), I used an 8 oz. can of tomato paste with roasted garlic. I used probably a tablespoon on each crescent roll and I used the whole can and didn't have to use any extra seasonings!

1 can of crescent rolls
1 8 oz. can tomato paste with roasted garlic (updated item)
Mozzarella cheese
Whatever toppings you want
Spray muffin pans with cooking spray, put crescent roll triangle in each muffin tin and spread so the bottom and edges are covered.
Spoon tomato paste on top of crescent rolls, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, and toppings. Bake at 375 for 12 minutes. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spiced Oyster Crackers

Spiced oyster crackers are so good. They are great as a snack and great with soup. They are a great gift - you could give someone all the ingredients in a basket or you could make them and give them with soup to bring to someone for a meal. 

Spiced Oyster Crackers:
1 package oyster crackers
1 package dry ranch
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon dill weed

Mix oil, ranch, and dill weed. Toss and coat crackers. Spread coated crackers on cookie sheet lined with foil. Bake at 250 for 15 minutes. Cool. Enjoy!