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Mom’s Midmorning Pick-Me-Up June 27, 2012

Filed under: Espresso,Food,Health,Recipe — 10:15 am

1 cup skim milk
1 tsp CocoPure
1 shot espresso
2 cups crushed ice

Mix in Vita Mix

 
 

Chunky Strawberry Smoothie from Jamba Juice September 6, 2011

Filed under: Food,Recipe — 8:00 am

I love the Chunky Strawberry Smoothies at Jamba Juice and I have experimented for a long time to get the closest I can to the real thing at home.

Here is what you will need:

  • 2T Plain Yogurt
  • 2-3T Milk
  • 3T Peanut Butter
  • 3/4 of a frozen banana (cut into 2-3 pieces for better blending)
  • 1 Cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Granola (1/4 for smoothie; 1/4 for sprinkling)
  • Fresh banana cut into slices

Put everything into the Vitamix blender in the order listed above, turn to level three and use the tamper to push the strawberries and bananas into the blade.  Start with 2T of milk and add more milk if the mixture is not blending.  Blend until chunky in consistency.  Transfer to a cup.  Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup granola over the top and slice up some fresh banana for the top.

 
 

Cheesburger Soup January 4, 2011

Filed under: Family,Food,Health,Recipe — 9:48 am

Cheeseburger Soup

1 lb ground beef
3/4 cup onion
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
4 Tbs butter (divided)
3 cups Chicken broth
4 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups milk
8 oz Velveeta (half a block)
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup sour cream

Cook ground beef.  Drain and set aside.   Saute onions, carrots, basil, and parsley with 1 Tbs of butter until veggies are tender. (about 10 mins)

Add broth, potatoes, and beef and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer 10-12 min or until potatoes are tender.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt remaining 3 Tbs of butter. Add flour; cook and stir for 3-5 mins or until bubbly. Add to soup; bring to boil.  Cook and stir for 2 mins. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese, milk, salt, and pepper; cook and stir until cheese melts.  Remove from heat; blend in sour cream.

Should yield 8 servings.

Cheeseburger Soup – Reinvented by me last night….

Ok, I seriously whipped this out in 30 mins. last night!

1 lb ground beef
3/4 cup onion
3 cups shredded carrots
1 cup sliced celery
4 Tbs butter (divided)
3 cups Chicken broth
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups milk
4 oz Velveeta
3/4 tsp salt
1 T pepper
1/4 cup sour cream

Cook ground beef.  Drain and set aside.   Saute onions, carrots, and celery with 1 Tbs of butter until veggies are tender. (about 10 mins)

Add vegetables and chicken broth to ground beef.  Keep on med-high heat.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt remaining 3 Tbs of butter. Add flour; cook and stir for 3-5 mins or until bubbly.  Wisk in milk until thickened and add salt and pepper.  Add to soup; bring to boil. Cook and stir for 2 mins. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese; cook and stir until cheese melts.  Remove from heat; blend in sour cream.

Should yield 8 servings.

 
 

Pumpkin Cookies November 23, 2010

Filed under: Food,Holiday,Recipe — 1:35 pm

I made these pumpkin cookies last week. It is a good recipe, but the cookies were way too sweet. If I make them again, I will cut the sugar in half.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/tasty-kitchen/recipes/desserts/soft-pumpkin-cookies/

 
 

Blarney Stones – A little late… March 22, 2010

Filed under: Food,Recipe — 6:11 pm

It is March, and therefore, it is time for Blarney Stones.  Let me warn you, they are not for the faint of heart or those on a diet.  They are comprised of butter, sugar, butter, sugar, and peanuts – salted ones.  Basically, a Blarney Stone is a piece of sponge cake wrapped in butter and sugar (did I already say that?) and then rolled in salted peanuts (they must be salted).  I am not sure why these are served at St. Patrick’s Day and called Blarney Stones.  My guess would be that they are made to resemble stones which is representative of The Blarney Stone in Ireland.  The process of making the stone is time-consuming and often times I just make a Blarney Stone cake.  Let’s get started:

Recipe

Cake
1 C Sugar
1 C Boiling Water
4 Eggs
2 C Flour
3 t Baking Powder
1 t Vanilla
For frosting – butter and powdered sugar
Will also need ground salted peanuts

  1. Separate eggs
  2. Stiffly beat egg whites in a separate bowl
  3. Cream sugar and egg yolks
  4. Add boiling water to sugar and egg yolk mixture and mix well
  5. Sift flour & baking powder 3 times (I don’t do that….)
  6. Add flour and baking powder to first mixture (egg yolks, sugar and water)
  7. Add vanilla
  8. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites
  9. Bake at 350 degrees in a greased sheet-cake pan for 18 mins
  10. Cool and cut into squares and place squares in the freezer.

Frosting
Cream together:  3/4 lbs butter & 3/4 lbs powder sugar
Note:  To make it easier to frost the squares, freeze them before you begin.

Frost individual squares of cake then roll in salted peanuts.

I store these in the freezer and eat right out of the freezer.  They need to be stored in the refrigerator if you do not put them in the freezer.


According to Wikipedia, the Blarney Stone is in Ireland in the Blarney Castle.  The ledgend is that if you lean upside down and kiss the stone, you will have the gift of gab.  If I ever go to the Blarney Castle in Ireland I doubt I would kiss a stone that more than 500,000 people have kissed….I would make someone else (whose name starts with R) do it….  :)