Petunia Bloom

 

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/

 
 

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin….. November 17, 2010

Filed under: Holiday,Recipe — 5:12 pm

As soon as fall rolls around, I start eating massive amounts of pumpkin.  Here is one of my go-to pumpkin recipes that my mom used to make while I was growing up:

Buy a couple of cans of pumpkin—100% organic pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix), follow the directions on the can for pumpkin pie, put it in a casserole dish rather than a crust, bake 450 for 25 minutes, and then turn the oven down to 350 for 75 minutes longer, or until a knife comes out clean. It all depends on how much you put in the casserole dish as to how long it takes to get done.  I like mine brown on the top.

I never use the full amount of sugar.  Just depends on how much you want to cut calories.   Sometimes I use egg beaters rather than whole eggs too.

The last time I made it, here is how I made it:

2 cans pumpkin
1 can milk (just pour the milk into the emptied pumpkin cans to measure)
1 can evaporated milk (Sweeten Condensed milk for a more decadent treat)
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp.+ cinnamon (I always used several shakes – I like a lot)
2 tsp.+ pumpkin pie spice (I always used several shakes – I like a lot)
3-4 eggs

Serve with cool whip.

You really can’t mess it up. I make it different every time and it is always good.

Note – Another way to make your house smell the same way is to shake pumpkin pie spice and/or cinnamon onto a sheet of foil and put it in your oven at 200 degrees for 30-45 mins.

Stayed tuned for more pumpkin recipes!!