Raspberry Crumb Bars

Happy Sunday! The weekend sure does fly by! Today I give you Raspberry Crumb Bars. I really enjoyed these and there aren’t a lot of ingredients. It is super easy to make and I think everyone will love them.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned)
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup raspberry jam, seedless if preferred

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang of foil on two sides. Grease foil. (I used parchment paper so I didn’t have to grease anything)
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in oats and brown sugar, and use clean fingertips as needed to break up brown sugar clumps. Add butter, and using fingertips, work butter into mixture until evenly moistened.
  • Add 2 cups of the oat mixture to the prepared baking dish and press into an even layer. Spread raspberry jam into an even layer over oat layer, coming within 1/4-inch of all edges. Sprinkle top evenly with remaining oat mixture, then slightly press into jam layer.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 34 – 38 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.
  • Recipe Source: adapted from allrecipes

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I used All Natural Red Raspberry Jam from Smuckers. You can use seedless if you prefer. I cut mine into 16 pieces and for my friends out there on weight watchers, that would be 4 pts +. If you cut them into 9 pieces that would be 5 pts +.  I think you could eat it for breakfast or dessert.

Raspberry Crumb Bars

Enjoy!

 

 

Double Feature: Ham and Bean Soup and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy First Day of June!!

Today I give you 2 recipes. Both of which came out good enough to eat, but not amazing. You all may have better luck, so let’s get on with it.

First up, Ham and Bean Soup. This one was kind of winged while at the grocery store, so not a lot of preparation went into it. It was also really easy to put throw together. I used a crock pot, so I dumped everything into it and let it do the work.

Ingredients:

16 ounces of beans

8 cups of water

Bone of ham (I used the leftover bone from the ham from Easter)

1/2 tsp of salt

1 cup chopped carrots

1/2 stalk of celery (chopped)

1 cup chopped onions

1 tsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp white ground pepper

2 bay leaves

Directions:

1. Pour water in crockpot.

2. Rinse beans before putting them in crockpot.

3. Add rest of ingredients.

4. I let it cook for a few hours and then cut off the rest of the ham off the bone and served without the bone.

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It was good! I would definitely give it a try.

 

Last but not least of the double feature, Chocolate Chip Cookies. I have been kind of craving some chocolate chip cookies lately, so I decided I should just make my own. Note to self: make sure you know how much flour you have BEFORE you are knee dip in blending everything together.

Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 sticks of butter,softened
  2. 1 cup of brown sugar, packed
  3. 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 1 tbsp vanilla
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 2 cups of all purpose flour
  9. 2 cups of chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine your butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a medium sized bowl. Next blend with a mixer, your eggs and vanilla until thoroughly blended. Then add in your baking soda and salt. Slowly add in your flour until its all blended thoroughly. Last fold in your chocolate chips. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls onto a lined with parchment paper baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 11-12 minutes.

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Ok, so this is a major fail on my part because I ran out of flour. Since I didn’t have all 2 cups of flour, it was too soft to roll into balls. I had to just use a spoon and drop them on the pan. They are pretty flat and I had to pay attention to the timing because they would burn if I cooked them the whole time.

They still taste good, they are a bit chewy, but definitely edible and enjoyable. Always check your ingredients before you start cooking!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Hobo Meal

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

A Hobo Meal is probably the easiest meal ever to make. You have all your sides in with your entree in a tin foil pouch cooking at the same time. It consists of Chicken, Potatoes, and Carrots. It can be cooked in the oven or the grill. I recommend cooking it on the grill.

Ingredients:

Chicken Breast

Onion

Potatoes

Carrots

Butter

Pepper

Tin Foil

 

Directions:

1. Cut up the onion and place on the bottom of the tin foil sheet.

2. Place the chicken breast on top of the cut up onion.

3. Cut up potatoes (1 potato per pack or as much as you desire) and put on top of chicken breast.

4. Place carrots on top of potatoes or around (they have a tendency to fall off).

5. Put some butter and sprinkle some pepper over everything.

6. Wrap foil up to make a pouch.

Hobo meal

Place on the grill for about 30-40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

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This is an easy and quick meal. You can’t go wrong with chicken and potatoes! When I was younger I would never eat cooked carrots and now I love them!

Enjoy!

Cannoli Dip

First off, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there! Most of us probably couldn’t make it through life without you, so thank you for all you do for us kids!

Since it is Mother’s Day, I wanted to make a dessert that I knew mom would love. I have actually never eaten a cannoli, and have no idea what it is supposed to taste like so I didn’t want to trust a recipe I found on the internet. Instead, my cousin in New Jersey has given me a great Cannoli Dip recipe!

Ingredients:

2 Cups Ricotta Cheese

8oz Cream Cheese

1 1/2 Cup Confectioners Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Drain the Ricotta Cheese overnight in a cheese cloth (they sell them at Target or Bed Bath and Beyond). Mix Ricotta Cheese with the Cream Cheese, Sugar, Vanilla, and Chocolate Chips. Sprinkle some Chocolate Chips on top and chill until it’s time to eat. You can use broken up waffle cones to dip with. You can also buy a pie crust, cut small circles, sprinkle with cinnamon and coarse brown sugar and bake about 8 min.

Cannoli Dip

Very easy recipe, takes no time at all to make! Now, this being my first time trying it, I must say I can’t believe I have never eaten one before. This is so delicious! A little too much dairy for me, but who cares about that allergy anyways!

Thumbs up all around from the family on this one!

 

Enjoy!

Homemade Chicken Tenders

Sometimes coming up with something that I want to make for this blog is really based on what I already have in the house. As I was racking my brain of what I could make and when I would have time to make it, I found Homemade Chicken Tenders. It was close to lunch time and Dad was coming over to fix my alarms. I knew I had all the ingredients so why not make these for lunch! Dad loves fried chicken, so this was the perfect time to give it a whirl! Warning: your house will smell like fried oil when this over. Recipe below!

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

1 Tbs Water

2 Cups Flour

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 Cups Vegetable or Canola oil

Chicken Tenderloins or Chicken Breasts cut into strips

Directions:

1. Fill a pot (I used a tall pot so there wouldn’t be so much oil splattering) with the oil. Heat the oil to 350 degrees, I put it between medium and hot and seemed to work out just fine. If you want to check if the oil is ready, drop some flour in and if it sizzles, you are good to go!

2, Mix the 2 eggs and water in a bowl.

3. Mix flour, salt, and pepper together on a plate.

4. Take a piece of chicken and dip it into the eggs, then coat in the flour, dip it in the eggs again, and then back to the flour.

5. Fry it up! 3 minutes on each side should do it.

 

Chicken Tenders

They are super easy to make and you don’t need a lot of ingredients. They don’t take long  to make, but your fingers get pretty messy while dipping. I baked up some fries to go with it (I know I could have just fried them) and we had a great lunch. I dipped my strips in honey mustard and it was so good!

Enjoy!

Liz’s Famous Chicken Salad

Ok, so it is only famous to my old coworkers, but that has to count for something. Right? I have seen chicken salad made so many different ways, and they always consisted of celery. Well, I hate celery and pretty much everything else, so I made my own creation. Honestly, I don’t know where I got the idea to put lemon juice in it, but it happened. It’s a beautiful thing.

This is the perfect dish for a potluck, and that is where it became famous for me. It is still being made at the Allied DC (shout out!) potlucks even though I don’t work there anymore. I like to eat this 2 ways, with Wheat Thins or Pretzel Crisps. You can eat it however you like, but I definitely recommend trying it with those two items. Below is the recipe.

Ingredients:

Canned Chicken Breast (you can use whatever chicken you want)

Mayonnaise (I usually use about 1 1/2 tablespoons, but depends on how much you are making and how much you love mayo)

Dried Cranberries (I just pour them in until I think I have enough)

Lemon Juice (Just a couple drops)

Pepper (whatever you like)

Directions:

Put all contents above in a bowl and mix. DONE!

All ingredients above are based on your own taste and how much you want to make. I made enough for 2 lunches and used 3 tiny cans of chicken (I thought they were bigger, I am a bad shopper). This is a super easy recipe and it is very good.

Chicken Salad

Enjoy!

 

A New Spin On Spaghetti

Last night’s dinner turned into more than I expected. I had pulled out chicken in the morning with every intent on just baking it, putting it on some old Jimmy Johns bread and calling it a day. What happened when I got home, turned into a really delicious dinner.

I had the chicken defrosting in the fridge all day, so when I got home I stuck it in a ziplock bag and marinated it for a few minutes in honey mustard dressing. I then stuck it in the oven for 33 mins (I know very random number) on 350 degrees. At about 15 minutes into the baking, I decided to make some spaghetti. I am not a huge fan of red sauce, so I was just going to add a little butter to it. Well, I concocted something a little different.

Once the spaghetti was done cooking, I drained the water, and put it back in the pot. I added:

  • a spoonful of butter
  • a few drops of lemon juice
  • some pepper
  • some bread crumbs.

I didn’t measure anything out and just kind of threw everything in to my taste liking. I mixed it all around and what I ended up with was pretty delicious. It gave it a little different taste than normal and it actually complimented my chicken nicely. I have seen some recipes use olive oil instead of butter, but I didn’t have any of that handy. It was quick to just throw in ingredients I had in the house. You could also add garlic, if you are into that sort of thing.

Instead of putting the chicken on the Jimmy bread, I made garlic bread in the oven with it! I realize there aren’t any vegetables on this dish, but I promise I ate a lot of vegetables at lunch (even some I just tried for the first time on Monday).

photo(37)All in all, this meal took 33 minutes to make! I actually timed everything perfectly for a change! Nice and quick weekday meal, and of course I have some leftovers for lunch tomorrow (major bonus)!

Enjoy!

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Growing up my mom used to make this dish for picnics in the summer. I never really ate it until we went to a picnic at her coworkers lake house and I have loved it ever since! This dish for me has turned into a lunch dish and I can usually get 2 lunches out of this.

There isn’t a real recipe to this and it really can be manipulated anyway you would like.

1-2 servings of noodles (I usually use elbow or bowties, but went with shells this time. Your choice!)

1 can of tuna – drained

1-2 tablespoons mayonaisse (This will vary depending on your mayo taste)

Carrots/Celery (optional, your choice)

Paprika to sprinkle on top (optional)

Once you have drained the pasta, run it under cold water for a quick minute so the noodles don’t stick together. (I usually run it under the cold water while it is still in the strainer.) In a bowl mix pasta, tuna, mayo, and carrots/celery until everything is mixed in. (I mix mine in the pot I made the noodles in once it is drained) Pour in serving bowl and put in fridge. Serve cold!

 

Tuna Noodle

It doesn’t take long to make and it really goes great at a summer picnic, but it also works well for taking for lunch.

Enjoy!

 

 

Game Day

Tonight is the big game and everyone is preparing their appetizers to eat during the game. I really only watch the game for the commercials. The best part of a Super Bowl party is the food. I wish I could say I had a winner for you, but unfortunately I did not enjoy this appetizer I made. It is a simple one and doesn’t take very long at all to make. I present to you Apricot Ginger Shrimp.

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Apricot Ginger Sauce:

3/4 Cup Apricot Preserves

1 Tablespoon Ground Ginger (I think it is best to use as much as you think, I wish I would have used less)

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Put in a saucepan and stir until melted. Done!

*When it is off heat, the sauce becomes more of a jam than a sauce. You will need to keep stirring it if you are putting it out as a dip.

I think if I liked ginger I would have liked it. It wasn’t horrible. It is confirmed, I hate ginger.

Enjoy the game!

Smart Ones Part 2

In my last post about the Smart Ones meal, I mentioned that I had also bought a Fish and Chips meal. This may surprise everyone, but I think the Fish and Chips were better than the Chicken Tenders! Sorry for the photo quality here, I forgot to take the pic before I cooked it. I was starving, it couldn’t wait!

Fish and Chips

When I first opened the package and there was only one fish, I was a little surprised. I don’t know why I thought there would be 2, but I guess my stomach was hoping for a bit more. It was good though. It made the work kitchen smell like fish sticks, so keep that in mind if you want to make this at work. It tasted exactly like a fish stick and these fries were so much better than the ones with the chicken tenders. It reminded me of when I was little and mom would make us fish stick sandwiches for dinner.

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It doesn’t look like much in the picture, in fact it looks a little sad. I enjoyed it and I would definitely buy this one again. I just have to make sure to bring a few snacks for lunch that day to accompany it.