Main Course

Pork Chops and Veggies

Ingredients

Bone-In Pork Chops

1pkg Mushrooms

1lb Bag of Carrots

1 Large Yellow Onion

Garlic Salt

Pepper

Olive Oil

Instructions

Season the pork chops with garlic salt and pepper then brown them in a skillet with a little olive oil in it. Cook about 4 minutes on each side. When brown on each side place chops in a 9×13 baking dish (or a foil pan for a freezer meal!). Peel and chunk the carrots and onions and throw on top of the meat. Next wash and chunk the mushrooms. Next drizzle olive oil over the top and sprinkle a little more pepper and garlic salt. (We love garlic, use regular salt if you don’t).Cover with foil.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes with foil on. If using it as a freezer meal, set it in fridge the night before to thaw. Keep foil on and bake at 350 degrees for 50 Minutes. Super easy and flavorful! 

Kids Approved

Granola

Granola is always a staple in my pantry! We eat it plain, on yogurt, and in a few dessert recipes! My kids are not fond of eating nuts in their granola. They love mixed nuts, just not in granola. You can add a cup of nuts to yours or different dried fruits. Make it your own!

Ingredients

1C. Creamy Peanut Butter

3/4C. Coconut Oil

1C. Honey

1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla

1/2 tsp. Salt

10 C. Old Fashioned Oats

1C. Dried Cranberries

1C. Dried Cherries

1C. Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

On the stove over medium heat melt together oil, peanut butter, and honey. Make sure to stir every 30 seconds or so. You don’t want the peanut butter to burn on the bottom! In between stirs add the oats, nuts, fruit, coconut flakes, etc to a large bowl. When liquid mixture is melted remove from heat. Next add salt and vanilla. Pour into the bowl and mix everything together well.

Divide granola between two baking sheets. Make sure it’s spread out evenly. Place in oven for 10 to 12 minutes. When finished, set out on counter until it’s completely cooled. Then throw in a jar of your choice!

For Starters, Recipes

Sausage Wontons

These little guys are great for last minute party snacks! They are easy and simple to prepare. With a toddler at my side, I am usually making quick and simple recipes! Creamy and cheesy goodness……yum yum!

Ingredients

1 Pkg. Wonton Wraps

1 Lb. Sausage

2 Blocks Cream Cheese (room temperature)

1/2 C. Parmesan Cheese

1 1/2 C. Cheddar Cheese (can use Colby Jack or Sharp Cheddar)

1/2 C. Ranch Dressing

1 tsp. Garlic Salt

1 can diced Black Olives (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Lightly spray muffin tins and place a wonton wrapper in each. You can leave edges sharp like mine or you can fold them in a little. Just make sure to leave enough space in the middle for the filling. In the oven they go for 5 minutes. When they are done take out of the muffin tin and place wontons on a baking sheet. Repeat process until all wontons are cooked. While waiting on the wraps, brown the sausage and drain grease. Place cooked sausage back in the pan and add all ingredients. Stir on low heat until cheese is melted. Place a spoonful or two of the filling in each wonton. Depending on how much filling you want in each. Back in oven they go for another 5-8 minutes. Until the wonton is brown.

desserts, Recipes

Brody’s Chocolate Cake

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Now, don’t judge the candles! I was running out of time and forgot to snap a picture before I put the candles on, lol. At least the used ones are still about the same size as the new right???!! Brody has claimed this as HIS cake. So I have now changed the name for him. The coffee in this recipe really bring out the chocolate flavor in the cake and the icing! Our family LOVES coffee!! If you don’t have Buttermilk, don’t worry. You can make it. Add 1 TBSP. of White Vinegar to regular milk and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. It will look lumpy. I used two deep cake pans this time. Enjoy!!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Ingredients:

Cake Pans (2 large round, 3 regular round, or a 9 x 13 work)

3 C. Flour

2 1/4 C. Sugar

1 1/2 C. Cocoa Powder

1 TBSP. Baking Soda

1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

1 1/2 tsp. Salt

4 Eggs

1 1/2 C. Buttermilk

1 1/2 C. Lukewarm (or cold) Coffee

1/2 C.  Vegetable Oil

2 tsp. Vanilla

Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a stand mixer and put on low speed. Next add eggs, oil, buttermilk, coffee, and vanilla. When it’s all combined and looks smooth pour into greased cake pans. Make sure if you are doing more than one pan the batter is poured out even! Bake 30 – 35 minutes. Your toothpick needs to come out clean from the middle of the cake! Let cool completely before icing.

Chocolate Icing

1 Stick Soften Butter

2 -3 TBSP of Coffee (cooled)

1 TBSP Vanilla

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 C. Cocoa Powder

4 – 6 Cups Powdered Sugar (depending on how thick you want your icing)

Place butter in mixer and turn on low speed. Once it is smooth add coffee, vanilla, salt, and cocoa. Then add one cup of powdered sugar at a time. I like to add a cup every 20 – 30 seconds so the sugar gets smooth. If you like a thinner icing you might stop at 4 C. Powdered Sugar. Or if you like it really thick go more! Find your happy place with it! There should be plenty of icing to put between layers and all around the outside.

Breakfast, Recipes

Pancakes

This pancake recipe is fluffy and perfect! I try to always have some in the freezer for quick a breakfast. The boys can grab one or two and pop them into toaster. Place pancakes in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for 10 minutes. Then place them into Ziploc freezer bags! If you put them into Ziploc bag without freezing first, the pancakes will stick together! I learned the hard way, lol.

Ingredients

2 Eggs

1 C. Melted and cooled Butter (or can use Canola Oil)

3-4 C. Milk

2 tsp. Baking Soda

4 tsp. Baking Powder

2 tsp. Vanilla

1tsp. Salt

4 C. Flour

Add flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder to a large bowl and stir. Make a hole in the middle of the flour mixture and add your eggs, vanilla, butter (or oil), and 3 cups of milk. Stir together and add extra milk to make it the consistency you like. I use all 4 cups of the milk.

Make sure your griddle is hot! I put mine on 400°. Then I coat the griddle with butter or coconut oil to make the pancakes a little crispy on the edges! Once the pancake starts to bubble, usually about 3 minutes, I flip and cook 1 more minute. Then you should have a perfect pancake to decorate with butter, peanut butter, syrup, fruit, or anything your heart desires!!