Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip and Cooking with Students part 2

So Tuesday was the third and final day of Skinnies.  My room was tore up because it was the second to last day of school.  I got it together enough for the group of students to have a place to eat.

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Basic Granola and Cooking with Students

This is our last week of school.  Last year and this year, teachers created classes called “Skinnies.”  These classes have a smaller class size than the typical class size.  Plus the topics of these classes are of topics the students enjoy learning about.  Four of us signed up for teaching cooking.  My class is about quick and easy snacks.  Basically they come into my room and eat food.  What a concept.

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Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of May 23, 2016

It’s the last week of school for both the boys and myself.  I can’t believe it!

Once again I’m going to put a menu out for this week without listing the days.

Orange Honey Chicken, Rice, Peas

Pan Fried Pork Chops with Sweet and Sour Sauce, Asian Cole Slaw, Rice

Chicken Fajitas, Tortilla Chips, Salsa

Breakfast for Dinner – Bacon, Cheese, and Onion Oven Omelet , Toast or Biscuits

Zombie Dogz (A local food truck) and cupcakes for dessert (Salad along aside it.)

Now that summer is upon us, I can concentrate on trying different recipes to put on the blog.  I’ve been so slack with it because of work.
Books that I’ve read this week:
Candy Corn Murder (Lucy Stone Mystery, #22)Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a different from typical cozy mysteries because the murder did not take place until half way through the book. The Pumpkin Festival and Lucy taking care of her grandson seemed to be the main focus of the book.

There was a secondary mystery also.

Enjoyable read

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Murder by Mocha (Coffeehouse Mystery, #10)Murder by Mocha by Cleo Coyle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What’s not to like? A missing corpse, murder, and rogue cops

This was another enjoyable book. There were a lot of red herrings in the book which made it a fun read because you think one person was the killer but then you realize it was not them. So much fun.

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Happy eating,
Traci

 

Mom, What’s for Dinner? – Week of May 16

Once again, I’m going to give a list of dinners that I’ve planned for the week.  All of the meals are going to be cooked in the slow cooker.  I’ve prepped all of them so they are going to be thrown in the slow cooker before I go to work.

Peach Balsamic Chicken, Baked Potato, Green Beans

Black Bean and Turkey Chili, Buttermilk Cornbread

Basil Chicken with Tomatoes and Ricotta, Pizza Pasta

Asian Beef with Green Beans, Rice

Pineapple BBQ Pork Chops, Roasted Potatoes, Veggies

 

A few weeks ago, I mentioned I was participating in a cozy mystery bingo game on Goodreads.  Here are the books I’ve read during the past month.
A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die (Local Foods Mystery, #1)A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die by Edith Maxwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a pretty good read. It lagged at times. I wished the pace picked up at different times in the book.

Cam was a business woman in the city until her uncle could no longer work on his farm. She took over the farm and decided to turn it into an organic farm. Cam was still new at the whole farming business until someone was murdered on the farm. She had to figure out who did it before her farming days were over.

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Dying for Chocolate (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #2)Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Even though there were some questions like why were two teenagers invited to an aphrodisiac party with early 50 year old couples, this book was a good read.

The resolution was excellent. I couldn’t put the book down because I had to know what was going to happen.

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The Chocolate Moose Motive (A Chocoholic Mystery, #12)The Chocolate Moose Motive by JoAnna Carl

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once I got started reading the book, I could not put it down. Between 7 and 10:30 last night, I was in Warner Pier, Michigan wanting to know the answer who killed Buzz Smith. Was it Sissy who everyone thought did it or was it someone else?

I loved meeting Sissy and Wildflower, her grandma.

I highly recommend this book.

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If Fried Chicken Could Fly (Gram’s Country Cooking School Mystery #1)If Fried Chicken Could Fly by Paige Shelton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book had an interesting plot twist with Gram (Miz) and Betts (Isabelle) able to see ghosts. After the murder of Everett, a ghost of an outlaw helps Betts discover who killed Everett.

A good read – slow at first but then the action picked up.

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The Chocolate Pirate Plot (A Chocoholic Mystery, #10)The Chocolate Pirate Plot by JoAnna Carl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pirates are invading Warner Pier. There is a rumor that a movie star is supposed to be visiting the town.

This book was an easy read and was enjoyable.

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To Brew or Not to Brew (Brewing Trouble, #1)To Brew or Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an enjoyable book. Max, a female, is a brew master getting ready to open up her own brew house. However with 2 murders and someone attempting to sabotage her brew house is she going to be able to open the brew house on time?

I read this book within a day because I couldn’t stop reading the book since I wanted to know what was going to happen next in the story. I’m anxiously awaiting for the next book in the series that comes out in October 2016.

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Happy eating and reading,
Traci

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

This DOES NOT have pineapple or ham in it because that is not what makes it Hawaiian.  When I looked for a different type of macaroni salad, I found this recipe for Hawaiian macaroni salad.

According to the blog, I got the original recipe from the macaroni salad is part of the Hawaiian plate lunch.

The original recipe called from 2 cup of mayo and 2 cup of milk.  I personally found that 1 cup of mayo and 1 1/2 cups of milk was enough for me.

We had this salad with pulled pork sandwiches and corn on the cob.  Yum!

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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

adapted from I Believe I Can Fry

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 c. mayo
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 celery stalk, minced
  • salt and pepper

Steps:

  1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil.  Add 1 Tbsp. salt and the macaroni; cook until very soft, about 15 minutes.
  2. Drain and return to the pot; add the cider vinegar and toss until absorbed.  Let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together 1-1/2 c. of milk, 1 c. of mayo, the brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 2 tsp. pepper.
  4. After 10 minutes, fold in the dressing with the carrots, celery, and green onion.  Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Place in the fridge for at least an hour.
  6. Enjoy!

Happy eating,
Traci

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – May 9, 2016

I have been so slack about cooking dinner and even menu planning.  In fact, the Imaginative One asked me why I hadn’t planned dinner for the week.  It’s been low on my priorities.  Testing and end of the year school stuff has taken a lot out of me.

I have decided I need to create a menu for this week.  I’m not going to put the days of the week with the recipe.  Instead I’ll list the recipes I’m going to cook.

Oh and all the main dish items are going to be cooked in the slow cooker.

Simple Creamy Potato Soup with Hawaiian Bread

Sriracha Ribs with Crispy Garlic Potatoes and Corn on the Cob

Creamy Chicken Dinner with leftover Hawaiian Bread

Veggie Lasagna Toss with Italian Zucchini Skillet and Garlic Bread or Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Beef Tacos with raw veggies and Guacamole and tortilla chips

Happy eating,
Traci

 

12 Minute Cranberry Cinnamon Scones – Secret Recipe Club

This is my second time participating in the Secret Recipe Club.  I got moved to Group B when Group D was disbanded.  This month I was assigned to Why I Am Not Skinny.   Maxine is originally from South Africa but is currently living in Brussels.

I looked in her recipe index and found several recipes I wanted to try.  I finally decided on the 12 minute scones.  I waited until yesterday to make the recipe.  Life is currently crazy around here.  Actually work is the crazy part of my life.  I administered tests during most of April which left me exhausted at times.  Then last week I attended a field trip all five days to a place called Starbase.  That experience left me absolutely exhausted at the end of the day.  I had decided on two recipes but just needed the energy to make one of them.  Ask Hubby – I have not been wanting to cook dinner when I get home at night which is unusual for me.

Here are the other recipes I was interested in:

  1. Hummus – I almost made this recipe.
  2. Corn Fritters – At the beginning of the school year, we have a local sweet corn festival.  One of the vendors sells chicken dinners with corn fritters.  Hubby loves corn fritters.
  3. Easy Fried Rice – This is another recipe Hubby would have enjoyed.  The Wee One might have enjoyed it also since he is like his dad because he loves rice.
  4. Chicken Pot Pie – YUM!
  5. Sweet and Sour Chicken – I know I have a sweet and sour chicken recipe on I’m Hungry.  This recipe is different then my recipe.  Again Hubby would have enjoyed this recipe.

As I said, I settled on the 12 minute scones.  I have several favorite coffee shops.  One of them sells chocolate chunk scones that are a harder consistency.  I love them.  For a while I’ve been wanting to make my own scones but haven’t made them.  The 12 minute scones were a lot softer then the ones I get at Boston Stoker, the coffee shop.  I loved the texture.

Maxine’s recipe did not have any add ins.  I adapted the recipe to include Craisins and some cinnamon.  Hubby decided to buy a huge bag of Craisins at Sam’s so I’ve been using them whenever possible.

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Cranberry 12 Minute Scones

adapted from Why I’m Not Skinny

Stars of the Recipe:

  • 2 c. all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. oil
  • 1 egg
  • milk (depends on the size of the egg – I used about 1/2 c.)
  • 1/4 c. dried cranberries

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add the egg to the 1/4 c. of oil and top with milk until all the liquids equal 1 c.
  3. Beat together.
  4. In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cinnamon.  Stir.
  5. Pour the liquid ingredients on top of the dry ingredients.  Add the dry cranberries.  Stir until just combined.
  6. Drop by spoonfuls into a greased muffin tin.  (You will make 6 scones.)
  7. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.  Carefully remove from the oven.
  8. Enjoy!

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Happy Eating,
Traci

What to eat in the Dayton and Columbus, Ohio area – Coffee Shops and Ice Cream Shops

I’ve decided to share some of my family’s favorite local eats.
I’m going to start with two very important foods.  Okay one is a food and the other is a drink.  These are my favorite coffee shops and ice cream shops in the area.  I’ve provided links to all of the places.

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Raspberry Simple Syrup

We love our ice tea and lemonade at our house.  When we go out to eat at a restaurant called Bob Evans, I almost order a flavored ice tea.  Yum!

I decided I needed to recreate the flavored ice tea at my house.  Especially since summer is going to be here before we know it.

My iced tea is made in my coffee maker.  Last July, I got rid of my Keurig.  I loved it for a long time but had been using my own grounds in little reusable coffee filters the majority of the time so I decided I would just bite the bullet and go back to a traditional coffee maker.  I ended up with a Hamilton Beach Brewstation.  Instead of a glass carafe, there is a removable reservoir.  It has a setting on it for iced coffee.  I used it for iced tea instead.  Hey, it works and is delicious.  Just make sure you wash the reservoir out before and after brewing the tea because you don’t want it the tea to taste like coffee and vice versa.

Now onto the raspberry simple syrup.
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Raspberry Simple Syrup

adapted from Geeks with Drinks

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 c. white granulated sugar
  • 1 c. water
  • 2 c. raspberries (washed and dried)

Steps:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Stir until sugar is combined.   (The sugar will become “clear.”)
  3. Add the raspberries.  Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat to medium low.  Cook for 12 minutes.  Keep a close eye on it.
  4. Remove from the heat.  Cover and allow it to seep for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain the syrup.
  6. Enjoy in tea or lemonade.

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Happy eating,
Traci

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Dip – Secret Recipe Club

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I’ve decided to join a blogging club called the Secret Recipe Club.  Each month, we are given a blog to visit.  We are to make one of the recipes from the blog.  This month I was selected to visit The Spiffy Cookie.

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Some of Our Eats – Niagara Falls and Toronto, Ontario – Part 2

Here are the pics from our eats from our Spring Break trip to Canada.  All these pictures are taken on my DSLR camera.

I’ve posted some links to various restaurants and descriptions of the various foods.  Those are in red.

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“Chick Fil-A” Coleslaw

My mother-in-law and I like coleslaw.  The rest of the family won’t even touch slaw.

This would be great for a summer barbecue.  However, you need to be aware that since there is mayo in the slaw, you should not leave it out for too long.

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“Chick Fil-A” Coleslaw

adapted from Shugary Sweets

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 c. mayo
  • 4 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard or prepared mustard (I used prepared mustard.)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 bags (14 oz.) prepared shredded coleslaw mix

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together everything except for the coleslaw mix.
  2. Add the coleslaw mix.  Fold over until all of the dressing is covering the coleslaw mix.
  3. Cover and put in the fridge.  Let sit for 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Enjoy!

Happy eating,
Traci

Some of Our Eats – Niagara Falls and Toronto, Ontario

My family and I recently went on a road trip to Niagara Falls and Toronto during our Spring Break.  We tried new foods while there.  I tried to take pictures of some of the foods so I could share it with my readers.

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Menu Plan Monday – Week of April 11, 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve created a menu plan.  Our dinners have been suffering since I don’t have a specific menu plan for the week.

One week I didn’t menu plan because we were suppose to use some of the food from our freezer before we went away on our Spring Break trip.  We did use a couple things from the freezer.  The second week was when we were gone for the week.  I have two blog posts coming up with some of our eats from when we were in Canada.  Last week I was suppose to be using food from the freezer.  Yep, that didn’t happen.  We had fast food twice during the week. Continue reading “Menu Plan Monday – Week of April 11, 2016”

Skillet Green Beans

I’m all about easy veggie side dishes.  We usually microwave the veggies for about 4 minutes, add a little bit of butter, and salt, and then microwave for another minute to melt the butter.

That method gets old though.  So I came up with an easy skillet green bean recipe using onions and bacon.  When my mother-in-law makes green beans for our Sunday dinner, she boils the bacon with the green beans.  The Wee One wants to eat those bacon pieces.  He can but they don’t have the best flavor or texture.  When I made this skillet green bean recipe, he was able to eat the bacon with his green beans.  Win-win!

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Skillet Green Beans

Stars of the recipe:

  • 3 to 4 slices of bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 (16 oz) bag of frozen green beans (You don’t need to defrost the green beans.)
  • 1 small onion or 1/2 large onion, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

  1. Heat a medium skillet to medium high heat.
  2. Add the bacon.  Cook until crisp.
  3. Remove the bacon to a paper towel lined bowl.  Remove the bacon grease except for a tablespoon or 2.  (Make sure it’s not a plastic container because otherwise it will melt.)
  4. Add the diced onion to the skillet.  Cook for about three to four minutes or until translucent.
  5. Add the green beans.  Cook until warmed through.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Add the bacon back to the pan.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Happy eating,
Traci

 

Pretzel chocolate chip cookies

I originally posted this recipe in 2010.  I recently made them and made sure I took a much better picture of the cookies.  So I’m going to repost the blog post.  I think it’s fitting because the last time I posted this recipe, we had just formed a new church.  Our church now has a new pastor.  Tomorrow is going to be the ceremony installing as our new pastor.

The Wee One loves these cookies.  He kept snacking on them.  It must be the saltiness and sweetness of the cookie that appealed to him.

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I enjoy reading murder-mysteries.  One of my favorite authors is Joanne Fluke.  The main character in her books is Hannah Swenson.  Hannah has a knack for finding dead bodies which drives her mother absolutely batty.  With the help of her mother, sisters, and friends, she investigates murders.  Since Hannah owns a cookie shop, the author includes recipes for different types of baked goodies plus other food.  In the past, I’ve tried different cookie recipes.  Usually I am impressed with the end result.  One such recipe was for pretzel chocolate chip cookies.

Last month, our new church had a get together.  We were suppose to bring a different type of dish to share.  I decided to take a batch of these pretzel chocolate chip cookies.  Everyone’s reaction to these cookies was a positive one.  Since the only other dessert was strawberry shortcake which also good, it was nice to have a cookies there also.

The boys enjoyed crush the pretzels into tiny bits.  I put a handful or two of pretzels into a zip lock bag, hand them a meat mallet, and a plastic cutting board and then let them pound away at the pretzels.  I’d rather have them pound out the pretzels rather then each other.

Without further ado, here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup softened butter (2 sticks, 1/2 pound)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar (white)
  • 3 Tbsp. molasses
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 beaten eggs (just whip them up in a glass with a fork – poke the yolks first)
  • 2 cups crushed salted thin stick pretzels (measure after crushing)
  • 2 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Use an electric mixer if you have one because the dough gets really stiff.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the softened butter with the sugar and the molasses. Beat until the mixture is light and fluffy, and the molasses is completely mixed in.
  3. Add the vanilla and baking soda. Mix them in well.
  4. Break eggs into a glass and whip them up with a fork. Add them to your bowl and mix until they’re thoroughly incorporated.
  5. Put your pretzels in a zip lock plastic bag. Seal it carefully and place it on a flat surface. Get out your rolling pin and run it over the bag, crushing the pretzels inside. Do this until there are no large pieces and the largest is a quarter-inch long.
  6. Measure out two cups of crushed pretzels and mix them into the dough in your bowl.
  7. Add one cup of flour and mix it in. Then add the second cup and mix thoroughly. Add the final half cup of flour and mix that in.
  8. Measure out a cup and a half of chocolate chips and add them to your cookie dough. If you’re using an electric mixer, mix them in at the slowest speed. You can also pu the mixer away, and stir in the chips by hand.
  9. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto greased or sprayed with nonstick cooking spray cookie sheets. Place 12 cookies on each standard sheet.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until nicely browned. (I do it for 11 minutes.)

This post is part of Potluck Sundays, Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays, and Eat at Home.

Coffee Cake Muffins

I’m always looking for new inspiration for recipes to put on my blog.  So I decided to join a food party called Food Extravaganza.  Each month, there is a theme based on a National Food Holiday during that month.

Monthly April Holidays are Florida Tomato Month, BLT Sandwich Month, Soft Pretzel Month, Soy-foods Month, Grilled Cheese Month, and Garlic Month.  Hubby will be all about it being garlic month.  He loves garlic.  The Imaginative One and the Wee One will be all about it being soft pretzel month.  They love soft pretzels!

Anyway April 7 is Coffeecake Day.  Not cake made of coffee – Cake that you have with your coffee or even hot tea.

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