2 Yummy Do It Yourself Cream Cheese Flavors – Cinnamon Brown Sugar and Strawberry

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Cream Cheese

  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

-1 tub of WHIPPED cream cheese, room temperature

-1/4 c. brown sugar

-1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Directions

  1. Place the cream cheese in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Mix with electric mixer until blended.
  4. Enjoy with bagels.

 

Strawberry Cream Cheese

  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

-1 tub of WHIPPED cream cheese, room temperature

-1/2 c. diced strawberries (cut into tiny pieces)

-1 Tbsp. sugar

Directions

  1. Cut the strawberries.  Place in a bowl.  Sprinkle with sugar.  Allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Place the cream cheese in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the strawberries.
  4. Mix with electric mixer until blended.
  5. Enjoy with bagels.

Dear Tanya (10/3/16) – Menu Plan Monday – Slow Cooker Granola – Day 3

Page 1 is the latest Dear Tanya letter.

Page 2 is our menu for this week.

Page 3 is the recipe for Slow Cooker Granola.

On the days I have a recipe that I’ve tried previously, I’m going to share a story or another letter to my sister.

Dearest Tanya,

I don’t know if you know how much I do miss you.  There is one song that I listen to that has lyrics that reminds me of you.  I listen to the song and then just cry.

The lyrics that remind me of you are:

“I need a family to drive me crazy.”

“We’ll have tiny boxes for memories.
Open them up and we’ll set them free.”

“But I’ll keep your secrets, if you keep mine.”

“You are the memory that won’t ever lapse
When twenty five years have suddenly passed.”

“Take my picture and the you laugh
Cause I hate the way I look in photographs.”

“Keep the memories, but don’t live in the past.”

“You are the sun in the desolate sky.”

I just discovered the song right before you died and it speaks so much to me and how I feel about you.  I know how much you hated me taking photographs of you.  Those photos are now precious in my eyes.  I see laughter and joy in your face in many of them  I wish you knew how blessed of a life you had Tanya.

Right before you died, we got a Quaker Parrot.  His name is Password.  Todd named him so that is why he has that name.  Anyway, he was hatched on Will’s birthday.  This week he decided to start talking.  Instead of screeching, he’ll start to say beak bump.  So funny!

Give everyone a hug for me.

I love you!

Love your annoying sister,
Traci

Cake Mix Donuts – Foodie Extravaganza (July 2016)

This month’s theme is donuts.  I have some favorite donut shops around the area – Bill’s Donuts and Abbey’s Donuts are two of our favorite donut shops.  Plus Tim’s (aka Tim Horton’s)

Sometimes though it’s fun to make your own donuts at home.  I have several recipes for donuts on my blog.

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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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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.

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Overnight Oatmeal

This is an easy recipe for breakfast.  You prepare it the night before and put in the fridge.  The next morning, you pull it out of the fridge and then set it on the counter to allow for the oats to warm up a bit.  That is unless you love the oats ice cold.

This is a versatile recipe.  You can change it up depending on your imagination.  I’m sharing you a version that uses blueberries and strawberries.  The oatmeal is then topped with pecans.

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adapted from Skinny Taste

Stars of the recipe:
  • 1/4 c. quick oats
  • 1/2 c. milk (skim, 2%, almond, soy, or coconut)
  • 1/2 c. blueberries
  • 1/4 c. cut strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp. or less honey
  • 1/2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon (more or less depending on your preferences)
  • 1 Tbsp. nuts

Steps:

  1. Combine the oats, milk, blueberries, strawberries, honey, chia seeds, and cinnamon in a jar.
  2. Place in the fridge overnight.
  3. Take out of the fridge and allow to take the chill off.
  4. Add nuts.
  5. Enjoy!  (If you want, add Greek yogurt.)

Happy Eating,
Traci

 

Copycat “Blimey Limey” (Tropical Smoothie)

My favorite smoothie from Tropical Smoothie is the Blimey Limey.  I decided to recreate it but there is a lack of recipes for copycat “Blimey Limey” recipes.  Eventually I found one recipe so I adapted the recipe a little bit by removing the sweetener.  I loved it without the sweetener.

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Baked Pancake

Sometimes we want pancakes but I don’t feel like flipping the pancakes.  I like this alternative so does my family.  You can add different toppings to the batter.  We topped half of the pancake batter with chocolate chips.  The other half we left plain.

The Imaginative One said the only real difference between baked pancakes and normal pancakes is the thickness.  Baked pancakes are thicker.

My whole family enjoyed these baked pancakes.

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Baked Pancakes

adapted from Fabulessly Frugal

Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 to 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. (4 Tbsp.) butter, melted
  • 1 & 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 to 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. chocolate chips, optional

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a 9 by 13 pan with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a microwavable bowl.  (About a minute to a minute and a half.)  Allow to cool down.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. In a larger bowl, mix together the butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract.  (Poke the egg yolks with a fork.)
  6. Gradually add the dry ingredients.  Mix together until combined.
  7. Pour into the 9 by 13 pan.
  8. If using, add the chocolate chips.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes clean.
  10. Enjoy with syrup, butter, or powdered sugar.

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Happy eating,
Traci

 

“Chef Mickey’s” Breakfast Pizza

Almost 2 years ago, we went to Walt Disney World.  Hubby got us reservations for Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary so that we could met Mickey and the gang.

It was there that I discovered the breakfast pizza.  Delicious!  I’ve found recipes for the pizza but hadn’t tried to make the pizza until tonight.

This is an easy recipe so that’s a win for me.

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My plate from Chef Mickey’s

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Eggnog Doughnuts – Christmas Making and Baking

I bought some eggnog to make eggnog bread.  Since I had some of the eggnog left, I decided to find a recipe to make eggnog doughnuts.  This recipe is moist and delicious.  It paired well with my coffee flavored with my peppermint mocha creamer.  It would also be delicious with my eggnog creamer.

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Snickerdoodle Oatmeal

Snickerdoodle oatmeal

Snickerdoodle Oatmeal

Snickerdoodle Oatmeal

 

Stars of the recipe:

  • ½ c. quick cooking oats
  • ⅓ c. milk of your choice
  • ⅔ c. water
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

 

Steps:

  1. In a large microwavable bowl, combine oats, milk, water, and salt.
  2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Top with butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon.  
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Top with sugar and chopped pecans or walnuts if desired.
  6. Enjoy!

For a printable version of the recipe, click here.

Happy Eating,
Traci

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese – Countdown to Thanksgiving

I have an app called Timehop.  When I was looking at my Timehop for Sunday, I found a recipe I had posted a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese.  I had 3 of the necessary ingredients already.  When the Imaginative One and I went to the store, we got the final ingredient.

This cream cheese would be great for a simple Thanksgiving breakfast.

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Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 (8 oz) container of whipped cream cheese
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. pumpkin puree
  • 2 -3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon

Steps:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, mix all ingredients until well combined.
  3. Enjoy!

I had mine on a plain bagel.  Yum!

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese

Happy eating,
Traci

This is linked to Whimsy Wednesdays.