Monday, June 28, 2010

Crescent Rolls and Carmel Brownies

With my new oven, I have been rediscovering the joy of baking! I have two delicious recipes to share.

The first recipe is "Easy Refrigerator Crescents". I got this recipe from Kirsten, who found it from Aunt Bonnie. I have spent many years wanting and trying to make rolls, with very dismal results. I even failed at the frozen variety, but these turn out amazing every time I try them!

I will also warn you that they are really easy, but they take a lot of time- if you want rolls for dinner, you need to probably start in the morning. They need at least 4 hours of "sitting" time, but only a few minutes of hands-on time.

Easy Refrigerator Crescents

2 pkg yeast (or 5 tsp)
1/2 cup Sugar
2 tsp salt
1 egg
2 c. warm water
1/4 c shortening
6 1/2 c flour
butter, softened

In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, shortening, egg, salt, and 3 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth. Mix in remaining flour with spoon, hand, or dough hook until dough is easy to handle. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to bring greased side up. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours. When dough rises, punch it down occasionally.

When fresh rolls are desired, remove dough from refrigerator, cut off amount needed, and keep remainging dough in the fridge for up to 3 or 4 days.

About 2 hours before baking, roll dough into a circle, spread with softened butter, and cut into wedges (like a pizza). Roll each wedge from large end to small, forming a crescent shape. Cover and let rise until double in size, about 1.5- 2 hours. Heat oven to 400F, bake 12-15 min or until golden brown.

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As a celebration for my new oven, my lovely friend Katie sent me all the ingredients to make Carmel Brownies. I made them for a family dinner, and they were loved by all! Later that week I had to make another batch, because they were just so delicous. I had several requests for the recipe, so here it is:

Carmel Brownies

14 oz bag of carmels
1/3 c evaporated milk

Cook over low heat, stirring until melted. Set aside.

1 pkg german chocolate cake mix
1 cube butter, melted
1/3 c evaporated milk
1 c chocolate chips
1 c pecans, chopped

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, evap. milk and pecans. Press 1/2 of the mixture into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 6 min.

Remove from oven, sprinkle with chocolate chips and pour caramel over the top. Crumble remaining dough over the top. Bake for 15-18 min.

They are amazingly delicious. I'm sorry and you're welcome.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Weekly Menu

Monday: Roasted Chicken (cook 2), broccoli, fruit
Tuesday: Chicken Noodle Soup
Wednesday: Lasagna (from freezer), rolls, salad
Thursday: Pork Chops, rice medley, salad
Friday: party- bring sweet potatos
Saturday: Bean and Cheese burritos
Sunday: Chicken and Broccoli curry, rice
Monday: Leftovers or pizza

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Southern Style Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

Here is one of my favorite "southern style" recipes for Thanksgiving dinner.

Sweet Potatoes: (never again will you want the ones covered in marshmallows)

6 sweet potatoes
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c milk
2/3 c evaporated milk
2 sticks butter (you heard me. Put in both sticks)
2 c cornflakes
1 c brown sugar (brown sugar is a must in southern cooking)
1 stick butter (yes, another one. Don't try to skimp)
1/2 c nuts (pecans, of course)

Cook potatoes. Mix cooked potatoes, sugar, eggs, spices, milk, evaporated milk, and 2 sticks of butter. Pour in baking dish. Mix brown sugar and 1 stick butter together. Stir in nuts and cornflakes, sprinkle on top. Bake at 300 for 45-60 min or until done.

This makes the most deliciously sweet dish with a crunchy candy topping. I look forward to this all year long, but I never make it more than once a year (it does have quite a bit of butter and sugar)!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Menu for the week

Mon- enchiladas (from freezer)
Tues- lasagna
Wed- veg beef stew
Thurs- leftovers
Fri- pizza
Sat- camping
Sun- camping
Mon-camping/coming home - Chicken pesto pasta
Tues- tacos (hard shell)
Wed- quesadillas w/ ref beans, salad

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Menu plan ~ 10 days

Meal ideas for the next 10 days:

  1. Stir Fry, over rice, with chicken.
  2. BBQ Meatballs with Baked Potatos
  3. Black Bean Soup, rosemary peasant bread
  4. Chicken Noodle Soup
  5. Chicken strips with rice, grilled corn and feta salad
  6. Broccoli Cheese soup, corn and cucumber salsa, chips
  7. Pork Chops with corn casserole, carrots
  8. Pizza
  9. Quesadillas w/refried beans, leftovers
  10. Leftovers

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Oatmeal Berry Breakfast Bars

I was at the doctors office the other day, and saw this yummy recipe in a Family Fun magazine. So I ripped it out and took it home to try it.... (am I the only one that steals magazine pages??)


I thought it was delicious!! Kydon and the kids weren't that impressed, but what do they know? My kids hate, hate, hate granola bars, and these are similar to a granola bar. I like finding new breakfast ideas!


Crust and Topping:
1 c. flour
3/4 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 c. butter (cold and cubed)
2 1/2 c. oats
2 T apple or orange juice

Filling:
1/4 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
2 T flour
pinch of salt
3 1/2 c. fresh fruit- blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries (I used a bag of frozen that combined all 3)
1 T lemon juice
1-Heat the oven to 375, grease a 9x13 pan
2- Add flour, sugar, and salt to a food processor. Add butter and pulse to combine until coarse crumbs form. Add the oats and pulse two or three more times.
3- Remove 1 1/2 c. of mixture and set aside. Add the juice to the remaining mixture and pulse until moistened. Press this firmly into bottom of pan.
4- Combine filling and place on top of crust.
5- Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over the filling. Bake 35-40 min until golden.

Monday, July 27, 2009

What we're eating the next 10 days or so...

Vegetable Soup

Stir Fry over Rice

BBQ Meatballs

Tamales w/refried beans, spanish rice

Pizza

Garlic Chicken Pasta w/ Spinach

Black Bean Soup

Sloppy Lentils

Chicken Noodle Soup

Squash and Sausage Skillet

Tacos Rice

2 Bean Cornmeal Pie

(most of the recipes are linked on the sidebar)