Banana oatmeal cookies

March 12, 2011 at 3:11 am (Food)

I was in the mood for something sweet and didn’t want to make a big batch of something.  I created yet another new recipe.  Go me!

  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 2 tbsp butter flavor shortening (I probably would have just used softened butter, but I was impatient)]
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup oats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix everything together.  Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto a cookie sheet  (I made 12 cookies).  Bake 10 minutes.  Allow to cool a few minutes before removing from pan.  Enjoy!

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Quick couscous dinner

March 11, 2011 at 5:02 am (Food)

We had a big wind storm here today that caused our power to go out for about 2 hours this afternoon.  Go figure, it came right back on at dinner time, so I had to whip something up pretty quickly.  Even Junior liked it, so I think this one is going to pop up again once in a while.

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 smoked turkey sausage (14 oz size), diced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1.5 cups vegetable or chicken stock (or water if you’re in a pinch)

Heat oil in a large saute pan, add veggies, sausage and oregano.  Stir frequently until onions soften.  Add couscous and stock.  Bring to a boil.  Remove from heat, cover.  Let sit 5 minutes.  Uncover and fluff with a fork.  Tada!  That’s it!

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Let me share a couple of my kitchen staples.

I love having a big thing of couscous in the cupboard like the original couscous here from RiceSelect.  It’s great in soups, makes an awesome side dish, and best of all, it cooks really fast!

I don’t buy broth anymore.  This is what I keep in my fridge.  They’re amazing.  Not only do they taste so much better than the salty broths, they’re way cheaper too.  Each of these Better Than Bouillon jars costs around $5 and make more than 9 quarts of stock.  Just one quart of stock from the grocery store costs at least $2.  I always have a couple varieties of these in my fridge at any given time.

And no, I have no affiliation with either of these companies.  I simply love their products.

 

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Homemade granola

March 10, 2011 at 3:38 am (Food)

I love granola, but the darn stuff is pricey.  I was reminded recently of a delicious recipe for homemade granola.

  • 1.5 cups brown sugar
  • .5 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 8 cups old fashioned oats
  • Nuts (1-2 cups of any assortment you like), coarsely chopped
  • Dried fruit (1-2 cups of any assortment you like), coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Combine nuts and oats in a large bowl, set aside.  In a medium microwave safe bowl, combine sugar and water.  Microwave on high 1 minute and stir.  Repeat until mixture is bubbly and sugar is dissolved.  Carefully add cinnamon and vanilla; it will bubble a bit when vanilla is added.  Quickly toss with oats and nuts.  At first, it will look like there isn’t enough syrup, just keep mixing!

When everything is coated, divide oat mixture onto 2 sheet pans.  Bake in preheated oven for an hour, rotating every 15 minutes.  Remove from oven to cool for 10 minutes.

Break up granola and mix in dried fruit.  When completely cooled, store in an airtight container.

Enjoy as a cold cereal, or eat it my favorite way; top a bowl of French vanilla yogurt with a sliced banana and a big handful of this delicious granola!

 

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Stay posted!

March 10, 2011 at 3:19 am (Uncategorized)

I’m in the process of talking to some cloth diaper companies.  I’m hoping to get to do some reviews.  My primary goal is to show the more economical side of cloth diapering.  I know a lot of people, myself included, are a little put off by the high prices of some of the big diaper brands, but have no fear, there are cheaper options!

So, ladies and gents, keep your eyes peeled!

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