Archives for January 2012

Cherry Oat Bars

This is a dangerous dessert for me to make.  I love them!  They are so buttery tasting that I have trouble stopping with one.  Or two. Or more.

This is an adaptation of Pioneer Woman’s Apricot Oat Bars.  However, I have a recipe exactly like hers that I printed off the internet sometime in the 90s.  So I’m not sure where the recipe originated.  I must thank whoever created it.  These bars are fabulous and the cherry version is delicious too.  [Read more…]

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 3 Week 12

January is nearly over.  I didn’t make any resolutions, but we did  change things up in our homeschooling for second semester.  We switched co-ops and changed some of the curriculum too.  So far, it’s all going much smoother for us.  A month into it and I can say the changes were for the better.

What about you?  Did you make any resolutions or are you working on new habits this year?

Maybe eating at home more often is something you’re working on.  If so, you’ll like this menu.  It’s got some of my favorite recipes on it and they’re all easy to make.

As always, you get 6 dinners and 1 dessert.  Serving suggestions are included in bold on the recipes and curly brackets {} on the grocery list.  Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice, steamed green veggie

Lentil Tacos, salad, chips and salsa

Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker, angel hair pasta, salad

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Cheddar Muffins

Stromboli, salad

Complete BBQ Chicken Dinner in the Slow Cooker, steamed green veggie

Apple Cinnamon Skillet Monkey Bread

To print, click here:  menu year 3 week12

This menu is part of Menu Plan Monday at The Organizing Junkie.

Bread and Jam – Weekend Links

This turned out to be a week of bread and jam.  Thursday, I posted a tutorial for making whole wheat bread by hand.  And Wednesday, we linked up recipes for jams and jellies.  Here are a few of your recipes that caught my eye.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars from The Sweets Life.

Split Second Cookies  from Picture Perfect Cooking sound easy and delicious.

Pear Honey from Cooking with K – amazing!

Jam Tarts from Cookin’ In Our Bubbleworld would make good use of my mini muffin pan.

Make your own Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups with this tutorial from Life Currants

Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Chicken from Amee’s Savory Dish looks like a good dinner.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

Yesterday, we covered making whole wheat bread.  I used 1 loaf of bread dough to make 2 pans of cinnamon rolls.  Yum!

The process is easy and not scientific at all.  You’ll need the whole wheat bread dough first, of course.

Roll it out to about the thickness of pizza crust.  It should look like this:  [Read more…]

How to Make Whole Wheat Bread by Hand

When I make homemade bread, I like to make quite a few loaves at once.  I don’t have time to make bread more than once a week (and I don’t even make it that often) so I like to have a lot to show for the effort.

This recipe will make 4 loaves.  But it’s too much dough for my stand mixer to handle so I make it by hand.  I enjoy the process of starting with flour and yeast, then kneading the dough to form loaves.  It feels rustic and wholesome and slow.  Such a contrast to the rest of modern life.

Of course, nothing compares to pulling hot loaves from the oven and slathering butter over thick slices.

Homemade bread is easy to make, but it does take some time and a little bit of muscle too, if you’re doing it by hand.  I’m going to take you through the whole process, so there are a lot more photos in this post than most of my posts.

Tomorrow, I’ll share how to make Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls with part of the dough.  [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight:Jams & Jellies

I don’t often make my own jams and jellies, but I do like to use them in recipes.  They’re a quick and easy way to bring fruit flavor to baked goods.

I like to use them in salad dressings too.  My favorite packed lunch is salad with a simple vinaigrette dressing made with strawberry or raspberry jam.

Here are a few of my recipes using jam and jelly:  [Read more…]

Caramel Pineapples

Caramel and pineapple are a surprisingly good combination.  The tropical sweetness of the pineapple balances the sugary goodness of the caramel.

This dessert was served to us at a gathering a few months ago.  There are only two ingredients and it involves a bit of dangerous cooking.

It takes 3-4 hours of boiling a can of sweetened condensed milk to turn it into caramel.  But you must make sure that the can stays completely submerged during the boiling time or you risk the can exploding.  Sugary sweet magic happens during all that boiling.  When you open the can, it’s full of marvelous caramel!

Chill the caramel and then you can slice it.  The slices are wonderful on top of pineapple rings.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 3 Week 11

If you print the menu today (or even if you don’t), I’d love for you to leave a comment.  I’m curious how often you use the menus or if this is your first time printing one, etc.

Every week, the menu gets downloaded a couple hundred times.  I’m just curious who’s doing the downloading 🙂

This week’s menu is below.  If you make the Zesty Chicken in the slow cooker before the Mandarin Chicken Rice Bake, you’ll have chicken to use for that casserole.

As always, you get 6 dinners and 1 dessert.  Serving suggestions are included in bold on the recipes and in curly brackets on the grocery list.

Grilled Fish Sandwiches with Homemade Tartar Sauce, Ranch Veggie Salad, french fries

Italian Sausage Enchiladas, salad, chips and salsa

Loaded Baked Potatoes with Homemade Cheese Sauce, salad

Italian Chicken Melts, Pasta Soup, salad

Mandarin Chicken Rice Bake, steamed green veggie

Zesty Chicken in the Slow Cooker with couscous, steamed green veggie

Dad’s Brownie Sundaes

 To print, click here: menu year 3 week 11

Weekend Links + Orange Goodness

Animal crackers and English Breakfast tea with International Delight Southern Pecan creamer has been my snack of choice this week.  We’ve been talking about favorite snacks in the Coffee Talk community.  Pop over and join us!

Lots of sunshine goodness was shared in this week’s Ingredient Spotlight: Oranges & Orange Juice.  Here are a few that caught my eye:

Blueberry Orange Bread  from Hoosier Homemade sounds like a perfect snack with coffee or tea.

These orange bbq chicken kabobs sound like a marvelous way to chase the winter blues, from The Sweets Life.

Cranberry Orange Snack Mix would make a yummy munch with coffee or tea, from Grandma Loy’s Kitchen.

Good for you Orange Creamsicle Smoothie from The Better Baker is a snack with no guilt.  She’s got some weight loss tips listed in that post too.

Cranberry Orange Scones? Yes, please!  From The Galley Kitchen

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Disclosure: I am compensated for my role as Community Leader for the International Delight Coffee Talk Community.

Great American FreshOver Giveaway from Ziploc

Ziploc Brand has a new promotion going on called The Great American FreshOver Project.  They are also giving one of my readers a prize pack that includes assorted Ziploc products, cooking utensils,and Rachel Ray’ Look + Cook cookbook.  The prize is worth $100!

The giveaway info, including how to enter is near the bottom of this post.  First, here’s how you can get started on The Great American FreshOver Project:

  • “Like” the Ziploc Brand Facebook page, which offers FreshOver tips, along with suggestions on how a variety of Ziploc Brand Containers and Bags can make it easy for you and your readers to makeover their meals and incorporate more fresh and nutritious foods into their daily diets.
    • Download the free, customizable FreshOver Recipe Guide at, which is full of Rachael Ray’s quick, nutritious and simple solutions to eating fresh.
    • Track your FreshOver™ Project on Facebook, watch exclusive videos and tips from Rachael Ray, and enjoy prizes, ZiplocBrand coupons and more.
    • Test their food-prepping skills against Rachael Ray in the Cooking Chops game, with $250 worth of instant prizes given out daily as levels are completed; fans that complete all five levels will be entered for a chance to win a $5,000 grand prize.

Best of all, by participating in this program, you can help others! As a part of the FreshOver mission, Ziploc Brand will be donating to Rachael Ray’s non-profit organization – Yum-O! Fans can support the cause by “pledging” to start their families FreshOver project and download Rachael’s exclusive FreshOver Recipe Guide on

To enter the giveaway:

Just leave a comment here telling me the last thing you used a Ziploc bag for.

Winners will be chosen Monday at 9am and announced on the Eat at Home Facebook page.


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