Thursday, July 9, 2015

Refried Beans

I finally learned how to make these well.  It's so cheap to make refried beans from dried pintos and my whole family loves them with homemade tortillas.

Refried Beans in the Crock Pot
2 lb dry pinto beans
10 cups water
1 onion, finely diced (or half an onion tossed in, and pull it out after)
3 T minced garlic
2 t cumin
1 t pepper
1-2 T salt

Mix in the crock pot and cook on high 6 hours.  Mash wit ha potato masher until the desired consistency.  Sometimes I need all the water and sometimes I don't, so I usually scoop some out and save it to see if it's needed, rather than risk the beans being too runny.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Wisconsin Cauiflower soup

This is a Zupa's copycat recipe my whole family enjoys.

2 T butter
1 onion, chopped

1:4 c flour
1/2 t salt

2 c milk
1 can chicken broth
1 1/2 c water

1 head cauliflower cut into 1 inch pieces. Add and simmer until tender (15 min)
Blend in blender, then add
1 t  Dijon mustard
1 c shredded cheddar
1 c pepper jack

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Elsa Cake and Frozen Ice Candy

Maggie requested an Elsa cake for her 8th birthday. We looked on Pinterest and I narrowed it down to about 2 that I could actually make.  She picked this one, with homemade "ice" candy around it. The cake itself was red velvet with cream cheese whipped cream frosting.


The candy was easy to make and turned out well on the first try (whew). I got the recipe here: Elsa's Ice Candy

3 3/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. corn syrup
1 c. water
a few drops of light blue food coloring (the McCormick NEON colors)

Boil to 300 degrees (this took a long time and I was late picking Dalton up).  Once it was the right temperature, I poured it onto my Silpat and set it on the counter to cool.  This recipe made a TON (we gave it away in goodie bags and still had tons left over) and I wished I had spread it thinner to make it easier to break.


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Caramel Corn

1/2 c popcorn, popped

1/4 c butter
1/4 c light corn syrup
1/3 c brown sugar
Bring to a boil. Boil 2 min.

Add 1/2 c marshmallows. Stir 1 min. Pour over popcorn.

I make homemade popcorn in the microwave in a paper bag.  I put 3 tablespoons of popcorn kernels in a bag and cook for about 2 1/2 minutes, watching it.  For this recipe I make two bags worth.

The kids also like the homemade popcorn with butter and salt (the way daddy makes it!)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

These pancakes were really good. I used my regular pancake batter recipe, and made a cream cheese glaze to go on top. Just mix the filling up in a squirt bottle.

Cinnamon Filling
1/2 c. Butter, melted
3/4 c. Brown sugar
1 T cinnamon


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sour Cream Enchilada Sauce

I made an enchilada sauce that was really good. I didn't actually make enchiladas with it, just layered cooked chicken, cheese, and torn up corn tortillas.

3 T. butter
3 T. flour
2 c. green enchilada sauce (mild)
1 cup sour cream

Mix the butter and flour together in a sauce pan. Slowly add the enchilada sauce and bring to a boil. Stir in the sour cream and heat, but don't boil.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Ariel Birthday Cake

Possibly the worst cake I've made yet. Storebought strawberry cake with storebought frosting (it was even already blue).  We used leftover pearls and sixlets from Sienna's first birthday cake, and graham cracker crumbs to make bubbles and a beach. The crumbs were easy to make in the single serve jar on my Ninja blender.

Sienna wanted an Ariel cake. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a mermaid Ariel doll, and the one I used was very difficult to clean off after. She came with a flounder and Dalton added assorted sea creature toys from around the house.