Thursday, April 21, 2016

Barbeque-Glazed Meatballs

1-1/2 cup (12 oz jar) concord grape jelly
1 cup barbeque sauce
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup finely chopped green peppers

  • In a large saucepan combine the jelly and barbeque sauce. cook over medium heat until jelly has melted.
  • Combine the ground beef, onions and peppers. Form into meatballs.
  • Add meatballs and simmer on med-low heat for 20-30 minutes or until meatballs are hot and glazed.
* Great for potlucks, keep warm in a crock-pot that is set on low.

Easy Chocolate Lover's Cheesepie

I purchased a book from the thrift store and this recipe card was inserted in the book.

The recipe should look pretty similiar to the above picture, except it will have chocolate chips in it.

three 8 oz pkg of cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanillaa
12 oz pkg of mini chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
Graham cracker pie crust
2 tbsp whipping cream

  • Preheat oven to 450
  • Beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. 
  • Add eggs and vanilla.
  • Fold in 1-2/3 cup of the mini chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Don't open the oven door, but reduce heat to 250; continue baking 30 minutes or until set.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate when cool.
  • Place the remaining 1/3 cup of chocolate chips and whipping cream in a microwave-safe bowl and melt for 20-30 seconds or until the chocolate is smooth. cool slightly and spread evenly over the top of cheesepie.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

This recipe is a first place winner in some sort of contest. I cut it out of an unknown newspaper dated Nov 25th, 1998 back when I lived in MD.

3 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2 eggs
1-1/4 cup solid-pack pumpkin puree
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup evaporated skim milk
1 cup sugar

4 oz fat-reduced cream cheese
1/2 cup sifted xxx sugar
1 tsp grated lemon rind
2 tbsp skim milk
1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Lightly flour and grease a budnt pan, set aside
  • Combine flour, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spices. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the butter and sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add the pumpkin puree to the butter & sugar mixture.
  • Alternately beat in the flour mixture with the evaporated milk.
  • Pour into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for apox 35 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the glaze. Mix well.
  • Pour the glaze over the completely cooled cake.
Serves 12

Calories 204, 5g fat, 5 g protein, 35 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 40 mg chol

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Squash Patties

1/2 cup flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tbs salt
1 egg
1 cup squash, shopped fine
1 tbsp grated onion
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Combine all the above ingredients, except vegetable oil
Put the vegetable oil in a skillet, heat pan over low heat
Form the mixture into patties and place in skillet
Allow to slow cook so that the squash will cook.
Brown lightly on both sides.

Serves 2

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Awesome Steak Sandwich

16 oz bag of frozen Gourment Onion Rings (I like Ore Ida)
1 box of Frozen Texas Toast (Garlic & Cheese) 
1 lb (1" thick) sirloin steak seasoned to taste with salt & pepper

Serves 6

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Place onion rings on a baking sheet, bakie for 15 minutes or until crisp
  3. While the onion rings are baking put the steak in a skillet and cook until desired wellness.(medium rare is about 12 minutes)
  4. While the steak is resting bake the bread, wheese side up until cheese is melted.
  5. slice the steak across the grain. Place on bread.
  6. Top with onion rings.

* I got this recipe out of the Sept 2008 issue of Woman's day magazine.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Understanding Seed Packet Information


            Understanding the information that is listed on a seed packet is normally self-explanatory. However, for people that are new to gardening, it may be a bit confusing for them. Everyone has to start out somewhere.

Annual: This refers to a plant that lives for only one year. 
Bush/Pole/Vine: Usually refers to vegetable (beans for example) A pole or vine variety grows from a central point and can be trained to grow up a trellis. The bush type takes up a certain amount of space is is more compact.
Days To Germination: the date when you will see your sprouts emerging.
Days to maturity: This is the date that your vegetables are ready to harvest (to eat!)
.Germination Requirements: Each lot (batch) is tested to see how many of the seeds are good.
Hybrid: Two different parent plants were crossed to create another type of plant that has specific characteristic. You can not save seeds from a hybrid plant.....if you try, you don't know what you'll end up with. 
Light Requirements: Some plants require more light than others. This alerts you to if a plant requires full sun or partial sun.
Organic: Refers to being grown without the use of artificial chemicals. (We garden organically) 
Perennial: This is a plant that will come back year after year.
Planting Depth: New gardeners tend to overlook this, but it is rather important. This advice prevents  you from planting the seeds too deep or too shallow.
Planting Space: This will help your in providing enough room for plants to grow and not be overcrowded.
Seed count: Tells you how many seeds are in the pack. Important is you have a garden layout plan.
Variety: This tells you what kind of flower or vegetable you plan to buy It tells you the specific characteristic of the variety such as the color, taste, storage characteristics and the growth.

Monday, February 15, 2016

No Time To Cook Breakfast...Here are some ideas

  1. A cup of high-fiber cereal with a banana and a carton of vanilla low-fat yogurt
  2. A hard-boiled egg, handful of spinach and some salsa in a whole wheat tortilla. You can also use  a low-sodium deli turkey, roasted chicken, low-fat cheddar or scrambled egg whites.
  3. A smoothie make with banana, 1/2 cup yogurt, a handful of berries + a slice of whole wheat toast.
  4. A peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole wheat bread.
  5. Handfuls of few items for the car: Grapes, almonds and high-fiber cereal; plus a cup of low-fat milk in a mug.
  6. A toaster waffle sandwich with cashew butter and all-fruit spread.
  7. A piece of string cheese, an apple and a handful of whole-wheat crackers,.
  8. A serving of plan in low-fat yogurt topped with a spoonful of real maple syrup or honey, fresh fruit and a serving of cereal or granola.
  9. A fruit cup with a mini whole-wheat bagel with peanut or almond butter.
  10. Low-sodium turkey, a lie of low-fat cheddar and lefover stir-fry veggies in a whole-wheat pit pocket.
  11. Yogurt with fresh berries
Attribution: Advice from The Sparkpeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight, and also other breakfast ideas I came across over the years. .

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