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Archive for September, 2013

postheadericon Homemade Corn Dogs

Oh so good and nothing hard to pronounce went into making them!

Oh so good and nothing hard to pronounce went into making them!

What you need:

  • 2 bowls – 1 large and 1 medium
  • Sifter or just a thorough mixing
  • Spoon
  • Deep fryer or deep frying pan
  • Paper towels
  • Plate

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup flour
  • ¾ Tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • ½ Tsp. salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 4 to 6 hot dogs
  • 4 to 6 wooden sticks

How to make it:

  • Sift together flour, baking powder, cornmeal, sugar and salt.
  • Stir together milk, egg and oil. Beat in dry ingredients.
  • Skewer each hot dog on wooden sticks.
  • Dip in batter and fry in hot oil using sticks or tongs.
  • Drain onto paper towels.

Enjoy with your favorite topping!  Guess what?  You did it!

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postheadericon Homemade Chocolate Pudding

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Making things from scratch is much better than buying it pre-mixed since you know what goes into your homemade food and more importantly can pronounce everything.  Things that end in …yl or …ine etc scare the pants off of me.  Our children do not need preservatives in every treat they have.  This recipe is great for getting the older kids to help prepare.  Happy cooking!

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cups milk, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Measure cocoa powder into a saucepan. Whisk in enough water to make a smooth paste. Stir in sugar and salt. Add 1 1/2 cups milk, reserving 1/2 cup.
  2. Heat cocoa/milk mixture over medium heat, stirring regularly, to boiling. Meanwhile, mix cornstarch and milk together.
  3. When cocoa/milk mixture reaches a boil, whisk in cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly. Bring back to a boil and cook and stir for 1 minute.
  4. Remove pudding from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour pudding into individual dishes or a large bowl. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

Yields:  2 cups.

*For bigger families just double the recipe!

*Make your own pudding pops by pouring some of the pudding into containers and freezing!

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postheadericon Peanut Butter Cookies with Reese’s Pieces

So good you won't be able to eat just one!

So good you won’t be able to eat just one!

Super easy and super yummy!

What you need:

  • Medium size bowl
  • Smaller bowl
  • Electric mixer or pastry blender or even a good ole fork will work
  • Cookie tray – non stick preferably
  • Tin foil or parchment paper
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Oven

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) Peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) Butter or Margarine
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) White sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) Brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup (300 ml) Flour (white or whole wheat)
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) Baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chip or your other favorite (optional)

How to make it:

  • Turn oven onto 375 F
  • Add the peanut butter, butter or margarine, white sugar, brown sugar and egg to a medium size bowl and blend using a mixer until smooth and mixed together.
  • In smaller bowl, add the flour, baking powder and baking soda.  Mix well.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Add the optional Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chip or other favorite to the mix and mix well.
  • Put a little flour on your hands.  Reach into the cookie dough and roll dough into balls of about an inch.  Place the round dough on the cookie sheet and use a fork to squish them down in a horizontal and then vertical pattern.  You can top each cookie off with extra Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chips or even a peanut!  Heck it’s your cookie, add what you love!
  • Bake the cookies at 375 F for around 10 – 12 minutes until they are golden brown and yummy looking.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven when done and yes they will be soft but will firm up when they cool.
  • This recipe makes about 3.5 dozen regular size cookies but if you want to make them bigger, go right ahead!
  • Enjoy the smell of your house with that yummy peanut butter cookie scent!
By all means help yourself!

By all means help yourself!

 

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