Fall In Love with Your Microwave

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I have a love hate relationship with my microwave.  It’s so handy and convenient when it cooperates and works right, but when I pull food out of it that is still cold… I grumble, a lot.  Very seldom do I eat food that should be hot, cold.  I do make an exception for pizza.  I’ve always kind of had a thing for cold pizza, but as I get older I’m slowly outgrowing that.  But here are a few recipes to hopefully make you fall in love with your microwave all over again.  Enjoy 🙂

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Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • A splash of Vanilla (I never measure, probably 1-1 1/2 tsp)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt, baking powder and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Place vanilla & vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done. 

And definitely eat them hot out of the oven!  Definitely to die for.  Ok maybe not die for but they’re super  yummy!

Yes, my Instagram photo doesn’t do it justice!

 

Guest Posting

My friend Stef over at Too Much To Do So Little Time has had it pretty rough this last week.  On top of the normal day to day stresses, her step-mother passed away.  I went and wrote a guest post for her today, so you might go over and show her some love, plus you get to see this super awesome dip that I made for Sunday Night dinner.  It’s called Hot Corn dip, although one of the guys at SND renamed it Boner in a Bowl… lol 🙂

I’m so sorry for your loss Stef!

Sausage Cheese Balls

You’ve witnessed some of the weird conversations my hubby and I have had.  Well one day I was telling him about these sausage ball thingys (yes real techinical, that’s how I roll) that my grandma used to make.  Well I searched high and low for her recipe and like always came up short.  Finally though, I came up with A recipe.  We tried them.  They were ok but a little dry.  Then I came across this recipe on the Betty Crocker website.  Bingo, here’s the recipe 🙂

Sausage Cheese Balls via Betty Crocker

3 cups Original Bisquick® mix

1 pound bulk pork sausage

4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 ounces)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed

1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley or 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes

Barbecue sauce or chili sauce, if desired

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease bottom and sides of jelly roll pan, 15 1/2×10 1/2x2x1 inch.
  2. Stir together all ingredients, using hands or spoon. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Place in pan.
  3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brown. Immediately remove from pan. Serve warm with sauce for dipping.

Makes About 8 1/2 dozen cheese balls

I want to learn French

Over the weekend I decided to try my hand at making French Macarons.  Not to be confused with Macaroons… Just saying.  I’ve read a bunch of different recipes and actually had one picked out from my Food Network magazine last fall sometime, however I couldn’t remember where I put it so I used this one.

This recipe uses an Italian meringue recipe (or au sucre cuit, method) instead of the traditional French whipped egg whites technique.  It is best to use a kitchen scale for your measurements on this, but if you don’t have one, there are rough equivalences beside the ingredients.

So without further ado, French Macarons

Definitely best to weigh your ingredients.

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Hubs BBQ Sauce

On more than one occasion hubby has wanted BBQ sauce.  Now of course, we have some store bought usually on hand, but he still adds his own touch to it.  And on some occasions we’re in more of a hurry to eat/use it than others, so I got the brilliant idea {yeah they hit me every so often}, let’s make some ahead, can it and then we always have it on hand.  You know, for those times we don’t have time.  Sometimes time is our enemy.  Wonder how many more times I can say time in this particular paragraph….

Moving on.  One thing about it though, his bbq sauce is never the same twice.  So he looked at me like I’d flipped my rocker when I mentioned it, but then he said, hmmm you have a good point.  So one evening while we were killing time after work before we could pick Tbug up, we went to the store and milled around for a bit looking for just the right ingredients.  Then we were doing conversions while we were at it, because remember we usually only make just enough for whatever we’re doing.

Finally we left the store, picked Tbug up and headed for home.  Next came the process of hubby trying to make the bbq sauce, Tbug helping and me getting in the way taking pictures.  But I just had to document it, for him and for all of you.  Duh :).

So, without further ado, Hubby’s BBQ sauce.

Note:  We used a 16 quart stock pot for this and it was fairly full when we got started as you can see.  Of course as it simmers it will reduce some.

Hubby’s BBQ Sauce:
1 1/2 cups oj

1 full large can of 100% Tomato Juice

3-64oz bottles of Ketchup (plus just enough water loosen what’s left in the bottles)

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Strawberry Bread

Just picture this, It’s Saturday morning.  It’s chilly outside.  There’s a warm fire place in the living room.  You just woke up from a relaxing and peaceful sleep.  The birds are chirping.  The sun is rising.  The dogs have been let out to do their business.  All seems right in the world.

Then you actually open your eyes to the dogs making a mess and needing outside, you know this because the whimpering has you wide awake.  You crawl out of the covers and realize the fire went out over night, so it’s chilly in the house.  You find your slippers, one of which has a big gouge missing because apparently the pup was hungry.  You stumble over the pile of laundry that needs to be folded.  You can’t find the light switch so you walk down the hallway in the dark while stubbing your toe.  Let the dogs out and then head to the kitchen to find something, but you aren’t sure what, only to realize you left last nights dinner out because you forgot about it.

Now which one of these actually sounds like your morning.  I know which one mine is and boy wouldn’t that first one be awesome!

So while you’re looking for some sanity in your life, how about you make some Strawberry Bread.  That’ll at least warm you up from the inside :).  Happy Saturday.

Strawberry Bread via Sugar Bitches Just Desserts

3 c. Flour
1 t baking soda
3 t cinnamon
2 c sugar
3 eggs
2 c frozen strawberries, undrained
1 1/4 c vegetable oil
1 c chopped nuts (optional)

Grease 2 loaf pans.

Preheat the oven 350 degrees F.

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