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Friday, July 29, 2011

Ranch Dressing

mmmmmmmm Ranch daughter's favorite. I swear she has a "Ranch" tooth instead of a sweet tooth. LOL

Since tonight we are going to be having chicken tenders for dinner and we are out of **GASP** store bought ranch I thoght that I would whip this up real quick.

Are ya with me???

Good....let's go!!!

1/2 cup milk..I used Rice Milk...I know what a shocker huh?? lol
1 cup  mayo
1 t garlic
1 t onion powder
3 T red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Quart Wide Mouth jar or any other jar or bottle

Now that you have the ingredents gathher now you make make the dressing.

Into the wide mouth jar put:



 garlic powder

onion powder

red wine vinegar



Place the lid tightly on the jar and............SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE vigorously. 

Chill for a few hours before serving.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

French Toast

Well there is nothing special about my french toast, just wanted to show you how I do it.

OK so like I said my french toast is probably no different then yours so lets start.

First I sliced up my bread, I used a loaf of oatmeal bread that I made.

Then I mixed up a couple of eggs with some milk, I used my rice milk that I make., and some cinnamon and nutmeg.

Dipped my bread into the milk and egg mixture.

Placed the dipped bread onto the griddle and cooked until golden brown.

When they are all yummy looking, serve.

See??? Really no different than yours so go make some for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Black Bean Cookies

It's's a cookie...that is all they need to know!!

On that note...shall we get started????


    1-15 oz. can of black beans (or cooked 1/2 dried black beans to equal 1 can)
    4 oz. bittersweet chocolate
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    1 cup white flour
    3/4 t baking soda
    3/4 t baking powder
    3/4 t salt
    6 T butter, softened
    1/2 cup of sugar
    1 egg
    2 t vanilla extract
    4 oz. semi sweet chocolate 

Got your ingredients????  Good.
Is anyone around? No? let's make these cookies.

Take the Black Beans and drain, rinse, and puree with 1/8 cup of water in a blender of food processor or blender.

Cut SEMI SWEET chocolate into small chunks.

Melt the BITTERSWEET chocolate and cool slightly(Sorry forgot to take pic)

Add cooled chocolate to pureed beans. Mix until blended.

Preheat oven to 375 F.
Mix together dry ingredients: flours.

Add baking soda, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream together butter and honey for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy

Add egg and incorporate well.

 Mix in vanilla extract.

Add black bean puree and cooled melted chocolate mixture to butter mixture and mix well.

Mix dry ingredients into the chocolate/black bean mixture in about three additions until cookie dough just comes together.  Finish mixing with a wooden spoon.

Stir in chocolate chunks and drop by tablespoon onto parchment lined baking sheets(I lightly greased my cookie sheets with PAN GREASE)
Bake at 375 F for about 8-10 minutes.  (Don’t over bake or they will get dry.)

Cool completely on wire racks. OH THE TORTURE!!!!!!!!!  WHEN WILL IT END?!?!?!?!?!?!?

OK torture over. nom nom nom Nom NOm NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Easy Muffins

mmmmmmmmmmm muffins!!!

These muffins are so easy to make plus you can add whatever you wish to them.

OK Let's gather the ingredients:

2 c. pancake mix (go here to get THE BEST PANCAKE MIX EVER recipe)
1/3 c. sugar
1 c. milk
1 egg, beaten
1/3 c. vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Grease 12 muffin cups.
Combine pancake mix and sugar in a medium bowl.
Add milk, egg and oil. Mix just until dry ingredients are moistened. Do not beat.
Fill each muffin cup with batter 2/3 full. Bake 17 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Feel free to adjust to your liking

I put a dollop of blueberry jam in the middle before baking

Monday, July 25, 2011

2 Ingredient Ice Cream

IT'S HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  All over the country everyone has been SCREAMING that it is hot so.............

WE ALL SCREAM FOR...........................

ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But let's face it sometimes it can be a hassle to make homemade ice cream but today I will show you a so easy a monkey can do it ice cream recipe.

OK Have I peeked your interest????

Ready, set..................... go gather your ingredients and equipment.

You will need:
1 14oz can SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK..not evaporated milk (I used homemade sweetened condensed milk)

1 liter of SODA, the flavor is up to you, we like the Cherry Limeade Soda found at WalMart

Ice Cream Maker

Ice(If you have an older machine)

Rock/Ice Cream Salt (If you have an older machine)

Step 1: Add Sweetened Condensed Milk into machine container 

Step 2: Add soda to machine container

Step 3: Add paddle to container

Step 4: Cover container and pace in machine

Step 5: Turn on machine and add ice and salt to the buck and process 40 to 60 minutes.  When done it will be like soft serve. You can serve it now or put in the freezer for later. Please note that this ice cream will get a "sandy" texture the colder it gets, but fear not it is still good when it gets that texture.

Step 6: Grab the whole container and RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or be nice and serve everyone a dish.

psssssssssst....between you and me GRAB AND RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cream Of Chicken Shells

I made this for lunch the other day, a little time consuming but not to bad.

You will need:
 Small Shell pasta
5 chicken legs
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
Milk (I used RICE HERE for recipe)
Bread Crumbs(Plain or seasoned up to you)--OPTIONAL
Your choice of shredded cheese - OPTIONAL

Ok here we go...........................

Cook chicken legs any way you want, I did mine in my pressure cooker, 7 minutes.

In the meantime, cook your pasta. I poured and even layer of pasta in a 9x13 pan, add enough water to cover pasta, and then microwaved for 15 minutes, or until al dente.

When pasta is one drain well.

While the pasta is draining, empty can of soup into a bowl and add a can full of milk and mix well.

 To soup mixture add the pasta.

Cut cooked chicken into bite size chunks and add to the pasta/soup mixture.

Lightly oil a 13x9 pan and add the chicken/pasta mixture.

Top with bread crumbs and cheese if you have opted to use them.

Bake at 350F until nice and bubbly.

Allow to cool for 15 minutes and then serve.