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Homemade Honey Mustard Recipe

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Ahh, honey mustard!!!  My husband is a honey mustard addict!  The other day I forgot to buy some and rather than go to the store, I found this recipe:

  • 4 tbsp mustard
    1 tbsp honey
    2 tsp dijon mustard

Mix, adjust to your taste and enjoy!

Some great ways to eat honey mustard:

salads
chicken strips
french fries
sandwiches

Hope you enjoy this recipe!  It’s 3:30 a.m. and I couldn’t sleep so I thought I would hook ya up, then all of the sudden I am overwhelmingly sleepy.  SO, I’m gonna take advantage and go pass out!  Stop by and check out my recipe page for more great recipes (tried and true with honest opinions).

Originally posted 2016-02-11 05:38:00.

Oklahoma Indian Taco

IndianTacoCrystalSellersI recently reviewed an amazing book, Summer Under My Quilt.  This recipe was provided by the debut author, Crystal Sellars.  Being a fellow Oklahoman, I can tell you the book very much depicts the part of the state the author and I grew up in.  I hope you’ll check the my review and book out, then enjoy this recipe as you read!  Without further introduction, here is the author’s recipe.  Enjoy!

Growing up in Stilwell Oklahoma I was raised on Indian Tacos.
Since I’m sure not many have tried this yummy dinner, it seemed the perfect thing to make for you all.

Brown hamburger meat. (Amount depends on your family size) add onions to taste. Then add in a packet of taco seasoning.

Next you will need to make your fry bread. I do this the cheat way. I use can biscuits or crescent rolls. Smmer Under My Quilt
Add a little oil to the pan and your dough. Flatten and fry till cooked thoroughly.

In the mean time chop your veggies:
Tomatoes
Lettuce
Black olives
Onion
Other toppings:
Shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, avocados.
Heat a can of re-fried beans.

Once your finished pile beans, meat and vegetables all on top of your fry bread and enjoy!

Originally posted 2016-02-10 06:04:29.

Old Fashion Peanut Butter Cookies

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I have an old recipe book from my childhood that is full of old, simple but delicious recipes.  While they aren’t necessarily new foods, they frequently remind me of my childhood.  This particular recipe book sat for years on my Mom’s bookshelf.  When I moved out, I went back home and gave it freedom from my Mom’s bookshelf, she never really used them and didn’t mind my procuring it.  I write in it now, my modifications, when I used the recipes, and the reactions I get.  If it’s a special occasion, I note that too.  I don’t know that anyone will ever care about my notes but they bring back good memories when I see my notes.  I attempted to pass the tradition down and will continue to do so because with these times and everything being online it seems that little things like this may become obsolete.  This particular cookbook lost it’s covers long ago, so I can’t share the title.  However, I can say that the original recipe was submitted by Debbie Salmon.  I have modified it slightly.  I hope you enjoy these cookies as I enjoyed making them as a girl.

Old Fashion Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

3 tsp baking powder

Directions:

Combine all ingredients well.  Roll into balls similar in size.  Make a criss-crosss imprint on the ball with a fork to smash them down.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Remove before they are too brown as they will brown a little more when you put them on wire racks to cool.

Are there any modifications you like in your peanut butter cookies?  I’d love to hear stories of childhood baking, they make my heart smile.  Hope you enjoy.

Originally posted 2016-02-08 06:31:34.

Wild Mushroom Beef Stew

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It’s been so cold this winter that I’m trying out new soups left and right.  I’m also working on stepping out of my comfort zone.  That hasn’t always been my strong suit. So, as one of my new trial recipe I tried this out.  My husband thinks it will be even better if it was made in a dutch oven.  Modification instructions are below the crockpot recipe.  Hope you like it.

  • 1 1/2- 2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1/8 cup of flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 8 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 med carrots, sliced
  • 2 med potatoes, diced
  • 1 sm white onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  1. Put beef in crockpot.  Mix together flour, salt and pepper.  Pour over meat, stir to coat each piece of meat with flours mixture.  Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix well.
  2. Cover & cook on high for 4 hours or until done.  Stir stew before serving.

Dutch Oven Modification: Heat dutch oven over med-high heat.  Mix flour and seasoning (all but bay leaf) and toss the beef in it. Coat pan with 1-2 tbsp olive oil.  Brown beef in oil.  Add all ingredients, stir and cook until done.

**If you have any thoughts or modifications, I’d love to hear them!  Please share.

Originally posted 2016-01-29 06:30:39.

Quick & Easy Potato Soup

Quick & Easy Potato Soup (Dairy Free)Whether it’s freezing outside or you just want some delicious comfort food you’ll love this Quick & Easy Potato Soup!  Unfortunately, not everyone has the time (or the desire) to spend hours and hours cooking a good homemade soup.  Fortunately, this one only takes an hour and is fabulous!  Also, it can be made completely dairy free, which is fabulous!  Not a lot of dairy free potato soup recipes!  Hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp Butter (can use dairy free butter)

1 c chopped onion

3 c peeled, diced potatoes

3/4 c chopped celery

3/4 c grated carrots

2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp parsley flakes

3 c chicken stock (could also use broth, any flavor would work)

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in large saucepan (I used the pot to avoid extra dishes).
  2. Add onion, saute until soft.
  3. Add in celery and saute for about a minute (doesn’t have to be exact, just helps with the flavor)
  4. Add stock, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper and parsley flakes.
  5. Cook until all vegetables are tender.  Roughly 15-20 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

Originally posted 2015-11-04 00:45:15.

Super Simple Herbed Fish Fillets

HerbedFilletsPlatedBy now, everyone knows that fish should be a healthy addition to our diets but it doesn’t seem like there are very many great recipes.  The flavor

2 Tbsp butter

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/4 c onion, chopped

1 Tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp. parsley flakes

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp tarragon

1/8 tsp thyme

1 lb fish fillets

1/4 c. bread crumbs

  1. Melt butter.  Add garlic and onion until tender.
  2. Add lemon juice and spices.
  3. Lightly butter the bottom of a baking dish then arrange fish in baking dish.
  4. Pour bread crumbs over the fish then pour butter mixture on top.
  5. Bake at 350 until fish flakes easily with a fork.  (mine took about 10 minutes)

Originally posted 2015-10-19 06:26:22.

Broccoli, Tomato & Chicken Skillet: Super Easy Healthy Dinner!

This Tomato, Broccoli & Chicken Skillet is the perfect weeknight dinner!  One dish, healthy, & an easy cleanup! Just what we need for those busy days!

Broccoli Tomato Chicken Skillet: Quick, Easy & Healthy One Dish Weeknight MealI don’t know about you, but some nights I am just not in the mood to make a huge, time consuming meal.  I need something quick and simple that tastes great!

This recipe fits the bill perfectly!  Broccoli, Tomato & Chicken Skillet is the perfect recipe when you want to feed your family a healthy meal without a ton of time!  From prep to plate in 15 minutes!  It’s a recipe that’s a keeper in my book!

We do paleo (or try to), so we added cauliflower rice but you could use regular rice or none at all.  After making it, I realized it would have been perfectly fine without any additions at all.

If you know you are gonna have a night where you won’t have time to prep, (game nights, perhaps?) you could easily prep everything ahead of time.  It would cut your meal time on the day you cook it to less than fifteen minutes!

I like to cook it in my cast iron skillet, as with those you literally just have to wipe it out with a damp cloth when you are done!  I didn’t learn until I was grown that you aren’t supposed to completely wash cast iron!  Now we have well seasoned skillets!

Broccoli, Tomato and Chicken Skillet

Broccoli Tomato Chicken Skillet Quick and EasyIngredients:

2 boneless skinless breasts

1/4 c chopped onion

2 Tbsp butter

1 package frozen cut broccoli, thawed

1 tsp lemon juice

dash of salt (if you like salt)

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp thyme

1/4 tsp oregano

3-4 med tomatoes, cut into wedges

Directions:

  1. Cut chicken breast in half, then slice them into 1/2 inch wide strips.
  2. In skillet, cook chicken and onions in butter til chicken is no longer pink.
  3. Stir in broccoli, lemon juice, salt (if using), thyme, oregano and pepper.
  4. Cover and simmer 6 minutes.
  5. Stir, then add tomato wedges.
  6. Cover and simmer 3-4 minutes more
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Obviously, this recipe is super simple and anyone could easily make it pretty quickly.  I love that cleanup is super easy too!

What are your favorite simple weeknight dinners? 

I’ll take all the suggestions I can get!

Pilchards Tomato Curry and Stewed Pumpkin Mauritian Style

These two dishes can be eaten together in an Indian flour wrap or chapati. Best served with a spicy coriander and tomato chutney and/or some Indian pickles.

Pilchards Tomato Currypilchards curry

Ingredients

3 tbsp oil
1 medium onion, finely sliced
3-4 curry leaves
400g can of chopped tomatoes
400g can of Glenryck Pilchards in tomato sauce
1-2 medium green chilli, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped spring onions
1 tsp curry powder
2-3 pinches of sugar
salt to taste

Directions:

1. Heat oil in a cooking pan and fry onion until lightly browned. Add in curry leaves and fry for 1-2 minutes.
2. Add chopped tomatoes. Cover and cook until simmering gently and a thin film of oil is visible on the surface. Stir in curry powder and sugar and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
3. Remove pilchard spine by gently cutting each fish in half along the sides and lifting spine off the flesh. Ensure no bones remain. Break into medium chunks and add to pan. Cover and cook for about 5-10 minutes.
4. Add salt to taste.
5. Sprinkle chopped green chilli and spring onions on top.

Stewed Pumpkin

Stewed Pumpkin 2

(Butternut Squash can be used as an alternative)

2-3 tbsp oil
½ medium onion, finely sliced
½ tsp of mustard seeds
4-6 small dried red chillies or 1 large, chopped dried red chilli
2-3 curry leaves
500g pumpkin, diced in small pieces
water
1-2 tbsp chopped coriander

1. Heat oil in a cooking pan and fry onion until lightly browned.
2. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, and chillies. Fry for 1-2 minutes.
3. Add pumpkin and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring gently to avoid burning.
4. Add in just enough water to cover mixture. Cover pan and allow to cook on a medium heat. Stir occasionally.
5. Once pumpkin has softened and water is almost evaporated (about 10-15 minutes), take pan off cooker and mash pumpkin.
6. Sprinkle chopped coriander on top.

Soul Meaning

Soul Meaning

  • ‘My name is Lucas Soul. Today, I died again. This is my fifteenth death in the last four hundred and fifty years.’
  • The Crovirs and the Bastians. Two races of immortals who have lived side by side with humans for millennia and been engaged in a bloody war since the very dawn of their existence. With the capacity to survive up to sixteen deaths, it was not until the late fourteenth century that they reached an uneasy truce, following a deadly plague that wiped out more than half of their numbers and made the majority of survivors infertile.
  • Soul is an outcast of both immortal societies. Born of a Bastian mother and a Crovir father, a half breed whose very existence is abhorred by the two races, he spends the first three hundred and fifty years of his life being chased and killed by the Hunters. One fall night in Boston, the Hunt starts again, resulting in Soul’s fifteenth death and triggering a chain of events that sends him on the run with Reid Hasley, a former US Marine and his human business partner of ten years. When a lead takes them to Washington DC and a biotechnology company with affiliations to the Crovirs, they cross the Atlantic to Europe, on the trail of a French scientist whose research seems intrinsically linked to the reason why the Hunters are after Soul again.
  • From Paris to Prague, their search for answers will lead them deep into the immortal societies and bring them face to face with someone from Soul’s past. Shocking secrets are uncovered and fresh allies come to the fore as they attempt to put a stop to a new and terrifying threat to both immortals and humans. Time is running out for Soul. Can he get to the truth before his seventeenth death, protect the ones he loves and prevent another immortal war?

About the Author

D. Starrling was born on the small island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and came to the UK at the age of twenty to study medicine. After five years of hard graft earning her MD and another five years working all of God’s hours as a Pediatrician, she decided it was time for a change and returned to her first love, writing. She lives in Warwickshire in the West Midlands, where she is busy writing the next installment in the series. She still practices medicine. AD Starrling is her pen name.

Book Details

  • 420 pages
  • Genre: Supernatural, Action Adventure, Thriller
  • Age: Adult
  • Available from: Amazon.com & other retailers
  • ASIN: B008L8IU8C

Review Excerpts

  • I loved this book. I was immediately drawn into the world of the Immortals that AD Starrling has created. You should definitely go pick it up and give it a read. If you like this genre at all, or even if you don’t, this is a new author that you will want to give a try.” Jessica Loves Books

Soul Meaning is a supernatural thriller that is jammed packed full of non-stop action. From the very first page, it draws the reader in. It immediately grabbed my attention and it continued till the very end. I was really surprised by how amazing Soul Meaning was.” Lunar Haven RD

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Originally posted 2014-11-12 10:52:04.

General Tso’s Chicken

Easy General Tso's Chicken Recipe

  • 1 lb boneless chicken, skinned and cubed
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c cornstarch, 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsps rice wine
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 sm onion, cut into squares
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into squares
  • Oil for deep frying

1.  Mix cornstarch and eggs in a large bowl, add in chicken and coat thoroughly.

2.  Prepare the sauce by combining 2 tsp cornstarch, wine, vinegar, sugar and soy sauce in a small bowl.

3.  Heat oil for frying.

4.  Fry chicken in batches so that chicken is just cooked.

5.  Remove chicken and let stand to drain off some grease.

6.  In only a couple of tbsp of oil, fry onion and bell pepper.  When they are almost done, add in chicken and stir fry until chicken reaches a crispy brown.

7.  Add the sauce in and continue to stir fry.  Toss around for a couple of minutes, until sauce becomes a glaze.

Serve over rice and enjoy!

*This recipe was modified from Food.com  There are modifications, but if you’d like to find the original, please search Mean Guy’s General Tso’s Chicken on food.com  Thanks and I hope you enjoy!

Originally posted 2014-09-13 20:54:54.

Easy Cream Cheese Pound Cake Dairy Free

Easy Cream Cheese Pound Cake (Can be made dairy free)

My husband can’t have dairy.  Lame, I know.  So, I made this with Tofutti Dairy Free Cream Cheese and non-dairy butter.  It turned out really well.  Of course, it will be fabulous with regular sour cream and butter also.  Oh, how I miss those days!  However you make it, enjoy it!  You’ll find it hard not to go back and sneak bites.  (unless you have amazing discipline which you should totally tell the rest of us how to get!  LOL)

Easy Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Ingredients:

8 oz Cream Cheese

3 sticks of butter (equal to 12 oz or 1 1/2 cups)

3 c sugar

3 c plain flour

6 eggs

1 dash salt

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Cream the cream cheese, butter and sugar.

Mix in flour and eggs, rotating one egg at a time and ending with flour.

Add salt and vanilla.

Pour into greased and floured tube pan.

Bake at 125 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients:

1 box confectioners sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 stick butter

8 oz cream cheese

chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:

All should be at room temperature.  Blend well.  If it’s too thick, add a few drops of milk.  Drizzle over cake and add chopped nuts if you’d like.

 

Originally posted 2014-06-09 09:36:59.