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Life Lately

Being a full-time stay at home mom (SAHM) has afforded more time to cook whole meals, especially now that I’ve adapted to Baby Boy’s patterns. Here are some meals and snacks I’ve come up with lately:

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Cholate chip cookies:

2 1/4 C all-purpose flour (I use whole wheat)

1 tsp Baking soda

1/2 tsp Salt (I eliminate because my butter is salted)

1 C Butter (softened)

3/4 C granulatd sugar*

3/4 C packed light brown sugar*

(*I cut the sugar in half)

1 tsp Vanilla

2 Eggs

2 C Dark chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 375, Dry ingredients mixed together, except for sugar. Cream butter and sugar, add vanilla, beat in eggs. Slowly add in dry ingredients. Stir in chips. Drop rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheet, bake 8-10 minutes.

Home made Peppermint mocha:

Half cup already brewed coffee,

two tsp coco powder, dash of vanilla, pinch of salt, half cup milk mixed into coffee

Stir with peppermint candy cane, top with whipped cream!

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Home made chicken noodle soup:

Cooked off a roaster chicken to make chicken stalk. Used leftover chicken and shredded for soup

Toss in chopped potatoes and carrots to boil until softened

Add spiral veggie noodles

Season throughout cooking process as desired! I use curry, cumin, basil, oregano, garlic, onion powder, black pepper

Soup is read when veggies and noodles are soft and the flavor is full!

Served with store bought frozen yeast rolls. Let rise 2 hours ahead of time.

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Home made whole wheat tortillas with carne con tomato/onion sauce

Tortilla recipe:

1 1/2 C flour

pinch of salt (I use sea salt)

1/4 C crisco (I know, I cringe when I use this)

1/2 cup warm water

Mix flour and salt, add crisco and work until it’s crumbly like oatmeal

Stir in warm water. Work dough ball 5 minutes until elastic. Let rest 15 minutes in bowl under damp cloth. Section out small dough balls, roll flat, cook on hot skillet. Makes 8 tortillas.

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Dark Chocolate Chip and Pomegranate Scones

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2 C Flour

2 tsp Baking poweder

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 C butter (cut in)

1 Egg (for top)

1/2 C Heavy Cream (I use half and half)

*1 Tbs sugar optional

Sugar for top

Mix dry ingredients together, cut in butter; mixture should look like coarse oatmeal. Add cream. Form doughball, careful not to overwork the doaugh. Place on greased cookie or pie plate, cut dough ball into eighths. Brush dough with whole beaten egg. Sprinkle top with sugar. If adding specialty ingredients, like the chocolate chips and pomegranate, I find this best done at the dry ingredient stage!

Preheat oven to 350, bake until lightly brown.

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Banana Bread:

3 ripe bananas

1 egg, well beaten

1 stick of butter, melted

1 1/2 C sugar (3/4 works just as well)

1 tsp salt (usually I omit)

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Mix dry indredients and wet separately. Add wet ingredients to bananas first, than dry ingredients. Pour batter into greased bread pan, or pie/cake pan.

Bake at 350 for approximately 55 minutes. Mine is usually cooked sooner than this.

For fun, make a streusel top out of a couple tbs butter, cinnamon and sugar for a banana coffee cake!

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Sunday’s Beef Pot Roast, turned-Monday night’s Beef Pot Pie:

Take the ingrendients from your pot pie, add extra broth if needed. Dump into a caserole dish, add biscuit top. You can use any refrigerated biscuit dough, or your favorite biscuit recipe.

I like my own whole wheat biscuits:

2 C Whole wheat flour

4 tsps baking powder

3-4 tbs butter, cut in

1 tbs sugar

1/4 to 1/2 C milk

Mix the dough, then spread over casserole. Bake at 350-375 until biscuit top is lightly browned and the casserole is bubbly. Total time about 20 minutes!

 

Hope these ideas inspire a happy, healthy, easy family meal and some sweet dessert or coffee time!

 

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