My grandmother made this salad for dinner guests. It is light & tasty. I LOVE it!
I featured these cookies in my Create Your Own Candy Bar video & I PROMISED to share the recipe! Here it is. And so simple, you will make them all the time!
- 1 box Duncan Hines™ butter cake mix
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- Chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In bowl, mix oil, eggs & vanilla. Add cake mix, mixing thoroughly. The mix may have lumps. Just work it with a spatula until all the dry lumps are mixed in. Add chocolate chips. I have used semi-sweet, a mix of milk chocolate & semi-sweet (half a bag of each) & mini chips. Just add enough chips to it is perfect for you.
Use parchment paper on your cookie sheets. This allows you to prepare all your batches with only 2 cookie sheets. Spoon out batter on paper, 12 if small, 9 if large. Bake 11-12 minutes. Allow to cool. Store in air tight container. Enjoy with cold milk or hot chocolate!
I love a basic muffin recipe. Even a basic muffin mix. This allows me to make any kind of muffin. I am now making fresh muffins on Saturday for our continental breakfast at church (FPCO) on Sunday. Today, I used a basic mix someone found for me. I haven’t been able fond a basic mix in a few years. Fortunately, I have a recipe from my grandmother, the Infamous Lena B. I can use to make a variety of muffins. Having to mix the muffins from scratch in messy & time consuming. Really like the mix better. If you know where I can find basic (plain) muffin mix, PLEASE let me know!
When making from scratch, I prefer to make enough for at least 2 weeks. Thus, I only have the mess for one week. Messy but worth it. I LOVE the people at my church so my baking is a labor of love!
Here is my recipe:
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup melted butter
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Sift dry ingredients together. Combine liquids. Add liquids to dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are just wet but not smooth. Batter will be lumpy. Fill greased muffin pan (or pan lined with muffin liners) 2/3 full. Bake for 25 minutes. Makes one dozen muffins. You can mix the dry ingredients together ahead of time & store in plastic bags. Only put one batch per bag. Saves on the confusion!
This is a basic recipe. To it, I add a variety of fruit, flavors & nuts. Today, I added fresh strawberries & fresh blueberries. I also use dried fruit. I like cherry/almond muffins, blueberry/pecan muffins, apricot/pecan muffins. I plan to make orange/pineapple & oatmeal/cranberry muffins.
I also make an incredibly easy pumpkin muffin but…. I plan to share that another day!
Mix up a batch for a week-end morning. Serve with juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, coffee for an wonderfully relaxing morning! I like them on my front porch!
Ah, I LOVE my Simple Joy Life!
It is a cool & cloudy day here in SoCal. Glancing over the posts of friends on FB, it appears to be a cold & snowy day in other parts of the country. Today is the perfect day for my vegetarian chili recipe!
I began making this dish for my friends who are vegetarians.However, many of my meat loving guests also enjoy my special chili.It is made with 4 kinds of beans and plenty of spices to make it thick and flavorful.
- 1 large can chili beans
- 1 large can pinto beans
- 1 large can kidney beans
- 1 large can black beans
- 1 cup frozen chopped onions
- 1 cup frozen chopped green pepper
- 1 large can crushed tomatoes
- 1 small can of tomatoes with chilies
- 1 large can of tomato sauce
- 1 box vegetable broth
- garlic salt
- chili powder
- hot sauce
- salt and pepper
Pour chili beans into large crock pot. Drain and rinse other beans. Add to crock pot.
Mix.Add onions and green peppers. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce.Season to taste. Top pot with broth, making chili stirrable but not “soupy.”Simmer on low 4-6 hours adding broth as needed.