Monday, June 20, 2016

Momma Deb's Oatmeal Cake

When I first started dating my now husband, Jason, he invited me over to his parents to celebrate his birthday. I remember asking what kind of cake he asked for and he said, "Oatmeal cake!"  I remember thinking, "What the crap?  That sounds terrible."  Little did I know it is far from terrible. It is the yummiest cake ever and it's become a staple in our home on Jason's birthday, and Father's Day. Jason's not a huge fan of desserts. He doesn't like rich things. I know...crazy!  This cake isn't too sweet or rich. It's perfect. The cake is moist and the icing is creamy, and buttery. It melts in your mouth. It is now my boys' favorite cake. My youngest is known for only eating the icing off of cake and cupcakes. He never eats the cake. But he does with this one. Yay!  It gets its name from Jason's mom, Deb, who I like to call Momma Deb. I'm glad she passed the recipe down to me.


Isn't it beautiful?! 

Momma Deb's Oatmeal Cake

1 c. Instant oatmeal
1 1/2 c. Boiling water
2 eggs
1 c. Brown sugar
1 c. Sugar
1/2 c. Shortening
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 1/2 c. Flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour your oatmeal in the bowl you're gonna mix your batter in. Pour boiling water over oatmeal and stir to combine. Let it sit for a few minutes to get it soft. Next add your eggs, brown sugar, white sugar, and shortening and cream it all together. Add all your dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Pour batter into 13x9 cake pan and bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 

Icing
1 c. Milk
1/3 c. Flour
One stick of butter, softened
1 c. Sugar

In a sauce pan whisk together your milk and flour. Continue stirring until it's good and thick. A little thicker than glue. You're making a sort of roo. :) Take it off the heat and let it cool completely. While it's cooling I like to start beating my butter and sugar together. Next add in your roo and mix until it's nice and creamy. Pour it over cooled cake and serve.

Let me know if you give it a try. I would love to hear how much you love it. :)

:::happy monday:::


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Tatertot Casserole

An easy go to meal for me when I don't really feel like cooking. Those nights seem to come more often than I would like them to.

Here's what you'll need..


Tatertot Casserole 
1 lb. ground beef
A regular sized bag of your favorite tatertots
1 can evaporated milk
1 can cream of chicken
1 can cream of mushroom
1 can corn
Shredded cheddar cheese (however much you like.)

Cook your hamburger. I like to season mine with salt, pepper, and garlic and onion powder. While that's cooking, mix together in a separate bowl your milk, soups, and corn. Whisk together until combined. When your hamburger is cooked through pour it in the bottom of a 13x9 casserole dish, pour tatertots evenly over hamburger, pour your soup mix over that. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. When it's all done, top it with the shredded cheddar cheese and put it back in the oven until the cheese is all good and melty.  

Not the prettiest dish, but it's tasty. 

Enjoy!!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Chocolate Chip Muffins

*tapping on mic* Hello?  Can anyone hear me. :)

Oh, hey!  Have you missed us?  It's been quite awhile since we last posted, (3 years), so I thought I would pop in to say hello and share a yummy muffin recipe I tried today. I was laying on the couch dreaming of delicious, warm muffins. I didn't have a whole lot of ingredients on hand, but I did have all the ingredients for these easy peasy muffins. They turned out yummy and the tops were just a little bit crispy. I loved that!




Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • 2 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup salted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole or 2% milk 
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 425°F and spray a 12 cup muffin tray with non-stick cooking spray.

  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and chocolate chips. Set aside.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla. Slowly add to the dry ingredients. Gently fold together until JUST combined

  • Divide the batter into the 12 muffin cups and bake at 425°F for 5 minutes, then turn the oven heat down to 375°F and bake for another 13-15 minutes. Let cool for about 5-10 minutes and enjoy warm.

  • Recipe adapted from Little Sweet Baker



  • Who doesn't love melted chocolate?!  Yum!

    I'll try to pop in every now and again. I've missed blogging a lot!  

    Peace out, yo!
    Erica*



    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    Crispy Kale Chips

    I made these kale chips last year and loved them! I had bought a bunch of kale for my green smoothies and didn't really love how they made my smoothie taste a little too grassy. I did a google search and found this recipe from The Food Network. It looked simple enough and really turned out great!

    First off, cut the ribs from each leaf of kale. I tore them into chip sized pieces and put them in my salad spinner.


    After spinning them, put them on a cookie sheet, drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, then use your hands to toss them.


    Bake at 275 degrees for about 20 minutes, turning them halfway through. I had a lot on my sheet so ended up baking for a few more minutes. The majority of them come out deliciously crispy. There were a few that were not completely crispy but that didn't bother me.


    I don't know how well these keep because they are gone pretty quickly. Give them a try! They are a great snack and pretty nutritious too!

    Have a happy Thursday!!!

    Monica

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Digi Day

    Little Dreamer Designs has such a fun back to school kit for September. It's called Old School and was so fun to work with. I love when I can scrap a layout and really have fun doing it too.

    Chalkboards are so in right now and that does not exclude the digital scrapbooking world. I love Michelle's chalkboard "paper" and her chalky stamps are sooo fun. I love the gold stars too. They just add the perfect detail. Of course my adorable Maggie makes this layout just perfect. :)
     
    Pick up the kit at Little Dreamer Designs.
     
    Happy Thursday!
     
    Monica
    

    Monday, September 9, 2013

    Crock Pot Yogurt

    I said I'd do it, and I did. I like when that happens. It was easy, I didn't die, and not only do I love the way it turned out, my kids do too! Score 1 for the mom. :)

    My mom has made her own yogurt for years and I always looked at her bowl of rotten milk sitting on her counter with disgust. It seemed pretty hokie. I never actually tried it though (sorry mom). In my internet searching for whole foods recipes I came across this recipe and it intrigued me. I use a lot of yogurt at my house. Not only for eating plain but in smoothies and all sorts of other recipes. Yogurt is pricey, especially when you're purchasing the quality stuff. Well, to get away from the artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners I decided to give this a go.

    I found this recipe at Bless This Mess. Her blog is a great resource in some whole foods recipes. :)

    Crockpot Yogurt

    1/2 gallon (8 cups) whole milk (I haven't tried a lower fat content yet, supposedly the yogurt is thinner.)
    1/2 cup commercial plain yogurt that says “Live and Active Cultures” on the tub. I used Stoneyfield farms plain greek yogurt.
    In a large crock pot pour in the milk.  Turn it on low for around 2 1/2 hours.  After that time has passed, unplug the crock pot and let it sit for 3 hours. After the 3 hours has passed stir in the 1/2 cup of  yogurt.  Replace the lid of the crock pot and cover with 2 big towels or a blanket. (I just used one big towel. My mom just uses a dish towel.) Let rest for 8 to 12 hours (Mine was longer, I wasn't getting up at 3 a.m. That's why I was worried I was going to get sick. It ended up being 17 hours).  In the morning you’ll have yogurt!  Put it in a quart sized mason jar and refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Mine filled up two jars with a small bowl leftover. It will thicken up in the fridge. Don't forget to save 1/2 cup of your yogurt for your next batch.
     
    At this point I was worried about my safety. ;) It was cool to see the transformation though.
     
    I filled two of these quart sized jars. So I ended up with a half gallon of yogurt for approximately $1.25. Not bad!

    You can also let the yogurt strain in cheese cloth, in the fridge for a few hours and you’ll get a thicker Greek yogurt!
     
    Awesome. So glad it worked out. It feels great serving a wholesome product to the kiddos. I sliced a banana in it and drizzled honey. They loved it. Personally, I think it has a milder flavor than some of the plain yogurts I've purchased from the store.
     
     
    Have a great Monday!!

    Friday, September 6, 2013

    Tomatoes...Please Don't Go.

    This year I've really enjoyed the garden tomato. I grew up loving them straight from the garden, freshly picked and warm from the sun. I couldn't wait for those plump green maters to turn juicy and red. Sometimes I would eat them in the garden straight from the vine. Especially, the cherry tomatoes. One for the bowl, two for me. Yum.

    Unfortunately tomato season seems to take forever to get here and goes all too quick. My sisters-in-law bottle tomatoes and salsa. That's on my to do list for someday. For now, I just enjoy them while I can.

    My friend Katie the Scrapbook Lady blogged in August about her favorite salad, the Caprese Salad. I had to try it immediately. I had some farmer's market tomatoes, basil, and I picked up some fresh mozz. How can three simple ingredients together be so unbelievably tasty? I drizzled mine with Newman's Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette. I've been in love ever since. So thank you Katie for introducing me to me new love. I'm just sad tomato season is just about over. *sniffles*

     
     
    Better hurry and give this a try! Because you can't possibly make this with store bought tomatoes shipped from another country. It would never taste the same. :)
     
    Happy Friday!
     
    Love, Monica
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