Friday, May 27, 2016

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars


Cookies are great.  But sometimes ... sometimes you just don't have time for a cookie and all the work that comes with it.  Sometimes ... you just want to throw something in a pan and then eat it. 






Bars are the best when you want that cookie taste but not the fuss. 






Plus sometimes bars are like a great marriage of cookie, bar, and cake. 






Ingredients:
1/2 cup plus 6 tablespoon butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashion oats
1 cup chocolate chips




Directions:
1.  Heat oven to 350F
2.  Cream butter and sugars on medium until creamy
3.  Add eggs and vanilla, beat until incorporated
4.  Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a separate bowl.
5.  Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture
6.  Add oats and chocolate chips
7.  Cover a 9x13 pan with parchment paper.  Be sure to leave some of the parchment hanging over the pan so that you can easily remove the bars later.
8.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool 5 minutes in pan and then remove to wire racks. 


Baby Girl got to have a couple of bites of a bar.  I sent some with her when she visited my parents.  I am sure she got much more there.


I do want to try different add ins next time. 


Keep baking friends!
XOXO

Monday, May 23, 2016

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


Everyone once in a awhile I crave a oatmeal cookie.  It's not often.  But sometimes it happens. 








There is just something about a chewy oatmeal cookie that can be so satisfying.  But they must contain chocolate chips for me.  NOT raisins.  A warm chewy oatmeal cookie is the best snack. 


Ingredients:
1/2 cup plus 6 tablespoon butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups old fashion oats
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
1.  Heat oven to 350F
2.  Cream butter and sugars on medium until creamy
3.  Add eggs and vanilla, beat until incorporated
4.  Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a separate bowl.
5.  Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture
6.  Add oats and chocolate chips
7.  drop 2 tablespoons of dough onto cookies sheets covered with parchment paper
8.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets and then remove to wire racks. 


This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies.  Perfect for sharing. 


Keep baking friends!
XOXO

Monday, May 16, 2016

M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Homemade cookies are the best.  They beat store bought cookies every time.  There is just something about a warm fresh right out of the oven cookie.  Totally better than some hard crunchy from a bag cookie. 






Many people think that making cookie dough is hard.  It really is not.  Many of us even have the ingredients in our cupboard or pantry to make them.  The key is room temperature ingredients.


M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies


Ingredients:
2 sticks butter (room temp)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
2 eggs (room temp)
3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 oz bag mini chocolate chips
1 bag plain M&Ms


Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
2.  In a stand beat the butter and sugars until creamy. 
3.  Beat in eggs one at a time until well incorporated
4.  Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl and whisk 
5.  Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. 
6.  Mix in chocolate chips and M&Ms.  DO NO OVER MIX
7.  Scoop 2 tablespoons of batter for each cookie and bake for 9 minutes.  Let the cookies cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before removing them to a rack. 


I put this cookie dough into a Tupperware container and just scooped some dough out every night and made cookies.  Super easy and a great dessert.  A bonus is that your house will smell yummy too.


Keep cooking friends!


XOXO

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Teriyaki Salmon Dinner


Trying to lead by example by eating healthy with my toddler.  Introducing Baby Girl to food has been fun.  So far she is a pretty good eater.  But I mean, look who her parents are. 

One of Baby Girl's favorite is salmon.  This is my favorite too because it is easy to make. 

Teriyaki Salmon

Ingredients:
1 salmon filet
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
salt
pepper

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350F
2.  Spray a 9x13 baking dish with oil.
3.  Mix soy sauce and honey.
4.  Pour over salmon. 
5.  Salt and pepper.
6.  Bake for about 20 minutes depending on oven. 

I served my salmon with rice and green beans. 

Baby Girl gobbled it up. 

Keep cooking friends!

XOXO



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Oatmeal White Chocolate Cranberry Bars



With a 15 month old I have learn that time is something that I do not have.  I try to do some baking when she naps on the weekends but it seems that something always comes up. 





These bars are super easy to make and tasty.  AND the perfect snack when my daughter wakes up



Oatmeal White Chocolate Cranberry Bars

Ingredients:
1/2 cup plus 6 tablespoon butter, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla exact
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions:
1.  Heat oven to 350F.
2.  Beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium speed until fluffy
3.  Add eggs one at a time until incorporated
4.  Add vanilla extract and mix well
5.  In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Mix well.
6.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until just mixed
7.  Add oats, white chocolate, and cranberries
8.  Spread in a 13 x 9 metal baking pan lined with parchment paper. 
9.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes


Keep baking my friends!


XOXO

Monday, February 15, 2016

Shrimp Stir Fry


Baby Girl is now 15 months old.  I have lost the pregnancy weight.  However, I am still working on the TTC weight gain.  I have been trying to start 2016 right and meal prep.  January was not that successful at all.  February is not too bad.  I have been trying to use Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration for meal ideas. 

This meal was a hit in my house.  El Husbee and Baby Girl ate it.



Stir fry shrimp with vegetables.  I also tried making rice with frozen vegetables.  It's okay.  I mean not my first choice.  But I am trying to get in as many vegetables as possible. 

Shrimp and Vegetables

1lb shrimp
1lb mushroom
1 onion, small
1 red bell pepper
1lb broccoli
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1.  Rinse and clean shrimp. 
2.  chop up all vegetables
3.  Heat up pan with oil and garlic. 
4.  Once you smell the aroma of garlic put in onions. 
5.  Once the onions are tender put in shrimp.  Cook until pink shows.
6.  Toss in mushroom, red bell pepper, and broccoli.  Put lid on pan.  Cook until broccoli is green. 

Keep cooking my friends!

XOXO

Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine's Day


Baby Girl is in daycare and I decided to make Valentine's for her to give her class today. 


These were super easy to make.  Just made the cards on my computer and used Valentine's Day themed washi tape to attach to the individual packs of Teddy Grahams.  Hope her class likes them. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

XOXO