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

1 salmon filet
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey


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!


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

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

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!


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!


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!


Saturday, January 16, 2016

M&M Mixed Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies are so yummy. They are perfect with milk, coffee, tea ... anything. 

These cookies are super easy to make. It's the perfect cookie dough to keep in your refrigerator for after dinner cookies. 

M&M Mixed Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted and cooled (12 tablespoons)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup M&Ms
1/2 cup mixed nuts, chopped
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 325F
2.  In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt together.
3.  Combine butter and sugars.  Then add egg, egg yolk, vanilla and mix.
4.  Slowly add the dry mixture to the bowl until dough forms.
5.  Fold in M&Ms, mixed nuts, and semi sweet chocolate chips.
6.  Stick the dough in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
7.  Use a 1 tablespoon cookie scooper and scoop 2 scoops on top of each other for each cookie.  Leave about 2 inches of space between each cookie.  Bake for about 12 minutes.

I am super excited to do more baking in 2016.

Keep baking friends!!


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Banana Bread

My mom dropped off a bag of frozen banana's on Sunday morning.  So what is a girl to do?  Make banana bread of course! 

The mini loves are banana chocolate chip and the medium loaves are banana apple cranberry bread. 

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease a mini loaf pan.
2.  Mix together butter and sugar until fully combined.
3.  Add eggs and vanilla extract.  Mix well.
4. Add mashed bananas and mix until completely combined.
5.  In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon.
6.  Slowly incorporate the dry mixture with the wet mixture.  Do not over mix!
7.  Pour batter into prepared mini loaf pans.  Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until top is golden and a toothpick test comes out clean.
8.  Cool in pan for about 10 minutes then remove and cool on a wire rack before serving.

Banana, apple, raisin, cranberry bread
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tablespoon + 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup cranberries, dried
1 Fuji apple, grated
3 large bananas, mashed

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 2 medium loaf pan
2.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.  Mix well and set aside.
3.  Combine eggs, milk, oil, vanilla extract, grated apple, and mashed bananas.  Mix well.
4.  Add in the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.  Mix until combined.
5.  Add in dried cranberries.
6.  Pour into prepared baking pan.  Bake for about 45 minutes.

I haven't baked in a long time.  Felt good to bake.  Soothes the soul.  Now that baby girl is older I may start to bake again.

Keep baking friends!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Brownie Red Velvet Smores Bars

These bars are time consuming but so worth the work to make them.  So rich, so chewy, so... yummy!

This is a recipe that you want to make sure you have milk in refrigerator before making. 

I love the way the bars look when you cut into them. 

Brownie Red Velvet Smores Bars
Recipe from Picky Palate

-1 brownie mix, 9x13 size
-graham cracker, about 7 sheets
-1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
-2 cups mini marshmallows
-7 oz sweetened condensed milk (1/2 can)
-1 box red velvet cake mix
-1/2 cup butter, unsalted
-1 egg, large
-3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper.
2.  Prepare brownie mix according to package directions.  Pour into bottom of prepared baking dish.
3.  Layer with sheets of graham crackers, chocolate chips, marshmallows and drizzle evenly with sweetened condense milk.
4.  Mix red velvet cake mix, melted butter, egg, and vegetable oil until dough forms.  Dough will be thick.  With a cookie scoop, scoop dough over marshmallow layer.  Press dough so it's flattened and marshmallow layer is not showing.
5.  Bake for 40-45 minutes until baked through.  Let cool completely before cutting into squares to serve. 

Love love love the way these taste.  I would say this is a great bar to bring to a pot luck party.

Keep baking friends!