Tuesday, July 27, 2010

This recipe is going into the file under keep, it turned out fantastic. Even dh was impressed, the kitchen smelled heavenly. With a salad, crusty garlic bread, nothing else is needed. This gem came from Weight Watchers message boards.

Old Fashioned Swiss Steak

3/4 pound boneless beef top round steak
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp canola oil
1 mdium onion, chopped
1 can (5 oz) low sodium tomato juice
1/2 cup diced canned tomatoes
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp worchestershire sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp prepared mustard

Cut steak into two pieces, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Using a mallet, pound the
flour into the meat. Brown meat on both sides in oil in large skillet. Spray 1 quart baking dish with cooking spray. Transfer meat to baking dish, brown onion in skillet. add juice,tomatoes, and
rest of ingredients . pour over meat. Cover, bake 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours, or until tender.

makes two servings 360 calories, 12 g fat, 20 carb, 3 g fiber.

I used the worcestershire black pepper from McCormick, and low sodium V8 juice. I also tucked in a couple of new potatoes halfway through the baking time.



Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ho Hum, Routine

Been trying to think how to try something new in my every other Sunday routine. Pick grandsons up from every other weekend visitation, errands, then fix dinner for them , along with their dad (my son), and my husband. New recipe? New pictures for scrap layout? Go get school supplies , those backpacks are going fast. All possibilities.

There is a lot of comfort in routine.

Have a great week


Friday, July 16, 2010

The boys made like bandits at the birthday party last week. Ryan, and Logan inseparable brothers, partners in crime. They are my life.
These brownies are the bomb, I mean fantastic. And of course I had to spice them up a little.
I didn't add the coconut, but with some dried cherries, and a sprinkle of coconut at the holidays would be a great presentation. I added a half teaspoon of Saigon Cinnamon , and a scant half teaspoon of a new spice from McCormick's, Cocoa Chile Blend to the crust. I can't wait to use this new blend in a soup, or chile.This will definitely satisify a chocolate craving. I got this recipe fromTasteofhome.com

Brownies on Steroids

3/4 cup cold butter, cut into 1 inch squares
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp cocoa chile blend
1/2 tsp cinnamon
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
1/3 cup toffee bits
1 cup chopped pecans, or walnuts

In a food processor, combine the butter pieces, powdered sugar,flour, spices,cocoa. Pulse just until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press to the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. While crust is baking, over low heat, warm the sweetened condensed milk, add one cup of the chocolate chips, and vanilla. Stirring constantly, until chocolate chips are melted.Remove from heat. Remove crust from the oven, pour chocolate mixture over crust. Sprinkle nuts, chocolate chips, toffee bits, coconut. Bake for 20 minutes.

Be careful not to overbake, this will set up as it cools. I line my pan with the Reynolds release foil, makes any brownie easier to cut, and remove from the pan.



Thursday, July 15, 2010

My First Post

So excited to finally have the time to get this blog started. So many of my friends request recipes, this will be easier for everyone involved. Back to school will be here before you know it, so the worlds oldest homeroom mother nhas got to get busy.