Sunday, August 31, 2014

No Bake S'more Granola Bars

My Secret Recipe Club assignment this month was Baking and Boys. Katrina is a wife and mother and she has some great recipes. It was hard for me to pick one to try but I've always thought about making my own granola bars and so when I saw this recipe I had to give it a try! 

They are soft, chewy and they have hint of honey. My kids love them, I love them, so I'll be making them more often! Go check out Baking and Boys and find something delicious to make!

No Bake S'more Granola Bars
Recipe Source: Baking and Boys

2 cups Quick Oats
1 cup Rice Krispies
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Honey
4 Tablespoons Butter
1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Marshmallow Bits
3 Tablespoons Mini Chocolate Chips

1. Using an 8x8 pan, line with tin foil. In a medium bowl mix together the oats, rice krispies, and marshmallow bits.

2. In a small saucepan over medium high heat combine the brown sugar, honey, and butter. Stir constantly until it starts to simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook for another minute. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.

3. Pour the honey/sugar mixture over the oats. Mix until its all coated. Pour into your prepared pan and and press firmly. Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips on top and press down so their stuck. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Beef and Broccoli, Crock Pot

I love to look on pinterest and find new recipes. Especially recipes that are one pot or crock pot meals. Its makes my families evenings so much smoother and more fun to be together when I don't have to be in the kitchen all afternoon. This is one of our favorite crock pot meals. Its better than take out and much cheaper! The meat melts in your mouth, its perfectly seasoned and the broccoli has just a little bite to it. Its a meal that's in our rotation for good!

Beef and Broccoli
Recipe Source:

2.5lb boneless Beef Chuck Roast, sliced into thin strips
1 cup Beef Broth
1/2 cup Soy Sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
3 cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
4 cups Broccoli Florets

1. Put the beef roast in your crock pot. In a small bowl, combine the beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, and garlic. Stir to combine then pour over the beef and cook on low for about 6 hours.

2. In a small bowl, stir cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of sauce from the crock pot until smooth. Then pour it in the crock pot. Stir until combined.

3. Add the broccoli to the crock pot and stir. Cover and let cook for an additional 30 minutes on high. If the sauce doesn't thicken bring to a boil on the stove and stir until its thickened. Serve over rice.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Zucchini Bread

I have this great neighbor that brought me some zucchini's. I've never done anything with zucchini's before. I was worried they would just go bad on my counter, so I went on a search for recipes. The first thing I came across was zucchini bread. So I made some. Its light, sweet, moist, and has a crispy cinnamony crust. This is the perfect recipe for your extra zucchini's!

Zucchini Bread
Recipe Source:

3 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
3 teaspoons Cinnamon
3 Eggs
1 cup Vegetable Oil
2 1/4 cups Granulated Sugar
3 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
2 cups Zucchini, shredded

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 8x4inch bread pans.

2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt,and cinnamon. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the eggs, vegetable oil, and sugar and beat until well combined.

3. Add the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and beat well. Add in the zucchini and combined. Pour into the bread pans and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

4. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then turn out of the pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.
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