Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Maple Cream Rolls

Here's a new recipe for you all to try. If you like cream cheese, maple syrup and brown sugar then these are sure to be a hit! It really is a sinful little treat. These are great for brunches and breakfast...and did I forget to tell you they're easy to make? Dig in!

1 cup of brown sugar
3/4 cup of chopped nuts
1/3 cup of maple syrup
1/4 cup of butter, melted
8 oz package of cream cheese
1/4 cup of powedered sugar
2 tablespoons of butter
2 16.3 oz tubes of refrigerated big flaky biscuits

Mix together brown sugar, nuts, syrup and butter in an ugreased 13X9 dish; set aside. Blend cream cheese, powedered sugar and butter in a small bowl; set aside. Separate biscuits and flatten each into a 4 inch circle. Spoon one tablespoon of cream cheese mixture onto each biscuit; roll up and arrange in prepared pan, seam side down in two rows of 10. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Cool for 3 minutes; turn out onto a serving plate. Makes 20 servings...or less depending on how many you eat:).

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Yummy Bread Bowls

Here are the bread bowls I made for supper. I filled them with beef stew but any thick soup would work well. The hubby gives it rave reviews and since he's the official beef stew pro, I'll take his word for it. These are pretty easy to make. Don't be afraid of trying to make yeast breads if you haven't done it before, it is fairly easy and rewarding. There is just something about homemade bread! It took me lots of practice to get the hang of making yeast breads but I'm so glad I kept at it. So here's the recipe I used. If you have any more questions let me know.
1 package of Active Dry yeast
1 cup of warm water (about 115-120 degrees)
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon of water
Dissolve yeast in water. Add sugar and salt. Add about 2 cups of flour to begin and work into a soft dough ( I have a kitchenaid so that's what I use). Add another 3/4-1 cup of flour until dough is "stretchy" and not sticky. Let rest for about 10 minutes. To make bowls, grease 6 oven safe custard cups. Divide dough into six portions and pat each into a 6 0r 7 inch circle. Form each piece around one of the cups, not too tightly and be careful not to get the dough under the edge of the cup. Let rest for about 15 minutes. Just before putting in oven, combine egg yolk and water and brush over bowls. Bake at 375 for about 18 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly before removing from bowls (use a sharp knife if necessary). Be careful the bowls will be HOT. Serve warm filled with soup of your choice.

Something I Love

So anyone who knows me will tell you that I am huge fan of old movies and classic TV shows.
I Love Lucy, Andy Griffith, The Dick VanDyke show to name a few, are some of my favorites. There are a couple of reasons why I love the "oldies." For one I love the WWII generation. Now I know things weren't perfect and people weren't a whole lot different but society as a whole was still "old fashioned." There was a sense of right and wrong and community and sticking together that we just don't see fact we don't always see it a lot in Christian circles as well. Another reason I love this era is because people had class. Men were gentleman and ladies were feminine and classy (and I don't just mean in the way they dress). Class is something that is so lacking today. When I think of class I think of Lucille Ball, Audrey Hepburn, Rosemary Clooney and Maureen O'Hara. They always looked so lovely and made no apologies for being a lady and being feminine. Now while these ladies had class they didn't always have the best character so for that I turn to Elizabeth Elliot, Amy Carmichael and other great Christian ladies. These ladies were so sold out to the Lord that every facet of their life showed it. They were tough and willing to carry their crosses and bear the burden of others. I said all that to say this, maybe you and I can strive for the best of both be classy and feminine with spiritual character to stand the test of time and to help us be the best wives and mothers we can be. I say don't let the world set the standard for us, but let us set the standard for the world. May we learn to let femininity, class, Godliness, character and a burden to help others weave themselves together to create a beautiful tapestry in our lives.

Recipe for Healthy Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 Cups of white whole wheat flour
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of semi-sweet chips, dark chocolate or carob chips
Combine ingredients; set aside

3/4 cup of skim milk or buttermilk
1/3 cup of canola oil
1/2 cup of honey
1 egg
Combine wet ingredients.

Slowly stir wet ingredients into flour mixture just until combined. Don't overmix. Pour into 12 greased (or lined) muffin cups. Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes. They will be very golden in color from the honey so check often to avoid brurning. Let cool about 5 minutes before removing from pan. Serve warm with coffee or milk.