Thursday, July 7, 2016

Father's Day Menu



We had such a great Fathers day celebrating my amazing husband!!!  I know he LOVES my cookin so I wanted to prepare an amazing BBQ supper for him. So here is the delicious menu I whipped up. 


Ribs taste so much better when they are cooked for a long period of time so first thing in the morning I started to prepare the ribs.  The first thing to preparing moist, melt in your mouth ribs, is to remove the thin layer of membrane that lays on the back of the ribs .  Then seasoned them with a delicious rub and put them into the crock pot.  You can read my rib recipe over here.


For a side dish I whipped up this delicious loaded baked potato salad.  This was so yummy and will be a hit at any of your next summer get togethers.


We LOVE cornbread around here but it is even better cooked in the cast iron skillet.  Here is my scrumptious recipe


Now lets move onto dessert!!!  This peach pie has become one of our family favorites.  It is very simple to make, but it does require time to set in the refrigerator so be sure to prepare in advance. 


Incase you can't read my recipe you can find it in full over here





It was my first time making a strawberry rhubarb pie and I must say that the family enjoyed it very much!  It was the prefect balance of sweet and tart.  This is defiantly a pie that was easy to make and you could have the ingredients in your freezer year round.   I have picked and chopped up my rhubarb and frozen 4 cups in a freezer bag with PIE written on it. That way when rhubarb season is over I will have the prefect amount ready to make this pie. 


And there you have it our delicious Fathers Day menu!  Hope you get to try out some of these recipes :)  

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Skillet Corn Bread



Corn Bread is such a wonderful addition to so many meals but when it is baked in a skillet it just enters a whole new world of awesome!   I have tried a lot of different corn bread recipes but this is my FAV!

Recipe

1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
2/3 cup of sugar
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 egg
1 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil

In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.  In a small bowl combine all wet ingredients.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.

In a skillet melt (1/4 cup of butter or shortening) over medium heat.  When the butter is fully melted and sizzles a little bit add in your batter.  Cook for 1-2  minutes - The batter will sizzle and the butter will come up the sides and onto the top of the batter.

Place skillet into a pre heated oven 400 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

This recipe is absolutely delicious.  It compliments chilli, soups and ribs very well.  It also makes a yummy dessert when served with honey or maple syrup.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

BBQ Ribs



This rib recipe was absolutely delicious!!!   I am going to try to walk you through what I did to make a melt in your mouth ribs.  

I started by removing the tough membrane that covers the bony side of the ribs.  This helps the ribs to be moist and not tough and chewy.  Next I used a basic rub mix that we keep in our house,  this is the recipe that my husband uses.   Make sure your ribs are covered in this mixtures.   Once they were covered I actually put the ribs in tinfoil and stuffed them into my crock pot.  They were really big and didn't fit nicely in there so I covered the top of the crock pot with tinfoil instead of using the lid.  I wish I had a picture of it...then I left the ribs to cook on high while we were at church (2 hours) and then low for the rest of the afternoon.  



About 1/2 an hour before we were ready to eat I fried up the grill to get a nice colour on them.  While they were grilling I coated them in a homemade BBQ sauce.  



Homemade BBQ Sauce

Ketchup
Molasses
Cider Vinegar
Hickory BBQ sauce
liquid smoke (this is so delicious) 

Pour all ingredients in a pot and let simmer.  This is key to a good BBQ sauce flavour is making sure you have cooked it all together.  If it is too thick you can add some water to it. 



Coat well in BBQ sauce and serve hot!!  




Monday, May 23, 2016

Frozen Hot Chocolate




This has been my year for Hot Chocolate.  All winter long I have enjoyed a delicious hot cup in the evenings topped with whipped cream and a pinch of salt (I know sounds weird but trust me you MUST try it...so delicious).   Last summer I discovered frozen hot chocolate from our local second cup and its something I crave on those hot summer days.  So I decided to search for a recipe and then create my own.  So here is my frozen hot chocolate treat.

Ice
Hot chocolate mix
Coco powder
Milk
Whip cream
Pinch of salt
Sprinkles (for the kids).

In a blender combine ice, hot chocolate mix, coco powder (1 tbsp) and milk (1 1/2 cups per hot chocolate pouch).  When combined pour into cups and serve topped with whip cream and a pinch of salt.

Enjoy on those hot summer days.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter Popcorn


We LOVE popcorn around here and during the Easter season we LOVE mini eggs...so why not combine two of our favourites together to get this delicious Party in your Month!!   I wish I could say that I came up with this idea on my own but I did not.  It was friends of ours who opened our eyes to this addictive treat.  




It is simple 

Popcorn popped with lots of butter and salt and a few handfuls of mini eggs tossed into the mix :)   It is so delightful getting a huge handful or sweet and salty.  






Monday, March 21, 2016

No bake birds nest




This are such a fun and delicious spring time treat that is super easy to make.  All you need is 4 ingredients.





1 bag Chocolate Chips
1 bag Butterscotch Chips
1/2 bag Chow Mein Noodles
Mini Eggs 

Melt your chips together then add in about 1/2 the bag of noodles. Place by spoonfuls into a greased muffin pan or you can use beautiful spring coloured muffin liners.  With a spoon (or your fingers) make an indent for the nest. Refrigerate for a few hours then add as many mini eggs to your nest as you would like. 

These look so beautiful used as place settings for your Easter Supper.  They also make fun welcome to spring treats :) 






Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Rainbow Cake



With Spring just around the corner Jaelyn and I decided to whip up a fun and colourful snack.   The idea of these beautiful coloured cakes cooked in lovely little mason jars topped with whip cream or ice cream seemed like a totally enjoyable treat...however that is not what happened!  


Jaelyn is gaining more confidence in the kitchen on her own but since we are running low on flour she had to use a box cake mix.  She followed the directions herself to make the cake. 

Once the batter was made up I poured it into 6 different bowls and she added food colouring to each bowl. 


Next we poured about 1 Tbsp of each coloured batter in 6 mason jars.  Doesn't it look like it was such a delightful time :) Mean while on the other side of the counter was the mess...



The beautiful coloured mason jars went into the oven and I could hardly wait to get that prefect picture of my awesome little rainbow jars, imagine my shock when THIS is what came out of the oven...  



The prefect PIN FAIL picture for you.  


In steps creativity (thanks to all those cooking shows we have been watching) so we turned the jars upside down and the cakes came right out (be sure to spray the jars) we then took the little cake log and started slicing it into these beautiful little cake wheels which are great for making your own little rainbow.  



We also made little cake sandwiches with ice cream between two wheels. 


My idea didn't turn out like I wanted it to but I had so much fun watching my sweet girl in the kitchen  and spending time with her that I didn't care and to be honest the kids just ate it up no questions asked. 






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