Monthly Archives: November 2016

Jumbo Caramel Banana Muffins


This TOH recipe is awesome!!  The muffins taste like banana bread, is super moist and topped with a sweet caramel icing!  They are quick to mix up and a great grab and go breakfast with fruit.

I worked the polls on Election Day last week and I knew it would be a very long and interesting day.  When I got home that night, after working over 15 hours, I enjoyed one of these muffins.  I think I will probably remember the 2016 election (the good, the bad and the ugly) every time I make this recipe in the future 😊

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/jumbo-caramel-banana-muffins

Breakfast Casserole


I tried this breakfast casserole recipe this week and was disappointed.  It has way too much spinach, it just over powers the eggs, hash browns and peppers.  

http://www.averiecooks.com/2012/02/spicy-baked-eggs-and-hash-brown-casserole.html

The picture above is before baking.  I reduced the amount of spinach, added an extra egg, and added green and yellow peppers.  

Neither of us liked this recipe.  But I think it would be great with more eggs and no spinach.  We’ll save the extra veggies for dinner 😊

Homemade BBQ sauce 


This is the absolute BEST BBQ sauce recipe!  I have tried it once before and 2 times recently.  It goes great with boneless pork ribs and boneless skinless chicken breasts.  I’m sure it would work well with beef too…maybe hamburgers with coleslaw.

I ran out of molasses so I substituted pure maple syrup.  Also, the recipe calls for 4 T minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce which is ALOT of heat!  I usually read the reviews when trying new recipes and I’m so glad that I did with this one.  1-2 T is good enough, lots of flavor and a little heat.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/homemade-bbq-sauce-recipe.html

Homemade Vinaigrette 

We have a favorite homemade ranch dressing, that I previously shared on my blog, and it doesn’t even compare to store bought dressing!  This week I made a salad with dinner and decided to make a vinaigrette, something lighter than the ranch.  We were at a friend’s house for dinner one day and she made this simple but delicious salad dressing.  Later, she gave me a little card with the handwritten recipe on it and we still use it all the time!

1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup vinegar

1/2 cup oil (we use canola)

2 tsp garlic salt (to taste)

Mix and shake.

That’s it!  So easy and delicious!

The good and the bad

I bought this magazine back in August to take camping with me while at the county fair for a week.    It was a fun but full week and the magazine just laid on the camper table until I packed to come back home. While camping; Adam was recovering from surgery, I was nursing my sick little dog, 4H parade, fair activities and events, friends and family stopping by, Adam’s birthday, 2 doctor appointments and helping Lacey take care of her horse…no time to sit and read magazines.   But lately I have tried 2 recipes so far in this book.  I’m a big fan of Taste of Home and that’s sorta why I was so disappointed with the sweet bread.  I can usually count on their recipes being accurate and delicious!

Wasted ingredients and wasted time on this one….

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/yummy-apricot-pecan-bread
I planned to have it for breakfast for a couple days with some fruit and freeze the second loaf for later.  It was so dry and had a very strange flavor.  And, I’m still not sure why it would have 8 oz cheddar cheese in it.  Both loaves went in the trash, so disappointing!

On to the good news….I finally made a great pumpkin roll using the recipe in this book!  There are so many recipes for this dessert but this one works, is super yummy and it’s a keeper!  I had one little pie pumpkin left and decided to make this dessert.


I only remember trying to make this recipe one other time years ago and it turned out bad.  I couldn’t get it rolled up and it was just a big mess.  It wasn’t fun and I never tried again, until now!  Plan ahead, it takes awhile to make and it still isn’t that fun in my opinion but it is delicious!   I love to bake but for some reason this recipe isn’t enjoyable….but the results are worth it!

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/walnut-pumpkin-cake-roll