Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cinnamon-Apple Oven Pancake

Cinnamon-Apple Oven Pancake

Cook's note: A hand-held mixer is perfect for getting this dish mixed and into the oven quickly. An old-fashioned egg beater or whisk works well, too. You'll need to start preheating the oven a few minutes before mixing the pancake.

What you'll need

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk biscuit mix (such as Bisquick)
  • 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice or ground cinnamon
  • One 21 oz. apple pie filling
  • Cooking oil spray
  • 1-1/2 cups finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Warm maple syrup for passing at the table

How to make it

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. In a 2-quart or larger bowl, whisk the eggs. Whisk in the milk, biscuit mix and apple pie spice. Blend well. (The batter will have some lumps.) Stir in the apple pie filling.
  2. Spray a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with cooking oil spray and pour in the batter. Bake for about 14 minutes or until the pancake just begins to brown around the edges and a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. (The top will not brown.)
  3. Remove the pancake from the oven and sprinkle with the cheese. Return it to the oven for 2 minutes to melt the cheese. Let the pancake rest for 2 minutes and serve with warm maple syrup, if desired. Makes 6 servings.

Strawberry Scones

Strawberry Scones
The ordinary scone is too often plain and dry. This version is deliciously different. Made with fresh, juicy strawberries, it has a moist texture and a buttery flavor that's sure to please. Add a bit of lemon zest and a glittery topping of sugar -- two jobs just right for kids -- and you have a scone that's extraordinarily good.

What you'll need

  • 1 cup hulled and finely diced fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar, plus a little for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • A lemon, for zest
  • 6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon light cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to make it

  1. Heat your oven to 425ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, using a few spots of butter or cooking oil to stick it in place. Set the baking sheet aside.
  2. Strawberry Scones - Step 2
    Place the diced strawberries on several sheets of paper towel to absorb their juice. Meanwhile, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Zest half of the lemon into the ingredients, taking care to remove just the outermost skin and not the white pith.
  3. Strawberry Scones - Step 3
    Cut in the butter with two butter knives or a pastry blender until the flour-coated pieces are the size of peas. Add the strawberries, tossing them gently with a fork to coat them.
  4. Make a well in the mixture. Blend the 1/2 cup of light cream and the vanilla extract in a measuring cup and pour them into the well. Using as few strokes as possible, gently stir the dough until it forms a ball. Let the dough sit for 1 minute.
  5. Clean and flour your hands and dust your work surface with flour. Place the dough on the floured surface and knead it gently three or four times. Transfer it to the large baking sheet and pat it into an 8-inch circle. Using a lightly oiled pizza cutter or a serrated knife, cut the dough into 8 wedges, as you would a pizza. Use a small spatula or pie server to carefully separate the pieces, leaving at least an inch between them.
  6. Strawberry Scones - Step 6
    Brush the tops of the scones with the remaining tablespoon of light cream, then sprinkle the surfaces with sugar. Bake the scones until the outsides are crusty and starting to brown, about 18 minutes. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then slide the parchment and the scones onto a wire rack to cool for another 20 minutes before serving.

Breakfast Parfait

Breakfast Parfait

breakfast parfait
Serves: 1 Edit
Total Time: 10 min
Prep Time: 10 min
U.S.MetricConversion chart
  • 3/4 cup(s) low-fat cottage cheese , or low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 cup(s) pineapple chunks, papaya chunks or cling peaches
  • 2 teaspoon(s) toasted wheat germ

  1. Place cottage cheese (or yogurt) in a small bowl. Top with fruit and sprinkle with wheat germ.

Strawberry Dessert Bruschetta

Nutritional Information
(per serving)
Total Fat5g
Saturated Fat2g
Total Carbohydrate40g
Dietary Fiber--
strawberry bruschetta
Courtesy of Eating Well
Serves: 4 Edit
Total Time: 15 min
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 5 min
U.S.MetricConversion chart
  • 4 slice(s) whole-wheat bread
  • 6 tablespoon(s) light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon(s) grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoon(s) lemon juice
  • 3 cup(s) sliced or diced hulled strawberries
  • 4 tablespoon(s) mascarpone, (Italian cream cheese)

  1. Toast bread in a toaster.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over high heat. Add sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice and cook, stirring, until the sugar melts and the mixture begins to bubble, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add strawberries and stir until juices begin to exude and the berries are heated through, 30 seconds to 1 minute more.
  3. Spread 1 tablespoon mascarpone on each piece of toast. Top with the warm berries.

Apple Quesadilla

Apple Quesadilla
What you need:
2 flour tortillas (regular or whole-wheat)
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar
several thin slices of a Granny Smith apple
Sprinkle an even layer of cheese over one tortilla. Scatter the apple slices on top of the cheese and top with the remaining tortilla. Microwave for 30 seconds or until the cheese melts. For a crisper tortilla, use a large skillet and crisp for 1-2 minutes on both sides, until the cheese is melted. Cut into 6-8 wedges.

Breakfast Crostini

We have a huge problem with breakfast thoughts in the morning!! So I went on a search!!
Breakfast Crostini
In Italy, families enjoy breakfasts of fresh bread, butter or ricotta cheese and fruit preserves. Ricotta isn't just for lasagnas -- it is drier than cottage cheese and milder than cream cheese, making it perfect for sensitive kid palates.
Breakfast Crostini
What you need:
1/4 of a baguette, sliced in half lengthwise
1/2 cup ricotta
1 Tbsp. honey
1 cup strawberries, sliced
Combine the ricotta and honey. Spread evenly over the baguette slices and top with sliced strawberries.
You can also use cream cheese or lowfat Neufchatel in place of the ricotta.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Why should I?

If you're not proud... why should I be?
Why should I continue trying... if it doesn't matter
So that's why I give up... leave things undone

I need encouragement, acknowledgement
I thought I did good... but if you don't care
Why should I??

Digital art - Her ghost in the Fog by LadyDarkRaven

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

1 pkg Pasta (penne or fettuccine)
1 stick of butter
1 clove of minced garlic
1 pint of heavy cream
1 cup of fresh Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp cream cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper

Make Pasta to your liking.
In a sauce pan over medium heat – melt butter and add garlic and cook for two minutes, then add in heavy cream and cream cheese and heat until bubbling, but do not boil.
Add in Parmesan Cheese and mix until the cheese melts.
Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste (you don;t need to use all of this, do to your liking).
Mix the hot sauce into the noodles and serve. Just like Olive Garden. {copy cat}
recipe found at Budget Savvy Diva

Friday, January 3, 2014

Confidence shot down again...

Thinking... "what a great idea" a spring  steampunk festival I'd love to go to - "I can be a vendor" .
Tickets cost $30 to go to the faire for the weekend - but strangely enough there is no cost to be a vendor. I could sell my steam punk inspired jewelry - make more - sell some clothes - maybe even do some tarot readings!! I would get to see all the fun and hopefully make some money... all I would need to do is borrow canopies from my sister... great!!
Well... you're wasting all that money driving there ... its not that far - only like 25 min. & there's no charge
Go to Princeton its closer - yes but not much and they charge
Yeah but its closer & you drive all that way & then you barely sell anything....
I don't have to worry about not having faith in myself.... it seems its always done for me before I get a chance to start....

Pellet stove

How is it that I'm blamed for "attitude" asking a question?
If I would've been told the reason "why" instead of "I'll get it" it would've made more sense... I was right there & asked nicely & said "I could" twice...
Logic? Compassion?... Emptiness

I try and find my way with the light as my guide
Still I can not see what is ahead
No one can
We all walk into the foggy mist to the future
Do we control what we will find ahead?
Is it our own Postive or Negitive thoughts determine the outcome?
Intertwined with the fates that deem if our karma is worthy...
In the Gray Mist

Thursday, January 2, 2014

My inner world

I secretly long to share my complex inner world...
But I believe others are not capable to understand it
Or want to...


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The never ending... never winning

The sorrow settles in
As it has so many times before
The warrior weakens again
From the battle she can fight no more
She gets up with shields held up high Looking to the sky
She says a little prayer and goes on from there
And fights another day... anyway

Using the tools of research to learn

In the age of the internet what is the reason for ignorance??
Is it laziness?
Denial? The thought that "there is no way what I learned before wrong"
Inability to care? "Its not affecting me now so I'm not going to read about it and find out more"... I think that's like laziness & denial combined.
I was raised Catholic... and when I started teaching my daughter I really started learning myself. All the historical details that were kept from us so we are lead to believe their way - its awful all the horror stories I've uncovered... just by looking things up

Happy new year!!

Starting off the new year with the new blog app on my phone...
I think this may be a good thing...  more journaling ... more excess release
I do release some feelings and thoughts on my pages... I try to do it in a poetic fashion... and mostly it does get shared here but not always...
I need to express more... I get so exhausted and depressed holding it back... so be ready potential readers
Happy fkn new year... new year same shit
My friend tells me her husband works alot  ... sometimes he doesn't get as much sleep as he should - I get that. She tries to be pleasant and patient... but breaking down further & further. He's temperamental & rude 88% of the time he's home even when he's gotten plenty of rest.
There is a dog laying on the floor because she's been healing from a leg injury... he was down by her & when she came in the room she went down by them too. He huffed up into his chair& went on his computer & she asked him why... "he didn't need to be down there if I was"....
There was also a disagreement about her cleaning the bathroom wall & ceiling - but that's a lot to type out from my phone ... :(
So far this is not the start she was hoping for.... but she should've known better