Thursday, April 26, 2012

Whole Wheat Banana Bread Recipe And A 1 Year Blog Anniversary

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Can you believe I have been blogging for a year? It seems like we just met yesterday! I feel so blessed to have the chance to get to know each and everyone of you! You all ROCK! Just in case you didn't know, you know now! Also thank you all for the thoughts and prayers for my son, I will keep you all updated when we know more.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Last Week

Last-Week-LJ-Fainting.jpgSorry I have been missing for the past week. My little turkey pictured above had passed out the day after this picture was taken. He was getting over the flu bug and had been seen by the pediatrician on Monday and everything looked like he was getting better. But being one of those over protective parents I brought him in to double check the cough he had lingering wasn't anything more serious with us leaving town. The Dr. said he should be fine and  we where on our way to Idaho to attend the funeral of Colt's Grandma Burns. She was an amazing women who will be missed by many and lived a 
wonderfully full life.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ink Or Sharpie Removal

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Do you see what I see? My youngest decided to graffiti by leather couch! He is one lucky boy I new the trick to remove the ink..The funniest part of the whole thing is he still can't tell me why he had the urge to write his name with pen on the couch. I have removed ink and sharpie from leather, carpet, clothing and laminent using this easy method. I know now my kids sound like trouble, but they really aren't. I can't tell you how many times sharpie has leaked through a project onto clothing or a pens broke! Just make sure to test a hidden area first because it could remove some color.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Boccone Dolce Recipe

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Boccone Dolce translates from Italian as "sweet mouth fulls." I love how the meringue is crunchy with soft billowy whip cream topped with sweet strawberries and let us not forget the layer of luscious chocolate that pulls all of these flavors together. There is nothing quite like it. This is a Easter tradition in our house. A definite must make cake before you die!
I will never forget the first time I had a glimpse of this cake when I was about 7-8 years old over at my best friends house, her mother Marie would make this for special occasions. I remember how elegant the cake had looked and the first time I had seen it. I'll never forget the first time I was able to taste this sweet mouthful. The crunch of the meringue with the chocolate, the creamy whip cream and sweet strawberries from that moment on I was hooked!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Meringue Gluten Free

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I make Boccone Dolce every Easter. It is an all time favorite dating back to my childhood. As the base for the cake you make 3 layers of meringue and top with chocolate, fresh lightly sweetened whipped cream and lots of tasty strawberries.  I decided to post this recipe in two steps just in case you have another use for the meringue. If you have never had Boccone Dolce now is the time. I defiantly place it on the foods to try before you die!

I also love meringue sandwiched between chocolate cake with a nice dark chocolate frosting! It is simply divine!

Monday, April 09, 2012

Meatball Subs

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I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter! We sure did! We finally received some sunshine here in the northwest and the kids had a water fight out front! They are so funny it hits 68 degrees and the kids are busting out the water guns and soaking each other! Not one complaint about being cold!
This is a household all time favorite recipe I have been making these for years. Who doesn't like meatballs with marinara sauce covered bread? Oh and did I forget lots of bubbly cheese covering it all..Meatball-Subs-Olive-Oil-Garlic-Pepper-Salt-Oregano-Italian-Herb.jpg
Add olive oil, onion, garlic, pepper, salt, oregano and Italian herb mix to a large saute pan. Heat over medium-high heat until onions are soft.
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Add tomatoes, tomato paste, honey and water. Stir until well combined. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cover for 30 minutes.
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For the meatballs: Mix ground beef, chopped onion, garlic, Italian herb seasoning, dijon mustard, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Mix until combined.
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Divide meat mixture into 20 meatballs. Gently drop meatballs into simmering sauce, wait 10 minutes before gently stirring and simmer another 30 minutes in the tomato sauce.
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Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
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Cut a V out of the hoagies and pull out the insides to make room for the meatballs. (Make a boat.)Brush the inside of the hoagie with olive oil.
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Now brush the outside all the way around.
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Divide half of the cheese mixture  evenly between the hoagies. Bake uncovered for 4 minutes, until cheese melts.
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Add fresh basil to the meatballs and stir to distribute evenly.
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Divide meatballs and sauce between the hoagie rolls. Divide remaining cheese mixture between hoagies and return to oven for another 4-6 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.




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Meatball Subs

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
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Meatball Sub Sandwich recipe with step by step instructions and photos from scratch. So easy and delicious a great meal for Superbowl Sunday.
Prep time: PT20M
Cook time: PT1H20M
Total time: PT1H40M
Yield: 6 Servings
Ingredients

Marinera Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 whole Onion, Chopped Fine
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 teaspoons Salt Or To Taste
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper Or To Taste
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  • 56 ounces Canned Tomatoes, Diced
  • 6 ounces Tomato Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Honey Or Sugar (To Taste)
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Basil, Chiffonaded
Meatballs:
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 whole Eggs, Beaten
  • 1/3 cup Onion, Diced Fine
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil, Chiffonaded Fine
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
Assembly:
  • 6 whole Hoagies (Crusty French Bread)
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 1/2 pound Mozzarella Cheese, Grated
Cooking Directions
  1. Marinara Sauce: Place olive oil, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and oregano into a large skillet with a lid. Heat over medium-high sauteing until onions are softened. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, honey, and water. Stir until well combined. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook 30 minutes.
  2. Meatballs: Mix ground beef, egg, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, Dijon mustard, fresh basil and Parmesan cheese until thoroughly combined. Divide the meat mixture into 20 meatballs.
  3. Assembly: Gently place the meatballs into the simmering marinara sauce, allow to cook 10 minutes before gently stirring and cook for 30 minutes covered over low. Add basil and stir to combine.
  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Cut a V in the hoagies and remove insides to make room for the meatballs. Brush the inside and outside of the hoagies well with olive oil.
  6. Mix mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Use half of the cheese mixture and divide evenly between the hoagies.
  7. Place the hoagies in the preheated oven and bake 4 minutes uncovered.
  8. Divide meatballs and sauce to fill the hoagie rolls. Divide remaining cheese over meatballs. Bake another 5 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool 5 minutes.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Whole Wheat Hostess Cupcakes

Whole Wheat Hostess Cupcakes filled with Homemade Marshmallow Creme.Whole-Wheat-Hostess-Cupcakes.jpgThe post we have all been waiting for has arrived! Copycat Hostess Cupcakes with whole wheat, I promise no one will know these are high in fiber! All I can say is once you taste these babies you will never go back! There is nothing like a homemade hostess cupcakes and I award my kiddos with these once in a blue moon as a treat, since we avoid prepackaged foods in our house! These are eye rolling in the back of your head good! Truly if I wasn't trying to watch my girlish figure for the up coming summer I could make these weekly and be in eternal bliss!

I hope everyone has a fantastic Easter filled with lots of good food, family and friends! I feel so blessed for everyone who stops by! You are all fabulous!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Homemade Marshmallow Fluff From Scratch

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See the filling? Mm mm..Homemade marshmallow fluff, so tasty. I make this on a rare occasion for a treat. We had  our life group last Sunday and I thought I would surprise everyone with these babies, but every one's kiddos came down sick so we shared with our favorite neighbors a few homemade hostess cupcakes. My husband and kids thought they had died and gone to heaven when they new we would have plenty of leftovers! 
The marshmallow fluff would be perfect in a banana fluffer nutter sandwich, over some ice cream for a sundae or to frost a cake. I make these on a rare occasion because it is a little work but so worth it! There is nothing healthy about the sugar to make these but 2 positives of making it yourself is there is no corn syrup and blue food coloring like the packaged product. Also if you use all organic product it will be organic like mine! If you have never made homemade marshmallow fluff now is the time! Whole Wheat Hostess Cupcakes link for the chocolate cupcakes and glaze!

Monday, April 02, 2012

Tom Yum Soup With Shrimp

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This is my all time favorite soup every time we eat Thai I order it. I was a little bit skeptical of trying to make this at home only because every recipe had a different variation and some called for Tom Yum Soup Mix that had MSG, no thank you. This is another recipe that probably isn't authentic since I kind of did my own thing, but it was delicious.This ended up being so flavorful with a perfect balance of flavors, a must make for any sickies in the house. It's super easy to make and will be something we enjoy more often now that I have the sauces in the fridge. Please adjust the heat to your liking by adding more Thai chili's or garlic chili paste. The hubby and kids have already asked to eat this again along with Fresh Shrimp Spring Rolls. I found my ingredients at store that carries a very large Asian food section, if you don't have a supermarket with a large Asian section I would go to an Asian store. They will be able to help you find what you need.
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