Monday, April 12, 2021

Cornbread

Growing up my mom always used a boxed mix when baking Cornmeal Muffins.  For so many years I used that same brand.  Then, one day a neighbor shared a recipe she uses to bake Cornbread.  She had gotten it from another woman who bakes.  That is always a good indication that the recipe will be really good.  It is!  I've baked this delicious Cornbread so many times in 2020 and continue to bake it in 2021!

The Cornbread is a beautiful yellow color like the Daffodils above.  We always enjoy eating it at breakfast and extra portions are wrapped individually and placed in our freezer.  It is so easy to defrost in the microwave for a few seconds for a quick breakfast, too.  I've never remembered to take a photo!  I cannot believe that either, but it's true! 

O.K., so I had the recipe for maybe 8 years.  I cannot even remember why I decided to get the needed ingredients.  Ground Cornmeal was not something that I had on hand.  Well, now I sure do!  A bag of cornmeal sealed in a Ziploc bag is now always in my fridge. 

This Cornbread is just delicious!  It is also easy to prepare.  I changed the recipe a bit- like I always do.  I use Olive Oil and bake it in my 8" rose colored glass Pyrex baking dish.  

Now that I've kept you in suspense about the recipe, here it is:

Cornbread 

Oven Temperature:  350°F         Baking Time:  50 Minutes

Ingredients:
2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal   
3/4 Cups Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder  

2 Eggs
1 and 1/2 Cups Milk
1/4 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil for baking & sauteing

PAM 

Directions:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. In another bowl beat 2 Eggs.
  3. Add the Milk to the Eggs and stir well.
  4. Then add the Olive Oil to the Eggs/ Milk and stir well.
  5. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients.
  6. Stir well and pour into an 8' x 8" pan that has been sprayed with PAM.
  7. Bake for 50 Minutes in a 350°F oven.
  8. Cool and enjoy.

This Cornbread is so delicious!  It is the recipe that I had been searching for- for years. 

Enjoy!
Yummy!



Saturday, April 3, 2021

Ah, Spring!


Spring has arrived! It is wonderful to see the perennials popping up!


On all sides of our yard there is color!  Lavendars, greens, pinks and yellows! Welcome Spring!  It's good to have you back.

We are enjoying!


Sunday, March 14, 2021

~Best Ever Irish Soda Bread~

Best Ever Irish Soda Bread
sliced and ready to eat!
St. Patrick's Day is this week!!  That means one thing to me and it's a BIG THING!!! It's time to bake and then enjoy Irish Soda Bread!!!  The delicious bread that's filled with raisins.  Buttermilk is an ingredient, so Buttermilk was on my grocery list this past week.  No way we will not have a big slice of Irish Soda Bread for breakfast on the 17th of March!!

It is such an easy bread to bake.  Yes, they are available to purchase in grocery stores and bakeries, but after you bake and then taste this Irish Soda Bread you will soon discover that this is the one for you, too.

I remember so many years ago when I was googling for a recipe.  A recipe that only used 1 Cup of Buttermilk, because that was all the buttermilk that I had in my fridge.  I found a blog "Charli and Me" written by Carol that had a very easy recipe posted.  Not only was it easy, but it originally was shared by an older Irish woman.  That was all I needed to know.  I baked the bread using that recipe and it has definitely become a family fave.

Friends that I have shared it with get back to me at this time of year happily sharing that they have baked it for March 17th, also!  Yes, it is that good!

I've posted the recipe here on my blog before and I'm sharing that post today.  It is worth that extra click to read and then use the recipe.

***For an extra treat, heat a slice in the microwave for a few seconds!  YUM!!! 

Enjoy!
Yummy!


 

   Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

March 2!!


Today is March 2!!
Happy Birthday to You,
Dr. Seuss
!!

Springfield, MA native Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote and illustrated so many books for children.  Around the world on March 2 we celebrate this children's author's/ illustrator's birthday. We know him as Dr. Seuss!    

At the Springfield Museums in Springfield, MA there is a great museum for kids of all ages, The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss!  Walking on the grounds we can view the gigantic beautiful bronze statues of characters from the Dr. Seuss books.

Horton is gigantic!

The Lorax reminds us...

Then, stepping inside the "Seuss" Museum there are many cool things to see and to do!  This is a wonderful venue to visit!  A cool chandelier greets visitors when you look up!


In another area
there are so many Turtles- on their balancing act!


Local History is mixed in with activities for children of all ages!  When we visit I no longer remember to take photos.  There are so many FuN things to see and do!!

Enjoy!



 Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

Sunday, February 14, 2021

History of American Valentine's Day Cards

 


Especially during trying times it's FuN to celebrate the little special occasions!  Learning some History along the way is an added plus.  Today is Valentine's Day!  Some of us may have purchased cards and others may have crafted their own cards to share on this day.  Many people will be enjoying a special dinner. 

I always enjoy reading about February 14 and Esther Howland.  Her father owned a stationery store in Worcester, Massachusetts.  She was a Mount Holyoke College graduate and also created a business centering around Valentine's Day!   

It's a very interesting story!  Click here to read my Valentine's Day Post from 2016.   

Enjoy!
Happy Valentine's Day!!       


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

~Baked Taco Pie~

~Baked Taco Pie~
cut into slices


One afternoon last week I was deciding what to prepare for dinner.  "What am I going to make?" is a question that seems to be on my mind a lot.  We had tortillas and ground beef in the fridge, so that was a start.  Then, I remembered a dinner that I had not prepared in quite some time.  It was Baked Taco Pie!  Some of the ingredients are browned ground beef, corn, tomato sauce and tortillas.  Suddenly, I knew it would be served at dinner.

The recipe is so easy to prepare and then it is baked.  I've changed it up a bit from the original recipe and I like it even better.  Add a little Sour Cream on top when serving!

***I use a baking dish that the Tortillas will fit in easily.  We do not always purchase the same size Tortillas, so I use whatever size in in our fridge.

This is a very tasty dinner!!     

Baked Taco Pie      

        Oven Temperature:  375°    Time:  30- 35 Minutes   

Ingredients: 

1 lb. Ground Beef
2 teaspoons Chopped Onion (dehydrated)
1 teaspoon Chili Powder
Sprinkle of Dried Basil
Sprinkle of Dried Oregano
1 can (14.5 ounces) Diced Tomatoes (drained)
1 pkg. Frozen Corn (10 ounces) thawed/ defrosted
(6) 7" or 8" or 9" ***Tortillas
1 Cup shredded Cheese- can be low fat
1 can (15 ounce) Tomato Sauce
Sour Cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat Oven to 375° F.
  2. Brown Ground Beef in skillet, drain any fat.
  3. Add Chopped Onions, Chili Powder, Basil & Oregano. Stir.
  4. Add drained Diced Tomatoes & Corn. 
  5. Stir in 1 Cup Tomato Sauce.
  6. Cook for 5 Minutes in skillet.
  7. Spray casserole baking dish with PAM.
  8. Place 1/4 Cup Tomato Sauce on bottom of baking dish, spread.
  9. Place 2 Tortillas on Sauce.
  10. Add 1/3 filling mixture on top.  Spread evenly.
  11. Place 2 Tortillas on filling.
  12. Add 1/3 filling on Tortillas.  Spread evenly.
  13. Sprinkle on 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese.
  14. Then, add 2 Tortillas on Filling mixture.
  15. Add remaining filling mixture on top, spreading evenly.
  16. Pour remaining Tomato Sauce on top, spread evenly.
  17. Then, sprinkle on remaining Shredded Cheese.
  18. Bake 30- 35 Minutes in 375° Oven.
  19. Cut into slices and serve.
  20. Top with sour cream.

This is a very easy dish to prepare!  Before you know it, the oven timer will buzz it's done.  It is a hearty dish for this time of year.  If you have any slices left after dinner, they may be frozen to enjoy for another dinner.

Enjoy!
Yummy!


Friday, January 1, 2021

Blueberry Torte

Blueberry Torte cooling!

Blueberries always taste so good!  During the local growing season here in Massachusetts we enjoy them in cereal.  That is also the time when I prep/ freeze them to use in baking desserts during the colder months.  A bag of frozen blueberries was taken out of the freezer 2 days ago, so they could defrost in the fridge.  On New Year's Eve and New Year's Day it's great to enjoy a special dessert.  One that does not require every utensil in my kitchen to prepare and also one that is easy to make.  I'm talking Blueberry Torte!  This was a great choice!  It is so good. 

Click here for the recipe!

This would be a great dessert to bake for any special occasion.  Fresh or frozen/ defrosted blueberries are used.

When serving a slice of this delicious dessert add a little vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top!

Enjoy!
Yummy!




and...
Happy New Year
!!!