Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This coffee cake has been in my arsenal for a LONG time!! I was making this before I had children. It is still a favorite today. My kids often ask for it as a Saturday breakfast treat. It’s moist and flavorful. There is never much left!

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Ingredients: Cake

  • 1C softened butter
  • 1C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3C flour
  • 1/2t salt
  • 3t baking powder
  • 1C milk
  • 1t vanilla

Cinnamon layer:

  • 1 1/3C brown sugar
  • 1/2 melted butter
  • 2t cinnamon

How to:

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. While mixer is running add flour and milk alternately. Mix until just combined. Spread into a 9×13 pan.

Cinnamon layer:

Melt butter, add to brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour over the surface of the batter. With a knife swirl in the cinnamon mixture until evenly distributed throughout the batter. Bake uncovered at 350 for 35-45 minutes. Until lightly golden and set.

 

 

Hawaiian Chicken

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We all long to make nutritious meals for our family, but with busy kids time is not always in abundance! Hawaiian Chicken is a great make ahead or freezer dish for those busy week nights. My kids love this recipe. Serve it along with rice or salad.

Ingredients:
4lbs Skinless chicken thighs
1/2C honey
1/2C soy sauce
3T ketchup
2t ginger powder or fresh ginger
1t garlic powder or fresh garlic
1/4C green onions
1T Sesame seeds

How to:
Combine all ingredients. Pour over chicken either in a pan or gallon Ziploc bag. Marinade overnight.

Bake uncovered at 375 for 1hr.

Grilled Fish Tacos

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A lighter and healthier alternative to the run of the mill taco! You’ll be surprised at how your kids gobble these up!

Tacos:

  • 2 pound white flaky fish such as cod, talapia or mahi mahi or orata
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 2 jalapeno, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 16 flour tortillas

Garnish:

  • Shredded white cabbage
  • Guacamole
  • Hot sauce
  • Sour cream
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Thinly sliced green onion
  • Chopped cilantro leaves

Directions

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Place fish in a medium size dish. Whisk together the oil, lime juice, ancho, jalapeno, and cilantro and pour over the fish. Let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove the fish from the marinade place onto a hot grill or pan with a little oil. Grill the fish for 4 minutes on the first side and then flip for 30 seconds and remove. Let rest for 5 minutes then flake the fish with a fork.

Place the tortillas on the grill and grill for 20 seconds. Divide the fish among the tortillas and garnish with any or all of the garnishes. Makes 6-8 servings

Crock Pot Split Pea & Ham Soup

I LOVE soup! I LOVE my crock pot! To me soup and crock pots are a marriage made in heaven; a gift to us from God! Here is a delicious, no fuss soup for any night of the week.

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Ingredients:

7-8 cups water (I use half water half chicken stock)
1 (16 ounce) package dried split peas, rinsed and sorted
salt & pepper to taste
1 bay leaf
pinch dried thyme
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4 inch slices (1 1/2 Cups)
2 stalks celery, finely chopped (1 Cup)
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
2T butter
1 ham bone or 1-2lbs cubed ham
1/2 – 1 cup half and half or heavy whipping cream (optional)

How to:
Mix all ingredients except the cream in 5qt crock pot.
Cover and cook on low heat 7-8 hrs or on high heat 5-6 hours until peas are tender. If using ham bone remove it from cooker; place on cutting board. Pull meat from bones, using 2 forks; discard bones and skin.
Stir ham into soup. Stir in cream
Stir well before serving.

BBQ Meatballs

BBQ meatballsThe best meatballs EVER! I could make these with my eyes closed, and they never receive anything but rave reviews. Make them for dinner one night and  then use the left overs for meatball sandwiches for lunch the next day!

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 3lbs ground beef
  • 1 can (12oz) evaporated milk
  • 1C oatmeal
  • 1C breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2C chopped onion
  • 1/2t garlic powder
  • 2t salt
  • 1/2t pepper
  • 2t chili powder

Sauce:

  • 2C ketchup
  • 1C brown sugar
  • 1/2t liquid smoke
  • 1/2t garlic powder
  • 1/4c chopped onion

How To:

Meatballs – Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl, and mix well. I use my hands! Shape into 1-2″ balls and place in a heatproof pan. Depending on how big your meatballs are will determine how many pans or what size you use. I usually get 2 9×13 pans out of this recipe.

In a separate bowl mix the sauce ingredients and pour over the meatballs. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

 

Quick & Easy Apple Rolls

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These Apple Rolls are perfect for a breakfast or brunch. It’s ok to take a little help from the store! They are quick, easy and delicious!

Ingredients:
1 large Granny Smith apple (peeled and finely chopped)
3/4 C chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 C brown sugar
3 tubes 8 count cinnamon rolls
1/2 t cinnamon

How to:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 2 muffin tins

Peel and finely chop the apples.

In a medium bowl stir together the diced apples with the walnuts and brown sugar.

Divide the apple mixture evenly into the muffin tin. Put cinnamon buns, cinnamon side down, on top of the apple mixture. Put the muffin tin on a baking sheet and bake until the tops are golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Remove the muffin tin from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Put a clean baking sheet on top of the muffin tin and flip to remove the sticky buns.

In a small bowl, combine 2 containers of the vanilla frosting with the cinnamon 1 to 2 teaspoons of milk. Mix until very thick and of pourable consistency. Drizzle over buns and serve.