Monday, March 17, 2014

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Okay, these might sounds weird, but they are actually really good!  You'd never know they are cottage cheese!

Cottage Cheese Pancakes
2 cups cottage cheese
4 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup flour
Mix all the ingredients and let it set for at least an hour in the fridge (I honestly didn't do this and it was fine).  Cook in a frying pan on the stove. Serve with cut up fruit (you can roll them like blintzes).  You can sprinkle with sweetener (like Splenda) if you want, but I thought it was good with just fruit.  I did it with both apples and bananas and like it fine.
These were also fine the second day, reheated in the microwave.
Makes 8 pancakes.

Baking with Splenda

Okay, I've been dieting (and no, I do NOT want to talk about it), so I've been experimenting with baking with Splenda.  At this point, I have had two bad experiments and one great one.  First, here is the good one!  These were delicious and a great treat for me for breakfast versus yogurt. 

Lemon Muffins
Modified from My Recipes
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar (so I used 1 cup of Splenda....I was using the granulated 1 to 1 Splenda)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs (I always use extra large)
1 1/4 cups milk (I actually used fat free skim here)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 lemon, zested and juiced (they actually just called for 1 tbsp. of zest, but I wanted to use up the juice as well)
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter, and lemon zest; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Spoon into a lightly greased 12-cup muffin pan, filling two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden.
This is supposed to make a dozen....I actually got about 2 dozen, but I don't think I put enough batter in each cup as each were rather small in my opinion. 
Now the bad I tried to make chocolate oatmeal cookies with Splenda...and they didn't spread at all, didn't seem to do anything when I baked them. They cooked mostly, but just not good.   I also tried to make banana cookies with Splenda....and again, they just didn't spread/rise AT ALL. They tasted okay and my solution was to roll and cut them like refrigerator cookies and this made them work, but I just wasn't happy with the final product (hence no recipe at this point).   I did have some issues with the baking soda v. powder and learned some stuff online about substitutions, but I actually made a second batch, with the right ingredients, and it still didn't rise.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Silly Day

Last Friday Adam's class had a "silly" day where they supposed to dress silly in honor of Dr. Seuss.  Since Andrew and I were going in to read a story, we dressed up too. 

Fireman Andrew

Andrew just loves dressing up as a fireman!  He's declared that his blue coat is really red so it can be a firecoat....and we were just buying new tennis shoes and he kept telling me he needed RED fire shoes. The pair I found (on sale for $9 plus wides.....I really was not trying to appease him....I care much more about them FITTING) actually did have some red so he was quite happy.

Generations of Faith

These were the family projects for February Generations of Faith.
Rosary - Adam actually did a lot of this

Prayer tree

Recent projects

Birthday card

Pillow out of old sports t-shirts

Scarf for me

Ash Wednesday

We took Andrew with us to the noon Mass on Ash Wednesday and he got his ashes too.  Had we note missed SO much school recently I probably would have pulled Adam out, but I didn't want to because of all the already missed time (and it isn't a Holy Day of Obligation).

100 days of beads

Adam's class was adding beads, 10 at a time, to count the first 100 days of school. I actually helped with these several times during the year.

Adam's Hockey Skates

Adam keeps asking to play hockey (yes, really....), but he has to learn to skate first I remind him....but we did switch him to hockey skates for his lessons. He's quite pleased.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Airy Berry Cookies

I recently got my newest Joanne Fluke, so, of course, I had to try a recipe!  These are pretty good and I don't even like Craisins and honestly I liked these cookies. I think I'd personally like them better with regular chocolate chips, but that's a personal preference. The white chocolate is fine. 

Airy Berry Cookies
Modified from Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries (I used Craisins)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (this isn't an entire bag, but obviously you can really use as much as you want or even double the recipes to use up most of it)
Preheat oven to 350.
Measure oatmeal and put in a bowl.  Melt butter and add to oatmeal.  Stir until thoroughly combined.  Mix sugar, baking powder, flour and salt separately.  Add this to the oatmeal mixture and blend thoroughly.   Mix in vanilla.  Add egg and stir until well blended.
Mix in cranberries and chips. 
Line cookies sheets with foil, shiny side up.  Spray with Pam. (REALLY do this....seriously!!!! I had to toss my first batch because I didn't and couldn't peel them off!)   Leave room as these spread a lot.  I only got 9 cookies on a sheet and I usually do 12. 
Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Remove and cool on sheet for 5 minutes then move the cookies ON the foil to a cooling rack. Once completely cooled, peel them off the foil (really you will PEEL!). 
I didn't do this, but I could see myself doing it because of the leftover chips.
Chocolate Drizzle
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (or whatever you want, but you are going to have extra white chocolate I recommend using whatever you put in your cookies)
6 tbsp. juice, milk or liqueur. 
You microwave the two ingredients until melted, 30 seconds, then at 15 second intervals until melted, stirring between.  Drizzle on cookies on wax paper.  Let harden then store between wax paper. 
Makes 2.5 dozen cookies

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Doll blanket

Finished doll blanket. I love the simple pattern and how it makes a border with the yarn overs.

Fireman Andrew

Andrew loves his fireman boots and hat!  And in his imagination that blue coat is now a fire coat!  Especially when worn with his little red gloves!