Cupcakes & Measuring-Get Kids Cooking

I am excited this week to have Education.com as a guest poster! My first ever. This fun recipe combines the fun of getting kids in the kitchen and learning. Big A right now is learning measurements so this is a great project. And the cooler weather has me thinking Fall so the recipe can’t be beat.

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Missing the flavors of fall? For those of you who are “apple people” all year long – and who may have kids who are – try baking these scrumptious spiced apple cupcakes! At a quick glance, these lovely little treats look like caramel apples. But look again and you’ll see that they’re actually soft, delicious cupcakes coated in caramel. Baking is a great way for your child to practice important math skills like measurement and fractions, while she prepares some delicious food for the family. No doubt about it, these cupcakes are as much fun to make as they are to eat!

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Bake Caramel Apple Spiced Cupcakes
Spiced apples are added to cake & pudding mix then topped with a rich caramel glaze. All the flavors of Fall!
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Cupcakes
Servings
cupcakes
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cupcakes
Servings
cupcakes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Line 24 cups on your cupcake pans with paper liners. Set the pans aside.
  3. Prepare the cupcake batter: Place the drained apple rings in the food processor and finely chop them with the pulse button for 15 seconds.
  4. Place the cake mix, pudding mix, chopped apple rings, water, oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds.
  5. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to make sure all of the batter is incorporated. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes more, scraping down the sides again if needed. The batter should look well combined.
  6. Spoon or scoop about 1/4 cup batter into each lined cupcake cup, filling it two thirds of the way. You will get between 22 and 24 cupcakes.
  7. Remove the empty liners if any and fill the empty cups in the pan each with a small amount of water. Place the pans side by side in the oven.
  8. Bake the cupcakes until they are golden and the top springs back when lightly pressed with your finger, about 18 to 20 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and place them on wire racks to cool for about 5 minutes.
  9. Gently remove the cupcakes from the pans and place them on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes before glazing.
  10. Meanwhile, prepare the caramel glaze: Unwrap the caramels and place them in a medium-size saucepan. Add the evaporated milk. Stir with a wooden spoon over medium heat until all the caramels are melted and the mixture is combined, about 5 to 6 minutes. At the very end, stir in the vanilla.
  11. Immediately spoon the warm caramel glaze over the top of each cooled cupcake and sprinkle the chopped peanuts around the edges. Careful! The caramel will be hot and this part can get pretty sticky too!
  12. Push a craft stick in the center of each cupcake, if desired, to make them look like caramel apples. The cupcakes are ready to serve and enjoy!
  13. Store these cupcakes, in a cake saver, under a glass dome or in a large tupperware container, at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Or freeze them (without the craft sticks), wrapped in aluminum foil or in a cake saver, for up to 6 months. Thaw the cupcakes overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
Recipe Notes

*The Cupcake Doctor Says...

If you can't find spiced apples, you can use fresh apples as a substitute. Cut 3 to 4 fresh apples (any kind you like) into slices and throw them into a saut*The Cupcake Doctor Says...

If you can't find spiced apples, you can use fresh apples as a substitute. Cut 3 to 4 fresh apples (any kind you like) into slices and throw them into a saute pan with 1/3 cup of water, about a Tbsp of sugar, and a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg. Saute over medium low heat for a few minutes until the apples are tender. Once they've cooled for a few minutes, chop them up or throw them into the food processor for a rough chop. Add the apples to the batter and follow the recipe accordingly. These cupcakes are perfect for parties, and they look beautiful lined up on a wooden tray!
e pan with 1/3 cup of water, about a Tbsp of sugar, and a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg. Saute over medium low heat for a few minutes until the apples are tender. Once they've cooled for a few minutes, chop them up or throw them into the food processor for a rough chop. Add the apples to the batter and follow the recipe accordingly. These cupcakes are perfect for parties, and they look beautiful lined up on a wooden tray!

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Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing

I have to admit that I have never imaged that I would one day say that a ‘taco salad’ was appealing to me. In a sense, isn’t a taco in general, a taco salad? It has all the elements it’s just assembled differently and adds a lot more lettuce—and is that a good thing? Up until I made this recipe I would say a definite, “No!”  My mind changed though when I decided to play around in the kitchen and created this Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad.

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For this Cinco de Mayo inspired Mitten Movie Night I remade and shot one of the very first posts I made.  Wow, has my photography came a long way.  Guess what though?  The recipe was just as delicious then as it is now.  Okay enough patting myself on the back !  We are drinking some Modelo Especial and catching up on Better Call Saul.  If you don’t follow me on social media you may not have heard that we recently moved into a new house :’)  So in between moving and everything we haven’t had time to catch up on the 2nd Season that just started. This show is in my Top 5 of shows, it’s awesome. If you are interested in 5 shows that I am in love with for future viewing here they are:

  1. 30 Rock.  Tina Fey is my idol. The question ‘Who would you want to have lunch with dead or alive.’ It would be her 100%.  A close 2nd would be Steve Martin. A 3rd would be any cast of any season of Saturday Night Live. Some great things have come out of that show.
  2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  So cute! And of course let me refer to #1…Produced my Tina Fey.
  3. Shameless.  All of the actors in this series are spot on.
  4. A new one that just came out and surprised me was Santa Clarita Diet.  It reminded me a lot of Weeds.  Great show!
  5. And finally Better Call Saul.

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Now let’s get on to the food!  When I first made this I had the intention of making the taco bowls on my own using flour tortillas but then scratched that when I found these Fiesta Flats.  They worked out perfectly because we ate them like tacos with a little flair and then the 3 yr old could scoop his goodies by himself.

First for the taco salad, let’s get our meat and beans cooking on the stove top. Add your chorizo and ground hamburger to a pan.  I was sad that when I had plans to make this I found a great recipe from Mexican Please on how to make your own Easy Homemade Chorizo but I wasn’t able to find chilies in our local grocery store so I did purchase the local fare.  If you have a chance though check out this recipe and make it for yourself!

Sprinkle the cumin and chili powder on top. Start sautéing everything together over medium/high heat until the sausage and meat are completely cooked through and no longer pink.  When cooked put the meat into a strainer to drain off the grease, chorizo has tons of it and you don’t want it making your taco shells soggy.  Drain, drain, drain!

Now the best part in my opinion, the lime-cilantro dressing. It’s amazing and well worth getting out and cleaning your food processor (can you tell I find this to be a chore?) Put all ingredients in the food processor-EXCEPT THE OIL.

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Ok, now we can get to the oil. Put the lid on your food processor and you will then pour the oil slowly into the top while it chops up the ingredients you’ve already put into the bowl. When it gets to the consistency you like then stop adding. I put a ½ cup of oil as a general rule but you may like it a little chunkier (that’s how I prefer it) over runny. Trust me, once you make this you will make it again and again so adjust until you get it the way you like it.

I also recently perfected some rice that is amazing with anything that is spicy inspired.  This recipe is as simple as buying one of those pre-made packets. We live close to an amazing restaurant El Rodeo.  Everything they serve is pretty amazing and I wanted to recreate it at home and I think I nailed it! Just add rice, water, tomato & chicken bouillons, spices then frozen veggies as you like-I use corn & peas.  Now if only I can remake their Enchilada Sauce….I could eat that stuff in a bowl with a spoon it’s so good.

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Layer as you see fit.  I prefer lettuce, meat, cheese, tomatoes, green onion then the Lime-Cilantro Dressing.  Heat up some refried beans and plate the rice.  Add some avocado and sour cream on top if desired. And here you are….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Beef & spicy chorizo tucked into taco flats then layered with lettuce, tomatoes, green onions and cheese. Top with some delicious Lime-Cilantro Dressing for an extra kick. Fiesta time!
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
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Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Mexican Rice
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
Ingredients
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Mexican Rice
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Instructions
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
  1. Add your chorizo and ground hamburger. Sprinkle the cumin and chili powder on top. Start sautéing everything together until the sausage and meat are completely cooked through and no longer pink. When cooked put the meat into a strainer to drain off.
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
  1. Add all ingredients but the oil. Put the top on the food processor. Add oil into the top funnel and blend until the consistency you prefer.
Mexican Rice
  1. Just add rice, water, tomato & chicken bouillons, spices then frozen veggies as you like-I use corn & peas.
  2. Layer as you see fit. I prefer lettuce, meat, cheese, tomatoes, green onion then the Lime-Cilantro Dressing. Heat up some refried beans and plate the rice. Add some avocado and sour cream on top if desired. Enjoy!
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Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

It’s the first Mitten Movie Night of 2017!  Woot, woot.  How is yours going to far?  Tonight I’ve got a great meatball recipe for you to start the year off right.  Ground turkey meatballs glazed with a thick sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar sauce.

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The movie we’re watching is Bridget Jones’s Baby.  I love this series of movies and just recently re-watched the others because I knew this was coming. For dinner with this turkey meatball recipe we are drinking Melonfest Cantaloupe Wheat from Roak Brewing.  My husband picked this beer up and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure I would like it.  I love cantaloupe but wasn’t sure how it was going to work in a beer.  I was pleasantly surprised! Light and not overly fruity makes for a very drinkable beer that’s perfectly paired with the tang of the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce in the glaze on these meatballs.

To say that I like meatballs is an understatement.  I LOVE them.  They are easy, very versatile and can come in many different combinations.  You can serve them on noodles, potatoes, as an appetizer.  In fact one of the very first recipe I made for the blog was Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles, a recipe I’ve been making for a long time.  I even celebrated National Meatball Day last year! Ok enough about one of my favorite foods, let’s get cooking!  With less than 10 ingredients, one pan and less than 15 minutes this is a meal you can make any night of the week.

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First for the meatballs add the turkey, egg and breadcrumbs to a bowl.  Mix all ingredients together and form into ball.  Add about a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of a pan then set to medium heat.  Place the meatballs in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes.  Flip them and cook for 5-6 minutes more.

While the meatballs are cooking chop the onions, mince the garlic and mix the balsamic vinegar glaze ingredients in a bowl.  To the same pan melt 2 Tbs. butter then add onions and garlic.  Let soften for 2-3 minutes.  Add the sauce to the pan and cook until thickened, about 1 minute.  Return the meatballs back to the pan.  Easy as that.

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To perch these little meatballs on I made some red skinned mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels spouts & carrots for the side.  If you would prefer to serve these with noodles double the sauce recipe so it can cover everything evenly.  And here you are….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Balsamic Vinegar Glaze adapted from Shugary Sweets

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Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
Turkey meatballs that cook within 12 minutes are then glazed with a sweet, tangy balsamic vinegar glaze. Serve on top of creamy red skin mashed potatoes for a cozy weeknight meal.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
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Turkey Meatballs
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Turkey Meatballs
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
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Instructions
Turkey Meatballs
  1. First for the meatballs add the turkey, egg and breadcrumbs to a bowl. Mix all ingredients together and form into ball.
  2. Add about a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of a pan then set to medium heat. Place the meatballs in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes. Flip them and cook for 5-6 minutes more.
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
  1. Chop the onions, mince the garlic and mix the balsamic vinegar glaze ingredients in a bowl.
  2. To the same pan melt 2 Tbs. butter then add onions and garlic. Let soften for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the sauce to the pan and cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Return the meatballs back to the pan.
  4. Serve on top of mashed potatoes or noodles. Enjoy!
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Jerk Chicken Sandwiches

I’ve tried a meal with jerk seasoning precisely once.  Like 16 years ago.  Not a fan.  I decided to get wild at a chain restaurant and veer away from my normal order.  Big mistake.  Not being able to get through even half the sandwich because my mouth was in flames is not my idea of a good dining experience.  So when I saw that Legion of Spice would send 2 free samples I figured I didn’t have much to loose.  I’m so glad that I expanded my seasonal horizons because these Jerk Chicken Sandwiches are just what I need on this Mitten Movie Night.

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Tonight we’re drinking Bellaire Brown from Short’s Brewing.  A perfect beer paired with the smokey, sweet spices of the jerk seasoning.  Keeping with the Halloween theme (I know it’s passed alright!) we are re-watching The Babadook.  This is on Netflix instant–if you want to freak the freak out watch it now.

For the chicken, I just added it to my crock pot with 1 cup of water and 2 Tbs of the ‘I’m A Jerk’ Seasoning.  After it started cooking for an hour or so the house smelled amazing.  Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg. I  wanted to jump on the computer and start researching tropical locals for a mid-winter break.  Or I can save a few thousand dollars and have this meal when I’m feeling the long Michigan winter blues.

Once the chicken has cooked for 6-8 hours take it out and shred it then put it back into the pot to soak up more flavor while the sauce gets made.

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I really love giving my recipes quirky names (ie. Turkey & Bacon Sliders with ‘Isn’t That Special’ Sauce).  Therefore I decided to call this ‘Jerk’ Sauce.  **Take a few minutes to think of 10 separate instances where you could have used this in a conversation…..** and we’re back!  Put all the sauce ingredients in a pot and set it to simmer over a low/medium heat for 10-15 minutes to thicken it up.

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Prepare the buns. I prefer mine toasted so at this time I would butter them and place in the oven for 8-10 minutes on a baking sheet.  When done remove the heels from the pan and flip the lids over.  Sprinkle shredded cheese ( I use shredded cheese over anything) and put them into the oven to melt for another 2-4 minutes.

To assemble remove the meat from the crock pot and place on top of the bun.  Drizzle some ‘Jerk’ Sauce on top.  It’s meant to be more of a condiment than mixed with the meat like my Asian BBQ Sauce.  Dress up with some pickled red onions and jalapenos.  And here you are…..

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Jerk Chicken Sandwiches
A vacation from the normal sandwich. Jerk seasoning slow cooks with chicken. Top it on a toasted bun. Drizzle with spicy sauce then pickled red onion and jalapenos.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
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sandwiches
Ingredients
Jerk Chicken
'Jerk' Seasoning
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
Servings
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Ingredients
Jerk Chicken
'Jerk' Seasoning
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Instructions
Jerk Chicken
  1. For the chicken, I just added it to my crock pot with 1 cup of water and 2 Tbs of the 'I'm A Jerk' Seasoning.
  2. Cook for 6-8 hours take it out and shred it. Put it back into the pot to soak up more flavor while the sauce gets made.
'Jerk' Sauce
  1. Put all the sauce ingredients in a pot and set it to simmer over a low/medium heat for 10-15 minutes to thicken it up.
  2. Toast the buns. Butter them and put them in the oven for 8-10 minutes on a baking sheet. Taking them out remove the heels from the pan and flip the lids over. Sprinkle shredded cheese and put them into the oven to melt for another 2-4 minutes.
  3. To assemble remove the meat from the crock pot and place on top of the bun.
  4. Drizzle some 'Jerk' Sauce on top. Add some pickled red onions and jalapenos. Enjoy!
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Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce

TGIF!   Friday means Mitten Movie Night.  I have prepared something really special.  It was a few step process but really required more waiting than working.  First I put the sweet potatoes in the slow cooker.  Then I braised the pork and put it in the oven.  Whisked the Asian BBQ sauce.  Chilled the beer.  I recommend this Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce on a cool Fall day when your lounging on the couch binge watching Netflix wanting to put much effort into a great meal.

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Tonight along with the meal we are drinking Fifth Voyage Coconut Porter from Cranker’s Brewery.  This was part of a ‘I Love Michigan’ Craft Beer pack that we picked up at Meijer.  I really enjoyed this pack since it let us try a few different beers from all over the state. Like a little travel without the…travel.  On second thought, that isn’t fun! One of mine & hubby’s favorite ‘us’ time thing to do is take mini-vacations to check out the craft beer scene. Our last trip was to Toledo & Cleveland, Ohio.  While we were there we even visited the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Christmas Story house!  I’m a huge history nerd so this trip had tons to offer–and did I mention these cities also have great craft beer?

For entertainment we’re watching The Boss.  I have been binging on funny stuff all week after the premier of The Walking Dead Sunday.  Done. Over. I cannot handle anything remotely scary or stomach turning…..until this Sunday when I watch it again.  Sorry, I’ve invested too much time to quit now.  Alright! So onto the meal (unless your having TWD flashbacks then come back later).  As I mentioned I made this meal in stages.  For the sweet potatoes I wash them and then put them in a crock pot for 6 hours.  Done! See didn’t I say that was easy?

For the pork in an oven proof stockpot add chopped onion and garlic then brown in 2 Tbs oil once softened add the pork to brown on all sides then add salt & pepper to your liking and one bottle of beer.  Take off heat and put in a 350 degree oven.  Cook for 1 hour.  Take out of oven then add 1 cup water.  Put back into the oven to finish cooking for another 1-1 1/4 hours.   When the pork comes out so tender it shreds easily.   Now your ready for the sauce!

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For the Asian BBQ sauce whisk all ingredients together except for the sesame oil.  Add 2/3 of the sauce to shredded pork.  Save the remainder for topping.

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Split top of sweet potato with a knife.  Stuff with pulled pork.  Right before serving add the sesame oil to the BBQ Sauce that is left and pour over stuffed potatoes.  Garnish with chopped parsley.  And here you are….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce
Creamy sweet potatoes topped with tender pulled pork. Finished with a sweet & tangy Asian BBQ sauce. Perfect slow cooked comfort food with minimal effort.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Servings
potatoes
Ingredients
Pork & Sweet Potatoes
Asian BBQ Sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Servings
potatoes
Ingredients
Pork & Sweet Potatoes
Asian BBQ Sauce
Instructions
Sweet Potatoes
  1. Add washed potatoes to slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Asian BBQ Sauce
  1. Whisk all ingredients together except for the sesame oil. Add 2/3 of the sauce to shredded pork. Save the remainder for topping.
  2. Split top of sweet potato with a knife. Stuff with pulled pork.
  3. Right before serving add the sesame oil to the BBQ Sauce that is left and pour over stuffed potatoes. Garnish with chopped parsley. Enjoy!
Pork
  1. For the pork in an oven proof stockpot add chopped onion and garlic then brown in 2 Tbs oil once softened add the pork to brown on all sides. Then add salt & pepper to your liking and one bottle of beer.
  2. Take off heat and put in a 350 degree oven. Cook for 1 hour. Take out of oven then add 1 cup water. Put back into the oven to finish cooking for another 1-1 1/4 hours.
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Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas #SundaySupper

I’ve mentioned before, my Dad is a great cook.  I remember the first time he let me make Swedish Pancakes during the holidays.  Boy, was I important!  I got to mix the batter. Grease the pan. Learned how to move the pan just right to make sure the pancake is thin and crispy.  While the recipe may have changed over time making these reminds me of how proud I was making these pancakes for the first time.  Now I might have to pass this recipe for Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas to my Dad!

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When I think of sleepovers it really takes me back to my youth.  My friends and I doing our hair, dancing to music, gossiping of course!  It seemed like every weekend we were at one house or another us gaggle of girls.  I think that I’m most proud of the fact that those girls are still my closest friends.  If we were staying at my house Sunday’s meant big breakfasts and Swedish Pancakes were always my favorite.  This is my updated version now that I’m the one hosting the sleepovers for my boys.  So put on the coffee and grab your ingredients….

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Mix all the pancake ingredients in a bowl.  It’s important to keep the bowl next to the stove with a ladle.  With a mid-sized skillet add a small dab of oil to the pan.  You can see my setup here.  Also make sure that you have a plate to add your pancakes to.  They cook quickly!

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From there you will add a ladle full of batter then spin the pan in a rotating fashion to thin it out.  Cook for 1-2 minutes.  Flip and cook around 30 seconds for the second side.  I posted a video on my Instagram awhile ago on how to move the pan.

Next is the sauce, which is so easy! Chop the bananas.  Add butter to a pan and start to melt.  Add brown sugar then bananas.  Let cook for around another minute then add the water cinnamon and nutmeg.  Take off heat, your done.  What I want to point out is the ‘roll’.  But I digress. I have a helpful little photo tutorial below for the ‘roll’.  Fill the center of the pancake, hook fork into the side and ‘roll’.

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

You know my husband doesn’t roll his Swedish Pancaked **gasp**!?!? Finish off with more sauce on top.  Do you see this deliciousness??  And here you are…..

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas
Roll up the goodness. Thin and crispy Swedish Pancakes loaded with sweet brown sugar bananas. A sweet start to a perfect day.
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Swedish Pancakes
Brown Sugar Bananas
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Servings
pancakes
Ingredients
Swedish Pancakes
Brown Sugar Bananas
Instructions
Swedish Pancakes
  1. Mix all the pancake ingredients in a bowl. It's important to keep the bowl next to the stove with a ladle. With a mid-sized skillet add a small dab of oil to the pan.
  2. From there you will add a ladle full of batter then spin the pan in a rotating fashion to thin it out. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Flip and cook around 30 seconds for the second side.
Brown Sugar Bananas
  1. Chop the bananas. Add butter to a pan and start to melt. Add brown sugar then bananas. Let cook for around another minute then add the water cinnamon and nutmeg. Take off heat.
  2. Fill center of the pancake then roll. Top with more sauce. Enjoy!
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White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce

It’s time for Mitten Movie Night!  I’m serving up a creamy, cheesy white chicken pizza with an added sweet twist on top and enjoying one of my favorite Michigan Craft Beers.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Tonight I made White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce.  A sweet & savory combination on a homemade pizza crust.  While this has a long and fancy name trust me it didn’t take long at all.  Best of all it is delicious!  We are watching Joy.  Jennifer Lawrence kind of rocks, right?  And finally we are drinking Oberon from Bell’s Brewery.  If you are even remotely close to Kalamazoo, Michigan it is a must visit for any craft beer lover.  So gather your ingredients….

White Chicken Pizza with Blackberry Sauce from Bottom left of the Mitten

Start with the crust.  Mix yeast, water & honey together.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes.  See photo below in the collage to make sure yours has the same consistency.  Now add the flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture.  I do not have a fancy mixer (I want one so bad!) so I had to just hand mix this.  Start by stirring with a spatula then complete by hand.

Once it is all combined flip out of bowl onto a floured surface.  Cover with towel and let sit for 5 minutes.  Uncover and roll your dough out to the size of your pan.  Mine is pretty cool, it has holes in the bottom of it which makes the crust really crispy.  Once the dough is on the pan place in the oven at 450 degrees for 12-14 minutes.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

While the pizza crust is doing it’s first bake through cut up 1/2 an onion and shred up your chicken if it isn’t already.  We get rotisserie chickens from Costco so I cut off about half the chicken to use.  In a pan heat up 1/2 Tbs butter, 1/2 Tbs olive oil and add your onions and chicken.  Saute until onions are soft (this will just heat your chicken up since it’s already cooked) around 5 minutes.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Once your pizza crust has cooked for 12-14 minutes take it out of the oven and assemble the rest of the ingredients on the top of it.  Ricotta cheese, chicken & onions then the Italian Shredded cheese.  Place back into over for another 15 minutes.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

About 5 minutes before your pizza is out of the oven add the blackberry preserves and 3 Tbs water to a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil letting the preserves breakdown to create a sauce.  Once pizza is cooked right before serving sprinkle some chopped basil and blackberry sauce on top.  And here you are….

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce
A sweet & savory combination on a homemade pizza crust. While this has a long and fancy name trust me it comes together quickly with the use of rotisserie chicken.
White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Pizza Crust
White Pizza Toppings
Blackberry Sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Pizza Crust
White Pizza Toppings
Blackberry Sauce
White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Pizza Crust
  1. Start with the crust. Mix yeast, water & honey together. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes. See photo above in the collage to make sure yours has the same consistency.
  2. Add the flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture. Start by stirring with a spatula then complete by hand. Once it is all combined flip out of bowl onto a floured surface.
  3. Cover with towel and let sit for 5 minutes. Uncover and roll your dough out to the size of your pan.
  4. Once the dough is on the pan place in the oven at 450 degrees for 12-14 minutes.
White Pizza Toppings
  1. While the pizza crust is doing it's first bake through cut up 1/2 an onion and shred up your chicken if it isn't already. In a pan heat up 1/2 Tbs butter, 1/2 Tbs olive oil and add your onions and chicken. Saute until onions are soft around 5 minutes.
  2. Once your pizza crust has cooked for 12-14 minutes take it out of the oven and assemble the rest of the ingredients on the top of it. Ricotta cheese, chicken & onions then the Italian Shredded cheese. Place back into over for another 15 minutes.
  3. Right before serving sprinkle some chopped basil and blackberry sauce on top.
Blackberry Sauce
  1. About 5 minutes before your pizza is out of the oven add the blackberry preserves and 3 Tbs water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil letting the preserves breakdown to create a sauce.
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Easy Chicken & Dumplings #SundaySupper

This week officially was the start of sports season.  My son started football practice which means that except for a few weeks over the holidays my husband, who coaches most of his sports, and him are gone to practice at least 2 nights a week.  Then every Saturday is a game.  For football, soccer and basketball…until mid-March.  So that means I need to have quick meals ready before they are back out the door again.  One of my kids favorites is this Easy Chicken & Dumplings.  I can get this on the table and it’s a great way to make sure he’s got good wholesome fuel to power him through his practices.

Kids favorite Easy Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten

The things I use for these are usually what I have on hand in my pantry and freezer.  Freezer you say?  Yes, freezer.  When I find carrots and celery on sale I will chop them up and put them in a plastic freezer bag and put them in the freezer.  It ensures that I always have these on hand for soups.  So gather your ingredients….

Easy Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten

For this recipe use any type of shredded chicken you desire.  I personally like to use chicken thighs that I cook in the crock pot with just salt and pepper then shred.  I used the whole large package and had enough leftover for chicken tacos later in the week.  Win! Of course though you can just as easily use leftover rotisserie chicken or cook a few chicken breasts on the stove.

Easy Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Chop all your good veggies up.  Add to a large pot with your 2 Tbs. butter.  Saute for around 5 minutes to make onion and garlic soft.  Now add your stock and water.  (I use chicken bouillon versus chicken stock.  This is a preferred taste for me so feel free to use either.  When using chicken bouillon I usually heat water to boil and place cubes in that water to dissolve.  Then then just add the remaining water separate.  This is what you see in my Donald Duck cup.  From one of my favorite places ever, Disney World!)  Finally add your chicken.

Easy Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Bring your pot to a good rolling boil for around 10 minutes.  Time to make your biscuits.  Add milk, oregano, thyme and the Jiffy mix.  Stir to combine.  Viola!  Done.  Easy as that!  Once pot is at a rolling boil you are going to drop your biscuit mix in one spoonful at a time on top of the broth and vegetables.  Drop all the way around filling up the top of the pot.

Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Keep the pot at a roiling boil for another 10 minutes.  This is the consistency you want.  The dumplings cooked completely through.

Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten

This is a perfect & easy weeknight dinner that your kids will love, trust me!  And here you are…….

Easy Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Thank you to Ellen Folkman from Family Around the Table for hosting this weeks Sunday Supper.  Keep kids happy with these other Kid Friendly Recipes from the Sunday Supper Family.

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Easy Chicken & Dumplings
A quick and hearty meal that's Kid Approved!
Kids favorite Easy Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
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servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Kids favorite Easy Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Chop all veggies up. Add to a large pot with your 2 Tbs. butter. Saute for around 5 minutes to make onion and garlic soft.
  2. Now add your stock and water. Finally add your chicken. Simmer on a rolling boil for 10 minutes.
  3. For biscuits: Add milk, oregano, thyme and the Jiffy mix. Stir to combine. Once pot is at a rolling boil for 10 minutes you are going to drop your biscuit mix in one spoonful at a time on top of the broth and vegetables. Drop all the way around filling up the top of the pot.
  4. Keep the pot at a roiling boil for another 10 minutes. This is the consistency you want. The dumplings cooked completely through.
  5. Serve & enjoy!
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Cajun Steak & Potato Salad

The weather this week in Southwest Michigan has been nothing less than what can be described as a ‘whirlwind’. We literally woke up to the 4 letter word last Sunday, S-N-O-W. It’s the middle of May and we were still getting SNOW! But it is finally nice out which makes me want to break out some good Spring food, and that includes salad. Cajun Steak & Potato Salad to be exact.

Cajun Steak & Potato Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing. The combination is pure perfection.

This is a very basic salad but comes together with a creamy poppy seed dressing that makes everything meld together in pure perfect. So gather your ingredients……

CajunSteak

If you have time in the morning prepare & tenderize your steaks so when you cook the meat it is tender & juicy. Tenderize with mallet and cut steak in strips. Then add to a bowl with Worcestershire sauce & a cup of water. Cover and put in refrigerator for a few hours.

Potatoes
About 20 minutes before you are ready to finish up the salad take your potatoes and parboil them. Cut into slices, put into water and cook for around 15 minutes to soften them up. Drain potatoes into a colander. Make sure they are completely drained and pat with a paper towel to make sure all the water is off of them. At this time you will heat up about 1 tbs. of coconut oil (or whichever oil you prefer). While that’s heating up cover your potatoes with the Cajun seasoning. Add to pan to fry.

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While the potatoes cook, chop your onion.  Once the potatoes are done remover them from the pan. Now it’s time to add your onion & steak.

Steak & onions

Cook until both are cooked to your liking, around 8-10 minutes.

Cajun Steak

While the steak is cooking make your delicious, creamy Poppy Seed Dressing. Gather your ingredients….

Poppy Seed Dressing

Whip it up.  Easy as that!

Poppy Seed Dressing

The dressing should have taken you all of 4 minutes.  So while the steak finishes cut up your lettuce.  Add to a large bowl.  On top of that you will put your potatoes.  On top of that your steak & onions.  Add your cheese.

CajunSteak_Assembly

Flip it all together.  Yuuuuummmmmmm……….

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And here you are…..

Cajun Steak & Potato Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing. The combination is pure perfection.
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Poppy Seed Dressing Adapted from The Kitchn

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Cajun Steak & Potato Salad
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing. The combination is pure perfection.
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Salad
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad
Poppy Seed Dressing
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Salad
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad
Poppy Seed Dressing
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Instructions
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad
  1. Tenderize steak with mallet then cut steak in strips. Add to a bowl with Worcestershire sauce & a cup of water. Cover and put in refrigerator for a few hours.
  2. About 20 minutes before you are ready to finish up the salad take your potatoes and parboil them. Cut into slices, put into water and cook for around 15 minutes to soften them up. Drain potatoes into a colander. Make sure they are completely drained and pat with a paper towel to make sure all the water is off of them. At this time you will heat up about 1 tbs. of coconut oil (or whichever oil you prefer). While that's heating up cover your potatoes with the Cajun seasoning. Add to pan to fry.
  3. Cut up onion. Add to pan with steak. Cook until both are cooked to your liking, around 8-10 minutes.
  4. Cut lettuce. Add to bowl with potatoes, onions & steak.
  5. Add cheese then combine all ingredients.
Poppy Seed Dressing
  1. Add all ingredients together.
  2. Whisk to combine. Pour over salad to serve.
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Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast with Mushroom Gravy

This is one of my favorite meals to make for my boys. For me, one of my true joys is making them a meal that has them leaving the dinner table full & happy. With Mother’s Day this week I thought this is a perfect meal to share, Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast with Mushroom Gravy. If you are in charge of dinner this week you can just put this is the Crock Pot and let it do all the work while you relax.

Sadly, when I started this recipe I completely forgot to take a beginning picture of the ingredients for the roast before I started! So here are the ingredients:

1 Pork Loin Roast (I get mine as a 4 pack at Costco for around $13 and they are amazing!)
1 pkg. Dry Ranch Dressing
1/4 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
2 Cup Water

Mix all ingredients together. Pour on top of pork. Easy! Once that is all in just cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast

When you are about to put dinner on the table make your Mushroom Gravy to go over top of this. I’m telling you, it’s worth the extra step.

To a pan add 1/4 cup butter, 1 small yellow onion and 1 pkg pre-sliced mushrooms. Sautee until cooked down.

Mushroom

While this is cooking in a small bowl add 1 Tbs. flour & 1 Tbs. Cornstarch. To this you will take some liquid from your crock pot roast. I usually do about 2 ladle full which is about 1 cup. Stir to combine.

Mushroom Gravy
Now you will add the Flour/Cornstarch mixture to the onions & mushrooms. Cook until thick like gravy.

Mushroom Gravy
So rich & creamy. Perfect to top off this delicious roast.

Ranch Pork Roast

With this I make Homemade Applesauce. It is so easy you won’t bother with the jar stuff anymore! It’s as easy as chopping up 2-3 red apples. Put them in a pan with orange juice, 1 Tbs. cornstarch, 1 Tbs. cinnamon and 1 Tbs. butter. Cover and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes. The apples come out perfect!

Applesauce

Roast up some asparagus and mash some potatoes to complete this meal. And here you are…..

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast with Mushroom Gravy
Fix it and forget it Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast with Mushroom Gravy.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Slow Cooker
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast
Mushroom Gravy
Homemade Applesauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Slow Cooker
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast
Mushroom Gravy
Homemade Applesauce
Instructions
Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Pour on top of pork. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Mushroom Gravy
  1. To a pan add 1/4 cup butter, 1 small yellow onion and 1 pkg pre-sliced mushrooms. Sautee until cooked down.
  2. While this is cooking in a small bowl add 1 Tbs. flour & 1 Tbs. Cornstarch. To this you will take some liquid from your crock pot roast. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the Flour/Cornstarch mixture to the onions & mushrooms. Cook until thick like gravy.
Homemade Applesauce
  1. Chop up 2-3 red apples. Put them in a pan with orange juice, 1 tbs. cornstarch, 1 tbs. cinnamon and 1 tbs. butter. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes until tender.
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