Thursday, August 27, 2009

Freezer Jam

Yummy and fresh~ I hate how cooked jams ruin the flavor of fruit. It doesn't taste like the fruit much after it's been cooked and all of that sugar is added. So that is why I like freezer so much. It's easier and tastes like summer! MMMmmmm Mmmm!
3 ¼ Cup Crushed Raspberry (or Strawberry)
¼ Cup Lemon Juice
1 Pkg. of Pectin
1 Cup of Light Corn Syrup
4 ½ Cups White Sugar

Prepare fruit: Wash and crush the berries. Remove stems from strawberries.
In a large bowl mix together crushed berries and lemon juice. Add pectin slowly to berry mixture while stirring. Mix well and stir every five minutes for 30 minutes (This is a great job for the kiddos). Add corn syrup to berries and mix well. This prevents sugar crystals from forming later on. Stir in white sugar gradually and continue stirring until all sugar is dissolved. Pour your fresh jam into plastic storage containers leaving about ½ inch space at the top. Wipe off any drips from the lip of the container and put the lids on. Freeze. Don't bother labling the jam with a date. It won't last that long because it's so yummy!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Oven Baked Sandwhiches

This is a fun dinner idea that is great when you're feeling like the old menu is getting kind of old. You could do ham and cheese with soup, tuna, hot chicken salad filling or any yummy melty gooey filling that you can think of. For this particular one I used:
Bread or Pizza Dough Recipe or a store bought bread
-maybe croissants or pizza dough
Corned Beef
Swiss Cheese

Prepare dough according to directions and roll out into a large rectangle (about as long & wide as a cookie sheet). Place mustard, beef, sauerkraut, & cheese down the center of the bread dough (or any filling). Cut slits along the long sides of the dough about 1 inch from the filling. Overlap alternating sides to make a braid. Fold ends over to seal. Place braided loaf onto greased cookie sheet and brush with egg whites and bake at 375* until golden brown. Maybe 30 minutes? Not sure. Let cool for 10 minutes and slice. Yummy!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Beef Taquitos

This is a recipe that I picked up from my kids' pre-school recipe board. It is really good and really easy to make. A definate winner!
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic
¾ lb. ground beef
½ cup salsa
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
2 tsp. chili powder
10 (6 inch) flour tortillas
½ cup shredded cheese

Brown the hamburger with garlic and onion. Stir in the salsa, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place tortillas on plate and cover with damp towel. Microwave until warm and pliable (about 45 sec.). Top each tortilla with ¼ cup of filling, spreading to an inch from the edges. Sprinkle with cheese. Roll up tortillas and put on a foil lined baking sheet with seam side down. Brush lightly with vegetable oil or spray quickly with Pam. Bake at 400* for about 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. Serve with salsa, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, Spanish rice, and refried beans. You could smother it with enchilada sauce. Maybe try chicken instead of beef?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Easy Samoa Smores

These little babies are sooooo good! I don't really like smores all that much but I would eat this little guy any day of the week. I call them Samoa smores because they taste a lot like the Samoa Girl Scout Cookies.
Coconut Coated Marshmallows
Chocolate Covered Cookies

Lightly toast marshmallows over a fire and place atop a chocolate covered cookie of your choice. Try not to burn the marshmallow though (they taste pretty bad if they get burned).

Indoor Marshmallow roaster-
1- empty one quart paint can (metal)
1- single roll of toilet paper (take out the cardboard center)
1- bottle of rubbing alcohol
1- large finish nail
1- book of matches
Open the paint can and put the toilet paper inside. Poor the rubbing alcohol over the toilet paper. Put the lid on tightly. You can decorate the outside if you like with stickers and paper. Tape the nail and match book to the outside. Use the nail to pry open the paint can and the matches to light the rubbing alcohol. This is the perfect marshmallow roaster (or emergency preparedness item if you want to be responsible). I gave one of these to Kaden's old best friend who moved to Washington as a going away gift. He loved it!