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Funfetti cupcakes

My friend Hayley requested Funfetti cake for her birthday a few weeks ago. Normally you’d go out, buy a box of cake mix and a tub of frosting and call it a day. I wanted to make the whole thing from scratch so I went searching through a bunch blogs and found this perfect little recipe. The result is a balance between a not too sweet, slightly dense cupcake and a delicious, light frosting to top it all off! Besides, life is more fun when you’re buying a tube of jimmie sprinkles! The cake recipe makes a little over a dozen cupcakes!

The frosting will make a lot. I stored half in a freezer baggie in the freezer for another time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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oatmeal scotchies

Feb
2015
10

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Oatmeal scotchies

When I started transitioning my recipe book from high plains to high altitude, my mother’s oatmeal scotchies were high on the list to be converted first.

The recipe below is simple and works great whether you’re somewhere in the Midwest or living high in the Rockies.

More brown sugar than white sugar keeps them soft and a little bit more flour allows for them to rise and stay even after they’ve cooled. The combo of cinnamon and butterscotch is simply perfection but feel free to get adventurous and mix half butterscotch, half chocolate chips and maybe even some dried cranberries! || Read more

Belgian waffles

Aug
2014
10

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belgian waffle

Waffles. From a young age I’ve learned as a Herbert two things are true: We love our waffles and we will demand peanut butter for said waffles.

Over the years I’ve tried at least a dozen different waffle recipes, with only slight differences in ingredients and measurements. From those I’ve narrowed down my top 5 and now present you with what I believe to be the crème de la crème. || Read more

beer bread

Jul
2014
09

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HefeWeizen + beer bread

This beer bread recipe can handle just about any 12 oz. of beer you throw into it, but I challenge you to try something other than PBR (my usual favorite for this recipe).

I decided to take my dad’s original recipe and use SanTan Brewing Company’s HefeWeizen in hopes that the banana and clove flavors would come through. I’ll definitely be using this beer again, call me biased if you must.   || Read more

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Oatmeal Scotchies

So, this picture was originally posted back in April of 2013 when I was living in Phoenix with a promise of getting the recipe to you “soon”…sorry about that. Here’s the updated recipe to try (Above 5,000 in elevation? Check out the high altitude recipe).

Makes 2 dozen cookies

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 stick of margarine softened
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar **half of ¾ cup (12 tablespoons)**
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 orange peel grated
  • 1½ cups quick oats
  • a little more than half of a package of butterscotch chips
  1. Mix together the flour, soda, salt, cinnamon + nutmeg in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together the softened margarine, sugars, egg.
  3. Stir in the orange peel with a wooden spoon.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, pour in half of the flour mix into the wet ingredients and mix well.
  5. Add the rest of the flour mix, and stir until everything is combined.
  6. Stir in your butterscotch chips and oats with a wooden spoon.
  7. Using two spoons or a scoop, drop the dough onto a baking sheet that is covered with parchment paper.
  8. Bake about 7 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove from oven and let them cool on the pan for a couple of minutes.
  9. Remove the cookies from the pan and transfer them to wire racks to finish cooling.

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Italian Turkey Meatballs + Pasta

I’m on a constant and what seems like a never-ending search to find the perfect meatball recipe. I don’t know what it is, but this challenge is one I don’t take lightly. Blame it on Oregano’s meatballs. I’ve come up with short-cut recipes, no-egg recipes, 100-ingredient recipes (almost an exaggeration) but, I’m still searching.

I had a ½ lb. of ground turkey left over from some turkey chili I made last week that needed to be used up. It was time to give the search another shot. I ran across Chef Huda’s Italian Turkey Meatball recipe. The ingredients were simple and so I gave it a swing using what I had available.

breadcrumbs

my makeshift breadcrumbs thanks to my Ninja food processor!

The recipe calls for breadcrumbs which isn’t something I always have on hand. I used my Ninja food processor (I link to a model similar to the one I own) and the ends of a loaf of wheat bread and pulsed them a few times until they looked like soft bread crumbs. Works for me!

The meatballs turned out tender, well seasoned and were perfect with marinara and pasta.

Next time I’ll make sure to dice my onion smaller and sauté with the garlic before adding to the rest of the mixture.
Makes about a dozen meatballs

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Shredded Chicken Taco

Love this quick recipe I found on Pinterest. Make sure you have the homemade taco seasoning on hand for this one. Since I didn’t have onion powder to add to the seasoning recipe, I placed 3 thick slices of onion on the bottom of my crockpot so I wouldn’t miss out on that flavor.

Three ingredients. That’s it. Throw it all in the crock pot, set on low before you go to work and when you get home you’ll have chicken that falls apart with the touch of a fork. I’ll definitely be doing this one again but will probably add some jalapeños to the crock pot next time. || Read more

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