It was just a matter of time until I started posting recipes. I’m a big fan of cooking and baking especially. It just makes me happy and snacking on the results isn’t too shabby. I’ve included a few good everyday recipes that are now in heavy rotation around here and a few random pics from our days here in the Fessler household. Please enjoy…
Apple pancake (cut and pasted from Sunset.com):
Yield: Serves 6 (or one, depending on who you ask)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 sweet apple such as Fuji, peeled and sliced
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1. Preheat oven to 425°. Melt butter in a 12-in. ovenproof frying pan over high heat. Add brown sugar and cinnamon, swirling to combine. Add apple and cook until just starting to soften, about 3 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a blender, whirl together eggs, salt, flour, and milk. Pour egg mixture into pan and bake until puffed and brown, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon juice and powdered sugar.
I’ve been really examining how we spend our money and found that we spent over $30/month on granola bars. Aside from the silly expense,there’s alot of packaging and sugar involved. So a few months ago I started playing around and making our own. This is a super basic recipe and can be changed in a whole bunch of ways and still turn out super tasty, chewy granola bars.
- 3 cups quick rolled oats
- 1 cup granola
- 2/3 cup nuts/seeds/coconut/etc.
- 2/3 cup mini chocolate or yogurt chips
- 1/2 tsp salt
- ½ c peanut butter
- ½ c apple sauce
- ½ c honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients together with your hands.
- Spread onto a greased 9×13 pan wet hands and pat down (hard!).
- Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.
- Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting into bars.
Yield: 32 bars
Next up is fruit leather. Wyatt really likes this one. Fruit leather can be made from just about any fruit you can mash or puree. Here’s my method for banana/mango:
Mash or puree 2 cups of mango and banana in fairly equal amounts
Prepare a pan with a thin layer of oil, a sheet of foil or parchment ( I used plastic wrap…bad idea)
Spread mixture about 1/4 to 1/8 thick (leave 1-2 inches around the edge of the blob)
Bake at 275 for 30-35 minutes. Turn off the oven, leave the door closed and let dry over night
Snow Day Craft:
Draw a giant dinosaur and let Papa and child paint their hearts out.
I also wanted to give a shout out to a guest artist who visited the studio the other day, Miss Lydia is a very talented three year old with sweet knit overalls!
Lastly, a small bit of a little something I made for a very special gal and her babe.
Homemaking and chilly weather go so well together (not that I wouldn’t go for a few days on the 70s) oh, and putting things in old jars is a time honored tradition in our house…just thought I’d share that too.