Friday, April 29, 2011

Cornbread muffins- recipe

These are quick, easy and tasty.  They are a sweeter cornbread.  I think the original recipe called for at least twice this much sugar...but that was way too much in my opinion. These are great with soups, chilis and stews!

Cornbread Muffins:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease or line 12 muffin cups. In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, honey, eggs and salt. Mix in flour, cornmeal and baking powder; blend thoroughly. Stir in milk and corn. Pour or spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.  Add a little butter and enjoy!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Freezer French Toast -recipe

I used my homemade white bread for this...just because it is soooooooooo good with it.  But you can use any sort of bread you have on hand.  :) (But the thick, soft pieces of homemade white bread really work well as French Toast!)

Anyhow...this is really easy and simple.  Nothing you probably didn't already do when you make French Toast.  But I love that I discovered it freezes and reheats well! This worked out perfectly for camping for us.  I made them ahead of time, froze them in freezer bags and just threw them into the camper fridge. They were defrosted when we wanted to cook them and all I did was add them single layer in a pan and baked them til hot. This would also be great for a quick breakfast at home.

Here are the recipe details (although I did end up mixing up more egg mixture to cook more slices):

 Freezer French Toast
Makes 12-16 slices.
6 eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Dash cinnamon and vanilla
12-16 slices white bread

Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. (I use a large skillet that covers two burners and I can fit 8 slices at a time.)

Have a cute little helper drop slices of bread into the egg mixture, then turn and coat the other side.

Cook in batches, flipping after a couple of minutes (when it starts to brown). Flip and cook for 2 more minutes. Cool then freeze in single layer. Once frozen (about two hours) they can be packaged individually or placed in a single freezer bag.

To reheat:
Remove from freezer, and heat in toaster (haven't tried this yet!) or oven, then serve with butter and syrup. yum!

I store them like this in the freezer:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

White bread recipe

We are usually wheat bread eaters here.  Not that I don't like white bread...I guess I feel that wheat bread is better for us so that's what we eat.  Honestly, I have rarely met a bread I didn't like. :)

Anyhow, this recipe makes for some yummy white bread...which is great plain, with butter or even better- as French Toast! (I will share that recipe tomorrow.) I hope you will give this recipe a try.  As with any bread, adjust the liquid and flour slightly to make sure the consistency is right...not too wet or dry. I make this in my Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook, but you could do it by hand as well.  I have no idea if this will work well in a bread maker.  If you try it, let us know!

I doubled this recipe for two fluffy loaves to make lots of French Toast for the freezer (perfect camping food!)

White Bread

1 1/4 cups lukewarm milk
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Directions: Combine the milk, sugar and yeast. Let sit a few minutes until foamy. Combine flour and salt in another bowl and whisk together. Add the butter (melted) to the milk and stir. Add flour and salt to the milk and knead for about 5 minutes.  Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Punch down, place in a loaf pan, cover and let rise for 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat oven to 350. Bake for 25 minutes.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Design team call and a great prize!

You can win an Echo Park "Be Mine" paper collection by becoming a fan and commenting on the Inspired to Scrap Facebook page! Here is the link to the page-
Scroll down to the photo of the prize and leave a comment! Be sure to share the fun by re-posting about it on your page.

Inspired to Scrap is having a design team call and time is running out to apply! Anyone can apply. Join the forum and get to know us...we have a great group of scrappers! See the call details here-

Class is ending this week and it has been so much fun scrapping our stash! I will share some layouts soon!

I have plans for more layouts and recipes here...stick around and don't give up on me since I have been such a bad blogger lately! :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Menu Monday

Whatcha cooking this week?  We have easy meals...many from the pantry and freezer.  Trying to use up a few things that have been sitting around. :)

Here's a photo of Thursday's recipe! (from over a year ago!)

Monday- pasta and bean skillet
Tuesday -quick barley chicken chili (recipe on the back of the barley box)
Wednesday- shepherd's pie, fresh bread
Thursday-lean and green chili
Friday- ww chicken parmagiana , pasta
Saturday- hamburgers, oven fries
Sunday- tuna noodle casserole, peas

So what are you cooking? Have you broken out the grill yet? :) We grilled some really yummy chicken over the weekend.  Shoulda taken a photo...I will next time! It was a great recipe from one of my scrappy friends, Daiva. :)

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