Monthly Archives: February 2008

Puppy Chow

This is one of my favorite things to make when I go hang out with a big group of girls. Guys love it to though (well, except for Nate, as usual). It’s very easy and very simple! Always a big hit! 🙂

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ cup peanut butter
½ cup peanuts (optional) (I don’t usually put these in)
6 cups plain Chex cereal (or Crispix cereal)
1 cup powered sugar

In a large microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate for 1 minute. Stir and heat an additional 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in peanut butter and peanuts. Gently stir cereal into chocolate/PB mixture until well coated.

Place powered sugar in a large bowl with a lid. Add coated cereal to sugar and close the bowl. Gently toss cereal mixture until well coated, holding tightly to the lid. You may also use a 2 gallon storage bag in place of the large bowl. I just don’t have those, but I have 2 large bowls to choose from! Store in airtight container. Makes about 8 cups.

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Homemade Waffles

I love waffles. I love my waffle maker too! I need to put up pictures of all my favorite appliances! I’ll get to that soon hopefully! Nate came over yesterday before church and I made breakfast. Here’s the recipe I used. I halved the original recipe because I knew we couldn’t eat all those waffles! And the first time I made them a couple of weeks ago, I used Baking Soda instead of Baking Powder (I really thought that’s what I read), and it had a metallic taste to it. So, just don’t try to substitute one for the other FYI!

1 c. all purpose flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 egg
2/3 c. skim milk
1/8 c. vegetable oil

Preheat waffle iron as directed by the manufacturer. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; mix until well blended. In a small bowl (or I used a coffee cup like my momma did when I was growing up), beat egg slightly and add milk. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Poor the egg mixture into the well and mix until it is smooth. You make the well so that it is less clumpy. Add the oil and stir (the oil makes it really shiny!). I spray my waffle iron w/ non-stick spray before I pour on my waffle mix so that it comes out without a problem. Pour about 1/2 c. of batter onto a hot iron for a single waffle. Close iron and cook until brown and crisp.

This should make 6 servings. One serving is 1/2 waffle. However, since I was just making it for 2 people and didn’t want to deal w/ leftovers or sit by the waffle iron, I just poured half of this batter on the waffle iron for 2 sets of waffles! You just need to make sure you let it cook a little longer than normal, but not too long. Keep your eye on it!

Each 1/2 waffle (not mine, obviously) is 134 calories and 6 grams of fat. It has 191 mg of sodium, 16 grams of carbs, and 4 grams of protein. You may substitute 2 egg whites or 1 /4 c. egg substitute for 1 egg to lower the cholesterol.

For a variety, you can add pecans, chocolate chips, fresh chopped blueberries, or fresh chopped strawberries before you add the egg mixture.

Serve with your favorite type of syrup!

(pics to come soon)

Vegetable Cheese Soup

Vegetable Cheese Soup

Last night, I made this soup from my Kraft Foods magazine. I picked it out because it has 3 ingredients, it looked easy to make, and my boyfriend hates vegetables, so I thought this would mask the taste under the cheese (he LOVES cheese, too).

1 16 oz. pkg frozen broccoli, cauliflower, carrot blend
2 14 oz. cans fat free, reduced-sodium chicken broth
12 oz. Velveeta cheese product, cut up (use 2% to reduce fat and calories)

Pour chicken broth and vegetables in a large sauce pan, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Mash vegetables with a potato masher to desired consistency, or you may use a hand mixer (that’s what I did, but the carrots were pesky!). Stir in Velveeta and cook 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and soup is heated thoroughly, stirring frequently (you don’t want it to scorch). Makes 6 1-cup servings.

I ate it with saltine crackers, but I think it would have gone well with cornbread. You may even want to top it shredded cheese. I also added a pinch of garlic salt because I’m a big fan of that.

For the original recipe, go to http://www.kraftfoods.com and type in “Velvety Vegetable Cheese Soup”. (The link that was originally posted did not work.)

Welcome to my Kitchen

I wish I could post a picture of what my kitchen really looks like, but I’m really embarrassed of it. I live in a 2 bedroom apartment with my best friend from high school. Our kitchen is so small that if we were both in there, it’d be so crowded. Sometimes we both have to cook our meals at the same time (or at least heat something up while the other one is cooking), and we can hardly get around each other. Now imagine 3 or 4 people trying to help cook… It’s been done before. Our oven creates so much heat in that little hole in the wall of a kitchen that you practically have to strip down while you are cooking.

Let me introduce my supplies:

I have a stand up mixer (Sunbeam) that I got from Christmas from my dad a few years ago. I love it, but I really wanted a Kitchenaid mixer. Oh, well. It does what I need it to do.

I love my can opener. It’s a Gizmo. It’s so convenient and cute! I have a charger for it, so I don’t have to always keep it plugged in or put new batteries in it.

I also have a Gizmo brand dressing mixer. It’s really handy for homemade dressing. I twist the top off and store it in my fridge so I can just pop it back on the machine and mix everything together again.

My toaster, hand-mixer (which is actually my roommate’s b/c I blew up the last one making cookies), and electrical food chopper are all from Wal-Mart. Nothing really special about them, they just get the job done.

I also have a hand powered food chopper from Pampered Chef. (Love Pampered Chef!)

I have a waffle iron that is Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too from the Disney Store (talk about a random splurge).

I want to try to introduce some new tools and gadgets on this website, along with new recipes to try out. I’ve been thinking of my focus for this little blog. I would like to target people just like me. People willing to try new things, but want an honest opinion about it, rather than a “you-must-buy-this-or-try-this-because-it’s-the-best-thing-ever” sales pitch from someone that’s trying to sell you something you don’t need even though you just need something basic. I’m not married, I live on my own, and I love to cook. The end.