Cranberry Topped Cinnamon Muffins

Now that the kids are back to school these cranberry topped cinnamon muffins make the morning routine a lot easier. Filled with fruit and very filling. These muffins help me get out the door quickly because breakfast is already done.

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Oven Fried Chicken

It’s fair to say that fried chicken is a very American dish. That is until I discovered it was more of a Scottish dish brought to North America and remixed. Then it was taken by Southern Americans and made into what it is today. Well thank goodness for the Scottish. Don’t be fooled, this oven fried chicken is crunchy and moist.

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Coconut Blueberry Popsicles

It’s the summer and I can’t believe I haven’t made popsicles yet. I started making popsicles because I wanted something healthy for mini me and I could use the fruit we had in our garden. We’ve been working really hard on our garden and within the last two years we’ve had a nice crop of fruits and vegetables. I was feeding the family (and the neighbors) lots of fruits and vegetables for fear of them going bad. My friend suggested I make ice pops. She said it was really easy. Half yogurt or fruit juice and half fruit. I figured I could do that… it wouldn’t take that much time. So I ran with it. It took me a minute to figure out how to get it out of the mold but I did it.

It’s funny how life is so connected. When I went to make these for my mini me, I must have been a little nostalgic of my life in New York City. One of my favorite things about summer when I lived there was fruit pops. I don’t remember the name of the company that made them. It may not even exist anymore for all I know but I loved the coconut fruit bar and so I set out to make my own.

Side Note: These are Coconut Blueberry Pops at the request of my little one. If I had my way it would just be coconut but gotta keep the little one happy. 🙂

Coconut Blueberry Popsicles

makes 6 popsicles


Ingredients

6 oz of Coconut Yogurt

6 oz of Blueberries

4 oz of Coconut Flakes

4 oz of Coconut Milk


Directions

Mix coconut yogurt, blueberries and coconut flakes together. Stir gently as to not break the the blueberries.

Next add the coconut milk and stir gently. Use a spoon to scoop the mixture into the mold. Leave at least 1/2 inch at the top. It allows the mixture to have room to expanded without making a mess in your freezer. With the molds I have this equals 4 popsicles.

Place the mold in the freezer for at least 5 hours.

Once the pops have set, run the bottom under warm water to loosen the popsicle.

Sit outside and and enjoy!!

Banana Bread with Bacon Maple Syrup

You’d probably never guess it but we typically eat pretty healthy here. I’m always looking for great healthy dishes to feed to the family. So I was extremely happy when a colleague of mine gave me several gluten free and dairy free cookbooks. This one recipe for banana bread looked good so I tried it. I mixed up several different flours to create the gluten free flour to make the dish. Then I mashed the bananas and added eggs and vanilla. I even added maple syrup instead of sugar. That’s right… I went super healthy on that banana bread.

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Bacon and Tomato Grilled Cheese

One go to meal for my mini me is grilled cheese. Just like his momma he loves cheese. There’s something extremely satisfying about ooey gooey cheese and buttered bread. Of course, it’s for the little one so I also try to make sure I’ve included healthy fruits and vegetables somewhere in his meals.

Adding tomatoes became the easy option since we have a little garden in the back of the house. I just walk outside and pluck it off the vine. Of course, if you’ve been reading the blog you’ve noticed that I have a new obsession with baking bacon. I might get passed it, but for now, I’m subscribing to the mantra “Everything is Better with Bacon.”

Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Tomato

Makes 2 Sandwiches

Ingredients:
  • 4 Slices of Bread
  • 4 Slices of Cheddar Cheese Slices
  • 4 Slices of Tomato (sliced thin)
  • 4 Slices of Bacon
  • Softened Butter

Directions:
  • Start by cooking your bacon. (I bake my bacon and it takes about 12 -17 minutes depending on the thickens of the bacon).
  • In a frying pan on medium heat, melt a little butter.
  • Spread a small amount of butter and place in the pan butter side down.
  • After a minute or so the bread will begin to toast in the pan. Once it’s browned flip it over. 
  • Add one slice of cheese to the bread then your sliced tomatoes.
  • Next add your bacon and another slice of cheese.
  • Then place your second slice of bread in the pan buttered side up.
  • Using a spatula flip the whole sandwich. Then with the spatula press down on the sandwich.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes. That should allow the bread to brown and the cheese to melt.

*Note: After talking to some of my friends I have some other options I’m going to try.

1. fried green tomatoes.

2. beef bacon…yum

Herb Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak

Sometimes, all I really want is a good steak. There’s something very filling and fulfilling about a perfectly seasoned steak. And this herb marinated grilled skirt steak is all of that. With the summer heat, cooking outside was very necessary. Luckily, hubby was dying to fire up the grill and there was skirt steak on hand.

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Fourth Filled Trifle

Part of what I love about the summer is the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. This  4th of July weekend my friend is having a huge BBQ. Typically her parties provide an opportunity for friends that have known each other for decades to spend some time together. She always has tons of food and it’s always a great time. We all catch up and get to see each others children.  It really is a wonderful time. But with such a grand list of entrees, I wasn’t sure exactly what I should bring. What do you bring the party that has everything? DESSERT…

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