your homebased mom http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne Wilkes Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:44:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/cinnamon-chocolate-chip-cookies/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/cinnamon-chocolate-chip-cookies/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:00:19 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=31937 Cinnamon Chocolate Chip CookiesMy chocolate chip cookie addiction continues. I just can’t help myself.  I find a new chocolate chip cookie recipe and I just have to try.  Could it possibly be better than my favorite chocolate chip cookie? I was browsing through a fun cookbook the other day and found a recipe for a chocolate chip cookie recipe that used cinnamon.  I was intrigued and decided I must try it.  Truth be told I am not a big fan of spice flavored cookies but the addition of cinnamon into a chocolate chip [Continue Reading...]

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Cinnamon Chocolate Chip CookiesMy chocolate chip cookie addiction continues.

I just can’t help myself.  I find a new chocolate chip cookie recipe and I just have to try.  Could it possibly be better than my favorite chocolate chip cookie?

I was browsing through a fun cookbook the other day and found a recipe for a chocolate chip cookie recipe that used cinnamon.  I was intrigued and decided I must try it.  Truth be told I am not a big fan of spice flavored cookies but the addition of cinnamon into a chocolate chip cookie really works.  I was a little worried about it so I only added the cinnamon to half of the dough.  Didn’t want to totally ruin a perfectly good batch of cookie dough. I figured if I didn’t like the cinnamon I still had half a batch of cookie dough!

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Well, it worked!  The addition of the cinnamon to the cookie was delicious!  Texture is just as important to me in a chocolate chip cookie as flavor is and I loved the texture of this cookie.

It is a flatter cookie with nice crisp edges but with a chewy center.

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip CookiesThe cookie was quite  lovely dunked in a cold glass of milk or just by itself.  It was a nice change from an ordinary chocolate chip cookie.  Spice it up the next time you make cookies and try these Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

For other yummy chocolate chip cookies try these:

Chocolate Chip Nutella Cookies - Triple Chocolate Chip Malt with Sea SaltCaramel, Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip cookies

 

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 C old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 C white chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line baking sheets with parchment or grease
  • Cream together butter and sugars until smooth
  • Add egg and extract. Beat until creamy
  • Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Add in chocolate chips
  • Place walnut size scoops of dough on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 11-14 minutes or until flattened, lightly browned.
  • Cool on sheet for 5 minutes and remove to cooling rack.

Receipe adapted from The Homesick Texan’s Family Table.

Enjoy!

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Brussels Sprouts SaladIt always seem strange when I write or type the word brussels.  It seems like it shouldn’t have an s at the end but it really does – it is brussels.  I have kind of fallen in love with these cute little fellas.  I am even growing them in my garden this year and they have been so fun to watch.  If you have never seen a brussels sprout plant before the leaves are huge and it seems like nothing else is going to happen until the little round sprouts start to form along the stem of the plant.  While I’m waiting for my brussels sprouts to grow I’ve been trying out lots of recipes using store bought brussels sprouts. Brussels Sprouts Salad Most people wrinkle up their nose when  you mention brussels sprouts.  I use to do the same thing and I had never even tasted brussels sprouts before a few months ago.  They really get a bad rap!

I’ve shared a few different brussels sprout recipes here on the blog including these Teriyaki Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts and these Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts. A few months ago I took the Teriyaki Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts to our monthly Empty Nesters Family Home Evening  potluck dinner.  As soon as some of the people saw that they were brussels sprouts they decided they weren’t going to like them.  For this month’s get together I decided I needed to give brussels sprouts a go again but  decided to see if I could sneak it by them in the form of a salad. Brussels Sprouts Salad As soon as I put the salad on the table one of the men asked “what is it?”  I think they were leery after last month.  I told them they had to taste it first and then I would tell them.  The fact that there was bacon on top made them a little more agreeable to try it!  After they all tried it I told them what it was – brussels sprouts and they were all surprised.  Surprised but they ate it and actually liked it! To make the shredded brussels sprouts I used a knife to thinly slice half of the sprouts and then I put the other half through my food processer so I had a little variance in texture.  It really didn’t take long to slice them up. _DSC0756 I made a dressing of lemon juice, orange juice, shallot and olive oil.  And then topped the salad with avocado, bacon and almonds.  Just pretend those walnuts in the picture are almonds.  I changed my mind at the last minute and used toasted almonds instead although walnuts would be good too! Brussels Sprouts SaladI then gave it a finishing touch with some grated Parmesan Cheese on the top.  I loved it and will definitely be making it again once my very own brussels sprouts are ready to harvest! Brussels Sprouts Salad

 

For other yummy salad recipes try:

Willamette Valley SaladCaesar Pasta Salad - BLT Salad

 

Brussels Sprout Salad

Ingredients

    Dressing
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 C olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Salad
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 dozen brussels sprouts
  • 1 C toasted slivered almonds
  • 1 C grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced

Instructions

  • Combine juices, shallots, olive oil and salt and pepper.
  • Stir together until it emulsifies and becomes creamy looking
  • With a knife, thinly slice half of the brussels sprouts and put the other half through the food processor with the grater attachment.
  • Add desired amount of dressing to brussels sprouts.
  • Add bacon, avocado, almonds and cheese.

recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum 

 

 

Enjoy!

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Inspiration Monday Linky Party http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/inspiration-monday-linky-party-17/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/inspiration-monday-linky-party-17/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:00:38 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=32009 summer craft night projectsIt’s an end of the month #InspirationMonday party! That means we have guest hosts AND a super fun giveaway! We’re so happy you are joining us today. This week, your links are seen simultaneously on all SEVEN blogs at the same time, all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites. And if you’re linking up via our guest hosts, The Crafty Lumberjacks, WELCOME! And hello to all of you linking up from any of our sites! We just {heart} partying with you every week! We love to feature [Continue Reading...]

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It’s an end of the month #InspirationMonday party! That means we have guest hosts AND a super fun giveaway! We’re so happy you are joining us today. This week, your links are seen simultaneously on all SEVEN blogs at the same time, all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.

And if you’re linking up via our guest hosts, The Crafty Lumberjacks, WELCOME! And hello to all of you linking up from any of our sites! We just {heart} partying with you every week!

We love to feature your projects during the duration of the party via social media.To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. Feel free to follow along via our blogs below:

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Rice Cooker Mac & Cheese http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/rice-cooker-mac-cheese/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/rice-cooker-mac-cheese/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:00:47 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=31949 Rice Cooker Mac & CheeseDoesn’t every kid love macaroni & cheese.  I know I did as a kid and my kids loved it.  My preferred way of eating it though always included ketchup.  Mac & cheese always seemed to be a go to dinner or lunch because it was so easy – just grab that blue box, add some milk and you were set. Today I’ve got a better option for you.  It’s just as easy, it tastes better (no ketchup needed) and the kids can do it themselves!  The beauty of this recipe [Continue Reading...]

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Rice Cooker Mac & CheeseDoesn’t every kid love macaroni & cheese.  I know I did as a kid and my kids loved it.  My preferred way of eating it though always included ketchup.  Mac & cheese always seemed to be a go to dinner or lunch because it was so easy – just grab that blue box, add some milk and you were set.

Today I’ve got a better option for you.  It’s just as easy, it tastes better (no ketchup needed) and the kids can do it themselves!  The beauty of this recipe is that it is done in a rice cooker, a much safer option for kids as they don’t have to use the stove.

I had my little helper Addy in the kitchen again.   Homemade macaroni & cheese was one of the things on the list she wanted to learn to make.  What kid doesn’t love mac & cheese!

The cooking times for this recipe may vary a bit depending on your rice cooker.  So the first time you make it you will want to keep an eye on it.

Rice Cooker Mac & Cheese

Addy added the chicken broth and the pasta into the rice cooker.  We used macaroni. Even though the recipe I wrote on the table says 1 1/2 C of chicken broth I ended up using 2 C.

Rice Cooker Mac & Cheese

We then let it cook until all the liquid is absorbed.  For my rice cooker it took about 15 minutes.  This is where you will have to watch it the first time to see when the liquid is absorbed.  As soon as the liquid is absorbed you will add in the milk and cheese.   The pasta may still be a little al dente at this point but it will cook with the milk and soften up more.

Rice Cooker Mac & CheeseThe hardest part of this recipe is waiting for it to finish cooking!

Rice Cooker Mac & Cheese

I bet they clean their plate!
Rice Cooker Mac & Cheese

I prefer my mac & cheese to be a little drier but if you like it more creamy just add in a little extra milk.

Rice Cooker Mac & Cheese

Check out these other posts in the Kids Can Cook series:

Bread in a Bag

Bread in A Bag Collage 2

Chocolate Snack Cake

Chocolate Snack Cake

Fruit Flavored Milk

Fresh fruit flavored milkl

Rice Cooker Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 C pasta
  • 2 C chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 1/2 C shredded cheese. I used a combo of cheddar and mozzarella

Instructions

  • Place pasta, salt and chicken broth in rice cooker.
  • Cook until liquid is absorbed. Watch to see how long your rice cooker takes. Mine took about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in milk and cheese.
  • Allow to cook for another 15 minutes.

Recipe adapted from weelicious

Enjoy!

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Ooey, Gooey Chocolate Chip And Toffee Bars http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/ooey-gooey-chocolate-chip-toffee-bars/ http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/ooey-gooey-chocolate-chip-toffee-bars/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:00:53 +0000 http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/?p=30724 Chocolate Chip and Toffee BarsI’ve just got one word to say about these ooey, gooey chocolate chip and toffee bars. Danger! They are full of chocolate, toffee bits and ooey, gooey goodness.   The ooey gooey part is provided by the sweetened condensed milk which is spread in the middle of the bar. The sweetened condensed milk turns into caramel as it bakes and makes these bars pretty much irresistible!  I only make these if I can going to have company or have to take a treat somewhere or else I would eat the [Continue Reading...]

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Chocolate Chip and Toffee Bars

I’ve just got one word to say about these ooey, gooey chocolate chip and toffee bars.

Danger!

They are full of chocolate, toffee bits and ooey, gooey goodness.   The ooey gooey part is provided by the sweetened condensed milk which is spread in the middle of the bar.

Chocolate Chip and Toffee Bars

The sweetened condensed milk turns into caramel as it bakes and makes these bars pretty much irresistible!  I only make these if I can going to have company or have to take a treat somewhere or else I would eat the whole pan myself.

The process is easy.  Half of your crumb mixture goes in the bottom of the pan and is baked for a few minutes and then you cover it with chocolate chips, toffee bits and sweetened condensed milk.  Spread with the rest of the crumb mixture and a few more chocolate chips and you are ready to bake.

chocolate and toffee bars

Fresh out of the oven they are warm, ooey and gooey.  Let them cool and set up a bit if you’d like or just dig right in.

Chocolate Chip and Toffee Bars

 

But don’t blame me if you find yourself consuming half the pan yourself.  I gave you fair warning!
Chocolate Chip and Toffee Bars

For other ooey gooey chocolate and toffee goodness check out these:

Chocolate Caramel BrowniesToffee and Chocolate Chip Cookies -  Chocolate Chip and Toffee Scones

PicMonkey Collage

 

This recipe was originally shared at Thirty Handmade Days.

Ooey, Gooey Chocolate Chip And Toffee Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 C flour
  • 2/3 C brown sugar
  • 3/4 C butter
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 (12 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
  • 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 10 oz. Skor toffee bits

Instructions

  • Stir together flour and brown sugar.
  • Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add egg and mix well.
  • Reserve 1 1/2 cups of this mixture and press remaining into a greased 9x13 inch pan.
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 350.
  • Pour milk over hot crust and top with 1 1/2 cups toffee bits.
  • Stir in 1 1/2 c. chocolate chips into reserved crumb mixture
  • Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over top plus remaining chips.
  • Bake 25-30 more minutes.
  • Top with remaining toffee bits.

Enjoy!

Leigh Anne

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