Peanut Butter Cookies

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These are my favorite peanut butter cookies. I wouldn’t kick you out of bed for putting chocolate chips in them. This recipe is from the Fannie Farmer cookbook, one of my favorite cookbooks of all time.

  • 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup peanut butter (I prefer Trader Joe’s salted creamy)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (optional)
  • extra 1/2 cup granulated sugar for coating fork

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment or grease lightly.

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, and beat well, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Add peanut butter and beat to blend. Add baking soda and flour and stir to combine well. Add chocolate chips if using.

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Brownies

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These are everything I want in a brownie. My sister-in-law, Lindsay, kept trying different brownie recipes until she found her favorite, and her dedication paid off. Now it is the favorite of everyone I know. This recipe is from King Arthur. Himself.

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups dutch-process cocoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose or a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used mint chips, pictured)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease, or line with a foil sling, a 9×13″ pan.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add sugar and stir until hot but not bubbling. Remove from heat. Stir in cocoa, baking powder, salt and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, and whisk until incorporated. Stir in flour and chocolate chips…

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Bran Muffins

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These muffins are super moist, light, and delicious. Mix them by hand in a large bowl, bake what you want, then refrigerate the batter for up to 2 weeks and bake them as needed. This is my mom’s recipe.

  • 3 cups All Bran cereal
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (you can substitute up to 1 cup whole wheat flour)
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease or line your muffin tin.

In a large bowl, mix bran with hot water until moistened. Stir in brown sugar. Add buttermilk, eggs and oil, stirring until well combined. Add flour and baking soda, then raisins, if desired.

Scoop batter into greased muffin cups, filling about 3/4 full. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the tops spring back when touched. Serve…

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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These muffins pop up in my kitchen and my sister-in-law’s kitchen frequently – pretty much whenever there are 3 ripe bananas that need to be used. They stay moist and are kinda healthy.

This recipe is from King Arthur Whole Grain Baking.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (3 large)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, banana and honey and mix until smooth. Beat in eggs. Whisk dry ingredients together. Add to egg mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Remove from mixer and give a good stir to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated.

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Breakfast Sausage Sliders

What's for Dinner Moms?

Saturday morning breakfasts usually are rather simple in our house. We are usually running to some place or other. But, this week we had NOTHING! I had a package of Hawaiian rolls to use up so I picked up a roll of breakfast sausage to make some breakfast sandwiches for the kids. They were a nice start to our day. We had a nice sit down breakfast and then headed out to clean, get homework done and my daughter went to work. Perfect start to our day.

Verdict:

I make these from time to time with different fillings. I only had 9 slices of sausage so three of the rolls were just egg and cheese on the rolls. The egg and cheese rolls were delicious too. The sausage was good but a bit heavy for me. The kids really liked it.

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Blueberry Muffins

What's for Dinner Moms?

blueberry-muffins

I am not big on making breakfast during the week. Cereal, toast, eggs or oatmeal but that is about it. We have a couple big bag of blueberries in the freezer and my daughter really wanted to make muffins. I had her defrost a couple of cups of the berries to make some muffins to have for breakfast during the week.

I am thinking of taking this recipe next week and doubling it using half for blueberry muffins and maybe half for chocolate chip and nuts. That way there are choices for everyone too.

Verdict:

I am not a big fan of muffins because I think they are basically cupcakes for breakfast. These are NOT healthy muffins but I actually liked these though because they weren’t very sweet.  The blueberries were definitely the star of the show in these muffins. The blueberries were nicely distributed through the muffins and didn’t…

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Fighting the Breakfast Rush – Banana Muffins

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Banana Muffins

Today my daughter turns 16! Sixteen, it seems impossible. Everyone told me, “Enjoy it all time will fly past you and before you know it they are grown.”  I am thanking God that I have enjoyed each and every moment. Oh, they weren’t always easy moments but from the beginning when she was very sick and I told God that even if he took her then that I was so thankful that I got to be her Mommy even for those ten days that I was grateful beyond belief and that if there were more days I would look at each and everyone as a special gift no matter how long she was here with us. She truly has been an amazing gift. When people talk about the terrible twos, threes, tweens, and teens, I smile. They weren’t that terrible at all but a chance for the two of us to…

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Old Fashioned Banana Bread

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Old Fashioned Banana Bread

Growing up we had a few cookbooks. One which I remember clearly to this day is the 1972 Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. This is the cookbook that I learned to bake from. If we wanted cakes or cookies growing up we baked them from scratch. Whenever I mention this cookbook everyone says, “We had that too!” I don’t think kids today will have the memories of Mom’s cookbooks. It will be Mom’s Pinterest account they remember. I collect older cookbooks so my kids are very familiar with recipe cards and old-fashioned directions such as cream the butter and sugar together. I hope they love them some day as much as I do.

I make homemade Banana Bread from time to time but it usually has butter and more bananas than this recipe. As I was beating the banana bread it had the light flavor I remember from being a kid. So…

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Banana Cupcakes

What's for Dinner Moms?

Our grocery store has a spot for bananas that they sell much cheaper than the other bananas because they are just starting to get spots on them and most people won’t buy them. If you are willing to make something right away or take them home and freeze them they can be a great buy! Usually they are $.25-$.30 a pound. These banana cupcakes are a good use of bananas that are really ripe. The flavor is more intense and they are nice and sweet!

Verdict:

These were delicious! I love buttercream frosting and the banana flavor was perfect to me. The kids gobbled these down. They were gone in 2 days! I liked that they weren’t overly sweet but were fairly light and fluffy. Make sure you beat them well between each addition to add air to the batter to raise well.

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