breakfast · Easy recipe

Yummy Peanut Butter Granola

I’ve shared several recipes for granola here like this one that is a favorite for my husband, but I recently was out of my normal ingredients so I looked for a recipe that I could make with things I had on hand.  I came across a Peanut Butter Granola that honestly tastes like a Peanut Butter Cookie crumbled up!  However, it has Coconut oil and oats, so that makes it a bit more healthy! This is perfect to eat alone or on top of fruit and yogurt.  I tweaked the recipe a bit and here’s what I came up with:

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Peanut Butter Granola

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup  peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 Cup mini Chocolate Chips

INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, salt, and cinnamon.
  1. Stir in peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla. Tip:  If you melt the coconut oil in a measuring cup first, then use that same measuring cup for the honey, it will slide right out!
  2. Once fully combined, press onto lined parchment paper – spread into flat layer.
  3. Baked for 18-22 minutes or until starting to turn golden brown.
  4. While it’s slightly warm, add chocolate chips and let cool. Once cooled completely, break granola apart.

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I store mine in a seal-tight container on the counter.

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I sprinkle a tablespoon over my morning yogurt for a little sweetness and crunch. What a yummy way to start the day!

Refresh your breakfast with homemade granola!

denise a

Easy recipe · Valentine's Day

My Husband Cooked Valentine’s Day Dinner!

I married a guy who has learned to handle himself in the kitchen at breakfast time with great variety and expertise. I’ve been the recipient many times of his French toast, scrambled eggs or egg sandwiches, but to expect that he could make a supper beyond grilled hamburgers was beyond wishful thinking!

However, this past Monday night I got a text early in the morning,

Valentine’s Dinner will be served tonight at 5:00 in front of the fire place.  I will be wearing jeans and a jacket.

What?!  I could hardly wait for suppertime!!  I went out in the afternoon to run some errands, and when I came home, this is what I found waiting for me ~

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His menu came from Food Network and were Ree Drummond’s recipes.

Steak with Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Frites with Easy Hollandaise
Blue Cheese Wedge Salad
Toasted Bread

You can find the whole list of menu items and the recipes he used here.

I’m telling you, a restaurant meal couldn’t have touched what my husband made!  The steak, the potatoes, the salad…it was all absolutely delicious!   Be sure to check out the simple recipe for Hollandaise Sauce.  It made those potatoes out of this world (and I even dipped my steak bites in it!).  Wow.  So good!

 

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The pitcher below was full of that delectable Hollandaise Sauce!! (There was lots left over!!)Valentines 2019 2

What steakhouse could do better than this Wedge salad?

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These cute salt and pepper shakers were a gift to me from Dale several years ago.  I thought it was so sweet that he put them on the table.

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The chef himself…

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After supper we played a game of Take 2 – a shortened version of Scrabble.

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Valentine’s Dinner at home is the best! Why?

  • You get that “good table” by the fireplace
  • It’s quiet
  • It’s cost effective!
  • You get to pick the music that’s played
  • You can sit and relax at the table as long as you want without being glared at by a waitress who’s ready for you to leave!
  • You get to eat the leftovers the next day!
  • You get to spend time together unhurried and reflectively to play a game and just chat.
  • You get to see that your husband is an outstanding chef AND that there are great sites out there to help any fledgling cook!

This guy sure surprised me!  Who knows?  He might start a recipe page on his blog!  Just kidding, but I’m sure proud of his loving efforts.  It’s just proof that if you really want to learn to cook, you can!  He said the Food Network instructions were easy to follow and helped him make a successful supper!

I just had to brag on my sweet husband.  Thanks for letting me share our special time together. What’s keeping you from learning some new tricks in the kitchen?

With love from his country kitchen,

denise a

Dinner · Easy recipe

Roasted Salmon Tacos

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I’ve recently been watching Barefoot Contessa while I’m working in the kitchen.  I watch her on You Tube and I love that because there are no commercials!  It’s just recipe after wonderful recipe pouring out of her lovely kitchen.  She always inspires me to cook!!

I recently saw her make these Salmon Tacos and knew I had to try them.  Wow!  Are they good!  There’s a tangy dill slaw that adds a nice little crunch to the slightly spicy salmon.

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