3/26/15 Chocoflan

Chocoflan is the recipe of the day! This is a mexican dessert recipe and is sort of an involved process to make but it is really good!

Chocoflan  

1/4 cup Cajeta or Caramel Sauce (thick)  (found in International aisle)

10 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 3/4 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

1/3 cup cocoa powder

12 ounces Evaporated milk

14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

4 ounces cream cheese

3   eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla 

1/4 cup cajeta or thick caramel sauce

1/4 cup pecans, chopped

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a bundt pan with a little butter or non-stick spray, then coat bottom with 1/4 cup cajeta and put in a large roasting pan. For cake: Cream butter and sugar in a bowl, then beat in egg. Add in 1/3 of flour, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa. Stir in 1/2 of buttermilk, Repeat. Blend until well mixed.  For the Flan: In a blender combine evaporated milk, condensed milk, cream cheese, eggs and vanilla. Blend on high for 30 seconds.

 

Pour cake mixture into bundt pan spreading evenly. Slowly por the flan mixture over the cake batter. Cover with foil. Add about 1 inch of water to the roasting pan. Carefully slide the pan into the oven. Bake for 1 hour or until the surface of the cake is firm to the touch or a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. When cake is done remove from water bath and cool completely, about 1 hour. Carefully place a rimmed serving platter over the bundt pan and invert. Jiggle a little as needed to get cake to release from pan. Scrape any remaining caramel sauce from then pan and spread onto cake. Drizzle with extra caramel sauce and pecans (if desired). .

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Clean Assignments:

  • Clean out refrigerator – throw away leftovers, etc.

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Meal Planning:

  • Check ads and make grocery list

3/24/15 Crescent Almond Bear Claws

Crescent Almond Bear Claws is the recipe of the day! This is a recipe I got at the grocery store one day when they were trying to sell crescent roll dough and were giving a “free” recipe booklet with the purchase.

These are a great breakfast and even though when first reading it I thought the recipe sounded like it would be hard it really wasn’t and was well worth the time to make!

Crescent Almond Bear Claws

1 egg

3/4 cup almonds, ground

2 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 package crescent rolls

2 tablespoons sliced almonds

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

 Beat egg in a small bowl, reserving 1 tbsp. Stir in ground almonds, flour, powdered sugar, butter and almond extract. Refrigerate mixture for 15 minutes for easier handling.

 Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll crescent roll onto 2 long rectangles. Firmly press perforations to seal. Roll half the almond filling into a 13 inch rope. Place lengthwise down the center of 1 rectangle. with remaining filling and dough. Fold dough over filling pressing the unfolded edges to seal. Cut each strip crosswise into 4 sections. Place on a baking sheet. Cut 4 slashes in each section from the unfolded edge toward the center but not into the filling. Curve each section slightly to fan out and form a claw shape. Brush tops with reserved egg with a pastry brush then sprinkle with sliced almonds and sugar. Bake 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Mop rooms that require mopping
  • Clean mirrors
  • Do laundry– if you are a once a week laundry person

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Meal Planning:

  • Choose meals for next week
  1. Dried Beef Gravy and mashed potatoes
  2. Chicken Cordon Bleu, French Fries
  3. Shrimp Taco Salad
  4. Lasagna, Garlic Bread & Salad
  5. Salmon & Tuna Patties and Fried Sweet Potatoes
  6. Mac & Cheese Soup
  7. Sausage Gravy & Biscuits

 

3/23/15 Butterscotch Popcorn Bars

Butterscotch Popcorn Bars is the recipe of the day! These are so delicious and easy to make they are a little sticky for little ones to eat but so yummy!

Butterscotch Popcorn Bars

2 quarts unsalted popcorn

1 cup salted peanuts

1/2 cup butter

10 1/2 ounces miniature marshmallows

1 cup butterscotch chips

 

In a large bowl, combined the popcorn and peanuts. In a large saucepan over low heat melt butter. Stir in marshmallows and chips until melted and smooth. Pour over popcorn mixture and stir to evenly coat. Immediately pour into a 9 x 13 pan and press down evenly. Cool before cutting.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Vacuum entire house
  • Dust large surface area’s

 

3/22/15 Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies is the recipe of the day! I must admit that I really am not fond of Chocolate Chip cookies so I don’t make them very often but this is a fool proof recipe that I use.  I usually end up burning the cookies because since I don’t like them I tend to wander of while they are baking and forget them and they end up a little (or a lot) crispy!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

1 bag chocolate chips

 

Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips.  Add dry ingredients. Mix well. Drop onto greased cookie sheets and bake at 375 degrees for 8-11 minutes

 

3/21/15 Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars is the recipe of the day! This is a good recipe to whip up on the weekend and have for quick breakfast during the week.

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

4 cups oatmeal

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped

1 cup coconut

3/4 cup butter, melted

3/4 cup orange marmalade

 

In a mixing bowl combine oatmeal, sugar and salt. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well. Press into a greased 10 x 15 in baking pan. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Change & wash sheets
  • Pay bills
  • Clean out purse

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Print Weekly checklist for next week – attached

Weekly checklist

 

3/20/15 Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie is the recipe of the day! This is a favorite of my daughter and nephew so they always request that my Mom or I make it for holiday dinners.

Peanut Butter Pie

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup milk

8 ounces whipped topping

1 chocolate crumb crust

1/4 cup peanuts, chopped

 

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Mix in peanut butter and sugar. Gradually add in milk; mix well. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate overnight. Garnish with peanuts before serving.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Grocery shop and run errands
  • Clean out car

 

 

3/19/15 Dad’s Sugar Cookies

Dad’s Sugar Cookies is the recipe of the day! This is a recipe that my Dad found in a farming magazine years ago and he will still sit at the kitchen table and make them with help from my Mom even now that he is in his 80’s.

Dad’s Sugar Cookies

3 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup oil

2 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

2 teaspoons vanilla

Sugar & Cinnamon topping

 Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Add eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla. When mixed batter will be stiff. Drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Leave plenty of room for spreading. Sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar to top. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 minutes.

 

**To make buttermilk – Put 1 Tablespoon white vinegar in 1 cup measuring cup and then add milk to equal 1 cup. Let sit 15-20 minutes before using.  

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Clean Assignments:

  • Clean out refrigerator – throw away leftovers, etc.

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Meal Planning:

  • Check ads and make grocery list

 

3/18/15 Brown Sugar Muffins

Brown Sugar Muffins are the recipe of the day! These are a great breakfast muffin on sweet treat for in the evening.

Brown Sugar Muffins

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 egg

1 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup fruit – blueberries, strawberries, etc.

 

In a mixing bowl cream shortening and sugar. Add egg, milk, and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture just until combined. Fold in fruit Fill greased or lined muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 400 degrees for 16-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes then remove to wire rack to cool completely.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Water plants

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Meal Planning:

  • Make ingredient list for checking grocery list

3/17/15 Margarita Pie

Margarita Pie is the recipe of the day! This is a nonalcoholic recipe even though the name implies differently. I thought since it was St. Patrick’s Day this would be a great  “GREEN” treat for everyone!

Margarita Pie

1 1/4 cups pretzels, crushed

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup sugar

2 limes

1/4 cup orange juice

1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk

8 ounces Cool Whip®

 

Combine pretzels, butter and sugar in a small bowl. Press into a 9 inch pie plates. Set aside. In a large bowl combine juice of limes, orange juice, sweetened condensed milk and cool whip. Fold gently to combine. Pour filling into crust and refrigerate. Chill at least 30 minutes before serving.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Mop rooms that require mopping
  • Clean mirrors
  • Do laundry– if you are a once a week laundry person

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Meal Planning:

  • Choose meals for next week
  1. BLT’s, Chips & Fresh Veggies
  2. Shake & Bake Chicken, Fries and Cole Slaw
  3. Parmesan Pork Chops, Mac & Cheese and Salad
  4. Cauliflower Ham Chowder
  5. Pork Steak and Fried Cabbage
  6. Taco’s or Taco Salad
  7. Chinese or Pizza carryout

 

 

3/16/15 Brownie Crackles

Brownie Crackles are the recipe of the day! These are one of my favorite cookies, I don’t make them often because if I do I will eat the entire batch!

Brownie Crackles

1 package brownie mix 9×13 size

1 cup flour

1 egg

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup vegetable oil

6 ounces chocolate chips

powdered sugar

 

In a mixing bowl combine brownie mix, flour, egg, water and oil; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Place powdered sugar in a shallow dish. Drop dough by tablespoonful into sugar. roll to coat. Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove to wire rack.

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Clean Assignments:

  • Vacuum entire house
  • Dust large surface area’s