Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mexican Sopapillas

I've been wanting to make these for a while they are such a treat! Maybe they will be a winter favorite! The kids liked getting to help roll out the dough.

Mexican Sopapillas (I doubled this and gave some for a birthday present)

1pkg. or ( 2 teaspoons of brick yeast its cheaper just store it in the freezer)
1/4 c. lukewarm water
6 tbls. honey
3/4 c. water or milk
1tsp. salt
2 tbsp. butter (good for your teeth)
1 egg, beaten
3c. flour ( I used white whole wheat)
Approximately 2 inches cooking oil or a deep fryer.

Dissolve yeast in water and add honey. Warm butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Then add the egg and butter to your mixer and mix on low add the yeast mixture when it has started to bubble a bit making sure to scrape out all of the honey into the mixing bowl. The slowly add the dry ingredients on a low setting.
Take the dough out and turn it onto a floured board or table and roll it out nice and flat as thin as you can without causing a tear and cut into squares about 1 1/2 to 2 inch squares, rectangles or triangles with your trusty pizza cutter. Some may want to use a thick cookie cutter as well depending on what time you have to play around with such things.
Put your oil on to heat and if you are using your stove it doesn't have to be on the highest setting but you will want to put it on high and then when it starts to heat up turn it down to about 6. Then just put one or two in and turn when they start to plump on one side then allow them to plump on the other side and remove. Serve with a honey and butter mixture or just both separately.  Some were eaten all by themselves. Yum!
This will foster fun memories and maybe stir up some old ones for you to share with your children about eating these sweet treats in your younger years. Treasure the moments.

Easy Granola Bars

We were needing a snack to hold us over until the next meal and I always wanted to come up with a recipe that would work good for our family for Granola Bars. So I did some revising and this one was  a winner!

Here is our new recipe!

Granola Bars:

Ingredient List:
1 cup honey
1/2 cup butter or margarine softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla or imitation vanilla
1 egg
1 cup flour (whatever kind you may have)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt or 1/2 if you like more (gotta have my sea salt)
4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
(anything else that you may have on hand that is granola like ie. nuts, seeds, berries or like us a half cup of peanut butter.
Cream together the wet ingredients then slowly add to your mixed the dry ingredients.  Press the mixture into a large glass casserole and bake on 400 degrees for about 12 minutes or until a lightly browned on top.

Quick Pancakes for the Busy Day!

Today was another one of those days when I had lots to accomplish in a small amount of time because we have Revival all week at our church so I decided to try an experiment. I took a cake mix  that I had left over from a church event and added the eggs and oil and water that it suggested but then I also added a cup of whole wheat flour for better health.

Whole wheat helps clean out the gunk that builds up in our bodies. Then I wanted a more pancake like batter so I added more water about a cup and a half more than was called for on the package and then I stirred it and added some sprinkles of cinnamon to balance out the sugars. Yes, this isn't the most nutritious of breakfasts but it will help speed up your morning in a bind.

After we started eating our delicious pancakes we thought about how good it would have been with some tasty fruit on top. We dreamed about berries and then we dreamed about buying a blue berry tree this next year. Don't forget to dream with your children. Its fun and good for you to envision a future with your children. It's something God does for his children. Jer. 29:11,  Rom.8:28

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