Archive for August, 2011

Meal Plan #6

Here is this week’s meal plan:

Sunday: Steaks with grilled vegetables

Monday: Pulled Beef Sandwiches and a corn and tomato salad

Tuesday: Spaghetti

Wednesday: Hamburgurs

Thursday: Honey Mustard Pork Chops and a green salad

Friday: Homemade Pizza


Zucchini Orange Chocolate Chip Bread

This is a delicious bread with a hint of orange.

Makes 2 loaves


2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup  oil

3 eggs

3 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 teaspoons vanilla

3 teaspoons grated orange peel

2 cups grated zucchini

1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Generously grease two 8 by 4 by 3 inch loaf pans.  (The bread will stick if the pans aren’t greased enough.)

Mix together the sugar and oil, then add the eggs.

Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, vanilla, and orange peel.

Stir in the zucchini, nuts, and chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans.

Bake for about 1 hour.


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Huckleberry Pancakes

Last week my family and I went to visit our cousins.  On the last day we were there, we went huckleberry picking with them.  This is one of the things that we made.

Makes 25 pancakes


3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

3 tablespoons baking powder

3 3/4 teaspoons sugar

3 eggs

3 cups milk

1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted

about 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen huckleberries

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.

In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.

Stir the egg and milk into the flour mixture.

Stir in the melted butter.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium heat.

Scoop about 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake.

Sprinkle about 10-15 huckleberries onto each pancake.

Cook until the bottoms of the pancakes are golden brown, then flip them over and cook until done.

Serve warm.

Note: These are great as blueberry pancakes too.

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Meal Plan #5

Here’s what we are eating this week:

Sunday: Mexican Goulash

Monday: Chuck Roast

Tuesday: Hamburgers

Wednesday-Sunday: Out of town.


Spice up your spaghetti with these delicious meatballs.

Makes 24 meatballs


2 pounds ground beef

1 cup bread crumbs

4 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix all the ingredients together.

Roll the mixture into 2 inch balls and place in two 9 by 13 inch baking dishes.

Cook in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then flip them over and broil on high for 3 minutes or until done.

Transfer the meatballs to your warm spaghetti sauce and let sit for 5-10 minutes.

Serve over spaghetti noodles.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These don’t last long in our house!

Makes 5-6 dozen


1 1/2 cups butter, softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2 cups peanut butter

3 eggs

3 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

3 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2-3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

With an electric mixer, cream the butter and both sugars.

Beat in the peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla.

In another bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt.

Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

And now the best part…EAT!

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Yummy Spice Logs

This is a recipe that I make especially for my grandma.

Make 4 dozen


2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted

chopped nuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk together the flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.  Set aside.

With an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth-about 2 minutes.

Add the vanilla and egg.

Gradually mix in the flour mixture.

Divide the dough into 12 equal sections.

Working with on section at a time, roll each section into a 12 inch log about 1/2 inch in diameter.

Slice the log into four 3 inch pieces and place them on an ungreased baking sheet.

Repeat with the remaining dough.

Bake the cookies until set, about 12 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Dip the one end of the cookies in the melted chocolate, then in the nuts.

Place the dipped cookies on wax paper to cool completely.

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