Sunday, October 13, 2013



Mary Lou


2 1/2 cups almond flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups carrots, peeled and grated
1 large apple, peeled, cored and grated
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup raisins
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons honey (optional)
1/2 cup coconut or olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a standard-sized muffin pan.
2. Combine almond flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  Add carrot, apple, coconut and raisins and combine well.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, honey, oil and vanilla extract together.
4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and mix very well. The batter will be very thick.
5. Spoon the batter out into muffin pan and place on upper or middle rack of your oven for 40-50 minutes.
6. When a toothpick inserted into the top of a muffin comes out clean, the muffins are done.
7. Cool muffins in the pan for 8-10 minutes and then remove to a rack to finish cooling.

**If you are looking for variety, sub out currants or chopped dates for the raisins.  You can also add a little orange zest to give them a bit more citrus flavor.

Perfect Potato Soup

Perfect Potato Soup

Pioneer Woman

Prep Time
Cook Time
Servings 12 Difficulty Easy


  • 6 slices Thin Bacon, Cut Into 1-inch Pieces
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
  • 3 whole Carrots, Scrubbed Clean And Diced
  • 3 stalks Celery, Diced
  • 6 whole Small Russet Potatoes, Peeled And Diced
  • 8 cups Low Sodium Chicken Or Vegetable Broth
  • 3 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • ½ cups Heavy Cream
  • ½ teaspoons Salt, More To Taste
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • ½ teaspoons Cajun Spice Mix
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Fresh Parsley
  • 1 cup Grated Cheese Of Your Choice

Preparation Instructions

Add bacon pieces to a soup pot over medium heat and cook bacon until crisp and fat is rendered. Remove the bacon from the pot and set it aside. Pour off most of the grease, but do not clean the pot.
Return the hot to medium-high heat and add the onions, carrots, and celery. Stir and cook for 2 minutes or so, then add the diced potatoes. Cook for 5 minutes, seasoning with salt, pepper, and Cajun spice.
Pour in the broth and bring it to a gentle boil. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are starting to get tender. Whisk together the flour and the milk, then pour into the soup and allow the soup to cook for another 5 minutes.
Remove half to 2/3 the soup and blend in a blender/food process until completely smooth. Pour it back into the soup pot and stir to combine. Let it heat back up as you taste for seasonings, adding more of what it needs. Stir in cream, then stir in parsley, reserving a little for garnish.
Serve in bowls garnished with parsley, grated cheese and crisp bacon pieces.



1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
3 Tbsp. sugar
4oz fat-free Cool Whip
2 egg whites
1 (18.25 oz) box white cake mix, dry
1 Tbsp cream of tartar
2 Tbsp flour
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Spray three cookie sheets with nonfat cooking spray.  In a small bowl mix together the cinnamon and sugar.  In a large mixing bowl combine Cool Whip, egg whites, cake mix, cream of tartar and flour.  The dough will be stiff, but still sticky to the touch.  Spray your hands with nonfat cooking spray and roll 1 rounded teaspoon of dough at a time in your hands to form a ball.  Roll the ball in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place on the prepared baking sheets.  Bake for 7 minutes.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Simple Vanilla Ice Cream

Simple Vanilla Ice Cream - 14 Servings
Cuisinart Original Recipe

1-1/2 cups whole milk
1-1/8 cups granulated sugar
3 cups heavy cream
1-1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract


In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed to combine the milk and granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Turn the machine on; pour the mixture into freezer bowl, and let mix until thickened, about 20 to 25 minutes. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

Microwave Single Serving Dessert

Microwave Single Serving Dessert

You need two boxes of cake mix. One can be any flavor you prefer, but the other MUST be Angel Food cake mix. Mix them together (shake them in a big bowl). Then simply store the mixture in an airtight container until you get the urge for dessert. Then just put three Tbsp. of the dry mixture in a big coffee mug and stir in 2 Tbsp of water. Microwave it for one minute and you will have a single serving of cake! Top with fruit, ice cream, whipped cream or whatever! Awesome for those of us who want something sweet every now without making an entire cake!!!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Condensed “Cream of Anything” Soup

Condensed “Cream of Anything” Soup
1 cup cold milk
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp chicken bouillon
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
In a small saucepan, whisk milk and cornstarch till well blended.
Stir in butter, bouillon, salt, and pepper.
Heat to a boil, stirring frequently. Simmer on low for one minute more to thicken.
Use in recipes to replace one can of cream of anything soup.
Stir in a drained 4 ounce can of mushroom pieces to the recipe above.
Use in recipes in place of one can of Cream of Mushroom Soup.
Stir in 1/2 cup cooked chicken pieces to the recipe above.
Use in recipes in place of one can of Cream of Chicken Soup.

Stir in 1/2 cup sautéed chopped celery to the recipe above.
Use in recipes in place of one can of Cream of Celery Soup.

Honey Lemon Grilled Chicken Recipe

Honey Lemon Grilled Chicken Recipe


  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/3 Cup Honey
  • 1/4-1/3 Cup Fresh Basil, Chiffonade
  • 6 Boneless Chicken Thighs

  • Whisk together the honey, zest and lemon juice. Reserve a few tablespoons in a separate bowl.
  • Place the chicken and marinade in a dish and cover. Refrigerate for 1-6 hours.
  • Heat the grill to medium high heat and add the chicken. Cook for 4-6 minutes and flip. Baste with extra marinade and cook an additional 4-6 minutes depending on thickness. Remove from the grill and tent with foil for 3-5 minutes to allow juices to redistribute.
  • Sprinkle with fresh basil and enjoy!

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Chicken Broccoli Casserole
3 cups cooked shredded chicken
2 cups cooked and chopped broccoli
2 cans cream chicken soup
1/2 cup sour cream
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1/2 stick butter, melted

Combine chicken, broccoli, cream soup, sour cream and pepper (to taste) in a bowl. Add in 1 cup cheddar cheese. Pour into a 2 qt baking dish. Top with remaining cheese. In a bowl combine butter and and bread crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes, until bubbly and cheese is melted.