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Fish Mama’s Trail Mix Cookies

In my quest to cook healthier I decided to try the Trail Mix Cookies that Fish Mama posted today. I was wanting to make something for dessert tonight but did not know what. When I saw these on her blog this afternoon I decided to give them a try.

Now, they are still not super healthy. They are still a cookie, but they have quite a bit of whole wheat in them and also 2 cups of oatmeal. So, I thought it was a good start to a healthier cookie. I did not have trail mix so I used some nuts and raisins instead. I also used about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. I may try it next time using 1/2 butter and 1/2 oil.

I will definitely be making these again. My whole family thought they were very good. No one could even tell they had whole wheat in them.
Thank you Fish Mama for sharing.

Waffle Maker

I love this waffle maker. It produces great waffles. They are thick and fluffy and cook up in no time. My husband and kids gave it to me a couple of years ago for Mother’s Day. We have used it a lot. When I make waffles using this it feels like we are eating restaurant waffles, but at home.

My favorite waffle recipe is here.

Memorial Day

Remembering those who died to keep us free!

Frugal Snack or Dessert Idea

This caramel corn is a great frugal snack or dessert idea. The recipe came from my husband’s grandmother. When we got married she gave me her favorite cookbook. She said she really did not cook much anymore and she wanted me to have it. It was a church cookbook from a church they had attended at one point. It is a large cookbook and has lots of good recipes. This is my favorite recipe from that cookbook.

I made this recently for a movie night with the kids. I had not told them we were going to have a movie night but when they saw me making caramel corn they knew we were going to have one. So, for a frugal movie night at home, get a movie from the library and make a big batch of this. It is a great treat or snack for a movie or anytime.

My tip on this recipe is it is easier to stir the hot caramel sauce into the popcorn if you have two people. It just makes it easier to get it well coated. This recipe is easy but if you have never made anything like it before I would suggest you 1/2 it the first time in order to get the idea about stirring all the sauce around. And one more thing, yes the caramel sauce bubbles up when you add the baking soda to it. It is supposed to do that.

Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Treats

We like peanut butter around our house. If you add chocolate it makes it even better. My husband thinks peanut butter is good on just about anything. Well, not quite anything but most things.

I found this recipe some time ago. I took it recently to a church barbecue. They were a hit.

Favorite Kitchen Tool

My favorite kitchen tool is my Kitchen Aid Mixer. I received this as a wedding gift almost 14 years ago. I has made my life in the kitchen so much easier. From making cookies, to cakes, to breads. It is so much easier when you have a tool like this. I know this is not in everyone’s budget but if you can someone day get one it is a tool you will use a lot.
For more great tool ideas see lifeasmom.com.

Skillet Bow Tie Lasagna

This is a great one pot, quick, and easy dinner. I love this recipe when you need to make dinner in 30 minutes or less. You can have this on the table in 30 minutes.

If you add salad you have a great meal. Recipes like this are great for busy days. Most of the ingredients are things you usually have on hand.

Martha Stewart’s Banana Bread

Martha Stewart’s Banana Bread recipe is my all time favorite banana bread to make!

Martha Stewart's Banana Bread Recipe

This is my favorite banana bread recipe. I make it more often then any other banana bread I have tried.

It came out of Martha Stewart’s Entertaining Cookbook which was her first book back in 1982. Martha Stewart likes to make her recipes just a little different then the average one. This one is no exception.

Banana Bread

Martha takes a basic banana bread and makes it special by adding sour cream to it. Yes, it makes it less healthy and more cake like, but it is so good!

I have made this recipe for years. It is my favorite. I have served this so many times and people always ask me for the recipe. After they make it, it quickly becomes their favorite as well.

When I have enough ripe bananas I love to double this recipe so that I have a loaf to put in the freezer for an easy breakfast or dessert.

Banana Bread

My kids get confused with banana bread. They can never figure out what it is. One time I will serve it for breakfast, then another time I will serve it with a meal, and yet another time I will serve it for dessert. Breakfast, side dish, or dessert whatever you choose it is delicious!

Banana Bread

This recipe also works well gluten free. I now use Bob’s Red Mill’s 1 to 1 Gluten Free Blend and it works great too. It is so good no one will know it is gluten free!

The Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Martha Stewart's Banana Bread Recipe
Martha Stewart’s Banana Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
A delicious banana bread and a great way to use up overripe bananas.
Servings: 6
Author: Lynn's Kitchen Adventures
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend works well for a gf version
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl cream butter, sugar, and eggs.

  3. In another bowl combine the dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture. Mix well.

  4. Add the bananas, sour cream, and vanilla. Stir well.
  5. Stir in the nuts if using. Pour into a well greased loaf pan.
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes then turn onto a rack to cool.
  7. Slice and enjoy!

 

The original picture I posted in 2008.

Homemade Waffles

Need an easy homemade breakfast that your kids will love? Make homemade waffles. 

Homemade Waffles

Homemade waffles are so much better than the store bought frozen kind. Yes, I know the frozen ones in the box are easy, but homemade is almost always better. 

I think I was an adult the first time I had those famous frozen waffles. I am pretty sure it was after I was married and I found out my husband loved them. Or at the time he loved them. He now prefers my homemade ones. 

My mom bought very little packaged or processed food when I was growing up. We never had pudding from the box and we never had frozen waffles. 

Homemade Waffles

We had pudding and we had waffles, but it was homemade pudding and homemade waffles. 

Most kids go crazy over homemade cookies, homemade bread, and homemade breakfasts. My sisters and I went crazy for the store bought stuff because we rarely had it. Store bought desserts and breakfast foods were a treat for us. And I am glad they were. 

My mom cooked that way mainly out of necessity. It was cheaper, but I am thankful for it because it gave my sisters and I a love of real food.

It also gave us all a love for homemade food and for cooking. We know what the real stuff tastes like and we almost always prefer the homemade version. 

My sisters and I all love to cook and bake and we often exchange recipes. This waffle recipe is an example of that. My sister shared it with me years ago. It was a favorite in her family and it quickly became a favorite in ours. 

Homemade Waffles

One of the things that I love about this recipe is that it is easy to adapt to make it work for us. 

I used to make this with all purpose flour or with part whole wheat. I now use Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour blend to make it gluten free. 

The recipe contains oil, so it is also an easy recipe to make dairy free by using a dairy free milk. The dairy free version does not brown up quite the same, but they are still really good. I like to make a big batch of the dairy free ones to keep in the freezer for my daughter to have on hand when the rest of us are eating a dairy filled breakfast. 

Homemade Waffles

Can you freeze waffles? 

Yes, yes you can. Waffles freeze well and make a great make ahead breakfast. Make a big batch on the weekend and freeze them for easy breakfast during the week. 

How To Freeze Waffles

My favorite way to freeze waffles is to let them cool completely. I lay them out on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer for an hour or two. Once they are firm I place them in zip top bags and place them in the freezer. You can take them out and reheat them for breakfast as needed. 

Need a waffler maker? 

I have two waffles irons. One is a Belgium style one that I love. I also have a basic waffle iron that I use when I am making a lot of waffles or when I am making two different versions. 

Homemade Waffles

 

Homemade Waffles

Homemade Waffles

Easy homemade waffles are better than the store bought frozen kind.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour ( You can use part whole wheat flour or a gluten free flour blend for a gf version.)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together the milk, oil, and eggs until well combined.
  3. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture. Whisk until combined.
  4. Let batter sit about 5 minutes or while waffle iron heats.
  5. Cook on waffle iron as directed.

 

Replacing Gas Grill Grates

We bought a gas barbecue grill about three years ago. We have used it a lot. It is something we have really enjoyed having. We use it at least once a week, nine months of the year. By the end of last summer the grates on the grill looked like this:

Pretty bad wasn’t it. Not only did it look bad, the food really stuck to it. It was hard to flip things over because they would stick or you would get part of the coating that was coming off on your food.

We decided we really needed to do something about it in order to be ready for grilling this spring and summer. The rest of the grill is still in very good condition. We did not want to have to replace the whole grill just because the grates were bad. We checked around at several stores and discovered that our grill was an odd size so new grates were hard to find. I looked around online for them and found that they were over $100 to replace. At this point I was beginning to think we would just have to replace the grill. I decided to call the manufacture of the grill to see if they would have any advice about replacing them. I found out that through them I could get a replacement set for $50 including shipping. Plus they are now making them out of a better material so they should last longer. Now our grill looks like this:

Much better!

So my frugal tip for today is check around thoroughly when needing to repair or replace an item. It was much cheaper to spend the time finding a replacement for the grill grates than it was to replace the whole grill.

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