Friday, November 28, 2014

Turkey Wild Rice Soup

Do you have lots of turkey left over after Thanksgiving? Is your family like mine & they start complaining after 1 meal of turkey sandwiches that "they don't like turkey" or "leftovers AGAIN"?  This soup is the perfect remedy, it uses up some of the turkey you have left in the fridge and the family will think its something 'new' and might not even realize that its leftovers again.

The flavor is reminiscent of pot pie and is just the thing for a cold day.  If you want a soupier soup don't add the cream cheese.  If its still not soupie enough add more broth. No peas in the freezer, leave them out and the soup will still be delicious.This is a recipe you can use all winter substituting leftover chicken instead of turkey.  Add some rolls or bread and your family will happily eat leftovers.

Stay warm, enjoy the leftovers and may you have a sweet morning!!

Turkey Wild Rice Soup

2 Tbsp butter
½ lb diced carrots
½ small onion, diced
minced garlic
2 Tbsp flour
2 cups milk
5 cups chicken broth
1 cup wild rice
1-2 cups cooked, shredded turkey or chicken
2 tsp poultry seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup peas (I used frozen)
2 oz cream cheese (optional)

In a saucepan melt butter with carrots, garlic, and onions.  Cook over low heat 5-7 minutes to soften vegetables.
Add flour and stir for 1 minute.
Slowly add milk stirring constantly.
Add broth, wild rice, turkey, poultry seasoning and salt & pepper.  Simmer over low heat for about 1 hour (if I have time I simmer it longer ...just seems to taste better and the house smells good).
Add peas and cream cheese, stirring to melt the cream cheese and simmer about 15 minutes or until the cream cheese is melted and the peas are cooked.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread

It's time to start think about holidays and baking and that got me to thinking about this poor neglected blog of I decided that I am going to start writing it again!!!  Still figuring out what changes I am going to make but for today we are starting with a yummy, easy to make quick loaf. 

This loaf is my favorite flavor profile, peanut butter and chocolate, and is perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.  The crust is almost crunchy but the inside stays moist.  The peanut butter doesn't overwhelm you but you definitely know its peanut butter and you can never go wrong by adding chocolate chips.  All in all its delicious and even my husband who is not a big fan of chocolate likes it and asked me to make it again.

My Mom gave me her Desert Rose dishes when I moved and I forgot about them... now that I've found them I am excited to use them!!!!  They remind me of Sunday dinners when I was a kid and eating in the dining room.  I also just love the way they look!!!  The pink roses just make me happy!!!  Of course I love, love, love dishes and love having variety, different dishes for different meals or type of food.  The dishes my food is on can bring back memories or just make me smile. Do you have a favorite set of dishes or dishes you use for a certain meal or food?

Enjoy!!!! Use your favorite dishes and have a sweet morning!!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread
Makes 1 loaf

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350
Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray

Mix peanut butter & oil until smooth.
Add sugar & mix.
Stir in egg, vanilla extract & milk.
In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, baking soda & baking powder. Add to peanut butter mixture.  Mix until just combined.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Pour into loaf pan.

Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Finally Back!!!

I'm back!!!!  It's been forever (o.k. about a year and a half) since I blogged here but I am back and ready to start sharing my cooking adventures again.  The quick version of where I've been - I got a full-time job, put on 15 pounds, and couldn't figure out how to make it all fit in.  I have left the job, relocated to a new state with my family and am ready to start sharing my sweet mornings and cooking adventures.

Since it has been soooooooo long since I posted something I decided that my first post had to be something wonderful!!  Something amazing!!!  Something chocolate (but of course)!!  It had to reflect why I started this blog to begin with, making yummy food that made the mornings sweet.  After much searching & tasting & experimenting I came up with this recipe, it is chocolate, it is peanut butter, it is more chocolate and it is yummy as a sweet breakfast treat or an afternoon indulgence!  In other words it is exactly what I have been searching for to restart Sweet Mornings.  I hope you enjoy it and it makes your morning sweet.

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread
Makes 2 loaves

3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 ½ cups flour
½ cup cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
chocolate chips (I used a full 12 oz bag, use half the bag if you don't want chocolate overload)

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray 2 loaf pans with nonstick spray.

In a mixing bowl beat eggs, sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla.
Combine dry ingredients.  Add to the wet ingredients.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Pour into loaf pans.  Bake for 35-40 minutes.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

Muffin, muffin who's got the muffin!!  Oh wait that's button, button but I like muffin's so much better.  My life is going through a bit of a transition (more about that another time) and my blogging has been suffering but I am attempting to get back on track. 

So here is a new muffin recipe.  I love mini muffins, they are bite size so when you have a few you feel satisfied but not like you are over eating.  If you prefer you can make them as 12 large muffins (adjust the baking time to about 18-20 minutes).

The muffins are chocolate with a hint of peanut butter and lots of chocolate chips.  The peanut butter just adds a subtle flavor to the chocolate and boosts the yum.  They are delicious for an afternoon snack or as the start of a sweet morning.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

1 ¼ cup flour
⅓ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup cocoa
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
⅓ cup butter, melted
⅔ cup peanut butter
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 400. Grease or line mini muffin tins.
Mix flour, brown sugar, cocoa, and baking powder.
Stir in chocolate chips.
In a separate bowl mix butter, peanut butter, egg, milk and vanilla.
Add wet mixture to dry mixture.
Stir until combined.
Spoon batter into mini muffin tins.
Bake 10-12 minutes.

Makes 36 mini muffins

Friday, March 30, 2012

Late to my Own Party....It's a Keeper Thursday

I'm late to my own party... I was supposed to be cohost of It's a Keeper Thursday but life got in the way and I'm late... Christina I am SO SORRY for being late but I am here now so Lets Party!!!!  It's a Keeper Thursday is special to me because it was one of the very first Linky parties I joined.  So link up all your wonderful stuff and make it a party!!

It's a Keeper

But before you do, here are a few little guidelines….
•Follow It’s a Keeper and today’s co-host via email, Facebook and/or Twitter.
•Your link should be a food or craft/project related item. Link up as many as you’d like!
•Add It's a Keeper Thursdays button to your sidebar or blog post – help spread the word!
•Be sure to check out some of the awesome posts that others have linked up! Let them know that It’s a Keeper sent you!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Scones

Scones, for some reason I have an irrational fear of making scones.  I really am not sure why because its not like I even have much to judge scones by.  The only scone I remember eating is a really dy one in an airport years and years ago.  I think it is because when I look at the recipe and see the phrase "cut butter into" I panic.  I am not good with a pastry blender.  I make a mess....and panic.....and..... but I decided to put on my big girl panties and give scones a try.  I searched and searched and finally found a recipe that was sort of kind of what I was looking for... but not I changed the ingredients to suit my tastes and they were REALLY YUMMY!!!!!!

I added oatmeal and chocolate chips and they were surprisingly good.  A bit of texture and chocolate.  My daughter asked what we were having for breakfast and when I said scones she made a face, you know the teenage "What were you thinking face" (I think she wanted donuts), and then she tried one, and finished it and asked for another. Success:))  I baked half the recipe for breakfast and put the rest in the fridge for dessert.  After dinner we had the second half with strawberries and ice cream, a nice alternative to shortcake.  I'm still intimidated by  "cut butter.." but scones, at least these scones are going to be added to my "go to" recipes.  They are perfect for a sweet morning.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Scones
adapted from Baking From My Home to Yours

Printer Friendly Recipe

1 egg
½ cup yogurt
¼ cup milk
1 ⅔ cups flour
1 ⅓ cups oatmeal
⅓ cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup mini chocolate chips
10 Tbsp cold butter, cut into pieces

Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Stir together egg, yogurt, and buttermilk.

Combine flour, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
Using a pastry blender cut the butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is pebbly.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry along with the mini chocolate chips. Stir until combined.
Knead about 10 times.
Divide in half. Pat each half into a circle and cut each circle into 6 pieces.
Place the pieces on the baking pan.

Bake 20 minutes.

NOTE: Scones may be frozen before baking, wrap individually. When baking frozen scones increase baking time for about 2 minutes.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Balsamic Vinaigrette - Pinterest Saturday

I LOVE Pinterest and have so many recipes I want to try!!  So I decided that Saturday is going to be Pinterest Saturday where I post about something I pinned. 

It feels almost like Summer in North Carolina.  The sky is blue, the birds are singing and we opened our pool.  We don't have a heat in our pool so the water is COLD (about 72)!!!!  But during the heat of the day my youngest, her boyfriend and my husband went in.  My daughter stayed in about 2 minutes but the boys stayed in much longer.  Me, I won't be going in until its at least 85 in the water :)

This little guy came out of the pool before K jumped in

This weather is making our thoughts turn to salads and I made a lovely balsamic viniagrette from Chinese Grandma.  this viniagrette is the right combination of sweet and spicy and even my husband who likes nothing but purchased Italian dressing enjoys it.  It is quick to mix up and tastes delicious.  Definitely a most excellent pin!!!

Find the recipe here.

Have you found something amazing on Pinterest?

If you are not on Pinterest yet and want to be send me an email and I will send you an invite.  If you are on Pinterest I would love if you would follow me (and I will follow you in return).

Hope you have a Sweet Morning!!