Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017
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Category: Bread and Breakfast

Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Bread

Today is the 1st day we turned on our furnace!  Personally,  I just love the cool air that lasts all day now and the smell of fall foods cooking  in my kitchen.   To celebrate the first day of Fall my girls and I whipped out 2 loaves of Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Bread.  I can’t even tell you how good our house smells!  Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie.  The Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin bread was so good that all we have  left of the two loaves is about four slices.  I’m going to have to make some more tomorrow!  It is so delicious.  Happy Fall!


Cinnamon Rolls for Now and Later.

 

It is a warm cinnamon roll  kind of a day. The snow is 4 feet deep outside and it has been around for a very long time. I am 8 months pregnant and my two youngest girls are home with me painting and watching old Mickey Mouse cartoons. Fortunately two weeks ago I made cinnamon rolls and popped half in the freezer unbaked to save for a best friends weekend I hosted at my house on Thursday-Saturday.  Unfortunately with all the excitement of having all the guests (11 little kids and 5 adults) I spaced pulling out of the frozen cinnamon rolls to bake for my best friends.   Today I am glad I forgot though, because we could have fresh baked cinnamon rolls without all the work. This recipe is better then any recipe I have ever tried. I didn’t include it in my book “Fabulous Freezer Meals” because at the time I was assembling recipes, I was anti-shortening and anti-white flour. Now that I am big and pregnant and it is so cold outside, I am embracing shortening and white flour recipes…they just taste the best. Hope you enjoy.  This is one of my very favorite comfort food recipes.


Good-for-you Granola. Try this energy-boosting cereal for breakfast.

I’ve  been looking for a good excuse to stop buying the cold cereals that my kids and my husband love.  The problem is they are just so convenient for quick breakfasts.  But  the more I study about food and nutrition, the more I realize what is “food” and what is “non-food”.  Most of the cereal my husband buys and the kids like would be considered “non-food.”   When they eat it they have experience a sugar crash and are hungry 30 minutes later.

The “good excuse” I’ve been looking for to get my husband on board  has finally fallen into my lap.  A few weeks ago my husband quit his job and started his own business with his best friend and we have been looking for ways to really cut down on any spending while he travels around and starts gathering in clients.   He is now on board.


Taking the guess work out of dinner.




I was at a party a few months ago and was asked this question in a get-to-know you game:  “How does dinner come together daily in your home?”  I laughed because as much as I love to cook, my routine was not exciting or impressive.  Every night around 5pm  my routine was to look in the freezer, pull something out, defrost it,add fresh ingredients and serve it with a few side dishes in about 15 minutes.  It was the same every night and has worked great for us.  But when our home was hit by lightening and our oven was fried 8 weeks ago, I was unable to bake, and we had to switch things up a little.   I decided we would plan a weekly menu and repeat it weekly using recipes I could make on the stove top. 


Sunday Cinnamon Rolls

 

I am so looking forward to serving cinnamon rolls this Sunday.  The best part is, I made cinnamon rolls 2 weeks ago when my oven started working again.  I’ve had a bag of frozen cinnamon rolls in the freezer since then, saved especially for this Sunday.  When you freeze cinnamon rolls, you simply set them out the night before on a baking sheet lightly covered with plastic wrap and in the morning they will be ready to bake and serve 15 minutes later.  You are going to love this recipe!