I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Oatmeal Chip Cookie

I love the mixture of chocolate & butterscotch chips.  This cookie is soft, chewy & delicious.  The only problem is trying to just eat one.

(4 dozen)

*1 cup butter, softened
*1 cup light brown sugar, packed
*1/2 cup granulated sugar
*2 large eggs
*2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
*1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
*1 teaspoon baking soda
*1 teaspoon salt
*3 cups, old fashion oatmeal
*2 cups chocolate chips
*1 cup butterscotch chips
*1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

~In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar & granulated sugar until very smooth.
~Beat in eggs one at a time.
~Stir in vanilla.
~In another bowl, sift flour, baking soda & salt.
~Mix flour ingredients into butter mixture.
~Mix in oatmeal.
~Mix in nuts, chocolate chips & butterscotch chips.
~Cover bowl & refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
~Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
~Using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon drop onto a cookie sheet.
~Bake for 10-12 minutes.
~Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes.
~Remove and let finish cooling on a wire rack.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Spicy Steak Sauce

My daughter loves steak sauce on her steak.  I on the other hand never have, but his has changed my mind.  This is unbelievably good.   I think I'll try it on a chicken sandwich next.  It really isn't that spicy, just a little kick to it.  If you want to make it more spicy just add more hot sauce or a dash of cayenne pepper.


*2 tablespoons raspberry jam
*1/2 cup blackberries
*2 tablespoon brown sugar
*2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
*2 tablespoon ketchup
*2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
*10-15 drops hot sauce
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/8 teaspoon black pepper

~Pour all ingredients into a blender and mix well.
~Set a wire sieve over a small saucepan.
~Push ingredients through sieve with a wooden spoon.
~Discard everything that will not go through the sieve.
~Bring mixture in saucepan to a boil, over high heat.
~Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until thickened.
~Mixture will thicken up even more as it cools.
~Refrigerate any leftover sauce.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Spicy Turkey & Swiss Roll-up

Great sandwich to pack and take to work or school.  Easy to put together in the morning or even the night before.  I like to add tomatoes to it when then are in season.  Not bad on the calories either.

(serves 1)

*1 tablespoon spicy chipotle sauce
*1 ounce lean white turkey, sliced very thin
*1 ounce reduced fat swiss cheese, sliced thin
*1/4 cup cucumbers, peeled & sliced very thin
*1/8 cup alfalfa sprouts
*1 flour or low-carb tortilla

~Spread chipotle sauce evenly over tortilla.
~Spread turkey over top of chipotle sauce.
~Lay the cheese over the turkey.
~Sprinkle alfalfa sprouts over the cheese.
~Lay the cucumbers down the center of the tortilla.
~Roll tightly & cut in half.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Spinach & Roasted Red Pepper Thin

I love the blends of the ingredients in this sandwich.  Great by it's self or with a nice hot bowl of soup.  I personally like a hot cup of tomato soup with it.  Best part is that the calorie count is only about 180 calories.
You can buy roasted red peppers to make this sandwich super quick to make, but I prefer making my own.

(makes 1)

*1/4 cup roasted red pepper, chopped (I make my own)
*1/2 large onion, sliced
*1 cup raw spinach
*4-6 grape tomatoes, sliced in half
*1 wedge light mozzarella sun-dried tomato & basil laughing cow cheese
*1 whole wheat sandwich slimwiches

~Break slimwhich in half.
~Spread laughing cow cheese over one side (inside part) of the the bread.
~Spray a small skillet with a cooking spay.
~Add sliced onions, and grill over medium heat until lightly brown, stirring often.
~Remove onions & set aside.
~Pour about 2-4 tablespoons water into skillet.
~Add spinach and cook until it starts to wilt.
~Add tomatoes, roasted red peppers & grilled onions and mix.
~Pour over half of the slimwich & place the other half over top of mixture.
~Grill in skillet until bread is slightly toasted.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Peanut Butter Cookie

A good old classic peanut butter cookie.  Soft & chewy and oh so good.  I like these with a cup of hot tea.

(makes 4 dozen)

*1 butter
*1 1/2 cups creamy or crunchy peanut butter
*1 cup granulated sugar
*1 cup brown sugar, packed
*2 large eggs
*1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
*2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
*1 teaspoon baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
*1/2 cup granulated sugar

~In a large bowl, cream butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar & brown sugar together.
~Mix in eggs & vanilla.
~Sift flour, baking powder, salt & baking soda in another bowl.
~Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, until just mixed.
~Cover bowl & refrigerate for at least one hour.
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~Place 1/2 cup granulated sugar into a bowl.
~Roll dough into one-inch balls.
~Dip into sugar & place on a cookie sheet.
~Flatten each balls with a fork making a criss-cross pattern.
~Bake for 8-10 minutes (do not over bake)
~Allow cookie to cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute before removing.
~Place cookie on wax paper to cool (this cookie should not be cooled on a wire rack).