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Website Recipe Update: Peanut Butter Surprise Brownies

Ingredients:

You will need 1 batch of cake brownie batter (my favorite recipe is in my cookbook, you’ll have to decide which one you can use!) Make sure it can be baked at 350 degrees for about 18-20 minutes at least! And you’ll need the ingredients below for the Peanut Butter batter:

  • 1 cup peanut butter (I like crunchy for the peanuts)
  • 2 cups of packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup of peanut butter chips or Reese’s pieces
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips for the cake brownie batter

Directions:

1. Make your cake brownie batter in a bowl, stir in the cup of chocolate chips, and set aside.

2. Begin making your peanut butter batter in a medium bowl by combining peanut butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

3. Stir in flour and baking soda until you have a goopy glop in the bowl. Add peanut butter pieces and stir in.

4. Grease a large cake pan and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

5. Begin dropping large spoonful dallops of the peanut butter batter throughout the area of the cake pan.

6. Pour chocolate batter over the peanut butter dallops and, using a spatula, carefully spread the choclate batter around the peanut butter parts.

7. Bake for about 18-20 minute or until a toothpick inserted in the middle parts of the pan (in chocolate and peanut butter parts) comes out clean.

8. Let cool for a couple hours. I’m sure these would taste great frosted!

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Halloween Breakfasts with Pumpkin

It is a little late for this post, I know. First of all, it’s 2:30AM my time- I’m exhausted but I’m up anyway as I am finishing up some of my canning and preserving (after midnight is a great time to write- by the way- it is SOOO silent in this house!). Second- it’s already the morning of Halloween. You’ve all probably got it figured out what you’ll be making for breakfast when your little goblins crawl out of bed. Still, I want to post my ideas for some pumpkiny nummies- and you can choose to save for future reference or use anytime you like. They also make great additions to Thanksgiving menus!

To your left you will see the image for my Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes. To your right you will see my Cranberry Almond Pumpkin Bread with Fall Spice Frosting.

For Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes:

Needs:

2 c whole wheat flour

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 15oz can of pumpkin

1 c milk

1 egg

1/4 c melted butter

Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients together in one bowl. Mix all wet into another. Combine in larger bowl until all dry ingredients are moistened.

Pour batter onto greased griddle and cook each side until lightly browned.

 When cakes are done, use a cute pumpkin shaped cookie cutter to cut out little pumpkin pancakes. You may want to let them sit in butter and syrup for just a tad- as my kids could tell that they were pretty healthy. I enjoyed them though!

Cranberry Almond Pumpkin Bread with Fall Spice Frosting

I am not giving a detailed recipe here with photos, etc. In fact- I’m only giving the Fall Spice Frosting Recipe as I don’t have an original handmade pumpkin bread recipe of my own. I actually use Better Homes and Garden cookbook for that recipe- and I just toss in a cup of cranberries and a cup of chopped almonds. So- you’ll want to find your favorite pumpkin bread recipe to top with this delectable frosting (feel free to email me for mine and I’d be happy to type it up for you and send it over!)

Here’s what you need- and just make it your first step to beat cream cheese, vanilla, and milk together until combined, then beat in the dry ingredients. Remember to refrigerate extras! This should be enough to top 2-3 loaves of pumpkin bread! (I think it would be great on carrot cake too!)

12oz container of spreadable cream cheese

3 c sifted powdered sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 c milk

1/c tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Do you have any favorite fall breakfast recipes? I’d love to hear your ideas or thoughts! Did you end up trying these? What did you think? Contact me here or visit my website at www.delightfullyperceptive.com to get in touch!

Happy Halloween!!!

Pickle Tasting Experiment

Yes, I have been gone quite a while. I got in a rut where I just couldn’t motivate myself to be on the computer updating, blogging, or sharing my creative ideas after long days of working my day job, working on my husband’s business stuff, helping my kids with homework, cleaning house and making dinners, and working through my garden clean-up and harvest. Now I’m attempting to get back in the groove.

I thought I’d share a fun experiment I did with my children after harvesting some of our garden produce- specifically the cucumbers and dill.

Here’s what we did:

I had my children list in their journals all of the ingredients that had to go into making refrigerator pickles. We then made a section by the ingredients where they would put how they felt each thing tasted on its own. After everything was done- they tasted the pickles. The results were so CUTE! I loved watching the little crinkled noses, the tongues sticking out, and the crossed eyes as each ingredient was tasted (especially the vinegar!)

My children were very surprised when the pickles turned out so much better than individual ingredients that go into making them! Now they make a great after-school snack or an addition to sandwiches or burgers!

Steak For Sudden Company

I was going to post this on the “Whats for Dinner” page… but the story behind this needs to be told to understand the reasoning for creating such a dish. 🙂

So- my husband had a family friend over to help with a certain large project he’s working on outside.  (I’ll be updating ya’ll later with what he’s been working on for me… can any of you guess?) Anyway- they got so lost in their work that they were outside until the moon had risen and darkness was settling. Of course, I wanted to be able to offer our guest to stay for dinner. I had steak laid out for the day- but with the rising cost of meat there was barely enough for our family of four to enjoy steak just grilled. I had to come up with something that would stretch the use of the sirloin- and voila- Steak and Noodles. 🙂

Here’s what the meal consisted of:

Petite Sirloin Steak sliced in strips and marinated in my favorite seasoning… (you choose your own!) then cooked to my liking (medium rare, well done, etc).

Cooked Fettuccine noodles

Garlic Alfredo sauce

Cooked pieces of bacon

Italian cheeses

Chopped black olives

So… mix it all together (including the juices from cooking the meat) and you have a very flavorful meal that is satisfying for everyone as well as sort of “fancy” as there’s steak in it. 🙂

What would you make for sudden company? I’d love to hear your ideas!

 

Frogs, Flowers, Fresh Food, and Dirty Fingernails- Loving My Garden Time

There really is such a peaceful serenity when one is involved in the gardening process. The sounds, sights, tastes, and feelings you experience all amount to such a wonder- that one can be curious as to why someone wouldn’t want to have their own garden. The photo of the small frog above is an enhancer to my point of the peaceful sounds in a garden.  As the evening creeps in after a long day of succumbing to the calling of a day job, of a husband, of children, and of farm animals- it is nice to sit in the area of growing produce and just listen to the near silence of frogs croaking. Doing the early evening gardening chores and listening to the simple sounds of nature is actually quite the break from hearing customers on the phone, hearing my husband say “Hey babe, can you…”, hearing my children bicker and argue, and hearing the goats and pig bray or grunt for attention. The silent sounds in a garden are a positive shelter for the ears.

Having some experience in gardening times past, I know that patience is well rewarded when blooms begin to burst. This was my first year planting some bulbed flowers in the spring however, and I was very unsure of the turnout. As these Gladiolas got taller though, my anxiousness got settled. Soon some lovely wedding like white flowers began to poke through the long stems and my joy was so overflowing that I’ve been bringing these lovely petals up in coversation everywhere. Whats even nicer, is that not all of my floral plants bloom at once so I get to keep experiencing the joy of each one opening up to the birds and bees of the world around. Another simple joy from gardening: the wonderful visual blooms of God’s great aesthetic design on plants.

And while you’re at it- why not grow food that is both pleasing to the eye and to the pallet!?! There’s nothing like the taste of your own lettuces, spinach leaves, radishes, onions, and herbs all diced up together into a salad. I know they don’t just taste better because their so fresh and organically grown – it’s also because you put your time, love, and energy into making sure they turned out the best they could. Even the children and husband eat a few greens when grown by ourselves. Gardening makes for a great money saver at the grocery store as well! Thinking back- I spent maybe $1.00 on the packet of lettuce seeds- and how many salads can I make out of it? Enough for a daily dishes through the summer and some to share with neighbors too! Another garden pleasantry- food for the stomach and the soul!

I’ll have to admit- having little scratches from thorns or getting dirty fingernails can be frustrating- but weeding through, thinning, and replanting items in the garden area can be so therapeutic. Such a “mindless” activity in a sense that it leaves room in the brain to consider other feelings of the day. The ‘work’ in a garden allows for one to just take a breather- a combination of being alone and working physically with one’s hands helps to remind ones self that some of the little things bothering the heart and traveling through the body are so miniscule in the scheme of life. Although I love the help of my family while we build a garden together- sometimes I enjoy the “me time” that comes from it too.

As you can see, I love my garden time. Do you? What frustrations do you have? What are your positive wonders? I’d love for you to share!

Even Dogs Deserve Delectables!

I am writing this post in honor of my featured artist for the week on my website- Nora Bartlett with Lollypaws Dog Bakery. I found the cutest 4th of July dog treat gift box in her shop that made me just laugh out loud while thinking of how much my dogs would LOVE something like this! My dogs aren’t very spoiled- key word “very”. My dogs get to sleep inside (not something most of my dogs as a child got to experience). They get to eat the occasional leftovers from our dinner plates. They get to run around our property for hours chasing birds, gophers, and our goats and pig. And our dogs get a treat before we leave the house each day. That’s not too spoiled is it? The way I figure it: Even dogs deserve to have a delectable moment!

I am definetaly saving Nora’s shop information for future reference. For example- we may decide to celebrate one of our dogs’ birthdays! 🙂 Or Christmas boxes would be great!!! Why don’t you check out the information I posted for Nora here: http://delightfullyperceptive.com/perceptive_delectables/featured_food_designer? You can also visit her Etsy shop directly… http://www.etsy.com/shop/Lollypaws.

Happy 4th and hope your pooches enjoy the day too! Let Nora know I sent you!

 

Potato Salad With Green Salad Elements- Website Recipe Update

Whenever I am invited to a get together that requires one to “bring a food” I always try to be the first one to jump on claiming the potato salad spot. To me, it seems that potato salad is a very common potluck food. I know, however, from my own tastebuds, and from compliments of others, that my potato salad is anything but common. And what can I say- my head just gets a little bigger when I get to bring my special dish of spuds and hear the raves. So- I am sharing my “secret” recipe with you so you can get your own rave reviews at summer party get togethers this season.

I just ask that you try to remember to share the credit of where you learned how to make this delectable dish…

Ingredients:

  • 8 Medium sized Russet potatoes- peeled and cubed into 1 inch squares.
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions of choice
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped olives
  • 1/2 cup cubed cheese of choice (cheddar and/or pepperjack work great)
  • 1 cup of favorite ranch dressing
  • 2 tbs mustard of choice (spicy or plain yellow
  • Black pepper

Other Possible Additions:

  • Bacon bits
  • Finely chopped bell peppers
  • Chopped celery pieces
  • Chopped hard boiled eggs (add a bit more ranch to keep “moist” if you add eggs)

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add potatoes and boil for 20-25 minutes or until when poked by fork they are tender but not too mushy.
  3. Drain potatoes and rinse with cold water for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour potatoes in a large salad bowl.
  5. Dump all other ingredients (except black pepper) into bowl with potatoes and mix together until all is coated with the ranch dressing.
  6. Top off with a few shakes of black pepper to taste and refridgerate for 2 hours before serving.

Take it places and show it off! Keep salad cold in a cooler while away from the house and refridgerate leftovers when back at home.