Thursday, September 22, 2011

Peanut Butter Swirl Bars

This one comes from a long time family friend, Joy Reimann. She passed this one along to me when Jonathan and I were married, but I just recently made it for the first time. I remember eating these at her home, surrounded by lots of friends.

1/2 c. peanut butter
1/3 c. softened butter
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
3/4 c. gran. sugar

Combine in large bowl and beat until creamy. Add 2 eggs and 2 teas. vanilla and beat. Then add 1 c. flour, 1 teas. baking powder, and 1/4 teas. salt. Mix and spread into a greased 13x9 pan. Sprinkle 1 c. chocolate chips over top. Put in 350 oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and run a knife through to marbleize. Return to oven for 15-20 min.

She also shared this verse with me:
The wise in heart will be called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. Proverbs 16:21

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pear Sauce

I recently received a huge bag of small pears and tried to come up with more ways to use them. (I'm the only one that will eat them in my house.) I decided to try making pear sauce. Now, my idea was that I would make it similar to applesauce with no added sugar. So, I set to work.....
Now, these pears are the size of figs, so I had to cut up quite a few in order to barely fill my pot. Most recipes that I found said to add 1/2 cup water; however, my pears were quite hard, so I ended up adding two cups. I cut and cored all my pears, added them to the pot and slightly sauteed them to start their cooking process and lock in some flavor. Then, I added part of my water (I ended up adding more since they weren't cooking down.). Once the water boiled, I turned it down to a simmer with the lid still on to steam the pears.
After adding more water and about one hour, my pears were finally soft enough. I mashed them with a potato masher. Then, I put them in my blender and blended away until it was a nice consistency. I poured this into a freezable container and let it finish cooling with the lid off before I put it away in the freezer. I saved some for myself and added some cinnamon. While still warm, it was yummy! However, I gave a taste to my husband (who doesn't like pears) and he said it was okay.
So, pear sauce? Sure, if you like pears....If you don't have anyone else who will eat it, don't make too much. Or, if you have a baby on baby food, try making your own. Also found out that you can make pear butter from pear sauce!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

First Day

My Oldest
First Day of Preschool
 Silly Guy!

With little bro

Recipe Resolution-1st Recipe

I've decided to make a recipe resolution! I know, it is September, kind of a weird time to be making a resolution, but I feel stuck in a rut. Time to make some changes! Namely, what we eat. Now, I try to eat healthy as much as possible, but that is not what this resolution is about. My resolution is to try a new recipe each week. It may be from any catagory of food. I have all these recipes I've collected from magazines that I'm determined to try. If they are a hit with my family, it will make it into my recipe book.
Yesterday, I made my first new recipe, Orange-Ricotta Softies:

2 1/2 c flour
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 stick softened butter
2 c sugar
2 eggs
1 15oz container whole milk ricotta cheese
5 T orange juice
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
zest of 1 orange (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a separate large bowl, set aside. Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium to high speed until combined. Mix in eggs. Add ricotta, 2 T of the orange juice and vanilla and beat until combined. Mix in dry goods until just combined
Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Bake 12 mins or until lightly browned around edges. Remove and let cool slightly on wire rack.
Meanwhile, make the glaze: stir together powdered sugar, orange zest and the remaining orange juice. Spoon about 1/2t glaze onto each cookies and spread over top. Let stand until glaze is set.
Makes 60 cookies

Big hit with everyone in the family. My four year old, almost two year old, and husband cannot get enough!