Delicious Brussel Sprouts

I am not a fan of brussel sprouts, at all.  But I have found a way to cook them where I actually enjoy eating them.




Brussel sprouts are a super healthy food.  They can do so much to help your body.  But in my opinion, they have a weird name (which makes things hard to eat!) and unless you prepare them in a delicious way, I do not like how they taste.  I stumbled upon this delicious recipe from Food Network.

It is super easy to prepare using olive oil, salt and pepper.  You place them in the oven and let them cook.  They taste amazing when they are done.  Sometimes I will grate some parmesan cheese over them just to give them an added oomph.

So, if you want a super healthy vegetable that you didn’t know you liked.  Try this recipe!  I am pretty sure you will discover you like them like I did ;)



Mom’s Pumpkin Bread

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Anyone who knows my Mom knows she is an amazing cook and baker.  She has so many recipes that she has been baking since I was little and now I am making them myself.  The other day I wanted to make some pumpkin bread and knew that I needed to ask her for her recipe.  It was easy, came out delicious and I can’t wait to make some more of it!

Mom’s Pumpkin Bread

3 Eggs

1 can pumpkin

3/4 C vegetable oil

1/2 C water

Beat until mixed up.  Then add:

2 1/2 C flour

2 1/4 C sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 1/4 tsp salt

3/4 tsp nutmeg

3/4 tsp cinnamon

1 c raisins

1/2 c nuts (if you want, I never do :)

Pour into two greased loaf pans or three greased 1 lb coffee cans.  Bake at 350 degrees about 1 hour or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Do not overfill your loaf pans.  Use three if you need to. 



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Fabulous Apple Cobbler

Apple Cobbler square


This Apple Cobbler is always a hit when I make it.  I found the recipe here.  I tend to alter it a little everytime I make it by adding some more cinnamon or flour as I see fit.  It is pretty easy to make and turns out delicious every time I make it.  It is often requested as well.  Definitely give it a try!

Apple Cobbler 1



Peeled, cored and sliced apples- enough to fill a 9×9 baking dish half way.  (I like to cut them pretty thin as I think it tastes better that way :)

2 tsp. vanilla (divided)

1 1/2 c sugar (divided)

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

2/3 cup melted butter

1 egg

1 c flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

pinch of salt

1/2 c nutmeats (optional, I never put them in)



Preheat the over to 35o degrees.  Butter the 9×9 baking dish.  Put enough apples into the baking dish so it is 1/2 full.  Sprinkle the apples with 1 tsp vanilla.  Then sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon over the apples evenly.

Combine the melted butter, egg, and the remaining vanilla.  Then add 1 c sugar, flour, baking powder and salt and mix together.  Pour batter evenly over the apple slices.  I tend to spread it out using a spatula as well.  Then bake for one hour in the oven.

Yum!  Serve it warm with some ice cream and everyone will be asking for seconds!


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Amish Friendship Bread

amish bread bannerI absolutely love Amish Bread.  I am not sure if you have had this wonderful, cinnamony bread but if you haven’t you are missing out.  Yes, it is the bread that takes 10 days (10 days!!) to make as you have to mash around a “starter” for a week and a half but it is so worth it.  You don’t have to have a starter to have Amish bread, you can make your own.  This is what I did.  When you are done you end up with enough for two loaves of bread and then (3) different starters that you can give or keep to make bread again.  I store the starters in the freezer.  I know some people say not to do this but growing up we always put them in there and they were absolutely fine.  The recipe image at the bottom is to give with your starters.

Amish Bread Starter Recipe

*You do not want to use any metal products to make this. I don’t know why, that is just what they say.  So stick to glass and wood.*

  • 1 package (.25 oz) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (this is supposed to be at 110 degrees F. I put mine in a pot and use a thermometer until it is the right temperature)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (you will use 1 cup at a time)
  • 3 cups white sugar (you will use 1 cup at a time)
  • 3 cups milk (you will use 1 cup at a time).

1. Dissolve yeast in the water.  Let that stand for about 10 minutes stirring well.

2. In a glass container (you are supposed to use 2 quarts, just make sure it is 2 quart or bigger) combine one cup flour and one cup sugar.  Make sure it is mixed up.  Then slowly stir in one cup milk and dissolved yeast.

3. Loosely cover this (I used plastic loosely on my container) and let sit at room temperature.  This is Day 1 of your 10 Days.  The next 9 days are handled according to the Amish Bread Instructions.

Day 1: Receive Starter.

Days 2-4: Stir Starter with a spoon

Day 5: Stir in one cup flour, one cup sugar and one cup milk.

Day 6-9: Stir Starter with a spoon

Day 10: Stir in one cup flour, one cup sugar and one cup milk.  Then remove one cup to make your first bread, and then you have three additional cups of mixture.  You can put one cup each in plastic bags.  You can give each one to a friend (if they want to deal with a 10 day process :) or you can keep them for yourself and put them in the freezer.  You would then take them out to start the 10 day process again starting just on Day 1.  You are now ready to make your bread.

Amish Bread Recipe

  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp, cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1. Start with your Starter or One Cup of Batter.  Mix in all of the above ingredients in a large bowl.  Make sure you are still using glass and wood.  Mix until well blended.

2. Grease two loaf pans and fill with the mixture.

3. Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 min-1 hour.  Then let it cool and enjoy.

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Printable Recipe for once you already have a starter :)


Amish Bread Recipe